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Westminster Colorado
Feb 26, 2018 - 06:51pm PT
My Absolute Darling by Tallent is brutal. Just brutal. It is a story about Turtle. A 14 year old girl that is raised by her father in a dilapidated house on the coast of northern California. She is both physically and sexually abused by him repeatedly during the entire novel. She is a survivalist and a hero. Very well written. We have a young daughter and my wife had to skip a good portion of it. This is a great novel if you can stomach it. We all teared up in the end. Turtle is a bad ass.
David Knopp

Trad climber
Feb 27, 2018 - 07:39am PT
i read My Absolute darling a little while ago-had mixed feelings, thee was something wrong with the story-the father was too insidious, there was no way he coulda kept on doing what he did to the kid...But if you take it as her sort of creation myth it really works.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 27, 2018 - 08:03am PT
The Tudors, and you thought these were turbulent times?
Fossil climber

Trad climber
Atlin, B. C.
Feb 27, 2018 - 10:41am PT
There's a really gripping old book by Fritz Bechtold originally published in German (the old script) in 1935. Deutsche am Nanga Parbat. I found a tattered old copy in a book store, and was so fascinated by the superb black and white photos that I looked for and found an English translation, Nanga Parbat Adventure, published by Dutton in 1936. The story of Willy Merkl's 1934 disastrous expedition in which they lost 4 "sahibs" and 6 porters. The photos, probably taken with an old folding Leica, are amazing, and the story is gripping.

This was of course when the swastika was everywhere and everything was politicized (like today - and the US seems to be on the same path), but while it is obvious that while the Nazi party must have supported the effort, the climbers are not politicized - they are just climbers, who were obligated to have a small swastika on some of their shipments but didn't mention politics on the mountain. It is from the library of Sepp Bernard, whom I believe was the brother of an expedition Dr. It has a penciled note which I can't quite make out, but appears to deal with Merkl's mother. (Merkl was killed.) Either version is hard to find, but worth the read.

Ice climber
great white north
Apr 7, 2018 - 04:21pm PT

Ever wonder why you have trouble making ends meet?

It's because you are getting ripped off 24/7/365

Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Apr 7, 2018 - 05:52pm PT
Just finished "Beneath a Scarlet Sky" - Sullivan. Epic true story of an young Italian man during the Nazi occupation of Milan. Interestingly enough Pino Lella was a climber and skier who later in life had early connections with Mammoth. The hardship he endured as a spy for the allies and as a driver for a Nazi general is both heartbreaking and inspirational......."if we are lucky enough to be alive, we must give thanks for the miracle of every moment of every day, no matter how flawed" - Pino Lella. The author Sullivan lives in Bozeman.

Another fantastic book I finished last month, "All the Light We Cannot See" - Doeer. Another life epic during WWII as experienced from the vantage point of a blind girl living in Paris with her father who later....well I don't want to spoil it for anyone. The author Doeer lives in Boise.


Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 7, 2018 - 06:50pm PT
The Raven Steals the Light, by Bill Reid, in case you really want to know about creation.

The Wastelands
Apr 7, 2018 - 06:58pm PT

*Better to Have Never Been...

by David Benatar

Trad climber
Apr 7, 2018 - 07:25pm PT
Directorate S by Steve Coll
About the CIA, Pakistani ISI and Afghanistan post 9/11
How come all the big US adventures turn out to be a clusterf**k?
This may give you a few clues
Fossil climber

Trad climber
Atlin, B. C.
Aug 31, 2018 - 12:01pm PT
Just out in the US, "Lands of Lost Borders", by Kate Harris. The writing is simply superb. I kept getting stopped by sentences that were so beautiful I had to go back and read them again. I am biased in that Kate is a very dear friend, a sort of Honorary Grand Daughter.

But here are some reviews by top authors:

“Old cliché: I couldn’t put it down. But beyond the fact that Kate’s story hooked me, I realized that I was witnessing the emergence of a formidable voice speaking startlingly original things about the world. I can’t remember coming upon a first book that so dazzled me.” — David Roberts

“Kate Harris arrives among us like a meteor—a hurtling intelligence, inquiring into the nature of political borders and the meaning of crossing over.  The honesty behind her self-doubt, her championing of simple human friendship, and her sheer determination to explore what she does not know, compel you to travel happily alongside her in Lands of Lost Borders.” — Barry Lopez

“Kate Harris packs more exuberant spirit, intrepid charm, wit, poetry and beauty into her every paragraph than most of us can manage in a lifetime. Lands of Lost Borders carried me up into a state of openness and excitement I haven’t felt for years. It’s a modern classic.” — Pico Iyer

Sport climber
Aug 31, 2018 - 12:07pm PT

Thanks, Fossil, your reviews of her writing has tempted me to inquire before. I'll read this one...
Ward Trotter

Trad climber
Aug 31, 2018 - 07:31pm PT
Credit: Ward Trotter

This book is not for the casual reader. Very richly textured, and sometimes difficult to follow for anyone not familiar with these particular antiquities; but nonetheless it certainly grows on you.

Within the mythological threads so lavishly presented by the author we see the overall weave of human history presented as revelation and narrative.
Delhi Dog

Good Question...
Aug 31, 2018 - 08:43pm PT

Credit: Delhi Dog

Well worth the read as is his book The Lost City of Z

Trad climber
Sep 7, 2018 - 05:45pm PT
It's hard to put this book down once opened:

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

"A great and at times almost unbelievable story of scandalous fraud, surveillance, and legal intimidation at the highest levels of American corporate power. . . . The story of Theranos may be the biggest case of corporate fraud since Enron. But it’s also the story of how a lot of powerful men were fooled by a remarkably brazen liar."
—Yashar Ali, New York Magazine


Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Sep 7, 2018 - 06:27pm PT
The following is not even close to book length, but long for a spontaneous complete read after stumbling upon it. Nicely balanced reflections of history and modern societal problems and pleasant prose to bind it all together:

I have a work trip to Atlanta next week, and figuring out what sort of cultural/educational enlightenment I can glean while I'm there.

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Sep 7, 2018 - 07:38pm PT
Just finished this and highly reccomend it!

Credit: Jaybro

Ice climber
great white north
Sep 7, 2018 - 08:14pm PT

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Sep 8, 2018 - 12:38pm PT
The (Mis)Behavior of Markets-A Fractal View of Financial Turbulence by Benoit Mandelbrot

You didn’t realize that yer financial well being could be described in terms of fractal geometry,
did you?

Trad climber
Valles Marineris
Oct 11, 2018 - 09:09am PT

Just finished it. It was pretty much a yawner, IMO. $13 for the Kindle edition was probably $11 too much.


Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Oct 11, 2018 - 09:44am PT
The Bonanza King by Greg Crouch of Enduring Patagonia fame...great read.
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