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OregonDuck541

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  • Added on: March 20th, 2010
Reading Graham Greene's "The Power and the Glory"

Great book about a disgraced priest living in Mexico during the Anti-Catholic era.

Kate and Dan

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  • Added on: March 22nd, 2010
OregonDuck541 wrote:Reading Graham Greene's "The Power and the Glory"

Great book about a disgraced priest living in Mexico during the Anti-Catholic era.


I love all things Graham Greene. Even his biography of Lord Rochester, The Quiet American is a tight read, too. I'm just finishing up Villa Incognito by Tom Robbins before moving on to The Power and the Glory, too!
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  • Added on: March 23rd, 2010
I randomly picked up Toujours Provence by Peter Mayle at a used book store, and it was pretty good. I then found his more popular A Year in Provence on sale at Borders. It has a couple of vivid chapters. Can't wait to go to Provence this summer!
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  • Added on: May 2nd, 2010
I'm preparing for a summer spent at the library and am looking for off-beat suggestions.

I just started 'Special Topics in Calamity Physics' and am hooked -- not sure how I will be able to grade all of the papers that need eyeballing, finish writing my end of the year finals and polish off this book in a timely way, but it is so tasty that it makes me want to give it a good go.

How about y'all? Give up the goods! :banana:
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The Stranger by Albert Camus. It seems to be "the" book to read in Absurdism. I'm quite enjoying it. Very laconic.
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  • Added on: May 23rd, 2010
I'm reading "Ghost Train to the Eastern Star" by Paul Theroux.

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  • Added on: May 23rd, 2010
I'm about halfway through "What is to be done" by Nikolai Chernyshevsky. A discursive but still entertaining Victorian novel. I seem drawn to Russian authors.
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  • Added on: July 4th, 2010
I'm going through Kurt Vonnegut novels like cheap tequila shots with approximately the same effect on my brain.

Awesome. Pure awesome. I just wonder when the hangover will hit?
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when i read vonnegut, i always feel like im trippin. his mind was very strange, yet entertaining. currently reading "possible side effects" by augusten burroughs. love him. very cheeky, gritty, honest, funny.
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  • Added on: August 6th, 2010
I had been steadfastly refusing to read Eat, Pray, Love, but I finally caved and started reading it today. I'm actually quite enjoying it so far.

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  • Added on: February 11th, 2011
I'm re-reading "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac currently; only domestic travel, but remains fairly high-energy throughout.

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  • Added on: February 14th, 2011
Just bought all these & am about to dive in--can't decide where to start!

In Motion by Tony Hiss
In A Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
A Week At The Airport by Alain de Botton
Down & Delirious in Mexico City by Daniel Hernandez
El Monstruo: Dread and Redemption in Mexico City by John Ross

So excited for all these travel books! Sadly I'm too broke to actually go anywhere at the moment...

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  • Added on: March 2nd, 2011
I'm reading Jorge Luis Borges's On Argentina, a collection of his earlier essays, stories, and poems -- most of which he wanted to be destroyed. Who knew that Borges was a gangster wannabe in his twenties?

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This is one is a history book, but it's a travel book as well. It's called The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson. It's about the Great Migration of African-Americans from the South to the North and West from 1915 to 1970. She chose 3 people to highlight, who followed different migration routes at different points during that era, and intersperses their stories with bigger picture trends and statistics. It is a compelling book; it's factual but it reads like a novel.

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  • Added on: March 3rd, 2011
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga.

Not a travel book per se but gives a fascinating insight into Indian life albeit with a grander plot than normal people woudl experience.


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