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Dec 01, 2012 08:27PM

10168 Hi, Schmerguls .

This board is not active at this time.

If you and anyone else would like to post your monthly reads at Book Nook Cafe, we would certainly enjoy reading your posts.

This is the Folder where you will find the new thread each month:

This is the Thread for November 2012

Hope to see you there !
Oct 01, 2012 10:18AM

10168 Don't forget you can also post your monthly reads at:

Book Nook Cafe.

Here is a link to our "What I read in Sept 2012 thread"
Sep 03, 2012 05:16PM

10168 Hi all,

JoAnn, is a bit too busy right now to do all that is necessary to moderate the board at this time. So in the interim, if you could please post your August reads at Book Nook Cafe, it would be much appreciated.

At Book Nook Cafe, you will find many threads on books and other topics. Please just jump on in the conversations. All are welcomed !

The link for the group is:

The link for the August thread this month is:

Thanks and hope to see you at Book Nook Cafe !
Aug 22, 2012 08:28AM

10168 Well, it seems I can't find a book to recommend that you haven't read. However, the ones I did mention you loved. So at least I am on the right track. :)
Aug 21, 2012 08:21PM

10168 Thank you, Schmerguls, for sharing your review of Nixonland. I own the book and look forward to reading it.

I have another book you may want to put on your reading list, Schmerguls. I'm currently reading it and enjoying it a great deal. I think it is a book you would enjoy. It's the bestselling book,

Destiny of the Republic A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice MillardDestiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President~~Candice Millard
Aug 16, 2012 01:59PM

10168 Thanks for the follow-up Schmerguls.

Since you are interested the Nixon era, you might be interested in a book I have on my TBR stack. I haven't read it yet, but read good reviews of it.

Nixonland America's Second Civil War and the Divisive Legacy of Richard Nixon 1965-1972 by Rick PerlsteinNixonland: America's Second Civil War and the Divisive Legacy of Richard Nixon 1965-1972~~Rick Perlstein

Told with urgency and sharp political insight, "Nixonland" recaptures America's turbulent 1960s and early 1970s and reveals how Richard Nixon rose from the political grave to seize and hold the presidency.

Perlstein's epic account begins in the blood and fire of the 1965 Watts riots, nine months after Lyndon Johnson's historic landslide victory over Barry Goldwater appeared to herald a permanent liberal consensus in the United States. Yet the next year, scores of liberals were tossed out of Congress, America was more divided than ever, and a disgraced politician was on his way to a shocking comeback: Richard Nixon.

Between 1965 and 1972, America experienced no less than a second civil war. Out of its ashes, the political world we know now was born. It was the era not only of Nixon, Johnson, Spiro Agnew, Hubert H. Humphrey, George McGovern, Richard J. Daley, and George Wallace but Abbie Hoffman, Ronald Reagan, Angela Davis, Ted Kennedy, Charles Manson, John Lindsay, and Jane Fonda. There are tantalizing glimpses of Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, Jesse Jackson, John Kerry, and even of two ambitious young men named Karl Rove and William Clinton -- and a not so ambitious young man named George W. Bush.

Cataclysms tell the story of "Nixonland" Angry blacks burning down their neighborhoods in cities across the land as white suburbanites defend home and hearth with shotgunsThe student insurgency over the Vietnam War, the assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, and the riots at the 1968 Democratic National ConventionThe fissuring of the Democratic Party into warring factions manipulated by the "dirty tricks" of Nixon and his Committee to Re-Elect the PresidentRichard Nixon pledging a new dawn of national unity, governing more divisively than any president before him, then directing a criminal conspiracy, the Watergate cover-up, from the Oval Office

Then, in November 1972, Nixon, harvesting the bitterness and resentment born of America's turmoil, was reelected in a landslide even bigger than Johnson's 1964 victory, not only setting the stage for his dramatic 1974 resignation but defining the terms of the ideological divide that characterizes America today.

Filled with prodigious research and driven by a powerful narrative, Rick Perlstein's magisterial account of how America divided confirms his place as one of our country's most celebrated historians.

Hardcover, 881 pages
Published May 13th 2008 by Scribner
July 2012 reads (6 new)
Aug 16, 2012 08:21AM

10168 Speaking of WWII, at Book Nook Cafe we are planning a September buddy read of Churchill's The Gathering Storm. All are welcome to join us. I saw the movie with Albert Finny as WC and loved it.

The Gathering Storm~Winston Churchill
Aug 15, 2012 08:59PM

10168 Schmerguls wrote: I should next read Kissinger's Years of Upheaval, but 3000 pages of Henry is a little much, so I may put that off for awhile. But this has been a very worthwhile book."


Did you read the Years of Upheaval ? I see it's 3 books.
Years of upheaval
White house years
Years of renewal.
July 2012 reads (6 new)
Aug 14, 2012 08:00AM

10168 Thank you, Schmerguls :)

I am going to pass along the title, Infinite West Travels in South Dakota, by Fraser Harrison to my friend and neighbor. She is currently on a travel book kick. She especially enjoys ones that involve walking. Paul Theroux is her current favorite.
Dead authors (158 new)
Aug 13, 2012 09:22PM

10168 Schmerguls wrote: "I do believe I posted my books read in July 2012 on a place somewhere here. If not, I can easily do so if you tell me where to post it."
I don't think JoAnn put up a thread this month but I may be wrong. I know she is busy.

So I put one up. You can post at either or both groups. Thanks ! :)

Here at Readers and Reading
or at
Book Nook Cafe
July 2012 reads (6 new)
Aug 12, 2012 05:27PM

10168 My July reads:

Bossypants~Tina Fey
non-fiction- comedy
Rate 1/5
I read this book for my f2f book club. First, I should say I only know of Tina Fey from her hilarious sketches of Sarah Palin. I don't watch any shows she is on. Maybe that's the problem. I simply did not find the book funny. And in parts a little mean spirited. It's not that I don't like this genre. I found David Sedaris and Kathy Griffin's books laugh out loud funny. I didn't even crack a smile with Bossypants. I only finished it because it was for my f2f book club and it was a very quick read with wide margins, double space and filler pages. My f2f book club was split on this selection.

Suite Française~~Irène Némirovsky
Rate 4/5
Read this for the Group Read at BNC. I loved the writing and found the story quite engaging. The book is the unfinished work of an author who met her end in a concentration camp. I absolutely plan on reading some of her other books.

The Pritikin Edge: 10 Essential Ingredients for a Long and Delicious Life~Robert A. Vogel
Rate: 4
Health and diet advice from one of the early pioneers in the field. Informative, but I would have liked more specifics on the diet.

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin~Erik Larson
Rate 4/5
Buddy Read at BNC. I loved this book. It's a fascinating account of the U.S. Ambassadors time in Germany as Hitler is starting to come into power. Well done.

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl~Harriet Jacobs
Rate 4/5
This classic is one of the first personal narratives by a female slave. The book was published in 1861 yet it is quite easy to read unlike some books from that era. I found it to be inspiring and informative.

I normally don't have so many highly rated books in one month. Only one stinker in the bunch. All in all, a very good reading month for me.
July 2012 reads (6 new)
Aug 12, 2012 05:25PM

10168 Post your July 2012 reads here. :)
Dead authors (158 new)
Aug 12, 2012 05:25PM

10168 I'm sorry to hear an author you enjoyed passed away, Schmurgals.

I missed your books read this month. I'll put up a thread.
June 2012 books (8 new)
Jul 02, 2012 08:11PM

10168 Schmerguls wrote:

4936. Waking Giant America in the Age of Jackson, by David S. Reynolds

4038. Travels With My Aunt A Novel by Graham Greene

I added both of these to my To Be Read list. Thanks !
June 2012 books (8 new)
Jul 02, 2012 08:09PM

10168 My June reads

Tea and Sympathy~~Robert Woodruff Anderson
Fiction - Play
Rate 4/5
I read this classic play because it was Book Nook Cafe's group play read. It also prompted me to rent the DVD. I enjoyed both quite a bit.

Harvey~~Mary Chase
Fiction - Play
Rate 4/5
I thoroughly enjoyed this comedic play. The main character, Elwood, believes he has a 6 foot tall invisible rabbit, named Harvey, as a friend. Elwood is an eccentric simple man. His sister, wants to institutionalize him. My favorite line from the play is, 'Dr. Chumley, my mother used to say to me, In this world, Elwood, - she always called me Elwood- She'd say, In this world, Elwood you must be oh, so smart or oh, so pleasant.' For years I was smart, I recommend pleasant. You may quote me."

The Possibility of You~Pamela Redmond
Rate 2
Beach read. The story of three generations of women and how they deal with an unexpected pregnancy. I read this for my f2f book club. We had a good discussion.

Super Immunity: The Essential Nutrition Guide for Boosting Your Body's Defenses to Live Longer, Stronger, and Disease Free~~Joel Fuhrman
Non Fiction
Rate 4/5
Advice on how to get and stay healthy through a plant based diet. I've read and enjoyed his other book, the best seller,Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss. If you want to feel better and avoid illness, I recommend this book.

Brain Power: Improve Your Mind as You Age~~Michael J. Gelb
Non Fiction
Rate 3/5
Positive and encouraging up to date advice on how to improve your brain health through diet, exercise, and attitude. It's a terrific book to read if you would like to improve your daily life as well as your brain long term.
Mar 31, 2012 08:30PM

10168 Schmerguls wrote: "4911. Destiny of the Republic A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President, by Candice Millard (read 29 Mar 2012)

I saw the author on C-SPAN Book TV giving a talk about her book. I found her to be very interesting and put her book on my To Read list.

Thanks for sharing your review.
Jan 26, 2012 11:02AM

10168 Libyrinths wrote: "Alias said: Just making conversation. :)

Alias, ditto. I didn't mean to imply your post wasn't worthwhile. I just sometimes get cranky over the things society gets all bent out of shape over,..."


:) No problem.
Jan 26, 2012 06:05AM

10168 Libyrinths wrote: Besides, there are really more important things to worry about in life than some TV chef. Or what other people eat.

Just making conversation. :)
Jan 25, 2012 03:36PM

10168 Speaking of the Food Network, what do you think about Paula Deen and her admission of type 2 diabetes.

I have 2 problems with this.

1- She waited 3 years to reveal that she had diabetes. In the interim she continued to promote a unhealthy diet that may lead to diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

Of course no one forces anyone to watch or eat her food, but to promote it and not acknowledge that her cooking style may have been a contributing factor in her own disease and may cause disease in the viewer or readers of her books is just wrong, imo.

I've read that she also withheld the info from the Food Network. And I assume also her publisher. They found out when she went public.

2- She only reveled her illness, after 3 years, when she had hooked up with a drug company to push their diabetes meds.

This could have been a golden opportunity for her to say her cooking style may lead to disease and she will now change and learn with her audience the healthy way to eat.

I totally agree with the analogy this person made,
"It would be like someone who goes on TV and brags about how wonderful it is to smoke two packs of cigarettes a day and then when he or she gets lung cancer becomes a paid spokesperson for nicotine patches," Dvorak said. "I feel it is in very poor taste and if she chose to become an unpaid spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association, that would be a better way for her to make a difference and help fight this horrible disease."

According to this article she has a net worth of 16 million.
Dec 31, 2011 08:10PM

10168 I had a good reading year. I read 96 books. 35 fiction and 61 non fiction. It's the most I read in one year by far.

My December reads were:

Cutting for Stone~Abraham Verghese
Rate: 4 minus
I liked this book about twin boys. However, it was way too long.

An Amish Christmas~Cynthia Keller
Rate: 3 +
I enjoyed this simple tale of what Christmas should really be about.

Losing Mum and Pup~Christopher Buckley
Rate: 3 minus
Memoir by Christopher Buckley about his famous mom and dad. It was a sad to read of William F. Buckley's decline. The writing is full of black humor.

A Reckoning: A Novel~May Sarton
Rate: 5
I've read a lot of Sarton's non fiction but this is the first fiction book by Sarton that I've read. It was a Buddy Read GR-Book Nook Cafe. Thank you, Deborah, for sharing this wonderful book with me. Even if I had to read the last 10 pages through my tears ! Well written and thought provoking.

Wishin' and Hopin'~Wally Lamb
Rate 2
If you grew up in the 60's you will probably enjoy all the references. I thought the plot was just fair. I was expecting more from Wally Lamb.

EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want~Frances Moore Lappe
Non fiction
Rate: 3
Well done book on ecology. It was a joy to see Lappe on Book TV. She gives one hope for the future.

Gretel's Story~Gretel Wachtel
non fiction
rate: 3
I came upon this book by browsing my libraries new book shelf. It was an interesting look at WWII from the perspective of a young German women.

Happy New Year to all at Readers & Reading !
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