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True Story by Michael Finkel
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Well, here we are again trying to figure out what is real and unreal, what are stories we tell ourselves at 2 am in the morning when one can't sleep. The real mystery is how an amoral murderer can pinpoint vulnerable people and manipulate and alter t ...more
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Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe
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This is a light fast read but also surprising thoughtful, intelligent and well-spoken autobiography read by the author. I had assumed Rob Lowe was a pretty boy Brat Pack actor, except his performance on The West Wing. He did have his youthful excesse ...more
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On the Move by Oliver Sacks
On the Move: A Life
by Oliver Sacks
read in May, 2015
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I am heart-broken on hearing in the news that Oliver Sacks has multiple metastases of the liver. I have read and enjoyed his books for more than 30 years. I even had a pleasant conversation with him once at a book awards ceremony, completely unaware ...more
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The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan
The Painted Girls
by Cathy Marie Buchanan (Goodreads Author)
read in November, 2014
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I don't know if this book is actually a 4 star book, but I'm a Francophile, balletomane, and fan of Degas (the rest of the impressionists seem saccharine--but I'm getting old, snarky and overexposed). I'm pretty much a sap for a book with all these e ...more
" I just saw Nightcrawler and Jake Gyllenhaal is fantastically maniacal, nerdy and intense as a stringer for local news (those eyes! those bulging eyes! ...more "
The Martian by Andy Weir
" I also enjoyed the "The Martian," but was put off at times by the long passages given over to the science of it (non-mechanical engineering background ...more "
Cathy rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Martian
by Andy Weir (Goodreads Author)
read in August, 2014
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I like the author's and narrator's tone, cheeky and black humored. I really liked the setup - Robinson Crusoe on Mars - and how the protagonist worked through the problems. I became frustrated at times with the technical details and processes. Less c ...more
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City of Thieves by David Benioff
City of Thieves
by David Benioff
read in August, 2014
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A tale well told, and so bizarre, funny and sorrowful that it might be true even if it is fiction. I loved the line (I have to paraphrase here)"If you're not confused by the current situation, then you don't really understand it." Probably the worst ...more
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William Shakespeare
“From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.”
William Shakespeare, Henry V

Jean Cocteau
“Living is a horizontal fall.”
Jean Cocteau, Opium: The Diary of His Cure

Arthur C. Clarke
“Open the pod bay doors, Hal.”
Arthur C. Clarke, 2001: A Space Odyssey

Bill Watterson
“Reality continues to ruin my life.”
Bill Watterson, The Complete Calvin and Hobbes

Graham Chapman
“By the power bestowed in me by the Ministry of Silly Underpants . . .”
Graham Chapman

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