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Keith rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Fear Index by Robert Harris
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In this era of IT and rather casual acceptance of consumer technology we tend to overlook the influence that its all had on our everyday lives. Terms such as hedge funds, quants, high frequency trading, flash crash and put options have entered our ev ...more
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Poison by Sara Poole
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Apparently 1492 was a bad year for trying to live a pious and devout life, at least in Rome. The papacy is rife with corruption and dishonesty as well as criminality and the rule of civil law is ignored, or even nonexistent by the lights of this stor ...more
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Zealot by Reza Aslan
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The story of Jesus has been argued, debated and studied for more than two thousand years and yet it remains so sacrosanct to so many that even attempting to approach it with anything but veneration can create conflict and derision. Somehow Reza Aslan ...more
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The Alteration by Kingsley Amis
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What an incredibly ingenious novel...and what an incredible story. This book is a good lesson in not being swayed by genera classification, or any classification for that matter, when deciding what to read. Although listed as alternative history or m ...more
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The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
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Philip Roth's novel, written as an autobiography, reminds you on the first page that it really isn't. A view of the world as seen through the eyes of a child from age seven to ten can be a pretty terrifying experience but as little Phil explains, it ...more
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The Betrayal by Kathleen O'Neal Gear
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I find the Gear's anthropological approach to historical fiction, concerning native American tribal life, not only provocative but captivatingly exciting and I wanted to see how they would apply their research methods to another culture. Because of t ...more
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The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
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This one has been on my “Want To Read” list for a long time and I'm glad I finally followed up. Phillip K. Dick's award winning AH novel is not only intriguing but really titillates the “what if” portion of the psyche. Here, he posits that Germany an ...more
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A Good American by Alex George
A Good American
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During our present period of immigration obsession, this is probably a good time to get a fresh perspective on being an American. Americans often forget how mixed, mashed and transmogrified their personal backgrounds really are and this novel provide ...more
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The Mullah's Storm by Tom  Young
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The action begins early as a C-130 cargo plane, carrying a high ranking mullah as a prisoner takes off from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan for parts unknown. The crew and their important passenger are airborne for only a few minutes when the plane's ...more
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Coming of Age by Studs Terkel
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Studs Terkel was eighty three years old when he gathered and published this collection of interviews with people we kindly refer to as “elders” or less reverentially as “those in their dotage”. Some are as “young” as septuagenarian and a few qualify ...more
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Emily Dickinson
“That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.”
Emily Dickinson

P.D. James
“If our sex life were determined by our first youthful experiments, most of the world would be doomed to celibacy. In no area of human experience are human beings more convinced that something better can be had only if they persevere.”
P.D. James, The Children of Men

E.E. Cummings
“anyone lived in a pretty how town
(with up so floating many bells down)
spring summer autumn winter
he sang his didn't he danced his did

Women and men(both little and small)
cared for anyone not at all
they sowed their isn't they reaped their same
sun moon stars rain

children guessed(but only a few
and down they forgot as up they grew
autumn winter spring summer)
that noone loved him more by more

when by now and tree by leaf
she laughed his joy she cried his grief
bird by snow and stir by still
anyone's any was all to her

someones married their everyones
laughed their cryings and did their dance
(sleep wake hope and then)they
said their nevers they slept their dream

stars rain sun moon
(and only the snow can begin to explain
how children are apt to forget to remember
with up so floating many bells down)

one day anyone died i guess
(and noone stooped to kiss his face)
busy folk buried them side by side
little by little and was by was

all by all and deep by deep
and more by more they dream their sleep
noone and anyone earth by april
wish by spirit and if by yes.

Women and men (both dong and ding)
summer autumn winter spring
reaped their sowing and went their came
sun moon stars rain”
E.E. Cummings, Selected Poems
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