What are you reading?

I've always been an avid reader. My favorite childhood summer vacations were ones spent reading stacks of books from the library. These days, I keep a growing list of books I want to read that I'll never catch up on. My latest enthrallment is "Reading Lolita in Tehran," a memoir by Azar Nafisi that takes place over a two-year period in a tumultous time in Iran. It's part narrative on the situation around her, and how it affects her students turned book club of women, and part literary criticism from an Iranian woman's point of view. They discuss forbidden classics such as The Great Gatsby and Jane Austen novels while Ms. Nafisi develops the lives of the women around her. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves books and wants to see them from a different point of view.

 I want to know what you're reading--post your recommendations below.

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Connor Threlkeld
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Connor Threlkeld 02/05/08 - 10:49 am
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In my spare time, I'm

In my spare time, I'm currently reading "Chienne de Guerre" by French journalist Anne Nivat, about her experiences covering the second war between Chechnya and Russia. Since Western journalists were forbidden to cover the conflict by the Russian government, she worked entirely undercover, risking her life to bring the story home from the front lines. It's interesting reading, but slow going because I don't know the geography at all, so I'm constantly referring to the maps.

Next up is "The Night Stalkers" by Michael Durant, who is best known for "In The Company of Heroes," based on his experiences of the Somali conflict immortalized in the movie Black Hawk Down. The book chronicles the history of SOAR, the Special Operations Aviation Regiment, brought to the forefront after the Iranian Hostage rescue disaster to serve as the combat transport fleet for Special Operations troops worldwide. Essentially, the finest combat helicopter pilots in the world. I haven't started reading it yet, but I hear it's epic.

I know, it sounds like I'm a combat junkie (I read mostly about World War II, but am getting more interested in the more recent conflicts). But our military history is the reason I'm not writing these comments in German or Japanese right now, so I have a tremendous amount of respect for the people who did what had to be done.

up2nogood
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up2nogood 02/08/08 - 02:04 pm
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I recently finished "Down

I recently finished "Down Below," which detailed submarine espionage during the Cold War. It was fascinating to read about the risks American and Russian submariners took to gleen even the tiniest iota of covert intelligence from each other. Currently, I'm reading "The Alexandria Link" by Steve Berry. He and his book are the focus of a Columbia County book discussion series and I wanted to know to novel to properly cover the story. It's about a search for the lost Library of Alexandria and the tumultuous ramifications such a find might have in the Middle East. Next up, I want to read "The Other Boleyn Girl." I love historical fiction, and fact.

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granolagirl 02/18/08 - 02:09 pm
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Right now, I'm reading The

Right now, I'm reading The Gift of the Jews by Thomas Cahill. (He also wrote How the Irish Saved Civilization.) It's about the contribution the Hebrew culture has made to what is now considered a "western worldview." I just finished What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew, which is full of tidbits of information about daily life in 18th and 19th century England which help to explain some of the more confusing details in English fiction from that time. And in the fiction category, I just discovered the Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell and enjoyed her novel North and South. And I re-read all of Austen's novels about once a year!

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strom 02/22/08 - 06:55 pm
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Your blog

Your blog

lord griggs1947
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lord griggs1947 02/26/08 - 08:48 am
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I am reading philosohy of

I am reading philosohy of religion books. My attention span is such that I go from one to the other quicklly. Two thorough ones are "Arguing about Gods" and "Logic and Theism." I gave up on fiction,even my foreign books which I donated to Goodwill.

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dochensley 04/27/08 - 04:48 pm
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Please do a review on "The

Please do a review on "The Challenge of JHWH" written by Symm Hawes McCord in collaboration with Jacquelyn Brooks Strike-McCord. I found this to be an excellent read. Symm McCord is an excellent Doctor and from Augusta, GA until last year. You may email the authors @ TheChallengeOFJHWH@Hotmail.com The book is Published by Publish America. Thank you, Laura Hensley

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