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  1. #391
    Quote Originally Posted by concerned View Post
    I will have to watch that on the treadmill. I love Claire Foy; she was terrific as Anne Boylen and QEII
    Is that Jim Boylen's wife or daughter?

  2. #392
    Quote Originally Posted by UBlender View Post
    Is that Jim Boylen's wife or daughter?
    Second wife. She was beheaded because the ball didn't go in the hoop.

  3. #393
    The Man Who Save the Union: Ulysses S. Grant in War and Peace by H. W. Brands

    As commanding general in the Civil War he had defeated secession and destroyed slavery, secession's cause. For all the honor paid Robert E. Lee for brilliance and daring, it was Grant who had the harder task in their epic struggle. Grant fought in enemy territory against an army that typically stood behind developed defenses; Grant had to win while Lee had merely to avoid losing. Attackers almost always suffer greater casualties than defenders, but Grant's casualties, as a portion of his army, were lower than Lee's. His mistakes were few and never decisive. And in the reckoning that overrode all others, he came out on top: he won the war.

    Grant's presidency is largely remember now for scandals which he was never implicated in. Forgotten is his role in post-war reconstruction, in enforcing civil rights for African-Americans. Grant also offered American Indians a distinct peace policy from that of the aggressive exploitation favored by his predecessors and most of his contemporaries. Native Americans, like the African Americans, could not claim lasting success for Grant's endeavors on their behalf for his struggle for minority rights against majority hostility or indifference was a battle he couldn't win. Nonetheless, he waged a good and honorable fight.

    This is an excellent biography.

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    Betty Zane by Zane Grey

    Before Louis L'Amour, Zane Grey was known as the master of the western novel, yet his first book was a historical novel rather than a western. The book's principle character, Betty Zane, also happened to be Grey's great-great-grandmother. The novel takes place at Fort Henry, near present day Wheeling, West Virginia, during the final years of the American Revolution. Trouble is brewing with the Indians which culminates in a siege of Fort Henry. With the defenders running short of food and ammunition, Betty volunteers to fetch some gunpowder from a cache outside of the fort, which requires her to sprint under the guns of the enemy in broad daylight.

    Excellent

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    The Great Depression: America, 1929-1941 by Robert S. McElvaine

    An excellent, detailed analysis of the Depression, its causes, its remedies, the American culture as influenced by the Depression and of the two presidents tasked with dealing with it. The Depression would lead to a major cultural shift in the United States, one that would last until the Reagan Revolution of the 1980s.

    I first read this book back in the late 1990s. I think I understood and comprehended more in this second reading. Fantastic.


    "It'd be nice to please everyone but I thought it would be more interesting to have a point of view." -- Oscar Levant

  4. #394
    Quote Originally Posted by OrangeUte View Post
    Here is a neat and tidy list of all the books we have read in my men's book society here in Northern California...

    1. Gilead by Marilyn Robinson http://www.amazon.com/Gilead-Novel-M...eywords=gilead
    2. The River of Doubt by Candace Millard http://www.amazon.com/River-Doubt-Th...river+of+doubt
    3. East of Eden by John Steinbeck http://www.amazon.com/East-Penguin-T...s=east+of+eden
    4. The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay http://www.amazon.com/Power-One-Nove...s=power+of+one
    5. The Razor's Edge by M. Somerset Maugham http://www.amazon.com/Razors-Edge-W-...razor%27s+edge
    6. Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl http://www.amazon.com/Mans-Search-Me...ch+for+meaning
    7. Tenth of December by George Saunders http://www.amazon.com/Tenth-December...th+of+December
    8. Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner http://www.amazon.com/Angle-Repose-W...ngle+of+repose
    9. A River Runs Through It And Other Stories by Norman MacLean for the 9th book. http://www.amazon.com/River-Through-...uns+through+it
    10. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, http://www.amazon.com/Fahrenheit-451...fahrenheit+451
    11. The Complete Stories by Flannery O'Connor, https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Stor...ery+o%27connor
    12. Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, Ben Fountain. https://www.amazon.com/Billy-Lynns-L...+halftime+walk
    13. Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven https://www.amazon.com/dp/0804172447..._zelaybTRXWZ18
    14. All The Kings Men, Robert Warren Penn. After this election I am really looking forward to reading this book. https://www.amazon.com/dp/0156012952..._siviybXMSDYAK
    15. The Old Man And The Sea. Ernest Hemingway. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/06848...vdL&ref=plSrch
    16. A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles, https://www.amazon.com/Gentleman-Mos...eman+in+Moscow
    17. The Brothers Karmamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky, https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/03..._st_dp_summary The Richard Peaver/ Larissa Volokhonsky translation. Looking very much forward to this one.
    18. Underground Airlines, Ben Winters, https://www.amazon.com/Underground-A...round+airlines
    19. Miss Jane, Brad Watson, https://www.amazon.com/Miss-Jane-Nov...ords=miss+jane

    And the next book is

    20. The Frontiersmen, Allan Eckert, https://www.amazon.com/Frontiersmen-...e+frontiersmen
    The Frontiersmen was great.

    we are discussing our 21st book tonight:

    21. The Magician of Lublin, Isaac Bashevis Singer, https://www.amazon.com/Magician-Lubl.../dp/0374532540

  5. #395
    I listened to Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. It won the National Book Award this year. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...-unburied-sing

    It took me a while to get into it, and it never really grabbed me like some books do. But I find that a few weeks later, it comes back to my memory move vividly than most other books do. Reading might be better for this one that listening. The narrator for the female part was a little too dramatic for my taste, and it distracted from the story a bit.

    I'm listening to a Clancy book to cleanse the palate a bit, and then have Andy Weir's new book Artemis up next. I'm looking forward to that quite a bit. I loved The Martian.
    Dyslexics of the world, untie!

  6. #396
    Quote Originally Posted by chrisrenrut View Post
    I listened to Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. It won the National Book Award this year. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...-unburied-sing

    It took me a while to get into it, and it never really grabbed me like some books do. But I find that a few weeks later, it comes back to my memory move vividly than most other books do. Reading might be better for this one that listening. The narrator for the female part was a little too dramatic for my taste, and it distracted from the story a bit.

    I'm listening to a Clancy book to cleanse the palate a bit, and then have Andy Weir's new book Artemis up next. I'm looking forward to that quite a bit. I loved The Martian.
    That book was amazing, sing unburied sing, I mean. The traffic stop scene was subtle but really intense. The writing was beautiful and I love the story. It is very relevant, obviously, to some of the race issues we are still dealing with today. I believe that Jesmyn Ward deserved the national book award for this one.

  7. #397
    Quote Originally Posted by OrangeUte View Post
    The Frontiersmen was great.

    we are discussing our 21st book tonight:

    21. The Magician of Lublin, Isaac Bashevis Singer, https://www.amazon.com/Magician-Lubl.../dp/0374532540
    Magician of Lublin is fantastic. It has a very philosophical discussion of faith and doubt and of the role of religious traditions in our lives. it is definitely a book worth checking out.

    Next up:

    22. 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson, https://www.amazon.com/100-Year-Old-...s=100+year+old

    Very much looking forward to reading this one.

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