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Topic: Feb. 25-Mar 3--what are you reading this week?

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Subject: Feb. 25-Mar 3--what are you reading this week?
Date Posted: 2/25/2009 12:36 AM ET
Member Since: 8/30/2007
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So I was going to do one of these threads every week and forgot. I guess I'll just do one when the mood strikes, LOL. So what are you reading, what have you finished reading, and how did you like it?

I just finished The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell, in which she examines the ealry Puritans and how their attitudes set the precedent for much subsequent American behavior. I am a big fan of Sarah Vowell,and this book was entertaining at times, but I got bogged down in some of the Indian wars and it seemed like she got bored partway through and lost track of her point a little bit. Assassination Vacation was better.

And I'm in the middle of 1215: The Year of Magna Carta by Danny Danziger and John Gillingham. Danziger wrote a very light history book about the year 1000 that I enjoyed; this one has a little more meat to it, but it's also a very readable popular history. Which is about all my brain is up for anyway!

Date Posted: 2/25/2009 2:45 PM ET
Member Since: 6/19/2007
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Just started Descartes' Bones: A Skeletal History of the Conflict Between Faith and Reason by Russell Sholto.

Date Posted: 2/28/2009 11:33 PM ET
Member Since: 2/24/2007
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I am currently reading  A World Lit Only By Fire, The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance: Portrait of an Age by William Manchester, about the Middle Ages.  Seems to be all sorts of controversy surrounding it -- people either love it or hate it -- not much middle ground.  I am enjoying the author's persepctive on the time period, especially his focus on the 16th century, and not finding it to be biased, or lurid, or any of the other unflattering comments I have read online.

While the book was brand new, somehow I managed to cleave the spine so I will be offering it up as a freebie with an order once I complete it. If anyone is interested, just PM me.

Date Posted: 3/16/2009 6:16 PM ET
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I just started The Great Influenza by John M. Barry, and so far its fantastic.