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Books Potentials

From: Cid
Sent on: Saturday, May 3, 2008 10:32 AM
Hello everyone,

Touching base since I was not at the last meeting (thank you Richard, for facilitating!)

Our upcoming meeting is the Lincoln book (details in the calender). Look forward to discussing it.

We have not chosen books going forward. My goal for next meeting is to choose the next three months, pinning down June that night. Usually a little farther head but since I was not at the April meeting.......apologies.

Here are books I found and will bring for review and voting. Please send me your ideas or bring them to the meeting.

Happy reading and pray that spring starts soon.

Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs : A Low Culture Manifesto
by Chuck Klosterman
Synopsis
With an exhaustive knowledge of popular culture and an almost effortless ability to spin brilliant prose out of unlikely subject matter, Klosterman attacks the entire spectrum of postmodern America: reality TV, Internet porn, Pamela Anderson, literary Jesus freaks, and the real difference between apples and oranges (of which there is none).
Review (Washington Post)
He's the maddeningly smart and funny armchair critic from North Dakota who's right 90 percent of the time -- and the other 10 percent of the time, he's just so lunatic that the funny bone preempts the thinking bone.

Charlie Wilson's War : The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History
by George Crile
Synopsis
The untold story of a whiskey-swilling, skirt-chasing, scandal-prone congressman from Texas, and how he conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest and most successful covert operation in U.S. history
Review (New York Times)
The result is a vivid narrative, though a reader may wonder how much of this story is true in exactly the way Crile presents it. Still, few people who remember Wilson's years in Washington would discount even the wildest tales.

LITTLE HEATHENS: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression.
By Mildred Armstrong Kalish. Bantam Books,
Synopsis
This book offers a loving but realistic portrait of a ?hearty-handshake Methodist? family that gave its members a remarkable legacy of kinship, kindness, and remembered pleasures. Recounted in a luminous narrative filled with tenderness and humor, Kalish?s memoir of her childhood shows how the right stuff can make even the bleakest of times seem like ?quite a romp.
Review (New York Times)
(Mildred Armestron) unpacked and worked them into a story that is not only trustworthy and useful (have I mentioned the recipe for homemade marshmallows?) but is also polished by real, rare happiness.

BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE
by Ben Mezrich
Synopsis
How six M.I.T. students won more than $3 million at Las Vegas casinos; a reprint of the 2002 book.
Review (Boston Herald)
The Boston Herald acclaimed it as "a suspenseful tale that portrays the players as Davids going up against Goliaths."

STUMBLING ON HAPPINESS
by Daniel Gilbert (Vintage)
Synopsis
In this brilliant, witty, and accessible book, renowned Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert describes the foibles of imagination and illusions of foresight that cause each of us to misconceive our tomorrows and misestimate our satisfactions
Review (Daniel Goleman ?author of Emotional Intelligence)
"In Stumbling on Happiness, Daniel Gilbert shares his brilliant insights into our quirks of mind, and steers us toward happiness in the most delightful, engaging ways. If you stumble on this book, you're guaranteed many doses of joy."

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