Good Reads


With too much bad news on TV to watch, I’ve delved into heavy reading and thought I would share what I chose.

After seeing the entire PBS Vietnam series I ordered the book penned by veteran Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried.  I asked the kids if they had read his book (because they too watched the series and we talked a lot about the war as the series aired), and I got major texting eye roll emojis back. Mom, said two, we’ve read it several times. Where have I been that I didn’t own this? Don’t answer. That was rhetorical.

My mom has been reading The Last Days of Night on her Audible iPad, the best idea we’ve had for mom since I don’t know when. She’s listened to over ten books, carrying the iPad around with her as she does chores etc.

The book is from Graham Moore, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Imitation Game and New York Times bestselling author of The Sherlockian, comes a thrilling novel—based on actual events—about the nature of genius, the cost of ambition, and the battle to electrify America.

George Westinghouse has been sued by Thomas Edison over a billion-dollar question: Who invented the light bulb and holds the right to power the country?

I’m two chapters into this and already hooked. An excellent read. Informative, historical, yet breezy.

The Oxford History of the American People. Why this book you ask??? Welll, believe it or not, it was my TEXT BOOK for American History in my senior year in high school, 1966. Yes boys and girls, we old people were actually taught American History. Not like today where I don’t think it’s even an option, unless you are at a private school. Anyone with kids in public school, can you answer me if American History is still taught.

Published in 1965, my history teacher thought The Oxford History was an excellent text for us and he was right. I have two copies of this book, this newer bought a few years ago, and the original, all marked up, dog-eared, and of course, with the obligatory boyfriend name penned on the binding and inside pages, now stashed away in a box with the other high school text books I saved – geometry, French, Latin. I didn’t save any Science books probably because I still have nightmares about how poorly I did in high school science (and math). But let’s be positive about history and the teacher who was so outside the box, he ordered a brand new book as a text. Sadly, this is the same teacher who was summarily dismissed in the dark of night for being gay. He was the best damn teacher I ever had. Bar none. But that was 1966.

I plan to reread it in its entirety, to see if his perspective and choice was a good one, now that I’m 50 years out from high school. I haven’t started it yet because, to be honest, I’m reading People magazine right now. Sheesh, priorities folks.

The only time I get to read People magazine is at the hairdresser but yesterday, in line at the grocery store, I threw it on top of the produce, mostly because I adore Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, and wanted to read about her story and her fame. She started out as a little blogger. So there’s hope for me yet to becoming a TV star?????????

If you want, let me know what you are reading. Otherwise, happy Wednesday. Gorgeous outside. Perfect sky. Perfect temps. But the dark clouds are out there are for the 58 people killed in Las Vegas and even darker clouds for what the shooter was possibly thinking as a motive. So much to learn yet. The MSM is harping on guns guns guns, missing the REAL story of the heroic people who saved others. The stories of people helping people moved me to tears but because the MSM hates real Americans, they can’t accept that people do unselfish acts for no reason. That’s why Trump will win bigly in 2020.



28 thoughts on “Good Reads

  1. My reading order would be:
    The Things They Carried (I haven’t read it either)
    The last Days of Night
    Oxford History (and maybe not even)

  2. I haven’t been reading books lately but I plan to read The Last Days of Night on your recommendation. Should be right up my alley.
    With downsizing we gave away many, many books but I still have The Oxford History of the American People. Without looking, I remember the book ends with JFK’s assassination. I referred to that book many times over the last 50 years. Morison was known in my family as the Naval Historian. There’s a beautiful statue of him on the Commonwealth Mall in Boston.
    Nice but a tad brisk this morning.

    1. I read straight through the day and almost finished last days of night. It was so gorgeous outside today, except fighting off stink bugs, which seem to also enjoy this sunny warm weather.

      Yes, Oxford does stop with JFK. It’ll be a book I’ll read over the winter, not right away but I mostly want to look at it from the eyes of what my history teacher saw in it.

  3. I’ve said how convenient it is to get a library book to read on Kindle. I use the Kindle app on my iPad Pro and just downloaded the Moore book to read.

  4. OT but Rex Tillerson just told NBC Fake news to sit down and shut up by publicly saying he has no intention of quitting and that he and trump are on the same page of Making America Great Again. I can’t find a linkable post to the whole speech. If someone else can, please do.

    1. Darn. I missed it. I’m outside. I’ll see if I can find speech. What prompted it? The “fact” that NBC said Rex was going to resign or be fired for reportedly calling Trump a moron?

    2. Liberals and the MSM (redundant) thought Tillerson was going to announce his resignation. That’s how stupid they all are. The media has no clue what Trump and his team are all about. When Rex doubled his support for Trump, I think CNN collectively collapsed. A good moment for Deplorables.

      1. I finally saw the whole Rex speech. I am sure you are right, that MSM thought he’d renounce Trump and swear allegiance to Bernie.

        Given that it was NBC whose Fake News Trump & Tillerson were taking to task, I thought I should watch NBC Evening News to see if they mentioned the comments. Then I came to my senses and watched a rerun of Tim Allen’s now cancelled Last Man Standing sitcom. Good show.

        Watching Jeopardy now.

    1. Is the book about the making/building of the building, or the making of the family? I’ll check it out. Thanks.

      NOW, as for the Hotel Psychoneurotic Institute for the Very, Very Nervous…..could I stay there? I don’t think so. Actually, I know so, NO. My mom volunteered at the massive Delaware State Mental Institution in the days when “patients” walked around drooling and hitting. I think my mind would worry all night in that hotel, what family had their loved one inside these walls. The upside to the days of institutions was the family knew their mentally ill relative was safe, maybe not well cared for by today’s standards, but not living under the 6 train or the Harlem Line to Mount Kisco. There was a lot to be said in favor of institutions but making one into a hotel? Yikes. Could/Would YOU stay there???

      1. You know, I think it would be worth a stay there just to see those spaces and get up close and personal with a real H.H. Richardson building. Being surrounded by democrats here in California has made me less apprehensive about anything to do with insane asyla.

        1. I have a good friend in Buffalo so at minimum next time I’m there I’ll photograph the hotel for the blog but beyond that, despite my love of architecture too, I’d be way too spooked to spend the night, ESPECIALLY Halloween.

  5. Any book by Erik Larson. Writes non fiction that reads like the best fiction. My favorites are Devil in the White City, Thunderstruck and Isaac’s Storm.
    You’re welcome!

  6. Here’s an wonderful eye-opening book about the lives of ordinary people in North Korea……
    NOTHING TO ENVY. It was written by Barbara Demick who was the bureau chief in Beijing of the Los Angeles Times. It is a short book but will stay in your mind for a long time!

    1. Thanks Jane. I plan to order your suggestion and also the one caelestis suggested tomorrow morning. Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a long harsh winter so I’m getting in lots of reading now. Thanks!!

      Ordered both just now. Paperback for your suggestion was only $9.35 (odd amount). The Rockefeller book was $14.88. (again a strange amount. why not $15?)

  7. I read A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles – WONDERFUL read (it must be — it’s all in caps! 🙂 ), as was his first book, Rules of Civility. Also recommend News of the World, by Paulette Jiles. Right now I am reading A Thousand Acres, by Jane Smiley. Really good as well.

    Thanks for all the great recommendations EOS!

    1. Duly NOTED (all caps!). We’re taking a 12 day vacation this winter so I’m stockpiling books for the time away. I’m woefully under-read so I always appreciate recommendations. Always. Thanks.

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