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Read any good books this summer?
Help me find my next (Audible) book!
This summer I found myself mostly "listening" to books from Audible.com. One of the great advantages of Audible for me is that I buy an advance subscription (this is a necessity, not a luxury) and so pay $10 flat rate per book, regardless of whether it's still in hardback or over 1,000 pages. I listen during my hour long round-trip commute to work 3 days a week, I listen while gardening, I listen while doing mundane household chores. They're great for working out, taking long walks, or cleaning out your garage. I'll go find weeds to pull or a room to clean if I've got a good book going, so it's a less sedentary pursuit than reading with my eyes instead of my ears. I'm always looking for the next great "listen" so I'm looking forward to your own reads and suggestions in the comments.
So, in descending order through my summer:
My Current Listen:
Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison
by Piper Kerman. I'm finding plenty to relate to in this true story of a nice middle-class blonde woman whose adventurous past and 10 year old mistakes catch up with her and land her in a federal women's prison for a year. I like Piper primarily because she never assumes for a minute she's better than anyone else in prison, and it doesn't take long for sentencing disparities between women of color and herself to become apparent.
The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer. This was one of my top favorite books of the decade. Packer lets the story of changes in the country's economics and social structures over since the 70's unfold through the lives of the numerous people he profiles, from the rich and famous to the laid-off factory worker. It's never preachy and it bears out every thought you've had about America's recent decline. The "unwinding" we're experiencing now isn't the first in the country's history, though things always seem the bleakest, I suppose, when they're happening in your own time. I really can't recommend this book highly enough.
Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer. I first heard the strategy of the Memory Palace in my diary about memory tricks and tips. Foer, a newly-graduated journalist, lived in his parent's basement while writing about obscure memory championships, where he was convinced to spend a year training for the American title. I won't give away the outcome of the championship, but Foer did admit that while he could eventually memorize dozens of names and faces and even two decks of playing cards in minutes, it didn't help him remember to drive his car home two days after the competition. That's right -- he didn't lose the keys to his car, or forget where he parked his car -- he forgot he even drove his car to dinner in the first place.
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler. This is the only fictional book I listened to this summer, but it read like a true story. My advice is this: I fyou enjoy well-written fiction read this book, but do not read any book reviews, jacket covers, or teasers in advance. Let it surprise you. So far I've recommended it to three people who plunged in without knowing the "reveal" in advance, and all were delighted by where the book took them. Promise!
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candace Millard, who also wrote the outstanding biography of Teddy Roosevelt's post-presidential adventure along The River of Doubt. As a medical person I'm always fascinated by medical mistakes and mishaps of bygone days (knowing that it's just different mistakes being made now), and President James Garfield's suffering at the hands of his doctors was worse than at the hands of his assassin. The story encompasses the true-believer's insanity of Garfield's killer along with frantic attempts by Alexander Graham Bell to invent a device to save him.
Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons by Elizabeth Dowling Taylor and Annette Gordon-Reed was both good and mildly disappointing as there was more background on the Madison's than on Paul Jennings himself, who began working in the White House at 10 years of age. I found the story needlessly dry and overly filled with suppositions about Jennings little-recorded life. Still, its well-worth the view into its time and the few interesting tidbits about Jennings relationship with Dolly Madison after he became a free man and after the President's death.
I'm probably not alone in noting that the number of actual books I read cover to cover has declined as my involvement in the online world has increased, though I spend more time than I ever have, reading reading reading! Here's a couple actual books I'm reading, called bathtub books because any time of year I love to soak in a bath and read a chapter or two.
This Is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity by Susan Moon. I'm fairly certain dharmasyd recommended this gem of a book that gently guides the reader to fully see and accept the physical limitations and mind expansions that are part of aging.
See tip jar for my just-finished bathtub book!
Latest Updates on Kossack Regional Meet-Up News Below the New Day sunrise cloud
Let's build communities!
Every region needs a meatspace community like SFKossacks.
We take care of each other in real life.
I urge YOU to take the lead and organize one in your region.
Please tell us about it if you do and we're here for advice.
THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY
NEW GROUPS IN THE PROCESS OF ORGANIZING:These are the groups that have started since * NEW DAY * began. Please Kosmail navajo if you have started a group before that.
Send a Kosmail to the organizers and ask for an invitation to the group.• Northern Indiana Area: Kosmail Tim Delaney
• Long Island: Kosmail grannycarol
• Northern Michigan: Kosmail JillS
• Nebraska: Kosmail Nebraska68847Dem
• Westburbia Chicago Kossacks: Kosmail Majordomo
• New York Hudson Valley Kossacks: Kosmail boran2
• North Carolina Triangle Kossacks: Kosmail highacidity
• Caprock Kossacks (Panhandle/Caprock/Lubbock/Amarillo area) : Kosmail shesaid
• West Texas Kossacks (including Big Bend Region and El Paso) : Kosmail Yo BubbaNote to the above new leaders: Feel free to leave a comment any day reminding readers about your new group. Also, tell us about your progress in gathering members. Kosmail me when you've chosen a good name for your group and have created a the group. Then I'll move you to the NEW GROUPS LIST. When you've planned a date for your first event I'll make a banner for you to highlight your event in our diaries and your diaries.
NEW GROUPS LIST:
• Kansas City Kossacks - Formed Oct 15, 2012, Organizer: [Founder stepped down]
ESTABLISHED GROUPS LIST: (List will grow as we discover them)
Saturday, August 31st
Houston Kossacks Meet-up
TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Hollywood Vietnamese-Chinese & French Cuisine
2409 Montrose Boulevard • Houston
ORGANIZER: Send Chrislove a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: Houston Area Kossacks: Meet-Up Scheduled for Saturday, August 31!
4. mister mustardhead
5. Bree Davis
6. Libby Shaw
8. mr. suesue
Sunday, Sept 15th
Chicago Kossacks Meet-up at a Powwow!
TIME: 11:30 AM
LOCATION: Chicago's 60th Annual American Indian Center Powwow
Busse Woods Forest Preserve • Elk Grove Village
ORGANIZER: Send figbash a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: Chicago Kossacks Go To A Powwow: Sunday, Sept 15 2013
3. Mr. broths
5. Liberal Granny
7. Expat Okie
DeKalb, Illinois KossacksSaturday, September 21st
DeKalb, Illinois Kossacks Dinner & a Show!
TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Rosita's Mexican Restaurant
642 East Lincoln Highway • DeKalb
TIME: 7:30 PM
LOCATION: The Stage Coach Players Theater
126 South 5th Street (2 blks. from dinner) • DeKalb
ORGANIZER: Send NormAl1792 a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: Northern IL Kossacks Dinner and a Show - Saturday, Sept. 21
1. NormAl1792 (on stage as Henry II)
4. Mr. luvs
Saturday, October 19th
DKos Asheville Kossacks Meet-up
TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: The Bywater
796 Riverside Dr. • Asheville
ORGANIZER: Send randallt a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: DKos Asheville - Weekly Open Thread
7. Sandy on Signal
8. Mr Sandy on Signal
11. Mr Alecia
people power granny
One Pissed Off Liberal
Christian Dem in NC
Phil S 33
Sunday, October 20th
MEGA Philly/NJ/NYC Kossacks Meet-up!
LOCATION: Stuff Yer Face
49 Easton Avenue • New Brunswick, NJ
ORGANIZER: Send mconvente a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: Philly/NJ/NYC Mega Meetup! Initial Information & Interest Diary
2. belinda ridgewood
11. blue jersey mom
aravir and son
Friday, October 25th
LAKossacks & SoCal Inland Empire See Lewis Black!
TIME: 9:00 PM
LOCATION: Agua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa
32-250 Bob Hope Dr. • Rancho Mirage
ORGANIZER: Send 714day a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: L.A. Kossacks, Lewis Black Fans in So Cal
Friday, October 25th
Meet the Daily Kos Editorial Staff!
TIME: TBD in the PM
LOCATION: Daily Kos HQ
Address given privately to RSVP'ers • Berkeley
ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend.
You will need to bring Potluck. Stay tuned for assignments.
2. Susan Gardner
3. Meteor Blades
4. Faith Gardner
5. Will Rockafellow
and many more staff... stay tuned
8. side pocket
15. remembrance +TLO?
16. Glen the Plumber
21. Dave in Northridge
SFKossacks BBQ in the Wine Country
LOCATION: Andrew McGuire's home in the Wine Country
Address to be given privately to RSVPs • Windsor
1. Andrew McGuire
6. Hunter/elfling offspring
14. Mr. dksbook
17. side pocket
18. Mrs. side pocket
20. ceebee7's sister
21. leema (will carpool from Marin)
22. Meteor Blades
Glen The Plumber
Send navajo a kosmail if you post a diary about an event so we can update our round-up.
Okay. Floor's open.
Tell us what you are doing on this NEW DAY?