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Good evening, all you readers and book lovers out there in Kossack land! Hope you've been able to take some time to indulge in reading for pleasure.  What have you been reading?  Is it anything you'd like to tell us about?

We all encounter books occasionally that change our thinking or enable us see the world in a new way. It's happened to me several times. I'd like to know which book has changed your life.

Have you read a book lately that will change forever the way you shop for groceries and prepare meals?

Have you read a book that has made you so deeply suspicious of all the chemicals in our environment that you've gone back to cleaning your house with bicarbonate of soda and vinegar?

Have you read a novel or a history or a biography about a place so thrilling that now you're working two jobs to get the money to drop everything, grab a plane, and go there--to the place that has possessed your imagination?

Readers and Book Lovers is calling for readers to share accounts of the books that have changed their lives.  I have slots open for the following weeks in May:

4 May
11 May
18 May
25 May

Only requirements are a burning desire to share your story and a commitment to uploading it at a certain time--please kosmail me for details.

Ready?  Come on, I'm eager to hear about your life-changing experience. We all want to hear your story!

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  •  I think so (6+ / 0-)

    First, would you sign me up for the group? I'll even be happy to help you run it.  I think I'll be able to come up with something for the week of the 11th, and I hope it's okay if it's a history book!

    -7.75, -8.10; All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent.

    by Dave in Northridge on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 06:09:59 PM PDT

  •  I'd like to write a diary called, (4+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, oceanview, cfk, hazey

    "Bookstores I have Loved & Lost" i can do may 4. what time do you want it published? you better invite me to the group too,

    "Such is the irresistible nature of truth that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing." - Thomas Paine

    by blueoregon on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 06:17:54 PM PDT

    •  Hi, blue! I like the sound of your diary (5+ / 0-)
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      blueoregon, Aunt Pat, oceanview, cfk, hazey

      I'll ask the blog admin to send you an invitation to join.  Re the subject of your diary--I don't think it would actually fit into this particular series--Books That Changed My Life--but it certainly would fit into the overall Readers & Book Lovers Group, if you'd like to submit it to the general blog.

      Sob!  Only today I found out that the used book store down the street has closed.  The building owner demanded $10,000 a month in rent. No one in the book business can afford that.

      "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

      by Diana in NoVa on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 06:27:14 PM PDT

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  •  The Little Prince (5+ / 0-)
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    Diana in NoVa, Aunt Pat, cfk, hazey, aravir

    I wouldn't mind doing one on The Little Prince if I could do May 4th. I have to be away from my main computer during the middle and end of May.

    "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

    by michelewln on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 06:42:46 PM PDT

  •  I've read a few good ones lately. (5+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, cfk, hazey, Diana in NoVa, aravir

    I recently moved back to Japan for my second tour of duty out here.  Since I knew I'd be living out of a bag for at least four or five months, I bought a Kindle and loaded it up with at least a year's worth of reading (and managed to grab a few fleeting wisps of wi-fi to download one or two that weren't out when I left).  I'm about three months into my assignment now, my workload here turns out to be a lot lighter than I'm used to, so here's what I've managed to read:

    Eaarth, Bill McKibben
    Conclusion: Heartbreaking, but beautiful.  Recommended to all sentient life.

    Drift, Rachael Maddow
    Conclusion: Utterly brilliant.  Recommended to all sentient life.

    The Omnivore's Dilemma, Michael Pollan
    Conclusion: Excellent and eye-opening.  Recommended to all sentient life.

    Zero History, William Gibson
    Conclusion: A good wrap-up to the Blue Ant books.  Recommended if you grok this author's jive.

    Wildwood, Colin Meloy
    Conclusion: Surprisingly good.  Ok, yeah, more for children, but as a long time fan of the Decemberists, I had to read it.  I also bought a paper copy for my 12-year old niece.  Highly recommended.

    Red Mars, Kim Stanley Robinson
    Conclusion: The first of three Mars books, and my first experience with KSR.  How have I lived 35 years, most of which as a sci-fi fan, and never read this man's work before?  Looking forward to finishing this trilogy and then moving on to Three Californias.  Highly recommended.

    And that is all I have to show for 2012 so far, bookwise, at least.  Oh, I'm also really looking forward to The Mongoliad.  Maybe I need to get out of the Navy so I can one day be part of a project like that.  :-)

    •  quillsinister, I really dig your name, and how (1+ / 0-)
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      aravir

      enterprising of you to assure yourself of a year's worth of reading material!

      All the books you've described sound worthwhile.  Please let me know which one you'd like to write about for "Books That Changed My Life."  This group will always need writers!

      "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

      by Diana in NoVa on Wed Apr 25, 2012 at 03:12:47 AM PDT

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  •  I read the Dictionary (1+ / 0-)
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    aravir

    Because I figure it has all the other books in it.

    Romney/Sauron 2012 - One Party to bring them all and in the Darkness bind them!

    by Fordmandalay on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 08:52:53 PM PDT

  •  After a DKos diary turned me on to (1+ / 0-)
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    aravir

    Haruki Murakami, I've stretched my local library's lending system to the limit and read (just about) every book they have.  I just finished the shorty story collection "Blind Willow Sleeping Woman"; besides the wonderful metaphors ("He had an aging bachelor smell, like newsprint stored in a drawer with cough drops"), it showed me a good story doesn't HAVE to have an ending neatly wrapped up and tied with a bow.

    As of right now, I loathe all anti-choice politicians with an intensity greater than the radiation output of a thousand suns. 3.13.12

    by GenuineRisk on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 09:22:49 PM PDT

    •  This is a very interesting comment (1+ / 0-)
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      aravir
      it showed me a good story doesn't HAVE to have an ending neatly wrapped up and tied with a bow.
      You've aroused my curiosity.  Now I'm going to have to hunt that collection down!

      BTW, I totally dig your sig!

      "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

      by Diana in NoVa on Wed Apr 25, 2012 at 03:15:50 AM PDT

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