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Old 02-25-11, 12:23 PM   #1
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any book recommendations?

Doesn't necessary have to be bike related. Not a big fan of romance or sci fi even though many say that books by Ursula K. LeGuin might 'convert' me into reading more choice works of the sci fi genre.
I just finished reading "Stiff: the curious lives of human cadavers" by Roach, "Rosalind Franklin: Dark Lady of DNA" and "The Double Helix" by Watson. I really enjoyed all three books. I'm thinking about reading "Touching the Void" next.

any recommendations would be greattttttttt.
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Natalie Angier's "Woman: An Intimate Biography." If you like sciency-stuff.
Pollan's "Omnivore's Dilemma" If you don't find reality too terrifying.
Gore Vidal's "Julian" If you like Roman history or are an Atheist. (They did lots of humping and head-cutting in those days, but it's more interesting than it is sexy/violent.)
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Me, mock you? never! I am sure there is a great story behind your nick And the world wants to know.
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I just finished reading "Stiff: the curious lives of human cadavers" by Roach, "Rosalind Franklin: Dark Lady of DNA" and "The Double Helix" by Watson. I really enjoyed all three books. I'm thinking about reading "Touching the Void" next.

any recommendations would be greattttttttt.
You might like:
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

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You might enjoy a book with local Portland background, "My Abandonment" by Reed College professor Peter Rock. You may recall that a few years ago a homeless man and his 13 YO daughter were found living in Forest Park, this novel is based on that story. There are many facts from the real situation, but the story is fiction because the end of the real story is unknown. Highly recommended. http://www.amazon.com/My-Abandonment...8670649&sr=1-1
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snow crash
fight club
repo man
the latter two different enough from the movies it doesnt matter if they are better or not.
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Best book of all time IMO: Lolita. (Admittedly, one must do a little work to get past the ick-factor.)

"I could list a great number of these one-sided diminutive romances. Some of them ended in a rich flavor of hell. It happened for instance that from my balcony I would notice a lighted window across the street and what looked like a nymphet [HH's code for an underage girl] in the act of undressing before a co-operative mirror. Thus isolated, thus removed, the vision acquired an especially keen charm that made me race with all speed toward my lone gratification. But abruptly, fiendishly, the tender pattern of nudity I had adored would be transformed into the disgusting lamp-lit bare arm of a man in his underclothes reading his paper by the open window in the hot, damp, hopeless summer night."
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John Adams by McCullough. An awesome read if you remotely like US history. John Adams amassed one of the largest collections of letters, documents and records ever to this day. The book takes us from his days as a young man going to Harvard and walks us through early America. It is something else that the last two living signers of the Declaration of Independence, Adams and Jefferson, friends throughout their lives, died on the same day just hours apart . . .on July 4, 1826.

It opened my eyes to what was previously an obscure second president to one of the greatest men of all time.
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I don't shut up, I grow up, every time I see your face I throw up.

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I don't shut up, I grow up, every time I see your face I throw up.
Then your mother comes around the corner and licks it up. *snaps fingers*

I love Stand by Me!

Anyways, I said SHUT UP because Lolita is my most favoritest book of all time!!!!!!!!

'She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita. Light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo... Lee... Ta.'

&

'I looked and looked at her, and I knew, as clearly as I know that I will die, that I loved her more than anything I had ever seen or imagined on earth. She was only the dead-leaf echo of the nymphet from long ago - but I loved her, this Lolita, pale and polluted and big with another man's child. She could fade and wither - I didn't care. I would still go mad with tenderness at the mere sight of her face.'
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Ooh! Speaking of that, another one just occurred to me. If you like watching the Tour & Giro, check out Bachman's (aka King's) "The Long Walk."
It's a quick page-turner , not really deep, but is still a neat story by Stephen King during his skinny-Elvis phase.

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Is this gonna turn into a tri-athlon of crying. Cause I'm pretty competitive with this stuff.
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"Favoritest"...? Vladimir's buried corpse just let out a groan.


Favoritest...?!?!
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Is this gonna turn into a tri-athlon of crying. Cause I'm pretty competitive with this stuff.
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"Favoritest"...? Vladimir's buried corpse just let out a groan.
Yes favoritest. To show how much I like it. Duh. Obviously I know it's favoriter. Kidding.

It's favoritable.
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"Favoritest"...? Vladimir's buried corpse just let out a groan.


Favoritest...?!?!
Man, until I hit reply and saw the URL I was thinking, wow there is an epsidoe of Star Trek NG that I do not recognize. Now, upon looking at it I realize that hand is way too manly, but still. Gave me a heart attack.
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Yes favoritest.
(Sniff.) Well, now you've just registered the Scott Tinley of crying for this thread's little triathlon.


Seriously. Favoritest?!?!
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