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Reading is FUNdamental

What is everyone reading now? Book suggestions?

Currently I am reading the Tales of the City series by Armistead Maupin. I've just finished reading the first two, and I'm taking a break to read Kosteva's The Historian -- so far so good.

I recently read Michael Chabon's Mysteries of Pittsburgh. I know a lot of people enjoy his later and more famous works The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (which I've been meaning to read) and Wonder Boys, but Mysteries is really an enjoyable read. It's been compared to Salinger's Catcher and Rye -- a book I didn't really like (I read it in the 7th grade and never again since. I should give it another shot) -- because of its coming of age motiff.

Who else likes to read and talk about what they've read?
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Just finished reading

and just started reading

like them both.
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Amazing Grace by Jonathan Kozol. MAnd just finished Savage Inequalities.
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I plan on reading A Lesson Before Dying and Invisible Man next.

I'd suggest to you Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis. Maybe the funniest book I've ever read. Satire at its finest.
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I plan on reading A Lesson Before Dying and Invisible Man next.

I'd suggest to you Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis. Maybe the funniest book I've ever read. Satire at its finest.
I love Invisible Man.
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Amazing Grace by Jonathan Kozol. MAnd just finished Savage Inequalities.
are they any good? what are they about?
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I plan on reading A Lesson Before Dying and Invisible Man next.

I'd suggest to you Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis. Maybe the funniest book I've ever read. Satire at its finest.
Good ones. I've heard about Babbity -- and obviously the others. I can't remember the last funny book I've read. I mean I chuckle now and again at some, but I couldn't tell you which ones had me rolling.
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Not A Genuine Black Man- Brian Copeland

Powernomics-Dr. Claud Anderson
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are they any good? what are they about?
Both are about the inequalities of urban school systems. This review sums it up better than I can:

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Kozol believes that children from poor families are cheated out of a future by grossly underequipped, understaffed and underfunded schools in U.S. inner cities and less affluent suburbs. The schools he visited between 1988 and 1990--in burnt-out Camden, N.J., Washington, D.C., New York's South Bronx, Chicago's South Side, San Antonio, Tex., and East St. Louis, Mo., awash in toxic fumes--were "95 to 99 percent nonwhite." Kozol ( Death at an Early Age ) found that racial segregation has intensified since 1954. Even in the suburbs, he charges, the slotting of minority children into lower "tracks" sets up a differential, two-tier system that diminishes poor children's horizons and aspirations. He lets the pupils and teachers speak for themselves, uncovering "little islands of . . . energy and hope." This important, eye-opening report is a ringing indictment of the shameful neglect that has fostered a ghetto school system in America.
And Amazing Grace focuses solely on New York City. I enjoyed/am enjoying both, but as you probably already noticed, I'm already predisposed to the topic of racial justice.
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A Confederacy of Dunces.



Great book. The writing is excellent (won the pullitzer).

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Just finished The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Beautiful novel. "Beauty will save the world"

I just started Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes.
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A Confederacy of Dunces.



Great book. The writing is excellent (won the pullitzer).
I bought that book a number of years ago and never got around to reading it. Now all i hear are super great things about it. Maybe I can still find it in my library. Poo
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Just finished Breaking Back by James Blake.




Currently reading The Art Thief by Noah Charney.

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