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Our apologies for taking so long with this. After the server crashed, it seemed like a good idea to do some work on other machines. Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time, anyway.

So without further ado, here it is, and we hope you guys find something on here worth hauling to the beach, or wherever. Enjoy!

Seven Types of Ambiguity - Elliot Perlman - fiction - story of mid-life
crises from several different points of view. It's very long, but I
will have no trouble finishing it.

The Tortilla Curtain,," by T.Coraghessen Boyle

For fun summer reading try the Thursday Next books by Jasper Fforde,

Sports fans, go back to the source material and read Fever Pitch by Nick
Hornby, it's worth it. Also, in the sports fan memoir genre, True Believer, by Joe Queenan. And if you're also a Red Sox fan, Faithful by
Stewart O'Nan and Stephen King is great fun. Although if you're a Red
Sox fan and you haven't read it already, what's wrong with you?

The Devil's Teeth by Susan Casey

Good book about the Great White shark studies conducted on the Farallon
Islands near San Francisco

I have two recommendations:

If you feel overwhelmed with trying to do it all, David Allen's Getting Things Done is one of the best out there. A practical system for
managing all the things we try to do--it's worth the money just to see how
he recommends organizing "to do" lists.

The Wave by Todd Strasser--a young adolescent novel (therefore, a quick
read) tells the true story of a high school teacher in California (1969) who
tries an "experiment" on his students as they study Nazi Germany
and the Holocaust. From amazon:

"The powerful forces of group pressure that pervaded many historic
movements such as Nazism are recreated in the classroom when history teacher
Burt Ross introduces a "new" system to his students. And before
long "The Wave," with its rules of "strength through
discipline, community, and action, " sweeps from the classroom through
the entire school. And as most of the students join the movement, Laurie
Saunders and David Collins recognize the frightening momentum of "The
Wave" and realize they must stop it before it's too late."

Daniel Quinn'sIshmael Written as a gorilla teaching his human pupil what
is wrong with human civilization. I never stop recommending this book
as it's my all time favorite.(below is from the webpage - not my writing.
I particularly like review #1)

In 1989 Ted Turner created a fellowship to be awarded to a work of fiction
offering positive solutions to global problems. The winner, chosen from 2500
entries worldwide, was a work of startling clarity and depth: Daniel Quinn's
Ishmael, a Socratic journey that explores the most challenging problem
humankind has ever faced: How to save the world from ourselves.

Comments and Reviews of Ishmael

  • "From now on I will divide the books I have read into two categories -- the ones I read before Ishmael and those read after."
    -- Jim Britell, Whole Earth Review
  • "A thoughtful, fearlessly low-key novel about the role of our species
    in the planet... laid out for us with an originality and a clarity that few
    would deny."
    -- The New York Times Book Review
  • "Wonderfully engaging... Think of Robert Pirsig in Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,, or B.F. Skinner in Walden Two..."
    - Los Angeles Times Book Review
  • "Quinn entraps us in the dialogue itself, in the sweet and terrible
    lucidity of Ishmael's analysis of the human condition... It was surely for
    this deep, clear persuasiveness of argument that Ishmael was awarded its
    -- The Washington Post
  • "... unusual, even eccentric enough to place Quinn on the cult literal
    map... both Socrates and King Kong might be pleased."
    -- Kirkus Reviews

  • "...Suspenseful, inventive and socially urgent as any fiction or
    nonfiction book you are likely to read this or any other year."
    -- The Austin Chronicle
  • "... fascinating... Quinn's smooth style and his intriguing proposals
    should hold the attention of readers interested in daunting dilemmas that
    beset our planet."
    -- Publishers Weekly

What I'm reading - "Cataclysm" by David Stevenson: this is a
political history(as opposed to a military history) of WWI - perhaps a little
heavy, but, hey - interpose it with a couple of trash novels. This work
enhances an understanding of the background for current world problems &
the lessons we should have learned. Still stunningly relevant for today.

Best, Vic


(Track '62)

Five Point Play: The Story of Duke's Amazing 2000-2001 National Championship Run
(who wouldn't wanna read that?)
Basically, just read anything by Coach K. It will be worth it.

Finally read "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" by Michael Chabon - based on a recommendation from DBR last year (I think) - it was a great story - with lots of real-life characters from America of the 20's, 30's, and 40's mixed will have a hard time putting it down