What Are You Reading Now.

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  1. Not the Territory

    Not the Territory Contributor Contributor Contest Winner 2023

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    I'm listening to The Coddling of the American Mind.

    I was worried it was going to be "oh, fragile/woke kids these days" or just "oh the left" ja-off material, but it's equally critical across generations and political spectrum. Insightful, direct, and of substantial content. I recommend it.
     
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  2. Louanne Learning

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    I just downloaded that book this past week. I really enjoy Jonathan Haidt. So much to learn. I've also read his The Righteous Mind and The Happiness Hypothesis. Highly recommended.
     
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    3 recent books I'd mention.
    Grapes of Wrath. I know people talk about reading like a writer. Just not possible when it's this good. Steinbeck literally could write a raindrop rolling down a window and make it compelling.
    Ham on Rye by Bukowski. No-one writes unpleasant characters like Bukowski. Every one of them. No redeeming features. I've read Post Office and enjoyed the humour. I abandoned Women after 50 pages because it was just terrible. I finished Ham on Rye only because I was determined to finish it. Some humour but, jeez, everyone is just so horrible.
    Dawn by Elie Wiesel. I know members here might chastise me for not knowing of him until I picked up this book in 2nd hand shop, he being Nobel prize winner and all. Except it was the Nobel prize for Peace in 1986. This slim novella contains so much within its 80 pages, just stunning, and I'm troubling this thread to mostly suggest to everyone to read it. I'll be looking out for his other works.
     
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    Rzero Reluctant voice of his generation Contributor

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    Dawn was amazing. I don't suppose they have to be read in order since they don't follow one narrative, but it's the second book in a trilogy. You really need to read Night. It's the first and, in my opinion, the best. Unlike Dawn and Day, it's nonfiction. It's about his real experience of the Holocaust. It's one that will stick with you, for sure.
     
  5. Not the Territory

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    +1. I had to read Night for a school assignment. And it did stay with me.
     
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    I couldn't finish Night. Not because it was DNF (far from it), but because the onion ninjas kept interrupting.
     
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    The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman. A history of world War I. A very revealing look at the events that led up to the war. There was a dramatic clash of culture with the advances of technology. Some of the ideas they accepted as gospel seem silly from a modern perspective.
     
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    Very much so. To paraphrase a quote form someone which I don't remember the name of: "In war truth is naked, in peace it wears a uniform."
     
  9. dbesim

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    The Worst Princess by anna Kemp
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    so this book has a poetic and rhyming structure that I find very entertaining. It’s also got themes that are relatable for both grown ups and children. If you enjoy poetry, I would read this, the rhyming is regular throughout the paperback.
    Also, if you hate traditions of the typical fairy story (princess marries prince, they all live happily ever after), this story offers a refreshing alternative. It’s also very funny.
     
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  10. Catriona Grace

    Catriona Grace Mind the thorns Contributor Contest Winner 2022

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    How to Read Literature Like a Professor. Thomas C. Foster. It's written for readers but I highly recommend it for writers as well. It's nowhere nearly as dry as it sounds.
     
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