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07-11-2007, 05:16 PM
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OT-Summer Reading

So this summer, in between my Sophomore and Junior year of college, I'm looking to read 20 books. I've already read nine. But I'm a bit stumped as to what I'd like to read next. I really only want to read mind-bending non-fiction/novels/philosophy. Anyone have any good suggestions? Thanks gents.

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a good few suggestions for you...

If you want to venture into the fiction based on non-fiction novel types try the following 2 book by Nelson DeMille:

Night Fall and Wile Fire

Demille is a Long Island boy that writes his stories based on his home which make them more enjoyable for me. Night Fall is a lossely based conspriacy theory about TWA flight 800 with shocking ending. I am in the middle of Wild Fire - but it is a book about a possible retaliation plan to 9/11 by a bunch of aristocrats/government employees. Both very good and involve the same main character - John Corey - retired NYPD who is easy to get involved in.

The Gift of Valor by Michael Phillips is the true story of an Iraq soldier who put his life on the line to save his fellow soldiers - gut-wrnching and inspiring and gives a great face to the war our country is currently involved in.

I have found Harlen Coben to be a fun read, but he is more of a total fiction, twisty/turny mystery kind of writer. Though his first 7 books are based on a Sports Agent in NY and they are pretty fun to read and tend to go by quickly.

I have a ton of other suggestion, give me more strict parameters if you are interested but I feel like I am rambling now...

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I need a book for a long plane ride tomorrow...might pick one of those up!

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The hindu epic "Ramayana" is pretty mind bending.

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A Discourse on Inequality - Jean- Jeacques Rousseau
The Laws - Plato
Politics - Aristotle
And of course the Communist Manifesto

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And if anybody is interested in fiction get Choke or Survivor from Chuck Palahniuk (Author of Fight club) Amazing books...

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A Discourse on Inequality - Jean- Jeacques Rousseau
The Laws - Plato
Politics - Aristotle
And of course the Communist Manifesto
Just the sort of stuff I was looking for. The next two on my list were actually the Communist Manifesto and the Art of War.

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sidarthha - herman hesse
the power of now
amazing grace - jonathan kozol
the handbook to happiness - dali lama

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Just the sort of stuff I was looking for. The next two on my list were actually the Communist Manifesto and the Art of War.
and if you would like something more modern philosophy

Identity and Violence - Amartya Sen
Banker To the Poor - Cant remember the guys name but he won the Nobel peace Prize recently

anything form Chomsky is amazing as well... Hegemony or Survival, Failed States,Media Control...

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sidarthha - herman hesse
the power of now
amazing grace - jonathan kozolthe handbook to happiness - dali lama
I am actually going to meet Kozol in a few weeks for Baltimore County's new teacher orientation. He writes a lot about education and released one called "Letters to a New Teacher" or something to that effect which he is going to talk about and sign for all new teachers in the district.

To continue this thread though:

The Prince - Maciavelli

somewhat complex but wow

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read Watership Down.

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The hindu epic "Ramayana" is pretty mind bending.
The Mahabharata is better, especially if you get the unabridged version to include the Gita.


of course, thats if youre a nerd for that sorta thing like myself.

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I'm looking to read 20 books. I've already read nine. Thanks gents.
You already topped my total for highschool and college combined. Congrats!

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The Stranger by Albert Camus is always one of my favorites. Quick to read, also.

You might as well just read the complete Kafka collection also as everything he's ever written is genius.

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Wow thanks for all of the suggestions guys. There's nothing like trying to mix a bit of intellectualism with Hockey.

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Stick with the Penthouse forum and forget all this foreign crap.

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Of course everything depends. Non-fiction--I'll second Chomsky. American Theocracy by Kevin Phillips is excellent. Contemporary american fiction--I'm not sure I'd say it altogether succeeds but is maybe the most ambitious american work in a long time would be Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves. Kind of dark, gothic--skirts around the horror/thriller genre. You'll need some time for that. Speaking of thrillers Jean-Patrick Manchette is the King at least IMHO. Only two books of his translated though--The prone gunman, 3 to kill. Short, nasty and very powerful--a very cynical, political undercurrent is evident. Also out recently and worth the money is Roberto Bolano's--The Savage detectives--which is another long work but absolutely brilliant.

I don't know if this site will be worth you while but if you like to read it can you in all kinds of different directions.

http://librarything.com/

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If you're interested in some hockey history reads I can suggest a really interesting book called Net Worth: exploding the myths of pro hockey, and another called Money Players. Both are pretty interesting and the second is most appropriate as we've been discussing the CBA and the money being dished out this offseason.

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A bit OT, but if you read or have already read the Stranger, check out the movie The United States of Leland. It's a pretty engaging movie loosely based off of the book.

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For a political book, check out Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States.

It's an absolutely amazing look at the US's history that pretty much tells everything like it is and doesn't sugarcoat anything.

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For a political book, check out Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States.

It's an absolutely amazing look at the US's history that pretty much tells everything like it is and doesn't sugarcoat anything.
That was actually the first book that I bought this summer. I'm saving it for last.

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The Stranger by Albert Camus is always one of my favorites. Quick to read, also.

You might as well just read the complete Kafka collection also as everything he's ever written is genius.
The Stranger is a great book

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A bit OT, but if you read or have already read the Stranger, check out the movie The United States of Leland. It's a pretty engaging movie loosely based off of the book.
The Stranger is an excellent work.

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Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
Ordinary Men - Christopher R Browning
Common Sense - Thomas Paine

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Thus spoke zarthustra by nieztche
The tin drum by gunter grass
The tao of pooh
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