Looking for a new read...

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Team_of_McBrides, Jan 3, 2008.

  1. Team_of_McBrides

    Team_of_McBrides New Member

    May 28, 2007
    I've just finished the book "Among The Thugs" by Bill Buford and I'm looking for another good read for the next few weeks. Recently I've read Fowler, Dalglish and Gerrard's autobiographies and 1984. The novel doesn't have to be epic or even about Fulham. Just looking for something that will grip my attention.

    So, if you have any suggestions I would be more than happy to take them. Thank you much for the help.
  2. dcheather

    dcheather Administrator

    Jul 29, 2005
    I haven't read this book yet but it was recommended highly to me, so I'll pass it on.

    "The Third Policeman" by Flan O'Brien

    I'm currrently reading one of his other novels, "At Swim Two Birds," which is pretty darn good. If you like odd stories and humor you will like this guy.
  3. jmh

    jmh New Member

    Jul 2, 2006
    Brooklyn, NY
    In the nonfiction vein, I recommend "The Boys of Winter," by Wayne Coffey, recently published about the gold medal-winning 1980 US Olympic hockey team, as an inspiring sports-related read even if you're not a big hockey fan. If you're looking for something a bit more political, you could check out "No Logo" by Naomi Klein, about the constantly increasing presence of branding in society.
  4. HatterDon

    HatterDon Moderator

    Mar 18, 2006
    Peoples Republic of South Texas
    Don DeLillo's Underworld will keep you busy all winter. I'm almost 400 pages into it and I THINK I've finally met all the main characters. Elsewhere in fiction, I recommend Patricia Highsmith's "Ripleyad." There are five books in the series, beginning with The Talented Mr. Ripley. I've read that and the second one -- Ripley Under Ground. They're all deliciously amoral.

    Best non-fiction in a while is Simon Winchester's The Map That Changed the World. For Christmas, HatterMom got me Charles G. Mann's 1491, a study of what North America was like before the Europeans effed it up and The Secret Life of Houdini. Good stuff.

    Happy reading!
  5. timmyg

    timmyg Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2006
    anything by malcolm gladwell is golden. easy to read but very insightful.

    and the onion's newby "our dumb world." i've learned more from that book than 22 years and $100,000+ of education. the profile of nicaragua is unparalleled.
  6. omsdogg

    omsdogg New Member

    Aug 1, 2006
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    my wife is finishing up that series by Stephanie Meyer. I don't know the name of the series or wether it has one, but the names of the books are Eclipse, New Moon, & Twilight. She read all of them in like 2 weeks and I have a bunch of other friends that like them too.
  7. GaryBarnettFanClub

    GaryBarnettFanClub New Member

    Sep 29, 2006
    Kingston-Upon-Thames, Surrey
    The Hippopotamus by Stephen Fry - an increadible read, by the cleverest man in England. I needed a dictionary frequently, but it was worth the effort.
  8. Clevelandmo

    Clevelandmo Active Member

    Sep 13, 2007
    Devil in the White City is an excellent nonfiction work about the 1893 Chicago Worlds Fair and a serial killer lurking in the city at the same time. If you have never read A Civil Action I highly recommend it. It's also one of those nonfiction stories where reality is better than fiction. It's about a narcissistic (Sp?) lawyer who finds himself compelled to take on a case involving a community in suburban Boston with a high number of cancer victims.

    The Blind Side is also interesting. Another nonfiction read about a rich southern couple who adopts a deprived inner city black youth who ends up being a freakishly good football player.

    Currently, I'm reading The Law of Dreams, a historical fiction work about a 15 yr old boy dealing with the Irish Potato Famine. It's an easy read in which you also learn some things about life during that time.
  9. Spencer

    Spencer Active Member

    Jul 1, 2005
    I've always considered myself a nonfiction type but have been moving into more fiction all the time. I finished A Farewell to Arms last week and I'm still thinking about it. I don't care how snobby some are towards Hemingway, I love him.

    Other really really good book I read a while back is called Don't Lets Not Go To The Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller. A memoir about a white girl who grows up on a tobacco farm in Rodeshia and is forced to various locales around Africa once it becomes Zimbabwe. The great thing about this is there’s no revisionism or political correctness brought on by guilt or the bitterness of defeat. She tells the good the bad and the ugly like it was and its fascinating.

    Amazing how you can read a one novel that’s generally good but in the end leaves you wanting even if you can't say exactly why and then you pick one up that you find to be golden. A great feeling. In my opinion there is almost nothing as good as reading a great book but at the same time nothing as terrible as reading a bad one.
  10. andyns

    andyns New Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    Halifax, Canada
    For the love of god stay away from any drivel Naomi Klein puts out.

    For non-fiction, try Nicolas Sarkozy's: Testimony: France, Europe, and the World in the Twenty-First Century. An under-read book by a man who is trying to revitalize the sickest 1st world country on earth.
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