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14 May 2017, 21:26 #181

Reading a few books at once.  One is The Third Reconstruction by Reverend Dr. William Barber II.  He was put on this planet for a reason.
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11 Jun 2017, 01:01 #182

The Barber book made a huge impression on me...kind of validated some conclusions I'd been reaching on my own and added a lot of proof and hope that to move forward as a country we need a fusion coalition...all oppressed groups joining together and refusing to be divided.

Currently reading This is An Uprising by Mark Engler and Paul Engler.  I will report back.
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Joined: 02 Apr 2011, 03:07

11 Jun 2017, 15:32 #183

Karly wrote:
The Barber book made a huge impression on me...kind of validated some conclusions I'd been reaching on my own and added a lot of proof and hope that to move forward as a country we need a fusion coalition...all oppressed groups joining together and refusing to be divided.

Currently reading This is An Uprising by Mark Engler and Paul Engler.  I will report back.
Reverend Barber reminds me a little of Giants football player Rosey Grier. Rosey looks his size, skin tone, former minister, running in 2018 for governor of California (R) and of course there's Rosey's ACCLAIMED BOOK "Needlepoint for Men" (real).

BACK TO REVEREND BARBER - his recent tour had an unfortunate mishap just after he boarded an airliner - he was verbally abused by a racist passenger seated near him. The airline felt it would be easier to request Barber to miss the flight and de-board then tell a screaming racist to get off. He wrote a letter to the media explaining the incident - really gracious guy. Rev. Barber's book sounds like a view on humanity from a viewpoint that includes the less advantage - kind of a "silent fusion spring" coming in the future?
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11 Jun 2017, 22:19 #184

Always good to revisit the Classics once in a while.



Uncle Bill never lets me down.
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11 Jun 2017, 23:14 #185

William S. Burroughs...light reading for those hazy summer days.  
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29 Jun 2017, 02:58 #186

This is an Uprising by the Engler brothers was a very interesting book.  It detailed many of the movements world-wide during the past 50 years and discussed the difference between Alinsky-style community organizing groups and Piven-style Mass Movements.  The conclusion was that both are needed in some kind of hybrid.

Ordered a couple books tonight...The Handmaid's Tale and The New Jim Crow.
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Joined: 27 Apr 2011, 20:12

25 Aug 2017, 00:18 #187

I'm on book 2 of the Richard Sharpe series. Love me some good Historical Fiction!
https://www.goodreads.com/series/40550- ... ical-order
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25 Aug 2017, 01:16 #188

Historical fiction is my favorite genre, gator.  When I'm just being decadent I like a really good psych thriller.  This past year I've read almost entirely non-fiction...just worked out that way and seems to be continuing.
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Joined: 27 Apr 2011, 20:12

07 Feb 2018, 23:05 #189

Tonight I'm going to start Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33600.Shantaram
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07 Feb 2018, 23:14 #190

I'm so happy you resurrected this thread, gator.  You are one of my favorite CAO posters.  I love reading books (hard copy, not kindle) and have had trouble for the last couple of months getting into anything.  I ditched a couple book clubs and that didn't help!  However I am currently reading a most excellent book...A Woman's Place is at the Top by my friend Hannah Kimberley of Gloucester.   It is a biography of Annie Smith Peck who was a mountain climber, political activist and so much more.  
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07 Feb 2018, 23:41 #191

I appreciate you comment, even though at times I admit I can be a little combative with people!

Same here about preferring hard copies, although I do occasionally use a Kindle because of price differences. For the most part though, most of my books are purchased used. Currently, I have a nice pile that should keep me busy for a few months. After that, I might have to check out that book by Hannah Kimberley, which I do remember seeing on GMG.
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08 Feb 2018, 00:30 #192

Aw, shucks, gator -- I luv ya, too! Kumbaya!

I have such a heavy reading load for work that I don't do much recreational reading these days. I was in a book club that folded about two years ago. Alas, I think the last fiction I read was for that club. 
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08 Feb 2018, 00:45 #193

Are you talking about the one you were in with me, FC?  That was a long time ago. Or maybe you've done one since.  I've been in two since then...both excellent but one takes a few months off in the summer and the other is the resistance and after 6 books or so we were too busy to continue!

By the way...that book club started up again so you can rejoin if you want. I still don't have time.
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Joined: 27 Sep 2005, 04:41

08 Feb 2018, 14:38 #194

gator wrote: Tonight I'm going to start Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33600.Shantaram
There are a few of us here who have read and enjoyed that. The bar frequently mentioned in it is a real place and it was shot up in a terrorist attack several years ago.  Leopold's, I think.
"...the problem with pounding a square peg into a round hole is not that the hammering is hard work. It's that you're destroying the peg." ."

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08 Feb 2018, 14:45 #195

I just finished the Parable of the Sower and The Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler. I remember the author from my days in the bookstore, but I had never read anything by her. It takes place in California after climate change has taken a toll on the United States. The books were published in the early 90s, but she's got a presidential candidate who uses the slogan "Make America Great Again" and of course, wins. He's more like Pence than Trump though.
"...the problem with pounding a square peg into a round hole is not that the hammering is hard work. It's that you're destroying the peg." ."

-Paul Collins


    
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08 Feb 2018, 23:02 #196

Island Annie wrote:
gator wrote: Tonight I'm going to start Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33600.Shantaram
There are a few of us here who have read and enjoyed that. The bar frequently mentioned in it is a real place and it was shot up in a terrorist attack several years ago.  Leopold's, I think.
I've only read one chapter and can already tell I'm going to like. It was supposed to be adapted into a movie a while back involving Johnny Depp and Peter Weir, but due to creative differences, it didn't work out. In my opinion, they should have given the helm to Director Peter Weir. I'm sure he could have turned the project into something really special.
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