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Babble Book Club: Upcoming selection ideas?

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Caissa
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The Jacobs book is over 450 pages.  Are people up for that as a summer read? The campus library has a copy so I would avoid buying this one.

 

ETA: I'm going to check it out now. It is one of those books on my reading bucket list, if I had such a list.


Kaitlin McNabb
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maybe a larger read would be good for the summer because things tend to be a little harder to coordinate in summer.

We could all spend more time on the in between discussion and therefore wouldn't interfere with vacations and moving plans and sun (which is a myth in Vancouver).

It seems to be on at least two people's 'bucket list' so maybe it should be a go?

What does everyone think?

 


alex
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I'm also keen to read Karen Armstrong's latest...

12 Steps to a Compassionate Life

It's half the length and looks like a quick read :)

I do feel that we should probably stick to a Canadian author though...someone with less profile than Jane Jacobs and Karen Armstrong! My two cents...any thoughts?


Caissa
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We have already read an international author. I'm not sure we need to choose another Canadian author. That said i'll read whatever is chosen.


Boom Boom
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Books are so 20th century. (sorry, couldn't resist Tongue out )


Caissa
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I'm reading a book called The Dumbest Generation which argues that we adopt that attitude at our peril, Boom Boom.


Boom Boom
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Geez, do you really have to read a book to reach that conclusion??? Tongue out


Boom Boom
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for Caissa, who will love this, I'm sure:


Caissa
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LOL. Thanks Boom Boom.


infracaninophile
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Caissa wrote:

I'm reading a book called The Dumbest Generation which argues that we adopt that attitude at our peril, Boom Boom.

Is that the one by an English professer named Bauerstein or something like that?  I found it a gripping read, if perhaps (I sincerely hope) an overstatement of the author's case. Pretty sobering, although my own limited experience doesn't seem to reflect the author's observations. My extended family and friends tend to be nerdy, bookish and omnifarious readers -- not the characteristics Bauerstein was concerned about.


Caissa
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Yes, Bauerlein. Here is a 2008 LA Times article about the book.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-book5-2008jul05%2C0%2C6248930.story

 


Kaitlin McNabb
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I think reading a non-Canadian author is okay? We have done it before, twice, and might be a nice way to explore other topics too!

Maybe less profile is an option, but we did say this could be a book club where one could finally read those books they have always wanted, high-profile authors included.

I guess summer could flip-flop between either getting into a long book because we all have a bit more time (and hopefully sunlight) to read, or we could also read a shorty so we have lots of time to play in the sun too!

I'm afraid I'm a bit indecisive these days, so how about we narrow it down to a couple options and decide from there.

Cassia you already started reading "The Death and Life of Great American Cities" right? So that option can stay on the table. 

Which others?


Caissa
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I have read the introduction but please don't let what i am reading influence the discussion. I read 120 books a year.


Left Turn
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I'm going to put up Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter by Carmen Aguirre as a suggestion.


Kaitlin McNabb
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120?! I actually gasped. Gasped.

Something Fierce is a great suggestion! I know that it has been featured in the book lounge, but there is also so much subtext with the whole Canada Reads controversy, the politics within the book, and the historical-memoir hybrid style. 

What do others think of that suggestion from Left Turn?


alex
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120 books a year Caissa! My god - that's incredible! Not sure about 'The Dumbest Generation' - sounds depressing...

I'm also easy going...I read Something Feirce a few months ago and loooved it!

Another non-fiction book by a Canadian on urban planning I'd really like to read:

Straphanger: Saving our cities and ourselves from the automobile

Caissa
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On a bad year I read 100. Reading is my top leisure activity obviously.

Since ther are so many good suggestions maybe Kaitlin should just put all the titles in a hat and pull one out.


ElizaQ2
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 Hey all, I'll join in with this book discussion.  I've recently got back into reading like crazy since I was given an ereader. Don't know what it is about that thing but I've read more books in the past 2 weeks then I have in the last 6 months.  At this rate I'll be doubling Caissa's book count by this time next year. ;) 

Anyways, my current non-fiction read is Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie.  Just started it yesterday and so far it's great.  Right now I'm finding myself attracted to reading about women in history and am balancing the 'big names' with books about women in general. I also have Climbing the Stairs by Margaret Powell, a memoir of life as kitchen maid in the 1920's and The Fearless Mrs Goodwin, the story of how NY's first female detective who is 1912ish solved one, if not the biggest bank heist in the cities history in my to-read list.   Looks fascinating but as far as I can see it's only available in electronic format.

 As a side note since getting my e-reader I've discovered a whole new world of books and social book nettworks to go with them published by self named "indie" authors that are primarily available in digital format as people by-pass publishers and just do it themselves.  I'm finding it one of the interesting developments and in my opinion a positive of this new fangled digital tech.  The downside is that now I have even more reads that I have to choose from.  Too many books not enough time!!

I'd be happy enough reading anything the group chooses.  I think I can fit it in. lol

 

(Oh and hi, everyone.  Used to post here as ElizaQ.  Stopped a while back for a few reasons but never left reading completely.  I couldn't remember my PW and the email connected to the account is gone so here I am...ElizaQ the second.")


Kaitlin McNabb
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thanks for joining us ElizaQ2 and for your suggestions and opinions on e-readers. I might start up a different thread on e-readers to have a chat. Opinions on digital books vs paper books are always interesting!

Cassia you are right! I'll throw them all in the hat and choose one so we can get going! I'll report back soon with the decision! Any last minute suggestions or begs and pleading for a certain book throw em' in!


alex
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Hi ElizaQ2 - nice to have you back...I like the '2' addition to your moniker. Nice ring to it :)

I've been watching (embarrassed to admit) a lot of Downton Abbey and I'm curious about Eliza's Climbing The Stairs suggestion about the life of a kitchen maid.

Anyways, I agree with Caissa (note spelling here - not 'Cassia' ) - toss all these great suggestions into a hat!

But before you do...one last suggestion from me!!

I've been wanting to read Wade Davis for years...anyone read The Wayfinders yet?


ElizaQ2
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alex wrote:

Hi ElizaQ2 - nice to have you back...I like the '2' addition to your moniker. Nice ring to it :)

I've been watching (embarrassed to admit) a lot of Downton Abbey and I'm curious about Eliza's Climbing The Stairs suggestion about the life of a kitchen maid.

Anyways, I agree with Caissa (note spelling here - not 'Cassia' ) - toss all these great suggestions into a hat!

But before you do...one last suggestion from me!!

I've been wanting to read Wade Davis for years...anyone read The Wayfinders yet?

 

Hey no reason to be embarassed my finding of that book is directly related to my watching the first season of Downton Abbey which PBS just reran. lol  It got me interested in that era in general and I found a number of books about the lives of servants, mostly related to women and work.   Some of the more interesting ones are actual books or guides written for servents themselves at the time.  It's a look back in time directly from the minds of people living in their respective eras.  

Kaitlin, I would be up for a chat about e-readers and digital books if people are interested. My own opinion has changed quite a bit since they've made an appearence.   At first I was in the 'no way I can see myself liking them" camp.  Now I'm in the "I love my e-reader for so many reasons" camp.  


Kaitlin McNabb
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whoops! my typing skills strike again. For some reason I never feel the need to spell check my babble posts. Caissa, Caissa, Caissa. I think I have it?

Okay will take note of everything, throw them in the hat, and let you know ... tomorrow! I am off to work for the evening, so we'll have to wait a little longer! Sorry!

Also ElizaQ2 let's get that babble thread up on e-readers because I would love to hear your thought process and change about them! I'll do that tomorrow, or in the wee hours of the morning when I am trying to unwind!


Kaitlin McNabb
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Alright!

Our next selection is chosen by the ever-scientific process of scrambling pieces of paper on a table. And the book is:

The Wayfinder by Wade Davis

 

Thanks Alex for the selection idea as well! I'm excited about this selection after seeing him at ReImagine CBC.

I will post on the books blog in a few days with some more details. It looks as though this book is readily available in libraries, so be sure to grab it before the holiday!

 


Theresa Ketterling
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I'm pretty excited about this, I've been meaning to read something by Wade David forever. 


Theresa Ketterling
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Wade Davis, that is. 


Catchfire
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Nice pick, Kaitlin. But if I don't see a third-party YouTube video, the process was rigged.


Kaitlin McNabb
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Haha that is true, I would rig it, because we all know i love me some Alex Samur, and Wade Davis.

I will have to know for next time that instagram isn't enough. Since, it was bought out by FaceBook, it just isn't a credible source anymore.

(Zing! And also, just for those wondering what I am talking about, FaceBook bought out the instagram app, and yesterday and today it crashed hard. FaceBook is known for having the worst app ever. It is akin to those people saying they hate that SCOTUS passed Obamacare so they are moving to Canada.)


Kaitlin McNabb
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Or maybe not truly akin, but I just love that US citizens against universal health care are saying they will move to Canada.


ElizaQ2
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 Oh nice. Looking forward to it.  My library seems to have one copy but it's out and I'd be fourth on the hold list so that's a no go. Nice to see people reading it though.   All is not lost!  I happen to have a gift certifcate burning a hole in my desk and it's on sale for a whole sixty cents more then the card is for.  Yay I can afford it.  lol 


Kaitlin McNabb
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ElizaQ2 let's hope the 60 cents is worth it!


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