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What are you reading?

Asked at Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont on September 4, 2011

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“‘Jumping Through Fires’ by David Nasser. It’s about an Iranian refugee’s experience in the United States growing up as a child.”

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“Steven Havill. He writes books about New Mexico. It’s a Posadas County sheriff and he talks about all these places and he describes them so beautifully you can just feel yourself there.”

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“I like Stephen King books. I like all of them. It’s the way he writes and I love that it’s scary.”

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“‘John Lennon: The Life’ by Philip Norman. I’m really into The Beatles. It’s all about the man. It focuses on his solo stuff and his life.”

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“‘In the Garden of Beasts’ by Erik Larson. It’s about how Hitler got away with what he did, written in story form. It’s going to try to explain how things could get that wild and horrible with nobody stopping Hitler.”


Ronda Miller 2 years, 7 months ago

Ron, that's a terrific story. I wonder how many other soldiers or spies lives were saved because of their fluency in a specific language. Interesting!


Roland Gunslinger 2 years, 7 months ago

X-Men issue #52. I stole it from Ksrush's desk. Apparently he couldn't see over his stack of comic books so I'm helping him out.

Unfortunately he has burger grease fingerprints all over them. I really wish he'd shower after his shift on the grill. At least wash his hands.


Fossick 2 years, 7 months ago

Seven books on the Weimar hyperinflation of 1923. And no, it's not as exciting as it sounds.


Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 7 months ago

Lee Schlife, 'In the Garden of Beasts', by Erik Larson sounds like an incredible book! I'm definitely going to have to read it too. I've never heard of it. For many reasons, I had a fascination with how that could have ever happened. I literally read out two small town libraries of all of their books covering WW 2.

One of many photos that are etched in my memory of that time era is one of an ordinary shopkeeper in Germany, sitting in front of his ruined store. He had put up a great big sign that read: "Wie war es möglich?", (How was it possible?).

I thought that one of the best books that covered WW 2 was Winston Churchill's autobiography, but I am biased because autobiographies are my favorite literary form. It covers his lesser role in the British government in WW 1, and goes into greater detail for WW 2, I suppose because at that time he was the Prime Minister of Great Britain. I've read that some historians claim that his autobiography is not quite historically accurate, but I believe that very autobiographies are.

I even found an inaccuracy in one of the history books! I don't remember the exact year claimed now, because it's been years. The inaccuracy was that the history book stated that "Mein Kampf" was only translated into English in some year, something like 1944. And right there on the same library shelf was the proof that date was wrong - the library had a copy in English, and it it was printed right there: The copyright was two years before the history book claimed!

I started to read that copy of "Mein Kampf", but I didn't get very far because the claims made were ridiculous. Who could believe the claims made in a book like that?

But people will believe what they chose to believe, and unfortunately too many people believed Adolf Hitler. Or, did not put up enough significant resistance.


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