Open thread: Summer reading

Got any great suggestions?


American Theocracy

I never get to read them when they are brand new, but this one has only been out about five months. It's really good, but a little scary. It isn't over my head, but it isn't a light read, either. I wind up only getting through a few pages before my mind starts to wander. I need to retrain my brain. I have become accustomed to fiction and have read too much mind candy the past few years.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.


American Theocracy. Where have I seen that before? Hmmmmmm. Oh I remember, IT'S ALL AROUND US.

I'll bet it is scary, in a Dean Koontz sort of way.

Hey Thomas!


I had the pleasure of meeting Thomas for lunch today here at Emerald Isle ... a very good guy all around. And for those of us who get discouraged by politics in our various districts, just remember Thomas working his butt off in Onslow County (home of Camp Lejeune and Walter Jones) to advocate for progressive policies in government. Boy does he have stories to tell!


It's good to have you here!

John W. Dean's book

Worse Than Watergate, Bush's Secret Presidency was very well written and very inlightening. Also, Fortunate Son, by J.H. Hatfield. (who, btw, was found dead in his room from a cocaine overdose....hmmmm)

The first one i read in a couple of days and wish i had it back to read again. the second doesn't flow as well.

Anyone interested in fantasy? I have a recommend....The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan...sort of hobbit like....

Towing Jehovah

Speaking of fantasy, a friend of a friend wrote Towing Jehovah - fantasy - that inspired me to become a novelist too. It's an amazing story that turns your god-brain inside out. That's the plan for my book too.


What a story, just reading the little about it sounds very interesting. How is the read?

Have you read Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card? It's part of a series, but it could stand on it's own.

Another suggestion for LeslieH. is The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.

Sue Monk Kidd

That's a great suggestion, mo. I read Kidd's Dance of the Dissident Daughter a while back. For any woman struggling with the multitude of discordant messages from an evangelical christian upbringing and family that turned suddenly, disturbingly, horribly rightward at some point in the last twenty years, "Dance ..." is a GREAT book.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Secret Life of Bees

from what I've heard, is one of her best. I could not attest to that personally...Secret Life is the only book she has written that i have read. I will add Dance to my reading list....Thanks!

Sorry for the hijacking...

but Dole voted no on stem cells - pass it on.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

Burr voted for Science

in support of the Stem Cell bill. Even a blind squirrel finds his nuts sometimes.


i will say one thing about burr - regardless of whether or not i agree with or even like his response, every webform e-mail i've sent him has been answered. every single one. they were boilerplate responses laser-printed on senate letterhead and most likely fed through "the signature machine", sure, but they were responses nonetheless. hopefully, he'll respond to the "thank you" letter i'm about to send him as well, maintaining his 1.000 "batting average".

can't say that about liddy. i've sent several letters to her since she's been in office, and only two have been answered.

(btw, taylor's batting average for return correspondence? zero. just goes to show how much he really cares about his constituents.)


that's weird that one person would get responses back from burr without fail, and yet another person gets a small handful?

i know i'm on taylor's roundfile list. of course, it doesn't help matters much that when i do send him a letter i replace "dear congressman taylor" with "hey asshole!"


WOW! We REALLY need to thank him!

Go to his website, here Link Textand send him a note of will be good for him to know that people do care about this issue!

I'll even stop calling him Buzz to Dole's Biddy

Another example

Of Burr not being as big a disappointment as he by all rights should be.

Robert, let's write to Biddy

and let her know that not only are we disappointed in her vote, but that we are watching this vote closely.!

Contact her here:Link Text

Thanks Robert and momo

... used your info and your link to drop a line to ol' Liddy D meself. The more the merrier!

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."


Loaned by a friend. It was a really quick easy day read if you have a Saturday or Sunday coming up with nothing to do. Very funny -- in a [very]dark [very]sarcastic way.

Currently reading The Places in Between, by Rory Stewart, a Scot who walked across Afghanistan just after the fall of the Taliban. After I read FUBAR, I rented and watched Syriana. Yikes. Too damn close to the ugly truth and way too creepy knowing the story was as much reality as it was fiction. After THAT I figured it might be time to try and get a more non-American-media influenced view of the culture and history of the middle and near East. Has anyone read Kite Runner?

Next on deck is Foxes in the Henhouse, by Jarding and Saunders. That should be a good one. I've got some American history books I gotta work in here sometime, too. Geesh. If only I could get paid for reading!!! :)

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Armed Madhouse

I just finsihed, and can recomend, "Armed Madhouse" by Greg Palast. Palast writes for the New York Times and the BBC.

The Book
ARMED MADHOUSE - Who’s afraid of Osama Wolf?
China floats, Bush Sinks;
The Scheme to Steal ‘08,
No Child’s Behind Left
And Other Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Class War

TRILLION DOLLAR BABIES. If you suspected George Bush had a secret plan to control Iraq’s oil from the day he took office, you’d be wrong. He had two plans and Palast has them both-the confidential documents from inside the State Department, and the full, hidden story of the titanic battle between neo-cons and Big Oil that keeps our troops under fire in Baghdad.

THE WORLD AS A COMPANY TOWN. Palast pushes Thomas Friedman off the golf courses of the Flat World and into an economics lesson. Palast delivers the truth about globalization with stacks of inside documents from the vaults of the IMF, the World Bank, and the WTO.

KERRY WON: Now Get Over It. Republicans just seem to have that winning spirit. They also have caging lists, felons of the future, rotting ballots, snuffed canaries, the undead, and a presumed lock on the 2008 election.

WHO’S AFRAID OF OSAMA WOLF? The macabre fun and folly of the war on terror — Ground Zero as a profit center and Osama’s Operation Islamic Liberation (O.I.L.), plus the Navy’s $36 billion design for ‘Marines in a Tube.’

CLASS WAR. Who drowned New Orleans? Investigations into the collapse of General Motors and how Bush is planning to have China save our social security system, plus-the coming assassination of Hugo Chavez.

Kite Runner

I've read Kite Runner. I'd highly recommend it.

alternating with John Dean's newest

I ordered both F.U.B.A.R. and Conservatives Without Conscience and find it helps my attitude to read them in short spells, back and forth. What really struck me from FUBAR is - what happened to Karen Hughes? Shouldn't she be out front on Lebanon, doing her" We are all moms who love to drive and stuff" good will thing? In fact, there was just a mom from New Jersey on MSNBC now, with her husband and two small children stuck in south Lebanon and being shelled. Her daughter doesn't believe she will live to her 8th birthday. I am SURE Karen has some words of wisdom for that.(I do too but try to avoid saying them in public.)

the last few books i read...

- "lies my teacher told me" by james w. loewen (very highly recommended)
- "breakfast of champions" by kurt vonnegut
- "will you please be quiet, please?" by raymond carver

i don't read too many books. i really should, but i don't.

Here's a few


Just finished "Time to Say Goodbye" by Pat MacEnulty.

Pat is a member of our MoveOn group here in Charlotte - bought it as a "favor" and soon realized she did me the was really good. Not at all a chick book like the title suggests...a mystery set in Charlotte and parts of Florida.

Now reading "Choke" by Chuck Palahniuk.

He's the guy who wrote "Fight Club" and "Diary"....great stuff!


"Crashing the Gate" by Kos and Jerome
"The Truth with Jokes" by Al Franken
"Our Endangered Values" by Jimmy Carter
"Big Lies" by Joe Conasen

Recently read - and recommend - all of these

how is "choke"?

i loved "fight club", but i wasn't too thrilled by "invisible monsters", and hearing him read his short story "guts" was probably one of the most gastro-intestinally distressing experiences i've ever had. i've got a pretty strong stomach, but "guts"... blecch.

"our endangered values" was a good, quick read, but it didn't live up to the hype i gave it in my own brain. i've got soooooo damn much respect for the man that i was hoping that the book would reveal "the big truth", but instead it felt like he was preaching to the choir.

So far

I'm really diggin' "Choke".

I love Palahniuk's utterly unique voice as much as I love the completely off the chart stories he tells.

Reading Carter's book just made me sad. Simple as that. We are a nation that has resources like Jimmy Carter and we put a freakin jack-ass like Bush in the most powerful position in the world. ugh.

A couple more books

Fight Club Politics by Juliet Eilperin
How Partisanship is Poisoning the U.S. House of Representatives

Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond
A Short History of Everybody for the Last 13,000 Years

Carved in Bone

"Carved in Bone: A Body Farm Novel" (Body Farm Novels) by Dr. Bill Bass, Jon Jefferson

This was a good read - it was the next to last book I read. Story is set in the mountains of E Tennessee.

If you like CSI, this one is for you. I couldn't put it down.

A few non-fiction suggestions...

Omnivore's Delimma by Michael Pollen: you'll be shopping at local farmer's markets by week's end (assuming you don't already)

Blood Done Signed My Name by Tim Tyson (true horror right here in our state)

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abe Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Abe would have been a Dem today)

Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of the American Community by Robert Putnam

Holy Artemis!

I've read three of the four! (Not Rivals) Amazing.