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Fup by Jim Dodge

psaucerman, December 15, 2008

This is 95 pages of pure reading pleasure. Good enough to name a cat after it; need I say more? Fup has a near-mythic standing; it's a mystery that it's out of print. Find a used copy (perfect through Powell's!)and treasure it. One of the most-stolen books in modern history.
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The Beatles: The Biography by Bob Spitz
The Beatles: The Biography

psaucerman, November 20, 2007

This was an easy, entertaining and informative read. Spitz presents a good deal of information from the early days in Liverpool and in Hamburg in a clear way, laying the ground work for the band's rise in fame. He illustrates the elation and the tensions that their huge fame brought upon the lads, and methodically walks through the chemical and emotional demise of Epstein and, later, John Lennon. While a lot is familiar here, there is a good deal of new material as well. Sptiz's writing style makes sense of the quite chaotic lives of the Liverpool Lads.

One has to be a committed fan to hoist this massive 900+ page tome, but overall the reading's easy and quite rewarding.
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Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time

psaucerman, August 6, 2007

In an era when "Muslim" equates with "scary" for most Americans, it is refreshing to read this true story of an American and his close ties to the people of Pakistan and Afghanistan. If ever there was a testimony to support Margaret Mead's famous statement "Never doubt what a small group of people..." THIS book would be that statement. It is an easy read, most inspiring, but above all it paints a picture of the real humanity in this part of the world. I put Greg Mortenson right up there with Paul Farmer on my list of Most Admired Americans.
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Jesus' Son: Stories by Denis Johnson
Jesus' Son: Stories

psaucerman, July 6, 2007

Denis Johnson's brilliant first effort is on par with Jim Dodge's FUP, although it is a distinctly darker field. These short stories are perfect summer reading, even as the subject matter is a bit sobering.
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Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

psaucerman, June 8, 2007

This long book flows effortlessly, is so well organized and covers such momentous ground that it's difficult to put down, and I was sorry to see it end (not the least because we all know how it ends). Now I begin to understand why Lincoln is so revered; how many shades away from the current Repub Occupant. This is a lucid and fascinating picture of the workings of Washington DC in the 1860's, with warm, fully rounded pictures of the men who shaped some of our most historic events. I'm a tepid history buff, but this book had me hooked all the way.
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