UU's - what are you reading now? August 2007

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UU's - what are you reading now? August 2007

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1florahistora
aug 10, 2007, 9:32am

I would love to start a thread that shares what we are all currently reading during the current month. I am part of the "What are you reading now?" LT group and it is fun but huge! I am interested in all of your books too. I am not suggesting that we limit ourselves to issue oriented books or UU spirituality but to all genres - i.e. to what we are reading now. Currently I am on vacation and am reading fiction, trash, and light non-fiction. Last book read was Water for Elephants - just a terrific story. I am currently reading Heat by Bill something about his experience as a journalist trying to work in a restaurant kitchen. It's a fun read. My 25 year old daughter was agahst that I had never read any Carson McCullers so I have The Heart is a Lonely Hunter to read but it may be too deep for a beach read.

How about you? What are you UU's reading this August?

What are you reading

2ranaverde
aug 21, 2007, 5:49pm

Mostly "trash" - I've just finished a book by Anne Bishop, for example!

But I'm also reading for a course I'm teaching; I've gone through 1491, am re-reading Guns, Germs, and Steel, and The Columbian Exchange is next on the list.

3ddodd
aug 21, 2007, 7:00pm

I'm also on a "trash" binge, but it's great fun. Discovered a couple of excellent pulp writers--Max Collins, David Dodge--whose work I'm devouring. Also reading the Italian mysteries featuring Inspector Montalbano by Andrea Camilleri. Read a couple of Janet Evanovich's books too, and finished off reading Kage Baker's wonderful series of science fiction books about The Company. Hurray for summer reading!

4florahistora
aug 21, 2007, 11:42pm

ddodd, I read the latest JEvanovich this summer too! Just got to keep up with Stephanie, Ranger, Lulu, Morelli, and of course pistol packing Grandma! Truely highbrow! Lately I have been reading garden memoirs, in particular Charles Elliot's The Potting Shed Papers and Young Adult books. I am volunteer librarian for my summer community during my vacation and I try to keep up with what the young teens are reading. (LT has a great YA group.) I am still working on Cod but we are hopefully at the end of a three day nor'easter - that requires escapest reading, not challenging stuff.

5DesertOwl
dec 6, 2007, 8:50pm

Our Church is doing a "One-Read" on the book called The Faith Club. Its about 3 women of different faith traditions, Muslim, Jewish, Christian, who come together to try to write a children's book. To be honest, it didn't sound that compelling, but I'm joining a covenant group, called "Creating your own Theology", and one of the co-facilitators said, this book would be a perfect (in addition to the workbook I bought). So far, it is actually quite readable, and so far there are some compelling moments, like when one woman is watching the first plane crash into the towers and thinks to herself, "please don't let this be connected to Islam".

6Naren559
Redigeret: nov 10, 2008, 9:20pm

I would encourage reading: The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton.

7ddodd
Redigeret: feb 29, 2008, 7:12pm

Now reading:
What is the What, by Dave Eggers
The Savage Detectives, by Roberto Bolano
The Mapmaker's Dream, by James Cowan

Just read:
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Tijuana Straits by Kem Nunn

All great reads!

8florahistora
mar 3, 2008, 7:24am

I've got several different genres going at the moment:
The Wild Turkey: Biology and Management and Illumination in the Flatwoods: A season with the wild Turkey by Joe Hutto Wild turkeys have showed up in our yard and so naturally I had to learn all about them!

Also The earth knows my name: Food, culture and sustainability in the Gardens of Ethnic Americans by Patricia Klindienst.
A Philosophy of Gardens by David E. Cooper

Reread Peter Mayles A Good Year this weekend during a bout of insomnia.

and but not least Knitting Rules by the "Yarn Harlot' Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Kathryn

9jmcgarve
mar 4, 2008, 8:27pm

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is a good read, although I'm half way through and very worried about how it's going to turn out. World on Fire by Amy Chua is very disturbing, about how ethnic minorities in the developing world become targets for attack as globalization progresses.

10DeusExLibris
jun 10, 2008, 3:51am

>>6 Naren559: I really enjoyed Biology of Belief

I just went to a UU church for the first time on Sunday, and picked up a copy of a Chosen Faith: an Introduction to Unitarian Universalism, as I'm new to the faith. I'm already most of the way through it. I'll probably buy the pocket guide on Sunday and read it over the next week.

I'm also reading the Forever War. Imagine crossing the book Starship Troopers with the Vietnam war, throw in some relativity theory for spice, and you've got the basic idea. Great book, definitely deserves the Hugo and Nebula awards it won for best novel when it came out.

Under the Banner of Heaven is also on my actively reading pile. While a deeply disturbing book, its also an intriguing look into the dangers of fundamentalism.

When Things Fall Apart, and the Dangerous Book for Boys are currently sitting on my bedside table, and I read a section from one each night. Weird combo I know, but they kind of complement each other. If I need a break from Tibetan Buddhism, I can pick up the DBfB and read the rules for stickball, directions to build a treehouse, and all sorts of other stuff.

11Morphidae
jun 10, 2008, 7:50am

>10 DeusExLibris: The pocket guide is great. It's the first UU book I read. We recently joined the UU church.

12DeusExLibris
Redigeret: jun 15, 2008, 11:00pm

I bought a copy of the pocket guide at church this morning, and am finding it a much better introductory text than a Chosen Faith. While Chosen Faith is mainly philosophical, almost sermon like, the pocket guide is much more practical, which I think is what most are looking for in an introduction to a religion.

I'm also reading a History of God by Karen Armstrong which is proving an interesting read, although a bit of it is review from a class I took on the Jewish Scriptures last year.

I'm still in the middle of the Forever War and I'm starting to see more and more commentary on war in general than specifically Vietnam, although there may very well be stuff specific to that war than I'm not picking up on, knowing little about that period.

Finished When Things Fall Apart midweek last week, and highly recommend it. Its one of the better books on Buddhism I've read.

13ddodd
aug 25, 2008, 12:28pm

Wow--a long time has gone by since I added anything to this. I've read all of Nicole Mones's books--Lost in Translation, Cup of Light, and The Last Chinese Chef recently. All wonderful, all set in China, each exploring some facet of Chinese culture through the eyes of a fictional character.

Now reading Steve Erickson's Zeroville. Strange and wondrous.

14DeusExLibris
aug 28, 2008, 1:02am

After sitting on my shelf for quite a while, I'm starting the Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher one of my favorite fantasy authors. Calderon is more traditional high adventure than his Dresden Files series, as well as being more serious, but I'm enjoying it immensely. Butcher turns the sub genre on its head here, by giving everyone except our hero an advantage in the form of furycrafting, the ability to control spirits of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. As everything from lighting a lamp, to cooking, to fighting requires furycrafting in this world, which closely resembles the Roman empire, the main character is at a bit more of a disadvantage than just being unable to fight.

I'm also reading Rational Mysticism which, while interesting, I'm finding I have quite a few disagreements with.

15ddodd
sep 2, 2008, 5:31pm

Now reading Steven Millhauser's Martin Dressler, which I am very much enjoying. It reminds be both of Richard Powers's Gain and Mark Helprin's Winter's Tale.

16doogiewray
sep 2, 2008, 8:01pm

Recently finished Richard Dawkin's best-seller: The god delusion and I highly recommend it to all of you here.

In fact, perhaps I should start a different thread about other people's experiences with acceptance or non-acceptance of Humanists (or, er (get out the tomatoes) "Atheists" in your various UU congregations.

I've been a UU since about 1970 and I'm really struggling the last couple of years to stay in my beloved congregation as they drift to an almost universal acceptance of theism (of any sort ... hey! everybody believes in some sort of god, don't they? (A: nope!)) and worshipping "the great mystery" and such.

To me, great mysteries are only a measure of our own ignorance ... let's get out there and try to find some answers instead of just accepting our non-knowledge as yet another god.

Ooops! I said I was going to read another thread.

Anyhow, I'd be interested in your thoughts about Dawkin's book (if you've read it).

Thanks.

Douglas

"In the end, only kindness matters."

17Naren559
sep 2, 2008, 9:44pm

I have just finished Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor's My Stroke of Insight and am now reading Timeless Reality by Victor J. Stenger.

18rubicon528
Redigeret: nov 1, 2008, 6:58am

Presently awaiting a British Unitarian book: The Unitarian Life: Voices from the past and present by Stephen Lingwood.

19doogiewray
nov 20, 2008, 8:12am

Hmmm ... it's way past August of 2007, but what the heck, right?

Currently engrossed in Howard Zinn's A People's History of America. Should be required reading for all Americans.

Douglas

"In the end, only kindness matters."

20DeusExLibris
nov 20, 2008, 1:41pm

Currently engrossed in the Tombs of Atuan, Love Without End: Jesus Speaks and reading the Buddhism of Tibet for school. I'm reading the Earthsea cycle through. I've read A Wizard of Earthsea before, but this is the first time I've read past it in the series. the Buddhism of Tibet is a bit of a slog. I've read quite a bit about Buddhism before, but HH's book seems really dense. I'm finding i have to read paragraphs two or three times to piece them together.

21Naren559
nov 23, 2008, 9:14pm

Existential Psychotherapy by Irvin D. Yalom

22dunyazade
Redigeret: nov 24, 2008, 10:11pm

On my week's break from grad school, I've decided to reread Lilith by George MacDonald, and for serious reading, it's Slavery by Another Name by Douglas A. Blackmon, telling the largely untold story of "neoslavery" between the Civil War and World War II.

23Naren559
dec 8, 2008, 9:41pm

Denne meddelelse er blevet slettet af dens forfatter.

24Naren559
dec 9, 2008, 9:32am

While well into Irvin D. Yalom's Existential Psychiatry (I had just finished "Part I, Death"), I bought a copy of his Mamma and the Meaning of Life (more autobiographical, citing case studies Yalom is a professor of psychiatry at Stanford) and have, just now, finished reading that, which has aided me tremendously in understanding his Existential Psychiatry.

25DeusExLibris
dec 9, 2008, 1:39pm

Just curious why people continue posting here when there's a thread for the current month?