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Shaara’s Killer Angels

Killer Angels, Michael Shaara The book that really started my obsession with the civil war.  A novel about the battle at Gettysburg told from the perspective of a commanders from both the Union and Confederate sides. A stunning work. I’m … Continue reading

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Roy’s God of Small Things

The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy I read the God of Small Things almost fifteen years ago, so let’s be honest, my memory is a bit hazy. I remember being blown away that it was a first novel, but … Continue reading

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Kelman’s How Late It Was, How Late

How Late It Was How Late James Kelman When I was twenty, I lived in Berkeley California and worked as a tele-fundraiser for a number of large nonprofits. Yes, I was the guy calling to ask you to donate to … Continue reading

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Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children

Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie Can Rushdie write? Yes, he prose is beautiful, if too baroque at times for me. I read this over a decade ago, and there are scenes I can still remember clearly. Can he craft a compelling … Continue reading

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Proulx’s The Shipping News

The Shipping News, E. Annie Proulx I read the Shipping News in 1997 when I was twenty-two years old. It is hard to articulate now the effect it had on me. It’s moving, its beautiful, and it’s the first time … Continue reading

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Hamilton’s The Secret Race

The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France Tyler Hamilton This is one of the best book on the culture of pro-cycling. It’s also one of the best books on the mechanics of doping, especially, in … Continue reading

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Goodwin’s Lords of the Horizon: A History of the Ottoman Empire

Lords of the Horizon: A History of the Ottoman Empire Jason Goodwin Jason Goodwin is perhaps best known as the author of a detective novel series set in Ottoman Istanbul and featuring eunuch detective named Yasim. I’ve read a couple … Continue reading

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