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Old 03-29-2020, 02:35 PM
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Default The Great American Story: A Land of Hope by Wilfred McClay

I am listening to the author tell the story at Hillsdale College online courses. Hillsdale.edu.
Hillsdale offers currently 25 online courses on various subjects:economics, philosophy and religion, politics, literature, economics, and history. They are free, to anyone, supported by donors. If you wish, you can take quizzes.
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Couldn’t put this book down.
If you liked Where the Crawdads Sing, you might like Before We Were Yours.


My favorite book recently was Little Fires Everywhere, which I understand has now been made into a series on Hulu, but read the book first.


Then on the WWII theme, I liked Those Who Save Us. It takes place outside the camps but has a very strong Holocaust theme.


The Tatooist takes place inside Auschwitz-Birkenau.
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Margaret George's books are historical novels, great and long: "Memoirs of Cleopatra", "Mary the Magdeline", Helen of Troy", "Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles", "Autobiography of Henry VIII"...... I learn so much history from a good historical novelist
"Tools of Titans" by Tim Ferriss.....tactics, habits of billionaires, icons, and world class performers. short little chapters with pointers, ideas, suggestions, great book
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Lessons from Lucy - Dave Barry - funny and touching
Great thread. Thanks OP.
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Just another plain GI , by Elvis Presley ,,,,,,as told to GENERAL OMAR T. BRADLEY !!!!
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Just another plain GI , by Elvis Presley ,,,,,,as told to GENERAL OMAR T. BRADLEY !!!!

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I have not seen you around this joint in years!

You bring back fond memories of the good old early, early days of TOTV — all that terrific banter back then. Such fun! I think a lot of people looked forward to your funny posts. I know I did.

I am honored that you have joined this thread. Thank you. And who knew General Bradley was taking notes from Elvis.

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I think Mr. Boomer has read almost every book written by historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. She is now teaching a Master Class on US Presidential history.

I am thinking of subscribing to Master Class again. They have added several new classes since I last looked, including one on mixology by a couple of award-winning bartenders.

If you think you might be interested in a class on a favorite topic — or maybe a brand new interest — you can go to masterclass.com to see what classes are offered.

A Master Class subscription offers all-access to a wide variety of topics. Categories include Sports and Games. Photography. Writing. Music. Entertainment. Culinary Arts. Business. Photography. Fashion. Film. TV. And more.

All classes are taught by people who are well known in their field. There are more than 80 classes. That could help to pass some time. Might as well learn something new while we wait.
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The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan

The untold story of the women who helped win World War II.
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The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan

The untold story of the women who helped win World War II.
Read it and loved it.
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Have you seen Luis Velez? by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Of Windmills and War by Diane Moody

Lately I'm reading about 5 books a week these are two of my recent favorites.

Welcome back Fumar you bold but never old Fly Boy.
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Be it an actual book, Audible, or Kindle, a good book sure can help to pass the time.

I like biographical historical fiction.

Mr. Boomer just finished The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz. That is a brand new book by Erik Larson.

How about anybody else? Book suggestions?

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These are some of my recent reads – several being historical fiction. Your husband may enjoy Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict,, the story of the powerful influence of Churchill’s wife. I’ve always liked David McCullough and being from Ohio, particularly appreciated The Pioneers based on the opening of the Northwest Territory. Other books that I’ve enjoyed, including some from our book club
-The Last of the Romantics - Ruth Harris
-Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
-Beneath a Scarlet Sky - Mark Sullivan (WW II based in Italy)
-The Kitchen House - Kathleen Grissom (Civil war era)
-My name is Mary Sutton (story of a woman who became a doctor in the civil war era)
-The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker (interesting with lots of twists – based in Burma)
-All the Flowers in Paris by Sara Jio
-The Only Woman in the Room - about Hedy Lamar
-Wallis in Love by Andrew Morton - fascinating book about Wallis Simpson, a seriously flawed woman
-Paris: A Love Story by Kati Marton who was married to Peter Jennings (controversial reviews because she too led an interesting life but with issues)
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I read Dave Barry's
Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland a VERY FUNNY look about Florida
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Mistress of the Ritz by Melanie Benjamin

Blanche Auzello, an American, was married to Claude, a Frenchman who managed the famous Ritz Hotel in Paris.

Working together and living at The Ritz, the Auzellos hosted the rich and famous, including Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and Coco Chanel.

But their glamorous lives changed drastically when the Nazis occupied Paris and set up headquarters at The Ritz. (Coco Chanel continued to live at The Ritz with her lover, a high-ranking Nazi. That’s another story.)
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Thank you, Boomer, for starting this thread. I'm picking up information on a lot of good books to read. Stay safe and read, folks.
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My old-fashioned, actual phone conversations with friends lately sometimes turn to the topic of what we are reading.

I have not read this one yet, but it was highly recommended to me this morning:

You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington by Alexis Coe

On the Amazon page, there is a blurb from Doris Kearns Goodwin who says, “Every now and then, a fresh, new biography told by a gifted storyteller on a familiar figure captures our imagination.”

I rarely read plain biography, but this sounds like it is pretty entertaining. The reader even gets to find out all about George’s teeth.
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