What are you reading Part IV
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Posted by Stone (+1593) 11 years ago
I am just finishing "Tears in The Darkness" by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman. It is about four stories in one but the main story is about the Battle of Bataan and the Bataan Death march and life as a POW. The Main story is brought to us by the great Montana artist Ben Steele from Billings MT. There is also an interesting back story on Steele's life on a Montana ranch.
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Posted by Sarah Peterson (+371) 11 years ago
Levi said:
I haven't finished the series yet so maybe he will grow up at some point...


Levi, you'll be surprised. I was like, "Wha-what?!" Now I have even more of a weird picture of him. Doesn't quite make sense. Anyone else have this feeling (without a spoiler)?
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Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6173) 11 years ago
You guys are thinking too much. The tattoo series is light summer reading, it hardly requires in-depth analysis.
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Posted by ike eichler (+1223) 11 years ago
Just finished THE BUFFALO COMMONS a novel by Richard S.Wheeler. He draws upon the Poppers idea of the 1990s and presents both sides the enviros and the ranchers. The book is all about Montana, especially our area with Miles City a big part of the story.

Very interesting novel of local interest. Wolves and Buffalo vs agri-business. Warning!! no sex nor curse words.
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Posted by Karla Gleason (+31) 11 years ago
Just finished "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand. With a son in the marines it was a tough book to finish.

Now reading "A Century of Dishonor" by Helen Hunt Jackson.

Also just finished "Walk Two Moons" by Sharon Creech in my class, good childrens book, next week we start "My Brother Sam is Dead" by James and Christopher Collier.
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+12124) 11 years ago
I have just started a Bill Bryson book on Australia. It is hilarious so far. My noble husband had to order the blamed thing from the U.K. because it wasn't published in the U.S.A. Shameful. I love Bill Bryson!
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Posted by Sarah Peterson (+371) 11 years ago
Ike, I also enjoyed Buffalo Commons. I have a lot of Richard Wheeler's work. His wife was one of my favorite professors at MSU-B and was a huge influence on me. I met Richard at their house once--I enjoyed talking to him.

So now I'm reading Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult. Don't know why I'm into her lately--just pops up on my amazon "recommended for you." The Kindle is going to drive me into the poor house!

I also have The Lady Rode Bucking Horses (an actual book!) dog-eared on my nightstand. Not the most challenging read, but interesting nonetheless. I enjoy books about women of the west.

Also reading a lot of Richard Scarry, as that is what my 3 year old is into. Highly entertaining and great illustrations. Who can compete with Lowly Worm?
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Posted by Levi Forman (+3708) 11 years ago
I finished up "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" this evening and I have to say that I enjoyed the last two books very much. The 2 final books were really one story where the first book kind of stood on its own. I thought that the last two books were much better than the first one and overall I am very glad that I picked up the series.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+15207) 11 years ago
Just finished reading "Vegetation response to seven grazing treatments in the Northern Great Plains".

Now I have a bunch of questions.
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+17823) 11 years ago
I bet. First and foremost, how do we stop the government from blasting the prairie with chemtrails?

Second: How do we interpret the response data knowing that chemtrails have poisoned the experimental plots?

I sure am glad I am not a 21st century range ecologist.
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Posted by Patrick Petroff (+65) 11 years ago
Just finished Timothy Egan's "Big Burn" about the 1910 fires that lit up three million acres throughout Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Canada. Egan keeps you on the edge of each story by leaving you hanging enough to turn the next page. It also covers the conservation roles of Theodore Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchot and their ideologies that put the Forest Service on the map against land hungry, tree chopping large corporations.

Going to start Egan's Pulitzer Prize winning "Worst Hard Time" about the survivors of the Dust Bowl and then finally jump into Norman MacLean's "A River Runs Through It."
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Posted by spacekace (+892) 11 years ago
I just finished reading "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest". I agree with Levi, the last 2 books were much better than the first, and it was great reading...I wish there were more!

My friend recommended "Water for Elephants". I'm starting that now, but I'm in the mood for another good series of books... Any suggestions?
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Posted by Denise Selk (+1667) 11 years ago
I just finished Frederick Douglass' "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave" and am in the middle of his second autobiography "My Bondage and My Freedom". I highly recommend both. If you truly sit and take the time to ponder his accomplishments with the tools provided to him to succeed, it is absolutely astounding. A very powerful, yet simple, story and read.
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Posted by Stone (+1593) 11 years ago
"Lord of the Rings" again

"Back to the Future" by David Sirota

Rick, you should read this- it explains how corporate fear mongers have brainwashed Americans into believing that nothing good came from the 60's and 70's, like civil rights-women's rights)and that the Reagan (80's) years came from God. All provided to you by 80's pop culture and false retro-80's phenomenon that is accruing today.
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+17823) 11 years ago
I just finished reading "The Lost City of Z", about a British explorer of the Amazon who disappeared in 1925 and the efforts to locate him, including the author's visit to the area a few years ago. A pretty good read.
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Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6173) 11 years ago
Staying in the adventure vein, I've just finished Endurance by Alfred Lansing about the by polar explorer Ernest Shackleton's mission to cross Antarctica on foot in 1914. On the way there his ship was locked in by ice which eventually crushed it and forced the crew to abandon it and try to get back to the nearest inhabited land 850 miles away. Nearly all of them made if after nearly 18 months! It's a fascinating read and a testament to the human spirit.
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Posted by Hal Neumann (+10103) 11 years ago
Daniel Walker Howe. WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT: THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICA, 1815-1848 (2007).

It's one in the Oxford History of the United States series. Howe won a well-deserved Pulitzer for it.
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Posted by gypsykim (+1564) 11 years ago
Recently finished Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez--a quick, fictional account of slave women who were "violated" by their masters.

Now reading Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston.
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Posted by mt_mom (+119) 11 years ago
"Room" it was a greAt book that challenged my reading comfort Level! Allso just read "unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand, it was truly Amazing!
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Posted by Ingird Emilsson (+219) 11 years ago
Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell. Its about the Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley assassins. I particularly like Robert Todd Lincoln, harbinger of presidential assassinations. He was near the vicinity of all three.
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Posted by Terry L. Brown (+59) 11 years ago
The Highland Series, by Hannah Howell!
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Posted by Mary McClarty (+77) 11 years ago
The Pacific by Hugh Ambrose. Excellent capture of World War II. Hugh is the son of Stephen Ambrose who wrote "Undaunted Courage" about the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Both excellent reads for all of you history buffs out there!!
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Posted by Buck Showalter (+4457) 11 years ago
Stieg Larsson fans should go check out Jo Nesbo.
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Posted by Jeri Dalbec (+3269) 11 years ago
"The Psychopath Test", A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson. A very quick, interesting read.
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Posted by Stone (+1593) 10 years ago
"Team Of Rivals"
The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

By Doris Kearns Goodwin

This is simply the best Lincoln book and the best biography I have read, period. The focus of this book is on Lincoln and his cabinet. Lincoln choose his cabinet from the rivals that he defeated on his way to the presidency. Can you imagine (today) Obama having Mcain as his Secretary of State.

It tells the story of the Lincoln administration through the eyes of his rivals and later his cabinet. These were men that hated Lincoln but would later walk side by side with him on his path of guiding the union through the civil war. They grew to love Abe and they wept upon his death. It is a powerful read.
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Posted by Jeri Dalbec (+3269) 10 years ago
I just finished "The Unexpected Patriot" by Shannen Rossmiller from Conrad, MT. She is the person who hung out in chat rooms with the Jihad and it is amazing and a real page turner. It would be great to have her come for the Speaker's Forum. Ed Kemmick was here last night to promote his book, "The Big Sky By and By". Also, a very fun read..some good stories about Miles City among many. A very good turnout.
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+17823) 10 years ago
Lincoln choose his cabinet from the rivals that he defeated on his way to the presidency. Can you imagine (today) Obama having Mcain as his Secretary of State.


Uhhh....don't you think Hillary is one of Obama's defeated rivals?

I just finished my summer read...."The Tontine" by Thomas Costain. It was a book owned by my late grandmother....she had signed her name in it, dated October 1955. It was a two volume historical noval set in Great Britain from 1815 to 1880 or so...had some slow moments, but overall an entertaining yarn.
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Posted by Mrs. M (+719) 10 years ago
I am reading "Bonhoeffer". It is the story of the Christiam Church in Germany in the thirties and fourties and a young minister who defies the take over of the church and is involved in an assanation attempt on Hitler. He is executed shortly before the end of the war. I always wondered why the Lutheran and Catholic churches fell in line with Hitler and this book explains all. It is kind of a tome at 544 pages but a good read. It is available on Kindle and I picked it up on a sale for 1.99 I think. Don't know if that deal is still on.
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Posted by Bridgier (+9389) 10 years ago
You might like this then as well: http://www.amazon.com/Cos...0684815001
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Posted by Jeff Denton (+759) 10 years ago
"Angel Talk" by Rita Whitmer. Rita grew up (mostly) on Big Dry, by Jordan. Her life is quite a story. That's her family home, the log house that got moved to Wolf Point as part of the Cowboy hall of fame project. Rita lived with my family in '68-69 while she attended business college in Great Falls. What a cool lady with an incredible story. I recommend her book!
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+15207) 10 years ago
"Divine Sex: Liberating Sex from Religious Tradition" by Philo Thelos.
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Posted by julieinmc (+514) 10 years ago
On Sarpy Creek by Ira Stephens Nelson. Gunnar, I read Then Tontine 25 years ago at my mom's insistence. Wish I could remember it. I've read so many books in my lifetime I have a hard time telling them apart now.
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Posted by SeptyTwo (+674) 10 years ago
This is what I am reading RIGHT THIS MOMENT!!!

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Posted by Mrs. M (+719) 10 years ago
Just downnloaded bio on Von Bismarck going today only for 1.49
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Posted by Steve Sullivan (+1410) 10 years ago
I've been reading the Repairman Jack novels from F. Paul Wilson. Very entertaining. I think I'm on the 9th.
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Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6173) 10 years ago
I'm reading some sci fi story collections, George Elliot's Middlemarch and a very interesting history of the Basques.
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Posted by Jeri Dalbec (+3269) 10 years ago
Yesterday I read, "Brave New World Revisited" by Aldous Huxley. It was written in 1958. It could have been written yesterday, it is so relevant and amazing. He wrote the original "Brave New World" in 1932. I would like to recommend it
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Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6173) 10 years ago
Still plowing through Middlemarch.
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Posted by Tracy P. (+94) 10 years ago
Reading "The Gift of Fear" by Gavin Debeker. Every woman needs to read it. About half way through. Talks about how we all have insight and should trust our gut feeling.
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Posted by Brandy Leischner (+162) 10 years ago
Just finished "The Hunger Games" trilogy by Suzanne Collins. I really enjoyed it. I stumbled upon it on accident and recently found out it is a semi-popular series. It was a very easy read but full of depth.

I hear Orson Scott Card is writing another book in the "Ender's Shadow" series. If anyone here has read the "Ender's Game" series, you have to read the "Shadow" series. It is about Ender's friend Bean and a lot of it runs parallel with the "Game" series.

Oh and of course George R. R. Martin's series "A Song of Ice and Fire" series. Does anyone know when a book 6 is going to be available?

Aaron
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Posted by Tom Masa (+2107) 10 years ago
"Jay Cooke's Gamble" The Northern Pacific Railroad, The Sioux and the Panic of 1873. by M.John Lubetkin

This is the history of Custer's adventures in eastern Montna 3 years before the the Little Big Horn. Information on the battle at Paragon Pit with the Sioux. Local history
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Posted by bigsky (+78) 10 years ago
the communist manifesto....

[This message has been edited by bigsky (11/2/2011)]
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Posted by Jeff Denton (+759) 10 years ago
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. Was recommended by a great coach at a clinic in Missoula recently.

It could even help you, Aaron. LOL
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+12124) 10 years ago
Just read "American Gods" because it was one of those books on the list of greatest sci fi and fantasy novels of all time a person should read.

I was unimpressed. Maybe because I figured out the plot twists ahead of time and wasn't as fascinated with a car falling through a frozen lake as Mr. Gaiman.
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Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6173) 10 years ago
Aw, I liked American Gods. It's pretty funny.
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Posted by Jeri Dalbec (+3269) 10 years ago
I noticed that this was mentioned and also noticed that it is on sale today only for the Kindle. Information below.



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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+17823) 10 years ago
I am in the middle of reading Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History.

An entertaining read. I am trying to hold off reading anymore until Sunday, when I fly to Vancouver B.C. A good book is a necessity when flying these days.
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+12124) 10 years ago
American Gods was amusing but I thought I'd be blown away by a masterpiece of fantasy. I wasn't. Not a bad book, by any means, and worth a read but it didn't live up to its hype.

Am currently scrounging for fresh reading material. May have to visit the library.
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Posted by Brandy Leischner (+162) 10 years ago
My wife loved "American Gods". I hated it. Neil Gaiman should stick to comic books (which I won't read either).
My wife has found my Nook and now I guess I have no way of reading my books. She has spent around $30 in a couple of days buying things I will never read and hasn't let me use it. Any paper books in the sci-fi/fantasy area anyone would lend me?

Oh, and I've mentioned it before, but a book called "The Carpet Makers" by Andreas Eschbach is awesome. He has some other books I would love to read, but this is the only one translated to english so far.
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Posted by Ken Ziebarth (+316) 10 years ago
Having flashbacks to my earlier life as a physics graduate student.

Sean Carroll: 'From Eternity to Here'
Brian Greene: 'The Hidden Reality'
Lisa Randall: 'Knocking on Heaven's Door'

Ken Ziebarth
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