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    Maxim Gorky, My Childhood

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    The autobiography of Singapore's founding father, Lee Kuan Yew. Whatever one's political views, he was a truly remarkable man and this is a fascinating read. Particularly appropriate during current times.

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    "Blindsight" by Peter Watts
    The whole thing available here https://www.rifters.com/real/Blindsight.htm
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    I always post after reading. This is my latest read and I quite liked it. I strongly recommend.

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    I don't live in the past,
    there's no future in it.

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    Yiyun Li, Dear Friend

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    With a 7 page index almost all names... like a vacuum cleaner with a VERY large dirtbag


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    Lu Xun, The Real Story of Ah-Q and Other Tales of China (trans. Julia Lovell)

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    I've just started this...quite heavy going but interesting. Here's a review...https://press.princeton.edu/books/ha...-the-ineffable

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    New book on the Soviet 1941 winter counteroffensive, which the author argues, rather than the first German defeat, was a resounding disaster for the Red Army. According to Stahel, the German defeat actually occurred at Smolensk during the summer when Soviet resistance, attrition and logistics guaranteed the inability to quickly destroy the USSR and doomed Germany into a war of attrition and material that it could not hope to win. Stahel is a modern historian who rejects the ‘clean’ Wehrmacht myth and details army and officer corps’ complicity in the mass killings of Jews and other civilians on the Eastern Front.

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    Here's one I attempted to read. Lasted 100 pages and put it in the giveaway stack.

    Yeah, it su ks. An expat white privileged, fat, far left, hater whining about everything he sees, hears, smells, tastes, everyone he meets and everywhere he goes. All couched in semi witty sarcasm. He pretty much dislikes his family and all of America. He is SOMETIMES funny but most of the time overwhelming with non stop berating of all things. Correction, he did like a pizza once, imagine that. He hates Hannibal, MO and the Mark Twain home and Oxford, MS and the Faulkner home and says he has never read past three pages of Faulkner, which I have no trouble believing. Not sure he has the faculty to understand it.

    Some reviews on Goodreads say he writes in a derogatory way about Hispanics but I didn't see that in the 100 pages I read.
    So there you go. Might be just what you are looking for. Or not.
    I don't live in the past,
    there's no future in it.

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    Ursula K. Le Guin: The Left Hand of Darkness.
    About 1/3 way through. So far so definitely good.

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    Stephen King, Salem's Lot

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    You might fall out with me lol, but the book I'm reading is "The Iron Lady", The Story of Margaret Thatcher.
    It's her life story and tells of her upbringing which gives an understanding of why she was that way.

    Loved her or hated her, she existed and was prominent in politics!

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    Catullus, The Complete Poetry (trans. David Mulroy)

    Probably prefer Guy Lee for a complete translation, but Mulroy's was readable. As a non-specialist, I enjoyed the defense of the standard identification of Lesbia in the introduction.

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    Dante, Inferno (Ciardi)

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