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Bob L.











Right now by the pool I'm reading That Used to Be Us by Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum. They define four major challenges facing our country: globalization, the information technology revolution, our chronic deficits, and our pattern of energy consumption. They point out that since the end of the Cold War we have never dealt seriously with these issues.

The book's subtitle is "How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back."

I always enjoy Tom Friedman's books. The are so readable, as you can tell by the section headings: "If you See Something, Say Something"; "Homework x 2 = The American Dream"; "The War on Math (and the Future)"; "Whatever It Is, I'm agaianst it."; "They Just Didn't Get the Word."
Bette Tsoutsouras



Mother & Daughter

I just finished Stuart Woods BEVERLY HILLLS DEAD which is once again on the book shelf in our clubhouse. It was a very quick read with no interesting twists or turns. I like a book which intests me from the start and keeps me guessing. Not so with this book.
Joyce Carter




Here is a book suggestion. I recently read a book some people might like to try. NOT chick lit- more like a guy try. Its' "Atlantic" by Simon Winchester, one of the best non-fiction writers I am aware of. It covers from the geological beginnings when Pangea, the first great continent, started 195 million years ago. to it's putative demise, 200 million years + in the future. It is anectodal covering geology, geography, weather, shipping, navigation and history, political and military, etc.
Joe King

I'm reading NEW YORK; THE NOVEL by Edward Rutherford. It is a historical novel that begins when New York was a tiny Indian fishing village on what is now Manhatten with Dutch traders arriving, and continues until the attacks on the World Trade Center. For those who have a special attachment to New York, and those who don't, I think all will find it very enjoyable.
Linda Lang

Has anyone ever read Mrs. Bridge, a novel published in 1958, written by Evan S.Connell, Jr.? I'm reading it now and really enjoying it. It's a moving portrait of a woman in the 1950s, and very well written. Anyone who grew up, like me, in a small town in the 50s, would recognize this woman and her world. My daughter got an old paperbook copy of it in a Yankee Swap, which she passed on to me. She liked it very much, and we seem to keep discussing it. I think it would be a wonderful book-club selection.
Bette Tsoutsouras

I'm on the third book of Stieg Larrson's triolgy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. I loved the first two The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire. They'll be in our library for anyone who is interested.
Joyce Carter

Reading my latest e-book, I've been frustrated that I can't mark passages that I like. Then, like a miracle, I found the print copy that I'd read 50 years ago and was thrilled to find that I'd marked the same places then that I'd mark now. That made my day! The book is Daniel Deronda by George Eliot. I still love it!
Bette Tsoutsouras

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