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I need book recommendations.

Flight’s on Thursday, so I need these pretty quickly.

Standard guidelines apply: novels, short stories, biographies, & memoirs.

Not biographies of crusaders against frozen food or memoirs of Russian gulag prisoners, as I know certain unnamed commenters will be tempted to suggest.

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  1. Alright, FINE. In that case, may I suggest:

    “Songlines” by Bruce Chatwin…I really, honestly, truly think that you’ll like this one. GIVE IT A CHANNNNNNCE!

    The rest of these are a bit lighter reading. Very entertaining, excellent for travel!

    “Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World” by Michael Lewis

    “The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream” by Patrick Radden Keefe

    “Chatter: Uncovering the Echelon Surveillance Network and the Secret World of Global Eavesdropping” By Patrick Radden Keefe

    “Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void” by Mary Roach

    “Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex” by Mary Roach

    William’s suggestions:

    “Disgrace: A Novel” by J. M. Coetzee

    “If On A Winter’s Night A Traveler” by Italo Calvino

    “Child of God” by Cormac McCarthy

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  2. Interesting side note: our neighbor in Gainesville is mentioned in the liner notes of one or the other of the Keefe books. She was working at a publishers in NY a couple years ago and helped him put it together. She didn’t even know that her name was there until I brought the book over and showed it to her. I thought that was pretty neat.

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  3. Also, right now I am reading “In Patagonia” by Bruce Chatwin, which is supposed to be his masterpiece, and a couple pages in I’m pretty sure that I like “Songlines” better. Figures.

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