thanks for the great reading list!

summer beach reading:

Leonardo DaVinci, Walter Isaacson

Termination Shock, Neal Stephenson

Moose Memoirs and Lobster Tales: as true as Maine stories ought to be, from storyteller John MacDonald

Chances Are, Richard Russo, Colby graduate

Secrets of the National Parks, National Geographic

The Voyage of the Beagle, Charles Darwin

Steve Leveen, author:

“The point of reading is not reading but living. Reading helps you live with greater appreciation, keener insight and heightened emotional awareness.”

“In our land of opportunities and distractions, it's hard to devote our attention to the quiet pleasures of reading. It's as if we live our lives in a noisy restaurant and can't have the intimate conversation we most yearn for.”

“A library is a fueling station for your mind.”

― Steve Leveen, The Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life: How to Get More Books in Your Life and More Life from Your Books

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Jul 9, 2022Liked by James Fallows

EMPIRE OF PAIN sounds like a great title for a book about America under Republican leadership since Reagan through Trump. Boris Johnson cut from the same cloth.

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Thanks for the book recs. I'm particularly interested in Because Our Fathers Lied, but they all sound good, and to me, and even more than the best food, really good books to me are immensely satisfying.

I just read the long-ago book, Marina and Lee, by Priscilla Johnson McMillan, which I picked up at her memorial. (she and my father had known each other at the Russian Research Center, and I'd met her late in her life.) The big surprise was learning that Lee lacked the emotional intelligence to have collaborated with anyone to kill Kennedy. I somewhat doubted the conspiracy theories, but lacked the interest to go into the weeds to try to figure it out. But it was obvious from getting to know Oswald in the book that he couldn't and wouldn't have collaborated with another. But I was also surprised that he seemed much more capable, and intelligent than I'd ever imagined. It was a very satisfying book.

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Jul 8, 2022Liked by James Fallows

Thanks for the recommendations! I greatly enjoyed books (fiction and non fiction) you recommended at the Atlantic, especially Boyd and Matterhorn !

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Jul 8, 2022Liked by James Fallows

"Best" state? Dang, are you gonna hear it now. Duck and cover time.

You're right of course, but....

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