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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Great list, thank you! I also am a fan of Steve Leveen's book about reading — and his one about bilingualism.

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Steve Leveen is quite the humanitarian!

I think all of your readers would appreciate any books ideas or reviews that you might have because we can never have too many books. I would enjoy knowing what others are reading!

Chances Are is very deep, Richard Russo matures more and more into a Great American Fiction Author of all time. Maine produces great literature and art: most do not realize that Longfellow of Portland is considered to be a great genius.

“Intellectual curiosity, moreover, was not the same as talent, and he gradually came to understand that his own particular aptitude was for fixing things. From an early age he’d possessed an intuitive grasp of how and why things went off the rails, as well as how to get them back on again. He enjoyed taking things apart and putting them back together.”

― Richard Russo, Chances Are . . .

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, goodreads quotes:

“The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,

And all the sweet serenity of books”

“Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves

that break upon the idle seashore of the mind.”

“Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;

Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;

Thy fate is the common fate of all,

Into each life some rain must fall”

(a poem about the cold, dark, bone-chilling March weather of New England, Boston, weather that seems to make all life dark and cold after months of New England winter)

“Talk not of wasted affection; affection never was wasted.” Longfellow

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The audiobook of The Little Guide by Steve Leveen is great! Also, his other accomplishments include a huge contribution to bilingual studies and action. see his website for info

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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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Thank you. I have *not* read that Marina and Lee book and am fascinated by what you say. Will check it out.

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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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Thanks! Glad you read and enjoyed them. So much work and care goes into (good) books, I always welcome the chance to spread the word.

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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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