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PostMon Dec 23, 2019 10:24 am 
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Get Out and Go wrote:
Finally got around to Tara Westover's narrative, Educated.  It kept me interested to hear her personal story and examine its underlying themes.

Awesome story and artfully written!  I got to see her live in Wenatchee as a guest of the North Central Regional Library speaker series.  WHS auditorium (1500 ppl)  standing room only, spilling out in to the lobby, standing ovation.  Incredible young woman!
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PostMon Dec 23, 2019 10:55 am 
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Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker, PhD. 


This was a very interesting book and an important topic.  I heard him interviewed on NPR and he spoke a lot about his current research linking sleep to dementia and Altzheimers.  You can find a recording of this interview on the NPR website.

I was looking back at the my 2019 reading history of some 45+ books and here are the ones that stand out for me (in no particular order):

- Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov - My very favorite Russian classic - 3rd time reading, but 1st in 20 years - it gets better every time I read it.

- The Sympthizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen - Incrediblly written post-war story from a Vietnamese perspective.  2016 Pulitzer Prize award for best fiction.

- Seveneves, by Neal Stephenson - I'm generally not a Sci-Fi enthusiast but this was a fantastic book that was impossible to put down.  Stephenson lives in Seattle btw.

- The Short Drop, by Matthew FitzSimmons - Excellent suspense, thriller, murder mystery - fast-paced and very well-written.  I read a lot in this genre and this was my favorite of many in 2019


In the Mountain/Outdoor genre, my favorites of this year were:

- The Impossible Climb:  Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing Life, by Mark Synnott

- Cold Feet:  Stories of a Middling Climmber, by David Pagel - a hilarious read.

- The Tower:  A Chronicle of Climbing and Controversy on Cerro Torre, by Kelly Cordes - the best book I've read on this often written about topic.

- The Boys of Everest : Chris Bonington and the Tragedy of Climbing's Greatest Generation, Clint Willis
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PostTue Dec 31, 2019 2:51 pm 
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The Wreck of the ST Nikolai

Kenneth Owens  Alton Donnelly

1808 shipwreck on wa coast.
Russian account of 2 years on the coast.  Paired with interesting oral history from native tribes regarding survivors.

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Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference.
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PostSat Jan 25, 2020 11:54 am 
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Nothing for 3 weeks?  It's icky out, you guys gotta be reading something...

Just finished The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson.  Don't read if you're squeamish.  Sure is entertaining though.  I didn't learn much I don't already know about how the body's systems work.  Maybe a bit of trivia that I've forgotten already.  To some degree this book was about shining light on some of the forgotten heroes of medicine.  So many cases of backstabbing, self-sacrifice, and perseverance.  Even though there's a huge waiting list at the Seattle library, I walked in and grabbed it off the "Peak Picks" shelf.  Worth the read.
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Christmas as gift from my daughter. Artificial Intelligence, A Guide for Thinking Humans, by Melanie Mitchell. An excellent introduction to AI at a medium level. Helps to have a basic understanding of programming an machine architecture.  Primarily concerned with deep convoluted neural networks. Convinced me that we still are a considerable ways from Skynet. Information on operation of Deep Blue, Watson, speech recognition, Image recognition, and Cognition. The machines work well for specialized applications exceeding human capability but are pretty dumb outside a strictly controlled environment.

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PostSat Jan 25, 2020 6:58 pm 
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neek wrote:
Nothing for 3 weeks?

I've been on a losing streak.  I've quit on the last few books I've tried, didn't get very far on any of them.
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PostSat Jan 25, 2020 8:13 pm 
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I am simultaneously reading a PG Wodehouse book and Saint Augustine's Confessions. I got them mixed up the other night, and was thinking ol' Gus made being a saint look like a pretty fun gig.

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PostSat Jan 25, 2020 8:19 pm 
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Currently reading Midnights Children by Salman Rushdie.

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PostMon Jan 27, 2020 11:36 am 
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That Wild Country: An Epic Journey through the Past, Present, and Future of America's Public Lands by Mark Kenyon.  A recent book on the history of federal public lands and the various assaults on them since the time of Teddy Roosevelt.  An attempt to unite the various outdoor user groups (hunters, hikers, anglers, mountain bikers, etc.) on the shared goal of preserving public lands for the benefit of all.  Personal narrative occurs throughout--Mark's often humorous adventures exploring the wilderness with family and friends.  I was already familiar with a lot of the history and philosophy (mostly from reading this site!) but still enjoyed the read.  Nice to hear from someone who's still fairly young and optimistic.  I'm returning my library copy today and see that the hold line isn't too long...
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