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Old 09-22-2020, 05:34 PM   #61
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"Dogtripping" by Andy Rosenfeldt. The true story of taking 20+ dogs from San Diego to Maine in 3 RV's with 11 volunteers. Hilarious, and if you recognize the aurthor, he writes the humorous Andy Carpenter lawyer/crime novels.

And I'll add almost anything by David Baldacci...
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Old 09-22-2020, 06:04 PM   #62
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With the discussion about the Oregon Trail, the true life adventure of Rinker Buck and his brother, Nick, doing a modern-day version of the journey with mules and a covered wagon is a "must have" read. Thoroughly engaging.

https://smile.amazon.com/Oregon-Trai...s%2C239&sr=8-1
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Old 09-22-2020, 06:15 PM   #63
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The Caine mutiny by Herman Wouk
East of Eden and The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Joy in the Morning by P.G. Wodehouse
Shane by Jack Schaefer
The Godfather by Mario Puzo
All good
My favorites
Big Rock Candy Mountain by Wallace Stegner
The old man and the boy. Robert Ruark
The Masters. C.P. Snow
The trilogy: Dancing at the rascal Fair
English Creek and Ride with me Mariah Montana. By Ivan Doig
Death in the Long Grass. Capstick
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Old 09-22-2020, 06:26 PM   #64
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John Sanfords Prey novels. Lucas Davenport is snake mean and bear tough.
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Old 09-22-2020, 06:57 PM   #65
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My favorites
Big Rock Candy Mountain by Wallace Stegner
The old man and the boy. Robert Ruark
The Masters. C.P. Snow
The trilogy: Dancing at the rascal Fair
English Creek and Ride with me Mariah Montana. By Ivan Doig
Death in the Long Grass. Capstick
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Wow, someone else who has read CP Snow. And I think that one is my favorite but I have the whole Strangers and Brothers series. Sure wish I could get those as audiobooks and I'd read them all again.
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Old 09-22-2020, 07:55 PM   #66
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Hi Bobbie,
I first read the Masters in 1965 and then several others in the series. It gave me considerable insight into personalities and relationships. I have read it more than once in my career days and like so many books, have likened people I worked with and came to know to the characters in Snow’s novels.
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Some favorites:
Jim the Boy by Tony Earley
The River Why by David James Duncan (a high recommendation for anyone who fishes)
The Earth Is Enough: Growing Up in a World of Flyfishing, Trout, and Old Men (another for fisher persons) by Harry Middleton
anything by Jon Hassler (all set in a small college town in Minnesota)
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Old 09-22-2020, 08:33 PM   #68
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I first read the Masters in 1965 and then several others in the series. It gave me considerable insight into personalities and relationships. I have read it more than once in my career days and like so many books, have likened people I worked with and came to know to the characters in Snow’s novels.
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I read The Search in college and then when I was writing my thesis in 81 I found the series in the town library and read through it. Found a 3 volume set with all nine books sometime later in a used book store but have never ready them all through again.
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The Caine mutiny by Herman Wouk
East of Eden and The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Joy in the Morning by P.G. Wodehouse
Shane by Jack Schaefer
The Godfather by Mario Puzo
All my favorites especially John Steinbeck which I have read everything He wrote . Even got to see his museum. Shane , The Godfather , my Italian Grandfather told us kids stories that so much was in Mario Puzo book . Especially remember him saying they would come in and ask is there anything I can do for you ? Grandpa said he was civil but you never take anything from them . Pat
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Old 09-23-2020, 11:45 AM   #70
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A few more personal favorites
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant by Douglas Wallop
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
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And I almost forgot
Dracula by Bram Stoker

This one takes a bit of getting used to the language usage of the time but it's a good read.
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Old 09-23-2020, 11:55 AM   #72
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and here I thought, Call of the Wild and Tom Sawyer were notable achievements to have finished......
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Old 09-23-2020, 02:20 PM   #73
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My favorites
Big Rock Candy Mountain by Wallace Stegner
The old man and the boy. Robert Ruark
The Masters. C.P. Snow
The trilogy: Dancing at the rascal Fair
English Creek and Ride with me Mariah Montana. By Ivan Doig

Death in the Long Grass. Capstick
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I think I have read all of (and mostly enjoyed) Ivan Doig's fiction, but his memoir/autobiography of his early years This House of Sky, is far and away my favorite.
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For those who like baseball and epic (LONG) books, The Brothers K by David James Duncan.
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Old 09-23-2020, 05:39 PM   #75
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A few more personal favorites
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant by Douglas Wallop
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
In Cold Blood and To Kill a Mockingbird my favorites too . Pat
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Regarding science fiction--

Although I enjoy sci-fi short stories, I have problems suspending disbelief (I think that's the phrase) for the duration of a science fiction novel. I prefer more mainstream novels with a technological bent, such as those from Richard Powers or Don Delillo.

But-- I want to mention noted sci-fi author William Gibson's "Blue Ant" series: Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, and Zero History. They are set in the same "world" and have repeating characters. These are more mainstream novels in the vein of Powers or Delillo. Gibson is really good at characterization: his female characters in particular seem realistic, which I think is a challenge for some male writers. These three novels have female protagonists that I think are portrayed pretty well.

I just started reading Philip K. Dick's "A Scanner Darkly".
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For any Pacific Northwest readers who liked The Brothers K, I would recommend Bryan Doyle:
The Plover (a favorite), Mink River, and Martin Marten. All excellent.
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Tonto Basin by Zane Grey

I struggled with what forum to post this to: Reading? Trip? Discussion?

Now that I've started on this RV trajectory, there may come a time in the next year or so when I'll feel comfortable travelling in the US because of COVID and other reasons. And I'm really looking forward to exploring "the middle of the US" from Wisconsin (William Kent Krueger), through Wyoming (CJ Box), to this mysterious Arizona place.

I've never read westerns, but have of course heard of Grey and Louis Lamour, so wanted to start at the beginning and find a good Arizona western.

When I borrowed Tonto Basin from the library, Goodreads and the library described the book as a love story around a feud between families in the Tonto Basin.

What it turned out to be was a fascinating travelogue of Zane Grey's hunting parties to the north rim of Tonto Basin in October 1918 and 1919.

He brought his young son and brother RC on the first trip and visited Natural Bridge, and was just getting started with the hunt portion of his trip when rumours of the influenza epidemic reached camp, and they "flew" home along the old Crook Road to be with family. Only RC came the next year, and they spent a wonderful 6 weeks(?) exploring places like Beaver Dam Canyon, See Canyon, Meteor Crater and hunting bear, deer and gobblers.

While hunting played a big part in the activities, and there were lots of exciting descriptions of the hunts themselves, Grey's main focus seemed to be the beauty of nature, sighing of winds in pines, extraordinary sunset views across the rim and down into the valleys, the smells of the earth and plants, and the interesting birds and animals he encountered. He also spent a lot of time listening to and recounting stories of his travelling companions, and admiring their abilities. There were many progressive (IMO) opinions from one hundred years ago on first nations' peoples, Asians, and the philosophies of hunting and endurance.

So now I want to travel along AZ 260 as part of a trip to this very strange place called Quartzsite. It will be interesting to see how much and how little has changed in the hundred years.

A good read!!

Now to find a "real" AZ western with hardened tabacky-chewin cowboys, and their strong-willed womenfolk.
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Old 11-11-2020, 09:51 AM   #79
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Just finished Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days That Changed the World by Chris Wallace and Mitch Weiss.

A 'recommended' read if interested in non-fiction history of that era.

BTW, Thanks to all veterans/service-members and veteran/service-member families on this Remembrance Day (Commonwealth) / Veterans Day (US).
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I'm hitting the Submit button at 11:11 today to show my respect for the hard work and sacrifices all the armed forces and their families have made and continue to make to keep the world as safe as possible.
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