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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

    Thanks to some power outages, I read a lot this past week. The best thing I read was Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith. Absolutely loved it.

    I had read The Talented Mr. Ripley and maybe a few stories by Highsmith. Now I'm looking to read some more by her.

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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

    I've started the recent bio of James Monroe by Tim McGrath. I've looked for a good biography of Monroe for some time, but the only one I've run into is by Harlow Giles Unger, and after reading his uncritical Lafayette bio, I passed (particularly since reviews mentioned the same issue in this one). I've been interested in Monroe's presidency, particularly how he got around what was considered a constitutional issue and found a way for the Federal government to pay for infrastructure and the Missouri Compromise. The bio's well-reviewed and is interesting so far, although it's still early. The account of The Battle of Trenton was particularly good. I'm also anticipating McGrath's take on Monroe's role in revealing Hamilton's affair with Maria Reynolds.
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    I'm nearly done with The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend

    It's quite a book. Really remarkable.

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    Ever since the pandemic started I've been reading more books about 19th century base ball. McFarland had a sale so I bought a few books and one thing has led to another. I've mainly been focusing on the 1890 season when several players broke off to create a league of their own. The main books I've read have been: Labor and Capital in 19th Century Baseball by Robert Gelzheiser, The New York Giants Base Ball Club: The Growth of a Team and a Sport, 1870 to 1900 by James Hardy, Jr., Baseball 1845-1881 by Preston Orem, Fifty-Nine in '84: Old Hoss Radbourn, Barehanded Baseball, and the Greatest Season a Pitcher Ever Had by Edward Achorn, (it was really 60), Baseball in 1889: Players vs. Owners by Daniel Pearson, Touching Base: Professional Baseball and American Culture in the Progressive Era by Steven Riess and Touching Base: Professional Baseball and American Culture in the Progressive Era by Robert Ross.
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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

    Quote Originally Posted by marcshoe View Post
    Fantastic book. I'd been interested in Garfield, who had anti-corruption potential, for a long time, and this book made me look at Chester A. Arthur differently. I'd like to read River of Doubt, but I feel I've read so much about TR lately that if I keep it up, I'll become a fan. I still see him as too full of himself, but I'm beginning to admire his intellect more than I thought.
    I'm currently reading this book. It is really good! I'm up to the point when Garfield was shot. You really do get the feeling that Garfield would have been one of the great Presidents if he had lived. He was very smart and forward thinking. Also liked how he stood up to Conkling in his short time as President. Also left you wondering why they thought so little of leaving a President so unprotected. You would have thought people would have learned from Lincoln's assassination. Guiteau was truly delusional and demented. In todays world with all of the letters he had sent to the White House he would have never had the chance to kill Garfield as he would have been arrested many months before.
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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

    Read “American Dirt” by Jeanine Cummins. A harrowing tale. Evidently it’s also controversial because of cultural appropriation but I thought it was a well-told story.
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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

    Also read “The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah. Another harrowing tale only instead of migrants escaping drug-riddled Mexico, it’s a family escaping the ‘30’s Dust Bowl only to find California not very welcoming.
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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

    Just started Split Season. It's about the 1981 strike ridden season of 1981. It seems very good so far. Lots names early on I just as soon have forgotten about like Ray Grebey, Donald Fehr, Bowie Kuhn etc.... I remember it being just a lousy season because of the split format and the Reds being left out of the playoffs despite having the best record in baseball.

    Just finished reading The Unexpected President by Scott Greenberger. It was about Chester Arthur who was only elected to one political position in his life and that was Vice President. He was an interesting person in that he was completely within the New York political machine and under Roscoe Conkling. But by the time he fell into the Presidency he went away from them and made his own way. I couldn't help but admire him by not going along party lines and doing what he thought was best for the country. Also some very interesting letters written to him by Julia Sand. It sounded as though he took her advice on things and eventually paid her a visit. The book was shorter than it should have been but not terrible either.
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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

    Harvest Home by Tom Tryon. This book was an influence on Stephen King. I remember the two-part TV movie from the seventies, as well as the movie based on Tryon's The Other. I'm a third of the way through, and Tryon was a fantastic writer. Compelling prose.
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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

    I'm currently on Jeff Shaara's third book in his World War 2 trilogy, No Less Than Victory. The first two were quite good and this one is decent so far, but I'm only a couple chapters into it. I'm also narrating a James Monroe biography that is so poorly written I'm not going to even recommend it here. The dude's paying me well enough for the narration, but I can't wait to finish it. The guy needs a serious editor.
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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

    I just finished Middlesex for the first time, and it was outstanding.
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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

    Just finished “The Lincoln Highway” by Amor Towles. It wasn’t the book I thought it was going to be when I started it. I’m trying to figure out if I liked it or not. I guess maybe since it’s making me think so much, I must have liked it at some level.
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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

    Slow process but I am currently reading Joe Nuxhall: The Old Lefthander & Me
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