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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Randy G. » Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:56 pm

Savage Summit by Jennifer Jordan

Picked it up this morning.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby 14erFred » Fri Feb 15, 2013 10:42 am

Death Grip: A Climber's Escape from Benzo Madness by Matt Samet (well-known rock climber and former editor of Climbing Magazine)...incredible writing and inspiring story...I can't put it down.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby tommyboy360 » Thu Mar 14, 2013 11:44 am

14erFred wrote:Death Grip: A Climber's Escape from Benzo Madness by Matt Samet (well-known rock climber and former editor of Climbing Magazine)...incredible writing and inspiring story...I can't put it down.


Rock climbing, searching, confused, lost, reckless, depression, addiction... this book is AMAZING. It's based on a climber from New Mexico and Colorado. The book consistently relates to rock climbing but the author also mentions 14ers like the Elk Range and Longs.

A must read. I'm on a different experience but this book speaks to me and gives me hope. It's a dark read with a beautiful finish. It's not a book about climbing. Very scientific especially if you're into the bio-chemistry of Rx meds and understanding depression. Regardless, this book could not have been timed more perfect for me. Excellent.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby edhaman » Thu Mar 14, 2013 1:46 pm

"Divinity of Doubt: The God Question," by Vincent Bugliosi, making his case for being an agnostic. The author is the guy to prosecuted Charles Manson. His earlier book, "Reclaiming History," which soundly debunks all of the conspiracy theories about the Kennedy assassination, shows an outstanding research ability. This book presents the best exposition I've seen of the fallacies, inconsistencies, and lack of logic in the Bible; although he obviously isn't sufficiently knowledgeable about science to take on the atheists in the chapter on that subject.

Re: What are you reading?

Postby taylorzs » Thu Mar 14, 2013 6:39 pm

Besides school reading, I am working on two books right now. One is "The Ancestor's Tale" by Richard Dawkins. This is a story of human evolution starting with Homo sapiens and going all the way back to the beginnings of prokaryotic life on Earth 3.5 billion years ago. He stops at every common ancestor we share with every other living species on Earth and talks about that ancestor and what Earth was like at each particular point in history. Really great evolutionary biology book! The other book is " The Christ Consiracy; The Greatest Story Ever Sold." Acharya S. This book is about the history of the creation of the christian bible during the Dark Ages and the true origins of most stories of the bible; death and resurection, divine conception, etc... which are all rooted in earlier religions, primary ancient Egyption religion (old enough we now substitute the word religion for mythology). This is a great read, that gives a cultural anthropoligist's take on the origins of Abrahamic religions in general, and christianity in particular.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby WarDamnPanic » Thu Mar 14, 2013 6:45 pm

Challenge of Rainier. Planning on climbing it in August so I thought this was a good place to start...

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby fevercity » Thu Mar 14, 2013 11:12 pm

The San Luis Valley: Land of the Six-armed Cross [Virginia McConnell Simmons]

Recent trip to the San Juan's made me want to learn more about the 'SLV'. Best book on the valley's history.

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Yikes » Fri Mar 15, 2013 7:57 am

“So Much for That,” Lionel Shriver
good novel for those of us experiencing our mid-life crisises


"The Passage" and "The Twelve", Justin Cronin
A vampire story that actually rocks. Suck it Twilight series

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby MtnHub » Thu Apr 11, 2013 6:37 pm

Just finished a book by an author I've never heard of before. Discovered it in one of those Little Free Library public exchange things, but I found it to be an excellent read of fiction, very moving and insightful:

Leah Hager Cohen. The Grief of Others

Some more of my recent favorites are:

Rhodes. Driftless.
Dilloway. How to be an American Housewife
Dilloway. Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns
Inclan. Walking with Her Daughter

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby jsdratm » Thu Apr 11, 2013 6:42 pm

I checked out "Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills" from the American Alpine Club Library. So far it has been very educational!

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby my5sons » Thu Apr 11, 2013 9:53 pm

To The End of The Earth by Tom Avery " our epic journey to the North Pole" a very good read. =D>

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Hungry Jack » Tue Apr 16, 2013 3:14 pm

Just finished (very quickly) "Slaying the Badger", which is a riveting account of Greg LeMond's victory over Bernard Hinault in the 1986 Tour de France. It is a fascinating tale of competition, sports psychology, intrigue, and LeMond crapping himself in a particularly brutal bout of food poisoning in the midst of a stage.

Even if you aren't gonzo about cycling, this book is a very good read. Hinault was a great champion and a complex man--a real one of a kind. And LeMond should be recognized as the greatest American cyclist ever for what he did sans drugs and under enormous psychological pressure, bad luck (pay attention to what happens to me during each of his 2 individual time trials during the 1986 Tour), and ouvert resistance from the French. A great story all around.
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