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Old 07-21-2010, 03:16 PM   #46
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You all (me included ) are making for a difficult vote. Do I vote for my own nomination or do I vote for books I really want to read also. Do we get more than one vote...
I feel the same way almost every month when voting time come around.
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Since I have read The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End I have wanted to read more Ken Follett...

So, I nominate _Eye of the Needle_ by Follett:

I've heard good things about it... here are some reviews:

"A spy novel of the highest order." -- -- Baltimore Sun

"Follett is a master." -- Time

"Heart-stopping, nerve-freezing...Truly suspenseful...Extraordinarily satisfying." -- -- Los Angeles Times

"Thrilling." -- -- The New York Times Book Review

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I've seen the movie and the movie is good.
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2nd Nomination

Banned Books Week is coming up soon (September 25 - October 2). How about Fanny Hill (actual title: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure) by John Cleland?

From the Wikipedia entry:
.....Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (popularly known as Fanny Hill) is an erotic novel by John Cleland first published in England in 1748. Written while the author was in debtor's prison in London, it is considered "the first original English prose pornography, and the first pornography to use the form of the novel." One of the most prosecuted and banned books in history, it has become a synonym for obscenity.

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Old 07-21-2010, 03:22 PM   #49
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You get three nominations or seconds/thirds, but only one vote in the final poll.
Spoilsport...
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Third Nomination

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell.

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Gladwell, a New Yorker staff writer, offers an incisive and piquant theory of social dynamics that is bound to provoke a paradigm shift in our understanding of mass behavioral change. Defining such dramatic turnarounds as the abrupt drop in crime on New York's subways, or the unexpected popularity of a novel, as epidemics, Gladwell searches for catalysts that precipitate the "tipping point," or critical mass, that generates those events. What he finds, after analyzing a number of fascinating psychological studies, is that tipping points are attributable to minor alterations in the environment, such as the eradication of graffiti, and the actions of a surprisingly small number of people, who fit the profiles of personality types that he terms connectors, mavens, and salesmen. As he applies his strikingly counterintuitive hypotheses to everything from the "stickiness," or popularity, of certain children's television shows to the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, Gladwell reveals that our cherished belief in the autonomy of the self is based in great part on wishful thinking. Donna Seaman

Reviews (from Amazon.com):
"...Gladwell manages to make sense of a tantalizing array of research findings." -- Lisbeth Schorr, Harvard Project on Effective Interventions, and author of Common Purpose: Strengthening Families and Neighborhoods to Rebuild America

"...a fascinating account...valuable..." -- Chicago Tribune, 3/26/00

"...a terrifically rewarding read..." -- Seattle Times, 3/24/00

"...brimming with new theories on the science of manipulation..." -- Time Out New York, 3/2-9/00

"Anyone interested in fads should read THE TIPPING POINT..." -- US Magazine, 3/27/00

"Hip and hopeful, The Tipping Point, is like the idea it describes: concise, elegant but packed with social power. A book for anyone who cares about how society works and how we can make it better." -- --George Stephanopoulos

"Malcolm Gladwell proposes a fascinating and possibly useful theory in "The Tipping Point"...what makes his book so appealing is the way he approaches his subject...he follows his precept of his subtitle and explores the little things that make a big difference..." -- New York Times, 2/28/00

"The Primary reason for the historic and rapid declines in crime and disorder in the subways and on the streets of New York City in the early 1990s was police activity. Police focused their activities on controlling illegal behavior to such an extent that they changed that behavior. Malcolm Gladwell's book and its theories, particularly the 'Power of Context,' clearly describes how crime and disorder were rapidly 'tipped.' It is a vital and 'must read' addition to the on-going debate about what really causes crime and disorder and how best to deal with it." -- --Commissioner William J. Bratton

"The Tipping Point is one of those rare books that changes the way you think about, well, everything. A combination of lucid explanation with vivid (and often funny) real-world examples, the book sets out to explain nothing less than why human beings behave the way they do. And, astonishingly, Malcolm Gladwell had the smarts and panache to pull it off." -- -Jeffrey Toobin, author of A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal that Nearly Brought Down a President

"What someone once said about the great Edmund Wilson is as true of Malcolm Gladwell: he gives ideas the quality of action. Here he's written a wonderful page turner about a fascinating idea that should effect the way every thinking person thinks about the world around him." -- --Michael Lewis Author of Liar's Poker and The New New Thing
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Old 07-21-2010, 03:46 PM   #51
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Banned Books Week is coming up soon (September 25 - October 2). How about Fanny Hill (actual title: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure) by John Cleland?
I second that.
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Old 07-21-2010, 03:49 PM   #52
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Life of Pi already has three nominations. And, I am not canadian, but I would also like to read it
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I am Canadian, and I can warmly recommend the book. (Not because I'm Canadian, but because it's great read).
Ah. You are Canadian. That's why I find you so likable. I mean. I have to admit that I have a very soft spot for the Great Country. Good for you
Grazie mille. A presto.

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The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell.
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I'll second that!
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Old 07-21-2010, 04:39 PM   #54
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I nominate City Of Thieves by David Benioff
http://www.amazon.com/City-Thieves-N...9740906&sr=1-1
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Old 07-21-2010, 04:43 PM   #55
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Banned Books Week is coming up soon (September 25 - October 2). How about Fanny Hill (actual title: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure) by John Cleland?

From the Wikipedia entry:
.....Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (popularly known as Fanny Hill) is an erotic novel by John Cleland first published in England in 1748. Written while the author was in debtor's prison in London, it is considered "the first original English prose pornography, and the first pornography to use the form of the novel." One of the most prosecuted and banned books in history, it has become a synonym for obscenity.
Weeell.... I liked the comic book The book itself is a little... 18th century

BTW, are you nominating it?

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I've seen the movie and the movie is good.
But does that mean the book is any good?
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But does that mean the book is any good?
Wait, wait, I know the answer....pick me....pick me....
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Wait, wait, I know the answer....pick me....pick me....
Yes, Kenny, tell us what you think.
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Weeell.... I liked the comic book The book itself is a little... 18th century

BTW, are you nominating it?


But does that mean the book is any good?
It means the book might be good.
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Second Guns of August. I have (and have read!) all of Tuchman's books. They among the few I will re and re-read.

I was disappointed in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

Aspects of the Novel has been on my reader for over a year now. Have been thinking lately that I'm not going to live long enough to get halfway through my to-read list! And more to add from this month's nomination!
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