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    #198136 - 08/08/14 05:43 AM books for adults
    Bostonian Offline
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    There are book threads for various age ranges, but I'd like to start one for adults (and those of adult mental age). This year I have read a few biographies -- "Steve Jobs" by Isaacson, "Gates ..." (1994) by Manes and Andrews, and "Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist" (1995) by Lowenstein. The Jobs biography was great, and the Gates biography while good left me looking for a book to bring me up to date on Gates and Microsoft. My 10yo, who likes to program, read the Jobs book twice and some of the Gates biography.

    Lowenstein's biography gives an insight into how Buffett thought about business and investments but also his thoughts on politics and philanthropy. There are interesting slices of Midwestern Americana, for example the story of Rose Blumkin. Lowenstein's "When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management" (2001) is also good. "The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life" (2009) by Alice Schroeder is a more recent and longer biography of Buffett that I may try next. Buffett is known for his essays on business and investing, which explain complicated topics to laymen, and I may read "Berkshire Hathaway Letters to Shareholders, 2013".

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    #198138 - 08/08/14 07:23 AM Re: books for adults [Re: Bostonian]
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    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

    New Seeds of Contemplation.
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    Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

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    #198282 - 08/11/14 07:42 AM Re: books for adults [Re: Bostonian]
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    Here are some of my favorites:

    Neal Stephenson's Reamde which ties with The Baroque Cycle books for my favorites of his books

    Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being

    An oldie but goodie, Christopher Moore's Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

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    #198610 - 08/16/14 01:37 PM Re: books for adults [Re: Bostonian]
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    #198613 - 08/16/14 02:39 PM Re: books for adults [Re: indigo]
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    Originally Posted By: indigo


    I should point out that plants have a much more limited vocabulary than people.

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    #198614 - 08/16/14 03:10 PM Re: books for adults [Re: JonLaw]
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    Originally Posted By: JonLaw
    Originally Posted By: indigo


    I should point out that plants have a much more limited vocabulary than people.


    Then it ought to be a quick read.

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    #198616 - 08/16/14 03:34 PM Re: books for adults [Re: aeh]
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    Originally Posted By: aeh
    Originally Posted By: JonLaw
    Originally Posted By: indigo


    I should point out that plants have a much more limited vocabulary than people.


    Then it ought to be a quick read.


    They speak in chemicals, so there's a lot of translation work.

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    #198619 - 08/16/14 05:19 PM Re: books for adults [Re: Bostonian]
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    [SPAM] Ellenberg.

    Won't be a surprise to the maths among you but helping me keep up with DD. Quite funny in parts too.

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    #198620 - 08/16/14 05:22 PM Re: books for adults [Re: Bostonian]
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    Oh, why did that spam?

    [SPAM] Ellenberg wrote How not to be wrong. It's subtitled The hidden maths of everyday life.

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    #198624 - 08/16/14 06:37 PM Re: books for adults [Re: Bostonian]
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    I liked this one for serious reading http://www.amazon.com/Life-Natural-History-First-Billion/dp/037570261X

    But I also really enjoyed The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan (and it was a quick read). Farm City by Novella Carpenter was good too.

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