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Two days ago, I finished reading "Discourses and Selected Writings" by Epictetus.
It's a philosophy book. Epictetus was a former Roman slave who was given his freedom, and went back to Greece to found a philosophy school. By Penguin Classics.
Pretty easy to understand. Easy and quick to read. Agreed with a lot of what he had to say.

I am now starting "The Gulag Archipelago" by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
It's a non-fiction work by a former prisoner of the Soviet gulags, which won a Nobel Prize. He basically documented the change of a nation from mostly normal people to a nation with ten thousand paid torturers in their employ. It's fascinating how the culture of a country changes; changes happen slowly and, before you know it, you're living in an oppressive, corrupt, dictatorship, where everybody is afraid of everybody.

I love reading history books and books that look at human character and spirit.
 
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I haven't read the whole thread so I am hoping this is a repeat;

The Secret Teachings of Plants: On the Direct Perception of Nature by Steven Harrod Buhner

He's an amazing character and has some great technical herbals about antibiotics and antivirals as well as an awesome book called Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers, that talks about the history and significance of.brewing as well as offers recipes/techniques.

This is one of his philosophical texts about our relation to nature but it also emphasizes and explains a technique of reacquainting with your heart centered perception. Its been a heavy book to read, especially with small children as part of my life, because each paragraph is so dense. Its also reminded me of levels of subtlety that I'd forgotten and I've found the practices for reorienting toward heart-centric perception to be really rewarding
 
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[The Evidence of Earth's Lost Civilization] "Finger Prints Of The Gods", by Graham Hancock, 1995 - Random House
 
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Just for fun cause I have a twisted sense of humor.

"Blood Sucking Fiends" "Bite Me" and "You Suck" (a love story) by Christopher Moore
""Stormy Weather" and "Double Whammy" and "Bad Monkey" by Carl Hiaasen

Right now "Castles of Steel" by Robert K. Massie, nonfiction about the great battleships of WW1 and I hope it goes on to WW2 where it might culminate with the demise of the HMS Hood and Nazi Bismarck. And ultimately the extinction of battleships in general due the arrival of aircraft carriers.

 
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Mark Reed wrote: "Bad Monkey" by Carl Hiaasen


I love things like this when I've spent a week unsnarling something nasty, like a genetics textbook or a paper that attempts to renegotiate the laws of statistics (or logic)... Hiaasen is one of my favorites for this.  
 
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You might like Christopher Moore as well. The three I mentioned are my favorites. I forgot another good one of his "The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove". All just fun fast reads. Also recently reread "Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" that one's a little heavier.
 
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Just finished reading The Good Food Revolution By Will Allen. He left the corporate world and followed his dreams to start urban farming. His passion grew to a large nonprofit. A nice inspiring story that chronicles his life from childhood growing up on a farm to a professional basketball career to corporate management then back to the land.
 
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