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    This is such a great thread!

    I am reading Candide -- never read it before, but I always wanted to. It is pretty good.

    So I am on this kick where I am not reading things that are totally disturbing or depressing. I read all five books in the Hitchhiker's Guide trilogy.
    Then I read another Hermann Hesse book.
    Now, Candide.

    What book is next...?
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    I read 2-3 books per month, generally non-fiction.

    Currently reading Evicted, by Matthew Desmond. Based on anecdotes about a landlord and various tenants (all fictionalized) in Milwaukee, as well as facts about the housing situation, Desmond makes the case that eviction is a cause of urban poverty, not just a feature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dado potato View Post
    I read 2-3 books per month, generally non-fiction.

    Currently reading Evicted, by Matthew Desmond. Based on anecdotes about a landlord and various tenants (all fictionalized) in Milwaukee, as well as facts about the housing situation, Desmond makes the case that eviction is a cause of urban poverty, not just a feature.
    That is on my winter list to read. I like reading an occasional "social problems" book.

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    Just finished Dream Hoarders which is about class in America. The author is British and claims that class distinctions are now worse in America than Britain and cites many examples.

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    This thread is blooming! so many ideas and not enough time! We just read The Purple Hibiscus...beautiful writing, fast moving but way too dreary for me- abuse in Nigeria. The Alice Network about women spies in WW1- fictionalized but based an several true characters- was interesting, got a bit romance-like, but overall a good read. I also loved All the Light, Lainey, the second read was even better as I knew the plot. ( Both my book clubs read it several months apart and as I have the memory of a gnat I re read it. )

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    A $500 House in Detroit.

    Hallelujah Anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by razz View Post
    I am a Louise Penny fan and her latest, Glass Houses, is both a very good mystery with the familiar characters and a good insight to the complexity and challenges in dealing with the opioid crisis.
    I'm also a Louise Penney fan, but her last 2 books seem to be a bit of an overreach for me, plot-wise. However I love her characters and learning about that part of the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dado potato View Post
    I read 2-3 books per month, generally non-fiction.

    Currently reading Evicted, by Matthew Desmond. Based on anecdotes about a landlord and various tenants (all fictionalized) in Milwaukee, as well as facts about the housing situation, Desmond makes the case that eviction is a cause of urban poverty, not just a feature.
    dado, I think you mean to say the tenants' real names were not used, but that otherwise their situations were true to life. A very powerful, well-documented and well-researched book. I think Desmond did a TED talk on this too. He also lived there for months while he researched it, and has said that after the book was published he went into a depression (almost like PTSD). It's still a very good read, very informative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iris lilies View Post
    And that fiction is making you a better person, isnt it? Haha, just kidding.
    If by "better" you mean conversant with multiple methods of mayhem...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkytoe View Post
    I'm not sure the reason but reading two autobiographies of "strong" women - Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda. Maybe just cause they were in the large print section at the library but interesting to recall the 70s and all that went on then.
    I just read a biography of another strong woman: Dorothy Day, written by her granddaughter, Kate Hennessy. Loved it.
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