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Wherein I set you straight about what you should like. Or, occasionally, what you should not like though I’m much more reticent on that note. Know that if I list it here, I have read it, touched it, played with it, or maybe thrown it away. I AM a member of the Amazon Affiliate squad, and I DO receive a small pittance from Jeff Bezos if you use my site to access Amazon for any purpose. I urge and invite you to do so often.


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I was let down by 6 Secrets to Living a Fruitful Life by C. Peter Wagner. Apparently Wagner is something of a wunderkind in the charismatic/missionary world and Amazon offered me a free read. I didn’t care for it, but that’s not to say there’s anything particularly bad about it. I just didn’t care for it. You might like it just fine.


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Address Unknown. Book review of Address Unknown by Kressman Taylor. Should be – but isn’t – required reading for US citizenship in these odd times. Maybe the point Taylor makes is that these aren’t odd times, but oddness is normal in world politics…


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Geek Love – Book review for Halloween. I read this a few years ago and thought it truly weird, but, once you’re past the weirdness, it’s just another Adams Family dealing with family. Good and easy read.


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I was Blind but Now I see, by James Altucher. Altucher excels in a particular philosophy I like: ignore everything and figure it out for yourself. The gist of the book is that he was blinded by advertising, television, the good life, education…you name it. You’re in the same boat. I became suspicious as I read: mostly he beats those things up and then inserts himself as having the right answers. Then I went to his website and signed up for the occasional email and got a long missive every day about how badly I need to pay for his super-duper-email where he tells all the secrets, and, well, I just gave up. He’s as popular as Thanksgiving turkey though, and I recommend the book. But not the email service.


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Review of David Sinclair’s fine book Lifespan. I consider Sinclair one of the smartest people doing aging/longevity research and he doesn’t disappoint here. The book can be wonkish and this review – by Astral Codex Ten – is wonkish to the extreme. Either way, it’s a good read of an accessible book with a wealth of usable information.


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Book review of What Makes Olga Run. Whatever secret you believe will give you a long and good life, forget it. Olga lived long and well and by any measure was your grandma who lived next door. Except that she hired a track coach in her 80s and, though passed now, still holds almost every record for any masters event she tossed her hat into. A good read.


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Writing Without Rules is a book by Jeffery Somers about getting on with it. Don’t stop to make sure you have the perfect pencil perfectly sharpened. Don’t take next month to read a book about how to write a book. Sit down – butt in chair – and start writing. Don’t worry: it will be horrible but you can fix that. I like the book but found in reading that I have already given up on most rules and do what I want. So be it. It’s a good read for the angst ridden, maybe not so much for literary rebels.


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