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We all enjoy different things

Saw one of those websites where famous people rec books. Usually it is some person saying that 'To Kill a Mockingbird' changed them for always. That has already happened to me. And many people are like my MIL, who always has the latest book club book, or the NYC best seller on her table, obviously unread. I have never seen her actually hold a book in her hand. But I like to know what other people read-- I was curious...

Bill Gates has had a delightful time, apparently, with a book on the history of shipping containers. There was a photo of him with that book and others, wearing a dorky smile and a sweater. Can't you picture him, curled up on his sofa, in his socks maybe, reading his shipping container book, slowly as he can so it lasts a long time, because he is having such a great time?

I know the joy of finding a book that just makes you happy, even if nobody else understands. May we all have that again soon.


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Mar. 26th, 2014 09:30 am (UTC)
shipping containers - hhmmmm it fits somehow

were there any other gems to be had

great to hear you yesterday even if we missed seeing you :)
Mar. 26th, 2014 10:57 am (UTC)
When I was young (under ten) my favourite book was my brother's "Book of facts for Boy scouts" or some title like that. Full of useful things like chemical compounds and their common names.
Mar. 26th, 2014 06:01 pm (UTC)
Kids have a hunger for facts, as well as stories. To flourish, think we need plenty of both.
Mar. 26th, 2014 12:19 pm (UTC)
To Kill a Mockingbird definitely had an impact on me. The other book that stands out in my memory is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. The Irish immigrant thing, the incipient alcoholism thing (not my parents, but several uncles), the discovery of books and education as escape all resonated with me.
Mar. 26th, 2014 06:00 pm (UTC)
Yes. I loved it, still do.
Mar. 26th, 2014 02:22 pm (UTC)
I remember reading Pillars of Wisdom by TE Lawrence, aka Lawrence of Arabia. His writing was so evocative, so beautiful. It brought out my love for the desert and history. A hard book to read, when only 11, but I still have it and treasure it.
Mar. 26th, 2014 02:41 pm (UTC)
When I was a kid, I used to love those big fact books. I don't mean encyclopedias, I mean books of facts - sort of like the Uncle John's books now, but these were put out by Reader's Digest and other publishing companies. Facts on space, the human body, animals, cities ...

Of course, this doesn't mean much in the Internet age. But in the 1970s and 80s, that was pretty much the only way you could read those sorts of things (and they actually had a chance of being true most of the time!).

Also, my high school art teacher forced me to read a book to do a report in my senior year. He recommended "Lust for Life" by Irving Stone. I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would and learned much about Vincent Van Gogh, as well as his supportive brother Theodore.

Edited at 2014-03-26 02:43 pm (UTC)
Mar. 26th, 2014 05:59 pm (UTC)
I remember those books.
Mar. 27th, 2014 03:03 pm (UTC)
Huh! Not only can I picture him reading it, I can sort of imagine it being an interesting subject (if you expand it to the ships that carry them as well). I heard a story on NPR about mega-ships they're building just to carry the containers, they're 20 stories tall and don't fit in any of the currently existing harbors. Countries are building new harbors just to handle them.
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