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Thursday – Books

May 7, 2020

What has everyone been reading? I just finished a book titled “Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything” by Lydia Kang MD. It’s an amazing story of the ways that people thought would cure their many ills. Scary stuff indeed. But for now, I’m going to switch over to fiction. Some of the non-fiction is getting too scary for me.

So I started reading a Michael Connelly book. Michael Connelly has written a ton of crime novels about the LAPD. One of his main characters he has written about is one Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch. Harry is a veteran homicide detective for the LAPD. The book that I am currently reading is titled “Two Kinds of Truth” . Harry has been fired from the LAPD and is working on cold cases for the San Fernando PD with his office in the basement jail of the police station. This is a lot less scary than the non-fiction.

So I’ve been telling Paula for a zillion years that I have to stop watching late night TV. I keep finding out about new books that I want to read. Stephen Colbert had Stephen King on his show a couple of nights ago. He was pitching his new book. The book is titled “If It Bleeds” Here is another case of non-fiction being scarier than fiction. Well maybe with Stephen King, the fiction is just as scary

So then we had a discussion about our favorite Stephen King books. For me, a toss up between “The Stand” and “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption”. Of course, Shawshank was made into an excellent film starring Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins.

“The Stand” was written in 1978. Scary stuff about a pandemic. Eventually, I will get around to rereading both titles again. I will write more about “The Stand” after I reread it.

That’s all for now. Stay safe.

Joe

Monday

April 27, 2020

Good morning everyone. We are continuing our stay at home and we are doing well. We have not been sick. We are staying occupied. The archiving of our old photo albums is continuing.

This post is mostly about the books that I have been reading. Reading is one of my prime activities to conquer the boredom.

I read all of my books on my iPad’s Kindle app. I try to avoid buying the books. I check the Libby app (LA Library) for availability. Libby is a free app where one can download the books to your Kindle app for three weeks. They have a limited number of copies of any one book available for download. If the requests exceed the number of books, you get added to the waiting list. Beats paying $10-$15 to Amazon.

Sometimes, I find out about books from late night TV shows like “Late Show with Stephen Colbert”. Another source for me is “CBS Sunday Morning”. They interview authors about new books that are coming out. So I write myself a note to check out the book(s) to download later. I’ve often told Paula that I need to stop watching late night TV, too many books to read.

This is the story of lawyers who work on cases where inmates have been wrongfully accused of a crime. The fictional story is based on a real organization called “The Innocence Project” that works on proving innocence of inmates wrongfully convicted of a crime. Reading Grisham tends to be a page turner for me. It took me three days to read the book. When I was done, I sent it back to the Library, just like a paper book.

Next up (sourced from CBS Sunday Morning) are two books, both non-fiction about our current situation. First is a book titled “Quackery – A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything” by Lydia Kang, MD and Nate Pederson. I am doing this one first, because it was available for free from the Libby app. The title just about says it all.

Next up is a book titled “The Coming Plague” by Laurie Garrett. (Also, sourced from CBS Sunday Morning). Apparently, this is a popular book. I have put a hold on it with “Libby”. Expected wait time is six weeks. I probably won’t buy it for now. I’ll check back at Libby after I finish Quackery. Also available from Amazon.