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Who by Fire
Leonard Cohen in the Sinai
Matti Friedman - 2022-03-29 (first published in 2021)
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Discover the amazing untold story of Leonard Cohen's 1973 tour of Israel during the Yom Kippur War. In Who by Fire, journalist Matti Friedman seamlessly intertwines Cohen's personal struggles with the backdrop of a country at war. With access to Cohen's own writings and rare photographs, this haunting and beautiful book offers an intimate portrait of an artist and the young people who heard him sing in the midst of combat. A book full of feeling that will resonate with readers long after the final page is turned.
Russell Roberts
Great book.      source
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A Swim in a Pond in the Rain
In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life
George Saunders - 2021-01-12
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A Swim in a Pond in the Rain is a literary master class on what makes great stories work and what they can tell us about ourselves—and our world today. George Saunders shares his twenty-year experience teaching a class on Russian short stories to MFA students at Syracuse University. In this book, he pairs iconic short stories by Chekhov, Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Gogol with his technical yet accessible essays on how narrative functions, why we stay immersed in a story, and the bedrock virtues a writer must foster to create compelling fiction. Through this exploration, Saunders illuminates how the mind itself works while reading and how the reading and writing of stories make genuine connection possible.
Russell Roberts
@timoreilly @tylercowen Just finished the recording and recommended the Saunders book. Love love love that book. Wish he would come on the show...      source
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Man's Search for Meaning
Viktor E. Frankl - 2006-06-01 (first published in 1959)
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Discover how to find meaning in suffering and move forward with renewed purpose by exploring the riveting memoir of a psychiatrist who survived Nazi death camps. In this influential book, based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, the author argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it and find meaning in it through his theory of logotherapy. This book is a must-read for anyone searching for significance in the act of living.
Russell Roberts
@WhiteClay9 Wonderful book. But very different.      source
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The Reawakening
Primo Levi - 2005-01-01 (first published in 1963)
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This powerful memoir tells the inspiring story of one man's liberation from Auschwitz and his journey home to Italy after World War II. Through bombed-out cities and transit camps, the author encounters former prisoners and Russian soldiers, imparting unforgettable insight into the aftermath of the Holocaust. A remarkable feat of literary craft, this book is a testament to faith, hope, and courage in the face of unimaginable darkness.
Russell Roberts
title. Then Levi wrote The Truce. (It was issued in the US under the title The Reawakening. Surprise--The Truce is a much better title.) The Truce is the story of Levi's journey home after he left Auschwitz. It, too, is an incredible portrait of the human condition-- 3/n      source
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Survival In Auschwitz
Primo Levi - 1996-09-01 (first published in 1947)
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A powerful and insightful account of one man's survival in a Nazi concentration camp. Written by an Italian Jew who was sent to Auschwitz with 650 others, only 20 of whom survived, this book provides an extraordinary firsthand perspective on the horrors of the Holocaust. Through his incredible resilience and determination to bear witness to the atrocities committed, the author sheds light on the unimaginable violence and cruelty inflicted upon millions of innocent lives. A must-read for anyone seeking to understand the human experience during this dark period of history.
Russell Roberts
Today is Yom HaShoah, a day to remember the Holocaust. I recently read two books by Primo Levi on his time in Auschwitz and what happened afterwards. They are two of the best books I have ever read. The first is If This is a Man. It describes his time 1/n      source
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Lonesome Dove
A Novel
Larry McMurtry - 1999-10-01 (first published in 1985)
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Experience the majestic beauty of the American wilderness through a captivating love story and epic adventure in Lonesome Dove. Follow a cast of unforgettable characters - including heroes, outlaws, and ladies - as they journey through the last wild frontier in Texas. With rich authenticity and masterful writing, this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic is a timeless masterpiece that will make you laugh, weep, and remember.
Russell Roberts
Larry McMurtry has just passed away. What a great book is Lonesome Dove...      source
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Dark, Salt, Clear
The Life of a Fishing Town
Lamorna Ash - 2020-04-02
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Explore the stark and beautiful coastal landscape of a Cornish fishing village through the eyes of an adventurous female writer. Dark, Salt, Clear presents a captivating portrait of Newlyn's hardcore career fishermen, their frustrations, and the complexities of their lives. Ash's transformational journey aboard the Filadelfia and her astute observations of the landscape and people will transport you on a multilayered travelogue filled with indelible characters. This fiercely auspicious debut is reminiscent of Annie Dillard, Barry Lopez, and Robert Macfarlane, and is not to be missed.
Russell Roberts
Great book, too. Brava, @LamornaAsh      source
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A Soldier of the Great War
Mark Helprin - 2005-06-01 (first published in 1991)
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Experience the lush, literary epic of love, beauty, and war in this acclaimed novel by Mark Helprin. Follow Alessandro Giuliani, a privileged son of a Roman lawyer, through his idyllic life of racing horses, climbing mountains, and falling in love. But when the Great War intervenes, Alessandro's world changes forever. Fast forward half a century to meet an aging hero, who tells the tragic story of his life, including loss, gain, and a love song for his family.
Russell Roberts
@byeliad An incredible book.      source
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How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life
An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness
Russ Roberts - 2014-10-09
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Discover the forgotten masterpiece of one of history's greatest thinkers in How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life by Russ Roberts. Through examining the Scottish philosopher's epic work on human nature, Roberts uncovers a treasure trove of practical and timeless wisdom. Smith's insights into happiness, virtue, fame, and fortune are framed within the context of current events, literature, history, and pop culture, making this self-help book highly entertaining and relevant to modern day.
Russell Roberts
I loved both of these books...      source
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