August 27, 2006

Books I read in Montross

Since we didn't have high-speed internet in Glebe Harbor, I caught up on some reading. In addition to bits and pieces of books and magazines that I read while waiting for web pages to load, I read these books (links take you to their pages on Amazon):cannon
  • Lee and Grant: A Dual Biography by Gene Smith - This double biography flows easily and is interesting to read.

  • Nop's Trials by Donald McCaig, a story about a border collie who was dognapped and eventually found by his owner who went to great lengths to find him. There's some disturbing animal cruelty as the dog suffers misguided caretakers, but the wild-chase-type ending is fun to read.

  • Gods and Generals by Jeff Shaara. I listened to this book on audio cassette. It's a fictionalized account of the Civil War (mostly in Virginia) leading up to Gettysburg. Not much new but it is well-written and entertaining.

  • Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser, a look at the history of fast food restaurants and some of the problems in our food chain. This updated edition has an afterword that tells how fast food restaurants have actually helped the meat industry clean up their act.

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