takingadayoff

"takingadayoff"
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I like Taking a Day Off to read a good book.

Favorite subjects include (to name just a few) travel writing, food writing, Medieval history, social history, language, essays, and popular culture. I also enjoy books on popular science, aviation, investing, and voluntary simplicity.

Recent favorite books include:
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,497 - Total Helpful Votes: 983 of 1101
The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel
The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Failure to Launch, 11 Jun 2013
I was looking forward to this book -- it's an original topic, a slice of the 1960s that hasn't been done to death. I enjoyed the first chapters, about the Mercury astronauts and their wives, but mostly I found the book disjointed and unsatisfying.

Lily Koppel never seemed to settle on a voice for the book, so that parts of it came across with a wink-wink attitude, such as the way she referred to the women as "astrowives" and the children as "astrokids," and went into great detail about clothes and hair and jewelry as well as various Astro-spats between wives. Other times, the book seemed surreal, as in a description of a get-together after the Apollo 1 tragedy, which described… Read more
Exploding the Phone: The Untold Story of the Teena&hellip by Phil Lapsley
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Before there was cybercrime, there was phone hacking. Teenagers, mostly boys, would con the phone company into giving them free long distance phone calls. In those mid-twentieth century days, long distance was expensive and something of a big deal. But these kids didn't have friends around the world they wanted to call. Most of them, a geeky bunch of tech-heads, barely had friends in their own neighborhoods. This wasn't about getting free phone calls. It was about solving a puzzle. They were breaking the secret code of the phone company. It was fun.

Why the phone company? Partly because it had a widespread and sophisticated technological system that had inspired hacking from the… Read more
Marie Curie and Her Daughters: The Private Lives o&hellip by Shelley Emling
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
It's been a long time since I read the Reader's Digest condensed version of Madame Curie: A Biography and then got a paperback unabridged version. Forty years ago, I was fascinated with Marie Curie's difficult childhood, her determination, and her scientific research on radiation.

Marie Curie and her Daughters picks up the story from the death of her husband, Pierre. The book actually begins with the first of two tours Marie took to America, and then backtracks to the days following Pierre's death, when her two daughters were two and eight.

This part of Marie's story is just as interesting as the story of her youth and early career. Her daughters are bio-worthy… Read more