American Caesar is good. And he was Caesar in a bad way. I just finished 1491, about how Native culture got erased in white history. The history censorship that’s going on now has deep, deep roots. Happy reading, whichever book you choose!

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All of them sound interesting, but the Sinatra bio will probably be pretty juicy and fun to read...

They closed our McKay’s in Raleigh a few years back and we still miss it; what a great place to spend a Sunday afternoon.

For our March book club, I’m reading Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver; an updated Appalachian version of David Copperfield. Definitely recommend this!!!

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MacArthur was an asshole. Just know that.

F. Scott was overrated. And they were total soaks. FYI

Will Rogers HITS. Real smartass.

Kitty wrote a ton of celebrity biographies. Sinatra was a thug, but he was responsible for making Jack Daniels famous – great story

Empress Dowager was the power behind the Emperor at the time. She pulled the strings.

Glad you’re reading a lot – get on it!

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Also reading "Augustus Carp, Esq. by Himself" the comic autobiography of an utterly humorless, pompous and (thank God) fictional Evangelical Christian. What makes it funny is he endlessly praises himself and his beliefs, while being totally oblivious to the fact that he is an obnoxious, hypocritical toad. As Trae would say -- immune to irony.

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Hurrah! I don't know what I did, but the sound is back on my computer.

I'd read "Dear Scott/Dearest Zelda -- they really did have a conversation going on in their letters. He used to copy parts of her letters and her diary for his books (the stinker). And even what she first said when she came out from under the anesthesia after having their baby -- that got into "The Great Gatsby."

So, now that all communication is via text messages and email... are books made up of correspondence going to be impossible?

If it was me, I'd read the Will Rogers autobiography. I was thinking of one of his quotes today -- I've got a family that's in pretty dire straits, financially, but what are some of them doing in a week or so? Taking a vacation in Key West, Florida. The quote from Will Rogers: "America is the only country in the world going to the poorhouse in an automobile..."

I'm trying to downsize books. If I bring another cat or book or piece of furniture into what is allegedly my house, my cleaning lady will cut my throat.

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Given your interest in history, I’d go with American Caesar. He was quite the character!

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What I’m reading this week is How to Keep House While Drowning. A must read for those with chronic physical illness, mental health issues, or are just plain overwhelmed. Just hearing it’s OK to let go of the guilt and the “lazy!” mantra is life changing.

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Why am I hearing music and not your voice? The music is fine, however... but I want to hear what you have to say! And can't!

I'm reading a heavily academic and seriously intellectual treatise by the name of The Liberal Redneck Manifesto: Draggin' Dixie out of the dark.

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That American Caesar book should be interesting. It was written in the 80's, so there is some distance from WWII and the Korean War, but also not super modern. So I am sure they give him some slack for trying to nuke China and end the world.

The Will Rogers autobiography would be great too. I feel like I hardly know anything about him, except for his quotes and the charity that is named after him.

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Booka I've read I'd hazard a guess Corey might like organized by puttin on airs formatting

Classy half of the list:

The Woman's Bible by Elizabeth Cady Stanton

My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass

Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz

Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals are by Dr. Frans De Waal

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself by Harriet Ann Jacobs

Trashy half of the list:

Pit Bulls VS Aliens by Neal Wooten

The Dragon Riders of Pern series by Ann McCaffrey

The Chronicles of Amber (I have the omnibus with all 12 books) by Roger Zelazny

The Nightrunner Cycle by Lynn Flewelling

Books I'm reading now

Revolting Prostitutes: The Fight for Sex Worker's Rights by Molly Smith

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Keane

The Coldfire Trilogy by C.S. Friedman

I warned you. Lol

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Mar 5, 2023Liked by Corey Ryan Forrester

Will Rogers. I know nothing about the Dowager Empress, so that intrigues me. Thanks everybody for their suggestions on books. I'm going to get them out of the library. I keep re-reading Charlotte Joko Beck's "Everyday Zen." And I have Richard Powers "The Overstory," on by bedroom side table to read next. It feeds my fascination of trees.

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I'd prob check out American Caesar. My friend just wrote a dime store crime novel called 'Mark of Cain'. Another friend wrote a memoir called 'I've Seen a Dozen Faces' about playing in college rock bands in the hey day till present. Also have a copy of 'The Plant That Ate the South' by JD Wilkes I've been meaning to get to.

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You have awesome friends!

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Mar 5, 2023Liked by Corey Ryan Forrester

Start with the Empress Cixi one. It is women's history month after all.

I think I'd read the Will Rogers one after that.

Recent things I've read that you might like are Bill Bryson's "A walk in the woods: rediscovering America on the Appalachian trail" and "Life is so good", by George Dawson.

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Agreed on "A Walk in the Woods" - I think Bill Bryson and Corey share the same fondness for Gatlinburg!

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I wanna read the one about the Dowager Empress. So...that gets my vote.

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Mar 5, 2023Liked by Corey Ryan Forrester

McKays was my jam. I haven't listened to the video yet but BOI IF YOU WANNA TALK BOOKS....I maintain a collective kindle account which I let my homeless friends access. Reading is a great love of my life. I'm gonna go watch the video now but if you ask me what I'm reading it's not gonna be a single book...it's gonna be a LIST. different genres for different moods. I loooove books.

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Mar 4, 2023Liked by Corey Ryan Forrester

McKays is an incredible place.

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