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-- The Big Nowhere, by James Ellroy
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American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race by Douglas Brinkley (2019)
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"The wintry gale was coming in fast and furious, whipping the water around Lime Rock Lighthouse into a roiling frenzy, and sending icy blasts of wind against the house, clattering the windows of the kitchen."

The Keeper of Lime Rock: The Remarkable True Story of Ida Lewis, America's Most Celebrated Lighthouse Keeper, by Lenore Skomal
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Junkyard Dogs by Craig Johnson
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The Cat Who Walks Through Walls, Heinlein.
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Cat's Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut.
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From new thriller -- publ. 2018 -- The Fox, by Frederick Forsyth. For me, Forsyth always manages to deliver a gripping read; even if the premise is ridiculous, or the content is recycled from earlier stuff of his.
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How Few Remain, by Harry Turtledove
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"One warm, spring day in May of 2007, the Medicine Hat Tigers and the Vancouver Giants met for the Memorial Cup hockey championships in Vancouver, British Columbia."

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

But he's Canadian so everything eventually gets around to hockey. He just got to it more soonly.
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"If you're looking to claw your way up the corporate ladder, succeed beyond your wildest dreams, and amass an enormous fortune, you've got the right book in your hands."

None of My Business: P. J. Explains Money, Banking, Debt, Equity, Assets, Liabilities, and Why He's Not Rich and Neither Are You, by P. J. O'Rourke.
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Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, by Mary Roach
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Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.
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You're Not Lost if You Can Still See the Truck: The Further Adventures of America's Everyman Outdoorsman, by Bill Heavey.
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Conned Again, Watson: Cautionary Tales of Logic, Math, and Probability, by Colin Bruce
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Bunch of Amateurs: Inside America's Hidden World of Inventors, Tinkerers, and Job Creators, by Jack Hitt.
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Not great, but what do you expect from Bobby Shaftoe?

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