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What's on the Kindle?

Kindle Wifi +Free 3G for life

The Kindle continues to be part of daily life. It has endured swirling dust and oppressive heat and still works like a champ and is never far from hand.  I purchased the Kindle Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6″ E Ink Display way back in February.  It is a perfect companion to this lifestyle that sees some long stretches of nothing to do.

I picked up some West Texas flavored books for the Terlingua Jaunt.

The Time It Never Rained by Elmer Kelton.  Kelton is one of the best western writers ever. This fictional account of a 1950’s years long drought is eerily similar to the current situation facing the area.   It captures the essence of West Texas.

Six Bits a Day (Hewey Calloway) and The Good Old Boys (Hewey Calloway) follow fictional cowboy Hewey Calloway as he tries to adjust to the 20th century in West Texas. Set at the turn of the century in West Texas, it gave me a real insight into what it took to settle that wild country back in the day. The Good Old Boys was made into a movie starring who else but Tommy Lee Jones.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption  “From Laura Hillenbrand, the bestselling author of Seabiscuit, comes Unbroken, the inspiring true story of a man who lived through a series of catastrophes almost too incredible to be believed. In evocative, immediate descriptions, Hillenbrand unfurls the story of Louie Zamperini–a juvenile delinquent-turned-Olympic runner-turned-Army hero. During a routine search mission over the Pacific, Louie’s plane crashed into the ocean, and what happened to him over the next three years of his life is a story that will keep you glued to the pages, eagerly awaiting the next turn in the story and fearing it at the same time. You’ll cheer for the man who somehow maintained his selfhood and humanity despite the monumental degradations he suffered, and you’ll want to share this book with everyone you know.”

The Lost Get-Back Boogie by James Lee Burke.  My gate guardin’ buddy Bob turned me on to the writings of James Lee Burke.  While he is best known for his Dave Robicheaux detective series, this much earlier offering was nominated for a Pulitzer.  I enjoy the Robicheaux series but I really liked this early James Lee Burke.

I am a fan of the post-apocalyptic type novels as well–here are a few of my faves:

World Made by Hand and The Witch of Hebron: A World Made by Hand Novel by James Howard Kunstler.  “Kunstler’s name is mostly associated with nonfiction works like The Long Emergency, a bleak prediction of what will happen when oil production no longer meets demand, and the antisuburbia polemic The Geography of Nowhere. In this novel, his 10th, he visits a future posited on his signature idea: when the oil wells start to run dry, the world economy will collapse and society as we know it will cease. Robert Earle has lost his job (he was a software executive) and family in the chaos following the breakdown. Elected mayor of Union Grove, N.Y., in the wake of a town crisis, Earle must rebuild civil society out of squabbling factions, including a cultish community of newcomers, an established group of Congregationalists and a plantation kept by the wealthy Stephen Bullock. Re-establishing basic infrastructure is a big enough challenge, but major tension comes from a crew of neighboring rednecks led by warlord Wayne Karp. Kunstler is most engaged when discussing the fate of the status quo and in divulging the particulars of daily life. Kunstler’s world is convincing if didactic: Union Grove exists solely to illustrate Kunstler’s doomsday vision. Readers willing to go for the ride will see a frightening and bleak future.

Lights Out by David Crawford.  I like this one because it takes place down around San Antone and the Hill Country.

Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapseby James Wesley Rawles. If you read just one post-apocalyptic novel, this oughta be the one. “America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse in the near future. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city

As hordes of refugees and looters pour out of the cities, a small group of friends living in the Midwest desperately tries to make their way to a safe-haven ranch in northern Idaho. The journey requires all their skill and training since communication, commerce, transportation and law enforcement have all disappeared. Once at the ranch, the group fends off vicious attacks from outsiders and then looks to join other groups that are trying to restore true Constitutional law to the country.

Patriots is a thrilling narrative depicting fictional characters using authentic survivalist techniques to endure the collapse of the American civilization. Reading this compelling, fast-paced novel could one day mean the difference between life and death.”

and the just released (10/11) sequel…..

Survivors“WHAT IF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT ENDED TOMORROW?

The America we are accustomed to is no more. Practically overnight the stock market has plummeted, hyperinflation has crippled commerce, and the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure have fallen. The power grids are down. Brutal rioting and looting grip every major city. The volatile era known as “the Crunch” has begun, and this new period in our history will leave no one untouched. In this unfamiliar environment, only a handful of individuals are equipped to survive.

Andrew Laine, a resourceful young U.S. Army officer stationed overseas in Afghanistan, wants nothing more than to return home to Bloomfield, New Mexico. With the world in turmoil and all air and sea traffic to America suspended, Laine must rely on his own ingenuity and the help of good Samaritans to reach his family. Andrew will do whatever it takes to make it home to his fiancée, no matter how difficult the circumstances.

Major Ian Doyle is a U.S. Air Force pilot stationed in Arizona with his wife, Blanca. Their young daughter, Linda, is trapped in the North- eastern riots. Three teenage orphans, Shadrach, Reuben, and Matthew Phelps, have no choice but to set out on their own when their orphanage closes at the beginning of the Crunch. Then there is Ignacio Garcia, the ruthless leader of the criminal gang called La Fuerza, who will stop at nothing to amass an army capable of razing the countryside. And over everything looms the threat of a provisional government, determined to take over America and destroy the freedoms upon which it was built. The world of Survivors is a terrifyingly familiar one. Rawles has written a novel so close to the truth, readers will forget it’s fiction. If everything you thought you knew suddenly fell apart, would you survive?”

and just so it is not all GUY stuff — Miss Kathy says to make sure and add this one (she does read the P-A stuff too):

Authentic Mexican by Rick Bayless. “Rick Bayless (host of the PBS-TV series Cooking Mexican extensively explores Mexican cookery, analyzing particular national characteristics as well as regional variations of the complex cuisine. He traces the history of Mexican food from the humble squash and beans of thousands of years ago to a cuisine that came to include chiles, corn and the orchard bounties (coconut, pineapple, avocados) of the conquering Spanish. Mexican dishes familiar to Americansthe enchiladas, tamales and tacos that are more properly classified with North American Southwestern cookingare included, but the most interesting recipes are the more exotic: Native American-influenced, spice-sweetened food from the Oaxaca region and simple, European-influenced seafood and vegetable dishes of the Gulf states. The author explains how common flavors (tomatoes, chiles, coriander, lime, onion, garlic) are transformed by proportion and cooking method to produce the regional differences. The book is extremely thorough, with over 650 pages, 19 recipe chapters, a glossary, bibliography and ingredients source list (although most are commonplace). The recipes, which are frequently complicated and challenging, are made less intimidating by especially clear and well-organized instructions, and comprehensive, highly readable notes on techniques, ingredients, timing, advance preparation and variations,”

 

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7 comments to What’s on the Kindle?

  • Ken Harris

    If you like Kelton, there is a sequel to The Good Old Boys called Smiling Country. Follows Hewey as he moves on, and becomes a ranch manager. Kelton was a true jewel and a fine man. My mother had a friend in San Angelo that was in the hospital. Mom called her room, and a man answered. She apologized for the call. He said, well, I hope your friend is better since she checked out. My name is Kelton and I just came in this morning. Mom told him that her son (me) thought his books were first rate. He said if you come to San Angelo, I will sign a few of them for him. Just come by the house. Like I said, a fine and gracious man.

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    • admin

      Thanks Ken
      Genuine people are not easily found these days.

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  • Joel

    You might enjoy “Young Men and Fire” by Norman NacLean.

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    • admin

      Ordered it for my next read Joel. Gracias!

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  • Don

    You might like “The Lone Star Ranger” by Zane Grey, which believe it or not was turned into a 1930 film and adapted for television as “The Lone Ranger” Google Zane Grey to learn all about him.

    The book is available for free at the Gutenberg project. http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1027

    Don

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  • Ron Johnson

    Andy,

    I’m enjoying your blog. Also an RVer but not yet fulltime. In addition to casual reading, I’m using my Kindle to store those voluminous user manuals for all the motorhome systems. Most of us have a 5 inch thick stack of documentation for the refrig, water heater, genset, jacks, etc. Most are available as PDFs and are alot easier to find on the Kindle. Also there’s a bookmarklet available that lets you instantly send web pages to the Kindle for later reading it’s at: sendtoreader.com

    Ron J

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    • admin

      Ron,
      Thanks SO much for that sendtoreader link. It is going to be a great help!
      Andy

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