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Tomato Nation Read-Along #12: Poll

Submitted by on September 15, 2011 – 1:46 PM7 Comments

Gunn and Grann return for another shot at group-reading glory, along with Scientologists, my baseball grandpa, and "incon-thee-vable!"'s brother. Pick us a good one! Poll's open until next week.

Which book(s) would you read along with? (You can pick as many as 3.)

  • Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work (Tim Gunn with Ada Calhoun) / self-help (47%, 110 Votes)
  • Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion (Janet Reitman) / cultural studies (40%, 93 Votes)
  • Jesus Freaks: A True Story of Murder and Madness on the Evangelical Edge (Don Lattin) / history (37%, 86 Votes)
  • The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon (David Grann) / history (29%, 67 Votes)
  • Wish I Could Be There: Notes from a Phobic Life (Allen Shawn) / memoir (28%, 66 Votes)
  • The Dream and the Deal: The Federal Writer's Project 1935-1943 (Jerre Mangione) / history (11%, 26 Votes)
  • The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O'Neil's America (Joe Posnanski) / sports (9%, 20 Votes)
  • Tom: The Unknown Tennessee Williams (Lyle Leverich) / biography (6%, 14 Votes)
  • Cardboard Gods: An All-American Tale Told Through Baseball Cards (Josh Wilker) / memoir/sports (5%, 11 Votes)
  • The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty (Buster Olney) / sports (3%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 235

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  • Jenny says:

    Oh man…..I promise you the Buck O'Neil book is a great, great book. Pick that one!

  • c8h10n4o2 says:

    Awww. Buck. And if anyone's going to write about him well, it's Posnanski. I miss his columns quite a bit. Lost City of Z was great as well.

  • Jenn says:

    So many good choices this time! I wish I could have picked more than three.

  • Jen S 1.0 says:

    Ooohh, lots of good ones. It looks like we're never going tubing down the Amazon, though.

  • Lisa M. says:

    I've read Gunn's golden rules – it is adorable, and SO quotable.

  • KTB says:

    Hee hee! I managed to pick the top three. Looks like my interests have good company.

  • Robin says:

    I don't much go for read-alongs, one way or the other, but I watch your lists of possibilities and pick up some of the suggested titles. I got the Kindle edition of Gunn's Golden Rules, and I am finding it very funny and very true. I know next to nothing about the fashion industry, but enough of the names he talks about are familiar just from general news and TV-watching. Gunn's style of writing is very down-to-earth, and his wit is absolutely wicked. And his advice about living is good solid sense.

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