Remember that I'm eclectic?  One of my absolute loves, maybe even one of the things I'm most passionate about, is architecture.  I draw houseplans to relax, I take photographs of things like rooflines, roof overhangs, windows, eaves, porch ballisters, doorways, etc.  Wherever I travel I memorize the housing details.  I do a lot of the same things with landscaping, but not to the degree that I do with architecture.  I just love the story that architecture tells about the time period, the way that people lived and built, the reasons for things being built as they were.  Maybe it comes from growing up in my great grandfather's American Foursquare, "The Old Plantation", or maybe it just comes from my love of symmetry and aesthetics.  But whatever the reason, I'd love to have suggestions about books relating to architecture that are also good reads.

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    G & Me

    G loves to read history of the American West and loves to watch movies that are western, action, intrigue, comedy.  He doesn't have favorites.  He does not like anything that is musical (though he loves music), romantic, or related to aviation.  His favorite time period is from the Civil War to the turn of the 20th century.

    I am eclectic in my reading but do not like science fiction or police stories.  In movies I like drama best, but also like some of the same things that G does, and I like both romantic movies and those that relate to aviation.  My favorite time periods are probably the 1830s and 1840s, the post-Reconstruction era to the eve of WWI, WWII, and the late 1950s-forward.  My favorite books are Gone With the Wind, My Antonia, All Quiet on the Western Front, A Lantern in Her Hand, and Nigger by Dick Gregory.  My favorite movies are The Memphis Belle, Return to Me, Since You Went Away, Steel Magnolias, Nicholas &  Alexandra, Sometimes in April, and  The Winds of War (there are just so many that this is incomplete) .


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