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Around Town: Suggested spring break reading

March 26, 2014|By Anita S. Brenner

Spring break is here, so it’s time for the Around Town annual reading list.

1. If your kid has escaped to Valley Forge this week, don’t miss the “Memoirs of Joseph Plumb Martin.” Plumb Martin enlisted in the Connecticut militia in 1775, then joined the Continental Army. He was at the battles of Brooklyn, White Plains, Fort Mifflin, Monmouth and the Siege of Yorktown. He also lived through Valley Forge. He published his memoirs in 1830 to draw attention to the plight of Revolutionary War veterans, whose benefits had been cut by the U.S. government. Sounds familiar? You can pick up a Dover or Signet edition for less than $7 because the copyright has expired.

2. Another worthy war history is Eugene Sledge’s “With the Old Breed.” Sledge kept notes while fighting with the Marine Corps in the Pacific during World War II. The book is spellbinding. Sledge has a clear, youthful voice.

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3. For those who work at JPL or otherwise love science, theoretical physicist Michio Kaku is back. He’s the author of “Hyperspace.” His latest is “The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind,” which addresses “consciousness from a physicist’s perspective,” telepathy, telekinesis and artificial intelligence. Wow!

4. Just in time for summer school, the “For Dummies” series provides Common Core Standards For Parents For Dummies “explains this new set of standards, what it means for students, and how parents can get their children prepared for the school year.”

5. This year’s top regional cookbook is “L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food” by Roy Choi, the founder of the Kogi BBQ food trucks and other places to eat. When Anthony Bourdain came to L.A., he made a beeline for Roy Choi, which is proof positive. Choi’s recipes are great.

6. If you use an old-school pocket diary, the Moleskine 2014-2015 Weekly Planner hit the shelves this week. Moleskine diaries look professional, but they come with tiny stickers that look like blow dryers to mark your hair appointments.

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