awellhungboi: Did anybody read anything particularly noteworthy over the summer? Or, alternately, what book is on your nighttable (since many of us read before going to sleep)? Currently I'm reading Iain McCalman's recent biography The Last Alchemist about the notorious 18th century charlatan, seer, scoundrel, and philanthropist Count Cagliostro. Ably researched, and compellingly told, it's really a fascinating book. Cagliostro travelled all over Europe and halfway through the book he's already crossed paths with (and usually pissed off) Casanova, Catherine the Great, Marie Antoinette, and a whole gallery of nubile lasses, corrupt priests, gullible nobility and earnest seekers. Cagliostro and his wife, Seraphina, cheat and con their way across the continent while simultaneously setting up free clinics and treating the poor and needy. Great stuff. So what about y'all? Any must reads? Big bestsellers, old favorites, or obscure gems, let us hear about it!