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Old 11-08-2010, 12:49 AM
 
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I'm reading The Giants House by Elizabeth McCracken. Here is what Amazon ssid about it:
An unlikely love story about a lonely spinster librarian and a younger man, forced into loneliness because of his monstrous size. Peggy Cort, the reclusive librarian in a small Cape Cod town falls for a boy 14 years her junior -- one who grows to be 8 feet 7 inches and 415 pounds. Though initially attracted out of sympathy, Peggy soon finds she has much in common with this sensitive, albeit enormous man. A romance ensues, but the unique connectedness they share -- something neither has ever felt before -- is cruelly interrupted by tragedy.

And, Speak Softly, She Can Hear From Publishers Weekly:

Blurbed by Wally Lamb as "a sexy and suspenseful psychological thriller," Lewis's debut opens with shy, overweight New York City schoolgirl Carole Mason heading to a Vermont cabin, where she intends to lose her virginity to handsome but venal Eddie Lindbaeck. Soon after she does, Eddie's friend Rita shows up for a threesome. When a bout of rough sex leaves Rita dead, Eddie convinces the drunken Carole that she broke Rita's neck. Carole's best friend, Naomi, arrives at the cabin, and the three of them dump Rita's body in a snowdrift, swearing to never reveal what has happened. The reader knows (if Carole doesn't) that Eddie and Naomi will use this secret to make her life a living hell. Eddie demands that Carole give him stolen presents, extorts money from her and seduces her mother. Carole responds by leaving college and starting a new life as a waitress in Manhattan. Eddie finds her, and she runs again, and again, winding up in Vermont not far from where they buried Rita years before. Eddie and Naomi turn up and cause more trouble until a final confrontation settles the matter once and for all. There aren't many surprises, but this is well-written and gripping enough that readers will stay up late to see whether beleaguered, tortured Carole can free herself from the despicable Eddie.

Both of these are very good books, IMO.
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Old 11-08-2010, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Spokane via Sydney,Australia
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Calgary eh?? thats where Im from...lol interesting

I just started "Burned" the last book in the House of Night series
It appears she's a Canadian author and all her stories are set in Canada - One of her series (vampire type) was adapted for the TV series Blood Ties. I'm going to try her Keeper series I think.
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal
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Just finished Great House by Nicole Krauss.

Will be starting this tonight: 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement by Jane Ziegelman.

Amazon.com: 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement (9780061288500): Jane Ziegelman: Books
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Old 11-09-2010, 11:20 AM
 
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I'm in chapter 3 of When Elephants Weep: the Emotional Lives of Animals. It's very interesting, and I'm really enjoying it.
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Old 11-09-2010, 06:56 PM
 
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On my nightstand:

Amazon.com: Wild Child: and Other Stories (9780670021420): T.C. Boyle: Books
Amazon.com: Light Boxes (9780982081310): Shane Jones: Books: Reviews, Prices & more
Amazon.com: Solar (9780385533416): Ian McEwan: Books
Amazon.com: Staying True (9780345522399): Jenny Sanford: Books: Reviews, Prices & more

I've not cracked open the Ian McEwan book yet.

I'm enjoying Wild Child, still scratching my head over Light Boxes and Staying True.

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Old 11-10-2010, 01:05 AM
 
Location: Spokane via Sydney,Australia
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Douglas Adams' (Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy) The Long Dark Tea Room of the Soul, the second in his Dirk Gently, Holistic Detective set.
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Old 11-10-2010, 01:22 AM
 
Location: May I say I live on a treehouse on mars
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Haven't read that one, although I have often used holistic navigation successfully.
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Old 11-10-2010, 01:59 AM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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Liberators just made my list. I am so bored I am rereading a book on Byzantium my Dad studied in college in the 60s. When will my library reopen?
I think I'm the one who reccomended Liberators. It arrived in its mailer from Amazon, I opened it and started just reading and did 150 pages by the evening. I'm getting a copy for a friend as a gift. It's one of those quite true stories that draws you into the time and place.

The best thing is the way things are not described by the author but in the words of the eyewitnesses. Sparce and to the point, but very blunt as well, in the way a picture can be over a page of words.

I've been reading a couple of novels inbetween that and the other books I have on the general subject since it is so good I thing they might suffer in comparison.
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Old 11-10-2010, 06:10 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal
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I wasn't in the mood for 97 Orchard, so I started reading The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson.

Amazon.com: The Finkler Question (Man Booker Prize) (9781608196111): Howard Jacobson: Books

It won the Man Booker Prize for 2010 but it got pretty poor customer reviews on Amazon. One of the editorial reviews had compared the author to Philip Roth, which does not bode well for me because I'm not a Roth fan. I'll give it a try but it may be donated to my husband who IS a Roth fan.
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Old 11-10-2010, 09:58 AM
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Now I have finished this one The suspicions of Mr. Whicher : a shocking murder and the undoing of a great Victorian detective I will say over all that it was a good book slow in parts but still good none the less . I could not get through the secret life of cee cee wilkes -boring !!!
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