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Old 06-27-2011, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Kenmore, WA
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Tony Morrison's "A Mercy"
... I have not finished the work, so I cannot give it a full recommendation, but from what I have listened to so far I can say it is a qualified recommend.
This was a touching story from beginning to its end. It is many stories, and I would like to know more about each of the characters.

Ms. Morrison is a gentle giant of a writer. I thank God for the stories she tells.
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Old 06-27-2011, 09:06 PM
 
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I recently finished The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer by Philip Carlo. The book chronicles the life of Richard Kuklinski from his tormented childhood to his married life to his many murders committed for pleasure and hire. Easily one of the most disturbing yet fascinating true crime novels I have ever read.
My dad loves true crime, and he's very selective about what he thinks is good. He LOVED this book. He read it months ago and still talks about how horrible the guy was (with the rats).
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Old 06-28-2011, 06:50 AM
 
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I finished SNOW IN AUGUST- which I enjoyed very much, except the ending was a bit too much for me.
I just started OLIVE KITTERIDGE which is really "different" in a good way. I am surprised I don't recall seeing it mentioned here. Anyone else read it?
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Old 06-28-2011, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal
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I just started OLIVE KITTERIDGE which is really "different" in a good way. I am surprised I don't recall seeing it mentioned here. Anyone else read it?
Fabulous book!
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Old 06-28-2011, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I finished SNOW IN AUGUST- which I enjoyed very much, except the ending was a bit too much for me.
I just started OLIVE KITTERIDGE which is really "different" in a good way. I am surprised I don't recall seeing it mentioned here. Anyone else read it?
I like almost anything that Pete Hamill writes. Snow in August is one of my favorites.

We discussed Olive Kitteridge about a year ago. That's when I first heard of it (I do love this forum). I really enjoyed that book. When I read Jayber Crow recently it reminded me of Olive Kitteridge and I have no clue why.
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Old 06-28-2011, 08:43 AM
 
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I finished SNOW IN AUGUST- which I enjoyed very much, except the ending was a bit too much for me.
I just started OLIVE KITTERIDGE which is really "different" in a good way. I am surprised I don't recall seeing it mentioned here. Anyone else read it?
I LOVED Olive Kitteridge. I've also read Amy and Isabelle and Abide with Me by Elizabeth Strout. Amy and Isabelle is about a mother/daughter relationship and it made me cry when I was reading it in the vet's waiting room. Abide with Me is about a pastor living in a small town and what happens when tragedy strikes (don't want to give anything away). It's good, but not as good as the others.
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Old 06-28-2011, 08:45 AM
 
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I like almost anything that Pete Hamill writes. Snow in August is one of my favorites.

We discussed Olive Kitteridge about a year ago. That's when I first heard of it (I do love this forum). I really enjoyed that book. When I read Jayber Crow recently it reminded me of Olive Kitteridge and I have no clue why.
I can see the connection. They're both about people in communities that grow and change over time. I finally finished Jayber Crow last night. It took me a long time because I found myself really slowing down to picture what was happening and savoring the discussions about about the nature of love in the world.
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Old 06-28-2011, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal
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I LOVED Olive Kitteridge. I've also read Amy and Isabelle and Abide with Me by Elizabeth Strout. Amy and Isabelle is about a mother/daughter relationship and it made me cry when I was reading it in the vet's waiting room. Abide with Me is about a pastor living in a small town and what happens when tragedy strikes (don't want to give anything away). It's good, but not as good as the others.
Agreed!

Personally, I didn't finish Abide With Me. The religion parts were lost on me. But Amy and Isabelle and, of course, Olive Kitteridge, were outstanding.
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Old 06-28-2011, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Charlotte county, Florida
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I just got done reading Dean Koontz Frankenstien the last book in the many years long series.
It seems to me he just kind of threw it together to be done and over with it.
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Old 06-28-2011, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal
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Nothing. This has been the longest dry spell in my life.

You know when you have too much bad stuff going on, and your brain is mush, and you couldn't concentrate on the written word even if your life depended on it? That's where I am if you're looking for me.

I can't wait to be a reader again.

In the meantime, I'm reading (!?) this thread and expanding my "to get and to read" list for when I'm in a better head space.

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