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Old 10-25-2011, 10:33 PM
 
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I'm reading Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller. It is MUCH more lighthearted than her previous memoir, Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight. I got the impression her mother hated the way she was portrayed in the first book, and this one was written to appease her. But, I'm enjoying it.
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Old 10-26-2011, 04:54 AM
 
Location: Canada
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I'm reading Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller. It is MUCH more lighthearted than her previous memoir, Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight. I got the impression her mother hated the way she was portrayed in the first book, and this one was written to appease her. But, I'm enjoying it.
I loved Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight. I'll have to look for this new book. I think what happens when people write memoirs, is that at first blush, they're telling it as they perceived it, and then, having gotten it out of their system, start feeling they might have been a little hard on some people, and out comes the second book.

Then there's also the 'creative' part of writing, in which a writer's inner storyteller takes over, sifting through memories for the things that make a good story, but which may not actually convey the gray areas of truth.

I think it is a hard balancing act unless everyone in your life is dead and there's no one to offend.
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Old 10-26-2011, 04:59 AM
 
Location: Canada
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I finished the Picoult book. It was engaging the way her stories usually are but it was a little long, a little over-written, imho.

Now I've started The River Beyond The World by Janet Peery. Her style reminds me of Allende's early works, but I don't think it has any magical realism elements in it.
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Old 10-26-2011, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Sugar Grove, IL
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The Devil Colony by James Rollins
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Old 10-26-2011, 02:01 PM
 
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Carrot Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke
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Old 10-26-2011, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal
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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.
It's a YA (young adult) book but the synopsis of the story was compelling enough for this NSYA (not so young adult) to buy it.
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Old 10-27-2011, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Southern Ontario
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Columbine by Dave Cullen. It was a shocking awful thing back and there is a lot of information in this book--compared to the misinformation that has stayed with the story for a decade.
Book Review - 'Columbine,' by Dave Cullen - Review - NYTimes.com
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Old 10-27-2011, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Lowell, MA
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I finished James Patterson's 4th of July a couple weeks ago and it was great! I've read several of his books and have a hard time putting them down.

Isabella, check out Stephen King's The Cell. I get a little irritated with his books because he doesn't tell me enough about why something happens, but this was pretty good.

I also read Harlan Coben's Promise Me last week and it was good.
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I'm glad to hear it, I'm looking forward to reading 4th of July. I also enjoy reading Stephen King's books, I'll check out the Cell. TY for the info.
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Old 10-27-2011, 10:00 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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I'm keeping on my distopian kick (Hunger games, Battle Royal, Uglies, Unwind, Brave New World) and reading The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood).

After that, I think I'm going to revist more high school reading list books,especially those that never made the list in my school. Any suggestions?
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Old 10-27-2011, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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The Visible Man, Chuck Klosterman. . .. . .very interesting!
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