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Old 01-27-2011, 05:31 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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Wow lots of Books listed here, is there any way we can put a ONE Line description on the Books ?
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Old 02-02-2011, 10:59 AM
 
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My husband is going out of the country on business and the library is closing for a week to upgrade computer systems so I have piled up on books. My list:

The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption by Jim Gorant
Subject matter should be evident.

The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli
A debut novel about the horrors of the Vietnam war. A young American woman looses her brother in the war and travels to Vietnam to photograph the destruction caused by the war. She meets and works with a former enemy soldier as the story unfolds.

Prayer for Owen Meany by Irving John
Owen Meany is a very small boy (I guess a little person) with a strange voice. He accidentally kills his best friend's mom with a baseball, and he believes he's an instrument of God's. I believe the movie Simon Birch was based off the Owen Meany character.

River Out Of Eden: A Darwinian View Of Life by Richard Dawkins
A look at evolutionary biology.

Truth and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code: A Historian Reveals What We Really Know about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and Constantine by Bart Ehrman
Subject matter should be evident. I'm a big fan of Ehrman's and curious about his take on this. (I really put no stock in all the conspiracy/cover-up stuff.)

Monster by Walter Dean Myers
A young adult novel about 16-year-old kid accused of fatally shooting a convenience-store owner, but his role in the incident is unclear.

Ingersoll's Greatest Lectures by Robert Ingersoll
Ingersoll was a lawyer and philosopher who lived from 1833-1899. He was a supporter of humanism, women's rights and freethought.

How to Read the Air by Dinaw Mengestu
The story of an Ethiopian couple who move to America and their son. It's a look into immigration and the American dream.

I'm also trying to finish Oliver Twist. Hopefully I'll get a lot read while I'm home alone.
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Old 04-09-2011, 09:17 AM
 
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Angela's Ashes by Alan Parker - A childhood memoir about growing up in Brooklyn and Ireland

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton - A coming-of-age novel that details a rivalry between members of two different socioeconomic groups

Left to Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza - A true story of survival and finding faith during the Rwandan genocide

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet - A historical fiction novel set during the 12th century about the building of a cathedral

The Road by Cormac McCarthy - A post-apocalyptic novel following the journey of a father and his son

I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb - A fictional account of identical twins, one of whom suffers from schizophrenia

Freakonomics by Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner - Economics claim to reveal the "hidden side of everything"

The Long Walk by Richard Bachman (pen name for Stephen King) - A dark novel about a deadly walking contest

Life of Pi by Yann Martel - A boy contemplates spirituality while being shipwrecked with a tiger

Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins - This sequel to Hex Hall follows a teenager with supernatural powers

Still Alice by Lisa Genova - A novel about a woman suffering from early-onset Alzheimer's

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell - A novel about a woman who was institutionalized at age 16 being released 61 years later
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Old 04-09-2011, 03:02 PM
 
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Freakonomics by Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner - Economics claim to reveal the "hidden side of everything"
A lot of your books are on my long, long list, Brie. Last summer hubby and I read Freakonomics, and it provided lots of topics for interesting conversations. We both really liked it.

My to read list is still insanely long. On my nightstand right now:

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller - indescribable, satirical classic
Angelina by Andrew Morton - unauthorized bio of Angelina Jolie
Ungodly: the passions, torments, and murder of atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair by Ted Dracos - bio of Madalyn Murray O'Hair
Reading Lolita in Tehran: a memoir in books by Azar Nafisi - true story of a teacher hosting banned book readings in her home in Tehran.

I'm way behind on my reading because we're preparing to move. By the time I'm done for the day, I just want to sleep. Soon the house will be on the market and I'll have more time for books.
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Old 04-11-2011, 03:08 PM
 
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The Pale King, David Foster Wallace
Freedom, Jonathan Franzen
War and Peace, Lev Tolstoy (the new Pevear et al translation)
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Old 04-12-2011, 04:05 AM
 
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Angela's Ashes by Alan Parker - A childhood memoir about growing up in Brooklyn and Ireland
Correct me if I'm wrong, but it's a novel by Frank McCourt (who died recently btw). Anyhow I read it a few years back and it's breathtaking and incredibly sad and sometimes even cruel.

At the moment I'm reading Jonathan Franzen's "Freedom". It resembles a lot to his 1st bestseller "The Coreections", but I loved that one too so I don't care.
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Old 09-13-2011, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Here are the books that are sitting in my night table, waiting to be devoured after I finish Beautiful Boy by David Sheff.

I can't start a big, heavy (as in weight) one next because I'll be lugging it on a plane next weekend.

Which one's next? Hmmmm. Decisions, decisions.
  • The New Yorker Stories by Ann Beattie.
  • House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  • Never Let Me Go by by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Alison Wonderland by Helen Smith. I bought this book simply because I loved the title, and I sent a copy to my friend Allison whose creative world amazes me.
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. This one is weighty. I dread holding it on a plane.
  • A Death in the Family by James Agee
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingslover
  • The Magicians by Lev Grossman
  • The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
  • And two that I know that I'll probably keep putting off because I find this sort of writing difficult: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Aaaaah. It feels good to have so many books to choose from. And I have more unread ones that I haven't unpacked yet. Heavenly...

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Old 09-13-2011, 11:37 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I loved the movie but have never read To Kill a Mockingbird. I really need to read the book.
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Old 09-14-2011, 02:08 AM
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I loved the movie but have never read To Kill a Mockingbird. I really need to read the book.
Depending on where you live, if you have the Goodwill thrift stores, I keep seeing multiple copies of that book there. For $1, paperback.That book is also the first one I had to read in junior high school so I picked up a copy to re-read again to see if it has the same impact as way back then.
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Old 09-14-2011, 02:16 AM
 
Location: southern california
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whirlwind, clavell.
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