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Old 09-04-2013, 06:08 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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I just finished Sidonia's Thread: The Secrets of a Mother and a Daughter Sewing a New Life in America by Hanna Perlstein Marcus.

This is a free kindle book from Amazon. I took a chance on it and I am certainly glad that I did. It's an exceptional dual biography beginning in Hungary, then to the killing camps of the Holocaust and finally to the US. There is no graphic horror told about the camps. So if you dread that you don't have to worry.

I really enjoyed this book. It is extremely well written and the editing is perfect.

If it is your cup of tea then I recommend it to you.
Downloaded on your review and just finished! Loved it, loved Sidonia, what a woman
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Old 09-04-2013, 06:10 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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I am struggling through a reread, Trinity by Leon Uris. Struggling because it is not available for Kindle and the dam fonts are so small...so used to my Kindle now, a paperback is difficult to read.
The sequel, Redemption is available for Kindle so can not imagine why Trinity isn't
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Old 09-04-2013, 06:32 AM
 
Location: "Daytonnati"
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'Fire In The Belly: The Life And Times Of David Wojnarowicz'

Huffpo review can be found here. Almost finished with it. Depressing nostalgia for me. I can put that era (East Village in the late 70s/early 80s) on-the-shelf after this book. A good pairing with the book I read before it...Just Kids (the Patti Smith memoir). Guy was a sad case, royally screwed-up childhood...disasterous parents, and who got very lucky in life with avoiding an early death as a street hustler and homeless kid, got some good breaks with freinds at the right times, etc.

Ironic thing is that Wojonarowwicz found, near the end of his life & career, a sort of home-away-from-home in Normal, Illinois, considering how abnormal he and his art was.
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Old 09-04-2013, 06:43 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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You're welcome! I tell ya, though, I'm not as impressed with The Woman Upstairs as much as I was with the first chapter. I'm still going to keep at it and see how it goes, but if it continues on this path, I'll be returning it and jumping into your choice - Safe Haven (unless another eBook becomes mine in the next day as those loans are shorter than actual books at my library).

I think you will like safe haven alot better than this crap you are currently reading . Kudos to you for sticking on it for a little while longer than I did , once I got past the first chapter it was done for me and I returned it .
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Old 09-04-2013, 06:45 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Ketabcha - yours was the 10,000th post on this thread! I can't even imagine how many books that we have all discussed here!
Now this post got me to thinking or wondering rather if some authors saw what we think of their books would they change their style of writing , just a thought that popped into my head after I saw pinetrees post . My dear seems like every other post of yours is thought provoking for me , my hat is off to you . Thank you .
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Old 09-04-2013, 08:05 AM
 
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Started Sidonia's Thread by Hanna Perlstein but put it down because I just wasn't in the mood. I'm pretty sure I'll revisit it later. Downloaded Trail of the Spellmans by Liza Lutz to the Kindle. Certainly not a deep read, but light and entertaining. It's the 5th in a series about a family of private detectives.
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Old 09-04-2013, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I am struggling through a reread, Trinity by Leon Uris. Struggling because it is not available for Kindle and the dam fonts are so small...so used to my Kindle now, a paperback is difficult to read.
The sequel, Redemption is available for Kindle so can not imagine why Trinity isn't
Uris is my all time favorite author. Trinity caught me off guard. I knew it wasn't his usual fare. He wrote a lot of novels about Jewish history. Trinity, of course, is about the "troubles" in Northern Ireland. I loved the book. It's a thick one and did not grab me nearly as much as Exodus, Mila 18, QBVII and Mitla Pass did but Uris always delivered the goods in any and all book that he wrote. Redemption, being a continuation of Trinity, is good, too. Both are heart breaking but very informative.

I know what you mean about the print being too small. I recently ordered a paper book from Amazon and the print just about drove me nuts. I had to quit reading the book because reading it was actually too stressful. The print was tiny. I'm very spoiled because of the Kindle but it is a good kind of spoiled.
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Old 09-04-2013, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Started Sidonia's Thread by Hanna Perlstein but put it down because I just wasn't in the mood. I'm pretty sure I'll revisit it later. Downloaded Trail of the Spellmans by Liza Lutz to the Kindle. Certainly not a deep read, but light and entertaining. It's the 5th in a series about a family of private detectives.
Sometimes that is just what you need.....I down load a book from the Tony Dubonnet series about a bumbling New Orleans lawyer when I need a light read
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Old 09-04-2013, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Ketabcha - yours was the 10,000th post on this thread! I can't even imagine how many books that we have all discussed here!

I love this thread. I have found so many good books because of it. It's the first thread I check when I get up in the morning. Plus, I really like the folks who post here.
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:11 PM
 
Location: In the realm of possiblities
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I know this thread is about the book we are reading now, but in the interest of those who might like what I have read, here is a " short list" of what I've read lately.

Tall Sheep, Monument Valley Trader --by Harry Goulding --Very good book about early settlers in the Navajo Nation area in Utah, and Arizona.

" I'm Frank Hamer" The Life of a Texas Peace Officer-- by H. Gordon Frost & John H. Jenkins--I really like tales of the early west, particularly Texas, and this one is chock-full of good writing.

The Places in Between--by Rory Stewart--Rory Stewart walked across Afghanistan in 2002, and documented his journey. To me it was both fascinating, and frightening.

How We Die, Reflections on Life's Final Chapter--by Sherwin B. Nuland--- Dr. Nuland explores the different circumstances in which people die, and examines the emotions of the ones dying as well as those left behind. It's not as clinical as it sounds.

The Secret Life of Houdini, The Making of Americas First Superhero--by William Kalush& Larry Sloan--As with any biographical book, there is always speculation as to the validity of the content, but this book has so much detail, I could easily take it at face value. Besides, I have been hooked on Houdini, for many, many years since I saw the movie where Tony Curtis played him.

World So Wide--by Sinclair Lewis-- I like his writing style. Good book.

Matt Field on The Santa Fe Trail--by Clyde & Mae Reed Porter, edited by John S. Sunder--More pioneer life...what can I say.

Wyoming Wife--by Rodello Hunter--If any wife thinks her life day to day home chores are tough, read this for some perspective.

Big Thicket Legacy--Compiled & edited by Campbell & Lynn Loughmiller--Growing up in Texas there was always stories coming out of the Big Thicket about the tenacity of the folks that made it their home. This book talks one on one with those that settled the area in the early days. Great stories.

The Proper Edge of The Sky, The High Plateau Country of Utah--by Edward A. Geary-- A good account of exploration of Utah in the early days.

There are so many more, but I will defer to the next in line so they might add to our list.
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