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Old 09-17-2013, 09:50 AM
 
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Just finished reading "Buddy (How a Rooster Made Me a Family Man) -- Brian McGrory. I'd heard the author interviewed on NPR and thought the book sounded interesting. McGrory is a writer for the Boston Globe and his writing style is very "newspaperish". However, some parts, particularly when he describes his relationship with his dog are very affecting. It was a quick read and I'd recommend it to animal lovers and people who are part of a blended family. My book before that was "Portrait of An Artist..." -- James Joyce. I have friends who worship Joyce, but sorry, I just don't get it. "Portrait" is a small book but it was a chore to read it. I guess I'm a plebian.
Buddy (How a Rooster Made Me a Family Man)

I'm going to have to read this. It sounds great.
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Old 09-17-2013, 10:11 AM
 
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"Portrait of An Artist..." -- James Joyce. I have friends who worship Joyce, but sorry, I just don't get it. "Portrait" is a small book but it was a chore to read it. I guess I'm a plebian.
If you are, then you are in good company and I'm there, too!

I tried reading "The Dubliners" -- including the Annotated version, and even the explanations to the references did not help. I think his work is most admired by people with some familiarity with Ireland's extant prose, and history. I ran into the same thing with Dante's works. I kept getting bogged down by all the references that I could recognize were there, but I was ignorant as to what they referred. Both works left me feeling like a tourist that crashed a private wedding and didn't speak the language.
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Old 09-17-2013, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Anthony Powell's "The Valley of Bones", one of the novels from "A Dance to the Music of Time". Plodding but entertaining, How did anybody ever read the 3 or 4 thousand pages of the whole set?

It's the second Powell that I've read, I have a note that I liked the other one better, but I can't remember what it was about. It was "From a View to a Death", which predated "Dance".
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Old 09-17-2013, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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I just started "The Tourist" by Olen Steinhauer
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Old 09-17-2013, 05:50 PM
 
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I just finished listening to the audiobook "Good Omens" by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman, read by Martin Jarvis. It was okay, but it wasn't Pratchett's usual, or maybe I wasn't in the right mood. His Discworld series was much better.

65% through "Sister Queens."
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I'm reading The Witness Wore Red: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice by Rebecca Musser.

I'm at 80% of this one. Looks like I'm finally going to finish a book. Yippee!
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Old 09-18-2013, 02:25 PM
 
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I'm at 80% of this one. Looks like I'm finally going to finish a book. Yippee!
Wooohooo!
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Old 09-18-2013, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Calgary, Canada
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Facing the Music and Living to Tell About It- Nick Carter
wow very shocking I had no idea that Nicks life was like this but he does a great job in trying to inspire people and talk about sensitive issues that the media never knew about it! Great read so far
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:09 AM
 
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Just finished The Orphan Train - I liked it and am interested in reading more about the transfer of orphans during this time period.

And now starting Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore as it is my bookclub read for the month. Not feeling super confident about it, but we'll give it a good solid effort!
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I'm reading History of the Donner Party, a Tragedy of the Sierra by C.F. McGlashan.

It's a very readable nonfiction book and has info in it that I was not aware of. That's always nice.
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