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Old 03-26-2009, 08:43 AM
 
Location: in love with life!
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I just finished read A Journal for Jordan. It is a book in journal form written by the mother of a 2 yr old whose father was killed by IED in Iraq. Before he died he kept a journal telling his son how to grow up to be a respectful man and a good Christian. Very good, but a tear-jerker.
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Old 03-26-2009, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft. You need a vivid imagination to enjoy this book.
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Old 03-26-2009, 03:28 PM
 
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I'm *gasp* out of books to read at the moment so I picked up The Hobbit last night for a re-read. But I did go through the "Five Favorite Books" thread again for some ideas for new reads and ordered some two nights ago. Looking forward to those.

I'm embarrassed to say that I recently read the Twilight series and am having a very difficult time getting them out of my head. It's not good literature by any stretch of the imagination, but I did get totally sucked into it. I'm hoping whatever I pick up next will be equally captivating.
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Old 03-27-2009, 03:52 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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I've just started "A Tramp Abroad" by Mark Twain, it's over 25 years since I read it and so far so great...
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Old 03-27-2009, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Upstate NY
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At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft. You need a vivid imagination to enjoy this book.
Lovecraft is awesome. C'thulhu fhtagn!
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Old 03-27-2009, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Arlington Virginia
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... Michael Perry is simply one of the best writers I have EVER encountered, and I reread his works frequently just for the pleasure of his perfectly crafted phrasing. Try "Population: 485", "Off Main Street" and "Truck", and you'll be glad you did ...
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... And Michael Perry, who is simply my most favorite non-fiction author of all time, also writes some extremely funny things, although he does not focus solely on humor ...
Oh My! MWB, I wish I had read your posts sooner. I went searching here in the book forum for "Perry" as I am 3/4 of the way through Truck: A Love Story. I heard the author on the radio program Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know? The characters, relationships and situations ring so true and are very familiar types to me. I really needed this book from where I am in my life today
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Old 03-28-2009, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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The Daily Coyote by Shreve Stockton, great story about a woman living out of her element in the Western plains of the Big Horns and her fostering of an orphan coyote pup.
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Old 03-28-2009, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Utah
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Isn't the Daily Coyote a blog too? I seem to remember reading it...

I just finished What is the What by Dave Eggers. I thought it was very good. About a Sudanese boy who flees his village at approximately 6 years old, his walk across the country to Ethioia, and again to Kenya, how he spends 15 years (!!!) as a refuge. He does come to the US, and having not been raised by parents, and growing up in 3rd world countries, he has to fumble through life.

I had read how awful this book was (subject matter) but I strongly disagree...as for the subject of refuges and children in war it of course has hard matters, but generally takes a "life is good" viewpoint. And, surprising, I found it often highly amusing!

What I'm reading now...I have 3 books open, and don't feel committed to any...
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Old 03-28-2009, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Isn't the Daily Coyote a blog too? I seem to remember reading it...
I'm about half-way thru, but she mentions in the book that she started blogging at the encouragement of her friends that she was e-mailing her "Daily Coyote" pictures to in order to help support herself.
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Old 03-29-2009, 09:23 AM
 
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HeathersMom and others Thank you so much for the tip about Janet Evanovich. So many of these books are simplistic and boring. But you are right on! She is a riot and interesting. I started One for the Money and I couldn't stop laughing in bed. If you haven't tried Agagtha Raisin it is also funny. M.c. Beaton is the author. Start at the beginning of the series.
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