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Old 11-29-2013, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Windham County, VT
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Just finished "Deluge: Tropical Storm Irene, Vermont's Flash Floods, and How One Small State Saved Itself" by Peggy Shinn (2013).
I live in Vermont, so the book interested me-Tropical Storm Irene went relatively easy on my town, but neighboring towns had a terrible time of it.

Now am starting (dunno' if I'll have time to finish it, as it's 960 pgs. incl. 300 pgs. of footnotes)
Andrew Soloman's "Far From The Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity",
about the experiences of parents of "atypical" offspring (mental illness, transgender issues, or criminal behavior).
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Old 11-29-2013, 01:52 PM
 
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Finished The Wishing Box by Dashka Slater. It's chicklit, but with some interesting ruminations on fate and the choices people make. Interesting characters, some good, funny dialogue. Worth curling up with on a chilly afternoon.
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Old 11-29-2013, 02:34 PM
 
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I started the goldfinch and it is so boring I dont know if I will finish it or not ....please tell me someone who has read it , does it get any better ? right now this book is making me regret my decision to pick it up .
Oh gosh - I am almost done with The Goldfinch and have loved it! The very beginning is slow but then everything changes. I have not been as taken with a story in a long, long time.
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Old 11-29-2013, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Elsewhere
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I am reading Triangle, about the fire. Always fascinated with the event, and this book is very well-written. Puts you back there in 1911 New York City.
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Old 11-30-2013, 08:01 PM
 
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I finished "Folly Beach," by Dorothea Benton Frank and cannot recommend it. I read another by her a long while ago, and do remember the writing to be so chatty and telling. As I read, I kept re-writing her sentences in my head to cut out all the insignificant babble that did nothing for the story. It seemed like she was trying for a Janet Evanovich does the lowcountry.

That said, it probably does appeal to a lot of readers -- after all, my friend insisted I read it, but forewarned me not to keep it. She definitely wanted it back. That says something, but whether the something is the story, or my friend's reading tastes is debateable.

Next up: "Animal Dreams," by Barbara Kingsolver.
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Old 12-01-2013, 06:10 AM
 
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Starting the day listening to "Anna Karenina," by Leo Tolstoy.
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Old 12-01-2013, 09:24 AM
 
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I just finished The Goldfinch and absolutely adored it. I was totally captivated with the story and just went along for the ride. I have so much respect for an author who can weave such a story with vivid images and heartfelt words.

Now I think I will spend the month knitting to cleanse my palate before tackling any other book because I'm sure my rebound book will be a disappointment.
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Old 12-01-2013, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Canada
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I just finished The Goldfinch and absolutely adored it. I was totally captivated with the story and just went along for the ride. I have so much respect for an author who can weave such a story with vivid images and heartfelt words.

Now I think I will spend the month knitting to cleanse my palate before tackling any other book because I'm sure my rebound book will be a disappointment.
Right behind you, girlie, at 83% - page 670ish.
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Old 12-01-2013, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Right behind you, girlie, at 83% - page 670ish.
I can't wait to start, but right in the middle of Life After Life.
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Old 12-01-2013, 04:12 PM
 
Location: White Mountains
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Right now I am reading, The Center Cannot Hold by Elyn Saks. It is a memoir about her experiences with schizophrenia. It is beautifully written and really expresses what her experience with schizophrenia is like in a wonderfully clear way.

I am working as a therapist right now and some of my clients are schizophrenic, so I really appreciate reading about schizophrenia from a first-hand perspective, to complement the more scholarly literature and theory.
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