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Old 12-01-2013, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I'm reading John Ajvide Lindqvist's Let Me In.

It's a very unusual book and it is also a vampire tale but IMO that is not the thrust of the story. It's full of exceptional character development. There are so many characters that it took me a while to tell them apart and to remember which social group they were members of. Some of that is due to the fact that the author is Swedish and this book takes place in Sweden. Some of the names are unfamiliar to me and I don't hold on to those monikers as well as I usually do. We have the "old drunks" at the neighborhood bar who are interesting fellows, the mean preteen kids at the school, the police and several characters that don't fit into any of the groups but who are very important to the story.

I don't read many vampire books these days but this one seemed to receive such positive attention that I decided to make the leap.

I'm glad I did because it's a good book.
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Old 12-01-2013, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Texas
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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.
I don't know if you have read An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison.

It is a tale of bipolar disease and the author, a doctor, wrote it about her own experiences with the illness.

I think it is an amazing book and I highly recommend it.
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Old 12-01-2013, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I was going to start Goldfinch but I'm not ready to start such a long book with so much going on this month.

I'm reading Margot by Jillian Cantor instead. Someone here talked about it and it sounded interesting. It's a fictional account of Anne Frank's sister, had she not died in a concentration camp, as reported.
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Old 12-01-2013, 10:31 PM
 
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I've started The Goldfinch, an am absolutely loving it. Tears streaming down my face.

I'd like to know what others are thinking about this book. I haven't seen/read any interviews with Donna Tartt. Influenced by 9/11?

Should take me another 3 or 4 days, probably. Or less, since I'm so involved in it I might not be able to do anything else but read! (But I have to make cookies for the community cookie sale, oh no!)
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Old 12-01-2013, 11:17 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I've started The Goldfinch, an am absolutely loving it. Tears streaming down my face.

I'd like to know what others are thinking about this book. I haven't seen/read any interviews with Donna Tartt. Influenced by 9/11?

Should take me another 3 or 4 days, probably. Or less, since I'm so involved in it I might not be able to do anything else but read! (But I have to make cookies for the community cookie sale, oh no!)
Here's the interview I read just before the book was released.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/21/bo...wanted=1&_r=1&
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Old 12-02-2013, 02:46 AM
 
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I've started The Goldfinch, an am absolutely loving it. Tears streaming down my face.

I'd like to know what others are thinking about this book. I haven't seen/read any interviews with Donna Tartt. Influenced by 9/11?

Should take me another 3 or 4 days, probably. Or less, since I'm so involved in it I might not be able to do anything else but read! (But I have to make cookies for the community cookie sale, oh no!)
!

I drug this book everywhere with me for the past week just so I could sneak in reading moments whenever I got the chance!

Here is a link to a Charlie Rose interview with Donna Tartt. Donna Tartt Interview: Bestselling Author Discusses 'The Goldfinch' In Rare TV Appearance (VIDEO)

Apparently she doesn't give many interviews.
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Old 12-03-2013, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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The Goldfinch $2.99 Kindle special today.
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Old 12-03-2013, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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Right now I'm reading 12 Years a Slave, by Solomon Northutt. I haven't seen the movie yet but I strongly recommend the book. As terrible as we know slavery was, Northutt goes into much greater detail than I had ever seen about the barbaric cruelty that was inflicted on the slaves, and the constant fear that was present every day of their lives. I can't escape the feeling that every one of those slave owners should have felt lucky every day of their lives that their slaves didn't kill them in their sleep, which is what they deserved.
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Old 12-03-2013, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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The Goldfinch $2.99 Kindle special today.
Sounds good and price is right..just ordered it for Kindle
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Old 12-03-2013, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Northeast
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James Rollins - The Devil Colony ... Fiction along the lines of Cussler.
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