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Old 04-13-2014, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford has been on my list for awhile and I'm finally reading.

I'm concurrently reading Clever Girl, a biography on the life of Elizabeth Bentley, written by Lauren Kessler. Bentley catapulted to tabloid fame and nicknamed the "Red Spy Queen." As the government's star witness in the trials she, almost singlehandedly, was responsible for ushering in the The McCarthy era. So, far both these books are to my liking.
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Old 04-13-2014, 06:25 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford has been on my list for awhile and I'm finally reading.

I'm concurrently reading Clever Girl, a biography on the life of Elizabeth Bentley, written by Lauren Kessler. Bentley catapulted to tabloid fame and nicknamed the "Red Spy Queen." As the government's star witness in the trials she, almost singlehandedly, was responsible for ushering in the The McCarthy era. So, far both these books are to my liking.

Again another book that I hated that everyone else seemed to like "Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet by Jamie Ford..im glad you are liking it .
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Old 04-13-2014, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Again another book that I hated that everyone else seemed to like "Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet by Jamie Ford..im glad you are liking it .
We'll, we do agree on [i]The Bully Pulpit[i], Yes?
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Old 04-13-2014, 09:12 PM
 
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I read The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom and now am reading Gossamer by Lois Lowry. Just love both of their storytelling.
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Old 04-15-2014, 06:11 AM
 
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I am reading The Art Forger. As other's have said, it is not well written at all. In fact, it reminds me of how my college freshman daughter writes. I don't necessarily mean that as a slam against either the author or my daughter, it is just that the book reads like an "amateur" wrote it.

What is keeping me going (aside from the fact that it is my book club's selection for the month) is that after reading The Goldfinch, I am more intrigued about art forgery and art theft so I am adding to my knowledge - otherwise, I would have set it aside by now.

Next up might be a return to Donna Tartt as I have not yet read her A Secret History.
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Old 04-15-2014, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Island of Misfit Toys
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'To Kill a Mockingbird', by Harper Lee. I thought I read this in high school but apparently not. Gosh it's so good. I love the language of this book.
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Old 04-15-2014, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Because I only have another day of quiet and then a lot going on (no time -- none at all -- to read) until next week, I really didn't want to start an involved and long book. But I did. I'm reading A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra. (Funny; I'm 7% in and only realized when I went to look it up just now, that it's written by a man. Go know.) Anyway, I just started it but I'm INTO IT. The writing is impeccable and the story is -- although I don't know quite what's going on yet -- riveting.

ETA: Oh, it only gets better... I just learned that this is his first novel. I love when a debut is -- seemingly; so far -- this well done.
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Old 04-15-2014, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I just finished reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I almost never read "award winning books" and tend to stick with pop fiction, but I saw an interview with the author and they read and excerpt and I was dying of laughter.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15796700-americanah

Anyway this book was a love story with excellent social commentary on race in America, and what life is like for immigrants adjusting when they return home.

It is a great read, and should be required reading for anyone curious about race in the US.
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Old 04-15-2014, 08:58 PM
 
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Because I only have another day of quiet and then a lot going on (no time -- none at all -- to read) until next week, I really didn't want to start an involved and long book. But I did. I'm reading A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra. (Funny; I'm 7% in and only realized when I went to look it up just now, that it's written by a man. Go know.) Anyway, I just started it but I'm INTO IT. The writing is impeccable and the story is -- although I don't know quite what's going on yet -- riveting.

ETA: Oh, it only gets better... I just learned that this is his first novel. I love when a debut is -- seemingly; so far -- this well done.
Next on the list at library for this based on your recommendation. Here's hoping I enjoy it. I am currently reading One Came Home by Amy Timberlake. Can't remember where I came across it but it is a YA book. Just the genre I have really needed lately.
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Old 04-16-2014, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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I loved The Husband's Secret. Thanks to someone/s here for the recommedation


Now I am starting The Maze Runner which is another YA book. I didn't realize it was book 1 of a series. I hope it can work as a stand alone as I have about 9 books in transit for me from the library

The Maze Runner (Book 1): James Dashner: 9780385737951: Amazon.com: Books
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