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Old 04-25-2014, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Calgary, Canada
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Just finished up Mockinjay last book In The Hunger Games
It was really good and intense although the last bit was hard to read, kinda reminded me of the last harry potter book, going to be an epic movie I think!
Also finished up a Nancy Drew book this morning
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Old 04-26-2014, 12:22 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Warsaw 1944
The Warsaw Uprising

Alexandra Richey
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Old 04-26-2014, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I actually broke down and bought it. I wish I "knew" you, Tigerlily, so I could pass it along!
Thanks for the offer, pinetreelover. I prefer my Kindle to paper books and am fortunate to have two well stocked libraries with both e-books and paper. I usually don't wait too long for an e-book from one of the libraries, and I'm in walking distance to the other. The central library has been made a separate tax district and they seem to be flush with e-books.
I finished Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet. I thought it repetitive and the predictable. After finishing, I read some of the reviews. Many readers faulted the book for historical inaccuracies. phone lady was right about this one.

Clever Girl, OTOH, was a page turner. It's a book about Elizabeth Bentley, an American and a Communist whose testimony provided a basis for the HUAC and MacAuthor's witch hunt. It was recommended by Erik Larson.

I'm presently reading A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks. I previous posted about The Glass House and Faulk's writing and this one is just as good.

Tom Perrotta is the author of the hour. Having read The Leftovers and Nine Inches, his book of short stories, I'm picking up The Abstinence Teacher today. The Leftovers will be a new HBO series and will be televised in June.

I have Jaybar Crow and Among Women, both recommended by forum members and they're next on my list.

I meant The Glass Room. I started the The Glass House but didn't finish

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Old 04-26-2014, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Windham County, VT
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Just finished "Hyperbole and a Half' by Allie Brosh (2013), read it in one day.
360+ page picture/comic book derived/compiled from the author's blog of same name (which I was only dimly aware of before this).
It was hilarious, to my mind-really did laugh until I cried, had to pause to catch my breath-the drawings perfectly compliment the text.
Subtitle of book was "unfortunate situations, flawed coping mechanisms, mayhem, and other things that happened"
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Old 04-26-2014, 06:06 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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Richard Wright's Black Boy. Published in the 1940s but I am finding it riveting and relevant.

Black Boy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 04-26-2014, 10:39 PM
 
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Default My Story

I just finished "My Story." by Elizabeth Smart and Chris Stewart. Having lived in the Salt Lake City metro when she was abducted and knowing so many people involved and local issues, I had a deeper knowledge than the book focuses on, which is good. This book is truly about Elizabeth's perspective and how she coped.

I feel connected given neighbors she had that I knew well. The day she was found, I was working about 300 ft. away from where she was rescued. And when her case went to Court, I had to deal with all the media to get to a different court proceeding in a different courtroom.

I like the book. I would recommend it for adults of children who have been abused and older teens/adults who have been abused, if they are in therapy. She is straightforward, but not too graphic.

I found myself telling two others about a very memorable part for me.

MSR
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Old 04-27-2014, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Texas
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The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang.
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Old 04-27-2014, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Clever Girl, OTOH, was a page turner. It's a book about Elizabeth Bentley, an American and a Communist whose testimony provided a basis for the HUAC and MacAuthor's witch hunt. It was recommended by Erik Larson.
Funny that you should mention this book. I came across it a couple of weeks ago and downloaded it, but I had no idea that it was about a real person. The synopsis mentions nothing about communism and witch hunts. I'm thinking that I'll start it next, if things don't get too busy.

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I finished Grace by Linn Ullmann. Her writing is solid and the (short) story was interesting. I'll read her other books that I've downloaded as time permits.
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Old 04-27-2014, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Funny that you should mention this book. I came across it a couple of weeks ago and downloaded it, but I had no idea that it was about a real person. The synopsis mentions nothing about communism and witch hunts. I'm thinking that I'll start it next, if things don't get too busy.

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I finished Grace by Linn Ullmann. Her writing is solid and the (short) story was interesting. I'll read her other books that I've downloaded as time permits.

There are two books with the same title. Are we talking about the same book? I have the Hadley's Clever Girl on my list, too. I really liked Kessler's book. I didn't realize she's an Oregon writer.
I saw The Cold Song by Linn Ullmann advertised in the NYT today and it looks interesting.

Clever Girl
Elizabeth Bentley, the Spy Who Ushered in the McCarthy Era
by Lauren Kessler

Clever Girl
by Tessa Hadley
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Old 04-28-2014, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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There are two books with the same title. Are we talking about the same book? I have the Hadley's Clever Girl on my list, too. I really liked Kessler's book. I didn't realize she's an Oregon writer.
I saw The Cold Song by Linn Ullmann advertised in the NYT today and it looks interesting.

Clever Girl
Elizabeth Bentley, the Spy Who Ushered in the McCarthy Era
by Lauren Kessler

Clever Girl
by Tessa Hadley
Ah! Thank you for enlightening me. I have the Hadley version -- the one that has nothing to do with spies and politics.
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