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Old 07-17-2014, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I just finished Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch. I was going to give up on it when I hit the halfway point -- "Why am I reading this? Should I just stop?" -- because the story was taking fooorrreevvvvver. But I kept going. And at 80% done, I wanted to know how it would resolve. I didn't see *that* coming.
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Old 07-17-2014, 09:36 AM
 
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I am starting The Giver by Lois Lowery. Not sure why or how I never read this before, but my daughter wants me to read it so we can talk about it and who could turn down that kind of request? Love her!
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Old 07-17-2014, 12:14 PM
 
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I am starting The Giver by Lois Lowery. Not sure why or how I never read this before, but my daughter wants me to read it so we can talk about it and who could turn down that kind of request? Love her!
One of my favorite series! Wish I had read it in my youth. Bought it for my niece just last week.
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Old 07-17-2014, 02:12 PM
 
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I brought We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves to work and have been sneaking pages here and there. I'm 76 pages in and can say with confidence that it's passed my "all I want to do is read this book" test. I'm already planning my evening for maximum reading time.
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Old 07-17-2014, 05:52 PM
 
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I am starting The Giver by Lois Lowery. Not sure why or how I never read this before, but my daughter wants me to read it so we can talk about it and who could turn down that kind of request? Love her!
This is required reading in our schools. I read it when one of my kids had it, and loved it. I haven't read the sequels. Are they as good as The Giver?
#1 The Giver
#2 Gathering Blue
#3 Messenger
#4 Son
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Old 07-17-2014, 07:40 PM
 
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I'm still reading "Short Walk Through the Hindu Kush" (and still enjoying it), but had to put it down to read the inter-library loaned book: "Point of No Return" by Andre Vltchek. Andre co-authored the book "Western Terrorism," with Noam Chomsky and I didn't like reading it (a document of their conversation), but I'd already requested the former (because his introduction to the latter was THAT good).

"Point of No Return" is fiction, but I suspect it is largely autobiographical and heavily drawing from his experiences. I'm going on with this much detail because some here might be interested in reading his blog. The book is interesting and somehow easier to read as a "fiction." I hope he continues to do what he does and share it.
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Old 07-17-2014, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I am starting The Giver by Lois Lowery. Not sure why or how I never read this before, but my daughter wants me to read it so we can talk about it and who could turn down that kind of request? Love her!
I love that book. I read it when my goddaughter was 10 and she, too, wanted to discuss it.
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Old 07-17-2014, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I just finished California by Edan Lepucki.

I liked the book. It kept me interested from start to finish. There is a backstory in it and I enjoyed the way the author wove it into the present. Also, the story is intelligent and the dialogue is crisp.

There is a lot of food for thought in California. I recommend it.



Next up is Five Days at Memorial : Life and death in a storm-ravaged hospital by Sheri Fink.

Memorial Hospital is in New Orleans.
The "five days" take place during Katrina.
Fink, the author, won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the tragedy at Memorial.

I started this book last September and somehow I got waylaid by something else and didn't really get into it. I'm giving it another shot.
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Old 07-18-2014, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I just finished California by Edan Lepucki.

I liked the book. It kept me interested from start to finish. There is a backstory in it and I enjoyed the way the author wove it into the present. Also, the story is intelligent and the dialogue is crisp.

There is a lot of food for thought in California. I recommend it.
Edan Lepucki owes Stephen Colbert and Sherman Alexie big time. In a sense, Lepucki's husband works for Amazon being employed by Goodreads, a company acquired by Amazon last year. Post-apocalyptic settings usually don't appeal to me. Cormac McCarthy cured me from reading that genre. I'm going to give California a try and have it on hold.


http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/03/bu...22RI%3A5%22%7D
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Old 07-18-2014, 11:09 AM
 
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This is required reading in our schools. I read it when one of my kids had it, and loved it. I haven't read the sequels. Are they as good as The Giver?
#1 The Giver
#2 Gathering Blue
#3 Messenger
#4 Son
I thought so and recommend reading them.
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