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Old 08-19-2014, 12:31 AM
 
Location: Middle of the valley
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That's an excellent book, IMO. I didn't know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised throughout the entire book because I had a hard time putting it down. I hope you like it as much as I did.
I 2nd this. Loved the books, loved HBO's rendition!
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Old 08-19-2014, 12:34 AM
 
Location: Middle of the valley
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I decided to give up on Voltaire's collection. I enjoyed the first two, but I could tell that my ignorance of the historic context that he was satirizing was inhibiting my fully appreciating it. (Ditto for Dante's "Inferno.")

I've been reading "The Nature Lover," by Susan Vreeland, but when three requested library books arrived simutaneously, and only three weeks to read them I knew I had to set it aside. (I am a slow reader.)

I had the same problem on Candide by Voltaire. I knew it was a satire, but due to my lack of knowledge on France in that time period........ I was unable to appreciate it.
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Old 08-19-2014, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I found a gem of a true crime book....I think. It's a free kindle download today. I don't know if that will last. I'm not far into it. The writing is crisp and the author's research appears to be thorough. I am so tempted to google the names but I'm not going to. I want to read the book and learn the story as it unfolds.

http://www.amazon.com/Escaping-Arroy...ing+the+arroyo

Escaping the Arroyo by Joyce Nance.
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Old 08-19-2014, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Western Maryland
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Just finished re-reading "Local Girls" by Alice Hoffman,one of my all time favorite writers. It had been several years since my 1st reading and the story was just as enchanting this time...
Some of her more "well-known" fiction is .."Practical Magic", "Fortune's Daughter", "Here on Earth", and so many more selections. She never disappoints...I highly recommend ...
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Old 08-20-2014, 08:27 AM
 
Location: North Central Illinois
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I got into a YA reading kick and read all three Divergent books which were good, they kept my interest.
I also read The Fault In Our Stars. Sad. But a very good book.
I am now reading The Goldfinch.
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Old 08-20-2014, 10:32 PM
 
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I finished "They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America's Wars: The Untold Story" by Ann Jones and I want to insist everyone read it, but am becoming so disheartened by the extent of our atrocities that I just cannot bring myself to it. Ann is a gifted writer and I want to read more of her works. As much as I hated what I was reading, I literally could not put it down.

Next up: "Christine Falls" by Benjamin Black.
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Old 08-20-2014, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I finished "They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America's Wars: The Untold Story" by Ann Jones and I want to insist everyone read it, but am becoming so disheartened by the extent of our atrocities that I just cannot bring myself to it. Ann is a gifted writer and I want to read more of her works. As much as I hated what I was reading, I literally could not put it down.
When I lived in the States, whenever I'd see someone in military garb -- or a police officer, for that matter -- I always thanked them for protecting me. I'm from Canada -- we're a docile bunch; we don't *do* war unless we're absolutely forced to -- so it was only while I was living in the U.S. that I realized how important these men and women were to my own personal safety. I couldn't fathom it on more than a surreal level until I lived there, until I saw pictures of men -- kids! 18 year-old kids! -- on the local news, with the announcer saying, "We lost another Connecticut soldier yesterday..." I cried for them. Big gulping honking tears.

And even so, I would *never* think to read the book that you mentioned. Yet, I was intrigued by what you said about it. Unfortunately, my library doesn't have it, but I requested that they get Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel, which is in he same vein as the book you mentioned.
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Old 08-21-2014, 06:23 AM
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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Ah…maybe I can start reading again I just finished Born To Be Wild by Patti Berg. It was a free kindle book and just the fluff I needed to start up my reading engines, lol.

I had two books waiting at the library yesterday and I started Call The Midwife last night. I think I will really enjoy it.

I also picked up Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts. It's the second book in the series and I enjoyed the first one.
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Old 08-21-2014, 06:49 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I love that book and have read it several times. I stumbled across it at the library years ago, before they made the movie, and was enchanted. Hope you enjoy it.
It -- The Princess Bride -- was exactly as you described: enchanting. I ended up downloading a few other books by William Goldman as a result (The Temple of Gold and Boys and Girls Together, both of which are coming-of-age stories with no aspect of fantasy to them).
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Old 08-21-2014, 07:30 AM
 
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And even so, I would *never* think to read the book that you mentioned. Yet, I was intrigued by what you said about it. Unfortunately, my library doesn't have it, but I requested that they get Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel, which is in he same vein as the book you mentioned.
Dawn, when you read "They Were Soldiers" you will find more tears, for the soldiers, for their families, for US, and for the world. Hopefully, when you've finished crying, you will recommend the book to others that would never think to read it because the boys and girls that *think* they want to be soldiers lives will depend upon it -- and quite possibly the lives of their families, their communities, and the peoples they encounter in the "theater."
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