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Old 09-05-2015, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I just read High as the Horses' Bridles, by Scott Cheshire. I am quite taken with the book. It is beautifully written, and it has a heart. If you've ever wrestled with loss of childhood faith, or with a parent who is having a breakdown, then you will understand the emotion of this book. It is not a bleak read, but it has depths. I'm still thinking about it a day after finishing it.

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A Largehearted Boy Favorite Novel of 2014
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Old 09-07-2015, 03:36 PM
 
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That's funny, I started it a couple of days ago and am really loving it! (funny cuz it's been out for a while )
Yes I have had it on my Kindle for several years. I finished it this morning and I really enjoyed it. I believe that there are more books to come and will look for them but I purcased The Provincial Lady series and South Riding today and I will read one or both so those before anything else.
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Old 09-07-2015, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Windham County, VT
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Jealous! Franzen is my fantasy literary boyfriend. I also loved The Corrections as well as Freedom. Loved The Secret History as well.

We have similar tastes, at least based on this. I have never met anyone in real life who has read a book by Franzen? Have y'all?
I've read Franzen...

but *only* his non-fiction (personal essays/memoir): How to be Alone, The Discomfort Zone, and Farther Away.
Many of the chapters in those books were ones I'd first read in The New Yorker magazine.

I just don't do fiction, with singular exception of Stephen King.
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Old 09-08-2015, 04:27 AM
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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I finished Runner by Patrick Lee last night. If you like Lee Child's Jack Reacher or Robert Crais's Joe Pike give this Sam Dryden series a try. I have found a new author just what I need, lol.


I will be finishing up Boston Girl by Anita Diamant today. It is about a woman who is born to immigrant parents in Boston in 1900. It is an interesting account of her life and times.


Next up is The Shed That Fed A Million Children by Magnus Macfarlane-Barrow. He is the founder of Mary's Meals.
The Shed That Fed a Million Children: The Extraordinary Story of Mary's Meals - Kindle edition by Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow. Politics & Social Sciences Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.
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Old 09-08-2015, 06:03 AM
 
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Just started The Four Agreements by Dan Miguel Ruiz.
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Old 09-08-2015, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I have! I read The Corrections when it first came out but nothing else by him.
I've read both The Corrections and Freedom and am on the waiting list for Purity.
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Old 09-08-2015, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I just started We The Animals by Justin Torres and finally, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. I hope it's as good as Perfect, which was beautifully constructed, great characterization and a satisfactory ending. It was perfect.
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Old 09-08-2015, 10:47 AM
 
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I read about Haunted, by Kay Hooper, in Bookpage a while ago, and was intrigued. I enjoyed that book, and have now read a few more of hers in the series, including Haven and Hostage. Going back to the beginning of the Bishop / SCU series now and about to start Hiding in the Shadows.
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Old 09-08-2015, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Canada
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I just started We The Animals by Justin Torres and finally, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. I hope it's as good as Perfect, which was beautifully constructed, great characterization and a satisfactory ending. It was perfect.
I couldn't get into the sequel for Harold Frye at all even though I loved Harold Frye. Perfect has been on my to-read list for a long time but the same SIL that recommended the Queenie Hennesy book, which I didn't like, did not recommend Perfect, so now my hopes are back up.

Purity by Franzen is also a recent addition to my to-read list.
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Old 09-08-2015, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I've been unsuccessful in finding something to read. I tried 3 books and couldn't get into them.

BUT......I think I have struck gold with A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash. I've had this book on my kindle for a couple of years. I have no idea why I have not read it before.

It's good. The story is told through the eyes of four people and they are all related. I'm enjoying it. The author does have a way with words and the environment of small town rural folks is brought to life through his words.
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