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Old 10-21-2009, 03:08 PM
 
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Lincoln's Melancholy by Joshua Shenk. Very interesting look at Abraham Lincoln and the effect his depression had on his political and personal life.
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Old 10-21-2009, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Land of 10000 Lakes +
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A Drunken Life by Pete Hamill.

Very honest, tender, courageous and understanding - of himself and others.
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Old 10-21-2009, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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A Drunken Life by Pete Hamill.

Very honest, tender, courageous and understanding - of himself and others.
I love Pete Hamill's writing. He was one of Jackie O's escorts after she moved to NYC. I finished Forever and North River. I have A Drinking Life started. Also on deck "News is a Verb" and "Loving Women. I got started on Hamill after I read a short essay he wrote about his dad that reminded so much of my own dad. I have it framed. Thanks for the reminder.
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Old 10-22-2009, 12:11 AM
 
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The Hiding Place by Trezza Azzopardi
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Old 10-22-2009, 12:25 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I'm reading "To Save Fish From Drowning" by Amy Tan.

It's a little slow. I'm about 1/4 of the way through it and it is just now starting to hold my attention.
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Old 10-22-2009, 12:26 AM
 
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Born in Blood by John Robinson
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Old 10-22-2009, 05:19 AM
 
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Just finished "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett. It's a superb story about a college grad in the 1960's who returns to her parents house in Mississippi after graduation. She comes to terms with how black maids are treated by white women. She starts to write a book in narrative form about how the black maids feel about their white women employers and how this affects relationships, etc. Very moving story about civil rights, morality, and relationships (race, class, gender, sexual orientation, all of these topics are covered superbly in the book).
HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!!
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Old 10-22-2009, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Utah
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Timbuktu by Paul Auster. Not sure yet what I think of it, but the cover's dog looks like mine so Ifigured it's worth a try (she was!). I was at a yard sale and picked up a bunch of books cheap, there were 2 by this author.

I'm also reading China's Boy, an easy read (nonfiction?) set in the Cultural Revolution.

And I'm 2/3 through listening to The Hour I First Believed, By Wally Lamb. I enjoyed his other 2 books (the guy can write!), but they were so different from each other...now I'm seeing the threads of similar themes in all three...I like "discovering" things like that!
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Old 10-22-2009, 11:14 AM
 
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Woman of the Pharisees, François Mauriac. A French classic that I first read about fifty years. The story takes place in late 19th/early 20th century, and if I had to sum the novel up I would say it is a study in religious hypocrisy - hence the title. Thus, despite its setting in the past the parallels with current U.S. religiosity are easy to discern.
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Old 10-22-2009, 05:25 PM
 
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Timbuktu by Paul Auster. Not sure yet what I think of it, but the cover's dog looks like mine so Ifigured it's worth a try (she was!). I was at a yard sale and picked up a bunch of books cheap, there were 2 by this author.

I'm also reading China's Boy, an easy read (nonfiction?) set in the Cultural Revolution.

And I'm 2/3 through listening to The Hour I First Believed, By Wally Lamb. I enjoyed his other 2 books (the guy can write!), but they were so different from each other...now I'm seeing the threads of similar themes in all three...I like "discovering" things like that!
Wally Lamb is one of my favorite authors. I'm always waiting for him to write another book!
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