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Old 01-28-2017, 01:07 PM
 
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I'm currently reading "I, Rhoda" by Valerie Harper. Found it accidentally in the library and am enjoying it.

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Old 01-28-2017, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I'm reading A Doubter's Almanac by Ethan Canin. He's a great writer but I'm not sure what I think of this book yet. I loved the start of it, and then it got into mathematics. Ai yi yi. Finally we got out of mathematics just enough for me to get into the story again. I do like learning things when I am reading but me and math will never be friends. We will never be even on hand-shaking terms. In fact, we'd pass each other on the street without saying 'hi.' I'm at the 30% mark and haven't gotten to any of the multi-generational stuff mentioned in the description.

If I had to make a wild guess at this point, I'd say this book isn't for everyone, but I am going to read it because he is such a fine writer and there is that mysterious 'something' that makes me want to keep reading. I am not, so far, just reading because I paid good money for the book.

https://www.amazon.com/Doubters-Alma...er%27s+almanac
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Old 01-28-2017, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I'm reading A Doubter's Almanac by Ethan Canin. He's a great writer but I'm not sure what I think of this book yet. I loved the start of it, and then it got into mathematics. Ai yi yi. Finally we got out of mathematics just enough for me to get into the story again. I do like learning things when I am reading but me and math will never be friends. We will never be even on hand-shaking terms. In fact, we'd pass each other on the street without saying 'hi.' I'm at the 30% mark and haven't gotten to any of the multi-generational stuff mentioned in the description.

If I had to make a wild guess at this point, I'd say this book isn't for everyone, but I am going to read it because he is such a fine writer and there is that mysterious 'something' that makes me want to keep reading. I am not, so far, just reading because I paid good money for the book.

https://www.amazon.com/Doubters-Alma...er%27s+almanac
I tried to read that book a while ago. It didn't work. 2 + 2 = I don't care.

I'm still reading The Nix. Don't interpret "still" as a bad thing. It's more than 600 pages and I don't have a lot of spare time to read. I'm at 50% and still ("still" is still a good thing here too) loving it. Every chapter is a breath of fresh air in that it's in a different voice, or features different characters, or is in a different period of time, or something else is different. It's a fabulous, fabulous book. It's taking me a long time, what with the lack of time, and I'm glad of it, actually. Usually at this point in a long book with little time, I'd be bored or lose track of what's going on. With this book, I'm happy, since I absolutely do not want it to end.
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Old 01-28-2017, 03:41 PM
 
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The Summer Before the War Helen Simonson
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Old 01-28-2017, 05:19 PM
 
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Does anyone recommend The Underground Railroad ?
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Old 01-28-2017, 08:53 PM
 
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I'm reading City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg. It's extremely long--905 pages!--and I'm only on page 48, but so far I like it. It's set in the 70's in NYC and the writing reminds me of Donna Tartt.

The reviews are all over the place. https://www.amazon.com/City-Fire-Gar.../dp/0804172951
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Old 01-28-2017, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I'm reading City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg. It's extremely long--905 pages!--and I'm only on page 48, but so far I like it. It's set in the 70's in NYC and the writing reminds me of Donna Tartt.

The reviews are all over the place. https://www.amazon.com/City-Fire-Gar.../dp/0804172951
I have that book but I was waiting for you to chime in about it. I'm glad that you're liking it. I'm a long way from committing (or even trying to commit) to a 905-page book, so your final analysis, which I'm looking forward to, while come many months before I'm ready to start it. Or, depending on how you find it, NOT EVER start it. I remember reading the first paragraph, about lugging a Christmas tree down the street, and I liked that image.
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Old 01-29-2017, 06:12 AM
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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I had to put Hidden Figures aside for now. Although I love the history of the story itself it is just not flowing for me. I will get back to it. I read a couple of easy series books for a few days. Then I went to the library and picked up my holds. I started Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. This is an amazing book and should be required reading for our students. "Anyone who believes justice is truly blind - or fair - needs to read this book. Bryan Stevenson takes us deep into the criminal justice system, sharing details of his cases and experiences as a defense attorney working for a nonprofit organization. At its very core, our legal system is skewed in favor of the wealthy and/or the white. Biases and outright racism are justice's dirty little secret."


I am going to check into more of his projects. I didn't realize we have so many people(kids) in prison for life on death row who are not murderers. This makes me mad and sad how wrong our justice system is. So much for for the liberty and justice for all Sadly our country doesn't even come close to having that and we should.
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Old 01-29-2017, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Cochise County, AZ
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I'm just finishing up Dark Inheritance by W. Michael and Katherine O'Neal Gear. This is radically different than their First American series of books. I'm usually not too keen on suspense/thriller novels though I have read quite a few in that genre. I must admit that Dark Inheritance had me hooked from the beginning with the premise of primate anthropology. and I've immensely enjoyed the novel.

Next up is Sue Harrison's Mother Earth, Father Sky just as I promised, netwit
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Old 01-29-2017, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I'm just finishing up Dark Inheritance by W. Michael and Katherine O'Neal Gear. This is radically different than their First American series of books. I'm usually not too keen on suspense/thriller novels though I have read quite a few in that genre. I must admit that Dark Inheritance had me hooked from the beginning with the premise of primate anthropology. and I've immensely enjoyed the novel.

Next up is Sue Harrison's Mother Earth, Father Sky just as I promised, netwit
She has another series as well. I can't remember what it is about but it is on my backup reading list in case I need something light to read and can't get into anything else.
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