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Old 02-06-2017, 06:28 PM
 
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Audio: Nora Roberts Blue Dalia series.
Paperback by the bed: The Light Between Oceans
Paperback in the living room I started because I didn't want to wake anyone up sneaking back into the bedroom: Beautiful Lies
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Old 02-06-2017, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I had pretty much the same opinion as you do. It was interesting enough, but nothing in it was surprising to me. His family and story were not all that different from my own. Nothing in my situation was as extreme as his, but there were certainly parallels.

If a person were completely unfamiliar with rural poverty the book could be quite eye-opening.
Agree.
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Old 02-07-2017, 03:30 AM
 
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Interesting the feedback on Hillbilly Elegy. Maybe you are right that those who are less familiar with poverty would find it worth reading. I was born and raised in NYC, and then moved to relatively affluent suburbia. I definitely have seen poverty but I think it's the urban/rural ethnic aspect that I found so interesting. Anyway I was one who really was impressed with the book.
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Old 02-07-2017, 05:10 AM
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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I decided to toggle between Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Peloponnesian Wars by Thucydides.. I love the Peloponnesian Wars by Thucydides but it is tough to read a lot of it a a time. Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali is also tough to read a lot of at a time but for a different reason; the description of violence is searing.
Infidel is an excellent book.


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Audio: Nora Roberts Blue Dalia series.
Paperback by the bed: The Light Between Oceans
Paperback in the living room I started because I didn't want to wake anyone up sneaking back into the bedroom: Beautiful Lies
I love Nora Roberts Trilogies

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Interesting the feedback on Hillbilly Elegy. Maybe you are right that those who are less familiar with poverty would find it worth reading. I was born and raised in NYC, and then moved to relatively affluent suburbia. I definitely have seen poverty but I think it's the urban/rural ethnic aspect that I found so interesting. Anyway I was one who really was impressed with the book.
It's good to hear all the differing opinions on the same book.
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Old 02-07-2017, 09:13 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Default Take 2 aspirin, & call me ...

  • Mort(e) / a novel by Robert Repino, c2015, Soho Press.
Subjects
  • Ants -- Fiction.
  • Cats -- Fiction.
  • Human-animal relationships -- Fiction.
  • Monsters -- Fiction.
  • Imaginary wars and battles -- Fiction.
Summary
  • "The 'war with no name' has begun, with human extinction as its goal. The instigator of this war is the Colony, a race of intelligent ants who, for thousands of years, [has] been silently building an army that would forever eradicate the destructive, oppressive humans. Under the Colony's watchful eye, this utopia will be free of the humans' penchant for violence, exploitation, and religious superstition. The final step in the Colony's war effort is transforming the surface animals into high-functioning two-legged beings who rise up to kill their masters"--Amazon.com.
Length
  • 358 pages ;
An interesting take on an apocalypse. A very different POV.
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Old 02-07-2017, 09:35 AM
 
Location: South Florida
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Just finished The Whistler - John Grisham..
best book I've read in a long time.
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Old 02-07-2017, 09:42 AM
 
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Just finished The Whistler - John Grisham..
best book I've read in a long time.

Aaah, that is good to hear, thank you. I've read some 'so so' reviews; but still have it on my 'hold' list at the library when my number comes up. I luv John Grisham's stories and his writing style.

In the meantime, I'm reading Stella Bain by Anita Shreve from a positive reference on this thread. Haven't read one of her books in a lonnng time.
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Old 02-07-2017, 11:41 AM
 
Location: prescott az
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Pushing myself to get through Harlan Coben's "Home" and it's oh so slow. I usually like his books but this one is very dull so far. I read it before bedtime and it puts me to sleep very nicely. LOL
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Old 02-07-2017, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I am reading Cathedral of the Sea, a story set in medieval Barcelona. Comparisons have been made to Pillars of the Earth but I don't think that cathedrals form a main part of the storyline in this book. I am at 13%.

I had paged through a lot of samples, none of which got my attention but this one stuck for some reason. At least so far.

https://www.amazon.com/Cathedral-Sea...ral+of+the+sea
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Old 02-07-2017, 03:32 PM
 
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I just finished reading the 2016 Fodor's Travel book about Arizona and the Grand Canyon.
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