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Old 09-18-2017, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I'm so glad you braved up and read it! I loved that book - I tend to love sad books in general, but this one felt different and took me a while to shake off. Actually, I didn't shake it off, I just made space for it.
Same here about sad books. I guess that goes hand in hand with my preference for quiet and "real life" novels (i.e. stories that *could* happen in real life) because life is often quiet and can sometimes be sad.

If you haven't already read it, read this. It's still $1.99 on Amazon and it's gorgeous. The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs. https://www.amazon.com/Bright-Hour-M...rds=nina+riggs
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Old 09-19-2017, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Citrus Heights, CA
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Finished with courtroom dramas for now and am delving into science fiction. I just finished Nick Webb “The Legacy Fleet Series” “Constitution” which was set in the 27th century with lots of technological advancement but still a lot of the same political crap, fighting with Russia . Anyway starting the 2nd book in the series “Warrior” with a new space battleship.
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Old 09-19-2017, 07:55 AM
 
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Finished "Anything is Possible" by Elizabeth Strout https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...om_search=true


Loved the book. The adult Lucy Barton of "My Name is Lucy Barton" returns to visit her siblings after seventeen years of absence.
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Old 09-19-2017, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Island of Misfit Toys
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The Earl, by Cecelia Holland. Very good.
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Old 09-19-2017, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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My "friend" Paul -- Paul Kalanithi, who wrote When Breath Becomes Air, which I wish had been longer so that I could have "known" Paul for longer -- wrote about a Yale professor of his, Sherwin Nuland (although he called him something other than Sherwin -- I don't remember what), who had written some books, including How We Die.

Down the Amazon rabbit hole I went.

I had no interest in reading How We Die, really, but I got another of his books: Lost in America: A Journey with My Father, which I'll begin later.

(That, of course -- because the Amazon rabbit hole is deep -- led me to Call It Sleep by Henry Roth, which I'll save for much later. It was named one of Time’s 100 best American novels of the twentieth century.)

ETA: I also ordered -- old school! in paper! -- The Tennis Partner by Abraham Verghese. I believe it was Pinetreelover who'd recommended it many years ago. I bought it when I was living in Connecticut. Or maybe when I was living in Massachusetts. I don't remember which. I do remember owning it, though, and I also remember that I never did read it. And I don't know where it is now -- certainly not with me here in Canada. But it will be soon, since it shipped to me today, to arrive by the end of the month.
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Old 09-19-2017, 03:36 PM
 
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ETA: I also ordered -- old school! in paper! -- The Tennis Partner by Abraham Verghese. I believe it was Pinetreelover who'd recommended it many years ago. I bought it when I was living in Connecticut. Or maybe when I was living in Massachusetts. I don't remember which. I do remember owning it, though, and I also remember that I never did read it. And I don't know where it is now -- certainly not with me here in Canada. But it will be soon, since it shipped to me today, to arrive by the end of the month.

Wow - you have a great memory! It was me who recommended The Tennis Partner. It was my introduction to Abe Verghese which therefore was my indirection introduction to Paul Kalanithi.
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Old 09-19-2017, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Wow - you have a great memory! It was me who recommended The Tennis Partner. It was my introduction to Abe Verghese which therefore was my indirection introduction to Paul Kalanithi.
I remember the important stuff. Well, some of it. Sometimes I don't remember my age, but I think that's denial.

Oh, I already bailed on Lost in America by Sherwin Nuland. (Shep! That's what Paul -- and his family -- called him.) Nuland might have been an outstanding surgeon, but a writer he's not. It was so dense and so... just not good. He could have used some lessons from his old student, Paul Kalanithi.

Even though I'm very much into memoir these days (fiction just isn't wooing me recently), I'm going to start Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo before I go to sleep.
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Old 09-19-2017, 06:51 PM
 
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The Positive Power of Jesus Christ
Dr. Norman Vincent Peale


The next book to read is
The Power of Positive Thinking


After that I don't know yet
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Old 09-20-2017, 05:12 AM
 
Location: In my own personal Twilight zone
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I couldn't resist any longer. Even though my TR pile on my shelf is not that much smaller than a few weeks ago I've ordered a few used books for very good prices. So now I'm waiting for:

Annihilation - Jeff Vandermeer > hope to receive and start it today!

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Seth Graham Smith > don't ask me why but it sounded absurd so I had to have it.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce

The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion

Goodbye Stranger - Rebecca Staed

The Weird Sisters - Eleanor Brown

A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry

A few were mentioned here, all are from my TBR list. It's good the cold time of the year is around the corner. I will spend lots of time on my sofa or in bed and read read read
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Old 09-20-2017, 01:09 PM
 
Location: prescott az
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DawnMTL: Do you know if Paul (When Breath Becomes Air) was a smoker or not? I found it so unusual that at age 36 he got lung cancer. Great book. It made me rethink my decision to donate my body to science.
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