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Old 03-29-2018, 10:13 AM
 
Location: In my own personal Twilight zone
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I am picking up my hold on The Dry later today.

How do you like EPL? I watched the beginning of the movie once, didn't like it and stopped
Hmmm, good question. I'm 150 pages in and I've had the urge to put the book down twice. Once right at the beginning when the question about God and her opinion about Him started. I'm not a big fan of reading how any one journalist/writer thinks about religion just to mention it in a biography.
And a little farther in when she talked about how depressed she was, how she needed to take medication and so on. It seemed to be a selfmade problem and I just wanted to scream at her to get her things together and move on. I sometimes can't believe how immature or restless, or whatever you want to call it, some people are at the beginning of 30...

I haven't read many biographies so far but these subjects are not very interesting for me. I hoped it would be more along the line of Wild by Cheryl Strayed which I really enjoyed. Anyhow, it's getting better and it's keeping me curious enough to go on reading...

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Yay I finally got The Great Alone after it being sent to the wrong library and I had to wait another week for it to be sent to my small library. I won't tell you how "cheerful" that librarian was when I called and asked her to please send it to my library.
I guess you won't need too long to read it. Let us know what you think.

Happy Easter Holidays to all of you!
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Old 03-29-2018, 01:30 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Default How far can one go on talent & sheer gall?

Diplomatic Immunity - Lois McMaster Bujold, c2002, Baen Books, SF, 367pp.

The saga of Miles Verkosigan continues - it's a long cycle of stories & novels. Miles is brilliant & cunning, physically impaired because of an attack upon his pregnant mother, born into a famous noble hereditary military family. Miles compensates (overcompensates? a lot), & rises regardless. Whether he'll hit an assignment that is beyond him, though, is still a matter in dispute.


Anymore, I just pick up books @ library sales, used book stores, thrift shops, garage sales - anything that looks interesting. Bujold is an excellent writer, & she takes her time with this series. An excellent read, I laughed out loud several times.

Includes a timeline, with reference to stories & novels @ the various stages of Miles' career, & events in the Miles universe.
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Old 03-30-2018, 07:12 AM
 
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Finished The Woman in the Window.


Thanks for recommending this one. Loved it.
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Old 03-30-2018, 08:45 AM
 
Location: East Coast
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Just started a book called Unorthodox about a woman who escapes her life with Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn. It is similar to stories of people who have escaped other religious groups (typically IBLP Christians, FLDS, etc.) So far it is interesting -- she has two memoirs, this being the first. The second must be about her life after she leaves.
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Old 03-30-2018, 11:37 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Just started a book called Unorthodox about a woman who escapes her life with Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn. It is similar to stories of people who have escaped other religious groups (typically IBLP Christians, FLDS, etc.) So far it is interesting -- she has two memoirs, this being the first. The second must be about her life after she leaves.

wow this sounds interesting and reminds me of the book I read about leaving the Utah Mormon groups that are like cults . I just posted about anita shrieve dying from cancer and it is so sad I loved her books she will be missed in the librarys for sure .
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Old 03-30-2018, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Just started a book called Unorthodox about a woman who escapes her life with Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn. It is similar to stories of people who have escaped other religious groups (typically IBLP Christians, FLDS, etc.) So far it is interesting -- she has two memoirs, this being the first. The second must be about her life after she leaves.

That is a very good book. Very informative.
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Old 03-30-2018, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Military City, USA.
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I just went to a Thrift Store sale yesterday and picked up the biography "Walt Disney Hollywood's Dark Prince" by Marc Eliot. I will begin reading this tonight.

I also picked up the autobiography "Jack" Straight from the Gut" by Jack Welch with John A. Byrne. He took over GE (General Electric) and saved it from ruin. However, he was not a nice guy. IIRC, he got the nickname "Chainsaw Jack" or something like this. I want to see what made him tick, get into that highly specialized leadership mind.

Both are hardbacks, and both only cost $1.00. A bargain in today's market!
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Old 03-30-2018, 01:13 PM
 
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Oh, how sad about Anita Shreve. Was it sudden or ?

Just this morning I ordered her: "Resistance"; a
love affair during WW2 (I'm a sucker for those).

as well as: "The Shimmering", by Cynthia Hurn. I'm a sucker for anything 'out west' and TX, and it is rated 5 stars.

I have The Unorthodox and The Girl From the Sea now in my Amazon que.

Thanks to y'all Have a beautiful Easter everyone.
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Old 03-30-2018, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Have seen the Girl from the Sea several times

now on list...


have a pleasant weekend
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Old 03-30-2018, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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Just started a book called Unorthodox about a woman who escapes her life with Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn. It is similar to stories of people who have escaped other religious groups (typically IBLP Christians, FLDS, etc.) So far it is interesting -- she has two memoirs, this being the first. The second must be about her life after she leaves.
Thank you for that. I just added it

Speaking of today I came across The Jew Store by Stella Suberman which looks interesting:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/....The_Jew_Store



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wow this sounds interesting and reminds me of the book I read about leaving the Utah Mormon groups that are like cults . I just posted about anita shrieve dying from cancer and it is so sad I loved her books she will be missed in the librarys for sure .
That is sad. We will start to see more and more writers leaving.


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I just went to a Thrift Store sale yesterday and picked up the biography "Walt Disney Hollywood's Dark Prince" by Marc Eliot. I will begin reading this tonight.

I also picked up the autobiography "Jack" Straight from the Gut" by Jack Welch with John A. Byrne. He took over GE (General Electric) and saved it from ruin. However, he was not a nice guy. IIRC, he got the nickname "Chainsaw Jack" or something like this. I want to see what made him tick, get into that highly specialized leadership mind.

Both are hardbacks, and both only cost $1.00. A bargain in today's market!

Awesome. I love a bargain. I started going to a new library in FL. I went to one of their book sales a couple of months ago and while their prices are fantastic, I did not get anything. I went to their most recent sale last saturday and scored. The paperbacks are 10 cents, the large paper backs are 15 cents, and their hard covers are 25 cents. I spent $2.00 and came home with 12 books






The Great Alone and swept me up from the start. I imagine I will fly through this book "but" I had to set it aside and read Educated a Memoir, https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...om_search=true,which is on hold for someone else and due back on Monday. This is also starting off with a bang. It reminded me of Ruby Ridge at first and sure enough there is mention of that as it happened the same time while Tara was growing up, also in Idaho.


So those are the two books I will be reading until early next week


Happy Passover and Happy Easter everyone. Mike and I will be in the woods clearing trees to build a border fence
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