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Old 09-09-2019, 08:52 AM
 
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Re Michener—
Someone repped me for mentioning “Centennial” and recommended “Texas”
I read that couple of times but not lately
Found this interview on Google Books w/Michener
https://books.google.com/books?id=bb...llegals&f=true
Thought some of you might be interested

Some of his comments are spot on regarding todays’s hot topics like gun control...
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Old 09-09-2019, 09:55 AM
 
Location: north central Ohio
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Just finished~The Haunting of Riley Watson (Riveting Haunted House Mystery, #1)by Alexandria Clarke
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...f-riley-watson


and now reading~The Skeleton Takes a Bow
(Family Skeleton Mystery #2) by Leigh Perry
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...on-takes-a-bow
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Old 09-09-2019, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Placer County
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Re Michener—
Someone repped me for mentioning “Centennial” and recommended “Texas”
I read that couple of times but not lately
Found this interview on Google Books w/Michener
https://books.google.com/books?id=bb...llegals&f=true
Thought some of you might be interested

Some of his comments are spot on regarding todays’s hot topics like gun control...
I'm not the one who repped you but I enjoyed both of them. Some issues are just timeless. I do like Michener, but sometimes I get bogged down in the details, especially about battles and things like that.

I just started Michener's "Hawaii" - thought I'd read it years ago but now I realize that was "Molokai" by O.A. Bushnell. Once I get past looking for the characters from "Molokai" I'll hit my stride. I read "Molokai" in high school and that was a long time ago. You'd think I'd have forgotten them, but nope - it was that memorable. Anyway, by the the time I finish "Hawaii" I think I'll have had a pretty broad education about that whole area.

Has anyone read Michener's "The Novel"? I picked it up at an estate sale recently. It's a complete departure from his historical novels so I'll be interested to see how it goes. Must finish "Hawaii" first so off to get my chores done so I can justify settling down for my daily read!
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Old 09-09-2019, 01:48 PM
 
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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Trying to fill in some gaps in my youthful reading, just started The Little Prince. I've had an interest in aviation since I was a young boy and its author, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, who was shot down over the Mediterranean flying an unarmed P-38 in 1944, pops up often in aviation literature.
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That was really such a delightful book!!! Hope you love it!

I did! And I don't believe it should be confined to the Juvenile section of the library, I believe sometimes viewing the world through the eyes of a child can be very enlightening.
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Old 09-09-2019, 02:29 PM
 
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Well, I finished Crossing to Safety. I think I need to digest it a bit and although I read it on kindle I am thinking of flipping through some of the actual book.
It was for sure beautifully written and parts of it were really engrossing but I did not adore it and I know several people who have said it was one of the best books they ever read. I did not feel that...........but again, I may let it digest a bit more. Not a light read.
Burdell I am so glad you enjoyed the Little Prince. (If you haven't read Anne of Green Gables, as I had not until about a year or two ago- let me tell you that is also a delight).

Undecided what I will read next. For book club is the Alice Network. Hope I can get into it.
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Old 09-09-2019, 11:10 PM
 
Location: In my own personal Twilight zone
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For something light and lovely, can I recommend The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister? It's a novel about a chef who closes her restaurant one night a week to offer a cooking school, and the students who come to her class. It's not fluff, and there are some characters who have difficult stories, but it's lovely and much easier. Very sensual.
Sounds very interesting. Thank you! I will check it out on goodreads and put it on my TBR list
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Old 09-10-2019, 02:05 PM
 
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I just started Happiness: A Memoir by Heather Harpham. So far, so good. The writing is captivating, but I'm too early to tell if I'll like the story as much. It did, however, make me cry by page 18 so that is a good sign.

This book was chosen by a new book club that I was invited to join. I start a new job and join a new book club all next week and my husband pointed out that I'm more concerned about not fitting in or liking the new book club more than I am the new job! Book club "fit" is important!
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Old 09-10-2019, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I just started Happiness: A Memoir by Heather Harpham. So far, so good. The writing is captivating, but I'm too early to tell if I'll like the story as much. It did, however, make me cry by page 18 so that is a good sign.

This book was chosen by a new book club that I was invited to join. I start a new job and join a new book club all next week and my husband pointed out that I'm more concerned about not fitting in or liking the new book club more than I am the new job! Book club "fit" is important!
I *really* -- and I mean REALLY -- liked that book, as is evidenced here: https://www.city-data.com/forum/49873451-post20179.html

Good luck with the new job! (And, more importantly, with the book club. )
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Old 09-11-2019, 03:04 PM
 
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A Spy's Son Real life story about a CIA double spy who turned his son into a spy when he was caught and sent to prison.
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Old 09-11-2019, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I finished The Hotel Neversink. Meh. It wasn't as good -- not even the writing -- as his other novel The Grand Tour. Aside from that, though, I gravitate to memoirs; this was a novel and -- even worse than that, for me -- a mystery. Not at all my cup of tea.
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