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Old 09-15-2019, 05:00 PM
Location: Calgary, Canada
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I started There's No Such Thing As Bad Weather by Linda McGurk
It's about the differences of raising children in Sweden to raising them in America
Fascinating so far!
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Old 09-16-2019, 03:56 AM
Location: New York Area
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Default The Fox Hunt, by Mohammed Al Samawi

I borrowed The Fox Hunt: A Memoir of Yemen and My Odyssey to America by Mohammed Al Samawi from a member of my synagogue's book club last spring and finally started reading it last week. I literally could not put the book down! The book is an autobiography that reads like an action adventure novel.

Its author, Mohammed Al Samawi is the son of two Yemeni doctors. He grew up with a disability in desperately poor Yemen. About tho only thing well-funded in Yemen is its ongoing civil war between the Shi'ite Houthi tribes, funded liberally by Iran and Al Quaeda of the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), funded by Saudi Arabia. Raised among the ongoing madness as a pious Muslim, the author decides to learn about the other great monotheistic religions, Christianity and Judaism. Through chance online encounters on Facebook and other media the author explores his interest in ecumenical healing.

This activity places him and his family in great danger; on the receiving end of credible death threats. The author flees, and through a network of people who barely knew him but believed in his story is exfiltrated by way of Aden and Djibouti to the U.S. Spoiler alert; I will tell no more of the details. The book is quite an inspiring and ultimately heart-warming story.

I have read other comments and agree that he received some help in writing the book and placing it in idiomatic English. But in his defense, don't almost all autobiographies involve heavy "ghost-writing"? This book is clearly the author's unique product and can only hope for more.

The same people who would like Ayaan Hirsi Ali's books, of which I have read Infidel and Nomad, would love The Fox Hunt!

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Old 09-16-2019, 04:14 AM
Location: Henderson, NV, U.S.A.
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Originally Posted by oeccscclhjhn View Post
The Grand Tour, by Adam O'Fallon Price (2016), so I started it the other day...
Something about this story - I couldn't stop reading until the end. A good read. Three distinct narratives, two of which you could say are the same person. I liked the format. Half way through I requested our library order The Hotel Neversink also by Price, so I'll be first in line when they get it in.
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Old 09-16-2019, 07:41 AM
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Just finished "Gingerbread" by Helen Oyeyemi https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...15-gingerbread

This was a 2 star read for me. I don't know why I kept going with this one. I didn't understand who was who or what was what...not in the beginning, not in the middle, and not in the end! UGH!
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Old 09-16-2019, 07:44 AM
Location: Fiorina "Fury" 161
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Originally Posted by Mayvenne View Post

Welcome to Utopia: Notes from a Small Town.

I just started this yesterday, and so far so good. Very interesting but your assessment is probably valid- I will let you know when I finish it.

Perhaps I could have tempered that a bit by getting my points across while being more vague, so as not to have undue influence on an opinion of the work. It will be interesting to have another view on it. This was her first book.
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Old 09-16-2019, 07:48 AM
Location: Texas
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I am binge listening to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. Currently I am on Notorious Nineteen.
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Old 09-16-2019, 09:22 AM
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I just read Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs by Beth Ann Fennelly.

Not linear, and not even 100 pages long, these "micro-memoirs" are snippets of stories. And yet I feel so completely satisfied. Some are sweet, some are sad, some are LOL funny, all are written beautifully and perfectly. Absolutely lovely.

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Old 09-17-2019, 05:49 AM
Location: Northern California
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I just finished "Kite Runner" & I loved it. Going to pick up "Commonweath" today at my library.
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Old 09-17-2019, 11:21 AM
Location: Cochise County, AZ
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Finished Hogeland's The Whiskey Rebellion. While it was an interesting read, I was disappointed because it didn't reveal much about the early state militias after the Revolutionary War. The author paints both Alexander Hamilton and George Washington in a bad light. I'm desperately searching for anything that deals with state militias during the early 1790s.

Back to reading McCullough's The Pioneers for now.
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Old 09-17-2019, 02:47 PM
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Originally Posted by DawnMTL View Post
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.
I'm halfway through, and am completely bogged down. It started off so well - but now it just seems like a chore to keep reading.

I love the writing, but really, where in the world is this thing going?

I might just put it down.

Does it get better after the lull in the middle?
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