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Old 12-03-2019, 06:13 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I will probably finish Janis Joplin's biography today. It is VERY well written and interesting.

Janis: Her Life and Music by Holly George-Warren:
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/jan...n/1130507695#/

After this, I have my choice of books since I kind of went on a buying tear. If anyone has read any of these, I'd love to get some feedback so I can decide which one to read next!

Thunderstruck by Eric Larson - I really like this author:
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/thu...n/1100266763#/

The Only Street In Paris by Elaine Sciolino:
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the...o/1121137364#/

Another Life by Michael Korda:
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ano...rda/1111594006


Home Work by Julie Andrews:
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hom...s/1130777570#/
I haven't read any of those, KA, but Another Life just made it to my "to read" list. Thanks!
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Old 12-03-2019, 06:49 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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I haven't read any of those, KA, but Another Life just made it to my "to read" list. Thanks!
You are very welcome - it was my most recent purchase. I didn't want to purchase another book till I waded through these others but dang it, it looks so good! I am thinking it may have to be next.
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Old 12-03-2019, 06:57 AM
 
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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Originally Posted by KathrynAragon View Post
I will probably finish Janis Joplin's biography today. It is VERY well written and interesting.

Janis: Her Life and Music by Holly George-Warren:
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/jan...n/1130507695#/

I agree, I've got about 40 pages left and have enjoyed the book. I was surprised to learn Janis had talent in the visual arts and was a voracious reader who often carried books with her while on tour. I think the book would likely be enjoyed by anyone who was/is a fan.
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Old 12-03-2019, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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I agree, I've got about 40 pages left and have enjoyed the book. I was surprised to learn Janis had talent in the visual arts and was a voracious reader who often carried books with her while on tour. I think the book would likely be enjoyed by anyone who was/is a fan.

Yep, a lot about her life surprises me.

And get this, though I like some of her music, I really don't consider myself a Janis Joplin fan. I have always been so aghast at her life choices for one thing, plus I am in my 50s so she was a bit before my time anyway (so was Elvis for that matter, and the Beatles). But reading about her life fascinates me.

If you like this book, you may also like Linda Ronstadt's autobiography:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sim...t/1114764008#/

She goes into a lot of detail about her family history, which is really fascinating. She is also not a "spill the beans" name dropper but WOW she has known so many incredibly famous, talented people throughout her life. She just really seems like a nice person - I like the tone of her autobiography - a lot like I liked Elton John's style and "tone" of his recent autobiography.

I read Gold Dust Woman - a biography about Stevie Nicks - too. I never really liked her music or her voice or her persona and I was hoping to "like" her more after reading this book but it really just verified to me why I DON'T like her - LOL.
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Old 12-03-2019, 08:39 AM
 
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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Yep, a lot about her life surprises me.

And get this, though I like some of her music, I really don't consider myself a Janis Joplin fan. I have always been so aghast at her life choices for one thing, plus I am in my 50s so she was a bit before my time anyway (so was Elvis for that matter, and the Beatles). But reading about her life fascinates me.

Janis was of my time, I had to break out the vinyl and am listening to I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama with Cheap Thrills on deck, still like the music from that era and have been a blues fan for many years.


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If you like this book, you may also like Linda Ronstadt's autobiography:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sim...t/1114764008#/

She goes into a lot of detail about her family history, which is really fascinating. She is also not a "spill the beans" name dropper but WOW she has known so many incredibly famous, talented people throughout her life. She just really seems like a nice person - I like the tone of her autobiography - a lot like I liked Elton John's style and "tone" of his recent autobiography.

I read Gold Dust Woman - a biography about Stevie Nicks - too. I never really liked her music or her voice or her persona and I was hoping to "like" her more after reading this book but it really just verified to me why I DON'T like her - LOL.

Thanks for the tip! I've been a fan since she sang with the Stone Pony. I checked and Simple Dreams is on my local library's shelf just waiting for me. CNN has been advertising a Linda Ronstadt film to be aired New Year's Day, I will definitely have the DVR set.
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Old 12-03-2019, 08:47 AM
 
Location: prescott az
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Just finished The Whisper Man by ,Alex North. Another creepy, scary, mystery for me which I liked. Young boys go missing and one is never found but 20 years later, he shows up.
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Old 12-03-2019, 09:54 AM
 
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Just finished "The Friend" by Sigrid Nunez https://www.amazon.com/Friend-Novel-.../dp/0735219443

This was a 4 star read for me. A short read at 212 pages.
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Old 12-03-2019, 10:44 AM
 
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Right now I have three library books and one personally owned field guide. I am reading the novel The Island of Sea Women (fascinating, so far), the nonfiction book Maybe You Should Talk To Someone (about a psychotherapist being treated by another therapist—good, so far), and The National Audubon Society Field Guide to Mammals of North America. Believe it or not, I am actually reading this last one instead of just flipping to look up something I’ve spotted. It’s that informative and helpful a guide. The third library book, The Power, is a new and acclaimed science fiction story, which I have not yet started.

I’ll post back after finishing these.
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Old 12-03-2019, 10:48 AM
 
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Oh my gosh, I must be insane. I just got a tip on a book and ordered it. "Three Men In A Boat." It's OLD, y'all - it was written in the late 1800s but my gosh, the humor...here are some quotes:
https://www.goodreads.com/work/quote...ing-of-the-dog
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Old 12-03-2019, 10:58 AM
 
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Oh my gosh, I must be insane. I just got a tip on a book and ordered it. "Three Men In A Boat." It's OLD, y'all - it was written in the late 1800s but my gosh, the humor...here are some quotes:
https://www.goodreads.com/work/quote...ing-of-the-dog
Oh my- I read this book a few years ago. It was when I got my kindle, and someone mentioned Gutenberg.org for available kindle reads for free. Mostly much older books with no longer active copyrights and such.
I don't know how I stumbled on it, but I loved this.by Jerome K Jerome right?
http://www.gutenberg.org/

It's adorable.
On FB recently, I had one of those post a book cover each day for 10 days that you would recommend and I posted this.
(but remember- free on Gutenberg!!)
https://www.amazon.com/Three-Men-Boa...78514300&psc=1
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