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Old 03-12-2020, 06:48 AM
 
Location: East Coast
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Read Rachel Maddow's book Blowout, which was terrific. Had to interrupt it briefly to re-read Bottle of Lies for my book club, which was just as good the second time around. Now reading Tightrope by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. It's good and interesting, but I feel like it's just telling me a bunch of stuff I've already read before. I'm only about 1/3 of the way in, though, so we'll see if it offers anything new -- even if it doesn't it's still a good read.
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Old 03-12-2020, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Bucks County, PA
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Funny, I really enjoyed that book! Definitely unique, not just different, from anything else I’ve read. But I love black humor.
Pikabike, if you like black humor you might want to check out, "The Angel Makers," by Jessica Gregson.
From Wikipedia: "...based on the true story of The Angel Makers of Nagyrév, two Hungarian women who sold arsenic to unhappily married women to kill their husbands."

Admittedly, the subject matter would not seem to evoke chuckles, but, well, you have to read it to see for yourself. You won't be disappointed!

I sought this book out because of the country in which the story is based (Hungary); my maternal grandparents were among the many poor peasants who emigrated from that country in the very early 20th century. I remember reading about the "merry widows" of Hungary many years ago, and was recently surprised to find that a book based on these villagers had been written.
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Old 03-12-2020, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Bucks County, PA
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Just finished reading, "In the Closet of the Vatican," by Frederic Martel, and have just started "Long Bright River" by Liz Moore.
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Old 03-13-2020, 06:15 AM
 
Location: Henderson, NV, U.S.A.
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Put down We, the Drowned...

started

All Things Wise and Wonderful (All Creatures Great and Small #5-6), James Herriot 2004

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Old 03-13-2020, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Middle of the valley
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Book 2 of Ember in the Ashes, Torch Against the Night. It's good, I like the series, but I need a genre change before I move on to the next book.

I'm switching of with George Carlin's When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops, but meh. I like him better as a live comedian.

Cycle of Arawyn on audio.... it's good... but like I said, I need to clear my mental palate with something else.
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Old 03-13-2020, 08:20 PM
 
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Pikabike, if you like black humor you might want to check out, "The Angel Makers," by Jessica Gregson.
From Wikipedia: "...based on the true story of The Angel Makers of Nagyrév, two Hungarian women who sold arsenic to unhappily married women to kill their husbands."

Admittedly, the subject matter would not seem to evoke chuckles, but, well, you have to read it to see for yourself. You won't be disappointed!

I sought this book out because of the country in which the story is based (Hungary); my maternal grandparents were among the many poor peasants who emigrated from that country in the very early 20th century. I remember reading about the "merry widows" of Hungary many years ago, and was recently surprised to find that a book based on these villagers had been written.
That sounds intriguing. Evoke chuckles?!?!?? I’m putting it on the to-read list. Wonder if that is how the term “merry widows” originated.
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Old 03-14-2020, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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A few of you have asked about My Dark Vanessa. I'm at 38% and it's taken a long time to get there. I'm bored with it, but I'm going to keep at it, at least for a little while longer, since the reviews are so good. I'm not sure what's not appealing to me -- the fact that it's a novel (I prefer memoir) or that it's Lolita v2.0 (and I already read v1.0). At 384 pages, it's a longer book than I typically gravitate to, so it feels like a slog for me. I'll keep you posted and let you know if I give up.
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Old 03-15-2020, 08:58 AM
 
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Thanks to everyone who recommended "Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27071490-homegoing

I really needed a winner after SO MANY duds!

This was a winner!
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Old 03-15-2020, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Schaumburg
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Listening to "Follow Me" by Kathleen Barber on Audible and it drew me in right away. I've been through a bunch of Audible books that I've returned after a few hours because they were dull and/or repetitive in their dullness.

What happened to book editors?
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Old 03-15-2020, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Northern California
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About to start "In Search of the Canary Tree" by Lauren E. Oakes
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