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Old 09-07-2022, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Canada
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If you love animal stories (dogs and horses in particular)

Give ACE the Black Stallion a try... A mystery of why two horses run away in Wyoming.

I'm currently reading Bringing Jade Home... A dog who is lost in Yellowstone park.

I've read, Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog... About a dog found on a river and adopted by a man. A wonderful story, but be warned... a sad ending.
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Old 09-07-2022, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Northern California
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Book club this month is "Discovery of Witches" by Deborah Harkness It is part fantasy & part romance, so a nice change from the recent books, enjoying it so far, but it is very long. I'm not sure I will have it finished by the time we meet up.
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Old 09-07-2022, 11:38 AM
 
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Finished "White Fur" by Jardine Libaire https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32025142-white-fur

This was a 3.5 star read for me.

"This isn't new to her, being new in a house that isn't hers. Elise checked off many addresses on her journey. She saw herself in medicine-cabinet mirrors, she slept on couches covered in dog hair and took the dimes and pennies from under the cushions, she nipped a slug of orange juice before she left, she stepped out of buildings and looked left then right and simply moved in a direction so it looked like she had a destination."

"And she could almost sleep in the dunes. It's about being hardy as well as disobeying conventions like homes and buildings, rooms and beds, addresses, belongings. She left them; she unbraided those things from her identity. She signed off."

"The girls he knew who were on their way to conquer Wall Street, or run art galleries, or start PR firms--were they really going to improve the world so much? He grew up thinking you're supposed to work till your eyes bleed, be exhausted all the time, get money, get houses, get prestige, do good, be important, be busy, get on the board, run out of time, cancel lunch with friends, run out of gas. Why? Why did he believe them when they said that? Why did he believe anything they said?"
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Old 09-07-2022, 11:50 AM
Status: "I have read 24 books this year!!!" (set 2 days ago)
 
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I reread this on Monday and Tuesday. I love honest writing. The authors interviewed black women in their thirties to their sixties. I resent that Ursula Inga Kindred and Mirranda Guerin-Williams have not published more than two books. I love oral history!!!





Even more reason to love it, it has scrumptious recipes!!!

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Old 09-07-2022, 06:05 PM
 
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I finished The Good Lord Bird which was a very interesting bit of historical fiction. It was about John Brown the abolitionist . I had actually stopped in Harpers Ferry last year and other than knowing it had some isgnificance with the Civil War I really didn't know what it was about. It's a very pretty town and was pretty happening with tourists.
Anyway this book starts there and ends there. I did find some of it a bit too detailed with logistics but it was mostly very light reading (not the subject though).
I would rate it 4 stars.

I have started Next Year in Havana and am also finding it a very easy read. I'll report back when I finish it.
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Old 09-07-2022, 06:17 PM
 
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A departure from my usual fare...Status and Culture: How Our Desire for Social Rank Creates Taste, Identity, Art, Fashion and Constant Change by W. David Marx.

Next up...The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides on the advice of an acquaintance, who is reading it for a book club.
Read review of that Status and Culture online—sounded very interesting
Does he focus on other cultures in other continents or just the US?
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Old 09-07-2022, 10:12 PM
 
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Just finished #13 in Ruth Galloway series “The Locked Room” by Ella Griffiths
Takes place during initial CoVid time which factors into characters’ lives
Enjoy all of these books But some more than others
This one was 4 out of 5 stars
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Old 09-08-2022, 11:26 PM
 
Location: In my own personal Twilight zone
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Had do stop the audio version of Wolf Totem. It couldn't hold my interest for longer than 20%


Now started a German crime story by Urszula Poznansky.
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Old 09-09-2022, 05:08 AM
 
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Finished "The Beekeeper of Aleppo" by Christy Lefteri https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...eper-of-aleppo

This one didn't have a lot of there there, all the chapters seemed repetitive to me. This was a 2.5 star read for me.

Finished "Heft" by Liz Moore https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13707758-heft

This one read like a young adult novel to me. This was a 3 star read for me.
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Old 09-09-2022, 09:19 PM
 
Location: New York Area
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Default No Wall Too High: One Man's Daring Escape by Xu Hongci

"...while China was doing class war, the West was doing business", just one of many notable quotes in No Wall Too High: One Man's Daring Escape by Xu Hongci. Another: "Study hard. Knowledge is the only thing people can't steal from you" from Wang Jinru, Communist prison detachment leader (a relative good guy). I just finished reading this epic, non-fiction thriller. tijlover, in a post on Must.Read.Non.Fiction recommended this book and I thank that poster. Xu is one of the few, if not the only, successful escapee from a Maoist Chinese labor camp. The book graphically details his three escape attempts, especially his last, successful one. People whose views are perceived to deviate one jot or tittle from the accepted "thought" are subject to years of brutal torture, public "self-criticism" and sometimes execution or fatal beatings.

Without trumpeting any ideological views itself, the book illustrates why the free West succeeds and almost every other system fails. More information would require a spoiler alert.
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