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Old 05-05-2024, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Henderson, NV
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Just finished The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz. It was a 4-star read for me -- excellent writing with a plot that had me hanging until the last 5 pages. The synopsis:

Jacob Finch Bonner was once a promising young novelist with a respectably published first book. Today, he’s teaching in a third-rate MFA program and struggling to maintain what’s left of his self-respect; he hasn’t written―let alone published―anything decent in years. When Evan Parker, his most arrogant student, announces he doesn’t need Jake’s help because the plot of his book in progress is a sure thing, Jake is prepared to dismiss the boast as typical amateur narcissism. But then . . . he hears the plot. Jake returns to the downward trajectory of his own career and braces himself for the supernova publication of Evan Parker’s first novel: but it never comes. When he discovers that his former student has died, presumably without ever completing his book, Jake does what any self-respecting writer would do with a story like that―a story that absolutely needs to be told. In a few short years, all of Evan Parker’s predictions have come true, but Jake is the author enjoying the wave. He is wealthy, famous, praised and read all over the world. But at the height of his glorious new life, an e-mail arrives, the first salvo in a terrifying, anonymous campaign: You are a thief, it says.
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Old 05-05-2024, 08:31 PM
 
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I read
The Dearly Beloved which was a pretty good read. I thought there was a lot of interest there, but somehow it just didn't hit me. It is very highly rated so it seems it did resonate with most people. I think the characters just didn't do it for me .I gave it 3 stars.

I am about 2/3 through Last Bus To Wisdom by Ivan Doig. It is such a delight. I read another book by him a few years ago, The Whistling Season and absolutely loved it. This is such a wonderful story and so beautifully written. I will update when I finish, but I can definitely recommend it at this point.
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Old 05-06-2024, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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I was just given " Acrobaddict" - Joe Pitignano, he has a passion for gymnastics and a intoxicating romance with heroin.
I read 21 pages last night, so I think I can read this.
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Old 05-07-2024, 04:29 AM
 
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Finished The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...orgotten-waltz

This was a 4 star read for me.

"I walk through the Christmas city lights, not a taxi in sight and the town going crazy all around me, and I think how kissing is such an extravagance of nature. Like birdsong; heartfelt and lovely beyond any possible usefulness."

"We did not fight until New Year's Eve. I can't remember what triggered it. Money probably. We used to fight about money. His mother. I mean, tick the list. The way the washing machine was left to flood after he "installed" it and pushed the button and went back to play Shattered Galaxy. The whole internet thing maddened me, by then--I can't remember when it happened, when Conor at the cutting edge turned into Conor hanging out with a load of wasters online. I went so far as to check his browsing history once, but it was completely unremarkable--which just made it worse, somehow: at that stage I would have been happy to find porn."
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Old 05-07-2024, 05:18 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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Myths to Live By - Joseph Campbell
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Old 05-07-2024, 11:29 AM
 
Location: deafened by howls of 'racism!!!'
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pretty self-explanatory. good book.

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Old 05-08-2024, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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The Vacation Rental by Katie Sise

Described as a domestic thriller: A woman rents a vacation house from a couple and drama ensues. It's told from two points of view, that of the woman who owns the vacation home and the woman who rents it for a month. It took me a while to get into it, but now I'm hooked. The writing is very good and there are plenty of twists.

(One caveat, which I will say holds true for any time I've read a book on Kindle: Never, ever use the X-Ray feature to look up character descriptions. Whoever creates the character descriptions cares not whether they include spoilers. In fact, I think they rather enjoy it.)
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Old 05-08-2024, 09:41 AM
 
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Ladyvibrant, we lived in Scottsdale, AZ many years ago and took numerous trips throughout the state. Tombstone was a fascinating town with many original buildings and artifacts from the early days.

Visiting the Bird Cage Theater - a saloon which offered many types of entertainment - was quite memorable. I bought a book there called Soiled Doves which told the stories of the women who worked in the business. It was a fascinating book and didn't romanticize the profession.
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Old 05-09-2024, 07:25 PM
 
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Finished The Last Bus to Wisdom ( Ivan Doig) and it was just wonderful.
I give it 5 stars.
I'm going to read more of his books.
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Old 05-10-2024, 04:35 AM
 
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Finished The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...orgotten-waltz

This was a 3.5 star read for me.
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