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Old 10-12-2010, 06:56 AM
 
Location: in the southwest
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Just finished:
One Day, by David Nicholls
It was superb. Started off a bit slow, but as it went on, I did not want it to end.

Just began:
Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen (yes, the guy who got in trouble with Oprah.)
So far it is a worthy successor to One Day.

I like relationship stuff, but I also like conflict and humor and there also must be sadness, because that's real life.
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Old 10-12-2010, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Just finished back to back, The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo by Stieg Larsson & In the Woods by Tana French

Just started The Likeness by Tana French
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Old 10-12-2010, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen (yes, the guy who got in trouble with Oprah.)
I haven't watched Oprah in a hundred years but she got ANOTHER author in trouble??? What happened?

I know what happened with James Frey (non-fiction vs. fiction), who I still absolutely adore, but now I'm curious what happened with Jonathan Franzen. (Ooooh, coincidence that both have JF initials???)
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Old 10-12-2010, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Just finished:
One Day, by David Nicholls
It was superb. Started off a bit slow, but as it went on, I did not want it to end.

Just began:
[U]Freedom[/u], by Jonathan Franzen (yes, the guy who got in trouble with Oprah.)
So far it is a worthy successor to One Day.

I like relationship stuff, but I also like conflict and humor and there also must be sadness, because that's real life.
I picked up Freedom Sunday and can't put it down. Lots of humor starting with the first chapter. Oh, the important decisions one must make. LOL. Freedom is Oprah's 2010 selection.
Simultaneously, I'm halfway through New York by Edward Rutherfurd. New York is a much easier read than Princes of Ireland.
I finished The Girl Who Played With Fire. I didn't like it as well as the first book. It was too lengthy and repetitive.

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Old 10-12-2010, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I haven't watched Oprah in a hundred years but she got ANOTHER author in trouble??? What happened?

I know what happened with James Frey (non-fiction vs. fiction), who I still absolutely adore, but now I'm curious what happened with Jonathan Franzen. (Ooooh, coincidence that both have JF initials???)
I had to refresh my memory, too.
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For those of you who have blotted the Franzen Unpleasantness from memory: nine years ago Oprah bestowed her Book Club Pick-dom on Franzen's "The Corrections." But he repaid her munificence with ambivalence, saying publicly that some of her book choices had been "schmaltzy."
Though he quickly apologized for his comment, the doors to The Kingdom of Oprah were slammed shut immediately, and he was un-invited to appear on her show.
But, in the spirit of the Farewell Season, Oprah has once again invited Franzen to sit down with her and talk book. And the Oprah book club "O" logo is already appearing on new new shipments of the novel.
Moraes on TV - Oprah forgives author Jonathan Franzen; gives his book her "O"
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Old 10-12-2010, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I had to refresh my memory, too.
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For those of you who have blotted the Franzen Unpleasantness from memory: nine years ago Oprah bestowed her Book Club Pick-dom on Franzen's "The Corrections." But he repaid her munificence with ambivalence, saying publicly that some of her book choices had been "schmaltzy."
Though he quickly apologized for his comment, the doors to The Kingdom of Oprah were slammed shut immediately, and he was un-invited to appear on her show.
But, in the spirit of the Farewell Season, Oprah has once again invited Franzen to sit down with her and talk book. And the Oprah book club "O" logo is already appearing on new new shipments of the novel.
Moraes on TV - Oprah forgives author Jonathan Franzen; gives his book her "O"
Oh my gosh, I had heard NOTHING of this. What drama!
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Old 10-12-2010, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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I had to refresh my memory, too.
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For those of you who have blotted the Franzen Unpleasantness from memory: nine years ago Oprah bestowed her Book Club Pick-dom on Franzen's "The Corrections." But he repaid her munificence with ambivalence, saying publicly that some of her book choices had been "schmaltzy."
Regardless of whether her initial un-invite was warranted, I have to say I enjoy his use of the word shmaltzy! And I'm now very interested in reading this book!
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Old 10-12-2010, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Spokane via Sydney,Australia
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I finallly read Alas, Babylon. It was pretty good, it's coming up in my book club.

Leaving on a trip & taking Stolen Child by Keith Donahue with me...actually it will be my pick in my other book club! I've read it before, so this time I'm taking notes. It is very good.
Alas Babylon would make a great movie - better than The Road imo.

Just finished reading "Brother can you spare a Dime" by Milton Meltzer - non fiction regarding the Great Depression 1929-1933. Pretty sobering reading given the current economic situation. Wish it had been thicker.

Now reading "Deep Freeze" by Thom Racina, a story of an LA caught in the grip of "a meteorological anomaly which is transforming the entire West Coast into a frigid wasteland" - sub plot of a Manson Family like group using the situation for their own ends. Pretty good so far.
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Old 10-12-2010, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Regardless of whether her initial un-invite was warranted, I have to say I enjoy his use of the word shmaltzy! And I'm now very interested in reading this book!
I, too, find some of her book choices shmaltzy.
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Old 10-12-2010, 02:22 PM
 
Location: in the southwest
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I, too, find some of her book choices shmaltzy.
This reminds me of our Oprah thread, Tigerlily.
I really appreciated what Bunjee said in post #31, but still I have enjoyed some of the books Oprah picked.

As far as Franzen's books, The Corrections needed more and better editing, but I still liked it, and so far I am really enjoying Freedom.
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