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Old 03-15-2011, 04:54 AM
 
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I'll be most interested in hearing what you think when/if you finish the book. It sounds very good but I would probably be weepy, too.
Well, I finished it 2 nites ago... it was a VERY good book;I did not read every word of it but while reading it I kind of felt like it was the least I could do. It was extremely touching- I mean this was an embedded reported writing about real people.
It is well written and an important but not so pleasant subject.
THE GOOD SOLDIER by David Finkel
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Old 03-15-2011, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I just finished Julia Child's memoir My Life in France. She was an amazing woman with such a zest for life. Her methods of learning to cook and preparing recipes was scientific--it made we wonder what she could have done with her life if women of her class were encouraged to be scientists or engineers in her day.
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Old 03-15-2011, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Nowhere
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Life.. by the Great.... Keith Richards.
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Old 03-15-2011, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I've never read SKs' sci-fi stuff but recently read The Shining. I thought it was pretty well-written, especially compared to the movie. I found myself wishing the movie had been more faithful to the book. I'm about to read Christine and Misery.
I also recently read Led Zeppelin: When Giants Walked the Earth. I can see why Jimmy Page ended his friendship with the author. Mostlly conjecture and second-hand information. I just wanted to read anything about Zep and Pages' book is a little out of my league. I believe it sells for around $700.
I'm reading "Hammer of the Gods" although I'm only into Chapter 3. Hammer is supposed to be the tome with the salacious details. We'll see. So far, Jimmy Page has not been cast as a bad guy. For example, he was criticized for being a good money manager. Who wants to work for free? I'm reading Hammer first, but also have "When Giants Walked the Earth." Ever since I read "Life" I have been motivated to research rock Gods. I never had the time nor inclination to focus on rock star's personalities when I was younger. One point made in the NYT review of Giants was that Mick never included comments about the amazing music. So far, although not very far into Hammer, I like. I love all these rock stars solo albums; Robert Plant, Mark Knopfler. Mick's working on one now. Steven Tyler's autobiography will be out this summer.
Recent I read the following:
Why Sinatra Matters - Pete Hamill - as far as I'm concerned, the ultimate expert on NYC. I've started "Snow In Summer." I've never read one of his books I didn't enjoy. I'm now reading some of Pete's research material for Sinatra; i.e., Ava Gardner's bio.

The Glass Room - Simon Mawrer - relationships were poorly defined. I don't have to every detail made clear. I could never figure out why this guy sought out a mistress.
Isabelle and Amy - After reading Olive Kittredge, this was a disappointment.
Let the Great World Spin - not in the mood for this one. The staccato phrasing drove me crazy. I don't have to have ten similies to get the point.

NYT Review of Page book plus some pics
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/08/ar...pagewanted=all
NYT Review of When Gods Walked the Earth
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/27/bo...gewanted=print
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Old 03-15-2011, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Well, I finished it 2 nites ago... it was a VERY good book;I did not read every word of it but while reading it I kind of felt like it was the least I could do. It was extremely touching- I mean this was an embedded reported writing about real people.
It is well written and an important but not so pleasant subject.
THE GOOD SOLDIER by David Finkel
Thank you so much for the review, Mayveene.

I may wait a while to read this one. It sounds like an excellent book. I'm just not quite ready to cry again over a true story.
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Old 03-15-2011, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Life.. by the Great.... Keith Richards.
I loved this memoir.
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Old 03-15-2011, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Within Australia
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frostbitten by kelly armstrong, great read but probs not for those with a thing for fantasy.
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Old 03-16-2011, 05:32 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I'm reading "Hammer of the Gods" although I'm only into Chapter 3. Hammer is supposed to be the tome with the salacious details. We'll see. So far, Jimmy Page has not been cast as a bad guy. For example, he was criticized for being a good money manager. Who wants to work for free? I'm reading Hammer first, but also have "When Giants Walked the Earth." Ever since I read "Life" I have been motivated to research rock Gods. I never had the time nor inclination to focus on rock star's personalities when I was younger. One point made in the NYT review of Giants was that Mick never included comments about the amazing music. So far, although not very far into Hammer, I like. I love all these rock stars solo albums; Robert Plant, Mark Knopfler. Mick's working on one now. Steven Tyler's autobiography will be out this summer.
Recent I read the following:
Why Sinatra Matters - Pete Hamill - as far as I'm concerned, the ultimate expert on NYC. I've started "Snow In Summer." I've never read one of his books I didn't enjoy. I'm now reading some of Pete's research material for Sinatra; i.e., Ava Gardner's bio.

The Glass Room - Simon Mawrer - relationships were poorly defined. I don't have to every detail made clear. I could never figure out why this guy sought out a mistress.
Isabelle and Amy - After reading Olive Kittredge, this was a disappointment.
Let the Great World Spin - not in the mood for this one. The staccato phrasing drove me crazy. I don't have to have ten similies to get the point.

NYT Review of Page book plus some pics
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/08/ar...pagewanted=all
NYT Review of When Gods Walked the Earth
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/27/bo...gewanted=print
I actually liked Isabelle and Amy quite a bit. I found their relationship -- with each other and with others -- very interesting.

But you've scared me about Let the Great World Spin. It's on its way to me as I'm typing this, and now I'm a bit hmmmm about it. I'm OK with staccato -- in fact, I like it very much sometimes -- but I don't need to be pounded over the head with 10 similes when, uh, zero would do.
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Old 03-16-2011, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Not tied down... maybe later! *rawr*
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I'm reading "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls. Sweet chocolate christ on a cracker... what. a. life!!!!
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Old 03-16-2011, 10:22 PM
 
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I just finished A Prayer for Owen Meany and really, really enjoyed it. I'm off to start Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez now. Hope it's good.
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