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Old 03-28-2011, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I finished Back Roads by Tawni O'Dell.

I hated to see it end. Rarely have characters in a book seemed so real to me. I understand it is soon to be a movie. I will make it a point to see this one.

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I think it was selfish of Uncle Mike to refuse to take Elvis. I also think Elvis will end up with the one who truly loves him. I was also pleased that the police detective realized that Harley was truly a good kid.
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Old 03-29-2011, 05:54 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I finished Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri last night. For someone who hasn't ever enjoyed short stories, I absolutely loved this book. Every one of the stories was terrific.

Next up: Max and the Cats by Moacyr Scliar, which I'll start tonight.
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Old 03-29-2011, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I finished Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri last night. For someone who hasn't ever enjoyed short stories, I absolutely loved this book. Every one of the stories was terrific.
I do like short stories, and I absolutely loved this book. I have her second book, Unaccustomed Earth started, but haven't finished it yet. It just hasn't held my interest as did Interpreter. However, Lahiri's talent prompted me to read another book by an Indian woman author The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. I really liked this book, too, and will read more by this author in the future. Lahiri won the Pulitzer for Interpreter, I believe.
I just finished Hammer of the Gods and will start When Giants Walked the Earth after I finish Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins.
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Old 03-29-2011, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I do like short stories, and I absolutely loved this book. I have her second book, Unaccustomed Earth started, but haven't finished it yet. It just hasn't held my interest as did Interpreter. However, Lahiri's talent prompted me to read another book by an Indian woman author The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. I really liked this book, too, and will read more by this author in the future. Lahiri won the Pulitzer for Interpreter, I believe.
I just finished Hammer of the Gods and will start When Giants Walked the Earth after I finish Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins.
HA! I just now put Unaccustomed Earth on my "to buy" list!

Did you (try to) read it soon after Interpreter of Maladies? Too soon? I have a ton of books to read and figure that by the time I buy it -- and then get to it -- I'll have forgotten how good Interpreter of Maladies was and will enjoy the new one. Well, that's the plan anyway.
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Utah
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I'm almost through with Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda for my book club. It is a good read, parallel stories of the Indian family who abandoned a baby & the American family who adopted her. I like the culture contrasts, but, as an adopted mom I think it is a terrible adoption tale!

I also just started the second part of Atlas Shrugged.
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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HA! I just now put Unaccustomed Earth on my "to buy" list!

Did you (try to) read it soon after Interpreter of Maladies? Too soon? I have a ton of books to read and figure that by the time I buy it -- and then get to it -- I'll have forgotten how good Interpreter of Maladies was and will enjoy the new one. Well, that's the plan anyway.
DandJ, I read Mistress of Spices, but the short story book I meant to mention was The Unknown Errors of our Lives by Divakaruni. It's a little darker than Interpreter but still good. Unknown Errors is another book about immigration to America.

I don't remember if I read it immediately after Interpreter, but sometimes it is just my mood. When I first picked up Jitterbug Perfume a few years ago it didn't make an impression. I picked it up at the library the other day while looking for another book, and I thought, "Wow, this is really good." LOL

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Old 03-29-2011, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Southern Ontario
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I am in the middle of The Witch's Daughter by Paula Brackston. So far its a good story. The Witch's Daughter | Paula Brackston | Macmillan
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Old 03-29-2011, 02:01 PM
 
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I finished Back Roads by Tawni O'Dell.

I hated to see it end. Rarely have characters in a book seemed so real to me. I understand it is soon to be a movie. I will make it a point to see this one.

Spoiler
I think it was selfish of Uncle Mike to refuse to take Elvis. I also think Elvis will end up with the one who truly loves him. I was also pleased that the police detective realized that Harley was truly a good kid.
I didn't know this book was going to be made into a movie. I can't wait. Coal Run by O'Dell is really good too.
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Old 03-29-2011, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I didn't know this book was going to be made into a movie. I can't wait. Coal Run by O'Dell is really good too.
I just ordered Coal Run, Jess5. It sounds so good.
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Old 03-29-2011, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Way up north :-)
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Thinking of staying on the King kick, possibly Carrie or 'Salems' Lot next.

I don't quite know why, but I bought Jimmy Page: Magus Musician Man. Why did I think it'd resemble the truth any more than any other Led Zep tome? ('cos I'm mildly obsessed, that's why).
The material in these 'biographies' always consists of cobbled together secondary sources; the authors often admit to the content being much 'educated guesswork'. Personally I just try and view it as interpretive work which just happens to feature my favorite guitarist as a lead character.
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