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Old 06-02-2011, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I have read The Namesake and thought it was just okay, and since I don't care for short stories (not enough going on!) I haven't even these 2 books a try. I guess if I want to give short stories a try again I'd try hers. Which one first?
I just finished Unaccustomed Earth. Wow! Two of the stories are going to stay with me a long time but all of them are very, very good. What an exceptional book. I never thought I would be so swept away by short stories. This woman can really write.

I've ordered Interpreter of Maladies and got a really good deal on it from Amazon.com. I can't wait for it to arrive.

Unaccustomed Earth has a 2008 copyright and Interpreter of Maladies has a 1999 copyright date.

I liked The Namesake but it did drag in a few places.
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Old 06-02-2011, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Elsewhere
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Glad to find this thread.....you are so civil and friendly here ...not to mention the fabulous book recommendations!

I am behind in reading, having just moved...still on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo....but soon will get to look for some of your recs. Ummm, how to choose~

Anyone besides me STILL read hardcover/paperback books?

Thanks
gbh

Agree with what I underlined! I love talking with people who READ.

And yes, I am still reading words on paper, greatblueheron. Perhaps someday I'll break down and go electronic, but so far, I'm fine reading the real thing.

I do get tired of schlepping heavy hardcovers onto the train and then to the office (along with the lunch and whatever else I need to carry that day), so I've taken to reading paperbacks for the commute and hardcovers in bed at night. This way I get to have two books going at once, too!
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Old 06-02-2011, 06:56 PM
 
Location: New York City
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Default Short Stories

On the subject of short stories, (which, I'll agree, I'm not often a big fan of) Salman Rushdie wrote an exquisite book of short stories called East and West. Rushdie can be very hard to read, but not his short stories.

Also, some of the best short stories I've ever read are by Isabel Allende. I'll admit I read them in Spanish, but can only imagine they'd be just as amazing in English.
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Old 06-03-2011, 07:04 AM
 
Location: Southern Ontario
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Almost finished The Good Guy by Dean Koontz. Its a fast paced thriller where the monster isall too human! The Good Guy by Dean Koontz
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Old 06-03-2011, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Allende is a wonderful writer, I will look for them

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On the subject of short stories, (which, I'll agree, I'm not often a big fan of) Salman Rushdie wrote an exquisite book of short stories called East and West. Rushdie can be very hard to read, but not his short stories.

Also, some of the best short stories I've ever read are by Isabel Allende. I'll admit I read them in Spanish, but can only imagine they'd be just as amazing in English.
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Old 06-03-2011, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I just picked up Norton's Anthology, volume 2, Burns/Blake to Dylan Thomas, 1700 pages hardbound, at a yard sale for two bucks. Don't worry, I'll still read contemporary novels, and report here on them.
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Old 06-03-2011, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Shoe Addicts Anonymous-Beth Harbison.

I really like it.

It's a story of a group of women who get together to discuss shoes and they end up becoming friends in the process and helping one another.
One lady is deeply in debt, the other is a wife of a controlling U.S. Senator, one is a phone s*x operator who can barely leave her home, and the other is a nanny.
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Old 06-04-2011, 09:07 AM
 
Location: New York City
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Default hard cover or ebooks

Someone recently wondered on this thread if anyone still reads hard covers. I do! And so does my mom. I bought her the latest Patricia Cornwall book in hardcover for mother's day. If a book has just been released, and I love the author and want to keep it in my library, I'll absolutely buy the hard cover or oversized paper. But I'm starting to make my way into e-books. I don't have a kindle, but I sometimes download a free or cheap book onto my iphone that I'm interested in. (you can get a free kindle app) That way, if I'm on the subway or somewhere with nothing else to do, I can read and don't have to worry about lugging the book.

But to keep in the topic of the first post, I always return to the classics, sigh. Jane Austen is my goddess. However, for more current recommendations, check out Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman. Very, very funny and a great story.
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Old 06-04-2011, 02:27 PM
 
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ok so I did just finish ZOO STORY by T French. It was very good, and it was a very good evaluation of the role of zoos (or especially the one in Tampa) and animal life and Africa etc etc.
I was at the library today and got SNOW in AUGUST by Pete Hamill ... I will either start that or the Incredible Journey.... but I did reserve the book mentioned above Anansi boys...
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Old 06-04-2011, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Carrboro and Concord, NC
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Just finished "Just Kids" by Patti Smith while In hospital. A great read, and a remarkable woman - what a life!
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