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Old 12-08-2011, 06:35 AM
 
Location: Sugar Grove, IL
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I just got an email notice that "The Litagators" by Grisham, is waiting for me at the library.
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Old 12-08-2011, 07:17 AM
 
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I'm reading "The Year We Left Home" by Jean Thompson. It's about an Iowa family (told from the points of view of a number of characters) beginning in 1973 and going through several decades. Ms. Thompson has been described as "an American Alice Munro or Richard Russ." Don't know about that. But she writes well and the characters hold my interest.
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Old 12-08-2011, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I'm reading "The Year We Left Home" by Jean Thompson. It's about an Iowa family (told from the points of view of a number of characters) beginning in 1973 and going through several decades. Ms. Thompson has been described as "an American Alice Munro or Richard Russ." Don't know about that. But she writes well and the characters hold my interest.
Kismet... This one is in the box of books my friend in NYC is sending me this week. Or next week. Sometime, at least. I'm excited to read this one.
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Old 12-08-2011, 07:39 AM
 
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"Mary Ann in Autumn" by Armistead Maupin.

It's sort of a revisit to the mini series "Tale of the City." I am enjoying it immensely.

Armistead Maupin – Books: Tales of the City
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Old 12-08-2011, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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"Burnt Mountain" by Anne Rivers Siddons. It isn't up to what I have read of her books in the past. Or maybe I am growing tired of this type of read.
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Old 12-08-2011, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I'm reading "The Year We Left Home" by Jean Thompson. It's about an Iowa family (told from the points of view of a number of characters) beginning in 1973 and going through several decades. Ms. Thompson has been described as "an American Alice Munro or Richard Russ." Don't know about that. But she writes well and the characters hold my interest.
I agree. Good writing and interesting characters.
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Old 12-08-2011, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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"Mary Ann in Autumn" by Armistead Maupin.

It's sort of a revisit to the mini series "Tale of the City." I am enjoying it immensely.

Armistead Maupin – Books: Tales of the City
I just picked this one up from the library.
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Old 12-08-2011, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I've read quite a few books in the last few months due to chaotic circumstances in my life. I agree with all the positive comments on Edward Rutherford's New York. Most of the books I read are suggestions from NYT although I don't always agree with their recommendations. Here's just a few.

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
Candice Millard
Meticulously researched and a fast read. I couldn't put it down.

Steve Jobs
Walter Isaacson
I loved reading about Jobs' thought process in creating products I use and love. After borrowing from library, I purchased.

The Marriage Plot - I read about fifty pages and found it boring.
Jeffrey Eugines (sp?)

The Language of Flowers - Too silly for me.

The Night Circus - I'm not a fantasy fan. I"m probably the only person that didn't like The Time Traveler's Wife. There seems to be several books out now about circuses and sideshows. I did like Mrs. Tom Thumb.

The Submission
Amy Waldman
A book relative to the brouhaha in NYC over a Muslim center being constructed in an area somewhat close to the 9/11 site. I liked the book, but I had problems with a decision made by a main character.

The Art of Fielding
Chad Harbach
The book was interesting the first third, dragged in the middle and the third part (especially the cemetery scene didn't make sense.

Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel's Secret War
Hal Vaughan

I'm not sure Vaughan made the case that Chanel was a true collaborator with the Nazis, but this book was interesting.

Rules of Civility
Amor Towles
I really enjoyed this book set in 1920's New York. Excellent characterization.

The Leftovers
Tom Perrotta
This is the first book I've read by Perrotta. Think a cross between The Rapture theory and the cult like atmosphere that prevailed after 9/11. In the Rapture only Christians are ferreted up to Heaven. In Perrotta,s book, religion is not a determining factor.

In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson
Here's another page turner. I loved this book. At first I hesitated to read because anything about the Nazis just disgusts me.

Boardwalk Empire
Nelson Johnson
I am enthralled with this HBO drama series and wanted to read the true life account of the main character portrayed and how the boardwalk came to be.

Thanks to the poster who recommended Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow. There was a quiz I took several months ago which claimed to match your personality with an author. The suggestion for me was Doctorow. Initially, thought he was a science fiction writer. I am now reading World Fair which appears to be as good as Ragtime.
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Old 12-08-2011, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I agree with all the positive comments on Edward Rutherford's New York.

Thanks to the poster who recommended Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow. There was a quiz I took several months ago which claimed to match your personality with an author. The suggestion for me was Doctorow. Initially, thought he was a science fiction writer. I am now reading World Fair which appears to be as good as Ragtime.
I recently finished New York and now, thanks to you, I just ordered Ragtime and World's Fair.
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Old 12-08-2011, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Nassau/Queens border
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11/22/63 by Stephen King
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