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Old 12-09-2011, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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OK! This is going swimmingly! Every time I start a book recently, I'm giving up on it a few pages in. BAH!

This one's gonna stick, though. It just got loaded into my library's Kindle offerings. I've been waiting for it and I grabbed it.

Blue Nights by Joan Didion.

I've got high hopes for this one.

I had to choose between that and A Buddha in the Attic, which I'm also desperate to read.
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Old 12-09-2011, 06:44 PM
 
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OK! This is going swimmingly! Every time I start a book recently, I'm giving up on it a few pages in. BAH!

This one's gonna stick, though. It just got loaded into my library's Kindle offerings. I've been waiting for it and I grabbed it.

Blue Nights by Joan Didion.

I've got high hopes for this one.

I had to choose between that and A Buddha in the Attic, which I'm also desperate to read.
Did Ms. Didion write "The Year of Magical Thinking"? Is that the right title? Too lazy to go looking at Amazon. I read that book anyway.
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Old 12-09-2011, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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OK! This is going swimmingly! Every time I start a book recently, I'm giving up on it a few pages in. BAH!

This one's gonna stick, though. It just got loaded into my library's Kindle offerings. I've been waiting for it and I grabbed it.

Blue Nights by Joan Didion.

I've got high hopes for this one.

I had to choose between that and A Buddha in the Attic, which I'm also desperate to read.
We are on the same track. I'll pick up tomorrow at my library. Did you read Year of Magical Thinking?
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Old 12-10-2011, 03:45 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Did Ms. Didion write "The Year of Magical Thinking"? Is that the right title? Too lazy to go looking at Amazon. I read that book anyway.
Yes, she is!

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We are on the same track. I'll pick up tomorrow at my library. Did you read Year of Magical Thinking?
Yes, I did! Blue Nights is even better. It's a terrific -- and obviously sad -- story.
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Old 12-10-2011, 09:42 AM
 
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Yes, she is!



Yes, I did! Blue Nights is even better. It's a terrific -- and obviously sad -- story.
Just reading the description is sad!! I think this would be really hard for me to read - but I'm adding to my list.
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Old 12-10-2011, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Just reading the description is sad!! I think this would be really hard for me to read - but I'm adding to my list.
Ahhhh, I just finished it (Blue Nights). It was sad but so well-written, so moving, so perfect...

Later, tonight, or tomorrow morning I'll start on The Buddha in the Attic.
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Old 12-10-2011, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I'm about 40 pages into The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach and it's very disappointing. It has the aroma of a jock-book, and it reads with little more sophistication than those classic Duane Decker baseball books that were in my junior high library in the 50's, and which are now selling for 50 bucks and up for used editions. I think Harbach's characterization of baseball players is even more hokey. The names he dreams up for fictional characters and places are totally lame. I'll give it a few more chapters and see if it goes outside the locker room.
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Old 12-10-2011, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Elsewhere
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I finally pulled I Know This Much Is True off my shelf and started it.
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Old 12-10-2011, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I finally pulled I Know This Much Is True off my shelf and started it.
I'll be interested in hearing what you think of it. I'd like to read it but it sounds so depressing.
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Old 12-10-2011, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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The Bin Ladens, by Steve Coll! There were 54 children in the Bin Laden family, since you're allowed 4 wives over there.

The most exciting, colorful character in the whole book, is not Osama, but his brother Salem, who died in a plane crash in 1987.

This book reads like exciting fiction, and I'm grateful to the author for not limiting the book to Osama, who was one of the big bores of the family!

To read this book, particularly the parts including Salem, you'll need to fasten your seatbelt!

And since I'm over in the Middle East, I'm also reading Benazir Bhutto's autobiography. To get thru this book you'll need some anti-depressants after each chapter. I would have abandoned this book earlier, being so depressing, but there's some sunshine awaiting me 3-4 chapters away!
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