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Old 12-28-2011, 09:26 PM
 
Location: North Central Illinois
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Fall Of Giants by Ken Follett. at 985 pages this one will take me awhile to read!
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Old 12-28-2011, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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My dad recommended The Doomsday Key by James Rollins so I gave it a read. While entertaining, I just found the whole book too predictable and a little bit stupid. So I pretty much did a 180 with my reading and am now onto David Copperfield by Charles Dickens.
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Old 12-30-2011, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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In the Distant Land of My Father by Bo Caldwell. Sadly, even though I'm only a few pages into it, it's not working for me. This could very well be because Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books by William Kuhn, a fabulous Goodwill find, is sitting in my night table drawer and I keep thinking of it waiting for me...
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Old 12-30-2011, 01:12 PM
 
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Just finished a first novel by an unknown--Ramona Bridges. The book is Sweet By and By and fair warning, it is a book with scripture quotes here and there--but it is a wonderful book--just ignore the religious stuff if it isn't your thing. This lady can write--I was blown away.
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Old 12-30-2011, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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I just finished Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese...

This is one of the best books I read in 2011. It's an epic book that reminded me of a contemporary Greek tragedy...the book had me laughing, crying and holding my breath. The author, a practicing physician and alumni of the Iowa Writers Workshop, knows his stuff. The book's beautifully written, powerful and tender.

I recommend this book very highly...it's thick and meaty--perfect to curl up with on a long winter's night.
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Old 12-30-2011, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles>Little Rock>Houston>Little Rock
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The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon. It started off slow, but I am really getting into it now.
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Old 12-31-2011, 02:05 AM
 
Location: 89434
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I'm currently reading The Pacific, a novelization from the HBO miniseries. It's by Hugh Ambrose, and it's a fun read
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Old 12-31-2011, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Neither here nor there
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Sybil Exposed by Debbie Nathan. Remember the book in the 1970's about the multiple personality patient, Sybil? It sold 70 million copies worldwide, earned millions for the psychiatrist who treated Sybil and the author, Flora Shreiber. It was also made into the TV miniseries that catapulted Sally Fields from comedienne to a serious actress. Turns out the whole thing was more fraud and hoax than real. This is a well-researched book that tells the story of how the whole "Sybil" phenomenon came about. I'm about half way through it and can hardly put it down.
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Old 12-31-2011, 02:15 PM
 
Location: New York City
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The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon. It started off slow, but I am really getting into it now.
Does this book have a time travel theme like Outlander?

I'm about to start reading Queen of America by Luis Alberto Urrea. It's the sequel to The Hummingbird's Daughter, which, if you haven't read it, I highly suggest. I would describe it along the lines of how Little Dolphin described Cutting for Stone in this thread, except it's not about a physician, rather a young Mexican girl who turns out to be a great healer and an underground leader of the Mexican people. it's based on a real person, Teresita Urrea, but it's fiction.
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Old 12-31-2011, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Finished Yrsa Sigurdarsdottir's "Last Rituals". Not the greatest mystery novel in the world (but not the worst). It does provide some interesting insights into life in modern Iceland, as well as a substantial amount of apparently factual material about 16th century history of Iceland, with respect to the church and sorcery. The author is also a civil engineer, directing the construction of a large hydroelectric project in Europe.

About to start on Abraham Verghese's "Cutting for Stone".
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