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Old 01-02-2012, 04:17 PM
 
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August, 1914 by Solzhenitsyn.
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Old 01-02-2012, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Oxford, OH
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I just finished Heaven Is For Real, and it was just so wonderful. It's a short book and was on the NY best seller's list. I bought several copies to share and gave six copies out at Christmas.
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Old 01-02-2012, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Not sure how you feel about enjoying this book...?

The Civil War is part of our history. A devastating and hurtful and tragic part of our history. We can learn alot through historical novels that are well researched....putting acts of war into a prose that strikes home with anyone reading it is quite an education. Plus reading about lifestyles etc of the era....and even love stories in the book relate that life carries on even throughout war times.

Margaret Mitchell won a Pulitzer Prize for Gone With the Wind.

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I just started Gone With the Wind. I'm actually enjoying it. Not sure how I feel about that.
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Old 01-02-2012, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Have now gotten about a quarter of the way into "Cutting for Stone" (Abraham Verghese). Quite worth reading, but an oddity of a novel . Verghese is a medical doctor, and novel follows the lives of volunteer doctors working in Ethiopia in the 50s.
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Old 01-03-2012, 12:01 AM
 
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Not sure how you feel about enjoying this book...?

The Civil War is part of our history. A devastating and hurtful and tragic part of our history. We can learn alot through historical novels that are well researched....putting acts of war into a prose that strikes home with anyone reading it is quite an education. Plus reading about lifestyles etc of the era....and even love stories in the book relate that life carries on even throughout war times.

Margaret Mitchell won a Pulitzer Prize for Gone With the Wind.

You could find worse reading...
Oh, I agree with all of that. It's part of why I like the book. I just don't feel warm and fuzzy about the slavery aspect. Also, I really want to dislike Scarlett and Rhett, but I can't.
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Old 01-03-2012, 03:34 AM
 
Location: Sweden
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Swedish history 1721-1830 and a new Beethoven biography at nearly 1000 pages.
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Old 01-03-2012, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Baltimore
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Not sure how you feel about enjoying this book...?

The Civil War is part of our history. A devastating and hurtful and tragic part of our history. We can learn alot through historical novels that are well researched....putting acts of war into a prose that strikes home with anyone reading it is quite an education. Plus reading about lifestyles etc of the era....and even love stories in the book relate that life carries on even throughout war times.

Margaret Mitchell won a Pulitzer Prize for Gone With the Wind.

You could find worse reading...
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Oh, I agree with all of that. It's part of why I like the book. I just don't feel warm and fuzzy about the slavery aspect. Also, I really want to dislike Scarlett and Rhett, but I can't.
Of course, you certainly cannot read Gone With the Wind for the historical significance in its depiction of slavery. I'm not saying that this makes the book bad from a story-telling perspective, but please don't think that it is in any way, shape or form an accurate historical perspective of slavery.
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Old 01-03-2012, 02:20 PM
 
Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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Sci Fi/Fantasy
Snake Agent by Liz Williams, which I am definitely enjoying.
A Million Open Doors by John Barnes, which is a re-read

Mystery
Bangkok 8 by John Burdett

Non-fic
97 Orchard Street by Linda Granfield, book and companion photo book.
A History of Salt by Mark Kurland.
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Old 01-04-2012, 01:03 AM
 
Location: Utah
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It took me forever to finish Out of Oz, the 4th & last of the Wicked series. I loved Wicked. The book, the musical, the songs.... The other 2 books were okay, they added depth to Wicked & to it's Oz, but as themselves they were not great. Out of Oz was awful.

I'm about 75 pages into Fall of Giants. I'm really enjoying it so far! And, as a bonus, it touches on my family history. My grandmother was born in Wales & her father was a coalminer. The coalminers striked early in the century, & her father never worked again. Which is where the book starts off. And one of the main coal charachters has the same name as that branch of my family.
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Old 01-04-2012, 07:49 AM
 
Location: In my own personal Twilight zone
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Just got started on "Storm Front" book one of the Dresden Files. Seems promising.
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