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Old 01-17-2012, 03:47 PM
 
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Stories I Only Tell My Friends, by Robe Lowe, After months and months of numbly reading through books like I'm going through a box of tissues to stop a nose bleed, finally, a book comes along that I can barely put down and settles that endless flow. I'm only a third of way through, but what a fantastic read. I've always had a love hate thing when it comes to, Lowe; and thought the book might come off overly self serving, just goes to show I still have lessons to learn. haven't enjoyed reading anything this much in quite a while.
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Old 01-17-2012, 05:09 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Stories I Only Tell My Friends, by Robe Lowe, After months and months of numbly reading through books like I'm going through a box of tissues to stop a nose bleed, finally, a book comes along that I can barely put down and settles that endless flow. I'm only a third of way through, but what a fantastic read. I've always had a love hate thing when it comes to, Lowe; and thought the book might come off overly self serving, just goes to show I still have lessons to learn. haven't enjoyed reading anything this much in quite a while.
I was pleasantly surprised by the book, too.
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Old 01-17-2012, 05:31 PM
 
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I was pleasantly surprised by the book, too.

BTW, I have writing issues, it should have read Rob Lowe not Robe Lowe. I was so focused on not leaving out the e on his last name, that I added an e to his first. We don't see the errs of our ways till too late. Sigh. My brain just isn't sufficient anymore; so very frustrating sometimes other times I just let it be.

Anyway, glad you enjoyed the book too.
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Old 01-17-2012, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Texas
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BTW, I have writing issues, it should have read Rob Lowe not Robe Lowe. I was so focused on not leaving out the e on his last name, that I added an e to his first. We don't see the errs of our ways till too late. Sigh. My brain just isn't sufficient anymore; so very frustrating sometimes other times I just let it be.

Anyway, glad you enjoyed the book too.
I didn't even notice it. This is one of those times to let it be.
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Old 01-18-2012, 12:36 AM
 
Location: Canada
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Please let me know what you think of Matterhorn when you finish it. It is on my immense list of books I want to read, but my father-in-law recently recommended Marlantes's books to me and so I'm thinking about reading it sooner rather than later. I like military nonfiction, as a result of my being married to a Marine, and although Matterhorn is fiction, since it's based on Marlantes's experiences as a Marine I think I'll like it. Thanks!
I finished reading it - couldn't take my eyes off the last couple of pages. I highly recommend the book. It reads like an honest account of the war, not that I would know, but I guess that any vets reading it would know, and any military families would know better than I what strikes a false chord. Situations are described that I would never have thought of - like the jostling for promotions, often at the expense of men and common sense. In fact, if even half of what he has his characters saying about how that war was run is true, it's really beyond horrifying.

And if that's the case, it's no wonder the writer suffers PTSD (there's an interview at the back of the book). In addition to that, he also works in the race issues of the 60s and 70s, so it is more about a particular place and time, and not limited to the war.

I don't think I've read any fiction about the Vietnam war but I can't imagine a better depiction. At first, I kind of thought the book started off slow and in places, it read a little awkward to my ear. This may be because it is the writer's first book and he wasn't sure at the beginning himself just what he was going to say and how he was going to say it.

I find his conversations, one of the hardest things to write well, very believable.

I give it 4 stars out of 4 but if I was married to a soldier going to war, I'm not so sure the book wouldn't give me a heart attack.
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Old 01-18-2012, 08:02 AM
 
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I'm reading Janet Evanavich's Stephanie Plum books. Fun, light, easy and addictive. It's like eating a box of chocolates without all of the calories .
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Old 01-18-2012, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Turn Right at Machu Picchu:
Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
by Mark Adams/non-fiction

A travel magazine editor-admitted armchair traveler, personally follows the trail of discovery to Machu Picchu in Peru. We learn history & geography of Machu Picchu, Peru and the Andes, native & Incan culture and how to survive/travel in the wilds of the country. (photos)

He traces the steps (and life) of Hiram Bingham III who unexpectedly discovered the beautiful ruins of Machu Picchu in 1909.

Right away I was captivated by the bk, plus, Adams is a funny and gifted writer. Now I want to visit Peru. And continue to study Machu Picchu.
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Old 01-18-2012, 01:35 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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I just finished a book titled "The dry grass of August " by Anna Jean Mayhew it is her first book and it is wonderful . It reminded me of the help and the secret life of bees and cee cee huney cutt by beth hoffman .I used to not read first books but Im glad I did this one .
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Old 01-18-2012, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I just finished a book titled "The dry grass of August " by Anna Jean Mayhew it is her first book and it is wonderful . It reminded me of the help and the secret life of bees and cee cee huney cutt by beth hoffman .I used to not read first books but Im glad I did this one .
It's funny that you said that -- I'm exactly the opposite. When I see "first-time author," I'm all over the book like white on rice.

I think that it's SO hard to get a book published now that if an agent and publisher took this book/author on, the story is likely a good one

Also, I like to support first time out of the gate authors.

PS. I've also found that, while their first book is terrific, their subsequent ones often suck.
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Old 01-18-2012, 01:44 PM
 
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I picked up London Fields by Martin Amis. I didn't really feel like Martin Amis, but it was on the shelf and I hadn't read it. The problem is, have I read it already? I've gone through the first few pages and it feels familiar. This has happened to me before and it drives me crazy.
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