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Old 03-30-2012, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Henderson, NV
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If you go to www.npr.org, you can listen to a wonderful interview with Anne Tyler. She is very shy and private, so this interview gives a rare insight into Anne on the occasion of the release of her most recent book, "The Wrong Side of Normal.
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Old 03-30-2012, 11:52 AM
 
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Nothing like ruining the suspense! LOL
Along these lines I would recommend The Lincoln Lawyer and then The Fifth Witness.

Sorry! lol
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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A Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers.

I have On Canaan's Side by Sebastian Barry waiting for me in the wings when I finish the McCullers book.
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:42 AM
 
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I switch from book to book each week, sometimes each day.
Currently reading John Cheever's short stories again (lots of stories to read - yay!)
Just read Jeffrey Archer's Kane and Abel (good). Found that at a thrift shop.
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Old 03-31-2012, 11:18 AM
 
Location: New York City
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Queen of America by Luis Alberto Urrea. I once mentioned his book The Hummingbird's Daughter on this forum, I believe, and Queen of America is its sequel. You don't really have to have read the first one before reading the second one. However, let me say this: The Hummingbird's Daughter is one of the finest pieces of literature I have ever enjoyed, and I'm a big reader. Though sometimes relegated to Latino literature, it is not, specifically, that. It is a book full of humor, spirituality, adventure, and pathos. Sometimes it is brutal, so be forewarned, but other times it is so utterly delightful you find it overtaking your life. You know when a book does that?

Not everyone I recommended The Hummingbird's Daughter to loved it, perhaps because they didn't enjoy the Mexican-historical aspect of it, but I'm telling you, it's one of my top 10 reads of all time. Now, reading Queen of America, I'm equally enthralled.
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Old 03-31-2012, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor, Phd. Wonderful insight into the workings of the brain. . . .
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Old 03-31-2012, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Henderson, NV
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My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor, Phd. Wonderful insight into the workings of the brain. . . .
I heard her speak once and then chatted to her afterwards at a reception. What an amazing woman!
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:00 AM
 
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I'm reading Escape by Carolyn Jessop, recommended up thread. I'm liking it way more than I thought I would, to be honest. I'm usually a snob about writing and style and this book is not particularly well written, but her voice is honest and the story is very compelling.
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Old 04-02-2012, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I've just given up reading a very, very boring book for what was beginning to seem like years - Acacia by David Anthony Durham. I made it to page 420, but not without agonizing all the way. It looks like there are another 300 pages to go and I can't do it.

I was looking for something like the Patrick Rothfuss' books and I hoped this might be it. I can't put my finger on what is wrong with this book - the quality of language is much above average but something is missing.

I feel free!
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Old 04-02-2012, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Neither here nor there
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I finally finished Escape by Carolyn Jessop. If you want a peek into a fundamentalist, misogynist, polygamist, closed society, get this book and read it. It will blow your mind that this kind of abusive, under-the-radar society can exist in this country, right here under our very noses.

All I can say about it is, "I bow down and thank God that I was not born a female into the FLSD."

(Or a male either because countless young males have been arbitrarily excommunicated so there won't be so much competition for the available young females, many of whom are married off to the elder power holders in FLSD.)

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