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Old 09-28-2012, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I'm still reading Doc and I'm getting mighty sick of it. I think my reading of it was interrupted too many times and by now I feel like I've been reading that damned book for years. It is dense and I need to concentrate on it. It is beautifully written - it isn't the book, it is me at this time, with too much work and a cold that won't leave me.

Actually jtur88, I think you might enjoy this book.
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Old 09-28-2012, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I wonder if you'd like Diane Schoemperlen? She writes like I think. And Joan Barfoot writes quiet kind of books where it is about the characters. I am thinking of Abra.
Well, there you go. You cost me another $5.99.

This book has ME written all over it:
In the Language of Love: Diane Schoemperlen: 9780140252385: Amazon.com: Books

Did you read the Amazon synopsis:
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In this astonishingly inventive novel, Diane Schoemperlen uses the 100 stimulus words from the Standard Word Association Test as a narrative framework for exploring her heroine's growing understanding of the meaning of love. A tour de force of wit and wordplay, In the Language of Love is a wise and compassionate collage of one woman's coming of emotional age.
Hello! Wit and wordplay? Yes, please!

Thank you, netwit!

PS. Too much work AND you have a cold? UGH! Try to rest up -- the work can wait, no? -- and feel good soon, sweets.
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I wonder if you'd like Diane Schoemperlen? She writes like I think. And Joan Barfoot writes quiet kind of books where it is about the characters. I am thinking of Abra.
Oh, and I'm not sure if you meant to say that -- what I bolded -- or if you meant to write "She writes like that, I think" but regardless... I like the way you think.
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Old 09-28-2012, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Coastal North Carolina
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I am about to start Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach. I loved her book Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers but got stuck, twice, on Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, so hopefully this one is more like Stiff. She is hilarious.
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Old 09-28-2012, 05:43 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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I'm still reading Doc and I'm getting mighty sick of it. I think my reading of it was interrupted too many times and by now I feel like I've been reading that damned book for years. It is dense and I need to concentrate on it. It is beautifully written - it isn't the book, it is me at this time, with too much work and a cold that won't leave me.

Actually jtur88, I think you might enjoy this book.
I know I did like it too .
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:40 PM
 
Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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I am about to start Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach. I loved her book Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers but got stuck, twice, on Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, so hopefully this one is more like Stiff. She is hilarious.
Don't forget Bonk ... there is a TED talk about Bonk


Mary Roach: 10 things you didn't know about orgasm - YouTube
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Old 09-29-2012, 06:38 AM
 
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I'm 10% in on The Missing Shade of Blue by Jennie Erdal. I. AM. LOVING. IT.

It just confirms what I already suspected: I love those "quiet" stories, where nothing much needs to happen, it's all about the characters and real life.
Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner but, yes, that's it! I'm glad you're enjoying it so much. Fun to inspire each other to read titles we might not have chosen otherwise - Ketabcha just did that for me the other day
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Old 09-29-2012, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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About 1/3 of the way through "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil", and pretty disappointed with it. Just a series of droll anecdotes, something like "Catch 22", and his writing style lacks elegance. It's on a non-fiction shelf at the library, but I have serious doubts about the historical accuracy of the particulars of the lives of the characters, and there are no sourcing footnotes at all.

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Old 09-29-2012, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Texas
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It just confirms what I already suspected: I love those "quiet" stories, where nothing much needs to happen, it's all about the characters and real life.
That is such a good description, Dawn. "Quiet stories."

Since joining this forum I have found some really fine quiet stories thanks to other readers who mention them. Books like Olive Kitteridge and Jaybar Crow were books that I would never have read but now they are books I read. The quiet stories are often extremely powerful and often they are just what I need.
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Old 09-29-2012, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Asheville
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I'm reading Jeffrey Deaver's broken window right now. and its very good.

this is my 3rd straight Jeffrey Deaver book, Edge and the Blue Nowhere were excellent also.

very talented writer
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