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Old 10-30-2012, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Middle of the valley
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Haven't read this^, but I do have the author's blog (same name as title of book) bookmarked & check in on it every so often. Site has good links & is updated regularly (w/new entries), it's worth my time.

Just finished book (of unconventional self-help essays) with incredibly long unwieldy title, “This is How: Help for the Self Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More. For Young and Old Alike.” by Augusten Burroughs, 2012.

Had heard/read a lot of positive reviews/mentions of the author's work over the years, but had never bothered to seek out any of his books. This one was on the "new" shelf at library-I paged through it and was impressed. Thought it was darn good, with lots of great lines (to my mind, at least) that I'm likely to use in future comments on C-D

Thanks for the recommendation. It's weird... I'm 45 and never had an interest in self-help books, but all of sudden I'm curious.
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Old 10-30-2012, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I'm reading The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid. I've heard that you don't know who dies at the end but that it was meant to be that way. The writing, so far, is superb.
Hmmm. Funny. I got a list of books to read -- including this one -- while reading The End of Your Life Book Club, and now that I'm 15% into this book (it's still excellent), I'm wondering if I'm remembering the ambiguous ending as belonging to ANOTHER book, not this one. I guess I'll find out.
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Old 10-30-2012, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Canada
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We seem to have survived Hurricane Sandy. One big limb down in the back yard, some pretty serious winds, quite a bit of rain, but that was it. We certainly got nothing as horribly dramatic as they got in NYC and other places. My heart is with them. It's raining now and they're calling for thunderstorms all day, but if the wind has passed us, I'm taking that to mean that Sandy has left the vicinity. Phew!

I'm reading The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid. I've heard that you don't know who dies at the end but that it was meant to be that way. The writing, so far, is superb.

Oh goodie! I watched the news, thinking, dammit, tell me how Dawn's doing. I worried about how you would read without power and how would Artie do his business if he can't go outside.

Glad you're all right, sweetie.
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Old 10-30-2012, 12:28 PM
 
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I'm about to dive into Ace Frehley: No Regrets.
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Old 10-30-2012, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Oh goodie! I watched the news, thinking, dammit, tell me how Dawn's doing. I worried about how you would read without power and how would Artie do his business if he can't go outside.

Glad you're all right, sweetie.
Thanks, Lovey! We're doing great!
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Old 10-30-2012, 03:38 PM
 
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Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry
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Old 10-30-2012, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I'm rereading Blind Descent by Nevada Barr. I have read it a couple of times before and I can't remember who done it. So, it is like a new book to me.
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Old 10-30-2012, 09:54 PM
 
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I'm rereading Blind Descent by Nevada Barr. I have read it a couple of times before and I can't remember who done it. So, it is like a new book to me.
Funny how that happens, isn't it. I once read a book to the very end before I realized I'd read it before... and now I cannot remember what it was!
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Old 10-31-2012, 05:47 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I finished The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid. I enjoyed it a lot! It was one long monologue by a Pakistani man who had spent some years in NJ and NYC, to an American visitor in Pakistan. I was a bit (OK, a lot) miffed by the typos (and there were quite a few in the middle of the book, including one or two missing words) but I was really enjoying the story. Some readers might find the voice of the narrator off-putting, but I really thought that his tone was essential to the tale. I'm not sure that I would unequivocally recommend it, but I think that some of you might really enjoy it. Definitely worth checking out if you see it at your library.

I started Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho. I'm just a few pages in. I can only hope that it doesn't get too philosophical, because that's where it would lose me.
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:39 AM
 
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It was one long monologue by a Pakistani man who had spent some years in NJ and NYC, to an American visitor in Pakistan. ... Paulo Coelho. I'm just a few pages in. I can only hope that it doesn't get too philosophical, because that's where it would lose me.
On a related note... I read an article in the New Yorker recently of Salman Rushdie's account of the days following the Ayatollah's fatwā -- and was reminded of how much I've enjoyed his writing. The article brilliantly (IMO) described how he came to write the book, beginning with his fascination with the origin of the Islamic religion during his studies in college history.

As soon as I got home, I immediately went to the library site to see how many of his works I could check out for my Kindle.

As for Coelho, I've learned a little bit of Paulo goes a very long way for me. I hope this one is engaging for you.
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