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Old 12-03-2012, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Still reading The Trumpet of the Swan but waiting for these to arrive from Better World Books:

In the Neighborhood: The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a Time

The Speckled Monster: A Historical Tale of Battling the Smallpox Epidemic

The Haunted Bookshop

Cutting for Stone


I learned about all of these titles on here.

I don't usually pay attention to internet coupons, but BWB had a Black Friday coupon for 30% off and I got all these books for about $2.75 each and S&H were free. Sweet!
I didn't love The Haunted Bookshop as much as I did the Parnassus book -- in fact I didn't even finish The Haunted Bookshop... but In the Neighborhood is an amazing story. I wrote to the author after I read it, when it first came out, and he asked me if I'd copy my email into Amazon review for the book. We had quite a little banter going on, he and I. Anyway, I was so enthralled with his story because I had recently moved to CT and loved the idea of "community" and built one for myself, in a way, with my neighbors. After I'd read the book, I wanted to buy a copy for everyone in my cul-de-sac, something about which I spoke to the author about, but it was still going to be cost-prohibitive for me. Enough about that -- it's an amazing book. Enjoy it.
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Im starting the secret history by donna tartt . It is supposed to be good . has anyone here read it ?
A big yes here too. I loved it.
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Oh my God. I just finished reading Following Atticus by Tom Ryan. I will admit that I totally skipped -- not just skimmed, but skipped entirely -- most of the hiking parts, except for when he was writing about Atticus. I will also admit that I'm PMSing. And so I will also admit that my face is still wet with tears. Yes, I have the softest spot for dogs, especially my own (and now Atticus), and yes, I love a good love story between a man and his dog. But this story -- the Tom Ryan and Atticus story -- is unbelievable. They are a match made in heaven and Atticus is just a phenomenal dog, in every single way.

I'll stop gushing now. No, this book is not for everyone, but it certainly was for me.

ETA: I vow never to read another book that features a dog. I read Marley and Me when it first came out. I'd never read a dog book before and never one after that, until now. And now I vow to never read another, as long as I live. Because even when they're happy tales (happy tails! ), I end up sobbing like a child lost in a shopping mall.
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Old 12-03-2012, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Pa
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I just finished reading Death Spiral: Jai Dee. Like the first book in the series it is a fast read and completely enjoyable. I like reading books by new authors. It helps the little guy and more often than not they are good reads. Boedeker does not disappoint.

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Old 12-03-2012, 07:10 PM
 
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I didn't love The Haunted Bookshop as much as I did the Parnassus book -- in fact I didn't even finish The Haunted Bookshop... but In the Neighborhood is an amazing story. I wrote to the author after I read it, when it first came out, and he asked me if I'd copy my email into Amazon review for the book. We had quite a little banter going on, he and I. Anyway, I was so enthralled with his story because I had recently moved to CT and loved the idea of "community" and built one for myself, in a way, with my neighbors. After I'd read the book, I wanted to buy a copy for everyone in my cul-de-sac, something about which I spoke to the author about, but it was still going to be cost-prohibitive for me. Enough about that -- it's an amazing book. Enjoy it.
I remembered how much you enjoyed the neighborhood book and I'm interested in what makes a neighborhood a community. Looking forward to it.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:31 PM
 
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Recently read Barbara Kingsolver's new novel, "Flight Behavior". It's very good and thought-provoking as well - not quite as good as her best, but still well-worth reading.

A bonus was getting to hear her speak at a local bookstore last week.
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:31 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Recently read Barbara Kingsolver's new novel, "Flight Behavior". It's very good and thought-provoking as well - not quite as good as her best, but still well-worth reading.

A bonus was getting to hear her speak at a local bookstore last week.
That's good to hear about Flight Behavior.

I think the wonderful Poisonwood Bible spoiled me because when I tried to read The Lacuna I just couldn't get through it.
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:21 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I started The Broken Teaglass last night. There's a mystery behind the story (not my thing, really) and the writing seems a bit fluffy (but pretty tight, which is keeping me there). I'll continue reading it until something better becomes available through my library Kindle holds, and then I can promise nothing. I've got some great stuff on hold, books that I'm salivating over, so The Broken Teaglass might be easy to toss aside. We shall see... That's the real mystery, at least for me...
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Old 12-05-2012, 02:45 AM
 
Location: West Los Angeles and Rancho Palos Verdes
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I'm currently reading The Turner Diaries. I'm almost finished -- I just finished the chapter where Earl Turner visits The Organization's enclave in Maryland and how The System is amassing troops on the California border and prepping a counter-attack.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I'm reading Tearing the Silence by Ursula Hegi recommended to me by Netwit.

I had previously read Stones From the River by the same author. Jess5 recommended that one.

Both books are excellent.

Thank you, Net and Jess.
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