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Old 05-14-2013, 01:15 PM
 
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I went to my (new) local library today to become a member. If you're a resident of this town, it's $5. Otherwise it's $175. Ha! My gosh...

Anyway, there was a bunch of older books that I'd wanted to read that were not available as e-books when I lived in CT and MA, and my new library (it's an INCREDIBLE library... and it's literally right next door to my new home; I could throw my books from my balcony to return them) had them all in paper. So, I got 'em:


That is hilarious!! Also what a big difference between residency and nonresidency for membership.
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Has anyone read (or started) Edward Rutherfurd's new book, Paris? The NYT gave it an okay, but not stellar review. I thought the reviewer was a bit nitpicky.
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Has anyone read (or started) Edward Rutherfurd's new book, Paris? The NYT gave it an okay, but not stellar review. I thought the reviewer was a bit nitpicky.
Oh! I have it but haven't even thought about starting it yet. I was hoping that someone (YOU!?! ) would tell us whether it was any good.

ETA: The reviews on Amazon so far have been very, very good.
ETA2: Based on the reviews that I read (on Amazon and Goodreads), one of the reasons why I've been hesitant to start it is that it's not a linear story (like his New York was) -- it jumps back and forth in time which, for me, can be very frustrating.
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Texas
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The Jew Store by Stella Suberman (non-fiction)
Oh goody, goody, goody. I just bought it. I hope it is as good as Patty Friedmann's Too Jewish.
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Oh goody, goody, goody. I just bought it. I hope it is as good as Patty Friedmann's Too Jewish.
I'm guessing this is going to be better, especially because it's non-fiction. I didn't finish Too Jewish -- the tone of it bothered me, for some reason.
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I'm guessing this is going to be better, especially because it's non-fiction. I didn't finish Too Jewish -- the tone of it bothered me, for some reason.
But, Dawn, Too Jewish is non-fiction. I loved that book. Perhaps some of that is due to the fact that I find New Orleans history fascinating.
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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But, Dawn, Too Jewish is non-fiction. I loved that book. Perhaps some of that is due to the fact that I find New Orleans history fascinating.
It's based on autobiographical information, but it's a novel. I don't have a problem with that at all; I just found her tone and her writing didn't work for me.
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Old 05-14-2013, 04:18 PM
 
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Obviously I will do anything not to keep reading "The Patron Saint of Liars" because while at the library to return books, I found myself browsing the stacks. (Why I just don't move on to one of the other books on the kindle I don't know.) Anyway, I picked up Rene Gutteridge's "Ghost Writer."

I think I am growing weary of stories, actually, but this did look somewhat interesting. Meanwhile, I think I am going to start checking out books on German immigrants. Does any have any recommends? I am most interested in those from the last half of the 19th century.
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Old 05-14-2013, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Oh! I have it but haven't even thought about starting it yet. I was hoping that someone (YOU!?! ) would tell us whether it was any good.

ETA: The reviews on Amazon so far have been very, very good.
ETA2: Based on the reviews that I read (on Amazon and Goodreads), one of the reasons why I've been hesitant to start it is that it's not a linear story (like his New York was) -- it jumps back and forth in time which, for me, can be very frustrating.
I don't know where I read the so so review, but it wasn't the NYT. Now, it's driving me crazy cause I can't find it again. LOL
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Old 05-14-2013, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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OKAY! SO!

I started and finished Summer Crossing by Truman Capote today. It was very short -- just over 120 pages. Um. What can I say? It was a good story, I enjoyed it, but... I understand why it was found among his papers, among his unfinished work. It was... unfinished.

I've already started on Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman.
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