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Old 06-20-2013, 04:32 PM
 
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I started reading Dan Brown's Inferno, but I put it down to read Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls instead. It's a fantastic novel about the author's grandmother, a hard working woman in the SW United States.

I recently got this as a gift for my birthday, and I have to say that sometimes a book comes along at exactly the right time in your life. This is one of them for me; I needed a good read about a strong woman. I'm glad I have this one in print instead of on my Kindle, as it's turning into a favorite and I'll be wanting to keep it in my bookcase.
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Old 06-20-2013, 05:47 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Im currently reading "The Yard" it is about scotland yard after Jack the ripper so far it seems pretty good ...I hope to come back and finish the review when I finish the book ..thankyou
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Old 06-20-2013, 06:54 PM
 
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I'm reading The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story by Lily Koppel.

I'm old enough to remember the late 50s and what was going on in the "race to space." We kept an eye on this because my father was an Air Force pilot and the Mercury and Gemini astronauts were a big deal among my family and friends on base.

The book has started off well and I hope it continues to be a good one. I will report back when I finish it.

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Old 06-20-2013, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I'm reading The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story by Lily Koppel.

I'm old enough to remember the late 50s and what was going on in the "race to space." We kept an eye on this because my father was an Air Force pilot and the Gemini astronauts were a big deal among my family and friends on base.

The book has started off well and I hope it continues to be a good one. I will report back when I finish it.
She'll be back within a couple of hours.
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:47 PM
 
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She'll be back within a couple of hours.
ROFLMAO, Dawn.
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:50 PM
 
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Look me in the eye: my life with asperger's.
I love it. He sounds so much like me in the things he does and the way he acts...Its written by John Elder Robison. I recommend it highly.
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:10 PM
 
Location: North Central Illinois
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I'm reading And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. He also wrote The Kite Runner. He is a good storyteller and one of my favorite author's.
Last weekend I read The Fifth Wave By Richard Yancey. That was a good book too, page turner. It was kind of hunger games-ish I guess. The characters were children and teenagers surviving after an alien attack wipes out most of the worlds population.
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Old 06-21-2013, 08:15 AM
 
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Okay, I decided (after one and a half essays of "Portrait Inside My Head : Essays," by Phillip Lopate, that I just am not in the mood to read essays -- especially those by old white men that think they've got it all figured out. (Lord, where the heck does THAT come from?? )

Self-discovery aside, I decided that with so many books on my Kindle -- including the languishing "All the Little Live Things," by Wallace Stegner -- that I might better send Lopate back for some other reader to enjoy and I will read the books I've already downloaded.

So, Wallace, it's me and you, again.
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Old 06-21-2013, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I finished Lily Koppel's The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story.

I enjoyed the book. I have to say that there were a few little errors that bothered me. Usually they don't but I remember the 60s. She referred to the character Jose Jimenez as "Will Dana." Okay, that's not a big deal but his name is Bill Dana (he's still alive) and anyone who remembers the 60s remembers him. Also, referring to Yvette Mimeux as a "French starlette" is incorrect. She's American born and raised. Dad was French but mom was Mexican. Again, no big deal....or maybe it is just to me.

The Kindle edition is well edited for spelling and grammar.

The author's style is pleasant to read. There was a tiny bit of "not quite explaining something." I had to reread a few paragraphs to figure out who did what to whom. Yeah, I'm nitpicking.

Still, I do recommend the book. It sure brought back memories for me and I recalled why I liked John Glenn's wife, Annie, so much.

Oh, I learned that Friendswood outside of Houston got its name because it was settled by Quakers. Cool info.

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Old 06-21-2013, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Coastal North Carolina
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I finished Lily Koppel's The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story.

I enjoyed the book.
Thanks for the review! I am interested in this one and it's good to know you liked it.
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