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Old 06-08-2007, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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The Bible (NIV). ;-)
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Old 06-10-2007, 07:29 PM
 
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I just finished reading The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls. It made me laugh & cry & think. I know I will never look at a dirty child the same way again.
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Old 06-12-2007, 06:59 AM
 
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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Well, I just finished "Letter to a Christian Nation" by Sam Harris... a very quick read at only 90 pages (took about 1-2 hours), but WOW what a good book! I suggest you all give it a look, both Christian and non-Christian alike, though I'm sure the Christians will find it less than pleasing - which is precisely why I think they should read it. It was written in response to the thousands of angry letters/emails Harris received after writing "The End of Faith", and is basically an open reply to their comments. He makes some points that are so profound and logical, I really don't know how anyone could argue... but of course they will, LOL. Anyway, I definitely recommend it to anyone who can handle some straightforward honesty (which is unfortunately rare these days).
Thanks for recommending this book. Most shocking to me was the percentage of Americans who turn a blind eye to scientific evidence, at times I felt as if I was reading a story about 18th century America, scary

I agree with what someone goes on to say, those who most need to read this book probably won't.
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Old 06-13-2007, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I have now read "A Thousand Splendid Suns" and it moved me to tears. Although a work of fiction, this book should be a must-read for all women (and men). The two main characters, Mariam & Laila, are women from very different backgrounds who end up married to the same brutish man. We learn of their early years and the circumstances that bring them to the same marriage and then it really gets good. Although polar opposites, these women forge a bond which sustains them through miserable years bound to a cruel man in Khabul, Afghanistan. We learn what the years leading up to the Taliban have done to the country and to women specifically and then how their lives are further diminished by the Taliban. It is a beautiful and touching account of two very different women whose lives intersect under unimaginable conditions.

I can't wait to start "The Kite Runner" by the same author. But in the meantime, I am reading "The ACLU vs America" by Alan Sears and Greg Osten. This group professes to be the defenders of the weak and oppressed when in reality they are nothing more than socialist thugs seeking the total destruction of the American way of life and the principals upon which it was founded. (I guess it isn't hard to see where my sympathies lie...)
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Old 06-13-2007, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Journey's End
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Thanks for the review on "A Thousand Splendid Suns."

If you enjoy this type of literature and in particular want to read more about the region, you may also enjoy The Last Summer of Reason by Tahar Djaout. It is short, and was edited just after the author was murdered. Djaout was a poet, and the lyrical writing is beautiful while the story is chilling.



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I have now read "A Thousand Splendid Suns" and it moved me to tears. Although a work of fiction, this book should be a must-read for all women (and men). The two main characters, Mariam & Laila, are women from very different backgrounds who end up married to the same brutish man. We learn of their early years and the circumstances that bring them to the same marriage and then it really gets good. Although polar opposites, these women forge a bond which sustains them through miserable years bound to a cruel man in Khabul, Afghanistan. We learn what the years leading up to the Taliban have done to the country and to women specifically and then how their lives are further diminished by the Taliban. It is a beautiful and touching account of two very different women whose lives intersect under unimaginable conditions.

I can't wait to start "The Kite Runner" by the same author. But in the meantime, I am reading "The ACLU vs America" by Alan Sears and Greg Osten. This group professes to be the defenders of the weak and oppressed when in reality they are nothing more than socialist thugs seeking the total destruction of the American way of life and the principals upon which it was founded. (I guess it isn't hard to see where my sympathies lie...)
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Old 06-14-2007, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Not tied down... maybe later! *rawr*
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I'm currently reading "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time". A book written in the first person about a young autistic boy trying to solve the mystery of who killed his neighbors dog.

What a great view into the workings of the autistic mind! It's actually very exhausting to read.
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Old 06-14-2007, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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The Holy Road by M. Blake its the sequel to Dances with Wolves.
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Old 06-14-2007, 07:51 PM
 
Location: California, again...
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Wow, heavy thread, I definitely think I am out of my element but here goes...

I have gone through several phases in my reading, I started off being a mythology freak for about 4 years but haven't read any in at least 20

I then read all the 007 books,(when I was a teen my uncle had the complete collection), The entire Man from U.N.C.L.E. series, The Executioner.....etc.

As an older teen I was into murder mysteries but they had to be about serial killers and psychologically intense.

I am currently enjoying a mix of historical novels, High Fantasy, Sci-Fi and the occasion spy thriller (lol, I am very fussy about my spy books )

My favorite thing to do is go to my local Friends of the Library store and purchase a bunch of books I am completely unfamiliar with and give them a whirl. Many I can't stand, but I have found a lot of pleasant suprises as well.
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Old 06-16-2007, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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Vesper, don't feel bad... I read romance novels, at least two or three a week. It's my addiction (well, along with City-Data ), but I'd rather read than watch stupid reality shows. I think romance novels don't get the proper respect; they're not all "bodice rippers". It's like anything else - there are good ones and bad ones.
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Old 06-16-2007, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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Thanks for recommending this book. Most shocking to me was the percentage of Americans who turn a blind eye to scientific evidence, at times I felt as if I was reading a story about 18th century America, scary

I agree with what someone goes on to say, those who most need to read this book probably won't.
Glad you enjoyed it! And yes, some of the facts & stories in there are downright shocking... but at the same time, not surprising (if that makes sense). I do plan to read his other book, "The End of Faith", when I have the time for something that heavy.

And back to the original question, I just finished re-reading "The Martian Chronicles" by Ray Bradbury, which I hadn't read since high school... awesome book, though a bit depressing, since it shows the darker side of humanity. But I'm a sucker for a good sci-fi/doomsday story! Now I'm reading "Life Expectancy" by Dean Koontz, and so far it's got me hooked.
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