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Old 06-16-2007, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I read "The Secret History of the American Empire: Economic Hit Men, Jackals and the Truth about Global Corruption" in one day (all 320+ pages) at the beach a couple of days ago. I'm no speed reader - it's just an interesting book detailing how American uses its military and economic strength to exploit the natural resources of third world countries while making the corrupt leaders of those nations very wealthy.
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Old 06-16-2007, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Not tied down... maybe later! *rawr*
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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.

Oh.. I have to agree! I'm not sure if Nicholas Sparks books are considered romance novels, but once I pick up one of his books, I can't hardly put it down! I <3 them all! And I also have a stash of Harliquin books... they make good "pool side" reading!
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Old 06-24-2007, 04:41 PM
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Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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I've been reading a book titled DUTY by the Chicago newspaperman Bob Greene. It basically details how in the course of visiting Ohio during his father's final illness he came to be friends with Paul Tibbets, the pilot who flew the Enola Gay over Hiroshima.

While it holds up on its own as a memoir I would particularly recommend it to any child of a World War II vet as a great source of just what that time and the ones who lived it were like.
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Old 06-25-2007, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Palm Beach Gardens, Fla
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Fiction- "The Donor" by Frank M. Robinson. It was on clearance at B&N. It's pretty good actually.

This guy is wakes up in a hospital, all stitched up, wondering how he got there. Apparantly, more of his vital organs had just been taken out (he finds out later that his organs had been harvested since as early as childhood) but doesn't know why. He escapes the hospital before they can get their hands on anything else and eventually makes friends with - and decides to move in with some strangers he just met. Well, someone is after him because he new friends wind up murdered (after he returns home with a quart of rum and a pint of icecream). That's the part im up to.....
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Old 07-05-2007, 05:53 PM
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Once Upon a Town by Bub Greene

The town is North Platte Nebraska which was a coal/water stop for trains crossing the US in the early 40s. During WWII the town upened a canteen at the train station that gave food, drink, and probably most important of all a kind word or two to servicemen passing thru on troop trains headed toward things they could only imagine, all in 10-20 minute stops. Ultimately they did this at no cost for six million servicemen, it's really quite a story.
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Old 07-13-2007, 05:34 AM
 
Location: Az.
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I'm reading "I Am Roe" (the true story of Norma McCorvey; she was Jane Roe in the Roe vs. Wade decision).

And I'm also reading "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" (true story about Lucy de Barbin, a woman who claimed to have had a daughter by Elvis Presley).

Both are excellent books. I read biographies and true stories.
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Old 07-26-2007, 09:00 AM
 
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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...)
You will LOVE Kite Runner. I just finished it and am almost done with "A Thousand Splendid Suns"

Khaled Hosseini is an amazing writer.
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Old 07-26-2007, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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"The Tenderness of Wolves" and absolutely love it so far. Great style of writing, atmospheric, and good storyline.
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Old 07-26-2007, 11:15 AM
 
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You will LOVE Kite Runner. I just finished it and am almost done with "A Thousand Splendid Suns"

Khaled Hosseini is an amazing writer.
He is an amazing storyteller, isn't he? Both of his books have been amazingly powerful. I think I actually liked "A Thousand Splendid Suns" better, but "Kite Runner" is awesome too. I think I am going to re-read it. I really like how you learn so much about Afghan culture and history as well.
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Old 07-26-2007, 11:18 AM
 
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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.
That book was awesome! I read it in one day, which is unheard of for me. As an engineer, I loved the analytical way the boy looked at the world. It was quite funny at times as well.
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