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Kappy
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06-28-2002

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 8:17 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Kappy a private message Print Post    
I'm thinking it's a good time to re-recommend Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. It was a part of our American history I never knew about until reading this book. Simply put, children who were orphans, homeless or abandoned in Eastern cities were put onto trains and given up to people for adoption in the midwest. Unfortunately, many of the adoptee families only took the kids as a way to gain free labor on their farms, etc.

We need to keep reading. We need to keep educating ourselves. Sometimes fiction can help when you don't want to read a hardcore history book. I know - I'm preaching to the choir.

Seamonkey
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09-07-2000

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 11:36 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Seamonkey a private message Print Post    
I believe we should never stop learning. I read more nonfiction than fiction, though I read both.

Mak1
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08-11-2002

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 2:06 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Mak1 a private message Print Post    
Kappy, I had never heard that part of our history before reading the book either. It was tough to read at times, to read of the cruelty of some people. I totally agree we need to keep reading and learning.

Teachmichigan
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07-22-2001

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 4:31 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Teachmichigan a private message Print Post    
I've read Orphan Train, and it is good! I'm enjoying Jess Kidd's Mr. Flood's Last Resort after finishing Our Kind of Cruelty. The latter was a good book, but I absolutely loathed the narrator - which is the point of the book. Kidd's book is just like wallowing - her diction and descriptions are outstanding!

I am STILL not done listening to Master and Commander. Ugh. It's only 17 hours or so, but I am 3 hours from the end and couldn't give you a summary of events if you were paying me a million dollars. I listen to books ALL the time, but this one starts, and my brain wanders off after about 10 minutes. I've heard the movie is good, but I won't watch until I've at least finished the book....perhaps sometime in October???

Seamonkey
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09-07-2000

Friday, July 06, 2018 - 5:25 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Seamonkey a private message Print Post    
Finished the Tracy Kidder book and now reading ,Living and Dying in Brick City: Stories from the Front Lines of an Inner-City ER, by Sampson Davis, MD.

He barely escaped the fate of his friends, prison and/or addiction.

He sister was on crack and died of AIDs.

And he wants to make a difference in Newark.

Uncle_ricky
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07-02-2007

Saturday, July 07, 2018 - 2:59 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Uncle_ricky a private message Print Post    
I took my time with it (and I'm glad I did) because A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles is such a delicious experience that you really don't want to -- tempting as it is -- wolf it all down too rapidly.

I was very, very, sorry (and sad) to see it end. But that's usually how one feels about the most beloved books. It's definitely his masterpiece (young as his career is). I don't really see how he can top it, but it'll be fun to find out if he does. There's a section of the story where he makes a brief, but very impactful, mention of The Brothers Karamazov. It was enough to bring a lump in my throat AND to make me want to read that masterpiece of Dostoevsky's all over again.

Thanks again to Mak1 and Tresbien for endorsing AGIM so heartily - they were absolutely right. I hope the rest of you get around to it one day; it's that good!

Mak1
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08-11-2002

Saturday, July 07, 2018 - 7:19 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Mak1 a private message Print Post    
Oh Ricky, I'm glad you loved it as much as I expected you to!

Houseguests kept me pretty busy this week, but I managed to read True Fiction by Lee Goldberg. I hate to even mention it in the same post with Amor Towles's books. It was good for what it is....a short, preposterous thriller.

Teachmichigan
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07-22-2001

Sunday, July 08, 2018 - 11:44 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Teachmichigan a private message Print Post    
I'm reading The Seduction of Water by Carol Goodman, and it is fantastic. I cannot for the life of me, though, remember where it was recommended. Was it someone here?

I finally finished Master and Commander, so I am now listening to The Essex Serpent which is MUCH better.

I should also be able to finish Mr. Flood's Last Resort tonight or tomorrow, and it is as delightful as Himself. Jess Kidd will be on my "read all books" authors for sure - now I hope she keeps writing!

Rieann
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08-26-2006

Monday, July 09, 2018 - 6:05 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Rieann a private message Print Post    
Teach, those novels by Jess Kidd sound great. Thank you!

Also added AGIM to my reading list. Not sure when I will get to it as I seem to be able to only read fluff at the moment. This due to the state of the world and my personal world. Grateful for lighthearted escapism.

Uncle_ricky
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07-02-2007

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 11:24 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Uncle_ricky a private message Print Post    
In case you missed it -- easy to do amid the blizzard of book titles we come across every day -- BB Season 14 winner Derrick Levasseur wrote a book earlier this year, The Undercover Edge: Find Your Hidden Strengths, Learn to Adapt, and Build the Confidence to Win Life’s Game.

It's not very good, but it's not horrible either. I jotted down a few observations in a post that's in the "BB USA 2014" folder, dated today with an 11:00am time stamp.

Uncle_ricky
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07-02-2007

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 3:44 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Uncle_ricky a private message Print Post    
I have no idea what possessed me to read Black Water Rising by Attica Locke, but I deeply regret doing so. It had a promising beginning and then it just turned into one boring chapter after another. It was a total chore to get to the end. I will not read any of her other books - too risky!

Kappy
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06-28-2002

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 9:25 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Kappy a private message Print Post    
Currently reading Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen and I will finish it as I have enjoyed some of his other books for the humor but this one is not one of his best. I feel like he made a bet while stoned that he could phone in a book and sell it. I can see the post-it notes on the wall - make one character sound like a known celebrity, include one environmental issue along with sex and drugs and use a thesaurus to make your lazy writing sound more intelligent then it is. Dude, seriously?

Finished two other books recently including The President is Missing by Patterson (meh) and When Life Gives You Lululemons (so so) by Lauren Weisberger, author of The Devil Wears Prada.

I'm in line at the library for A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay and can't wait! I don't know if I'm in such a reading funk this year due to current events or if I just need another really great series by someone like Peter May. I have left so many books half-unread this year.

Heckagirl631
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09-08-2010

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 6:13 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Heckagirl631 a private message Print Post    
Finished "Back to Blood" by Tom Wolfe. Very different from what I usually read. It was okay. The only other book I've read by him was "The Right Stuff" which I remember as being good. I was about 19 or 20 when I read it, many, many years ago.

Teachmichigan
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07-22-2001

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 9:21 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Teachmichigan a private message Print Post    
Finishing up Fredrik Backman's My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry and I enjoyed it so much more than Beartown. I liked the latter, but it was much tougher reading.

I'm also halfway through the Audible version of The Essex Serpent. It's another good one, although the first 30 minutes or so drove me nuts as the narrator was much too soft.

Just downloaded Wally Lamb's I'll Take You There from the library and am about to start Grace by Paul Lynch in deadtree book form - also a library book.

ACK - and also have to read/listen to The Lightkeeper's Daughter on CD for our library book club. I'm running out of lazy summer days (just started another musical tonight), but I'm definitely NOT running out of books!

Tresbien
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08-26-2002

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 12:55 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Tresbien a private message Print Post    
Ric, it was great to read that you also enjoyed A Gentleman In Moscow.

Just finished The President Is Missing and liked it more than you did Kappy. At the start there are a lot of characters to introduce, but it picks up quickly from there.

Kappy, I want to read something by Carl Hiaasen. Is there another novel you can suggest? Thanks in advance.

Started Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart." I think this is the novel that Sarah Jessica Parker spoke about so passionately so looking forward to it.

Kappy
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06-28-2002

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 2:37 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Kappy a private message Print Post    
Teach, Fredrik Backman is one of those authors where you'll love some but not all of his books. I couldn't get into My Grandmother but loved Britt-Marie Was Here.

Tres, keep in mind that Carl Hiaasen has his own brand of humor. You might try Bad Monkey first to see how you like it

Uncle_ricky
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07-02-2007

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 5:01 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Uncle_ricky a private message Print Post    
For all of you fans of Caroline Kepnes's "You" books (quite delicious as I recall!), please don't forget that the TV adaptation on Lifetime premieres on September 9 - yay! And the big news today (via the link below) is that Lifetime has renewed it for Season Two ahead of its season-one debut!

https://deadline.com/2018/07/you-renewed-lifetime-season-2-penn-badgley-series-1202434119/

Uncle_ricky
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07-02-2007

Monday, July 30, 2018 - 10:33 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Uncle_ricky a private message Print Post    
Not long ago, I saw (on Netflix) "Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened" which is an engrossing documentary about the failed 1981 Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim, "Merrily We Roll Along."

The entire cast was interviewed to share their experiences working on the show, including "Seinfeld's" Jason Alexander. Another cast member, Abigail Pogrebin, eventually left the theatre world and became a journalist. Answering the "what-are-you-doing-these-days?" question, she mentioned that she'd written a book of profiles of Jewish celebrities that focused on what being Jewish meant to them.

She didn't mention the title, so I had to look it up by her name and found a library copy. Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish is outstanding. Published in 2005, it features over 60 celebrities from the arts, sports and politics. I found it completely fascinating, especially the (very disturbing) anti-Semitism they experienced. I was also surprised to read their candid descriptions about what they didn't like about being Jewish.

I only wish she'd interviewed 600 people instead of 60.

Mamie316
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07-08-2003

Monday, July 30, 2018 - 12:12 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Mamie316 a private message Print Post    
I cannot wait for You! And even though I did not love but did enjoy the second book, I look forward to the second season as well. Hope they do it proud.

Mameblanche
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08-24-2002

Monday, July 30, 2018 - 1:22 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Mameblanche a private message Print Post    
Ricky I have that book, read it ages ago!!! I found it enlightening. Just annoyed I didn't write it. ;) ;)

Uncle_ricky
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07-02-2007

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 10:44 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Uncle_ricky a private message Print Post    
I totally agree, MB! I kept thinking how lucky she was to have gained all that access to all those celebrities.

I was especially struck by the Richard Dreyfuss interview. I had no idea he openly yelled at German citizens on the streets of Munich (or maybe Frankfurt, can't recall exactly) for "not doing something" during the war to stop the Nazis. He goes into it in great detail; I was just amazed by his passion, not to mention his courage. I kept thinking how easily he could've been physically attacked. Fortunately, he wasn't.

Mak1
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08-11-2002

Wednesday, August 01, 2018 - 7:05 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Mak1 a private message Print Post    
I read The Scam by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg. It's part of the Fox and O'Hare adventure series. They are quick, fun reads.

This morning I finished Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine. Thank you to those who recommended it. It really is a good book. Eleanor's life was unbelievably sad, but I think she really is going to be completely fine! Some of her observations of social conventions are laugh out loud funny and spot on.

Next up, from PBS's The Great American Read, will be A Separate Peace by John Knowles because I've never read it.

Ricky, I so appreciate your book reviews! I'll not try reading Black Water Rising, thank you very much.

Seamonkey
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09-07-2000

Wednesday, August 01, 2018 - 11:23 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Seamonkey a private message Print Post    
I finished the book by the er doctor, who expanded into helping so much in the community.

Reading a dystopian novel which takes place in the UK. No bombs, no plagues, no zombies, just meteors.. The End of the World Running Club

Reviews compare it to The Martian.. Sort of..

Uncle_ricky
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07-02-2007

Sunday, August 05, 2018 - 11:04 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Uncle_ricky a private message Print Post    
You’re welcome Mak! Very sweet of you to mention it - I really appreciate your reviews as well. 😛

Yesterday I finished Petty: The Biography by Warren Zanes, published in 2015. I wasn’t aware of its existence until I heard Zanes interviewed on our local NPR station shortly after Tom Petty’s death. It was a really interesting interview because he explained how Tom Petty was very humble and felt no one would want to read a biography about him (suggesting he was some lightweight nobody instead of the exact opposite).

The book is an excellent and riveting overview of Petty’s career. You don’t have to be s fan of his music to enjoy it.

Mak1
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08-11-2002

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 2:59 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Mak1 a private message Print Post    
I read Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich. If you haven't read the Stephanie Plum series, don't start with this book! Read any of the previous twenty-three. I recommend starting with One for the Money. The earlier books are laugh-out-loud funny. I forced myself to finish Twenty-Four. Fortunately, they are quick reads. I hope she doesn't write any more in this series, because I will feel compelled to read them, and I really have had enough.

Today I finished You by Caroline Kepnes. Holy moly, it is intense and disturbing and hard to put down! I'll take a break from the stalker but will probably read the continuation Hidden Bodies at some point. Have any of you read it? If so, did you find it as riveting as You?

Teachmichigan
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07-22-2001

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 8:50 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Teachmichigan a private message Print Post    
Finished listening to The Essex Serpent a couple of days ago. The story was interesting, but the narrator was ridiculously hard to hear. I've never had my car stereo set that loudly before!

Uncle_ricky
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07-02-2007

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 9:30 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Uncle_ricky a private message Print Post    
Mak, you are not alone. A few of us have enjoyed the Kepnes books and I think Hidden Bodies is not quite as good as You, but it's definitely in the same league. Remember that the Lifetime series based on the books premieres September 9.

Last night I finished Missing Mom by Joyce Carol Oates. Published in 2006, it's about a woman who loses her mother to a violent tragedy and how her life changes in the one-year period following the tragedy. I really liked it and it was better than the most recent Oates book I read. (But she's written so many, I can't keep track of them all.)

Mamie316
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07-08-2003

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 2:24 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Mamie316 a private message Print Post    
Hidden Bodies is good but not as good as You. I just remember thinking after You, what did I just read and why did I love it so much?! I can't wait for the tv show.

Mak1
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08-11-2002

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 5:20 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Mak1 a private message Print Post    
Thanks for the feedback, Ricky and Mamie. I'm going to have to read Hidden Bodies just to find out what he did about the mug of urine! I am really looking forward to the show.

I am 56 pages into Clock Dance by Anne Tyler. I hope it picks up soon. It isn't interesting at all yet.

Uncle_ricky
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07-02-2007

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 10:09 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Uncle_ricky a private message Print Post    
Mak, I'm completely scandalized to learn that there's a new Anne Tyler and I had no idea it had been released! (I've read all of her other books.) I hope it picks up for you soon and that you end up liking it. But even if you say it's awful, I'll still read it because she's never let me down (there's always a first time, of course). In the meantime, I must get my butt-scratchers on a copy of the new one ASAP!

Last night i finished Everything Happens for a Reason by Kate Bowler. Oh, what a book. It's only 178 pages, but it packs quite a wallop. Ms. Bowler details her fight against stage IV colon cancer - at age 35 - while at the same time educating the reader about all the wrong/unhelpful things to say to someone facing a life-threatening condition. Some of her observations are shriekingly funny, even in the face of such a devastating illness. I learned quite a bit, I'm embarrassed to admit. I had no idea what "minimizing" is, for example, but now I do. As a result, I will discontinue using the words "at least" going forward!

Mak1
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08-11-2002

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 4:48 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Mak1 a private message Print Post    
Lol, Ricky! In my opinion, this Anne Tyler book was awful! I would like to have your opinion of it, however. I was very disappointed. I didn't like the way the book jumped ahead 10 and 20 years with very little explanation of what had happened in between. Just as stories were becoming interesting to me, they were dropped.

The Kate Bowler book sounds very good, and relevant to my family right now. I'll definitely seek that one out.

A newly-published Maine author will be visiting our library next week, so I'm about to begin his first book. The book is Among the Shadows: A Detective Byron Mystery by Bruce Robert Coffin.

Seamonkey
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09-07-2000

Friday, August 17, 2018 - 8:57 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Seamonkey a private message Print Post    
Finished The End of the World Running Club. Pretty good.

Then read Lauren Graham's Talking as Fast as I Can, which I enjoyed very much.

Starting a novel next.. The Art of Mending by Elizabeth Berg.

Uncle_ricky
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07-02-2007

Monday, August 20, 2018 - 12:29 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Uncle_ricky a private message Print Post    
Mak, thank you for the assessment of Ms. Tyler's latest. I really thought her previous novel was supposed to be her final one. I guess she has decided to keep cranking them out. I hope I don't have to drop her the way I had to drop John Irving. I never in a million years thought Irving would write a bad book. His last three offerings have been hideous and I sadly will never read him again. Alas, these things happen. But we'll always have the great works to go back to whenever the mood strikes to relive the glory years!

Last night I finished Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars by Scotty Bowers. The book was recently turned into a documentary (and is in theatres now, but with a different title).

The book, be forewarned, is extremely salacious. The quality of the writing is basically poor. I'm glad I was able to find a copy at the library because of the abysmal writing. Mr. Bowers provides first-hand accounts of all the stars (male and female) he has personally bedded. He also arranged for intimate companionship for literally hundreds of Hollywood celebrities dating back to the late 1940s and continuing through the 50s/60s/70s/80s and 90s. He's now 95 years old (he was 89 when the book was published) and the success of the documentary has resulted in his becoming a (minor) celebrity in his ripe old age.

Again, if you think you'll want to read it, please remember that it is extremely, extremely salacious. In other words, it's not for the faint-of-heart when it comes to graphic descriptions of the carnal habits of your favorite Hollywood legends of the past several decades.

Seamonkey
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09-07-2000

Monday, August 20, 2018 - 12:38 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Seamonkey a private message Print Post    
Finished the Berg novel quickly. Good one.

Next is a memoir of a father diagnosed with terminal cancer so he wanted to create notes for his daughter's lunchbox to last her through high school.

Napkin Notes: Creating a Daily Connection with Those You Love by Garth Callahan.

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