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   StormCnter  The author of "Cold Mountain", Charles Frazier, has a new one coming out. It's a novelization of Varina Davis, wife of the President of the Confederacy's Jefferson Davis, and her life as a widow and living in the North. I read "Cold Mountain" and disliked it so much I avoided the film. But, as with "The Bridges of Madison County", my opinion is in the minority.
April 10 at 07:42 EST .

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   Gram77  Has anyone read The Nightingale? The reviews I have found are quite good.
April 9 at 16:45 EST .

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   StormCnter  I did and I was impacted by the story. I believe Mei has read it also.
April 10 at 07:39 EST .


   MeiDei  It would have been a daily preview in a week's time if I read it - can't comment. My friend read it and I believe she was glad she did.
April 12 at 19:13 EST .




   StormCnter  Are there any Cormac McCarthy readers visiting this Wall? I just finished "The Far Empty" by J. Todd Scott. The book is very similar to McCarthy's style with a rugged setting (West Texas ), a corrupt sheriff, a well-intentioned native son and a bookful of tension. I know it may not be to everyone's taste, but I was riveted by this story.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27272425-the-far-empty?f
rom_search=true
April 7 at 08:15 EST .

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   Gram77  Just read the last page of Only Killers and Thieves. I had hoped for a different ending, but it was the only ending there could have been. Now on to Sue Grafton's last book before her death.
April 7 at 07:29 EST .

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   StormCnter  I have it on the shelf, Gram, with the other from the last shipment. I'm looking forward to it.
April 7 at 08:11 EST .

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   MeiDei  One of my friends came by today, she's active in the local library. In talking she mentioned reading a book she couldn't put down "Hillbilly Elegy" ... I looked it up on Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27161156-hillbilly-elegy She and two book clubs she belongs to raved about this book. Be warned, I live in a mostly blue State and though my town is center right, the book clubs seem to represent the blues - made up of mostly current and retired teachers, former business people, retired lawyers & blue collar workers. The author is an NPR regular.
March 31 at 18:10 EST .

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   StormCnter  I know about "Hillbilly Elegy", it's gotten a lot of publicity. But I have avoided this book, maybe unfairly. As a devoted daughter of the South, I know about writers who poke subtle ridicule at our region and our people. Mei, if you read it, tell me I'm wrong.
April 1 at 08:52 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Just because we talk slow doesn't mean we are stupid.
April 2 at 08:42 EST .


   StormCnter  Amen, Bird.
April 3 at 17:43 EST .


   MeiDei  I'd read this if I was interested in the praise given (via the reviews ) the 0bama's & Clinton's, & their administrations.
April 4 at 15:32 EST .

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   MeiDei  Just found this little bit of news re: a book store with over 30 rooms; should you travel to or near Columbus, Ohio. I'm not sure if they have a website.
"By JONATHAN ELDERFIELD - Associated Press Tuesday, March 27th 2018, 17:42 pm EDT
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP ) — If you are longing to lose yourself in a good read and happen to find yourself in Columbus, Ohio, you might consider getting lost in a 32-room bookstore, The Book Loft of German Village.

The independent bookstore, which opened more than 40 years ago, is a maze of literature, selling everything from the latest releases and best-sellers to children's and bargain books, from manga and horror to history and memoir."
March 27 at 14:03 EST .

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   Gram77  Googled this store. There is quite a bit of info there. Pictures of the area and the neighborhood has other interesting things to check out. Anyone interested, give it a look.
March 28 at 22:31 EST .

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   StormCnter  I just finished "The Which Way Tree" by Elizabeth Crook. The plot strongly resembles "True Grit" in some ways, but it's a good story and quick reading.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35172402-the-which-way-t
ree?from_search=true
March 27 at 09:46 EST .

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   StormCnter  Gram, you and I discussed the film "Adrift" on the Movie Wall and the book was mentioned. I looked it up. The "memoir" hasn't been released yet and seems to be one of those books that is written in tandem with the script for the film instead of a book that already existed. I'm passing on the book, but am looking forward to the film.
March 26 at 06:28 EST .

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   Gram77  Thanks for the info. Movie it is.
March 26 at 10:54 EST .

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   MeiDei  Checking the book out I came across an article with spoilers. They (Movie vs. Book ) end differently but alike - symbolism
March 27 at 14:06 EST .

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   MeiDei  I've been thinking about my book swapping friend again and remembered the books we were due to swap, and didn't, this time last year. One of the books is (I believe some here have read & enjoyed ) - A "Gentleman in Moscow". I only read the first few chapters preview from the on-line book club. My friend, who was at Barnes & Noble, read my email about it there & bought the book. I found this today and thought one or two of you would be interested - be sure to vote up or down on this link. Hugh Jackman, who I very much like, is not my choice for the part - so I'm really interested in who you see as the Count.

http://www.thebookcaster.com/a-gentleman-in-moscow/

Now, we'll have to sit tight and wait for the TV Series to be cast, and then available on a channel we all get.
March 24 at 13:34 EST .

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   StormCnter  Thanks for finding and posting this, Mei. I loved that book and have recommended it to several. My son-in-law who is late to becoming a pleasure reader (only since joining the family almost 30 years ago ) truly enjoyed it. He is still talking about that book.
March 26 at 06:26 EST .

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   MeiDei  Which actor would have the main role for you? I thought Mark Rylance. Definitely NOT Benedict Cumberbatch.
March 27 at 14:08 EST .

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   StormCnter  I just finished Joe Ide's "I.Q." and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Joe Ide wrote a sequel, "Righteous". I read the sequel first and then just had to go back and get "I.Q.". These books are a little different. They're about grimy gang turfs in Los Angeles and a brilliant youngster whose livelihood is solving small mysteries for free for people he likes while trying to make enough money to provide care for a kid whose injuries he feels he caused. I really enjoyed these books. I recommend both of them. But try to read "I.Q." first. According to Goodreads, there is a third book, too. I'm ordering it right now.
https://www.goodreads.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&query=joe+id
es
March 21 at 13:14 EST .

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   Gram77  This book is on my mile long list. At this time I am about half way through Only Killers and Thieves. I was so deep into The Great Alone I had to work with getting started. The book is accurate to the time it is being told. It is a "hard" story and is told "hard". The vocabulary and slang is accurate and give the story life. It seems you and I read a bit alike and are willing to tackle most anything. I will be really interested in hearing your opinion once you tackle and complete the journey across Australia.
March 21 at 16:42 EST .

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   StormCnter  Only Killers and Thieves is on my next book order, Gram. That'll be in a week or so.
March 22 at 05:35 EST .

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