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   StormCnter  For movie fans, too: I'm about halfway through Don Graham's "Giant", the tale of how the movie came to be, what life was like on the remote Texas set, the big stars' private lives and backgrounds, and it's a very entertaining read. I recommend it to anyone who read and remembered the book and then the film.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34964823-giant
June 12 at 05:44 EST .

   5 people like this.




   StormCnter  This is not a tout, but a warning. At the bookstore, I picked up "The Wife Between Us" by Hendricks and Pekkanen. I should have remembered my hesitancy about novels by more than one author and also my knowledge that when the cover quotes reference other best-sellers (...in the vein of "Gone Girl"... ) it's not a good sign. I finished the book, but I don't recommend it. The plot is repeatedly gimmicky and too much of it is predictable. We've read before of the older, wealthy, controlling husband and the young, beautiful, naive and increasingly unhappy wife.
Forget reading this one unless you get a free copy.
June 9 at 06:26 EST .

   4 people like this.



   Gram77  A big thanks to you, Storm. I have been giving this book quite a bit of thought and you have just helped me make up my mind to move on.
June 9 at 07:16 EST .

  2 people like this.



   StormCnter  High five, Gram!
June 9 at 08:53 EST .

  3 people like this.





   Gram77  Sometimes I read a rather off beat book. The latest one that has peeked my interest if West by Carys Davies. I'm tossing this out to see what Storm thinks.
June 7 at 08:46 EST .

   5 people like this.



   StormCnter  Gram, this one is going on my list. I had not heard of it until your mention. I looked it up on Goodreads and there seem to be nothing but raves. But, did you like it?
June 7 at 13:13 EST .

  6 people like this.



   Gram77  Sorry, I wasn't too clear. This book is sitting on my desk. It will be my next. I'll keep you posted.
June 7 at 16:09 EST .

  6 people like this.



   StormCnter  I ordered this one, Gram, and we can share our impressions.
June 9 at 08:53 EST .

  3 people like this.





   StormCnter  Today's Wall Street Journal had a review of the James Patterson/Bill Clinton book, "The President's Missing". The reviewer liked the book but has some snide analysis of what he believes the former president's contribution might have been.
https://outline.com/HenBsm
June 5 at 10:32 EST .

   5 people like this.



   MeiDei  Well, I think BJC's book will outsell HRC's ... thanks to Patterson. More from Goodreads reviewers, fans of Bill.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3509
7255-the-president-is-missing

Thanks for calling attention to this one.
June 6 at 16:06 EST .

  5 people like this.





   MeiDei  "High Season" is this week's book being previewed via Random House book club.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36723241-the-high-season [read the full intro]
June 4 at 10:20 EST .

   5 people like this.




   MeiDei  From the First Look Book Club this week is "Warlight" written by the author of "The English Patient"- here's a review -
http://www.latimes.com/books/la-ca-jc-michael-ondaatje-20180
503-story.html
May 31 at 04:39 EST .

   6 people like this.




   StormCnter  Gram asked me not to forget the Readers' Wall, and I won't. I have a terrific book to recommend although I am only 50 pages into it. "Two Girls Down" by Louisa Luna. The cover comment is by Lee Child, which ought to give a clue as to the quality of the content. This one is a gripper from the first few pages.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36136030-two-girls-down
May 30 at 08:23 EST .

   6 people like this.



   Gram77  Oh yeah....my kind of book. Trip to library planned this weekend. Thanks.
May 30 at 14:15 EST .

  6 people like this.





   Gram77  This, in my opinion is the slow season for new and interesting books so now I will dig into my pile of books I have accumulated over the winter months. This is also the time of year that I love to roam through the library.
May 16 at 08:16 EST .

   8 people like this.




   Gram77  Just finished The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. It's a wonder any of those children survived their young lives and became productive adults. Several years ago I read Half Broke Horses, which was a very good book and wasn't aware of Walls background. I just thought I had stumbled onto a good book.
May 14 at 09:06 EST .

   8 people like this.



   StormCnter  Those were both good. My daughter-in-law considers The Glass Castle to be one of the best she has ever read. That type of memoir, however, makes me doubly thankful to have grown up in a normal home with a happy childhood.
May 16 at 12:11 EST .

  8 people like this.





   StormCnter  I completed "The Chilbury Ladies Choir" by Jennifer Ryan. Some of you might remember it was discussed here a few pages back, but I don't think anyone had yet read it.

This is a good book. I recommend it. It covers four months in 1940 in an English small town with the Germans rolling through Poland, Czechoslovakia, The English Channel Islands and the coastal town of Chilbury is on alert. The men have been called up, and there's a need to boost morale at home. the story follows several of the residents, young, old, arrogant, meek, even a child refugee. There are crises, some of them serious, mysteries, love stories, and the town gets bombed.

It's an easy read, but it kept me interested all the way to the last page.
May 8 at 17:57 EST .

   11 people like this.



   Gram77  I need to check this out. You choose interesting books.
May 9 at 18:46 EST .

  9 people like this.



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