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   StormCnter  My new shipment of books came in and my husband opted to read "Shattered". So, I am about 1/3 into a novel I had looked forward to: "Pachinko", by Min Jin Lee. I have always enjoyed books, fiction and non, about the lives of people in other countries, particularly India and China. This one is a really good one.
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29983711-pachinko
Sunday at 09:15 EST .



   Gram77  Checked out Pachinko. Think this one will go on my to read list.
Monday at 06:04 EST .


   StormCnter  I'm halfway through, Gram, and it's an interesting story.
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   Gram77  Just started Mr. Clarinet by Nick Stone. Gonna be a good one!
April 13 at 06:51 EST .

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   StormCnter  I looked up a review of it, Gram. I agree. It should be a good one.
April 13 at 11:39 EST .

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   Gram77  Thanks to books and cross stitch and an all around great personality I have found a new friend. Recently she shared a book with me called A Man Called Ove. It's getting good reviews and looks like something I should be my next read. Any one else read this?
April 2 at 07:24 EST .

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   StormCnter  Gram, I loved A Man Called Ove and have recommended it to many. The writer has a couple of additional books out, too, and they are kind of fun.
April 2 at 09:16 EST .

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   Gram77  I am barely into A Man Called Ove and it is like reading a story about my mom. Everything, every neighbor, car, cat, dog, etc. was her personal worry and up for inspection. It is going to be a really neat read and is going to bring back memories.
April 3 at 12:04 EST .

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   StormCnter  I have commented before that I am usually skeptical about new books written by really prolific authors, thinking no writer has that many good books in him or her. Stephen King and Larry McMurtry occasionally turn out a gem, but beware. My exception is C.J. Box. I always pick up his books as they come out and I am never disappointed, although some are more memorable than others. His Joe Pickett series is very entertaining (Pickett is a Wyoming Game Warden ), but Box has written stand-alone fiction, too. I particularly remember "Three Weeks to Say Goodbye" about an adoptive couple who get a devastating phone call from the adoption agency nine months after they brought their baby home. It's a nail-biter and a Kleenex shredder. Check out C. J. Box's books.
http://cjboxbooklist.com/c-j-box-books-in-order/
March 29 at 07:25 EST .

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   Gram77  Interesting. Whenever I am either at the book store or the library, I admit that I walk by this author. Thanks to you I believe this author bears checking into. Thanks!
March 29 at 07:41 EST .

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   Gram77  Has anyone read Paper Lion by George Plimpton? I recently read a good review. If it's in the library I might take a crack at it.
March 25 at 16:42 EST .

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   StormCnter  Gram I read it when it came out. How many zillion years ago was that? But George Plimpton is always entertaining.
March 27 at 12:49 EST .

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   MeiDei  We'd occasionally see him on one of the piers in Newport, RI many years ago - he could be a character study.
March 29 at 02:32 EST .

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   Gram77  Just finished The Killing of the Rising Sun. The only one of O'Reilly's books for me. I'm sure many readers here at The Connection have read his books. Personally, I liked this book and found many details that at the time were never reported. The one thing I did not know what how long it was before Japan finally communicated with Truman before accepting the unconditional surrender.
March 25 at 07:32 EST .

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   StormCnter  I read one of O'Reilly's memoirs. I'm glad you liked one of his historical books, I might give it a try. I hated his memoir. I had it on audiobook and I was so peeved I stopped at a roadside park and tossed the whole audiobook in a litter-can.
March 25 at 09:09 EST .

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   Gram77  Had to laugh at this but I can relate. Once in a while I will get a book that I have waited to get my hands on and get nothing but disappointment. About The Killing of the Rising Sun; the book is of course history and facts but I thought it was written like a novel and fond it a page turner.
March 25 at 16:36 EST .

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   MeiDei  A rather exotic Eng. teacher we newly teenagers had (her Jewish State military/spy boyfriend complete w/eye patch ala Moishe Dayan ) taught us that having a bad book to read wasn't a waste - it helped identify & appreciate a good book.
March 27 at 01:32 EST .

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   StormCnter  Anyone read any of Peter Swanson's books? He has written "The Girl With a Clock for a Heart", "the Kind Worth Killing" and "Her Every Fear". I read "...Fear" and enjoyed it, so I picked up an inexpensive paperback version of "The Kind..." and I just finished it. Well. Talk about a double cross and a triple cross and twists and turns to puzzle even the most avid of us crime thriller solvers. I see a reviewer said this book should be an Alfred Hitchcock movie. It was a good one and I recommend it. Here's the GoodReads review:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21936809-the-kind-worth-
killing?from_search=true
March 20 at 16:45 EST .

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   Jerico  Just went and requested it from my library. Can't wait.
March 22 at 05:04 EST .

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   StormCnter  I hope you enjoy it.
March 22 at 07:55 EST .

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   StormCnter  I just turned the last page on a book that puzzled me. How much are we influenced by book reviews? Reviewers say the book is "haunting", "the prose is lyrical", the story is "shattering", so I expect most of those things. I can tell you that "Idaho" is all of them. Amazon says "A stunning debut novel about love and forgiveness, about the violence of memory and the equal violence of its loss—from O. Henry Prize–winning author Emily Ruskovich". One reviewer said this book will turn upside-down everything you thought you knew about life. A woman inexplicably and suddenly kills her six-year-old. Her 9 year old daughter sees and flees. Her husband divorces her and spends years grieving and wondering while fighting the onset of his inherited dementia. His new wife is trying to deal with all of this and to find some answers. I finished the book wishing more ends had been tied up, but understanding that in real life that seldom happens. I am curious to know if anyone else has read "Idaho".
March 16 at 12:53 EST .

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   Gram77  Just checked the review by Amazon. I think this book is worth checking out but from the library. I've backed off on how many books I purchase. I could buy a car given what I've spent over the years. I thank my mother for the love of books. She read to me constantly as a child.
March 16 at 16:57 EST .

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   StormCnter  Me, too, Gram. However, books still have value after we've read them and so I like to think the investment is shared. The problem with buying versus borrowing (library, friends ) is that we're stuck with what we paid for but not so with what was shared with us.
March 17 at 05:53 EST .

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   Jerico  I love the library. I have Lisa Jackson's latest EXPECTING TO DIE that I just started and just picked up Joel C Rosenberg's WITHOUT WARNING. Such a gift.
March 20 at 14:27 EST .

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   MeiDei  Rosenberg is a gifted writer, within the first few pages I've been tackled, picked up & carried along for the ride; thanks for mentioning him.
March 21 at 21:58 EST .

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   Gram77  A short time ago I mentioned several books I was considering, one being Dark Town. I started it yesterday and I can't tell you the things I remember as a kid growing up in the 30s. For me it is tough reading, however, quite accurate to the times as I remember it. One of the avid readers had said they had read it and darned if I can remember who it was or how they viewed the book.
March 14 at 15:15 EST .

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   StormCnter  Gram, the avid reader was probably me. I read it and it's not a book anyone can say was enjoyable. It's not that kind of light reading, but it was very readable and I found it engrossing.
March 16 at 12:44 EST .

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   StormCnter  I'm reading "The Highest Tide" by Jim Lynch. It was published in 2006 and I ordered it in my latest batch of books. Almost as soon as I began reading, I realized I had read it when it came out, but I'm enjoying a second time through this little paperback. It's a quick read and a little different. I recommend it. A shy, nerdy, underdeveloped thirteen year old boy makes some odd discoveries during his nighttime strolls along the Puget Sound mud flats. Here's the GoodReads review. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/94673.The_Highest_Tide
March 12 at 06:30 EST .

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   Gram77  Headed for the library this morning. Hopefully they will have a copy.
March 13 at 09:35 EST .

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