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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 .

  7 people like this.



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

  6 people like this.



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

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   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 .

   6 people like this.



   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 .

  6 people like this.





   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 .

   7 people like this.




   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 .

   5 people like this.



   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 .

   7 people like this.



   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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   MeiDei  As my book swapping friend and I haven't been able to meet for lunch in a year, I asked her for books she's read that might interest me. Here's her reply:
"Here’s a sampling of what I have read lately and enjoyed, some more than others.

"The Story of Arthur Trulove" by Elizabeth Berg (loved this one )
"The Great Alone" by Kristin Hannah (On the best seller list. She wrote The Nightingale. )
"Winter Garden" also by Kristin Hannah (An American mom who lived through the siege of Leningrad. Also excellent )
"The Other Einstein" by Marie Benedict ( Mixed feelings about this one about Einstein’s first wife. He does not come across well in this version. )
"The Chillbury Ladies Choir" by Jennifer Ryan (Wonderful! They are making this into a TV series in Britain. )
"The Tower, The Zoo and the Tortoise" by Julia Stuart (One of my all-time favorites. Very quirky. )
Definitely off her list is The Hate U Give - very liberal book about how bad Whitey is and now recommended/suggested reading for all schools in her State.
March 12 at 21:23 EST .

   8 people like this.



   Gram77  Oh, Mei, what a great list! I am very interested in The Tower, The Zoo and The Tortoise. I have read a review and it sounds like a great and not to mention fun story. Thanks for sharing.
March 13 at 07:28 EST .

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   StormCnter  Gram and I have been discussing "The Great Alone" farther down the page. It is a story that had impact, at least for this reader. I won't soon forget the characters.
March 14 at 06:22 EST .

  4 people like this.



   Gram77  So glad to see your feelings on The Great Alone. I still for some reason carry that book in the back of my mind.
March 14 at 07:26 EST .

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   Gram77  While waiting for my turn to pick up Fire and Fury I am reading Only Killers and Thieves by Paul Howarth. The background is Australia in the 1800s, a country I have always been very interested in.
March 7 at 11:23 EST .

   9 people like this.



   StormCnter  Gram, I'll look for that one. I am fascinated by Australia and it was always on my now defunct bucket list.
March 7 at 12:29 EST .

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   Gram77  I am half way through It's Even Worse Than You Think. I am not a political student and thought I would read and at times only skim with this book. Not so, I have devoured every word. The book is divided into 8 Sections, each clearly and cleanly presented. I think the research is thorough and most importantly the writer does not insert any personal opinions. I hope these thoughts will peek you readers' interest.
March 2 at 10:43 EST .

   6 people like this.



   StormCnter  I love political books, Gram. I'll give this one a look.
March 6 at 06:06 EST .

  4 people like this.





   Gram77  When I went to my mail this morning I see that the library has It's Even Worse Than You Think by David Johnston ready for me to pick up. It's way different from what I just finished reading but I am ready to dig in.
February 28 at 08:35 EST .

   6 people like this.




   Gram77  I just finished The Great Alone, a story where letters play a big part in the story. I've tried to explain (in brief form that made sense ) the reason the letters came to be and how one of the characters mentally and emotionally survived by writing them. And no, this character is not in therapy. It takes place in Alaska well off the grid and in my opinion is powerful.
February 27 at 13:45 EST .

   6 people like this.



   StormCnter  Gram, that book is on the order I placed last week. I'm glad to read your review.
February 28 at 05:52 EST .

  8 people like this.



   Gram77  Can't wait to see what you think of this book.
March 7 at 11:24 EST .

  7 people like this.



   StormCnter  Gram, I began "The Great Alone" this morning and I can tell I'm hooked by this book. Thank you for your own review. I'll let you know, but so far, I'm enjoying it.
March 8 at 14:51 EST .

  6 people like this.



   StormCnter  I finished "The Great Alone" yesterday and I have to say it was a gripping tale, almost too intense in some places. I'm thinking it should be a movie, Gram. How about Joaquin Phoenix for the dad?
March 12 at 06:06 EST .

  5 people like this.



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