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   MeiDei  My friend with whom I swap books included the following in an email tonight - seems we're both reading history (mine is "1775" - dry reading, I feel as if I'll get a test upon completion )but for those who like lighter fare:
"I’ve been reading a lot of non-fiction lately and really enjoying it. The Heart of the Sea by Nathanial Philbrick (what a good writer ) and then I read his Mayflower. There is so much I didn’t know about the Pilgrims. I’m currently reading At Home by Bill Bryson (another interesting author ). It’s a book about the history and origins of the things we have in our home. So interesting. Did you know Thomas Jefferson introduced the French fry to America? Plus Bryson is very funny in a John Cleese kind of way". With luck she'll swap those books with me next month. 1775 goes into detail leading up to the revolution, right after the Boston Tea Party with MA, VA & SC being the 3 states that were leaders in their respective concerns. NY, NJ, MD, PA & DE not so much. SC's efforts were not emphasized when I was in school, they were important especially for acquiring (in many cases raiding from the Brits ) munitions, rifles & cannons.
January 27 at 22:38 EST .

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   StormCnter  Mei, one of my way back grandfathers and his brother were part of the SC Regulator movement which preceded the Revolution.
January 31 at 10:18 EST .

   MeiDei  That chapter hasn't come up yet but I did a Wiki-peak - govt. corruption, excessive taxes, severe drought - makes me remember: "the more things change, the more they stay the same.
February 1 at 17:19 EST .

   Balogreene  Storm, mine too.
15 hours ago .

   MeiDei  Pg. 64 "between 1670 & 1690 54% of whites immigrated from Barbados & other islands ... the Lowndes & Rawlins from St. Kits, Lucases & Perrys from Antigua, Meylers & Whaleys from Jamaica & LMortes from Grenada" --- they were the rich planters mostly of Scotch Irish descent. Any names ring a bell in either of your heritage?
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   MeiDei  "The Swans of Fifth Avenue" is being previewed a little bit every day at the on-line book club this week. Sounds interesting and something you may enjoy reading if you're into gossip, Truman Capote, Babe Paley et al - NYC in the 50's. Due for 2/'16 release. Some readers reviews at Goodreads:
January 25 at 01:45 EST .

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   MeiDei  Today, Friday, has the last excerpt for the week (I like the author's style )and from which is quoted here (Capote in Diana Vreeland's Harper Bazaar office ): "Truman's eyes, usually so wide and sparkling with mischief, hardened. He set his jaw in a way few people ever saw—few of his society friends, anyway. Others were very well acquainted with that shrewd, determined look: His lover, Jack Dunphy. His friend from Monroeville, Nelle Harper Lee. His mother, Nina/Lillie Mae, certainly, had been on the wrong end of it in her lifetime. As had various schoolmates who went one step too far in their teasing and bullying. As had Humphrey Bogart, when he challenged Truman, on the set of Beat the Devil, to an arm-wrestling contest.

Humphrey Bogart, his wrist nearly snapped off his arm, never teased Truman Capote again." Thought our movie fans would appreciate that tidbit : )
January 29 at 14:39 EST .

   MeiDei  I put down a scholarly history book "1775" for softer reading but found nothing new in house to read - from the increasing 'pile-to-donate' I picked up "Pirate Latitudes" by Michael Crichton & reread it. Enjoyed it much more the 2nd time around. Now I find that Stephen Spielberg is a huge Crichton fan and has, since 2009, been working on making a movie of it - no mention of what the hang-up is.
17th century Jamaica, privateer vs. pirate distinction, colonial rule by as much as can be "spinned" (in today's vernacular ) and an interesting cast of characters who come together to battle greed, politics & the elements - some with revenge.
January 24 at 14:03 EST .

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   StormCnter  I think I've read all of Crichton's books and enjoyed every single one. He was a good one, for sure.
January 25 at 05:42 EST .

   Balogreene  It's on my list
15 hours ago .

   StormCnter  I just begun a new book that has been sitting on my shelf for a few weeks. I'm not really into spy novels, but this one got really good reviews. Are any of you fans of
Olen Steinhauer? This book is "All The Old Knives" and I really like the opening pages. After five years, intelligence agent flies from Vienna to Carmel-by-the-Sea to have lunch with an old love with whom he hasn't had contact in five years. She served with him in Vienna and an old mystery needs solving. But, was she part of the crime?
January 24 at 13:12 EST .

   MeiDei  sounds good, as does the one you recommend below - thanks!
January 24 at 14:06 EST .

   StormCnter  Well, I meant to say "I have just begun" or "I began" and I have no idea why it turned out grammatically terrible. Please excuse the old gray head fortunately disguised as a light brown head.
January 24 at 14:42 EST .

   StormCnter  I have a book to recommend to those who enjoy legal and courtroom fiction. If you've been a Scott Turow or Grisham fan, you will like "The Verdict" by Nick Stone a lot. I had read such good reviews, I preordered it and began reading as soon as it arrived. Stone is a Brit, the story is set in England, and it takes a chapter or two to get used to the English terms "toss" for "consider", "two-up, two-down" for a four-plex. And the plot is a little complicated. However, I think Stone puts together a better tale than Grisham's latest efforts and I really liked the book. I'm in the final chapter and hated to take time away to write this recommendation. [grin].
This is from Goodreads, where "The Verdict" got four and 1/2 stars:
"Terry Flynt is a struggling legal clerk, desperately trying to get promoted. And then he is given the biggest opportunity of his career: to help defend a millionaire accused of murdering a woman in his hotel suite.
The only problem is that the accused man, Vernon James, turns out to be not only someone he knows, but someone he loathes."
January 19 at 08:50 EST .

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   Gram77  Hey, thanks for this recommendation. It's now on my mile long reading list.
January 19 at 14:11 EST .

   MeiDei  How interesting - and surprisingly, The Ashford Affair (below ) also has a main character who is a lawyer who has given up 7 years of her life to become a partner in her law firm - but while she's a main character the book is about family secrets not courtroom drama.
January 19 at 23:32 EST .

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   StormCnter  I've got your Ashford Affair on my list.
January 20 at 05:52 EST .

   MeiDei  I've started reading "The Ashford Affair" and enjoying it. The story spans WWI and 1999 going from London to Kenya to NYC. Not quite Downton Abbey or Out of Africa but along those lines. Here's Goodreads take:
January 16 at 13:40 EST .

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   StormCnter  I'm almost finished with a "Blue Heaven" by C. J. Box. It came out a few years ago and somehow I missed it. I am a Box fan. The story is of a young brother and sister who witness a murder, are spotted, and flee into hiding. The setting is rural Idaho, very rustic terrain, and an area attracting a group of retired Los Angeles cops who've built huge expensive homes and are living suspiciously high. I hated to stop reading for any reason at all, wanting to turn each page to see what happens next.
January 9 at 06:24 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  Just finished Scott Turow's Innocent.

Great Caesar's Ghost! Those people Just needed to get a life outside of their own little silly, angst-filled world! So much hand wringing! So many recriminations! A grown man crying so many tears! A silly, amoral girl with nothing to do but sleep around.

The best thing to happen to all of them was when the crazy woman offed herself.

And someone should have come along years ago and slapped Rusty until his teeth rattled. Maybe he would have grown up and faced up. But I never understood why, in the first book, when he realized that Barbara was the one who murdered Carolyn, he didn't at best, turn her in and let her take her lumps, or at worst, stay separated from her. He could have taken the kid in a custody battle if his thing was to save the kid. I can't see that the kid gained anything by having crazy mama and too-tightly-wrapped dad in the house raising him. All they did was really screw him up. Look what kind of a blubbering fool the kid turned out to be. Will he ever become an adult male?

And look what kind of a crime the Molto let Brand get away with, without any criminal penalty.

The only main character with any honor or worth saving was Sandy Stern.
January 2 at 22:12 EST .

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   Balogreene  I love when people actually read a book and comment on how real the subjects are. Thanks, I won't buy it.
January 16 at 18:53 EST .

   StormCnter  I'm reading and enjoying a novel that is very different for me. "The Turner House", Angela Flournoy. It's the story of a black family, parents and 13 children, living in a badly deteriorating Detroit over a period of forty years. There are flashbacks to fill in the stories of several of the children and also the parents. Now, Dad is gone, Mama is in poor health and the grown children are trying to figure out how to save the family home. Detroit property values are practically nonexistent and the house is worth less than their memories of it. I like this book. I recommend it. It was a finalist for the National Book Award.
January 2 at 14:35 EST .

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   MeiDei  Just found this site: use to find books at your local library or to have sent to them. Something to explore.
December 31 at 20:59 EST .

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