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   MeiDei  The latest gossip about Downton Abbey http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3174657/Is-Down
ton-Abbey-braced-FIVE-weddings-shock-funeral-finale-Filming-
church-sparks-frantic-marriage-rumours.html
July 26 at 16:19 EST .



   StormCnter  I'm looking forward to what will surely be the final season for The Abbey. It's been a fun ride.
Tuesday at 06:38 EST .




   Gram77  Here is a list of the reading I've been doing. As you folks know, I read a huge variety of things......just can't leave books alone. The one I'm in the middle of is Dead Wake by Erik Larson. The history this author presents before the disaster of the Lusitania is fastinating. Then for some humor and some education as to how a bail bondsman runs business, The Fixer by Ira Judelson and finally a total experiment which I just might dump, Uncaged by John Sanford and Michael Cook.
July 25 at 08:24 EST .

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   StormCnter  Gram, I just placed a big order with B&N from the notes I've been keeping for a couple of months. "Dead Wake" is on it and I am looking forward to that one. I looked up Judelman's "The Fixer" and that sure looks good. That'll go on my next order. Thanks.
July 25 at 13:39 EST .




   MeiDei  Well! On The Forum is an article re: Harpers Ferry fire" & comment by Susannah regarding diaries written during the War between the States. It prodded my curiosity and so I've spent the last hour or two reading the following (and not finished yet - fascinating ).
https://books.google.com/books?id=WojvfHAX4lgC&printsec=fron
tcover&dq=Mary+Chesnut's+Civil+War&source=bl&ots=JU3Ec3B4L5&
sig=QGMuO7dEkrl9OzloCc3zvRFX1l4&hl=en&ei=FRgrTbS6EsWjnQf147W
mAQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result#v=onepage&q&f=false

Author pictured below

   July 23 at 14:31 EST .



   StormCnter  I have this book. It's on my Don't-Loan shelf.
July 25 at 07:00 EST .




   StormCnter  Has this Wall gone dormant?
I'm reading an interesting novel with an offbeat premise. A young male slave is rescued by John Brown (that John Brown ), but because of his outfit when Brown's men grabbed him, the kid is believed to be a girl. As a black girl, he is exempted from the usual boy chores and is considered by Brown to be a good-luck charm. I'm halfway through the book and am riding through Iowa with the Brown "army" during a bitter winter. I have found this unusual story to be surprisingly engrossing. The title is "The Good Lord Bird", by James McBride, and was a National Book Award winner.
July 17 at 07:20 EST .

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   Gram77  Your question is interestng Storm. If you scroll down (can't remember how far ) I also made a comment about never seeing much activity at this site. After that suddenly there was some good action and interesting books discussed and then it become slow again. I am an avid reader and like books that aren't on the "beaten path" so to speak. Your book sounds rather interesting and hopefully my library has it or can track it down.
July 17 at 09:14 EST .

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   StormCnter  Well, I'm glad you showed up, Gram. I'll try to offer things more often, too.
July 17 at 10:55 EST .

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   MeiDei  I haven't been to either of the two book stores I visit and am starving for something to read, thanks for the suggestion here & below. I just gave a ton of books to the VA hospital in upstate NY via my niece. Have others to give to the charitable store that serves the mental health hospital & others to sort through for the VA hospital in Brockton.
July 18 at 18:05 EST .

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   StormCnter  I'm putting together my list of books to order. I gather tips from all kinds of places and stash the notes until ordering time. But, then I check out the titles at GoodReads and other reviewing sites. I'm still fighting slavery with John Brown's army, but will finish that one this weekend.
July 19 at 05:40 EST .

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   StormCnter  I am almost finished with a book that started a bit slow, but has built into a really good read. The last chapters are gripping. Imagine that Germany has won and is occupying England after WWII. The British government has fled to Canada, as has the King. Germans are in control and are everywhere in London, from Gestapo on down. An English war hero, "The British Lion" has, because of personal tragedy, been co-opted by the Nazis and is helping remove the Jews. But, there is a little Jewish boy...
The title is "The Darkest Hour" by Tony Schumacher. I recommend it.
July 8 at 08:15 EST .

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   Safetydude  SC,

You might want to check this out.
I read it about a million years ago and as I remember it was Len Deighton at his best.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51053
9.SS_GB
July 19 at 23:11 EST .

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   Safetydude  As an aside, I'd rather recommend a doctor than a book or restaurant....
July 19 at 23:14 EST .

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   StormCnter  Thanks, SD. I've put that one on my list. I'll be ordering books today. Aw, I recommend books all the time, but I am always prepared that someone might not enjoy my recommendation. That's ok.
July 22 at 10:30 EST .




   Susannah  I'm reading Sally Bedell Smith's "Elizabeth the Queen." It covers a lot of familiar ground, but I did find out that the relationship between the Reagans and the royal family was a lot closer than I knew. Everyone knows how highly Thatcher and Reagan regarded each other, but I didn't know that Elizabeth and Nancy Reagan became such good friends, and that Princess Margaret and Nancy Reagan were very close. Princess Margaret wrote to Nancy several times a month for decades, apparently, and after her stroke when she could no longer communicate very well, Margaret had her secretary keep up the correspondence.

This probably is not the book for you if you believe Diana was a saint. Bedell, who has already written a bio of Diana, offers proof that Diana lied about her husband and the rest of the family. (To cut her some slack, Diana was mentally ill, and was ill before her marriage. ) But Bedell shows that Charles wasn't having an affair with Camilla, and only returned to Camilla after he discovered that Diana had already cheated on him with a bodyguard and then James Hewitt.
June 27 at 16:32 EST .

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   StormCnter  I've read it, Susannah, and Sally Bedell Smith never disappoints. I've been fascinated with Elizabeth since she was a mere Princess. In sixth grade, I wrote an essay about her, using the only resources available in 1951 to a kid in rural Texas: my family's Encyclopedia Americana and Life magazine. At the same age, I devoured Marion Crawford's "The Little Princesses" and when Elizabeth was crowned, I watched her coronation on television. Secretly, however, I considered myself Princess Margaret Rose, whom I thought was much more exciting.
June 28 at 07:43 EST .

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   MeiDei  i hadn't heard that Diana was mentally ill - only read the book written by her butler (? ) That tidbit has got to sting William & Harry.
June 29 at 09:02 EST .

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   Balogreene  I really like the Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child series about Pendergast, the "FBI" agent.
June 16 at 21:27 EST .

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   StormCnter  Some of you may be familiar with Kristin Hannah. She has written 22 books (22!! ). I generally avoid books by such a prolific author because I've always thought no one has so many good stories to tell. But, Larry McMurtry sometimes surprises us with a good one in among the shelf-fillers. So does James Lee Burke. So, I picked up "The Nightingale" by Hannah after reading several praising reviews. I'm almost finished with it and I'm here to tell you this is a really good book. It's the story of two sisters in occupied France during WWII. One of them stays home and ends up housing a German officer. The other flees to Paris to join the underground. I highly recommend this book. And...I'm going to look up Ms. Hannah's previous books. Maybe there is another winner.
June 15 at 12:57 EST .

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   Gram77  Not to change the subject but......if you haven't read Sanford's latest book Gathering Prey, run don't walk to the book store. It is as my dad used to say a humdinger!
June 16 at 17:29 EST .

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   StormCnter  Based on your recommendation, Gram, I'll put it on my list.
June 17 at 05:40 EST .

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   MeiDei  Wow, talk of coincidences - the gal I meet with once a month just gave me "The Nightingale" to read - about 1/4 way through it and concur - good book.
June 21 at 01:09 EST .

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   MeiDei  Just finished "The Nightingale" - hard to put the book down; well written, good character development, haunting story - another that would make a good movie with the right actors & director.
June 23 at 08:36 EST .

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   Gram77  I just googled The Niightingale. I have sort of glanced at this book but never checked it out. Just googled it again and think I should put it on the list of things to read. I have to say that I did not care for The Girl On The Train. Interesting how differently we all read and what we like. Differences are what makes the word go around.
June 23 at 08:59 EST .

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   StormCnter  "The Girl on the Train" was so-so, I thought, too. So much alcohol flowed in that book that my mind was boggled.
June 23 at 16:34 EST .

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   MeiDei  Girl on the Train caused me to talk out loud - "are you crazy"
"Leave it be" - "MYOB" - "stop the drinking girl" - so in that sense it caused active participation & frustration. Not a total waste : ) The Nightingale is one I'd like to see made into a movie & thought Natalie Portman would be Isabelle & Jean Reno the father. How about your thoughts on casting, Storm.
June 24 at 10:46 EST .

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   StormCnter  Daniel Brühl as Gäetan? He's 36 or so, but Portman is in her mid thirties, too. The book does cover a lot of years. Hilary Duff as Vianne? She's younger than Portman and Isabel is supposed to be ten years younger than Vianne, but Hollywood can do anything.
June 28 at 07:53 EST .

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   MeiDei  Just looked up Daniel Bruhl - good choice!! What do you think of Eastwood as director? How about the good German & the rotter?
June 29 at 08:45 EST .

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   StormCnter  Eastwood seems to make his films dark these days, in lighting, dialogue and scene transition. He might be perfect for this project, since there is not much brightness in the story. Jude Law for the good German Captain, DiCaprio for the bad German.
June 30 at 07:06 EST .

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   Balogreene  Has anyone read "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed? It was made into an eponymous movie starring Reese Witherspoon.

It is being read by my Red Hat Society Book Club this month, but I'm not sure it's my cup of tea. Any reviews?
June 6 at 21:01 EST .

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   StormCnter  I've read it, Balo. It's good. I had a bit of trouble identifying with Cheryl's constant introspection, but it's an enjoyable story.
June 13 at 12:59 EST .

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   MeiDei  Rather than wait til I finish reading this one, if you like a novel based on real places [with substitute names], WW1 & nursing you'll really like this one. It would make a great movie! Written by the man who wrote Schindler's List - "The Daughters of Mars" - if it interests you & you have a "Dollar Tree" store near you, a shipment of a few copies just came in; I was lucky enough to pick one up for $1 - well spent. Here's Goodreads review: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17164599-the-daughters-of
-mars
June 1 at 20:39 EST .

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   MeiDei  Finished this one. Drags a bit here & there, has two different endings I guess you pick the one you most like. I still think it would make a great movie but with a lot of editing & tightening up.
June 11 at 05:37 EST .

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