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Suggested Reading

   Gram77  This is great! First thing I did was grab paper and pencil and make a list. Saturday is library day for me even if I already have a book (or books ) in the house. Thanks!!
Yesterday at 15:23 EST .

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   MeiDei  "Jungleland" by Christopher Stewart is a true story about his search in Honduras for the White City, as Theodore Morde (a most remarkable man ) did 70+ years before. It is an easy story to follow with every other chapter about Morde's quest to a point followed by Stewart's same path. I think you'll find the following helpful:
Wednesday at 17:46 EST .

   8 people like this.

   MeiDei  For much more light-hearted reading - "Death in the Floating City" by Tasha Alexander.
A period piece about an English couple who solve mysteries. Available on Kindle. "Years ago, Emily's childhood nemesis, Emma Callum, scandalized polite society when she eloped to Venice with an Italian count. But now her father-in-law lies murdered, and her husband has vanished. There's no one Emma can turn to for help but Emily, who leaves at once with her husband, the dashing Colin Hargreaves, for Venice. There, her investigations take her from opulent palazzi to slums, libraries, and bordellos. Emily soon realizes that to solve the present day crime, she must first unravel a centuries old puzzle". It has a surprise ending.
Wednesday at 13:05 EST .

   12 people like this.

   MeiDei  An historical novel that starts off in Pinochet's Chile & the main character's journey in Copenhagen. He was a teacher of literature, poetry & imprisoned for it where he has an encounter with two angels. His struggles in Chile & in Copenhagen + years of therapy with a shrink are finally brought to fruition through the kindness of one person. It's a haunting tale that wraps you up. "In the Company of Angels" by Thomas Kennedy.
Wednesday at 10:45 EST .

   12 people like this.

   MeiDei  Finished reading "The Death of Sweet Mister" quite a while ago. It's not a subject I'm normally drawn to but the author writes very well, not hard to imagine the characters & scenery & not a fun read but I couldn't put it down - certainly unforgettable. It's a story about the loss of innocence. If nothing else, you're left with an appreciation for your own childhood regardless of your circumstances. Here is a good review:
Wednesday at 10:04 EST .

   12 people like this.

   MeiDei  "An Uncommon Education" by Elizabeth Percer. I really liked this book, an only child growing up in Boston through leaving college. Half way through I had to check to see if it was a novel or an autobiography. Here's a review:
"For fans of "Prep," "Dead Poets Society," and "Special Topics in Calamity Physics "comes an elegant and remarkably insightful coming-of-age debut, in which a young woman's serendipitous discovery of her college's underground Shakespeare Society leads to an unforgettable series of transformations. When Naomi finds herself among "the Shakes" at Wellesley, she finally lets herself embrace the passionate inner self she's always kept locked away. But when a sudden scandal unfolds, she will be forced to learn the limits of the relationships that have sustained her. An intimate and enthralling narrative, Elizabeth Percer's debut novel An Uncommon Education marks the emergence of a stunning new literary talent".
Wednesday at 09:59 EST .

   12 people like this.

   Gram77  I am a little more than half way through James Grippondo's new book Cane and Abe. Very good.
May 17 at 10:22 EST .

   10 people like this.

   Gram77  Apparently I was mistaken about the newness of Grippondo's book mentioned above. I just finished checking our a site called "bookreporter" and found that this author has a book coming out on June 2 entitled Cash Landing. This site gives pretty good reviews and the book sounds interesting. ANYWAY I posted because this because the Suggested Reading site does not seem to be visited as often as it once was. I love reading and like to read many different kinds of books; things from history/war, memoirs, explorers, mystery, and silly stuff, Stephnie Plum being one. I know there are well educated folks here. Could we pep up this site a bit? Hope I am not butting in where I don't belong.
May 22 at 17:04 EST .

  5 people like this.

   StormCnter  I agree, Gram. Too many of us fail to visit some of the Walls that we would enjoy and where we might be able to contribute. So, let me offer something a little different for discussion. One of my 13 year old granddaughters is an avid reader and will tackle anything. She enjoys fiction but has trouble locating the books she might like. She resists any book labeled or referenced as "young adult", thinking it will be "babyish". You and I know better. Anyway, over this last weekend, I gathered up a group of books from my shelves to send home with her. See what you think of my list: "Jaws", "The Shining" (we had watched the movie on Saturday and I wanted her to see the differences between the book and the movie ), "How to Build a Girl", "Cold Sassy Tree", "Empire of the Summer Moon" (I told her if she read it and liked it, I would take her to the little fort where Cynthia Ann Parker was kidnapped ), "The Moonflower Vine", "The Reivers".
Wednesday at 10:02 EST .

   MeiDei  Gram I just gave you 4, another on way - true story about finding a lost city in Honduras.
Wednesday at 16:45 EST .

   Balogreene  What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. It is the book being read by my "Red Hat Society" book club. I decided to join them. I cannot tell you why I loved this book. A few days after reading it, I knew it was not my normal book (history ), but I really enjoyed it.

Alice loses her memory, and wakes up thinking she is newly-married, and pregnant for the first time. She learns she has three children, and her husband has left her. Her story is a journey, who she is, what she was, what she wants to be. Will she ever remember enough to survive?

I loved all of the characters, and was conflicted about their relationships with each other. Sometimes I yelled at Alice, sometimes her husband, sometimes her mother. I really did enjoy the book.
May 14 at 18:56 EST .

   12 people like this.

   StormCnter  I liked that book a lot, too, Balogreene. Liane Moriarty has written several excellent novels.
May 16 at 07:43 EST .

   Balogreene  Thank you Storm. I just downloaded "The Husband's Secret" and "Big Little Lies" on Audible.
May 17 at 17:04 EST .

   FlatCityGirl  I just finished John Sandford's Gathering Prey.

It was a barn burner.
May 12 at 09:18 EST .

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   Gram77  Getting it this week, can't wait. And by the way, I just got off Facebook and discovered that Michael Connelly has died. His last book, which was done by him and his son, is either on the shelf or soon will be and is predicted to sell out quickly. Plan to check this out when I get Sandford's book.
May 12 at 13:44 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  I went to his website and to his FaceBook page, and I can't find that he's died. I don't know what I'm missing, but he's got book tours scheduled for the new book, The Crossing, which is out in October. He could have passed away, but I can't find it. If he is gone, he will be missed like Vince Flynn is missed still. And Robert B. Parker.
May 12 at 17:23 EST .

   Gram77  I picked up the death notice on Facebook. Didn't think to research further.
May 15 at 08:29 EST .

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   StormCnter  Ok, I just finished the oddest little book. I want to say I was charmed, but it was more than that. I was charmed by the concept, but engrossed by the story. "The Book of Ebenezer Le Page" by Gerald Basil Edwards. The foreword is by John Fowles. This is from the review at Goodreads:
"Ebenezer Le Page, cantankerous, opinionated, and charming, is one of the most compelling literary creations of the late twentieth century. Eighty years old, Ebenezer has lived his whole life on the Channel Island of Guernsey, a stony speck of a place caught between the coasts of England and France yet a world apart from either. Ebenezer himself is fiercely independent, but as he reaches the end of his life he is determined to tell his own story and the stories of those he has known. He writes of family secrets and feuds, unforgettable friendships and friendships betrayed, love glimpsed and lost." I hope you give it a look. I'm not giving anything away when I tell you the ending is gratifying.
April 27 at 12:00 EST .

   15 people like this.

   MeiDei  I passed along your post to my book-swapping friend and her reply: "I had read another book that took place on the island of Guersey called the Guernsey Potato Peel Pie and Literary Society. It was excellent but unfortunately the author died after only writing one book".
April 28 at 08:38 EST .

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   StormCnter  I read and enjoyed that Guernsey book, too. It's set during the German occupation of WWII and how the Island residents coped, worked around and sometimes sabotaged their enemies.
April 28 at 14:13 EST .

  2 people like this.

   Gram77  I can't believe this.......some of my father's ancestors came from The Isle of Guernsey!!!
April 30 at 10:58 EST .

   Balogreene  Man, I have to remember this when I get my Amazon gift cards for my birthday!
May 17 at 17:07 EST .

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