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   Gram77  Finally....I have started Unbroken. I can assure you all nothing is going to get done around the house because there is no putting this book down for something else!
December 11 at 18:45 EST .

   16 people like this.

   Balogreene  It is an incredible story.
December 11 at 22:14 EST .

  7 people like this.

   Gram77  Do you think the movie will stick to facts? This is one story that needs no tinkering with.
December 11 at 23:23 EST .

  8 people like this.

   Balogreene  Gram, I hope they stick to the book, Louis worked on it. But,it is Hollywood,they'll dramatize.
December 12 at 20:23 EST .

  8 people like this.

   Balogreene  Our Kindles were updated recently. A new feature is a household account. It only allows for two adult accounts to be shared, but, in our house that works. Mom and I are on one account, Big Sis has another. When we clicked the Settings, and to share a household account, we suddenly each had all the other's books available. You can block your books from the other account, so if there is something you don't want them to see, they won't. The nice thing for us, is we won't have to buy duplicate books (we sometimes do ).
December 10 at 21:21 EST .

   16 people like this.

   Gram77  Question: I was given a Nook and lots of books I look for are sometimes 3-4 years old and the Nook just gives me a message that it's not available. It there a limit as to how old a book can be?
December 8 at 18:19 EST .

   15 people like this.

   StormCnter  Gram, I don't know. I have no experience with the e-readers.
December 9 at 06:54 EST .

  7 people like this.

   Balogreene  Gram, I didn't think so. I love to get the classics (have a complete Charles Dickens on my Kindle ). One search I do (for my Kindle ) is only for e-books. Many books are still paper only. You can check a box, saying you want it to be made available electronically.

Go here, and sign up for e-mails:
You sign up for the kind of books you like, and what electronic platform you have. I have a Kindle, but have iBooks and Nook on my iPad. Most titles they send out are less than $3, some are free.
December 10 at 10:25 EST .

  4 people like this.

   StormCnter  I just finished a small novel, "Dead Calm", by Charles Wilson. Nicole Kidman and Sam Neil were in the movie. Good book, quick reading, tense. Now, I'm into "The Man Who Kept the Secrets" by James Spada. It's a biography of Peter Lawford and the opening pages hooked me. It begins with a panicky Peter Lawford phone call to a favorite Hollywood PI to help him locate and clean up incriminating evidence at Marilyn Monroe's home before the cops are called about her death.
December 7 at 07:48 EST .

   16 people like this.

   RoseOfTexas  Read over Thanksgiving: Jan Karon's latest Mitford/Father Tim: Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good. I love all her books & want to re-read them. Up next: Daniel Silva's The Heist, latest in his Gabriel Allon series. And Mom found an author she likes: Laurien (don't forget the i ) Berenson. Death of a Dog Whisperer...light mystery for dog lovers.
December 2 at 18:15 EST .

   15 people like this.

   MeiDei  Just for fun -"novel" suggestions for gifts for the book lovers in your family:
November 30 at 18:39 EST .

   17 people like this.

   StormCnter  I checked it out. The cat bookmark is adorable, but too expensive. I'm intrigued with the poetry tights. I may order some for one of the granddaughters if I'm not too late. Thanks, Mei.
December 2 at 15:11 EST .

  13 people like this.

   MeiDei  A WW11 novel "All The Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr is one I can highly recommend. It's a story about a young French blind girl, her father's incredible show of love, and an Austrian orphan boy who is naturally, technically, talented drawn into Hitler's youth; their individual challenges and how their lives become intertwined. It's a haunting story, very well written - almost as if it were true.
November 28 at 22:22 EST .

   15 people like this.

   Clipped wings  We just returned from a trip to the mid-west from northern Alabama. During the long trip, we listened to an audible book. We had been anxious to read/hear the new one by David Baldacci, The Escape. Be forewarned, this book (if like the audio version ) is in dire need of decent editing. Redundant! Overlong! Over 76 chapters and could have been reduced to maybe 25 to 30. This may be the last one of his for me. So disappointed. Have any of you read this yet and if so, what did you think?
November 27 at 20:06 EST .

   15 people like this.

   Balogreene  I just bought it, and am disappointed to hear this. I was enjoying this series, and like the narrators. Will check back in a couple of days with my opinion.
November 28 at 12:09 EST .

  12 people like this.

   Balogreene  Clipped Wings. I am currently listening to it. I'm enjoying it. I enjoy the Puller family, and this is only the third of that series. I admit, I listen while I illustrate my documents for work. I don't pay total attention, so I probably miss redundancy. Pretty soon, I'm going to set the sleep timer, and go to bed. I'll even sleep through part of it (but, in the morning will backtrack a chapter ). It's not like driving and listening. It's like only semi-listening. But, I am enjoying the story.
December 5 at 00:22 EST .

  9 people like this.

   MeiDei  Just finished Louise Penny's latest Inspector Gamache novel "The Long Way Home". Now to wait another year for the continuing story.
November 24 at 17:07 EST .

   18 people like this.

   Balogreene  I just finished "The Forgotten Highlander" by Alistair Urquhart. He was a young man (19? ) when WWII broke out in Europe. His family was comforted that previously the UK had called up people in alphabetical order. They must have started at the other end for WWII. He was stationed in Singapore, and was there when they surrendered. He spent the next five or six years as a Japanese POW. He worked on the Bridge on the River Kwai, and was at Nagasaki when the bomb went off.

I think he went into reasonable detail in the beginning to establish who he was. The detail of the time in the camps is amazing. When he wrote the book, at age 90, he had not forgiven the Japanese, or the British War Department. He does not go into much detail about his life after the war, except the first maybe year at home. He fought the War Department, tried to put his life back together, and struggled with acclimatization to a normal life. Then he gets really vague.

The story is his wartime experience, the evil of the Japanese, and the ill-treatment at the hands of the War Department, of all who had been POWs. It is a riveting story of courage and strength.
November 23 at 22:45 EST .

   17 people like this.

   Gram77  This sounds like a book I want to read. Thanks for the review.
November 24 at 09:49 EST .

  14 people like this.

   MeiDei  I worked (in the 80's ) with a Dutchman who as a young man was in the spice trade in Asia & also imprisoned several years by the Japanese doing hard labor. He never spoke much about it other than to marvel at dealing with them 40 years later with his renewed side-line spice business.
November 24 at 17:14 EST .

  14 people like this.

   Balogreene  Apparently, this is the first Alastair ever talked of it, not even to his wife.
November 27 at 13:14 EST .

  10 people like this.

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