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   StormCnter  I got my new shipment of books in and decided to begin with Mark Costello's "Big If". It was published in 2002 and I thought it is timely because it involves the Secret Service protection of a threatened Vice-President. It's fiction. Has anyone read it?
October 18 at 07:49 EST .




   Balogreene  I want to push this back to the top. Storm recommended The Martian: A Novel by Weir. Oh my, get it! It is an absolutely wonderful book. I did read some reviews that he made scientific errors, but, I'm not a chemist, mechanical engineer, botanist, whatever. It is an almost perfect book. It is available on Kindle Unlimited, for rent if you have Prime, or most probably at your local library. It is an easy read (don't let that science stuff scare you ). And, I got choked up a couple of times.
October 10 at 16:43 EST .

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   Gram77  I'm glad to see this book getting some action. I had mentioned it quite a while ago and it didn't get any comments. It hasn't gotten into my library yet and I find that odd.
October 11 at 10:07 EST .

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   StormCnter  Gram, your librarians might not know about it. It's been pretty much an underground book, not a big publisher and not a recognized author. Andy Weir offered the book for free from his website after no agent would represent him. Then, after he got a bit of attention, he got it on Amazon for Kindle at 99 cents. Now the book is on the NYT's best-selling list. Try mentioning it to your library and then, if you want, you can ask about donating a copy.
October 12 at 08:08 EST .

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   Gram77  Donate I can do. Sometimes when I read a book that I am really taken with and I keep it and have been known to read it again.
October 12 at 14:12 EST .

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   MeiDei  What I especially licked about the book was the author's style of writing.
October 12 at 19:10 EST .

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   MeiDei  that should be liked, not licked - dang 'c' key
October 13 at 16:32 EST .

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   Balogreene  I loved the stuff on Mars, and sometimes got bored with the stuff on Earth. But, I loved his style. I hope he writes more Andy Weir is good.
October 13 at 19:09 EST .

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   StormCnter  I know I've recommended on this thread an old book, Richard Harwell's "Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind Letters". Today, in the Wall Street Journal, I read a review of a similar, but brand new GWTW book, "The Scarlett Letters", edited by John Wiley, Jr. I am intrigued and I will order it, but I wonder if there won't be a tremendous overlap. Wiley is apparently a respected GWTW expert and historian, so we'll see.
October 4 at 13:47 EST .

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   Susannah  For those of you who are fans of Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall, she has a brand-new collection of short stories out. It's called "The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher," though I'm under the impression the only reference in the entire book to Thatcher is tangential.

I've never read anything by Mantel, so I can't offer a personal recommendation here.
October 1 at 12:02 EST .

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   StormCnter  I've read two of her books and they were good ones. I've always been interested in Tudor England and particularly enjoyed "Wolf Hall".
October 2 at 07:20 EST .

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   MeiDei  BBC is making Wolf Hall into a series with Damian Lewis - here's a link to the story: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/art
icle-2790697/pressure-heats-damian-lewis
-author-hilary-mantel-warns-bbc-not-turn
-tv-version-wolf-hall-nonsense.html
October 13 at 19:07 EST .

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   MeiDei  Has anyone else read "Flight of the Sparrow" by Amy Belding Brown? I just finished it. It's an historical novel about a real person, Mary Rowlandson, who was captured by Indians and ransomed back to the English during the 17th century in Massachusetts.
October 1 at 03:08 EST .

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   StormCnter  I haven't read it, hadn't heard of it, Mei, but it sure sounds intriguing.
October 2 at 07:21 EST .

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   MeiDei  The irony is Massasoit shared food & seeds with the Pilgrims when they landed in Plimoth & taught them to hunt & fish & grow their crops. Without his help they would have starved. In return they took his lands, nearly wiped out the Indians with European disease. His son, King Phillip aware of this rebelled. It is intriguing - many Indians converted to Christianity and were termed Praying Indians with land areas assigned to them ... then came the injustices. It's the sad story of "the more things change, the more they stay the same". I think you would enjoy the book, & like me be glad we weren't Puritan women in those days : )
October 2 at 12:01 EST .

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   Carolina Kat  I just finished "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand and would give it five stars! It's the non-fiction biography of Louis Zamperini. They've made a movie out of it, but I'd bet it won't touch very much on the spiritual side of the story. What a story of survival and victory and forgiveness! I highly recommend it.
September 29 at 20:04 EST .

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   StormCnter  I agree, Carolina Kat. I resisted reading that book because I'm squeamish about torture and wartime survival. But, my son-in-law was carried away with it, so I finally stopped pushing it back on my bookshelf. It was a great book and I have recommended it to so many people. Thanks for reminding me.
September 30 at 06:39 EST .

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   Balogreene  I agree, a wonderful book. Louis was supposed to be the Grand Marshall at the next Rose Parade, but sadly, died this summer. He worked with Angelina Jolie on the movie, so, I'll see what people say when it comes out.
October 9 at 17:22 EST .

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   MeiDei  I just finished reading The Martian recommended by Storm a while ago. Very much enjoyed it - the writer left the ending to our imagination; I imagined all went well.
September 28 at 17:33 EST .

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   Gram77  I too read this book. It was excellent and the ending was clear. The astronaut was definitely rescued and by a daring method. The space ship did a passover with an astronaut tethered to that ship and he was able to literally grab the stranded fella and bring him home. Pretty badly bruised by rescued.
September 28 at 17:44 EST .

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   MeiDei  Right, but Gram did you not wonder if they had enough food & fuel to get home?
September 28 at 19:22 EST .

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   Gram77  I guess they did because in the book they got home. In real life so to speak, you bet I would wonder.
September 28 at 20:02 EST .

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   StormCnter  I am so pleased y'all liked the book. I just sent it home with my son-in-law and am looking forward to his opinion,too. I'm wondering if it wouldn't make a profitable movie. Or was the theater-going public sated with the Sandra Bullock film.
September 29 at 05:39 EST .

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   Gram77  I kind of think it would make a good movie....but...only if the movie people did not change things on the book to suit them. Unfortunately they usually do and the biggest change I remember was how the the ending in The Horse Whisperer movie was so very different then the book.
September 29 at 09:25 EST .

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   MeiDei  I hate to be contrary, but in the end of the book they were still 211 days away from earth with dwindling supplies of food & as previously mentioned, there was a protocol for who would survive if they ran out... it was the Johannson girl. I still have the book so I checked. I agree it would make a great movie if they follow the book faithfully.
September 29 at 16:00 EST .

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   StormCnter  Mei, I love you but I also think the crew was headed for survival.
September 30 at 06:41 EST .

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   MeiDei  Thank you Storm, as first stated I imagined they (pulled together utilizing his ingenuity for survival and ) made it home safely. I like happy endings. My point was that the author cleverly left the ending to our imagination with the hint that they weren't out of the woods yet. He left us rooting for them.
September 30 at 18:31 EST .

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   Balogreene  OK you guys. I waited for Kindle to drop the price, and haven't read the book yet, though I did get it cheaply. Now, I'm going to have to put down the two I'm currently reading, and see what I think.
October 9 at 17:27 EST .

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   Balogreene  Mei, I didn't pick up on the dwindling supplies, they were resupplied after all. I picked up if they rationed they were just fine. Although I agree, the ending was perfect, you don't know.
October 10 at 16:45 EST .

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   Gram77  Just got an email from a friend who recommended a book. The title is The Harbinger. Anyone read this? I read an interesting review and plan to check it out.
September 28 at 10:08 EST .

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   StormCnter  I haven't read it, Gram. I looked it up on Amazon and read through the reviews. It's not the type of book I would buy, but I'm interested in what you think of it if you read it.

Do you look up book reviews? Goodreads is a helpful site. I had almost decided to give up on a highly touted book that I was 75 pages into and bored to death, but before I abandoned an expensive hardback, I checked it out at Goodreads. Reviewers there said that the book picks up at the halfway point and turns into a really good one. I've stayed with it a bit more and the reviewers are right.
September 29 at 09:19 EST .

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   Gram77  The only reason I plan to see if this book is really good is that I saw there is a copy at my library. Otherwise I would not buy it.
September 29 at 09:27 EST .

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   StormCnter  I'm just finishing "This is the Water" by Yannick Murphy. Stay away from it, no matter how many gushy reviews you see. It's gimmicky and tedious.
September 25 at 07:09 EST .

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   Susannah  I'm about halfway through "Jackie as Editor: The Literary Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis," by Greg Lawrence. It's about the only part of her life that was never put under a microscope: her editorial jobs at Viking and Doubleday. It's pretty interesting, with some good anecdotes about various authors. And it provides a depressingly accurate picture of what publishing has become today.
September 18 at 11:47 EST .

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