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   StormCnter  Yesterday, I made a trip to Barnes and Noble, book list in hand. I came home with a treasure trove and can't wait to get started on them. In the meantime, however, I am almost finished with a book I thought I wasn't going to like. WRONG! It's "The Art Forger" by B.A. Shapiro. I am a fine art illiterate (I'm not fine, the art is fine ) and I know nada about what a real artist goes through to complete a painting. But, this book not only educated me, but tangled me up in the story. It's a good one. I recommend it.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14568987-the-art-forger
Yesterday at 07:59 EST .




   MeiDei  I wish I could add to the selective process but I still can't hold a real book in my hands for more than a page or two at a time, even a paperback is only good for 3-4 pages. I've got that Victoria biography to read & 3 books I'd forgotten all about that are sitting on the front seat of my car ... must have had to make a mad dash in the house [just before my little dramatic life change - again] : ) For now just reading the dailies from Random House.
October 17 at 20:59 EST .

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   StormCnter  Do you have time for audiobooks, Mei? My son-in-law's mother had a similar problem when she was recovering from medical treatments and found audiobooks to work very well.
October 18 at 05:57 EST .

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   MeiDei  I think I'd fall asleep Storm. Or if listening and doing chores would most likely miss a lot of the story or be unmindful of what I'm doing. I'm not fully back yet, very slow progress with plateauing in between advances & some back sliding.....but alive & able to communicate : )
October 18 at 11:59 EST .

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   StormCnter  I'm reading "The Keep",Jennifer Egan, published in 2006 and I apparently avoided it for some reason. It looks like a weird story, but was an international best seller. I'm only into the first few chapters. Anyone read it?
I just finished "The German Girl" by Correa which I think Mei discussed on this Wall some time back. It begins a little slow, picks up in the middle and then ties up most of the still-loose ends at the finish. It's not a book to be enjoyed, but it's one to be remembered.
October 17 at 05:22 EST .

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   StormCnter  I gave up on "The Keep" about 1/3 into it. There were too many threads and too few connections. Now, I have begun "The Art Forger", by Shapiro. I'm barely into it and already intrigued.
October 18 at 05:56 EST .

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   Gram77  A reader friend loaned me a book; Before The Fall by Hawley. Do you readers know anything about it?
October 16 at 08:22 EST .

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   StormCnter  I read it, Gram. It's a very affecting book and you will stay involved in the story.
October 17 at 05:18 EST .

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   Gram77  It is a book style that I like and I am now hooked. I am betting when every one and everything comes together I will be surprised.
October 17 at 14:00 EST .

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   StormCnter  Have any of you read anything from Leif GW Persson? I'm always a bit hesitant about books "translated from the ...", but I have enjoyed some of the Japanese crime writers. I picked up "The Dying Detective", a crime story, by Mr. Persson and now I'm about 3/4 through it. It's engrossing. Mr. Persson's writing style takes a bit of getting accustomed, but the story has me completely hooked. I'm going to look at his other books.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35954615-the-dying-detec
tive
October 3 at 14:46 EST .

   2 people like this.



   Safetydude  Hey StormC,

You might want to check out the 'Martin Beck' series by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo. Also translated from Swedish.

I have the first one in the series; "Roseanna" in Swedish. which was my first language. and I was able read it as a teenager.
Not so now.
I have a well read leather bound, autographed translation that my dad gave me. That book is one of many that I regard as old friend.
October 3 at 21:14 EST .

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   StormCnter  Thank you, Sd, I will check those out. I appreciate the tip. My first language is Texan, so Swedish is a whole new world. [grin]
October 4 at 05:35 EST .

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   StormCnter  I have just begun "See What I Have Done", by Sarah Schmidt. It is a fictionalization of the Lizzie Borden case. I've read many books about Lizzie and the "forty whacks", so I wasn't sure I wanted to dig into another one. But the reviews were tantalizing, so I bought it. I'm a couple of chapters in and I can tell this is going to be a goodie.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32508637-see-what-i-have
-done
September 26 at 05:30 EST .

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   MeiDei  I'm in Fall River at least 6-8x a year and have yet to visit the Borden House. I think I'd rather read another book about it.
September 29 at 19:48 EST .

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   MeiDei  If you like historical novels, as I do, you might consider "Love & Other Consolation Prizes" by Jamie Ford. The book is this week's preview on the on-line book club. For more info on the book & the author check out: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33566868-love-and-other-
consolation-prizes
His first two novels (unread ) come highly rated also.
September 21 at 08:20 EST .

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   Gram77  Goodreads and Amazon both give great reviews for this book. One more for my list. Thanks, Mei
September 21 at 14:27 EST .

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   StormCnter  The author's previous book "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" is much-loved by my daughter-in-law.
September 24 at 05:36 EST .

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   StormCnter  I am halfway through Henry Fountain's "The Great Quake", which is about the 1964 Alaska earthquake, the "biggest earthquake in North America". It's fascinating. He weaves the personal stories of individual Alaskans into the science facts. Here's the Goodreads review:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33100392-the-great-quake

If you read and learned a lot from "Isaac's Storm" (Galveston 1900 ), or "The Rising Tide, (the 1927 great Mississippi River flood ), you will be glad you read this one, too.
September 18 at 10:43 EST .

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   MeiDei  My girlfriend's husband was in the Army Corps of Engineers at the time and was sent to Alaska to assist in the aftermath; he had some stories to tell.
September 19 at 13:40 EST .

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   StormCnter  In another life, I might have been a geologist or something similar.
September 19 at 17:52 EST .

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   Gram77  This is one of the many books on my reading list. Looks like I should move it to the top of the list.
September 27 at 04:34 EST .

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   StormCnter  I am almost finished with Richard Lange's "The Smack" and I heartily recommend it. A small-time con man gets caught up in a big-time theft ring originating with our troops in Afghanistan. It's pretty tense and I'm in the last few pages, afraid to turn to see what happens next. Here's the review from the LA Times:
http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-ca-jc-richard-lan
ge-smack-20170721-story.html
September 15 at 08:32 EST .

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   Gram77  Have to return a book to Books-A-Million that I already have so I will get The Smack.
September 15 at 11:09 EST .

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   Gram77  Books-A-Million don't have this and say they can't order it so today I'm off to Barnes and Noble or may have to order it on line.
September 16 at 08:14 EST .

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   StormCnter  Gram, email me with your address and I'll send it to you. No need to buy it.
September 17 at 05:56 EST .

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   Gram77  Oh, Storm, such a good friend! I got the book yesterday. Books drive me like nothing else, well maybe besides coffee.
Of course I have one waiting in the wings once I read Smack. It is The White Road by Sarah Lotz. It sounds a bit off the beaten track but most interesting. Thanks again for your offer.
September 17 at 09:28 EST .

  5 people like this.



   StormCnter  Glad you got it. My offer stands any time you can't find a book I have recommended.
September 17 at 09:35 EST .

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   Gram77  Being shut in a motel room for days moves one to read. So, I read the Orphan Train and I really liked it. I was very curious as to see how the author would end the book. I personally thought she did a good job, especially with the visit to the museum. Can't wait for other opinions.
September 15 at 07:21 EST .

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   StormCnter  I also liked the Orphan Train, Gram. And I know what you mean about being stuck in a motel room. Books come in handy.
September 15 at 08:28 EST .

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