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   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 .

   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 .

   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 .

   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 .

   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 .

   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 .

   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 .

   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 .

   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 .

   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:
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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   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!!
May 28 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:
May 27 at 17:46 EST .

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   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.
May 27 at 13:05 EST .

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   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.
May 27 at 10:45 EST .

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   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:
May 27 at 10:04 EST .

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