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   StormCnter  Anyone read any of Peter Swanson's books? He has written "The Girl With a Clock for a Heart", "the Kind Worth Killing" and "Her Every Fear". I read "...Fear" and enjoyed it, so I picked up an inexpensive paperback version of "The Kind..." and I just finished it. Well. Talk about a double cross and a triple cross and twists and turns to puzzle even the most avid of us crime thriller solvers. I see a reviewer said this book should be an Alfred Hitchcock movie. It was a good one and I recommend it. Here's the GoodReads review:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21936809-the-kind-worth-
killing?from_search=true
March 20 at 16:45 EST .

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   Jerico  Just went and requested it from my library. Can't wait.
Wednesday at 05:04 EST .

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   StormCnter  I hope you enjoy it.
Wednesday at 07:55 EST .

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   StormCnter  I just turned the last page on a book that puzzled me. How much are we influenced by book reviews? Reviewers say the book is "haunting", "the prose is lyrical", the story is "shattering", so I expect most of those things. I can tell you that "Idaho" is all of them. Amazon says "A stunning debut novel about love and forgiveness, about the violence of memory and the equal violence of its loss—from O. Henry Prize–winning author Emily Ruskovich". One reviewer said this book will turn upside-down everything you thought you knew about life. A woman inexplicably and suddenly kills her six-year-old. Her 9 year old daughter sees and flees. Her husband divorces her and spends years grieving and wondering while fighting the onset of his inherited dementia. His new wife is trying to deal with all of this and to find some answers. I finished the book wishing more ends had been tied up, but understanding that in real life that seldom happens. I am curious to know if anyone else has read "Idaho".
March 16 at 12:53 EST .

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   Gram77  Just checked the review by Amazon. I think this book is worth checking out but from the library. I've backed off on how many books I purchase. I could buy a car given what I've spent over the years. I thank my mother for the love of books. She read to me constantly as a child.
March 16 at 16:57 EST .

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   StormCnter  Me, too, Gram. However, books still have value after we've read them and so I like to think the investment is shared. The problem with buying versus borrowing (library, friends ) is that we're stuck with what we paid for but not so with what was shared with us.
March 17 at 05:53 EST .

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   Jerico  I love the library. I have Lisa Jackson's latest EXPECTING TO DIE that I just started and just picked up Joel C Rosenberg's WITHOUT WARNING. Such a gift.
March 20 at 14:27 EST .

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   MeiDei  Rosenberg is a gifted writer, within the first few pages I've been tackled, picked up & carried along for the ride; thanks for mentioning him.
March 21 at 21:58 EST .

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   Gram77  A short time ago I mentioned several books I was considering, one being Dark Town. I started it yesterday and I can't tell you the things I remember as a kid growing up in the 30s. For me it is tough reading, however, quite accurate to the times as I remember it. One of the avid readers had said they had read it and darned if I can remember who it was or how they viewed the book.
March 14 at 15:15 EST .

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   StormCnter  Gram, the avid reader was probably me. I read it and it's not a book anyone can say was enjoyable. It's not that kind of light reading, but it was very readable and I found it engrossing.
March 16 at 12:44 EST .

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   StormCnter  I'm reading "The Highest Tide" by Jim Lynch. It was published in 2006 and I ordered it in my latest batch of books. Almost as soon as I began reading, I realized I had read it when it came out, but I'm enjoying a second time through this little paperback. It's a quick read and a little different. I recommend it. A shy, nerdy, underdeveloped thirteen year old boy makes some odd discoveries during his nighttime strolls along the Puget Sound mud flats. Here's the GoodReads review. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/94673.The_Highest_Tide
March 12 at 06:30 EST .

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   Gram77  Headed for the library this morning. Hopefully they will have a copy.
March 13 at 09:35 EST .

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   ALynnMcW  Picked up a book today by J. D. Vance. "Hillbilly Elegy" attempts to explain the anger that elected Trump. I can hardly put it down. I don't know if it's true but these are my people and I understand what he is saying.
March 11 at 18:24 EST .

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   StormCnter  I'll be interested in your review, ALynn. I've read a lot about this book, but hesitated about buying it because I'm afraid it'll be a grand slam against rural people and our culture.
March 12 at 06:26 EST .

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   StormCnter  Ok, here's a tout for a frivolous little book that I have enjoyed. It's a real change from the crime thrillers, WWII memoirs and violent western-themed books that are on my usual menu. This one is "Alligators, Old Mink and New Money: One Woman's Adventures in Vintage Clothing", a sort of biography of one woman's journey through high-fashion modeling in NYC, Hamburg and Paris and on to opening a vintage clothing store in Brooklyn after she got too old for the good modeling jobs. I'm not into vintage clothing, so this was new to me, but it's been a fun read. If you need something lighter than usual, but still interesting, give it a try.
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/147066.Alligators_Old_Min
k_and_New_Money
March 3 at 11:18 EST .

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   MeiDei  I have some articles of attire that are older than my son, i.e., a beautiful gold re-embroided brocade cocktail evening dress with matching hand made [Belgium] high heels. and a silk Peau de Soie emerald green & white ball gown w/matching coat both from the early 60's [do they count?]they both hold many good memories & don't take up much space. This book interests me muchly - thanks!
March 3 at 17:40 EST .

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   Gram77  Oh my goodness, Peau de Soie?? Is that still used in the clothing designer world today?
March 6 at 17:26 EST .

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   MeiDei  I doubt it Gram but I'm the last person to ask. It may be due for a comeback; Ivanka wore a black sequined floor length (? ) skirt recently that garnered a lot of good/bad attention, sequined blouses/sweaters were popular 50 years ago.
March 8 at 10:28 EST .

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   MeiDei  The Random House on-line book club just previewed this week "We Were the Lucky Ones" a narrative based on the author's Jewish family in Poland & the German invasion. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30267929-we-were-the-luck
y-ones


Coincidentally, for the past month I've been reading a 600+ page novel of the same era and locale titled "The Emperor of Lies" also based on survivors interviews, letters, diaries & archival reports of actual life in a ghetto, it's workings, and deprivation, hierarchy, & contribution to the war effort. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/04/books/review/the-emperor-o
f-lies-by-steve-sem-sandberg-book-review.html

Do I recommend either for your pleasure (? ) not unless you think your life sucks and you need a reminder there's always someone, somewhere worse off than you. I didn't like 'Lies" in the beginning but eventually was drawn in, yet thankfully only insofar as a peeping Tom; it's a book you can read but not participate in or associate with any of the characters. 3/4's read, Oy! I had no idea that these ghettos were more like slave factories over the course of several years [as long as they were productive & met Hitler's war needs] instead of short term holding places before shipping them all off to concentration camps & extermination, however, those too old, disabled or under 10 were on very borrowed time. In short: an eye opener.
February 24 at 03:53 EST .

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   Gram77  Another book I MUST read. When history and the world was changing I was quite young but I sensed that when I listened to adults talking during the late 30s I just knew I was hearing both fear and anger. Now that I am well up in years I read a great number of non-fiction books about those times. It's difficult to imagine the cruelty that existed in the world. And, I worry about today's world. Wonder who eventually will be reading those books about this present world.
February 25 at 16:55 EST .

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   StormCnter  Have you ever gotten midway into a book and found missing pages? I was at page 88 in "His Bloody Project", a finalist for the Booker Man prize and a book that has gotten rave reviews, when I realized the next 20 pages were missing. I spent 24.99 for that novel at Barnes & Noble and I was furious. My first email to B&N got a form response about their 14-day return policy. I had purchased the book along with 14 others at the end of December. However, my second email to B&N's customer service got a promise to send another copy of the book and a return label. So, I was satisfied. BTW, I also wrote to the publisher to tell them about their disappointing messup.
February 21 at 07:02 EST .

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   StormCnter  Update: The publisher emailed the missing pages, said it was aware of a problem in the "third printing", apologized, and is sending me a replacement book.
February 22 at 07:34 EST .

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   StormCnter  Where have our readers gone? I think everyone is busy, but we're still reading books. I just finished "Pete Rose, An American Dilemma" by Kostya Kennedy. I've always been a baseball fan, but the American League, not the National League. However, any sports fan is familiar with the Pete Rose story, the records, the hustle, the respect of his peers and bosses, the reckless destruction of all that with his gambling. The book was published in 2014. I have zero regard for Pete Rose and I hope he never is eligible for the Hall of Fame, but his story is fascinating. I recommend this book.
https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/books/2014/03/10/book-revie
w-pete-rose-american-dilemma-kostya-kennedy/J2AvOerjCVR9saBH
jYcwfP/story.html
February 14 at 06:43 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I am reading constantly but the books I like are.no way on the same level as what you guys read. I am a lightweight. I do enjoy reading about what books you all choose. I guess once the weather gets nicer I will be outside more and not reading as much.
February 21 at 20:07 EST .

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   StormCnter  Bird, our choices as readers are of course personal and the point is, I think, getting pleasure from our books. It doesn't matter what you or I read. But, if we aren't discussing the books you are interested in, please talk about ones you enjoy and you may be surprised that we have read some of them, too.
February 22 at 07:37 EST .

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   StormCnter  this is for Bird, because I've been thinking about her comments. I can't speak for others, but I have no problem with reading something lighter and less challenging sometimes. I have a friend who loves romance novels because she says they are entertaining, quick-reading and don't require a lot of concentration. I'm not into romance novels, but I do enjoy a lighter chick-lit book from time to time. I just finished one, in fact: "Save Me"by Kristyn Kusek Lewis. I enjoyed it a lot. And there is nothing heavy about it or even thought-provoking, but just a good read. Don't stay away from this Wall, Bird. You have much to offer.
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22111
707-save-me
March 1 at 16:03 EST .

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   StormCnter  I am almost finished with "Conclave" by Robert Harris. I found it fascinating. The story is set a few years from now and the Pope has just died. The Cardinals gather at the Vatican for the election of a new Pope. There is intrigue, scandal, elbow-throwing, pomp, prayer, but most of all, the inside workings of what is necessary at such a time. The garments, the rituals, the rules. I am not Catholic, so know very little about the faith, but I have really enjoyed this book. I recommend it.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29397486-conclave?from_s
earch=true
February 4 at 08:17 EST .

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   MeiDei  Thanks for the tip & link. Read the reviews - one went political re: the electoral college (no understanding of it ). Really whet my appetite to read this book, when you have a large group of people w/egos & ambition you get intrigue be it palace, government, Church or business - the dark side of human nature - wickedly fascinating ; )
February 4 at 12:45 EST .

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   Gram77  Just read the review of Conclave on Amazon. Really bland review, but Goodreads review is excellent and so were other reader reviews. Think I need to check this book out. Quite different from what I read but it's well worth a try.
February 5 at 09:00 EST .

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   StormCnter  Ok, a caveat. I really enjoyed this book. But the ending surprised and dismayed me. I'm interested in what anyone else thinks after reading it.
February 5 at 09:03 EST .

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