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Joined: 10/28/2008
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Change of Heart by Jodi Piccolut was absolutely incredible... don't be scared of by the talk of religion and spirituality in the reviews!
Joined: 12/15/2006
Msg: 71
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Posted: 2/6/2009 6:30:28 PM
It's Only A Mountain by D ick and Rick Hoyt.

I openly cried and laughed on my bus rides to work in the morning. If you EVER feel like giving up, read and re-read this book!
Joined: 12/11/2008
Msg: 72
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Posted: 2/6/2009 10:42:45 PM
I've just started Small Wonder, a collection of essays by Barbara Kingsolver. Really beautiful stuff. Everything I've read of hers has moved me.
Joined: 10/27/2008
Msg: 73
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Posted: 2/7/2009 10:32:53 AM
I'm a HUGE Neil Gaiman fan. HUGE. Just finished his latest, "The Graveyard Book", and loved it. Dying to go see "Coraline" because the book was so good. I like his more adult works the best though. "American Gods" was excellent. I highly recommend it.
Joined: 1/13/2008
Msg: 74
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Posted: 2/7/2009 10:47:40 AM
The Shack. I love how it was written.
Joined: 2/8/2008
Msg: 75
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Posted: 2/7/2009 11:42:43 AM
Anything by any of these authors:

John Grisham
James Patterson
Tami Hoag
Patricia Cornwell
Stephen King
Dean Koontz
Erica ? (damn her last name escapes me at this moment! lol)
Joined: 10/4/2008
Msg: 76
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Posted: 2/7/2009 2:01:25 PM
My favorites include:

Anything by of the greatest IMO
Henry Miller.. read everything he wrote, liked Nin by association, but didn't find her to be in the same league as Miller.
Margaurite Duras... The Lover was incredible
The Marquis de Sade.. read Juliette if you have an afternoon or a few (!) is hard to develop an "ear" for it at first, due to the stilted 1700's style of language, but well worth it! Somewhat "amatuerish" style (as if I am in any postion to criticize) but brilliant--you have to consider the circumstances under which it was forever colored my world.
Anything by Steinbeck: To a God Unknown was "spooky"
Tennessee William's short stories are Great
Doris Lessing
T.S Eliot
Sylvia Plath
Baltasar Gracian: The Art of Worldly Wisdom-- an easy, but profound read
Baudelaire: Paris Spleen---you Won't be disappointed!

There are so many more...much of what was posted before, I have to agree with. To read a great book is to slake a deep thirst... Nothing else will do.

I tend to read books in spits and spats. I suddenly get in the mood and read a half dozen or more, then go for months without reading any kind of literature.

I am hearing quite a bit about Gaiman, here and elsewhere. I will have to investigate this author.
Joined: 1/20/2007
Msg: 77
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Posted: 2/7/2009 7:13:16 PM
The Tent Peg Aritha van Herk. Recommending reading esp. for fishes.
Joined: 1/30/2009
Msg: 78
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Posted: 2/8/2009 8:10:17 AM
Two Cups of Tea by Gregg Mortinson, nonfiction. About his travels in arabic countries, and how he started raising money to build schools in some of the most remote parts of them. Excellent book. Look him up on the net.

The Known World by Edward P. Jones. fiction. About a slave who obtained freedom, started a business, and was a slave owner himself. Very interesting book.

And of course, The Bible, read it almost daily.
Joined: 7/19/2008
Msg: 79
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Posted: 2/11/2009 7:49:08 PM
Zorba the Greek, by Nikos Kazantzakis

The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera (far, far better than the film)

The Hours, by Michael Cunningham (even better than the film, which was pretty darn good)

Notes From Underground, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Overcoat; The Nose; by Nikolai Gogol

The Human Stain; Deception; Portnoy's Complaint; by Phillip Roth (loved his description of it as "putting the id back into Yid!")

Love In The Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

When the Women Come Out to Dance, by Elmore Leonard (first book of his I've ever read, will not be the last)

*anything* by Charles Bukowski but particularly: Women; Post Office; Ham On Rye

Nausea, by Jean Paul Sartre

...too many!
Joined: 1/11/2008
Msg: 80
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Posted: 2/12/2009 9:23:27 PM
I recently got into some awesome non-fiction military books.

House to House-SSG David Bellavia. Awesome look into what things are like in Iraq when it was bad.
The Rescue of River City- Maj Drew Dix (Ret) Medal of Honor recipient. Reading this one is like reading Rambo, the only difference is its true.
Twice Armed- Col Alan King. Easily the most influential book on Middle east culture I have read.
General Patton's Principles: For Life and Leadership-Porter B. Williamson. Offers an amazing look into one of the best military tacticians and leaders of the 20th century.

And any good translation of Sun Tzu's Art of War needs to be on everyone's bookshelf.
Joined: 2/7/2011
Msg: 81
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Posted: 8/16/2011 11:37:17 AM
last week I read My Name is Memory by Anne Brashares (author of sisterhood of the traveling pants). I really liked it. I'd say it would be a good read as well for as young as a mature 14 year old (two minor sex scenarios, not overly graphic). The main characters for a lot of the time are college age.
It's a combo of past lives+love story+intrigue and mystery. Can't say much more. I think females would be more interested in it.
Joined: 6/10/2008
Msg: 82
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Posted: 8/16/2011 4:01:33 PM
The shack
Eat, pray and love, the book was much better than the movie.
Probable cause, by Richard Patterson
These lovely bones, again the book was much much more than the movie.
The illustrated man, Ray bradbury
The Profit, Kahil Gibran
any of Lavryle Spencers books, historical love stories, "That Camden Summer".
Abduction by Robin Cook
Henry david Thoreau "Civil Disobedience".
"Love", by Leo Busgalgia
"Your Erroneous Zones", by Wayne Dyer
"The Alchemist", by Paul Coheo
while I did not read the book I saw the movie and the book is on my list:
"Love In The Time of Cholera", by Gabriel Garcia Marquez absoultely changed my mind about love.

Joined: 3/12/2010
Msg: 83
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Posted: 8/17/2011 8:20:41 AM
If you like the mystery genre, then I can recommend:

Robert B. Parker (Spenser novels)
Lee Childs (Jack Reacher novels)
John Sandford (the "prey" novels)

Steven King referenced Jack Reacher in one of his recent novels, which I thought was interesting.
Joined: 2/7/2011
Msg: 84
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Posted: 9/1/2011 1:19:28 PM
I'm just about through reading The Help. I wanted to read it before seeing the movie. I hadn't even heard of it until I saw a movie trailer and thought hey that looks good, I bet the book would be great.
Such an addicting book, so hard to put down. I just bought it last sunday, and it's the best book buys in a while.
Really recommend it.
Joined: 3/1/2006
Msg: 85
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Posted: 9/1/2011 1:49:23 PM

I'm just about through reading The Help.

my book club chose this book for the sept. discussion. it has so much more depth and progressive action than the last one we read (little bee, which pretty much sucked). i like when an author can move the plot along. so i'd recommend this one as well.
Joined: 2/9/2008
Msg: 86
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Posted: 9/1/2011 2:45:15 PM
If you like twisted and humorous escapist novels. Anything from
Tom Robbins
Carl Hiassen
Bill Fitzhugh
Christopher Moore
Tom Holt
Joined: 2/7/2011
Msg: 87
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Posted: 9/1/2011 3:23:56 PM

my book club chose this book for the sept. discussion. it has so much more depth and progressive action than the last one we read (little bee, which pretty much sucked). i like when an author can move the plot along. so i'd recommend this one as well.

cool! that will be a really fun book discussion.
Joined: 3/6/2011
Msg: 88
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Posted: 9/1/2011 6:09:02 PM
at bearwoman1959. i remember reading tommyknockers almost 23 years ago when i was pregnant with my second son. it was at the end of my pregnancy....i could not stop reading it. the story got crazier and crazier and i could not put it down. now adays i'm a john grisom reader.
Joined: 2/9/2008
Msg: 89
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Posted: 9/1/2011 6:18:20 PM
I gave Tommyknockers to my stepmom on her way out of this world, a decision that I still debate, 3o years later. While it was a wild ride, one has to wonder how much the final images play into the journey beyond. If life is but a dream, what is eternity and the images we fill ourselves with on the way to the exit door? I also gave her pot, which she refused to do..saying "I got enough problems without getting addicted to this shit", as the chemo was killing her not softly. I have come to think after that, that kinder, and more gentle and hopeful images are the best fare for the transition. After the rest of life, when I get time to read, giggles, creativity, and great fantasy are the fairy tales I want to hear on the way outa here.
Joined: 3/1/2006
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Posted: 9/1/2011 6:28:15 PM

If you like twisted and humorous escapist novels. Anything from
Tom Robbins
Carl Hiassen
Bill Fitzhugh
Christopher Moore
Tom Holt

few villains creep me out as much as carl hiassen's. when he creates a vile character, he totally goes overboard! and i love the environmental themes in his work. he's a scream!
Joined: 7/31/2011
Msg: 91
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Posted: 9/2/2011 3:46:51 PM
Aside from many classics, I think Anne Lemont's Bird by Bird is a great book for writers.
In a non fiction mood recently I read Chomsky, Schama and Gladwell. In the summer I tend to read Ruth Rendell, and her Barbara Vine novels or other British suspense. A few years ago Ludlum's Pillars of the Earth surprised me with a book I liked.

I read a lot in my work so at any given time I'm reading all sorts of authors in various genres, many wonderful talents that may never see a bestseller list. I never paid much attention to the "bestsellers" anyway.

A lot of interesting books mentioned on this thread..... I better put up some more bookselves : )
Joined: 9/1/2009
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Posted: 9/2/2011 9:27:32 PM

If you like the mystery genre, then I can recommend:

Robert B. Parker (Spenser novels)
Lee Childs (Jack Reacher novels)
John Sandford (the "prey" novels)

Steven King referenced Jack Reacher in one of his recent novels, which I thought was interesting.

I'd add Robert Crais, John Gilstrap, Robert K Tanenbaum, and Andrew Vachhs to that list, also some of Elizabeth Lowell's later books, like Death Echo and The Wrong Hostage.

Seems that Tom Cruise has been signed to play Reacher in an upcoming movie. Nothing against Cruise, but I can't imagina a more unlikely Reacher.
Joined: 12/8/2011
Msg: 93
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Posted: 1/15/2012 10:56:03 AM

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Everyone Poops
by Taro Gomi

True story but has a crappy ending.
Joined: 2/14/2006
Msg: 94
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Posted: 1/15/2012 5:26:34 PM
Books... sqeeee!

Time before History rates high for me - Colin Tudge. It's well written and treats the reader like a novice. Even if some of it is theory it's still a great read.

I found something at my grandmother's house when she died called "Foxfire" series. They teach you about living in the wild - she was a mountain woman so now I have a part of that and while sometimes gory they do tell you lots of tips. The versions I have are old.

I like Guide to Wild Foods and Useful plants - Christopher Nyerges , they talk about edible - medicinal - alternate uses for plants you find. Even have some recipes. Only downside is that the images aren't color in mine.

A fascinating history of witchcraft, magic, and occultism - WB Crow is a fun book, my version is from the 70's.

In that same style but with more plates I like Witchcraft, Magic, & Alchemy - Grillot de Givry. Mine is the 1971 version.

Gnomes - such cute illustrations and stories. One of those that you sift through for sleepy time and cheers me up to look at.

The styles of Ornament - Alexander Speltz. This one isn't so much about reading because it mostly has plates but it's more about noticing styles of ornament and how it changes by culture. My version is from 1959 lol

Celtic Art the methods of Construction - George Bain.
This one is a great guide for drawing celtic art. Think I got it on a trip to the Art Museum. You don't read this one as much as stare, then try.

The game of god - Hancock, Brugger. It starts off entertaining but ends badly. I still think it was a fun read. It has little cartoons with each page of text.
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