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Old 09-06-2016, 08:26 PM   #2421
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Wow, Gerald Durrell. We read his books as kids.
Didn't go in there, but noticed a plaque indicating where he lived when we were on the Greek island of Corfu:

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Homer & Langley by E. L. Doctorow

Based on the real life Collyer brothers of New York City......quite different....I loved it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collyer_brothers

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I read a book called My Brother's Keeper based on these brothers' story. It was sad but interesting.


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Old 09-11-2016, 06:52 PM   #2424
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I just finished 1Q84, , Haruki Murakami's 1000 page Magnus Opus, originally published as three volumes. This is one you will either be fascinated with or bored to tears. Set in 1984 Tokyo, it is a magical fantasy about a slightly changed parallel world with two moons and mysterious "little people" from another dimension. Lots of compelling imagery and insight into Japanese culture. I liked it but think at least half of its readers probably toss it aside.
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I read a book called My Brother's Keeper based on these brothers' story. It was sad but interesting.
They were surely 'different'.
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They were surely 'different'.

Yes, i just can't imagine living that way. My mom and my husband both love to "save" things. My mom is gone, but my husband gets so annoyed with me when I throw out something that is broken, but he is saving to fix. There is no way I'm going to end up squashed by falling junk.


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Just started No Man's Lands by Scott Huler....following the journey of Odysseus......I like the premise and the book might be absorbing....(although a number of the reviews contain 'howevers'......but, since I only paid $1 for it.......)


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I am reading the ninth Bruno Courrèges, Chief of Police, novel by Martin Walker. Set in the Dordogne region of France, in the fictional town of St. Denis. Very enjoyable.
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I am reading the ninth Bruno Courrèges, Chief of Police, novel by Martin Walker. Set in the Dordogne region of France, in the fictional town of St. Denis. Very enjoyable.
Thanks for the idea. Our library seems to be very active in this author's series. Generally I like to read a series in order and here is an ordered list for others to browse: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Walker
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I'm reading Stefan Zweig'smemoir The World of Yesterday, about growing up Jewish in Vienna during the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian empire, the two World Wars, and the rapid change of culture in between. Fascinating!
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Just finished The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer. Not for everyone, but I enjoyed it.
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Just finished The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer. Not for everyone, but I enjoyed it.

Well, I don't know much about Amy Schumer. For some reason have a negative impression of her. But, that's a pretty funny book title. Having read the girl with the dragon tattoo series which I thought was great maybe I should give this a try......nah.


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Just finished The Nix by Nathan Hill which I really enjoyed. The author has been compared to John Irving.



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Just finished "The Confidence Game," by Maria Konnikova. It's about con games and con artists over the years. I found the stories about the con games and con artists a good read, but all the psychobabble in between those things not very interesting (and I skimmed through it).
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Interspersed with the latter day following of the travels of Odysseus, which can be set aside and picked up on as the mood takes, I'm into Mixed Blood by Roger Smith, a view into the 'underbelly' of Cape Town, RSA:

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DW recommended I read this book: https://smile.amazon.com/Keep-You-Cl...keep+you+close

This is a psychological thriller (I am told). Decent read.
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I just finished J. D. Vance's memoir, Hillbilly Elegy, and I found it fascinating.

It's about Vance growing up, but it's really about Hillbilly (i.e. scots-irish) culture and disfunction in America.
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DW put me on to P. D. James, and I recently finished the 14 books in her series of murder mysteries featuring Adam Dalgleish, an English police detective.

Very enjoyable, and they should be available in most library systems.

I always like to read series like that in order, so I recommend starting with the first, "Cover Her Face". If you like it, you might want to continue. I certainly did.
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Just finished Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. I usually read non-fiction and get my fiction fix by watching Netflix and Amazon Prime. I had a library copy with a smaller font than my Kindle. I also read books like I am reading a physics textbook (very slow). This took me 3 weeks to finish, I read a lot on behavioral economics. Amazon review here. Currently reading The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson. This is the Kindle version from the local library. Easier on my eyes.
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Thanks for the idea. Our library seems to be very active in this author's series. Generally I like to read a series in order and here is an ordered list for others to browse: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Walker
I have now finished the latest Martin Walker (thanks for posting the series list, lsbcal), and I do recommend reading them in order. Like many series, the first books are the best imo and by the ninth, they often don't match that caliber in plotting and character development. If you like a series and read them in order, though, you will still usually find something to like. This series reminds me so much of Louise Penny's Three Pines books--good writing, a continuing cast of interesting characters, a setting that is a character in itself--so if the story line goes a bit astray, I can still enjoy those things. Because both the Walker and Penny books are mostly set in small villages, one does have to wonder at the homicide rate!
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