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Old 04-05-2013, 01:02 PM   #1521
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Latest by Ted Kerasote, called Pukka's Promise. Very interesting, and provocative with regard to his ideas on food and health care. I consider his Merle's Door to be one of the finest dog/human relationship books I've ever read. This one is long on research rather than stories, but an excellent read for those wishing to learn more about longevity in pets and how we can make choices to improve the odds of our own animals living longer and healthier lives.
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I just finished " A week in winter " by Maeve Binchy .It was written right before she died.If you are a Maeve Binchy fan do not miss this book .Halfway into the book I was so in love with the Inn that I almost tried to book it before I remembered it was fictional.
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The Vegetable Gardener's Bible, 2nd Edition: Edward C. Smith: 9781603424752: Amazon.com: Books

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Natural Solutions to Things That Bug You: Dr. Myles Bader: 9780988295506: Amazon.com: Books
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The Story of Edgar Sawtelle - pretty good book but the ending sucked big time. After reading 500 pages I felt liking throwing the book across the room -- except it was on my Nook.

Water for Elephants (The movie was okay too)

The Bone Collector. (I just ordered the 2nd book - Coffin Dancer).
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I just finished " A week in winter " by Maeve Binchy .It was written right before she died.If you are a Maeve Binchy fan do not miss this book .Halfway into the book I was so in love with the Inn that I almost tried to book it before I remembered it was fictional.
I am glad to read a good review. It is another that I have on order from the library, right up there with Sarah's dog books. I love this thread!
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I just finished Sharp Objects, by Gillian Flynn who also wrote Gone Girl, which I haven't read. Sharp Objects was very unpleasant and overall had a lot of really sick characters. Since I paid for it, I made myself finish it. I wouldn't suggest it to anyone.
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I just finished Sharp Objects, by Gillian Flynn who also wrote Gone Girl, which I haven't read. Sharp Objects was very unpleasant and overall had a lot of really sick characters. Since I paid for it, I made myself finish it. I wouldn't suggest it to anyone.
Gotta disagree. Sharp Objects was a very good book, albeit with some sick characters. Oddly, while I liked Sharp Objects I couldn't get into Gone Girl, which everyone else loves.
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Gotta disagree. Sharp Objects was a very good book, albeit with some sick characters. Oddly, while I liked Sharp Objects I couldn't get into Gone Girl, which everyone else loves.
I read Gone Girl first and thought it was good but did not live up to the adulation. I rarely rarely don't finish a book but I could not get through Sharp Objects (mostly story line but slow pacing and characters I just didn't care about) and after maybe 75 pages skipped ahead to the last chapter and sent it back to the library.
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I just finished Sharp Objects, by Gillian Flynn who also wrote Gone Girl, which I haven't read. Sharp Objects was very unpleasant and overall had a lot of really sick characters. Since I paid for it, I made myself finish it. I wouldn't suggest it to anyone.
I liked Sharp Objects but I found the ending predictable .
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If I had borrowed it from the library, I would have quit part way through. It wasn't boring, that I will give it. My daughter in law liked Gone Girl, so she asked me to mail Sharp Objects to her. She's mailing Gone Girl to me. I hope it's better.
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If I had borrowed it from the library, I would have quit part way through. It wasn't boring, that I will give it. My daughter in law liked Gone Girl, so she asked me to mail Sharp Objects to her. She's mailing Gone Girl to me. I hope it's better.
Her books are filled with dark characters and have twists & turns you do not see coming . I read Gone Girl and was so intrigued I read her other books . I found Dark Places much better than Sharp Objects .
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I'm reading and skimming this: The Great Depression: A Diary: Benjamin Roth, James Ledbetter, Daniel B. Roth: Amazon.com: Books

The diary it is based on was written by a Youngstown, Ohio attorney. My own investment approach is intended to cover a crash but has yet to be crash tested. Might give ER investors something to consider. I think if you are an older investor, buying into major declines without a hint of market strength is unwise. The 1930's were much worse then the recent economic decline.

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When the stock market crashed in 1929, Benjamin Roth was a young lawyer in Youngstown, Ohio. After he began to grasp the magnitude of what had happened to American economic life, he decided to set down his impressions in his diary.This collection of those entries reveals another side of the Great Depression—one lived through by ordinary, middle-class Americans, who on a daily basis grappled with a swiftly changing economy coupled with anxiety about the unknown future. Roth’s depiction of life in time of widespread foreclosures, a schizophrenic stock market, political unrest and mass unemployment seem to speak directly to readers today.
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We are going on a trip to England & Scotland. We'll be in London a fair amount and after reading a chapter in this book I decided to buy it in Ebook form: Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now--As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Left It, and Long for It: Craig Taylor: 9780062005861: Amazon.com: Books

It's about people currently living in London and working there. People from all walks of life. Kind of a Studs Terkel effort. It should be easy to pick up and put down on a vacation since these are short vignettes of the individuals with a lot written from their viewpoints.
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I was looking for this thread lately. I have begun reading "Naked Statistics" by Charles Wheelan. It is in the mold of the 2 Freakonomics books so if you liked those you will like this one.
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We are going on a trip to England & Scotland. We'll be in London a fair amount and after reading a chapter in this book I decided to buy it in Ebook form: Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now--As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Left It, and Long for It: Craig Taylor: 9780062005861: Amazon.com: Books

It's about people currently living in London and working there. People from all walks of life. Kind of a Studs Terkel effort. It should be easy to pick up and put down on a vacation since these are short vignettes of the individuals with a lot written from their viewpoints.
Lsbcal, you might also like Capital by John Lanchester. A novel about London during the financial implosion--it centers on a banker and his wife. But he also weaves in the lives of everyone who lives on a particular street in London. It reflects the diversity of Londoners, mostly through the lives of the immigrants who live there. Funny, spot-on characterizations and touching at the same time.

It's a long one though, and you would have to keep at it to keep everyone's stories straight!
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Hi Gardenfun, thanks for the suggestion. I'll check it out.

A few years ago I read "Other People's Money" by Justin Cartwright. Really good. Here is the Amazon review:
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Artair Macleod, an actor manager whose ex-wife, Fleur, was all but stolen by Sir Harry, discovers that his company's monthly grant has not been paid by Tubal. Getting no answers from Julian, he goes to the local press, and an eager young reporter begins asking questions. Bit by bit, the reporter discovers that the grant money is in fact a payoff from Fleur, written off by the bank as a charitable donation, and a scandal breaks. Julian's temperament and judgment prove a bad fit for the economic forces of the era, and the family business plunges into chaos as he tries to hide the losses and massage the balance sheet.
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We are going on a trip to England & Scotland. We'll be in London a fair amount and after reading a chapter in this book I decided to buy it in Ebook form: Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now--As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Left It, and Long for It: Craig Taylor: 9780062005861: Amazon.com: Books

It's about people currently living in London and working there. People from all walks of life. Kind of a Studs Terkel effort. It should be easy to pick up and put down on a vacation since these are short vignettes of the individuals with a lot written from their viewpoints.
Thanks so much for this recommendation. I love London and look forward to a good read.
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Now I'm reading A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchey. I love her books and this is no exception. Maybe by explaining that I love her books, you all can understand how Sharp Objects by Flynn was so unpleasant to me. In Binchey's books, I love nearly all the characters, but didn't even like one character in Sharp Objects. To each his own, I guess.
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