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    Hey I liked "play it as it lays." Always have. Liked the screenplays she and her husband wrote. It was just that one boo kI didn't like. That one. Book. I didn't like. That . One. Book. ;-)
    PLUSHENKO YOU ARE ALWAYS THE BEST

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    I sent you a PM but I am sure others want to know which Didion you didn't like.
    "Nature is a damp, inconvenient sort of place where birds and animals wander about uncooked."

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    The book. That one. The one I. Wrote about. Here. Here? Yes, here. That book. Review. Surely it's infamous. Infamous? Yes. Surely. It is. Is? Is. Surely.
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    Sounds. Surely. Annoying. That one. To be avoided. Yes.

    Is it the Blue Nights?
    "Nature is a damp, inconvenient sort of place where birds and animals wander about uncooked."

    from Speedy Death

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    Quote Originally Posted by immoimeme View Post
    What's wrong w taylor caldwell? She wrote plenty of good books-enough to keep a person who likes her happy for months on end. I once tried to read all her books but didn't succeed. I found them all at the used books stores but I now see them from time to time on the library sale table.
    I did send her a copy of Dear and Glorious Physician, which I happened to have around. I'll see what she ends up liking. I liked Taylor Caldwell. My (small) problem came with her telegraphing the action (like skaters and jumps). If it's a dark and stormy night, you know something bad is going to happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IceAlisa View Post
    Sounds. Surely. Annoying. That one. To be avoided. Yes.

    Is it the Blue Nights?
    Eys. It shoukd. Been. Called. "Excessively Short and Frequently Over-Punctuated: My. Thoughts. And? Musings."
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    I will never read a Didion sentence the same way again.
    "Nature is a damp, inconvenient sort of place where birds and animals wander about uncooked."

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    Having read "Doctor Sleep" I have decided to read "The Shining". The two goes together and the book does have some big differences from the movie and I am halfway through book 1. So far I am loving it! This is such a great book and I don't normally read horror novels.
    “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” William Shakespeare

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    For the political junkies, you have to get Double Down. Like, right now. Stop reading this and go get it. I'll wait right here....

    Did you know that there were allegations that Rick Perry was gay? I had no idea. Most likely not true, but fascinating anyway. And that he had major back surgery TWO WEEKS before entering the race? And was on heavy painkillers and couldn't sleep? DAMN I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH.

    Oh, and that Romney and Huntsman hate each other.

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    Random semi-literary notes:

    Currently reading the latest Lincoln Lawyer novel by Michael Connelly. The character literally practices out of the back seat of a car, and there have been several novels featuring this character. The first book was also made into a movie. So the amusing part in this latest book is when the main character looks out in front of the courthouse and sees a row of Lincolns, and muses that "ever since the movie" there have been copycats stealing his schtick. Can't ever recall a book character acknowledging that a movie had been made about him!

    Also, speaking of the Romneys, being a cookbook lover and always interested in slices of Americana, naturally I snapped up Ann's The Romney Family Table. The recipes aren't much, but the text is fun, especially when she snarks about Mitt being on the road while she was raising 5 boys Trivia: Mitt's family has a place in southwestern Ontario where the whole family spent summers for many years, including their 22 (!) grandchildren, 16 of which are also boys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrincessLeppard View Post
    And that he had major back surgery TWO WEEKS before entering the race? And was on heavy painkillers and couldn't sleep? DAMN I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH.
    Wow, history repeats itself. Sort of.

    Didion's book sounds like a novel I recently finished, by Charles Martin. I quote: "The pretense, the walls, the measured self -- all were coming down. Peeling away. Shedding. The best word I could think of was 'sobering.' She had been sobered. Or, stripped. Unloaded. Absent baggage. Traveling lightly." By which point I was begging: "Okay! I get it! Please can we move on now??"
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    Quote Originally Posted by PrincessLeppard View Post
    For the political junkies, you have to get Double Down. Like, right now. Stop reading this and go get it. I'll wait right here....

    Did you know that there were allegations that Rick Perry was gay? I had no idea. Most likely not true, but fascinating anyway. And that he had major back surgery TWO WEEKS before entering the race? And was on heavy painkillers and couldn't sleep? DAMN I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH.

    Oh, and that Romney and Huntsman hate each other.
    I've been on hold for it for MONTHS at the library. Waiting for the kindle price to drop so I can read it that way.

    I finished Hoodby Steven Lawhead yesterday, Robin Hood in Wales during the time of William the Conqueror. Not bad, book 2 is up next.

    Tonight I finished The Husband's Secret. I could see the big reveal coming from chapters away, so the secret wasn't too hard to figure out. Some lovely lines and paragraphs in it. Loved the last chapter where we got the 'what if this happened, instead of that'.

    If we get a snow day tomorrow, I might start Hild.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbell1 View Post
    If we get a snow day tomorrow, I might start Hild.


    Check out Bloomsbury USA's $2.99 sale on a bunch of their ebooks. The Teleportation Accident (I freaking LOVED this one--strange, brain bending, and the best damned ending I've ever come across in a book!) and Swimming Home are both 2012 Man Booker Prize nominees. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is a BIG book, so ebook format would be perfect if you ever thought of conquering it. Enjoy!

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    And yes PL, you would LOVE Teleportation Accident.

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    I'm in the middle of The Golem and The Jinni and really enjoying it. I love the descriptions of the Jewish and Syrian neighborhoods at the turn of the 20th century.

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    Hubby gave me some great graphic novels for Christmas.

    The Property by Rutu Modan. A woman and her grandmother return to Poland (from Israel) many years after the war. Beautiful and
    Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. Memoir of a woman who grew up in Iran in the wake of various government overthrows and the civil war with Iraq in the 1980s. Amazing story.
    Jane, the Fox, and Me by Fanny Britt. A girl reflects on her life while she's reading through Jane Eyre, comparing their lives. Really lovely.
    BARK LESS. WAG MORE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spinner View Post
    And yes PL, you would LOVE Teleportation Accident.
    The NPR review of it is....weird. So maybe.

    I was up until 2 am finishing Double Down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Impromptu View Post
    I'm in the middle of The Golem and The Jinni and really enjoying it. I love the descriptions of the Jewish and Syrian neighborhoods at the turn of the 20th century.
    That was one of my favourites from last year. Aside from the great characters, it made me want to do the Tenement Museum again when I'm in New York in the spring.

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    The Golem and the Jinni was in my top 5 of last year. Fabulous book. I devoured it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Impromptu View Post
    I'm in the middle of The Golem and The Jinni and really enjoying it. I love the descriptions of the Jewish and Syrian neighborhoods at the turn of the 20th century.
    I've started it as well. Am multi- booking, so did not get very far yet, but am enjoying it. Good to hear that it turns out to be very good!
    improving my ballad- like lines

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