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one of the best books I've read in the last 6 months is . . .

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  • curiousercuriouser 1342 replies20 threads Senior Member
    I'd also like to second Eat,Pray,Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. As a bit of a skeptic about many things spiritual, I found this book really sparked a curiousity I didn't feel previously.

    However, my favorite part was the "Eat" section, centered in Italy :)
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  • dkedke 2523 replies168 threads Senior Member
    I'm spacing here but its the book "One thousand ??" whatever by the author of the Kite Runner. I think about the characters so often....can't get them out of my mind. Middlesex, on the other hand, has been donated to the library. I just couldn't get into it and gave after about 80 pages.I just didn't get it at all.
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  • mafoolmafool 6359 replies94 threads Senior Member
    ^^^^^
    A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

    I second the recommendation.
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  • seiclanseiclan 4031 replies151 threads Senior Member
    I third "A Thousand Splended Suns". It is the best book that I have read since "Water For Elephants". I couldn't put the book down...read it in two afternoons!
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  • dkedke 2523 replies168 threads Senior Member
    What's Water for Elephants about, seiclan?
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  • seiclanseiclan 4031 replies151 threads Senior Member
    Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen is (told in flashback) about a man's life with a traveling Circus during the depression. It was well written, well researched and an original story. I highly recommend it...another page-turner!
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  • seiclanseiclan 4031 replies151 threads Senior Member
    Also on my short list of books to read before 2008:
    The Short Bus
    Snowflower and the Secret Fan
    Eat, Pray, Love
    Amy Tan's book: Saving Fish from Drowning
    A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
    and The Other Boleyn Sister
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  • binxbinx 4229 replies89 threads Senior Member
    My D just told me yesterday that I needed to read Water for Elephants. She read it in her English class and enjoyed it.

    I also enjoyed The Book Thief, and The Thirteenth Tale. It seems I read another book also about death, because my kids asked me why I kept reading books about death. Can't remember what book it was.
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  • fendrockfendrock 2939 replies300 threads Senior Member
    epistrophy, The Lost is a very unusual book. Mendelsohn uses (experiments?) with a variety of approaches to tell his story.

    Biblical exegesis is one of them, and I can't think of any other book that uses it in this way.

    I also read A Thousand Suns, and comparing the reading of these two books is like comparing apples to pomegranates.

    I just wanted to give some sense of how I found the book.
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  • epistrophyepistrophy 1511 replies36 threads Senior Member
    epistrophy, The Lost is a very unusual book. Mendelsohn uses (experiments?) with a variety of approaches to tell his story.

    I agree - on both counts.
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  • sacsac 1528 replies19 threads Senior Member
    Suite Francaise, a novel by Irene Nemirovsky, about France as the Nazis marched in. It's a sometimes amusing but ultimately devestating look at the various social classes, as well as an honest portrait of relationships between occupiers and occupied.

    Irene Nemirovsky was a well-read novelist in France before the war. She died in Auschwitz, leaving behind a suitcase that her young daughter lugged from place to place as a memento of her mother. The daughter couldn't bear to open it, until decades later. She thought it contained journals. Instead, it contained the fully-realized first two sections of what her mother hoped would be a five section book.
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  • Sarahsmom42Sarahsmom42 938 replies17 threads Member
    I loved "A Thousand Splended Suns", but the one I can't get out of my mind is "Three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortinson. This true story of one man's quest for peace one school at a time was truly inspirational.
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  • kwtortoisekwtortoise 641 replies13 threads Member
    It's been a year or so, but Kill Me by Stephen White is my favorite novel. Very fast-paced, and makes you think about the topic for days afterwards. The topic of the book is: at what point would a decline in your quality of life cause you to want to end your life? I liked the author's others as well, but this was by far the best.
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  • dkedke 2523 replies168 threads Senior Member
    I've just started the "Three Junes".....so far, so good.
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  • tokenadulttokenadult 15970 replies1501 threads Senior Member
    I like the Arden second edition especially for clarity of reading and interesting notes.
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  • garlandgarland 16516 replies206 threads Senior Member
    A Thousand Splendid Suns--just finished it. Loved it mostly, though the end felt a little off to me, can't put my finger on it.

    What is the What--David Eggers. Barely fictionalized story of a Lost Boy in Sudan.

    Life of Pi, Yann Martel. Just reread to teach it in my freshman comp class, liked it even better the second time.

    Animal, Vegetable, Miracle--Barbara Kingsolver. A lovely look at how and what we eat.

    Edit: oh, and I second Deathly Hallows!
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  • geezermomgeezermom 1299 replies56 threads Senior Member
    Half of a Yellow Sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a novel set before and during the Nigeria-Biafra war. Every time I read about Africa, I realize how little I know and want to learn more.
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  • padadpadad 912 replies4 threads Member
    Darkmans by Nicola Barker.

    I know that she is totally unknown in this part of the woods, unless the Booker favors her tomorrow.
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  • dkedke 2523 replies168 threads Senior Member
    I just heard the author of Lovely Bones on NPR this a.m talking about her new book. It sounded a little close to home to me (middle aged woman caring for her mother afflicted with dementia) but the interview was tops.
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  • Sarahsmom42Sarahsmom42 938 replies17 threads Member
    I think that they are making Lovely Bones into a movie?
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