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

@surfcity that’s very cool. I finished the book and and is one of the best books I have read in a long time (and I read a lot). I already recommended it to D.

Just finished The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. It isn’t for everybody (it is built an alternative world of story and fable), but it is wondrous. Definitely one to read when you can really soak into it. I was warned that it can take a little while to get into- it didn’t for me, but if it does for you give it a chance. It’s a story of stories, with overlapping stories that mostly- but not entirely- map onto each other. The narrative switches between several protagonists, some of whom exist in multiple forms. The writing is often sublime.

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The Starless Sea was my favorite read in 2020 - and my daughter thought it was her favorite read last year also.

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(also @gosimoes & @PANJ616): scanning through the thread to load up the Kindle for a first post-Covid/post-Vax outing & Midnight Library looked like a good rec! except…94 people are waiting for 33 copies! maybe when we get back…

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Finished Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry a few weeks ago and still thinking about it. I’m a little ashamed that it has taken me so long to read him since I am a Kentuckian.

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Wendell Berry is awesome. For years I had a copy of his “Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front” hanging in my office.

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Thanks for the hat tip to that Wendell Berry piece, @scout59. I enjoyed it.

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(HS kid here)

The Kite Runner

Amazing book about post-Russian afghanistan and a young boy who flees to America. In the process, he leaves behind his childhood best friend. Seriously, it made me cry :cry: :sob:

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I just finished Kristin Hannah’s The Four Winds. I really, really enjoyed it.

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I read The Kite Runner years ago, but still remember it as one of the most beautifully written books I have read. It amazes me that he didn’t even learn to speak English until he was fifteen.

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Yes, it is such a well-crafted, well written book. It is just full of raw emotion. His desire to pay back his friend…gosh…gotta go get the tissues…

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I did as well. It was great.

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I also loved “The Kite Runner”. Am waiting on “The Four Winds” at the library.

I am 1st on hold list at our public library for “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson and “18 tiny deaths,” by Bruce Goldfarb, about the woman who started forensic medicine.

Am also trying to read Americanah and Obama’s most recent book.

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This is sort of niche, but I am finishing up Brandi Carlile’s memoir “Broken Horses” and it is a great read. Really thoughtful, smart writing – I love her music and she is such a great role model. Definitely recommend.

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I really enjoyed “A Most Beautiful Thing” by Arshay Cooper. The story of America’s first all Black high school rowing team. Mr Cooper was a member of the team.

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I have The Four Winds with my six other books next in line.

I just finished Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. I read The Glass House last month. Funny as soon as I started Station Eleven I read that a miniseries is in production. I don’t normally read post apocalyptic books or watch shows with this subject. The book was very good, as soon as I got adjusted to the time jumps and the large cast, I found this a thrilling read.

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