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« on: November 18, 2009, 09:09:26 PM »

Winter is settling in. Soon we will have snow in Minnesota. I now have my wood stove and my knitted afghan, so I'm ready - except I need some good books. This is a place for us to make recommendations to each other about what to read. I've got the hedgehog on my list, but what else do you recommend? Let's come up with some nice things to keep our minds off the cold or the heat or the troubles at home!
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« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2009, 10:05:11 PM »

I'm starting the "Guernsey Literature and Potato Peel Pie Society".
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« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2009, 10:08:59 PM »

Is it supposed to be good? Why? Should I put it on my list?
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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2009, 09:31:47 PM »

I recommend Byatt's Possession if you haven't read it.  thought it was a fantastic book - It is complex and not a chewing gum read, but well worth it. It tells of two Literary researchers who write about Victorian authors and the subjects of their research seem to have  had a connection that brings the two modern day researchers into contact,  so you  have  the story of two sets of people in two different times and their interconnections.
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« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2009, 10:04:26 PM »

I recommend Byatt's Possession if you haven't read it.  thought it was a fantastic book - It is complex and not a chewing gum read, but well worth it. It tells of two Literary researchers who write about Victorian authors and the subjects of their research seem to have  had a connection that brings the two modern day researchers into contact,  so you  have  the story of two sets of people in two different times and their interconnections.

Did that movie have Gwenyth Paltrow in it?  I think I saw that.
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« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2009, 10:35:29 PM »

WS, I enjoyed "Possession" as well. Very atmospheric with a steady buildup of... anticipation.
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« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2009, 06:58:07 PM »

WS, I enjoyed "Possession" as well. Very atmospheric with a steady buildup of... anticipation.

Have you read any other Byatt?  I've bought a few but never seem to get around to them.
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« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2009, 10:34:27 PM »

No, not that I can remember but here's another excellent read: Water for Elephants.
The story takes place during the Depression and within a traveling circus. Well  crafted and gripping plot.
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« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2009, 07:32:02 AM »

No, not that I can remember but here's another excellent read: Water for Elephants.
The story takes place during the Depression and within a traveling circus. Well  crafted and gripping plot.

I remember enjoying tihis one.  The elephant was Polish.
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« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2009, 09:33:39 AM »

San Michelle by Axel Munte. One of the most beautiful books I have ever read.
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« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2009, 10:45:12 AM »

Thanks, Sonya!!

San Michelle by Axel Munte. One of the most beautiful books I have ever read.
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« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2009, 07:29:41 AM »

I just finished The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
I enjoyed it very much.  It was very human as it dealt with the German occupation of the British Isles in WWII.  A serious topic, but it was written as a very light and lively exchange of letters.  A very fun and funny book.
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« Reply #12 on: December 03, 2009, 08:11:00 AM »

No, not that I can remember but here's another excellent read: Water for Elephants.
The story takes place during the Depression and within a traveling circus. Well  crafted and gripping plot.

I remember enjoying tihis one.  The elephant was Polish.

Watch it!! I resemble that remark!!  Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: December 03, 2009, 08:18:31 AM »

Watch it!! I resemble that remark!!  Smiley

I'm serious.  The elephant would only obey Polish commands.  They thought he was stupid, but he wasn't...just Polish.
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