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    Re: Read any good books lately?

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    That is one of the greatest names I've ever heard.
    Yeah, I figure her parents had to have been hippies...

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    Re: Read any good books lately?

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    And if you are into South Florida writers, may I suggest the Doc Ford series by Randy Wayne White. Also, White is a swimmer!!! He’s participated in the Tampa Bay Frogman Swim's 5K Open Water on a few occasions.
    Wow! Someone else had suggested him and I've put a couple of his books on my hold list. I didn't know he was a swimmer.

    Another South Florida writer that is supposed to be good is Tim Dorsey. I've got him on my hold list, too.

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    I just bought this bestseller book by marie kondi: the life changing magic of tidying up. It is about the japanese art of organizing
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    At the moment I am reading Crisis Four by Andy McNab.

    It is an action thriller about an ex special forces soldier who now works on deniable operations. He is chasing down a rogue agent, the problem of course is that the rogue agent is the only woman he has ever really loved.

    It isn't brilliantly written, McNab will certainly never win any prizes for literature, but it is written well enough to flow. The pace is fast and the language appropriate for the character.

    The nice thing is that as an ex SAS sergeant who was the most decorated soldier on active service for a while it has the feel of authenticity.

    All in all I like it, if you want a book that doesn't tax you to read, but grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go then give it a whirl. You could do a lot worse

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    I just finished reading "Station Eleven" by Emily St. John Mandel. I enjoyed it, although I didn't think it was outstanding. Now I'm finally getting around to reading "The Goldfinch." It's been on my list for a while. So far it's excellent. I'm a sucker for a good bildungsroman.

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    Re: Read any good books lately?

    Quote Originally Posted by knelson View Post
    I just finished reading "Station Eleven" by Emily St. John Mandel. I enjoyed it, although I didn't think it was outstanding. Now I'm finally getting around to reading "The Goldfinch." It's been on my list for a while. So far it's excellent. I'm a sucker for a good bildungsroman.
    OK,if you're into bildungsroman, then you definitely need to find "Boys on the Boat"; I know it was mentioned earlier in the thread. Really awesome read... orphan goes from wood chopper to olympic champion... bonus: Nazis lose again!

    The other thing I liked about the book was the description of the technical ins and outs of crew (and boatbuilding in an age when it was still more art than science).

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    Re: Read any good books lately?

    Yes, that one has been on my list for a while!

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    Re: Read any good books lately?

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    I'm a sucker for a good bildungsroman.
    I am as well. Can you recommend any others that you liked, whether modern or classic? Thanks!

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    I am as well. Can you recommend any others that you liked, whether modern or classic? Thanks!
    The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn I guess is sort of a no-brainer. Others off the top of my head are Of Human Bondage by Maugham, Sons and Lovers by Lawrence, Goodbye Columbus by Roth. I'm sure there are some more recent ones, too, but I'm drawing a blank on those!

    edit: Trainspotting is great. I think it fits the category.

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    Re: Read any good books lately?

    I am not quite halfway through Marc Reisner's Cadillac Desert. It is both a fascinating and depressing story of our (unsuccessful, misguided, pick your adjective) attempts over the past 100-150 years to turn the desert of the American West into an oasis. It's a particularly timely read today, given the horrible drought conditions which prevail in the Western US. More amazing perhaps, is that Reisner originally published it in 1986. It's not like nobody has known the trouble the West is in.

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    Re: Read any good books lately?

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexP View Post
    I am as well. Can you recommend any others that you liked, whether modern or classic? Thanks!
    Classics - The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
    Modern - The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

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    edit: Trainspotting is great. I think it fits the category.
    It fits the coming of age category about as much as Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange.
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    Re: Read any good books lately?

    I'm about halfway through Empty Mansions, which is a non-fiction story about the recluse daughter of copper magnate, W.A. Clark. She was the daughter from a second marriage and the will of millions is in contention with many of the grandchildren from Clark's first wife's children. The heiress lived in a hospital, willingly, her last 20 years, leaving several mansions being cared for without anyone in them for over half a century in some cases. Fascinating history.
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