I love to read. That has always been the case. When I was a child I really thought I could read every book in the library,of course an impossibility. I usually have 2 books going. Anyway,I just finished The Burning Girl by Claire Messud and I am ready to read more of her work. It really made me think and her writing is great. Sometimes I read old classics that I missed. Mila 18 By Leon Uris is so well written. You feel like you are right there experiencing it all. On to another oldie I have never read,Excellent Women by Barbara Pym.
had you seen this article on Barbara Pym?
Joanne-I had read that article which reminded me about Barbara Pym.
I've caught up with Ursula LeGuin's blog, through an article I read in Arts & Literature Daily.
About 5 months ago I read a newly published book and today it is #1 on the NY Times list. Where the Crawdads Sing is the best novel I have read in a long time. It's wonderful from beginning to end.
I loved the Where The Crawdads Sing. It sent me running for my copy of A Sand County Almanac. The two books wonderfully complement each other.
galileo said:I love to read. That has always been the case. When I was a child I really thought I could read every book in the library,of course an impossibility. I usually have 2 books going. Anyway,I just finished The Burning Girl by Claire Messud and I am ready to read more of her work. It really made me think and her writing is great. Sometimes I read old classics that I missed. Mila 18 By Leon Uris is so well written. You feel like you are right there experiencing it all. On to another oldie I have never read,Excellent Women by Barbara Pym.
Read John Hershey's THE WALL. "Nu, what is the plan tomorrow"?
Galileo, your opening post reminded me of a childhood memory of my husband:
He grew up within walking distance of the library which was then housed on the second floor of the Maplewood fire house on Boyden Ave (might have been Springfield). He said it was up a long flight of stairs.
One day, he approached the librarian to ask if he could be allowed go to the other library.
The librarian asked him why?
He said because he had read all the books here!
This book enabled me to understand more clearly the dynamics and complexities of "The Troubles" of Northern Ireland -- and its whereabouts* -- more than anything I've ever read.
Say Nothing -- A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland
Patrick Radden Keefe
Warning: some graphic pics
Related: *nytimes.com: 50 Years Later, 'Troubles' Still Cast Huge Shadow Over Northern Ireland
DottyParker- Read review in the Times and did jot title for further reference. Sounds interesting and am always intrigued by books pertaining to Irish history. Trying to remember the title of the book about the troubles written probably 25 plus years ago. It was made into a movie. The author was a teacher from the NY area who grew up in Ireland.
Have read so many books since I last wrote. Here is a special one. I just completed The Nickel Boys written by Colson Whitehead .What a great book,so well done. It’s fiction but partially based on a true story.. The setting is a boy’s reformatory in Florida in the 1960’s. A book of only 210 pages but you don’t want to skim the pages. There are some surprises. If you remember Whitehead also wrote The Underground Railroad.
Second the recommendation for The Nickel Boys. Well worth the read.
I read The Underground Railroad by a Whitehead. Thought I was going to love it. Gave it a B.
I finally read The Golden Compass, the first of the His Dark Materials trilogy, after letting it sit on my mental to-read list for many years. I liked it a lot and am mentioning it now because in early November, HBO is launching a series based on the books (there was a poorly received movie of TGC with Nicole Kidman some years back). Th HBO trailer looks good.
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