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What's everyone reading?

Hi everyone,

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I'd get my thread started here on what's everyone readingI'm currently
reading John Grisham's "The Summons".  It's very interesting and I hope to finish it
sometime todayWhat's on your coffee table, nightstand or end table?

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I just finished Florence Henderson's memoir "Life is Not A Stage",enjoyed it. I learned some facts about her I didn't know.She is the youngest of 10 kids,her father was an alcoholic,sexually &verbally abused Flo when she&her older sister were 12 and 13. Their mother walked out of family when Flo was 12. To this day,she stays in contact with her "Brady Bunch kids". I recommend the book. Sue

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The book I'm about to start is another memoir by one of my favorite "TV Moms",Florence Henderson. The title is "Life Is Not A Stage: from Broadway Baby to a Lovely Lady and Beyond" co written with Joel Brokaw. I'm always interested in reading how favorite TV stars started out in life. Sue

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Hi Sue -   " how favorite TV stars started out in life".  

 

Growing up, I lived in MD.  My one year older sister attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC.  One or 2 times - when she came home for a weekend - she brought her classmate (maybe roommate too) with her.  The classmate was Flo.  Of course, this was before she became famous.  She was a nice girl.

 

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@wilful wrote:

Hi Sue -   " how favorite TV stars started out in life".  

 

Growing up, I lived in MD.  My one year older sister attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC.  One or 2 times - when she came home for a weekend - she brought her classmate (maybe roommate too) with her.  The classmate was Flo.  Of course, this was before she became famous.  She was a nice girl.

 

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Hi Will,how cool is that,how wonderful for your sister&you. I'm reading now where Flo has moved to NYC,about to go to her 1st audition at Amer Acad of Drama Arts. Thanks for telling me about the connection. Sue

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I just finished reading a wonderful book"The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself" memoir by Dee Williams.

The author at age 41,had a heart problem which she continues to deal with. She decides life is too short wants to change her lifestyle,which she does.

In Dee's childhood,she was always interested in drawing buildings,took woodshop in high school,in college she studied architectural engineering,worked with friends who were carpenters.She spends countless hours at the library reading books/manuals.

Her close friends,Hugh&Annie offered Dee for her live in their backyard in Portland,Oregon where she lives today in her 84 square foot house. Dee said it cost her $10,000 to built it by herself,on occassion with help from her close friends.

If you are interested in reading this book,I recommend it Sue

 

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The book I just finished,"The Inventions of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd was terrific,I recommend it. At end of book,author describes in detail how she decided to include real people, e.g.Sarah Grimke,her sister Nina,others into the story. I found it fascinating.

The book I'm about to read is"The Big Tiny:A Built-It-Myself Memoir" by Dee Williams.

For the past couple of months,I've been addicted watching HGTV's show "Tiny Houses". People want a different lifestyle, they downsize drastically and either build the'tiny house'  themselves or buy one.

The author of book at age 41 was diganosed with a heart problem,realizes life is too short,she changes her lifestyle,decides to build her own 'tiny house'. Sue

 

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The book I've just started reading is "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd. The story is set in 19th century,Charleston between,real person, Sarah Grimke who was a aboltionist&suffragette, her fictious slave,Hetty "Handful" Grimke which Sarah received as a present on her 11th birthday. The book follows these 2 women as they shape each other's destinities over a 35 yr span.

The only other book I've read by the author, is "The Secret Lives of Bees' which I loved,didn't like the movie version. Sue

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I just finished reading 3 books in 1 volume of author Annie Dillard"Pilgrim at Tinker's Creek{ '74 Pulitzer Prize winner},"An American Childhood,"A Writer's Life".All 3 were good,esp enjoyed "Childhood'.

Next  is author J.D. Robb aka Nora Roberts, continuing series "Death" series books, featuring Lt Eve Dallas, her partner,Peabody and Eve's multi- millionaire husband,Roarke. The title of book is  "Devoted in Death",have read most of the books,really enjoy them,fast paced,with humor. Sue

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My current bb  (bus book) is "The Lowland" Jhumpa Lahiri   It is a family saga moving between India and the US from the 1960's to the present..   two brothers and a woman  the revolution in India etc.. Really good so far. 

 

Does anyone else take public transportation and have bus books (almost always soft copy and smaller in order to fit in your travel bag) that you save for the bus  while you may be reading larger or hard copy books at home?

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@nyadrnYes!!  Its not a bus book it is a morning book.  I do not really have time until evening to read at leisure.  The morning book is often a journal or diary or a book with short chapters. 

 

My current morning title is Queen, Empress, Concubine  Fifty Women Rulers from the Queen of Sheba to Catherine the Great by Claudia Gold.  There is much that is already familiar, but some of these short biographies are totally new to me.  Especially interesting is the story of Roxelana,  Sultana of the Ottoman Empire.  Hint:  she was a Ukranian girl kidnapped by the Tartars. 

 

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Welcome new posters  Woman Happy

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I'm most of the way through "The Phoenix Project" by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr & George Spafford.  

For any that are or were in IT,  this will totally immerse you into that thankless quagmire, where all problems in an enterprise are blamed on IT.  It probably should be required reading for every Computer Science/IT major.

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Just about anything from James Patterson, new, old and/or with anyone else.  I love that guy.  Try to squeeze others in between.

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I can barely pass one of his books in the library eventhough I force myself often. I just know that any book that he writes will be a good read for me.
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I've been on a Sci-Fi binge:

Vernor Vinge: Rainbows End Smiley Happy

        Zones of Thought trilogy: A Fire Upon The Deep Heart, A Deepness in the Sky Man Happy, The Children of the Sky Man Happy

Ready Player One by Ernrst Cline Heart, Omnitopia Dawn by Diane Duane Smiley Happy, The Martian by Andy Weir 

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I just finished "The Swan Garden" by Anne Biggs. Although a novel, it is based on her birth mother's journals of her experiences in a Mother/Baby Home, the laundries, and of her life after. It was one of those good reads ; I couldn't  put  it down until I finished.     

 

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Read Susan Goslak's  Lexi Taylor and Ray Jansen mystery/romance series (testing The Waters and Keeping Promises can Be murder). Waiting for the third book(Scared To Death).

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Just finished The Sisters of St. Croix (Diney Coster). The Swans of Fifth Avenue Melanie Benjamin). The Victoria Thompson series; Murder in --------. Collision Course (Alvin Moscow). The Stranger and the Statesman (Nina Burleigh). For our book club we are now reading The Great Gatsby (F.Scott Fitzgerald).

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Love Susan Branch's books. Just read "Isle of Dreams". She writes her books in her own handwriting with photos and quotes. Very witty, inspiring and fun.

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Just read Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman.  Fantastic read!  Currently reading I almost forgot about you by Terry McMillan

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I finished the Anne Tyler book" A Spool of Blue Thread" really enjoyed it.

The book I've just started is by another author I've never read,Annie Dillard. The book  contains 3 of her books in 1 volume "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek,An American Childhood,The Writing Life". Our minister at church has mentioned Dillard a couple times in his sermons,he likes her writing. He got me hooked on 2 other authors,Anne LaMott and Fred Beuchner Sue

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The book I'm reading now is "A Spool of Blue Thread" by Anne Tyler. I've never read any of her books before,so far its good. The book is about the Whitshank family,Abby&husband,Red,their 4 kids.The book is set in Baltimore,MD. I  recognize some of the places she has mentioned so far in the book. I say this because for 2 yrs when I was a teenager,I lived with my aunt&uncle in suburb of Baltimore,Lutherville. I could write a book about that unpleasant experience. Sue

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The book I'm reading now is "Top of The Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV" by Warren Littlefield. He is the former NBC President of Entertainment from 1980's - early 90's He was originally hired in 1979 by late Brandon Tarkitkoff,then vice president of programming at NBC. Warren became responsible for turning NBC around from last place network to #1 during those yrs,  The "Must See TV Slogan" refers to the powerhouse shows such as "Cheers,Seinfeld,ER,Friends,Mad About You,Will&Grace". The book has interviews with writers/producers/directors & stars of these shows,how the shows came to be on the network schedule.

I've already found an interesting fact,Ted Danson wasn't the network's 1st choice to play "Sam Malone" on "Cheers'. The head honchos thought Fred Dryer,the ex LA Ram football player turned actor would be good in the role,he audtioned with Julia Duffy. The writers/producer&director of the show thought Ted&Shelly Long's audtion was funnier than Fred&Julia's,rest is history. Dryer went on to star in cop show "Hunter' which ran from '84-'91. What I've read so far is fascinating. Sue

 

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The book I'm reading now is "Eye of The Beholder: Johannes Vermeer,Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek,The Revolution of Seeing" by Laura Snyder.

This is a fascinating book about 17th century Holland,the discovery of optics such as tiny microscopes , how Veneer and Leeuwenhoek used this new technology in the way they painted. This book is part science&history,I can't put the book down. Sue

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The above book sounds good Sue.  I have moved on to a non fiction account of Doc Hollidays's life,   Doc Holliday: A Family Portrait by Karen Holliday Tanner.  Very readable and I am really enjoying it.

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I've been re-reading the books in Jo Beverley's Regency Romance series, "The Company of Rogues".  This morning I decided to do a little internet search for some further info about the series, and was sadly stunned to discover that author Jo Beverley passed away, of cancer, on May 23, 2016.

 

Jo Beverley wrote other books besides the "Rogue" series, but I have only ever read the Rogue books, which I have loved enough to re-read several times.

 

R.I.P.  Jo Beverley...

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Hi Gator,

I would like to read  these,  the Rougue series that is, which one do you recommend starting with?  BTW it is good to see you posting here.  I must ask Diane to visit once in a while, I love her book selections.

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Hi Gator,

I would like to read  these,  the Rougue series that is, which one do you recommend starting with?  BTW it is good to see you posting here.  I must ask Diane to visit once in a while, I love her book selections.


Hi and thanks : )

 

I havn't been here in awhile.. not sure why but you know I havn't stopped reading.  It keeps me company everyday on my commute to and from work on public transit as well as lots of other times !

 

Nice to see that this is another of the groups that are still active!   and I am always looking for good book ideas!

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Great to see you again Diane!  Of course I knew you didnt stop reading.   I try hard to not let this thread die, as it really is my favorite.  Sue (Doglover)  is a prodigious reader so she is instrumental in keeping us going.  I will endeavor to keep you and Pam around by hook or crook haha!

 

A friend gave me Love is Eternal by Irving Stone,  about Mary Todd Lincoln.  It appears Stone is out of fashion right now but his historical novels are a joy to read in my opinion.  I have ordered several books from the library and will report when I get them.