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I can't believe it took me so long to find this forum.  Follett's World Without End and just started Mrs. Astor Regrets by Meryl Gordon.  It's about Brooke Astor & how she ends up at 104 with her son swindling her money. 

 

I needed this book after reading 1000+ pages of Follett.

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@doglvr  I am so glad this thread has come back to life!  It is very old and there are lots of good books mentioned here over the years.

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I have to get The Violinist of Venice.  Love Vivaldi but know nothing about him, e.g. he was a priest.

 

So, another one to add to my list of Must Reads.  Thanks

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I am almost finished reading The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence by Alyssa Palombo, historical novel about the woman who posed for Botticelli's Venus.   Moves quite slowly and is not as well written as her other book, the Violinist of Venice.  But interesting still.

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@LaDolceVita

 

I enjoyed it. If you have Amazon Prime, you can read it for free with the Kindle app.


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@Cirice   Wow, sounds like a great book.  I must read this.

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@m901083d  Welcome here.  Read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan a few years ago, really enjoyed it.  

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I loved this book too.  Have you read her book Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane?  That book taught me so much about tea that I now buy all different kinds of tea online.

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I love Snow Flower and The Secret Fan - written by Lisa See.  Love her writing and all her books.  She really captures the Chinese culture and the foot binding subject.  Well developed charachters...

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Thought I'd check out the reading section of the forum Smiley Very Happy
 
I just started reading "Alex & Me" by Irene Pepperberg.
 
Here is the description from Amazon.com:
 
On September 6, 2007, an African Grey parrot named Alex died prematurely at age thirty-one. His last words to his owner, Irene Pepperberg, were "You be good. I love you."

 

What would normally be a quiet, very private event was, in Alex's case, headline news. Over the thirty years they had worked together, Alex and Irene had become famous—two pioneers who opened an unprecedented window into the hidden yet vast world of animal minds. Alex's brain was the size of a shelled walnut, and when Irene and Alex first met, birds were not believed to possess any potential for language, consciousness, or anything remotely comparable to human intelligence. Yet, over the years, Alex proved many things. He could add. He could sound out words. He understood concepts like bigger, smaller, more, fewer, and none. He was capable of thought and intention. Together, Alex and Irene uncovered a startling reality: We live in a world populated by thinking, conscious creatures.

 

The fame that resulted was extraordinary. Yet there was a side to their relationship that never made the papers. They were emotionally connected to one another. They shared a deep bond far beyond science. Alex missed Irene when she was away. He was jealous when she paid attention to other parrots, or even people. He liked to show her who was boss. He loved to dance. He sometimes became bored by the repetition of his tests, and played jokes on her. Sometimes they sniped at each other. Yet nearly every day, they each said, "I love you."

 

Alex and Irene stayed together through thick and thin—despite sneers from experts, extraordinary financial sacrifices, and a nomadic existence from one univer­sity to another. The story of their thirty-year adventure is equally a landmark of scientific achievement and of an unforgettable human-animal bond.


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