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2008 Gastoni Award Winners
By Dave Gaston
China Road / Rob Gifford
Dual, The / John Lukacs
Evolution / Jean-Baptiste De Panafieu
Long Walk, The / Slavomir Rawicz
Man Who Loved China / S.Winchester
Only Yesterday / Fred Allen
Peace Like A River / Leif Enger
5 Star Audio Books
Beatles, The / Bob Spitz
Kill A Mockingbird, To / Harper Lee
Outliners / Malcom Gladwell
Reaching For Glory / Michael Beshloss
Taking Charge / Michael Beshloss
21; Burning Down House / B Mezrich
Book Thief, The / Markus Zusak
Beautiful Mind, A / Sylvia Nascar
Consider The Lobster / David Wallace
Living Great Lakes / Jerry Dennis
Looking for Alaska / P Jenkens
New World Coming / Nathan Miller
Three Cups of Tea / Greg Mortenson
When Engulfed Flames / D. Sedaris
Your Inner Fish / Neil Shubin
What does it take to win a Gastoni?
Well, for starters, you better write a book on a topic I love. Next, your writing style has to be exquisite (to the point of awe and envy). Finally, your story telling has to be transporting. To sum it up, I quote Somerset:
“When I read a book I seem to read it with my eyes only, but now and then I come across a passage, perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me, and it becomes part of me.”
On a more personal note, the time I spent reading and listening to books this year was pure escapism. It felt like I spent most of it in a hospital waiting room (which is not true). When I’d start obsessing about my girl Gracie’s cancer I’d crack a book and ride it hard to block the worst of my fears. At night, when I needed to find a path to sleep, I’d take the easy road and escape down a story line. A good book is a gift.
Our family has so much to be thankful for this year. For starters, Carrie and I have our girl back! She now has about an inch of fine blond hair sticking straight out of her 5 year old head. At school they call her Q-tip. Her teachers call her Q-T-tip. I’ll post a couple holiday pictures of the family up on her website: caringbridge.org/visit/gracegaston
Your friendship is counted among my many blessings. Merry Christmas to you and your family, My best for the New Year, Dave
HI, Thanks for being a friend just wanted to know if you could suggest one author beside yourself that you would read that is consider a contempoary read: and do you have a favorite african-american author?
I'm trying to broaden my reading and wonder if others read outside of their regular reads.
By the way I will be sure to pick up one of your books!
June nominations are now up on the Good Reads book Group page. Please vote by April 15th! Remember, if you want to be the next person that nominates, you must take part in a discussion for April's book OR vote in Junes! We will pull a name out of a hat to be July's nominator!
Many Shelfarians have been tuning into the Radio program and I've been giving a
shout out to friends here. You might enjoy tuning in, email me with your favorite recommended book and I'll read it on the air.
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from Nashville at 98.9fm or at www.radiofreenashville.org
This weeks Great Company, Ron Hogan shares Great Stories from the road on
covering the writing and publishing business from the inside out!
And as always a mix of Great Music - Everything from Count Basie to Johnny Cash,
U2, Derek & The Dominoes, Cream, Jewel, Santana, Rolling Stones and more.
See you soon on the radio!
May nominees have been posted on the Good Reads Book Group! Make sure to stop by and vote by March 17th! Remember, everyone who votes gets a chance to be the next member to select nominees for the following month. Our April winner was "Soul Catcher" by Michael C. White. Discussion will begin on April first.
You seem to love a good adventure story and a good sea story. here are some of my favorites.
Caroline Alexander Endurance, The
Lennard Bickel Shakelton’s Forgotten Men
Bill Bryson Walk in the Woods
Jon Krakauer Into Thin Air
Candice Millard River of Doubt
N. Philbrick Heart of the Sea
Robert Harvey Cochrane
Bawevi, Johnathan Livingston is an old 70's book that I remember loving as a child. One of the pleasures of cruising other shelfarian's shelf is that it brings up memories from books of the past. I'll need to reread JLT and give you a modern day critique. In answer to your question regarding faith based books. Sorely short in the category. Looking forward to the friendship. Dave (Garcon)
OK, I'm trying to take full advantage of the new features on Shelfari and in the process... take full advantage of my Shelfarian friends. I'm also trying to make good on my new year's resolution to prescreen potential "dog" books (i.e. terrible, stolen time, poorly written, trash).
If you'd care to help a friend (me), I'd like to invite you to take a look at my "WISH LIST" shelf and based on your experience (if you have read them), suggest a few deletes or better substitutes.
And by the way, I'll be happy to exchange the favor. Thanks in advance for your help and Happy New Year.
I just read that they are making a movie based on "The Reader." I read that years ago, not well written, but I liked the plot line. And for some strange reason the book stayed with me. Anyway, I saw that it was one of the books that we had in common. Survive the artic weekend pal. Dave (also in Chicago).