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If you found Still Alice interesting, you might be intrigued by The Bird House (Simon & Schuster) which the Library Journal called “a great title for book clubs, and especially fans of Lisa Genova’s Still Alice.”
Thanks so much – happy to connect on Shelfari if you’re up for it.
Saw your review on Toobin's The Nine and wondered if you'd like to join a group I just established: The US Supreme Court.
The group is found at
Hope to see you there.
(I hope you don't consider this note to be spam. I truly am directing the invitations to persons who have reviewed books relevant to the group's subject matter.)
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
We read William Nicholson's Wind on Fire Trilogy. The first book is The Wind Singer.
We also enjoyed The Sight by David-Clement Davies.
Another favorite is Garth Nix. We read Sabriel, Lirael & Abhorsen.
I'm on the fourth book of the Meyers series....I can't put it down!