- Oakland, Ca, U.S.A.
- member since November 19, 2007
Michele, "A Train in Winter" was a very affecting book. Yes, I am interested in reading books about France in WWII, the Nazi occupation and the Resistance. Those women in the book were so heroic, and it was so sad to learn about how much they suffered. If you are interested in reading fiction about the French Resistance, two novels I read are "Trapeze" by Simon Mawer and "The Girl in the Blue Beret" by Bobbie Ann Mason. One of my favorite nonfiction books is an old one, but there's nothing else like it. It's "Is Paris Burning?" by Larry Collins. When Hitler knew they were losing the war, he ordered Von Cholitz, his commander in Paris, to blow up major buildings in Paris and reduce the city to rubble, but Von Cholitz kept putting it off. Hitler would call him and ask "Is Paris Burning?" I'll let you know what I think when I read "Age of Miracles."
Best regards, Suzanne
Michele, Actually "Age of Miracles" is on my "to read" shelf. I haven't read it. Two of my librarian colleagues have read it and both found it a compelling novel, but we didn't go into detail.
I'm currently listening to the audio version of "Bring Up the Bodies" by Hilary Mantel, which is one of the best novels I've read this year.
I think you will really like The Help, great book and such great characters. I will try one of Alice Munro's, I think I had taken Runaway for my wish list from your page. I generally don't read short stories either as I think the character development is lacking. I am almost finished with Little Princes, Love it also (true story)
Take care, Alison
I hope you like Hummingbird as much as I did. I have not read Mao's last dance, I will check it out. today I bought around 6 books a few new but some used, I can't seem to stop. I know what you mean about the ending of Sarah's key, but it was really good. I will think of more great book, at least for me and send you the titles.
Hi Michele, You sent me a note about "Bread of Angels." I haven't read it yet; it's on my "to read" list. I see you gave it a 5-star rating even though you found some of it slow going. I never finished "Eat, Pray, Love" also, although I liked the "eat" part. I see we have read a lot of the same books. I'm looking forward to seeing what you're reading. The book I'm recommending to just about everyone right now (I work in a library" is "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" by Helen Simonson. It's charming and upbeat. I've read several disturbing novels lately ("Gate at the Stairs" by Lorrie Moore, "The Unnamed" by Ferris and I've almost finished "Shadow Tag" by Erdrich). I find it hard to recommend them because they are so bleak. I don't avoid sadness and conflict in books, but I appreciate an "uplifting" conclusion. I also enjoyed "Cutting for Stone" and "Short Girls" by Bich Minh Nguyen. Suzanne
Thanks Michele, you are right, browsing the shelves and adding to your wish list is a lot of fun. It is always fun to see what people thought of a book you read. I am reading "Into the beautiful North by Urrea, right now and am really enjoying it. I am glad he sees women as strong characters. I also am not a mystery or thriller reader, except once in a blue moon.
Thank you for the compliments on the photography, it is definitely something I love to do. I moved down to Florida after having lived 17 years in CT, I really miss shooting up there, and will go visit friends at the end of this month. Keep on Fiddling....
Hi Michele, thank you for the invite. I cannot find on here where your message to me is, but it was about reading The Hummingbird's Daughter. I just happened to come across it in a used book store, and the story sounded wonderful, which it was. What a gift he has for writing, such a beautifully detailed story, I did not want to put it down. I also got quite a few people to read it. I got his book Into the Beautiful North and plan to read it soon, I see you gave it a good review. I love it when I get excited about a story. I have almost finished with one now called L'America by Martha McPhee and it is also beautifully written, and a great story. i am like you and love to read, but my other passion is photography like your fiddling. I think I stole some books from your shelf once for my wish list. I will definitely keep an eye on your shelf. :-}
Hi Michelle. Thanks for asking me to be your friend. I liked "The Gate at the Top of the Stair," didn't love it. I also read "Cutting for Stones" if that was the book you were referring to. I loved that book. Please let me know what books you love. I am always looking for new ones to read. I have two big kids too. Now that they are grown there is more time for reading. Take care!
Hi Michelle, Thanks for the invite. I would DEFINITELY recommend David Foster Wallace. He's probably my favorite contemporary writer, though, as you may have heard, he died not long ago. Suicide. Very tragic. Anyway, I would start with "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again." It's a collection of essays. The title essay and the one where he goes to the Illinois State Fair are brilliant. "Infinite Jest" is, at more than one thousand pages, a monster, but it's well worth the effort to make it through to the end.