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RiverJordan’s last login was Tuesday, May 19, 2009.
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
Hello River Jordan,
Frist of all I would request you to suggest me you best novel, which you personally are the big fan of. Secondly, I would suggest you to read Qur'an,but you should not eascape from it as it is religious book. In order for you to compare your lines and the lines which God presented, you are cordially requested to make time and read at leat one or two lines. We all love books whether relious or non religious attachment. It is Devine book and for further experience in the field of writing profession, you need to read alot. As said, if a person wants to write two pages, he/she must have read two hundred pages.So now it is about you whether read two hundred pages or not.
With best regards,
Read about tribal society of central asia as well. Where troops of United States are operating in tough terrain of afghanistan. 'Afghanistan: A Volatile Country', is to inform those who are directly and indirectly affected by not only the current events in this at-war country, but by its affects on Pakistan. Emphasizes Afghan relations with both neighboring Pakistan and the United States. This book delves into the forty years of relative peace and prosperity Afghanistan experienced before falling into the shadow of civil war and emerging into the era of the Taliban.
omer vikas, author.
you can also use search inside option to read few pages online for free of this book from www.amazon.com
In fact, you are a great river equipped with manners and with so many other qualities. regards, yours, khan. waiting !!!!!!! I wrote a book named "The Unfathomable Vastness of God"" a great book, an international book, on God Almighty, who is vigilant and evverywhere, here, there and everywhere !!!!!please send your nice novel to me.if you can !!!!!!yours, khan.
Good day, River, I think I have my i-tunes fixed so that I can come back to listening to the show on Saturdays. Hope you are well. Spring finally came today and we may even get up into the 80's this weekend. I like it in the 70's. Take great care,
Each morning, before I get to writing, I go through all my online stuff--takes about 45 minutes, along with the emails. I was wondering the same thing about you...How does she do it all--radio, online, writing, etc?
Any word on your latest? You are one of my favorite writers, so I'm cheering for a good read and for you to get a good advance!
Thanks for the note! I would love to hear your show sometime. I've never been to Nashville, but plan to visit one day. Sounds like you are a busy lady!
I am between books right now. Just finished Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and loved it! I can't decide now between starting on Peony in Love or jumping into my bookclub pick, Persuasion.
What are you reading right now?
I am tuning in right now, River. Enjoying, as ever, your eclectic taste. The interview was very nice. I bookmarked beatrice.com. You may ask why I spend a Saturday afternoon (2:00 to 4:00 my time) inside listening the the radio. I am writing about Yoga. Searching for my voice. An ambitious project of writing about Yoga, non-violence and the postures, not so much from a structural framework, though important, but from a standpoint of the daily metaphor we live.
Sunny here this AM. The snow is gone. Things are just beginning to bloom. Still a little cool, but I like it cool. Wore a heavy coat this morning for my walk through the woods.
Do you have any Loius Jordan? "Beans and Cornbread?"
I hope you will take the time to view my YouTube book trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-t0K34iU6g. I am doing some research about potential characters to play the lead role in the upcoming movie. Hope you can help me out. As Ralph Eggleston Director/Production Designer of Pixar Animation Studios said,
"I LOVED the book! It's a missing, ENDLESSLY fascinating link to the history of Hollywood. Thank you for researching and writing it!! I hope it's been widely well received, as it deserves to be." Best wishes. Gaelyn
Thanks River Jordon,
You mentioned Y. Martel's popular novel. Have you read any of his short stories? One in particular named, "The Discordant Violin" in his collection titled, "The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios." Radiant and soulful; read it on a cold lonely night. Have a good day my new friend.... And watch out for Elliott... Dave (Garcon)