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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
Tiz the Season. I imagine, like me, you give books. My holiday list keeps getting longer and my holiday budget keeps getting smaller. What's a guy to do? Answer: Ask his stellar and sturdy Shelfarians where they place their orders. I order the majority of my books (for my own consumption) via Amazon Used... but I'm not going to gift a used book (tacky, tacky). So, have you found a place that would offer a deep discount for a volume buy? I'd appreciate you passing on the tip. Thanks, Merry Merry, Dave
Hi Robert, Noted your recent books. I was not a big fan of the Ghost Map... could have been a long short story in New Yorker or a novella... maybe not full length book. I've been reading about China and I'm interested in your take on 1421. I could not find your review of Amsterdam... but that could be me... not so hot with the new features of the site yet. Have a great Summer. Dave
I'm sooo excited...my book, MY LIFE AS A CONCUBINE, was recently released from www.phaze.com...here's the link, if you'd like to check it out http://www.king-cart.com/Phaze/product=My+Life+as+a+ Concubine+/exact_match=exact
if you read it, I'd appreciate any feedback...
hope everything's great witchoo...
I have seen that you have "A Suitable Boy", by Vikram Seth, on your shelves.
I am organizing a group read of this book with the "Indian wWriting and Indian Literature group." We are now reading the first secttion. Would you like to join us, and perhaps also let ohter people know about this discussions? Thanks.
I hope I'll see you there.
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