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Just finished The Local News by Miriam Gershow a few minutes ago. Extremely good. It's the author's first novel and I now can't wait for her to write a second. It's narrated by a girl who's brother vanishes and details the year following the disappearance and how it shapes the adult she would become. Fair warning though, it's pretty somber and depressing so if you're looking for an uplifting read, it's not for you. I'll also add that the Kindle formatting leaves something to be desired. It's not unreadable, but every so often they'll be a space in the middle of a word or something like that. Also, in the sample it looked like the first chapter was blank, and the text started with chapter two (It was still chapter one, just labeled chapter two), but when I bought the book they went back to normal. Here's the link:

 

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If you are a Micheal J. Fox fan I recommend this book. If you have a loved one or a friend with Parkinson's Disease or any movement disorder this is a great book. I read Lucky Man about 10 years ago and this book is better. He captures 10 years of growth of living with a chronic disease and helping thousands of others in the process. I have laughed out loud so many times, Micheal J. Fox is a funny guy. I admire the fact that with adversity in his life he still has that rare gift of making others laugh. I have enjoyed him since Family Ties and he is the same guy mentally but not physically. Very inspiring!
 

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If you are a Micheal J. Fox fan I recommend this book. If you have a loved one or a friend with Parkinson's Disease or any movement disorder this is a great book. I read Lucky Man about 10 years ago and this book is better. He captures 10 years of growth of living with a chronic disease and helping thousands of others in the process. I have laughed out loud so many times, Micheal J. Fox is a funny guy. I admire the fact that with adversity in his life he still has that rare gift of making others laugh. I have enjoyed him since Family Ties and he is the same guy mentally but not physically. Very inspiring!
my friend has parkinson's. i'll have to check this out
 

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My book club picked this book for April and I just finished it. It's a first novel and I was surprised at how good it was. The narrator, Bessy, has a unique voice (she's quite bawdy) and perspective and the book is a real page turner. Although the description makes it sound like a serious drama, it isn't really like that at all thanks to the way Bessy narrates the story.


From Amazon: "Bessy Buckley comes upon Castle Haivers on her way to Edinburgh in 1863. An Irish girl, she's in "Scratchland" to improve her station, and ends up a scullery maid to a strange, lovely mistress, Arabella Reid (on whom she develops something of a crush), despite her lack of experience. Bessy's discovery of Arabella's book, The Observations, which she is writing about servants she's had and their cooperativeness, tests her loyalty to Arabella ("the missus") five-fold and sets in motion a tragedy (complete with supernatural elements). Bessy learns that being above-stairs is no guarantee of happiness, and others may have as much to hide as she does. Sharp, funny and tender-hearted, Bessy is an accomplishment for Londoner and first-time novelist Harris, who also manages the pace, period and book-within-a-book conceit nicely."
 

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OK- I will be the first to admit that I started on this series in between books, and because March had a special where you bought book 5 and got 6 for free. I liked them enough to go back and read books 1-4. I am now on book 4 and, I must admit, that it is a revelation to me! Strange, I know. How can a werewolf/action/romance/fluffy book be a revelation? Well, I guess because I have read enough about Kitty, that now I have gotten to #4, I identify with her. In book 4: "Kitty and the Silver Bullet", Kitty is facing many life obstacles: a miscarriage, her mom's battle with breast cancer, a former pack alpha's abuse of a girl in the pack, her talk show, and many other things that crash down on life. This is fiction and, lets face it: it is about a werewolf. But in a revealing conversation with her mother, Kitty's mom spoke some important truths about life. I have a lot going on in my life as well right now and Kitty's moms words went straight to my heart. Isn't this one of the coolest things about a book? When the words you are reading strike a cord with what is going on with your life? I actually used my Kindle's highlight feature so that I can find these words again easily! (Yea, Kindle)

Anyway, I just thought that I would share that. For those of you interested, Kitty is very much like the Stephanie Plum character. Funny, witty, finds herself in strange situations that she wishes she weren't in. I would venture to say that if you like Stephanie, you will like Kitty as well.

Here is the link for book #4- NOTE- this is the book link, for some reason, link maker didn't find the Kindle version......



And here is the link for the first book of the series (this link IS the Kindle version)...

 

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i have book A.D.D. i always have to have 3-5 going at once so i dont get burnt out.

the only books that got me going and i could read the whole thing in one sitting was "anamorphs" when i was a kid. i loved those books. i got a new one every few weeks and read it cover to cover in a day every time.
 

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i have book A.D.D. i always have to have 3-5 going at once so i dont get burnt out.

the only books that got me going and i could read the whole thing in one sitting was "anamorphs" when i was a kid. i loved those books. i got a new one every few weeks and read it cover to cover in a day every time.
I've never heard it described as book ADD, but I would have to agree. I believe I have 4 or 5 going at the same time right now. I do recall reading the Little House series straight through as a child. And even as an adult...shhh.
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I love the Kitty werewolf books. I'm up to number 5 Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand, but have been holding off so I have something to look forward to.

If you like the Kitty books, and you haven't already read Patricia Briggs, you'll like hers too. She has 2 werewolf series that are interconnected but can be read independently. I found her books first, then found the Kitty books. The Mercy Thompson series starts with Moon Called:


and the Alpha and Omega series starts with a novella that was originally published in an anthology but can be downloaded separately.


I loved all of these. There's just no substitute for good, solid writing skills. So many of the books out there are just not very well-written, and this seems to be a particular problem in "genre" books. I don't care how good the plot is, if the writing is not up to par and the author can't develop the characters, I just won't enjoy the book. Another reason to love my Kindle - downloading samples has been great for weeding out books that aren't well-written. I don't need the plot to develop right away - I'm willing to read at least 75-100 pages for that, but you can tell immediately if the writing is going to be good or not.
 

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I just finished The Stranger House, and I loved it! Even though I thought it started a bit slow, I couldn't stop reading. The author's style just sucked me right in. I found myself saying, "what?", and then hanging in to find out what the heck was going on. I think it has enough twists and turns to satisfy most pure mystery lovers, plus a bit of romance and lots of humor (very English and Australian). Or maybe it's just quirky enough to appeal to me.

 

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I just finished The Stranger House, and I loved it! Even though I thought it started a bit slow, I couldn't stop reading. The author's style just sucked me right in. I found myself saying, "what?", and then hanging in to find out what the heck was going on. I think it has enough twists and turns to satisfy most pure mystery lovers, plus a bit of romance and lots of humor (very English and Australian). Or maybe it's just quirky enough to appeal to me.

Thanks for your review Silver...I had purchased this one a while back but haven't gotten around to it yet. I love book that have me scratching my head trying to figure something out...keeps you guessing and coming back for more :)
 

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Most of the recommendations by our esteemed members are current titles. And my guess is that most of those are fiction. I understand. But I'm going to point to a quite different category from time to time: neglected non-fiction classics. And by that I mean neglected today. I only hope I am not tarred and feathered verbally or run out of town on a digital rail.

My first candidate is for the drama and theater crowd. It's "Run-Through: A Memoir," by John Houseman. Much here about that theatrical titan, Orson Welles. And it will surprise you.

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My first candidate is for the drama and theater crowd. It's "Run-Through: A Memoir," by John Houseman. Much here about that theatrical titan, Orson Welles. And it will surprise you.
Sounds good, but it isn't available for Kindle. In fact, it looks like it isn't available at all except for a few used copies in the Marketplace.

I'm almost done with, and strongly recommend, How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. This is the copy I bought, but I think it was scanned in and badly OCR'd. There are more editions available now that might be better, although I'm not sure about the legality of them.
 

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Sounds good, but it isn't available for Kindle. In fact, it looks like it isn't available at all except for a few used copies in the Marketplace.

I'm almost done with, and strongly recommend, How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. This is the copy I bought, but I think it was scanned in and badly OCR'd. There are more editions available now that might be better, although I'm not sure about the legality of them.
Carnegie's book was a blockbuster best-seller for decades. And it spawned classes that were equally popular. As for the Houseman book, I am not surprised that it is OOP. But I am sure that there are reviews and used copies.

Unless you all consider this treason, heresy and sabotage, I am not measuring these books by their Kindleization. But simply their intrinsic worth--and the pleasure they provide.

Of course, if this vantage point is verboten, I will switch to Kindled works only. But that would be a shame.

Weigh in, please.

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For the most part, I think people are looking for Kindle recommendations.  That said, a lot of us still read paper books.  So I guess I'd just say that if you're recommending something that's not kindled, say so.

But, yeah, non-fiction recommendations are great. . .I think Michael Fox's new book has been recommended for instance. . . .

Oh.  And we like links.  :D

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