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  1. I've added all three to my Amazon wish list. Thanks for posting!
  2. I don't have time right now to post paragraphs, but here are more I thought of--not quite opening, but still. One story that I can't get out of my head since I found this thread is The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien. That short story has some of the strongest paragraphs I've ever read. The last paragraph in Bullet in the Brain by Tobias Wolff.
  3. Currently reading: The Complete Stories by Flannery O'Connor Building Fiction by Jessie Lee Kercheval
  4. I read this in college and loved it. I still vividly remember some of the images it evoked. It's been a while though so I'm not sure what I would think of it if I read it today. What did you think? I liked it. I like the cadence of the language, and the way the writer uses that cadence and concrete details to create the strong images. I read it for my critical paper, looking at the way fact and tall tale are interwoven into a story, as though all aspects were true. My favorite story is The Beard--the story where Uncle Gurton and his legendary beard come to visit. No one knows how long it
  5. Oh, how could I forget Mystery and Manners by Flannery O'Connor.
  6. Good idea for a thread. "Mabel had known there would be silence. That was the point, after all. No infants cooing or wailing. No neighbor children playfully hollering down the lane. No pad of small feet on wooden stairs worn smooth by generations, or clackety-clack of toys along the kitchen floor. All those sounds of her failure and regret would be left behind, and in their place would be silence." The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. "Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice. At th
  7. Are you interested in any specific genre? Most of my books are about writing fiction. Gotham Writers Workshop Writing Fiction: The Practical Guide from New York's Acclaimed Creative Writing School is a good one.
  8. I don't pay much attention to Amazon reviews for books. I may glance at them, and if some are overwhelmingly negative, I may decide to get the book at the library instead. I can always buy it later if I want. But, for the most part, if I'm going to look at reviews, I'm going to look at the 2, 3, & 4 star reviews.
  9. You're most welcome, Beth. I do what I can to help. I've since started Anansi Boys by Neil Gaimen. Much better.
  10. Then why are you reading it? It's one of the books on my required reading list for school--it dovetails into the critical paper I wrote last semester by being a good example of what *not* to do when trying to get a reader to buy into your storyline/world. That wasn't the intent when I added to the list--being an example of what *not* to do--but that's the way the reading goes this time.
  11. The Time Traveler's Wife. It's a painful read. Ten Little Indians by Sherman Alexie. I'm on an Alexie kick right now.
  12. Interesting idea. So far since January 2012: Alexie, Sherman: Indian Killer Adams, Douglas: The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Bender, Aimee: Willful Creatures; The Particular Sadness of Wedding Cake Black, Robin: If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This Stories Booker, Christopher: The Seven Basic Plots Brockmeier, Christopher: The Brief History of the Dead; The Illumination Cain, Susan: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking Chappell, Fred: I Am One of You Forever Chase, Richard: Jack Tales Folk Tales from the Southern Appalachians Cheever, Su
  13. Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow Acedia and Me by Kathleen Norris Flannery by Brad Gooch.
  14. Has anyone here read either Knockemstiff or The Devil All the Time? I've read both and I'm just curious to hear other readers' thoughts. Publisher's Weekly has listed The Devil All The Time as one of the best novels for 2011. I heard the author speak a few weeks ago at our little library (!) which was really cool. DRP is also a fellow Buckeye.
  15. An unidentified artist has been/is leaving intricate sculptures created from books at various libraries throughout Scotland. book art
  16. Flannery is someone I struggle with, in that I'm not sure if I like her work or not. I know I can only take her in small doses. I've not read any of her novels and just a few of her short stories. Her book, Mystery and Manners, which I'm reading for school right now, reveals a side of her I never would've dreamed existed--someone with a biting sense of humor.
  17. In the last two weeks I've finished Anna Karenina and a collection of short stories titled Nice, Big American Baby by Judy Budnitz. Currently I'm reading Flannery O'Connors Mystery and Manners. I never realized she had such a biting sense of humor. I've heard, and read last night, her quote on writing programs not killing enough writers, but have found many more zingers. Laughing while reading a craft book--usually not something I do. By the time I'm done, M&M is going to have as much highlighting and post-it flags as my copy of Walking on Water-meaning there will be more highlighted pass
  18. I enjoyed Back on Murder and would like to read his second novel, but finding the time right now to do so is really difficult to do.
  19. I've started Bible Babel: Making Sense of the Most Talked About Book of All Time by Kristin Swenson. It's not a scholarly work, even though it's written by a scholar. I don't know if it will become one of my top ten or not--I'm hoping at least it'll be a book I can refer to people that want to know more about the Bible, but won't plow through scholarly tomes.
  20. "The Christian Imagination" edited by Leland Ryken--dipping in and out of this one "One. Life." by Scot McKnight--small group read "the White Cascade: The Great Northern Railway Disaster and America's Deadliest Avalanche" by Gary Krist "In the Garden of Beasts" by Erik Larson
  21. No tiger mothers here--wasn't raised by one and I'm not one. The way my husband and I have raised our three (23, 20, 16) is to let them experiment with various interests with the option of not pursing that interest once any commitments were met. In other words, if they tried a sport and didn't like it, they weren't allowed to quit halfway through the season, but once the season was done, so were they. I don't see the value in forcing a child to learn something just because. By letting our kids try different activities, they've each hit on something they love to do. By having them foot
  22. The free books are addictive. ::w00t:: The lack of page numbers is something I've not gotten used to, either. I'm not a fan of the progress bar, that's for sure. I've taken to looking up the actual book on Amazon to find out how many pages a printed book has, just to give me a grasp of the size. Then the progress bar makes some sense. Sort of. The inability to flip between books or passages is one of the biggest drawbacks to e-readers, I think.
  23. This book isn't Yancy's usual style of writing, but has more of a journalism aspect to it. He visits ten different areas--from Virginia Tech, to Mumbai (he was there when the terrorists attacked the hotels/train stations etc), to AA meetings. He writes an essay about the experience, then the text of a speech he gave while at the venue follows the essay. The speech re: the AA aspect stuck with me for the contrast it draws between the AA meetings and most churches. Grace, accountability, acceptance, genuineness vs. what is found in most churches. In many ways, AA meetings are what the church
  24. Krakatoa The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883 by Simon Winchester. I ended up skimming/skipping the first half, which was more of a lesson in the history of geology pre-explosion.
  25. Here's a short CNN interview transcript. The comments regarding Chinese Christians and prayer and a comment made by someone from a former Soviet country are thought-provoking--at least for me. I finished the book last night and so far, the section that is sticking with me is the one dealing w/ AA and the essay "I Wish I Was an Alcoholic."
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