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    Need a New Read!

    Currently looking for my new favorite book... I read all sorts of things- but really enjoy Elizabeth Berg's books (she cannot write 'em fast enough for me!)

    Also love the Sweet Potato Queens and the Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood books (newest in hardcopy- waiting for softback or used) Sigh.

    Can you suggest a book worth paying for brand new? I feel Barnes & Noble calling me in...

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    Bel Canto by Ann Patchett is a book i strongly recommend! I haven't read anything by Berg, though, but I thought this book was great! It's not a thriller really, and it's not anything else either. It's about people and how they come together. It's about physical love, and the love for laguages!

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    I agree with nerdish, Bel Canto is an amazing book. I just read Lovely Bones (I picked it up for 50 cents at a rummage sale) and I really enjoyed it. It's an easy read and kind of intense at the same time.

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    My favorite read recently was "Astonishing Splashes of Colour" by Clare Morrall. It's one of those "can't-put-it-down" books with lots of plot twists and turns.

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    selah, who wrote Lovely Bones?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nerdish
    selah, who wrote Lovely Bones?
    Alice Sebold. I second or third Lovely Bones.

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    i fourth the lovely bones!

    i finally read me talk pretty one day by david sedaris, and lmao. (gave it to my mom and she didn't get it at all.)

    I also loved: (some of these are going back a ways...)

    time and again by jack finney
    (not so much from time to time, the sequel)

    the alienist by caleb carr

    the fermata by nicholson baker.
    (vox was ok too, but some of his other stuff gets waaaay too bogged down with footnotes)

    possession by a.s. byatt (i've had babel tower now for years and i keep trying to read it, can't get into it.) i've read all her other stuff too, none of it stands out in my memory

    just read fingersmith by sarah waters. it was pretty good.

    foucault's pendulum by umberto eco

    pillars of the earth by ken follett

    victorian detective novels by anne perry
    (her history is so wild, she was one of the girls that movie "heavenly creatures" was about.)

    anyway, i read like crazy, my taste runs the gamut, but these are some of the titles that have stuck in my mind.

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    I would also recommend Bel Canto as well as Patron Saint of Liars (also by Ann Patchett). I just went to Barnes and Noble under the same compulsion for a pretty new book and got her memoir Truth & Beauty.


    Keri

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    I really like Booksmarks magazine for great book suggestions, and reviews of new books. It is usually available at Barnes and Noble or Borders.

    It uses a star rating system for books, as well as blurb reviews from several major publications. It also features an article on an important author each, time, a book-group, and reader suggested books.

    Their synopses of books is very helpful before you head off to the bookstore or library. I always use it to make my list of what to read next.
    http://bookmarksmagazine.com/

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    in the same vein as yaya style reading:
    elegance by kathleen tussaro (it's in the bargain bin at B&N last i checked)
    fried green tomatoes at the whistle stop cafe
    midnight in the garden of good and evil


 

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