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#21 Duchess

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    Posted 19 December 2008 - 12:05 PM

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    Books that Jeff and I have both read and liked:

    The History of Love - Nicole Krauss (this is my favorite)
    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Foer (Krauss' husband)
    Night - Elie Wiesel
    My Golden Trades - Ivan Klima
    The Giver - Lois Lowry (children's book, but a fave)

    (I know there are more, but I can't think of them!)


    Books Jeff has passed onto me that I haven't read yet:

    Under the Banner of Heaven - Jon Krakauer
    Infidel - Ayaan Hirsi Ali


    Also, Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels is another good WWII Fiction.
    My book club did History of Love and most of the girls loved it but a few didnt and it was some peoples faves and it got a little tense! What is the one from her husband about? That sounds familiar...

    #22 Opice34

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      Posted 19 December 2008 - 12:18 PM

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      My book club did History of Love and most of the girls loved it but a few didnt and it was some peoples faves and it got a little tense! What is the one from her husband about? That sounds familiar...
      Oh, wow, I haven't met anyone who didn't love The History of Love! (I really wish it had a different title, though.) It was one of those books that right when I finished the last page I wanted to turn back to the first page and read it again! Maybe that's why I'm not in a book club. :)

      Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is about a little boy living in New York after 9/11. The book is told from his perspective. It's really great.

      Krauss and Foer have similiar writing styles, and I assume they are each others editors. They both have a great way of drawing you in and keeping part of the story a mystery so you're always trying to figure out how it all links together. And I think their character development is wonderful.

      Foer also wrote Everything is Illuminated. I haven't read that one, but they turned it into a movie, so maybe that's why he sounds familiar...

      #23 Duchess

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        Posted 20 December 2008 - 11:16 AM

        I actually wasnt even at that book club, but I guess a little fight broke out. People pick some weird stuff in my book club, but I did hear wonderful things about that book, and have been wanting to read it for a while.

        Thanks for the info re the husbands book, it also sounds great.

        BTW- Thousand Splendid Suns is finally out on paperback!




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