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How often have you wished you had a good source for finding a good read?
Let’s all share our favorites! Send in your book recommendation by commenting below. I’ll add your review to the posting. In the meantime, start reading the reviews we have so far…
here we go…
Recommendations by Debbie Heiser
1) Just started “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett – great recommendation from Jackie and Laura! The book takes place in 1962 Mississippi – follows the lives of three women, a 22 year-old women and two maids. (read Laura’s more descriptive review below). Haven’t gotten far enough to say much, but so far it is well written and I can’t wait to read more.
2) Finished “To My Dearest Friends” by Patricia Volk. Good read about women in their 60′s – the only down side is that they spoke about being 60 as if it is old. I choose to think of 60 young, but other than that – it was a good read.
3) Finished “Sleeping Arrangements” by Laura Shaine Cunningham. It is a memoir – about a girl being raised by her uncles on the Grand Concourse after her mother dies. It is not a “downer” as my one sentence description would make one believe.
4) Started “Eclipse of the Sunnis” by Deborah Amos. This is a great book – It is well written, and it is thought provoking. About “power, exile, and upheaval in the Middle East”. Not a beach book – a book to make you think.
5) Finished “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” – thanks for the recommendation, Laura! A great read (see Laura’s review below for a description). A definite recommendation!
Happy reading everyone!!!
A great self-help read: Recommended by Debbie Heiser
OBESE FROM THE HEART by Sara Stein, MD
As my all male family (including the bird) watched the football game I read a great book: Obese from the Heart by Sara Stein. Dr Stein writes about herself as an obese woman who has struggled with weight all her life. What struck me about this book, what makes it so different from so many other books, is that it does not apply only to obese or overweight individuals. Although I’m constantly saying I want to lose the last 5 lbs. of baby fat I gained from having my children (now 4 and 5), I’m not obese and have never been. This book resonated with me because Dr. Stein talks not as a doctor, but as a person, about so many of the issues that plague us and that can lead to obesity (among, I must say, other issues as well – such as depression and anxiety). Overwork, stress, bottling up our emotions, are things so many of us can relate to. This book doesn’t preach about eating, not eating, doing or not doing. Dr. Stein writes from her heart in a way that makes obesity understandable, personal, and completely relatable. I would heartily recommend reading this book, whether obese or not.
To find out more about how to buy the book, ebook, and kindle editions go to http://obesefromtheheart.com
A novel recommended by Laura Nolte Cirincione:
The Help is a 2009 novel written by American author Kathryn Stockett. It is also available in audiobook.
I read The Help and it was really good. It was about Mississippi during the 1960s and the relationships between “the help” and their white employers. Enjoy!
A novel recommended by Clive Priddle:
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. It’s The Tudors meets Game Change
(I’m not recommending that, using it as a referent!): C16th England, awash with political uncertainty, religious confusion, and treacherous loyalties. What could be more fun? It’s a long book, so save it for a vacation or long trip. But if you like it she’s at work on a sequel or prequel or whatever. And she’s a terrific understated but very skilled writer. Not flashy but very acute. She deserved her Booker prize…
Novel recommendations by Vivian Weinberger:
I am currently reading a Pat Conroy book called South of Broad.
I enjoyed 2 other books by him, Beach Music and a book he wrote about teaching black children who lived on a Hilton Head type of Island in dire poverty. I may be partial because I know the area he writes about, South Carolina, and particularly in this book, Charleston.. ( I’m still short of halfway thru). Vivian
Novel Recommendations by Dawn Eig:
I second Clive’s recommendation Debbie. I have it on my list at the moment. For something a little more light, check out The Last Samurai by Helen De Witt. Its about a single mom in England with a 6 year old child prodigy. funny, clever and interseting.
Recommendations by Laura Traynor:
Here are a few:
Recently finished Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See; set in remote 19th-century China. It’s a lifelong story about two women who became laotong or “old sames” (aka BFFs) at age 7 and the rigid codes that governed their lives despite two very different paths.
Last year’s favorite was Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, which is 13 short stories, connected by, Olive and those characters she comes to know and love in a rural coastal town. Speaks to lives lived, regrets and joys along the way.
Am currently reading A Year in Provence, probably 10 years behind everyone else but it’s a lovely respite on a cold winter’s day.
Another favorite is The Working Life: the promise and betrayal of modern work by JoAnn Ciulla; speaks to the meaning and place of work in our lives and how ” pressures of our consumption-driven, global economy frequently lead to the compromise of individuals’ ‘higher’ values when making decisions affecting the overall quality of their lives.”
More to come as I think of them!
Thomas Matlack gave a recommendation of a book he read on Twitter:
TMatlack Just finished The Girl Who Played with Fire (Vintage) by Stieg Larsson and loved it. Perfect antidote to Tiger Woods.
He also has his own book which Lisa Hickey, who worked on the project describes…
The Good Men Project: Real Stories from the Frontlines of Modern Manhood
How often does a book actually change you? Once, twice a year, max? Well, when it does, hold onto it tight.
FULL DISCLOSURE: I helped publish The Good Men Project. The book – and the 31 stories in it, might now be turned into a Broadway Play, a movie, a tv show, a magazine. And yes, I might profit from some of those things if they happen. Just to be clear.
But…for the record….the book changed me before any of that. It changed me when I read the half-finished manuscript in my car one rainy afternoon in Boston. It changed me because it was guys, telling stories, of defining moments in their lives. Telling those stories with truth and insight and wit. And as one of the founders of The Good Men Project, Tom Matlack, says “it’s the stuff guys don’t usually talk about.”
From the photojournalist in Iraq who helped me realize that bearing witness to atrocities of war has a grace all it’s own to the dad who watched his son succumb to a drug overdose, to the guys who talk about sex and racism and failed marriages along with beautiful, poignant, second-chance marriages, The Good Men Project opened my eyes to a world that had been around me all the time but I just never before was able to see.
Dorothy Sander is promoting her book “Saying Goodbye to Mom – and other Reflections on LIfe after Fifty”
I recently released an eBook I believe might be of interest to your readers: Saying Goodbye to Mom – and other Reflections on Life after Fifty is a collection of my writings over a two year period of time during which I experienced a variety of mid-life transitions, from empty nest to caring for an aging parent.
My hope is that my reflections on this common experience will bring comfort and support to others as they encounter similar changes.
If you would like a free copy to review please let me know.
It is available on Lulu.com:http://www.lulu.com/content/e-book/saying-goodbye-to-mom/8207365
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Last summer I received the Kindle e-book as a gift. Though curious about how the Kindle worked I had little interest in owning one so for awhile my Kindle stayed unwrapped while I contemplated whether or not to join the e-book generation. Alone one rainy weekend I decided to give it a try. It was very easy to set-up. Although you do need access to a computer to register both your Kindle and a credit card at Amazon.com, once registered all of your transactions take place through the ether (my word for the great wireless world of what I guess are mobile phone airwaves). A moment of shopping in the Kindle book store and I was able to download a book in just a few minutes. If instant gratification is your thing, the Kindle rates an A. l spent the rest of the day and night reading Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay about a Jewish family rounded up by the French Police in Nazi occupied Paris in 1942. I was hooked. I loved the book and I enjoyed the ease of reading it on my Kindle. Having trouble seeing small print, not a problem, just adjust the print size to your liking. Always losing your place in hard copy books, again not a problem, the Kindle remembers your last page. In the mood for another book, just go to the search box and type in a name or an author and if its available in the Kindle library, downloading is just a click away.
As much as I enjoy my Kindle, I do miss a few things about reading hard copy books. I love the trip to the book store, in my case the Barnes and Noble around the corner. I enjoy walking around and looking at the newly published books, the table of the staff’s favorites, the new paper backs and the old classics. I also like hanging in the book store, with a cup of coffee and a few magazines. Though you can browse a lot of lists on your Kindle, including the NY Times best sellers or Amazon’s most frequently purchased, the physical experience of visiting a book store and the visual and tactile feel of a book is definitely something I miss. That said, I am enjoying my Kindle very much. I love the ease of satisfying my spur of the moment wim to read something new regardless of where I am. I much prefer carrying my Kindle to lugging around one or more heavy hard covered books and I enjoy the ability to adjust the size of the print to compensate for lighting and, I must admit, my not always cooperative eyes. As a result of its ease of use I am reading more than ever since I almost always have my Kindle with me, in waiting rooms, on subways, at home and on planes. Good news for Amazon, good news too for the authors and good news for me because the cost of an e-book is less than most hard copy books.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention one of the spookier things about the Kindle. When your Kindle’s wireless is on, which is generally all of the time unless you opt to turn it off, Amazon has a access to your device. When Amazon accidentally let readers buy e-copies of George Orwell’s books it was able to electronically wipe them off purchasers’ Kindles without warning. Although they suffered a flurry of bad publicity over this action and have promised never to act so intrusively again, the reality is that the Kindle “big brother” knows all. When my Kindle broke, Amazon impressively overnighted me a replacement but I have to admit that I was a little unnerved that my new Kindle knew where I was in the last book that I was reading. So buyer beware, if you find the idea of the gremlins at Amazon knowing what you are up to unacceptable, stick to hard copy books. If you are unphased by the new world than give the e-book a try.
One more thing, I have focused this note on the Kindle, because that is the e-book that I received as a gift. However, if you decide to go the e-book route, check out the new Barnes and Noble Nook and any of the other technologies now available. I’ll leave it to you to decide which one suits your needs and preferences. As for me I plan to keep reading my Kindle and browsing the book stores. When I feel a book needs to live in my home because it is so impressive, or beautiful or its something I want to share with all my friends, then I’ll probably still purchase a hard copy. As for the quick and easy reading of best sellers and other books that I am in the mood to try, I’ll take advantage of the e-book option.
A few books I’ve read on my Kindle lately that I highly recommend are the two Stieg Larsson’s books available in the US: The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire. I also recently read The Help by Kathryn Stockett and am currently enjoying The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. If you are in the mood for something more topical and serious, try The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright, a book that I would recommend in hard copy because I think it is the definitive book on the history of Al Queda, it serves as a good reference for understanding much of the tragedy and quagmire of Afghanistan and because the tables and references in the book are hard to appreciate in e-format.
Let me know what you are reading. I am always in the market for a good recommendation would enjoy hearing your views on any of the books I’ve mentioned.
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