BOOKS: What are some great books you want others to know about?
I just finished Thrity Umrigar’s The Story Hour, which is, by far, the best book I’ve read all year. I have loved everything Ms. Umrigar has written (especially The Space Between Us and Weight of Heaven).
What I especially treasure about her latest book is the in-depth presentation of her main characters. The plot is multi-layered, and not predictable. I was excited as I read and the plot unfolded; when certain things happened I was so stunned, so amazed, that my pleasure grew.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in India’s caste system–and what might happen to some who emigrate to America.
(Note: the primary Indian character speaks a certain style of English, which bothered me at first, but which grew natural within a short amount of time. It was very readable.)
What are some books you feel other readers would enjoy?
Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson (2007) “Mistakes Were Made But Not By Me.” This isn’t a riveting drama or work of non fiction. The only characters in this book are the readers.
it discusses a very important subject matter for our times. It’s timely in the fact that, American culture has become so “me” first. I learned some things about myself by reading this book. You must begin reading this book with an open mind.
FREEDOM WRITERS DIARY is a non fiction book. There’s no way in a few short sentences to express the impact of this book. It started with the idea of one teacher, Erin Gruwell. She taught her students to pick up a pen rather than a gun. It’s astonishing the impact this book has had on so many. Take a look at their website. There is a movie titled FREEDOM WRITERS, depicting how this all came about. It’s fascinating. One thing learned through this is that every life touches every other life. This is a DVD we own and have viewed many times.:heart:
deeklez, you are picking up on things about the Forums a lot faster than a lot of us did. And that’s the way to learn–ask questions. And as myfun said, you can find where you rank on each game by clicking on the Find Me by that game’s Leader Board.
You can also Find your Rank for your Total Tickets by going to the Leader Board at the bottom of the Arcade Home Page (the page where all the game icons are). That Leader Board is for Total Tickets Earned today, this week or All Time–depending on which of those you click on on the left side.
WOO HOO!!!! You made my day! Now I don’t have to go outside and eat dirt!!:smileyhappy::heart: DubuqueRams: I’m dancing as fast as your duck to try and learn and catch up to you all:heart:
No, no need saving to Facebook…the JPA will know!
At the bottom of the page, on each game, you can see
leaderboard, today, this week, and all time..you can click
on find me, it will show your ranking!
No Deeklez I’m not on facebokk or any other social media. Your always on the leader board some where. You just have to get a high score to be in the top ten. Go for it Fly Girl!!!
Just received "The Wright Brothers" by David McCullough. I always look forward to reading the author’s books and am hoping this one lives up to its New York Times bestseller ranking!
THE DUCT TAPE BOOK BY THE DUCT TAPE GUYS! BIG YUKS!
Talking about Gone With the Wind on another thread made me think about a book I read several years ago about Leslie Howard, the British star who played Ashley Wilkes in the film. The book is entitled "Leslie Howard: The Lost Actor" by Estel Eforgan. A second edition was recently published. This is a wonderful tribute to Howard who was an advocate for the British Film Industry and a British patriot who died in a plane crash in 1943.
Shortly before the crash of Flight 777, he left Hollywood to return to England to promote the war effort. On the way back from Spain to England his plane was shot down in the Bay of Biscay. There have been two main conspiracy theories as to why his plane was shot down. One was that that Churchhill was believed to have been on board. The other was because Howard had been in Spain to attempt to convince Franco not to join the opposing forces. Also, there were rumours that he was a spy for the British. The most credible theory is that Howard was targeted for assassination because of his role as England’s most famous war time propagandist.
Most biographies of Howard focus on the plane crash but this biography does an excellent job of covering his life. In real life, he was well educated like Ashley Wilkes and a gentleman, but he had many affairs before passing at age 50. He and Humphrey Bogart were best friends and Howard is credited for starting Bogart’s film career by insisting that he be cast as Duke Mantee, the gangster, in the film version of "The Petrified Forest" in 1936. Bogart had played Mantee in the theatre version. Humphrey Bogart and his wife Lauren Bacall named their daughter Leslie Howard Bogart.
All in all a very interesting read full of fascinating WWII history.
Finally finished Beryl Markham’s "West with the Night" which I thoroughly enjoyed. It disappeared and was unavailable for about 40 years resurfacing in the 80’s. If you enjoyed Out of Africa you will recognize everyone here in Beryl’s terrific book.
The author was raised in Africa after arriving in 1906. She followed her father’s footsteps in raising and training thoroughbreds. In 1930 Beryl was the first woman to obtain a pilot’s license in Africa. She was a bush pilot for years. In 1936, she was the first woman to cross the Atlantic solo from East to West. Also, she was the first person to fly nonstop from Europe to America.
Even Hemingway was enthralled by her writing and he rarely complimented other writers but interestingly he suspected that Beryl was not the author of her memoir. I guess he couldn’t compliment her freely.
This is a fabulous, well done book full of adventure and descriptive narrative that I highly recommend especially if you like memoirs.
Finish reading Personal by Lee Child. Good book. I’ve read almost all of the Jack Reacher series, one more to go.
Hellconia Spring. A great sci Fi book followed by Hellconia Summer and Hellconia Fall. The story line is about how people evolve on a planet where the seasons last hundreds of years only to regress with approach of winter. The hardship of famine giving way to the horn of plenty. Tribal life progressing to elite rulership with with the hope of a better future only to be dashed by the winter. Hero’s come in the spring and are long forgotten with onset of another years long winter…….Ronnie
I’m not quite sure how GrannyJez’s comment about Andrew Lessman fits in with discussions on books.
Andrew Lessman comes across as a very straightlaced reserved person, which I like. But I’ll bet he isn’t. I’ll bet he’s quite kinky. Most of those seemingly conservative males are. You have to be careful.
I have just finished reading Till the well runs dry by Lauren Francis-Sharma. It’s about sixteen year old Marcia Garcia from Trinidad who left her marriage to Farouk Karem & immigrated to America.
I’m now reading Personal by one of my favourite aruthors, Lee Child.
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08.14.15 1:28 PM