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Whats thest book you have read in the last 30 days? Why?




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      Ela2011 wrote Jan 26, 2011
    • I finally got around to the  Glass Castle and was really moved by it.  Great and disturbing book based on a true story..




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      Denise Richardson wrote Jan 26, 2011
    • Well outside of my Bible because it gives me spiritual strength in times of need as well as wisdom as to know how to be a help to others.
      The other book I’m reading now is: Letter’s To My Daughter by Maya Angelou, why because I love her work.




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      Cathie Beck wrote Jan 26, 2011
    • Ela2011, please tell more about Glass Castle.  

      Cathie




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      Ela2011 wrote Jan 26, 2011
    • Its a memoir written by a now-successful journalist about her life.  She grew up with an alcoholic father and some kind of psychotic mother and they were pretty much nomads who were dirt poor and traveled around to avoid creditors, etc.   There are scenes where they fought over a stick of butter in the fridge since they had no food in the house and they hid in the bathroom during lunch at school and then ate the other kids thrown away leftovers, etc.  The scenes made me cry!  It was really heart breaking.  

      But overall, the story is NOT sad.  It about a crazy family with unbelievably horrible parents who still taught their children about love and life and success.   It’s hard to describe but it’s an easy read and I recommend it.

      Here is a link on it.
      www.bookbrowse.com/reviews/index.cfm?book_number=1560  

      Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and above all, how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote and couldn’t stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called herself an “excitement addict.” Cooking a meal that would be consumed in fifteen minutes had no appeal when she could make a painting that might last forever.

      Later, when the money ran out, or the romance of the wandering life faded, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town - and the family - Rex Walls had done everything he could to escape. He drank. He stole the grocery money and disappeared for days. As the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents' betrayals and, finally, found the resources and will to leave home.

      What is so astonishing about Jeannette Walls is not just that she had the guts and tenacity and intelligence to get out, but that she describes her parents with such deep affection and generosity. Hers is a story of triumph against all odds, but also a tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its profound flaws gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.

      For two decades, Jeannette Walls hid her roots. Now she tells her own story.




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      Cathie Beck wrote Jan 26, 2011
    • Thank you so much, Ela2011. It does sound like a gripping book to read and I will look for it.  

      Cathie




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      Cathie Beck wrote Jan 26, 2011
    • I need to make a trip to the library to look for some of these books! I want to read Julia Child’s memoir and “Letters to my Daughter“, too. I want Suzann’s book as well.  

      Cathie




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      Kmarie wrote Jan 27, 2011
    • For fun the early part of this week, I re-read the Percy Jackson series. It is a really good fun take off on modern day Greek Gods, the Titans, and other Gods from myhts in today’s world. It is a series geared towards young adult and teen readers but I find it really relaxing and enjoyable. I love scifi and mysteries. I have started the Gift by James Patterson and I will start Brad Meltzer’s the Inner Circle soon.




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      UK Girl wrote Jan 27, 2011
    • I STILL DREAM ABOUT YOU by Fannie Flagg
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      Cathie Beck wrote Jan 27, 2011
    • Yesterday I started and finished the book, “A Walk Across America” by Peter Jenkins. I was
      couch bound for the day, but it’s a fast read. What a remarkable adventure this man had back in the early 70’s!  

      Cathie




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      Plussize4you wrote Jan 27, 2011
    • I am sorry to say but lately I’m lucky to watch the news let alone read a book. I used to read when I went on holidays with my older two children but not lately. My mother reads everyday so I think later on when things slow down I will enjoy relaxing with a book, hopefully.




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      Faith4now wrote Jan 27, 2011
    • I would have to say my Bible God’s love letter to us allestatic




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      Amy Jacobellis wrote Mar 10, 2011
    • I’ve been reading The Culture Code and Instant Appeal.  It’s all about the “lizard brain,” why we respond the way we do, fascinating!




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