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Winter Reading
Posted November 25th, 2012 - 10:28 pm by from Daejeon, South Korea (Permalink)
What's everyone planning to read this winter? It's that time of the year when I am stocking my virtual bookshelf. I'd love some recommendations.

At the moment I'm reading...."Letters from Thailand" by Botan. The book is a series of letters written by a Chinese immigrant to Thailand, to his mother in China, beginning in 1945. It was originally published in 1969. I'm not that far into yet, but I'm enjoying the story so far.

Posted November 25th, 2012 - 11:18 pm from Invercargill, New Zealand
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Posted November 25th, 2012 - 11:56 pm by from Daejeon, South Korea (Permalink)
Hi Carl,

Thank you for mentioning Colm Toibin. I've just read an interview, and I think I'll definitely try and read one of his novels this winter.

Nancie

Posted November 27th, 2012 - 10:28 am by from Daejeon, South Korea (Permalink)
Have all the readers left the room? :)

Nancie

Posted November 27th, 2012 - 2:53 pm from Sydney, Australia
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Posted November 27th, 2012 - 4:35 pm from Victoria, Canada
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Posted November 27th, 2012 - 5:29 pm from Ottawa, Canada
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Posted November 27th, 2012 - 6:47 pm from Invercargill, New Zealand
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Posted November 27th, 2012 - 6:53 pm from Thornbury, England
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Posted November 27th, 2012 - 7:54 pm from Portland, United States
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Posted November 27th, 2012 - 8:05 pm from Invercargill, New Zealand
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Posted November 27th, 2012 - 8:13 pm from Portland, United States
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Posted November 28th, 2012 - 3:21 am from Walla Walla, United States
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Posted November 28th, 2012 - 3:30 am from Victoria, Canada
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Posted December 2nd, 2012 - 12:02 pm by from Daejeon, South Korea (Permalink)
Thanks for all your recommendations. My apologies that this was a duplicate topic. I didn't see the other one, started a week before.

Nancie

Posted December 3rd, 2012 - 9:38 pm from Somerville, United States
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Posted December 5th, 2012 - 3:38 pm from Thornbury, England
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Posted December 5th, 2012 - 6:33 pm from Portland, United States
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Posted December 5th, 2012 - 8:06 pm by from London, England (Permalink)
As a lover of short stories, embarrassed to admit that Tobias Woolf had never been on my radar. Only came across him on the Guardian's "Books that writers read" list. "Bullet to the Brain" is on ever short story curriculum and "Old School" made me cry repeatedly with its great nostalgic gentleness and humanism.

Posted December 5th, 2012 - 8:19 pm from Portland, United States
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Posted December 5th, 2012 - 8:16 pm from Victoria, Canada
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Posted December 5th, 2012 - 10:40 pm from Charlotte, United States
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Posted December 5th, 2012 - 10:31 pm by from Charlotte, United States (Permalink)
One of the books I'm currently reading is "Americans in Paris: Life and Death Under Nazi Occupation" (Charles Glass), which is interesting. In my estimation, though, the best writer of WW II fiction (much of it set in France, but including other countries as well) is Alan Furst. ("Night Soldiers" was the first of his WW II books.)

Posted December 5th, 2012 - 10:46 pm by from Charlotte, United States (Permalink)
Interestingly, this was just discussed on "Fresh Air" (with Terry Gross):
http://www.npr.org/search/index.php?searchinput=Mantel

I haven't read any of her books and have no opinion on them.

Karen

Posted December 6th, 2012 - 4:03 pm from Thornbury, England
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Posted December 6th, 2012 - 11:34 pm by from Charlotte, United States (Permalink)
Stuart M. Kaminsky's Inspector Rosnikov detective novels provide a very interesting way of watching the evolution from the USSR to relatively modern day Russia (the list below is from Wikipedia). I thought they were very well written. (The last one was published posthumously.)

Inspector Rostnikov series
1.Rostnikov's Corpse (1981)
(also published as Death of a Dissident)
2.Black Knight in Red Square (1983)
3.Red Chameleon (1985)
4.A Fine Red Rain (1987)
5.A Cold Red Sunrise (1988)
6.The Man Who Walked Like a Bear (1990)
7.Rostnikov's Vacation (1991)
8.Death of a Russian Priest (1992)
9.Hard Currency (1995)
10.Blood and Rubles (1996)
11.Tarnished Icons (1997)
12.The Dog Who Bit a Policeman (1998)
13.Fall of a Cosmonaut (2000)
14.Murder on the Trans-Siberian Express (2001)
15.People Who Walk in Darkness (2008)
16.A Whisper to the Living (2010)

Posted December 29th, 2012 - 7:45 pm from Stoke-on-Trent, England
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Posted December 29th, 2012 - 8:39 pm from Portland, United States
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Posted December 29th, 2012 - 9:55 pm from Morgan Hill, United States
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Posted December 29th, 2012 - 10:09 pm from Thornbury, England
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Posted December 5th, 2012 - 8:31 pm from Berlin, Germany
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Posted December 31st, 2012 - 2:19 pm by from Charlotte, United States (Permalink)
Jana - Now that you've probably finished "Finding Mr. Flood," what's your opinion of it?

Karen

Posted January 1st, 2013 - 2:11 am from Portland, United States
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Posted January 1st, 2013 - 1:43 pm from Portland, United States
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Posted January 1st, 2013 - 1:54 pm from Portland, United States
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Posted January 1st, 2013 - 2:34 pm by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
Something rather enchanting about it!
I love the era, the clothes, the useless men.

My favorite line:
"All I wish to do is sit in the shade and remember better times and better men".

Cherie

Posted January 13th, 2013 - 3:08 pm from Thornbury, England
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Posted January 13th, 2013 - 4:41 pm by from Stoke-on-Trent, England (Permalink)
His book 'The Sea of Poppies' is excellent. I have bought the sequel (it's the first of a trilogy) but haven't got around to reading it yet....I have a very big pile of too read books!

I have just finished 'Lonesome Dove' by Larry McMurtry. It's not a genre I would normally read but it was recommended by a book club friend. It won the Pulitzer prize - and deservedly so IMHO.

Posted January 13th, 2013 - 4:43 pm by from Stoke-on-Trent, England (Permalink)
That should be 'to read' of course!

Posted January 13th, 2013 - 5:44 pm from Victoria, Canada
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Posted January 16th, 2013 - 1:17 am from Ottawa, Canada
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Posted January 16th, 2013 - 11:04 pm from Sydney, Australia
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Posted February 12th, 2013 - 1:37 pm from Thornbury, England
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Posted February 17th, 2013 - 1:37 am by from Hull, United States (Permalink)
@Jana - I really love both these books by Ann Patchett, especially Bel Canto!

Posted December 5th, 2012 - 10:35 pm by from Charlotte, United States (Permalink)
One interesting book I recently read was Alexandra Fuller's "Cocktails under the Tree of Forgetfulness." This is her second novel/autobiography/biography set in Africa (Malawi, Rhodesia before it was Zimbabwe, and Zambia); this one deals more with her mother's life, though told through the daughter. Her first book, "Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight," is a story of her own childhood in Zambia. Both are very honest and highly interesting stories.

Posted December 30th, 2012 - 3:52 am from Vienna, Austria
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Posted December 30th, 2012 - 4:06 am from Victoria, Canada
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Posted December 30th, 2012 - 6:41 pm from Portland, United States
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Posted December 31st, 2012 - 1:17 am by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
I just watched a wonderful movie.

I thought so much about couch surfing when I watched it. I felt a lot about my relationship with all of you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQKfHMR4mwE

It's SO lovely ;D

Cherie

Posted February 13th, 2013 - 12:22 am from Dawsonville, United States
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Posted December 31st, 2012 - 12:42 am by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
I read it a few months ago. It was a light, easy, quick read.

Cherie

Posted December 31st, 2012 - 1:12 am from Victoria, Canada
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Posted December 31st, 2012 - 1:31 am by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
Helga was talking about it:
"Europe on 5 Wrong Turns a Day: one Man, Eight countries, One Vintage Travel Guide" by Doug Mack.
http://www.amazon.de/Europe-Wrong-Turns-Day-Countries/dp/0399537325/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1356839230&sr=8-1

Patty, you really need to see "Enchanted April"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQKfHMR4mwE

Cherie

Posted February 13th, 2013 - 4:03 am from Invercargill, New Zealand
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Posted February 21st, 2013 - 1:55 am by from Charlotte, United States (Permalink)
I love crossing-culture books. One excellent one is Peter Hessler's first book, "River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze" about his experience in Fuling, China in the late 1990s (as a Peace Corps volunteer). Among other things, he studies Chinese in one part of his apartment and does his English-teacherly things in another, marking to some extent what he sees as his Chinese-speaking personality and his English-speaking personality.

Posted March 31st, 2013 - 5:20 pm from Thornbury, England
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Posted April 5th, 2013 - 4:29 pm by from Weston-super-Mare, England (Permalink)
Cadence

I well remember Edge of Darkness - I think at the time it won loads of awards in the TV industry. Very dark, cast were fantastic. Loved the music too which was very atmospheric - written by Michael Kamen and Eric Clapton. I think I bought my son the soundtrack for Christmas that year.

Anne

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