What are you reading the week of October 13- 19?

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What are you reading the week of October 13- 19?
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Fri, 10-18-2013 - 7:20pm

So what have you read/ are you reading?

Do you prfefer classic movies or modern ones?

Julia

 

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On 10/12 I finished Shanghai Girls by Lisa See for my real life book club. We're meeting Sunday. I didn't love it, but I learned a lot.

Then I read about half of The Fort of Nine Towers by Qais Akbar Omar. I've just read too many depressing, sad and dystopian books in a row. This is very well told, but not now

On 10/16 I finished The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. I loved this!

Yesterday I finished the last Sookie Stackhouse book Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris. I'm glad to be done with the series.

Now I'm reading, but not for too much longer, Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean by Edward Kritzler.  It's history, but I don't trust it.

I lovelovelove old movies and new movies. Not all old movies, or all new movies.

Julia

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Last week I finished MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood. I also read small beneath the sky, a Prairie memoir by Lorna Crozier, a Canadian poet, about the prairie in southern Saskatchewan, and her experience growing up in Swift Current (about 3 hours west of Regina), and returning there to care for her mother. I also began A Guide for the Perplexed by Dara Horn, a  novel  about computer software,  Jewish history and texts, personal relationships, and kidnapping.

I like some old movies and some new movies, but I usually don't like remakes as much as the originals.

Roberta

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Mon, 10-21-2013 - 10:59am

Hi Julia;

After you finish Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean, will you check the references and data? Without the kitchy title, if it were called something like Jewish Seafarers, do you think it would be better accepted?


Roberta

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According to the author, there really were Jewish pirates who had letters of marque. (A letter of marque means that if you have a letter from the English government, say, you can steal all the Spanish gold or treasures you can get, as long as the English get a cut.) The Spanish call you a pirate, and if you get caught, you will be hung. The English call you a privateer.

The references were lousy, often non-existant. Also, the book is poorly written. Since Jews were basically stateless persons, they resorted to piracy, according to the author. Jamaica, according to the author, who lived there, was put in Columbus' family's name and was a place, one of the few places at the time, where Jews could live and worship freely, in the early part of the Age of Exploration. 

Julia