Best books you've read recently ?

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Best books you've read recently ?
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Mon, 08-04-2003 - 10:37am
We're off soon for our semi-annual no husbands vacation, and we plan on reading lots and lots of good books on the beach. Does anyone have any suggestions for really good books that they've read recently? Nothing too deep, we need to keep one eye on the kids. Thanks!

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Mon, 08-04-2003 - 11:00am
I loved the Red Tent by Anita Diamant. I read it a couple of months ago. It is about Dinah-one of the daughters of Jacob. The red tent is where the women gathered during their menses and childbirth. I loved it because it was told in Dinah's voice and the author told about a time in history that women were largely ignored. She fleshed out Dinah's story and the community of women that surrounded her. I tried to read it slowly and enjoy it.

K

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Mallory (age 3)

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Mon, 08-04-2003 - 4:55pm
Off the top of my head, sitting here on the bookshelf:

Watermelon OR Rachel's Holiday OR Lucy Sullivan's Getting Married by Marian Keyes. Anything by Marian Keyes. Very fluffy chick lit. I like her Irish voice and her portrayals of completely disfunctional families. She puts the Funk in Disfunctional.

Welcome to My Planet by Shannon Olson. Pretend you are almost thirty, single and looking for a decent boyfriend. Oh, and you have a kooky mom.

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby. About a smart ass with very snobby taste in music. He also wrote How to Be Good which homohabilis (where is she?) recommended on this board. It was great too.

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. I read this last year for book club and loved it. A coming of age novel about a wacky family that lives in a castle. Two poor sisters want to hook up with two rich brothers so they won't have to pay rent. Bonus: there is a movie out right now too (look for it at your art film theater) and it is great.

Fraud by David Rakoff. Wicked observations by a gay Jewish New Yorker. A hoot.

Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy. I read this a long time ago and enjoyed re-reading it. It is light reading at its best. Big chunks of your brain left over to supervise the kids.

Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul. Just kidding. I would put it in the garage sale box but I think my sister gave it to me.

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Mon, 08-04-2003 - 4:56pm
Good book if you are a biblical scholar.

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Mon, 08-04-2003 - 5:01pm
I'm pathetic. Have not read for pleasure in a long while. But I did see High Fidelity the movie and it was very good. Was it true to the book? BTW did he also write "Good Girl?" I started a while back.... still to be finished...
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Mon, 08-04-2003 - 5:02pm
Celestine prophesy by james Redfield I HIGHLY recommend it to everyone!

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Courtney

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Mon, 08-04-2003 - 5:24pm
Thanks to everyone for the recommendations, I've actually read some of yours suzy, but I'm as pathetic as you are, I only read on vacation, probably because my internet connection is cut off, and I'm forced to turn to an actual book. That's pathetic!

The "Capture the Castle" book sounds fun, I'll put it on my library list. I've got "You'll Never Eat Lunch In This Town Again" packed. Lot's of sex, drugs and Hollywood. That's about my speed for the beach - trashy but true.

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Mon, 08-04-2003 - 6:09pm
Umm, you have me mixed up with someone else. I read all the time, not just on vacation. I'm the one who neglects her children and the laundry to finish a good book. Last week was a rough week and I read four books. (I'm an escapist. I go far away when reading.) When things get messy around here and there is a pile of laundry the size of a water buffalo, I have to impose a "no bookstore, no library" rule until I get my act together. But sometimes, when I am feeling especially overwhelmed, I relapse and pick up a stack of books and stay up late devouring them.

So in conclusion, if it weren't for good books and the internet, I'd be CEO of Hewlett Packard in my spare time.

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Mon, 08-04-2003 - 6:49pm
Now I really enjoyed that book, and I'm not really into any kind of biblical stuff as a rule. But it was *SO* interesting, I loved the characters, and the depictions of life as a woman back then really transcended the biblical aspect of it-for me anyway!

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Mon, 08-04-2003 - 9:20pm
ITA! I AM a biblical scholar, but I did think it was a truly absorbing book.

Forget The Celestine Prophecy and Angela's Ashes. Couldn't get through them.

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Mon, 08-04-2003 - 10:46pm
Yeah, I guess it was interesting. I just didn't like feeling like a complete dolt for not knowing enough about the bible. It made me feel completely inadequate. That's just my insecurity. Not too sure it would be a good vacation read, if I have any grasp of what islimshady would like.

I loved the way the women took care of each other after having a baby. Oh, how I would have loved that!

Now if I were to chose an "enlightening, sorta educational" book, I would chose The Poisonwood Bible. I found that book fascinating. Loved it.

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