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    Celestial Navigation by Anne Tyler. I've always loved her work, but ohmygod this one is depressing the hell out of me. Beautifully written, but heartbreaking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AJane
    Celestial Navigation by Anne Tyler. I've always loved her work, but ohmygod this one is depressing the hell out of me. Beautifully written, but heartbreaking.
    I've been wanting to explore Anne Tyler's work forever, as I love Joyce Carol Oates and Alice Hoffman and always get recommendations for Tyler when I log onto amazon.com. Which book would you recommend me to start with?
    "There's more to life than books, you know, but not much more" (Morrissey)

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    The Emperor of Ocean Park by Stephen L. Carter

    It's...good. I don't think I've reached the "meat" of it, though.
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    I'm currently reading Much Ado About Nothing by Shakespeare and Catch-22 by Joseph Heller for my English class.

    I love Shakespeare, and Much Ado is a great, funny story.

    Catch-22, well, I've only read the first two chapters, but it seems sort of humorous. I'm not a fan of war-time books though.
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    GOOD NEWS: i just finished Booty Call today. It was good and the ending was sad for one of the characters. For the other character it was good. I will recommend this book to anyone who likes to read Urban Fiction novels.
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    Currently reading Death of a Salesman for English class. Later in the semester, we will be reading The Great Gatsby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geek the girl
    I've been wanting to explore Anne Tyler's work forever, as I love Joyce Carol Oates and Alice Hoffman and always get recommendations for Tyler when I log onto amazon.com. Which book would you recommend me to start with?
    Well, my personal favourite is Dinner At The Homesick Restaurant...not one of her better-known works, but the characters are extremely well-developed and unforgettable. The Accidental Tourist is excellent as well - also a little more humourous than her other novels. She's not a happy-ending kind of writer - I find myself to be a little heavy-hearted after finishing one of her books, but her prose is wonderful, almost lyrical. Funny how Amazon catergorizes her with Oates...their styles are like night and day, IMO. If you do pick up anything by Tyler, let me know how you like it, geek.
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    saltyj, if you haven't seen the Kenneth Branagh & Emma Thompson Much Ado movie, please do. I rather enjoy it, including Keanu Reeves' "interpretation" of Don John. I love Much Ado About Nothing for its "mood," just as I love A Midsummer Night's Dream. I think they're my favorite of Shakespeare's comedies.

    I'm currently reading Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose for my class on medieval manuscripts. It's progressing very slowly, as I've been more Internet-obsessed than usual lately...

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    I just started Little Children by Tom Perotta. It's a very interesting satire on suburban life gone haywire...

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    I just finished Nights of Rain and Stars by Maeve Binchy. Her books are the written equivalent of comfort food. I also just finished The Virgin Blue, the first novel by Tracy Chevalier (who wrote Girl With a Pearl Earring), and loved it. I'm kind of on a historical fiction jag right now, Maeve Binchy notwithstanding.

    Currently, I'm about 150 pages into The Memoirs of Christopher Columbus by Stephen Marlowe which is, contrary to the title, a novel. Funny, raucous and completely not typical of most historical fiction. I'm not sure how accurate any of it is, but I'm enjoying it immensely.
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