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    The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. I'll keep my comments sparse since it seems like we'll discuss it thoroughly in our book club later on in 2006. I will say this, though: it's one of the most hauntingly beautiful, sad, and profound books I've read in a long time. Ms. Didion sure has a way with words, and the intensely personal subject matter only makes it more intriguing and beautiful. Powerful, powerful stuff.
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    Reading "Saturday" by Ian McEwan - the whole book takes place in one day. Pretty interesting so far even though it's not a fast paced read.
    Hubby bought me "Long Way Round" Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman for Christmas which I'm looking forward to; I love travel biogs. And then he also bought me Frank McCourt's new book "Teacher Man". (all my authors at the moment begin with Mc!)

    Read an huge interview with Didion in the NY Times in the summer talking about her husbands death and have been reading the reviews. I think it's one I'll buy but will find hard to read. I read an excerpt, and then reading the interview, I was imagining life without my husband and got very emotional!
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    I'm about 50 pages into Amy Butler Greenfield's A Perfect Red. Even though it does have some academic value and I swore to stay away from that sort of stuff, I just couldn't help myself! It's about (so far) the role of the color red in society - particularly in the textile industry - and how difficult it was to obtain red dye. I had no idea how coveted it was and how much it influenced society and language.

    I also bought Peter Robb's The Man Who Became Caravaggio, Rembrandt's Whore by Sylvie Matton, Harem by Dora Levy Mossanen and Ross King's Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling. Hopefully, I'll be able to get those (and more) read before classes start in late January!
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    I got Freakonomics for x-mas. I'm four pages into it. So far, so good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by speedbump View Post
    I got Freakonomics for x-mas. I'm four pages into it. So far, so good.
    That's a cool book. I checked it out at the library a few months ago and enjoyed some of the statisics - I remember one interesting study about baby names.
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    Picked up Alan Alda's book, never stuff your dead dog while waiting for the book club book.

    So far it's pretty interesting, he writes like he talks so a very easy read and quick moving.
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    Roseskid, I spotted Marley and Me at a bookstore this weekend and I'm picking up a copy at the library today, along with Born Free (need to re-read it so I can move on to the sequel that I just bought used, Living Free) and lastly, The Dive From Clausen's Pier. I watched the Lifetime movie with Michelle Trachtenberg this weekend and so I'm going to give the book a try.
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    Antarctica, by Kim Stanley Robinson, is AWESOME. I'm about 4/5 through it & will hate to see it end. Has anyone read his "Mars" trilogy? I'm tempted to try it, just on the basis of how well he writes.

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    I started A Million Little Pieces last night. It's very engrossing, but quite graphic. I love good memoirs.

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