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    I'm reading a book called Other Women by Lisa Alther. I can't remember if it was recommended here or a free download. It is about a woman undergoing therapy told alternately from the woman's and her therapist's points of view. I find it fascinating because I've never had therapy or read much about it and never even considered the therapist's point of view. I'm wondering how universal the stages are because the therapist seems to prepare for each stage of the therapy before it unfolds. This is what I love about reading - learning so many different viewpoints outside of my own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gutmutter View Post
    I'm reading a book called Other Women by Lisa Alther. I can't remember if it was recommended here or a free download. It is about a woman undergoing therapy told alternately from the woman's and her therapist's points of view. I find it fascinating because I've never had therapy or read much about it and never even considered the therapist's point of view. I'm wondering how universal the stages are because the therapist seems to prepare for each stage of the therapy before it unfolds. This is what I love about reading - learning so many different viewpoints outside of my own.
    Me too! I have a friend who likes reading books about people like her. How boring! Not that she's not an interesting person, but why would I want to read only about someone just like me? I love reading about people who are nothing like me and places I've never been.

    I'm a few hundred pages into Shadow of Night and am really enjoying it. I've had so much work going on in my house (and so much left to do myself) that I just haven't had much time to read.
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    The taliban cricket club by Timerin Murari

    Picked it up in an Australian book shop on my last trip home, actually it was one of 8 books I brought last trip not that books are hard to get here, there are actually some great books shops in the city and they are very much cheaper than in Aust but they tend to not have as big a range and you can wait a long time for non best sellers and well some authors are just not available at all but it has made me read authors I may not have considered before.
    The books premis got me and I have tried to write a short version of it but I am struggling to do so without it sounding as boring as a cricket test match. Its really not boring at all
    Its a funny and entertaining tale of friendship and love in Kabul
    Thankfully you dont need to appreciate or even understand cricket to like the book

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    Damage by Josephine Hart. I can't say it was a pleasant story at all, but it was interesting in a train wreck sort of way. The main character - a cold, soulless man - has an affair with his son's fiancee, who is almost as devoid of feeling as he is. Bad things ensue. I think a movie was made of this book a few years ago?

    I found a parody of Fifty Shades of Grey on Amazon, I might knock that one out next just to lighten my mood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by waywyrd View Post
    Damage by Josephine Hart. I can't say it was a pleasant story at all, but it was interesting in a train wreck sort of way. The main character - a cold, soulless man - has an affair with his son's fiancee, who is almost as devoid of feeling as he is. Bad things ensue. I think a movie was made of this book a few years ago?

    I found a parody of Fifty Shades of Grey on Amazon, I might knock that one out next just to lighten my mood.
    I think Damage was a movie IIRC, Juliette Binoche played the daughter. I remember reading the book and not liking ANY of the characters!

    So there's a parody of FSOG? I thought it would be funny enough on its own!
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    It's called Fifty Shades of Silver Hair and Socks, by Phil Torcivia. It probably would have helped to read the original (but I just can't force myself to do it ). This one is just a short story, but it's pretty funny/smartassy from the few pages I've read.
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    That is such a fantastic book! The way the author writes just amazes me. She told you in the beginning that she had met him, and yet she still manages to write in a way that at times, you're unsure of whether or not he'll survive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by waywyrd View Post
    It's called Fifty Shades of Silver Hair and Socks, by Phil Torcivia. It probably would have helped to read the original (but I just can't force myself to do it ). This one is just a short story, but it's pretty funny/smartassy from the few pages I've read.
    I got that one, too. Haven't started it yet, but it's on my short list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Critical View Post
    I think Damage was a movie IIRC, Juliette Binoche played the daughter. I remember reading the book and not liking ANY of the characters!

    So there's a parody of FSOG? I thought it would be funny enough on its own!
    I saw the Damage movie. It was very dark and quite compelling. It also starred Jeremy Irons, Miranda Richardson, Rupert Graves, Peter Stormare, Leslie Caron, and some other excellent actors that I can't recall at the moment. Is that the one you mean, Critical?
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