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    Good Lord! I couldn't handle another Glass Castle.
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    I have been immersed in this book all weekend! Too Close to Home by Linwood Barclay

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    Just coincidence that I had reserved The Long Run by Matt Long at the library prior to Boston. I've said before I'm not a big biography fan but after I read about this guy in Runner's World magazine I had to read the book. Matt Long was a member of NYFD and an Ironman triathlete and marathoner. In 2005, two months after he qualified for Boston, he was hit by a bus while cycling and suffered unbelievably grievous injuries. He was given a 5% chance to live and later told he'd never walk without a cane. By 2009, he was once again an Ironman. It seems to be a particularly good time to read his story, given recent events.
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    Re: What are you reading?

    "When Helping Hurts: How to alleviate poverty without hurting the poor and yourself"

    Interesting book, strong Christian perspective, but it specifically addresses the mistakes churches make when focusing on material poverty rather than mental poverty and the roots. It stresses how we need to stop seeing things as projects and offering products and need to focus on people and processes. Rather than thinking we know what people need and giving it to them, we need to ask them what it is they need, and help them develop that on their own. Also, we tend to focus on what people are lacking rather than looking at what they already have (their assets) and allowing growth to come out of that.

    I wouldn't advise anyone to read it if the Christian perspective would make them queasy, but there is a lot in it that anyone could find worthwhile. I wish there was a non-Christian version, lol. It especially addresses the damage short term "missions" can do, and the benefits of supporting "home grown" (native) workers and leaders.
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    I'm reading a collection of short stories by Maeve Binchy called London Transports. Each of the stories is titled with the name of a tube/subway station and are a snapshot of the life of very ordinary people. I'm enjoying her writing and the stories, which are quite brief, sometimes too brief as I want to learn more about these characters, end with some unusual twists.
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    Re: What are you reading?

    Like This, For ever, the latest installment in S.J. Bolton's Lacey Flint series. More of the good, creepy stuff she's delivered in previous books. If you're into dark, scary thrillers that make you wish you'd left the nightlight on - do give S.J. Bolton a try.

    Glad to see the Linwood Barclay love in this thread, btw! Another fave of mine.
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    It's been a busy year, but I don't think I'd realized just how busy I've been until a friend asked me if I could recommend anything good to read, and I was like: Sure, just lemme think for a sec, and came up with a big fat Nothing . This simply won't do. Anyway, as I try to get back on the saddle again, I thought I'd give FORT a visit since I always get good tips.

    In the spirit of giving back, probably the last book I read was "Death at Pemberley" by P.D. James. It was not her best, but still a pretty good idea. And I read both "I Remember Nothing" and "I Feel Bad About My Neck" by Nora Ephron. She was great. I miss her.

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    I just finished Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, and I loved it! It's the story of a young woman leading an ordinary and boring life who takes a job as a caregiver for a quadrapalegic man. In the first couple of chapters, I thought it was simply a redux of Dying Young (young pretty woman goes for a job interview in a huge beautiful home and gets the job over candidates with nursing experience who were much more qualified). But it took some twists and turns that I did not guess, and became much deeper and though provoking. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good character development / relationships between people type novel.

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    I loved that book (Me Before You), too! Loved the English writing and scenery, too. I recommended it for my book group and can't wait to discuss it. It was hard for me to read without tearing up. I just started The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown and have The Interestings waiting for me at the library.

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    The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan. It's about Marie van Goethem, the real-life model for Degas' sculpture "Little Dancer Aged 14", and her sisters. This is a must for the historical fiction fans here. It's not strictly a true story, but the characters are real. The sisters are performers at the Paris Opera, but live in grueling poverty in the infamous Montmartre section of 1880's Paris. Finding it hard to put this one down.
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    All this spiritual talk is great and everything...but at the end of the day, there's nothing like a pair of skinny jeans. - Jillian Michaels

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