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    Re: Your latest book purchases

    Quote Originally Posted by Critical;2612203;
    My cool "get" of the weekend was the hardcover book about Rome, which is one of my very favorite shows of all time. I was talking to the rep for the publisher and, since it was the end of the last day of the convention and he obviously didn't want to haul it back with him, he just gave it to me! I never would have bought the book, but I was excited to NOT have to buy the book. Lots of good color pictures and some info about the show written by Historian and total stud, Jonathan Stamp.
    Cool deal, Critical!! Can you post back or PM the price that you would have had to pay for it if you weren't such a lucky duck? My sweetie would enjoy that book, but I don't want to pay a small fortune for it, like the DVDs at $80 per season....

    Thanks, and happy reading!
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    Quote Originally Posted by VeronicaBelle27;2669957;
    Cool deal, Critical!! Can you post back or PM the price that you would have had to pay for it if you weren't such a lucky duck? My sweetie would enjoy that book, but I don't want to pay a small fortune for it, like the DVDs at $80 per season....

    Thanks, and happy reading!
    Here's a link to the listing on amazon: Amazon.com: Rome: Books: HBO
    The cover price is $30, but amazon has is for just under $20. Definitely worth the price. It's a very nice book. I still haven't bought the second season on DVD. I'm hoping Santa might get the hint
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    Great, thank you!!!! Hope Santa reads the FORT! [/threadjack]
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    Geek - I really enjoyed The Memory Keeper's Daughter - I think you will too.
    My recent purchases were:

    "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" by Anne Bronte - I loved this book! Why had I never read it before?

    "Sense and Sensibility" "Persuasion" "Mansfield Park" by Jane Austen because I thought it was about time I read them for pleasure rather than backing away from them because of awful English teachers back in high school who couldn't enthuse a class for love nor money! I have been enjoying them immensely!

    "Brick Lane" by Monica Ali - I'm reading this one right now. About a Bangladeshi woman who is sent to England for an arranged marriage and her slow emergence as a woman who starts thinking and acting for herself. Beautifully written! I believe a movie has just been made from this book?

    I have been on a buying and reading spree....and spend all my lunch hour at work in Breuggers with a bowl of fire roasted tomato soup and a good book!
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    Wow, you bought some great books, Britannia. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is one of my all time favourites. Same goes for all Jane Austen novels, and I thoroughly enjoyed Brick Lane when I read it a few years ago.
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    How nice to see you back here, geek!

    I rarely buy books, but there is a fabulous bookstore in our city that is selling books at the American price. So I picked up a couple of things for myself - Neil Gaiman's Fragile Things, and since I was tired of waiting for Middlesex from the library, I bought myself a copy. Plus, I got a couple of stocking-stuffers for my kids - Please Louise, a new series from Marie-Louise Gay (the author who writes those wonderful stories about Stella and her brother Sam - I never get tired of reading Stella-Fairy of the Forest to my 4-year-old), and the first books in two series for my 8-year-old - The Spiderwick Chronicles and The Sisters Grimm.

    By the way, if anyone has kids who have read these series, let me know how they liked them. I think I might have to read The Sisters Grimm on the sly before Christmas, it looks like a great, fun read.
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    Re: Your latest book purchases

    Quote Originally Posted by AJane;2675295;
    How nice to see you back here, geek!
    Aww, thanks, AJane! It's nice to be back. In the last couple of months, hubby and I (and the geek cats, of course) have moved into a new house, redecorated said house and put things, mainly books, into their right place - a fun, but exhausting task, I'm telling you. I also got a new job and to top things off, I have been blessed to do some (low-key, granted, but still) book-related stuff in the media lately, so things have been pretty hectic. I've missed my fellow bookworms at FORT, though.

    Fragile Things is Neil Gaiman's latest one, right? The short story collection? I keep meaning to buy that one but it never quite makes it to the top of my priorities, if you know what I mean. I'm anxious to see if he's as gifted a short story writer as a novelist, though.

    What with pay day coming up and all, I let myself loose at an online bookstore. Here's what I bought:
    • Learning to Swim by Clare Chambers
    • Little Children and The Wishbones by Tom Perrotta (has anyone read The Abstinence Teacher yet? If not, you definitely should check it out. It's a hilarious and astute take on Middle America today; I enjoyed it immensely.
    • Arlington Park by Rachel Cusk
    • Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

    So. Many. Great. Reads. On. Their. Way. To. My. House. As. We. Speak!
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    Fragile Things is indeed the short story collection. I'm currently working my way through Joyce Carol Oates' Black Girl, White Girl, but I'll post in the What Are You Reading? thread after I finish with the Gaiman collection.

    Loved Little Children, and besides your endorsement, geek, I've recently seen a glowing review of The Abstinence Teacher, so I think I'll be looking for that one next.
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    Yesterday, I bought "A Spot of Bother" by Mark Haddon and "How to be Good" by Nick Hornby. I started a bit of How to be Good last night, and it sucked me in immediately. Nick Hornby just has a way of writing characters who I feel like I know, and want to know better, from the first page.

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