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« on: March 17, 2015, 09:49:57 PM »

I am currently reading The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and am totally digging it.  What are you currently reading?
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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2015, 11:15:02 AM »

I tend to read a lot of nonfiction, but a recent novel I read was wonderful. It is Life after Life by Kate Atkinson. The author had a different take on reincarnation, our purpose in life, and how a tiny decision can have profound effects. It was an engrossing read 
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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2015, 09:14:15 PM »

Cuba Like a Local by Peter Greenberg

and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Magic by Betty MacDonald
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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2015, 08:40:01 PM »

I've heard that Girl on the Train book is excellent. Going to steal it off a friend when she's done with it.

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Conditions of Love, by John Armstrong.

Too many fantastic passages to mention, but there is this that applies to what I/we do, if you're ever discussing the difference between sex and intimacy, or sex with a partner vs an escort:

'There are two ways in which people have imagined that we can find satisfaction in sex and in love at the same time. One is the traditional Christian view that love is the proper basis of sex... it is the expression of complete closeness between two people.
The second vision separates sex and love. Sex is regarded as no different from other physical pleasures: the enjoyment of food or sport, for example. Just as the argument goes that you should never have to play tennis with your lover, it is absurd to think that you should only ever have sex with the person you love.
The troubling fact is that both positions are correct.'
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« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2015, 09:33:06 PM »

I'm reading Agent Storm, the autobiography of a young Danish gang member who converted to Islam, studied in Yemen, made lots of jihadi friends and then went to work for Danish intelligence, MI5 and the CIA as an undercover agent. Particularly interesting in the light of the men and women who are racing off to fight with ISIS etc.

And then I have the latest novel from one of my favorite writers - World Gone By, by Dennis Lehane. Fiction definitely likely to be less astounding than truth in this case.
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« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2015, 11:54:56 PM »

I've heard that Girl on the Train book is excellent. Going to steal it off a friend when she's done with it.

Currently reading:

Conditions of Love, by John Armstrong.

Too many fantastic passages to mention, but there is this that applies to what I/we do, if you're ever discussing the difference between sex and intimacy, or sex with a partner vs an escort:

'There are two ways in which people have imagined that we can find satisfaction in sex and in love at the same time. One is the traditional Christian view that love is the proper basis of sex... it is the expression of complete closeness between two people.
The second vision separates sex and love. Sex is regarded as no different from other physical pleasures: the enjoyment of food or sport, for example. Just as the argument goes that you should never have to play tennis with your lover, it is absurd to think that you should only ever have sex with the person you love.
The troubling fact is that both positions are correct.'

My humble opinion, love should be unconditional.  This is why I am a proponent of Polyamory. My experience is love expands within this environment.  Society attaches sex to love then there you are; Love is conditional.
I'm more with the second vision then the first.
Thank you ABN.  I will put Conditions of Love in my future stack.  
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« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2015, 07:00:10 AM »

I've heard that Girl on the Train book is excellent.

I enjoyed it, though it did have its issues.
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« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2015, 08:28:15 PM »

Please tell us more about Girl on a Train, Tea.  Your thoughts?

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« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2015, 08:31:31 PM »

Please tell us more about Girl on a Train, Tea.  Your thoughts?

Ari

I'm sitting here wondering how to talk about it without giving too much away.  I'm a little rusty on book talks :/

Well, Girl on a Train is the story of Rachel, a woman who takes the train into London everyday.  On its way back and forth, the train stops just behind a row of houses, where Rachel is able to look in on Jason and Jess; a couple who are very much in love.  But why does Rachel travel to and from London every day? Does she know Jason and Jess?  Who else lives in that row of houses?  And, after witnessing something from the train window -- something she cannot bring herself to believe -- what will Rachel do that will end up getting her more involved than she should be?

I enjoyed this book because the author's pacing was impeccable; making this a real page-turner.  An aspect of the story I've heard others dislike but is that none of the characters are likable but I didn't mind it -- give me flawed characters any day!  However, it can be frustrating to find oneself yelling, "What!? Why? Stop it, why are you doing that!?" to fictional people who are only words on a page.

Do be warned that I figured out "who-dun-it" pretty early on and I'm not a seasoned reader of the mystery genre.   However, that shouldn't deter a reader who is, as it is a well-crafted story. 

Another warning -- the author certainly has something to say about women who become obsessed with/reliant on men.  It's not overt, but it's there.
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« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2015, 02:10:39 PM »

Thanks, Tea!  I'll check it out.

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« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2015, 09:34:41 PM »


the author certainly has something to say about women who become obsessed with/reliant on men.


Tea, Is this from a feminist view?  Or from a 1950 household point of view?
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« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2015, 10:31:49 PM »


the author certainly has something to say about women who become obsessed with/reliant on men.


Tea, Is this from a feminist view?  Or from a 1950 household point of view?

I would say from a feminist viewpoint, but something tells me I'm not as well-read on the subject as you  ;)
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« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2015, 04:31:13 AM »

Speaking of mysteries. Dorothy Sayers - Lord Peter Wimsey (sp?), and PD James - Adam Dalgleish (sp?) are both worth adding to the list; their protagonists are men but both have very strong women in them play significant on-going roles.

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« Reply #13 on: March 27, 2015, 08:48:34 AM »

'Americanah' by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This novel had been sitting on my future stack for over a year.  I purchased it upon seeing the NY Times Review, " Realities of Race" http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/09/books/review/americanah-by-chimamanda-ngozi-adichie.html?_r=0 and had not gotten to it until...

...last week, I saw a young woman reading it in my local Starbucks.  I was pleased when she looked happy to share her observations within her reading of the novel.  I was somewhat embarrassed to tell her much has not changed here in the states on racism.  We both were in agreement especially after the Ohio fraternity bus story. That night I picked it up.

I find the book addictive in how it is literary, vivid, and thought provoking.  I have to put the book down and schedule time to read it.  This book is vivid and parts make me cringe as I read it and empathize with Ifemelu.  This book feeds my mind, love of literature and vocabulary. This book is an excellent read.  /thumbsup
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« Reply #14 on: July 14, 2015, 07:25:15 PM »

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August -Claire North.   Fantastic novel about people who live and die over (and recall their earlier lives) and over, the bad seeds among them.
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