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Wanted to put a thread up to list any good books that you've read recently or recommend....<br><br><br><br>
I just read "Midwives" by Chris Bohjalian (an Oprah Book Club book) which I thought was awesome. You don't have to have any real interest in midwifery or anything- you just have to be able to handle words like vulva and uterus without cringing.
 

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"The Red Tent" by Anita Diamant, as I have already mentioned on VB, is an awesome book. (In fact, the main character, Dinah, is a midwife, so if you're interested in the topic like VP is, go for it!)
 

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I'm also rereading "Eyes Wide Open" by Bill Romanowski. I read it for a class last year, but it has so much that I didn't gather from the first reading. It offers a very different perspective on consuming and thinking about media texts than I had previously encountered.
 

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i'm re-reading Eye of the World, the first in the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. best books i've ever read.
 

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The beginning of August 2002 I happened across <a href="http://www.farmsanctuary.com." target="_blank">www.farmsanctuary.com.</a> 2 days later I was at the Library getting information about all aspects of veg*nism. I'm always getting stuff from there (I work by Cleveland's Main Library which makes it easy). But,I hardly ever finish what I borrow though. The last book I read from front to back was *embarrassed* August of 2002. It was Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher who won't eat meat. It's my suggested reading for anyone who's recently decided to stop eating animal and animal by-products.<br><br><br><br>
I'm currently reading 5 books giving travel tips on Disneyworld and Florida. Trying to plan a July 2003 vacation. Needless to say, I've not finished any of them.
 

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I usually read at least two books at a time. ^^;;<br><br><br><br><br><br>
At home, I'm reading "Living Among Meateaters" by Carol Adams.<br><br>
At work, (on lunch breaks, etc.) I'm reading "Wit'ch Storm" by James Clemens.<br><br><br><br>
I also have a copy of "Storm Warning" by Mercedes Lackey in my car, for occasions where I'm stuck waiting and need something to occupy my time.<br><br><br><br>
I think I'm going to pick up a copy of "The Hours" today. ^^;;
 

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i can't read more than one book at a time. they blend together. i try not to even read something else in the middle of reading a series. which is why i haven't read anything lately, i've been waiting for the next Wheel of Time book. if i read something else in between i get all mixed up and forget what happened in the previous books. partly why i'm rereading it, but mostly because i can't afford the hardcover copy of #10 so i have to wait til it's in paperback.<br><br><br><br>
but i keep coming across little things in book 1 that i didn't catch the first time, and things i forgot about. stuff that happens later on makes more sense to me now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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The last book I read was Counterfeit Son. It was really good about a boy whos dad was a serial killer. And his dad dies so he took on the identity of a boy named Neil that his dad abducted 6 years ago.
 

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Hmmm. I've been reading a whole lot lately, as when you are depressed it helps to fall into someone else's world for a while. I really loved "The Lovely Bones" and "Lucky", both are amazing books by Alice Sebold. Also, "The Nanny Diaries" was hysterical. I read it in 5 hours flat.<br><br><br><br>
I also read a book called "Fishbowl", and I've been reading "Living Yoga" on and off for some time now. I also just finished "Running With Scissors" which was totally BIZARRE and gave me nightmares. I also ready a trashy book by Diana Diamond called "The Good Sister". It sucked pretty much, which reminded me why I normally don't read trashy books. Hmm. I know I've read some more that I just can't recall at the moment. You now know why I haven't been on VB in a while. I've been a reading hermit.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by luckiecharms</i><br><br><b>The last book I read was Counterfeit Son. It was really good about a boy whos dad was a serial killer. And his dad dies so he took on the identity of a boy named Neil that his dad abducted 6 years ago.</b></div>
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Sounds interesting. Is it pretty good? Who is the author?
 

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Yeah it is really good. The ending is a surprise though. I am not sure who the author is because I have already returned the book to the library.
 

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I just finished Tobias Wolff's <i>The Night in Question</i> and Kathy Reich's <i>Deadly Decisions</i> (I'm a sucker for a good thriller mystery, though this one wasn't as thrilling as I'd have liked).<br><br><br><br>
I've just started Emma Forrest's <i>Namedropper</i>. It's so charming. And witty. And British.
 

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Picked up a book on a road trip today;<br><br><br><br>
Revenge of the Middle~Aged Woman<br><br>
by Elizabeth Buchan<br><br><br><br>
I am liking it way too much.
 

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The Way of the Peaceful Warrior and The Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior, by Dan Millman. Two of the best books I have read.
 

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I read Angela Carter's <i>Wise Children</i> this summer, and it was so good that when I finished it, I started reading it over again immediately. Smart and funny. I definitely recommend it.
 

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This isn't a recent read for me, but it is probably one of my all time favorite books. "Memoirs of a Geisha" by Arthur Golden. I was reading this during grad school and I had a hard time putting it down to study <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">. The vivid descriptions of the Geisha Lifestyle are just fascinating. All of the training they go through and what they must do to maintain their geisha status - wow!!. I would highly recommend this book. In fact it spawned for me a fascination with the whole geisha culture. They were such highly trained and skilled artists - and you don't see that much today.
 

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i read midwives and it was really good. i also liked the mists of avalon. and anne rice's the witching hour. lately i haven't read anything that has made me just fall out.... i started edith wharton's ethan frome last week and it's good....but i just got the book for the VB book club and i'll have to read that too. still trying to get thru diet for a small planet.....it's been on my to read list for eons....
 

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skylark, what was it about the 'eyes wide open' book that had you look at things differently? I'm curious - perhaps this is on my "next to read" list... i've seen it at the bookstore (powells... which is evil in that "so good it's evil" sort of way - it takes up an entire city block). It piques my curiosity.<br><br><br><br>
I'm currently reading Tom Robbins' "Still Life with Woodpecker."<br><br><br><br>
But the last book I finished was Maeve Binchy's "Tara Road." It's pretty much a "chick book" but I loved it (probably has to do something with my being a chick LOL). It reads just like a British movie - the main plot is surrounded with several subplots. I loved the book. Secrets, romance, gossip... Maeve Binchy is an excellent writer. I can't wait to read some of her others...<br><br><br><br>
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a good "chick book" is the "longings of women" by marge piercy. i've read it several times and it's really well written and realistic
 
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