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In custody

Hi,

I have just read this book: "In Custody"

written by Anita Desai, shortlisted for the Booker prize in 1984.

It is such a wonderful book about India, Poetry, Poverty and hope.

Incidentally, she is the mother of Kiran Desai whose book we read a while ago. "In custody" is better I think.

I wonder why we came across any of her books before...

Next time, I hope!

Best regards to all of you.

Danielle

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Re: In custody

Keep it in mind for February and/or March!  :smileyhappy: 

 

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NOOK Daily Find 11/8/12 - THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD

Their Eyes Were Watching God - for a limited time, likely only today 11/8, Zora Neale Hurston's classic novel is available for $1.99 on NOOK.  Very LbW appropriate :smileyhappy:  

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Re: NOOK Daily Find 11/8/12 - THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD

I highly recommand reading this book. Very very powerful!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Best wishes and safe travels for Thanksgiving!  May you have a relaxing weekend with family, friends, and lots of good food :smileyhappy:

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Re: Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks Melissa, Wish you a Happy Thanksgiving day too !
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Re: Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks, Melissa!  Hope you had a great holiday!!!

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Merry Christmas!

May your holidays be bright! Thanks for another great year :smileyhappy:
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Re: Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone had a great Christmas!!!  I have a college friend staying with me, and we had a nice day - made roast beef and Yorkshire pudding - yum!

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Re: Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all!

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Re: Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year  Everyone !  

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Ideas for March/April 2013

Sorry i've been a bit behind-hand here - we had a grant due at work that required alot of over time to get it in.

 

So, we need suggestions for books to read in March or April.  I've been looking at:

The Song of Achilles by Madeleine Miller (winner of the Orange Prize)

The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones (an excellent read for fans of Downton Abbey)

Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel (winner of the Booker Prize - we've tossed it around before as an idea) 

The Giver by Lois Lowry (amazing YA classic that I've been meaning to re-read)

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons 

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett (we read her previous work, Bel Canto, a few years ago)

 

Any other ideas?

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Re: Ideas for March/April 2013

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I read The Uninvited Guests last year, and loved it more than I thought I would.  I think you guys would enjoy it.  And Wolf Hall cracked me up, becuase I had it on my shelves for a long time, and just got rid of it last week because I thought I would never read it.  I believe I have given up on historical fiction.  I've also read State of Wonder back in 2011 and really enjoyed it as well.

 

Another book I would suggest is Gillespie and I by Jane Harris.  I read it last year as well, and it was my favorite book of the year.  I would love to read it as a group if anyone else was interested in it.

 

And I was curious to see if anyone would be interested in The Unseen by Katherine Webb.  I read The Legacy, and loved it and would like to read her newest book as well.

 

I've never read anything by Kate Morton, and I would be interested in reading her.  I've only read one Sarah Waters book, and think one of hers would be a good choice as well.

 

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Re: Ideas for March/April 2013

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Hi, Melissa & Ryan,   I agree a State of Wonder looks good. 

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Re: Ideas for March/April 2013

I would vote for State of Wonder, Gillespie and I, or something by Kate Morton.

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Re: Ideas for March/April 2013

I will follow your choice. However,  I really enjoyed reading Bel Canto when we did and I would be curious to discover another of her books.

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State of Wonder - March 2013?

Ok, so it seems everyone was most positive/mentioned-this-title-the-most about reading State of Wonder by Ann Patchett - so we'll put that on the schedule for March.

 

Which gives us a bit of breathing room for April since there were many titles suggested.  I think Kate Morton had the most buzz - The House at Riverton (her debut novel) was one of the first First Look choices.  Do you want to read her debut or one of the others?  THaR was very readable and I've not read her others.

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Melissa_W wrote:

Ok, so it seems everyone was most positive/mentioned-this-title-the-most about reading State of Wonder by Ann Patchett - so we'll put that on the schedule for March.

 

Which gives us a bit of breathing room for April since there were many titles suggested.  I think Kate Morton had the most buzz - The House at Riverton (her debut novel) was one of the first First Look choices.  Do you want to read her debut or one of the others?  THaR was very readable and I've not read her others.


I don't think we should read The House at Riverton since that has already been discussed on the B&N forums.  I would suggest The Forgotten Garden or The Distant Hours since those are available in paperback.  I would lean toward The Forgotten Garden since that is her second book and seems to have received marginally better reviews than The Distant Hours.

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Re: State of Wonder - March 2013?

I like the plot synopsis of The Forgotten Garden.


Fozzie wrote:

Melissa_W wrote:

Ok, so it seems everyone was most positive/mentioned-this-title-the-most about reading State of Wonder by Ann Patchett - so we'll put that on the schedule for March.

 

Which gives us a bit of breathing room for April since there were many titles suggested.  I think Kate Morton had the most buzz - The House at Riverton (her debut novel) was one of the first First Look choices.  Do you want to read her debut or one of the others?  THaR was very readable and I've not read her others.


I don't think we should read The House at Riverton since that has already been discussed on the B&N forums.  I would suggest The Forgotten Garden or The Distant Hours since those are available in paperback.  I would lean toward The Forgotten Garden since that is her second book and seems to have received marginally better reviews than The Distant Hours.


 

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Re: State of Wonder - March 2013?

I'm okay with either Kate Morton book


Melissa_W wrote:

I like the plot synopsis of The Forgotten Garden.


Fozzie wrote:

Melissa_W wrote:

Ok, so it seems everyone was most positive/mentioned-this-title-the-most about reading State of Wonder by Ann Patchett - so we'll put that on the schedule for March.

 

Which gives us a bit of breathing room for April since there were many titles suggested.  I think Kate Morton had the most buzz - The House at Riverton (her debut novel) was one of the first First Look choices.  Do you want to read her debut or one of the others?  THaR was very readable and I've not read her others.


I don't think we should read The House at Riverton since that has already been discussed on the B&N forums.  I would suggest The Forgotten Garden or The Distant Hours since those are available in paperback.  I would lean toward The Forgotten Garden since that is her second book and seems to have received marginally better reviews than The Distant Hours.


 


 

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