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You've got plenty of time to catch up -- it's a quick read. Just don't read the threads until you've finished the listed chapters unless you don't mind spoilers.

TiggerBear wrote:
I just got my copy today, it's been sold out for weeks. Makes me wonder how many people in my area are reading it right now. Or if it's a really odd coincidence.


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bellsofireland wrote:
As for everyday language, I know statistics can be found about the shrinking of the average vocabulary, and I have a copy of a fantastic article on the subject called "Verbicide". I will have to dig it out sometime over the next couple days and find out who the author of it was so I can send that information to you, if you are interested.

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I did find my hard copy of the article, and the author is David W. Orr. I also searched online and I did not find the article, but I did find out that it was published in the Winter 2000/2001 issue of American Educator, a publication put out by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). It was also published in the journal "Conservation Biology", but I don't know which issue.

I went to this address: http://www.aft.org/pubs-reports/american_educator/winter00-01/


Saw this in the list of articles for that issue:

Verbicide
By David W. Orr

Who is murdering our language--and why? A professor of conservation biology, and champion of the spoken and written word, offers a short list of culprits and some suggestions about how to rescue the victim.


Read this at the bottom of the page:

Articles not posted online are available. To request a copy, please send an e-mail to amered@aft.org

This article may be reproduced for noncommercial personal or educational use only; additional permission is required for any other reprinting of the documents.


And sent an email to that address requesting a copy of "Verbicide". No reply yet, but it is a weekend, and I just sent the request yesterday. If anyone else is interested in reading the article, you can try sending a request to the email address shown here like I did, or you can send me a personal message and if I'm successful in obtaining the article, I will pass it along.
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Hello everyone,

Sorry I am so late in joining the conversation but I didn't want to miss the chance to talk about this book. I have never read it before but seen a movie version. So I am excited to hear what others in the group have to say since most of you have read it multiple times before.

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Hello all!
I'm a late poster as well. I saw The Secret Garden movie (the 1993 version with Kate Maberly) when I was 7, and it became my favorite movie. When I was 14, I saw a stage adaptation of The Secret Garden, which was spectacular. Finally, I read the novel at 18 years old. It was one of my mother's favorite books, so she gave me her copy.
I may not post very often, but I look forward to reading what everyone has to say!
 
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Huh.  Well, how about that.  Kinda neat.  Glad you finally got your copy, Tigger!
 
~ConnieK
 


TiggerBear wrote:
I just got my copy today, it's been sold out for weeks. Makes me wonder how many people in my area are reading it right now. Or if it's a really odd coincidence.


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Welcome, emmajane!
 
We'll be interested to hear what you think going from the movie back to the book.
 
~ConnieK
 
 
 


emmajane wrote:
Hello everyone,

Sorry I am so late in joining the conversation but I didn't want to miss the chance to talk about this book. I have never read it before but seen a movie version. So I am excited to hear what others in the group have to say since most of you have read it multiple times before.

Emmajane


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Welcome, Sammy_Jo!  Don't be afraid to post a comment here or there.  We do have many lurkers on the BN.com Book Clubs, but it's always more fun when lots of people jump in and post their ideas, observations, and questions!  Whatever feels comfortable for you.
 
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Sammy_Jo wrote:
Hello all!
I'm a late poster as well. I saw The Secret Garden movie (the 1993 version with Kate Maberly) when I was 7, and it became my favorite movie. When I was 14, I saw a stage adaptation of The Secret Garden, which was spectacular. Finally, I read the novel at 18 years old. It was one of my mother's favorite books, so she gave me her copy.
I may not post very often, but I look forward to reading what everyone has to say!
 
~Sammy_Jo



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I haven't read this book since I was 10, I hated it then. Now it has a much greater apeal.
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It's interesting how our reading preferences change over time, isn't it?  What we bring to a book is different, though the book has not changed at all!  :smileywink:
 
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I haven't read this book since I was 10, I hated it then. Now it has a much greater apeal.


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Hi everyone!

I'm Betty from Malaysia, and I'm new here. I've watched the movie when I was young, but I was too young to remember much except I loved the garden. I've never read the book, but I think here is a great time and place to read it. So I'll go start reading it and come back again when I've got more to say about the book. =)

Happy to be here!
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Happy to have you here! And look forward to your comments when you have read the book. You still have plenty of time; it's a fairly quick read, and this group will continue for at least another week or two.


starbytes wrote:
Hi everyone!

I'm Betty from Malaysia, and I'm new here. I've watched the movie when I was young, but I was too young to remember much except I loved the garden. I've never read the book, but I think here is a great time and place to read it. So I'll go start reading it and come back again when I've got more to say about the book. =)

Happy to be here!


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Welcome, Betty/starbytes!

 

I hope you'll free to jump right in to the discussion.  It's a nice group!

 

~ConnieK

 


starbytes wrote:
Hi everyone!

I'm Betty from Malaysia, and I'm new here. I've watched the movie when I was young, but I was too young to remember much except I loved the garden. I've never read the book, but I think here is a great time and place to read it. So I'll go start reading it and come back again when I've got more to say about the book. =)

Happy to be here!

 

 

 

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