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Truth and Beauty

by Ann Patchett
Wednesday, March 26, 2008

A very interesting read. This is a story (nonfiction) about the friendship between Ann and a fellow writer, Lucy Grealy. If you are interested in gaining insights into what a writer's life is like, you would enjoy this book. Most of all, it is about friendship. I think it would be a good book club pick because it would generate lots of good discussion questions.

Margaret, Reference

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Nick Adams Stories

by Ernest Hemingway
Wednesday, March 26, 2008

I hadn't read Hemingway in many years. Reading this book was exactly what my "reading diet" called for at this time! I forgot the simple, short, direct and very satisfying style that he has. Every word is carefully chosen and what's left unsaid is equally important. I really enjoyed this book. It has great themes of coming of...

The Glass Castle

by Jeanette Walls
Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Initially, I was horrified as I read the account of Jeannette’s highly dysfunctional family. Neither of her parents were willing to hold a job for any length of time (although her mother was a college graduate with a teaching degree) and the deplorable conditions of the numerous shacks the Walls children called home made my skin crawl. They were almost always hungry (to the point of regularly searching through the trash of others for food) and, as they made their way east across the U.S., spent many freezing days and nights. There is a particularly memorable scene in the book as...

A Man Named Dave

by Dave Pelzer
Wednesday, March 26, 2008

This book is the final in the trilogy that began with A Child Called "It", a distressing book about a small boy who was tortured and abused for years by his psychotic and alcoholic mother. He finally was rescued and sent to foster care where he grew up with great parents. This is told in the second book,...

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

It tells the story of six children, one from each continent, that went to Antarctica with Jacques Cousteau and his crew and got to experience Antarctica. They came back as ambassadors for the area after seeing penguins, seals, whales and huge melting glaciers. The children erected an igloo dedicated to future generations symbolizing the hope that Antarctica will be left intact. It is the last continent touched by humans and the first and only one set aside by humans, by the Antarctica Treaty, as a scientific preserve which established freedom of scientific investigation and banned military activity on that continent. This is an old one from 1990.

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