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Mar 13, 2009 08:52PM

11013 I read Camus' The Plague while I had the flu. Won't say it was the scariest book I ever read, but it certainly made the experience more vivid.
Mar 13, 2009 08:51PM

11013 Laura wrote: "Books rarely scare me, but 2 horror novels have: The Shining by Stephen King and the Amityville Horror. What I loved about The Shining is that you are never completely sure if the lead character i..."

I'm with you on the Handmaid's Tale. Completely freaked me out. They turned off the women's credit cards and moved all their money into the men's bank accounts. The revolution was over in a day. Trippy stuff.
Feb 09, 2009 09:11AM

11013 I'll take that as a recommendation.

Owen wrote: "Robert wrote: "Owen -- Is this the book?

Sophie's World (Paperback) by Jostein Gaarder"

That's it. Warn..."



Jan 28, 2009 09:35AM

11013 Owen -- Is this the book?

Sophie's World (Paperback) by Jostein Gaarder
Jan 21, 2009 09:15PM

11013 Many of us -- Republican, Democrat and otherwise -- watched yesterday's inauguration with a sense of inspiration.

What book do you recommend to people who need to feel a new sense of possibility?
Dec 26, 2008 07:16PM

11013 My parents got me the newest Stephen King. I'm so out of the loop with him these days, I didn't even realize it was out there.


Just After Sunset
Dec 26, 2008 07:15PM

11013 Anybody get anything good to read for Christmas?
Read to Relax (20 new)
Dec 15, 2008 08:14PM

11013 Jessica wrote: "My read to relax book would have to be The Hobbit. I've read it so many times that its just comfortable."

Really great choice. It is a comfortable read. All the magic of the other Middle Earth books but not nearly has challenging. Are you at all excited about the prospect of the movie? See details at Internet Movie Database.
Dec 15, 2008 08:11PM

11013 Mike wrote: "Again, I can't imagine life without Barbara Pym, still the most underrated writer of the twentieth century. "

Okay. I'm convinced. I've added both to my to-read list. I really enjoyed your reviews. Consider me intrigued.
Dec 11, 2008 05:33AM

11013 Stephanie wrote: "i have to say i did not like the first book. I like the story and i love the first line, but however, i did not need to read for pages about how dry and hot it was. or how thirsty the characters we..."

I think I just really like the desert. But you're right. There's not much happening in that first section. I think Drawing of the Three is my favorite in terms of action.
Dec 08, 2008 08:13PM

11013 Heather wrote: "Wow. One book? I'm with Stephanie about Harry Potter & the Dark Tower series. I probably could pick one if you pinned me down, but it'd be difficult! (With Dark Tower, I think I'm one of the onl..."

I loved the first book, too. "The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed." Such a simple way to start a massive epic about the universe and everything in it.

And for those who haven't read it yet, the man in black is NOT Johnny Cash. Just want that clear up front. :)
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Dec 08, 2008 06:15AM

11013 Rosemary wrote: "My read to relax book would be a cozy British mystery whether written by an American or a Brit. I reread Agatha Christie from time to time, but my current favorite authors are Carola Dunn, Emily B..."

With a spot of tea, perhaps?
Dec 04, 2008 08:32PM

11013 Stephanie wrote: "I honestly can't answer that as of yet. I have not found just one book that I cannot live without. I am a sucker for Harry Potter and The Dark Tower series by Stephen King but both of those have 7 ..."

I know its not fair to ask someone to pick just one book. I couldn't do it, either. I cheated with three.

Very glad to see a Dark Tower fan here. I'm a huge fan. Which is your favorite? I loved the first three and HATED Wolves of the Calla.

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Dec 04, 2008 03:38PM

11013 My favorite Read to Relax title is Jamberry by Bruce Degen.

Okay. It's a kids book. But you can't argue against the sedative power of lines like: "Mountains and fountains rain down on me/Buried in berries/What a jam jamboree!"


Jamberry by Bruce Degen
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Dec 04, 2008 03:35PM

11013 Whether you are a student or staff member, this is a pretty stressful time of year. Budget cuts. Final exams. Family gatherings. AHHHHHHH!!!

What book do you read for instant relaxation? Think of it as an antidote to life.
Nov 21, 2008 06:50AM

11013 Neither boring nor common. To Kill a Mockingbird is a great book. When I became a dad, a good friend gave me a paperback recovered with paper. The title she provided was something like "The Thougtful Man's Guide to Being a Father." The book was To Kill a Mockingbird.

When my daughter gets older, I'm sure I will ask myself "WWAD: What Would Atticus Do?"
Nov 20, 2008 06:04AM

11013 What's the one book you cannot live without?

It's not an easy question to answer.

As a writer, I would offer Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison. Not always the easiest reading but it made me see what honest, brave writing makes possible. It woke me up.

As a reader, I would offer The Stand by Stephen King. Not great literature, but the world created through complex character interactions swallowed me alive.

As a human, I would offer the poem "Wild Geese" by Mary Oliver. Okay, not a book, but the opening line gave me permission to be who I am without apology or second guessing. It starts "You do not have to be good". The complete text is here.

That's three. I cheated. What's your one book you cannot live without?


Song of Solomon
The Stand
Mary Oliver


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