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Jan 22, 2011 11:25AM

12544 I recently finished Gish Jen's World and Town and highly recommend it. Beth's suggestions are great (as are the others). I also like:
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, House of Sand and Fog, The Joy Luck Club and The Madonnas of Echo Park.
Jan 18, 2011 08:08AM

12544 Susan wrote: "No but I have a few them pulled out and ready to go. I'm going to do Big Stone Gap series next! Have you read that one yet Kate??"

Forgive me if I already replied and am getting confused by these updates, Susan. LOVED the Big Stone Gap series! Can't wait to see what she writes next!
Jan 17, 2011 11:14AM

12544 Kit, I'd just like to be someplace a little warmer during the winter. Don't you think the bad weather makes us REALLY appreciate our beautiful summers?!
Jan 17, 2011 07:40AM

12544 Susan wrote: "No but I have a few them pulled out and ready to go. I'm going to do Big Stone Gap series next! Have you read that one yet Kate??"

Yes - and I loved them. I think I've read all her books; I'm on the lookout for whatever comes next! Looking forward to being friends and seeing your list of books, Susan!
Jan 17, 2011 07:21AM

12544 Susan wrote: "I'm reading The Queen of the Big Time by Adriana Trigiani--loving this book!! I can totally relate to the characters Italian ways of life!"

Susan, I love her books! I especially enjoy the Italian connection; have you read her others?
Jan 16, 2011 11:12AM

12544 It's snowing again here in Madison, OH, and I should go grocery shopping - but I just don't feel like going out. It's so tempting to become a hermit this time of year. Just finished reading a great book: World and Town by Gish Jen. I'm going to search for more work by her at the library - if I ever go outside again!
Jan 07, 2011 10:23AM

12544 Sounds great, Helen! I am a few blocks from the lake myself (sure wish I had your view!)and trying to decide which of three library books I picked up yesterday will be my weekend entertainment.
Jan 07, 2011 08:03AM

12544 Sounds perfect, Karen! And very similar to the location where I plan to spend my weekend!
Jan 07, 2011 07:46AM

12544 My dear, I would gladly send you some of ours - if only I could. Still, this may sound weird - but isn't it great to live somewhere that's cold enough that you can spend weekends curled up on the couch with a great book and not feel guilty about it? I lived in Southern California for a year and it was lovely - but I felt obligated to be outside DOING stuff all the time! I got all excited when it RAINED!
Jan 07, 2011 07:19AM

12544 Hi Karen! Where do you live? I'm in the "snow belt" in Northeastern Ohio. I hope you get enough snow to have a wonderful time sledding. I haven't done that in many years (and would probably be too chicken now!). Right now the sun is shining and the little brown azalea outside my window almost looks like a cotton plant, decorated as it is with tufts of snow!
Jan 07, 2011 05:09AM

12544 Amen, Susan! I do some copy writing and love to write. If I was able to sell a book concept to a publisher and fund a year of traveling that I'd write about, there would be some serious celebrating going on here in Ohio, my friends! Pitching an idea and getting an advance is what already-successful writers like Gilbert DO.
Jan 07, 2011 05:00AM

12544 Kristina, we got blasted, too! But I have to say, it's absolutely beautiful right now. We probably had about six inches. At the risk of sounding like Pollyanna, don't you think the cold makes us that much more appreciative of spring and summer? Have a great weekend!
Jan 06, 2011 01:26PM

12544 Kristi wrote: "Kate wrote: "Uh, oh. Just got back from the library with new books. Couldn't resist. I just can't seem to sit still to read AK for more than a half hour or so at most at a time. The whole premise o..."
Hurray! Thanks for letting me know I'm not alone, Kristi! If this even vaguely reflects privileged life in the 19th century, I'm just REALLY glad to be middle class, living in the Midwest, and in the 21st!
Jan 06, 2011 12:50PM

12544 Uh, oh. Just got back from the library with new books. Couldn't resist. I just can't seem to sit still to read AK for more than a half hour or so at most at a time. The whole premise of the story just seems so antiquated and melodramatic. I'd like to smack Kitty sometimes . . .
Jan 06, 2011 12:39PM

12544 I loved the movie, too! It's not often that a movie stands up well against a book (in my opinion, anyway)and this one certainly did. Javier? Be still, my heart! (Though the pasta and gelato were pretty sexy,too!)
Jan 06, 2011 08:15AM

12544 I really loved this book, having read it not long after it came out. Self-absorbed? Sure. I guess that's the nature of a memoir, when you think about it. But I was enchanted by Italy, intrigued by her experience in India and touched by Gilbert's connections in Bali. Life brings trauma and change and introspection to us all. Elizabeth Gilbert has the talent (and courage) to make her own experience public and - well - entertaining.
Jan 06, 2011 06:21AM

12544 Thank you, Jill - that's encouraging! I'm not sure Goodreads is as user-friendly as it could be, but like everything else, sometimes it just takes time and practice. I'm looking forward to these new connections. I do belong to a book club where I live, but I'm pretty sure I read a lot more than most of the women in our group. Still, the food and wine at our meetings are hard to beat! :)
Jan 06, 2011 06:19AM

12544 Thank you, Miss GP! I'll give that a try.
Jan 05, 2011 02:12PM

12544 Thanks, Yorky. I understand now. But . . . do you by any chance know how to get rid of something on the TBR list, then? Doesn't seem like it should be that difficult!
Jan 05, 2011 01:33PM

12544 Jill wrote: "Hi Kate,

It is against the rules to change your challenge list after January 1st, however, that's why we allow two alternates. If you just can't read one book for any reason, you can substitute..."


Jill, maybe I should ask - is the TBR list always a challenge? I thought it was like notes to myself!
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