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16821 What an ending! I really wanted the Fireman to make it and make a future with Harper, Will there be a future for Harper and the "gang"?
Jun 13, 2016 06:25AM

16821 Ann wrote: "Hi Lorraine!
Good month hope your reading slump is over and interesting sounding books as always for you! Is your face to face library book group reading anything interesting?
[book:81 Days Below..."


I think the slump is over. My library book group has members recommend books to read. Each member then conducts the discussion. This month: Under a Flaming Sky by Daniel James Brown. This was my selection. It' about a wildfire that wiped out several small towns.
Jun 03, 2016 06:49AM

16821 Thanks, I'll check it out.
Jun 03, 2016 06:38AM

16821 Billy Martin, Baseball's Flawed Genius
by Bill Pennington (published 2015)
What an enjoyable read, especially with a new season just beginning. Martin started playing professional baseball in 1949. He was manager with the Twins, Tigers and the Yankees 3 times. He was ready to return as a Yankee manager again at the time of his death. What was very interesting was how he could "read" the opposing team's signals: a batter cleaning his cleats with the bat, touching the helmet a certain way, etc. He was also good at "seeing" what a third base coach would signal to the batter for him to hit and many more nuances of the "inside" of being a manager. So many famous names which brought to me so many memories. Martin died in an auto accident just a few feet from his home on Christmas Day 1989.

Crimson Shore by Preston & Child (2015)
Another Agent Pendergast thriller. A good read, with an unresolved ending.... to be continued.


81 Days Below Zero by Brian Murphy (nf)
On Dec. 21, 1943, an Army Air Corp. took off from Ladd Field, Alaska in a B24 bomber for test flights that were done in the freezing temperatures. The controls went haywire, the plane nose dived just above Charley River, Alaska with 4 aboard. The search area was in the wrong area and given up. He walked for days until he found an occupied cabin, rode with the owner on a dog-sled and a plane took him back to Ladd field on March 14, 1944. What I didn't know was the base was set up because the Japanese had invaded some of the Aleutian Islands and there was a probable Dutch Harbor attack planned.
May 14, 2016 06:02AM

16821 You had a terrific month. Wish I could get out of slump.
May 14, 2016 05:57AM

16821 Dawn, my codolences to you, so sorry.
May 04, 2016 07:16AM

16821 i'm looking forward to read Box's book.
May 04, 2016 07:15AM

16821 Good month. I may look into the Blackwell's books.
May 04, 2016 07:05AM

16821 the Revenant by Michael Punke

Movie was a Winner of the Academy Award.
The author serves as the U.S. Ambassador to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. He has also served on the White House National Security Council staff and on Capitol Hill. He is also author of: Fire and Brimstone, the North Butte Mining Disaster of 1917 and also The Last Stand, George Bird Grinnell, the Battle to Save the Buffalo, and the Birth of the New West.
The characters did exist, but the author took liberties with the dialogue and historical events. Hugh Glass did survive the bear attacks, Indian attacks and abandonment. He continued trapping and in 1833, Glass and two companions were ambushed by Indians and killed. Sometime, the book is better than the movie.

The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows
An interesting novel that was read for my library book club.
During the Depression, a young woman heads to Macedonia, West Virginia as part of the Federal Writer's Project. She gets involved with the family she lives with and the town itself. I would rate this 3 out of 5.

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
This book was on the best seller list for one week. He is a comic that was on Parks and Recreation.
Modern Romance is about on-line dating.
Another read for the book club. This book was so bad that I could not get past the first few chapters. Lots of foul language that served no purpose.
Apr 01, 2016 08:43AM

16821 Grafton's X was good. I'm looking forward to reading Remini's book.
Apr 01, 2016 08:40AM

16821 good month Barry.
I'm looking forward to read Deaver's and Box's. Nate is one of my favorite characters.
Apr 01, 2016 08:37AM

16821 Only read two books this month. Just hit a slump, maybe next month will be better.
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
This book is very violent, the most violent book I've read in a long, long time.
This sure gave me nightmares. The plot did keep me guessing.

The Meat Racket, The Secret Takeover of America's Food Business by Chirstopher Leonard (nf, published 2014)
Our meats, frozen food, deli and restaurants are controlled by 3 major companies. They control the feed, slaughter and shipments, leaving "farmers" on the edge of bankruptcy, for they dictate all the prices on all the steps. Forty years ago, there were more than 36 companies, just for chickent alone.
I needed a change after reading Pretty Girls. This book was very informative, but also depressing, because I just don't see the system changing.
16821 I just finished this one. I swear, it gave me nightmares. Reading something else entirely different now.
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Mar 04, 2016 08:39AM

16821 OMalleycat wrote: "For my book friends who have known me a long time, I thought this would be the best place to share my sad news. My mom passed away earlier this week. She died at home, peacefully, in her sleep. If ..."

jan, so sorry to hear this, my condolences to you and your family.
Mar 04, 2016 08:32AM

16821 Sherry wrote: "a good month for me-
The Widow- fiona barton- disturbing subject matter. had to read something non m/t after reading this one
The Forgotten Room- white, willig,willi..."


I'm reading Pretty Girls right now, about 150 pages into it.
Mar 04, 2016 08:29AM

16821 The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler
A debut novel, recommended by "Book Page". An interesting read.

Bad Lands by C.J. Box
A good read.

X by Sue Grafton
Kinsey has strange neighbors and she also is working on a case for an old friend.
Good read.

Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink
Winner of the Pulitzer prize.
Read this for my library book group. Unfortunately, I was sick so I couldn't attend. I'm sure it was a good discussion.
Author describes the chaos at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans during the Hurricane, Katrina.
45 bodies were recovered from the chapel, morgues, hallways and emergency room. Several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths.

Hidden Order by Brad Thor (published 2013)
Five candidates for the Federal Reserve Bank are missing. Scot Harvath is summoned to Washington to find these people. One by one the candidates are being murdered. This is more of a mystery than an espionage novel, but still a good read.
Note: The Federal Reserve Bank sets interest rates and is NOT as part of the U.S. Government. It's a private firm.
Feb 12, 2016 08:23AM

16821 The Stand is stand-out book!
Feb 12, 2016 08:22AM

16821 Good month, Ann. Yes, it is so sad Hitler destroyed so much art during th war.
Feb 12, 2016 08:20AM

16821 I enjoyed Martian. Hubby would have loved all the electrical "stuff".
Feb 12, 2016 08:19AM

16821 good month!
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