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Brenda's comments from the Washoe County Library @ GoodReads group.

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Jun 26, 2012 12:32PM

50013 Julie wrote: "My children are grown and no grandbabies yet, boo hoo but still I'm curious, what is the style of French parenting?"

The central theme is that while children are of vital importance to French parents, they do not revolve their lives around their children, rather they fit their children into their own lives. French children eat the same foods as the parents from their earliest eating experiences. They "do their nights" (sleep through the night from early weeks. Much more...great book.
Jun 21, 2012 08:58AM

50013 Grace, I have read both of those books in the past few months and enjoyed both. Beautiful Forevers is an astonishing picture of Indian life, and the French parenting book gave me lots of good ideas to employ with my grandbaby!
Jun 19, 2012 12:19PM

50013 Sacre Bleu! by Christopher Moore and In One Person by John Irving are the best books I've read in the past couple of months. There is actually a lot of burning in Sacre Bleu, but you should stay out of the sun!
May 10, 2012 12:08PM

50013 Sara wrote: "Queen of America, huh? :) how was it?"

I really liked it. Not as much as the prequel, The Hummingbird's Daughter", but still great, evocative writing. Wonderful portrayal of powerful Mexican women.
Feb 25, 2012 08:36AM

50013 I just finished reading Queen of America by Urrea. What are you reading?
Feb 18, 2012 12:00PM

50013 Thanks, Turi. I had to mess around with the parameters a lot until I started getting books that I know are in my interest areas. Conclusion...things I like to read don't easily fit any combination of parameters. Still, fun to try to fit my stepsister's foot into Cinderella's slipper.
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Feb 14, 2012 07:53AM

50013 Julie wrote: "2011 was my year for reading Young Adult books and some were just horrible, many were mediocre and a few were excellent such as "Staying Fat for Sara Byrnes, "Feed" and "The Hunger Games"(series) I..."

Julie...I love everything Chris Crutcher has written including his autobiography a few years ago. I actually met him one year when he spoke at a conference in Reno. Great man, great books. BB
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Jan 18, 2012 01:41PM

50013 John wrote: "A patron recommended that Juliet Stevenson's narration of To The Lighthouse is top notch."

Thanks...I will give it a listen and save my eyes! BB

Actually, just found out the Stevenson narrated CD book is abridged and I am a little snobby about reading the author's books in abridgments for me! WCLS does own copies of unabridged CD's so I will go that route.
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Jan 02, 2012 07:54AM

50013 Dianne wrote: "To The Lighthouse. I read it for the second time. It just keeps getting better...richer and more and more thought-provoking."

Dianne...I have not read this Virginia Woolf book and you have inspired me to pick it up. Thanks!
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Dec 30, 2011 06:50AM


Here are USA Today critics' favorite books to read from 2011.
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Dec 30, 2011 06:45AM

50013 What was your favorite, John?
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Dec 30, 2011 06:43AM

50013 By far, my favorite in 2011 is Vincent: the Life, a new, ehaustive biography of Vincent Van Gogh. Though it is 953 pages, I could hardly make myself go to Christmas functions because I wanted to stay home and read. Extremely well written, it examines every facet of Vincent's life and the art each inspired.
Dec 16, 2011 07:52AM


For all you avid readers, consider these.
50013 "All happy families are alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
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Dec 16, 2011 07:41AM

50013 Wow...absolutely fascinating. And surprising to see the array of authors that show up when I entered my 3 favorite authors! Should be a good tool for finding new literature to love.
Dec 16, 2011 07:33AM

50013 I recently read this book which has won numerous awards this year, including the National Book Award. I rated it 3 stars because I found it so hard to slog through the depressing portrayal of the Louisiana family's bare existence. Did anyone else struggle with this book?

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