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AuntiePam's 2008 reads

What have you read in 2008? Post your list here and update it as you go along! (One thread per member, please.)
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AuntiePam's 2008 reads

Post by AuntiePam » Sun December 7th, 2008, 9:17 pm

Just the historical fiction/nonfiction, and a few contemporary books written in the 19th century and just after WWII:

Kindred – Octavia Butler -- SF really -- the heroine travels in time to the pre-Civil War South
The Grenadillo Box – Janet Gleeson
The Anatomy of Deception – Lawrence Goldstone
The Morning River – W. Michael Gear
Deliverance – Ellen Glasgow
Independent People – Haldor Laxness
Zig-Zag – Ben MacIntyre (non-fiction, WWII)
Quicksilver - Neal Stephenson
Ghost Map – Steven Johnson (nonfiction, cholera epidemic)
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher - Kate Summerscale (nonfiction)
Ash – Mary Gentle -- fantasy with a medieval historical feel
The Confusion – Neal Stephenson
A Thread of Grace – Mary Doria Russell
March – Geraldine Brooks
A Flag Full of Stars - Don Robertson
Pere Goriot – Balzac
Fathers and Sons – Turgenev
Evelyn Keyes autobiography -- she played Scarlett O'Hara's sister -- this is an excellent bio
Gone With the Wind -- a re-read
The Awakening – Kate Chopin
London 1849 – Michael Alpert (nonfiction)
Pot Luck – Emile Zola
Slaves of Solitude – Patrick Hamilton
Elleander Morning – Jerry Yulsman – time travel back to 1924 where Hitler is assassinated so *barely* HF
Dissolution and Dark Fire -- C. J. Sansom
Serena – Ron Rash
Amagansett - Mark Mills

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Post by Telynor » Mon December 8th, 2008, 11:45 pm

I found A Thread of Grace to be very haunting. Have you read her other books?

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Post by AuntiePam » Tue December 9th, 2008, 1:31 am

I've read The Sparrow. It didn't go where I wanted it to go, so I didn't read the sequel. I was curious about what happened to the characters though, so I read the plot summary at Wikipedia. The story took a turn that didn't appeal to me.

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Post by Ludmilla » Tue December 9th, 2008, 7:37 pm

Welcome to the board, AuntiePam.

Elleander Morning has been on my "grab if I ever find it at a library" list. It appeared on my radar a few years ago after viewing someone's "good books no one has ever heard of" list. Anyway... the alternate historical aspect of it looks interesting.

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Post by AuntiePam » Tue December 9th, 2008, 8:01 pm

Thanks, Ludmilla.

I first heard about Elleander Morning from a thread on another board. It was an interesting idea for a thread: Name a good book that you don't think anyone else has read.

I don't use the local library (it's teensy) so I went to Amazon and found it there at a reasonable price. If you can't locate a copy, let me know and I'll lend you mine. The most interesting part of the book were the little snippets of things that changed, or didn't happen at all, because WWII never happened. There could have been more of that.

A couple more good books I found because of that thread were The Tenants of Moonbloom by Edgar Lewis Wallant and Slaves of Solitude by Edward Hamilton. Both were excellent.

My contribution to that thread was The Book of Ebenezer lePage by G. B. Edwards. At least one person read it and said they loved it. Here's a link -- http://www.amazon.com/Book-Ebenezer-Pag ... 0394516516


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