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Ash
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Post by Ash » Fri September 19th, 2008, 12:32 am

[quote=""Telynor""] One fascinating book I read was A Drizzle of Honey, that was taken from Inquisition accounts in Portugal and Spain, and not just that, but also recipes. Really helped me to figure out the period and setting, along with some mouthwatering cookery. One of the best books on Judaism that I've come across is the new edition of Jewish Literacy by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, who not only can write very well, but also can convey some very complicated ideas into a very understandable format for both Jews and non-Jews. His other books are excellent as well -- I found Words that Hurt, Words that Heal one of the best books on the role of forgiveness and compassion in society.[/quote]

I don't know as much about the Marranos as I should, so thanks for that recommendation. And if you liked the last book, read Sunflowers - on the possiblities and limits of forgiveness, by Simon Wiesenthal, which is an entire collection of essays by famous people on the role of forgiveness. Beautifully written, with much to consider.

BTW someone (Teylnor?) mentioned anti semitism in books. If the author has a character being antisemitic, it doesn't surprise me because so much of the time, that attitude was pervasive in the society of the time and place. But I agree, if the author herself is making anti semitic descriptions, then I'd have a problem. That being said - what do you do with an author like Irene Nimrovsky, the famous writer of Suite Francaise who died in Aushwitz, and who was a convert and often wrote anti semitic segments of her books?
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Post by SonjaMarie » Fri September 19th, 2008, 6:38 am

I finished "Christietown: About Vintage Clothing, Romance, Mystery, and Agatha Christie" by Susan Kandel, 4th and currently last ind her Cece Caruso Mysteries. I always enjoy her books and they're always fast reads. I hope that they'll be more.

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Post by Virgulina » Fri September 19th, 2008, 11:13 am

Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward.

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Post by nona » Fri September 19th, 2008, 12:45 pm

I have a friend who keeps trying to get me to read JR Ward books, is he a really good author, she seems to think so. The covers through me off, yes I admit it I judge by covers sometimes.

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Post by Leyland » Fri September 19th, 2008, 3:08 pm

Just started The Wild Hunt by Elizabeth Chadwick. Love the Welsh marcher setting.

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Post by Vanessa » Fri September 19th, 2008, 3:48 pm

I'm reading an old classic, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
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Post by Spitfire » Fri September 19th, 2008, 4:04 pm

[quote=""Vanessa""]I'm reading an old classic, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.[/quote]

Tell me how you like it. I have always looked at that book and then ended up not reading it. I haven't even seen the movie! :eek:
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Post by Margaret » Fri September 19th, 2008, 5:14 pm

To Kill a Mockingbird is a beautiful book. It's status as a classic is well deserved.
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Post by SonjaMarie » Fri September 19th, 2008, 5:51 pm

I read "Mockingbird" in high school, our teacher reminded us a lot of Scout that we'd call her that now and then.

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Post by chuck » Fri September 19th, 2008, 6:00 pm

[quote=""Margaret""]To Kill a Mockingbird is a beautiful book. It's status as a classic is well deserved.[/quote]

I concur Margaret.....Harper Lee has always intrigued me....So talented and respected....yet never another novel?........and she was Truman Capote's closest friend.....That would be a interesting book in itself.....BTW The film TKAM is beautifully done....Gregory Peck is Atticus Finch.....

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