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What are Divas reading?

ski diva

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I spend 2 1/2 days reading a murder mystery I checked out from the library, and was close to the very end on p.338, and I find out the book was missing the last pages. So mad.

If anyone knows the ending to "Exile" by Denise Mina, please tell me.
Omigod, that's awful. And kind of funny, too.

I'm reading HAMILTON, a biography of Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. It's loooong, but really interesting.
 
I am almost done with Prarie Fire: Biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder. This is a really interesing book. It does an excellent job of setting the scene with the economic and political state of the Nation at the time, and weaving in the personal story of LIW. The author examines the controversial relationship with the daughter who all of her mother's editing. I think it is very well done as the author makes me very curious about the politics and economics of the time: railroad robber barons, failed farm policies, the impact of the Homestead Act and more.
I heard about this after the author won a Pulitzer for it and I forgot about it! I will have to check it out. I read an article in a historical journal once on the same subject and it was so interesting.
 

kiki

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Finished an audio book yesterday — one good deed by David Baldacci. It left me smiling, an interesting look at post war America and the role and perception of women then. And a nice little bit of detective sleuthing.
 

ski diva

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I just finished "Hamilton," the biography of Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow -- all 818 pages of it. Believe me, that's a lot of Alexander Hamilton!
 
I've got Hamilton on my Kindle, but haven't got to it yet.

I finished Big Little Lies, which was great and somewhat different from the HBO series (the book is set in Australia, not Monterey Bay, CA). My watching the series and then reading made me see why the actresses portrayed their characters as they did.

Now I'm reading A Man Called Ove.
 
Looking for reading for my winter break and this thread is a treasure trove! Thanks to all. I can add:
Edith Eger, The Choice
Mischa Berlinski, Fieldwork
Ursula LeGuin, The Left Hand of Darkness
 

lisamamot

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I have been listening to a lot of books on the drives back and forth to Maine and my kids’ colleges. A few recent fiction listens -

Beartown (Fredrik Bachman) - this was a book club book for me. Small town Maine hockey town torn apart by a scandal. Same author as a Man Called Ove which I read as well awhile back for book club. I have My Grandmother Told Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, another of his books, on my Hold list.

One Day in December (Josie Silver) - easy relationship read but well written. I really enjoy listening to a less serious book every once in awhile!

The Alice Network (Kate Quinn) - female spy network during WWII.

At the Waters Edge (Sarah Gruen) - currently on this one. Loving the writing. I loved Water for Elephants and this is the same author. Also set in WWII.
 

Bookworm

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I have been listening to a lot of books on the drives back and forth to Maine and my kids’ colleges. A few recent fiction listens -

Beartown (Fredrik Bachman) - this was a book club book for me. Small town Maine hockey town torn apart by a scandal. Same author as a Man Called Ove which I read as well awhile back for book club. I have My Grandmother Told Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, another of his books, on my Hold list.

One Day in December (Josie Silver) - easy relationship read but well written. I really enjoy listening to a less serious book every once in awhile!

The Alice Network (Kate Quinn) - female spy network during WWII.

At the Waters Edge (Sarah Gruen) - currently on this one. Loving the writing. I loved Water for Elephants and this is the same author. Also set in WWII.
The last book I listened to was Save Me The Plums by Ruth Reichl. It’s a bout her time as the editor of Gourmet magazine and it’s so wonderful. She’s such a great writer, but having her read the memoir is such a treat because her voice is so sumptuous!
 
Have been thoroughly enjoying listening to This Is The Story of A Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett. It's a collection of essays that are generally autobiographical, but were written for various magazines over the years.
 
Recently I discovered Chris Bohjalian and read 3 of his books in quick succession:
  • The Flight Attendent - my favorite of the 3
  • The Guest Room
  • The Sleepwalker - close 2nd to Flight Attendent
All 3 have strong sexual and violent themes. Three are enough for me for the time being!
 

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