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Old 08-02-2009, 01:52 PM   #16
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I have not been able to read anything this summer, but I would love to read those Anthony Bourdain books that were mentioned. I love anything Anthony Bourdain.

Books I loved were Memoirs of a Geisha, Poisonwood Bible, Pride & Prejudice (sans Zombies), Kite Runner, and Secret Life of Bees. I wish I had more time to read. I guess you really have to make time. I will try! This thread has definitely inspired me to go to Borders.
I have to make a real effort to get some reading done this summer. I've fallen behind and the books are stacking up fast.

Last book I thouroughly enjoyed was Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macomber. Secret Life of Bees is on on my nightstand, as we speak.
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Old 08-02-2009, 02:06 PM   #17
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I am listening to the audio book of The Help- and I keep driving to stores etc. just to hear more. It is narrated with the different voices of the maids and is enthralling ---and also really difficult to hear what happened. Really hits home with the recent events in Boston with the Harvard Prof- the police- and President Obama.

I am reading a novel Oxygen- about a doctor in Seattle-

Regarding Lamb- I read that several years ago, and still get a kick thinking about it. Kevin this is right up your alley. I would just check it out if I were you.
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Old 08-02-2009, 04:29 PM   #18
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I'm reading Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure: The Story of A Great American Roadtrip. It's by a public radio reporter (Matthew Algeo). He retraces the steps of Harry and Bess' great roadtrip from Independence, MO to DC, to Philadelphia, and New York, then back to Independence.

Just imagine this - no Secret Service. Just Harry and Bess in a brand new 1953 Chrysler New Yorker (and 11 suitcases). It's summer. There's no AC (it was an option on the '53 New Yorker, but Harry didn't believe in AC). Harry was only a few months out of the presidency and 69 years old. And Bess made him promise to drive no faster than 55 mph (a promise he found it hard to keep).

It's an awesome story.
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Old 08-02-2009, 04:44 PM   #19
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My reads tend to be in the paranormal romance genre. I just finished JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series (love me some buff vampires). She is quickly becoming a favorite author for me. Just finished Spell of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning. I want to visit Scotland now. Sigh.
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Old 08-02-2009, 04:55 PM   #20
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I'm currently reading "Mommywood" By Tori Spelling.
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Old 08-02-2009, 04:56 PM   #21
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This is a GREAT idea except for one thing...
My Kindle arrives TOMORROW!! Somebody take the credit card! Please!

Seriously, though, I love the idea. I'll let you know which book goes on my 'virgin' Kindle.

For fluff reading, I really like your basic murder mysteries - everything Jeffery Deaver has ever written. My favorite author of all time is Richard Brautigan, my favorite book (his) is In Watermelon Sugar. I'm sure no one has read it. My high school literature teacher had me read it (back in the 70's). It was amazing to me back in the day to read a book that was all symbolism, and I had to figure out what I thought it meant. I'm quite the literalist, so it was as mind-expanding as acid (also popular back in those days, LOL!).
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Old 08-02-2009, 05:01 PM   #22
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I finished "The Help" a couple of weeks ago, I loved it!
Read a few Jen Lancaster Books, The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnely and now am reading Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg(one of my favorite authors).

After that I have Thank You for All Things by Sandra Kring, A Thread of Truth by Marie Bostwick and The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe in my TBR pile.
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Old 08-02-2009, 05:09 PM   #23
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I'm currently re-reading the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, in preparation for the upcoming release of the 7th book.
I can't WAIT to see what Jaimie and Claire do next *swoon*
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Old 08-02-2009, 05:25 PM   #24
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The past few months, I have been reading books that I missed when I was a kid and too ADD to sit and read a book. I have read the His Dark Materials series as well as Madeline L'Engle's Time Quintet in the span of a month or two. With all things being equal, it was a given I would like L'Engle better, and that was what happened.

Anyway, I'm shifting back to adult fare now. I just bought The Cider House Rules by John Irving. After that, I want to either re-read A Prayer for Owen Meany, or read In Cold Blood. John Irving is a favorite, but I don't want to burn out.
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Old 08-02-2009, 05:45 PM   #25
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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson - This is a world wide phenomenon. Best seller almost everywhere.
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The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larson, just published July 28.

Yes, available for Kindle!

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'The Girl Who Played with Fire is that rare thing - a sequel that is even better than the book that went before... it is to be read in great hungry chunks' Observer. 'It is rare to find a thriller in which the female characters are allowed so much space to be. Lisbeth Salander really is a wonderful creation' Scotsman. 'Astonishing novels... Larsson came up with an entirely new kind of heroine for the crime story... as with Larsson's first novel, this is wonderful stuff' Daily Express. 'A year ago, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo won ecstatic praise from British critics and readers. Now its successor, The Girl who Played with Fire, has outsold the likes of Patricia Cornwell and James Patterson - once more, another figure seizes the book by the scruff of its neck and binds the reader in fetters of fascination' Independent. 'As with the first book, this complex novel is not just a thrilling read, but tackles head-on the kind of issues that Larsson himself railed against in society, such as endemic establishment corruption and the exploitation of women' Daily Mail. 'In her (Salander) Larsson has created a heroine unique to detective fiction. Where else can you find a bisexual female detective with punk-era fashion sense who just happens to be an expert computer hacker?' Independent.
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Old 08-02-2009, 05:51 PM   #26
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This thread has definitely inspired me to go to Borders.
Go to your local library. So many great books to read! So many great books you willnot have to read and store!

BTW - Jonathan Dichter on All About the Mouse podcast has recently re-discovered his library card and is loving his public library.

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Old 08-02-2009, 06:19 PM   #27
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Lyn, how many titles does your library carry in LARGE PRINT?

With my recent eye surgery, I need large print and find them difficult to locate. Some titles are not even available in large print,
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Yea, more Jaime and Claire not to mention Brianna and Roger. I love this series. Julie, you really need to read the Outlander series--great fictional characters in historically acurate settings from the 1745 Jacobite Rising to the American Revolution.
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Old 08-02-2009, 07:12 PM   #29
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Lyn, how many titles does your library carry in LARGE PRINT?

With my recent eye surgery, I need large print and find them difficult to locate. Some titles are not even available in large print,
Aaaahhhh, Kevin. This came up in chat a while ago.

For you, Kevin, I am so the Kindle with variable fonts is available for you. I have a friend who is blind and listens to websites that have been developed to proper standards. I am thrilled that technology makes things available to everyone.

For the rest, as a public librarian, I just have to push libraries!

As for your question - My library is a small one in a small town. We have a total collection of about 22,000 items. My guess, without looking at my statistics at work, is that we have 300 books in large print, mostly fiction.

We get a rotating collection of large print books from the state library, twenty books every two week that we keep for two months. This broadens the collection at no cost.

We have some avid readers who need large print. We can get them just about any title they want from other libraries in the state through inter-library loan. No cost to the patron, but they will have to wait a few days for the book to arrive.

I am fully aware that in addition to young people such as yourself who need large print, the population in aging and will naturally desire larger print. We have a greater amount of shelf space for large print books planned for the library's expansion, due to be completed December this year. (this is why I might not make it to Disapalooza)

My real wish is that publishers would produce all books with slightly larger print than they do now.
I also wish that the library discount for regular and large print books were the same. Our discount for regualar books is 44% off list price. Large print books often have a higher list price and little or no discount.

Keep on reading, however you do it.
And don't forget audiobooks - it is great to have someone read to you!
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Have you posted on the All About The Mouse discussion forums regarding the reading being done by Disers?
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