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Subject: 100 NYT Notable Books for 2007
Date Posted: 11/30/2007 10:49 AM ET
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This list will run in the Sunday, December 2 book review section of NYT.  Scanning list, I read "After Dark" by Murakami and would also recommend it.  Perrotta's "The Abstinence Teacher" comes highly recommended.  He wrote "Little Children."

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Date Posted: 11/30/2007 4:17 PM ET
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Thanks for posting!

Date Posted: 12/1/2007 1:28 PM ET
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 I read "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" because it had such terrific reviews. But I could not get into it at all. The writing was  great, but I could not get with the characters in any way, shape or form. I really had to force myself through it.

But I loved "Long Way Gone," For a young person to write a book like that in a second language is an awesome achievement.

I'm waiting on Richard Russo's new book "Bridge of Sighs" from the library because I loved "Empire Falls"  even though I did not expect to like it and it took me a long time to pick it up. Once I did I could not put it down.

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Date Posted: 12/1/2007 4:43 PM ET
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I've read The Reluctant Fundamentalist, it was really amazing but I keep seeing it for deep discounts at BN, I guess it isn't selling well or they printed way too many copies?

Date Posted: 12/1/2007 4:53 PM ET
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Well, for all the books I've read, I've only read one on the list, the Harry Potter book.

Date Posted: 12/1/2007 7:03 PM ET
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I read Harry Potter and the Charles Schulz biography...that was all! I really want to read "Long Way Gone" but haven't made it a priority to track it down. It usually takes me a few years to get around to the "new" books!

But I got a few to add to my wish list, so thanks!

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Date Posted: 12/1/2007 10:11 PM ET
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If you like poetry, Zbigniew Herbert is wonderful.


Date Posted: 12/2/2007 8:59 AM ET
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Date Posted: 12/2/2007 11:03 AM ET
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As if I needed more WL books!  LOL  Thanks for posting this though.  :-)

Date Posted: 12/2/2007 4:46 PM ET
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It's not unusual to find these books in the remandered piles; because they are "notable" to reviewers does not mean they will sell well !!! In fact, you won't see many of the best-seller list books on these types of critics' lists....! Long Way Gone was one notable exception, loved by both critics and readers.

Date Posted: 12/5/2007 7:33 AM ET
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Yes, I freely admit to living under a rock.  I've only heard of one book, Harry Potter.  But I read that one.  :)

Excuse me while I go back to my cozy mysteries, paranormal romances and outdated nonfiction.


Date Posted: 12/5/2007 7:50 AM ET
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Yep, only read the Harry Potter book and I'm not interested in any of the others on the list ;)

Date Posted: 12/5/2007 12:18 PM ET
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The only one I read was The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao.    To be honest if you ae not from a hispanic culture or familiar to it this isnt an easy read.  There are a lot of references to vocab, culture and history that can make it quite uninteresting. 

Date Posted: 12/5/2007 3:03 PM ET
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devinemsn, I just checked that out from the library.  Can you get into the story quickly?

Date Posted: 12/5/2007 10:30 PM ET
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After Dark has been on my wish list for a little while now...but I think I'm 100th on the list so I won't get there anytime soon. Other than that Harry Potter. I looked into On Chisel Beach but heard it wasn't McEwan's best, so I passed.

Date Posted: 12/6/2007 12:03 PM ET
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I read the Harry Potter book and On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan. Loved them both.
Date Posted: 12/6/2007 12:54 PM ET
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There are some in my TBR pile, but the only one I've read is On Chesil Beach.  It was a quick, but haunting read.  I love Ian McEwan in general.