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Subject: April BOM - Winner!!
Date Posted: 3/6/2009 12:10 PM ET
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I randomly picked from the list of nominations (I am such an engineer, I actually used the random number function in Excel!  LOL!!).  And the winner is.....

 

 

 

 

 

#1 - The Book of Abraham by Marek Halter.  It's a big one, but got great reviews on Amazon.  I'm looking forward to it.  Thanks, Shelley, for the recommendation! 

Description From Library Journal:  In 70 A.D., when Roman forces sack Jerusalem, the scribe Abraham flees the city carrying little more than the scroll that documents his family history. For the next 19 centuries, one member of each new generation inherits this scroll along with the admonition that the record must be kept up to date. From Alexandria to Toledo, from Strasbourg to the Warsaw ghetto, Halter provides a moving account of Jews in exile. Abraham's descendants continue to work as scribes and eventually as printers. Since they are loyal to the word, it serves as their defense against oppression and solace in time of pain. This novel, much celebrated in Europe, has been aptly compared to Roots since it is based on records of the Halter family dating back to 1480 and on detailed historical research for the earlier centuries.

Date Posted: 3/6/2009 1:15 PM ET
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Oh, geez!  I didn't think it would actually win!  LOL!  Now I've definitely got to start reading it soon!  I was hoping to get another book in in March after Grania, but The Book of Abraham is huge!  LOL!  Well, maybe I will anyway.  I'm not ready for Abe yet.  Anyway, at least I don't have to track this one down.  It's on my shelf.  C'mon, people, time to start reading!  We can do it!

Date Posted: 3/6/2009 3:21 PM ET
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Great, thank you! I've heard of the author, but not read him.

Date Posted: 3/6/2009 3:27 PM ET
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Ok, I ordered it, and may have ordered the last copy. If this is a problem, PM me.

Date Posted: 3/7/2009 10:53 AM ET
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I've got this one on my shelf.  Got it at a FOL sale last fall where they were doing $1 per bag of books :)  If anyone needs a copy and can't get it here there are some on half.com for 75 cents plus shipping.

Date Posted: 3/7/2009 11:25 AM ET
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Oh, this is great! I'm really looking forward to reading this one.

Shelly, I'm glad you thought to nominate this one! :-)

Date Posted: 3/7/2009 11:31 AM ET
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Thanks, Valli!  Like I say, I can't believe it won!  Think I'll read my March mini challenge book first (I should finish Grania today or tomorrow), and the hopefully start The Book of Abraham before the end of this month so I can finish that tome during April! 

Date Posted: 3/8/2009 7:31 PM ET
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Sounds like a few people have had this on their shelf, but have been putting it off because of it's size.  Maybe this will help - we can get through it together!!  I'm looking forward to reading it, too.  Thanks, Shelley, for the nomination!

Date Posted: 3/18/2009 8:46 AM ET
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My copy of the book arrived from amazon yesterday.  It is a whopper!  LOL!!  Fortunately I'm traveling to Taiwan for 10 days next month, so I should be able to get alot of reading in on the plane and sitting around the hotel.

Date Posted: 3/18/2009 2:35 PM ET
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Michelle - Good that you'll have plenty of travel time to tackle April's BOM. I was going to start it after I finished When We Were Gods, but Cleopatra's lure was strong.  I started Memoirs of Cleopatra instead, which is another monster. Hopefully I can get through it prior to April 1.  Unfortunately, MOC doesn't fit into any of my remaining HF Challenge categories, so this is going to be a renegade book for me this year!  Fortunately, I'm enjoying MOC very much!  I think I'm going to like it a bit better than WWWG, although that one was very good too.

Date Posted: 3/19/2009 12:31 PM ET
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Shelley - I loved MOC - I think you'll find it very easy to read!