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Subject: Best book I've read all year!!!! What a gem!
Date Posted: 9/14/2007 12:48 PM ET
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"City Of Light" by Lauren Belfer!!!  Wow.  I'm not finished with it yet but I can't stop raving about it!  It's set in Buffalo, NY, in 1901.  Barnes Noble has a lengthy but very good review of this book.  There is just so much going on, you can't wait to read on to see what happens, wonderful descriptions of 1900s Buffalo, Niagara Falls, covers many themes-women's rights/repression, African Americans, rich/poor class, environmental issues, the rise of electricity, the Pan American Exposition,  personal secrets...I love the way the story is written as well.  Check it out! 

Nothing like enjoying a story while learning something at the same time.

Date Posted: 9/14/2007 1:52 PM ET
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Oh hey, Yay! I have that! The Best book ,by far this year is "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" So engaging, warm, honest and moving! I started it for the monthly reading group here and am still relishing it! Slow and easy to read, I recommend it highly!



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Date Posted: 9/14/2007 2:20 PM ET
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Ooh, that sounds like a good one! Thanks for the tip!

Date Posted: 9/14/2007 7:39 PM ET
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I have City of Light here to read.I will need to move it up on my TBR list.

Date Posted: 9/15/2007 9:48 AM ET
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Debra-I've read "A Tree..."-about 3 times!  I love that book as well. 

It's funny you mentioned this book.  On another message board I participate in, the question of the week was,  "What book do you wish you had written?"  And "A Tree..." was the first book that popped into my head.  That was my answer. 

Read some more of "City Of Light" last night and...more surprises, twists, turns!  I will be sorry when this book ends! 

Date Posted: 9/15/2007 6:59 PM ET
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Bonnie: I have had City of Light on my  TBR for a while.I decieded to start reading it.I am enjoying the book so far.Thanks for starting this thread.

Date Posted: 9/16/2007 9:21 AM ET
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You're welcome Anne.  I just finished it last night.  Wow. 

Unexpected happening near the end.  I am SO glad I read this! 

Date Posted: 9/16/2007 9:40 AM ET
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Bonnie: I love the time period it takes palce in.Wow you are right  it is a good book.I am going to sit and read more today.It's the type of book you want to take time with.It  is also a book you donot want to put down.

Date Posted: 9/16/2007 11:19 AM ET
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"A Tree..." IS an awesome book. I loved it! in my Top 10

Date Posted: 9/16/2007 1:00 PM ET
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Bonnie -

I read City of Light when it first came out in paperback and loved it.  I keep trying to get my book club interested in it and haven't been able to so far.  When I think back on all the great books I've read over the past ten years, this is one that definitely comes to mind.  It's a great, interesting story, and I learned something, too.