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Subject: Book Recommendations - Deals, great books, Moving 2 wks
Date Posted: 8/2/2008 8:53 PM ET
Member Since: 6/8/2008
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Apologize in advance for the long post, but am moving in 2 wks and truly need to find good homes for my books before we leave as I can't move them all.  Here are some of the books I'd recommend!  1 for 1, 2 for 2, 3 for 3, etc., let's make a deal!


Here are some of my favorites:

  • Ines of My Soul - Isabel Allende - A Favorite Author, excellent book!!

Ines of My Soul is a work of breathtaking scope that masterfully dramatizes the known events of Ines Suerez's life, crafting them into a novel rich with the narrative brilliance and passion readers have come to expect from Isabel Allende.

  • In The Gloaming: Stories - Alice Elliott Dark

When the austere and moving title story of this collection appeared in The New Yorker in 1993, it inspired two memorable film adaptations, and John Updike selected it for inclusion in The Best American Short Stories of the Century. In these ten stories, Alice Elliott Dark visits the fictional town of Wynnemoor and its residents, present and past, with skill, compassion, and wit. By turns funny, sad, and disturbing, these are stories of remarkable power.

  • A Season In Purgatory - Dominick Dunne

They were the family with everything. Money. Influence. Glamour. Power. The power to halt a police investigation in its tracks. The power to spin a story, concoct a lie, and believe it was the truth.

  • Here on Earth - Alice Hoffman

With Here on Earth , Alice Hoffman achieves once again the "iridescent prose, taut narrative suspense and alluring atmosphere" that The Boston Globe cites as her hallmark. Erotic, disturbing and compelling, this is without a doubt Alice Hoffman's most unforgettable novel.

  • The Reader - Bernhard Schlink "Don't Miss this one!"

Hailed for its coiled eroticism and the moral claims it makes upon the reader, this mesmerizing novel is a story of love and secrets, horror and compassion, unfolding against the haunted landscape of postwar Germany.

  • The Love Wife - Gish Jen

From the highly praised author of Mona in the Promised Land and Who’s Irish?–a generous, funny, explosive novel about the new “half-half” American family. Powerfully evoking the contemporary American family in all its fragility and strength, Gish Jen has given us her most exuberant and accomplished novel.

  • The Known World - Edward P. Jones - "Highly recommended!!"

Henry Townsend, a black farmer, bootmaker, and former slave, has a fondness for Paradise Lost and an unusual mentor -- William Robbins, perhaps the most powerful man in antebellum Virginia's Manchester County. Under Robbins's tutelage, Henry becomes proprietor of his own plantation -- as well as of his own slaves.
An ambitious, luminously written novel that ranges seamlessly between the past and future and back again to the present, The Known World weaves together the lives of freed and enslaved blacks, whites, and Indians -- and allows all of us a deeper understanding of the enduring multidimensional world created by the institution of slavery.

  • The Hamilton Case - Michelle de Kretser - "Excellent book!!"

A flamboyant beauty who once partied with the Prince of Wales and who now, in her seventh decade, has "gone native" in a Ceylonese jungle. A proud and ambitious lawyer who unwittingly seals his own fate when he dares to solve the sensational Hamilton murder case that has rocked the upper echelons of local society. A young woman who retreats from her family and the world after her infant son is found suffocated in his crib. These are among the linked lives compellingly revealed in a novel everywhere praised for its dazzling grace and savage wit -- a spellbinding tale of family and duty, of legacy and identity, a novel that brilliantly probes the ultimate mystery of what makes us who we are.

  • Mr Phillips - John Lanchester

For Mr Phillips, it is not an ordinary day, for on Friday, July 28, he was summarily sacked. Nonetheless, he rises at his usual hour and prepares himself as he has done his entire working life for the office he no longer has. e has been called "a writer whose gifts border on the demonic" (Michael Upchurch, Chicago Tribune), and his first novel, The Debt to Pleasure, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, winner of the Whitbred Best First Novel Award, a New York Times Notable Book, and a national bestseller.

  • Lost in Translation - Nicole Mones - "Outstanding!!"

Its powerful impact confirms the extraordinary gifts of a master storyteller, Nicole Mones.  At dawn in Beijing, Alice Mannegan pedals a bicycle through the deserted streets.  An American by birth, a translator by profession, she spends her nights in Beijing's smoke-filled bars, and the Chinese men she so desires never misunderstand her intentions.  An intoxicating journey of the heart--one that would plunge her into a nation's past, and into some of the most rarely glimpsed regions of China.

  • Mutant Message Down Under - Marlo Morgan - "Excellent book!!"

Mutant Message Down Under is the fictional account of an American woman's spiritual odyssey through outback Australia. An underground bestseller in its original self-published edition, Marlo Morgan's powerful tale of challenge and endurance has a message for us all.

  • Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage : Stories  -Alice Munro

In the nine breathtaking stories that make up her celebrated tenth collection, Alice Munro achieves new heights, creating narratives that loop and swerve like memory, and conjuring up characters as thorny and contradictory as people we know ourselves. Munro at her best, tirelessly observant, serenely free of illusion, deeply and gloriously humane.

  • When the Emperor Was Divine -Julie Otsuka - "Don't Miss this!!"

Spare, intimate, arrestingly understated, When the Emperor Was Divine is a haunting evocation of a family in wartime and an unmistakably resonant lesson for our times. It heralds the arrival of a singularly gifted new novelist.

  • The Custom of the Country - Edith Wharton - "A Must Read!!"

Edith Wharton's satiric anatomy of American society in the first decade of the twentieth century appeared in 1913; it both appalled and fascinated its first reviewers, and established her as a major novelist.


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