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Subject: Your Favorite Book Today?
Date Posted: 4/7/2008 2:57 PM ET
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Did you start a book that was exactly right for that day?  The one you picked out of the pile and experienced a nearly perfect meshing of mood and matter?

Mine is Take the Cannoli by Sarah Vowell.  This is her first book of essays (I've been reading the books in reverse order) and "Shooting Dad" was the perfect beginning.  I've now reached her account of the Trail of Tears and, yes, I cried


Date Posted: 4/7/2008 11:01 PM ET
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I'm reading this book, Victoria's Daughters.  It's a history book, but I love it.

Date Posted: 4/7/2008 11:13 PM ET
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I read Magic Hour about a month ago and it's my favorite book in a long time.

Date Posted: 4/8/2008 6:36 PM ET
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I've been weary of the catastrophizing in the news and among my coffee shop buddies, so I picked up A Distant Mirror by Barbara Tuchman. Perfect for my mood today. Reading it for the fifth time, I think, again I see parallels to our world today, but the horrors of the 14th century far outstrip our own horrors, and I find it strangely comforting. It was exactly what I needed.

Date Posted: 4/9/2008 11:05 AM ET
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Sometimes I've wished I'd kept my copy of A Distant Mirror but I cleared it out quite a few years ago because it seemed to be on the NTBR pile (N=never).  I later got it on audio and it was excellent material for long drives to and from work.

I've never really outgrown wanting someone to read to me :)

(Darn, my book is done and I am sulking a bit, despite being in the middle of 3 others.)

Date Posted: 4/14/2008 8:49 AM ET
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Historical fiction is my favorite genre, and I've found in the long winter months I crave LOOONG, hist. fiction novels.  Being in that mood, I picked up "City Of Light" by Lauren Belfer and instantly fell in love with this book!  IMO it has a little of everything-a bit of romance (not too much), strong woman character, history, mystery, intrigue...the book is over 500 pages and I was sorry to see it end. 

Date Posted: 4/21/2008 11:17 AM ET
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I have all of Sarah Vowell's books TBR and must get to them!  This is yet another reason to start on them. The most recent "perfect book" for me was The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber. It was a group read on my book group and was simply amazing. It transported me to Victorian England and i didn't want to leave even though the book is quite long.  

Jody CR The Dress Lodger by Sheri Holman (another Victorian England setting but does not measure up to The Crimson!)

Date Posted: 4/21/2008 12:08 PM ET
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Take the Cannoli - I have this on Mount TBR, I think I got it from a yard sale freebie pile - after hearing the positive reviews on this thread I ought to bump it up a notch!

Date Posted: 4/26/2008 12:23 AM ET
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I have The Crimson but have not yet read it.  I did read The Dress Lodger and enjoyed it.

I finished "T" is for Trespass by Sue Grafton today and really enjoyed this book.  I didn't like her last book, "S" is for Silence at all.  I kept reading it hoping it would get better but to me it didn't.

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