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Topic: Feb 12-19: What are you reading/planning to read this week?

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Subject: Feb 12-19: What are you reading/planning to read this week?
Date Posted: 2/12/2009 8:06 PM ET
Member Since: 8/30/2007
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I thought it might be fun to do a weekly thread and talk about what we're reading. Right now I'm almost done with Joan of Arc: A Life by Mary Gordon, a short biography. I expected to enjoy it more than I am, and I can't put my finger on why it's not grabbing me. I think Joan annoys me in some way, which seems perverse, LOL.

I'm not sure what I'll pick up next...I'm sitting here looking at The March by E.L. Doctorow, but that goes in the historical fiction forum!

Date Posted: 2/13/2009 8:17 AM ET
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Great idea Janelle,

I'm just about to start Hiroshima by John Hersey. Here's a short blurb from Amazon:

On August 6, 1945, Hiroshima was destroyed by the first atom bomb ever dropped on a city. This book, John Hersey's journalistic masterpiece, tells what happened on that day. Told through the memories of survivors, this timeless, powerful and compassionate document has become a classic "that stirs the conscience of humanity" (The New York Times).

Almost four decades after the original publication of this celebrated book, John Hersey went back to Hiroshima in search of the people whose stories he had told.  His account of what he discovered about them is now the eloquent and moving final chapter of Hiroshima.

I bought this book at a FOL sale last week. My husband came home from a business trip, saw it on my desk, and said, "I have this book downstairs". I should have realized my history and science loving husband would have a copy of this one floating around . . .

Janelle, I have The March by Doctorow on my TBR also.

Date Posted: 2/13/2009 8:57 AM ET
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Sheila, I have Hiroshima on my TBR, too! ;-)

Date Posted: 2/16/2009 8:06 PM ET
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I just finished Donnybrook: The Battle of Bull Run by David Detzer.  Awesome book.  I'll probably read something lighter, maybe a cozy next, to give myself a little break, LOL.   I think next up might be The Last Ridge by McKay Jenkins (WWll, 10th Mountain Division).

Date Posted: 2/17/2009 8:32 AM ET
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Jo, The Last Ridge looks really good! I added it to my already burgeoning TBR.

Janelle - we should read Hiroshima and The March together and have a little discussion :-)

Date Posted: 2/17/2009 2:07 PM ET
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I'm up for that, Sheila! Hiroshima first, though--it's shorter! ;-)