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Subject: Good Book for Sad Times
Date Posted: 7/31/2009 1:10 PM ET
Member Since: 6/26/2007
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My family is going through some tough times right now.  I am an avid reader, but am finding I need something a little lighter to get me through the times when I'm tossing and turning at night.  I need to avoid death, illness, sadness if possible.  I know, a tall order?  Anybody have some great ideas for intelligent but light books that might help me through this?  Thanks!

Date Posted: 7/31/2009 3:36 PM ET
Member Since: 11/23/2008
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On the very light side is the Janet Evanovich series beginning with 'One for the Money.'  These are light with a little mystery, a little romance and you'll love g'ma.

I went through some really rough times a few years ago and found that books on the subject of survival really helped me.  These are sad stories but left me with encouragement.  If these people can survive so can I.  This one is an amazing story and put my problems into perspective.  There are many others - unfortunately.  The Long Walk:  The True Story of a Trek to Freedom.  The harrowing true tale of escaped Soviet prisoners desperate march out of Siberia, through China, the Gobi Desert, Tibet, and over the Himalayas to British India.

This is a documentary that we rented from Netflex.  I do not know if there is a book associated with it.  Another tragic but absolutely amazing story that also puts life in perspective.  I recommend this to everyone, you can't help but feel encouraged at the end.  The web site link is:  www.singingrevolution.com

I am sorry for you and your family and what you are going through.  I wish you well and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.


Date Posted: 7/31/2009 4:32 PM ET
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Sorry you're going through a rough time right now. I really, really enjoy reading Bill Bryson's travel books when I'm feeling down--they're smart and funny, and it's nice to read about a place far away from where I am! I'd recommend:

In a Sunburned Country (all about Australia, wonderful book)

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away

Notes From a Small Island (about traveling through England)

Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe

Bryson also has a delightful memoir about growig up in the 50's, called The Life and TImes of the Thunderbolt Kid.

Hope you find some good reads to take your mind off things!


Subject: Thanks
Date Posted: 8/2/2009 10:14 AM ET
Member Since: 6/26/2007
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Good ideas and nice support, thanks.  I really appreciate it.