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Subject: What book would you most recomend?
Date Posted: 2/25/2009 1:16 PM ET
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If you could only one book that you could recomend to anyone, what would it be.

Date Posted: 2/25/2009 1:32 PM ET
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It's hard to recommend without knowing what the person was interested in, but my all time favorite book is The Time Travellers Wife - not historical fiction.  If it's HF you're looking for I'd say Gone With the Wind or Roots.  See I couldn't limit it to just one. 

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Date Posted: 2/25/2009 6:23 PM ET
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Summer of the Monkeys is my absolute favorite book.  So of course I would recommend that to anyone.

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Date Posted: 2/26/2009 7:36 AM ET
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The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. I recommend that all the time. It has mystery, fantasy, and history all rolled in one.

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 8:30 AM ET
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I would probably recommend an American classic - and what leaps most readily to mind is Little Women, Louisa May Alcott, one of America's literary gems. As a story of American family, of American spirit set against the horrors of our civil war, I think everyone should read this book at least once.


Date Posted: 2/26/2009 3:08 PM ET
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For a classic, I'd recommend The Good Earth by Pearl Buck.  It takes place in early twentieth century China but the emotions and struggles it conveys are timeless.  A very moving story.

For something a bit newer, Margaret George's Memoirs of Cleopatra.  Although daunting because of its size, you really feel as if you are in Egypt with Cleopatra - I got lost in this book.  This one got me hooked on the HF genre.

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 7:39 PM ET
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I only just discovered historical fiction and what won me over was Rosemary Sutcliff's The Mark of the Horselord.

Date Posted: 2/27/2009 3:21 PM ET
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The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman. Loved it! I also really loved Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry.

Date Posted: 3/4/2009 6:39 PM ET
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I think along the same lines as Kelly---if I didn't know the reader, then one of my favorite classics, To Kill a Mockingbird.  If I knew I was dealing with 'one of us', then if that person was an HF relative newbie, probably a Diana Gabaldon. If hardcore, then it would really depend on his/her fave period, what he/she'd already read...could be anything. Maybe An Instance of the Fingerpost , Fingersmith or even The Painted Veil.

Date Posted: 3/5/2009 3:23 PM ET
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I'd recommend Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen as my all time favorite.

Date Posted: 3/5/2009 5:28 PM ET
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Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver.

But, like others have said, it also depends on what I know the person likes and enjoys reading.