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Old 01-09-2012, 05:24 PM   #1961
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And the word you need is "pidgin." Pidgin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
After living in Hawaii for years, you'd think I'd remember that. Since you looked it up you know that, at least in Hawaii, pidgin has nothing to do with the bird, but is what some person in some country heard when an English-speaking person said, business. So it became a bastardized mix of English and whatever language was local to combine to form a language that locals and English speakers could use to conduct business. In Hawaii, you'll find Portuguese, Spanish, English, Hawaiian and other Polynesian languages, Tagalog, ... well, I could go on ... in the pidgin as well as the food.

How could I forget Elizabeth George! Also Laura Joh Rowland (Samurai era, late 1600s)
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Old 01-09-2012, 07:58 PM   #1962
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Old 01-09-2012, 08:04 PM   #1963
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Am nibbling my way through Margaret Atwood's The Edible Woman. A morsel: "...on a table-top pebbled with crumbs lay the remnants of her breakfast -- a limp starfish of a banana peel..."

Also, a very strange book by Eric Garcia, Anonymous Rex, a detective story in which the protagonist is a velociraptor required to masquerade as a human, as are all the other dinosaurs - a highly inventive tale.
Thanks for the idea, I ordered a used copy of Anonymous Rex. It sounds hilarious.

What kind of story is The Edible Woman?
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Old 01-11-2012, 01:07 PM   #1964
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Thanks for the idea, I ordered a used copy of Anonymous Rex. It sounds hilarious.

What kind of story is The Edible Woman?
I hope you like A Rex. I'm happy that PF says there are more of them and hope my library has others.

Edible Woman: Marian, the main character, is a single woman working for a market research outfit. So far, at about halfway through, the reason for the title eludes me. I'm not sure there's a real destination to be reached, but the journey takes many side trips for observations by/from The Human in thought mode, with all its vagaries and oddments. So, what kind of story is it? Hard to say....but I like it a lot.
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Old 01-11-2012, 01:28 PM   #1965
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Just got done with WHAT I HATE FROM A TO Z by Roz Chast. What a clever lady.
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Old 01-11-2012, 01:47 PM   #1966
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Currently reading (or rather, "listening to" - it's on audiobook) "Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human" by Richard Wrangham.

The entire premise of the book is that cooking and the use of fire was the primary impetus behind our evolution into intelligent creatures. I'm not sure I agree with all of the points the author makes, but it's an interesting theory... and a pretty good read.
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Old 01-11-2012, 03:21 PM   #1968
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The entire premise of the book is that cooking and the use of fire was the primary impetus behind our evolution into intelligent creatures. I'm not sure I agree with all of the points the author makes, but it's an interesting theory... and a pretty good read.
I've heard this theory too and I think learning to control and use fire had a lot to do with man's evolution into intelligent creatures, although many other factors played a part too.
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Just finished Patrick Lee's books The Breach, Ghost Country, and Deep Sky - very enjoyable trilogy. They are fast-paced thrillers with a sci-fi bent.

Reading Michael Connelly's The Drop now.

Has anyone here read "Death Comes to Pemberley"?
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I just started The Christian Atheist by Craig Groeschel. It is pretty interesting.
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