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Old 03-12-2013, 08:49 AM   #2841
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On my nighttable is The Book of Salt by Monique Truong. It concerns the Vietnamese private cook of Alice B. Toklas & Gertrude Stein, Paris, 1934. The book was inspired by this from the Alice B. Toklas Cook Book, "Two American ladies wish to retain a cook -- 27 rue de Fleurus."
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Old 03-12-2013, 11:12 AM   #2842
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I'm currently reading "The Blue Sweater" by Jacqueline Novogratz. It's about her time in Africa working in microfinance and helping poor women achieve economic independence. It's pretty compelling reading. At first, I was worried it was going to be more ideological but it's turning out to be more about how she learned to navigate her way through other cultures.
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:14 AM   #2843
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Started a new ebook last night but couldn't get into it...so must select one tonight...maybe a Marian Keyes one
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Old 03-16-2013, 08:00 PM   #2844
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i just finished maziar bahari's book, then they came for me. it's the story of bahari's abuse and torture in an iranian prison, as a political prisoner after the 'free' election in iran that reinstated ahmadinejad as its ruler. not an easy book to digest, but i feel a connection and kinship with the iranian people who i previously knew next to nothing about.
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Old 03-16-2013, 11:31 PM   #2845
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The Story of a Common Soldier of Army Life in the Civil War 1861-1865
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A personal story detailing events in the American Civil War through the eyes of a Union enlisted man.
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Old 03-17-2013, 01:35 AM   #2846
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I have started reading The Vault by Ruth Rendell
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Old 03-17-2013, 08:28 AM   #2847
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Finally picked up Hiss & Hers, an Agatha Raisin, by M. C. Beaton.

Still must finish The Book of Salt. A Randy Wayne White paperback is on the stack - Captiva. The location is Captiva Island, a sister island to Sanibel, both nearby local spots - not surprisingly, the book is well-thumbed and kind of beat up.
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Old 03-17-2013, 10:20 AM   #2848
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I have started reading The Vault by Ruth Rendell
Ruth Rendell is one of my favorite authors, I especially like all of her Chief Inspector Wexford series of which The Vault is one. Have you read all of the others?
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Old 03-17-2013, 06:42 PM   #2849
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JoAnn, I have read a fair few of her novels and lots of the Wexford series...I am really enjoying this one too
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:21 PM   #2850
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I picked up an Aaron Elkins / Make No Bones. Its a Gideon Oliver book. I don't believe I've read any previously. Looking forward a nice murder mystery.

I recently finished a book titled Honolulu by Alan Brennert. It was a really good read and gives a fictional account of the history of Oahu through the eyes of a Korean mail order bride. If you plan a trip to the islands I'd recommend this book. You'll get a peek at all the different racial influences that make our island home a unique and wonderful place.

I'm sorry, I don't mean to dump but I want to also mention a mystery series by Ellie Griffiths, first book is The Crossing Places. I love her main character, Ruth Galloway. Excellent reading.
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