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Old 07-21-2006, 06:01 PM   #281
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Old 07-21-2006, 06:11 PM   #282
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Old 07-21-2006, 06:34 PM   #283
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I love to read stories written by people who have travelled to various places in the world and written about their experiences. One of my favorites and recent ones (I don't know if it's still in print or not) was written by Agatha Christie who was married to an archaeologist, Max Mallowan, titled ( I believe) "Come Follow Me" where she accompanied him on his many digs to the Middle East before she died. So she did more than just write all those wonderful mysteries that she is famous for--(she was considered a very valuable member of the expedition team as she was invaluable in processing artifacts----she was also 10 years older than her husband and is quoted as saying that she was the happiest married woman ever because as she aged he became even more interested in her--move over Demi!
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Old 07-21-2006, 06:55 PM   #284
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Oops--the Agatha Christie book was titled "Tell Me How You Live" and not "Come Follow Me"--sorry about that--guess I'm getting to be an archaeologist's dream, too.
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Old 07-22-2006, 03:18 AM   #285
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Old 07-22-2006, 04:42 PM   #286
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I just finished a couple of bios, and always have some murder mysteries at hand. What I'm now reading aloud to my ladies is a bio of Yul Brynner written by his son. It is excellent. None of the last dozen or two novels I've read overly impressed me. The fact is, I hate romance novels (it is just way too easy to predict the entire book)(man and woman hate each other at first sight. You immediately know they will wind up in bed before the end of the book, and in everlasting (haha) love at the end). My recent favorites are Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, The Harmony Silk Factory, and The Geographer's Library. I have always, even as a child, been a huge fan of any version of The King and I. I've read every version, from Anna's memoirs through bios through her son's memoirs, and seen all three movies. So when Yul, written by his son, showed up on the library's $2 shelf, I bought it. This is what I'm reading to my ladies right now. Rocky Brynner is an excellent, even poetic, writer. I'm quite impressed.
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Old 07-22-2006, 04:44 PM   #287
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I'm going back and reading other responses. I loved the Live of Pi. I bought it for a stupid reason .... the author's name is a family name (Martel). But talk about a good suspension of disbelief!
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Old 07-22-2006, 04:55 PM   #288
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I am a huge fan of the A. McCall Smith books. I think they are great fun, and epitomize what I consider summer reading. PLUS, I get very sick and tired of fashion-model heroines, so I love a "traditionally built" heroine!!! I also love Janet Evonavich and many other mystery writers!! Just pure fun. Yes, I've read all of P.D. James. I've read all of Diane Mott Davidson, and really liked the concept of the blue cheese cake in her last one ... but it seemed kind of complicated and fragile. Since there are only two of us, I can't really experiment, so will probably never try it. Anyone who does, let me know how it turns out!!
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Old 07-30-2006, 12:04 AM   #289
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I've read all of P.D. James. I've read all of Diane Mott Davidson, and really liked the concept of the blue cheese cake in her last one ... but it seemed kind of complicated and fragile
The only recipe I've tried from the series is the "Savory Florentine Cheesecake" in "Prime Cut" -- it was very good...

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Actually I hate to admit it but am working through The Complete History of Jack the Ripper by Philip Sugden.
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