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    Senior Member redturtle's Avatar
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    i just finished reading...Alice's Tulips by Sandra Dallas

    it was really good...enjoyed it immensely...

    its about a young gal who farms her hubbys land while he is off fighting in the war between the states...its all the letters that she wrote to her sister but it is loaded w/ references to quilting

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    Thanks for the tip. That is just my kind of read.

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    Thanks for the title. Love books about that time period and quilting references will be an added bonus.

    mltquilt

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    Just finished Poor Mrs. Rigsby by Kathy Herman. All of Kathy Herman's books are fantastic. She writes Christian fiction..suspense.

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    I need to read this book.

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    Just finished reading Emelie Richards- Wedding Ring, Endless Chain, and Lovers Knot Good read. Quilting theme in all.

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    Several :)

    "Cutting for Stone" by Abraham Verghese - young boys (twins) growing up in an Ethiopian Missionary hospital and learning to be doctors from their adoptive parents. I like stories in foreign places that give me 'flavors' of their culture and history. Was a great read. First person narrative (one of the twins).

    "The Help" by Katherine Stockett. One of the best books I've read in years. Again 1st person narrative but told by 3 different people. Takes place in Mississippi in the 60's - 2 of the narrators are AA maids to rich white women, the other is a rich white woman who doesn't quite agree that AA maids are "different". You "feel" the 60's. Excellent read (or listen as is how I "read" it). They're making a movie out of this one, I think it releases in August.

    "Room" by Emma Donoghue. Another 1st person narrative (getting the hint yet?), but this time by a 5 year old boy. He describes everything as nouns ... his room is named "room", "chair", "wardrobe", etc. He and his mother are confined to this room but I won't tell you how or why as that would give it away. I enjoyed the book as a whole, very original and fresh perspective. Not crazy about the ending though but it didn't "ruin" the book for me.

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    "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexdre Dumas. Yes, the classic. Again I like foreign culture and period pieces. Love the basic plot line of justice or some would call it vengence ... intricate, calculated, excellent character development. Give this classic a shot when you have a LOT of time on your hands, it's an incredibly long read but well worth it.

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    the peach keeper I just finished, but for the life of me cant remember the author....
    now reading a turn in the road....

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    redturtle, that sounds good! I love getting titles from people. Thank you!
    Loved - The Help and Room (someone else mentioned them)
    I can't think at the moment but I always have a book going :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mltquilt
    Thanks for the title. Love books about that time period and quilting references will be an added bonus.

    mltquilt
    Me too! Will have to write that one down.

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    Heaven is for real! Wonderful!! And marina. A trilogy of Russian history by Susan Warren. Christian. Not true but supposedly what could of happened! Excellent also!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom
    Several :)

    "Cutting for Stone" by Abraham Verghese - young boys (twins) growing up in an Ethiopian Missionary hospital and learning to be doctors from their adoptive parents. I like stories in foreign places that give me 'flavors' of their culture and history. Was a great read. First person narrative (one of the twins).

    "The Help" by Katherine Stockett. One of the best books I've read in years. Again 1st person narrative but told by 3 different people. Takes place in Mississippi in the 60's - 2 of the narrators are AA maids to rich white women, the other is a rich white woman who doesn't quite agree that AA maids are "different". You "feel" the 60's. Excellent read (or listen as is how I "read" it). They're making a movie out of this one, I think it releases in August.

    "Room" by Emma Donoghue. Another 1st person narrative (getting the hint yet?), but this time by a 5 year old boy. He describes everything as nouns ... his room is named "room", "chair", "wardrobe", etc. He and his mother are confined to this room but I won't tell you how or why as that would give it away. I enjoyed the book as a whole, very original and fresh perspective. Not crazy about the ending though but it didn't "ruin" the book for me.
    I second all of these. Also want to add
    Unbroken by Laura Hildebrand
    Scattered Lives (forget the author)
    Double Vision by Lisa Scotoline

    I read two or three books a week so I don't keep all of them in mind, but these have stood out in the recent readings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom
    Several :)

    "Cutting for Stone" by Abraham Verghese - young boys (twins) growing up in an Ethiopian Missionary hospital and learning to be doctors from their adoptive parents. I like stories in foreign places that give me 'flavors' of their culture and history. Was a great read. First person narrative (one of the twins).

    "The Help" by Katherine Stockett. One of the best books I've read in years. Again 1st person narrative but told by 3 different people. Takes place in Mississippi in the 60's - 2 of the narrators are AA maids to rich white women, the other is a rich white woman who doesn't quite agree that AA maids are "different". You "feel" the 60's. Excellent read (or listen as is how I "read" it). They're making a movie out of this one, I think it releases in August.

    "Room" by Emma Donoghue. Another 1st person narrative (getting the hint yet?), but this time by a 5 year old boy. He describes everything as nouns ... his room is named "room", "chair", "wardrobe", etc. He and his mother are confined to this room but I won't tell you how or why as that would give it away. I enjoyed the book as a whole, very original and fresh perspective. Not crazy about the ending though but it didn't "ruin" the book for me.
    I second all of these. Also want to add
    Unbroken by Laura Hildebrand
    Scattered Lives (forget the author)
    Double Vision by Lisa Scotoline

    I read two or three books a week so I don't keep all of them in mind, but these have stood out in the recent readings.

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    Just finished the new J.D. Robb. Guess my reading tastes are different, I go for mysteries and thrillers and stuff like that.

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    Rooms and The Book of Days by James Rubart
    Snow Flower and The Secret Fan by Lisa See
    Heaven Is For Real (Author ?)

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    I am currently reading......

    Cowboys and Indians: The Shooting of J.J. Harper.

    It is written by Gordon Sinclair Jr.

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    I read and liked:

    Sisters of the Quilt ( a trilogy) Amish story Cindy Woodsmall
    The things we do for love (Kristin Hannah)
    Angel Falls (Kristin Hanna)
    Firefly Lane (Kristin Hanna)

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    GILEAD by Marilynne Robinson; a Pulitzer winner. Robinson continued with the same characters in HOME and now I'm waiting to find out what happens next. I've read and enjoyed all the books Kent Haruf has written. Right now I'm enjoying THE GREATEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD by Don Robertson.

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    The Lincolns - Portrait of a Marriage - by Daniel Mark Epstein. It gives alot of personal information that had never been published before. Since I am originally from Spfld Ill, I was really interested in all the details!

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    I read Water for Elephants. It was very good, some sad parts. I saw the movie after I read the book and the movie was not as good. They changed things and left parts out.

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    Same Kind of Different as Me...awesome read.

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    Thanks for starting this! I am always on the 'look' for a new book. Thanks to all of you for your suggestions! :)

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    Most recently:
    The Help by Katherine Stockett
    These is My Words by Nancy Turner
    Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls
    Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo and currently reading
    Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
    My favorite book is Thirteen Moons by Charles Frasier, which I have read 3 times. I love his use of language in this book.
    I love historical novels, as most of these are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redturtle
    i just finished reading...Alice's Tulips by Sandra Dallas

    it was really good...enjoyed it immensely...

    its about a young gal who farms her hubbys land while he is off fighting in the war between the states...its all the letters that she wrote to her sister but it is loaded w/ references to quilting
    If you enjoyed this definitely read her " Prayers for Sale" again lots of quilting reference but a really good story about women in a Colorado mining town after the Civil War.

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    I am reading Still Alice by Lisa Genova. This is a novel about a Harvard professor who becomes an Alzheimer victim at about age 50. The story looks at the stages of this disease and its effects on the person and family and how they cope. This is pertinent to many of us who have a family member stricken with this disease. This book is the winner of the 2008 Bronte Prize.

    Gloria in Toronto

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