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Thread: Summer reading

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    Me again...

    My son has a short list of books he needs to read during the summer. As the scientist he is, I know he will hate all of them, but he has no other choice but to expand his mind and read them. I know is a long shot but was wondering if anyone had these books that we could borrow.

    The Dharma Bums (by Jack Ketronal sp?)
    Eat, Pray, Love (by Elizabeth Gilbert)
    Mao: A Life (by Jonathan spence)
    The Emperors of Chocolate: Inside the secret world of Hershey's and Mars

    Any help will be greately appreciated.

    Thanks!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maride
    Me again...

    My son has a short list of books he needs to read during the summer. As the scientist he is, I know he will hate all of them, but he has no other choice but to expand his mind and read them. I know is a long shot but was wondering if anyone had these books that we could borrow.

    The Dharma Bums (by Jack Ketronal sp?)
    Eat, Pray, Love (by Elizabeth Gilbert)
    Mao: A Life (by Jonathan spence)
    The Emperors of Chocolate: Inside the secret world of Hershey's and Mars

    Any help will be greately appreciated.

    Thanks!!
    How about the library????
    I read Eat,Pray,Love- great read but got it there.

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    sorry don't have those books

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    Dharma Bums is by Jack Kerouac. My ex got the Kerouac collection, alas, but all of these should easily be found in the local library.

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    You might find these online fairly cheap at betterworld.com. Check their used bin.

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    poor kid -- I wouldn't want to read any of them :lol: :lol: But then, I'm mainly a "mystery" & "horror" book reader. Bet they don't put any of those on a summer reading list :lol: :lol:

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    Do you have a Half-Price Books store in the area? They might have some of those.

    Also - try amazon.com You can get copies that are cheaper.

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    At amazon all books came up to $40.00, which is not bad, but I have to be careful spending $$ this days. I will try to get them from the library.

    Few years back when the book first came out, I got Eat, Pray, Love and started to read it. I hated it and passed it on to a friend who also hated it and it passed on so many times, I have now no idea where it ended up. I will keep on searching.

    Thanks

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    At amazon all books came up to $40.00, which is not bad, but I have to be careful spending $$ this days. I will try to get them from the library.

    Few years back when the book first came out, I got Eat, Pray, Love and started to read it. I hated it and passed it on to a friend who also hated it and it passed on so many times, I have now no idea where it ended up. I will keep on searching.

    Thanks

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    Try Amazon.com you can get used books at a very good price.

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    Those seem like strange books for a summer reading list. Your son must be older than I was thinking.

    Eat, Pray, Love is OK at best in my opinion and I can't see a kid plowing through it.

    Mao is pretty good if you are a bio nut which I am. Does the poor child even know who Mao is??

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    I use the library too.

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    I'll start looking. I LOVE bookstores and I'm sure my husband may regret this. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter
    Those seem like strange books for a summer reading list. Your son must be older than I was thinking.

    Eat, Pray, Love is OK at best in my opinion and I can't see a kid plowing through it.

    Mao is pretty good if you are a bio nut which I am. Does the poor child even know who Mao is??
    LOL. Jorge is 16 years old. I also found the list a little strange for a summer reading. I found eat Pray Love at the local library, but they don't have any of the others. I found two used at Alibris, at very nice prices, but is amazing to see that the shipping is so much more expensive than the books.

    Now I only need The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac

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    The Emperors of Chocolate: Inside the secret world of Hershey's and Mars
    sounds like the best one. From a chocoholic...

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    Is from a business perspective, so I don't expect much. Poor boy is going to be so bored. He likes theoretical physics and this is what he gets.

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    I don't think your son will like Eat, Pray, Love, either ;-(

    It was highly recommended to me by a very close friend, so I slogged my way through it. Wish I had given up.

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    http://cgi.ebay.com/Dharma-Bums-Sign...item3cadd06245

    Cheapest Dharma Bums I could find.

    I studied Kerouac in college. I think I was the first generation that was allowed to. And we had to fight a bit. I did a thesis on Allen Ginsberg. And my ex-husband was a Kerouac scholar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maride
    I found eat Pray Love at the local library, but they don't have any of the others.
    Go back to your library. Libraries can borrow books from other libraries - it's called inter-library loan. Ask them to get you the books they don't have via inter-library loan.

    Another thing is that many counties let you use any library in the county, so if a library in another town has the books, you can just get them at that branch.

    I don't feel too sorry for Jorge. Everyone who goes to school has to learn things and do assignments they don't care about. It will broaden his horizons a bit, and honestly, reading about chocolate can't be that painful.

    Eat, Pray, Love sounds fascinating to me. I see that it's being made into a movie with Julia Roberts. I'll have to check it out.

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    I placed an order with mcKenzie Books and got 8 books for $25.83 and shipping was free if you spent $25. They were used but all in excellent condition.

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    There is also an internet site that is like a lending library. Sorry that I do not have the name of it with me just now.

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