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Best Book I've Ever Read!!!

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Best Book I've Ever Read!!!

Postby becky1245 » Mon Jan 11, 2010 8:45 pm

I just finished reading the best novel I've ever read. The Lost Daughter by Daralyse Lyons. It was the most poignant novel I've ever read, psychologically deep and richly textured. It's almost sad to have let go of the characters now that I'm none reading it. Without giving too much away the book opens when one sister accidentally kills another sister and you're hooked from that second onward. It is engaging and really quite wonderful!!!

Buy The Lost Daughter by Daralyse Lyons!!! It's FABULOUS...

http://www.amazon.com/Lost-Daughter-Dar ... 0595453953
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Re: Best Book I've Ever Read!!!

Postby Henry Vilas » Mon Jan 11, 2010 8:55 pm

Your first novel?
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Re: Best Book I've Ever Read!!!

Postby pjbogart » Thu Jan 14, 2010 6:23 pm

The best book I've ever read? Wow... I guess it would have to be something that speaks to me personally. A grand adventure that takes be back to a time when life seemed easier. Probably not something overly brainy or I wouldn't want to read it several times. Hard to narrow down, but I'll go with:

"Where the Red Fern Grows" by Wilson Rawls.

Hey, at least I didn't say Harry Potter or "The Stand."
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Re: Best Book I've Ever Read!!!

Postby babelfish » Tue Feb 16, 2010 2:00 pm

Suttree by Cormac McCarthy
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Re: Best Book I've Ever Read!!!

Postby towanda » Fri Feb 19, 2010 10:57 pm

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
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Re: Best Book I've Ever Read!!!

Postby buckyor » Sat Feb 20, 2010 12:12 pm

towanda wrote:To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

I think that's one of the best books I've ever read as well, but I was surprised to learn how much criticism that book gets in literary circles. See here for a bit of overview.

I'm looking for something to read for my now-annual vacation in Mexico next month. Last year it was One Hundred Years of Solitude and American Tabloid; any suggestions for this year?
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Re: Best Book I've Ever Read!!!

Postby Henry Vilas » Sat Feb 20, 2010 12:33 pm

buckyor wrote:I'm looking for something to read for my now-annual vacation in Mexico next month. Last year it was One Hundred Years of Solitude and American Tabloid; any suggestions for this year?

Aztec by Gary Jennings. It's an historically accurate novel of the Mexica people with lots of sex and violence.
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Re: Best Book I've Ever Read!!!

Postby Kenneth Burns » Sat Feb 20, 2010 8:27 pm

I've been saying The Grapes of Wrath for years but I can't always remember why.
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Re: Best Book I've Ever Read!!!

Postby towanda » Sat Feb 20, 2010 9:59 pm

buckyor wrote:
towanda wrote:To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

I think that's one of the best books I've ever read as well, but I was surprised to learn how much criticism that book gets in literary circles. See here for a bit of overview.

I'm aware of the criticism, but I have never shied away from disagreeing with critics. The commonly held notion in some literary circles that the book was ghost-written by Truman Capote probably doesn't help, either.
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Re: Best Book I've Ever Read!!!

Postby stainless » Mon Feb 22, 2010 9:01 pm

I don't think I have a "best book" but I do have some that I really enjoyed.

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. I thought it was a great book and Owen was one of the most memorable characters I've come across.

A Woman in Berlin by Anonymous. A diary found written by a woman in Berlin during the last days of WWII when the Russians came through the falling city.

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair classic story about the stockyards in Chicago in the early 1900's.

They Marched Into Sunlight by David Maraniss great non-fiction about a battle in Vietnam in Oct '67 and the Dow Chemical riots here at the UW.

AThousand Acres by Jane Smiley
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Re: Best Book I've Ever Read!!!

Postby wallrock » Tue Feb 23, 2010 5:57 pm

stainless wrote:AThousand Acres by Jane Smiley

This was required reading in one of my high school AP classes and I've always considered it to be my most hated book. I can't quite recall why I reacted so vehemently to it at the time. I've been thinking lately of revisiting the books from that time I loved as well as the ones I hated, just to see how things stack up after 10+ years.
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Re: Best Book I've Ever Read!!!

Postby Marvell » Wed Feb 24, 2010 4:12 pm

Either The Necronomicon or Wrong-Way Howie Learns to Slide
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Re: Best Book I've Ever Read!!!

Postby tralala » Fri Mar 12, 2010 1:15 am

I've recently realized that most of my "best books" are the type that should come with a Mad-Libs suicide note:

The Virgin Suicides--Jeffrey Eugenides (sp?)
Last Exit to Brooklyn--Hubert Selby, Jr.
Midnight Cowboy--James Leo Herlihy
The Inheritors--William Golding
anything by Bret Easton Ellis, Larry McMurtry, Sol Yurick, etc., etc.
even Jon Longhi makes me laugh all the way to they asylum.
I'm not usually a Debbie Downer. weird.
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Re: Best Book I've Ever Read!!!

Postby buckyor » Fri Mar 19, 2010 6:59 pm

For those who were dying to know, I ordered three books:

Life Before Favre, by Phil Hanrahan. I grew up in the same neighborhood as the author, and once played on the same midget league baseball team. I read this book already, and highly recommend it.

The Cold Six Thousand, by James Ellroy.
Blood's a Rover, by James Ellroy.

These are the books I'll take down to Isla on Monday. Last year I read American Tabloid down there, so these would seem to continue the trend.
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