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I rarely read fiction so my most favorite book is Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. It's mostly about social evolution, showing why some cultures boomed and others died out. It probably sounds boring but it's fascinating to me.

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probably its a new genre for me. However, the title is striking...

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Clan of the Cave Bear<br />
-Jean M. Auel <br />
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Ayla, a five year old youngster has lost her family in an earthquake. She wanders about until she starts becoming ill, and falls unconscious in a cave. What happens next, is the discovery of Clan people finding her in the lion cave. They say she isn't clan, and want to leave her be, but Iza a member of the clan with a heart, won't hear of it. She picks up the little girl Ayla, and they take her along begrudingly. <br />
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Many of the members of the Clan resent her deeply, especially Broud, who absolutely HATES Ayla's guts. All the way through the story this is true. The Clan does adopt Ayla eventually per Iza's request, and she becomes her mother. <br />
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Ayla had to learn Clan ways and customs along with every other member in the book. But it is never easy for her with Broud's open hatred. She learns how to hunt, which women are strictly forbidden to do in the Clan, and Iza teaches her medicine skills along the way. Later, when Broud finds out about Ayla's ability to hunt, she is in deep trouble and severely punished. <br />
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Iza encourages Ayla, all the way through the book as well, to find the Others like herself. Ayla, due to circumstances on Broud's part is forced to leave the Clan eventually and wanders away trying to find the Others.

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indeed this seems to be a good book to read because it is about the character's longing for a family

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It's actually a series, amazing in every way.

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Wasn't this story called Tarzan?

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I have read all of them. A rare series. I enjoy Anne McCaffry too.

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I love her too, the white dragon is a great read

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Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy by Douglas Adams<br />
The whole series is hilarious!

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really? i might as well look at when I go to the bookstore

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Very funny in a weird kinda way! Hope you like it if you pick it up

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yeah specially if I had a bad day.

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It's good for that. One of the few books that made me laugh out loud!

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Agreed. All five books of the trilogy are bloody marvelous. And yes, you read that correctly.

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my absolutely favourite book is 'without remorse' by tom clancy. ive read that book about 9 times and have yet to tire of it....the following link reads the plot summary NOTE SPOILER ALERT!!!<br />
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Without_Remorse

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"Laughing Boy" by Oliver Lafarge: Its a love story, a coming of age story and a glimpse into Navajo culture. At a ceremonial dance, Laughing Boy, a traditional Navajo meets and falls in love with Slim Girl, a beautiful but elusive "American"-educated Navajo. She is trying to regain her stolen heritage.....find the balance and harmony that is the essence of Navajo culture. Laughing boy is both unsettled and and attracted to the differences betweeen them. He chooses her against the wishes of his family. As they cling to each other they must navigate the joys and uncertainties of love, a vanishing way of life and its tragic consequences.<br />
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I was given this book when I was in my boyhood and love it still...rereading it often. Even after all these years I am still moved by it.

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No one favorite as I read a lot. <br />
For humor, I second anything by Douglas Adams. <br />
If you like British humor and biting social commentary in a fantasy setting, read the Disk World books by Terry Pratchett.

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Read my book, Drunken Duck. You can read a synopsis of it by goggling it on Amazon.

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I am a voratious reader. I have read thousands of books, through my livetime; both fiction and nonfiction. My interest are very varied, and that reflects my reading interest. I don't have a favorite, but you are going the correct way. Reading is a blessing and pleasure. I am thankful, to live where there is freedom of the press, even though it sometimes abuses its powers. Good reading to you.

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yup I agree that reading is indeed a blessing. It makes me wonder to a place I have never been and makes me feel emotions I have never felt before. Thank you for sharing your thoughts..

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Books are our first time machine as well.

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My favorite book tends to be whatever book that I am reading, at the moment. I also stay away from fiction, believing that what isn't real is a waste of time.<br />
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Try a platinum subsc<x>ription to audio books at Audible.com, or consider downloading audio books from your local public library. Listen to them as an alternative to listening to music on your MP3 pla<x>yer.<br />
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YouTube usually has lengthy interviews with authors, or entire audio versions of books, that will enable you to evaluate a book before buying it.

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an interesting idea. might as well try it once in awhile.

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This book was good in a way beyond good....it was called The Secret Life of Bees. It was about a young white girl who lived with her abusive father in the deep south. Her mother is dead, but her mother used to live with her nanny so the young girl decides to run away from home. The only clue she has, where the nanny lives, is a picture of a black madonna. She runs away, and she finds her mother's old nanny, living on a bee farm with her two sisters. It is a beautiful story of love, of growing and pain and learning to deal with it...

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this book seems interesting....

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The Winnie the Pooh stories by A.A.Milne, but don't bother if you think you have outgrown children's literature, or you really don't like Disney's pathetic take on the stories.

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Cormac McCarthy's "The Road." If you haven't seen the movie, make sure you read the book first. It's a very startling look at what this world could be like after THE D-Day.<br />
And anything else by McCarthy is almost as good. He's a terrific writer. [:{)

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I have a book I love, but I don't think you can get it anywhere.

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why? is it not published yet?

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It's big and red, and it's called "Classic French Fairytales". Sounds silly, but they're really good. Especially Patient Griselda.

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is it not out in any bookstores yet? I love fairy tales...

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I dunno if it was ever in stores. Is so old. :)

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Yes! That's it! That's the one! :D

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the secret.. its the best book i have ever gone through... nice examples with brief info about how u can live a peaceful life.. and fulfill your desires..

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is it an inspirational book?

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Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck. Wonderfully written, sad story

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what's it all about?

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One of my favorites!

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It's about a family's move from Oklahoma during the dust bowl where they hope for a better life. It's quite tragic but so beautiful. It's the way Steinbeck writes that I love, more than the story itself.

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really? what's the story....

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Le morte D'Arthur by Sir Thomas Mallory

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The Alchemy of desire by Indian journalist/author Tarun Tejpal. It is soooo exhaustive yet so splendid..you cannot stop reading it ones you start...its about love, passion, seeking solace in sex, going to the extents of insanity and realizations of an aspiring novelist. Another favourite is A thousand splendid suns by Khaled Hosseini...its about a girl in Afghanistan...her story from childhood to teens, from falling in love with her best friend to losing virginity, loving her parents to bits and seeing them die, getting married to a man she hates, still living life as a wife just to raise her children....it is.....awesome! Set in the Taliban times, you'll not only find yourself living the character but also feeling so bad for them that your heart aches with literature so so good :)

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