August Book Suggestion

OK, here it goes, these are the books recently suggested in this group:

Kalimantaan by Godshalk
American Rust by Meyer
Masters and Commanders by Roberts
Luanne Rice
Wally Lamb "She's Come Undone"
Our Lady of the Forest
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived The American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Night world Series L.J Smith
When Rabbit Howls
SHORT Stories By James Kelman
SELF-HELP Hold On Concerns Bullying by Alan Gibbons
MEMOIR Life Interrupted by James McConnel

And some suggestions for this summer:

 Dune Road By Jane Green

Dune Road is the story of life in an exclusive beach town after the tourists have left for the summer and the eccentric (and moneyed) community sticks around. Our heroine is a single mom who works for a famous - and famously reclusive - novelist. When she stumbles on a secret that the great man has kept hidden for years, she knows that there are plenty of women in town who would love to get their hands on it - including some who fancy the writer for themselves.


By Roberto Bolaño

Composed in the last years of Roberto Bolaño's life, 2666 was greeted across Europe and Latin America as his highest achievement, surpassing even his previous work in its strangeness, beauty, and scope. Its throng of unforgettable characters includes academics and convicts, an American sportswriter, an elusive German novelist, and a teenage student and her widowed, mentally unstable father. Their lives intersect in the urban sprawl of Santa Teresa - a fictional Juárez - on the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Geometry of Sisters

By Luanne Rice

After years away, Maura Shaw has returned to Newport, Rhode Island, to teach English at the academy. Behind her lies her life as the perfect Midwestern wife and mother, a life that seemed on the surface to be all she had ever wished for. That illusion vanished in a storm off Mackinac Island in the wake of an accident that engulfed Maura's husband and her older daughter, Carrie. Now, with her son and younger daughter, she hopes to find a new beginning.


The Help

By Kathryn Stockett

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.


Elegance of the Hedgehog

By Muriel Barbery

An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.


The Glister: A Novel

By John Burnside

Leonard, The Glister's 15-year-old narrator, lives in the decaying coastal community of Innertown. Every year or so, a boy from Leonard's school disappears, vanishing into the wasteland of the old chemical plant. Nobody knows where these boys go or whether they are alive or dead, and without evidence to the contrary, the authorities claim they are simply runaways.


The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

By Katherine Howe

Connie's mother asks her to sell an abandoned house once owned by her grandmother in Salem, Mass. Relunctantly, Connie moves to the small town and inhabits the crumbling, ancient house, trying to restore it to a semblance of order. Curious things start to happen when Connie finds the name "Deliverance Dane" on a yellowed scrap of paper and begins to have visions of a long ago woman condemned for practicing "physick," or herbal healing, on her neighbors in 1690s Salem.


Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!

By Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains." So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem.


The Wish Maker

By Ali Sethi

The unforgettable story of a fatherless boy growing up in a household of outspoken women, The Wish Maker is also a tale of sacrifice, betrayal, and indestructible friendship. Zaki Shirazi and his female cousin Samar Api were raised to consider themselves "part of the same litter". Together they watched American television and memorized dialogue from Bollywood movies, attended dangerous protests, and formed secret friendships.



     The Pretend Wife

By Bridget Asher

For Gwen Merchant, love has always been doled out in little packets - from her father, who buried himself in work after her mother's death, and from her husband, Peter, who's always been respectable and safe. But then an old college boyfriend, the irrepressible Elliot Hull, invites himself back into Gwen's life with a surprising proposition.

Elliot, it turns out, is in need of a pretend wife, just for the weekend, in order to fulfill his dying mother's last wish. But as Gwen finds herself drawn into Elliot's quirky, wonderful family - and uncovers a few secrets about her own - she begins to question everything she has believed about love.

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Wally Lamb's "She's Come Undone" is an all time favorite of mine. I suggest it to every friend who is looking for something to read. "The Hour I First Believed" is also a favorite... really, I recommend anything by Wally Lamb. I am still shocked a man can write from a woman's prospective so perfectly.

I love a lot of these on your list. I also like some kindle ebooks by indie authors. I just read a goodKindle ebook--it's a romantic mystery called The Penis Files by Morgan Donahue. She's an indie author and it was only 99 cents, but I liked the story as well as her backstory on men and all their complications, tendency to cheat, etc. I also liked John Locke's kindle ebook called Wish List.

Thank you for reading it

Great list! Thanks for sharing.

Thank you very much for the suggestions, I'll use them for November post

"Black Elk Speaks" as told through John Neihardt is a wonderful book that is from the point of view of a Lakota Shaman who lived and came of age just before the whites (Long Knives) came and later fought to save his home land…DD

i read night was pretty boring and lame actually..the main character(which is a girl) was very pathetic and frail.<br />
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i would prefer main character(girls) with tough attitude. somewhat smartass and could fight. <br />
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read Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter and you'll see what i mean..

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived The American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan <br />
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I have not read this book but it has a title that sounds interesting and maybe a few lessons in the book. I also would like to read it.

I will only recommend one book that will open your eyes about what this world is. I doubt any of you has read it. <br />
"The Bull's Hour" by Ivan Efremov. <br />
This is the world nowadays.

I would recommend "The Eight" by Katherine Neville. It is one of my favorite books.

Don't forget the book 1984. Can remember who wrote it right now. : )

Thanks for letting me know about this LV.<br />
I have never heard of most of these books. "The Help" and "Elegance of The Hedge Hog" sound very interesting.

I haven't read any of these yet. Two suggested by others that I read are<br />
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American Rust<br />
The Worst Hard Time

Ok, seriously, DeLillo's " Underworld " is the single best book I have ever read. <br />
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Highly recommended.

i'll vote for glister

I say go for Masters and Commanders. That book was awesome.

A good list a few memorable which seem exciting, reading short stories at the moment if you don't have time for lenghty novels these stories are superb. Thanks for recommending Kincaid great writer. Anything by Salinger is worth reading.

I'm in the middle of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, and loving it - so much more entertaining than Jane Austen's version. The Lost City of Z also sounds interesting, & is something I'll look into once I finish my current book and have money to spare

Wow, I consider myself a big reader but I haven't read any of those books lol! 2666 and The Glister sound like good reads. I would recommend anything by Kincaid!!!!!!!

These are to older ones but are good reads. Even more so for young teens.<br />
1) And then again maybe I wont<br />
2) My darling my hamburger.

The Traveler. By John Twelvehawk<br />
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It is non<x>stop action that takes your imagination on some great adventure. High action and suspense.

I generally read from the non-fiction shelf - specifically some self improvement, and lots of business titles. I can highly recommend 'Eat That Frog' by Brian Tracy. It is more accessible than many similar titles as it is short and the concepts are broken down into easy to read chapters.

LV, <br />
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I like your post even though I'm not much of a reader. I am more into self improvement books and quiz books about one's self. <br />
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I am more of a writer, and have written 3 novels (not published - wrote for therapy), and 2 top 100 hit songs in Canada. <br />
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I can appreciate these works of art and wish I had the desire to read more but I would much rather be on the other end of the spectrum, penning the stories.....

For those interested in historic buildings of any kind in the UK, these are very good: 'Caring for Old Houses' and 'How Old is Your House' both by Pamela Cunnington.

WOW you've been busy! I would love more sleeping time... errr uuhh reading. *yawn*<br />
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I like the look of The Glister and 2666 they both sound gripping, and The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane sounds interesting too thanks, may add to the never ending list lol. :-)

I vote for She's Come Undone and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies also. Any of the others would also expand my reading horizons too and would probably also be good for discussion.

Wicked Lovely was one of the best books I've ever read<br />
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And L.J. Smith's Night World Series is amazing! I have the first two volumes<br />
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If you like vampire stories than you need to read L.J. Smith's Vampire Diares, Its better than Twilight and a lot of the scenes from Twilight Stephanie Meyer stole from the Vampire Diaries, TVD where written in the 90's and she just came out with a new one recently, It is also becomming a tv series on Wb11 i think.... But it's not that relevant to the books...

American rust.

the pretend wife sounds really good and is something i would read. but i have never read any of these books you listed :( right now im reading the house of night series

Wow, what a combination of books!! An excellent cross-section of genres and authors. I would have to go with Dune as proposed earlier in the comments. It is an excellent book/series.

I love Wally Lamb. Lilt's rec is great. "This Much I Know Is True" is a longer book than "She's Come Undone" with a very rich story and great characters. I want to read the "The Worst Hard Time". I just saw a show about the Dust Bowl and watched "The Grapes of Wrath" (another great literary classic) the other night so that one caught my interest. Thanks for this list. It's quite a variety of genres and I always love suggestions.

If you like "She's Come Undone," then check out "I Know This Much Is True." I enjoyed this Lamb novel even more!

Another book I read once LV. The Giver by Lois Lowry. It was a book in my son's fourth grade year, but I read it. It's a very thought provoking book set in the future about a utopian society. Even though the book is simple the ideas within it are very mature in nature. I would suggest it as a quick read. I think you'll find it interesting.

I need to get a copy of "The Pretend Wife". That looks good.

I love Lamb's She's Come Undone! And yeah, agree with Lawlover, Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas series are amazing.

The wish maker looks a good read .... good selection

Unfortunately I haven't heard of any of these books but being from the other side of the world that is not unusual for me. I am sure they are all great books though

Yeah, Dune is a great series. Loved that book.

I'm not so into universal literature. I don't know what you like to read, but I'm more on SF books. Try Frank Herbert's - Dune.

Okay LV, Some of these I've read and some I've heard about through friends.<br />
Masters and Commanders is a good book. I had to read it. At the time I wasn't into that sort of book, but after discussing it with my husband, I gleaned a proper respect for it.<br />
The Worst Hard Time is excellent as a historical engagement of how the dust-bowl really affected America at the turn of the century. It was made into a documentary and is really worth the read.<br />
When Rabbit Howls I haven't read but want to.<br />
Night World I've been told is very good And She's Come Undone is as well.<br />
It's hard to recommend just one they are all very good books....Well, not sure about the Zombies, Sorry Godsmack, not my thing.<br />
You have a great list. I think I'm going to have to jot them down.<br />
American Rust. Hmmm I think it's also a nonfiction. I think I remember another Docu. called American Rust. Not sure, though. <br />
If you are interested in American History, though, the Worst Hard Time is excellent.

i would read the lost city of z and wicked lovely sounds pretty interesting as a title. Personally i prefer fact to fiction.

I've read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, it was quite good. Not literature by any means but still rather captivating.<br />
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Right now I would recommend Pygmy by Chuck Palaniuk. It's a very interesting satire and I would be hard-pressed to find anyone who wouldn't enjoy it.

the help & the elegance of the hedgehog