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Re: Share Your Book Recommendations

Unread postby Liz » Mon Nov 15, 2010 1:02 am

Hi eclectica. :wave:

Nice to have you on board!

Deep is us, so go for it!

I haven't read Midnight Express, so I can't compare. But I loved Shantaram and so does everyone I give the book to (Johnny fan or not). We are all hoping against hope that a film will actually be made some day.
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Unread postby eclectica » Mon Nov 15, 2010 10:15 pm

That's fantastic that it gets a high rating but when I went to the fella's website I found him and his methods intolerable. I would be against the film given the tenacity of issues surrounding shooting on location and also the specific handling that I believe the author will need relative to the production.
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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Mon Nov 15, 2010 11:28 pm

Given that production on the film was halted in 2007 due to the writer's strike it's really a moot point for now as nothing further has developed in reagards to a movie version. I do hope you will give the book a chance, it's a good read.
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Unread postby Snowcat » Mon Jan 03, 2011 4:38 pm

I've bought or received some great books recently!

"The Art of Tim Burton", deluxe edition. I don't think I need to tell nor convince you of the delights inside its covers. :truefan: A word of caution, you wouldn't want to drop this one on your toes! In fact, I joked that it must be the slab of marble that will cover my cremated remains some day, while it was still in its Christmas wrapping. Quotes from Johnny are in it, too.

"Retail Hell" by Freeman Hall is a recently published book ('09). Mr. Hall worked in retail for a long time and if you are in retail, he will help make you secretly laugh at troublesome co-workers, bosses and customers with his hilarious perspective and tales. The book is over 250 pages. I rarely finish a book this fast, I was done this page-turner within a week. Johnny's mentioned twice in it, too. No, he was not one of the troublesome people.

Currently I am reading Patti Smith's "Just Kids". I haven't gotten too far, yet, but Wow! What an interesting life she's led (so far)! Johnny's comment is on the back cover.
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Re: Share Your Book Recommendations

Unread postby fireflydances » Mon Jan 03, 2011 6:13 pm

Snowcat said:
Currently I am reading Patti Smith's "Just Kids". I haven't gotten too far, yet, but Wow! What an interesting life she's led (so far)! Johnny's comment is on the back cover
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Couldn't agree more. I read this book last spring. She captures a time absolutely pefectly, and all the people you run across. Just an all round great book. Does it qualify for ONBC status. It's a book that would be a pleasure to re-explore with others.
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Re: Share Your Book Recommendations

Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Tue Jan 04, 2011 12:49 pm

Thanks for the recommendations, Snowcat. I read and enjoyed Patti Smith's book as well. firefly, I think it would be a consideration for ONBC status.
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Unread postby WM63 » Tue Jan 04, 2011 3:01 pm

Hello

I am new to the Zone. I would like to suggest "Empire of the Summer Moon" by S.C. Gwynne which I read a few months ago. It is about Comanche Cheif Quanah Parker, his mother Cynthia Ann Parker and the rise and fall of the Comanches of the TX frontier. I found it to be an amazing read. A movie called "The Searchers" starring John Wayne was made years ago that was on this subject, however I have not seen it. Quanah Parker interestingly enough was in a couple of silent films around 1900.

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Re: Share Your Book Recommendations

Unread postby riohorse » Tue Jan 04, 2011 3:21 pm

Hi WM63 and welcome to the Zone :loveshower: I, too, read the Quanah Parker and thoroughly enjoyed it! Being a horse person I really was quite taken with the emphasis that was placed on the role of horses in the culture of the Plains Indians. There was a lot of sadness too in the detailing of the killings on both sides. It's a excellent read and I learned a great deal from it.

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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Tue Jan 04, 2011 10:07 pm

Let me welcome both WM63 and riohorse to ONBC! I hope you all will consider joining us for a discussion. The book you all are recommending sounds like a good read! :cool:

I will add my latest read to the list, Little Bee. Difficult subject matter but beautifully written and definitely worth your time.
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Re: Share Your Book Recommendations

Unread postby bluebird » Tue Jan 04, 2011 10:19 pm

WM63 wrote:Hello

I am new to the Zone. I would like to suggest "Empire of the Summer Moon" by S.C. Gwynne which I read a few months ago. It is about Comanche Cheif Quanah Parker, his mother Cynthia Ann Parker and the rise and fall of the Comanches of the TX frontier. I found it to be an amazing read. A movie called "The Searchers" starring John Wayne was made years ago that was on this subject, however I have not seen it. Quanah Parker interestingly enough was in a couple of silent films around 1900.



My sister-in-law is reading this book now... her husband (my half-brother) told me I could borrow it after he reads it. He saw a program on the History Channel and told her about the book... It's on my list!
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Re: Share Your Book Recommendations

Unread postby WM63 » Wed Jan 05, 2011 2:55 pm

riohorse wrote:Hi WM63 and welcome to the Zone :loveshower: I, too, read the Quanah Parker and thoroughly enjoyed it! Being a horse person I really was quite taken with the emphasis that was placed on the role of horses in the culture of the Plains Indians. There was a lot of sadness too in the detailing of the killings on both sides. It's a excellent read and I learned a great deal from it.



Hi riohorse :hatsoff: I too am a horse person and had the same thoughts about the role of horse in their culture. I learned much about the culture of the Comanche and the TX settlers from this book. Thank you for your comment.

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Re: Share Your Book Recommendations

Unread postby WM63 » Wed Jan 05, 2011 2:57 pm

bluebird wrote:
WM63 wrote:Hello

I am new to the Zone. I would like to suggest "Empire of the Summer Moon" by S.C. Gwynne which I read a few months ago. It is about Comanche Cheif Quanah Parker, his mother Cynthia Ann Parker and the rise and fall of the Comanches of the TX frontier. I found it to be an amazing read. A movie called "The Searchers" starring John Wayne was made years ago that was on this subject, however I have not seen it. Quanah Parker interestingly enough was in a couple of silent films around 1900.



My sister-in-law is reading this book now... her husband (my half-brother) told me I could borrow it after he reads it. He saw a program on the History Channel and told her about the book... It's on my list!


Hope your enjoy it. I have not seen the History channel program, I will look for it on Netflix. Thank you for your post :biggrin:

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Re: Share Your Book Recommendations

Unread postby WM63 » Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:00 pm

DeppInTheHeartOfTexas wrote:Let me welcome both WM63 and riohorse to ONBC! I hope you all will consider joining us for a discussion. The book you all are recommending sounds like a good read! :cool:

I will add my latest read to the list, Little Bee. Difficult subject matter but beautifully written and definitely worth your time.



Thank you :ok:

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Re: Share Your Book Recommendations

Unread postby Joni » Tue Mar 01, 2011 1:04 am

I'm re-reading, for about the 4th time, a great little book that I thought might be of interest to the ladies of the ONBC.

It's called 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff.

I'll post what is written on the back of my copy; it will give you an idea of what it's about.

"A unique, throat-lumping, side-splitting treasure"
~San Francisco Examiner

"84, Charing Cross Road will beguile and put you in tune with mankind ... It will provide an emollient for the spirit and sheath for the exposed nerve."

This charming classic, first published in 1970, brings together 20 years of correspondence between Helene Hanff, a freelance writer living in New York City, and a used-book dealer in London. Through the years, though never meeting and separated both geographically and culturally, they share a winsome, sentimental friendship based on their common love for books. Their relationship, captured so acutely in these letters, is one that will grab your heart and not let go.


It's a fast read, a real gem of a book. She's quite a character!

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Re: Share Your Book Recommendations

Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:56 pm

Thank you, Joni! I have had this book recommended to me by a few people with equally wonderful things to say. Wasn't this also made into a movie?
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