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Old 11-30-2010, 08:38 PM   #31
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As L J mentions Bonfire of the Vanities on the blog, I recall liking the audio read by Tom Hanks.

Re: John Irving -- I love the book his fans mostly don't: A Son of the Circus.

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Old 11-30-2010, 09:07 PM   #32
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As L J mentions Bonfire of the Vanities on the blog, I recall liking the audio read by Tom Hanks.

Re: John Irving -- I love the book his fans mostly don't: A Son of the Circus.
Whoa! Tom Hanks did an audiobook of Bonfire? I don't usually listen to audiobooks, but that's tempting (obviously I haven't read it yet).
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I must apologize -- I seem to have had a super-senior moment! I was thinking of the Random House version read by John Lithgow, which is abridged.
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I must apologize -- I seem to have had a super-senior moment! I was thinking of the Random House version read by John Lithgow, which is abridged.
LOL! No worries! At a minimum you reminded me I really have to read that book.
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Old 12-01-2010, 09:58 PM   #35
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We read In Cold Blood in high school English ... though nary a word of Shakespeare.

I've got Murder is Binding on my audio TBR pile - I'm a fan of the author's other series featuring psychic Buffalo P. I. Jeff Resnick.
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We read In Cold Blood in high school English ... though nary a word of Shakespeare.

I've got Murder is Binding on my audio TBR pile - I'm a fan of the author's other series featuring psychic Buffalo P. I. Jeff Resnick.
Is it published under another author name? I don't see another series by her on goodreads.
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His Illegal Self - Peter Carey
Breath - Tim Winton
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Is it published under another author name? I don't see another series by her on goodreads.
Sorry ... here you go: LL Bartlett -- the books should be available at Amazon and Smashwords.
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Old 12-05-2010, 07:06 PM   #39
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This might help: Literature Map is a handy site that lets you enter the name of an author you know -- and gives you the names of similar authors.

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Oh wow, I'd forgotten about that. Thanks Steve!
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Old 12-05-2010, 07:27 PM   #41
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I am a big fan of Jane Gardam. Although I haven't read her most popular (well-known) novel Old Filth, I can highly recommend The Queen of the Tambourine.
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Old 12-05-2010, 07:36 PM   #42
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Here's a list of good recent literary fiction which I've read in the past year:

Parrot and Oliver In America by Peter Carey
Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel
Doghead by Morten Ramsland
The Lacuna By Barbara Kingsolver
Netherland by Joseph O'Neill
The Infinities by John Banville
City of Thieves by David Benioff
A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
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I enthusiastically agree with the recommendations (on Page 1 of this thread) for "Cutting for Stone" by Abraham Verghese. I enjoyed the book so much that I have since read several other non-fiction books he wrote. I'm hoping he writes more novels, as "Cutting for Stone" was one of the best books I've read in a long time. I've recommended this book to several of my friends (although I don't believe any of them have read it yet).

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Best recent book I've read is The Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore. Best by far.

Everybody loves Michael Chabon. I haven't read any of his books available as ebooks so I can't make a specific recommendation, but you can hardly go wrong here.

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, historical fiction, controversial view of the English Reformation.

Annie Proulx, The Shipping News, a novel. Close Range, her best book of short stories. Also That Old Ace in the Hole, a humorous Western.
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Best recent book I've read is The Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore. Best by far.
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Annie Proulx, The Shipping News, a novel.....
Really The Gate? I have that because I've read some of her work in the past, but have not started that one.

The Shipping News is Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! In a very John Irving way.
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