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Old 05-21-2013, 07:10 PM   #31
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I nominate The Giver by Lois Lowry.

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In a world with no poverty, no crime, no sickness and no unemployment, and where every family is happy, 12-year-old Jonas is chosen to be the community's Receiver of Memories. Under the tutelage of the Elders and an old man known as the Giver, he discovers the disturbing truth about his utopian world and struggles against the weight of its hypocrisy. With echoes of Brave New World, in this 1994 Newbery Medal winner, Lowry examines the idea that people might freely choose to give up their humanity in order to create a more stable society. Gradually Jonas learns just how costly this ordered and pain-free society can be, and boldly decides he cannot pay the price.
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:21 PM   #32
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Where are the biography fans? American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson by Joseph J. Ellis still needs a second and a third.
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I just noticed that I'd like to second American Sphinx by Joseph J. Ellis.
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:34 PM   #34
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Thanks, medard. Jefferson was an interesting fellow, as followers of The Jefferson Hour well know.
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:36 PM   #35
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I am going to nominate Timescape by Gregory Benford. This is a multiple award winning book well worthy of being read.


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1962: a young Californian scientist finds his experiments spoiled by mysterious interference. Gradually his investigations lead him to the shattering truth that scientists from the end of the century are using subatomic particles to send a message into the past to try and avert disaster.
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Where are the biography fans? American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson by Joseph J. Ellis still needs a second and a third.
Waiting for a more interesting book.
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:47 PM   #37
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So you're going with a science fiction choice this time?

Surprise!

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Old 05-21-2013, 07:49 PM   #38
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So you're going with a science fiction choice this time.
Yep. And for the fans of classics, it's a classic too.
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:52 PM   #39
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:58 PM   #40
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Where are the biography fans? American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson by Joseph J. Ellis still needs a second and a third.
I like them and I'd like to read this, but I'm tapped out. Ellis's biography of John Adams is excellent.
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:19 PM   #41
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I second The Giver.
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Old 05-22-2013, 01:49 AM   #42
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I'll third The Giver if it still needs it. I have this on my reading list this year.
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:45 AM   #43
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American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson by Joseph J. Ellis still needs a third. I've long been intrigued by Jefferson. His strengths, weaknesses, and contradictions make for absorbing reading. Even when choosing my food at buffets, I think of Jefferson and what Jefferson portrayer Clay Jenkinson said was his preference: "Just enough meat to season the vegetables." Doesn't anyone want to read about this fascinating man of inspiring noble ideas and feet of clay?
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I'd like to nominate Who Fears Death? by Nnedi Okorafor. This won the World Fantasy Award in 2011.

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An award-winning literary author presents her first foray into supernatural fantasy with a novel of post- apocalyptic Africa.

In a far future, post-nuclear-holocaust Africa, genocide plagues one region. The aggressors, the Nuru, have decided to follow the Great Book and exterminate the Okeke. But when the only surviving member of a slain Okeke village is brutally raped, she manages to escape, wandering farther into the desert. She gives birth to a baby girl with hair and skin the color of sand and instinctively knows that her daughter is different. She names her daughter Onyesonwu, which means "Who Fears Death?" in an ancient African tongue.

Reared under the tutelage of a mysterious and traditional shaman, Onyesonwu discovers her magical destiny-to end the genocide of her people. The journey to fulfill her destiny will force her to grapple with nature, tradition, history, true love, the spiritual mysteries of her culture-and eventually death itself.
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Looks like it has good availability in eLibraries in the US - both Kindle and EPUB and some availability in Canada.
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:18 AM   #45
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I will third Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. It's been sitting on my bookshelf since Christmas. I gave it to my mother to read and she hated it. I think it'll be right up my alley.

I will also nominate Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri. It is a collection of short stories that won the Pulitzer and the Hemingway Foundation/PEN award in 2000.
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