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Old 01-16-2014, 08:44 AM   #1
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So I found a new genre

Well, strictly speaking it might be a tad to personal to call it a genre, if I did it would have to be "Parental Genre".
I was casually browsing the Kindle Store for some new reading material when I came across James Michener's Hawaii. Haven't I read that I asked myself, but reading the description and comments I realized that I probably hadn't read it before, but I knew I'd seen it somewhere. After a while it dawned on me, it used to be on my mothers's night stand when I was a little girl just starting school.
This piqued my interest enough that I bought the book. It also got me thinking about what my parents used to read, and I decided to look for other books I remembered, Leon Uris's Exodus came to mind, Clavell's Shogun was another example. Anyway, I bought a bunch of books that I recalled them reading. Is this something the rest of you do? Usually you'd have to find something like this in a used book store, but with e-books they are suddenly easy to get hold of. I suppose some part of me is trying to find out more about who my parents were.

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Old 01-16-2014, 08:57 AM   #2
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I don't go out of my way to do it but it has happened. My dad read stuff like Norman Spinrad, Philip Jose Farmer, Michael Moorcock and the like so it's only natural that I'd end up reading some of the same authors in my trek across the SF spectrum.
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Old 01-16-2014, 09:50 AM   #3
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I think my mom has read every Michener book out there. I used to tease her "so how's the big book of adjectives about Alaska?"

Needless to say, we don't always see eye to eye on book choices. She didn't like Haruki Murakami, but we both liked Vikram Seth. We do talk a lot about what we read, she's always looking for more ideas.
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Old 01-16-2014, 10:54 AM   #4
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My parents never read anything other than my dad reading the newspaper. It's a miracle that my brother and I turned out to be avid readers.
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Old 01-16-2014, 11:30 AM   #5
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I think my mom has read every Michener book out there. I used to tease her "so how's the big book of adjectives about Alaska?"
So have I. He did those sweeping historical epics better than anyone else. But they have to be your cup of tea.
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Old 01-16-2014, 11:40 AM   #6
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I'm lucky that my folks are still around. Growing up, Dad was a big reader of sports stories and Mom read mostly mysteries. These days Dad reads mostly historical accounts of World War II -- he served in the Army back then -- and Mom still reads mysteries. Growing up I read mostly science fiction, which neither of them could stand.

My interests have broadened and I read a lot of mysteries, but I still don't care about sports.
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Old 01-16-2014, 12:02 PM   #7
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My dad was a big Louis L'Amour fan when I was young. I remember reading a lot of them when my father was done. I was always very excited when he finished reading one and gave it to me.
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Old 01-16-2014, 12:12 PM   #8
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My parents must be the same generation as yours. They had all of the books you mention, plus works by Mario Puzo, Chaim Potok, Herman Wouk, Mary Renault, many others. Do young people read any of these authors today? I read some of them when I was in my teens and a few had a big effect on me. Sometimes I think about going back to these authors.

My parents (mostly my dad) were big readers and they only bought hardcovers. They have a very impressive library (including the "Harvard Classics"). Out of 5 kids, I'm the big reader in the family, but I live in an apartment so I'm not sure what will happen to all those books!

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Old 01-16-2014, 12:22 PM   #9
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My parents had those books as well (Shogun, Hawaii, Exodus), and they've always been a part of childhood memories. They were on a bookshelf, but I don't recall actually seeing my parents read them. I think the only "parental" books I've wound up reading were The Godfather and Fools Die, both by Mario Puzo, which turned out to be excellent.

This thread has inspired me to try out a Michener novel. Someday.
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Old 01-16-2014, 12:31 PM   #10
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It should be "piqued my interest", not "peaked".
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Old 01-16-2014, 12:33 PM   #11
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When my mother died, I found Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry on her bedside table, with a bookmark about a third of the way in. For some reason, I felt compelled to finish it for her. I actually enjoyed it quite a lot.
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Old 01-16-2014, 01:35 PM   #12
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When I was a young kid (in the 1970') my dad had a copy of Michener's book "Centennial" which I recall was quite thick even in paperback. Another one he wrote that was fairly thick was "space." I can see both being more accessible on e readers with how many pages there are. His 1991 book "The Novel" is short by comparison.
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Well, strictly speaking it might be a tad to personal to call it a genre, if I did it would have to be "Parental Genre".
I was casually browsing the Kindle Store for some new reading material when I came across James Michener's Hawaii. Haven't I read that I asked myself, but reading the description and comments I realized that I probably hadn't read it before, but I knew I'd seen it somewhere. After a while it dawned on me, it used to be on my mothers's night stand when I was a little girl just starting school.
This peaked my interest enough that I bought the book. It also got me thinking about what my parents used to read, and I decided to look for other books I remembered, Leon Uris's Exodus came to mind, Clavell's Shogun was another example. Anyway, I bought a bunch of books that I recalled them reading. Is this something the rest of you do? Usually you'd have to find something like this in a used book store, but with e-books they are suddenly easy to get hold of. I suppose some part of me is trying to find out more about who my parents were.
Guess I'm part of the "Parental Genre". I read Shogun and Hawaii when they were released in paperback!
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Neither my mother nor my dad ever read a book-my dad read the paper, and my mother magazines. I like the Chicago Trib, but hate Women's Day.
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It should be "piqued my interest", not "peaked".
Thank you. Unfortunate combination of not being a native speaker together with phone input and auto correct.
I should have mentioned that my parents read the Danish translations of those books so they came out some give years after they were originally published.
Puzzo I also remember, they were boss about the mafia, right?
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