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Old 07-20-2010, 11:09 PM   #16
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I nominate The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman
Yes.. I use my third vote to second this.
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Old 07-21-2010, 12:04 AM   #17
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So, I nominate _Eye of the Needle_ by Follett:
Me too.
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Old 07-21-2010, 12:11 AM   #18
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The Book of Negroes (US title Someone Knows My Name) is a book I read in paper form as it was picked as the Canada Reads title for 2009. It was excellent. More info on it here:
http://www.squidoo.com/thebookofnegroes
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Old 07-21-2010, 01:40 AM   #19
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I would like to nominate "One Second After" by William R. Forstchen
I think this book covers the What Ifs of the time after in non SciFi fashion. It also shows our dependencies on electronics. When i look back now i wonder how we ever got along without cell phones.

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The explosion of nuclear bombs in space by an unknown adversary emits electromagnetic pulses (EMP) that instantly and permanently disable electronic devices throughout the United States, wreaking havoc. Forstchen's (We Look Like Men of War) well-crafted and compelling story, which focuses on one man's struggle to protect his family in an isolated North Carolina town, reminds us of how helpless we'd be without modern technology—a chilling thought, as EMP is a real threat to the industrialized world.
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Old 07-21-2010, 02:05 AM   #20
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I'll third: Eye of the Needle
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Old 07-21-2010, 02:45 AM   #21
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Mr Chairman,
Distinguished Members,
LAdies and Gentlemen,
Hi Bob,

I think that in August I will be able to read a book or two. So I will try to enjoy your company.

i propose Life of Pi

Life of Pi is a fantasy adventure novel written by Yann Martel. In the story, the protagonist Piscine "Pi" Molitor Patel, an Indian boy from Pondicherry, explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age. He survives 227 days after a shipwreck, while stranded on a boat in the Pacific Ocean. Martel brought the idea of rituals many times throughout the novel as well as storytelling. Rituals give structure to abstract ideas and emotions—in other words, ritual is an alternate form of storytelling. It was rituals and storytelling that kept Pi Patel sane.
The novel was first published by Knopf Canada in September 2001, and the UK edition won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction the following year.[1] It was chosen for CBC Radio's Canada Reads 2003, where it was championed by author Nancy Lee. It won the 2003 Boeke Prize, a South African novel award. Its French translation, L'Histoire de Pi, was also chosen in the French version of the reading competition, Le combat des livres.
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Old 07-21-2010, 02:51 AM   #22
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I"ll third Don't Sleep There are Snakes.
It sounds fascinating. The Piraha people live entirely in the present.
"The past is the past and does not matter. Only now matters."
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Old 07-21-2010, 05:21 AM   #23
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I'll second Life of Pi.
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Old 07-21-2010, 06:32 AM   #24
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I'll third it.
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Old 07-21-2010, 06:51 AM   #25
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I'd like to nominate yet a non-fiction book.

Aspects of the Novel by E. M. Forster

A delightful, witty, easily accessible set of talks on the topic of the novel. Relatively short, too

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There are all kinds of books out there purporting to explain that odd phenomenon the novel. Sometimes it's hard to know whom they're are for, exactly. Enthusiastic readers? Fellow academics? Would-be writers? Aspects of the Novel, E.M. Forster's 1927 treatise on the "fictitious prose work over 50,000 words" is, it turns out, for anyone with the faintest interest in how fiction is made. Open at random, and find your attention utterly sandbagged.

Forster's book is not really a book at all; rather, it's a collection of lectures delivered at Cambridge University on subjects as parboiled as "People," "The Plot," and "The Story." It has an unpretentious verbal immediacy thanks to its spoken origin and is written in the key of Aplogetic Mumble: "Those who dislike Dickens have an excellent case. He ought to be bad." Such gentle provocations litter these pages. How can you not read on? Forster's critical writing is so ridiculously plainspoken, so happily commonsensical, that we often forget to be intimidated by the rhetorical landscapes he so ably leads us through. As he himself points out in the introductory note, "Since the novel is itself often colloquial it may possibly withhold some of its secrets from the graver and grander streams of criticism, and may reveal them to backwaters and shallows."
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I'll nominate The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak.

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It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger and her younger brother are being taken by their mother to live with a foster family outside Munich. Liesel's father was taken away on the breath of a single, unfamiliar word - Kommunist - and Liesel sees the fear of a similar fate in her mother's eyes. On the journey, Death visits the young boy, and notices Liesel. It will be the first of many near encounters. By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery.So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, wherever there are books to be found. But these are dangerous times. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jewish fist-fighter in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up, and closed down.The Book Thief is a story about the power of words to make worlds. In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.
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Old 07-21-2010, 09:22 AM   #27
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I second Aspects of the Novel by E. M. Forster

It looks like all of us should, not only read it, but consult it often!

Great suggestion Ea.
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Old 07-21-2010, 09:49 AM   #28
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Old 07-21-2010, 10:16 AM   #29
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I'll third "Aspects of the Novel" (E.M. Forster)
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