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I haven't read this yet but know it's going to be a winner - THE WORLD IN HALF by Cristina Henriquez.  A childhood friend of my son's, this is Cristina's first novel.  Reviews have been stellar.  The book just became available on Amazon.

I'm going to miss her book signing in Tribeca but am thrilled to be visiting Seattle during one of her book signings there. 

Cristina has also published a book of short stories - COME TOGETHER FALL APART (and went to Barnes & Noble in Union Square for that signing).  Many of her short stories have been published in "The New Yorker" and other literary magazines.  Believe me, she's good. 

You go, girl!!!


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Bill I read "the Shack" around last Christmas. I also found it simplistic and very much geared to the "already believer". But a decent read, especially for the Christmas season.
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Serious Books: "What Stalin Knew" - The Enigma of Barbarossa by David Murphy, and "They have killed Papa Dead"  - The Road to Ford's Theter, Abraham Lincoln's Murder, and the Rage for Vengeance.

Fun Book: "The Scourge of God"  William Dietrich.  
Dietrich specializes in historical fiction.  This is one of his older ones dealing with Attila the Hun.  His current series which includes "Napoleon's Pyramids" focuses on the fictional American intellectual and adventurer, Ethan Gage, during the Napoleonic era.   

Glad to hear that after a long break Stuart Kaminsky will come out with another Inspector Rostnikov book in a few weeks.

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The 5000 Year Leap - Principles of Freedom 101. Currently #13 on Amazon's Best Seller list.  I would make it mandatory reading for all U.S. citizens.

Still working on JPII's Theology of the Body.  More of a study than a read.






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I'm reading Five Points by Tyler Anbinger. I really recommend it for anyone who loves New York history.

I just finished Taken For the Stage by Mimi Kennedy, basically because I used to work with her sister - a very tenuous connection, but I'm glad it led me to the book, because I loved it.

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Just finished The Boy in the Striped Pajamas - went out and got the DVD - different ending - but still a powerful story. Keep the tissues handy.

Have The Shack on the nightstand - going camping next weekend so it will go with me.  In the middle of The Third REvelation - a fictional piece on the theft of the 3rd Fatima Secret - at least I think that is all is will be at this point. 

Also have The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks which is the story of the daughter of Noah and Allie from The Notebook.  And if I don't have enough to read - My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult.  Fortunately we go camping almost every week-end so I have lots of down time to read.

Five Points sounds like something I would like to read - must see if I can get it at the library.

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THE SHACK is waiting for me at the library.

Right now I'm reading the latest in the Precious Ramotswe series by Alexander McCall Smith, TEA TIME FOR THE TRADITIONALLY BUILT.  I don't get HBO but managed to see one of the televised shows adapted from these books last week while on vacation.  Love these stories. 

I just finished HOMICIDE IN HARDCOVER by Kate Carlisle, the sister-in-law of my sister-in-law, Mary Lou.  It was a lot of fun and those who enjoy light-hearted mysteries will find this one entertaining.   Kate received a three-book deal and this is the first book in the trilogy.  She's also got a separate deal for some romance novels for those interested in that genre.  I'm not, but will read it since I know the author.  Her "mystery" style is breezy and contemporary; I'm not sure what her "romance" style is.

I just returned from Seattle where I sat in on Cristina Henriquez's book talk/signing at The University of Washington Bookstore.  Cristina is the daughter of a friend of mine and attended grammar school with my oldest son.  Her book is THE WORLD IN HALF and has received quite a few excellent reviews.  Cristina has the background to make it big - hope you all get a chance to read her book. 


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Forgot to include the two websites in my previous email: 

cristinahenriquez.com

katecarlisle.com




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Come Home, America by Barry Fits ..... whoops, William Greider, a New York Times best selling author. I should have known bettter.
Starts out ok, but soon turn into "Unholy France we praise thy name". In other words, the government knows what's best for you and if some freedom is lost it's ok because it is all for the common good.
I'm only one turd through it, but none the less he does make some good points about protectionism and how we should follow CHINA's example in that regard.

Viva La France! and Buy American.

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I'm halfway through RESILIENCE by Elizabeth Edwards.  It's a small book and focuses on the heart-stopping moments in her life and how she's dealt with them:  the death of her young son, her diagnosis of incurable cancer, and her husband's infidelity. 

Elizabeth is a very interesting woman and the book is intriguing.  I saw her interviewed on Oprah before the book came out and she is very graceful.  However, I think she is FURIOUS with John Edwards, no matter what she says.  And he deserves it. 


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For those in the finance field, I can recommend House of Cards by William D. Cohen.  It documents the last days of Bear Sterns & Co as an independent company.  On March 5, 2008 a hedge fund manager gave investment advice that said "In my book, they (Bear) are insolvent.   Ten days later they no longer existed as an independent company.  The book talks about power of blogs, liquidity problems, working with the Fed and the characters at on Wall Street.  An interesting read if you are in the business field. 

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An interesting read if you are in the business field.


Or, "getting the business".

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I just started Elmore Leonard's ROAD DOGS.  Nobody does dialogue like Leonard.  As Dennis Lehane said - Leonard's in a class of one. 






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There is a church next to my office that has a book club.  Each month, they post the name of the book outside the church and the date of the meeting.  I always read the book, but I've never once actually gotten to the book club discussion.
This month, the book is "Silence" by Shusako Endo.  I had never heard of this author before, but his writing is fabulous.   I may actually have it finished in time for the discussion because I can hardly put it down.  He reminds me very much of Graham Greene. 

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Mary,

Shusaku Endo wrote several excellent novels combining his firsthand knowledge of Japanese culture and history, with Catholicism.  My favorite is "The Samurai", set in the 1600s it tells of a lower ranking Samurai who ends up visiting Europe on a mission from the Emporer and gradually, grudgingly accepting Catholicism.  The "Wonderful Fool" set in Japan in the 1950s is generally considered Endo's pessimistic assessment of the prospects of Japan accepting Christianity.  

I read these prior to moving to Tokyo in 1984 so I may have mixed them around a bit.    

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