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1. Posted by Isadora (Moderator, 13924 posts) 3 Jun '05 14:00

It was suggested in " The joys of language" thread that a TP Book Club would be good. So, since no one else has started it - I will.

The recommendations, so far, have been:

1) "On Writing" by Steven King - for you writer's out there. (Tway)

2) "Birdsong" by Sebastian Faulks - brilliant language and wonderfully rich (Samsara)

3) "The Lost Continent" by Bill Bryson - very funny stuff (Tway)

Anyone care to elaborate on their picks (above)?

What have you read that you think should be in the Book Club? Get paper and pens ready...

2. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru, 2787 posts) 3 Jun '05 14:55

Some of these I read recently, the rest are just my favorite ones:

-The Killing Fields (made into the movie)

-The Children of Cambodia: Memoirs of Survivors

-The Man Who Warned America: The Life and Death of John O'Neil (FBI
agent who died on 9/11)

-The Two Koreas: Contemporary History of North and South Korea

-Tuesdays with Morrie: Now, this author I love!!! Mitch Albom. This book I will always remember. A true example of how to live your life.

-The Five People you meet in Heaven: Mitch Albom

-All 4 books (or was it 5?) of Dave Pelzer, a journey through his childhood and adulthood. The first one of the series is: A Child Called It.

-Cry,My Beloved Country: Alan Paton (fiction with some non-fiction, South Africa in the 1940s)

-In The Words of Nelson Mandela: A compilation of some of his speeches.

I have so many favorite ones, I dont know which to pick. I could go on and on...and on...

3. Posted by vickky (Budding Member, 10 posts) 4 Jun '05 09:18

The Wisest Man In Babylon.Teaches wisdom for life.

4. Posted by Uncle_J (Full Member, 73 posts) 4 Jun '05 10:20

isadora: I will recommend two books about the Caribbean that I have read many times and still find hilarious; Don't Stop the Carnival by Herman Wouk and Pomp and Circumstances by Noel Coward. If you have ever experienced the slower pace of West Indians then these books are a great read by two great authors.

JAC

5. Posted by Isadora (Moderator, 13924 posts) 5 Jun '05 08:08

Hey J!

I have not read Don't Stop the Carnival as yet. But, it is on my "must read" list. I also haven't taken the time to get the CD of the same name by Buffett. I'm afraid the musical stage play did not get good reviews, thought the CD has. Hey, being a Parrothead through and through - Wouk's book is a must - as soon as I clear out the 15 books sitting on my desk. (All on loan from other people so must get them back soon...)

I love Nowell Coward - and again - have not read Pomp and Circumstances. It is now added to the list too.

We're quite familiar with the West Indies - anyway with Jamaica and Antigua. I have been to Jamaica 12 times and my husband 3 of those. Have you been to MoBay? You must eat at the "Pork Pit" - best jerk food in town!!

I'll be back with recommendations soon... (There are so many to choose from - I can't make up my mind right now...)

6. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member, 1361 posts) 5 Jun '05 20:43

I am busy 'categorizing' my books recently!

or those who are keen on diaries:

1. Anne Frank - The Diary of a Young Girl (Within an introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt)

2. V.S. Naipaul Letters between a Father a Son

Enjoy!
Lee (will be right back after this;))

7. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru, 2787 posts) 6 Jun '05 06:44

Quoting cikusang

1. Anne Frank - The Diary of a Young Girl (Within an introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt)

How can I forget that one! Great book!

8. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member, 2356 posts) 7 Jun '05 04:45

Okay, here's a few of my recommendations.

- Steppenwolf (Herman Hesse)
The story of a Misanthrope and his way to healing.

- Perfume (Patrick Sueskind)
The story of a murderer who tries to conserve the scent of virgins. Great descriptions of scents and odours.

- The Judge and his hangman (or The Judge and his executioner)
The last case of commissioner Baerlach, who suffers from terminal stomach cancer. He investigates the case of a murderered policeman with the aid of an assistant.
A great twist in the story (it's definitely not your average crime story), but I won't say anything more.

That's it for now, got to go back to work...

9. Posted by Kristie79 (Full Member, 225 posts) 7 Jun '05 05:25

Here are my two recommendations:

Life if Pi by Yann Martel. A remarkable story of a young Indian boy who embarks on a journey with his Zoo Keeping family from India to Canada. He ends up stuck on a life boat with only a bengal tiger, a hyena, a wounded zebra and an orangutan for company. May sound a tad ridiculous but it really is a brillian read.

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. A story of a young Japanese girl who is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. In short a story of hardship and discovery as she becomes one of Japans most celebrated geisha.

10. Posted by abcdf (Full Member, 557 posts) 7 Jun '05 15:35

quoting Krisite79

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. A story of a young Japanese girl who is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. In short a story of hardship and discovery as she becomes one of Japans most celebrated geisha.

They made a movie, it hasnt come out yet. The director and some of the actors came into the restaurant that i used to work out and got really drunk. They shot some of the scenes here in San Francisco and Sacramento.
I cant wait to watch it. The book was really good. Oh and the main Geisha is the girl from Flying Tigers Hidden Dragon ... or is it the other way around flying dragons or hidden tigers. i dont think im getting the title right.

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