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SUMMER READS 22 Replies

This week will hit triple digits here in Texas.  Am happy to be able to stay inside with the company of a good book. Just finished Lisa Scottoline's CORRUPTED. Have found all her books captivating!Arriving at library today for me is THE SUMMER I MET…Continue

Started by rapa. Last reply by rapa yesterday.

The Ultimate Reading List 4 Replies

PBS will broadcast The Great American Read on Tuesday May 22 at 8:00 PM.  Viewers will have the chance to vote for their favorite novel.  Remember when we used to vote for our favorite book of the year?  In the Parade magazine there is a list of the…Continue

Started by Ursula. Last reply by rapa May 22.

Female Protagonist Over 60 1 Reply

A list https://pima.bibliocommons.com/list/share/324401457/1130516417Have only read the Terry Pratchett oneLet us know if you have read (and if you enjoyed) any other books…Continue

Started by Lip Service. Last reply by Ursula May 18.

CURRENT READS 32 Replies

Have been reading up a storm  lately.  Habitually head to bed at 11:00 pm and read until 3:00-4:00am crawling out at 11:00am. Guess it comes from years of being a night nurse! Definitely not a morning person!!Here are the three books I'm returning…Continue

Started by rapa. Last reply by Carci May 1.

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Comment by Lyn on June 30, 2018 at 2:42pm

Thanks for the recommendation Carci, I love that it is free with my kindle.  I will be reading it soon.  

Comment by Carci on June 30, 2018 at 7:36am

Just finished The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni.  What an unusual and interesting book about a boy with red eyes... ocular albinism.  I loved it and will try another by this author... highly recommended... 627 5-star reviews on Amazon!

'Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” or Sam “Hell” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered, buoyed by his mother’s devout faith, his father’s practical wisdom, and his two other misfit friends.'

Comment by rapa on June 29, 2018 at 7:27pm

Am finished with Dean Koontz! His THE CROOKED STAIRCASE had nothing that I liked!  Won't be reading him again anytime soon!

Comment by Townshipboy110 on June 19, 2018 at 5:06pm

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backwards_to_Britain

Comment by rapa on June 13, 2018 at 2:31pm

Yes, Apposite, you pegged him!

Comment by Apposite on June 13, 2018 at 2:17pm
George Pickett, I have nothing that comes off the top of my head and you may know more about him than I do. I am aware of his place in the Gettysburg story as he came to the battle late and his Division was held in reserve until Lee needed to use it to break the Union center along Cemetery Ridge. The commentary I've heard is that he was a bit of a dandy but liked by his men. His rep seemed that he was not the best general. However, again you may know more. He served in Longstreet's I Corps. After Gettysburg I am not sure where he served but I believe he lived out the war and was much in love with his wife. I can't remember where he was from. I have a book called The Generals of Gettysburg which is compendium of biographies all the way down to the brigade level. The author escapes me presently but no doubt Wikipedia could help get you started. Practically every general of notice has a biographer.
Comment by Apposite on June 13, 2018 at 1:53pm
I don't know if I will continue at Brevig after this year or not. It depends on the unforseen. I had a number of offers after signing on there. Back in life I began keeping a journal but it got to where it was taking up major time and I would put it off. I haven't done anything since for years but I admit wishing I had with my village teaching. I have garnef enough to write some general recollections, observations, and reflections however.
Comment by rapa on June 13, 2018 at 1:39pm

Apposite, I so enjoy following your adventures! Will you continue teaching in Brevig Mission?  Hope someday you publish your memoirs!

Any book you can recommend that includes the tragic life of Gen. George Edward Pickett during the Civil War?  He is a distant relative and I've visited his grave in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Va. Many of his slain troops are buried near by. 

Comment by Apposite on June 13, 2018 at 1:09pm
Interesting comments on Michener. I was never a fan but I don't care much for historical fiction either. I love reading history and enjoy a good novel but not mixed. There was a time when historical novel we're popular when Dana Fuller Ross put the series on the states together. I think if a person has a good grounding in American history it might be interestingly to see how the plot line is weabec into the times. John Jake's did something similar with the Civil War. If I remember, Gore Vidal's "Lincoln" was well received. Newt Gingrich worked with a historian to do a Gettysburg novel. I read the first several chapters and it was accurate but my personal preference is to read it straight.
Comment by Apposite on June 13, 2018 at 12:30pm
Rapa, yes I live in Alaska; it is home. I was teaching fifth grade in Wainwright, an Inupiat Eskimo village up on tippy top of of Alaska along the Arctic Ocean. It is a whaling community as are all villages along that far north coastline. I am moving to another Inupiat village called Brevig Mission on the Seward Peninsula which is down along the the west coast. Nome, of 1901 gold rush fame, is the hub for that area. Russia is not far from there across the Bering Sea. At this point I am at home in Nikiski on the Kenai Peninsula near Anchorage and will go to Brevig on the 6th. Brevig Mission was visited by a Lutheran missionary from Indiana or Illinois about a hundred years ago and the communities in that area were all affected by the influenza virus of 1918. Anyway maybe information overload but many of the several hundred villages in Alaska were impacted by missionaries of our various Christian faiths. Other impacts to Native peoples were whaling, gold, commercial fishing, and fur trading. All these communities are still affected although one has to come yo understand that little by little.
 

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