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What I'm Currently Reading

You're Wearing That?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation - Deborah Tannen

The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova

Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance - Ian Buruma

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about Chang-Rae Lee 2006-11-25 09:34:21

Chang-Rae Lee expertly describes alienation. In his first two books, he does so by presenting what it feels like to be an immigrant in a country not one's own. In Aloft, he does so by telling about how middle age changes one's perspective. I'd recommend reading his books in the order in which they were written, although I personally prefer his first two.

about Bill Bryson 2006-11-21 18:06:50

I don't think all of Bill Bryson's books are that funny, but found A Walk in the Woods hysterical. A great place to start!

about Jonathan Carroll 2006-11-20 21:44:59

I loved The Land of Laughs, as I do all of Jonathan Carroll's books. However, the first one I read, and the one that got me hooked on his writing, was Bones of the Moon. It struck me as so different from anything else I'd read. It just sucked me right in. I've been a Jonathan Carroll fan ever since.

about Amélie Nothomb 2006-11-17 16:08:38

Although The Stranger Next Door is my favorite book by this author, I think a good one to read first is Fear and Trembling because it's cleverly done, funny, and should have broad appeal.

about Pat Conroy 2006-11-17 08:48:41

It is so hard to pick a starting point for this author because all of his books are so incredibly good. The only one I haven't read is The Boo because I can't find a copy of it anywhere. The one I'd have to choose is The Lords of Discipline because I was so profoundly moved by its contents. The runner-up would be The Great Santini because it is a book with resonance.

about Amitav Ghosh 2006-11-17 08:32:09

Although I haven't read any of Ghosh's other writing yet, I was completely swept away by his novel called The Hungry Tide. After reading that story in which I fell completely in love with the characters (I *do* identify with Piya) and the setting (the magnificent tidal waters of the Sundarbans in southeast India), I can't wait to read other books by this author. I do sincerely recommend this book as a place to begin!

The Glass Palace comes highly recommended to me by others, so that is probably where I'll be headed next.