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text 2017-04-24 20:43
Books set in real places
Against the Paw - Diane Kelly

I was just talking with a coworker about this book. It's set in Fort Worth, Texas, where my coworker used to live. I had thought maybe the neighborhood where the book's peeping tom was operating was a fictional neighborhood shoehorned into a real city, but my coworker managed to find it on a map. So now I'm wondering if the residents of that neighborhood know about this book, how they feel about the peeping tom aspect, etc. I could see living in a specific neighborhood referenced in a book (particularly a contemporary-set one like this) being both cool and weird.

 

At the moment, I can only recall reading maybe three books set in places I knew well. Two of those were set in my home town - one dealt with an area of town I didn't know much about, and one made me laugh because the author had clearly also grown up in the same area (we had the same grumpy childhood complaints about having to come up with Halloween costumes that worked well with winter coats).

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url 2016-05-12 05:54
Why It’s Preferable to Read David Sedaris on Paper

"New research suggests whether information is presented electronically or on paper affects the way we process it."

 

Bookshelf

 

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url 2016-02-13 23:11
Sorry, technophiles: 92% of students prefer books to e-readers

"In a new study conducted by American University linguistics professor Naomi Baron, researchers have found that an overwhelming majority of students prefer physical books — you know, with covers and paper — over e-books for serious reading."

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review 2015-09-25 07:47
history through story
New York - Edward Rutherfurd
A showcase of New York history from 1664 to the present day, told through the stories of several New York based (mostly old money Anglo and Dutch) families.   I initially found it very frustrating because the narrative would switch to a new character/generation just as something interesting seemed to happen.  There isn't a plot in the traditional sense, and once I accepted the tempo, I started to enjoy it more.  Don't feel bad if you completely forget character names because they come and go.
 
Linking the people and stories together was a wampum belt, initially given to Dirk van Dyck by his Native American daughter Pale Feather.    The belt gets passed down though the generations and sometimes crosses family lines and becomes the symbolic thread weaving everyone together.  It was an interesting device, but I found it slightly ironic that the meaning of the belt quickly got lost, all the while one of the later characters laments  that 'kids these days don't really know the history of New York".  
 
 
 
This was a book club read, suggested by a member who recently visited  New York who realized that she didn't know much about the city and was interested in learning.  This is the perfect book for that.   It was super long, but easy to read and does a good job of hitting on many of the important  eras and events in the history of New York.   It sadly ends on September 11, 2001, which coincidentally the same day I finished the book, 14 years on.
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review 2015-08-01 07:53
A Swedish Forrest Gump story
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonasson, Jonas (2012) Paperback - Jonas Jonasson

Kind of funny, but the joke got old after a while.  I wonder of the movie is better.

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