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LeeJ
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Dear PIP Friends

I am putting together a collection of books for future reading...extending my library so to speak...and was wondering if you all might want to suggest some good reading material.  

The unexplained & mysterious, thrillers are always a challenge and love of mine.  To venture beyond and outside of what is generally considered societies comfort zone.

I do hate romance novels...and I'm not a soap opera, shopping kinda gal...nor am I into blood and guts sci fi.  

Paranormal Sci Fi...is a love, as well as, mystery, etc.

To Give you a perspective, my Library Consists of books like...

Maury and Me
Yesterday's Love
Out of the Silent Planet
The Mothman Profacies
Dead On
Da Vinci Code
Legands of the Templar
Space Trilogy
Secret Life Of Bees
Birth of Venus
Speak
In the Cut
Motherless Brooklyn
The Kite Runner
The Terrorist
Secrets of the Tomb
Oryx & Crake
Love in the Time of Cholera
Winter Moon
Forever
Timeline
Lost Light
Cold Mountain
Book of Luminous Things
The Face
Body Farm
Digital Fortress
Holy Bood, Holy Grail
Lovely Bones


Many thanks for your time and suggestions

Lee J.

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Hey  LeeJ-some good books you got there! Here's a few of my faves...at the top's got to be Chinua Achebe's *Things Fall Apart, a simple, poetic style that shows without simpering or raging.

*Michel Faber; Under The Skin

Naomi Klein; NO LOGO

Howard Marks; Mr. Nice

*Ishmael Reid; The Freelance Pallbearers

*Graeme Green; Brighton Rock.

Not exactly the paranormal, but the books marked with an asterisk are fiction. I like surreal fiction-realer than real, for example, Under The Skin is about a strange looking woman that travels in her car to pick up young male hitchikers...for gruesome purposes, but all is not as it seems. (You say no blood and guts-I say the same, but when I read Under The Skin, I was blown away. I think you'll like it.)

Enjoy your hunt!
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Thankee, lovey!

LeeJ
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Hey Kiffy, thanks so much for taking the time...I appreciate your suggestions and will take you up on them...I don't have any that you speak of...thanks a bunch!

.....

Kari...my pleasure...
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And don't forget about my pal Joey--

The entire "Masks of God" series is delicous.

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Ah   Holy Blood, Holy Grail    interesting
Dr. Gene Scott's teachings on Holy Blood, Holy Grail are quite interesting also.
Now... let me see...
I will try to think of some of my favorites.

Ask The Awakened (The Negative Way) by Wei Wu Wei

Meister Eckhart... from Whom God Hid Nothing

The Myth of Enlightenment  by Karl Renz

Talks with Ramana Maharshi

The Tao of Pooh   ::smiles::   (one of my all time favorites)

Lame Deer   Seeker of Visions

Breakfast of Champions  by Kurt Vonnegut
LOL
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LeeJ, some pretty good reading here....I'm going to save this thread myself for the references.  

Currently, I'm reading a really interesting book:  "Jesus the Man" (a new interpretation from the Dead Sea Scrolls) by Barbara Thiering -- very scholarly and very interesting!  

Don't laugh....also working on "Bringers of the Dawn" by Barbara Marciniak, and "The Pleadian Mission" by Randolph Winters, and "Uriel's Machine" by Christopher Knight & Robert Lomas.  

[This message has been edited by iliana (08-22-2006 02:44 AM).]

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Hey, Iliana! We really are soul sisters! Those books rock!!!

Lee, this is a great idea of yours! I am going to copy this thread as well! Some interesting reading in store for me!

I also adore every single book that both Sylvia Browne and Doreen Virtue writes! I'm addicted!

Loveya!
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   Theophilus North by Thorton Wilder.
   A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
   The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher

I have a long list but these stand out in my mind as the best of the best. Good thread.
martyjo
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on the topic of books: Has anyone read a strange little book called:
The Singing Creek Where The WIllows Grow?
Diary of Opal Whiteley?

Supposed to be a true story of a young girl By the author of The Tao of Pooh  Benjamin Hoff. (Larry's pick). I found it fascinating when I read it about twenty years ago.
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Thanks for this LeeJ...

I have saved them all and
I have some favorites too.

Joan Didion, especially "A Year of Magical Thinking"
Alice Walker
Harry Crews
Richard Brautigan
definitely Frank Waters
John Irving
Bobbie Ann Mason
Truman Capote’s early works
"Life of Pl" by Yann Martel
Sue Monk Kidd’s, "The Mermaid Chair" (I see you already read The Secret Life of Bees)
"The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters" by Elisabeth Robinson
"Having Our Say" by the Delaney Sisters
Kurt Vonnegut
Rita Mae Brown
Robin Morgan
Elizabeth Nunez
Anne Tyler
Julia Alvarez
Carson McCullers
Zora Neale Hurston
Langston Hughes
Margaret Atwood, author of "Oryx and Crake" is always great, I love her poetry
Zitkala-Sa
Marge Piercy,
Nikki Giovanni
Afaa M. Weaver
Marian Wright Edelman
and of course, the Tao of Pooh

someone stop me, please…
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Nah...keep going! It's inspiring!

ps; Hakuri Murakami's fantastic-poetic and 'street', with a slight paranormal twist. Everything he's written is brilliant, but I think you'll like "Dance Dance Dance", it's quite ghostly.

I have a bulging collection of old pulp fiction...mainly because I like the cover-art, but there's some good reading in there too-who hasn't read 'Go Ask Alice'? Also, 'The Outsider', 'Demo', 'Johnny Come Lately', 'No Mean City', and 'Last Exit To Brooklyn'...I could go on...'The Leather Boys', anyone?

I digress...Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out!
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Angels and Demons
Anything by Nicholas Sparks
The Five People You Meet In Heaven

...and my book of course
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Good thread.

The Lady your list is close to mine.  Add The Power of One. Loved, the Simple Life of Bees.
I am at work so can not review the library at home. But you and I have share many likes. Rag time is a good one to open eyes too.    

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Anything by Ellery Queen...but especially The Tragedy of X, The Tragedy of Y and The Tragedy of Z, followed by Drury Lane's Last Case - a four book set that will make your mouth water.

Also, no collection is complete if it doesn't have the greatest book ever written (in my humble opinion) - Atlas Shrugged.
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Well I can see there is a problem here... Virtually all of these books and authors are unknown to me and I'm a pretty veracious reader. But Lee, I like your thread.

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane,
I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.

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Mike: Atlas Shrugged, Thumbs up. I loved it way back when and have it on my library shelf. maybe time to reread...

Larry: Hi son, Missed you these last few months. martyjo

Add  Wild Swans  by Jung Chang  A story of three generations of Woman in China and  
Excellent and I am sorry I lent it out as it was never returned. The loanee has since passed on so it is gone.
Also  enjoyed  The Annis Nin  journals.
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speaking of Anais Nin, have you read 'The Sexual Life Of Catherine M'? It's pretty full on, and supposed to be an autobiography. I was shocked when I read it, and passages and chapter titles keep coming back to me. For a book written by a woman, it's ground-breaking. (If you type it into google, you can read some of it.) As above, I lent it out, never to be returned.
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Lee~
I'm going to slowly drop a few in here from time to time~
My library bulges with SO many interesting and 'favorite' reads~

If you haven't read this little snippet of a book, as a writer, you should~

There is more 'right' about 'write' in the 139 pages of this tiny little novel than I've ever read~

It is 'Tuck Everlasting' by Natalie Babbitt~

Then, 'Believing It All' by Marc Parent~

Knowing you, as I do, I believe you will want to add both of them to your library~

And your 'Maury and Me' was one of the most heartrendered books I was fortunate to receive as a gift~

I'll be baaaack !
*Huglets*
~*Marge*~

~*The sound of a kiss is not as strong as that of a cannon, but it's echo endures much longer*~
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you're right latearrival
I forgot E L  Doctrow
and Anais Nin...
and Hunter S. Thompson too

oh yeah
Tom Robbins especially
"Still Life with Woodpecker"


you guys all read good stuff

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Holy Molie, I just dropped back in to see if anyone responded to this, since Last I visited and just wow!!!!
This is great, I can't thank you all enough for your responses and suggestions...

hugs to you for your kindness...

I'm printing this up and will slowly collect what I don't already have...

many many thanks
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The Lady
One of my girlfriends is an avid reader, matter of fact, she'll read two or three books at a time, and has read many of the authors you've suggested...

Has anyone had the opportunity to read Dead On by Ann Kelly Yet?  

If and when you do, I'd really appreciate your feedback...the author is a co-worker and has become a friend of mine.  She is a hoot, with a contagious laugh.

Some parts of the book are very provacative, but the meat of this paranormal mystery has a really grab you by the arm twist.  

To, me, it is well worth the read, and an easy read.  If anyone of you do order it by chance, would really love to hear your reactions...

A movie production company who did my Big Fat Greek Wedding has bought the rights to the book.  It would make a great movie....if they do it, they have renewed their rights to the movie for another year, but will they do it?  Who knows?

Anyway, thanks to you all....have a wonderful day.

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Found an interesting book: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. I just happened to see it at a book store at Atlantic Beach in Jacksonvill last week. "Nineteenth century China in a remote Hunan county, A girl named Lily at the tender age of seven is paired with a Laotong, or Old same."
tells of the struggles of women in those years,  the process of foot binding and why it was done.The status of young girls born etc.Told as if by an 80 year old woman who is writing in the secret code woman used to send private messages to friends. Very interesting. I am hoarding it and reading a chapter at a time because I want to draw it out and think on it. If any one has read it would appreciate your take on it. martyjo

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latearrival

am currently reading Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See!

I love it and the concept of "old same"
thanks for suggesting it

Kate

LeeJ

thanks for making this thread possible!

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Thanks Kate, You and I do indeed have the same interests. Just finished one about a New Orleans white slave girl. Family came from Germany in the 1800's. Mother died on board ship, father dies soon after leaving two little girls and a little brother alone. As the family was indentured to pay the ship fees, they would have had to find work before landing. A slave buyer took the little ones and later passed one off as mulato and sold her as a young slave. It is based on a true story using old court records and newpaper articles when it went to court to free her. Won't tell it all but I found it very interesting. Can't think of the author off hand, he is an Australian who came to the U.S. to look up the records. It has been written about before.
keep up this thread please.

Am now reading an Amy Tan book about her muses. thank you LeeJ, martyjo  
 
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