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Suggestive Request

I received $100 in bookstore gift cards for my birthday. (Yummy!) I have been working on my wish list for the big shopping trip. I have lots of books in my want-to-read notes but would like some fresh ideas.

So dear LJ friends, please suggest one fiction and one non-fiction book to me. I can't promise that I will buy all the recommendations (I can only make the $ go so far) but each and every one will be put on my master list.

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aromenis
Aug. 26th, 2005 08:06 pm (UTC)
Oooh, that's a GREAT birthday gift! :D
I can't think of any non-fiction books off the top of my head, but here are two fiction books I really enjoyed:

I remember you really liking Joyce Carol Oates. One of my favorite books by her is Blonde, a fictionalized account about Marilyn Monroe....it's rather long (500 or so pages I believe) but it reads quickly.

If you'd like something smaller, my absolute favorite book in the whole wide world is The Death of Vishnu. This ought to be required reading for EVERYBODY. It's beautiful. I can't even describe the plot, it's so intricate....it's one of the only books that ever made me cry.
silverdee
Aug. 26th, 2005 08:20 pm (UTC)
I hadn't heard about Blonde. That one sounds very intriguing. And I just checked out The Death of Vishnu description. I think I will like that one, too.

Thanks Ann!
weelisa
Aug. 26th, 2005 08:20 pm (UTC)
Woot - what a delightful giftee!

I don't read a lot of contemporary fiction, but I have read Melissa Bank's "The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing" and I found it well done.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0140293248/qid=1125112432/sr=2-2/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_2/002-0633961-4403247?v=glance&s=books

For non-fiction, I'd have to recommend "The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, The Most Devastating Plague of All Time." This is history make completely reviting - not dry and stale at ALL!
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0060006935/qid=1125112700/sr=2-2/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_2/002-0633961-4403247?v=glance&s=books

Let us know what you buy!!
weelisa
Aug. 26th, 2005 08:23 pm (UTC)
Try to remember, Lisa. Take the time to edit. *smacks head*
Arg. Should read: "This is history made completely riveting."
silverdee
Aug. 26th, 2005 08:29 pm (UTC)
You are up late tonight I think!

I read your first suggestion and really liked it a lot. I've recommended it quite a bit myself. And I have an unhealthy interest (pun intended) in all things plague. I particularly love Poe's "Masque of the Red Death" even though it's not about bubonic plague.
weelisa
Aug. 26th, 2005 09:08 pm (UTC)
Don't worry - I'm off to bed right now... *yawn*
vwip
Aug. 26th, 2005 09:05 pm (UTC)
I've already mentioned at least one of these (if not both) in your general vicinity, but here are the details so that they get on to your list. ;)

Daylight, by Elizabeth Knox (ISBN: 0-86473-449-2)
Moondust (In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth), by Andrew Smith (ISBN: 0-7475-7779-X)

also,

Tales From Earthsea, by Ursula Le Guin (ISBN: 1-84255-214-7)
Big Bang, by Simon Singh (ISBN: 0-00-715252-3)
ladymeow
Aug. 27th, 2005 06:35 am (UTC)
Non-Fiction: Anything by Hunter S. Thompson.

Fiction: White Oleander by Janet Fitch.
silverdee
Aug. 27th, 2005 09:32 am (UTC)
Thanks to everyone for your lovely and thoughtful suggestions. I don't have time to respond to all of you today. I will be making my list when all this storm stuff is over - hopefully very soon!

Smooches! Denise
artemiswinter
Aug. 29th, 2005 10:29 am (UTC)
Fiction: Kushiel series by Jacqueline Carey. I just love it.

Non-fiction: Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama. Not your typical political memoir at all. I really ended up liking it.
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