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“Never let your name be found in a dead man’s trousers.”: The Weekly Book Review Thread

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Sep 24 2008, 10:56am


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That's the advice from (and first line of) Dr. Hector Carpentier, hero of Louis Bayard's new book The Black Tower. Another successful period mystery from Mr. Bayard, quite intriguing. I even like the ambiguous ending. And it's inspired me to read more about Louis XVII of France, the "lost" Dauphin. Any suggestions on books about Louis XVII? I haven't read any of the books about Marie Antoinette that have been popular these last couple of years, maybe I should start there?

I liked Tower better than The Pale Blue Eye, Bayard's previous book. It's not quite as self-indulgent or wordy. So if you found Eye a little tough going but still intriguing (and I have to admit Eye has forever colored my understanding of Poe and his life) I think you'll enjoy Tower.

I'd also like to recommend Mr. Timothy, Bayard's imagined life of Tim Cratchit caught in a period mystery. VERY good.

Now I'm about half-way through Mountains Beyond Mountains, Tracy Kidder's biography of Dr. Paul Farmer who is dedicated to bringing effective health care to the poor in Haiti (and elsewhere). It's impossible to be ambivalent about Dr. Farmer. So far I have been inspired but wonder how anyone will ever replicate his work or replace him. His success rates are so compelling, however; he makes a good case for providing the same kind of care to the poor that rich Americans can get in Boston. I see why his work (and this book) are inspiring those of us in Public Health and Maternal/Child programs! This book is a sort of classic for many engaged in providing care to the poor, but don't let that stop you! It's a very compelling and interesting book as well.

That's it for me! What about you all? What have you been reading this week?

a.s.

"an seileachan"

Pooh began to feel a little more comfortable, because when you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.

Call Her Emily

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“Never let your name be found in a dead man’s trousers.”: The Weekly Book Review Thread a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Sep 24 2008, 10:56am
    Loving Frank Revie Send a private message to Revie Sep 24 2008, 11:10am
        it's lust a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Sep 25 2008, 1:06am
            May-mah is how it's noted in the book Revie Send a private message to Revie Sep 25 2008, 1:16am
    The River King, by Alice Hoffman Farawyn Send a private message to Farawyn Sep 24 2008, 1:29pm
        I just love Hoffman's writing a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Sep 25 2008, 1:08am
        Yes, LotR as we move towards winter. // Mar Send a private message to Mar Sep 25 2008, 2:37am
    I'm listening to an audio book of "Miss Mole", by E.H. Young, and it was dramatized as... Patty Send a private message to Patty Sep 24 2008, 4:17pm
        huh...is this a series? a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Sep 25 2008, 1:14am
    Jane Eyre Alassëa Eruvande Send a private message to Alassëa Eruvande Sep 24 2008, 5:55pm
        my first "adult" book a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Sep 25 2008, 1:23am
            North and South Alassëa Eruvande Send a private message to Alassëa Eruvande Sep 25 2008, 12:57pm
    Call of the Wild/White Fang Jazmine Send a private message to Jazmine Sep 24 2008, 6:35pm
        haven't read these in years! a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Sep 25 2008, 1:26am
            I'm going back Jazmine Send a private message to Jazmine Sep 25 2008, 6:09pm
    Still reading 'In search of Scotland' - an absolute gem! greendragon Send a private message to greendragon Sep 24 2008, 10:20pm
        re-imagining the hobbits as Scottish or Irish a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Sep 25 2008, 1:38am
        that's lovely Annael Send a private message to Annael Sep 25 2008, 1:54pm
            Perfect! greendragon Send a private message to greendragon Sep 25 2008, 3:42pm
        I love Morton's writing Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Sep 25 2008, 2:52pm
            It's true, the book is dated in some ways... greendragon Send a private message to greendragon Sep 25 2008, 3:43pm
                Me, too Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Sep 25 2008, 4:28pm
    The Battle of Jutland squire Send a private message to squire Sep 24 2008, 11:04pm
        gasp: "even more nerdy than Torn"?? a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Sep 25 2008, 1:43am
            There are nerds, and then there are NERDS. squire Send a private message to squire Sep 25 2008, 2:07am
                HAH! I'm not stepping virtual foot into that forum. LOL a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Sep 25 2008, 10:05am
    Blackberry wine simplyaven Send a private message to simplyaven Sep 25 2008, 12:53am
        I've never read Harris a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Sep 25 2008, 1:47am
            Most of them simplyaven Send a private message to simplyaven Sep 25 2008, 4:25am
        Good idea - think I will join you.// Mar Send a private message to Mar Sep 25 2008, 2:35am
    Bah! Morthoron Send a private message to Morthoron Sep 25 2008, 1:36am
        Try the audiobook! a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Sep 25 2008, 1:50am
    The Great adventure : New Zealand soldiers describe the First World War Kimi Send a private message to Kimi Sep 25 2008, 1:55am
    The Host by Stephanie Meyer Finding Frodo Send a private message to Finding Frodo Sep 25 2008, 3:57am
    Just finished, Moses - Pharaoh of Egypt Kelvarhin Send a private message to Kelvarhin Sep 25 2008, 4:14am
        Was Akhenaten the one Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua Sep 25 2008, 4:39am
            Yes. Also husband of Nefertiti and possibly father of Tutankhamen. // RosieLass Send a private message to RosieLass Sep 25 2008, 5:23am
    Ngaio Marsh, and a strange little book about...a hobbit? RosieLass Send a private message to RosieLass Sep 25 2008, 5:30am
    Thought it'd be appropriate to post this here Kelvarhin Send a private message to Kelvarhin Sep 26 2008, 4:57am
        Cool! Aerin Send a private message to Aerin Sep 26 2008, 6:07am
        The Road goes ever on and on! // a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Sep 26 2008, 10:19am
        Isn't that great? :-) Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Sep 26 2008, 4:04pm
    "Sinner" by Ted Dekker... Eventides Send a private message to Eventides Sep 26 2008, 3:33pm
    recent reads almas_sparks Send a private message to almas_sparks Sep 27 2008, 6:22pm
        I loved World War Z too!// Finding Frodo Send a private message to Finding Frodo Sep 28 2008, 5:11am

 
 
 

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