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Just read "black dove" by ana castillo...wonderful autobiography of a well educated Latina American woman...details her upbringing and experiences as a person of color in the 20th and 21st century..thoroughly enjoyed each page..

Also reading "yellow" by Frank H.Wu, a Chinese American lawyer and law school professor at Predominantly African American Howard University in Washington,DC..wonderful insight for me into the experience of other Americans of color...I am an African American female.

 

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Welcome, marilyn, happy to have to you join us. You will find support and camaraderie here.

If that is your email address, we encourage you to change your user name to something less identifying....we're big on anonymity and privacy as a personal safety issue.

 

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Hi New Member! Sounds like you've been doing some very interesting reading!

I hope you follow Mame's advice about changing your username for greater privacy. To see how to do so, just click on the following thread in MIL Anonymous:

 

 

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Welcome new member ... I will third the advice to change your name.  I enjoy a good autobiography I'll give these books a try.

I grew up in a small rural town in central Texas in the 50's and 60's and I really can't remember a lot of conflict...but I did enjoy reading "The Help" (so telling) so I'll look into "Ruby."

I do remember the integration of our schools the year I was a freshman.  There were no public conflicts and none on campus that I can remember.

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I just read The Rainbow Comes and Goes by Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper.  I also saw the documentary about this book on HBO.    I loved this book.  First, this mother/son relationship is so endearing and unconditional.  Second, I really admire Gloria Vanderbilt's resiliency.  Despite being raised with such privilege, she endured very difficult times from the loss of her nanny as a child who meant so much to her, to the sudden death of her husband, to the suicide of her son that happened right in front of her, to the estrangement from another son, to rejection from the Vanderbilt clan who appeared to not completely accept her as a Vanderbilt.  She has lived such a full life and is 92 or so, and still gets into her studio to paint and create art and is just so youthful in her spirit and mind and outlook on life.  She is a very inspiring person.  The book was also a good reminder that everyone faces difficulty in life even the people who outwardly seem to have it all.  A highly recommend read.

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8 hours ago, BSW said:

I just read The Rainbow Comes and Goes by Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper.  I also saw the documentary about this book on HBO.    I loved this book.  First, this mother/son relationship is so endearing and unconditional.  Second, I really admire Gloria Vanderbilt's resiliency.  Despite being raised with such privilege, she endured very difficult times from the loss of her nanny as a child who meant so much to her, to the sudden death of her husband, to the suicide of her son that happened right in front of her, to the estrangement from another son, to rejection from the Vanderbilt clan who appeared to not completely accept her as a Vanderbilt.  She has lived such a full life and is 92 or so, and still gets into her studio to paint and create art and is just so youthful in her spirit and mind and outlook on life.  She is a very inspiring person.  The book was also a good reminder that everyone faces difficulty in life even the people who outwardly seem to have it all.  A highly recommend read.

Thanks for sharing your review of the book! It was an enjoyable read, what a journey they've shared and their ability forgive and understand each other, very inspiring- And I love her art! For someone with such a painful past, her pieces are joyful and fun- I'd read it again-

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14 hours ago, SueSTx said:

Welcome new member ... I will third the advice to change your name.  I enjoy a good autobiography I'll give these books a try.

I grew up in a small rural town in central Texas in the 50's and 60's and I really can't remember a lot of conflict...but I did enjoy reading "The Help" (so telling) so I'll look into "Ruby."

I do remember the integration of our schools the year I was a freshman.  There were no public conflicts and none on campus that I can remember.

The Help is one of my personal favorites of all time- Also thought the movie was pretty amazing-

PS I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite character ..

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On 8/25/2016 at 2:49 PM, marilynjg@aol.com said:

Just read "black dove" by ana castillo...wonderful autobiography of a well educated Latina American woman...details her upbringing and experiences as a person of color in the 20th and 21st century..thoroughly enjoyed each page..

Also reading "yellow" by Frank H.Wu, a Chinese American lawyer and law school professor at Predominantly African American Howard University in Washington,DC..wonderful insight for me into the experience of other Americans of color...I am an African American female.

 

If you enjoy memoirs, you might enjoy The Death of Santini by Pat Conroy- (I had no idea the great Santini was Pat Conroy's father..) Another fascinating read is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot- I see it's now being made into a movie-

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One day, during the time between the end of camp and the start of my DGC's school, I took them to the library (mom was already back at college). After they chose some books and went to play on the computers, I decided to browse through the adult books, looking for a few titles mentioned here, actually (the kids' and adult libes are all on one floor, so I wasn't far from my granddoll, no worries). Instead, I found an intriguing book by Helene Cooper called, The House on Sugar Beach. Cooper is an American journalist who was born and raised in Liberia. The book is about her growing up years there.  I'm finding her detailed description of her life quite fascinating, as well as her insights into the country.

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Now i am reading ----"The Expats"  by Chris Pavone  
A spy novel set in Luxembourg and France----I cannot put it down for long!!

 

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12 hours ago, smallangelheart73 said:

Now i am reading ----"The Expats"  by Chris Pavone  
A spy novel set in Luxembourg and France----I cannot put it down for long!!

 

" We can only be said to be ALIVE in those moments when our HEARTS ARE CONSCIOUS OF OUR TREASURE!"  Thornton Wilder

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I just received "Adventures in Grocery Shopping" by Dan May. Dan is actually a professional singer/songwriter who has a truly loopy sense of awareness. He writes goofy essays he posts on Facebook. We badgered him into collecting them into a book, now recently published. He's wonderfully articulate.

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Currently, I'm reading 11/22/63 by Stephen King. It's not the kind of book I usually read, but ODD got it for me b/c it's about a man who goes back in time to try, among other things, to foil the assassination of JFK. She thought I would enjoy it b/c of the history angle and, more specifically, b/c she knows that was a major event in my lifetime. She was right - it gripped my attention from the first and though it's a long book, I'm finding it reads quite quickly and easily.

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1 hour ago, RoseRed135 said:

Currently, I'm reading 11/22/63 by Stephen King. It's not the kind of book I usually read, but ODD got it for me b/c it's about a man who goes back in time to try, among other things, to foil the assassination of JFK. She thought I would enjoy it b/c of the history angle and, more specifically, b/c she knows that was a major event in my lifetime. She was right - it gripped my attention from the first and though it's a long book, I'm finding it reads quite quickly and easily.

I enjoyed it as well-

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Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler

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13 hours ago, Komorebi said:

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler

I've seen that around....let me know what you think

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I am getting ready to re-read the Harry Potter series, and may read the "In Death" series by J.D. Robb after my Mom finishes it.

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I'm shopping around for books for the GK as part of Christmas. A clerk in a bookstore gave the heads up on a couple of middle reader novels written by Stephen Hawkings' daughter....he is listed a co-author, apparently he provided the physics used in the plot...nice to know it will be accurate. My middle readers are both extremely intuitive, so if something catches their attention to try out, at least their info is accurate....

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Finished the Stephen King book... Now reading The Girl Who Walked Home Alone: Bette Davis, a Personal Biography, by Charlotte Chandler. Fascinating book about the famous and much beloved actress.

@Komorebi - I'm another one who's interested in Z. Like Mame, I'd appreciate it if you tell us what you think.

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Thus far Z has been a chore to read- But what FINALLY is pulling me out of my reading rut (which has been ongoing for some time now) is The Light Between Oceans- I'm thoroughly enjoying it-

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On 9/22/2016 at 9:34 AM, Mame925 said:

I just received "Adventures in Grocery Shopping" by Dan May. Dan is actually a professional singer/songwriter who has a truly loopy sense of awareness. He writes goofy essays he posts on Facebook. We badgered him into collecting them into a book, now recently published. He's wonderfully articulate.

I finally started this last night....2-3 pages for each essay. Its organized into subject areas, so we're reliving some of his childhood as the middle of 7 kids in northern Ohio in the 60s....so far its a great, easy read, highly entertaining. He's most articulate with a great eye for the details of daily life.

He writes all his own songs, has a killer back up band. Here's a sample, its my favorite:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCJYm-8w2yM&index=21&list=PLrGCgQPUKQMM2U5TK_Ne-FXlf9NsoVOkk

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Just read ADVENTURES IN GROCERY SHOPPING - Friday Edition - #627 - "Prehistoric Chicken" and it had me in tears- I googled him and found a posting on Facebook-

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Enjoyed The Light Between Oceans- I tried to read A Life In Parts by Bryan Cranston .. did read Two By Two by Nicholas Sparks and have to say it's my least favorite of his books, all of which I've read- Right now I'm reading Frontier Grit by Marianne Monson- A Goodreads member summed it up perfectly: "  Her introduction shows her enthusiasm for her work, sadly her writing does not." But the ladies she wrote about are so amazing and inspiring! If you see the book at the library, or store, I strongly suggest you take the time to read the brief introduction-

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After both Sue and Mame spoke of it, decided to read The Help and am finding it both intriguing and mindboggling!

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Good description, Rose. I found it wonderfully well written and tuned into the times. 

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