Originally Posted by grapejuicemama
#35 Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
Loved it. Recommending it to everyone. A nice juicy almost 1000 page read, the kind you don't want to end. I was surprised it was an autobiography, b/c the story is so amazing, it's sort of hard to believe that someone who has been through all of that is also such a wonderful writer. The author escapes prison in Australia and ends up in India. He lives an interesting life there, living in the slums, hooking up with the mafia, etc. It was a wild ride. I heard the movie rights have been sold to Johnny Depp, I'm not sure a movie will be able to do the story justice.
So glad you read this! I read it a few years ago and recommended it to everyone I came across, but didn't have many takers. It's an excellent book~one I'm thinking about reading again once I'm over the fluff phase I'm in right now.
I think it's been stop and go for the movie production. We'll see what happens, but there's a LOT of story to cram into a two hour movie.[/QUOTE]
Yes, definitely a lot to cram into a two hour movie. I'm not sure it's possible
It'd be interesting though. Maybe they could do it in two parts or something..... Have you checked out the author's website? I wanted to find out what had happened to him after the book, so googled him.
Originally Posted by Bufomander
I wasn't sure what I would think about Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs: Family, Friendships, and Faith in Small-Town Alaska (by Heather Lende). I believe I checked it out after it was recommended in a newsletter from our local bookstore. I definitely enjoyed it and I'm glad I chose it to start the challenge. It was good enough stuff that I want to share a few excerpts and ideas verbatim.
Originally Posted by Bufomander
by Rachel Ward
Boy, some of the reviews of this on Amazon were pretty tough -- I liked it -- and wept at the end -- which may or may not say more about my emotional state than the strength of the writing.
Have others here read it?
Oh, those both sound like fun!
I like those quotes from the Alaska book.
Originally Posted by nancy926
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot -- From Goodreads: "Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years.... HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions.
Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave."
I've known about HeLa cells for almost 20 years, but never really considered the details. This is an original piece of science writing in that Skloot inserts herself directly into the narrative; she brings you with her through her journey to find Lacks' family and convince them to talk to her. At first this was off-putting, but I kept reading, and in the end I appreciated the full disclosure. The science segments are well done and easy to understand (I think... I'm a science nerd, so perhaps I'm not the best judge!), but the chapters about Henrietta herself, and her family, are the real story.
I'm definitely reading this one at some point. It's on my list!
I'm reading a few books right now. Nurture Shock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman, Anne Lamott's new book Imperfect Birds, both really good. I'm trying to power through Girls Like Us about Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon, not sure I'm enjoying it though.....
I've made the goal to read all the books I had around my dresser before getting a bunch more from the library. Not doing too bad either! I have about 40-50 books that were stacked up on top of and under my dresser
I cleaned them all off and stacked them in the closet to be accessed one by one, instead of cluttering up my room
I'm trying really hard not to request new books, but having a hard time!