Monthly Archives: July 2013

Serena by Ron Rash

I found this a very quick read, but I think that might be because I was rushing through it because I was not really enjoying it. It is set in North Carolina in the early 1930s. The story centres around … Continue reading

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Big Brother by Lionel Shriver

I love Lionel Shriver. She never writes a typical story, she always manages to find and interesting and unusual subject matter. She likes to explore the subtleties of relationships within families; having children, not having children, competitiveness in couples, our … Continue reading

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Salt Sugar Fat – How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss

The title of this book is pretty self-explanatory.  It is about the processed food that seems to be taking over America (and giving is a pretty good go in the rest of the developed world, too), how much of these … Continue reading

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Joyland by Stephen King

This novel is typical Stephen King in many ways – the dialogue, the murders, the eccentric characters who give hints to the future – but feels different from his usual style in some ways – it’s short!  And it’s a … Continue reading

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The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

This is a story of a group of quite awful American and English people who live in Paris, and go on holiday to Pamplona for the running of the bulls.  Hemingway takes the title from a passage from Ecclesiastes.  The … Continue reading

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Choosing to Die by Terry Pratchett Discussion Questions

We will be doing something a bit different at tonight’s meeting of the Las Vegas Non-Fiction Book Group.  Instead of reading a book to discuss, we will watch a documentary in advance of the meeting, and we will talk about … Continue reading

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Fallen Skies by Philippa Gregory

This is the story of a young woman who works as a singer in post World War I England and the wealthy war hero she marries.  I am a fan of Philippa Gregory in general but I recently read Wideacre … Continue reading

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