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Her favorite author is the American, Jean M. Auel, who writes prehistoric fiction set in Europe, about life as a Neanderthal. The first book in the series is Le clan de l'ours des cavernes (The Clan of the Cave Bear).
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, July 21, 2014
Czechoslovakia. She likes reading books like this one that are reportage.
Her favorite author is Mario Vargas Llosa, who is Peruvian. When I asked if she had a favorite of his, she said Pantaleón y las visitadoras, in English, Captain Pantoja and the Special Service.
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Enjoying their cocktails and preparing for sightseeing ahead. They are visiting from France (where in France? - I forgot to ask).
Something good she's read recently is the newest Dennis Lehane book (Live by Night???), which her dad recommended. She said it was huge -- about 900 pages.
Something good he's read recently is Ocean Sea, a novel by Alessandro Barrico.
Posted by sonya worthy at Friday, July 11, 2014
His favorite books are anything by the Austrian-French author Manès Sperber (He's German himself -- this surprised me. His English accent was better than mine.) Manès Sperber wrote novels, and philosophical essays.
Posted by sonya worthy at Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Two of her favorite books are Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë and Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy. She also likes reading cookbooks, like an old collection of recipes of an Austrian family. She starts with the introduction, and then jumps around with the recipes. She hasn't been cooking the recipes lately, though because she's just moved to London. She grew up here and has now moved back.
While we were talking it came out that we're both ESL teachers. I asked her, as point of interest because I find this difficult, if she ever recommends fiction to her ESL students. She said that, for example, she once recommended a version of Sherlock Homes to a student, and agreed that recommending was difficult. "I don't want to recommend something too difficult, and put them off reading," she explained.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, July 07, 2014
At the book club meeting their daughter-in-law, who chose the book, will make a meal inspired by the story. It's their tradition. They don't know what that meal will be yet...the book is set in the future. Other books chosen for their book club include Ten Little Indians, by Agatha Christie; A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith, and John le Carré 's latest book, A Delicate Truth (his choice); as well as The Madonnas of Leningrad, by Debra Dean (her choice).
She likes books that are well researched, and does her own research while reading. For example, when she read The Madonnas of Leningrad, which is a historical novel set when the city was blockaded in World War II, about a woman who works as a docent at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad), she found online pictures of the art work described in the book.
Her favorite author might be Agatha Christie, who she picks up, along with saltines and hot tea when she's not feeling well. His favorite authors are le Carré and Tom Clancy.
Posted by sonya worthy at Friday, July 04, 2014
Synchronicity: Nature and Psyche in an Interconnected Universe. His favorite authors are Franz Kafka, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Carl Sagan, and Voltaire.
He and his wife (who was napping on his lap before my friend, Oksana, and I interrupted) said the best things they've seen over their three weeks in London have been the Freud museum, the British Museum, and this park.
They explained that there aren't parks like Hyde Park where they're from, where you can take a nap in a public place and not worry about a pick pocket. They said they feel very safe here. "Even when you're riding your bike on the wrong side of the road?" I asked and they agreed that, yes, that is scary. (Note: I will not be borrowing one of these lovely Boris Bikes -- I am afriad of dying.)
Posted by sonya worthy at Wednesday, July 02, 2014
He reads anything with the caveat that he needs to be hooked by the second page. His favorite authors are David and Leigh Eddings, who write fantasy, and Lee Child, who writes crime novels about an ex-military police officer named Jack Reacher.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, June 30, 2014
Her favorite author is J.K. Rolling. She’s read the Harry Potter books, she said, about a hundred times. I asked if she started from the first one and read straight through to the last, then started again and she shook her head no. She doesn’t re-read the first three books because they’re not as well written as the last ones.
Posted by sonya worthy at Friday, June 27, 2014
Reading First Sight, by Danielle Steel, her favorite author who writes in English. Originally, they're from Ukraine, and she also loves reading in Russian -- Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky...
She's read at least 20 of Danielle Steel's books. Her husband, who was also sitting with her, recalled that the first one she read was The Gift.
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His favorite author is the Scottish writer Iain Banks, who also writes Science Fiction, and who had an asteroid named after him shortly after he died in 2013.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, June 16, 2014
Reading (in Swedish) Ru, by the Canadian author, Kim Thúy, who originally wrote the book in French. (I love how cross-cultural this is.) The story is autobiographical and is about a child who emigrates from Vietnam to Canada.
She found out about the book by reading a Swedish magazine called Vi Läser (We are Reading in English).
Here's a review I found on the book on NPR's website. The article talks about how the book has been published in 20 different countries and won Canada's Governor General's Award in 2010.
Her favorite author is the Swedish writer, Vilhelm Moberg, who is known, among other things, like his plays, for a series of 4 books about Swedish emigration in the 19th century, entitled The Emigrants. He's considered Sweden's best journalist of the 20th century.
Posted by sonya worthy at Friday, June 13, 2014
An author he recommends, if you're interested in philosophy, is Karl Popper.
Posted by sonya worthy at Wednesday, June 11, 2014
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