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My Bookshelf Part III (UNDER CONSTRUCTION)

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The list author says: "The list author says: "This list is more a way for me to catalog-so I don't forget-the books I have read. In the remembering, I share my memorable books with you. If you enjoy this list, I have others you might like called: My Bookshelf and My Bookshelf II--not very original, I know."
Empire Falls
Empire Falls
"Richard Russo writes well, and this book is no exception.  Russo shows' great insight and understanding with his well drawn characters and their lives in a "dying" Northeast factory town. However, as good as the writing and the character development are, the story left me feeling "meh". I hear Russo's other novels are quite good, so you may want to start there."
Siddhartha
Siddhartha
"If you are, or, have ever felt as though you are on quest in this life, this is a wonderful book to experience. If this is not your perspective, you may not get much from this book. Who's to say? I loved the book."
Candide
Candide
"See "Siddartha"."
Steppenwolf: A Novel
Steppenwolf: A Novel
"A one of a kind book. Hesse uses symbolism, metaphor, magic and the metaphysical to tell the tale of Harry Haller, a man adrift, a lone "Steppenwolf" searching for meaning at fifty, to save himself from suicide. If you've ever struggled to find meaning in your life, then this book may be enlightening for you. I have read and re-read."
Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles)
Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles)
"A classic of horror, and so much more. A story of the human condition, as told from the point of view of a "sympathetic" first person narrator, it will change your point of view, too. This is a great read!"
The Giver
The Giver
"A short book written for young adults that is enjoyed by adults as well. My kids found it "creepy", I found it interesting. Socialism/social engineering run amok. "It takes a village to raise a child" (?) You may not think so after reading this book."
The Harder They Fall
The Harder They Fall
"Maybe boxing's greatest book. Well written tale of boxing and the corruption that surrounds it. Published in 1947; just as relevant today. If boxing interests you at all, read this book."
American Gods
American Gods
"Great contemporary fantasy, not the sword and sorcery type. A road trip with the old "Gods" from many cultures across the America of today. A great ride!"
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
"Fasinating, compelling, couldn't put it down. Parallel stories of the monumental undertaking of the great men who made the Chicago's World Fair possible, and the dark, "creepy" story of H.H. Holmes, a man convicted of 27 heinous murders. You will be awed by the fact that it's all true."
Thunderstruck
Thunderstruck
"Using the same formula as used in "Devil in the White City", Larson tells parallel tales of Marconi's invention of wireless telegraphy and the murderer Dr. Crippen. A "decent" book, an interesting story. However, the story does not "flow" nearly as well as "Devil..." and ends up being somewhat tedious."
The Philosopher's Stone
The Philosopher's Stone
"A creepy, scholarly tale of horror, science fiction, the occult and a mystery to boot?? Yes. A challenge to Lovecraft? A very interesting read. A rare find. Recommended for something "totally different"."
A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam (Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction Books)
A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam (Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction Books)
"What an AMAZING book on the subject. A real eye opener. I grew up with the Vietnam War, and later in life this book filled in a lot of the blanks, helping me to learn what it was all about. Recommended as "the book" to read on the subject, by a friend who's uncle was there with Vann in Vietnam,. He was right! Oh yeah, for what it' worth, it won the Pulitzer."
The Stranger
The Stranger
The Immoralist (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
The Immoralist (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
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