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    Rosa, I've never seen Brokeback Mountain, either, but I would like to read the novella.
    I too, liked Into Thin Air, but it's been a long time since reading it.

    Right now I'm reading "The Salt Path," by Raynor Winn. I couldn't get through "Other Birds."

    The Salt Path is about a Welsh couple who, upon losing their farm and the husband getting an ugly terminal diagnosis, decide to embark on a 600+ mile walk around the South West Coast of Britain.
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    Catherine: I was referring to Brokeback Mountain as the story/movie that straight guys would most likely shy away from, although not being a straight guy myself, I could certainly be wrong.
    It's hard to say what books would be on my greatest of all times list, and I think recency bias would be a big factor, so the list might not be all that valid. Off the top of my head, I know I would include Into Thin Air, A Gentleman in Moscow, The Shipping News, Dracula, and The Secret Garden.

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    "A World on the Wind" by Scott Weidensaul. Scott is pretty much the recognized authority of bird migration writing. It was a NYT best seller at one time and not a difficult read. It discusses recent advances in explaining many of the mysteries around bird migration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rosarugosa View Post
    Catherine: I was referring to Brokeback Mountain as the story/movie that straight guys would most likely shy away from, although not being a straight guy myself, I could certainly be wrong.
    It's hard to say what books would be on my greatest of all times list, and I think recency bias would be a big factor, so the list might not be all that valid. Off the top of my head, I know I would include Into Thin Air, A Gentleman in Moscow, The Shipping News, Dracula, and The Secret Garden.
    now THAT is an eclectic list worthy of you Rosa.

    A Gentleman in Moscow is one of those serious books like All the Light I Cannot See that is on my short list of books to read because I’m pretty sure I would like them once I get into them. I don’t know why I cannot get started on these books!
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    Flee North biography of a male precursor to Harriet Tubman, Thomas Smallwood

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    I just read 3 great reads in a row!
    Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez (NF) - fascinating if disheartening read about how so much data used to drive the world's decision-making doesn't include women. If we are considered at all, it is often assumed that we are just smaller versions of men, or atypical variants of men. Very readable for non-fiction, and there is a lot of food for thought here.
    The Maid by Nita Prose - I just loved this novel about a neurodiverse housekeeper at a grand hotel. She is such a loveable character, and she gets caught up in nefarious goings-on and a bit of a mystery story. It delighted me in a way that was reminiscent of Remarkably Bright Creatures.
    American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins - this was fast-paced and hard to put down, about a woman being chased by a notorious drug cartel leader and her flight from Mexico to "el Norte" with her small son. This book received so much negative press and controversy, but I personally found it to be a really compelling read.

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    Just finished Blue Wren--really riveting about a spy, Ana Montes, an American who spied for Cuba. She is a year younger than me, so it was fun to read about what she was doing when we were the same age--living through the same eras and the same influences.

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    Just finished George: A Magpie Memoir. The author is the daughter of the poet, Sylvia Plath. Story of how the author, daughter of poet, Sylvia Plath, took in a baby magpie and raised it to maturity. Odd little book but kind of interesting.

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    This is prime reading season. I have 11 books checked out and the ones that are most promising are:

    Two Roads Home: Hitler, Stalin and the Miraculous Survival of My Familyby Finkelstein

    Waiting to Be Arrested at Night: A Uyghur Poetís Memoir of Chinaís Genocide by Izqil

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    Just finished A Budding Scientist in a Fantasy World by Acaswell. It's an isekai novel where 15 year old Alice, a bright STEM oriented high school student goes to bed in her suburban home and wakes up in a forest with now idea how she got there. She applies logic to her situation and concludes she is in another world where magic is common, and decides to study it using the scientific process and maybe find a way home.

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