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Nominate a non-fiction book for the November book chat

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  • onemellogirl onemellogirl's Avatar 09-08-11 | 11:44 PM
  • I will nominate A Year and Six Seconds by Isabel Gillies.

    In this polished though repetitive second work, actress and author Gillies (Happens Every Day) returns to her husband's leaving her and their two small sons, only to find she's probably better off. Gillies-the former wife of an Oberlin College English professor who found a more sympathetic connection with another woman in the department (names have been changed), even though the married couple had two small sons and a newly renovated house in Oberlin, Ohio-exiles herself to New York City, moving back into the home of her parents on the Upper West Side. While they are gracious and loving to the kids, Gillies, 35, doesn't want to be thrust back into the roll of the adolescent; she's angry and conflicted about her traitorous husband; the china she requests him to send arrives smashed; she has to endure the ritual of divorce signing with her strangely blank ex-husband; and she recognizes that her parents have other plans for their retirement. ("Mum, did I ruin your life?"). How to spend comfortable time with her in-laws? Will she learn from her mistakes, falling for unsuitable guys who routinely dump her? Should her ex's new woman have access to the kids? Gillies dispenses advice with a smarmy suavity that appears to have coated the rawness wrought by this senseless marital rupture. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved. From: Reed Elsevier Inc.Copyright Reed Business Information
  • MrsPook MrsPook's Avatar 09-09-11 | 09:06 AM
  • Oh Amber! I read her other book Happens Every Day and it was good! She used to be on Law and Order SVU!
Thank you MrsPook!
onemellogirl (09-13-11)
  • rudolphia rudolphia's Avatar 09-09-11 | 09:46 PM
  • I read that one in 2004, and just finished his latest, In the Garden of Beasts. He is a tremendous writer.

    How about Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History:

    September 8, 1900, began innocently in the seaside town of Galveston, Texas. Even Isaac Cline, resident meteorologist for the U.S. Weather Bureau failed to grasp the true meaning of the strange deep-sea swells and peculiar winds that greeted the city that morning. Mere hours later, Galveston found itself submerged in a monster hurricane that completely destroyed the town and killed over six thousand people in what remains the greatest natural disaster in American history--and Isaac Cline found himself the victim of a devestating personal tragedy.

    Using Cline's own telegrams, letters, and reports, the testimony of scores of survivors, and our latest understanding of the science of hurricanes, Erik Larson builds a chronicle of one man's heroic struggle and fatal miscalculation in the face of a storm of unimaginable magnitude. Riveting, powerful, and unbearably suspenseful, Isaac's Storm is the story of what can happen when human arrogance meets the great uncontrollable force of nature.

    Or I can just re-read Devil in the White City. If your name gets pulled, we can vote.
  • MrsPook MrsPook's Avatar 09-10-11 | 03:29 PM
  • That one sounds good too Rudi!

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