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recommend me a book...
I need to buy some books for my sister for her birthday. She's very big into the Oprah-club type fiction, so can you recommend me a good fiction book or two, perhaps along those lines?
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From: ladyfirebird Date: January 25th, 2002 07:11 am (UTC) (Link)
The Pilot's Wife which is a current offering in bookstores. Very good, and I do believe it was an Oprah alternate or something. I forget the author but the book is a paperback with a blue cover.
From: jessamynr Date: January 25th, 2002 10:08 am (UTC) (Link)
The Pilot's Wife is by Anita Shreve and it was an Oprah selection. One I like even better by her is Fortune's Rocks.
maigrey From: maigrey Date: January 25th, 2002 07:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I almost got this one, but the first search I did said it was out of stock, and by the time I went through a couple others, I'd already run the bill up to $40.

... of course now *i* need to buy these books as well, or find where the darn library is.

Thanks, both of you!
bizetsy From: bizetsy Date: January 25th, 2002 07:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know about Oprah, but...

Bee Season by Maya Goldbery (I think), Valley of the Dolls--they're both excellent and fun...they do both mention sex, so if she's really straight-laced, then maybe not. Also Diary of an Emotional Idiot or Me Talk Pretty One Day are fricking fab, but again, kinda liberal. But all really great books.

From: ex_sinnie785 Date: January 25th, 2002 08:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Valley of the Dolls!!!!!

yesyesyes :)

"Sparkle Neely, Sparkle!"
bizetsy From: bizetsy Date: January 25th, 2002 09:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes!!! That book is so trashy and great. Right now in Seattle, there is a play adaptation of it going on. I must go. Also, I just read Susann's The Love Machine. It was not as good, but I'm addicted to her anyway.
maigrey From: maigrey Date: January 25th, 2002 07:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yay!!

My sister is going to *love* these books you've suggested! You're wonderful! (and you too, sinnie, I'm being lazy in responding to comments :) )

I'm going to have to buy these, too! eek. :)

And I love david sedaris, he's excellent.
bizetsy From: bizetsy Date: January 25th, 2002 11:14 am (UTC) (Link)
oops! I didn't give you authors.

Valley is by Jacqueline Susann.
Diary is by Maggie Estep.
Me Talk Pretty One Day is by David Sedaris. This one is HILARIOUS.

Also, another thought--Cruddy, an Illustrated Novel is an amazing, amazing read. It's the story of a young girl retelling her childhood. It's fiction, but written in a first person narrative style. I love it. It's a bit dark, but all the Oprah books seem to be, so that should be fine. It's so.good. Definitely read this one!
bizetsy From: bizetsy Date: January 25th, 2002 11:23 am (UTC) (Link)
crap. I did it again. Cruddy is by Lynda Barry, a comic book writer, the lady who convinced Groening to do the Simpsons.
maigrey From: maigrey Date: January 25th, 2002 07:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's okay! Amazon is very good about searches by title only.

You're the best, B!
From: spooble Date: January 25th, 2002 08:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Not my cup o' tea, but Amazon has Oprah's Book Club set up, so maybe you could get ideas there?
maigrey From: maigrey Date: January 25th, 2002 07:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooh yet more good ideas!!

Why don't we talk much anymore?! You never post, you never write!! :)
From: spooble Date: January 25th, 2002 07:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's the subject of much consideration, and I'm not sure I know the answers.
stellastar From: stellastar Date: January 25th, 2002 09:10 am (UTC) (Link)
ooh the pilots wife is a good one.

along the same line:

house of sand and fog
ya ya sisterhood
hunger moon
maigrey From: maigrey Date: January 25th, 2002 07:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

for the suggestions -- I may have to read some of these myself :)
From: grapesoda Date: January 25th, 2002 09:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I can't remember the author, but a good Oprah book: "The Reader"
tarie From: tarie Date: January 25th, 2002 10:24 am (UTC) (Link)
The Red Tent is excellent. . .forget who its by atm

maigrey From: maigrey Date: January 25th, 2002 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
The sister is going to be so pleased with her selection -- I put yours in the cart and sent it off to North Carolina :)
snidegrrl From: snidegrrl Date: January 26th, 2002 11:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I recommend Pulitzer Prizewinner "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" by Michael Chabon. If I were at home I'd be recommending a bunch more stuff... but I can't look at my shelves from work.
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