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    The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure. An interesting story about an architect that falls into designing hiding places for Jews in WWII occupied Paris. It starts out for money but turns into something else.
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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

    Over the summer I've slowly been reading The Granta Book of the American Short Story, edited by Richard Ford. It's a mostly great collection of the stories Ford thinks are the best from American authors.

    It's in chronological order, which is good because more recent stuff (90s onward) is all new to me.
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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

    Quote Originally Posted by NebraskaRed View Post
    Over the summer I've slowly been reading The Granta Book of the American Short Story, edited by Richard Ford. It's a mostly great collection of the stories Ford thinks are the best from American authors.

    It's in chronological order, which is good because more recent stuff (90s onward) is all new to me.
    I have been reading Granta magazine since 1991 and have read all the glowing reviews for the original, published in 1992, and volume 2 published in 2007. I have not read them, but they feature great writing. From the stories I have read collected within,
    American Express (James Salter) and a distant episode ( Paul Bowles) are my favorites from Vol.1
    & In peed onk by Lorrie Moore and the half skinned steer by Annie proulx from Vol. 2.
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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

    Quote Originally Posted by Betterread View Post
    I have been reading Granta magazine since 1991 and have read all the glowing reviews for the original, published in 1992, and volume 2 published in 2007. I have not read them, but they feature great writing. From the stories I have read collected within,
    American Express (James Salter) and a distant episode ( Paul Bowles) are my favorites from Vol.1
    & In peed onk by Lorrie Moore and the half skinned steer by Annie proulx from Vol. 2.
    The Chicago issue of Granta (summer 2009) was one of my all-time favorite magazine issues. Some really wonderful writing about the capital of the Midwest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillDoran View Post
    The Chicago issue of Granta (summer 2009) was one of my all-time favorite magazine issues. Some really wonderful writing about the capital of the Midwest.
    I agree. That was a memorable “theme” issue. I like the spring 2020 issue - membranes - porous and impermeable. Like borders? Relationships? Personalities?

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    I grew up in the sticks, so books were my gateway to a larger world when I was a kid. I read some oddball thinks in my youth. Somehow today, out of the blue, a name popped into my head that I have not thought about in years. Chip Hilton.

    There has to be some folks on here that remember the Chip Hilton series of books. I suspect these would be a terrible read at 50 years old in 2020, but I seem to recall them being decent enough to read a fair amount of them at 10 years old in 1980-ish. I was born in 1970 so I would have read these in the last 70's/early 80's and I recognized them *at that time* as throwback so these must have been written in the 50's. I recall collecting these books from various places so I know I read more than a few of them.

    Chip was the clean-cut, boy next door, leader and talented sports star. I seemed to recall he may have had a younger brother? and a buddy that always drove a "jalopy". Chip could always be counted on to do the right thing. My recollection was that every book put him in a bind and he had to work out of it and figure out how to win the game/championship at the same time. Somehow he always did.

    Anybody remember these?

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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

    Quote Originally Posted by gonelong View Post
    I grew up in the sticks, so books were my gateway to a larger world when I was a kid. I read some oddball thinks in my youth. Somehow today, out of the blue, a name popped into my head that I have not thought about in years. Chip Hilton.

    There has to be some folks on here that remember the Chip Hilton series of books. I suspect these would be a terrible read at 50 years old in 2020, but I seem to recall them being decent enough to read a fair amount of them at 10 years old in 1980-ish. I was born in 1970 so I would have read these in the last 70's/early 80's and I recognized them *at that time* as throwback so these must have been written in the 50's. I recall collecting these books from various places so I know I read more than a few of them.

    Chip was the clean-cut, boy next door, leader and talented sports star. I seemed to recall he may have had a younger brother? and a buddy that always drove a "jalopy". Chip could always be counted on to do the right thing. My recollection was that every book put him in a bind and he had to work out of it and figure out how to win the game/championship at the same time. Somehow he always did.

    Anybody remember these?

    GL

    Absolutely!!

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    I'm reading (well listening to) the new Robert Galbraith book, Troubled Blood. Interesting characters and a strange cold case, but man is it long. Also, the book seems to consist almost entirely of people telling each other what happens instead of showing things happening. Didn't he do that in the first book, too? I don't remember.

    I'm still reading Ramsey Campbell whenever I get a chance.
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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

    Trying to read more black writers. I've had this copy of Kindred by Octavia Butler for longer than I can remember and never read it until now.

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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

    Peter Ackroyd’s biography of Blake

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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

    Eric Foner's Recconstruction.
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    Re: What Are You Reading Now Part Two

    Quote Originally Posted by NebraskaRed View Post
    Trying to read more black writers. I've had this copy of Kindred by Octavia Butler for longer than I can remember and never read it until now.
    If you haven't started going through Colson Whitehead's books, I'd highly encourage them. He's my current favorite novelist.
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