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Act 5, Scene 1: Irene’s Twilight Zone See whole poem, "The Main Show," and index of scenes.  (Spotlight opens on the lobby of the theater.  Characters who remain in the lobby enter the theater, which remains dark.  Joan the nurse tells the tour guide to also go in, and the narrator hangs back awhile.) Joan: Go ahead in. I’ll stay with my patient.Anyway, this is a family…See More
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Write in your reading wishes and likes and get recommendations from a host of book-lovers.

First, answer a question and a request.

One: What kind of book are you looking for? And two: Name two books you’ve loved.

Your response leads to the recommendation of a range of titles, none of which are absolutely perfect matches. (You do not want to be reading the same kind of book over and over.). You note which ones hit the mark; and the recommendations improve.

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A reader of fiction and memoirs says she wants a novel that is simple and easy to follow for her vacation. The River Why by David James Duncan and Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes are two of her favorites. Adriana Trigiana’s Big Stone Gap and other novels with regional settings have also pleased her.

The reader wants something deep or resonant, but not experimental in its narration. The simplicity has to do with a memoir-like, confiding style. Big Stone Gap does not feature that style, and instead indicates a separate wish for novels with regional settings, some genre elements, and smart (not glamorized) characters.

Perhaps Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees—with its young South Carolina narrator and natural history glosses—or Kaye Gibbons’ darker but more fluid and intimate Ellen Foster would hit the mark. Among memoirs, The Glass Castle, Jeanette Walls’ urban and poignantly sharp account of growing up the child of homeless parents; or Jill Ker Conway’s Road from Coorain, with its path from Australian grassland tragedy to academic excellence might be right.

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I am looking for novels about spiritual development. I've loved Susan Howatch's The Wonder Worker and Miss Garnet's Angel by Salley Vickers
Both favorite novels indicate that you like literary novels with strong characters and spiritual questions, including quite challenging ones. The recommendations that come to mind are "Father Melancholy's Daughter" by Gail Godwin and various novels by Graham Greene. There are others, including books that show spiritual development without religious figures involved. I wonder if "Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature," Linda Lear's biography of the naturalist, might appeal to you. Though not canonically religious, Carson went through an incredible and brave spiritual development.
Want a great summer novel - very long which give the opportunity to get really involved with the characters.

Two of my all time favorites: ...And Ladies of the Club; Mary Chestnut's Civil War
I loved Ladies of the Club also. Can't think of a single book with the same depth about a place but Eugenia price did a series on St Simons Island. They are Lighthouse, New Moon Rising and Beloved Invader.
I've read this series. She also has another book, "Margaret's Story" - not part of the triology, but connected.
Like historical fiction and mysteries with a historical setting. Favorite books: Winds of War and Beloved Invader by Eugenia Price
Here's the latest profile. There's a reader who likes non-fiction; and particularly books about people who have challenged themselves to stretch their potential. Furthermore, he likes his books to be chunky with information--no blab; that is, inspirational and substantial. Two books he cites are: The Man Who Skied Down Everest by Yuichiro Miura; and The New Best Recipe: All-New Edition with 1,000 Recipes by the editors of Cook's Illustrated Magazine. The latter book is one of the best cookbook's on the market, with scientific tests and explanations that back up methods and ingredient choices.

What's recommended?

I mentioned Radical Evolution by Joel Jarreau to the reader, and it greatly piqued his interest (which is what got the conversation going). The book tells a great number of amazing true stories about scientific developments that intend to give humans superpowers. As far as biographies are concerned, there's Shackleton by Roland Huntford. It's a big, big book, so it may not do. There are other titles, including ones that focus on the voyage; and of course, the DVD; plus the books that leap off of Shackleton's leadership skills.

This is a start of the list on: Human Potential.


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