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    PEEP SHOW by Joshua Braff

    Joshua Braff perfectly captured the pitch of the dysfunctional family in his debut novel The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green. The book was chosen as a Barnes & Noble Discover pick, landed on the San Francisco Chronicle bestseller list and received incredible praise from reviewers and authors alike. Kirkus called it “a scarifyingly funny debut,” and USA Today raved “A funny, heart twisting story…[Braff writes] with wry humor, assured prose and a keen sensitivity to the emotional minefields of familial relationships…Braff deftly captures the monumental and the miniscule moments of everyday life.”

    His new novel PEEP SHOW (Algonquin Books; June 1, 2010; Trade Paperback Original; $13.95; 272 pages) is a coming of age story about a boy trapped between the two worlds of his separated parents. At age seventeen David Arbus is forced to make a choice – stay with his mother and sister and live by the rules of their Hasidic sect or follow his father and help him run the family’s porn theater in the heart of 1975’s seedy Times Square. Jacob goes with the latter, but is heartbroken that his decision means cutting off contact with the rest of his family.

    Braff breathes life into the Times Square of old while providing a window into the closed yet oddly similar worlds of severely ritualized Judaism, and burlesque driven smoke and mirrors. From the costumes to the aliases to the loyalties of history, we meet everyone from crude strippers to sexy shop merchants, to eccentric Hasidic loyalists, and the children they raise. PEEP SHOW is a fast paced, comedic novel you will not be able to put down.

    About the Author:

    Joshua Braff grew up in South Orange, New Jersey and graduated from Columbia High School. He received his undergraduate degree in education from NYU and his MFA in creative writing at St. Mary’s College in California. He currently lives outside of San Francisco with his wife and two children. His debut novel The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller; a 2004 Barnes & Noble New Writer’s Choice, a Booklist top 10 novel and nominated for a Quill Award that same year.

     

    Please visit his website www.joshuabraff.com

     

    PEEP SHOW

    Joshua Braff

    Algonquin Books; June 1, 2010; Trade Paperback Original; $13.95, 272 pages

    978-1-56512-508-7

     
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    In Response to Re: What are you reading? (2010 edition) : I like the Poirot books better than the Marple books. The best in my opinion is The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Curtain is very good. The setting is the same as the first Poirot book, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. I didn't read all the Poirot books, but as I recall (it's been years) I read a good chunk and they all were very good.
    Posted by royf19



    I've read many Agatha Christie books and found them riveting when I was a teenager. I agree that The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is one of the best. I remember being thrilled when some of her books were televised such as "Death on the Nile", "Murder on the Orient Express" and "And Then There Were None".
     
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    In Response to Re: What are you reading? (2010 edition):
    A Distant Mirror was a good one.
    Posted by rusgriswold


    Agreed, I'm now trying to find some good books on the 11th Century. First Crusade and Battle of Hastings era.
     
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    In Response to Re: What are you reading? (2010 edition):
    madriver, extensive list!  I've read something by nearly every one of those authors and could add more.  To switch things up, there's always the espionage authors; Ludlum, Patterson, Balducci.  My brother spends half his life in airports, considers these perfect flight reading, so has gotten me hooked by passing his books on to me. I admit I began "Still Alice" with some reluctance.  Sure enough, while immersed in the book it was hard not to feel a twinge of worry every time I forgot someone's name, or couldn't remember immediately where I parked my car.  It's worth the wait.  mypug, it's great when you make a personal connection, like the Bates link.  Another New England author! I have not read "The Piano Teacher."  I just checked and it looks like it got some good reviews at Amazon.  I'm still working on "Sing Them Home."  It was difficult to connect in the opening chapters, but it's becoming compelling.
    Posted by MaisieFinn


    If you like espionage, don't forget Ken Follett. I read his books voraciously in the last '80s. Key to Rebecca, Man from St. Petersburg...classics.
     
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    This is a wonderful article. The things given are unanimous and needs to be appreciated by everyone.
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    Well, it’s amazing. The miracle has been done. Hat’s off. Well done, as we know that “hard work always pays off”, after a long struggle with sincere effort it’s done.
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    Well, it’s amazing. The miracle has been done. Hat’s off. Well done, as we know that “hard work always pays off”, after a long struggle with sincere effort it’s done.
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    Well, it’s amazing. The miracle has been done. Hat’s off. Well done, as we know that “hard work always pays off”, after a long struggle with sincere effort it’s done.
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    Re: What are you reading? (2010 edition)

    Just finished "That Old Cape Magic," Richard Russo's latest. I love his stuff, and while my favorite remains "Straight Man," this one is right up there. Great read.
     
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    Re: What are you reading? (2010 edition)

    In the last couple months, gotten through:

    The Big Burn (T. Egan) (Very interesting; T.R.'s fight to put conservationism on the "map" , built around story of massive fire & forest rangers who fought it)

    The Worst Hard Time (T.Egan) (Dustbowl.  Very interesting; Frightening that our fix likely won't be permanent at all...)

    1421 (?) (Very very interesting and well-argued; amazing how the fate of the world can hang on a single bolt of lightning)

    This Side of Paradise (Fitzgerald) (Brilliant)

    Where the hell have you been?  (?) (Very interesting - Gen. Monty's son captured & "escapes", WWII)

    Tender is The Night (Fitzgerald)  (Pure genius)

    Across the river and through the trees (Hemmingway) (actually, this is the one and only Hemmingway book I've ever shrugged at.  It was interesting enough given the perspective, but it just didn't hit you the way most of his work.  As in, there were no jaw-dropping moments of literary godliness.)


    The Ghost Map (?) (re: Cholera outbreak, London 1850s; Snow & Whitehead trace cause to waterborne theory; very interesting).

    Working way through:

    Teddy Roosevelt: WIlderness warrior (very interesting...but a bit detail-heavy; on/off read)

    Started:

    The Last Tycoon (Fitzgerald) (what do you think I'll say about it....)

    In the future:

    Fitzgerald, all short stories.

    War & Peace (Tolstoy).

    And one or more of:

    "President Elect Lincoln" by Harold Holtzer...

     "Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President

    Fueld his Greatness by  Joshua Wolf Shenk
     
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    NOX, by Anne Carson.
     
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    Just finished "Queen of Palmyra", by Minrose Gwin.  Fiction.  Story of a 10 year old girl growing up in Mississippi in the turbulent summer of 1963, experiencing the troubles between the white and black populations.  Very well written; and although fiction, gives great insights into what it was like to live in the South at a time when the KKK was still active.

    For mystery readers:  try Donna Leon's soft mysteries which take place in Venice.  Commissario Guido Brunetti is a thoughtful Venetian officer with a love of food, a sense of justice, and knows the favoritism and corruption that shapes the lives of the Venetians.

    For light and very funny mysteries, Janet Evanovitch's series with 'heroine' Stephanie Plum, a New Jersey bounty hunter, are easy, summer reads.

    Other great myster writers:  Anne Perry with her Inspector Monk series in Victorian London - great historical info about social, ecomonic, & cultural conditions at the time.

    For a homey taste of the mid-West:  Fannie Flagg's "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe - a touching and sometimes funny and always compassionate story about people in a small, poor Alabama town.  Very rich characters you will care about.
     
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    Re: What are you reading? (2010 edition)

    For a light-hearted book, I absolutely loved Garden Spells, as well as The Girl Who Chased the Moon, both by Sarah Addison Allen. I also just finished the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and while it took me a while to get into it, it was pretty good. Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay has also been a favorite of mine recently.
     
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    Re: What are you reading? (2010 edition)

    Best place to find all the books mentioned above, free!:  your local library!
     
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    I am reading a Brief History In Time by Stephen Hawking, The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, various short stories, and Scientific American journals.   Can anyone recommend me any good Russian literature? I know about Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace ; I want to know what else is good.
    Posted by DPedroiski


    You must read what is arguably one of tjhe world's 'perfect' novels (competing with Flaubert's "Madame Bovary" for that distinction). It's simply brilliant!

    Bob in NH
     
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    The Liquid City - Curtis J. Hopfenbeck

    For all the Robert B. Parker fans, "The Liquid City" by Curtis J. Hopfenbeck is considered to be the next hot mystery series on the market.  As a Parker fan himself he continues with the 'tough, funny, intellectual assasin' role that Bob so perfectly penned.  It has received rave reviews to-date, and a rare 5 star rating from the top fiction reviewer in the country.  My reader and listeners have dubbed it the bestd summer reading of 2010 and I firmly agree!  Bright, funny, tough and compelling; which fully describes the book and the protagonist!  Enjoy the guarantee of a great ride (and read!).  - National Review

     
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    I am not enjoying Wolf Hall so far, i'm also reading The Magicians by Lev Grossman
     
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    Just finished up Andrew Jackson. Very interesting portrayal of one of the most powerful presidents of the first 50 years of our country.

    Now moving on to Richard and John: Kings at War.
     
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    A Distant Mirror was a good one.
    Posted by rusgriswold



    Good but difficult for me to get through. I enjoy most Medieval books but even for me this was slow going.
     
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    I just finished reading LUCY.  Great book.
     
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    I'd love to read The Magicians, it's on my list. My very long To Be Read list. Here's what I've finished since my last update, apparently it's been a while:

    The Passage by Justin Cronin (5 stars - review)
    The Gin Closet by Leslie Jamison (5 stars - review)
    Club Dead by Charlaine Harris (3 stars - review)
    Still Missing by Chevy Stevens (4 stars - review)
    Shadow of the Swords by Kamran Pasha (4 stars - review)
    The River King by Alice Hoffman (5 stars - review)
    Lumby on the Air by Gail Fraser (4 stars - review)
    Crashers by Dana Haynes (5 stars - review)
    Damaged by Alex Kava (4 stars - review)
    and
    Such a Pretty Face by Cathy Lamb (5 stars - review)
     
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    Miu Miu Paris Fashion Week and close the all autumn winter 2010 2011 fashion shows, does not seem true that ended to tell you the truth! Miu Miu As always gives us a really nice parade, as always, the Miu Miu woman, feminine and ultra chic, even in winter, flowers can not fail, applied on clothes, coats, bags and shoes. Miuccia Prada leads a parade on the catwalk-inspired interesting nineteenth-century Neo-Romanticism that has a good recovery is on the catwalk in life.

    The parade is Miu Miu declined mostly in dark colors which are, however, interspersed by the occasional fluorescent orange and lavender, offered both in suits, coats, bags and even make-up is really well kept and very obvious integrand becomes part of the collection.

     http://www.Miu-miu-handbag.com/?utm_source=forum&utm_medium=fanyangui&utm_campaign=fanyanguiforum Miu Miu Handbags fall winter 2010 2011 collection are very nice, we have simple models in tumbled leather and patent leather, handbags monochrome black, orange and lavender multivitamin.

    The decor is glam flower petals made of metal and illuminated by soft, rounded crystals that are present on the bags but as garlands to decorate clothing, coats and shoes.

    A young and fresh collection that will surely be appreciated by young and not only!

    Miu Miu is a trademark of Italian fashion's amazing, cutting edge and trendy knows how to make us women happy. Today I present you one of my favorite handbags spring summer 2010 Miu Miu is one of the great clutch Cruise made during 2010 that are becoming must-have for all purposes. The Crystal pouch is a really nice bag made of leather with a beautiful ivory handle with jewel precious stones.

    The pouch is part of Crystal Spring Summer 2010 collection and is made of soft calf leather ivory color, has closed on the front, in the flap, in which are embedded gemstones always tan, say a glamorous tone caramel.

     

    The Miu Miu bag is pretty and elegant, with the metal handle on which are embedded with precious stones and beautiful light. The hardware is metal argendo color that matches very well with both the ivory skin with the color of the stones.

     

    The http://www.Miu-miu-handbag.com/?utm_source=forum&utm_medium=fanyangui&utm_campaign=fanyanguiforum Miu Miu Handbags has a chocolate brown lining and an internal pocket with zip, measurements are 27 x 13 x 4 cm and the handle measures 22 inches. The price is 610.00 euros.

     

    Exotic luxury handbags are the ultimate choice to complete a perfect and exquisite style for any beautiful and elegant lady. Show your most refined taste and irresistible glamour by wearing a piece of croc kelly,ostrich kelly bags or hermes ostrich bag.

     
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    Re: What are you reading? (2010 edition)

    This is a wonderful post. The things given are unanimous and needs to be appreciated by everyone.
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    Re: What are you reading? (2010 edition)

    Finished up Richard and John. I enjoyed it very much. Much of the relationship between the brothers and their father has been pushed aside in favor of later rulers. Though decidely pro-Richard and anti-John, I think the way Henry treated each (not to mention mom Eleanor of Aquitane) molded their personalities.

    I'm now back to US History - Team of Rivals.
     
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