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What was the book you could not put down?

Asked by Alina1235 (373points) May 24th, 2008 from iPhone

non fiction. Very dramatic stories. Survival, tragic, abuse, world war books.

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autumnofage's avatar

I have a hard time putting down a lot of books. Charles Bukowski is one whose books I read in a night or day though.

Alina1235's avatar

I’ll put the authors name in my “must read” . Thank you.

MisterBlueSky85's avatar

“Johnny Got His Gun” by Dalton Trumbo. His very style of grammar and punctuation – long breaks without commas and run-on sentences – makes it something you can’t put down. The book changed the way I view a lot of things. Read it at least three times.

Alina1235's avatar

mister. Thank you

AstroChuck's avatar

The “Three Californias” trilogy (The Wild Shore, The Gold Coast, Pacific Edge) by Kim Stanley Robinson.

whatthefluther's avatar

Everything by Kurt Vonnegut

phoenyx's avatar

I’ve recently become a fan of Terry Pratchett; probably anything he’s written.

Wine3213's avatar

The Know-It-All by A.J. Jacobs. It’s a book written about the author’s attempt to read the entire Encyclopedia Britanica.

SuperMouse's avatar

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

iCeskate's avatar

double idenity

jrpowell's avatar

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. I hate Card’s politics but it was a really good book. It is about 500 pages and I read it in a few shifts at work.

Adina1968's avatar

I know much is true by Wally Lamb. A great book!

truckling's avatar

THE ROAD Cormick Mccarthy

delirium's avatar

Stiff by Mary roach.

kevbo's avatar

The Gulag Archipelago Books I and II. They’re about the systemic imprisonment, torture, and forced labor imposed upon Soviet citizens from the 1920s to 50s or 60s. Mindblowing.

gailcalled's avatar

THE DISCOVERY OF FRANCE; Graham Robb; non-fiction about fragmented villages, topography and language that was extremely varied until recently, except for Paris and a little ring around it. There is one chapter that discusses the 25 different ways of saying “yes.”(Title of chapter 4: O Òc Sí Bai Ya Wi Oui Oyi Awè Jo Ja Ou.)

The author explored the darkest corners by riding 14,000 miles—on a bicycle.

Rosyblue's avatar

I had to edit my question, misunderstood what it was asking, sorry. My answer is A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar. I loved the movie, so I had to read the book.

nikipedia's avatar

nonfiction: The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins; Stumbling on Happiness, Daniel Gilbert; Blink, Malcolm Gladwell; The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks; Phantoms in the Brain, V. S. Ramachandran; Freakonomics, Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

fiction: Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides; Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri, Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck; all Tom Robbins books.

deepseas72's avatar

I can put down most nonfiction, but as far as fiction, Pillars of the Earth by ken follett was enthralling!

Alina1235's avatar

Thank you all SO much! I’m making a list for my library LOL!

Thank you thank you THANK YOU!

buster's avatar

Hot Water Music by Charles Bukowski and all the other Bukowski books ive read.

jrpowell's avatar

And listen to the band Hot Water Music. They rock.

iamatypeofwalrus's avatar

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

AstroChuck's avatar

I’ll second that.

skfinkel's avatar

J.D. Salinger. Anything by him.

bridold's avatar

Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and The Host by Stephenie Meyer (Breaking Dawn is coming out August 2nd, and I’m sure that will be the same!)

How to Kill a Rockstar and God Shaped Hole by Tiffanie DeBartolo

Enjoy :)

jerrytao's avatar

“And Then We Came to The End” by Joshua Ferris

kruger_d's avatar

The Hot Zone—ebola outbreak—not for the faint of heart, but riveting

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