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  1. MuggleBug

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    I'm looking for a good book to pick up for my brother-in-law for Christmas. He's in his mid-30s and doesn't read a LOT but will if a good book comes his way. He likes books like The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, The DaVinci Code (I think he's read all of the Dan Brown books). Does anyone have any suggestions of any books that might appeal to him?
     
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    Does he like kind of current events? I'm reading the Epicenter. Very good, but have read it.

    My neighbor who gave me this one said the author did the Ezekiel Option was more of a story & really good.

    http://joelrosenberg.com/default.asp

    I loved the Michael J Fox Bio. Hubby didn't read it, but we listened to it on tape on a trip & said it was really good!! He even finished the tapes on his way to work.
     
  4. runsw/scissors

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    Devil In the White City might appeal to him. It's all about the Columbian Exposition of 1893, all it took to pull it together/build it/etc. And also about the serial killer living in the city at that same time.

    If he likes mysteries I reccomend the Charles Todd books. The Murder Stone is a good one. It's a free standing novel (not part of the series.) A Test of Wills is the first in a series. I love these books. They are set in post-WWI England, and are pretty close to pure mystery (no romance or stuff like that.) I
    absolutely love them.
    http://charlestodd.com/
     
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    Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

    Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
     
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    Based on the books you that you say he likes...
    Water for Elephants (AWESOME book)
    The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet....the best book I have read in years!
    Both books are awesome! Pillars of the Earth is almost 1,000 pages, but is so amazing and is going to be a classic. Water for Elephants is a story that I will never forget!
     
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    Yes, Water For Elephants is an amazing book.
     
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    My husband consumed Pillars of the Earth.

    I am currently reading The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. You don't have to be a dog lover to enjoy the story, but if you ARE a dog lover ... man, it's fantastic.
     
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    I am running a Multicultural Literature Circle, and The Kite Runner is one of our books, and A Thousand Splendid Suns was a runner up. Let me share with you our book list, as well as the books that didn't make the cut (but are equally as riveting and moving).

    Our selections:

    • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang (A graphic novel)
    • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    • Ask Me No Questions by Marina Budhos (YA novel)
    • When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago
    • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
    • Cool Salsa (a collection of poems) edited by Lori M. Carlson
    • God Grew Tired of Us documentary film (Incredible film)
    • Brothers in Hope (a children's picture book) by Mary Williams

    And the runners up:

    o The Kite Runner Film
    o The Namesake Film
    o Stealing Buddha’s Dinner by Bich Minh Nguyen
    o The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
    o Does my Head Look Big in This by Randa Abdel Fattah (YA novel)
    o A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
    o How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents by Julia Alvarez
    o The Absolutely True Diaries of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (Really great YA novel)
    o A Step from Heaven by An Na (YA novel)
    o Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (Chick Lit, sorta, probably not for a guy)
    o A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
    o God Grew Tired of Us by John Bul Dau
    o Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (A graphic novel about the Iranian Revolution)
    o La Linea by Ann Jaramillo
    o The Circuit by Francisco Jimenez


    I don't know if any of them seem up his alley or not, but its worth a look!

    ETA: When I was looking for titles for this literature circle, a helpful tool for me was the "Other people who bought this book also bought" feature on Amazon.
     
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    A brief hijack...

    A couple of years ago I read a review of a book that sounded very interesting, but of course I didn't write the title down. I remember that it was a second book about the characters, who were a boy and his father (who was a furniture maker) who travel to London at the time the Old Globe theater was being built.

    Does this ring a bell for anyone?

    Okay, as you were. :p
     

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