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reviewed A Scattered Life. September 03, 2010
A Scattered Life
This is a short, highly readable and engrossing novel about a free spirited woman who settles in a small town, with her methodical husband, her intrusive mother in law, and her irrepressible friend and …
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional
Colson Whitehead thinks that this book is cool as hell. I have some reservations about that.    Yu grapples with time travel problems and paradox, physics and metaphysics, and the …
reviewed Freedom: A Novel. August 31, 2010
Freedom: A Novel
I will avoid the plot review, because so many others seem compelled to summarize, and the repetition becomes tiresome. I enjoyed this novel, and I think you will too. I gave it four stars because it is …
War at the Wall Street Journal: Inside the
The story of Rupert Murdoch's takeover of the Dow Jones Company, parent company of The Wall Street Journal, is retold in detail by Ms. Ellison, a gifted storyteller and former reporter for the Journal. …
reviewed Simpler Living: A Back to Basics Guid.... August 07, 2010
Simpler Living: A Back to Basics Guide to Cleaning, Furnishing, Storing, Decluttering, Streamlining, Organizing, and More
Each chapter in this book is full of practical suggestions for organizing and streamlining your life. Although it sounds like a boring topic, this well illustrated guide actually energized me to get up …
reviewed Colman's Mustard Powder, 16-Ounce Can.... August 07, 2010
Colman's Mustard Powder, 16-Ounce Cans (Pack of 3)
I use Colman's mustard in several sauces that I cook with, and it is the best powdered mustard I have found. It gives a full bodied, slightly hot zing to the dish, without being too overpowering. Although …
reviewed Skippy Dies: A Novel. August 07, 2010
Skippy Dies: A Novel
I had some trouble deciding on the number of stars for this review. Murray is a gifted writer, a wordsmith who can bring characters to life in a few pages, make you care about them as if they were real …
reviewed You. August 07, 2010
You
This is a hard hitting story about Kyle, an unhappy teenager who falls under the spell of a friend who is not a friend. He has more problems than just one sociopathic friend, but he is not yet a lost …
reviewed Timeshares (book). August 04, 2010
Timeshares (Daw Science Fiction)
I was truly looking forward to this book, because I have always loved stories about time travel. I remember combing through the science fiction section of my hometown library for novels and short stories …
Shanghai Girls: A Novel
As the quote above suggests, this novel reflects the culture and traditions of Chinese immigrants. Not all of their beliefs are politically correct.    In 1937 Shanghai was the most …
reviewed The Last Talk with Lola Faye. July 15, 2010
The Last Talk with Lola Faye
Just like the movie "My Dinner with Andre" this story is almost entirely contained within a conversation. The two main characters talk about their past, the people whom they have loved and hated, the …
Buy--DON'T Hold: Investing with ETFs Using
Mr. Mosonson writes a short, informative and intriguing book about a way to get rich through investing in the stock market. I enjoyed the book, which describes an investing system. After completing the …
reviewed The Nominal Theory of Good Art. July 06, 2010
The Nominal Theory of Good Art
I read an uncorrected galley proof provided by the author, and initially I did not expect too much. The novel started slowly, and the first two chapters did not capture my interest. I suspected that this …
reviewed Remington BHT600 Body and Back Groomer. July 03, 2010
Remington BHT600 Body and Back Groomer
I chose this through the vine program. It is an effective shaver: I use it to shave, and it gets the job done quickly and pretty effectively. It comes with many attachments for trimming, cutting, etc, …
Jenniemae & James: A Memoir in Black and White
Brooke Newman has written the story of her childhood in an unconventional family. Jenniemae was an illiterate black woman from Alabama who became the maid for the author's family in Washington DC from …
reviewed Living Hell. May 16, 2010
Living Hell
What would life be like on an interstellar journey to find a new home, after earth has become unlivable? A small band of humans survive on a spaceship, forced into a wandering existence by an unspecified …
reviewed The Passage. May 06, 2010
The Passage
In the not too distant future, a secret military experiment with a deadly virus goes horribly awry, releasing a horde of vampire like creatures across the earth. Over the next century the human survivors …
reviewed The Double Comfort Safari Club (No. 1.... April 21, 2010
The Double Comfort Safari Club (No. 1 Ladies'
Alexander McCall Smith is a skillful storyteller who gives his readers great pleasure whenever he publishes a new novel about Mma. Ranotswe and the Number One Ladies Detective Agency. One can always rely …
reviewed Crossing. April 17, 2010
Crossing
Warning: Plot spoiler in this review.    This is a paranoid tale about Xing, a disaffected Asian teen who lives a miserable existence, disliked and distrusted by almost everyone, whom …
Finding Martha's Place: My Journey Through Sin,
This autobiography, from the celebrated owner of the eponymous restaurant in Montgomery Alabama, follows her travails through a seemingly insurmountable set of obstacles. She was born poor and black in …
reviewed Confessions of a Compact Camera Shoot.... April 03, 2010
Confessions of a Compact Camera Shooter: Get
Rick Sammon summarizes his learning philosophy with the following words:  I hear, I forget  I see, I remember  I do, I understand.  This short book is full of pictures …
reviewed Remedies. March 30, 2010
Remedies
Many authors have explored the relationships between men and women, from varying perspectives, with varying results, but few observe them so closely, nor bring them to life so vividly as Kate Ledger. …
reviewed When Money Was In Fashion: Henry Gold.... March 21, 2010
When Money Was In Fashion: Henry Goldman, Goldman
This chatty, informal history of the Goldman and Sachs families was not at all what I expected. This is no formal history of the great financial house of Goldman Sachs, no instructive tale of banking …
reviewed Next: A Novel. March 14, 2010
Next: A Novel
This book stands out as one of the most inventive, engrossing, and entertaining books that I have read in the past year. The novel grabbed my attention on the first page and held me throughout, not as …
reviewed Making Toast. March 07, 2010
Making Toast
This is a carefully constructed book, an elegiac, a memoir of grief, and yet, a memoir curiously distanced from emotion. Rosenblatt is a sympathetic figure for an author, a kindly and loving father who …
reviewed Cowboy & Wills: A Love Story. February 13, 2010
Cowboy & Wills: A Love Story
This is a love story, about a child and a dog. The writing is competent, but not inspired. The story is a good one, a story that keeps the reader interested, but not quite glued to the page. I felt that …
reviewed The Sixty-Eight Rooms. February 07, 2010
The Sixty-Eight Rooms
The Thorne rooms are a series of miniature interiors of historic interiors ranging from 13th century Europe to 20th century North America. They were designed by Narcissa Thorne in the 1930's, with pieces …
reviewed Food Rules: An Eater's Manual. January 31, 2010
Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
This volume delivers exactly what it advertises: a compact, portable and easily read list of rules to follow in pursuit of healthy eating. If you are looking for an easy way to cut through all the hype …
reviewed A Wish After Midnight. January 30, 2010
A Wish After Midnight
This was a well written, fast paced tale about Genna, a modern 15 year old black student who gets whisked back in time to Civil War era Brooklyn. I became immersed in the universe of that time, a world …
reviewed The Imposter - How a Juvenile Crimina.... January 30, 2010
The Imposter - How a Juvenile Criminal Succeeded
This is a first person account of Kip's life, written in a plain, straightforward style, detailing his rough and rebellious youth, his drug dealing and addiction, and his self propelled ascent to success. …
reviewed Prayerfulness: Awakening to the Fulln.... January 11, 2010
Prayerfulness: Awakening to the Fullness of Life
This is one of the best books I have ever found through the Amazon Vine program. There are books that you love, books that you can't put down, and books that transport you to a different time or place. …
Fodor's U.S. & British Virgin Islands, 22nd
This Fodor's edition delivers the basic information about the Virgin Islands that I was hoping for. Fodor's has been writing guide books for a very long time, and they know their business. The information …
reviewed The Kids Are All Right: A Memoir. December 16, 2009
The Kids Are All Right: A Memoir
I read this with great anticipation,due to the numerous positive reviews already published. I came away slightly disappointed. The novel reads like a series of letters from four young people, almost in …
reviewed The Lieutenant. November 10, 2009
The Lieutenant
This is the type of story that I would like to write. It is a novel about the local history of a nearby place, bringing to life a story that happened many years ago. It is a short novel, full of the sense …
reviewed Vigil: A Novel. October 25, 2009
Vigil: A Novel
This is a story that kept me reading, a cast of characters that made me care, and a plot line that was engrossing. Some of the characters were too good to be believed, and some were too bad, but I could …
reviewed The Predictioneer's Game: Using the L.... October 11, 2009
The Predictioneer's Game: Using the Logic of
A quick read of the cover blurbs indicates that the author can predict future political and economic events accurately, like Tiananmen Square or the Gulf War. It seems like a fantastic claim. After reading …
reviewed The Lost Symbol. September 15, 2009
The Lost Symbol
In The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown uses the proven formula that brought him so much success in The Da Vinci Code. Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology, once again sets his wits against a mysterious …
reviewed Casting Off. September 13, 2009
Casting Off
If you are looking for a great story, simply told, with characters you will love, read this book. If you are tired of disappointing novels that fail to keep your attention, books which promise much and …
reviewed The Maze Runner (Maze Runner Trilogy .... September 10, 2009
The Maze Runner (Maze Runner Trilogy (Hardback))
This is a cynical and merciless story about a dystopian future where love and kindness have almost disappeared, cruelty and ruthlessness rule, and life is unremittingly bleak. The plot moves forward relentlessly, …
reviewed Catching Fire. September 05, 2009
Catching Fire
Once again Suzanne Collins has created a suspenseful story of survival amidst a violent, oppressive world, where the odds are greatly against survival, the action fast and unrelenting, the danger always …
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