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reviewed Devon's Curse. July 19, 2012
I am a big fan of novels that include the paranormal, but not when the author bases paranormal depictions on his or her imagination. Fortunately, Amy Armbruster has had first-hand experiences with the …
reviewed Desert Soliloquy. July 18, 2012
Desert Soliloquy
I didn't know much about the premise of this novel before I began reading, and for some reason I had in my mind that it would fit the form of the standard "ex-love vs. new love" scenario. …
reviewed The Shyster's Daughter. July 18, 2012
For the first fifty pages or so of this superbly written memoir, I had to keep reminding myself that it was indeed that--a memoir, a personal account of what Priamos experienced in her own life. I don't …
reviewed Wonderstruck. October 20, 2011
Wonderstruck
I loved The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick's first graphic novel. Would this new novel have the same depth of tenderness, the same intensity in plot line? I wondered--and now, having finished …
reviewed Forever. October 20, 2011
Forever
You know it's a great book when the characters feel like your friends, and you know you will miss them long after you've read the final book in the series. I think I will miss Beck forever.... Kudos to …
reviewed Bright's Passage. July 17, 2011
Bright's Passage
Fire both purges and destroys. The same can be said of war. As the American Civil War swept across the land, it purged the country from an insidious practice, nearly destroying it in the process. Ritter's …
reviewed Eat Naked. July 17, 2011
Eat Naked
It took me weeks to read this book--because I devoured it slowly, savoring the knowledge and nutritional information. For decades, I have been eating in a way I considered pretty healthy, and I've been …
reviewed Get Low. April 05, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Get Low
Well, I reckon I fell in love with Robert Duvall the first time I seen him--that woulda been in the 1960's as Boo Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird.  I have been faithful in my love ever since, …
Breaking Through the Spiral Ceiling
I have to admit, I began reading this memoir with a bit of trepidation. Given the author's intimidating academic credentials and career paths, I feared reading a daunting tome about DNA sequencing …
reviewed This River. March 12, 2011
This River
This book is a primer for all of us whose hearts have been crushed by the weight of life.      Full disclosure: I'm not a fan of the current fad of memoirs which are mildly humorous …
Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House
Your enjoyment of this book will depend on the type of reader you are and what kind of story you're looking for. I quit reading about a third of the way through (unusual for me) because I had thought …
reviewed Infinite Arms. July 21, 2010
posted in Music Matters
Infinite Arms
It's always interesting with music. Here we have readers' comments that range from "Lame" to "Another perfect album." I'm no expert (though I do sing and play), but trust me: This is the album you want …
The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became
Josh Kilmer-Purcell is back with another unforgettable memoir. I must confess, I loved his first, I Am Not Myself These Days, and didn't think tales of his urban to rural living transition could match …
Quality Park Reveal-N-Seal Envelope, #10, 4.25 x
These are great. The paper is nice and thick. What's best, though, is not having that little pull-off strip that comes with most 'no-lick' envelopes. Sure, that strip is just one small piece of paper--but …
reviewed Until I Smile at You. July 02, 2010
Until I Smile at You
This book is both charming and heartbreaking, and it constitutes the loving and lovely tribute of a daughter to her mother. The memoir reads like a novel, so if you enjoy reading long sections of narrative, …
I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies)
I love this book.    I love its premise, I love the depth of its characters, I love that it honors good dogs and animals. And, for lack of a better way to describe it, I love the kindness …
The Poacher's Son (Mike Bowditch Mysteries)
Look, the novel in and of itself is great. I had braced myself for a predictable ending, but the last third of this book is anything but predictable. However, I am reviewing the CD version, so I have …
reviewed The Los Angeles Diaries: A Memoir. June 14, 2010
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James Brown's first memoir is scheduled to be released in paperback next month (July 2010).  I recommend, however, grabbing a hard cover copy from one of the Amazon marketplace sellers (which …
reviewed Lucky Town. June 14, 2010
Lucky Town
I had to keep reminding myself while reading this novel that it was in fact a novel, not a memoir; Brown's narrative spins with such honesty, intensity and control, one begins to believe the voice of …
The Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American
I've been an avid cyclist since getting my first Sting-ray for Christmas in 1964, and I follow professional cycling as well, so the subject of this book piqued my curiosity. I had not known of Frank Lenz …
Pantene Pro-v Medium-thick Hair Solutions Frizzy
Let me say first that I am not an employee of the manufacturer of this product, and I am receiving no monetary compensation for writing this review.    I love this shampoo. I live …
reviewed Cogslea Revisited. June 01, 2010
Cogslea Revisited
When Caitlin and her new husband Sam come to Philadelphia to stay at Cogslea while the owners are away, they are looking simply for some quality time together. Unbeknownst to them, there are other occupants …
reviewed Lies: A Gone Novel. May 17, 2010
Lies: A Gone Novel
Despite my caveat regarding the first two installments in this series (having to do with exposing teens to excessive violence and cruelty), I pre-ordered this third book and, honestly, looked forward …
reviewed Elegy for April: A Novel. May 11, 2010
Elegy for April: A Novel
The novel opens with a bleak description of dense fog. "In the muffled silence the city seemed bewildered, like a man whose sight has suddenly failed." The fog is backdrop to the story as it fortifies …
The Scent of Rain and Lightning: A Novel
This is definitely a chick lit. book, and normally I don't read books in this genre. But I have to say, by ten pages or so into it, I was hooked, and I read it in one day. I think what really carries …
reviewed Galway Bay. May 02, 2010
Galway Bay
I absolutely loved every word of this novel, cried through most of it, handed it off to my sister, who loved it and cried through most of it as well. We are many generations past our ancestors who came …
The Devil Amongst the Lawyers: A Ballad Novel
If you're looking for a crime novel with gritty courtroom scenes and one of those great twist endings, this book will not satisfy. If you love reading literary fiction and tight, compelling prose, buy …
The Rose (Karaoke version Without Backgrounds)
No background vocals, no frills. If you're comfortable with your own voice as instrument, this version is perfect.
Pure Bar Organic Wild Blueberry, Raw Fruit & Nut
Foolishly, I ate about a third of this bar before looking at the ingredients. I really liked the taste--but realized too late that it contains dates... and I am mildly allergic. I can honestly say my …
Unfinished Business: One Man's Extraordinary Year
The simple truth is that all of us have good intentions, but nine times out of ten we don't act on them. The little things--'Oh, I should send a sympathy card' that we think of but fail to do can be brushed …
The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott
I want to say, "Read Grace Chen's review here. My response would be what she said." But I'll throw in my two cents because I feel that McNees' writing should be honored. Her written expression is strong. …
Percy Jackson and the Olympians Paperback Boxed
I bought the 3-book set because the first two books in the series were being passed around by my students so much, they were getting pretty dog-eared--and (verbal) fights were breaking out about who got …
reviewed Rishi Tea Organic Black Tea, Earl Gre.... February 28, 2010
Rishi Tea Organic Black Tea, Earl Grey Loose Tea,
If you have friends who love Earl Grey tea, buy this as a gift for them. They will thank you over and over. It's the best Earl Grey I've ever had.
reviewed Peter & Max: A Fables Novel. February 15, 2010
Peter & Max: A Fables Novel
I listened to the audio version of this novel on my commute for a week--30 minutes one way down a mountain in winter snow and ice. It was perfect. I'm not sure who is more brilliant, Bill Willingham for …
Tea Time for the Traditionally Built (No. 1
While this installment in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series does not involve the hilarity of shopping cart sleuthing, it does involve the diabolical actions of Violet Sephotho--not even close to …
The Miracle at Speedy Motors: A No. 1 Ladies'
Loved this one! I am enjoying the developing relationship between Mma Ramotswe and Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni. When they first married, it seemed that they were well suited, but deep love, the type that comes …
reviewed Hunger: A Gone Novel. January 30, 2010
Hunger: A Gone Novel
I found myself reading this sequel to Gone even more quickly than I'd read the first book in the series. By now, we have come to know and either love or hate the primary players in this drama. I like …
reviewed Rishi Tea Organic Golden Yunnan Loose.... January 30, 2010
Rishi Tea Organic Golden Yunnan Loose Tea,
This is a great tea. Gorgeous color and scent. (You'll know you're going to love it when you open the can and the aroma drifts out.) Don't over-brew or it can be bitter, like all black teas. Just a couple …
reviewed Black Cats 2010 Calendar. January 30, 2010
Black Cats 2010 Calendar
Big bold beautiful black felines! Love the professional photos--cats in all postures of being cats. Very nice!
Bette Davis: Larger than Life
I bought this book as a gift for my son, as he loves Bette Davis, but I was just as enthralled with it. I love the format. The photos are beautiful. He stayed up half the night reading it the day I gave …
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