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Anne Hawn's books

Who Moved My Cheese?
If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans
Scientific Secrets for Self-Control
Just One Damned Thing After Another
The Vanishing
Exercises in Knitting
The Good Dream
The Very Best of Edgar Allan Poe
The Chosen
BT-Kids' Knits
Talking God
The Professor
The Christmas Files
The Finisher
Home Decor for 18-Inch Dolls: Create 10 Room Settings with Furniture and 15 Outfits with Accessories
Dracula and Other Stories
A New Song
All Quiet on the Western Front
File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses

Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of MosesWalking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses by Bruce Feiler

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Bruce Feiler begins his journey, he has no particular attachment to the Biblical lands. He is not even sure of what he hopes to find. With the help of an Israeli anthropologist, he visit the places mentioned in the Bible, or those that are traditionally believed to be the place where certain events took place and he finds his tie to land and his faith are growing deeper and deeper. The reader can’t help but to be carried along by his vivid descriptions and powerful narrative. I found that the explanations of what happened in these places and what life was like in Biblical extremely compelling. I felt that I had journeyed with him. It doesn’t matter what your religious background is, this book is for people of all Biblical faiths.

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club

The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn ClubThe Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club by Gil McNeil

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There have been a number of books that deal with knitting groups, but this one is an interesting twist. Jo Mackenzie’s husband has just been killed in a car crash…just after he has informed his wife that he has a mistress whom he has been living part time and he has taken a second mortgage on their house to finance their life. He will be leaving her immediately…and then he is killed. Her emotions are in limbo and her life has been turned upside down. There is only one solution on the horizon. She will move to the country with her two young sons and take over her grandmother’s knitting shop.

Nothing is simple and this transition isn’t either. Jo manages to get a “Stitch and Bitch” group going and she is in just as much need of it as her customers. One of her best customers is an actress who lives in a nearby mansion. Her friendship is a turning point and puts to rest some of the animosity shown to the newcomer.

This is a nice book for some light reading. The characters are pretty well developed and the plot has some unusual twists to it. It would be nice to see some of these characters in another book.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Amelia Bedelia (I Can Read Book 2

Amelia Bedelia (I Can Read Book 2)Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Amelia Bedelia keeps messing up everything because she takes everything absolutely literally. She means to please but somehow it all goes wrong. Big kids and little kids all enjoy this madcap maid of all work.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Deaf Sentence

Deaf SentenceDeaf Sentence by David Lodge

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

At first, I wasn't sure I was going to like this book. It is the story about a professor of linguistics who has taken early retirement because of his increasing deafness. I wanted to read it because my father is hard of hearing and I thought it would help me to identify with his world. In that respect, the book was excellent. I understood some of the difficulties a partially deaf person faces...leaving home in a hurry and forgetting the hearing aids, agreeing with people in a confused setting because of either misunderstanding or simply because it is easier than having everything repeated again and again.

The book was also interesting as it deals with a person whose identity is changing with the loss of a career, an elderly parent, and the everyday enjoyments no longer feasible due to increasing age and loss of agility. The main character is struggling to transition out of the active workforce and into the life of the elderly.

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Friday, July 09, 2010

The Killing Doll

The Killing DollThe Killing Doll by Ruth Rendell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is not one of my favorite Rendell books. There actually isn't much of a mystery. It is more a psychological and psychic book about a brother and sister in a very strange English family. The main characters are Pup and his sister, Dolly, and the twisted way in which they grow up.

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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Lucy Rose: Big on Plans

Lucy Rose: Big on Plans (Lucy Rose)Lucy Rose: Big on Plans by Katy Kelly

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Lucy Rose and her best friend, Jonique, have a lot to do in the summer. They are both going to Parks and Rec. where Lucy desperately wants to make a lanyard, but Parks and Rec has a fly in the ointment called Ashley. Ashley looks down her nose at Lucy Rose and makes fun of her. She goes out of her way to be nasty and Lucy Rose doesn't understand it.

She also has a few more things to do this summer. She has to get rid of the Squirrels in her grandparents yard because they are eating all the fruit an Madam can't make jam. But the biggest thing she has to do is get her parents back together. If she could just think of the right thing to do.

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Lucy Rose: Here's the Thing About Me

Lucy Rose: Here's the Thing About Me (Lucy Rose)Lucy Rose: Here's the Thing About Me by Katy Kelly

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lucy Rose could be Junie B. Jones in 3rd grade. She has the same kind of spunk and good intentions that tend to go awry. She is an "individual" and things are rarely boring around her.

Her parents are separated and she has left Michigan for Washington, DC where she lives very close to her grandparents. While she enjoys her grandparents, and they seem to be of the very best sort for an independent little girl, she doesn't look forward to a new school, especially when the one student she meets is a boy she dislikes thoroughly.

This book is hilarious and I fell in love with Lucy Rose and her whole family. Her parents are very supportive of her and while they are separated, they both show their love for Lucy Rose by the way they treat each other. This is a great book!

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