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Hello, all. I'm new to this team and will write an intro post in a moment.

For January, I read:

-Harbinger by Sara Wilson Etienne (3)
-Incarnate by Jodi Meadows (5)
-Hallowed by Cynthia Hand (4)
-Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan (4)
-Darkness Falls by Cate Tiernan (4)
-The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges (5)
-Fracture by Megan Miranda (5)
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-Everneath by Brodi Ashton (4)

Of these titles, my favorites were Incarnate and The Gathering Storm. Both have wonderful fantasy elements and are really engaging.

Marla

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“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default.”
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Read in January:

Outlander by Diane Gabaldon - A.MA.ZING 5*

Kisses from Katie (a book about the children of Uganda and an unlikely missionary) 4*

Dragonfly in Amber by Diane Gabaldon - 5*

Stay strong and be blessed!

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2/9/12 2:44 P

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Hey I'm new :)
In January I finished up Anna Karenina and the Millenium Trilogy (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, etc)
Both were really good in TOTALLY different ways LOL

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2/9/12 8:41 A

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Started An Irish Country Court ship by Patrick Taylor. I'm having a hard time putting it down so far. Like the series very much.

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2/1/12 1:57 A

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I'm pretty new here. Just wondering if anyone has a Nook. I received one for Chistmas and have been reading on it, I do like it.

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4 more by Kate Munger in the Casey Jones mystery series: Casey in an unlicensed PI in Raleigh, NC. The books are full of Southern touches - sweet tea, Krispy Kremes, good ol' boys, and lazy hound dogs. Casey is from a poor white trash background, but she never backs down from anyone. She's also frankly sexual - lots of male friends (not graphic). She manages to get her cases solved by sheer grit and determination.

22) Money to Burn 4 stars

23) Bad to the Bone 4 stars

24) Better Off Dead 3.5 stars

25) Bad Moon on the Rise 4 stars


Book 4 of Connie Shelton's Samantha Sweet mysteries

26) Sweet Hearts - 3.5 stars - baker Samantha Sweet and Sheriff Beau Caldwell are getting married - but picking Valentine's Day wasn't the best plan.


and, 27) Maybe (A Donovan Creed Novel) by John Locke 3 stars

Not a book to start with if you're reading the Donovan Creed series - you have to know the players first. Donovan Creed is an assassin, as are many of his friends. They're mostly on the side of the angels ... Funny, in a black humor way.


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Brass - Robert J. Conley 2.5

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Dead to the World by C Harris
A Sookie Stackhouse book... I love these books. quick, easy read...
the vamps and weres join together against the witches.

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The Assassin by Ted Bell

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The Silver Branch by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison*****5*****

From the back of the book:
She was Aeron, heir to the throne of Keltia at a time when the people of the Keltic worlds had not yet re-established contact with their distant brethren of Earth...and when dangerous foes were mobilizing to destroy this mighty space empire hidden behind its seemingly impenetrable magic-fueled Curtain Wall. From events long before her birth which would shape the worlds and the burdens she would inherit...to her first discovery of the magic that could move the very sun from its path...the the dangerous rites of passage that would maker her sorcerer, warrior, avenger, and ultimately Queen...this is the tale of Aeron--mistress of high magic and last defender of the Kelts--whose brilliant powers of sorcery would change the destiny of friends and foes alike when war finally exploded across the starways...

This is the prequel to The Copper Crown and The Throne of Scone and it gives illumination to the conflicts that shaped the great battles and trials of those tales.

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American Gods by Neil Gaiman***** 5 stars

Released from prison, Shadow finds his world turned upside down. His wife has been killed; a mysterious stranger offers him a job. But Mr. Wednesday, who knows more about Shadow than is possible, warns that a storm is coming -- a battle for the very soul of America . . . and they are in its direct path.



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The Real Rio D’Aquila - Sandra Marton - 3.5*

the last of the Orsini family dtories


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Just finished this for book club. It was a quick read. And very light as far as historical fiction is concerned. It definitely made for a lively book club discussion and personally gave me lots of food for thought.

Was trying to reply to recommendation for Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet...

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Now you See Her by James Patterson.
I love James Patterson books. I have read almost all of his books.

The Light of God Surrounds us.
The Love of God Enfolds us.
The Power of God Protects us.
The Presense of God Watches over us.
Wherever I am God is and all is well.


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Stepping away from the mystery series, I finished

8. How it All Began, by Penelope Lively 4 stars * * * *

From Amazon.com:
When Charlotte Rainsford, a retired schoolteacher, is accosted by a petty thief on a London street, the consequences ripple across the lives of acquaintances and strangers alike. A marriage unravels after an illicit love affair is revealed through an errant cell phone message; a posh yet financially strapped interior designer meets a business partner who might prove too good to be true; an old-guard historian tries to recapture his youthful vigor with an ill-conceived idea for a TV miniseries; and a middle-aged central European immigrant learns to speak English and reinvents his life with the assistance of some new friends.

Through a richly conceived and colorful cast of characters, Penelope Lively explores the powerful role of chance in people's lives and deftly illustrates how our paths can be altered irrevocably by someone we will never even meet. Brought to life in her hallmark graceful prose and full of keen insights into human nature, How It All Began is an engaging, contemporary tale that is sure to strike a chord with her legion of loyal fans as well as new readers. A writer of rare wisdom, elegance, and humor, Lively is a consummate storyteller whose gifts are on full display in this masterful work.

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I've completed the Chief Inspector Gamache books with the 6th and 7th books in the series. I'll miss the characters, and hope ti won't be too long before there's a book 8.

6. Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny 4 stars * * * *
From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. At the start of Agatha-winner Penny's moving and powerful sixth Chief Insp. Armand Gamache mystery (after 2009's The Brutal Telling), Gamache is recovering from a physical and emotional trauma, the exact nature of which isn't immediately disclosed, in Québec City. When the body of Augustin Renaud, an eccentric who'd spent his life searching for the burial site of Samuel de Champlain, Québec's founder, turns up in the basement of the Literary and Historical Society, Gamache reluctantly gets involved in the murder inquiry. Meanwhile, Gamache dispatches his longtime colleague, Insp. Jean Guy Beauvoir, to the quiet town of Three Pines to revisit the case supposedly resolved at the end of the previous book. Few writers in any genre can match Penny's ability to combine heartbreak and hope in the same scene. Increasingly ambitious in her plotting, she continues to create characters readers would want to meet in real life.

7. A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny 5 stars * * * * *
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"The superbly gifted Louise Penny is on my secret shortlist of must-read authors, and A TRICK OF THE LIGHT proves why. Artist Clara Morrow is about to have a prestigious show of her paintings when her childhood friend is found murdered, and the finger of suspicion points to Clara. Chief Inspector Gamache is called to investigate, and using his trademark powers of deduction and his intuitive knack for the right question at the right time, he exposes the darkness that underlies the bright stars of Montreal's art world, where competition between friends, and even between husband and wife, can turn lethal. Ultimately, of course, it's Louise Penny who steals the show, and A TRICK OF THE LIGHT will not only keep you engrossed from start to finish, it will teach you something new about love, truth, and the human heart.” --Lisa Scottoline

“Penny, elevating herself to the pantheon that houses P.D. James, Ruth Rendell and Minette Walters, demonstrates an exquisite touch with characterization, plotting and artistic sensitivity. And there could be no better explanation of A.A. than you will find here.” --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Outstanding….With her usual subtle touch and timely injections of humor, Penny effectively employs the recurring motif of the chiaroscuro, the interplay of light and dark, which distinguishes Morrow's artwork and which resonates symbolically in the souls of the author's characters.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Like P. D. James, Penny shows how the tight structure of the classical mystery story can accommodate a wealth of deeply felt emotions and interpersonal drama.”—Booklist“Penny’s characters are sharply drawn, realistically complicated and heartbreakingly real. Wonderful, complex characters and sophisticated plotting makes this a perfect book. Do not miss it.”—RT Book Reviews

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Fax Me A Bagel by Sharon Kahn 3.5*s

First in a cozy mystery series with a widowed Rabbi's wife as the amateur sleuth. Amusing and a quick read. I will be picking up the second one at the library soon. emoticon



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The Throne of Scone by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison*****5*****
(from the back of the book)
The Treasures of Arthur, The Trial Among The Stars...Aeron, Queen of the Kelts, has fled to the stars on a desperate mission to find the fabled Thirteen Treasures of King Arthur, hidden from his Keltic descendants for fifteen hundred years. Her search will lead from the depths of space, where worlds are born, to the heart of an ancient enemy's stronghold and on to a trial of courage and magic that even the Queen of the Kelts may not survive! And while Aeron pursues her destiny among the stars, all the forces of Keltia are mobilizing for a war that could set the very worlds ablaze...a war that can only be won if Aeron returns triumphant from her doom-shadowed quest...

Love this series...If you are into science fiction and mythology and enamored of the Celtic spirit you have to check it out.

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Part Wild by Ceiridwen Terrill 6 stars

Part Wild is the unforgettable story of Ceiridwen Terrill's journey with a creature whose heart is divided between her bond to one woman and her need to roam free. When Terrill adopts a wolfdog—part husky, part gray wolf—named Inyo to be her protector and fellow traveler, she is drawn to Inyo’s spark of wildness; compelled by the great responsibility, even danger, that accompanies the allure of the wild; and transformed by theextraordinary love she shares with Inyo, who teaches Terrill how to carve out a place for herself in the world.
Over almost four years, Terrill and Inyo’s adventures veer between hilarious and heartbreaking. There are peaceful weekends spent hiking in snowy foothills, mirthful romps through dirty laundry, joyful adoptions of dog companions, and clashes brought on by the stress of caring for Inyo, insatiable without the stimulation of a life lived outdoors. Forced to move and accommodate the complaints of fearful neighbors and the desires of her space-craving wolfdog, Terrill must confront the reality of what she has done by trying to tame a part-wild animal.

Driven to understand the differences between dogs and wolves, Terrill spent five years interviewing genetics experts, wolf biologists, dog trainers, and wolf rescuers in the United States, Germany, Hungary, Sweden, and Russia. The fascinating results of her investigation make Part Wild as informative as it is moving.

A gifted writer able to capture the grace and power of the natural world, the complexity of scientific ideas, and the pulse of the human experience,Terrill has written a bittersweet memoir of the beauty and tragedy that comes from living with a measure of wildness.


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The Dog Who Knew Too Much by Spencer Quinn 6 stars

Combining suspense and intrigue with a wonderfully humorous take on the link between man and beast, Spencer Quinn’s exceptional mystery series has captured widespread praise since its New York Times bestselling debut, Dog on It. The Dog Who Knew Too Much marks the duo’s triumphant return in a tale that’s full of surprises.

Bernie is invited to give the keynote speech at the Great Western Private Eye Convention, but it’s Chet that the bigshot P.I. in charge has secret plans for. Meanwhile Chet and Bernie are hired to find a kid who has gone missing from a wilderness camp in the high country. The boy’s mother thinks the boy’s father—her ex—has snatched the boy, but Chet makes a find that sends the case in a new and dangerous direction. As if that weren’t enough, matters get complicated at home when a stray puppy that looks suspiciously like Chet shows up. Affairs of the heart collide with a job that’s never been tougher, requiring our two intrepid sleuths to depend on each other as never before. The Dog Who Knew Too Much is classic Spencer Quinn, offering page-turning entertainment that’s not just for dog-lovers.


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The Ice Prince - Sandra Marton - 3.5 *

Continuing the story of the Orsini family by telling the tale of the first of two sisters.

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The Epicure’s Lament by Kate Christensen***** 5 stars

Hugo Whittier–failed poet and former kept man–is a wily misanthrope with a taste for whiskey, women, and his own cooking. Afflicted with a rare disease that will be fatal unless he quits smoking, Hugo retreats to his once aristocratic family’s dilapidated mansion, determined to smoke himself to death without forfeiting any of his pleasures. To his chagrin, the world that he has forsaken is not quite finished with him. First, his sanctimonious older brother moves in, closely followed by his estranged wife, their alleged daughter, and his gay uncle. Infuriated at the violation of his sanctum, Hugo devises hilariously perverse ploys to send the intruders packing. Yet the unexpected consequences of his schemes keep forcing him to reconsider, however fleetingly, the more wholesome ingredients of love, and life itself.



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What it is Like to go to War by Karl Marlantes*** 3 stars

In 1968, Karl Marlantes was dropped into the jungle of Vietnam, an inexperienced lieutenant in command of a platoon of Marines who would live or die by his decisions. Marlantes survived, but like many of his brothers in arms, he has spent the last 40 years dealing with his experience. This is a deeply personal look at the ordeal of combat, critically examining how we might better prepare our soldiers for war.



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I read Patterson's Private this week, also Catherine Coulter's new book. Liked them both. emoticon

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The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist. 5 stars

A tale set in an unset time in the future where people deemed "dispensable"- men over 60, women over 50, and childless, who don't 'contribute" substantially to society are removed to a facility and mined for biological material i.e. corneas, kidneys and experimented on.
The trade off? They never have to worry about money; all their needs are met. They live comfortably, never having to worry about health insurance or growing old alone.
This was an intriguing and affecting book. I started reading it in December but stopped after having a nightmare in which my mother moved into this facility because she felt it made sense and it was much easier for everyone.
The ending made me incredibly sad.

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Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
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Adorable. Offbeat. Honest. Heartbreaking

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Back in Her Husband’s Bed – Melanie Milburn - 3.5*
Wedding Vow of Revenge – Lucy Monroe - 3.5*
The Italian’s Blackmailed Mistress – Jacqueline Baird - 3.5*


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The Hunger Game Trilogy by Suzanne Collins - 6 stars.

I highly recommend. I read all three of the books back to back could not put them down.

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4* Paradise Valley by Dale Cramer

The characters in this story are fiction, but it is based on true events. In the early 1920's, 5 Amish fathers were arrested and jailed in Holmes County, Ohio, for violating the Bing Act of 1921 by not sending their children to the public schools. They bought land in Mexico, sight unseen, for $10 per acre and moved their families there.

In this novel, Caleb Bender is the man taking that chance. He and his family are going down first to establish a foothold and assess the situation before other families join them. They must learn a new language, and deal with matters such as roving bands of bandits.
The story also focuses on Caleb's 3 middle daughters; 15 year old Rachel who must leave her first love behind, Miriam who at 18 is unmarried, and has no prospects, and newly married Emma.

I really enjoyed this story, and it was different from a lot of the Amish fiction I have read in that the romances were not the main focus of the story. This is the first book in a series. It ties up just enough loose ends to work as a stand alone book, but leaves enough questions to want you to read the other books to see what happens next.

The author's great grandfather was a founding member of the real Paradise Valley colony; his grandparents lived there, and his father was born there.


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Ctupton -

As you gave the John Land book 6 stars which makes it a "must read", can't you give a few more clues to help someone else find it?

I find that there is an author named Jon Land who has several series going as well as 8 non-series books. If there is a 6 star book in there, I would like to try it out. Jon Land has a series about a mafia-connected owner of a casino. Could this be your Godfather-like book?
Please take pity on us and give more information.

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Crashers by Dana Haynes *****

This is about the people who investigate aircraft crashers to determine what caused it.
I really enjoyed reading it although it is quite bloody (as you can imagine).
It is the first of a series and I intend to read the second.

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4. "Ghost Sudoku" by Kaye Morgan

** 2 stars

This gets 2 stars because I finished it. Definitely not my favorite cozy mystery series. I am not sure why I continued with the series since I was never too happy with the earlier book. Looking forward to my next book.

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ststuart woods santa fe rules 5* and also by him orchid beach

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John Land forgot the title. But it is said to be The Godfather for current times.

6 stars!

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Cave In the Snow by Vicki Mackenzie. -5 stars

It follows the lifelong journey of Tenzin Palmo -a Buddhist nun- who travels from England to India to Tibet and beyond seeking enlightenment. She spends 12 years in a cave-the last 3 in total seclusion.
I am not a spiritual person and I have never had any spiritual leanings - this book does not change that but the woman it is written about is inspiring.

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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

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Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller**** 4 stars

At its heart, this is the story of Fuller's mother, Nicola. Born on the Scottish Isle of Skye and raised in Kenya, Nicola holds dear the kinds of values most likely to get you hurt or killed in Africa: loyalty to blood, passion for land, and a holy belief in the restorative power of all animals. We see Nicola and Tim Fuller in their lavender-colored honeymoon period. In short order, an accumulation of mishaps and tragedies bump up against history until the couple finds themselves in a world they hardly recognize. The Fullers hopscotch the continent, running from war and unspeakable heartbreak, from Kenya to Rhodesia to Zambia, even returning to England briefly. But just when it seems that Nicola has been broken entirely by Africa, it is the African earth itself that revives her.


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Love in a Nutshell - Janet Evanovich 4.5 stars
light, cute read

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Eating the Dinosaur - Chuck Klosterman 3.5 stars ***

A collection of essays about pop culture from the author who also wrote "Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs". A fun and short read that covers everything from ABBA to sports star Benny Anders.

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Molly Ivins: A Rebel Life-***3 stars
A brutally honest account of a very liberal and irreverant Texan's life. She was a talented writer. Her demons were her childhood problems, her alcoholism, her nictotine addiction, and her careless disregard of her body and mind.

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Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain by David Eagleman***** 5 stars

If the conscious mind—the part you consider to be you—is just the tip of the iceberg, what is the rest doing?

The renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman navigates the depths of the subconscious brain to illuminate surprising mysteries: Why can your foot move halfway to the brake pedal before you become consciously aware of danger ahead? Why do you hear your name being mentioned in a conversation that you didn’t think you were listening to? What do Ulysses and the credit crunch have in common? Why did Thomas Edison electrocute an elephant in 1916? Why are people whose names begin with J more likely to marry other people whose names begin with J? Why is it so difficult to keep a secret? And how is it possible to get angry at yourself—who, exactly, is mad at whom?

Taking in brain damage, plane spotting, dating, drugs, beauty, infidelity, synesthesia, criminal law, artificial intelligence, and visual illusions, Incognito is a thrilling subsurface exploration of the mind and all its contradictions.



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The Descendants: A Novel - Kaui Hart Hemmings - 6 stars

Now a major motion picture starring George Clooney and directed by Alexander Payne

Fortunes have changed for the King family, descendants of Hawaiian royalty and one of the state’s largest landowners. Matthew King’s daughters—Scottie, a feisty ten-year-old, and Alex, a seventeen-year-old recovering drug addict—are out of control, and their charismatic, thrill-seeking mother, Joanie, lies in a coma after a boat-racing accident. She will soon be taken off life support. As Matt gathers his wife’s friends and family to say their final goodbyes, a difficult situation is made worse by the sudden discovery that there’s one person who hasn’t been told: the man with whom Joanie had been having an affair. Forced to examine what they owe not only to the living but to the dead, Matt, Scottie, and Alex take to the road to find Joanie’s lover, on a memorable journey that leads to unforeseen humor, growth, and profound revelations.

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19) Incredible Dreams (A Paranormal Romance) by Sandra Edwards 3 stars
Izzy Miller is NOT a ghost whisperer - she sees spirits & helps them cross over. When she meets the spirit of WWII pilot Jack Baker, she is strangely drawn to him. She travels in her dreams back to his time, to prevent his death.

20) Call Me! By John Locke and Dani Ripper 3 stars
Not as much fun as some of his other books, altho his main character is named Dani Ripper (as is his co-writer). Dani is a PI, and a survivor of a horrific child kidnapping case. She works as a decoy - trying to entice men to cheat so she can document their cheating ways. Dani is married, but doesn't love her husband (actively trying to find him a replacement wife)

21) Out of Time (Casey Jones mystery) by Kate Munger 4 stars
Book 2 of the series - North Carolina (unlicensed) PI Casey has less than a month to find evidence to get her new client off death row. Convicted spouse killer Gail Taylor's large Southern family (at least the female side) hires Casey in a kast ditch effort. She's also involved in several ongoing investigations - and someone is trying to kil her.

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At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon ****

First story in the Mitford Series about a small community in the hill country of North Carolina centering on Father Tim, the middle aged Episcopal rector, This is basically an introduction to the town and characterws and nothing particularly extraordinary happens - much like real life with no car chases or shoot-outs in sight. Just a warm story featuring gentle people (no real preaching) and some observations on Faith, Life, and Love.

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I've also been reading the Stephanie Plum, bounty hunter, series for years - love them! They're great "beach" or "gloomy winter afternoon" reads! So much fun - and often so funny you'll wet...well, you know. Just wish she'd choose a guy - Ranger or Morelli. Who would YOU choose?

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Building a Reality-Based Relationship by Liberty Kovacs***** 5 stars

Drawing on her forty years of professional experience, real-world cases, and studies, Dr. Kovacs shares her model for the modern marriage. Kovacs maps the journey shared by couples across six unique and all-important marital stages: honeymoon, expectation, power struggle, seven-year-itch, reconciliation, and acceptance. Along the way, they develop a clearer understanding of their identities as individuals and of their fit together.


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6*

Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys

One summer night in Lithunia in 1941, the Soviet Police barge into the home of 15 year old Lina and deport her along with her mother and brother, and send them to Siberia. Her father has been separated from the family and sentenced to death in a prison camp.

Lina is an artist, and she fights for life she can survive to honor her family, and thousands like hers, by documenting her experience through her art and writing. She also takes risks to use her art as messages, hoping they will make their way to her father in in his prison camp.

It's a long and harrowing journey, and it's only their incredible strength, love and hope that pull Lina and her family through each day, but is love enough to keep them alive?

This is riveting novel that really captures your heart, I would rate it up there with The Diary of Anne Frank. The author is the daughter of a Lithuanian refugee, and I applaud her for telling this story about Stalin's ethic cleansing that is seldom told.


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I've been a Stephanie Plum fan for years, ever since an elderly man recommended this great new book he read. These books are always a fun read and never disappoint.

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Jewel in His Crown - Lynne Graham - 3*

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I finished two books:

11/22/63 by Stephen King 4*
This is an interesting book by Mr King. A man goes back in time to try and prevent the assassination of JFK.
He ultimately learns that time doesn't want to be changed.
The beginning of the book is very good as is the ending. The middle drags a little.
This book appears to be well researched as far as Americana and the pop music of the time.
I wish the characters were as well developed. Too many of them are one- dimensional.

"Paradise Regained" by John Milton 5*
This work picks up where "Paradise Lost" left off.
It deals with Jesus being tempted by Satan when he is fasting in the desert


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just finishing the Night Manager by John le Carré ( 5 stars)
in preparation for reading more of his spy/espionage novels and the movie
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Susane53 - I felt the same way about Wicked! I had heard such great things about Gregory Macguire. I've read 3 of his books, like I keep expecting them to get better. I just don't like his style. The stories are fascinating, but the way they're written makes me wanna scream.

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This is an extremely interesting look at a presidential coverup. I also recently watched Ides of March and I couldn't help but to draw comparisons. Very interesting look at what the public is willing to overlook if you're honest about mistakes and what lengths people will take to protect their public image.

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3. "How to be Lost" by Amanda Eyre Ward

4 stars ****

Elle went missing from her family when she was 5 years old. Caroline is the oldest sister who went looking for her years later after her parents died when an attorney wanted to declare her dead. This is a fast paced book that I could not put down. I recommend it to my fellow readers.”

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The Lighthouse Keeper - James Michael Pratt
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A very bittersweet journey beginning with an Irish family's tragic loss as they emigrated to the US...and accompanies 2 different generations through the heights of and loss of love...

Interspersed with some WWII vignettes and the end of two different lives and eventual reunion with their loved ones as their life's journey is completed.

Knocked a half star off for pacing and the surface treatment of a couple elements.

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4. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.
It took a while to get into it (about a quarter of the book), but once in, I couldn't put it down. Translated from Swedish, it also took some time to get used to the names, street names, etc.

4. I Knew You'd Be Lovely by Alethea Black.
A collection of short stories by this new author. Some of the stories draw the reader in so quickly, they leave you wishing for the complete novel...

After two years in school, I'm trying to catch up on my fun reading - I'm way behind! I loved The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, was seriously disappointed in Wicked by Gregory Macguire (I actually didn't finish it, which almost never happens), and loved Hell by Robert Olen Butler and Room by Emma Donoghue. Next up: the Twilight series - UGH - but I promised my daughter I would.

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Polaris by Jack McDevitt - 6 stars

Admittedly, I don't read sci-fi, but my husband has been raving about this author for years, so I finally gave it a try. Alex Benedict is a futuristic artifacts dealer who starts looking for the people who disappeared mysteriously off a space ship 60 years earlier. It's part mystery, part science discussion, and since ti's told from the point of view of his assistant and pilot, part character observation. Fantastic, couldn't put it down.

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Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo

Todd is a minister in Nebraska. His son Colton's appendix bursts. After Colton recovers from the surgery, he begins telling them about his visit to Heaven.

This is a quick read but one that you will not soon forget.

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Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery. 5/6 stars. This is a really great classic. Although written for children, the use of language and character development in this book transcend many adult books. This was a great read--will appeal more to women and girls then men.

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A Book for Couples by Hugh and Gayle Prather*** 3 stars

Gently and whimsically, the Prathers apply Eastern notions of detachment to the context of long-term commitments (within or without marriage), encouraging partners to let go of ego-based assumptions that make for possessiveness, anger, and autonomy.


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Bent Road by Lori Roy**** 4 stars

For 20 years, Celia Scott has watched her husband, Arthur, hide from the secrets surrounding his sister Eve's death. As a young man, Arthur fled his small hometown, moved to Detroit, married Celia, and never looked back. But when the 1967 riots frighten him even more than his past, he convinces Celia to pack up their family and return to the road he grew up on, Bent Road, and that same small town where Eve mysteriously died.


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The Gap Year by Sarah Bird**** 4 stars

Cam Lightsey is a lactation consultant and divorcée still secretly carrying a torch for the ex who dumped her, a suburban misfit who’s given up her rebel dreams so her only child can get a good education. Aubrey Lightsey is tired of being the dutiful, grade-grubbing band geek, ready to explode from wanting her “real” life to begin, trying to figure out love with boys weaned on Internet porn. When Aubrey meets Tyler Moldenhauer, football idol, the fuse is lit. Aubrey metastasizes into Cam’s worst silent, sullen teen nightmare, a girl with zero interest in college. Worse, on the sly Aubrey’s in touch with her father, who left when she was two to join a celebrity-ridden nutball cult.



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420 Characters by Lou Beach**** 4 stars

Alternately surreal, funny, ominous, and lyrical, Lou Beach’s 420 Characters offers an experience as dazzling as any in contemporary fiction. Revealing worlds of meaning in single paragraphs, these crystalline miniature stories began as Facebook status updates, and mark a new turn in an acclaimed artist and illustrator’s career.

Loved the Hen's Nightmare and the one that ends, "wish you were her."


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Betrayal of Trust, A J. P. Beaumont Novel - J. A. Jance - 4.5*

I enjoy reading this series of novel about the homicide detective in the Seattle area. This is the most recent story and shows how the characters have grown and aged over the years.

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Finished House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones - third in the Howl series. It was great! Much better than the second book and almost as good as the first! 5 stars.

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The Silent Hour by Michael Koryta *****

If you haven't tried any of Koryta's books, you're missing a great young author.

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I am just starting Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson. I love to read about people who changed the world. What a genius!

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17) Once Bitten by Clare Willis 3 stars
Account exec Angie meets Eric, mysterious and compelling. Now, she's sleeping all day, food tastes bad, and sunlight gives her a headache. Hmmm

18) Legwork (Casey Jones Mystery) by Katy Munger 4 stars
Casey is an unlicensed PI in Raleigh,South Carolina. She's been hired as a bodyguard to up & coming political aspirant Mary Lee Masters. Someone has killed a man and dumped the body in MLM's car. Casey gets involved in Southern politics and shenanigans. Humorous.

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Private: #1 Suspect - James Patterson - 5 *s
Like always a good story, quick read and twist and turns.

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V for Vengence by Sue Grafton - 3 ***

Summary: A woman with a murky past who kills herself-or was it murder? A dying old man cared for by the son he pummeled mercilessly. A lovely woman whose life is about to splinter into a thousand fragments. A professional shoplifting ring racking up millions in stolen goods. A brutal and unscrupulous gangster. A wandering husband, rich and powerful. A spoiled kid awash in gambling debt thinking he can beat the system. A lonely widower mourning the death of his lover, desperate for answers that may be worse than the pain of his loss. An elegant but ruthless businessman whose dealings are definitely outside the law: the spider at the center of the web.

And Kinsey Millhone, whose thirty-eighth-birthday gift is a punch in the face that leaves her with two black eyes and a busted nose.

Comments: Liked it in parts but overall not one of her bests. Seemed disjointed and lots of different stories that took a while to connect but it had a predictable ending. Perhaps it had been too long for me since the last book but I did not feel a connection to Kinsey and it took me a while to finish the book.

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Sick Puppy by Carl Hiaasen 2.5*s

This has pretty good ratings on Goodreads but I just didn't find it laugh out loud funny like the back cover promised. From Goodreads.com:
"Palmer Stoat is a man with connections, a man who gets things done. In addition, he is a liar, a philanderer, and a phallocentric egotist with a weakness for imported cigars and "canned" big-game hunts. He is also, unfortunately for him, a litterbug. In the latter capacity, he attracts the attention of a good-hearted, slightly demented ecoterrorist named Twilly Spree. Twilly begins to stalk Palmer, punishing himinspectacular fashion for such petty infractions as tossing hamburgerwrappers out of his car window. Inevitably, Twilly learns that Palmer is a party to a much grander ecological crime: Robert Clapley's impending development of Shearwater Island. At that point, Twilly, who has always had a problem with "anger management," declares unconditional war against Palmer, his partners, and their shortsighted, self-serving schemes. "


Freefall by Kristen Heitzmann 3.5*s

From Goodreads.com: "When a young woman stumbles out of the Hanalei Mountains on the island of Kauai with no memory of who she is or how she got there, Cameron Pierce reluctantly agrees to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding her arrival. As pieces begin to fall into place, he suspects her injuries were no accident, but he s far from convinced she s an innocent victim. And there s that nagging feeling he s seen her somewhere before. Now known as Jade, the woman begins to recall fragments of what led her to this place, and she realizes the danger isn t over. Jade and the cynical Hawaiian investigator attempt to reconstruct the threads of her identity, but the stakes are far higher than either expected."

I will probably seek out other books by this author. Some people have found it annoying that the Christian characters talk about sexual desire in this book so if that offends you it might not be a good choice of inspirational fiction for you.



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Marchese’s Forgotten Bride – Michelle Reid - 3.5*

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From Hoofbeats to Dogsteps - A life of Listening to and Learning from Animals - Rachel Page Elliot - 5 stars

Born to a loving and educated New England family, Rachel Page Elliott, known to all as Pagey, was encouraged to develop her interests and talents wherever they would lead her. And lead her they did, to a life-long fascination with animals, first to horses, then to dogs. Each passion created adventures and opportunities that make her life story so fascinating.

With a growing family and a farm in the country, Pagey bred and competed in a wide range of dog sports with her “Featherquest” Golden Retrievers. Her interests led her to the scientific study of canine structure and movement and ground-shaking research that changed, and is still changing, widely-held beliefs about how dogs move. Curl up with this reminiscence of the life of a woman ahead of her time in her independence and passionate study of her interests and be inspired to follow your own instincts to live life more fully!

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"Touched by Angels," by Debbie Macomber. A friend of mine introduced me to Macomber's "Christmas Angels" series years ago, and though I don't normally read romance OR stories about angels, I quite like the books. In this re-release, "Prayer Ambassadors" Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy answer the prayers of a teacher in a tough city school, an obedient daughter who follows her parents' wishes and becomes engaged to a man they like but that she doesn't love, and a cowboy who loves a young woman who left the ranch and came to New York City in search of stardom. The book is light and charming, filled with holiday-style "warm fuzzies." If that's what you like in a book, this would be a good choice for you. Rating: 4.

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1225 Christmas Tree Lane (Cedar Cove) by Debbie Macomber

6 stars - A great way for her to end this series. Can't wait for her next series!!!

The people of Cedar Cove know how to celebrate Christmas. Like Grace and Olivia and everyone else, Beth Morehouse expects this Christmas to be one of her best. Her small Christmastree farm is prospering, her daughters and her dogs are happy and well, and her new relationship with local vet Ted Reynolds is showing plenty of romantic promise.

But…someone recently left a basket filled with puppies on her doorstep, puppies she's determined to place in good homes. That's complication number one. And number two is that her daughters Bailey and Sophie have invited their dad, Beth's exhusband, Kent, to Cedar Cove for Christmas. The girls have visions of a momanddad reunion dancing in their heads.

As always in life—and in Cedar Cove—there are surprises, too. More than one family's going to have a puppy under the tree. More than one scheme will go awry. And more than one romance will have a happy ending!


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4* The Bridge by Kay Bratt

Jing is an old woman, living in China across from an ancient bridge known as The Lucky Bridge. At one time it was considered good luck to walk over it during a marriage ceremony, or while traveling. Because of that reputation, it has also become a popular place for mothers to abandon their children, their only hope for them to find a new destiny and a better life. Jing steps in when no one else will to save the children from frostbite, abuse, and hunger and takes them to the safety of the orphanage. This has been her routine for many years; most of the children have been babies, but the latest one, a 5 year old boy named Fei Fei, really tugs at her heart.

This is a short story, but it really packs a punch. It's uplifting without being sappy or sentimental, how Fei Fei's life is changed by the love of a lonely old woman.

This story is based on a real orphaned boy the author met in China.


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14) The Next Always: Book One of the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy by Nora Roberts 4 stars
The Montgomery brothers are renovating an old, dilapdated hotel in BoonsBoro, MD. Youngest brother Beckett also wants to start a relationship with widowed and bookstore owner Clare. He has loved her since they were 15, and her kids are adorable. (& there's a ghost haunting the inn)

15) Hail Mary (Jim Knighthorse Series # 3) by J.R. Rain 4 stars
JR Rain writes several series and likes to put mentions of them in the other series. Funny, tragic, sometimes horrific (I learned more than I wanted to know about shark finning) Jim Knighthorse is working on solving his own mother's murder.

16) Emerald Moon (the 3d Manny Williams Thriller) by Rick Murcer 3.5 stars
Lansing homicide detective is asked by Carousel Cruise Lines to help solve ghe execution style slayings of some of their security staff. The FBI and others get involved - and soon they are going to Ireland to track serial killer Argyle - still uncaptured after the first 2 books.

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I finished Cinder by Marissa Meyer - a dystopian retelling of Cinderella taking place in China, involving cyborgs and an alien race on the moon. It was pretty good, though I could have done without the moon people and the abrupt end that will lead up to (as usual) a trilogy. 4 stars

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2. "The Kitchen House" by Kathleen Grissom

4****stars

A story told by 2 of the characters, Belle and Lavinia. On a tobacco plantation in Virginia young Lavinia was an indentured servant from Ireland in the late 1700's. Belle was the plantation owners illegitimate slave daughter. She runs the kitchen house off the main house. Lavinia learns all the chores that are done by the slaves, who become her family. But she is also accepted by the people of the main house. This was my bookclub selection this month and I recommend this book to all serious readers.

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Threadbare-Monica Ferris-4 stars****
Each of the Crewel World books has plenty of new material to garner. This one deals with the homeless and makes me cherish the mild winters of Oklahoma.

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Between Sundays by Karen Kingsbury *****

Good story about the intoxicating results of fame and fortune.

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Her Baby Secret – Kim Lawrence - 3.5*
Baby of Shame – Julia James - 3.5*
The Royal Baby Bargain – Robyn Donald - 3.5*


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Bachelor Undone by Brenda Jackson

4 Stars - Fast read, read it in a couple of hours today.

When Darcy Owens leaves snowy New York for some Jamaican fun in the sun, the city planner isn't expecting to meet the hero of her fantasies. But the sexy, sun-kissed man she sees her first day on the beach comes pretty close. Until he turns out to be York Ellis, the drop-dead-gorgeous but supremely arrogant ex-cop who thinks she needs his protection…and his passion.

When York looks at Darcy, he knows she's the woman he'd give his life for. So when Darcy finds herself in peril, the security expert vows to safeguard her. Now it's not only his body at risk. It's his heart he's in danger of losing when she tempts him with the one thing the sworn bachelor never dreamed he'd find: passionate, glorious love.

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I've just started the third Beverly Barton book in three weeks. Close Enough to Kill. She keeps you guessing right up until the end.

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1105 Yakima Street (Cedar Cove) by Debbie Macomber

6 Stars!!! So sad that there is only 1 more book to read in the series. I really love this series and am sad to see it end.....

Dear Reader,

You've probably heard that my wife has left me. Rachel's pregnant and she says she can't handle the stress in our household anymore. My thirteenyearold daughter, Jolene, is jealous of her. Maybe it's my fault. As a widower I spoiled her—

Jolene was reading over my shoulder just now and says that's not true. She claims Rachel ruined everything. But that's not true. The real question is: How can I get my wife back? I don't even know where she is. She's not with Teri Polgar or any of her other friends from the salon. The other question is...when will Jolene grow up and stop acting like such a brat?

I'm not the only one in town with problems. Linc Wyse's fatherinlaw is trying to destroy his business. And you know Charlotte Rhodes? Seems she's becoming forgetful and the family's worried about her and Ben. Lots of other stuff going on—but Rachel is better at keeping up with it than I am.

If you have any idea where my wife is, give me a call. Please. (Amazon Review)

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Ramayana--translated/interpreted by C. Rajagopalachari****4****

This was one of my TBR books for 2012. I really enjoyed this book about Vishnu's avatar Rama. It is a love story on many levels: the love between a god and his people; a love between a just ruler and his people, between husband and wife, between a good leader and those who choose to follow him, between siblings...the list goes on. Rajaji's explications as he explained what passages were trying to teach one and differences between different versions of the Ramayana and how they came about and what they say about the culture trying to understand and gain meaning from and give meaning to an epic such as this really added to my understanding and enjoyment of this work. I didn't really know whether I was going to enjoy, but the characters were really alive and it really drew me in to not only the story but also to what the tellers of this tale really wanted their listeners to draw from it.

Now I want to find a copy that is more just the story without the same levels of explication in order to see if I draw even more out of it now that I have experienced it through this lens.

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101 Ways to Get and Keep His Attention by Michelle McKinney Hammond*** 3 stars

From her survey of more than a hundred eligible men, noted relationship author Michelle McKinney Hammond paints a realistic picture of what really attracts men to women and what to do with his attention once you’ve got it. Too preachy – too much of a religious slant to it.


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2002 Romantic Ideas by Cyndi Haynes and Dale Edwards**** 4 stars

Show the most important person in your life just how much they mean to you! From simple and sweet gestures of love, to adventurous and exotic ideas for memorable dates, 2002 Romantic Ideas will help you make (or keep!) your relationship as passionate and romantic as you've always dreamed it could be. About 1/5 of these ideas are just giving advice or relationship rules. Another 1/5 are too expensive for normal people. The rest includes many of the ideas I’ve employed and many that I plan to use in the future.


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Cooked: My Journey from the Streets to the Stove by Jeff Henderson*** 3 stars

Jeff Henderson was just another inner-city black kid born into a world of poverty and limited options, where crime seemed to provide the only way to get out. Raised mostly by his single mother, who struggled just to keep food on the table, Jeff dreamed big. He had to get out and he soon did by turning to what so many in his community did: dealing drugs. By 21, he was one of the top cocaine dealers in San Diego. Two years later he was indicted on federal drug trafficking charges and sentenced to almost 20 years in prison.

The street life had been the only one he'd ever known and even incarcerated he was too hardheaded to realize that no good would come of it. Until he was assigned to one of the least desirable prison jobs: washing dishes. That job helped turn his whole life around. It gave him access to the prison kitchen and he became fascinated watching his fellow prisoners cook. Henderson learned to cook in prison. Not cocaine, but food. And his dream was born: Once outside, he would become a chef.



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Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs - Caroline Knapp 6 stars

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Caroline Knapp is head over heels in love--not with a human being, but with her mixed-breed dog, Lucille. From the moment Lucille first locked eyes with Knapp through the bars of an animal shelter cage, the intelligent, pointy-eared mutt began to transform Knapp's life. Reeling from the deaths of both her parents, a breakup with a long-term boyfriend, and her newly won sobriety after a 20-year battle with the bottle (which was skillfully chronicled in a previous memoir, Drinking: A Love Story), Knapp found in Lucille not only companionship, but "consistency, continuity, connection. In a word, love." Although she doesn't regard Lucille as a replacement for alcohol and lost loved ones, Knapp does believe "that in loving her I have had that sense of being filled anew and essentially redirected, an old identity shattered and a new one emerging in its stead." In Pack of Two Knapp, with the help of dog psychiatrists, trainers, breeders, and owners, explores the partnership between human and dog and the mysteries of the canine mind--how dogs love, how they think, and how they see human beings. And despite her findings that the dog will remain essentially "mysterious ... unknowable," Knapp is ultimately at peace with this, still devouring the moments when dog and human can "transcend the language barrier" to "understand what the other wants and feels." This book pays homage to the wonderful and complex relationship between one woman and her dog. --Naomi Gesinger

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The Goodbye Quilt - by Susan Wiggs - 5.5*s
I loved this story about a mom and daughter coping with the daughter going away to college.

The Winding Ways Quilt - Jennifer Chiaverini 5*s
Another Elm Creek Quilters story.

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The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald 5*

This is an early novel (1922) by Fitzgerald. It is about a young man who gets married and is waiting impatiently for his Grandfather to die so he can inherit an incredible amount of money.
Anthony Patch graduates from Harvard and then doesn't want to work.
He and his young wife live on his limited income from bonds.
They party and have a great time even when Prohibition becomes law.
The book is a little slow until Anthony is drafted during WW1.
He spends his time in the States.
Anthony gets in trouble trying to support a young woman, he met on a pass.eanwhile his wife is faithful back home in New York.

When Anthony's Grandfther dies, the will disinherits Anthony because of his high living and his Grandfather being a Prohibitionist.
Anthony becomes more of a falling down drunkard as the couple keep spending their bonds to support their high life style and eventually become poor.
This book is aprapo today with people living beyond their means and hoping to win the lottery.


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Divine by Karen Kingsbury *****

Awesome modern day story of a Mary Magdalene. Some really difficult things to read about, but a very uplifting ending.

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I never know what I am going to read until it is time to start a new book and then I go to my book shelf of MANY books and look through them until something strikes my mood and then I read it. I have been reading a couple of Beverly Bartons books. I am waiting for the newest in the series of Janet Evanovich's book Explosive Eighteen to arrive so I can read it. She is my favorite author of all. Now that I am reading more I haven't been getting my crocheting caught up. I was suppose to have my niece's afghan done by Christmas and with my Fibromyagia I didn't make it.

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The Girl in the Polka-Dot Dress by Beryl Bainbridge*** 3 stars

In the tumultuous spring of 1968 a young English woman, Rose, travels from London to the US to meet Washington Harold. In her suitcase are a polka dot dress and a one-way ticket. In an America recently convulsed by the assassination of Martin Luther King and subsequent urban riots, they begin a search for the charismatic and elusive Dr. Wheeler- sage, prophet and, possibly, redeemer-who rescued Rose from a dreadful childhood and against whom Harold holds a seething grudge. As they follow their quarry cross-country in a camper they encounter the odd remnants of Wheeler acolytes who harbor festering cultural and political grievances. Along the way, a famous artist is shot in New York, mutilated soldiers are evacuated from Vietnam, race hatred explodes in ghettos and suburbs and casual madness blossoms at revival meetings. Many believe America's only hope is presidential candidate Robert Kennedy, whose campaign trail echoes Rose and Harold's pilgrimage. Both will conclude in Los Angeles at the Ambassador Hotel one infamous night in June.


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the yoga club by cooper lawrence 5* and sugar rush by donna kauffman 5*

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The Fault in Our Stars - John Green - * * * * 1/2

I preordered this months ago and am glad I did because other websites I go to are full of John Green fans and it would have been spoiled for me otherwise. Probably his best work, I read it very quickly and cried several times while doing so (and I don't normally/ever cry at books).

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The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins - * * * *

I read it to see what everyone was talking about and found it really enjoyable (and because the movie is coming out soon and I like to read the book first). I could visualize everything really well, so I'm interested to see how the movie will be.

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Life Is A Trip: The Transformative Magic of Travel, by Judith Fein- 3 &1/2 stars.

Another travel journal. A collection of essays & remembrances. Fein recalls trips to such places as New Zealand, Mexico, Israel, Nova Scotia, Turkey, Spain and Vietnam.
I read it very quickly, it was hard to stop reading.

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The President is a Sick Man-Matthew Algeo-***3 stars
Grover Cleveland had major surgery for cancer aboard a friend's luxurious boat during his second term. This book discusses the affect the surgery had upon Cleveland, the doctors who performed the top secret operation, and the newspaper man who broke the story.

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