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Death of Yesterday (Hamish Macbeth, #29)
This is one of my must-read series, despite the awfulness of the last several books! They are dissatisfying in almost every way--the plots are contriv ...more
May 03, 2013
May 05, 2013
Something Borrowed, Someone Dead: An Agatha Raisin Mystery (Agatha Raisin, #24)
This was an improvement over the last book in the series, though still not as engaging as the first few titles. Agatha has become a pastiche of hersel ...more
Sep 06, 2013
Sep 14, 2013
Murder at the Brightwell (Amory Ames Mystery, #1)
Was looking forward to "Thin Man" style of elegance and humor, instead got a Harlequin romance with murder. Meh.
Dec 19, 2014
Dec 19, 2014
Just One Evil Act (Inspector Lynley, #18)
Barbara Havers in full-on self-destruct mode crosses the ethical line repeatedly as she tries to manipulate everyone in order to exonerate her friend ...more
Nov 23, 2013
Nov 18, 2013
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
I'm glad I stuck with this (thanks, Kim!) because it turned out to be a lot more substantial than the first bit seemed. I felt that it was just like o ...more
Mar 26, 2015
Apr 05, 2015
Death of a Dyer (Will Rees, #2)
I was intrigued enough by the first in this series to read the second, but was disappointed. This is quite a mess--lots of driving the buggy back and ...more
Sep 11, 2013
Sep 11, 2013
The Round House
In her National Book Award winning novel, Erdrich weaves together the threads of tribal and traditional law, spirituality, justice and healing, set on ...more
Dec 07, 2012
Dec 06, 2012
The Brooklyn Nine
**spoiler alert** Follows the Schneider/Flint family from the immigration of Felix Schneider, stowaway, from Germany in the 1800s to his descendent Sn ...more
Apr 12, 2009
Apr 12, 2009
Uprisings: A Hands-On Guide to the Community Grain Revolution
The authors offer inspiration and direction as they challenge readers to join the slow-food, local-food revolution by seeking out or even growing heri ...more
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Aug 30, 2013
The Four to Two Fitness Formula
The author delivers several chapters of general health advice, distilling recent research and his own personal observations in a conversational, acces ...more
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Aug 30, 2013
Hearts of Sand (Gregor Demarkian, #28)
Instead of being treated to interactions among the familiar characters on Cavenaugh Street, we spend most of this novel among the Connecticut social e ...more
Dec 17, 2013
Dec 18, 2013
Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence
OK, I know I've said it before, but this time I really mean it. Everyone has to read this book. Whether you have children or work with children, or yo ...more
Aug 22, 2013
Aug 22, 2013
The Ides of April (Flavia Albia Mystery, #1)
Lindsay Davis is an amazing author, able to bring to vibrant life a time long gone. Her characters are realistic, interesting, lovable, and entertaini ...more
Aug 22, 2013
Aug 22, 2013
The Lake of Dreams
I liked the beginning of this book, particularly the description of Lucy's struggle with living with the constant threat of earthquakes and her uncert ...more
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Mar 01, 2011
The Gardens of Democracy: A New American Story of Citizenship, the Economy, and the Role of Government
Uses science to evaluate our current political and economic situation--neither the right nor the left is correct in their assumptions about how things ...more
Feb 08, 2013
Feb 08, 2013
My Life as a Book
Another Wimpy-Kid-inspired chapter book with doodle illustrations, ostensibly by the narrator. In this case, Derek illustrates his vocabulary words wi ...more
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Dec 24, 2010
Cleaning House: A Mom's Twelve-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement
Children can do so much more than they are expected to do, and it is the children who reap the benefits from learning how to handle shopping, cooking, ...more
Mar 17, 2013
Mar 17, 2013
Saving Fish from Drowning
Nicely paced, lots of humor, the plot keeps you hooked. Although dead, socialite art dealer and philanthropist Bibi Chen accompanies what should have ...more
Apr 05, 2013
Apr 06, 2013
Appelt knows how to build a story. Reading one of her books is like watching an oil paint artist at work--the story gets a few brushstrokes, we stand ...more
Dec 17, 2010
Dec 18, 2010
Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze
**spoiler alert** This one ended better than it started--I would give it three stars for about the last half of the book, but I felt that the beginnin ...more
Dec 15, 2010
Dec 16, 2010
The Last Templar (Templar, #1)
Meh. Adventure novels should have such a grip on you that you can't put it down. This was very put-downable. Nice twist at the end, nice main characte ...more
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Feb 10, 2011
Startled by His Furry Shorts (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, #7)
Fabbity-fab! Georgia continues, in book 7, to experience great tragicosity with her love life (Masimo the Italian Stallion vs Dave the Laugh vs Robbie ...more
Dec 03, 2010
Dec 06, 2010
29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life
Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis only a month after her idyllic wedding, Cami Walker is locked in a nightmare of panic attacks, self-pity, overwhelmi ...more
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Jan 18, 2011
The Crowfield Curse (Crowfield Abbey, #1)
William rescues a hob from a cruel trap in the woods, and brings the injured creature back to the abbey where Will is a servant. Most humans can't see ...more
Dec 13, 2010
Dec 14, 2010
Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe
A fun main character brightens a story of teen problems--seemingly unsolvable family issues, loss of best friends, school problems, and of course, the ...more
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Dec 19, 2012
Great storytelling, engaging characters, gives a solid sense of the people and setting of the northern plains in the 1860s. Omakaya is grown and marri ...more
Dec 30, 2012
Dec 28, 2012
Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95
Details the astounding adaptations of the rufa red knot, a small shorebird, as it migrates from the tip of South America to the Arctic Circle and back ...more
Dec 28, 2012
Dec 12, 2012
The Great Unexpected
Nicely paced, makes demands on the reader but delivers plenty in return. Creech allows the story--or rather, stories, with one taking place in rural A ...more
Dec 29, 2012
Dec 28, 2012
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story
Park entwines two perspectives on the civil war and its aftermath in Sudan--perspectives from two different tribes, two different places, and two diff ...more
Dec 14, 2010
Dec 15, 2010
The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr
This engaging, in-depth examination of the Whitewater investigation and ensuing impeachment is almost impossible to put town--over 700 pages, and we a ...more
Dec 04, 2011
Dec 04, 2011
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