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The Baker's Daughter
A novel worth reading. My review is now online at
Jan 2012
Jan 27, 2012
Through My Eyes: a story of Hope
Book review is due on my website soon. In the meantime, this is certainly a book worth reading, with one caveat. I found Witworth's style of writing e...more
Apr 2012
May 07, 2012
The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation

From my review/blog

When Harry de Leyer arrived at the weekly Holland, Pennsylvania horse auction, he was late. It was Fe...more
Aug 2011
Sep 27, 2011
The Remains of Company D: A Story of the Great War
Bring WWI up-close and very personal. What a terrific tribute to one's grandfather.

Updated review on my review/blog at:
Nov 2009
Feb 21, 2010
Lost and Found: Three Dog Stories
I’m such a sucker for Jim LaMarche. He’s done it again. Three wonderfully illustrated stories which will make perfect bedtime events. This is a grandp...more
Nov 2009
Feb 21, 2010
Next to Love
One very terrific read and not at all what the cover would have you think. My website has two reviews of this book. The first...more
Aug 2012
Aug 31, 2012
Alice I Have Been

Alice I Have Been

Author: Melanie Benjamin
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Reviewed on May 27, 2011


Can you remembe...more
Jan 2010
Feb 20, 2010
The Possessed: Adventures With Russian Books and the People Who Read Them
Okay, attention all you readers who groan when picking up a Russian novel, and all you readers who double groan at the thought of reading about that i...more
May 03, 2010
Feb 20, 2010
A Short History of Women
A terrific read. The writing is tight with nothing wasted. Kate Walbert writes of the gene pool appearing and reappearing in different generations of...more
Aug 2011
Aug 06, 2011
The Woman Who Shot Mussolini
Frances Stonor Saunders is one very bright lady. If her writing weren't so stellar, I'd have been annoyed at her vocabulary. Can't say enough about th...more
Apr 2010
May 19, 2010
Going Through Ghosts
My first "West" book since moving to Nevada. Enough quirky characters to feel at home. Just finished it and need a bit of time to let it settle in bef...more
May 31, 2010
May 28, 2010
My Friend Dahmer
A difficult subject, but a terrific read. Backderf's drawings added to the darkness of the subject and the variations of panels per page keep the read...more
Jan 2012
Jan 13, 2012
Enough About Love
French author so I cannot validate the quality of the review, but I think it is a very good read. It's construction is like a maze with all the bits a...more
Mar 2011
Apr 07, 2011
Kurt Vonnegut: The Last Interview and Other Conversations
This book is a terrific way to introduce anyone to Kurt Vonnegut. For those of us who can never get enough Vonnegut, "The Lsst Interview" is a warm an...more
Jan 2013
Jan 29, 2013
Riding the White Horse Home: A Western Family Album
Read it several years ago while working in the book store (it was a used copy) and I loved it, wrote up a small blurb and stuck it on the front counte...more
Jan 1991
Jun 07, 2011
The Various Flavours Of Coffee
This is one, fun read. What a great story blended into the history of coffee roasting, selling and marketing globally. I loved this book, sold the hec...more
Dec 2008
Feb 21, 2010
The Popularity Papers: Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt & Julie Graham-Chang
It is so much fun and the perfect book to convince parents that comic books/graphic novels are not bad......based on Ignatow's wonderful series, they'...more
Apr 2012
May 27, 2012
The Pages
A wonderfully thoughtful novel about thinking and emotional risks we are, or are not, willing to take when choosing life directions. May be too slow f...more
Oct 2010
Apr 07, 2011
The Peasant Prince: and the Age of Revolution
Wow! I'm ashamed of all the Polish jokes I've ever laughed at. Unlike Americans living on the East Coast, it's times for us on the West Coast to take...more
Nov 2009
Feb 21, 2010
Paganini's Ghost (Castiglione and Guastafeste, #2)
A really wonderfully charming murder mystery that revolves around the world of classical music, violin making, love (young & mature) a bit of good...more
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Feb 20, 2010
Toulouse 4 Death (Sharon O’Mara Chronicles 4 Death, #3)
Such a fun read and for those of you who live in the SF Bay Area (or those of you who have lived there or wish you lived there) this book is even more...more
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Apr 19, 2012
The Thorn and the Blossom
What a great gift book and it comes with its own box! It's a modern offshoot of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - an accordian book with his story on...more
not set
Apr 21, 2012
Five Moral Pieces
A great collection of essays, all with a moral basis that binds them together and will likely bind the reader, as well. A review will be forthcoming,...more
Oct 2012
Oct 09, 2012
A Night of Tamales & Roses
Great story of permission to be afraid of disappointing your family and terrific illustrations. Posted review at Can be seen...more
Jan 2007
Oct 09, 2011
Reclaiming Catholicism: Treasures Old and New
Worth reading by every disgruntled Catholic or people disgruntled by Catholics. Contains essays about a lot of good people they never told us about in...more
Apr 2010
May 19, 2010
A Split Second of Light
So much more than a collection of poetry. It can be read almost in one sitting as a book. Florsheim again shines with his ability to get the picture,...more
Mar 2011
Apr 07, 2011
In Her Hands: The Story of Sculptor Augusta Savage
Whenever I read a book like this I wonder why it takes so long for us to know about people like August Savage. My review is at my site: www.bookinwith...more
Mar 2011
Apr 03, 2012
More than a mystery of who killed the younger sister. It is a story of how one young woman's death became the catalyst for a near rebirth of the older...more
Jun 07, 2011
Jun 07, 2011
Book of Days (JP Kinkaid Chronicles, #5)
I'm a big fan of Grabien, so I never hesitate to read anything she's written.

Here's my newly posted review:
Jan 2011
Dec 17, 2011
Today I Am a Boy: A Memoir
A moving and heartfelt look at Hays' coming into his Jewish faith as a mature man, but choosing to go through his Bar Mitzvah with the other young peo...more
Jun 2007
Jun 25, 2011
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