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Men to Match My Mountains: The Opening of the Far West 1840-1900
This was quite a reading project. I'm sure I didn't retain 10% of the factual history of this book but I did find it fascinating. Living in the west m ...more
Feb 06, 2008
Dec 24, 2007
Al Capone Does My Shirts (Al Capone at Alcatraz, #1)
With a name like Al Capone Does My Shirts, I was settled in for a good light read, not. Not that it isn't an easy read but there is pathos in this sto ...more
Dec 2008
Dec 17, 2008
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Team of Rivals was a big undertaking for me at over 750 pages. What a treasure of a book. I had the feeling that you get with a good piece of fiction ...more
Jun 2008
Dec 29, 2007
Big in Japan
This book was hard for me to get into at first. I found it rather slow and stiff. With that said, it grew on me and definitely built momentum with the ...more
Apr 2013
Apr 03, 2013
Chicken Boy
This is juvenile fiction about Tobin McCauley who is just starting 7th grade. Beyond that little is straight forward. Tobin lives in a dysfunctional f ...more
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Aug 03, 2008
The Year Money Grew on Trees
Jackson strikes a bargain with his elderly neighbor, Mrs. Nelson. He will care for her 300 tree apple orchard. If he proves his worth, he will not onl ...more
Oct 2010
Oct 24, 2010
Master Your Metabolism: The 3 Diet Secrets to Naturally Balancing Your Hormones for a Hot and Healthy Body!
All nutrition books say this is not a diet...but I have to say this is not a diet. Jullian Michaels (love her or hate her, Biggest Loser fans) goes in ...more
Sep 2009
Sep 12, 2009
The Hunt for Dark Infinity (The 13th Reality, #2)
I loved the first book in this series that I read earlier this month (the jouranal of curious letters) and would heartily recommend it to youth and ad ...more
Jul 2010
Jul 18, 2010
Wolves, Boys and Other Things That Might Kill Me
OK...I know the title sounds like the Twilight series but no, not even. This is a teen fiction set in Yellowstone. Our heroine, KJ, is a high school s ...more
Jul 2010
Aug 02, 2010
The Help
It's been a while since I have given a book five stars. This is about Mississippi in the 1960's. I was in high school in the 1960's. I was aware of na ...more
May 2010
May 07, 2010
Promised Messiah: The First Coming of Christ
OK, I made myself a rather ambitious reading list for 2011. The Promised Messiah is the 3rd book on the list I have completed. Bruce R McConkie who is ...more
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Feb 05, 2011
Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era
This is a book I have long intended to read. The hard bound edition is 860 pages so it was a challenge. I have long had an affinity for books about th ...more
Jun 2011
Jun 11, 2011
The Hiding Place
I'm glad we decided to reread this book for book club. I found out what a small part of the book I remembered although I remembered that I liked the b ...more
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Nov 14, 2008
LDS non fiction about Bernard Poduska who went from a homeless child and professed atheist to being a college professor and member of the Church of Je ...more
Apr 2013
Apr 03, 2013
The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice, #1)
What fun, a young adult book for boys (and grandmas too, apparently). This book was one that grandson Stone was reading so I decided to join in. This ...more
Sep 2009
Sep 12, 2009
Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot
A beautifully written and illustrated childrens' book. "The Berlin Airlift of 1948-1949 is still one of the greatest humanitarian missions the world h ...more
Apr 2008
Apr 26, 2008
The Mascot: Unraveling the Mystery of My Jewish Father's Nazi Boyhood
This was lent to me by my daughter in law, Britta. Thanks Britta! Wonderful read. I would love to recommend this to my book club but there are those t ...more
Jul 2009
Jul 19, 2009
Stay Alive All Your Life
This is a good book to read if you are battling inertia and maybe a little depression thrown in for good measure. I guess left to my own devices, I te ...more
Mar 2009
Mar 24, 2009
Catering to Nobody (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery, #1)
Diane Mott Davidson is the writer of a murder mystery series about heroine Goldie Bear. Goldie, who is a professional caterer, is always cooking up so ...more
Mar 2009
Mar 20, 2009
The Language of Sand: A Novel
This was a lovely read - a little slow in the beginning but it is more of a character study and a study of relationships than it is an action adventur ...more
Sep 2010
Sep 24, 2010
Stormy Weather
This book is from friend Jennifer. Thanks Jennifer for the loan! I enjoy historical fiction. This is about what was nicknamed the dirty thirties. Not ...more
Apr 2010
Apr 21, 2010
Prayers for Sale
I won't bother going over the plot as others have already done that. But I would like to say how much I enjoyed this book. The characterization of aut ...more
Dec 2010
Dec 24, 2010
Sarah's Key
A compelling and intense book that goes back and forth between an American journalist married to a Frenchman and events that took place to Jews living ...more
Apr 2010
Apr 27, 2010
Under the Persimmon Tree
I read this for book club for next month. I was a little concerned when I realized it took place in Afghanistan/Pakistan after 9/11. Was I up for that ...more
Mar 2009
Mar 18, 2009
Ghost Cadet
This is the second book I have read by Elaine Alphin that involves a young boy, a ghost, and a mystery to solve from the civil war. Why would an autho ...more
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Sep 03, 2009
Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
Not a gentle read. Although it was a long read, it was worth while. I learned so much about Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, their relationship and ...more
Feb 18, 2009
Apr 23, 2008
The Moonstone
The Moonstone is one of the earliest of modern day mystery stories. Wilkie Collins was a contemporary and a friend to Charles Dickens. Collins' story, ...more
May 2009
May 11, 2009
A Tale of Two Cities
We have all heard the classic first line of A Tale of Two Cities: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." but I somehow failed to rea ...more
Feb 2011
Feb 05, 2011
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
I considered this a well written book. Suzanne Collins could have gone with sensationlism (sex comes to mind) or gore. There is plenty of gore but but ...more
Sep 2009
Sep 20, 2009
Women, Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything
A slightly irreverent but insightful book aimed at emotional eaters - that would be me. Geneen Roth helps women confront their issues with food throug ...more
not set
May 27, 2010
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