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Abish: Faith Among the Lamanites
Apparently, Lamanite women used heavy makeup (see front cover). I can hardly look at the cover (unless it represents Ramesa with Abish's name adorning ...more
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Oct 11, 2009
The Teacher's Funeral : A Comedy in Three Parts
This should be read out loud with your children so you can all enjoy some good laughs together!
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Mar 13, 2008
Dakota (Andi Oliver, #2)
**spoiler alert** If a BLT sandwich is your favorite meal, you may want to skip this novel, a sequel that incorporates the pig farming industry into t ...more
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Feb 21, 2009
The Best American Mystery Stories 2008
This collection of mystery stories contains almost no traditional mysteries. If someone had told me it was the 2008 Best American Short Stories collec ...more
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Nov 15, 2009
The Art of Making Money: The Story of a Master Counterfeiter
I read this aloud to Davy and we enjoyed the history of making and protecting currency, as well as the details of counterfeiting it. Art, a master cou ...more
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Aug 12, 2009
Hard Sayings of Jesus
Excellent companion to a reading of the New Testament!
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Feb 27, 2008
No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks
Viesturs and Roberts cover not only Viesturs' amazing climbing career but also details of the climbing experience not found in other similar books. Vi ...more
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Dec 22, 2009
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Many of you will be familiar with Roach's writing style from Reader's Digest or other publications. While Roach addresses what some might consider a g ...more
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Sep 11, 2008
The Shack
On the back cover of The Shack is this endorsement: "The Shack is the most absorbing work of fiction I've read in many years." (Michael W. Smith) Appa ...more
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Oct 02, 2008
Charles Dickens
I am nothing short of thrilled that my friend Dana reviewed this book and I read it. I am a big fan of Dickens, feeling in sync with Victorian England ...more
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Jun 16, 2009
The Ladies Auxiliary
I just spent 15 minutes reading goodreads reviews of this book. Interesting. I am always fascinated by the great variety in responses to the same book ...more
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Aug 12, 2009
Where the Mountain Casts Its Shadow: The Dark Side of Extreme Adventure
Coffey's interviews with climbers and their families are generally painful, but heartbreakingly honest. I was fascinated by the drive of mountaineers ...more
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Dec 10, 2009
Mitten Strings for God: Reflections  for Mothers in a Hurry
This is worthwhile reading if you are contemplating parenthood or have children already. Written from a mother's perspective, I believe it would prove ...more
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Dec 07, 2009
Letters from Nuremberg: My Father's Narrative of a Quest for Justice
Dodd's behind-the-scenes views at the earliest Nuremberg trial are interesting, but especially when he shares a viewpoint never meant for public consu ...more
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Jan 11, 2010
The Horse Boy: A Father's Quest to Heal His Son
This story engrossed me from start to finish, despite the fact that the choppy writing and frequent focus on Rowan's tantrums made the actual reading ...more
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Oct 19, 2009
The Trap
I added this to my to-read shelf because both my brother Richard and my friend Jean had read it and it looked interesting. It is cold (colder actually ...more
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Feb 28, 2008
Detection by Gaslight
I am fascinated by life when Holmes was keepng London safe, the forecast usually predicted fog, hansom cabs waited on every corner while young lads sl ...more
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Aug 08, 2009
A Wee Christmas Homicide (A Liss MacCrimmon Mystery #3)
A strong female character is always a bonus but this writer has mistaken headstrong for personal depth. Liss expresses genuine surprise that breaking, ...more
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Apr 14, 2010
Love Medicine
10/22/09 I have just re-read Love Medicine for an upcoming book group. I enjoyed the book the first time I read it but was more involved this time. Th ...more
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Oct 22, 2009
Sudden Fiction: American Short-Short Stories
I enjoy sudden fiction (aka flash fiction, shorts, short-shorts, blasters, etc.) but several people have expressed to me their strong dislike of the g ...more
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Oct 16, 2009
The Christus Legacy
Don't expect too much from this short volume and you will enjoy a quick, informative read, though a bit confusing and lacking in some details. My moth ...more
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Jan 14, 2010
Sworn to Silence (Kate Burkholder, #1)
**spoiler alert** I wanted to like this book more than I did. The well-developed character of Kate Burkholder was slow to come to the obvious conclusi ...more
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Apr 19, 2010
Stones from the River
Stones From the River was hard to put down. When I was not reading, I could sense Trudi, the main character, waiting impatiently for me so she could c ...more
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Jul 09, 2009
K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain
A favorite of the climbing books I've read. Each chapter focuses on a different K2 season; the exciting triumphs feel overshadowed by the heartstoppin ...more
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Mar 09, 2010
War Hospital: A True Story of Surgery and Survival
These 4 stars are well earned by the author for her exhaustive research leading to this painstakingly detailed narrative of the meager Srebrenican med ...more
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Jan 22, 2009
A Summer of Kings
After seeing this highly recommended by my friend Jean on goodreads, I got this at the library. We started reading this book out loud and Davy seemed ...more
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Mar 04, 2008
It took me quite awhile to care about what was happening in this book but I'm glad I stuck with it. Larson weaves the stories of the establishment of ...more
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Feb 21, 2009
Odds Are, You're Going to Be Exalted: Evidence That the Plan of Salvation Works
This book spreads a much-needed (I am assuming from reading other reviews)message of hope. The suggestions that God would formulate a "test" that most ...more
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Jan 30, 2009
Orphans of the Cold War: America and the Tibetan Struggle for Survival
I had to check this out multiple times to finish it. I am glad I did because it's worth reading. It is a dense look at the time of US military aid to ...more
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Mar 03, 2010
Emma's Nauvoo
Similar to "Lucy's Nauvoo," one learns about Emma's post-exodus life in Nauvoo through photos, interviews, letters, recalled conversations, maps, etc. ...more
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Nov 19, 2009