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Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Heidi (Heidi, #1)
by Johanna Spyri
read in February, 2013
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Reading with my kids is really a selfish endeavor. I just want an excuse to either read childrens books I'd always meant to or revisit past worlds where a memorable part of my childhood dwelled. Heidi was the former, though as we read I vaguely recog ...more
"This is the Prologue to a story I hope to write and release in September, one chapter at a time for ten weeks. As long as I can reach my goal amount of $ from Kickstarter.com to make it worth my (and my family's) time. To find the project go to Ki..." Read more of this chapter »
Marty rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Paradise Lost by John Milton
Paradise Lost
by John Milton
read in April, 2013
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It is quite possible that two years ago I would have shuffled through this book dutifully, though with a great bit of endurance on my part. Nearly 300 pages of blank verse written about abstract Old Testament stories mixed with references to long-for ...more
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"This is the Prologue to a story I hope to write this summer, one chapter at a time for ten weeks of the summer. Well, as long as I can reach my goal amount of $ from Kickstarter.com to make it worth my (and my family's) time. To find the project g..." Read more of this chapter »
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Roughing It by Mark Twain
Roughing It
by Mark Twain
read in May, 2011
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Mark Twain is one of the main reasons I went into the English Literature field. For many of my students, that probably is cause enough for desecration to his remains, yet it is undeniable that the man hit a chord with me that has never gone away. So, ...more
Marty rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Washington by Ron Chernow
Washington: A Life
by Ron Chernow
read in June, 2011
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This book had been a long time coming. I had long been searching, in vain, for a satisfactory biography of this ultimate hero of mine—a frustrating endeavor considering his legendary status and how much of a paper trail there is dealing with him. Man ...more
Marty rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Memoirs and Selected Letters by Ulysses S. Grant
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For some reason, I had this unexplainable Ulysses S. Grant craving. I think that part of it came from teaching American history, and when I reached the Reconstruction (in my mind, thinking it would be the most boooooring section ... I mean, come on, ...more
"“Damon,” Cyrus said, “I’ve been so selfish.”

That’s a lie, Damon thought to himself. Then he corrected himself. No, not a lie. Cyrus doesn’t know how to lie. He just doesn’t know what it means to be selfish. In fact, if Selfish had come up to him i..." Read more of this chapter »
Marty rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Cato by Joseph Addison
Cato
by Joseph Addison
read in February, 2011
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Cato is what owning the Kindle is all about. An obscure, mostly out-of-print title that has historical if not literary value. You don't want to spend a ton of money getting some old copy and having it shipped to your house just to read it in five hou ...more
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Robert Louis Stevenson
“Now this was one of the things I had been brought up to eschew like disgrace; it being held by my father neither the part of a Christian nor yet of a gentleman to set his own livelihood and fish for that of others, on the cast of painted pasteboard.”
Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped

P.G. Wodehouse
“The ideas of debtor and creditor as to what constitutes a good time never coincide.”
P.G. Wodehouse, Love Among the Chickens

Charlotte Brontë
“Feeling without judgement is a washy draught indeed; but judgement untempered by feeling is too bitter and husky a morsel for human deglutition.”
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

P.G. Wodehouse
“It is the bungled crime that brings remorse.”
P.G. Wodehouse, Love Among the Chickens

T.H. White
“Leave well alone.”
T.H. White, The Once and Future King

Once Upon a Fjord-Prologue (Children's Books)
1 chapters   —   updated May 13, 2015 06:33PM
Description: Alfred, an 11 year old Norwegian boy living on a picturesque island in a fjord, loved to hear his mom tell him fairy tales laced with magic and legend. Still, at the turn of the 20th century with steamships replacing sailing ships and telegraphs replacing letters, Alfred never thought that those tales had any bearing on truth. But when tragedy strikes as a landslide devastates a nearby town just as Alfred’s mom is visiting, and Alfred’s dad falls into an emotional and mental shock, Alfred is desperate to believe in anything. That is when he meets the old, Finnish sailor, and something truly remarkable sets even Alfred’s wildest imaginations flying. Discover how the power of family love and persistence can create miracles, touch people, conquer enemies, and even move mountains ... or, in some rare cases, islands. And see it all unfold, Once Upon a Fjord ...
Showdown at the Burnt Creek Café: Prologue (Children's Books)
1 chapters   —   updated Jul 11, 2013 09:01AM
Description: Bertie the Kid is the 10-year-old prodigy tapped to collect missing golf balls from the rough wilderness off the fairways of the Burnt Creek Golf Course, using his trusty bike as his steed. This prestigious position among the neighboring youth is not all fun, however, since each hole of Burnt Creek's Back Nine brings different challenges ranging from the bullying brothers Jesse and James Woodson, the wild Anderson boys, unexpected flash floods, and more--each chapter echoing the grand cowboy adventures of the Old West on a miniature (though not mini golf!) scale. As the summer progresses and Bertie the Kid nears completion of a tour of the Back Nine, he also discovers that someone has been rustling golf balls in his territory, threatening his job and eventually leading to an epic showdown at the Burnt Creek Café!
The Loss of Selfishness (Humor)
1 chapters   —   updated Feb 07, 2011 06:29AM
Description: Damon is out to ruin his perfect roommate. He figures the best place to start is to date the girl that his roommate is in love with.
The Pilot of Sao Marcelo (History)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 29, 2010 04:34PM
Description: A lone outpost of the Portugese empire and the pilot who directs ships into its harbor.
To Catch a Cell Phone (Humor)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 29, 2010 04:33PM
Description: A gripping account of a teacher's neverending quest to confiscate all students' cell phones.
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