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Subject: Books NOT to be missed!!!!
Date Posted: 3/26/2011 3:57 AM ET
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Hi! I thought I would start a thread about books that CANNOT to be missed!!! 

I just read such a WONDERFUL book, I want to share the review I wrote about it because I just LOVED this book SO much!!!  This book is not listed on our site here, but IS available for sale at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Borders!  I got this book as an ARC because I have a book blog.  It is 'the best book' I have read in a very long time! 

The name of this book is "Deed So"  by Katherine A Russell.  She has a website for this book called:  www.deedsonovel.com   I stated in my review, which is posted below, that I felt like I was the main character in the book as I read along.  It takes quite a talented author to be able to draw you in and make you feel like the main character! 

This author has written a Mystery series also, called the Pointer Mystery Series.  "A Pointed Death"  First in the Pointer Mystery Series,  by Kath Russell.l.  She has a website for these books:  www.pointernysteries.com    She has written books 1 and 2. 

She also has a new Children's book coming out called "Buddy's Tail", A Novel by K. Anne Russell.  There is a website for this new book also:  www.buddystail.com

Here is my review of the book!  If this sounds interesting to you and you purchase it, ENJOY IT!!!!

"Deed So"  by Katharine A Russell

 In ‘Deed So’, meaning ‘we know the truth’, written by talented author Katharine A Russell, writes a very beautifully captivating, descriptive, and very hard to put down book about a young, innocent, twelve year old girl, named Haddie, with whom you will fall in love with, and almost feel as if you are her as she goes through life in the 1960’s.  Haddie is far more mature for her age of twelve by the life experiences she lives through in her short life so far, in Wicomo Corners, Maryland, the town she wants so much to get grown up so she can move out of.  She has dreams and they don’t fit in her town.  With it being the 1960’s, with such turbulent times going on around her, she is living through history-making moments and does not know it.  All Haddie knows is that a lot of things do not seem to be fair, nor does justice seem to fit in, in many different situations.  She has witnessed a murder, of which she ends up having to testify to in court regarding what she saw.  What she saw was racism, and that is when she learns so much more about it; that it exists.  She knew some things were not fair, but it was after certain things happened that she really learned what it was.  Haddie was brought up not having a clue that racism existed.  Black people were her friends, and her neighbors, and this was encouraged.  She knew no different until unfair things started happening to them.  It was not until she matured and saw the way daily life was occurring around her, the way bad things kept happening, that she learned this was racism.  During the trial, as she had to testify, she learned lawyers aren’t always cut and dry, that she couldn’t say the things she wanted to say and the things she said were twisted around.  She learned lawyers often have an agenda of their own, regardless of the truth.  This trial brought protestors to town from all over the country, protesting, sometimes dangerously so, and there had been fires deliberately set throughout the town as well, at this same time.  She lost a boy whom she secretly has a crush on, to the Marines, as the Vietnam War was going on.  She also learned that people who she thought were her friends may not be, and they may have secrets she has no comprehension of.  Haddie goes through so much more than any teenager has gone through since those turbulent 1960’s.  There is so much more to Haddie’s life and how the rest of this story unfolds.  You can’t help but to love this character and to feel like her as she goes through life.  I loved this book very much I did not want it to end.  I slowly devoured every word of it.  This book is a must read, and should be a ‘must read’ for teenagers today.  Most teenagers today have no idea what the Civil Rights Movement is, or was, or what it was like to live through the history making moments of that time which was right outside Haddies’ front door.  Many thanks go this more than talented author for writing such a book that pulls you in to where you feel like the main character, Haddie, as the story of her life takes place.



Last Edited on: 3/26/11 6:37 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/26/2011 9:33 PM ET
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I put the book on the w/l.  Thanks for the reveiw.  By the way, it is listed through PBS.  There are 3 wishers, inc. me.  LOL

Last Edited on: 3/26/11 9:34 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/29/2011 8:55 PM ET
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There are now 8 wishers...me included!

Date Posted: 6/14/2011 9:40 PM ET
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Here's a book I think everyone should read, in fact, should be required reading by all High School before graduation, Gotcha Capitalism: How Hidden Fees Rip You Off Every Day-and What You Can Do About It  by Bob Sullivan.  In this book, Sullivan profiles about a dozen of the biggest businesses in the country and tells how they have structured their businesses - very often with the complicity of our local, state and national elected officials - to assess the maximum number of fees, penalties, and consumer rip-offs possible.  The businesses he profiles are the ones we use every day and include: local and long distance phone service, cell phones, internet access, cable and satellite service, insurance, banking, credit cards, investments.  But, Sullivan doesn't just tell us how they do it, he provides invaluable suggestions, resources and even sample letters you can use to dispute unfair penalties, fees and "gotcha" contracts. 

It took me several months to read this book but only because it made me so mad to learn how systematically we consumers were being ripped off I had to keep setting the book aside to cool off. 

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Date Posted: 6/15/2011 12:13 PM ET
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I think that everyone should read American Gods by Neil Gaimen.   There is a tough beginning,in that you need to just trust that it will all come together in another 100 pages, and it does. 

The topic of our spiritual beliefs, our personal hopes and fears, our failings to value our gods and what we 'worship' is the topic of this hard to put down book.  I really have enjoyed the nuance and way that he gives life to this conversation without ever saying anyone is wrong. 

I also loved all the human characterizations of the ancient gods that we have forgotten.  His representation of our modern gods of computers, money, secrecy, etc. is really well drawn. 

Good book and I don't think you can really describe it.  You just have to read it.  Now I know what everyone was talking about when they recommended this book.  Quite brilliant.

Date Posted: 6/18/2011 12:48 PM ET
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I agree about American Gods...very very clever..I hated to have it end.