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Subject: Highlight three books from your shelf that you think are really neat.
Date Posted: 7/3/2008 1:14 PM ET
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Maybe this will be fun.  I'll go first!

Five Minute Mysteries:  37 challenging cases of murder and mayhem for you to solve by Ken Weber

The Higher Taste:  A guide to gourmet vegetarian cooking and a Karma-free diet by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Furtive Fauna: A field guide to the creatures who live on you by Roger M. Knutson


(I'm pretty sure that if you want to order these books from my shelf specifically, you need to go to my shelf and search there, not just follow my links...)

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Favorite Tales from Grimm: A treasured collection  Includes 14 stories.  Hardcover and is a beautiful book

So You Have to do a Science Fair Project.  Perfect for science fairs.  Tells you what you need to know from picking a topic to making the board.

Ancestors: A Beginner's Guide to Family History and Geneology  This is a wonderful place to start your journey into genealogy.

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Date Posted: 7/3/2008 1:38 PM ET
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Great idea, Michelle!


All three of these are must reads and currently available on my shelf:


An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears---this is a murder mystery, set in 17th century England, and told by 4 separate characters.  Each tells a slightly different version of the story, revealing different facts and knowledge about the crime---it's fantastic, and I couldn't wait to finish it. It has great period detail for you historical fiction buffs out there, and gives an amazing look into state of the art medical and scientific procedure at the time---just a great and different novel. I highly recommend it.

Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos---another gem that I stumbled on at the book exchange shelf at my office. It's the story of two women generations apart who need each other to heal from deep wounds--how they cross paths and how they each help the other to heal and in doing so, create something better than each of them. It's set in midcentury Seattle, and the story contains lots of out of the way information on human stories of WWII--the lead female character had been a child then and the story shares details of her father's 'career'. A really nice current literary work that I'd not heard of but really really liked as I put it down.

The Lover by Marguerite Duras---this is an oooold favorite of mine and I can't believe it's languishing on my shelf. It's a book I read the first time in its original French, but this copy is definitely in English. I think it was made into a movie a few years ago--unfortunate, that.  It's a love story (but an unusual one) set in the last days of French occupation and empire in the area that would become known as Vietnam. The story is rich with Colonial, 19th century detail, the characters are very real and flawed and it is just a great work. I think it won a whole bunch of awards when originally published in the 40s or 50s in French---just a rich, sensual story.

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I have An Instance of the Fingerpost!  I had to wait a while on the wishlist to get it...

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Here are my three choices.

Four Classic American Novels - The Scarlet Letter, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Red Badge of Courage, Billy Budd :: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Stephen Crane, Herman Melville
ISBN-13: 9780451517654 - ISBN-10: 0451517652

What can I say, they're called classics for a reason. Almost everyone will have heard of these four novels. Most will have read at least a couple of them. Four complete novels by four American authors. And the great thing is, all four are in one book so they don't cost four credits.


I Didn't Raise Our Son To Be A Soldier :: Playboy
ISBN-13: 9780872161894 - ISBN-10: 0872161897

This is a collection of war cartoons from the Playboy magazine. Despite where they come from, most of them are non-erotic. Most. However, they are funny. The book is a quick read when you want something light.

Welcome to the Club :: Clement Biddle Wood
ISBN-13: 20915 - ISBN-10:

This book has a lot of very negative concepts in it including multiple forms of racism. Normally, that would be a bad thing. However, in this case, the entire book is lampooning those very concepts. Having grown up in an area where some of these concepts are alive and well, it's very entertaining to see them being ridiculed. It's a fairly complex comedy with social undertones.

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Michelle, have you read it yet? Did you enjoy it? I had it for a while too, from a bookstore mega-sale and just got around to reading it back in April and was totally suprised how much I liked it....I love that books can be like that--all well and good to read the popular and well-promoted ones but as with the unsung movies, sometimes there really are gems  out there!

Date Posted: 7/3/2008 6:20 PM ET
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Here are my choices from my bookshelf.

The Girls by Lori Lansens I just finished this one this morning and posted it today. It is about conjoined twin sisters. They write thier life story with each writing from thier perspecitve of thier life. It was a very good read. I kept wanting to believe it was a true story but it is fiction.

For One More Day by Mitch Albom. I love his books they all make you think and this one was no different it made me think of my life.

House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III This was a good book but the ending was a little different than I expected.

Date Posted: 7/4/2008 2:46 PM ET
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No, it's one of the approximately 8234652735283 books I have on my tbr pile! :-) Maybe I will get to it before I am 70...
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here are mine! great idea for  a post!

The Memories We Keep :: Walter Zacharius -loved this one!
Mia Levy is content with the simple existence she leads on the farm. But her days weren't always spent quietly. Over thirty years ago, Mia lived in Poland, where she had all she could want-her home, family, and first love, music-until history took its course, changing the world and the life she knew forever. Mia's struggle to survive would take her from the poverty-stricken streets of Poland to New York City, where she encountered a love that would span decades, to Paris where she would place herself in the gravestof dangers to uncover the mysterious fate that befell her family...


James Herriot's Favorite Dog Stories :: James Herriot

In the years after the publication of All Creatures Great and Small, James Herriot became the most beloved storyteller of our time. The warm and joyful memoirs of his life as a country vet in England's Yorkshire have endeared him to countless readers around the world. In addition to the succeeding volumes in that series-All Things Bright and Beautiful, All Things Wise and Wonderful, The Lord God Made Them All, and Every Living Thing-his writing has appeared in eight children's books and in the special illustrated volumes James Herriot's Yorkshire and The Best of James Herriot. James Herriot's Cat Stories, with more than a million copies in print, became his most popular hardcover ever. And, in this volume, the kindly animal doctor collects fifty of his tales about his very favorite animal-man's best friend.

Herriot tells us that even at an early age "I was fascinated by dogs...I could never quite take dogs for granted. Why were they so devoted to the human race? Why should they delight in our company and welcome us home in transports of joy? Why should their greatest pleasure lie in being with us in our homes and wherever we were?...As a vet I could be with dogs all the time, attending to them, curing their illnesses, saving their lives." And although-as James Herriot was soon to find out-being a vet in the Yorkshire Dales meant caring for cows, sheep, and horses, with precious little time left over for "small animal" practice, somehow dogs continued to play a large pare in both his personal and his professional life.

Here are the complete dog stories form the first four volumes of his memoirs: a handsome collection of tales (some available nowhere else in America) that will warm the hearts of dog lovers around the world. Featuring a special introduction by the author and his own accompanying notes to each story, and warmly illustrated by Victor Ambrus, this tribute from man to dog is a volume no Herriot fan will want to be without.


The Twisted Root (William Monk Novels) :: Anne Perry
A young groom enlists private investigator William Monk to track down his fianc�e, Miriam Gardiner, who disappeared suddenly from a party at a luxurious Bayswater mansion. But Monk soon finds the coach in which Miriam fled and, nearby, the murdered body of the coachman. There is no trace of Miriam. What strange compulsion could have driven the beautiful widow to abandon the prospect of a loving marriage and financial abundance? Monk and clever nurse Hester Latterly, themselves now newlyweds, desperately pursue the elusive truth--and an unknown killer whose malign brilliance they have scarcely begun to fathom. . . .

Date Posted: 7/4/2008 3:12 PM ET
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My three favorites from my current shelf:

Memoirs of a Geisha - I thought this was a beautifully written story. It stayed with me and I found myself thinking about the characters for a long time after I finished reading it. Like most books that have been made into films, this books was waayyy better than the movie!

A Time to Kill - I think this may have been Grisham's first novel, but I'm not 100% sure. It was my favorite and I've read it several times. Racism, revenge, courtroom drama - this book deals with many social issues and is defentially a page-turner!

The Secret Garden - One of my favorite books from when I was a kid, I was equally enchated after re-reading it as an adult. A beautiful, must-read for boys or girls, children or adults.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Another childhood favorite and must-read!

I also have a ton of unpostables (several wishlisted), one free with each order from my shelf - check my profile for the list!

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The Virgin Blue by Tracey Chevalier--a haunting tale of a young woman who begin delving into her family history and ends up following a very tragic family story

The Red Tent by Anita Diamont--great historical biblical fiction written from a female perspective.  Great insights on what the women's world was like in that era.

Journey to Ixtlan by Carlos Castaneda--Castaneda's first book delving into Mexican mysticism

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Veil of Roses by Laura Fitzgerald

Fame: Aint it a B**** by AJ Benza

Jemima J by Jane Green

Subject: My Three Pics...
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The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town by John Grisham (True Story)

The World's Stupidest Signs  (Humor)

Worlds Greatest Collection of Rib Ticklin' Riddles (Humor)

Have a Great Day...Tonya


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Very original idea :)  Here are mine....

How Dog Food Saved the Earth :: A. Zolezzi, Kory Swanson

Speaking Mom-ese :: Lisa Whelchel

Something Old Something New: What You Didn't Know About Wedding Ceremonies, Celebrations Customs :: Vera Lee

The Other Side of Me :: Sidney Sheldon

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I love this guy's books -- they have all of the most random information, and a lot of the things he writes about come up in daily conversations and I can share what I've read with people :)

The Book of Totally Useless Information :: Don Voorhees
Posted: 6/18/2008 10:58 PM ET


I'm really into urban legends, so I find this book extremely interesting. This is also one of my favorite authors.

Curses! Broiled Again!: The Hottest Urban Legends Going :: Jan Harold Brunvand
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I have a version of Tales of King Arthur that's pretty cool.  It is the original Sir Mallory text, and the illustrations are actually artwork from the period. 

I also have a book from the old Doubleday Best in Children's Books series of the 50's and 60's.  It's well illustrated and has a children's version of the story of Jason and the Argonauts, among others, that's pretty good.

Wear Clean Underwear: Business Wisdom from Mom by Rhonda Abrams is a great book about how good corporate ethics translates into good business policy.  Great examples, easy to read, not at all preachy.

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I think it would be these books:

Sullivan's Island :: Dorothea Benton Frank

Set in the steamy, stormy landscape of South Carolina, Sullivan's Island tells the unforgettable story of one woman's courageous journey toward truth.

Born and raised on idyllic Sullivan's Island, Susan Hayes navigated through her turbulent childhood with humor, spunk, and characteristic Southern sass. But years later, she is a conflicted woman with an unfaithful husband, a sometimes resentful teenage daughter, and a heart that aches with painful, poignant memories. And as Susan faces her uncertain future, she realizes that she must go back to her past. To the beachfront house where her sister welcomes her with open arms. To the only place she can truly call home

Flip-Flopped :: Jill Smolinski
Hawaii may be the island of romance according to the travel brochures, but for Keeley Baker-Kekuhi, lately it's been anything but. She's broke, stuck in a dead-end job studying an extinct volcano-and her husband, Kam, has just dumped her for a hula dancer. Even worse, he's now demanding custody of their four-year-old son. No wonder she's about to throw in the towel on love.

But things are looking up. Enter Ian Gardiner, an artist rep whose boyish good looks catch Keeley's eye. A true gentleman, he's sweet, thoughtful, romantic-and nothing like Kam, who just wants to surf and watch TV all day. Plus, Ian's crazy for Keeley. But is he just too good to be true? Kam was perfect for Keeley once, too. Does she have the heart, much less the energy, to try again?

Flip-Flopped is a quirky and charming story of Keeley's adventures as she faces single motherhood, a fierce custody battle, a divorce lawyer who can't seem to leave the Summer of Love long enough to focus on Keeley's case, her duties as maid of honor for her best friend's wedding-and a once dormant volcano that's suddenly about to blow.

With witty, laugh-out-loud detail, Jill Smolinski serves up smart, spot-on observations about love and relationships, and ultimately shows that life's eruptions can often lead to bigger and better things.

Lessons for a Sunday Father :: Claire Calman

This is the story of:
Scott, who finds his belongings outside in a bin bag one day and realizes he may have made a big mistake.
Gail, who wishes her husband was under guarantee so she could send him back and get a refund.
Nat, who discovers that growing up isn't all that it is cracked up to be.
Rosie, who just wants her dad back-or if not, then at least some new glitter nail polish.

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Chantal Coady Chocolate: the Food of the Gods. Lovely small book, beautifully illustrated. Interesting history and anthroplogy. 25 recipes (and I must remember to write that frosting recipe down before I mail it, ot I will have to send a desperate PM.)

Frederick Forsythe's The Avenger. Really , really good thriller set in the Balkans. All of his are good. I'm only posting because I have a dup.

Martha Stuart's better than you at entertaining Of course written before the Fall, this parody is so funny. For Easter, a Papal visit. My favorite is still the Circumcision Day, serving cocktail wieners with Swedish meatbals, calamari tips in red sauce...unless it's Mother's Day: Homestyle Dinner & Payback.


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Ceebab's post says she has Best in Children's Books series of the 50's and 60's. I highly recommend this series. I still have some of mine and they are going through the 4th or 5th set of children.

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Well, I have the hardest time letting these go, but am trying to whittle the collection down...everytime I walk by the bookshelf, I think "Am I sure?!"

Eleven Nature Tales: A Multicultural Journey (World Storytelling)
Author: Pleasant Despain

Plant Extinction: A Global Crisis
Author: Harold Koopowitz, Hilary Kaye

They are both related to nature, one is great to read to kids, but also enjoyable at any age...the other is a fascinating look at plant diversity and how we use these plants (taken)!

Well, I had to go look at my shelf again...I did add a new book today:

The Art of Flower Arranging :: Zibby Tozer

Bagelmania :: Mountain Lion Books

One is a fav because it has a neat chart in back.  And one is really neat for all the bagel recipes.

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VeggieTales Three Pirates and a Duck :: Doug Peterson
this is soo cute, I accidentally picked up a 2nd one at the library sale, so it's up for grabs

We're Just Like You, Only Prettier : Confessions of a Tarnished Southern Belle :: Celia Rivenbark

The Secret Lives of Fortunate Wives :: Sarah Strohmeyer
Really good chick lit

Behaving Badly :: Isabel Wolff - very sweet chick lit, and the little daschund in the book was adorable!

Tales Of A Drama Queen (Red Dress Ink) :: Lee Nichols- This was hilarious!

True Lies Of A Drama Queen (Red Dress Ink) :: Lee Nichols -  The sequel to Tales of a Drama Queen and just as funny!

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Anne Rule's The Stranger Beside Me. Ted Bundy was everyone's picture of a natural "winner" - handsome, charming, brilliant in law school, successful with women, on the verge of a dazzling career. On January 24, 1989 Ted Bundy was executed for the murders of three young women; he had also comfessed to taking the lives of at least thirty-five more young women from coast to coast. This is his story-the story of his magnetic power, his unholy compulsion, his demonic double life, and his string of helpless victims. It was written by a woman who thought she knew Ted Bundy, until she began to put all the evidence together, and the whole terrifying picture emerged from the dark depths. Oc course, Ann Rule is now a famous crime writer who testifies as an expert witness before Congress.

Reginald Hill's Pictures of Perfection A Dalzeil & Pascoe novel. One of my absolute favorites in one of favorites. British police procedural.

Dimboxes, Epopts, and Other Quidams: Words to Describe Life's Indescribable People

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My 3 (for the moment anyway) are :  Seabisquit by Laura Hillenbrand           Flawless by Joshua Spanogle      and   Lethal Ladies (1 book with 3

stories) by Ethel Lina White,  Vera Caspary and Dephne DuMaurier          All very different but each enjoyable!