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10 Lb. Penalty
Author: Dick Francis
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/16/2007


Loved this book! It's a bit different from Dick Francis' usual thrillers, in that his main character, Benedict, is 18 years old when the story starts. It's fascinating seeing this story--always written in first person--from a teenager's point of view, and watching him grow up as the story progresses. Very well done, as always. Dick Francis is a master storyteller!


Acceptable Loss (William Monk, Bk 17)
Acceptable Loss (William Monk, Bk 17)
Author: Anne Perry
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 15
Review Date: 4/20/2012


Fantastic story! It's a brilliant continuation of the life of William Monk, his wife Hester and their close friends and colleagues that ends in a cliff-hanger that blew me away. One of Anne Perry's best books yet, and that's saying a great deal because all the books in this Monk series are so good they're impossible to put down.

From Amazon.com:
" Give her a good murder and a shameful social evil, The New York Times Book Review once declared, and Anne Perry can write a Victorian mystery that would make Dickenss eyes pop. And Perrys new William and Hester Monk story, a mesmerizing masterpiece of innocence and evil on Londons docks, outshines all her previous novels in this successful and beloved series.

When the body of a small-time crook named Mickey Parfitt washes up on the tide, no one grieves; far from it. But William Monk, commander of the River Police, is puzzled by the expensive silk cravat used to strangle Parfitt. How did this elegant scarfwhose original owner was obviously a man of substanceend up imbedded in the neck of a wharf rat who richly deserved his sordid end?

Dockside informers lead Monk to what may be a partial answera floating palace of corruption on the Thames managed by Parfitt, where a captive band of half-starved boys are forced to perform vile acts for men willing to pay a high price for midnight pleasures. Although Monk and his fearless wife, Hester, would prefer to pin a medal on Parfitts killer, duty leads them in another directionto an unresolved crime from the past, to blackmail and more murder, and to a deadly confrontation with some of the empires most respected men.

To a superlative degree, Acceptable Loss provides colorful characters, a memorable portrait of waterfront life, and a story that achieves its most thrilling moments in a transfixed London courtroom, where Monk faces his old friend Oliver Rathbone in a trial of nearly unbearable tensionin sum, every delectable drop of the rich pleasure that readers expect from an Anne Perry novel."


Accepted! 50 Successful College Admission Essays
Accepted! 50 Successful College Admission Essays
Author: Gen Tanabe, Kelly Tanabe
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/15/2007


Excellent book that shows actual college application essays and explains WHY they were so good. It also tells you which universities accepted the students, colleges like Princeton, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, Duke, Harvard, and just about every other top university you can imagine. It shows the breadth and depth of subjects, far beyond the usual mundane and boring topics most students pick. If you're thinking of an Ivy League school, the competition is so tough that you need every edge you can get. This book will definitely help. It certainly helped my kid get into his university!


Aces High
Aces High
Author: Bernard Fitzimmons
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 1/22/2012


A large coffeetable-type book packed with huge color photographs of all sorts of fighter aircraft from all over the world. There are tons of full-page photos (10" x 13"), and many double-page photos (13" x 20") from every angle: inside the cockpit, over the wings, take-off, landing, etc.
A gorgeous book for anyone who loves fighter jets.


Admission Matters : What Students and Parents Need to Know About Getting Into College (Jossey-Bass Education)
Review Date: 4/16/2007


Terrific book, very comprehensive and complete. On the front cover the book says:
"What students and parents NEED TO KNOW about getting into college:
- The truth about college rankings
- Understanding the new SAT
- How colleges decide
- Assessing your chances
- Making smart choices
- Preparing strong applications
- Getting financial aid
- Plus lots of tips and tools"

This book delivers all this and more. It was very helpful to us when my son was applying to big-name colleges this year. He was accepted into his perfect choice (USC) among many others, and I'm convinced the tips and explanations in this book helped him achieve his goal.


Aim of a Lady
Aim of a Lady
Author: Laura Matthews
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 10/18/2009
Helpful Score: 1


Very well-written story, with a different premise that made it interesting from the first page. Full of subtle humor and well-rounded characters, it was a delight to read. I especially appreciate that Laura Matthews does not modernize the character's actions or dialogue. Very few contractions found throughout their speech. Bravo! I sure wish more authors would do the same and stop dumbing-down the dialogue for readers. (Yes, that's a huge pet-peeve of mine.)

If you are a fan of real Regencies, Laura Matthews will be a delightful surprise. This is the third book of hers that I've read, and each one has been keeper.


Algebra 1 (Quickstudy Reference Guides - Academic)
Algebra 1 (Quickstudy Reference Guides - Academic)
Author: S. Kizlik
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.7/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 10/12/2010


This is not really a book; it's a 6-page, laminated quick-reference chart that gives all the algebraic equations, rules and properties one needs right at their fingertips to finish homework easily or to pass one's test. I got these for my kids when they were in Junior High and High School. Both of them really disliked math so it didn't come easy for them, but these "cheat-sheet" references really helped them do well. I love that it is laminated, normal binder-sized 8.5" x 11" and has the 3 holes to be put in a binder.

It's amazing just how much material is covered. For example, it has:
1) All the equations needed for factoring: Trinomials, Binomials, Perfect Cubes, etc.
2) Properties of real numbers:Associative, Commutative, etc.
3) Sets and subsets theory
4) Rational Expressions (How to do any form of simple and complex fractions)
5) Synthetic division
6) Roots and Radicals (Square root, cube root, etc.), with Radical expressions in equations
7) Quadratic Equations
8) Complex numbers
....just to name a few.

All I know is that both my kids are now in great colleges and are doing very well. Math reference guides like this helped immensely to get them there!


The All Breed Dog Grooming Guide
The All Breed Dog Grooming Guide
Author: Sam Kohl
Book Type: Plastic Comb
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 6/22/2007
Helpful Score: 1


This book has breed-specific directions on how to groom almost all AKC registered dog breeds. It also has a section at the beginning of the book that talks about different equipment (shears, clippers, stripping knives, hydraulic tables, etc.) and how to use them properly.
The biggest caution I would give about this book--and it's a BIG caution--is that it isn't clear about how much blending is needed between clippered areas of a coat and the longer parts (furnishings, legs, etc). For example, when you're looking at the diagram and instructions for a Cocker Spaniel, it shows how you can use a #10 to a #5 blade on the back, and it shows a straight line from the chest to the tail where you stop clipping. An inexperienced person might clipper the coat straight across, nice and tight, leaving a "hula skirt" look on the dog. (As a professional groomer I see this quite often from newbies.) The book doesn't explain that it's imperative to clipper WITH the grain (in the same direction the hair grows) and drop the clippers off the rib cage to blend the clippered saddle into the longer skirt with NO discernible line between the two. And you must be careful, because some of the patterns have changed a bit since this book was published. You'll get more up-to-date information--and better instructions--from the newer "Notes From A Grooming Table." But this book is better than no instructions at all, and will work until you get "Notes From A Grooming Table."


American Sign Language: A Student Text
American Sign Language: A Student Text
Author: Dennis Cokely
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 2/20/2016


This is a wonderful book. Very comprehensive, very easy to read and understand the correct signs for specific words and phrases in American Sign Language.

The description for this copy, ISBN #0-932666-06X is a SOFT cover book, not hard bound as the description states. Other than that, it's the same exact book and a wonderful addition to any library on American Sign Language.


An Affair to Remember: The Remarkable Love Story of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy
Review Date: 4/12/2007


Very well- written, very thorough biography of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy's love for each other. Tracy's flaws and Hepburn's obsessions are explained and detailed, and quite fascinating. It was an easy book to read, and will stay in your heart.


Axis Fighter Planes of World War II
Axis Fighter Planes of World War II
Author: John Batchelor
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 7/20/2011


Great little booklet that is actually 12 trading cards featuring World War II Fighter planes. Gorgeous reproductions of paintings of planes on one side of each card, and info about each plane on the other side.

It features:
- Messerschmidt Bf 109, Bf 110, Bf Me 410, and Me 262;
- Folke-Wulf Fw 190
- Fiat G.50
- Macchi MC.200, and C 202
- Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero, and J2M
- Nakajima Ki43 Type 1, and Ki.84

Beautiful cards for hard-core WW II fighter plane enthusiasts.


Beau Crusoe (Harlequin Historical, No 839)
Beau Crusoe (Harlequin Historical, No 839)
Author: Carla Kelly
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/7/2007
Helpful Score: 2


Wonderful, like all of Carla Kelly's books. You simply cannot go wrong with any of her novels...they're all beautifully written with deep, richly portrayed characters. This one is a bit on the dark side, in that the hero, James Trevenen, was shipwrecked then rescued years later, and had gone through some gruesome experiences that has left him with hideous nightmares, and a changed man. In this story he's now back in England and trying to adjust to "real life" once again. Brilliantly done, and a book that's nearly impossible to put down. If you enjoyed Carla Kelly's "Summer Campaign"--one of my personal favorites--you'll love Beau Crusoe, too.


Below Stairs: The Classic Kitchen Maid's Memoir That Inspired 'Upstairs, Downstairs' and 'Downton Abbey'
Review Date: 3/16/2014
Helpful Score: 2


Loved, LOVED this book. If you want to know what it was like being a scullery maid and rising to position of Cook in an English household, this book is an absolute must to read. It's a hard life with long hours and little respect from those above stairs, and she tells about her life with complete candor. I can see why her books have been used as reference for some of the best BBC period movies and mini-series in the last 30 years.
Hard to put down and absolutely brilliantly presented.


The Best Pet Name Book Ever
The Best Pet Name Book Ever
Author: Wayne Bryant Eldridge
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 9/1/2007


Terrific book for naming your new pet. If you're tired of hearing all the Labs named "Sam" or Shih Tzus named "Maggie," here's a book that will give you tons of great name ideas to make your adorable pet stand out in a crowd. The list of names is broken up into themes, like Personality (Hoover, Bonkers, Rambler), Greek and Roman Mythology (Phaethon [son of Appollo] or Enyo [Goddess of War]), Historical Names (Nelson (Great Britian's greatest admiral and naval hero; also the name of Winston Churchill's favorite cat), Screen and TV names (Hawkeye (MASH), Yoda, Spuds Mackensie), and many many more. It's fun to look through even if you don't have a new pet, or if you're looking to change the stupid name given by someone else. With this book, you can get creative and pick a great name that everyone will remember!


Birthday Cakes for Kids
Birthday Cakes for Kids
Author: Publications International
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.8/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 1/18/2015


Great book for making cute but easy specialty cakes for kids. There's a photo for every finished cake, plus detailed drawings and written directions on how to make each one. Great for visual people like me, where if you show me how I can make anything, but if there are only just written instructions I'm clueless.

Great cakes kids will love, including a castle, a baseball with mitt, a ladybug, the Space Shuttle, a car racetrack, a train, football, Teddy Bear, ghost, a kitty, a flower, a doll's ball gown, a sailboat, and several more.

Great book for parents who want a fun but easy to make cake for their kids' special celebrations!


Black Rose (In the Garden, Bk 2)
Black Rose (In the Garden, Bk 2)
Author: Nora Roberts
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/27/2006


Tried to read it, got so bored that I put it down 1/4 of the way through it and never picked it up again. But then, it's a contemporary, and there are VERY few contemporaries good enough to keep my interest. And this one was downright boring.


Break In (Kit Fielding, Bk 1)
Break In (Kit Fielding, Bk 1)
Author: Dick Francis
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/14/2006


This is the first of two books featuring Kit Fielding (the second being "Bolt"). Terrific story, brilliantly written. I love that Kit is a champion steeplechase jockey, so throughout the books Dick Francis tells of Kit's rides, written with such perfection that you feel you're on the horse yourself. You can practically smell the leather. A great story, one of my favorites!


Broken
Broken
Author: Shy Keenan
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 16
Review Date: 3/14/2016


This is an important book, one so horrifying and difficult to read not only because of the rape and torture Shy Keenan was forced to endure all her childhood, but also that the authorities failed so spectacularly to help her in any way. If it helps even ONE victim to come forward against pedophiles it'll be worth it. It's very well written and show how she overcame her horrific past to become a strong, beautiful woman. A must-read, and even if it's oh so hard to do so, reading it couldn't be on tenth as hard as living through the hell as she did. For Shy, and for other kids who face such evil, read this book and help kids who you suspect are going through the same.


Burkes Royal Palaces of Europe
Burkes Royal Palaces of Europe
Author: Montgomery-Massingbe
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 8/14/2010


Big, gorgeous book covering palaces from so many European countries: Ch 1) France & Monaco; Ch 2) Russia; Ch 3) Austria & Liechtenstein; Ch 4) the German Kingdoms; Ch 5) Great Britain; Ch 6) Greece and the Balkans; Ch 7) the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg; Ch8) Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway & Sweden); Ch 9) Italy; Ch 10) Spain & Portugal.

There are huge photos, many in color and showing incredible detail of both inside and outside the different palaces, plus the surrounding grounds. Each chapter also talks about the history of each palace, how it was built, the royalty who lived there, and much of the artwork found in them. Awesome book!


Burn Unit: Saving Lives After the Flames
Burn Unit: Saving Lives After the Flames
Author: Barbara Ravage
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 1/7/2010
Helpful Score: 2


Absolutely fascinating book that explains exactly what happens in the healing process of a person's body when they are burned. Author Barbara Ravage spent countless hours over a year at Massachusetts General Hospital, watching burn nurses at work healing those whose lives have been forever changed by heat, flames, or chemicals. She also takes us through the history of treating burns, showing how, mostly through trial and error, doctors and nurses have learned what works and what doesn't in the many stages that burns go through when healing.

Yes, there have been more advances since this book was published in 2004, but it is still a brilliantly written history and explanation for the average layperson interested in medicine, burn treatment, and how a burn unit works.


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