ANNA S. (SanJoseCa) - Reviews

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1 Ragged Ridge Road
1 Ragged Ridge Road
Author: David Adams Richards, Leonard Foglia
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 8
Review Date: 3/7/2009
Helpful Score: 1


Two mysteries, 100 years apart, are interwined together in this page turner.

Warning- This novel is a borderline "cozy," but you'll be spooked if you read it at night!

A Note of Interest- This Pennsylvanian town,the inn, and all the locations in this fictional mystery really do exist!

A good read!


1812 (American Story, Bk 2)
1812 (American Story, Bk 2)
Author: David Nevin
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 34
Review Date: 8/5/2006
Helpful Score: 3


This historical soap opera is centered around Pres. James and Dolly Madison, General Andrew and Rachel Jackson. Its presented in a story format with lots of dialogue. You'll never be bored! The best history book I ever read!


Action!
Action!
Author: Robert Cort
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 6/12/2009


The author, a movie producer, mixes real people and fictional characters to tell this story of greed and money making in the movie industry. Many famous actors and film makers are mentioned as well as a great deal of Hollywood history and gossip.

I found this novel to be very revealing and entertaining. The story didn't have a very good plot and it went on a little to long, but I still enjoyed it.


After All These Years
After All These Years
Author: Susan Isaacs
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 21
Review Date: 8/18/2006


On the day after her 25th wedding anniversary, Rose's husband announces that he is leaving her for a younger more sophisticated woman. The next morning, Rose goes into her kitchen and stumbles over his dead body!
The novel has clever flashbacks and humorus dialogue. If you love "Janet Evanovich" give "Susan Isaacs" a try!


Agrippa's Daughter
Agrippa's Daughter
Author: Howard Fast
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 9/5/2006


A BIBLICAL SAGA
"Agrippa's Daughter is the dramatic story of a Jewish queen whose life was the greatest romance of ancient times." Her story is also the story of the Nation of Israel, in the years before the destruction of the second temple in Jerusalem and the exile of the people from their ancient homeland. Written like a historic "soap-opera!"


Alaska Gray
Alaska Gray
Author: Susan Froetschel
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 8
Review Date: 8/22/2007
Helpful Score: 5


The novel revolves around a young financial analyst, who moves to Alaska for a fresh start after her divorce,---and inadvertently uncovers a scam.
The author, a former newspaper reporter in Sitka, writes with love for the Alaskan landscape and its people, as well as a wide range of issues....natives vs whites, preservationists vs developers, and folk history vs folk art. This mystery is a page turner!


All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten: Uncommon Thoughts on Common Things
Review Date: 8/21/2008


Insightful musings on how significance can be found in the smallest details and when lest expected. A modern day classic and a must for every home library!


Alley Kat Blues (Kat Colorado, Bk 6)
Alley Kat Blues (Kat Colorado, Bk 6)
Author: Karen Kijewski
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/21/2008


Kat Colorado, a no-nonsense Sacramento California P.I. investigates a suspicious hit and run death. Courtney, the victim, was a young woman who deserted the Mormon faith and was trying to find her way in the world. The deeper Kat digs into Courtney's life, the more suspects she finds. Sweet natured Courtney had many enemies and they all wanted her dead! This ia a fast pace mystery with likeable characters and a touch of humor.


Alzheimer's: A Complete Guide for Families and Loved Ones
Alzheimer's: A Complete Guide for Families and Loved Ones
Author: Howard Gruetzner
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 2.3/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 8/22/2007


A sensitive, in-depth sourcebook for the families, friends and health care professionals living with and caring for Alzheimer's patients. includes common myths, the phases of Alzheimer's and the emotional issues for patients and caregivers. This guide can help make the lives of those caught in the grip of the disease happier, safer, and more comfortable.


Amy and Isabelle
Amy and Isabelle
Author: Elizabeth Strout
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/9/2006
Helpful Score: 3


A moving story of a mother and daughter comming to terms with their lives, finding unsuspected nobility in themselves and unexpected kindness in others. A powerful novel that deals with sexual secrets and exploitation.


The Angel of Darkness
The Angel of Darkness
Author: Caleb Carr
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/21/2007
Helpful Score: 12


A suspensful historical mystery set in 1897 New York. The story centers on a serial killer and on the kidnapping of a baby daughter of a Spanish diplomat. An absorbing read!


Angela's Ashes
Angela's Ashes
Author: Frank McCourt
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/19/2006
Helpful Score: 1


A beautiful memoir of a childhood,---living in poverty in Ireland. Written with love and even humor. A story of survival and growth, beyond all odds. A story you will never forget! Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.


Angels Among Us
Angels Among Us
Author: Ron Rhodes
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/9/2006
Helpful Score: 2


The author presents a through examination, based on scripture, on the topic of Angels. So... Do you believe in Angels? Or if you want to know about Angels, than this is the book for you!


Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, Bk 1)
Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, Bk 1)
Author: Dan Brown
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/24/2009
Helpful Score: 2


Written well, but full of questionable research about Rome and the Catholic Church, this fictional thriller is a captivating non-stop adventure. The ending is a total surprise! Read this book before you see the movie. This is a much better story than Dan Brown's THE DA VINCI CODE!


Angels in Heaven
Angels in Heaven
Author: David M. Pierce
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 5/18/2009


How can you not love a story about a eccentric detective(who still lives with his mom) who drops everything he is doing to rush off to Mexico and help a childhood friend break out of jail? This is a very 'off-beat' witty and amusing read.


Animal Happiness
Animal Happiness
Author: Vicki Hearne
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 4/14/2009


The author, also an animal trainer, does a wonderful job in describing the kind of relationship humans need to have with their pets to be effective. The writing is somewhat amusing and at times cynical and most difinetly original. A very good read for animal lovers.


Anita, Anita: Garibaldi of the New World
Anita, Anita: Garibaldi of the New World
Author: Dorothy Bryant
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 12/6/2007


A fascinating story about Anita Ribeiro(1821-1849) A woman who left everything behind to follow Giuseppe Garbaldi,(a century ago one of the most famous men in the world.) (1807-1882) an Italian national hero, through his military expeditions in South America and Europe. Their compeling partnership epitomized the spirit of the 19th century's age of romanticism and revolutionary liberalism. Using biographes and memoirs, the author wrote a fictional account of what brought this couple together, their passionate love and the history they made. But the book concentrates on the almost forgotten story of Anita, the young Brazilian girl who fought beside Garigaldi, bore him four children and died very young.


Are You There God?  It's Me, Margaret
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
Author: Judy Blume
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/5/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Every eleven and twelve year old girl should read this book! It speaks of all the unspoken questions that go through a young girls mind. A timeless classic!


The Artist of the Missing
The Artist of the Missing
Author: Paul Lafarge
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.7/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 10/27/2009


I was told that if I liked Isabel Allende's work, I would also enjoy reading THE ARTIST OF THE MISSING,...I didn't. I couldn't figure out the purpose of it all. For me it was reminiscent of a Stanley Kubrick film.
I was told that the book needed to be read many times to be able to understand it, because of all the symbolism and layers of meaning...I couldn't get through it once. But you are welcome to give it a try!


At Home in Mitford (Mitford, Bk 1)
At Home in Mitford (Mitford, Bk 1)
Author: Jan Karon
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/22/2009
Helpful Score: 1


A heartwarming little cozy about life in the charming village of Mitford. The stories revolve around the life of Father Tim, his parishioners, friends and neighbors. This is the perfect book to read and relax with before you go to sleep!


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