Laurel C. - Reviews

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Alice's Adventures In Wonderland (Aladdin Classics)
Alice's Adventures In Wonderland (Aladdin Classics)
Author: Lewis Carroll
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/18/2018


This story is a classic for good reason. Imaginative and very funny!


Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Review Date: 4/8/2014
Helpful Score: 1


A beautifully written account of the lives of several Annawadi slum dwellers, and of their attempts to raise their standards of living. A few do it by fair means, but most by foul. The level of corruption is astonishing, but in their eyes necessary for survival. This is not for the faint of heart, but it is a valuable look into a world few of us will ever see firsthand.


The Big Sleep
The Big Sleep
Author: Raymond Chandler
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/15/2014


Well written detective story!


The Chair
The Chair
Author: James L. Rubart
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/22/2015


While the premise of this novel is intersting--what would happen if a chair made by Jesus came to light?--its execution left something to be desired. The story was awkwardly told. Colin's sense of guilt over his brother was overdrawn. The villains were cartoonish. The story had too many unbelievable elements to be truly satisfying.


Crossing to Safety
Crossing to Safety
Author: Wallace Stegner
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/15/2014


Fabulous story of the decades-long friendship between two couples. Wonderful writing.


Dark Waters (The Expedition Trilogy, Book 1): True Story of the First Human-Powered Circumnavigation of the Earth (Volume 1)
Review Date: 10/8/2014
Helpful Score: 1


Jason Lewiss account of the first portion of his round-the-world-by-human-power adventure is what I would call compulsively readable. Intelligently written, and with plenty of hair-raising incidents, it keeps the reader fully involved and wanting to know what comes next. The author manages to make even the 111 mostly tedious, irritable days at sea intriguing. He really captures the tense, up and down nature of his relationship with his partner Steve, who, in spite of being the originator of the idea for the journey, turned out to be less adept than Jason at adapting to its rigors. Their relationship seemed real and candid. Jason also painted the picture of them as two pretty wild, devil may care young guys, which made their willingness to actually undertake their journey with inadequate funding and equipping more believable. The only thing I wished for was a slightly more seamless narrative in places, which publication with a larger publisher might have achieved. But in order to be able to tell the tale his way, Jason had to forgo the offer of a large house. That was, by and large, a good decision on his part, even though the books distribution and sales probably suffered as a result. This book deserves to be more widely known and read than it has been.


The Help
The Help
Author: Kathryn Stockett
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/8/2011


Wonderful characters. Great look at friendship and courage and injustice. Evokes outrage and laughter. One of the best books I've read.


Mary Slessor of Calabar: Pioneer Missionary
Mary Slessor of Calabar: Pioneer Missionary
Author: W. P. Livingstone
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/31/2015


Mary Slessor grew up in Scotland in the second half of the 19th century, but she always knew she wanted to be a missionary. Specifically, she wanted to be a missionary at the newly developed Presbyterian mission station at Calabar, on the west coast of Nigeria.

She did indeed become the missionary she longed to be, and she devoted the rest of her life to bringing Christianity to the native tribes of Calabar and areas upriver and inland from there. It was a long, hard-fought battle against their traditional customs, which included twin murder, the slaying of the wives and children of a deceased chief to accompany him to the afterworld, and constant tribal warfare.

Mary made a life for herself amongst these people, becoming an honored caregiver and judge. After years of showing them compassion and speaking boldly about her faith, she began to make a difference, and opened up many areas formerly closed to outside influence. Hers is an amazing story of courage and resilience in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds.


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