Lisa C. (chiwiz) - Reviews

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The Affair (Diary of V, Bk 1)
The Affair (Diary of V, Bk 1)
Author: Debra Kent
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/27/2005
Helpful Score: 1


This book is written in diary format as you might gather from the title. I expected it to be pretty sleazy and wasn't sure I was going to read it. I decided to give it a try and was pleasantly surprised. It's witty and poignant and the main character, "V", is just like my friends and myself--except a bit younger!


All Hat
All Hat
Author: Brad Smith
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 1/31/2006
Helpful Score: 1


This is the first book published in the US by this Canadian author. The book tells the story of somewhat damaged people living in rural Ontario trying to make a living from farming even as big business is trying to push them out--unitl they find a way to get even! I found it a bit hard going at the beginning, but once the more intensely plotted part of the book kicked in it was a fun read. It has just the right balance between character and plot development.


"...And Then I Became Gay": Young Men's Stories
"...And Then I Became Gay": Young Men's Stories
Author: Ritch C. Savin-Williams
Book Type: Library Binding
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 10/28/2005
Helpful Score: 1


This is a fascinating book by one of the preeminent researchers in developmental psychology in the field of gay male youth. It is really one of the cornerstones of our current understanding of the development of a gay sexual orientation. Far from a dry psychology textbook, though, this volume consists of the many voices and their varied stories of real men. Savin-Williams has allowed young men to speak for themselves in a way that explodes our stereotypes and replaces them with real stories.


Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons
Author: Lorna Landvik
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/27/2005
Helpful Score: 1


Five friends form the Freesia Court Book Club. Three decades, marriages, child rearing, neighborhood parties, bad husbands and great brownies pretty well sums up this novel of female bonding. It's a heart-warming story about the power of women's friendships.


Ashes to Ashes  (Kovac/Liska, Bk 1)
Ashes to Ashes (Kovac/Liska, Bk 1)
Author: Tami Hoag
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/27/2005
Helpful Score: 1


Hoag, as always, takes her time setting up a this wonderful dark thriller involving a Minneapolisr serial killer. The Cremator tortures prostitutes and then burns their bodies in local parks. No one seems to care much about these women until it appears that the latest victim may be Jillian Bondurant, a billionaire's daughter. Former FBI agent Kate Conlan is now a victim/witness advocate. She is called upon to work with a reluctant teenage witness who says she has seen the latest torching. Complications ensue when famous FBI profiler John Quinn is called in by Jillian's father. Kate and John have a shared past. Their relationship was the main reason she left the Bureau five years ago. They are faced with dealing with their painful history as they work together to catch the killer who o be taunts them at every turn. Hoag's excellent helps the reader keep track of the many diverse characters, while Kate and John's intense work ethics keep them simultaneously attracted and repelled by one another. This is a romance within a mystery and Hoag handles both masterfully.


Bet Me
Bet Me
Author: Jennifer Crusie
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/3/2006
Helpful Score: 1


I love Jennifer Crusie's books! I read almost NO romance, but I have to read her books. They are full of great characters and witty dialog and steamy love scenes. This is probably my second favorite of hers after Welcome to Temptation, but it's hard to say which is the best since they're all good!


The BFG
The BFG
Author: Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/15/2006
Helpful Score: 2


A story about a girl and a friendly giant filled with the wry humor of the great Roald Dahl.


BICYCLING MAGAZINE¿S CYCLING FOR HEALTH AND FITNESS
Review Date: 1/15/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Everything you need to know about getting fit by bicycling, from the editors of Bicycling Magazine.


Big Cherry Holler (Big Stone Gap, Bk 2)
Big Cherry Holler (Big Stone Gap, Bk 2)
Author: Adriana Trigiani
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/20/2005
Helpful Score: 1


From Library Journal:
"In this sequel to Big Stone Gap, Ave Maria and Jack MacChesney have been married 11 years. They have a ten-year-old daughter, Etta, but lost their younger child, Joe, a few years earlier. This loss and other marital stresses have tested their relationship, but the summer brings on the biggest trial yet. As Jack tries to launch a new construction business in Big Stone Gap, VA, Ave Maria and Etta take off for Italy. While many of the same humorous characters of the first novel reappear here, the tragedy of the death of a child and the chill it can cast on any marriage make this work more somber than its predecessor. Nonetheless, this novel of love and forgiveness delivers its story in a believable manner. Ave Maria remains someone readers would like to know, and Iva Lou, her librarian friend, still has her finger on the pulse of Mars/Venus relationships in this neck of the woods."


Black Maps (John March Mysteries)
Black Maps (John March Mysteries)
Author: Peter Spiegelman
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/5/2007


Great thriller!


The Cat and the Curmudgeon
The Cat and the Curmudgeon
Author: Cleveland Amory
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 32
Review Date: 2/10/2006


A classic!


Cat in the Crypt (Animal Ark Hauntings, Bk 2)
Cat in the Crypt (Animal Ark Hauntings, Bk 2)
Author: Ben M. Baglio, Ann Baum (Illustrator)
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/23/2005


At Animal Ark, Mandy Hope helps her parents treat animalsof all shapes and sizes. Even outside the clinic, Mandy can't resist aiding any animal in need--and sometimes even ghostly animals need her help.

Mandy is haunted by dreams of a mysterious cat. Could it be because she is worried about Bathsheba, a tabby cat who has disappeared? Or does the strange, stone-colored cat of her dreams have something to tell her?

Can the mystery cat help Mandy solve the mystery of Bathsheba's disappearance?


Caught in the Act: New York Actors Face to Face
Caught in the Act: New York Actors Face to Face
Author: Susan Shacter
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/26/2005
Helpful Score: 1


This is a fascinating book that I think of often when I watch actors engaged in producing their art. It is a series of photographs and in-depth interviews with 54 of the best and brightest New York actors, circa 1986: Christopher Reeve, Kevin Bacon, Kevin Kline, James Woods, John Lithgow, Howard Rollins, Edward Hermann, John Turturro, Matt Dillon, William Hurt, Morgan Freeman, Aidan Quinn, Christopher Walken, Joe Morton, Jeff Daniels, John Malkovich, and many others.


City of Bones (Harry Bosch, Bk 8)
City of Bones (Harry Bosch, Bk 8)
Author: Michael Connelly
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/7/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Yet another great book from one of the masters of mystery/crime fiction. This, the 8th entry in the venerable Harry Bosch series is a classic as always. A lost boy found in a hidden grave leads to a decades-old mystery. For the LAPD detective, this cold case stirs up memories of his own childhood as an orphan. The story is explosive and takes some hard turns that create an uproar that effects all of LA.


Civil War on Sunday (Magic Tree House, Bk 21)
Review Date: 12/23/2005


Cannon fire! That's what Jack and Annie hear when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the time of the American Civil War. There they meet a famous nurse named Clara Barton and do their best to help wounded soldiers. It is their hardest journey in time yet--and the one that will make the most difference in their own lives!


The Coffee Trader
The Coffee Trader
Author: David Liss
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/23/2005


From the back cover:

Amsterdam, 1659. On the world's first commodities exchange fortunes are won and lost in an instant. Miguel Lienzo, a sharp-witted trader in a close-knit community of Portuguese Jews, knows this only too well. Once among the city's most envied merchants, Miguel has suddenly lost everything. Now, impoverished and humiliated, living in his younger brother's canal-flooded basemet. Miguel must find a way to restore his wealth and reputation.

Miguel enters into a partnership with a seductive Dutch woman who offers him one last chance at success--a daring plot to corner the market of an astonishing new commodity called "coffee". To succeed, Miguel must risk everything he values and face a powerful enemy who will stop at nothing to see him ruined. Miguel will learn that among Amsterdam's ruthless businessmen, betrayal lurks everywhere, and even friends hide secret agendas.


Cooking Light Annual Recipes 2001 (Cooking Light Annual Recipes)
Cooking Light Annual Recipes 2001 (Cooking Light Annual Recipes)
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/17/2006
Helpful Score: 2


These are fabulous cookbooks!! I use them all the time. I wouldn't be getting rid of this one except it's a duplicate.


The Corrections
The Corrections
Author: Jonathan Franzen
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/27/2005
Helpful Score: 2


This winner of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist made Time magazine's Top 100 English language novels. It is a sweeping family epic that is both both comic and tragic. Enid has lived with boredom for too long. She's ready to spread her wings. Unfortunately her husband, Alfred, is becoming increasingly frightened of the world as he slides down into the horrors of Parkinson's disease. Their three children have busy lives and crises of their own and find it difficult to make time for their parents, especially since they've all flown the coop and moved away. Enid longs for just one last Christmas together as a family. This is a masterful and wholely original novel that satirizes modern life while plumbing it's heartbreaking humanity. A must read!


Cross Bones (Temperance Brennan, Bk 8)
Cross Bones (Temperance Brennan, Bk 8)
Author: Kathy Reichs
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/4/2006


This is Kathy Reichs' most recent book. A case that begins in Montreal with the killing of an Orhodox Jewish man leads Tempest Brennan, forensic anthropologist, travels to Israel to solve the most controversial case of her career. I love this series! This book was on a par with her others--which means fascinating and thrilling!


Did You Get the Vibe?
Did You Get the Vibe?
Author: Kelly James-Enger
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/19/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Chick lit with some substance! I enjoyed this book quite a bit.


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