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Front Porch Tales
Front Porch Tales
Author: Pillip Gulley
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/9/2007
Helpful Score: 3


Heartwarming essays from Paul Gulley's life as the pastor of Irvington Friends. An enjoyable look at life.


The Future Homemakers of America
The Future Homemakers of America
Author: Laurie Graham
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/2/2007
Helpful Score: 6


A charming story of six women who meet up in England when their Air Force husbands get stationed there. The story spans several decades.


Going Baboony! (Kratts' Creatures)
Going Baboony! (Kratts' Creatures)
Author: Martin Kratt, Chris Kratt
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/2/2006
Helpful Score: 3


If you've ever seen the Kratt Brother, you know they make learning about nature alot of fun. This book is based on the Kratt Creatures show.


Her Own Place (Fawcett Columbine)
Her Own Place (Fawcett Columbine)
Author: Dori Sanders
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/29/2007
Helpful Score: 6


The story of Mae Lee, a Southern woman trying to make it on her own during World War II. This is the story of her life and the struggle of trying to keep her farm going. It's an enjoyable story. I found that it loses it's focus a bit in the middle, but it's well worth finishing.


The Hound of the Baskervilles (Dover Thrift Editions)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (Dover Thrift Editions)
Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/9/2007
Helpful Score: 4


One of the best mysteries I've ever read. This is Sherlock Holmes at his finest. This tale is sure to keep you guessing until the end.


How to Hide a Polar Bear and Other Mammals (Grosset  Dunlap All Aboard Book)
Review Date: 9/2/2006
Helpful Score: 3


A nice rhyming book with great animal drawings.


Joe Jones
Joe Jones
Author: Anne Lamott
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/5/2007
Helpful Score: 4


Lamott's got a very different writing style and this book took a long time to get rolling. It's a bit fragmented. When I started to envision myself sitting in Jessie's Cafe and listening to the different conversations, I started to enjoy the book alot more. Half way through the book it become more cohesions, the characters more real, and I couldn't stop reading.

If you want a traditional story with a well constructed and obvious plot, you'll be disappointed with this book.


The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner
Author: Khaled Hosseini
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/18/2006
Helpful Score: 3


A beautifully written, but sad tale. It has a lot of twists and turns and is very difficult to put down.


Memoirs of a Geisha
Memoirs of a Geisha
Author: Arthur Golden
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/20/2007
Helpful Score: 4


A profound look into the world of Geisha. It's written as a memoir though it's a work of fiction. This is a very moving story.


Midwives
Midwives
Author: Chris Bohjalian
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/13/2007
Helpful Score: 11


The tale of a midwife put on trial when she loses a mother during child birth. It's told from the perspective of her daughter looking back (she was a teenager at the time) and from the diaries of the midwife.

It's intense and thought provoking. The author does an excellent job of presenting all sides of the ordeal. You see it from the perspective of the midwife, the daughter, the widower, the midwife's apprentice, the lawyers, the medical establishment, and the midwife community. You are kept in suspense until the very end. An excellent book!


Mr. Darcy's Daughters
Mr. Darcy's Daughters
Author: Elizabeth Aston
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/18/2007
Helpful Score: 16


If you've read Pride and Prejudice you will be pleased with Mr. Darcy's Daughters. Elizabeth Aston has done a great job of being true to the original tale. Though it's written in a contemporary style, it is a worthy sequel.

I found it to be one of those books I hated to see end. The main character, Camilla Darcy, became like an old friend. She is such a likeable character that you get angry when other plot against her.

The story is very enjoyable. What a wonderful book!


My First Summer in the Sierra (Nature Library, Penguin)
My First Summer in the Sierra (Nature Library, Penguin)
Author: John Muir
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/9/2007
Helpful Score: 3


Naturalist, John Muir, takes us on his first journey through the Sierra's, including his beloved Yosemite. If you're interested in a first hand account of what is was like before all the weekend travellers settled in, you'll enjoy Muir's story.


Nectar in a Sieve
Nectar in a Sieve
Author: Kamala Markandaya
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/3/2007
Helpful Score: 10


This is the story of a peasant family living in a small village in India. The modern world is encroaching as a huge tannery moves into town.

The story is told through the voice of the mother of the family. Her family is very poor. They rent their land and try to grow enough rice and vegetables to make it through the year. It's a cruel life. However, the family considers themselves better off than others who don't even have the land to work.

This book is well written. It's is strangely uplifting despite the despair of such a harsh life. The style reminded me of Pearl Buck's The Good Earth.


The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Bk 1)
Review Date: 4/20/2007
Helpful Score: 5


A different kind of cozy mystery set in Botswana. Precious Ramotswe is a delightful detective.


The Patron Saint of Unmarried Women
The Patron Saint of Unmarried Women
Author: Karl Ackerman
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/19/2006
Helpful Score: 3


I don't care much for romance book, but this was a really sweet story.


The Red Hat Club
The Red Hat Club
Author: Haywood Smith
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/22/2007
Helpful Score: 2


This is the story of a group of school friends now in middle age. They rally round a member when she fears her husband is cheating on her.

The characters are likable and real. The plot is well constructed. It slips from present to past with ease. Smith has serious themes, but her style is also quite funny. I laughed out loud a couple of times.

This book is really entertaining!


Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman (Two Mrs Lloyd, Bk 1)
Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman (Two Mrs Lloyd, Bk 1)
Author: Elizabeth Buchan
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/16/2007
Helpful Score: 12


I couldn't get into this book and gave up after 70 pages. It's a little slow and too detailed for my tastes.


San Francisco Street Secrets
San Francisco Street Secrets
Author: David B. Eames
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/16/2007
Helpful Score: 4


An interesting look at the history of San Francisco's streets. Includes 5 walking tours so you can explore San Francisco's history.


The Secret Life of Bees
The Secret Life of Bees
Author: Sue Monk Kidd
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/26/2007
Helpful Score: 41


A well written story of a teenager who leaves behind everything she has known in order to find out something about her mother's past. This is the type of story where the characters become your friends. You can't wait to read it and you hate to see the story end.


Separate Reality
Separate Reality
Author: Carlos Castaneda
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/9/2007
Helpful Score: 5


The second book in Carlos Castaneda's series. I found this book difficult to put down and hard to forget. Castaneda gives you alot to think about.


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