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Ellen B. (zumbalover) - Reviews

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700 Sundays
700 Sundays
Author: Billy Crystal
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/20/2009


I did not get to see the show so when I saw this book at a library sale, I purchased it. The book is very humerous and at time I even laughed out loud! A really quick read, entertaining and very Billy Crystal!


The Giving Tree
The Giving Tree
Author: Shel Silverstein
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/5/2015


I discovered Shel Silverstein as a preschool educator, before I had children. His poetry, the books the Giving Tree and Missing Piece are all wonderful and inspiring. I think all children should be read The Giving Tree and The Missing Piece as it provides valuable life lessons. I can't get through The Giving Tree without crying at the end!!


An Inconvenient Wife
An Inconvenient Wife
Author: Megan Chance
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/4/2012


This book was recommended to me by a friend. I read it in a day and a half. It is a quick read and halfway through it, I sort of figured out what was probably going to happen in the end. However, I did enjoy it as the events take place during 1885 and I enjoyed the history.
This is not a "deep thought" kind of a book, but for a quick read it was enjoyable.


One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd
One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd
Author: Jim Fergus
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/20/2012
Helpful Score: 2


What an interesting premise. I thought the book was very well written, the history to be accurate and the images conveyed realistic. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and have recommended it to all of my reading friends!


A Serpent's Tooth (Peter Decker & Rina Lazarus, Bk 10)
A Serpent's Tooth (Peter Decker & Rina Lazarus, Bk 10)
Author: Faye Kellerman
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/28/2009


Story follows Peter Decker and his wife Rina Lazarus and centers around a mass murder. Fun reading, gets you involved, and you'll love to hate some of the characters.


Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Author: Lisa See
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/5/2009
Helpful Score: 1


Truly enjoyed this book. The description of how the young child's feet are wrapped turned my stomach just a bit, but very accurate! Quick read - one of those books you can't put down until you're finished!


Up from Orchard Street
Up from Orchard Street
Author: Eleanor Widmer
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/2/2010
Helpful Score: 1


This book follows a family from the early 30's living in an old tenement building on the lower east side in New York city. You see the characters and experiences from the view of the young daughter who is very bright and perceptive for her age. The family is Jewish (although not practicing), but since the Bubbe (grandmother) is from Europe, there's lots of yiddish, but most of it is translated in the text of the book and if not, you get the general gist.

The book was enjoyable and truly gave the feel of what it was like living there. The Bubbe is a cook, so the descriptions of the food almost make you feel like you can actually smell the brisket cooking! It's a quick read, a good story, but I wouldn't say it's the best book I've ever read.... certainly good in between reading while waiting for the next book to read!


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