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Bag of Bones
Bag of Bones
Author: Stephen King
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 816
Review Date: 8/21/2005


"Bestselling author Mike Noonan, suffering from writer's block and still mourning his wife's untimely death of a few years earlier, returns to their summer home on the coast of Maine. Searching for inspiration and answers, he finds himself regarded with suspicion by most of the town's populace, although he makes the friendship of a young widow who is engaged in a fierce custody battle with her very powerful father-in-law. Cryptic messages left in his home convince him he's not alone, and lead him to uncover a chilling mystery that's far greater than he could have imagined.

BAG OF BONES is by turns a legal drama, a romance, a mystery and a ghost story, and that last takes a back seat for much of the book. King wisely baits us with hints -- a quiet incident here or there, often at the end of a chapter of heavy character and plot development. Those looking for ghouls and gore may be disappointed, but the story is all the more stronger for it. These are hauntings of the fairly typical variety, and it's a testament to King's skill as a writer that they are more frightening than perhaps they should be to the experienced reader. It's only toward the end of the novel, where the supernatural forces come to a head, that it loses some of its credibility. It's a final confrontation that rivals those in "The Library Policeman" or "The Sun Dog" -- not a good thing -- and cheapens what was a high quality read. But this is just a small flaw (it's a big book.)

I'm pleased to number BAG OF BONES among King's best." amazon review


Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream
Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream
Author: Barbara Ehrenreich
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 11
Review Date: 7/26/2006


"The book is written exceptionally well, is quite funny, and ...it is well worth reading. In fact I think every corporate executive who has a role in determining the fate of middle managers should read this book if for no other reason than getting a first hand glimpse at the impact of their decisions." amazon


Baking (Cookshelf)
Baking (Cookshelf)
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 9
Review Date: 1/20/2012


This is a terrific book, one of a series. Every recipe has a photo of the finished dish. It is a small yet thick book, hardbound, lovely to look at, great recipes.


Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco
Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco
Author: Bryan Burrough, John Helyar
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 16
Review Date: 8/7/2005
Helpful Score: 1


Compelling.


The Beach House
The Beach House
Author: James Patterson, Peter De Jonge
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 763
Review Date: 8/14/2005


"The Beach House by James Patterson was a pretty good book and I would recommend it for anyone to read.
The book is pretty much about a murder. A man named Jack Mullen who is a student of the law (a lawyer) brother is killed. They say the murder was from drowning, but he was really beaten to death. The police wont help and neither will anyone else because really behind the sence the rich people run the town.
Jack Mullen is in search of why his brother really died and the rich dont like snooping around too much so it makes things pretty interesting. So it makes you think what did Peter do that got them so upset and what is Jack really getting himself into.
Really great book, pick it up today!" amazon review


The Bean Trees
The Bean Trees
Author: Barbara Kingsolver
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 527
Review Date: 8/8/2005


Top notch.


Beatles Forever
Beatles Forever
Author: Nicholas Schaffner
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 1/16/2007
Helpful Score: 2


This is a delicious book, with great detailed narrative and tons of pictures.

"With the photos, the electric writing, the tons of statistics, the detailed biographies of the solo careers, the tabulated lists of records and release dates and information, the LP and 45 covers, this is an absolute must for any Beatle fan." amazon


Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy
Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy
Author: Frances Mayes
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 8
Review Date: 1/25/2007


"If I had to choose between her two books, Under the Tuscan Sun would be my favorite, but this one is close in character.

She has a way with descriptions of places and people that truly starts one to hungering for the sounds and tastes of country life.
A number of recipes are sprinkled throughout the book..." amazon


Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book, 10th Edition
Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book, 10th Edition
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 32
Review Date: 8/8/2005
Helpful Score: 1


I own many cookbooks, yet I reach for this one a lot for basic items. Recipes are very trustworthy, tried and true.


The Bird Artist (Canadian Trilogy, Bk 1)
The Bird Artist (Canadian Trilogy, Bk 1)
Author: Howard Norman
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 44
Review Date: 12/29/2006


"The Bird Artist is a comfortable, pleasing read, with a satisfying ending and enough of a plot twist to propel the reader through the second half of the book with renewed relish.

While it may seem as though the author has given away the plot with the initial paragraph, this is certainly not the case. Norman skillfully balances tragedy and redemption to deliver a solid novel with just enough Newfoundland flair to satisfy but not detract from the robust characters, natural dialogue, and subtle imagery. " amazon review


Bitter Almonds: The True Story of Mothers, Daughters, and the Seattle Cyanide Murders
Bitter Almonds: The True Story of Mothers, Daughters, and the Seattle Cyanide Murders
Author: Gregg Olsen
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/7/2005
Helpful Score: 1


This was a fascinating true crime. It was one of the product tampering cases that changed products and their packaging forever.
The book is big, over 500 pages, the crimes, backgrounds of the parties involved, and then the trial. There was too much of the intimate details of people's lives for me- people I didn't like. I felt the book needed some more editing.
Still, a compelling look at solving and prosecuting a mostly circumstantial case.


Blackwood Farm (Vampire Chronicles, Bk 9)
Blackwood Farm (Vampire Chronicles, Bk 9)
Author: Anne Rice
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 392
Review Date: 8/14/2005


"Amazon.com
In the past few years, many fans have sworn off Anne Rice, flinging her later novels against the wall with cries of "First draft!" and "Never again!"
But these same fans may want to take a chance on her Southern gothic Blackwood Farm, a fast-paced and erotically charged, though uneven, novel of the Vampire Chronicles. Blackwood Farm has an unusual flaw: it isn't long enough."


Blazing Star (Tyler, Bk 5)
Blazing Star (Tyler, Bk 5)
Author: Suzanne Ellison
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/5/2005


ANOTHER TYLER TRIUMPH
This is the 5th installment in the Tyler series. The new police chief is a woman, who does things strictly by the book. Her "second in command" is a home town hero, who THOUGHT that the job was his and can't believe he was passed over for a woman.
This book is FULL of mystery and romance. Just when you think you know what will happen, everything changes! I loved this book!" Amazon reviewer


Bless the Child
Bless the Child
Author: Cathy Cash Spellman
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 12
Review Date: 9/24/2005


"Having seen the movie before reading the book. I was prepared for a cutthroat struggle between good and evil. The material presented in the book, however is so much more multi-layered than the movie, it is almost a crime to allow the movie to have the same title.

Like the movie, the story revolves around the bond between Maggie and her granddaughter, Cody. Severed by the child's abduction by her mother and her new spouse, the bond triggers past life experiences to both Maggie and the child. Distraught, when she discovers that her daughter's spouse is the head of a Satanic cult and is going to use the child for some nefarious purpose, Maggie seeks help wherever she can find it, and an eclectic posse of assistants does she amass: a former cult member, an adept in the occult, a confused Catholic priest, a love-sick police detective, and a wise martial arts sensei.

As Maggie strengthens herself spiritually for the task ahead, we the readers are privledged to share in her enlightenment without any affront to our own beliefs. All the great mysteries are touched upon and Ms. Spellman knowingly provides a collection of reading material at the end of the novel for those interested in furthering their own spiritual quests.

A very satisfying junket from start to finish..." amazon review


The Blind Assassin
The Blind Assassin
Author: Margaret Atwood
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 65
Review Date: 7/1/2005


Best seller. I did not read.
Note: All my books are first registered at bookcrossing.com and bear stickers inside with BC number.


Bloody Times: The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln and the Manhunt for Jefferson Davis
Review Date: 10/18/2011


This is a book written for young people.
The author also wrote "Manhunt," a stupendous account of the Lincoln assassination with great detail.
This book is simpler, easier to read, and engaging.


The Blunderer
The Blunderer
Author: Patricia Highsmith
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/8/2007
Helpful Score: 1


"Like 'Strangers on a Train', 'The Blunderer' is the study of two accused criminals and how they cope with each other while being hounded by an aggressive police detective. As guilt and suspicion build with each page the reader is really dropped into the deep end of endless anxiety and self-doubt. I found myself completely absorbed, especially during the last half of the novel. It is such a joy to read a novel that is crisp, economical and written in a seemingly effortless style." amazon


Body of Lies (Eve Duncan, Bk 4)
Body of Lies (Eve Duncan, Bk 4)
Author: Iris Johansen
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 468
Review Date: 9/30/2005
Helpful Score: 1


"This book is a very quick read with enough action to keep you interested. I do not believe this should be your first book in the series. The returning characters are not developed enough for the first time reader (knowing them prior helps), but the book still stands alone. Eve seems strong and passionate, while sometimes unaffected and Joe becomes more interesting with his warrior side. Some of the story seems a little far fetched and very convenient for the timing, but it isn't impossible and will make you think of the goings on in the world. In addition, Galen (my favorite reoccurring character) is back in this novel to add danger, intrigue, and even some comic relief." amazon review


The Bodyguard's Story : Diana, the Crash and the Sole Survivor
Review Date: 1/18/2006


This is the story of the bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones, who was the only survivor of the car crash that claimed the lives of Dodi Fayad, Princess Diana, and the driver. It is a stunning story.
One major point: The bodyguard was hired by Mr. Al Fayad to be the personal bodyguard of his son Dodi. The bodyguards boss was Al Fayad- you do not disobey your boss. That sets the framework for bodyguards who are constantly thwarted at doing their jobs, often surprised with changes in plans, and whose professional opinions are discounted.
The Princess had no security, therefore, she becomes the bodyguards responsibility, too. Understaffed, over-ruled, and doing the best they could- that is the story of the bodyguards.
Written and printed in Great Britain; not all that well written, but still highly interesting.


The Book of Ruth
The Book of Ruth
Author: Jane Hamilton
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 593
Review Date: 8/21/2005
Helpful Score: 1


"This is the story of Ruth. It is the story of her struggles, her fears and anxieties, her victories and failures but, ultimately, it is the story of her growth. Like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon Ruth emerges from her trials stronger and more beautiful than she ever believed she could be.

I love this story. Just reading it is an affirmation of the human spirit. My own life has been a thousand times easier than Ruth's and yet Jane Hamilton weaves her tail so skillfully that I still could see bits of myself in poor Ruth. And in the end, after seeing how Ruth overcame so much, I knew for sure that I could take on the world and win. Damn right! One hand tied behind my back.

Go Ruth! And go Jane Hamilton! Books like this don't come along too often and when they do they should be mandatory reading by order of the king of the universe. " amazon review


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