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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
by Alan Bradley
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy Treat for Teen Read, October 11, 2009
Pure delight to read The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie; Flavia is a wonder at sleuthing. I look forward to the next book as Flavia probes further into her poisons and thwarts her two sisters along the way. I will be recommending this book to teens at the middle and high school level who are into reading mystery and those who don't care for reading as the book is an easy read and fun to figure out the mystery.


From Survival To Revival: A Memoir of Six Decades in a Changing Jewish World
From Survival To Revival: A Memoir of Six Decades in a Changing Jewish World
by Stanley Abramovitch
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $29.95
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Effort- but it Could Take Some Time, September 2, 2009
I'm still reading this book and the pages while interesting are dragging by at a snails pace. Abramovitch relates post-holocaust recovery events and relief/assistance programs he organized and assisted with over several decades. I am only at about page 94 and cannot see myself finishing the book anytime soon. Each page reads as a checklist of events and people over the course of a lifetime. Some detail is put forth but mostly I feel as if I'm reading a bulleted list.

The book is worth working through though as the information is quite interesting. I've been hearing on the news Iran's position on Israel and Iran's ideas about her own Jewish population. Abramovitch spent time in Iran and offers his view on Iranian Jews and Iran's policies and attitude to local Jewish population during the 50's through the 70's. Taking that into account the book gives me perspective on these current news stories.

I look forward to finishing the book although it may take several more months. I wonder what else Abramovitch did or witnessed and writes about in this book that will offer new insights into current attitudes and politics concerning the Jewish people.


Burning Embers and Other Stories of Marriage, Work, and Family
Burning Embers and Other Stories of Marriage, Work, and Family
by Charlie Close
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.95
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For a Good Laugh, April 7, 2009
If you need to laugh then curl up in a warm fuzzy blanket, add this book, and enjoy. Now you have all the ingredients to have a conversation with a funny friend (minus the friend in person- of course). Burning Embers and Other Stories of Marriage, Work and Family delivered as promised. Charlie Close relates tales of life in a voice that reminded me of stories often told at dinner parties full of friends who love to make people laugh. Close's stories were easy to relate to and will appeal to most adults with similar life experiences: moving cross-country, integrating with in-laws, job oddities, and so much more. As a fellow procrastinator and reformed slob I laughed along with Close's words as his wife patiently trained him to her liking much as my own husband has been doing with me in our first years of marriage. Close uses humor with a soft handed touch that made me smile, laugh, and feel good just like the conclusion of an evening among friends. I recommend you read this book in bits as the stories are too precious to be rushed through. The chapters are various lengths lending themselves to a quick read before ending a day. Now enjoy reading and make sure to share with friends who will appreciate the book as well- there is something about the book that screams "share me!"


The Broken Spears:   The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico
The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico
by Miguel Leon-Portilla
Edition: Paperback
Price: $17.75
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Other Guys Story of the Spanish Conquest of Mexico, March 11, 2009
I enjoyed reading the Aztec account of the colonization of Colonial Mexico. The book is a translation of Nahuatl writings. See- the Spanish provided an alphabet which the Aztecs did not have prior to Spanish arrival and then the Aztecs applied the alphabet to their native Nahuatl language and began writing. The only concern a reader should have is accuracy- the documents of the account were written 10 years and more after the fact. A tip when reading: start with Chapter 14 which summarizes all the events, then read Chapters 1 - 13 which elaborate on events in detail, and finally conclude with chapters 15 - 16. I highly recommend this book for anyone studying Colonial Mexico History or persons who want to know more about Aztecs and their culture.
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My Antonia (Enriched Classics (Pocket))
My Antonia (Enriched Classics (Pocket))
by Willa Cather
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pioneer Story Like Laura Ingalls Wilder, March 5, 2009
This book brought me back to my love of the frontier that I enjoyed so as a girl. I recall reading every Laura Ingalls Wilder book in adoration of the characters and the quiet determination one must have to live a life on the land. I still look up to people who work all day and find joy in the small moments of life. I'd forgotten what a life of ease I truly enjoy. This book doesn't radiate hardship but it shares hardship with a dignified narration that opens your eyes to a life few of us will ever know. I can see parallels between the immigrants working the land at the turn of the 20th century and the migrant immigrants today that enter the USA. I recommend this book highly and suggest you read in bite size pieces to digest slowly the rich characters and story Willa Cather has woven together.


We Pointed Them North: Recollections of a Cowpuncher
We Pointed Them North: Recollections of a Cowpuncher
by E. C. Abbott
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.17
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Tales of Cowpuncher Days, February 28, 2009
A fun collection of memories of growing up on the range back when cowpunchers roamed. This book reads just like 'Teddy Blue' speaks- imagine what 'ole' grandpa's stories told on a front porch or around a campfire sound like and you have this book. Watch out though- do not take the book as fact. Having read this book and then conducting further research I discovered inaccuracies and holes in the story. One of my favorite stories includes 'Calamity Jane' while the the story may be true the date is not unless 'Calamity Jane' was a walking zombie as she'd been dead for over a year or two at the time 'Teddy Blue' claims to have conversed with her.
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Miracles of Sainted Earth (Mary Burritt Christiansen Poetry Series, 1)
Miracles of Sainted Earth (Mary Burritt Christiansen Poetry Series, 1)
by Victoria Edwards Tester
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poems that Soothe the Soul, February 28, 2009
This poetry collection is deeply moving for the modern person that wants to imagine life's possibilities. Tester's voice soothes the soul... her poetry is palpable in it's imagery. In one poem she takes an everyday object and imagines what the history may have been, another she lets her mind wander through her imagination as she drives down a scenic highway, while yet another relates a most painful memory of angst and suffering from true events in her life.

This poetry book is one I count among a few as my true poetic loves. I'm looking forward to reading her second volume of poetry.


Spanish: Live it and Learn it! The Complete Guide to Language Immersion Schools in Mexico
Spanish: Live it and Learn it! The Complete Guide to Language Immersion Schools in Mexico
by Martha Racine Taylor
Edition: Paperback
Price: $18.95
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4.0 out of 5 stars Immerse in Spanish Like a Local in Mexico, February 28, 2009
Baile! The words dance across the page as Martha Racine Taylor describes and informs the reader about Mexico and Language Immersion Schools in a researched non-judgmental voice. My favorite part, aside from learning about specific schools, was the Introduction. Taylor explains the nuances of Mexican culture in the Introduction so her readers will be mentally prepared for spending time in Mexico's communities as a local and not as a rude tourist. Reading this book will leave you enthused and eager to learn Spanish while visiting our sister country to the south, Mexico.
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Love in a Torn Land: Joanna of Kurdistan: The True Story of a Freedom Fighter's Escape from Iraqi Vengeance
Love in a Torn Land: Joanna of Kurdistan: The True Story of a Freedom Fighter's Escape from Iraqi Vengeance
by Jean Sasson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $25.86
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get the Tissue Box Ready..., February 28, 2009
A touching love story set primarily during the war of freedom for the Kurds in the hills of Northern Iraq. Joanna grows up in Baghdad a life of ease yet still includes fear of bombs, night time raids, smuggling a brother out of the country, imprisoned family members, and interrogations. All this was not enough to prepare Joanna for life as a 'peshmerga,' a freedom fighter, living in the mountainside of Northern Iraq fighting to ensure the freedom of the Kurdish people. There she would endure hardships few will ever know. Sasson once again tells a story of brave triumphs in the turbulent Middle East. Joanna's story is told in a beautiful and haunting voice; Sasson does not disappoint. Once again she writes her books from an assumed first person point of view as if the experience and life were her own. Be prepared to laugh and cry; a box of tissues is essential- enjoy.


The Tortilla Curtain
The Tortilla Curtain
by T. Coraghessan Boyle
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.85
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highlights the Human Factor in illegal Immigration, February 28, 2009
This review is from: The Tortilla Curtain (Paperback)
A must read for anyone who has an opinion about illegal immigration. This book is sensitive to both sides of the issue rather then casting judgment it paints illegal immigrants as humans and lets the reader decide what their opinion should be. Bravo!


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