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Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned"
Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned"
Offered by Random House LLC
Price: $10.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Kind, October 1, 2014
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The character Lena Dunham plays on 'Girls', is sometimes relatable in this book, but she is not the Lena Dunham we meet in her book. This is a rollicking book that brings you to the laughs, and then back down to earth to the darks.

Lena talks a great deal about her sex life, which is good. She is very insightful and candid. The first couple of chapters describe her life as an adolescent and as a teenager. The book revolves around her life, her philosophy, her family, her friends, her education, her camp life, her therapists, her OCD, her high school, her college and her life as it is. She is mesmerizing at times, her writing so precise and so well done. If you thought of Lena Dunham as fresh and exciting, as I do, then you will love this tomb. It is as original as Lena is.

One of my favorite chapters is where she discusses her therapists and how she came to see one. She had always had some form of anxiety, but it grew and got so bad her father had to go out one night and walk off his issues. Her therapists were varied, but she found several who fit her needs. At one point she discovers she probably has OCD, and then tries to adapt. She also focuses on death a great deal as does her father. In fact many of her issues focus on the same ones of her father. She was born to artistic parents and brought up in New York City to a very nice life. She is privileged in a sense, and she knows this. She relates to many people and she seems to make friends easily. Looking at Lena Dunham, once would think she has it made. She is a writer, actress, developed her own television series, and life seems good. What Lena has done is to tell a little bit about her life in her series. Her father admonishes her not to look at every get together as a promise of a scene in her series.

This is a refreshing look at a young artist. Very well liked by many, and not liked at all by some. She is a reckoning of sorts. She shows us .life as we may never have seen it, a path to be followed, and a guide of sorts to young women on their path to their own life. She discovered herself, and she wants to be able to help others do the same.

Recommended. prisrob 10-01-14


Monica The Monkey Saves The Day (Jungle Juniors Storybook Book 2)
Monica The Monkey Saves The Day (Jungle Juniors Storybook Book 2)
Price: $0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Being Different Can Save The Day, October 1, 2014
Are you a little different than others? Do other children talk about you or do you talk about others? No one wants to have their feelings hurt, and it is important not to hurt other people's feelings.

The author, Rachel Michaels, has written a lovely story about being different and the lessons learned. Monica was a cute little brown monkey, and one day when her friend went away,she decided to go to the beach. Once there, the other monkeys started to make fun of her, and this hurt her feelings. Once you read this story you will learn about the rest of her adventure. The illustrations by Ben Rains are bright and vivid, and they depict the adventures of Monica and her friends. Parents/ teachers will enjoy reading this book to their children. It is filled with lessons learned, and the children will have many questions and comments about hurting others feelings. I liked this book a lot.mi like books with a lesson to be learned, and children will appreciate this lesson. This book was provided to read and review.

Recommended. prisrob 10-01-14


Oster DuraCeramic Panini Maker and Grill
Oster DuraCeramic Panini Maker and Grill
Price: $29.92
18 used & new from $23.08

4.0 out of 5 stars Delicious Panini And Easy To Use, September 30, 2014
My family loves sandwiches, ham and cheese, roast beef and horse radish, turkey club, grilled cheese. We did not have a panini maker, until my next door neighbor gave me this one. She had one and never used it.

The family jumped in wholeheartedly and tested this panini maker last weekend. Every kind of sandwich known to man was made. Of course, they all taste better when a panini is used. The favorites turned out to be, ham and cheese, turkey club, roast beef and hoer radish, no surprise. This panini maker is small, but we had no difficulty making as many pain is as we wanted. It is easy to use, and it is easy to clean. The instruction booklet was helpful, and the entire family are fans.

Recommended. prisrob 09-30-14


Barbie and The Secret Door Transforming 2-in-1 Fairy Doll
Barbie and The Secret Door Transforming 2-in-1 Fairy Doll
Offered by All for Ollie
Price: $26.25
23 used & new from $18.75

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happiness In A Barbie Fairy Doll, September 30, 2014
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This Barbie is a most beautiful doll. Orange, red, gold dress and pink,yellow and green fairy wings. She has streaks of neon gold in her hair, and her hair is in a beautiful side pony tail. This is part of the Secret Door Barbie DVD and song book collection.

My granddaughter is enchanted with this doll. The back story is that we read a story about Kate who is always late to kindergarten because she takes too long to get dressed in the morning. Her mother comes up with the idea of a Fairy Doll, who helps Kate pick her clothes out the night before. My granddaughter has wanted a Fairy Doll, and here she is, the most beautiful doll she has ever seen! I have a feeling Kate will be her name.

Along with this Fairy Doll Barbie you get a DVD and a songbook. Barbie Fairy Doll has quite a statement necklace,and I will leave that to you to find. The DVD is wonderful, and excellent for children. Boys and girls will enjoy this DVD.

I am quite pleased with this doll. We have made a five year old very happy, and what could be better?

Highly Recommended. prisrob 09-30-14


Whiny Whiny Rhino
Whiny Whiny Rhino
Price: $5.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trying Something New, September 29, 2014
This review is from: Whiny Whiny Rhino (Kindle Edition)
Do you ever whine? I bet you do, most of us are whiny at times. Do you wonder why you whine when you do?

The author of this s book, McBoop, has written such a fun story of Tiny Tiny Rhino. Tiny, Tiny Rhino was whiny. His three bigger brothers made fun of him and called him names. They told him he would never have any fun. Every time Tiny Tiny a Rhino went out he found excuses not to join his friends. When you finish breading this book you will understand the adventures Tiny a Tiny Rhino had that helped him along. Parents/teachers will like reading this story to their children. First of all it is told in rhyme, and that is the most wonderful way to tell a story to children. Children will all recognize being whiny, and they will have many questions and maybe some answers on joe to stop being whiny. The illustrations by McBoop are bright and colorful, depicting the adventures of Tiny Tiny Rhino. Everyone will have a good time reading this book.

I really enjoyed this book, it brought a smile to my face, and that is important for all.

Recommended. prisrob 09-29-14


The Honorable Woman Season 1
The Honorable Woman Season 1
DVD
Price: $14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Look At Both Sides, Now, September 29, 2014
'The Honorable Woman' could be the best TV series of the year. Accolades are too frivolous.
Sundance TV has produced this series with Hugo Blick as the director/writer. It is at once an espionage thriller with Israel and the West Bank, and into the mix comes Britain and the United States. This is an eight-episode series about Israel and Palestinian. The director, Blick, does not take sides, and this is a very refreshing stance.

Nessa Stein, played by Maggie Gyllenhaal, this is her series, is an Anglo-Israeli whose father sold weaponry used in battles with Palestinians. Nessa and her brother, Ephra, played by Andrew Buchan, inherit their father's company. Mess a makes the decision to foster peace between Israel and Palestine. And,this decision creates a minefield of problems.
One after another secrets are displayed and revealed, but we are not privy to them all, they come at us, one by one. This is a series about people, good and bad. The actors are some of the best in the business. Atika Halabi, played by Lubna Azabal, translator/nanny. Shlomo Zahary, played by Igal Naor, is an Israeli man vying for a contract with Nessa. Stephen area, one if my favorites, plays Sir Hugh Hayden-Hoyle, head of the Middle East desk at MI5. Janet McTeer Dame Julia Walsh, Hugh's boss at MI5. And,Monica Chatwin, Eve Best, a foreign officer in Washington, D.C.
The combination of talent, characters, storyline brings us the best series I have seen in a long time. We are left to decide for ourselves what each side brings to the table.

Highly Recommended. prisrob 09-29-14


Five: A Novel
Five: A Novel
by Ursula Poznanski
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.25

4.0 out of 5 stars Coordinates, September 28, 2014
This review is from: Five: A Novel (Hardcover)
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'Five: A Novel' is one of the better mystery/ police/psychological novels I have read in a while. Not only is there a crazed murderer, most of the police force have some serious issues they have not worked through.

This is the first I have read of a mystery novel taking place in Austria. A woman's body is found in a grassy area along with a herd of cows. Detective inspector Beatrice Kaspary from the Vienna police squad is called to the murder. Along with her colleague, Florin Wenninger, they embark on finding the killer. Of note, tattooed to the bottom of this woman's feet are GPS coordinates. The murder squad is sent on a scavenger hunt using GPS navigation devices to locate hidden finds, or caches. Geocache.org is a new group game, where coordinates are given on the internet, and players find the cachet, they usually leave a note, but in this case, body parts are left. The "owner" of these geocaches is one nasty person who brutalizes his prey, and then sends coordinates to the police, to find the next cache.

Along the way, we get to know the other colleagues. Bea, as she is known, has just divorced a controlling man who causes her no end of pain. Their two children are in the middle, and all is not well within this family. Bea's boss, Hoffman, is a man who does not seem to like women, and is more concerned with his PR image than his team. Florin seems like an intelligent, good man who nay have trouble finding the right woman.This is a very fast paced novel, brutal, violent, lots of blood and it is best to be read on an empty stomach.

The twists and turns are fast, new characters are introduced quickly, and it is Bea's cunning and expertise and daring that puts two and two together. I rather like, Bea. She has to prove herself, every step of the way, and I do hope this becomes a series.

Recommended. prisrob 09-28-14


Universal Mobile Phone Armband, Suitable for Iphone 4, 5 and Iphone 6 Models, Ipods , Samsung Note 3 and All Major Smartphone Brands and Models + Running Bag
Universal Mobile Phone Armband, Suitable for Iphone 4, 5 and Iphone 6 Models, Ipods , Samsung Note 3 and All Major Smartphone Brands and Models + Running Bag
Offered by Janki Group
Price: $17.00
2 used & new from $8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Functional, Safe and Stylish, September 28, 2014
For anyone who walks or runs or needs a place to stash their phone, money and credit card, this set is one of the best I have found. It is functional, safe and stylish.

This set comes with a mobile armband and belt. It is black and green. The green is the fluorescent kind that can be seen in cloudy weather or at night. It has a red Janki logo sew on. This fits.all major phone brands and models, with or without a case. It fits arm sizes of 9" to 23", and the belt fits waists from 22.5" to 57" the info included states this can be worn as chest pack, waist pack, on the thighs, on top or under your clothes. Places I never thought of. You can also yes this under your clothes while traveling, keeping your cards, money, phone safe. This is water resistant but you should not dunk this belt and armband in water.

This armband and belt stays put, you feel secure while using it. Happy walking and running. Product provided for used and review.

Recommended. prisrob 09-28-14


The Good Suicides: A Thriller
The Good Suicides: A Thriller
by Toni Hill Gumbao
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.94
82 used & new from $6.30

4.0 out of 5 stars The Darkness In the City Of Sun, September 27, 2014
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Barcelona, a Spanish city of sun and beauty. However, not much sun nor beauty is apparent in this mystery/police procedural. Inspector Hector Salgado, is called in the dead of night to a suicide scene. A young woman threw herself in front of a train. Two young men were witnesses, and one found the woman's phone. The only clue a photo of a tree with three dead dogs hanging from it. What does this mean? What it means to us is the start of a surprising mystery, pieced together by Salgado and his team.

This is the second book written by Antonio Hill with Inspector Salgado at the helm. Salgado is a man of mystery, prone to violent attacks, he is seeing a therapist. He has little or no relationship with his son. His ex-wife has gone missing, and after six months no word or sight of her. And, he is to work with a new colleague. The ever reliable Castro is pregnant and on maternity leave.

This is a well written book, but it is not until many chapters in that we realize this is a murder mystery. The book is not fast paced enough for me. I assume this may be the Spanish culture, sure and slow. But, this does not make this a bad book, indeed, it is quite good. The storyline is fascinating, and the characters well researched. The missing ex-wife scenario seems like it will pop up from time to time. The characters slowly give information about themselves, but it takes awhile to understand the entire scenario. It is good enough that I will read the next book in this series. Where is that ex-wife?

Recommended. prisrob 09-27-14


The America's Test Kitchen New Family Cookbook
The America's Test Kitchen New Family Cookbook
by Editors at America's Test Kitchen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $30.62
3 used & new from $30.58

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Cookbook For Anyone, September 27, 2014
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If you were born in the woods or lived in a cave and needed to learn to cook, this is the cookbook for you. I remember as a small child my mother using 'Betty Crocker' and other like minded cookbooks that contained everything you needed to know, and every recipe that was needed or wanted. What we have here, is that one cookbook that contains everything you ever needed to know and then some. I am such a fan of America's Test Kitchen, and watch their television shows when I can, and purchase their magazines. Christopher Kimball is a named well known to me.

This cookbook is heavy, you will gain arm muscles carting this cookbook around. It is chock full of everything. It has almost 900 pages, 302 finished recipe photographs, over 1,100 step by step photos, 1,356 recipes and 1,139 new recipes. This is a revised edition, and you could not ask for more.

There is an introductory section, Preface by Christopher Kimball, and then 16 pages of Test Kitchen Tips. Then, the 1, 356 recipes, often with marvelous photos and step by step instructions. Starting on page 788, 14 pages of The America's Test Kitchen Shopping Guide, what to buy and where. Then comes suggestions for shopping for ingredients-21pages of suggestions. 2pages of conversions and equivalents, and then, finally the Index.

This is a whopping big cookbook perfect for the new cook, anyone in-between or the established cook who wants everything in one cookbook. It is attractive, well organized, and replete with every recipe known to man, well, almost. What a perfect gift!

Highly Recommended. prisrob 09-27-14


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