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Do Not Resuscitate
Do Not Resuscitate
by Nicholas Ponticello
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.95
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing, original premise!, November 4, 2015
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This intriguing premise drew me in from the start: Jim Frost is 73 and is dying. The book takes place 20+ years from now, after the water wars (only the very wealthy can afford it), when California splits north from south, when the United States has lost much of its power, and technology has evolved so that people can download their brains on microchips, to be used in the future. Jim is writing his memoir, so we follow his life from his college days, back to the present, back again to his mysterious job, consisting of flying to various locations and picking up a red cooler at the airport and delivering it and its contents in exchange for a bundle of cash. This mix of the story of one man's life (including a wife, children, grandchildren and siblings), the water crisis happening in California right now, and a world in the not-too-distant future where the environment and global economy are turned upside-down make a compelling read. The ending was, for me, abrupt. The mystery of the contents of the red cooler was revealed, but I still had lingering questions about Jim Frost, his daughter Eliza, and the final scenes in the book. Well written debut novel!


The Nightingale
The Nightingale
by Kristin Hannah
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.13
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting story, beautifully told, September 9, 2015
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This World War II story of two sisters in France during the German occupation is beautifully written, touching, and graphic in the descriptions of the horrors of war. Hannah has done her homework, basing the character of Isabelle on a French woman who risked her life, guiding downed pilots to safety over the Pyrenees. The plight of the French, particularly the women and children left to battle the long lines for dwindling rations, the taking over of their homes by the Germans, and the bravery of so many who hid the Jewish children are vividly described. I have purchased this title for our school library, especially for the readers of All the Light We Cannot See, and The Book Thief.


Casebook
Casebook
by Mona Simpson
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.63
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disjointed narrative left me unsatisfied, March 2, 2015
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I had high expectations for this novel, based on a starred review in Booklist, and having been an Amazon book of the month last year. The themes of the dissolution of a family and the aftermath of divorce have relevance to many readers. However, I found the stream-of-consciousness device used by Simpson to be disjointed and confusing. This is my first Mona Simpson novel, so I don't know if this is her usual style of writing. For me, the characters were not compelling; I had no sympathy or connection with any of them. There were random characters thrown in, but many of them remained undeveloped and their presence in the book, unexplained and seemingly superfluous. Much of Miles' narrative contained words, phrases, and expressions not in keeping with those of a teenage boy. The "is he or isn't he gay" theme also seemed to be ultimately unimportant in the story. I kept thinking that eventually, I would become engaged and it never happened. I finished the book because it was for our book group; however, I would have preferred putting it down after the first third.


The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
Offered by Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Price: $10.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing, powerful book!, February 26, 2015
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What a wonderful account of the rowing team that competed in the 1936 Olympic Games! A student recommended this and she was right on the money. Beautifully written and well-researched, the reader can understand the sport, the rigorous training, and the character of the men who were on the team for the University of Washington. Highly recommended!


French Regional Food
French Regional Food
by Joël Robuchon
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $28.08
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great representation of French regions and cuisine!, February 26, 2015
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I purchased this book for our high school French classes for a project about the regions of France. What a find! This isn't simply a list of regions and recipes. There is a description and maps of the region and the food that it's known for, whether wine, cheeses, poultry, baked goods, a particular type of produce, etc. There are color photos of the regions and the food throughout the book. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5, was due to the quality of the photos; they're not as sharp or colorful as they could be.


Charles Edenshaw
Charles Edenshaw
by Dana Augaitis
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $29.55
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book!, February 26, 2015
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This is a beautifully crafted book! From the quality of the pages and binding, to the scholarship, photos, and breadth of coverage, Augaitis documents the remarkable beauty and craftsmanship of Charles Edenshaw's work. For students of anthropology, Northwest Coast Indian history, or art history, this is a rare look at a renowned Haida artist.


BROWN EGGS AND JAM JARS (US EDITION): Family Recipes From The Kitchen Of Simple Bites
BROWN EGGS AND JAM JARS (US EDITION): Family Recipes From The Kitchen Of Simple Bites
by Aimée Wimbush-Bourque
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful in every way!, February 23, 2015
This is a truly lovely book, from the quality of the cover and pages, to the writing, to the photography, and of course, the recipes. Readers of Simple Bites, Aimee's blog, have waited for her to publish her first book, and this isn't simply a retelling of her blog posts. As a southern Californian, reading about a young family urban-homesteading in eastern Canada is a world away from the life I lead. I love reading about Aimee's family, their commitment to growing and producing their own food, avoiding processed food, canning and preserving (which I like to do), and their lifestyle, in general. Brown Eggs and Jam Jars includes a section on the best kitchen tools and equipment, how to create a great pantry with the best staples to have on hand, and truly delicious recipes! I have learned about maple sugaring and have started trying out the recipes using maple syrup, something new for me.
I highly recommend this book as one of those wonderful cookbooks that's a pleasure to read cover-to-cover!


Famous Baby
Famous Baby
by Karen Rizzo
Edition: Paperback
Price: $7.16
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it in one day!, January 26, 2015
This review is from: Famous Baby (Paperback)
Funny, touching, often poignant novel of a famous mommy blogger and her complicated relationships with her 18-yr-old daughter and her dying mother. End-of-life choices, inter-generational communication, family secrets, and how we view the elderly are dealt with in a non-judgmental, touching way. This a great book group read with of great topics to talk about! This could easily be made into a movie!


American Apparel Infant Tri-Blend Rib Cardigan - Tri-Coffee / 6-12M
American Apparel Infant Tri-Blend Rib Cardigan - Tri-Coffee / 6-12M

5.0 out of 5 stars Great little sweater!, September 23, 2014
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Great sweater at a great price, this was perfect for my little granddaughter!


Big Brother: A Novel (P.S.)
Big Brother: A Novel (P.S.)
by Lionel Shriver
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.87
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I was deeply disappointed!, September 23, 2014
It cannot be stated more strongly that the ending of this book is absolutely ridiculous! I had trouble all the way through the book with the unsympathetic characters and implausible plot line, and, though the subject of obesity had touched the author's brother and was a topic near and dear to her heart, I thought that she didn't do the topic or the characters justice. It was my first Shriver title, and I understand her other books are better. I haven't decided if I'll try the others.


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