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The North Water: A Novel
The North Water: A Novel
by Ian McGuire
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.22
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5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting historical novel, June 10, 2016
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Ian McGuire is an old friend of mine from graduate school, but that fact should not lead you to take my praise for his novel, The North Water, lightly. He has written an exciting, dark, violent novel that will appeal to readers who like historical fiction as well as those looking for a bit of adventure reading.

The novel primarily follows Patrick Sumner, an Irish doctor who is dishonorably discharged from the army and tries to restart his life as a whaling ship's doctor with the whaling fleet in northern England. Among the crew he meets on the Volunteer is Henry Drax who is among the most depraved and evil characters you'll read in a contemporary novel. Driven by nothing more than his next desire, Drax is a dark coldness that is far more frightening than anything the arctic waters can dish out.

The book is set at the end of the whaling industry's life, and whales are few and far between in the north waters. It turns out the captain and boat's financier have ulterior plans, but Drax and, in a different way, Sumner, turn those plans awry. How McGuire handles all the twists in this plot is half the fun of reading this novel. The other half the fun is McGuire's deft writing. Indeed, anyone who enjoys a bit of excitement and wonderful writing in a novel is bound to enjoy The North Water.


New and Collected Poems: 1975-2015
New and Collected Poems: 1975-2015
by Jay Parini
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.98
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4.0 out of 5 stars Poet of Place, May 9, 2016
Parini's collection shows him to be one of the steadiest voices in American poetry over the last 40 years. His poems tend to focus on a concrete sense of place--often coal mining country in Pennsylvania--but they typically turn to more universal themes. Whether it's facing fear in "Playing in the Mines" or marveling at the universe in "Stars Falling," Parini combines a fine ear for the music of language with sharp details to make clear, readable poetry that should appeal to many readers.


Shylock is My Name: The Merchant of Venice Retold (Hogarth Shakespeare)
Shylock is My Name: The Merchant of Venice Retold (Hogarth Shakespeare)
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4.0 out of 5 stars In Shylock is My Name, Howard Jacobson retells The ..., March 28, 2016
In Shylock is My Name, Howard Jacobson retells The Merchant of Venice as a modern story of continued antisemitism and a history that insists on repeating itself, but with minor differences. The Shylock of Shakespeare appears as a character who interacts with and advises Sturlovich, the modern version of the Jewish merchant whose daughter runs away and who seeks a pound of flesh: first from the boyfriend, and then from a stand-in. Of course, as a modern retelling, the are details that make the parallel intentionally imperfect, but the outline of the story is all there (the only "spoilers" would be to tell just how the main events are retold by Jacobson). At the same time, Jacobson works in quotes from the play--and other Shakespeare works--as a patchwork of allusions as his characters play out their roles. Jacobson tries to give more psychological insight into the characters' actions, and he provides his own reading of why Shylock acted as he did in the play. But ultimately, it's the humor and the clever way in which he spins out the story that makes the novel enjoyable.


Hefty Extra Strong Drawstring Multipurpose Trash Bags (Unscented, 30-Gallon Bags, 56-Count Box)
Hefty Extra Strong Drawstring Multipurpose Trash Bags (Unscented, 30-Gallon Bags, 56-Count Box)
Price: $12.72

5.0 out of 5 stars Strong, sturdy garbage bags for your biggest jobs, November 9, 2015
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These bags are incredibly strong. We filled a bag with trimmings of trees, including a holly, and rose bushes, and they did not split. I use them now for all our big lawn and house cleaning projects.


AcneFree Energizing Acne Wash and Scrub, 4.8 Ounce
AcneFree Energizing Acne Wash and Scrub, 4.8 Ounce

4.0 out of 5 stars Invigorating Scent, March 14, 2015
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The bracing scent of orange and mint is what sets this wash apart from others my children have tried. The scrub seems to work about as well as others on the market.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A nice piece of patio furniture, October 6, 2014
Strong and night umbrella that is very easy to crank.


The Duchess
The Duchess
DVD
Price: $9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful, Compelling Movie, October 6, 2014
This review is from: The Duchess (Amazon Video)
Strong performances and stunning costumes make this period drama worth watching. I felt the point at which they ended was a bit arbitrary, but since the movie does not cover the Duchess' entire life, that would perhaps always be the case.


Banana Boat Sunscreen for Men Triple Defense Broad Spectrum Sun Care Sunscreen Spray - SPF 30, 6 Ounce
Banana Boat Sunscreen for Men Triple Defense Broad Spectrum Sun Care Sunscreen Spray - SPF 30, 6 Ounce
Offered by Gecos
Price: $2.93
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good smelling sun screen, September 4, 2014
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This sunscreen works as well as one would expect, with the added advantage that it doesn't smell of coconut, pineapple, or just a vague alcohol odor. This is something you can spray on and then walk into a building without everyone turning around to see who just applied sunscreen.


Back to Basics Grain-Free Dry Dog Food, Lamb and Potato Recipe, 4-Pound Bag
Back to Basics Grain-Free Dry Dog Food, Lamb and Potato Recipe, 4-Pound Bag

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4.0 out of 5 stars Dogs liked it, May 23, 2014
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Both of my dogs enjoyed this food, including the one who is picky about what he eats. It's a bit expensive for me to buy regularly, but based on how my dogs liked it, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.


Miracle-Gro Perlite, 8-Quart (currently ships to select Northeastern & Midwestern states)
Miracle-Gro Perlite, 8-Quart (currently ships to select Northeastern & Midwestern states)
Offered by Great Household
Price: $10.87
10 used & new from $10.87

5.0 out of 5 stars These really work, April 10, 2014
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We use perlite for all sorts of planting: in pots to retain water; in the ground to break up the heavy clay; and to root new cuttings. It is a very useful additive to the soil and our plants do much better with it in the soil.


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