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Ordinary Grace: A Novel
Ordinary Grace: A Novel
Offered by Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
Price: $12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars small town writ large, July 21, 2013
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William Kent Krueger's gifts as a writer tell a story as well as paint a picture. I wonder why some of his novels, and certainly this one, have not been made into movies. Everyone in this story is wounded and that ultimately provides the healing for the betrayed, the betrayers, the dead, the feared, the civil and religious authorities and the reader. Some might characterize this as a coming of age story because of the prominence of a 13 year old boy on the threshold of young adulthood, but that would sell short the nuanced adult characters and a story of many layers. It's set in a small town and yet it is every town, whether or not it has a train track, a river or a mansion on a hill. Through the eyes of children we see parents/adults suffer and grieve, doubt and believe. Those on the fringe who live near the river and the train tracks help those 'in town' see the inescapable vulnerability of each person's journey in life. And appreciate its beauty and fragility when open to 'Ordinary Grace'.

Life Itself: A Memoir
Life Itself: A Memoir
Offered by Hachette Book Group
Price: $7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Ebert Himself: Honest, smart, funny, insightful, May 12, 2013
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I read this after Ebert had died and found it an easy read, like listening to him speak. As it unfolds it also fascinates as he devotes chapters to stages of his life and to individuals in his life. He has always been a superb writer, evidenced by his Pulitzer, but he also sees his life in vignettes as if they were on film when he describes them. It gives a 'you are there' feeling to the reader, right along with him and his numerous relationships, personnal and professional. His memory amazes and is clearly not typical as the past comes flying into the present with vibrant colors. It seems to surprise even him at times, as the detail can be exhausting. I was tired just reading all of his favorite places he would walk to in London. He deals honestly, although sometimes it feels slightly superficially,with alcoholism, sexuality, affection and illness. This is a book that summarizes while I will miss his words, written and spoken.

The Inquisitor: A Novel
The Inquisitor: A Novel
Offered by Macmillan
Price: $9.99

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense, compassionate, at times brutal but written very well, May 21, 2012
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I was engaged from the opening pages. Like all good books, the scenes were drawn in such detail that I was easily imagining them in my mind, even though darkness was a major theme. The characters are sharply drawn and make the story multi-layered. The main characters are gradually revealed through hidden identities. Distinguishing between who the goood guys and who the bad guys are gets more and more complicated as the story carries you through to the finish. I am very much looking forward to another book from this author. 'Further adventures' would be welcomed.

True Power Electric Shoe Shine Polisher with Lamb Wool Buffers
True Power Electric Shoe Shine Polisher with Lamb Wool Buffers
Offered by TruePowerTools
Price: $57.93
4 used & new from $57.93

20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars shoe shine, June 6, 2011
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This is a great product that does exactly what you would think it should do. Essy to operate, convenient and gives a great shine!

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