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Revival: A Novel
Revival: A Novel
by Stephen King
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.61
447 used & new from $0.01

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SOMETHING HAPPENED ---- INDEED !!!, November 28, 2015
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This review is from: Revival: A Novel (Hardcover)

Being a major Stephen King fan, I really did enjoy this book. I find everything he writes fascinating, leaving you feel as if you are gasping for air after being held underwater. His writing is frightening because he makes everything seem so normal and so real. He takes every day occurrences and happenings and then twists and turns them into something so -- so -- so -- unreal yet real. Can't happen but does happen. And he leaves me shaken and afraid to turn off the lights. This is what I love about Stephen King.

Being I am almost number 5,000 to have read and reviewed this book, I won't go into details. We meet a young Jamie Morton who meets a young preacher, the Reverend Charles Jacobs. We travel with Jamie through his life -- through trials and tribulations, happiness, sadness, drug addiction, loosing people he loves, his joy of rock and roll and the guitar. Jamie meets up with the Reverend over his life time and their two lives seem to be forever fused together. Things happen that shouldn't. Things happen that you don't want to have happened. Something happened. Something happened.

While I was not scared out of my wits reading this one, I truly enjoyed every word of this journey. King can keep cranking them out forever and a day and I sincerely hope he does. I am sure he has a few more tricks left up his sleeve.

If you enjoy a great story line -- dealing with the love of a family, a holy man and his secrets, the journey of Jamie and Charles Jacobs and where life takes them -- this is a book you will enjoy. King keeps making people want to read and enjoy and that's not a bad thing.

Carole Hochman Ladies' Plush Wrap Robe
Carole Hochman Ladies' Plush Wrap Robe
Price: $24.00 - $36.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ELEGANT -- COZY -- COMFORTABLE, November 26, 2015

Shopping at COSTCO the other day when I spotted stacks and stacks of this wonderful robe. And the price was super -- they were having a sale for $14.99. I grabbed a navy blue one.

This morning I washed this robe and then threw it in the dryer. The results? Fabulous! The robe is soft, durable, warm. It fits perfectly. There is nothing as wonderful as getting out of your shower, putting on your jams, and then adding this warm robe for extra warmth and comfort. It gets pretty cold in Ohio and I am looking forward to this CAROLE HOCKMAN fine robe helping through the worst of the cold nights!

This robe is 100% polyester. As stated, it is machine washable and can be tumbled dry on low heat. The fit is perfect. There is a nice belt which loops through to be tied at your waist. There is also a loop at the neck for easy hanging on a hook if you wish. There are two nice deep side pockets which can hold anything your little heart desires. The robe also has cording around the pockets and collar.

This is a beautiful robe, I am so glad I noticed them at the store. They come in a variety of colors; mine is navy. I look forward to wearing this robe for many years to come. It is plush, rich-looking, and very well made. It is made in China; wish it had been made in the USA.

STX Little Boys' Textured Knit Open Hole Mesh Short, Charcoal, 5/6
STX Little Boys' Textured Knit Open Hole Mesh Short, Charcoal, 5/6

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NICE FOR THE GUYS IN YOUR LIFE -, November 25, 2015
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Our five year old grand boy, Bradley, is tall and thin and, of course, adorable. He is ALL boy -- constantly on the go, running and playing hard, having a great time as a five year old should.

These shorts are perfect for him. They are 100% polyester and machine washable. They can be line dried or thrown into your dryer. Brad's pair is a dark charcoal gray with the side panel colors being a bright and awesome color lime green, a stripe of white, and then finally a larger black stripe. These shorts are perfect for play and/or a more dressier occasion. The colors are neutral so he can wear any number of colored tee shirts with these shorts.

His mom likes the mesh material and there is an elastic waistband which is perfect for our skinny little guy. No zippers, no ties, which is perfect for when nature calls for Bradley.

STX is a great brand of clothing and they certainly make things to LAST. Bradley will outgrow these shorts before they wear out, that's for sure. My only drawback is they are not made in the good old USA.

Want quality clothing for your family -- these are just what you want!

Reynolds Staybrite Sophisticated Patterns Aluminium Foil Baking Cups, 432 Count
Reynolds Staybrite Sophisticated Patterns Aluminium Foil Baking Cups, 432 Count
Price: $28.91

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUCH AN AWESOME PRODUCT, November 24, 2015
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We love to make cupcakes and muffins with our grand babies and they enjoy every second in the kitchen too. Now, with these wonderful foil cupcake holders, baking is even more fun and easier than ever.

These free standing cupcake holders are super sturdy. While we put the holders in a muffin pan, you really wouldn't HAVE to, but with our little helpers it is easier for us to do so. There is no need to spray these holders, just pour in your batter and pop in the oven. The best thing about these holders is that they peel nicely and neatly away from your baked goods, even when little hands are doing the work.

There are two bright and snappy designs that only enhance the look of your cupcakes or muffins. When frosting cupcakes these holders add sturdiness so the cupcakes don't tip over and make a mess.

You will receive 12 packs of 36 cups which is a grand total of 432 cupcake holders! How cool is that? Another great bonus is the BOX TOP FOR EDUCATION symbol on each package -- if your little ones take these BOX TOPS to their school, wow, you are going to receive twelve of them.

These cups do not fade or loose their color. There are two designs; one is white with brown, pink, and orange cupcakes adorning it. The other is a more sophisticated black and white design that looks lovely for a more senior event.

To sum up, you just cannot go wrong with any REYNOLDS product and these cupcake holders are the best. Get some and check them out. You will be glad that you did.

Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps, Original, 1.5 Ounce (Pack of 24)
Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps, Original, 1.5 Ounce (Pack of 24)
Offered by MyQuickMart
Price: $20.77
7 used & new from $20.77

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUCH A TREAT !, November 21, 2015
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We have always purchased the PRETZEL CRISPS in a larger bag but we really like these smaller individual 1.5 ounce bags. How handy for lunches, keeping them in your car for snacks, or handing them out to the kiddies for a delicious treat.

On the package it advertises -- RETHINK YOUR PRETZEL! and wow, is this statement true. The package also advertises A THIN CRUNCHY PRETZEL CRACKER and they are right; these do fall into the cracker category. While tasting like a pretzel, these little treats are flat and so crisp. They are fun to enjoy with so many different food items as they are great for dipping. We have enjoyed them with salsa, peanut butter, adding cheese on top, ranch dressing, yogurt, and even with strawberry jam. All you have to do is let your appetite and imagination be your guide. They are wonderful straight from the handy convenient bag too.

Here's the stats on these simple and yummy treats in a 1.5 ounce serving --

160 calories
0 total fat
0 saturated fat
0 trans fat
0 cholesterol
35 carbs
1 gram dietary fiber
3 grams sugar
4 grams protein
490 mg sodium

While I personally find the sodium count a tad high, these are still a pretty healthy snack for you and yours. My grand babies LOVE these crisps and I feel good handing them out to them.

These were just received in the mail this week and the freshness expiration date is October 22, 2016. I don't think any of our PRETZEL CRISPS will be around until 2016 -- they are just that GOOD.


Calf: A Novel
Calf: A Novel
by Andrea Kleine
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.29
53 used & new from $10.51

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars .... THE ANGELS MADE HER, November 14, 2015
This review is from: Calf: A Novel (Hardcover)

A note from author Andrea Kleine --

"Although a work of fiction, this novel is inspired by two converging events: John Hinckley Jr.'s attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan, and Leslie deVeau's murder of her ten year old daughter. Both events took place in Washington, DC, between 1981-1982. Hinckley and deVeau, both found not guilty by reason of insanity, later became lovers while patients at St. Elizabeths Hospital. DeVeau's daughter was my friend. She was killed on the eve of my twelfth birthday party."

So, the scene is set for one of the best books I've read in a long time. CALF grabs you fast and hard and doesn't once loosen its grip on you. The action is non-stop, the characters practically walk off the pages they are so real, and the story line is intense and gripping. Reading CALF made me feel uneasy, uncomfortable, and wonderfully engrossed in a very well written book -- one that was declared ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2015 by PUBLISHERS WEEKLY. Read this profound book and see why.

Eleven year old Tammy and her family -- mom, step-dad, sister Steffi and brother Hugh -- move into a new neighborhood in Washington DC. We travel with Tammy through her days; days of a normal young girl going through the usual preteen agonies, friend problems, parent troubles. Her story and that of her family is a great read. The author blends in the story of Jeffrey Hackney, a very troubled young man with a multitude of problems. These two characters and their stories literally slam into each other with such fury and shocking surprises that you will NEVER see coming. The writing is superb, the story line fabulous, the action non-stop.

Tammy's story is wonderful -- I loved her and all of her antics, her days at school and time spent with her friends. The author has young girls and their problems on a day to day basis down pat.

Jeffery's story is also wonderful -- and scary. The author obviously did her homework on people with mental problems as she takes the reader directly inside Jeffery's thoughts, mind, heart, and soul. Her details of how and why he thinks what he thinks will give you chills.

The entire read was a pleasure. While the book deals with disturbing facts blended with fiction, it is a page turner and a book I could barely stand to put down for a moment. When I wasn't reading CALF I was thinking about it and could not wait to get back to it.

If you enjoy a very well written plot, fleshed-out characters, fiction based on fact, and an author who kicks ass writing of her own personal experiences blended with fiction, this is a book you will really enjoy. I know I did. As mentioned, this will be one of my favorite reads EVER.

CALF -- don't miss this one.

Crescent CSD10 Cushion Grip Screwdriver Set, Red/Black, 10-Piece
Crescent CSD10 Cushion Grip Screwdriver Set, Red/Black, 10-Piece
Price: $28.26
4 used & new from $20.07

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NICE SET, November 9, 2015
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This is a decent ten piece screwdriver set. The price is hard to beat. These are great for the home handyman.

The grips have a top hole to insert another screwdriver in for leverage or to use to simply hang up for storage. The size is etched on the blade for easy reference. The shaft is chrome plated with a black oxide tip for better wear and holding. This will also prevent slippage and protects against corrosion and great for easy cleaning. These are designed for comfort and performance.

This is a great little set for the money. They are not the highest of quality, but the best price certainly. These are made in China.

Mr. Coffee BVMC-PSTX95 10 Cup Optimal Brew Thermal Coffeemaker, Stainless Steel
Mr. Coffee BVMC-PSTX95 10 Cup Optimal Brew Thermal Coffeemaker, Stainless Steel
Offered by Direct Home Online
Price: $119.99
4 used & new from $81.91

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, November 9, 2015
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MR. COFFEE has always been our coffee maker of choice. Top rated coffee makers are always the MR. COFFEE brand. The reason? The temperature gets the water up to 205 degrees F which makes the best coffee. Good coffee is very temperature dependent.

The machine is very attractive and well made, sturdy and sleek. It has a convenient water reservoir that lifts in and out of the machine. This has markings for the number of desired cups, starting at two and going up to ten. This removable reservoir works way better and is much more convenient than filling up your carafe and pouring the water into the machine.

The brew basket is a removable drawer that can use the standard inexpensive coffee filters. It comes with a replaceable carbon filter for improved water taste. There is a nice digital clock and a delay brew feature so your coffee to be ready and waiting for you when you wake up.

Another great feature is a fresh brew that shows you how long your coffee has been waiting. This automatically shuts off after a two hour time period. An audible signal alerts you when your brewing is over and your coffee is fresh and hot, just waiting for you.

There is a special clean cycle to remove mineral deposits from the maker. An indicator will come on after 90 brewing cycles to let you know it is time to clean your machine. It takes about one hour to complete the cleaning -- this is a feature we have never had on any of our other coffee makers and is really appreciated! A handy instruction book will walk you right through this cleaning procedure.

The carafe is a heavy duty insulated stainless construction and quite attractive. It will keep your coffee hot after you turn the maker off. There is a button to push on the carafe to allow you to pour your java and the lid comes off with a slight turn for rinsing.

I found no plastic taste with my first use due to the fact I ran about thirty cups of plain water through the machine before actual brewing.

The quality of this unit and the good coffee it makes is tough to beat. We use two coffee makers in our home -- one for decaf and one for high juice -- and this will be our next purchase when we need to replace our other machine.

The Longest Night: A Novel
The Longest Night: A Novel
by Andria Williams
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars WELL. SOMETIMES WE HAVE TO BE BRAVE, RIGHT?, November 4, 2015
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Based around the actual explosion in January, 1961, at a nuclear reactor in Idaho Falls, Idaho, author Andria Williams puts her focus on a young family and their problems, the reactor, and the consequences of both.

Natalie and Paul are a young married couple with two children who end up in Idaho where he works at a nuclear reactor. Things are not quite right at the reactor and the mishaps that occur there are swept under the rug. Only Paul seems to care about these problems that pose a potential life-threatening dilemma to the people who work and live around the nuclear site.

Throw into the mix the ups and downs of Natalie and Paul's marriage, the newness of a stressful job, trying to fit in with the other wives and their husbands, knowing the 'rules' of a marriage and the trust that goes along with any marriage. Paul and Nat are both on different roads and they sometimes meet up in the middle. They have plenty of troubles and trust is one of them.

We follow this couple and the people in their lives through problems big and small. If you love to take a walk down memory lane, this is the book for you. The book contains many happy memories from the past; many readers will relate to these if they were growing up in the 1950/1960 era.

I liked this book well enough, but most of the characters were cardboard and stilted. The conversations were the worst, many of them jilted and seeming strained and unreal. I did enjoy the historic value of the book regarding the nuclear reactor, but otherwise, this book just seemed to be more of a romantic type theme, which is not my cup of tea. It also plodded on and on.

I will say my favorite character was Jeannie Richards who was the wife of the master sergeant. It was her role to reach out to the people who worked for her husband at the reactor and she took this job seriously. However, she was snide, nasty, devious, sneaky, and quite the bitch. She was my favorite character !

If you like a 'romance' novel with some history thrown in, perhaps you would enjoy this book.
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Georgia-Pacific 2112014 C-Fold Paper Towels (Pack of 6)
Georgia-Pacific 2112014 C-Fold Paper Towels (Pack of 6)
Offered by BisonOffice
Price: $34.82
3 used & new from $24.41

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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These towels come in a nice and sturdy box with a no cut perforation that opens for easy access so you may take out a bundle at a time. This box is also great for storage and keeping the remaining towels clean and dry until ready for use.

C-fold towels are probably the most popular to use and open to a full 10x13 inch size. You can also use them folded as a two-ply towels. They are high quality, strong, and absorbent. The towels will fit most c-fold dispensers as well as the combo fold type. Each case contains six packs of 200 towels that come nicely wrapped.

Georgia-Pacific is a high quality product that is made is the good old USA. I plan on placing these in my work shop, garage bath room, work storage barn, and will certainly take along on outdoor activities for many types of uses.

Can't go wrong with Georgia-Pacific!

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