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What Happened to Goodbye
What Happened to Goodbye
by Sarah Dessen
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learning what life is all about-coming of age-, June 18, 2011
In WHAT HAPPENED TO GOODBYE, Mclean's parents are divorced and she travels with her father refurbishing restaurant businesses. When they move, Mclean always has to reinvent herself. Mclean hasn't really bonded with anyone since her parents' divorce, and while she gets along with her dad okay, her relationship with her mom is on the tepid side. Her new life in Lakeview is full of surprises and unexpected friends. She finds a friend in her new neighbor, Dave, who seems to be brilliant, but not overly social, and becomes friends with Deb, another bit of a loner but has interesting talents. She finds herself opening up to these new friends. She's forced to confront her mother, who she sees as controlling and negligent of her resentment of her part in the divorce. Between college basketball games, working at her father's new restaurant and building a model replica of Lakeview, Mclean learns what it means to get to know people. She fights the temptation to run and works to rebuild a relationship she thought was over. Mildly romantic and funny, this one is geared toward the coming of age, self-discovery, and learning what life is about.


Tiger's Quest (Book 2 in the Tiger's Curse Series)
Tiger's Quest (Book 2 in the Tiger's Curse Series)
by Colleen Houck
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $12.56
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling!, June 18, 2011
TIGER'S QUEST is compelling and interesting and surpassed my expectations. It is a perfect follow-up to Tiger's Curse. I appreciated and learned from the myths and theology of the Asian background and the excellent writing worked magic into the flowing and well-crafted storyline. Kelsey goes back to Oregon to give Ren a chance to experience life without holding him back. She tries to date other guys, Li being the main guy, but after a few months of dating Ren comes back into Kelsey's life and the rivalry begins. I recommend reading Tiger's Curse first. This is an exciting read and I guarantee will keep you entertained for hours!


The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
by Brené Brown
Edition: Paperback
Price: $8.46
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Being Human, June 18, 2011
This concept is a gem that needs to be studied and practiced! Our struggle for perfection, fear of being seen as "different", fear of being disliked, un-accepted and so many other crippling aspects of "being human" all make us vulnerable to sickness, and misery. This wonderful book endears us to living an authentic life, whole-hearted living and accepting the fact that what makes us different also make us unique and special. We need to embrace our authentic selves and STOP trying so hard to please everyone else by being the way we think THEY want us to be. Yes, it sounds easy on paper but the truth is that, of course, this insight makes more sense than anything else I can think of! This should be on all of our bookshelves!


Messenger: The Legacy of Mattie J.T. Stepanek and Heartsongs
Messenger: The Legacy of Mattie J.T. Stepanek and Heartsongs
by Jennifer Smith Stepanek
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peace Maker, June 18, 2011
MESSENGER is a powerful and inspirational message to all who read it. It's a beautiful testimonial of strength and love beyond measure. This is Mattie's legacy. This is a tender read, a detailed account of the life and feelings of Jeni Stepanek's son Mattie who suffers the pan of muscular dystrophy. Mattie was an angel from heaven who looked beyond himself to do good for others, in spite of his own struggles to survive. He brought peace, love and harmony to all who knew him. This young man's indomitable spirit lives on even though he lived a short of 14 years but has left a legacy of inspiration and hope for all who come into contact with his writings. His dream was to be known as a "Peacemaker" and he achieved his goal lovingly. I can't recommend this one high enough!


Bossypants
Bossypants
by Tina Fey
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.35
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There is no room for boredom!, June 18, 2011
This review is from: Bossypants (Hardcover)
BOSSY PANTS is one to read when you want to laugh from deep within. Tina Fey has a way with words that she can work in her witty humor, her world views, prejudice against women, and feminism in her self-deprecating way that ultimately inspires. She's a powerhouse of fun and inspiration and makes our every day lives feel exciting! There is no room for boredom! I highly recommend!


My Life in France
My Life in France
by Julia Child
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXQUISITE!, June 18, 2011
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This beautifully written and completely charming memoir captures Julia's unique and genuine personality. This is one of the most delightful, happy books I've ever read!
Julia admits complete ignorance at the beginning of her story, which attests to her most unusual gift for blending self-deprecation with charming self-confidence, and it is her natural curiosity that led her to collaborate with master chefs, true to her non-condescending and bubbly personality. There is a heavenly breathless spirit about this book that captures her earthiness and integrity and complete emotional fulfillment that is absolutely contagious. This is the most beautiful love story between kindred spirits. Her husband, Paul, who clearly shines throughout, worked for the US State Department, and it was he who encouraged Julia's exploration and interest in fine cuisine and his transfer to Paris began her legacy. What a wonderful marriage they must have had! They shared an extraordinary life of love and passion, not only for each other but for travel and the tastes to explore other cultures. Her colorful and bright and cheery account of her 1940's life-changing stay in France is one of the most cherished, enjoyable and interesting books I've had the pleasure of reading. I wanted to sing.

This book is a great biography, as well as a historical account of a nation, as instruction of the refined culinary arts, and it works well as the travelogue that evokes the locations being described. My senses were titillated; I could smell the baking bread, lavender fields, leg of lamb cooking in sumptuous herbs; I could taste the magnificent, succulent dishes; I could see the lush countryside, the cobblestone roads and streets. The laughter, the wit, the union, their lives together had to be Heaven on earth. This is beautifully told, brimming with life, just as Julie Child lived during her years in France, and as compelling as a great novel that you know has a happy ending.

Because the family kept all of Paul and Julia's letters home, primarily Paul's twin brother, Charlie and his wife, the detail is as fresh and fun as when it first happened.

Julia lived a "joie de vivre", loved a new adventure and took life on with an incredibly open mind. She seized opportunity with great zest and had the confidence that she could achieve her goal. She was real and fun and didn't take things too seriously. One of Julia Child's most compelling attributes was her ability to share her knowledge without being intimidating. She gave you the sense that she was as accessible and as friendly as if she'd known you all her life, although infinitely more interesting. She truly cared about people, all people. With class, charm, enormous magnetism, and great determination this remarkable woman had turned French cooking into an American fascination.

This is not a book about food; this is a book about life, full of passion and love and wisdom, beauty, art and creation. You can learn a lot from a life like that. This should be on everyone's reading list.


Maine
Maine
by J. Courtney Sullivan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $23.36
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done!, June 17, 2011
This review is from: Maine (Hardcover)
Four women from a Boston-based Irish Catholic family, each harboring her own secret and resentment, converge on their family summer cottage in Maine. The matriarch of family is Alice, a widow in her eighties, who is still dealing with guilt issues involving the death of her sister, Mary, during the World War II years. With her loving husband gone, she's decided to give the house away to her church once the summer was over. She believes the church has been there for her the most. There's Maggie, the granddaughter, who is thirty-two, pregnant and unmarried. Kathleen, Maggie's mother, continues to be disturbed by unresolved issues with her mother and daughter. Ann Marie, the daughter-in-law, wants to be perfect, but her life seems to be unraveling.

With layers of understanding and great underlying love these wonderful characters mend their ways and the road to healing is a memorable lesson for all of us. Well done.


Buried Prey (Lucas Davenport, Book 21)
Buried Prey (Lucas Davenport, Book 21)
by John Sandford
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars INTRIGUE GALORE, June 12, 2011
Two young sisters bodies are finally found, who were killed in the early 1980s, when housing is torn down to make condos. We glimpse back to the original attempt to solve the case and then return to the present day to try to solve this cold case. We revisit all the characters in this case. Lucas Davenport is one of the great characters in crime fiction with his great tenacity and strength of character. Lucas pulls out all the stops as he plunges into catching a highly intelligent adversary, putting his own career and his team on the line to see justice finally done. One of them pays the ultimate price. Family life and utilizing Lucas's older years make for an interesting back ground and contrast to the dirty work at hand. Edge of your seat tenseness and intrigue galore will keep you glued!


One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are
One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are
by Ann Voskamp
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $11.30
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!, February 19, 2011
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It truly amazes me how differently a subject matter is viewed. As in one book can be viewed so well and most feel the read was life-changing and at the same time be viewed by others who felt, repulsed or completely indifferent. Negative reviews have the propensity to spoil the integrity of the fine art of the written word and creative endeavors; however, I suppose everyone has a right to offer their opinion.

My opinion: I loved it. At the core of everything the author writes is relationship, with Jesus. She pours her heart out throughout the pages of this book as a broken woman who comes to realize after so much painful soul-searching how to live fully, abundantly, and gloriously in God's grace as she keeps track of her one thousand gifts. Her beautiful poetic style of writing grabbed me immediately. I loved it and I don't care for poetry. The words seemed to add so much enjoyment to the reading of the story. Most books I tend to skim read through a lot of them if they tend to get a little slow in places. I didn't do that at all in this one. The end lesson, I'd say, is to live in a perpetual state of gratitude, being thankful for everything that comes your way and take the time to enjoy it. Who could ask for anything more in life than that?

This is a book that is truly unique, profound and brilliant, if you "get it".

Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires, Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back, The Glass Castle: A Memoir, The Weird Sisters, I also recommend.


Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires
Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires
by Jerry Hicks
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING, TRANSFORMING AND EMPOWERING!, February 13, 2011
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ASK AND IT IS GIVEN is amazing! It is one that you could read again and again because every time you read it you reinforce or see something you may have missed.

If you focus on what you can find good or can appreciate in a bad circumstance or situation, then good positive energy will flow and expand, and conditions will improve. That is helping others along with yourself. Your emotions let you know if you are connecting to your Source Energy, which is all-positive. If you feel bad, you are resisting the constant flow of Source Energy. If someone is cruel to you and you feel bad, think a good, positive thought and somehow try to see the good. The information is very simple without being oversimplified or condescending. It's extremely repetitive but repetition is what imbeds information into the brain. Step outside of your earth-bound ego of expecting to be a victim and hoping for some outside force to change. Take charge of your thought process. How do you see the world, with gratitude or grumbling?

Mythomania, toxic control freaks, and so many other delusional personality disorders require therapy and other horrible and sad conditions such as schizophrenia, and other forms of insanity require medication, but the "normal you and I" can gain so much from reading this book. The sad thing is that we all merely want to be liked and accepted by everyone but some push people away because of their own insecurity and lash out in bitterness from the rejection that they inevitably bring on themselves. Simple listening, understanding and reason would solve a lot of problems. But, one thing that is made clear is that we are responsible for our thoughts, to connect to our source energy by choosing better-feeling thoughts. We each are connected to this source and we can't do anything for others that they don't have the power to do. We need to follow our bliss. There wouldn't be war or murder. We have the power to change the way we see and from "seeing" good, we have the power to help others, through association, to help them want to see good and trust in the fact that most of us merely want camaraderie and peace. It is so simple. It is right in front of our noses. We just need to "choose" to see it and "the other person" needs to make that choice for himself. We can't do that for them. We need to "expect" the other person is doing the best he can in life and isn't "out to get us". I'd like to think that an evil, jealous heart can be healed. Sometimes, dealing with some is truly impossible and you need to remove yourself from an unhealthy situation in order to preserve your own peaceful, feel-good place. But, on the whole, do your best to "see" the good in people and the beauty of this earth, and trust that you will have all the peace and graciousness in heaven. We each chose to be born into this physical body. We get what we think about. We dwell on miserable, we get miserable. We dwell on ugly, we get ugly. Nothing is more important than feeling good, well-being, and we each are in total control of our thoughts. See ugly? Think about something beautiful. See miserable? Think about something happy and good. If everyone would connect to their Source Energy, there would be no assaults, insults, no jealousy, no insecurity, or no uncomfortable feelings of competition. Any feelings of insecurity and hatred are born from disconnection from who they are which Source Energy, (God) is. We all fear that evil person who deliberately intends harm to another, but it is not possible for someone who is connected to Source Energy to wish harm on another. If everyone read this book and "got it" we could quite possibly have "Heaven" right here on earth. This book is a winner and should be on all of our book shelves! Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

Makayla M.


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