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Obama's Odyssey: The 2008 Race for the White House
Obama's Odyssey: The 2008 Race for the White House
by Connie Corcoran Wilson
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.95
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4.0 out of 5 stars AN INSIDER'S LOOK AT OBAMA'S HISTORY-MAKING 2008 CAMPAIGN, April 27, 2016
It wasn't what I expected and after I started reading it, I had to revise my approach to the book. I had been expecting the author's journey, starting in Iowa and ending with the 2008 general election. Instead, it's a compilation of blog posts written by the author over that same time span. It covers the same time period and material ... but not as expected.

Rather than a continuous, sequential narrative, the book comprises series of snapshots. Interviews and events with candidates, wannabes, politicians, volunteers, voters, support staff, and political operatives. Connie Corcoran Wilson's posts are witty, amusing, perceptive, and enlightening, especially when she focuses on the realities of life as a working journalist covering a presidential campaign.

I could very easily relate the long hours, the short sleep, the rapid changes of venue. The mental agility required to keep up that grueling pace for all those months. Rumors to the contrary notwithstanding, being a working reporter is far from glamorous.

Ms. Wilson captures the character of the people with whom she interacts with charm, humor, and grace. But there is, nonetheless, a choppy quality that is the inevitable result of a compilation of posts rather than a story. There is also a bit more repetition of subjects that is, again, the inevitable result of compiling blog entries rather than writing the story as a story with a beginning, middle, and end.

Connie Wilson is a fine writer and she excels at her medium ... blogging. I'm a blogger too. I "get" it. But blogging is not authoring. It's the same church, but a different pew. Blog posts are free-standing, short subjects. You can collect them and put them in a binding to form a book-length volume of material, but it will still lack a continuous story. This lack becomes more increasingly problematic as the book progresses. The jumps between posts are sometimes a bit jarring.

The result? Despite excellent writing, the book doesn't feel like a book. It feels like what it is: a huge collection of political blog posts. The posts are good, many excellent. A lot of perceptivity and sensitivity raises her writing well above the so-called news writing you find on the Internet ... or for that matter, in much of what you'll find in print or on television. I would have appreciated more "connective tissue" to give the book an easier-to-follow timeline and structure.

The good news? The insider views of the campaign are priceless. The people. The voters. The volunteers. The politicians and their operatives. The process itself with all its quirks. The information is timely and might help you put the current political frenzy in context.

The material and author's insights make Obama's Odyssey a worthwhile investment of time. It's a good, albeit flawed, book that covers the extraordinary 2008 campaign with a rare intimacy.


Clarks Leisa Plum Nude Leather 9-Medium
Clarks Leisa Plum Nude Leather 9-Medium

5.0 out of 5 stars I love Clark's sandals, April 26, 2016
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I expect Clark's to fit and look good. These look good. They fit. They are comfortable and attractive. The price was right.


Aroma Housewares ARC-914SBD Cooked 8-Cup Digital Rice Cooker Steamer with Stainless Steel Exterior
Aroma Housewares ARC-914SBD Cooked 8-Cup Digital Rice Cooker Steamer with Stainless Steel Exterior
Price: $29.92
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost good enough., April 26, 2016
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I really wanted to love it. It's not my first rice cooker. It's my fourth. My first was a cheap one, but it worked pretty well and I used it for five years, eventually replacing it with a more expensive fuzzy logic Panasonic. The hinge on the lid of the Panasonic broke in less than a year, but while it worked, it was great. So ... we bought a Sanyo and I loved it. After four years of frequent use, it became undependable and I would have bought another one, but it's no longer available. Enter the Aroma.

It makes great rice, but it's flimsy. Worse, no matter what I do, rice sticks. It's difficult to clean, requiring at least an hour of soaking. This is a case of you get what you pay for. If you use a rice maker often, it's not good enough. This is not a heavy duty appliance. Maybe if you make rice once in a while, it would do the job, but it's not good enough for us.


Vetericyn Plus Canine Eye Wash 4oz
Vetericyn Plus Canine Eye Wash 4oz
Price: $16.64
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4.0 out of 5 stars IF THE PACKAGING WERE BETTER, IT WOULD BE FIVE STARS, April 13, 2016
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This is great stuff. What ISN'T great is the packaging. The nozzle is almost impossible to control, so half the stuff winds up wasted. It would be a five star product if they made the flow controllable. Great at cleaning the gunk out of the dogs' eyes.


HotelSpa 30-Setting 3-Way Spiral Rainfall Handheld Shower Head Combo with On/Off Pause Switch and 5-7 Feet Stretchable Stainless Steel Hose - Chrome
HotelSpa 30-Setting 3-Way Spiral Rainfall Handheld Shower Head Combo with On/Off Pause Switch and 5-7 Feet Stretchable Stainless Steel Hose - Chrome
Offered by Interlink Products
Price: $64.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME WATER PRESSURE -- THE BEST WE'VE EVER HAD, April 13, 2016
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The best water pressure we have EVER had in this house in 16 years. Very deep well, 40 year old pipes ... and finally, we have a good, reasonably powerful shower. We did take out the regulator, but with a well and a pump and a long distance for the water to travel, controlling the flow is not the problem. It's getting enough flow that's the main issue. My only problem with it is that the controls are awkward for me. And because of the height of our shower and my lack of height, it's difficult for me to reach the controls. Also, the on/off button stopped working the day after we installed it.

That being said, I love it. I wish they'd reposition the controls and make the on/off button work, but it's a great shower and the hand shower is really awesome.


Double Knot (A Davis Way Crime Caper Book 5)
Double Knot (A Davis Way Crime Caper Book 5)
Price: $6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST OF THE BEST!, April 12, 2016
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I have loved every book Gretchen Archer has written, but with Double Knot, she has outdone herself. Hearkening back to classic mystery writers of earlier decades, Double Knot is a taut, complex, witty, smart mystery with twists and turns that will keep you guessing ... while keeping you charmed and amused. Although the characters are sometimes thoroughly wacky, the story has many serious points to make.

Breast cancer and its ravages and survivors. The relationship between mothers and daughters. The vulnerabilities of security in the real world. Tension builds from page one to the final word on the last page. I was not ready for the book to end. I wanted it to go on for many more pages.

This is the book in which Davis Way becomes fully realized. Gains dimensions you knew were there, but had never been revealed. Emotional issues she must face and work through. With her mother along for the ride, it's time for both to confront their shared past and the painful secrets they have feared to acknowledge. They do it all under the most terrifying circumstances and with everything ... life and death ... at stake.

In Double Knot, Ms. Archer has dived into deep water. If, like me, you've been wondering "Who is Davis ... really?", this is your golden opportunity to find out.

This is no mere caper. Surviving this will require every ounce of Davis's creativity, intelligence, training, and techno-savvy. She's going to have to use it all to save her own life and the lives of those she loves.

Gretchen Archer's ability to create an intricate story is hugely augmented by her ability allow her characters to evolve, develop previously unsuspected depths.

The story is not merely exciting, complex, and deliciously edgy, it's also poignant and heartfelt.

Do NOT miss this one!


KitchenAid Nylon Ladle, Black
KitchenAid Nylon Ladle, Black
Price: $5.39
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality utensil, March 21, 2016
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This is a quality untensil. Not only does it NOT scratch the Teflon, but it feels solid, handles like a good spatula should. Nothing flimsy about. Easy to clean.


Eight O'Clock French Vanilla Ground Coffee, 11-Ounce Bags (Pack of 6)
Eight O'Clock French Vanilla Ground Coffee, 11-Ounce Bags (Pack of 6)
Price: $31.99
7 used & new from $31.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Great vanilla coffee, March 21, 2016
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Our favorite coffee. Not cheap, but worth it. IF you like vanilla coffee, this is superb. Strong, but not bitter. Enough vanilla, but not overwhelming.


Turkish Luxury Hotel & Spa 35x70 Bath Sheet Set of 2, 100% Genuine Turkish Cotton, Organic, Eco-Friendly, White
Turkish Luxury Hotel & Spa 35x70 Bath Sheet Set of 2, 100% Genuine Turkish Cotton, Organic, Eco-Friendly, White
Offered by American Pillowcase
Price: $49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT Towels. Like new after a year of constant use., March 10, 2016
I don't know why anyone would complain about these. They are wonderful. Soft, absorbent, wash like a dream. I think there are people who just like to whine about everything, because if these aren't good enough for you, I can't imagine what would be. And they are huge, more than large enough to wrap around me with lots left over ... and I'm not a skinny Minnie. Good price, too.


Vickerman 36" Carmel Pine Artificial Christmas Tree with Cones and Burlap Base
Vickerman 36" Carmel Pine Artificial Christmas Tree with Cones and Burlap Base

5.0 out of 5 stars Best little tree ever., March 1, 2016
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Best little fake tree I've ever had. Looks very realistic. Nice, heavy base. Glad I got it. Big enough to have some presence, small enough to put away in a closet. Very worthwhile purchase.


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