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MarBlue Ultra Lightweight Origin Case for Kindle Fire HDX 7", Lime Green
MarBlue Ultra Lightweight Origin Case for Kindle Fire HDX 7", Lime Green
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hit with my Grandson, January 20, 2014
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Received this item from the Amazon Vine program and want to report that this case was perfect for my grandson’s new Kindle Fire HDX device. With it’s features of being incredibly thin, we easily fitted it to his Kindle. Magnets worked so it closed properly.

Not only did he love the color but told me he thought it was a cool color. It will definitely protect the device and make it easy to fold the front lid bid for a different viewing and typing position as well as protecting the screen face.

I have one very happy grandson with his new MarBlue Origin Case.


Through Innocent Eyes: The Chosen Girls of the Hitler Youth
Through Innocent Eyes: The Chosen Girls of the Hitler Youth
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4.0 out of 5 stars *** Scary Details of Hitler's Youth Groups ***, January 20, 2014
At a local Florida library at an Author’s Showcase gathering, I meet the author, Cynthia Sandor, and offered to read her book about her mother Gertrude Kerschner for the next meeting in 2014.

For the past two years, the book publishing industry has issued numerous novels about World War II subjects. This would be my first narrative about the training of Hitler Youth, in particular the Bund Deutscher Madel (BDM), the League of German Girls.

The German Youth Movement started in 1896 as a cultural and educational movement and by the 1930’s; nine hundred local groups in Germany were given the formal title of the Bund Deutscher Madel (BDM), the League of German Girls in the Hitler Youth.
When the author’s mother was dying from cancer, she found her mother’s handwritten diary and began this story about training her mother received in Austria beginning in 1938 when she was an impoverished 10 year old girl.

It was mandatory that Gertrude join The Young Girls’ League where she faced paramilitary like disciplinary measures and uniforms to develop her loyalty, character, and dedication; all in the effort to becoming a future pure blood German mother and carry on the noble German Race.

By athletic competition, vocalizing, hiking, working on farms, performing parade marches, and neo-pagan rituals, these young girls learn to follow orders and want to be outstanding citizens. Gertrude moves through the various groups and by 1941 is chosen to participate in Landjahr Lager in Seidorf, Niederschlesien, Germany.

After Landjahr, Gertrude returned home to discover her two older brothers were serving at the Russian front and her younger brother was in Hitler Youth. Together with her sister and a friend, she travels to Mariazell, Austria to work as a waitress. But when the Russians attack, they flee under the hail of bullets and get to the American Zone in Linz, Austria.

The novel does have a happy ending so you will have to read the book to learn how Gertrude gets to America.

I feel this book was thoroughly researched and detailed so many aspects of the indoctrination of these young girls. It is frightening how a whole generation of girls and boys were lead into following Hitler’s dreams. Read the book and learn about one of “The Chosen Girls of the Hitler Youth”.
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Yoni's Last Battle: The Rescue at Entebbe 1976 (Hardback) - Common
Yoni's Last Battle: The Rescue at Entebbe 1976 (Hardback) - Common
by By (author) NETANYAHU Iddo
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Hero of Israel, January 14, 2014
After reading A Voice Called by Yossi Katz and visiting the Golan Heights in Israel, I set out to learn more about Yoni Netanyahu. I picked up this book as well as Self-Portrait of a Hero: The Letters of Jonathan Netanyahu (1963-1976) with an introduction and afterword by Benjamin and Iddo Netanyahu and proceeded to read both books at the same time. The 34th anniversary of the Rescue at Entebbe took place when I was reading these two books.

This book was written by his younger brother, Iddo and was extensively researched to verify events, meetings, conversations, orders, and documentation.

Beginning on July 1, 1976 the story outlines all the decisions made by the government, the military and Yoni as the Commander of the Unit in planning the rescue of all the passengers of the Air France plane that was hijacked on a flight from Tel Aviv to Paris. When the plane was moved from Athens, Greece to Entebbe, Uganda; the four hijackers made a demand that forty terrorists were to be released from Israeli prisons. Israel’s Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and his cabinet decided to deny the request.

In the course of three days, the rescue plan was designed and reworked until the time of the landing in Entebbe. Yoni is very detailed orientated and never leaves anything to fate; he checks and double checks. Every aspect of the mission is analyzed and anticipated.

After landing at the Ugandan airport at night, Yoni leads his men in a quick operation to bring all the Israeli hostages to safety. As a natural leader he gets his men to follow him into battle and to continue the assignment even when he is fatally wounded.

The description of bringing Yoni Netanyahu’s body back to Israel after the successful rescue of the Israeli passengers is a very poignant account. To this day, this man is considered a hero to the people of Israel as well as to the rest of the world.

An exceptional man who is remembered for serving his country and who put his life on the line for the benefit of its people. If you want to read about an extraordinary man who loved his country so much that he was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, then please read this book.


The Confirmation
The Confirmation
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2.0 out of 5 stars Politics are Dirty, November 28, 2013
This review is from: The Confirmation (Kindle Edition)
This book was received from LibraryThing under the Early Reviewers program.

Reading this book, just reminded me of all the dirty political maneuverings that our country’s elected officials and the media are constantly using to manipulate the running of this great nation. Sometimes I wonder if it is so important…who we elect? According to the story, we (the people) votes do not count.

Everyone in the novel is working deals, scheming and plotting and the scary part is there is so much that rings true that there is no way you can’t believe that Washington doesn’t run like this narrative.

Couldn’t wait to finish the book. Main beefs about the book were: too many characters, slow start, too many details of incidentals, depressing and am sick of the subject of our political system.


Saying Goodbye to Someone You Love
Saying Goodbye to Someone You Love
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learning How to Assist with Life's Final Stages, November 28, 2013
This book was received from LibraryThing under the Members Giveaway program. While acknowledging the reluctance of many people to discuss death, this book can assist people to face the reality of the complex emotions that are present during the final stages of life.

We must recognize that when our loved ones have been in a serious accident or suffered a fatal disease or condition, we may become their caregivers and must prepare ourselves for the probable outcome of their death. During this stage we must prepare ourselves to say goodbye to our loved ones and support them in their final transition.

The authors detail these stages from the time of diagnosis, through care giving, to being present when our loved one dies, and to the final interment. Great suggestions for handling situations are the funeral; grieving, how to be compassionate, and finally to moving on.

At the back of the both, there is a valuable discussion guide to be used for a group discussion. More books should be written about this subject matter.

Because I liked this book so much, I donated it to the Suncoast Hospice Library of Pinellas County, Florida to be made available to patients, caregivers, friends, and families. As a hospice volunteer, I know this book has great advice to share. This is an excellent book to prepare you for life’s final stages.


How to Negotiate a Killer Job Offer (The Job "Secret Agent" Book Series 1)
How to Negotiate a Killer Job Offer (The Job "Secret Agent" Book Series 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Follow the Steps and Get That Job Offer, November 28, 2013
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Robin Bond’s valuable advice is very easy to follow about the process of getting a new job. Everyone should read this book which is a step-by-step method of procuring that job of your dreams that secure and with the right compensation.

Too often we listen to friends or family concerning the fail proof system of obtaining that perfect job. Robin warns about taking the first proposal or position that is offered. We may know how to get the proposal but not how to get the desired compensation or benefits.

There are some many variables to consider and Robin is clear and fore right about systems and answers for every situation you may find yourself negotiating.

In this economy, you want to present yourself with the confidence, experience, and maturity that will make any employer want to hire you for their position.

Prospective job hunters need all the assistance they can get in this job market. Buy and read this book, Robin has great suggestions and recommendations that will handle any objection you or the employer may have in offering you the best job.

Learn how to sell yourself and be an asset to any company. Get the best job you want and with excellent benefits.


In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor's Journey in the Saudi Kingdom
In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor's Journey in the Saudi Kingdom
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4.0 out of 5 stars Muslim Doctor in Saudi Arabia, November 28, 2013
In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor's Journey in the Saudi Kingdom
By Qanta A. Ahmed

This book was received from LibraryThing under the Early Reviewers program. The story begins with Qanta Ahmed, a British-born physician who has spent several years in New York training in her field. When she is denied an extension of her American visa, Ahmed accepts a two year temporary position in a royal hospital in Saudi Arabia.

Even though Ahmed was raised in the Muslim religion by her Pakistani parents, she is not prepared for the world of repression that women must live under in Saudi. Right from the start, she must dress in a head-to-toe black shroud (abbayah) and be escorted from the airport by a male chaperone. She is exposed to the authority of the religious police (mutawaeen), the extreme lifestyles of the Saudi women and men, the separation of men and women in this culture.

Reading about her hajj or her pilgrimage to Mecca, which every Muslim is obligated to do at least once, was an eye opening adventure for me. I continued to follow online each of the places she visited and viewed photos of Muslim participants circling the famous Ka’aba. I understood why she was draw closer to her faith during her stay in the Kingdom.

As 9/11 takes place when Ahmed is in Saudi, she is shocked into the realization that her fellow colleagues are overjoyed about this tragedy and learns that maybe some Saudis are responsible. Qanta was further distraught when colleagues she considers her friends make vicious anti-Semitic comments about Jews killed in the Twin Towers. She learns that even though some of her fellow medical associates were trained by Jewish doctors, they still consider the rest of the Jewish race as vile and hate their (Israel’s) handling of Palestinians.

This book appealed to me because the author was honest and fore right in expressing her feelings about the unfamiliar life she was forced to live during her two years in Saudi Arabia. Her pilgrimage to Mecca was the most interesting section of the narrative. As she states in the afterword, many of the rules for women have been eased under the new King.


Bury Your Dead: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
Bury Your Dead: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
Offered by Macmillan
Price: $8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Three Story Lines - Great Mysteries, November 27, 2013
Bury Your Dead is a very interesting story that involves three story lines. Both Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Inspector Beauvior are recuperating from an operation where both men were injured.

In particular, I liked the fact that Gamache starts to believe he may not have solved the last mysterious murder in Three Pines. He then sends Beauvior to this town to investigate undercover and look at the crime in a new light.

In the meantime, Gamache is visiting his mentor in Quebec City and also joins the investigation of a murder in that city. As I had just visited Quebec City, it was wonderful to learn more history about the Plains of Abraham and Samuel de Champlain. Again by listening, Gamache solves the murder.

The third story line relates the circumstances that occurred to cause the injuries to both men and the aftermath of errors made in the line of duty.

Recommend the whole Louise Penny series to be enjoyed by readers who like good mystery but also reminds us that everyone is not perfect - just human.


Anna: Going to America
Anna: Going to America
Price: $5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Girl Immigrates to American - 1914, November 23, 2013
A charming story of the journey, a fifteen year old girl, Anna Sacevich takes with her mother from Lithuania to America in the spring of 1914. Her brother in America, has sent all the funds, tickets, and instructions for the two women to travel by train across Europe and by boat across the Atlantic Ocean.

During the voyage, Anna grows up very quickly because of some precarious situations aboard the ship. She experiences her first relationships with boys her own age, worries that a older man is shadowing her, receives a ship steward’s unwanted attention, and learns that life is not always perfect and there are many shades of grey when it comes to speaking the truth. She also learns that correct and proper appearances are hard to maintain all the time.

Through it all, Anna even solves a mystery concerning a tragedy that occurred aboard the ship. Recommend this book as a delightful read and look forward to the next novel that follows Anna from New York City to Chicago.


The Brutal Telling: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
The Brutal Telling: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
Offered by Macmillan
Price: $8.89

4.0 out of 5 stars Three Pines - Another Murder, November 22, 2013
Another great murder solved by Chief Inspector Gamache, the head of homicide at the Sûreté du Québec. A complex case that has many twists and turns; where Gamache must shift through all the lies to finally solve the mystery of too much greed. Louise Penny is a master of story telling.


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