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Warburg in Rome
Warburg in Rome
by James Carroll
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars I hate trying to assign "I love it" stars to a ..., July 7, 2014
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I hate trying to assign "I love it" stars to a book that so deeply troubles me, but it is well-written, impeccably researched, and exposes the dark underbelly of institutions that should be beyond reproach, but were not then, and probably are not now. The anti-Semitism that infected Europe in the thirties, forties, and into the fifties is a bafflement to me. However, it is true, and that the Catholic Church was tainted by it is disturbing. And, the power struggles of that time period within governments, religions, and the oh-so-human individuals who make them up, are fascinating to see exposed in the harsh light of Carroll's unrelenting narrative.

Carroll has done his usual fine job of knitting fictitious characters in to the weave of history in a most compelling way. It is a great summertime read, with intriguing questions that will have the reader searching his own soul long after the reading is finished. Well done, indeed, James Carroll.


Sunshine on Scotland Street: A 44 Scotland Street Novel (8)
Sunshine on Scotland Street: A 44 Scotland Street Novel (8)
by Alexander McCall Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.23

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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the first book from this series that I ..., July 7, 2014
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This is the first book from this series that I have read, and now I am going to need to backtrack and get "the rest of the story". Although Alexander McCall Smith supplies enough exposition for the reader to avoid being completely lost in this book, as he has in other series type books he has written, I still want to know more. And, that is the magic of this writer. He makes you want to know all the details about his intriguing characters who call to mind so many people we already know. It is this author's charm, and what draws us back to him again and again.


4:09:43: Boston 2013 Through the Eyes of the Runners
4:09:43: Boston 2013 Through the Eyes of the Runners
by Hal Higdon
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.29
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Spellbinding Journey, July 1, 2014
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In his new book, 4:09:43, Hal Higdon takes the reader on a spellbinding journey with the marathon runners in the Boston Marathon, 2013. As the story moves irrevocably toward its tragic end, one is there, in the race with the runners. One experiences the breathless anticipation of actually qualifying for this race of races, and one feels the thrill of starting, the exhilaration of running past the cheering crowds, the dread that one hasn’t enough strength left to make it through the horrible hills, and then that rush of accomplishment, victory and success as the finish approaches. And that is where it ended for so many runners, and we feel their disappointment, and their guilt at being disappointed when so much worse has happened to spectators at the finish line. Survivor’s guilt on a mass scale that is so undeserved, and yet, there it is.

I will never run a marathon, but after reading this book, I have an understanding of what it might be like. The many hapless victims of the Boston Marathon bombings are still emerging. They are, in fact, all of us. We were all targeted by these evil, evil young men. That they took innocent lives and destroyed healthful careers and aspirations is peripheral damage to their intent. It was the carefree pleasure of Americans that was the intended victim, and we all must take strength and be Boston Strong, standing (and running) in defiance of those who would take that freedom from us, leaving only fear in its wake.

I cannot say that I enjoyed this book. To say that would detract from its value. I am grateful for the experience of reading this book, and invite you to share in this experience as well.


Delsey Luggage Helium Sky Carry-On EXP Spinner Suiter Trolley, Blue, One Size
Delsey Luggage Helium Sky Carry-On EXP Spinner Suiter Trolley, Blue, One Size
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Bag for Some Travel, June 25, 2014
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This is a pretty suitcase with a handy adjustable handle when using its any-directional wheels. The padded carrying handles are conveniently placed and nicely recessed so they won't catch on things. There is even a convenient grabber on wheeled bottom/side and a reinforced kick plate for that spot you kick when positioning the bag to roll. The interior had sufficient pockets and strap-downs to keep your items in good order, and, there is a zippered 2-inch expander to allow for a bit more stuffing of items if you tend to overpack, which I do.

However, there is a big caveat to this bag! It is 23" tall including the wheels. If you travel via Airtran, Alaska Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Jetblue Airways, Southwest Airlines, or Virgin America, you can currently use this bag as a carry-on bag. If that is your intended use, then check with the airlines you fly to be sure it will work for you. According to my research online it is over the size restrictions for the other major carriers.

Other than the over-sized for some airlines issue, this is a great little suitcase. For any travel by any other mode of transportation, it is a dandy. For tossing in the trunk of the car and taking off for the weekend, it is perfect. It would be a good bag for the college student to use when visiting home for the holidays or that quick trip to the beach.

The only other caution I have about this suitcase, and one which applies to any soft-sided suitcase is it is very zipper dependent. If the zippers go, the suitcase would be useless, and suitcase zippers are very expensive to have replaced.


Ovation Protege Helmet Large/XLarge Dark Green
Ovation Protege Helmet Large/XLarge Dark Green
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5.0 out of 5 stars Discreet and Comfortable, June 23, 2014
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I bought this helmet because I love riding my bicycle, the law requires a helmet, and I don't like the "a space ship landed on my head" look of most bicycle helmets. On examination and use, I think it adds more back of the head protection. It is comfortable, stays relatively cool, and I don't look AS silly as in a conventional bike helmet.


The Fiftysomething Diet: How to Stay Healthy and Happy Over Age 50
The Fiftysomething Diet: How to Stay Healthy and Happy Over Age 50
Price: $4.61

3.0 out of 5 stars Same old same old, June 23, 2014
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I didn't find anything revolutionary here. This book simply restates what everyone already knows about staying healthy, and therefore happy, as we age. It is sound advice, clearly presented, and if you need one guidebook for this stage of life, it is fine. However, if you have a shelf full of advice on the issue of healthy aging, don't expect anything new here.


Heartsick (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell)
Heartsick (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy Reading for the Beach, June 23, 2014
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If you feel like you are a wicked woman, you are so wrong. This villain raises the bar on wickedness beyond any previously conceived level. From page one, I had that edgy feeling one gets when reading Stephen King. You know the feeling, right? When you know this author will go further than you might be prepared to go, and yet you read on to see if she does, and, if she does, how far will she take you. If this is your cup of tea, thos book is for you. Well written with believable characters (even the evil, evil villain which is disturbing n itself), go for it. If you lean toward the squeamish and prefer the predictability of cozy mysteries, ship this one.


How to Stay Sane in a Crazy World: A Modern Book of Hours to Soothe the Soul
How to Stay Sane in a Crazy World: A Modern Book of Hours to Soothe the Soul
by Sophia Stuart
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $13.67
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Rudder, June 7, 2014
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In today's world, it is easy to begin to aimlessly drift through the days, allowing them to all become a plodding do-what-you-have-to-do and then watch TV before you go to bed sort of thing. What an awful way to live! In this Book of Hours, Sophie Stuart provides the tools to make your days zing with life as you become mindful of the world around you and use the moments to celebrate that world. If you feel like your life is drifting along, for heavens sake, take a chance on this book and use it as a rudder to turn things around.

It took a sudden severe and unexpected illness to bring the author to the realization that it is up to her to make her life interesting, and to find meaning in it. For Stuart, it was a blog on the internet that turned things around for her. She invites you in the book to visit the blog, and I intend to. In the meantime, the world is not going to get less crazy, and this book provides a nice rudder to keep you sane.


Extending the Table: Recipes and Stories from Afghanistan to Zambia in the Spirit of More-With-Less (World Community Cookbooks)
Extending the Table: Recipes and Stories from Afghanistan to Zambia in the Spirit of More-With-Less (World Community Cookbooks)
by Joetta Handrich Schlabach
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.39
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Dare You to Try!, June 2, 2014
Extending the Table: Recipes and Stories from Afghanistan to Zambia in the spirit of More-With-Less.

This World Community Cookbook is written in the spirit of the American Junior League Cookbooks of old. In it are recipes that characterize the daily fare of various locations in the community that our world has become. And, because of the miles and oceans that separate the various nations of this community, stories accompany the recipes, thus placing them in the context we all need to understand one another on this planet.

This book is a revision of one published in 1991 when many of the ingredients were difficult to find in the United States. It was initially a sequel to the book “More-With-Less” – the first cookbook I ever had that implied that the way things are done in other cultures could actually improve on the way we Americans do things. It was a radical thought in the early ‘90’s. Today, not so much. We are learning to learn from other cultures as I believe we must in order to survive.

Buy this book, find a recipe to try and do it. The flavors are often new and refreshing to the American palate dulled by hamburgers and fries. The ingredients may require a trip to the supermarket, but mostly you will find what you need to prepare the dishes. Share the story that accompanies the recipe with the kids, encourage them to find the country of origin on the globe. In America, we have the luxury of finding ingredients with ease and, most often, within the family budget. Take a chance and learn something in the kitchen. I double-dog dare you to try!


GI Brides: The Wartime Girls Who Crossed the Atlantic for Love
GI Brides: The Wartime Girls Who Crossed the Atlantic for Love
by Duncan Barrett
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.33

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5.0 out of 5 stars Always a Gamble, June 2, 2014
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Marriage is always a gamble, whether it is to a childhood sweetheart or someone completely new. The women in "GI Brides: The Wartime Girls Who Crossed the Atlantic for Love" took a huge chance -- a much greater chance than most of us have taken -- in coming to the U.S. to build a new life with the men they loved. For some, it worked out well, and for others, not so much. This is an honest book, and will reaffirm your belief it the power of love, and in the resilience of the human spirit. I found it depressing in spots, distressing in others, but overall, I found it encouraging. I think this would be a wise book to recommend to young women just engaged as they face the prospect of marriage with all of its unexpected turns.


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