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Susan K. Schoonover "Sue Yingling" RSS Feed (Boulder, CO)
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3M 90211 36" Paint Defender Door Edge Protection Film
3M 90211 36" Paint Defender Door Edge Protection Film
Price: $10.41

3.0 out of 5 stars Protects car door edges OK, October 1, 2014
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The instructions for this product could be much better. Just looking at the product itself, it is not clear what to do with it. On the packaging there are three 1/2" X 1/2" pictures that are not at all helpful even with a microscope. Inside the packaging is a sheet with an advertisement for another 3M car product that also has instructions for this product on the other side. These instructions are a much better than the instructions on the packaging, but even they have some confusing parts.

The strips are actually two-ply. The instructions make no mention of this. On the first car that I installed it on they separated on a small curve in the door. So I peeled the top ply off, which is what I think you are supposed to do. On the second car, a late model Hyundai with very sharp angled curves, they did not separate so it will take some work to remove the top ply. I may just leave it like that or try to peel the top ply off later.

This product is not hard to apply, but not easy either. The product information claims it is comparable to a $120 job done by the dealer. It's OK but I don't really like it too much, so I am a little generous to give it three stars.


If I Knew You Were Going To Be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go
If I Knew You Were Going To Be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go
by Judy Chicurel
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.23

3.0 out of 5 stars The Summer Of 72, September 30, 2014
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Written as a series of related vignettes IF I KNEW YOU WERE GOING TO BE THIS BEAUTIFUL, I NEVER WOULD HAVE LET YOU GO is told by an eighteen year old girl named Katie. Katie lives in a decaying beach town somewhere in the vicinity of New York City that the author Judy Chicurel calls Elephant Beach and she claims is a "composite of funky East coach beach towns" she has called home though Elephant Beach bears more than a passing resemblance to Long Beach, New York. The time is the summer of 1972 and Katie has just graduated from high school and is working at an A & P grocery store before starting classes at a community college in the fall.

Katie has always felt a bit different from most of the kids in the community in large part because she was adopted as an infant and also because her father is a college graduate (with a Master's !) who works in the city. Her friends and classmates engage in a variety of reckless behavior with drugs and sex while she holds herself aloof from such experimentation for the most part. Katie claims she has to be a good girl as an adopted child as she was always afraid her parents might give her back. The book's title refers to what she hopes her birth mother might think about her.

Early unplanned pregnancy is a major motif in the book as one of Katie's friends marries young as a result than moves with her her young husband and baby to Boulder, another gives a baby up for adoption afterwards becoming a "Jesus Freak" and a third has a secretive illegal abortion a plot turn that puzzled me because abortion was legal in New York in 1972. Leaving home is another major theme as Katie's best friend marries young (by choice not pregnancy) to escape an unhappy home life and a gay friend leaves town to make a life for himself in the city after being persecuted in his home community. Katie herself has an unlikely crush on a young man recently returned from Viet Nam who has difficulty adjusting stateside. The shadow of Viet Nam hangs heavily over the novel as does the influence of the Catholic church.

While I believe the book is probably largely taken from the author's own youth and memories the dialogue and some of the situations never seemed totally genuine to me. I had trouble distinguishing some of the characters from each other and found myself often paging back to remind myself of who was who. I am giving this book three stars though I did consider four but in the end I feel it is only an OK book as the characters never came that alive to me.


Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Mini-Rewards Duck Formula Semi-Moist Dog Treat
Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Mini-Rewards Duck Formula Semi-Moist Dog Treat
Price: $8.71
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dog Treats With A Lot Of Good Qualities, September 29, 2014
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There are lots to love about these little treats. They are corn and wheat free and perfect for smaller dogs as they have only five calories per treat. They are low in crude protein and while dogs love protein, smaller dogs, especially can get too much damaging their kidneys. The duck formula seems like a nice change of pace from the usual chicken and beef and trying different protein sources may even be good for dogs. The resealable package they come in is another plus.


John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Controlled Lightening Spray, 3.5 Ounce
John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Controlled Lightening Spray, 3.5 Ounce
Price: $7.98
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1.0 out of 5 stars Afraid To Use It Again After One Application, September 28, 2014
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I used this product once and did not like what it did to the texture and quality of my hair as it seemed more brittle and prone to breakage. After reading other reviewers had a similar experience and some reported even worse reactions to this product I was afraid to use it again. I don't think I did any lasting damage to my hair with one use this product but I am going to stick to what my hairdresser applies every five weeks to keep my hair blonde. It may not be fair to review a product after just one use but my hair is too important to me and I spend too much money on it to risk damage.


DII Cotton Blend, Machine Washable, Hostess Gift, Stocking Stuffer, Chef's or Baking Mrs. Claus Kitchen/Baking Apron for the Holidays
DII Cotton Blend, Machine Washable, Hostess Gift, Stocking Stuffer, Chef's or Baking Mrs. Claus Kitchen/Baking Apron for the Holidays
Price: $23.99

2.0 out of 5 stars While The Picture Is Cute In Reality The Apron Doesn't Fit Many Adults Well And Is Very Poorly Constructed, September 28, 2014
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Though it could possibly be kind of cute on a smaller person I can't imagine this Christmas apron being practically used for anyone of any size to actually protect their clothing. Since the waist ribbon (yes it is literally a ribbon) is long and can even be doubled back for smaller people I guess it is no lie to say one size fits most but I am not sure you can say with any honestly that one size fits most well. The apron came so wrinkled if I was seriously considering wearing it in front of holiday guests I would have to spend close to an hour with a steam iron to make it presentable. And an old school Home Ec teacher would have a fit over the quality of construction and the cheap materials used. I think there is a reason it is pictured on a plastic model rather than a real living person as there are so few if any adults who could show this apron off to an advantage.


The End of Innocence: A Novel
The End of Innocence: A Novel
by Allegra Jordan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.29
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4.0 out of 5 stars Harvard And The Great War, September 27, 2014
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THE END OF INNOCENCE is an intelligently written novel focusing on World War I and especially the effect it had on some young people from Germany, Great Britain and the United States with Harvard University connections. Divided national loyalty is a major theme that is well carried out throughout the novel. There is also a love story embedded in the plot line and the novel features a very sympathetic and well developed female protagonist in Helen. The book appears to be excellently researched and some may find the text a little overly descriptive, dense, and even dull at times. The book would be great for a reading group that focuses on historical fiction that sticks close to the actual facts and an eleven question reader's group guide and an author's question and answer are included to help facilitate discussion. With the centennial of the beginning of the "Great War" already past and the anniversary of US involvement in it fast approaching there will be renewed interest in World War I topics and THE END OF INNOCENCE should intrigue many potential readers.


My Sister's Grave
My Sister's Grave
by Robert Dugoni
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Above Average Police Procedural/Courtroom Drama, September 27, 2014
This review is from: My Sister's Grave (Paperback)
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Though I have been disappointed with other suspense novels I have read published by the Amazon imprint Thomas & Mercer I am pleasantly surprised by MY SISTER'S GRAVE. While the story has some elements that could be considered derivative author Robert Dugoni manages to keep the story line reasonably fresh and set a pace that keeps the reader turning the pages.

The premise may sound familiar. Twenty years ago somewhere in Washington state a pretty eighteen year old disappeared and was presumed murdered. A local ex con who had served time for raping another young girl seemed the obvious suspect and he was convicted on circumstantial evidence and the girl's (Sarah) body was not found. Sarah's only sibling her four years older sister Tracy is the protagonist of the book. Tracy who had a reason to feel especially guilty over her sister's disappearance became obsessed with the case and was never convinced the man convicted was the perpetrator. She became so dedicated to solving the crime and finding her sister's body that she changed careers from high school science teacher to Seattle police officer. Her obsession broke up her marriage and in the meantime her parents both met early deaths. Then about twenty years after the disappearance Sarah's body is found and evidence is revealed indicating that the convicted man was framed. With the help of a childhood friend now a lawyer (also conveniently single so there is a romantic element) who has moved back to their small hometown Tracy gets her sister's convicted kidnapper a new trial even though in doing so she discredits the sheriff, defensive attorney and prosecutor from the original one who were all friends of her late physician father. But all is still not as it seems.

Even at 418 pages MY SISTER"S GRAVE is a fast read. Italics are used to delineate passages that take place in the past adding to the readability of this very accessible book. The book is part police procedural and part courtroom drama and above average for either genre.


Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Delectable Delights Fetchin' Catchin's Dog Stew, 8-Ounce, Case of 12
Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Delectable Delights Fetchin' Catchin's Dog Stew, 8-Ounce, Case of 12
Price: $28.27
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4.0 out of 5 stars I Like The Plastic Tub Container And That This Has Lower Crude Protein, September 27, 2014
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My dog loves wet dog food but is on a limited protein diet Hill's K/D prescription so there is not a lot he can have outside of that. This stew with tuna, duck and carrots come in at only 11 crude protein (minimum) so he can chow down on it occasionally I like the tub it comes in as it is handy to store in the refrigerator after opening.


North of the Tension Line
North of the Tension Line
by J.F. Riordan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.05
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4.0 out of 5 stars Character Driven Novel Set Mostly In Winter On An Isolated Island In Wisconsin's Door County, September 26, 2014
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The novel NORTH OF THE TENSION LINE definitely does not belong in the mystery/ suspense genre despite Amazon currently classifying it as such but instead is a rather old fashioned portrait of isolated small community life. The genuine and well portrayed setting in Door County, Wisconsin ( a peninsula and some outlying islands on Lake Michigan frequented in summer months by tourists) is the reason to read this story told in traditional, chronological prose.

Fiona, a writer in her early thirties, is the lead character in the book. As the result of a dare Fiona, eventually accompanied by her comical goat named Robert, agrees to spend the winter in an old house on Washington Island (an actual location in Door County). Fiona finds some romance as well as some cantankerous neighbors during this adventure. A subplot involves her friend Elisabeth's love life and the book ends with Elisabeth's wedding. This is an average character driven book that is pleasant enough and easy to read but the most interesting element of it is the unique and faithfully described location.


Crooked River: A Novel
Crooked River: A Novel
by Valerie Geary
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.25

3.0 out of 5 stars Derivative Tale Of Two Sisters Trying To Save Their Father Who Is Arrested For Murder, September 25, 2014
This review is from: Crooked River: A Novel (Hardcover)
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CROOKED RIVER is alternately narrated by two sisters fifteen year old Sam and her ten year old sister Ollie. Sam tells the story in a straight forward manner but the narrative of Ollie who sees ghosts and "shimmerings" is much more bizarre. As the story begins the sisters have recently lost their mother to a heart attack and have moved from the city to stay with their father "Bear". Bear who is a beekeeper lives in a teepee located in a meadow somewhere in the vicinity of Bend, Oregon. The girls find the body of a dead young woman in the river but tell no one about it. Others discover the body soon after and it is soon after revealed that this woman is a reporter who has come to the area to interview a famous recluse and that their father was seen with her. Some circumstantial evidence leads to his arrest. The sisters do some sleuthing to try to find the real killer in order to free their eccentric dad who many in the area are suspicious of because of his unusual lifestyle. Along the way they find their father has served time in prison and that a once very successful sculptor who also lives in the area has some surprising secrets of his own.

Bees have been used as a symbol and motif in several novels published in the last few years and Valerie Geary also heavily uses the insect in CROOKED RIVER though not particularly well. Strange children such as Ollie who are selectively mute and/or have supernatural abilities are also common in popular fiction and Ollie does not seem like a particularly genuine example of this character type to me. The mystery is somewhat interesting but much of it I guessed long before the author arrived there. This actually might be a better book to target to young adults then to market as general suspense where at the most it is an OK book that requires quite a bit of suspension of disbelief.


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