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The Girls: A Novel
The Girls: A Novel
by Emma Cline
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.39

4.0 out of 5 stars Unsettling Novel Inspired By Infamous Case, May 2, 2016
This review is from: The Girls: A Novel (Hardcover)
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This is an unsettling novel obviously closely inspired by the infamous cult killings that took place in LA in August 1969. The author has kept the same time period but has move the location to Marin County as well as changing the names of characters and some circumstances. She has imagined as her narrator a fourteen year old girl named Evie who lived near the ranch where the "family" lived and became a frequent visitor and narrowly escaped being along the night of the murder. We meet Evie as a middle aged woman and she tells her story of what happened that summer in the late 60's from near the present time. Evie is a well developed character with a consistent voice and she makes it seem plausible that an unhappy girl with divorced self involved parents from quite a privileged background could have fallen in with this murderous group. There is an ominous sense of dread of the horrors to come threaded throughout the novel.


Avery Mini Ultra Tabs, 1" x 1.5", 40 Repositionable Tabs, Two-Side Writable, Neon Pink/Yellow/Green (74759)
Avery Mini Ultra Tabs, 1" x 1.5", 40 Repositionable Tabs, Two-Side Writable, Neon Pink/Yellow/Green (74759)
Price: $5.50
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Organizational Tool, April 26, 2016
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These tabs are great organizational tools for students or anyone. They stick very well but you can also remove them from their original spot to a new position and they still remain durable. The tabs come in bright easy to see colors and you can write on both sides with a variety of writing instruments without smudging. You get forty in the pack with ten of each of the four colors. They measure one inch by one and half inch and work well for many indexing and flagging purposes.


Mission Hill: A Novel (Abby Endicott Novels)
Mission Hill: A Novel (Abby Endicott Novels)
by Pamela Wechsler
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.16
42 used & new from $9.68

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Start To A New Series Starring A Female Boston Prosecutor, April 25, 2016
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MISSION HILL is the sharply written start of a new series starring thirty something Boston prosecutor Abby Endicott. Though Abby has a hefty trust fund she does the gritty work of prosecuting murderers. When a colleague and former lover is killed execution style right before his latest trial is ready to begin she inherits the case and it is a very personal one for her. Abby is a well developed character and she has a colorful supporting cast and manyone assumes will go with her in to her next adventures. The Boston criminal law setting is very well depicted which is not surprising as author Pamela Weschler is a Boston native and former prosecutor. Mission Hill is fast paced, very readable and consists of fifty-three short chapters that will keep the reader turning the pages quickly until they reach the satisfying conclusion.


Sleep Master Memory Foam Resort Folding Guest Bed, Twin
Sleep Master Memory Foam Resort Folding Guest Bed, Twin
Price: $306.46
3 used & new from $299.99

3.0 out of 5 stars OK guest bed.. as long as the visit is not too long, April 25, 2016
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This bed is very firm; I like it firm, but not this firm. According to the product page it includes 'Matching fabric on mattress and frame designed to look like a box spring and mattress set'. I didn't get any of the fabric and beware, this is a five inch mattress which consists of just one inch of memory foam and the mattress sits on metal rails... no box spring. The metal rails are bent, but possibly I may have done that unpacking or setting it up. The mattress does have an odor after several days, as do all foam products. The mattress is actually a few inches shorter and narrower than a standard twin. The only reason I am not giving it one or two stars is that this is a folding guest bed with wheels. I was hoping it could be used as a long term bed. As a guest bed it is definitely OK


A Man of Genius
A Man of Genius
by Janet M. Todd
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.66
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3.0 out of 5 stars Literary Gothic Number That Is Not Easy To Readily Access, April 25, 2016
This review is from: A Man of Genius (Hardcover)
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A MAN OF GENIUS is a very literary gothic novel. In fact it is so literary that it is difficult for the modern casual reader to quickly become engaged with its story line. Author Janet Todd is an intelligent writer who obviously knows her time period of the early 19th century and her European locations specifically Venice. However I felt the novel of hidden secrets and obsessions to be too distant and difficult to readily access to fully enjoy.


She: Fiction
She: Fiction
by Michelle Latiolais
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.12
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lonely In Los Angeles, April 25, 2016
This review is from: She: Fiction (Hardcover)
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Though the first story of SHE introducing the nameless fifteen year old girl from Needles, California who escapes her ultra strict home life by running away to Los Angeles is straight forward enough the rest of the stories are often unnecessarily opaque. The book often bordered on the surreal for me at least and I am surprised by the high praise it is receiving.


Three-Martini Lunch
Three-Martini Lunch
by Suzanne Rindell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.47
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue And Deceit In 1950's Manhattan Publishing World, April 24, 2016
This review is from: Three-Martini Lunch (Hardcover)
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THREE MARTINI LUNCH is an atmospheric tale of Manhattan in the late 1950's (though one character takes a side trip to San Francisco as well). The tale is told by three alternating characters Eden, Cliff and Miles. Author Suzanne Rindell creates distinctive and believable voices for each of these characters. Eden is a Jewish girl from Ft. Wayne, Indiana who shortly after graduating from a small college moves to the big city to fulfill her ambition to be a book editor. But first she must deal with ethnic prejudice and conniving bosses as well as a brief and disastrous marriage. The spoiled son of a famous book editor from humble beginnings and his socialite wife Cliff wants to be a writer and drops out of Columbia to pursue this dream but unfortunately he has no talent and weak morals. And Harlem native Miles is a bike messenger and Columbia student who later graduates with a lot of literary talent. He visits San Francisco to find a journal of his father's that uncovers a murder mystery and discovers a forbidden love there that ends tragically.

Like the television series MAD MEN many people in the novel are not what they appear at first to be and there are so many hidden secrets it at times makes the story seem less than credible. An epilogue set in the 1980's ties up everything. THREE MARTINI LUNCH is an entertaining though sometimes unbelievable novel that takes the reader completely in to its time period and location.


Thankful for You Birthday Card for Her with Foil
Thankful for You Birthday Card for Her with Foil
by American Greetings
Edition: Cards
Price: $4.08

4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Sentimental Birthday Card With Some Special Accents, April 18, 2016
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This is a traditional, sentimental birthday card to send to a special woman in the sender's life. The flowers on the front of the card are accented with "pearls", rhinestones and on the largest (pink) flower fabric accents. The card comes with an extra plastic protector you remove very sending., There is a second silver and pink flower design opposite the inside verse and the verse may be a bit over the top for some people's taste. The silver background adds to a look of quality and elegance. The accompanying envelope is plain white.


A Wish for Two Anniversary Card with Foil
A Wish for Two Anniversary Card with Foil
by American Greetings
Edition: Cards
Price: $4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Attractive Choice For Almost Any Couple, April 18, 2016
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This is a very pretty anniversary card decorated with raised hearts and two shades of light blue ribbon. There are also tiny heart and star accents on the front cover and inside. The message is a wish for reasons to smile and good times ahead as well as happy memories. This would be an appropriate choice to give almost any couple on their anniversary, A plain white envelope is included.


Glad You're My Son Birthday Card for Son
Glad You're My Son Birthday Card for Son
by American Greetings
Edition: Cards
Price: $4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great Choice For A Parent To Give A Beloved Adult Son, April 18, 2016
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This is a nice card for either a mother or father to give their son. I like the color scheme in shades of green and brown. A dark black ribbon makes the card special as do some raised, embossed accents on the cover. The card is constructed and opens as a trifold.. The verse is heartfelt and give thanks for the son and the pride the sender has in him. A very nice choice for a parent to give an adult son.


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