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Lessons in French
Lessons in French
by Laura Kinsale
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.19
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A richly charming Regency, January 15, 2010
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After young lovers Callie and Trev are separated by an angry earl, nine years' passage of time is not enough to make them to forget one another. When the characters meet again, it is clear they are still achingly in love, but as the chapters quickly unfold, the nine years' separation (and ensuing consequences) must be dealt with. This is "classic Kinsale" in that her effervescent wit and prose styling defies the reader to not smile or even laugh aloud. There is a bit of mystery, some upending of cliches, madcap humor, and conflicting claims of possession--and that's just for Hubert the prize bull! The same and even more applies to Callie and Trev. One of the best aspects of Laura Kinsale's writing is her sunlight-and-shadows portrayal of her characters. There's a poignancy about both Callie and Trev that makes them more than cardboard cutouts on a Regency paper stage. Their mistakes, eccentricities, miscommunications and efforts to both cling and let go make them fully dimensional characters. Add in lyrical eroticism and page-turning pacing, and this book becomes a gift to the reader.
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Tovolo Groovy Ice Pop Molds, Yellow - Set of 6
Tovolo Groovy Ice Pop Molds, Yellow - Set of 6
Price: $12.19
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30 of 46 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, October 18, 2008
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Glad these worked out for some people. They're pretty much a waste for us. They are HUGE for small children--our boys can't finish one, even in the hottest weather, so that's good organic (i.e. expensive) juice down the drain. Because our freezer is apartment-sized, we cannot use the base that holds the mold because it takes up too much room, so I have to tuck the pops in wherever we can fit them. Which brings me to the last problem--the bases do *not* snap snugly onto the mold, so there are frequent spillovers in our freezer. I've used them two summers now, but I give up and am now looking for some classic Tupperware ones like we had growing up. They were the right size for children, the seal snapped good and tight, and they didn't take up scads of space in the freezer.
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Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre
DVD ~ Timothy Dalton
Offered by kylakins
Price: $8.89
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Placing my neck on the chopping block..., December 15, 2006
This review is from: Jane Eyre (DVD)
But I will affirm what others say--this version of JE is the closest to the novel and is truest to the language (and to me, the feeling) of the original. I am well aware the axes will be sharpened for me saying this, what with the BBC's lovely 2006 adaptation on the scene. 2006 JE *is* lovely--the leads are wonderful--but IMO Dalton has fully embraced the darkness of ER whereas Toby Stevens comes across as a likeable guy that's already looking for redemption when he returns home. TD's ER is lost in corruption and is therefore doubly surprised by finding the light in the "plain, Quakerish" governess. I also think that ZC's Jane is much more the spiritual, otherworldly "fairy" being of the novel--and in this adaptation, she gets all her rightfully piquant lines.
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North & South
North & South
DVD ~ Daniela Denby-ashe
Price: $25.01
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am not easily impressed...but!, September 20, 2005
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This review is from: North & South (DVD)
I'm a history teacher with a long-standing interest in portrayals the past in film. Some productions are OK ("Pride and Prejudice"), some are downright awful ("The Patriot"). THIS is magnificent.

Class conflict is not something American audiences like to deal with. In general we'd much rather pretend that everyone is middle class, now and in the past as well. Set in England,"North and South" is not only the best love story I've ever seen, but it is also an honest look at how industrialized nations have developed their prosperity on the backs of the least. This is not to say it is a bash-the-capitalist flick either; in one compelling scene an unemployed union man asks the mill owner for a job, saying he'll take lower wages if necessary to provide for his foster children. Thornton (mill owner) points out the union would be down on him like a ton of bricks if *he'd* suggested hiring him at a lower wage. There's a lot to think about, as well as a lot to break your heart over, in this film.

While not entirely true to Elizabeth Gaskell's 1855 novel, the "creative license" portions of the adaptation are acceptable. The cast, costumes, and locations (including a historic working mill) are superb. Absolutely the best historic adaptation ever---and yes, now my favorite love story.


Pride and Prejudice (BBC Miniseries)
Pride and Prejudice (BBC Miniseries)
DVD ~ Elizabeth Garvie
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy them both!, November 11, 2004
I have longed for this to be available on DVD and was afraid that the A & E version would preclude this re-release. Happily, given the bargain rate, Austen fans can enjoy both versions. While I must say I adore Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy, I really prefer the rest of this cast to that of the A & E editon. Elizabeth Garvie IS Elizabeth Bennett to me; the other actress playing EB was too "modern." (In fact, she reminded me of a flapper that landed in the wrong period piece; too much smirking and not enough wit for Our Miss Bennett.) And Lady Catherine deBurghe--this actress really makes her terribly believable (and therefore, Eliza much more courageous for standing up to her), whereas in the A & E version she's a frail old lady one feels rather sorry for (and therefore Eliza gains no points for taking her down a peg or two). I wish we had a computer technology to put this cast into the lush historic settings of the A & E version, but barring that, buy both!


Franklin: Tennessee's Handsomest Town, a Bicentennial History, 1799-1999
Franklin: Tennessee's Handsomest Town, a Bicentennial History, 1799-1999
by James A. Crutchfield
Edition: Hardcover
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best history yet, June 9, 2000
Some casual viewers of this site might wonder what the history of a small Southern town can offer readers across the nation. The answer lies in Franklin itself: for much of its history, it represented the ethos of much of the American nation, yet with noticeable differences that make its uniqueness compelling. Originally considered "the west," a wild and exotic frontier of Indians and game and forest and wild fields, Franklin became an outpost of civilization for the people at the end of the 18th Century who wished to move on to cheaper land and new business opportunities. From its earliest days, Franklinites were slaveholders, and this is another important thread in the complex story of the town, county and region. The town was the focus of the Battle of Franklin on November 30, 1864, one of the Civil War's bloodiest and ultimately most futile battles. While the city maintained the Jim Crow segregation policies as did the rest of the South after the War, this book is one of the first to point out the important African-American leaders, like Rev. A.N.C. Williams, who owned a business on Main Street. The section of the book on the city's second century, written by Robert Holladay, is perhaps the most illuminating, addressing as it does for the first time Franklin's vital Black community and the civil rights movement in the town. Unlike the violence that stained many Southern cities and small towns, Franklin schools were easily and peacefully integrated. When an African-American asked the superintendent of schools about integrating the schools, he replied indignantly that he couldn't or he'd be lynched [by whites] on the Square. The citizen mildly replied that if he didn't he'd be lynched [by Blacks] anyway, so he might as well implement the law. The superintendent did so! The role of the interfaith, interracial Church Women in achieving racial equity is also an interesting and important note. Franklin is currently caught in the vise (and vice) of overdevelopment and urban sprawl, spawned by the arrival of I-65 in the 1960s and abetted by almost a century of pro-development ideology of local goverment. The book somewhat soft-pedals this last issue (a former mayor had his hands deep in development deals himself) and ends on a positive note. Perhaps most poignant of all, however, is the photograph by Holliday showing a shady old pioneer cemetery, bordered by the traditional Middle Tennessee mortarless stone wall, adjacent to and visually overwelmed by the new commercial development in the Cool Springs Mall area. Rural Williamson County is gone, replaced by the McAmerica of any suburb from Bangor to San Diego.


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