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Tom's of Maine 24 Hour Mens Long Lasting Deodorant, Mountain Spring, 3 Piece
Tom's of Maine 24 Hour Mens Long Lasting Deodorant, Mountain Spring, 3 Piece
Price: $14.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh Smelling Deodorant with Natural Ingredients and No Stinging, September 19, 2014
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I was skeptical about a block deodorant made only of natural ingredients, leaf oils and such that are all probably edible and made by a company that is very socially conscious. Also, I use a very expensive, chemical-laden Mitchum Unscented, which works quite well, so the Tom's of Maine had strong competition. But here's where Tom's of Maine comes out a winner:

Doesn't rely on chemicals to stop your body from sweating. Your body has to sweat, for God's sake.
The block doesn't sting me, which is rare. Other blocks I've used in the past have given me horrible stinging that lasts for hours.
The scent is not cloying. It's fresh and appealing. In fact, my wife likes the smell and says she wants to use it.
Doesn't leave a gooey residue in the armpits and your clothes.

While this may not prevent wetness as much as Mitchum, it works as a deodorant, smells good, doesn't sting, and doesn't subject your body to weird chemicals. Recommended.


BISSELL BOLT 2-in-1 Lightweight Cordless Vacuum, 12v, 1313
BISSELL BOLT 2-in-1 Lightweight Cordless Vacuum, 12v, 1313
Price: $89.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Streamline, Easy to Use and a Go-To Vacuum for Quick Cleanup, September 18, 2014
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Assembly was 5 seconds. I simply attached the vacuum to the stem. It clicked easily. Then I plugged into a wall for 8 hours. I turned it on today and tested it on our hard wood floors and area rugs. For the rugs, I pressed the spinning bristle broom and I was happily surprised that it was very effective on the area rugs, which can be a pain to get clean.

I'm very enthusiastic about this because I have twin toddlers. The house gets messy quickly and I don't want to set up the big canister vacuum in the linen closet. The Bolt has the advantage of being easy to use (no set up or attachments to worry about and a bagless design). Also because I'm not using a cord, I can go anywhere. Additionally, the small size allows me to get to more spaces than my larger canister vacuum. Highly recommended.


Literacy and the Common Core: Recipes for Action (Jossey-Bass Teacher)
Literacy and the Common Core: Recipes for Action (Jossey-Bass Teacher)
by Sarah Tantillo
Edition: Paperback
Price: $20.93
38 used & new from $15.39

4.0 out of 5 stars At Times More for Administrators Than Teachers But a Good Primer for Core Standards, September 18, 2014
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I teach community college English while my wife teaches the same subject for middle school. I have to teach “Student Learning Outcomes.” The equivalent is Core standards for middle and high school.

The book deals with English Language Arts Common Core standards. I'm reviewing it as a teacher wanting some implementation ideas. The first part was focused on school wide and even district wide implementation ideas. This part didn't apply to me and was a bit broad in its aim.

The next parts try to give ideas for ELA in grades K-12, which is still a bit broad, but it did have good specific examples for my grade level that I can go from.

While using the CD-rom, there were some nice basic handouts, but other parts of the CD-rom kept ushering me to the book and author website. I would like to find a book that deals with middle school common core implementation only.


Cinderland: A Memoir
Cinderland: A Memoir
by Amy Jo Burns
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.60

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Moral Indictment Against Working Class Tribalism, September 16, 2014
This review is from: Cinderland: A Memoir (Hardcover)
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As I was reading Amy Jo Burns' exquisitely written memoir about a piano teacher Howard Lotte who is on trial for conducting "improprieties" with his young female students and ten-year-old Amy's decision to "hibernate" and not testify to the truth of Howard Lotte's crimes, I was puzzled as to why her narrative surrounding Howard Lotte was so elliptical; she tiptoes around the Howard Lotte events and spends more time describing the town and its teenagers and I could not initially understand what her strategy, if any, was. But as I continued to read it became clear that this memoir has two plots: the trial of Howard Lotte and the struggle of a young girl who feels the longing to escape a town that is in love with its own myth of innocence. As a result the town of Mercury is full of misogyny, ignorance, and blind conformity.

As one would expect, the town adults write letters defending Howard Lotte and there is more concern with his welfare while the attitude toward the girl victims is that "they weren't hurt that much; they'll get over it." Tragically, the town exists in a moral inversion: exonerating the culprit and blaming the victims. There is an ethos of silence so as not to offend the myth of innocence in this Rust Belt town.

It is additionally clear that the small town of Mercury is in of itself a character in this memoir. It is a hell and a prison that Amy Jo Burns must escape and she does an excellent job of showing her slow evolution to freeing herself from the ignorance of that town.

Readers of this memoir will also want to read the riveting nonfiction book, touching on a similar subject, called Our Guys by Bernard Lefknowitz.


BELL 22-1-39000-8 BellAire 9000 Tire Inflator
BELL 22-1-39000-8 BellAire 9000 Tire Inflator
Price: $20.44

5.0 out of 5 stars Compact and Easy to Use for Roadside Emergencies, September 14, 2014
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Easy to use and gives you the option of inflating tires when you're away from your garage or a gas station. You keep the inflator in your trunk. It comes with a zipper canvas bag. The attachments, the hose which you attach to your tire, the ball and toy nozzle attachments, are inside the "gun" handle. You just flip open the bottom. This helps you avoid losing those attachments and makes the whole package more compact.

With your engine running and the engine on, you put the volt inside your dash volt attachment (used to be called the cigarette lighter back in the day) and when the gauge says you're ready, you have enough extension to do all 4 tires.

Be warned that you should not use the included tire gauge as even the instructions admit it's not accurate. Keep a gauge in your glove box for that function.
The 5-minute "fill-up" time is 3 times a long as a home compressor unit, but you're getting this, not for garage use, but for roadside emergencies. Recommended


Fives and Twenty-Fives
Fives and Twenty-Fives
by Michael Pitre
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.20
69 used & new from $11.96

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It’s Not the Violence So Much That Makes You Crazy; It’s the Boredom, the Waiting, September 11, 2014
This review is from: Fives and Twenty-Fives (Hardcover)
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Looking for bombs and all sorts of IEDs, the gunner sergeants live by the “fives and twenty-fives” rule for inspecting their vehicle during a “halt.” The constant hell of being on alert, so that you’ll be ready for that one time you need to be ready, crushes the psyches of our three principals, Lieutenant Donovan, medic Lester Pleasant, and Iraqi translator Kateb.

The main characters’ share a type of insanity born from the trauma of war: They must survive by fastidious control of everything they do, but over time they become controlled by their need to control, which is a way of saying they have lost control. The novel is about their attempt to regain some kind of equilibrium, through connection with civilian life, loved ones, friends, and self. This journey is told with vivid power and verisimilitude. Highly recommended.


Avanti By the Sea 4-Piece Towel Set, White
Avanti By the Sea 4-Piece Towel Set, White
Price: $54.95
2 used & new from $54.95

5.0 out of 5 stars 40 Seashells Sewn to the Large Towel Are Beautiful, But . . ., September 10, 2014
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These towels are beautiful, thick, and plush. My 4-year-old daughters were immediately drawn to them as they love the seashell theme. Their decorative quality complements our green tiles in the guest bathroom. However, there is a controversy, if you will, and a bit of an issue with the 40 diminutive sea shells sewn to the large towel. As beautiful as they are, there is the question of how one will eventually wash that towel. I suppose one could soak the towel in a sink but that may not be practical. I'm concerned that putting the towel on a delicate wash may damage the shells, so a hand wash may be the only option. Some reviewers are cutting off the shells. I doubt I'll do that. If the shells fall off, so be it. At that time, I will do a review update so people can know how durable this shell motif is.


Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade
Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade
Price: $12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The Dissection of a Reptilian Imp, September 7, 2014
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Walter Kirn is a successful novelist and journalist but coming from a small Midwest town, Kirn has a chip on his shoulder, a gnawing sense that he doesn’t measure up to the American dream of social class and social prestige. He aches to belong to that rarified gentry of upper class Americans, a longing similar to that of Jay Gatsby from F.Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece novel and his lesser known short story “Winter Dreams,” featuring Gatsby-like Dexter Green.

In the case of Kirn’s spectacular no-holds-barred self-deprecating memoir, he explores his demons as a result of the discovery that one of his best friends, whom he thought was rich socialite Clark Rockefeller, is actually an impostor and a murderer. Kirn attends his friend’s trial and tries to make sense of how he collaborated in his own deceit. Kirn realizes he was so needy and so desperate to belong to the circle of the rich that he put on his blinders and believed whatever fabrications this fraud uttered.

One of the deliciously creepy components of this masterful memoir is Kirn’s ability to capture the perverse imp in all of his reptilian grotesquerie: This fraud who dresses in shabby, slightly oversized prep clothes and oversized “hipster” black framed glasses with orange dyed frothy hair.

A memoir with a larger than life subject, vivid scenes, and self-lacerating introspection, Blood Will Out is one of the best memoirs I’ve read in memory. Highly recommended.


Seiko SSC277 Sportura Chronograph Stainless Steel Leather Strap Men's Watch
Seiko SSC277 Sportura Chronograph Stainless Steel Leather Strap Men's Watch
Offered by ARVACO
Price: $412.50
9 used & new from $380.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gunmetal with Orange Highlights in a Pilot Style Watch Is Superb, September 6, 2014
This is not a cool tone black watch. Rather, the SSC277 has a warm gunmetal, a sort of oily charcoal that is really beautiful and complements the various shades of orange markings. With solar power, there's no servicing this model, which is a plus of course. The dial is beautiful, an homage to the pilot watch motif. While only 44mm, the SSC277 plays larger than that, more like a 46mm on my wrist and I'm six feet, 230 pounds. My only small criticism is that the hour and minute hand markings are the same length, which isn't the best idea for ease of telling time, but this is not a deal killer. If you're looking for solar reliability, warm gunmetal complemented by orange markings, and pilot watch styling that plays like a 46mm, this watch is highly recommended.


NOW Foods Creatine Powder, 2.2 Pounds
NOW Foods Creatine Powder, 2.2 Pounds
Offered by XSNonline
Price: $20.70
17 used & new from $18.46

5.0 out of 5 stars Makes Me Sweat, and That's a Good Thing, September 6, 2014
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This flavorless powder mixes well enough, though there is some residual after one glass-full that compels me to have to glasses of water. I don't notice any added powers from taking it as some athletes will claim; however, I love the way I sweat twice as much during my kettlebell workouts. The sweat is part of my training ritual, so I take one tablespoon before every workout.


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