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Mexican Folk Dance Paper Dolls (Dover Paper Dolls)
Mexican Folk Dance Paper Dolls (Dover Paper Dolls)
by Tom Tierney
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Illustrated & Informative PD Book., July 25, 2013
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Talented PD Artist Tom Tierney takes on Mexican Folk Dance Costumes and the result is Terrific! Beautifully depicted & colorful with plenty of background about each region's particular style of costume. Great for anyone appreciates Mexican Dance & Culture or would like to know more about it.


Love of Lace Paper Dolls: 2 dolls and 15 Lacy Fashions from 1840 To 1956
Love of Lace Paper Dolls: 2 dolls and 15 Lacy Fashions from 1840 To 1956
by Brenda Sneathen Mattox
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty!, May 18, 2013
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Lovely Dresses( & get to find out the difference between different types of Lace:-) Just wish the paper was a bit thicker(not that I cut them out but it seems that if you do that that they'd tear easily)


What We Do for Love
What We Do for Love
by Ilene Beckerman
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Honest,Funny Memoir, May 18, 2013
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This review is from: What We Do for Love (Hardcover)
I really like Ilene Beckerman's books;they're short but they are v.telling in their own way. Her drawings are charming (& at times,poignant) & she seems to be a real survivor of some really traumatic events,yet she never stoops to self-pity in her writing.. I wish the drawings had been in color,but that's a minor quibble,in fact alot of them worked better in Black & White(considering their subject matter) Recommended:-)


GCD Studios - Donna Salazar - Antiquities Collection - 12 x 12 Paper Pad
GCD Studios - Donna Salazar - Antiquities Collection - 12 x 12 Paper Pad
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Designs Overall, March 30, 2012
I bought this collection a few months ago @ Micheal's(Art Supplies) & have been using it frequently for my mixed-media projects. The papers are mostly lovely but they aren't so intrusive design-wise to where you can't add your own style to them. I just wish there a bit more variety to the collection. But, besides that,I highly recommend these papers for their high quality & versatility (& look forward to trying Salazar's other designs as well:-)


Ghellow Road
Ghellow Road
by T.H. Waters
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Affecting AutoBiography.., February 16, 2011
This review is from: Ghellow Road (Paperback)
Theresa Waters had a happy early upbringing in Minneapolis,Minnesota; living with two loving parents and an older brother, she felt safe and protected. Unfortunately,her mother had Schizophrenia which became worse as the years went by,putting a tremendous strain on her family which led to tragedy & upheaval,shattering her sense of security. This book,which covers the Author's childhood up to her Leaving for college;is an inspiring True-Life Story of Surviving a Dysfunctional family & coming out stronger in the end as a result. I really admired Ms. Waters sense of self as well as her humor that shines through even when things seem at their worst . She is also relatively lucky in that she had relatives to take her in when her home life became unbearable,however,she and her brother were still placed in a Foster Home, which she vividly describes all that's wrong with the system. I think people with Mentally Ill Parents or Family Members will relate to this book especially though everyone who reads it will benefit from reading this Biography. My only "criticism"(if you can call it that) is that she doesn't update you on her mother who,in spite of her spotty parenting(due to her illness) you grow to care about,or her brother,who sadly,is later diagnosed with Schizophrenia himself. Still,I recommend this book & I hope Ms.Waters writes a sequel as I would like to read the rest of her story..
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Juliet
Juliet
by Anne Fortier
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Confusing,But Fun, December 23, 2010
This review is from: Juliet (Hardcover)
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In this book,Siena,Italy,NOT Verona,is the setting for this Historical Fiction/Modern Romance/Murder Mystery Hybrid about literature's most famous star-crossed lovers. 20-something Julie Jacobs,who finds out,after her recently deceased Great-Aunt's will is read, that she is actually Giulietta Tolemeni;a direct descendant of The Juliet of "Romeo & Juliet" fame. She is is also directed by the will to travel to Siena,Italy to unravel her mysterious family background,even though she is banned from going to Italy due to participating in an anti-war protest in Rome a few years ago. However,using her real name,she is able to re-enter the country. Once in Siena,(which is lovingly described by the author so much that you want to book a flight there)Julie/Guiletta,who was Orphaned at a young age,along with her twin sister & Polar Opposite Janis (aka Gianozza) due to a so-called Family Curse, sets out to find why. In no time at all,she meets up with an intriguing cast of characters,including the very extroverted Eva Maria from the Tolemeni's rival family the Salembeni's,an eccentric painter who knows quite a lot about the rival families due to the fact that one of his relatives,also a painter,did a Portrait of the original Juliet. And, most importantly,the handsome,brooding,policeman,Alessandro,son of Eva Maria, who just might be the "Romeo" to her "Juliet". The plot moves back and forth between long-ago 1340,The time of original Giulietta and her pact with Romeo(who, incentively,was not from a rival family,however,was a forbidden love anyway,due to the fact that Giulietta was engaged,as in Shakespeare's version,to someone else). The story takes many twists and turns,some rather convoluted,and the flashbacks really don't flesh out the original couple very much. Also,I found Juliet's twin sister,Janis/Gianozza(the original Juliet,according to this book, had a twin sister as well) a bit on the irritating side. However,the author keeps things moving and I really did want to see how things ended up. Also,the book is quite informative about the legend(for example; Shakespeare's Version,while the definitive version,was not the first telling of the story.) In conclusion,don't judge this book by it's lovely,haunting cover; just go along with it and you'll find it an enjoyable, roller-coaster ride of a story.


Queen of Your Own Life: The Grown-Up Woman's Guide to Claiming Happiness and Getting the Life You Deserve
Queen of Your Own Life: The Grown-Up Woman's Guide to Claiming Happiness and Getting the Life You Deserve
by Cindy Ratzlaff
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $15.12
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cute Idea(At times a little too much so), October 4, 2010
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I'm a fan of Self-Help books(as well as ones about Royalty)so when I saw this book on Amazon Vine my curiosity was indeed piqued. The book itself is one I'd call "Self-Help Lite" I mean if your seriously Depressed or have real Anger Issues,this book is not one I'd refer to someone. However,if you just need a dose of good old self -esteem, served with a decent helping of humor,then this one's for you. In keeping with the "Queen Theme" Negative thoughts and people are referred to as "Mongol Hordes",Best Girlfriends as "Ladies In Waiting" & there's even a "Windy Mountain Moment" when you realize your self-worth(through a self-actualization exercise where you picture yourself standing on a mountain-top(Looking very Regal & Queen-like ,the wind whipping through your hair) Finally, Once you go through these particular "steps" ,there is a "Crowning Ceremony" where you get together with other self-annotated "Queens" Pass around a fake crown & scepter & make a speech.(Note:if that sounds a bit hokey for you,going out to dinner and having a few drinks will do instead.) In conclusion,this book,which is a fast,amusing read,was written by Kathy Kinney(best known as "Mimi Bobeck" on "The Drew Carey Show") & Cindy Ratzlaff(a Public Relations Expert) These are two successful,accomplished women,so if it worked for them,it could work for you as well. (Huzzah!)


Out of My Mind
Out of My Mind
by Sharon M. Draper
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $14.21
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Young Adult Book For Adults As Well., July 15, 2010
This review is from: Out of My Mind (Hardcover)
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11 year old Melody is Highly Intelligent,Funny & Can "Taste" as well as see colors in Music(Country being her favorite) She also has Severe Cerebral Palsy and has never spoken a word,walked & is unable to feed or or clothe herself. This book,which is written in the first person describes young Melody's inner thoughts; especially the fact that she's stuck in a Special Ed. class where no one realizes her potential until she gets a computer that "talks" for her and then things start to happen. She is put into assimilation classes,along with her Special Ed, one which she clearly is far too advanced for,though she has affection for the other kids in it. Then through the encouragement of her loving,supportive parents as well as an eccentric but kind-hearted neighbor who looks after her(and her non-physically challenged little sister as well) She tries out for the school's Quiz Team & makes it,to the surprise of the other students & even the aptly named Mr.Dimming who is the school's Quiz Team's coordinator.By now, The book seems to be headed for an uplifting,if predictable ending,with Melody helping the school win a spot in the finals in Washington D.C. But the author throws a twist into the story which some might not like,but I felt made the story more realistic, yet still uplifting. I really liked Melody;her spirit,humor & brains make her impossible not to root for. What I like also is that she was a regular kid and not a stoic saint as well. she gets angry from not being able to communicate before she gets her computer(which she names "Elvira' (after the Country song).She also has moments of self-pity and is envious of her younger sister as well as other "normal" kids who can talk,run & draw and go to the bathroom by themselves. I'm glad I chose this book from Amazon.Vine and hope other people,both Grade-school age & older read it as well.


Lonely Planet Discover Great Britain (Full Color Country Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Discover Great Britain (Full Color Country Travel Guide)
by Joe Bindloss
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars (Almost) Like Being There Already.., June 27, 2010
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I ordered this book through Amazon Vine because I would like to visit the U.K. Sometime in the near future,also I love travelogues and this one is beautiful with its full-color pictures and loaded with information about all Of Great Britain.Besides plenty of information about London, this Guide is clearly divided by region with chapters devoted to Southern England, Northern England,The Lake District,Scotland and so on and has detailed maps as well. I just wish it had more for people who want to travel without spending too much;I know London can be v.pricey, but there are plenty of free things to do and see(like any big city) and I also wished it had more about less-expensive accommodations as well. Other than that,this book really makes you want hop on a plane and check out the sights that are so-well photographed in it. Cheers!


The American Girl
The American Girl
by Monika Fagerholm
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Confusing Narrative.., May 20, 2010
This review is from: The American Girl (Paperback)
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I started out reading this book with fairly high expectations & yes,it opened with an intriguing plot about an American teenage girl(of the title) whose arrival to a remote Finnish Village & murder captures the imagination of two pre-teens who live there during the late 1960's. For the first 100 pages or so I enjoyed the friendship between Sandra;a poor little rich girl-type and Doris,an orphan who lives with her aunt and uncle. Though they are from two very diverse backgrounds,the have the same feelings of alienation and fascination with the unsolved murder. The book,however,got repetitive,confusing and,as a result quite dull. Every time I tried to pick up I just couldn't get into it anymore so I gave up on it. It is very unusually written and the fact it was translated from Swedish,rather awkwardly,I think, doesn't help. Perhaps they edited the book more (before it's official release) to make it more easy to follow. But somehow I doubt it. So, only if you have(a lot) of patience to spare,I would recommend this book. However,it just left me scratching my head.


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