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Smart Weigh Digital Pro Pocket Scale with Back-lit LCD Display, Hold Feature and 2000 x 0.1g Capacity
Smart Weigh Digital Pro Pocket Scale with Back-lit LCD Display, Hold Feature and 2000 x 0.1g Capacity
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5.0 out of 5 stars ADD ME TO THE CHEERING SECTION - I'M A FAN, April 15, 2014
This compact little scale is a"multi-talented" -multi-functional piece of equipment that has provided me with accurate weights on everything from letters, small packages and meat and dry herb measurements to some of my gold jewelry (it's always nice to know exactly how many ounces or grams of gold are in the gold necklace you bought or exactly what 2 ounces of dill or chopped parsley looks like). And as for a 4 oz steak being the size of your fist - exactly whose fist are they talking about? Is it the 5 foot 90 pound woman or the fist of a 6"2" 220 pound man. The bottom line is that this little beauty takes the guess work out of any weight question that you may have.

The surface of the scale is smooth and easy to maintain although I will admit that when weighing food products I put a piece of saran wrap over the surface for easy clean up.

In today's world it is difficult to find a product that lives up to its hype and performs as advertised and I am often disappointed with the things I purchase. Well, this little baby delivers on all counts and the economical price makes it one of the true bargains on the market today. If this sounds like a "paid testimonial" let me assure any prospective purchaser that my enthusiasm is the genuine result of my multiple experiences with the product. If you're looking for a space saving, accurate, multiple purpose scale for your home or office you just can't do better than the Smart Weight.


Bad Elephant Far Stream
Bad Elephant Far Stream
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4.0 out of 5 stars EVEN ELEPHANTS DREAM, April 9, 2014
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This book allows you to let yourself be taken by the hand by the narrator (Far Stream - the elephant of the books title)and observe with fresh eyes, our world, as lived by a frightened sole stolen as a "child" from her family and the natural surroundings of her Asian home, brought to a strange new place, beaten and forced to "perform" for the financial benefit of her human "owners" and ultimately condemned to die. While Far Stream's story can be interpreted as a cautionary tale of circus animal abuse during the late nineteenth and early 20th century it serves also as an exploration into the emotions and social relationships of these magnificent giants as related from the animals perspective.

BAD ELEPHANT, FAR STREAM, a heart-rending and harrowing novel written with great compassion by author Samuel Hawley is based on several true stories gleened by the author from various research sources. Some readers may be familiar with the story of Topsy (the elephant on whom Far Stream is based)and be aware of the fate that befell this animal as well as others of her kind who, in frustration and anger, retaliated against their oppressors. The level of brutality suffered by these wild, beautiful creatures at the hands of their owners is so shockingly sad and arresting, it will touch even the most jaded reader and leave them feeling emotionally battered.


Closed Doors
Closed Doors
by Lisa O'Donnell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.88

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5.0 out of 5 stars BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, April 7, 2014
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CLOSED DOORS takes place in the early part of the 1980's and is set on an island off the coast of Scotland. Part of the magic of this story is that it is told from the perspective of eleven year old Michael Murray and explores the challenges of growing up in a small town where everyone has their nose in everyone else's business and every person is concerned about what others will think of them. This is fertile ground for gossip and definitely a good reason to make the hard choices involved in keeping family secrets within the family.

Lisa O'Donnell has an ear for dialog that lends a truth to her scenes as well as a talent for vivid description that contains both detail and shading allowing the story of Michael, his family and friends to come alive for the reader.

Five minutes after you've picked up this novel, you'll be hooked. It entraps you with its interesting, multi-dimensional characters, a plot that has you wondering what will come next, and conflict that makes for honest drama. You will come away from CLOSED DOORS remembering what it was like to be a child in a world where adults made all the decisions and you were forced to live with the consequences of their choices.


Down the Darkest Road
Down the Darkest Road
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3.0 out of 5 stars KEEP CLIMBING AND DON'T LOOK DOWN, April 6, 2014
The mystery and suspense in Tami Hoag's DOWN THE DARKEST ROAD plays straight to the reader's vicarious need for thrills and chills as well as their need to know. Protagonist Lauren Lawton is living every parent's worst nightmare. Four years earlier, Lauren's 16-year-old daughter, Leslie, disappeared from a quiet road on the outskirts of Santa Barbara, while on her way home from a softball game. The who, what, where, when and why of her disappearance have remained a mystery. Police were unable to develop any proof against their only suspect, Roland Ballencoa, a convicted sex offender and he walked free.

Two years after her daughter's disappearance, Lauren's husband was killed in an automobile accident. Now alone with her only remaining child Leah, Lauren is out for revenge against the man who she sees as responsible for the loss of her husband and daughter. If the police won't or can't bring Ballencoa to justice she will just have to do it herself.

As a reader I enjoy "kick ass and take names" stories, but as a mother I was a bit put off by Lauren. She was a little too focused on her feelings and need for revenge seemed almost oblivious to the possible consequences of her obsessive behavior on her remaining daughter, Leah, which made me begin to dislike rather than admire her. While mom is busy focusing her tunnel vision on fulfilling her "mission" to avenge her oldest daughter, 15 year Leah is left to cope with the loss of her sister and father in her own way. This woman is definitely not a candidate for the mother of the year award although she may qualify for the Bruce Willis - Die Hard plaque.

While Lauren was not a favorite, I did like the two detectives Mendez and Tanner and while I could have done very nicely without the gratuitous sex scenes, overall, this was a thought provoking and enjoyable read


The Frangipani Hotel: Fiction
The Frangipani Hotel: Fiction
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE HISTORY & MYSTERY OF FOLK TALES, April 1, 2014
THE FRANGIPANI HOTEL is an atmospheric collection of nine multi-layered Vietnamese folk tales that will hold readers in its grip from the opening page all the way through to its stunning conclusion.

Not only does this book provide the reader with a deep understanding of the culture, values and mind set of the individuals featured in these thematically linked tales it also takes the reader on vicarious trip taking them from Houston, Texas to Vietnam via the author's distinctive voice and pictorial writing style.

Each story is long enough for the author to fully develop the characters contained within each, but short enough for the reader to be able to read one or two in it's entirety before turning off the lights for the night (if you can sleep after reading some of these tales of ghosts and shape-shifters).

Each reader will find their own particular favorite among the nine narratives. My personal preferences are GUESTS where the reader is given the beginning and the middle of the tale but must supply their own ending and DESCENDING DRAGON, an object lesson in the deviousness and persistence involved in achieving a goal no matter what the cost.

With her vivid collection, Violet Kupersmith has provided her audience with a touch of history, a dash of mystery, a generous portion of supernatural happenings and plenty of unanswered questions to ponder.


Visible City
Visible City
by Tova Mirvis
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars INVISIBLE LIVES IN A VISIBLE CITY, March 30, 2014
This review is from: Visible City (Hardcover)
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Tova Mirvis has utilized many hidden metaphors within VISIBLE CITY to convey a multitude of messages. In one instance Claudia, a character consumed by the search for a beautiful stained glass window is asked by her husband why her search is so important. She replies, "Because they're alive - covered over for so many years, yet they still maintain their beauty. Deprived of life, yet a blast of sunlight would change all that". She may have just as easily been describing the lives of the characters inhabiting this narrative.

Claudia, Nina, and Emma represent three different generations of women, all at a crossroads in their relationships with their partners. Their observations and assumptions about the lives of others lives versus the reality of those lives is proof positive that you cannot truly ascertain people's relationships just by looking in from the outside. These three are not the only ones whose relationships are being scrutinized as interactions between neighbors, students and teachers, employers and employees, doctor and patient and parents and children are subjected to the telling "light of day. Without exception, there is no character within the approximately 250 pages of this book whose life is what it seems to be.

Set on the upper West side of New York city the initial narrative is driven by the reactions of its characters to the two luxury apartment buildings being constructed in the their neighborhood. The cast of this drama are all well educated, relatively successful and floundering in their daily lives. Related from seven points of view their individual reaction to the new buildings reveals much about each character. From Nina's son Max who finds the buildings a source of never-ending attraction to Claudia whose senses and search for quiet solitude are assailed on a daily basis by the dirt and noise, to Nina's husband Jeremy who dedicates long hours to the project since his very livelihood depends on its success - the construction will result in the discovery of hidden truths and accepted responsibility resulting in self-realization and re-invention in each life.

The book's ending offers no tidy solutions and ultimately the reader is left to draw their own conclusions. My conclusion is that this is definitely a book worth reading.


The Divorce Papers: A Novel
The Divorce Papers: A Novel
by Susan Rieger
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.08
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4.0 out of 5 stars MARITAL SURGERY - SEPARATING THE ASSETS, March 20, 2014
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I am probably one of the few individuals who truly loves epistolary novels. I enjoy the voyeuristic aspect of this genre. It's akin to steaming open someone's personal mail or sneaking a peak at their diary where they divulge their innermost thoughts and feelings allowing the reader to observe fully fleshed out characters foibles, warts and all . They also allow the story to develop from various unguarded points of view. DRACULA and THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY are two of my all time favorites. (How is that for two books from the opposite ends of the spectrum?) Another plus for the epistolary style is that the story also moves along pretty quickly since it is unusual for most of the "chapters" to be a page or two in length.

Author Susan Rieger's foray into the epistolary, THE DIVORCE PAPERS, is a novel about the end of a seventeen year marriage told via letters, e-mails, inter-company memos and legal filings. Sophie Diehl is a young liberal lawyer who normally handles criminal cases for the law firm of Traynor, Hand and Wyzanski but suddenly finds herself representing the socially connected Marie Durkheim in a contentious divorce action. She is less than pleased with her assignment since it is out of the realm of her expertise and she feels ill equipped, both legally and emotionally, to handle the case.

Via her correspondence with others and their responses, we follow Sophie through her days as she oversees and handles her clients, copes with various associates within her law firm, leans heavily on a special friend named Maggie for advice and support, matches wits with a less than ethical opposing lawyer and dips a hesitant toe into the turbulent waters of love. It's quite a juggling act, but one that Sophie is more prepared for than even she realizes.

Any further "overview" might ruin the picture of a divorce that Ms. Rieger paints. Just know that what transpires between the covers of this 450+ page tome is intermittently humorous and droll, often enlightening and insightful, occasionally poignant, sometimes redundant but consistently readable and engrossing.
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Everything Was Good-bye
Everything Was Good-bye
by Gurjinder Basran
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars INSIDE THE CULTURE OF INDIA, March 10, 2014
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With EVERYTHING WAS GOODBYE Gurjinder Basran has written a story whose general theme focuses on the problematic and precarious business of maintaining the delicate balance of residing in what amounts to two different worlds.

Her tale of Meena, a young Indian woman who, having grown up in the atmosphere of Western freedom after her family immigrated from India to Vancouver, BC, is torn by the pressures of fulfilling her perceived duty to her family, her community and her culture. Not adhering to these requisites as well as any display of independence can result in being permanently shunned by both family and community. While Meena finds the restrictive rules regarding love and friendship outside the Indian culture suffocating, she is hesitant to go against her cultural family and risk suffering the fate of her older sister Harj who was cast out by their mother and has not been seen for fifteen years. Adapting to losses in her life and dealing with the contradictions and moral choices involved in the clash of cultures are just the tip of the iceberg of obstacles that confront Meena in her search for love and fulfillment.

Drawing upon her own background and experiences, the author has produced a soulful and lyrical narrative depicting one woman's struggle for identity in a world where acquiescence to duty and respect for familial obligations are desirable attributes and any individualism or non-conformity is viewed as unacceptable and presents ripe subject matter for gossip in the community.

If there is one thing that becomes resoundingly apparent it is that every country, religion and culture has its inbred prejudices, both philosophical and esoteric, and it is this aspect of the book with which most readers will be able to readily identify.


It Never Entered My Mind (Album Version)
It Never Entered My Mind (Album Version)
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5.0 out of 5 stars SMOOTH AND SEXY, March 8, 2014
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I'm quite sure that if you looked up the term "Smooth jazz" in Webster's Dictionary you would surely find a photograph of trumpeter Chris Botti firmly ensconsed. It Never Entered My Mind is only one of the many Botti tunes I have downloaded and I have enjoyed each and every one of them. His sound projects a quality of mellow sexiness and I particularly like those arrangements featured on his ITALIA and NIGHT SESSIONS albums. Their wonderfully romantic and soothing themes are the perfect background for everything from candlelit dinners to an evening alone in front of the fire with a good book.

Move over Kenny G and Chet Baker!


Deep Winter: a Novel
Deep Winter: a Novel
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Price: $10.99

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3.0 out of 5 stars COLD BLOODED MURDER, March 6, 2014
Despite the plot's relentless winter weather, DEEP WINTER is a dark psychological thriller that's about more than a series of murders, delving into society's idea of what constitutes "normal". Granted, you find them in every high school and in every town. Those groups made up of the thugs, the losers, the drunks, and those considered to be the "respectable" folks. In almost every instance, they all have their secrets. Author Samuel W. Gailey presents the reader with a full cast featuring all these characters, each harboring some dark and very personal secrets.

Our protagonist Danny Bedford is a gentle giant of a guy who suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident that took both his parents when he was just seven. His nemesis is the deputy sheriff Mike Sokowski, a brute who has been intimidating Danny and others since high school and whose violent personality has escalated over the years. This tale of intense brutality and rural noir is narrated from the perspective of these two as well as several supporting characters, each with strong colorful personalities.

Since we know practically from the outset "who-dunnit" there is no real mystery here. What we have is more a book for the guys featuring enough "blood and guts" action and a body count able to satisfy the most avid fans of action actors like Transporter's Jason Statham and Die Hard's Bruce Willis. Those who are squeamish should, beware!


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