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Miss Invisible
Miss Invisible
by Laura Jensen Walker
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.99
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Beach Book, July 27, 2008
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This novel was a nice departure after some more serious reading. I enjoyed the basic storyline: a self-conscious, overweight twenty-something realizes that she is fine, just the way she is. But, I have to say that I found Freddie, the main character, to be a little over the top - a little too neurotic and hard on herself. Luckily, Walker surrounds Freddie with a multitude of well developed and realistic personalities. These characters work together to give Freddie a new lease on life.

A pleasant read - I would recommend you grab this one on your way to the beach.


Evening Star (Avalon Romance)
Evening Star (Avalon Romance)
by Carolyn Brown
Edition: Hardcover
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Entertaining Read, July 27, 2008
Addison Carter is ahead of her time. A female doctor in 1918, she is dismissed from her job with Magnolia Oil simply for being a woman. She is determined to continue in her profession, whether or not people will accept her. Then she is hired to take care of Tucker Anderson, a man who believes that women should not work outside the home, let alone work as a physician...

Evening Star was the first book I completed during the 24 Hour Read-a-Thon. Brown managed to hold my attention when I really needed her to. The plot may be a little predictable, if you read a lot of romance novels, but there is an interesting twist.

I would recommend Evening Star if you are looking for a light and entertaining read.


Lottery
Lottery
by Patricia Wood
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lottery, July 27, 2008
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Perry L. Crandall has an IQ of 76. He is not retarded. In his own words, "You have to have an IQ number less than 75 to be retarded." But, Perry is a slow learner. He lives with his Gram, who had provided him with excellent coping skills. Perry works at Holsted's Marine Supply, and spends time with his friend Keith. All in all, it is a good life.

Then Gram dies. Unsure what to do, Perry continues to follow his regular routine - including buying lottery tickets. He hits the jackpot, winning twelve million dollars in the Washington State Lottery.

This is where the trouble starts. His brothers, who sold his home out from under him when Gram died, attempt to have him sign over his money. His mother, who has little to do with him, calls requesting money. Total strangers write letters addressed to "Lottery Winner" in an effort to score a few bucks.

In the end, Perry manages to live his life on his own terms. His decisions may not make sense to the rest of us, but for Perry L. Crandall they make all the sense in the world.

I thoroughly enjoyed the character of Perry. As a special education teacher, his actions and behaviors ring true. From his obsession with the dictionary to his insistence that he is "not retarded," Perry is a believable and intriguing personality.

The characters that surround Perry are all too real in their selfishness. Who hasn't heard stories of `relatives' coming out of the woodwork when a lottery winner's name is announced? Although these characters get their `just desserts' in the end, I waited throughout the story for someone to finally stand up to them.

I was slightly disappointed in the ending. While satisfying, it seemed too neat and well-packaged. I would have liked a little more detail when dealing with the brothers' downfall.

All things considered, I found this to be a very enjoyable novel. I recommend it whole-heartedly.


The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death
by Jeremy Leggatt
Edition: Paperback
Price: $8.53
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Life Worth Living, July 27, 2008
Jean-Dominique Bauby is a victim of 'Locked-In Syndrome." At the age of 43, he suffered a massive stroke that left him unable to move or speak. His only means of communication -- his left eyelid. Bauby spent weeks painstakingly dictating this memoir -- letter by letter.

I read this book in one sitting, it was that captivating. Through short vignettes, Bauby manages to describe the minute intimacies of his life in astonishing detail. From his first experience in a wheelchair, to bath-time, and finally through the development of his communication 'code' - Bauby's emotions touch on both anger and sadness without becomings desperate or hopeless.

There are also times of hope and, ultimately, love -- when he describes the visits of his children or memories of this father. Throughout the book, I was struck by Bauby's ability to be thankful for small things -- the ability to move his limbs a fraction of an inch, sitting in the Cinecitta, and the the ability of his mind to fly away like a butterfly.

It is not until the end of the book that Bauby describes his last day as a 'perfectly functioning earthling.' This most important day in his life is detailed with very little emotion. This makes the catastrophic details all the more haunting.

This is one the most poignant memoirs that I have ever read, and one of my favorite books of 2008.


The Mistress's Daughter
The Mistress's Daughter
by A. M. Homes
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.65
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Searching For an Identity, July 27, 2008
A. M. Homes always knew she was adopted. She spent her life trying to discover where she `fit in'. When Homes was 31, her biological mother contacted her. This is the story of Homes' struggle with her identity, as well as her attempts to connect with her birth parents.

While reading this book, I was struck by just how honest Homes is about her thoughts and feelings. The basic story of her adoption is what captures your attention, but it is her powerful story telling that keeps the tale interesting. From her account of meeting her father for the first time, to conversations with her mother, and finally her search for a genealogical identity - Homes pulls you along with her on this important journey.


To Dance With the White Dog
To Dance With the White Dog
by Terry Kay
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.01
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful & Moving, July 27, 2008
I first read this book when I was in college. At the time, this beautiful, tear-jerking story became one of my favorites. Almost 18 years later, I feel the same way. This story of grief, loss, love, and healing holds even deeper meaning for me now. This is a book I will keep in my collection -- to read over and over.


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