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Amelie's Journey

Amelie's Journey

by Johanna Jackson

Great Read - For me was a lovely holiday read

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5out of 5 by merrenna f 3 hours ago

So enjoyed this book.
The setting of both the era and locations of UK and USA. Loved the characters and twists and turns. It was a wonderful story of love and friendship in all its shapes and sizes ... More

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The Very Thought of You

The Very Thought of You

by Lynn Kurland

good

5out of 5 by Martha C 5 hours ago

I really enjoyed this book. I forgot how much I like Lynn Kurland More

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Pictures of Perfection

Pictures of Perfection

by Reginald Hill

Unusual format for a successful team

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3out of 5 by Marcia 8 hours ago

I'm a fan of Reginald Hill's books about the team of Daziel and Pascoe but I guess after many successful books, Hill wanted to try something different and wrote this in a way I found annoying, with ... More

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Cook, Taste, Learn: How the Evolution of Science Transformed the Art of Cooking

Cook, Taste, Learn: How the Evolution of Science Transformed the Art of Cooking

by Guy Crosby

Cook, Taste, Learn byGuy Crosby

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5out of 5 by Kristina C 8 hours ago

Excellent writing detailing the history of human evolution to present day through food science and cooking. More

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A Few Green Leaves

A Few Green Leaves

by Barbara Pym

Wonderful, original Barbara Pym

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5out of 5 by Marcia 8 hours ago

Those who know Pym's books, like me, and re-read them, need no introduction.
Those who haven't, should give one of her better known books a try, like "No Fond Return of Love". This isn't her best. ... More

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Bouncers

Bouncers

by Beryl Cook

Delightful Beryl Cook

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5out of 5 by Marcia 8 hours ago

This is mainly a book of paintings by the wonderful English artist, Beryl Cook.
She loves to capture working class folk and women who love to party and dance.
While there's a wry look at people ... More

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Homecoming

Homecoming

by Susie Steiner

Didn't finish

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3out of 5 by Marcia 8 hours ago

I'm a big fan of Steiner, a new writer, and her two mysteries. I ordered this thinking it was a mystery but it isn't. Not for me. So I didn't read past the first few lines. But I recommend for ... More

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Beware, Beware

Beware, Beware

by Steph Cha

Steph Cha's third mystery in new series

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5out of 5 by Marcia 8 hours ago

Juniper Song is a young Korean-American P.I. in L.A. who adores Raymond Chandler and wishes to emulate Phillip Marlowe. While she doesn't quite make it (who does?), Cha creates an engaging, ... More

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Watching the Dark

Watching the Dark

by Richard Thompson

Good album

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4out of 5 by Eleanor N 9 hours ago

For true Richard Thompson fans, this compilation covers an assortment of tunes from his earlier work. The music is wonderful. My only hesitation is that the 3-disc album is organized in a strange way ... More

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Mountain Rain: A Biography of James O. Fraser, Pioneer Missionary of China

Mountain Rain: A Biography of James O. Fraser, Pioneer Missionary of China

by Eileen Fraser Crossman

Mountain Rain

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4out of 5 by David B 10 hours ago

This book is well written and tells the compelling story an early missionary. His life was cut short by cerebral malaria, yet the life he lived is instructive and an inspiration. More

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Siddhartha

Siddhartha

by Hermann Hesse

Siddhartha, uncredited English translation

3out of 5 by Paul S 13 hours ago

This review is not of Hesse's Siddhartha per se, but of the uncredited English translation shown above. I read Siddhartha for the first time in English some decades ago and have read other works by ... More

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A Thesaurus for the Way Water Returns

A Thesaurus for the Way Water Returns

by Sarah "sam" Saltiel

Read with the desperation of diary entry

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5out of 5 by Minney 23 hours ago

This collection reads like a clear stream interrupted by scattered rocks of varying impact. The clarity is formidably calming. It allows us to appreciate the depths of loneliness, of mental illness, ... More

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A Paris Year: My Day-To-Day Adventures in the Most Romantic City in the World

A Paris Year: My Day-To-Day Adventures in the Most Romantic City in the World

by Janice MacLeod

An insider's view of life in Paris

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5out of 5 by BobSoltys 1 day ago

Beautiful art and great stories. Simply written and unpretentious. More

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The House at Otowi Bridge: The Story of Edith Warner and Los Alamos

The House at Otowi Bridge: The Story of Edith Warner and Los Alamos

by Peggy Church

Chock full of great stories

5out of 5 by BobSoltys 1 day ago

I was really sorry to come to the end of this book. Edith Warner's life, and the lives of those she lived with, is a lesson of a life well-lived. More

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The Warrior Arises: a tale of an unlikely hero

The Warrior Arises: a tale of an unlikely hero

by Holly Sue Ruddock

Literary Titan

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4out of 5 by LiteraryTitan 1 day ago

The Warrior Arises by Holly S Ruddock is a captivating read. In an enchanted land, surrounded by magic and mystic, a young fairy adopts a special baby fairy. Ginny raises Ruby with all the love she ... More

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For the Birds: An Uncommon Guide

For the Birds: An Uncommon Guide

by Laura Erickson

Excellent Way to Learn About Birds

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5out of 5 by BobSoltys 1 day ago

This book shows why its author has been called "the Dr. Ruth of birds."

Her masterful use of words to describe her observations and knowledge of the life of birds make the book an outstanding to ... More

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The Glow of Paris: The Bridges of Paris at Night

The Glow of Paris: The Bridges of Paris at Night

by Gary Zuercher

Love Paris? Buy it

5out of 5 by BobSoltys 1 day ago

The book's beautiful black and white photos of Paris' bridges at night, its maps, and the story behind the name of each bridge make this a must for anyone who loves Paris. More

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Twenty Years After: A Sequel to the Three Musketeers

Twenty Years After: A Sequel to the Three Musketeers

by Alexandre Dumas

an old publication

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2out of 5 by Alan T 1 day ago

...been learning a few things about Dumas' books. Early translators weren't very good, and there was a certain amount of bowdlerization. Try a modern translation published by Pegasus books...a ... More

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Ponyo

Ponyo

directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Noah Cyrus, Yuria Nara, Frankie Jonas, Hiroki Doi, Tina Fey, Tomoko Yamaguchi, Matt Damon, Kazushige Nagashima, Cate Blanchett, Yuki Amami, Liam Neeson, George Tokoro

Great movie

5out of 5 by Judy N 1 day ago

My 14 year old niece loves this movie. It is priced reasonably and arrived in good condition just as promised. More

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Kiki's Delivery Service

Kiki's Delivery Service

directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Kirsten Dunst, Phil Hartman, Janeane Garofalo, Matthew Lawrence, Debbie Reynolds

Great movie

5out of 5 by Judy N 1 day ago

The movie was in good condition and the price was very reasonable. This type of movie is hard to find. It is a gift for my 14 year old niece and she likes this type of movie. More

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Blow by Blow

Blow by Blow

by Jeff Beck

OK

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2out of 5 by Ben 1 day ago

Well I like blues but not his style. Was expecting something better but I just couldn't get into his tunes. Guess I'm use to Stevie Ray Vaughn. More

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The Very Best of Winger

The Very Best of Winger

by Winger

Now I know why

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1out of 5 by Ben 1 day ago

Didn't buy this album or any of their music back when, now I know why. Except for one average song they suck! More

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A Reckless Love

A Reckless Love

by Beth White

Loved it!

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5out of 5 by Claudia 1 day ago

Reckless, yes, Aurora Daughtry could be quite reckless, often speaking and acting before thinking. As the youngest of the Daughtry sisters, she might be just a bit spoiled and used to getting her way ... More

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