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Thank you. That was great.

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Lowest ranked books: - 1, 2 & 2.5 stars
Walter the Farting Dog: Trouble At the Yard Sale William Kotzwinkle
Monarch Beach Anita Hughes
The Good Woman Jane Porter
Tuesday's Child Dale Mayer
May Day Jess Lourey
Night World No.1 (Secret Vampire) L.J. Smith
If I Should Die Allison Brennan
Kiss Me Kill Me Allison Brennan
love Is Murder Allison Brennan
love Me To death Allison Brennan
The Hunt allison Brennan
The Kill allison Brennan
The Prey allison Brennan


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Highest ranked books: 6 *s

The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories Leo Tolstoy
Lethal Sandra Brown
Hunger Games Series Suzanne Collins
"Mama Makes Up Her Mind, and other Dangers of Southern Living" Bailey White
Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder Edward Hallowell, M.D., and and John J. Ratey, M.D.  
Into the Darkest Corner Elizabeth Haynes
Trust Your Eyes Linwood Barclay
Robert B Parker's Fool Me Twice Michael Brandman
The Five People You Meet in Heaven Mitch Albom
Christmas Letters Debbie Macomber
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows


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10/3/12 2:57 P

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Spark Member who read the most:

Kjoyner12 - 30 books
Desertdreamers - 29 books
Texastitcher - 26 books
Katboxjanitor - 15 books
SH9719 - 13 books
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10/3/12 2:48 P

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DUPLICATE TITLES:
On What Grounds Cleo Coyle - 2
Winter Garden Kristin Hannah - 2
The Language of Flowers - Vanessa Diffenbaugh - 2


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MOST READ AUTHORS:

Alexandra Ivy - 9
Cleo Coyle - 8
Allison Brennan - 7
Barry Maitland - 6
Laurell K Hamilton - 5



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I am working on our list today... sorry I am a little late!

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10/1/12 11:22 A

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The Fringe Worlds (The Human Chronicles) by Jeffry S. Hepple ****

Good old-fashioned space shoot-em-up. Navy Seal Adam Cain is serving in Afghanistan. He wakes up with a 3 week beard growth in a pod on an alien ship in a far arm of the galaxy. The ship has just been overrun by pirates and Adam hides until the salvage crew comes to claim their prize. Caught up in a tangled web of alien politics and grudges, Adam finds himnself stronger, faster, and tougher than just about everyone he encounters - he grew up with gravity and has kept his body in excellent order - he is a virtual superman. We see
Adam through his orientation to a new reality and allied with two rather disreputable space cargo haulers while he tries to evade the alien warlords who seek to either eliminate him or recruit him as a paid assassin. No great plot twists, no deep thinking rquired - action and a speedy read that is only the first installment of a coming series.

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The Perfect Husband by Lisa Gardner ***



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Finished - Union Quilters - Jennifer Chiaverini - 4.5 stars on Sunday 9/30...

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Zombie Master: You Can't Fight the Fed by Morris Rosenthal 4 stars

An accidental (?) release of a virus causes infected people to turn into slow, stupid, shuffling zombies - and if you don't turn blue and go zombie right away, you'll turn as soon as you die. The much rarer Zombie B strain makes you turn green & die (without becoming zombie) except for the rare person who survives it, who becomes a strong, fast, smart zombie master. A satirical tale about government control, population control, and zombies that don't really eat people.

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Expectant Bride - Lynne Graham - 4*

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Line of Fire - Stephen White

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Since I borrowed a Francis book from my mom I have been in love with Dick Francis and now his Son Felix. I have read every book and I am looking forward to Bloodline. My favorites were the series about the ex-rider turned private detective with a missing arm.

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Dick Francis's Gamble, by Felix Frances, 5*

Felix Francis, son of veteran author Dick Frances, has written a novel of his own, after coauthoring with his dad on a few horsey who-dun-its. I'm happy that he was able to have made his dad's legacy his own and continue the family tradition.

Gamble is an excellent novel, full of horse people, horses, suspense, and danger. As usual, the protagonist is a man connected to and with one foot on and the other out of the horse racing world. In this novel, a former jockey turned independent financial consultant falls into a mystery when a coworker is shot down in front of him. Trying to untangle that mess brings him and those he loves into deadly danger, but it all works out in the end.

I think that the main characters' love lives have improved and are better written since Felix put his hand in the mix. I like to think that's one of the new talents Felix brings to the Francis mystery library.



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Defying the Prince – Sarah Morgan - 3.5*
The Sheikh’s Virgin Princess – Sarah Morgan - 3.5*
Ruthless Billionaire, Inexperienced Mistress – Robyn Donald - 3.5*
Mistress Against Her Will – Lee Wilmerson - 3.5*
Damiano’s Return – Lynne Graham - 4.5*


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A smorgasbord of subjects this time...

Dog Heroes of September 11th: A Tribute to America's Search and Rescue Dogs
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I enjoyed having some time to 'meet' the SAR teams and learn a little about their contributions and the teamwork involved.

This is the 2nd edition - issued on the 10th anniversary of the too-memorable September 11th disasters.

We get a little followup on each team since 2001 and some of the enhancements to the training methodology & resources to increase the number of qualified teams. [National Search Dog Foundation - an impressive organization dedicated to making the training & certification process more accessible and efficient]

Glimpses of memorials for the human victims and the Search Dog team who did their darnedest to find the victims of the attacks.

A few tears and a lot of smiles as I read the stories. I am glad my library system has this on their shelves!
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Bed of Roses (Bride Quartet #2) by Nora Roberts
It's Nora Roberts, what else needs to be said?
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MORE Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter by Laurell K. Hamilton
Burnt Offerings ( #7) 4.5 *
Blue Moon ( #8) 5 *

Obsidian Butterfly ( #9) 4.5 * Not as engaging for me, but some very interesting uses of spiritual, religious and societal themes.

Narcissus in Chains ( #10) 3.5 * A twisted romp with power struggles, idealism (Richard), abductions, the usual killings, insanity and blurry boundaries between the types of monsters...and who they follow\support.


and....a kids book....
Walter the Farting Dog: Trouble At the Yard Sale 1 *
by William Kotzwinkle,
Aside from the dedication of the book, I found this a detriment to the Walter stories.

Lying father, evil clown, poor Walter is a captive and the illustrations were a bit disturbing. Unfortunately there is not much of a positive lesson in this book.

I won't be reading this to my young nephews or nieces and I am donating it to the library in case SOMEONE wants it.







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Reluctant Medium by G G Collins 4 stars
Rachael is a journalist, who left Santa Fe after her father died in mysterious circumstances and her marriage broke up at nearly the same time. She tried to do a Native American ceremony to bring back the dead so she could talk to her father's spirit, but an evil spirit slipped thru instead. Now, she's back in Santa Fe, talking to spirits, and trying to set things right.

Three Wishes by Stephanie Bond 4 stars
Another light-weight comedy - this time, Ladden, an antiques dealer, finds an old lamp in the box of junk he got at a sale. A mysterious crazy old man appears in his shop, muttering about being free and "Master" having 3 wishes. Do you believe in magic?

Something Witchy This Way Comes: A Jolie Wilkins Novel by H P Mallory 3 stars
Continuing the series about Jolie and her band of vampires, witches, werewolves and other supernaturals (the Underworld). The "Lurkers", enemies of the Underworld, are gaining strength. Jolie is kidnapped by the leader of the Lurkers and told this is her destiny - but the others have made her Queen of the Underworld. ... I found this one less satisfying as Jolie seemed like a wimp thru most of the book.

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The Last Victim by Karen Robards ***

It's a ghost story

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Haole Wood by Dee DeTariso ***.5

San Diego weathergirl Jaswinder Wood gets a call from her father (recuperating from hip surgery in Michigan) that his mother ( Korean/Hawaiian and living on Maui) has been arrested and Jas needs to go bail her out and make sure things are okay - end of page 3. Jas goes to Hawaii without notifying her boss (used up all vacation days) and tapes a generic weather forecast for the season to play while she's gone - hopefully for only 1 or 2 days. True to Murphy's law, a typhoon sweeps in, inundating the city while on TV Jas is going on about putting on sun screen and keeping cool. Needless to say, she's fired, granny winds up charged with murder (of course we know she didn't do it) , Jas starts a steamy romance with an island doctor, who helps her try to solve the who done it, a group of sewing circle ladies helps Jas start a business designing beach cover-ups which Jas decides to call Hollywood Haute (but labels are mistakenly printed as Haole Wood Haute (homonym referring to non-island female) , and of course the true killer is unmasked . I almost forgot - central to everything is a supposedly invisible guardian angl (naked, fat Hawaiian) that Jas can see but not question who is tryig to put her on the right path. Totally improbably, but cute and fast read.

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The Cinnamon Roll Murder by Joanna Fluke
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After having read several serious literary works, I was kind of depressed and needed something light to pick me back up. This did the trick.

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True Love, Robert Fulghum, 4 stars. Very interesting to read these brief accounts of people's love stories. Wide variety. Often a bittersweet ending.

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The Language of Flowers: A Novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh - 5 stars

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A mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past.

The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating grief, mistrust, and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings.

Now eighteen and emancipated from the system, Victoria has nowhere to go and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. Soon a local florist discovers her talents, and Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But a mysterious vendor at the flower market has her questioning what’s been missing in her life, and when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.

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Key Lime Pie Murder - Joanne Fluke

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The Shunning by Beverly Lewis

This is book 1 of The Heritage of Lancaster County trilogy.

Katie Lapp, a young Amish woman, is getting ready to marry a widowed bishop, when she makes a discovery in her family's attic. She finds a satin baby dress (not something an Amish infant would wear) in an old trunk, and that discovery sets into motion a chain of events that will forever change the lives of Katie and her family, and lead Katie to question who she really is.

I really enjoyed this book, the story moved along quickly, and was suspenseful throughout.

I also recently watched the movie The Shunning, which Hallmark made based on the book. Even though they changed some of the events in the movie, (probably to make the story fit into a 2 hour time slot), I felt they did a good job with it, up until the end, they just left too many unanswered questions hanging. I really think they should have made a second movie to wrap up the story, but at least with the book version, we have 2 more books to find out what happens next for Katie and her family.


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Tuesday's Child by Dale Mayer
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Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman (audio book. pretty interesting)

Seventh Son by Orson Scott Card (audio)

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The Fallen Angel - Daniel Silva

Another good Gabriel Alon book.

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On Thin Ice by Eve Gaddy 3 stars
Two fast-track high-powered lawyers are paired on a Mafia defense case. Gabrielle has a history with the client that she doesn't want Devlin to find out about. Did I mention this is a romance story?

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A Wanted Man by Lee Child ****

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Bangkok Tattoo, a mystery by John Patrick Burdett, 3 stars

This mystery is set in Bangkok, Thailand, in the milieu of the sex and drug trade. I enjoyed reading a novel set in Thailand, describing things from a Thai point of view. It's a first-person novel dictated by a policeman/brothel owner to us "farang" (Thai for foreigner). The narrator makes a point to explain how Thai culture is different from the Western view.

If you're at all prudish, this series is not for you. If you're OK with talk of sex and drugs, it was an entertaining read. It wasn't like a soft core romance where sex is described in detail. It was just the environment in which the mystery happened; it's ever-present but not intrusive.

I haven't rushed to put the rest of the series on my wish list at the library (my public library finally has an online wish list!) but I'll keep the author in mind.

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Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder by Edward Hallowell, M.D., and and John J. Ratey, M.D. 6 stars.

This is a really great book for anyone who wants to know more about ADD and how to deal with it effectively, either as one who has ADD or one who has a loved one with ADD. It is interesting reading with lots of essential information and guidelines to help the reader understand ADD better, and cope with its impact on the individual and the family better.

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God's Hotel: A Doctor, a hospital, and a pilgrimage to the heart of medicine. By Victoria Sweet. 5 stars!

It's a true story/memoir or a doctors life at the last almshouse in the US. An almshouse is a hospital for the poor and lost of society. Modern medicine isnt big on this sort of thing. Dr Sweet tells how she grew as a doctor while working there, and how the facility changed along with society and our new views on what medical care should and should not be.

An excellent read. You don't have to know much about medicine to keep up and her stories a told with humanity you don't often see in the medical care system.

I recommend it, especially if you wonder what could replace our current style of medical pracrtice.

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Armed and Outrageous by Madison Johns 3.5 stars
Agnes Barton is 72, but not at heart. She drives a red mustang, wears Victoria Secret bras, and packs a Pink Lady revolver in her purse. She and her friends (also AARP candidates) push themselves into a case of missing persons and outwit numerous baddies in the process.

Bridger by Megan Curd 3 stars
Ashlyn's father drowns just before Christmas, and her troubles really begin. She travels to Ireland to meet her Memaw's branch of the family, and learns changelings, evil pixies, and all the stories Memaw told her are true - and Ashlyn has special powers.

License to Thrill by Stephanie Bond 4 stars
Fine arts curator Kat McKray meets retired British Secret Service agent Donovan, James Donovan (resemblance to Bond not accidental) when she's accused of stealing from her own museum. Light-hearted mystrey comedy in the vein of Stephanie Plum's series.

Bang (Memoirs of a Relationship Assassin) by David Wailing 4 stars
Simon is a chameleon - he takes on the persona of whoever it is he needs to be to seduce women and publically break up their relationships. He does have rules, tho - like "Never kill a relationship that isn't already dead."


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9/25/12 5:39 P

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Hiss and Hers (Agatha Raisin) by M.C. Beaton

This year is all about me and my quest to unload this extra person I have been hauling around.


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I have this book on my to read list so I was glad to read that you gave it 5*'s.

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. ~Groucho Marx


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The Next Always by Nora Roberts 3*
Typical Nora Roberts formulaic fair. If you like Nora Roberts you'll like this first book in the trilogy.

Monarch Beach by Anita Hughes 2*
I was a little disappointed by this book as it was another he cheated, i'm going to go hide book but it was a quick beach read.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn 5*
I really enjoyed this book. It was the debut novel from Gillian Flynn probably best known for writing "Gone Girl" out in hard back right now. A dark and slightly disturbing story that I thought I had figured out but really didn't. I was surprised by the ending and in hindsight I shouldn't have been because she gave us clues all through the story. I highly recommend this one.

The Good Woman by Jane Porter 2*
Another book about someone having an affair with a slight twist. I particularly enjoyed this book because it was set in Capitola California. A place I have been to and fell in love with.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn 5*
I couldn't resist reading another Gillian Flynn book. Dark Places was dark, and again, a little disturbing. It's about the lone survivor of a family massacre taken from a perspective that I have never read before. I can't wait to read "Gone Girl".

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles 4*
This book has been touted to be similar to "The Great Gatsby" and there were references to many authors of that era but I thought it was better than "The Great Gatsby" (I may have to go back and read it though because I read it so long ago that my memory of it is fuzzy.) I enjoyed the story and recommend it.

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. ~Groucho Marx


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9/25/12 11:59 A

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Lethal by Sandra Brown
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I love mysteries and thrillers and this book is fantastic. I totally recommend it for when you want something you can't put down.

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9/25/12 8:32 A

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Dixie Fish by Andrew Geyer
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This is "literary" fiction, so does not end happily, nothing resolved, nobody happy

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9/25/12 7:00 A

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Robert B Parker's Fool Me Twice by Michael Brandman ******

A good one. I forgot that it was not written by Parker while reading it.

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9/25/12 2:44 A

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Mrs McGintys Dead - Agatha Christie

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9/24/12 8:11 P

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Code Name: Baby - Christina Skye - 3.5*
Code Name: Blondie - Christina Skye - 3.5*
Code name: Bikini - Christina Skye - 3.5*

If you can get with the premise (SEALs being enhanced with microchips to have extra sensory abilibies), then they are interesting mystery/suspense stories.

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Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still. - Chinese Proverb



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9/24/12 7:01 P

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Who the Hell Is Wanda Fuca? G M Ford 4.5

Book 1, Leo Waterman, PI. Good story, lots of characters to develop along with the story makes the pace somewhat uneven at times. Expect this to be better in the second book. Lots of funny bits as the story comes along. Definitely worth a read!


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Accountable To None Ashley Fontainne 4

Reads short, like a novella, but a good read, it is fun to see the bad guy get taken down. Ends like the cliff hanger in network TV. There is a second book in the series.


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9/24/12 1:04 P

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The Dog Walker by Corwyn Alvarez

Benny Mozer is mentally-challenged 17 year old living with his long suffering mother in the quirky and charming town of Mayfield. Benny is only qualified for one job: walking dogs, which he excels at. He is something like a "dog whisperer". He brings the same caring and compassion to the people around him, even those which seem beyond redemption.

I was a little disappointed with this book; it was not quite the heartwarming story I was expecting. Most of the focus was on the people around Benny, especially the young the prostitute he befriends, and not on the dogs.

It's emphasized early on in the book that Benny is "special needs", but it doesn't go into exactly what his specific disability is. Through his language and actions in the book, Benny seems to me pretty typical of a lot 17 year old boys. The character of the mother also bothered me; she was cold one minute and friendly the next, and it seemed odd that she did not push him harder not to drop out of school.

There is no real plot to this book, which I'm not complaining about it; it's more like a chapter of Benny's life, and a lesson of compassion and the human heart. I like the idea of the story, I just think it could have been done better.


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9/24/12 11:56 A

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September Fair by Jess Lourey ***

I happened across this book at my kindle store - didn't realize it was part of a series that could be dubbed "Body of the Month Club". It centers on the Minnesota State Fair and a beauty pageant sponsored by the dairy industry where the winner is killed in an enclosed refrigerated glass booth as she is getting her face sculpted in butter. Central character is a librarian from a small town who also doubles as a reporter for the local paper. A town resident was the pageant winner, so she's covering the story at the Fair. We get a walk-through of every fried food imaginabble being served on the premises, a course on the treatment of animals in the food production industry, a supporting cast of quirky characters, and an attempt at a veneer of humor covering serious crimes. It didn't quite get for me - will skip the rest of the calendar.

Carol


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9/24/12 10:30 A

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Language of Flowers-Vanessa Diffenbach-5 stars
I didn't think I would forgive Victoria; but I did.

Quit stuffing your face and face your stuff.

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9/23/12 10:43 P

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I finished "Words I Wish I Wrote: A Collection of Writing that Inspired My Ideas" by Robert Fulghum. 5/6 stars. This was a lot different style than most of Fulghum's books. Most of it was quotes from other people with an introductory essay to each section and a little bit of annotation at the end of each section about the authors, who they were, and why they were influential to Fulghum. It was really fun reading so many different authors. Some sections I really enjoyed more than others, but over all, it was very enlightening.

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The Language of Flowers-Kate Greenaway-****Stars
This small volume has beautiful illustrations and lists flowers and other plants with the meaning giving them would have. It's a rather romantic notion; but not one I would ever adhere to practicing. The floral themed poems will come in handy for flower club functions. I really pored over this almost like a textbook. It has stood the test of time.

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