This would make a great book group discussion book because it is so enjoyable and so annoying depending on how you feel about : your sister, twins, Ouija boards, the spirit world, ESP, feelings and emotions vs. science and logic, adultery, abortion...read more
"The House of Special Purpose" weaves a story starting in the times of Tsar Nicholas II and the Russian Revolution. It's told as memoir by Georgy Jachmenev, who was there and served as a body guard to Alexie, son of the Tsar. Georgy reveals the sec...read more
From the starting pages where a horrific accident plays out, this book is a straightforward, engaging story of the late-blooming Lou and her downwardly mobile family and their intersection with Will, a vital, wealthy young man on the way up and his ...read more
Bob Dylan and I grew up together--or at least I grew up with his songs as the "fabric of my life." So when I just saw (young) Bob on the cover of this CD, I expected to be singing along to a best of collection as I drove home. What a wonderful surp...read more
It's frustrating when you can't remember something--whether it's a name or a password or how to program your TV remote. Can you imagine your memory of the significant people and events in your life wiping clear after every night's sleep? Christine ...read more
Behind a huge sign promising a floor tile's transformative appeal (Beautiful Forever!) is the slum of Annawadi, India. Actually to call it a slum is to exaggerate its promise (just like the floor tile). It's a "makeshift settlement" of families fr...read more
I absolutely love this album--it's a cross between Mumford & Sons, U2 and Bruce Springsteen. The songs are full of interesting lyrics, for example: "But you're never gonna find it/like when you were young/and everybody used to call you lucky...."...read more
Listening to this new novel about an old subject is like being embedded with the Marines at firebase Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Viet Nam in 1968. The characters are memorable and the narration makes them come alive. Ti...read more
I was looking for a quick, easy way to brush up my French or at least tune up my ear for a trip we're taking soon. This CD set helped me do all that and sing like I was on Broadway, too! I just popped the 3 CDs into my car's CD play...read more
CDbook mystery story which features modern 90's Beijing as the setting, a feisty, successful "Information Consultant" (politically correct for detective in China) as the sleuth, the murder of a pop singer as the crime and lots of interesting details ...read more
This is a well told and engrossing family saga about medical missionaries set in Ethiopia and the United States. Twins are born at the mission clinic in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The father is a gifted British surgeon. The mother is an India...read more
Another 2008 best book for kids!
A Best Children's Book for 2008!
Imagine a school librarian, feisty, introverted Alice, with a tragedy in her past. Imagine a successful, clannish, wealthy political family. Picture one of their sons, the black sheep, charming Charlie. Charlie reflects the tenor of...read more