Monthly Archives: March 2010

Scat by Carl Hiaasen

Carl Hiaasen’s children’s book, Scat is written in the traditional Hiaasen flavor which blends humor, suspense, action adventure and heroism all thrown together in the Florida swampland. All of us, at one time or another, have encountered scary teachers and … Continue reading

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Crazy for God by Frank Schaeffer

I picked this book up after hearing the author interviewed on NPR’s Fresh Aire program. In his memoir, Crazy for God, Frank Schaeffer, recounts his life as the son of evangelical Christian missionaries who founded a community in Switzerland, where … Continue reading

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Back RX: a fifteen-minute-a-day yoga-and Pilates-based program to end low back pain

Back pain is a common problem that can range in intensity from an annoying occasional pinch to a flat-on-your-back debilitation. If you find yourself suffering from back pain and tell others about it, you’re sure to get lots of sympathy … Continue reading

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The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

The Sound and the Fury is one of the few novels that I have read many times. I find something new in it with each reading. It is also one of the most difficult novels I have read. The story … Continue reading

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Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls

In her latest book Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel, Jeannette Walls introduces her maternal grandmother Lily Casey Smith, an intelligent, resourceful and hardworking woman. The book is written in the first person and is based on Lily’s remarkable story … Continue reading

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Four Ordinary Women: A Gathering at the Cedar Roe Library by Pat Antonopoulos, Patti Dickinson, Shawna Samuel, and Jo Ann Stanley

Four women met regularly at the Cedar Roe Library to share their stories and write this book; the result is an inspiring collection of thoughts on family, spirituality, happiness, struggles, and friendship. As women, we all have similar stories and … Continue reading

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Asthma: the Biography by Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson, Professor of the History of Medicine and Director of the Centre for Medical History at the University of Exeter, contributed a volume on asthma for Oxford University Press’s series Biographies of Disease.  Asthma and allergies, as you may … Continue reading

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Warrior Woman: The Exceptional Life Story of Nonhelema, Shawnee Indian Woman Chief by Dark Rain and James Alexander Thom

On the Ohio Frontier during the American Revolution, Nonhelema – known to history as “The Grenadier Squaw” – and her brothers, Cornstalk and Silverheels– also Shawnee Chiefs – counsel peace and cooperation in dealing with the American troops sent to … Continue reading

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Things I’ve Learned From Women Who’ve Dumped Me by Ben Karlin

Reasons I enjoyed this book A. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE STAND-UP COMEDY. I listen to it on XM radio, watch Comedy Central and visit the comedy clubs as often as possible. B. I am a female. I enjoyed reading about … Continue reading

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The Shanghai Moon by Lisa See

Lisa See returns to her Lydia Chin/Bill Smith mystery series with The Shanghai Moon. It has been so long since the last Chin/Smith mystery that I have forgotten what exactly happened between these two characters. No matter – it is … Continue reading

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