Monthly Archives: September 2011

The All-true Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton By Jane Smiley

Lidie Harkness is destined for spinsterhood; at least her older step-sisters think so. She lacks interest in the domestic skills required of ladies in Quincy, Illinois circa 1850′s.  She would rather spend her time reading, riding, swimming, and shooting. Seeking a … Continue reading

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Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer

Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer is the down payment on his new five-part series, The Clifton Chronicles, a saga which spans a century beginning with Harry Clifton’s conception in 1920 through the future of 2020.  The saga turns … Continue reading

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Black Butler by Yana Toboso

Kuroshitsuji, or Black Butler, is a manga composed of one part serious historical fiction, one part supernatural horror, one part fanservice, and five parts uncut crack. Twelve-year-old Ciel Phantomhive is the last of his line and the Earl of Phantomhive, … Continue reading

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Don’t Make Me Think! A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability by Steve Krug

  While Don’t Make Me Think is clearly written with web designers and developers in mind, it’s a useful read for anyone who uses the web regularly or provides content for their organization/company site. Krug is highly entertaining and has … Continue reading

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Moon over Manifest, by Clare Vanderpool

Moon over Manifest won the 2011 Newberry award. That was enough reason for me to read it, but I quite enjoyed it and want to offer a few more reasons. It is set in Kansas. The town, Manifest, if fictional, … Continue reading

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Travels with Charley: in Search of American by John Steinbeck

On Labor Day, 1960, before cell phones and GPS devices, the author set out with his poodle, Charley, to see and take the pulse of America.  He took Charley for company and because a dog is a good ambassador when … Continue reading

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Flyover People: Life on the Ground in a Rectangular State by Cheryl Unruh

Author Cheryl Unruh revels not just in the expansive Kansas landscape but also its people and places. In Flyover People: Life on the Ground in a Rectangular State, she explores Kansas through perceptive vignettes that show her affection for the … Continue reading

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Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

Kelley Armstrong has created a whole world similar to ours but with the addition of supernatural creatures, the stuff of myth and legend come to life.  She calls this series, Women of the Otherworld. The first book in the series, … Continue reading

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The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin

A story of love, class and the “American Way” in Gilded Age England, this is definitely several cuts above the traditional historical romance.   Aptly named Cora Cash is the richest debutante in America in 1893, and her mother will stop … Continue reading

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State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Marina Singh, Minnesota research pharmacologist, is sent to the Amazon jungle to find the remains of her dead office mate who went there to check progress at the company’s research station.  There are many reasons why she does not want … Continue reading

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