Monthly Archives: October 2012

Mini-reviews: The Human Factor by Graham Greene and Broken Harbor by Tana French

Title: The Human Factor Author: Graham Greene Genre: Spy thriller Publisher: Penguin Classics Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Source: Print copy from the public library First line: Castle, ever since he had joined the firm as a young recruit … Continue reading

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Film Club Discussion: The Garden

The Garden: Filmmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s politically charged, Oscar-nominated documentary follows a group of low-income families struggling to protect a 14-acre urban farm in the middle of South Central Los Angeles from bureaucratic real estate developers. First, I want to … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Pirates! by Celia Rees

Title: Pirates! Author: Celia Rees Genre: YA historical fiction Publisher: Listening Library Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Source: Audiobook from the public library Audiobook reader: Jennifer Wiltsie Audiobook length: 8 hours and 59 minutes First line: I was of … Continue reading

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The Sunday Salon – October 28, 2012

Six days and counting….. But I really don’t want to talk about packing and moving. And since that’s pretty much all we worked on this week, that doesn’t leave a lot to write about. I do want to tell all … Continue reading

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Bookish links for Saturday, October 27, 2012

Reviews and blog posts that have me adding to my to-read list: ~ The Ruins of Lace by Irish Anthony, reviewed by Jennifer at Literate Housewife ~ Negotiating With the Dead: A Writer on Writing by Margaret Atwood, reviewed by … Continue reading

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Announcement: Giveaways for Essay Reading Challenge and Ireland Challenge back on! (Plus, I am amazed at the kindness of friends)

Can I just say how amazing my blogging friends are? In particular, I am writing of Michelle at That’s What She Read and Wendy at Musings of a Bookish Kitty. A couple of days ago, I posted an announcement that, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Prizewinner of Defiance, Ohio by Terry Ryan

~ Originally posted on my personal blog on February 1, 2006. ~ Title: The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less Author: Terry Ryan Genre: Memoir Publisher: Simon & Schuster Rating: … Continue reading

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from Making It Up by Penelope Lively

From Making It Up by Penelope Lively: I did not go to any school until I was twelve years old; until then, my home-based education centered entirely upon reading — pretty well anything that came to hand, prose, poetry, good, … Continue reading

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