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Book Review — Lilac Girls August 11, 2017

Lilac Girls: A Novel “Lilac Girls,” by Martha Hall Kelly, follows the intersecting stories of Caroline Ferriday, Herta Oberhauser, and Kasia Kuzmerick in the years leading up to, during, and after World War II. Caroline is a New York socialite with a bent towards helping those less fortunate. Herta Oberhauser is a doctor in Germany…

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Dress Code Blues August 5, 2017

‘Tis the beginning of the school year, and, ergo, ‘tis the time of year in which teenagers all around the world get huffy about their schools’ dress codes.  The teenagers in my house are no exception. I take that back.  My teenage son doesn’t much care, since it doesn’t really affect him.  Boy fashion is…

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Selling a Piece of Paradise July 22, 2017

I have to sell a little piece of paradise, and I’m hoping you will help me.  I mean, I don’t have to have to, I’m not a desperate seller, but it doesn’t make sense for me to hang on to it.  Way back in 2007, about 15 minutes before the housing bubble burst, my husband…

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Book Review — the Magicians July 21, 2017

The Magicians: A Novel (Magicians Trilogy) “The Magicians” by Lev Grossman is an adult story of wizards and wizarding, and is the basis for the series on the SyFy channel (which I haven’t seen.) While comparisons to Harry Potter are inevitable, there are more nods to Narnia in the book, and it really stands on…

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BOOK REVIEW — A Gentleman in Moscow July 14, 2017

A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles is one of those beautiful books that, when you are finished, make you want to clutch it to your chest and close your eyes and sigh. The simple plot belies its profundity. Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov lives under house arrest in Moscow…

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Day Drinking as a Public Service July 9, 2017

My husband and I have had a long standing argument about whether or not I am a cheap date.  He swears I am.  I wasn’t convinced.  The problem, I joked, was that he was comparing my normal human metabolism to his, which resembles that of a hummingbird.  The man lives on Skittles and Jamocha shakes…

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Book Review: Finding My Badass Self July 7, 2017

Finding My Badass Self: A Year of Truths and Dares I was given an ‘advance reader copy’ of “Finding My Badass Self: A Year of Truths and Dares” by Sherry Stanfa-Stanley in exchange for an honest review. I do this kind of thing often, mostly because my desire for free books outweighs my desire for,…

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Customer No-Service July 2, 2017

Customer No-Service I work in a law office.  And, working in a law office, we get more calls from the jail than your average business that isn’t a bail bondsman might.  In fact, getting calls from the jail is a pretty important part of our business, what with there being a whole part of the…

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VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR — Scent of the Past June 30, 2017

Scent of the Past “Scent of the Past,” by Erin Marie Bernardo combines the genres of chick-lit and historical fiction, with the sci-fi element of time travel for an entertaining read. Note: This book was provided to me by the good folks at Books and the Bear in exchange for an honest review. Addison and…

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