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Click here! Reunion time is sure to give us two things; big drama and even bigger style! Lauren Sebastian from the fashion blog, Big Blonde Hair, helped us break down some of the more iconic looks. The Real Housewives of Potomac Season 4 reunion is right around the corner! So, listen up to hear what the group has to say about this eventful season.

Fun fact: he actually still owns the same apartment she sold him to this day. Gina Kirschenheiter gets closer to Shannon Storms Beador, while Kelly Dodd tells her boyfriend about the train rumors. Listen to more from Heather by subscribing to the Juicy Scoops podcast, available everywhere, and following her on Instagram HeatherMcdonald.

Friend ofs give us a glimpse into the inner circle of Bravolebs and can bring twice the drama. Writer and Bravo fanatic Evan Ross Katz joins us as we walk down memory lane Listen along, reminisce, and find out what these friend ofs are doing today. Jackie answers your questions about You may be suffering from a Vanderpump Rules withdrawal. The Southern Charm Reunion Part 1 is here! During this supersized episode of Below Deck Mediterranean, Travis Michalzik drunkenly slaps Anastasia Surmava in the face, while Captain Sandy lets one of the crew members go.

The Southern Charm Season 6 reunion is coming, and before we get escorted out by Mr. Ashley Darby tries to meet her estranged father on The Real Housewives of Potomac, while Robyn Dixon invites the ladies to see her newly renovated property, and quickly becomes disappointed in Gizelle Bryant for starting drama.

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In this Bravo Insider exclusive, Andy answers all of your burning questions about his life and career. Sign up to become a Bravo Insider via the link below for your chance to win free swag and see exclusive content. BravoCon is coming! We have the scoop on what and who! Shannon Beador is a new woman. A drunken adjacent yacht owner hops onboard to Sirocco, causing some friction between their charter guests and Hannah Ferrier. Tamica Lee from Southern Charm New Orleans gives an update on the status of her friendship with Reagan Charleston, and tells us what really happened during that heated Friendsgiving dinner.

Camille Grammer vs. Tinsley Mortimer talks about adopting her two new fur babies, Strawberry and Shortcake, and shares some intimate details about her first time. Luann de Lesseps talks a potential album release and reveals where things stand with Barbara Kavovit. Southern Charm heads to Colorado and Craig Conover loses his patience for certain members of the group. Heather reminisced about Season 1 Alex and Simon, anyone?

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Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave drinks one too many and has a teary heart-to-heart with Lisa Rinna. Season 17 of Project Runway has come to an end. In order to celebrate the crafty season, Megan Segura and Erik J. Bishme Cromartie spoke about his hometown-influenced designs, and the pressures of being a self-taught designer. Hester Sunshine revealed what it was like being the only female in the finale, and what fans can expect from her designs in the future.

Garo Sparo relived his reaction to having his mother and brother in the audience at the Season 17 finale, and taught us about his signature corset. And Project Runway Season 17 winner, Sebastian Grey, reacts to the judges becoming emotional over his finale looks, and reminisces on what it was like to win the competition. On Southern Charm, Craig Conover dons some guy-liner and throws a pillow party. On Southern Charm, Craig Conover wins us over by revealing he watches Frozen when sad, while Kathryn Dennis gets confronted during a Pinterest-worthy girls trip. Plus, Candiace Dillard Bassett from The Real Housewives of Potomac reveals where she and her husband are in their house hunting search.

Sonja Morgan has one too many welcome drinks, while Bethenny Frankel confronts Luann de Lesseps about her recent sense of cabaret entitlement. Lisa Rinna, method acting as Erika Jayne, shares what she really thought about Kim Richards giving back her stuffed bunny present.

Plus, they give us an update on when we can expect to sip on their new beverage, LoverBoy. With over 1. Listen to more from Emma and Julie on the Comments by Celebs podcast, available wherever you download your podcasts. Newcomer Eliza Limehouse makes a splash at dinner, while Austen Kroll reveals he and girlfriend Madison LeCroy have moved on from that infamous video.

Lala Kent is accused of not sharing enough on the show, while Jax Taylor and James Kennedy go at it over a tweet. The Real Housewives of Potomac is back! Candiace Dillard invited her half brother to her upcoming wedding, which displeased her mom, while Gizelle Bryant tries to repair her friendship with Karen Huger with a batch of homemade cookies. So, listen up and tweet us your thoughts on what YOU hope to see in the upcoming Season 9 reunion.

Tinsley Mortimer hosts the Big Apple Circus and breaks down to Dale about her struggles with depression. Then I got it! Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, Thomas Merton, Doubleday Still remarkably fresh and relevant after almost 40 years. A great read for anyone with an interest in baseball or Japan.

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If you've ever been disgusted by someone telling you to "not worry so much" or "look on the bright side," then you may be a defensive pessimist. Norem argues that this may actually be a good thing for many people, as it can help them deal with what might otherwise be overwhelming anxiety.

Moreover, she argues that for some people, being defensively pessimistic is better than being optimistic! This is an interesting book that turns the positive psychology movement on its head. The author is best known for his public speaking and motivational skills. He has many other titles as well that cover other subjects. It is an easy and wonderful read.

These titles are also available on cds. Ellison the Elephant by Eric Drachman A wonderful story about self-confidence and perseverance that you will want to read over and over again.


The accompanying CD is priceless. Hennessy A great book for little ones interested in dinosaurs. Dinosaur facts woven into a cute story that even includes lima beans. Do Like a Duck Does! Dig, Dig, Digging by Margaret Mayo An entertaining book for those fascinated by big machines such as bulldozers, tractors and firetrucks. Lit '45 In one of the interviews that Pulitzer-winning author Elizabeth Strout '77 gave recently, she told Maine Public Broadcasting that it wasn't until she moved to New York, where people assume that all the New England states are all the same, that she began to focus on her own Maine background in her writing, with great success.

That made me think about Carroll's most famous book, 's "As the Earth Turns" — about inland Maine farm life — which faded then rebounded in critical approval in the s as people began to value the sense of place in Carroll's writing. It's a good lesson. An interesting blend of Indian culture and contemporary life in Bombay, with the mythical world of the gods. The story loosely follows the death of Vishnu, a man who lives in an apartment hallway. It ranks right up there with Angela's Ashes — and I think I like this one better.

A true story of a girl's horrific childhood. Told with humor and insight. My 12 yr old started reading this book "accidentally" and couldn't put it down until he had finished it. A Mercy, by Toni Morrison Since this is one of my all-time favorite authors, I have trouble saying anything negative about her most recent book. A friend ordered it for me as soon as it became available, and I finished in a couple of days.

It was a satisfying read, wonderfully written. A bit shorter than I would have liked. I think she could have beefed out some of the characterization and depth more, but it was a good read. Not as good as Beloved, but that would be hard to compete with. The book was a thriller — kept me turning pages to find out what would happen next.

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It's told in intricate detail, sometimes more than I wanted, esp about the ships and the ocean statistics. It's not a "typical" book for me, but I liked it more than I thought I might. I kept dreaming about it, and I kept feeling like I was actually in the book at times, esp when the process of drowning is described. Now I guess I need to rent the movie! Don't give away the ending Oh yeah, the ship goes down. This book didn't disappoint. I like her writing style and her sense of the perverse.

She takes the reader through the unfolding of a terrible discovery that keeps you turning pages. She takes the ordinary and makes it strange, and the strange ordinary. Sea Glass , by Anita Shreve Again, another story where the reader gets pulled in bit by bit and washed out to sea with the unraveling of truths and deceptions!

I didn't like the ending — seemed very abrupt and too wrapped up, but maybe the abruptness is part of the point. Testimony, by Anita Shreve This book is dark, intense, and disturbing. Through multiple viewpoints, we see the cause and effect of one terrible moment caught on video — what led up to it is just as troubling as what happened afterward. This book is well written — and despite the darkness was hard to put down.

By about the 3rd page, I was already sick to death of one of the narrator's overdone butchered English and smug crassness. But of course that sets you up for lots of change in the character as the book evolves. The book is about a young man who goes searching for the woman who saved his grandfather during WWII. The first-person narrator who opens the book is a "foil" of sorts, as the chapters from different viewpoints interweave with each other. One thing I really liked about this story was its nuances of what's real and what's fiction. The Ukrainian narrator alludes to shifting and "inventing" parts of the story, and some of the "historical" chapters by the other narrator are clearly fanciful.

I couldn't put it down and finished it in two days. I love the blend of narration, the puzzling out that the reader needs to do, the innocent child-narrator, and the story that presents one tale of the aftermath of without overdoing the drama. I love the characters that the boy meets in his journey, and I enjoyed the mystery of the key.

Nothing seems to turn out as you want it to, and yet it all does seem to resolve itself. Some of the book is quite unrealistic — a mom allowing her 9 yr old boy to wander the streets of NY for hours on end?? Improbable at best. A yr old man who is able to participate in some of those hours-long wanderings? Again, not likely. Esp when he more or less disappears later. Oops, was that a spoiler?? But I don't mind suspending my disbelief for a great book!

It is somewhat-loosely based on the author's childhood experience of her father's imprisonment in Iran, and the family's subsequent escape. This story follows the lives of individuals in one family caught in the middle of a revolution. It's well-crafted, and you get inside the perspectives of the father in prison, the mother's helplessness, the young daughter's subversive activity of her own and accompanying guilt , and the older son's passivity living in New York.

Yes, this is a human-in-love-with-a-vampire book, and no it's not my typical read! So, if you're done laughing yourself out of your chair that I'm reading a whole series about a girl who loves a vampire, let me explain A good friend recommended it, and I started reading them and found that the story line was lighthearted in an odd sort of way. Surprises along the way, and some fun, refreshing characters. The tone is very light, and there is absolutely nothing serious about these books.

They are the ones I bring when I'm exercising on the treadmill and need something relatively mindless. I'm starting to get fond of these characters now. Kind of like a soap opera I give them 2 out of 5 stars. Fun, but after a while they become — dare I say it?

Some "light" summer reading! Lyrical and quirky and informative about Baikal and Siberia and Russia. By the former producer of Living on Earth. Thoughtful consideration about what it means to be an environmental journalist. There were moments when I wasn't sure that Karen Armstrong ever had ANY friends - but all in all I found this an interesting account, and a more personal approach to some of her work on various religious traditions. Without Tolstoy's ponderous philosophizing. Grossman was the most famous Soviet war reporter, his mother murdered by the Nazis in their invasion of the western Soviet Union.

His novel takes on a vast cast of characters, interlinked by their connections to the Battle of Stalingrad. It's a novel about ideology and individual lives, but also about the Holocaust, state control of science, art and freedom and incredible heroism. My FYS loved it! Anything by Andrei Platonov that you can get your hands on - but only if it's translated by Robert Chandler.

And Platonov is the great unsung Russian writer of the 20th century, finally coming into his own. He was a true believer, an engineer who became a writer, with an uncanny ability to register the odd distortions of vision and verbiage that went along with the revolution. His prose is a kind of heartbreaking grotesque mysticism This is a fantastic novel that brings you into the life of an Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease patient - and beautifully demonstrates the struggles of the patient, her family and colleagues.

There's enough humor to make it light, and you just fall in love with the patient and her family. These are quite diverse suggestions but since I turned 50 on Tuesday, my memory only serves my most recent reads. If you are a fan of nutty dogs it is pretty funny! Champlain's Dream non-fiction by David Hackett Fisher. Finally, now everyone knows why I am so proud of being Irish! This novel describes the cultural differences a Chinese woman encounters when she moves to the U. As the book progresses, the reader actually "sees" her fluency in English develop. And finally for those who are interested in schools and teaching, Relentless Pursuit by Donna Foote summarizes the history of Teach for America as it profiles the experiences of first-year teachers in Los Angeles.

Engaging and thought-provoking read. It tracks 99 women who arrived in Australia in after being sentenced to "transport" in England and Wales. Some of them received life sentences for very minor crimes. It should be great reading for anyone with an interest in crime and punishment or Australia in general! I highly recommend either or both, though you are on notice: don't expect any familiar "North Atlantic" sensibility here, rather, be ready to encounter a distinctive moral universe! Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates A classic. Don't let the movie with Leo and Kate scare you off!

It's intense, well written and will make your head spin The Underground City by H. L Humes A big book that takes a bit of time to read. A fascinating, detailed novel set in France during and after WWII from the perspective of an American special ops soldier. The characters are very appealing, and the setting really takes the reader into the Native American cultures of Arizona and New Mexico. We will miss him. Two Rivers , by T. Suspense, love, and betrayal told in flashbacks is the story of a widowed father his daughter and an orphan. Nice gentle mystery that kept me entertained.

Double Bind , by Chris Bohjalian. Psychological thriller about a social worker and the homeless. There are characters brought in from the Great Gatsby era. I liked this authors book Midwives better but this was worth reading also. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. Strout is a Bates alumna and now a Pulitzer Prize winner! How can you not read this novel? It is a collection of short stories of people from a small town in Maine. You get insight of Olive in almost every chapter as she tries to understand herself and her life in painfully honest ways.

Margaret S. Wroblewski has written a powerful story around an inauspicious plot line, a mute boy whose family raises thoroughbred and well-trained dogs in rural northern Michigan. It is a kind of Hamlet story, with family betrayals and mis-communications, largely told from inside the mute boy's head and through lots of interaction with the dogs, a real trick for a writer. William H. Full disclosure: Bill Tucker was my Bates roommate and is one of my oldest friends. A psych prof at Rutgers, he has written three well-argued and for a non-scholar, readable books around the broad theme of individuals or organizations that claim to be doing unbiased social science when in fact they are advancing racist, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic or eugenic causes.

This new book on Raymond Cattell, a leading 20th century psychologist often regarded as the father of personality trait measurement, traces the scholarly dismay when Cattell, the author of hundreds of books, articles and standardized instruments for measuring personality, was found to be the author of a series of publications on racial segregation and eugenics. The partition of India as part of the end of the British empire created not only great suffering and violence, but one of the largest migrations in human history, with about 12 million people moving to get across national and religious boundaries that had not existed until the partition.

It is reasonably unusual to find a film and the novel on which it is based that are both top shelf, but true in this case. Dozens of voyages to North America. A slice of history of France and North America. A history of Franco Americans in Lewiston, Maine, from to , who subscribed to neither survivance maintaining their separateness nor assimilation erasing their heritage. They accomplished acculturation, becoming Americans, but retaining for a long time their identity. The human psychology of dealing with traffic. Considers the variation in different places in the U.

Treats questions such as whether you should merge early or late when a lane is closed ahead. Quotes statistics that show "dangerous" narrow streets with distractions are safer than "efficient" thoroughfares like Russell Street but maybe we knew this already. I have been meaning to send you this, excellent book about college girls who's identity got switched unintentionally at an accident scene where one died and one nearly so, months of recuperation The Last Lecture , by Randy Pausch, I may have put this on last year's list, but it is worth repeating.

It is so inspirational, it's a must! Not for everyone, but I love the series by J. Robb, Lt. Dallas, Homicide books, great if you love crime drama!! Happy reading But that's fine, because it's fascinating! There's also some great stuff on why male wood frogs all sing together, when only one really needs to in order for them all to attract females.

And he answers the question: Why do hummingbirds come north before many of the nectar-bearing flowers bloom? After I finish this book, I'm going to start in on his others. There are enough to keep me going for quite a while. A novel based in Maine. Amy Jaffe, Career Counselor. Humorous and observant, Delisle's treatment demonstrates that drawings with text can match solo prose, no sweat. Give me a comic book, please.

For fans of Patrick O'Brian's and C. These are the best humor from the "New Yorker" magazine. Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill, a book we read aloud to each other, is a powerful story of a young, intelligent, literate woman who is sold into slavery at the age of 12, and who is obsessed with being free and returning to her native village in West Africa for the rest of her life. We followed her through about sixty years of her life on three continents, with all the hardship, prejudice, and soul-wrenching pain of enslavement, which is often complicated by her abilities and intelligence which she must hide from her masters.

Freedom does come decades later, but it is a freedom in a world where only the force of her will and personality keep her surviving. The ignorance of even the "good" whites to the implications and cruelty of slavery become a vehicle for her to further her goal, but only as a tool of the abolitionists and often at the cost of her personal dignity. To a white authority figure who insists that she has "profited by being enslaved" and vehemently deny's slavery's cruel branding, she bares her old breast to show the brand she was given at Lawrence Hill has written a breathtaking book and created Aminata Diallo, a remarkable woman.

Both books deal with the everyday experiences of the life of civilians during a war. Greeks and Turks, some of each of whom are either Muslim or Christian, and most of whom happily rely on each other's religions when it suits their needs Muslim woman concerned for her soldier son asks her friend to "light a candle to the Virgin for me" , live together in simplicity and peace until WWI starts far away in Europe. Turks and Greeks are forced to choose sides in a war that has nothing to do with them.

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And then religion and nationalism imposed by others starts ethnic cleansing, forcing Greeks who don't speak Greek to leave Turkey for Greece, where they are shunned, and Turks are forced from Greece to Turkey. The small town life and ambiance is destroyed, the friends and fellow citizens scattered, and no one has a clue about what it is all about. A poignant, anti-war story, and for me a reminiscence of my time in Turkey and Greece. I recommend this book to anyone who still thinks that war is an answer to any problems, and to all who think that Muslims and Christians can't live in peace and harmony together.

It is tender and funny, and a sly critique of French social conventions. The book is a generally well written summary of his career and his opinions of and his involvement in the major health issues of our day. Written for a general audience, I learned a lot about retroviruses, oncogenes, stem cells, Congress, pharmaceutical companies, publishing companies, and open access journals.

Dark summit: the true story of Everest's most controversial season by Nick Heil N. Well, ten years later, in a world that is as ever totally unforgiving to careless humans, risky expeditions and unscrupulous outfitters have done it: eleven deaths, two abandonments, and recriminations galore.

What is the What? I'm on a mystery jag. A real delight. Great distractions. Grown Up Digital by Dan Tapscott. Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson This is the intriguing story of Trond, an aging, grieving man living in a self-inflicted isolation. He has given up his former life for a solitary existence partially out of a life-long yearning to be left alone, but mostly out of grief for the sudden death of his wife.

But when he realizes that his new neighbor is a figure from his past it triggers a host of feelings and memories that Trond has been trying to avoid for a long time, and in flashbacks we are taken back with him to the summer of his fifteenth year — a summer that forever altered the course of his life. Beautifully written and memorable! Based almost entirely on the life of Ines Suarez who lived from to , this is the historical fictional account of life in the 16th century and the birth of a nation.

Poor and nearly destitute, Ines had a rough life in Spain. Alone because her husband has left to make his fortune in the new world she eventually sets out to search for him. When she arrives Ines learns he has been killed. Determined to make a new life for herself Ines decides to remain in the new colony. Together they undertake the founding of the country of Chile. You will not be able to put this book down!

The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry The book starts when the main character, Towner, receives a call from her brother telling her that her something-year-old Great Aunt, a lace reader, is missing and she must return home to Salem, Massachusetts. The reading of lace had been a tradition of the all the women in their family, and Towner was no exception. Although she wants no part of it anymore, she loves her aunt and feels she has to face her bad memories and go home. Towner returns after being away for over 15 years and is immediately immersed in all the troubles of the past.

It is interesting to follow the writing of author Barry as she writes through the eyes of Towner, who sometimes lives in her dreams of the past. The story moves quickly as you try to determine if what Towner is thinking is real, or the memories from childhood twisted over time. Interesting information about lace reading and lots of surprises in this book!

All through the book, I felt: "I know these people. I know this town—maybe better than the people I really know, and the town where I really live. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett Jackson, Mississippi, in the early 60's—as seen through the stories of black "maids" in upperclass white households, written by a young white woman who has grown up in the culture and encourages the middle-aged women to tell her their stories.

The stories are powerful, chilling, and especially shocking to me, as a college student from the 60's. Perhaps reading it then would have made me more of an activist. Her involvement with characters who grow real though their letters and telegrams weaves a heartwarming story of love, quiet heroism, friendship, and loyalty over time. History: A Novel by Elsa Morante.

Never preachy, Morante forces us to see that we are always subject to political forces, even when we don't want to be. She won several awards for her novels and is one of Italy's premier authors. Wilson He came and spoke here. His book celebrates those moments when we are not quite right with the world and our lives, and when we are compelled to reflect and generate new ideas and new ways of being in the world.

The books follow the mysterious "Corporation" and its leader Juan Cabrillo. Cabrillo and his crew of mercenaries with a conscience are able to cross the high seas in their 'rusting' tub unmolested, seeking out those beyond the arms of the law and dealing out justice to any who would plot chaos on a global scale. It was probably on last year's recommended list. Here if you need me: A true story by Kate Braestrup.

A wonderful memoir by the chaplain to the Maine Warden Service.

His writing style is friendly and conversational, as though he is telling his story face to face with the reader. His story as a struggling actor making it into the limelight of celebrity carries you on a personal journey that is laced with comedy and sadness. With the pending release of yet another acclaimed movie, one may be interested to learn what life experiences made him the person and actor that he is today. An engaging story, memorable characters, and a dynamic writing style. And the extreme controversy surrounding the novel only makes it more appealing!

Four strangers are thrown together and are forced to live together and grow, learn, and develop together during troubling times. A very moving and deeply emotional story. The Brother Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky — A very long, very interesting Russian novel centering on the four Karamazov brothers and the murder of their father. It combines courtroom drama with mystery with many musings on man's place in the world and the existence or lack thereof of God. Gripping and powerful! Narrated by the ghost of the trip organizer who dies before the trip commences. This book includes a lot of historical fact regarding Burma.

A very engaging and interesting read. Each chapter is narrated by a different daughter. Another book that integrates the actual history of the Congo and its post-colonial history. Really fine, spare writing. Readers are transported to a small town in s Iowa, where we get to intimately understand John Ames, an old Congregationalist minister with a young second wife and a six-year-old son. Ames is dying of heart disease, and he is crafting a family history and memoir to leave behind for his boy. At the same time, he is feeling conflicted about how much he should say to his wife about a friend's son who left Gilead in disgrace but recently returned, befriending and bonding with his wife and son.

It is truly wonderful how the author gets inside the head of this year-old man and shares his thoughts as he is approaches the end of life, and the peace he wants to make with life. This novel won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in Here those insights are illustrated with examples from everyday life, business, and sport. An easy introduction to better strategic thinking.

I learned things in this book — about animals, about the different ways people think, about 'disorders,' and so much more — which, I think, will forever influence my own perspective on the world. It certainly has defended my desire for lots of hugs or squeeze machines — you'll know what I mean if you read the book! Water for Elephants , but Sara Gruen — This book sweeps you up, right along with its protagonist, onto the traveling circus train.

Boy's Life , by Robert McCammon — This book is filled with the magic of being young but also the realities of change and the passing of time. It takes place in a small, Alabama town, but every chapter is action and imagination-packed, from shoot-outs to dinosaurs. McCammon encourages nostalgia in the reader, not only for the innocence of childhood, but that time in history, not too long ago, in which people were sure that "the world'll always need milkmen.

Omnivore's Dilemma , by Michael Pollan — This might be a cliche choice, but, more than any other book, this has made me rethink my lifestyle. I like that Pollan not only presents the problems with our current food consumption, but offers more efficient solutions. The book is full of wellthought-out points and counter-points which force you to chew on your own daily decisions, as well as lots of tasty factoids. I just fine Pollan's writing so persuasive, and yet so honest and common-sensical. The Free Press, But whether she spoke up or not, we understand something about the shape of the marriage to come.

Angela tells her hilarious stories of being broke in college. Great comical detail and a fun read. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch You probably already have this suggestion, as it was a big seller this year. But this is an excellent book and a great graduation gift!

Highly recommended. Written in the first person plural go figure, but for a reason , it chronicles the lives of inmates at a New York TB sanitorium, hitting on class, immigration, anarchism, women in science, public health, power, and of course love, deception, healing landscapes, big meals, revenge: this book has everything! Go immediately to the College Store and buy it! The Elegance of the Hedgehog , by Muriel Barbery is a very different book but has some of the same themes about class, knowledge, and humanity.

Its protagonist is the concierge of a swanky apartment building in Paris who is compelled to hide her formidable intellect, till she is discovered by two other outsiders. A great book about why it matters to educate yourself. Life in a small Maine town told in a series of precise and unnerving stories.

Liz Strout has an uncanny ability to make you love and loathe a character at the same time: so lifelike! I wish I could remember the others I've read this year, but those are ones that stand out to me. She writes beautifully about her experiences as her family is resettled in Minnesota after the Vietnam War.

It is a very quick read that provides a glimpse into the lives of these young adults as they begin to make their ways here. It is an interesting take on the story, one you don't expect at all. It would be a great choice for a book group. On the darker side, though. It is the story of an autumn's adventures of a very quirky family of four young ages sisters and their dad. The characters are marvelous: quirky, like I said, and some nerdy, some obstinate, all well-meaning and very accepting of one another.

Lots of laugh-out-loud moments. He recommended I read it but be prepared. It's not for everyone, and it brings in the Columbine tragedy and images thereof in a big way, but if you like Lamb's other books, you should like it. I still think I like his previous one better. I also have been reading Such things are" : memoirs for change from Dadaab, Kenya and Lewiston, Maine , which I've enjoyed very much. I knew the other 2 kids had read it and that a movie had been made of it, but he piqued my curiosity, so I read it, quickly of course a treat in itself.

I liked it! With action ranging from New England in the early 's, to Haiti during Toussaint L'Ouverture's rebellion, to the Barbary Coast, this novel is fairly typical of Roberts' style. It is a little bit detective story, a lot of adventure and a little bit of romance, extensively researched with plenty of historical details.

Without futher delay,. It has adventure, history, politics, relationships, cultural revelations, self-discovery. What more could you want? Temple Grandin is autistic, and has her Ph. This book focuses on her ability to see the world as animals see it, and how that has made her a resource for the food production industry. It is a good look at the human side of veterinary medicine, from both the vet and owner perspectives. It will make you laugh and cry, and remember the true value of deep, sincere empathy. This would be a good book to read with or to a year-old-aspiring-vet type kid.

I've been on an escapist kick lately: Philip Pullman's Dark Matter trilogy who ever thought those were for kids? Academy vs. I also worked through some Orhan Pamuk, which is gorgeous but takes too much concentration to read when busy. I have been catching up on fiction so some of the following were on previous lists but worth repeating: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen-much more interesting than I imagined!

Russo humorous The Meadow by J. Here are some of the better, lighter ones! Made me laugh out loud at times, set in Ireland. The Shopaholic Series by Sophie Kinsella. Makes you laugh, sometimes you tire of the main character but not enough to stop reading They do refer back to characters and events. The Other Woman by Jane Green. Would you believe the Other Woman is the "Mother-in-Law? I stayed up too late reading these I have now chosen the works of Willa Cather.

If you like novels about everyday people from the past you will enjoy hers. All the books that I have mentioned are found in our library. I continue to enjoy the books written by Kathy Reichs I believe I have recommended her books in the past. If you like a little learning details of forensic investigative methods mixed with your intrigue, Kathy Reichs is an author you will enjoy! Three reads, one for when you want something wintry on a muggy day, two to celebrate the sheer delight of a summer day up here, one for sitting on the porch:.

Wintry: Judith Butler. New York: Verso, She makes sense and shame out of the grand ole USA declaring who has and does not have a grievable life. She brings into focus, and as grievable, the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens killed and covered up by our war. Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose. New York: Farrar, Staus and Giroux, Farrar, Straus and Giroux again, For the porch or armchair: Billy Collins.

Picnic, Lightening. Pittsburg: The University of Pittsburg Press, These poems anoint the ordinary with something like "a cold one. It's about Greg Mortenson, a true story of an American whose failed attempt to climb K-2 mountain resulted in another amazing journey of perseverance, sacrifice and international goodwill. What he did and is doing in Pakistan and Afghanistan provides a worthy alternative to wars and adversarial approaches. Charley Bonney, Financial Offices. I'm in a nostalgic mood - so here are my oldies but goodies.

Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo is a great piece of fiction writing, especially the character development. Spears inoltre interpreta il ruolo del capitano Jim Quirk nella serie di film Sex Trek , parodia di Star Trek , che ottiene un grande successo. Dopo avere lasciato definitivamente il settore nel , nel ha annunciato di essersi convertito al cristianesimo, rivelando di avere avuto seri problemi di droga a causa della sua carriera nel settore dei film per adulti. Altri progetti. Da Wikipedia, l'enciclopedia libera. Randy Spears. Altri progetti Wikimedia Commons.