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  • Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat by David Dosa, MD

    Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat (2010) by David Dosa, M.D. is not what I expected. I expected a heart-warming story, maybe with a little humor, about a cat on the floor that is devoted to Alzheimer’s disease within a nursing home. One summary of the book states “ the story of a unique nursing-home cat
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by HRevvdon@evpl on 03-19-2010
  • My Life in France by Julia Child

    Several months ago I read Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen (2005) and I also blogged about the book. I was less than impressed by the book – mostly because I felt that the author, Julie Powell, was disrespectful to Julia Child and most of the time the language was unnecessarily vulgar. When the film Julie &
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by HRevvdon@evpl on 03-12-2010
  • The Canterville Ghost and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

    A couple of years ago I spent Christmas week in Paris with a friend and one of the odd little walks we took was through Père Lachaise Cemetery. A fascinating walk through what seemed an ancient cemetery to my American eyes. You actually pick up a map of the graves. Amongst the common and famous interned there are Balzac, Maria Callas, Moliere
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by HRevvdon@evpl on 03-11-2010
  • The Associate by John Grisham

    John Grisham’s new book, The Associate (2009), is predictable Grisham, almost too predictable. The premise is good, the fast paced style is good, but the characters are not as fully developed or as interesting as you expect to get with a Grisham legal thriller. Kyle McAvoy is a Yale Law School student, editor of the Yale Law Review, who expects
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by HRevvdon@evpl on 02-22-2010
  • The Weed That Binds the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley

    Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce is my favorite new sleuth. I loved the first book, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (2009), so much that I think I have driven my friends and co-workers crazy talking about it. But I think a lot of them have read it and feel the same way. I found the book as an advanced reader’s copy and picked it up because
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by HRevvdon@evpl on 02-14-2010
  • The Music Room: A Memoir by William Fiennes

    The Music Room: A Memoir (2009) by William Fiennes is a memoir that is a portion of this man’s growing up with an unusual family dynamic and in an unusual environment. It is powerful, but not in the way so many growing up chronicles are; there is no abuse or substance abuse, there is a very normal family in which the eldest brother has severe
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by HRevvdon@evpl on 02-14-2010
  • The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

    Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s novels feature a very human hero and several cynical malevolent bad guys in sleazy film noir settings. They are ominous and foreboding. They are also well written and unpredictable. I finished reading The Angel’s Game (2009) last week; well actually I listened to a download from EVPL. I thought listening to it would help
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by HRevvdon@evpl on 02-14-2010
  • If you can't find the book you want...call ILL! Inter-Library Loan

    The Shoebox Bible (2006) by Alan Bradley is a gem. It is funny and touching, and difficult to locate! Bradley, a Canadian writer, is the author of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie ; one of my favorite books of 2009. I stumbled across an advanced reader’s copy and probably only picked it up because of the title. It is a wonderful story and
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by HRevvdon@evpl on 02-05-2010
  • Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

    Set in a small southern town, Beautiful Creatures (2009) revolves around Ethan Wate and Lena Duchannes. Ethan is born and raised in Gatlin and can’t wait to get out. He runs with the "in" clique and is a basketball star. Then Lena comes to town. Lena is an outcast from the start because she is not from Gatlin and she is different, she
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by HRevvdon@evpl on 02-03-2010
  • The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe

    The year is 1991 and doctorate student Connie Goodwin is looking for the subject for her dissertation. Connie is a student of early American history at an Ivy League university. Her mother, a native New Englander transplanted to Arizona where she reads auras, asks her to move to her grandmother’s old house in Marblehead to ready it for sale. The
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by HRevvdon@evpl on 01-16-2010
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