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Marlene’s September Book Reviews

AUDIO: Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo. I kept thinking that I needed to stop listening to this story with so many characters that were pitiful, so full of self-doubt and self-loathing.  It was not a happy book at all!  But I couldn’t give up on a Russo novel as he is one fine writer and […]

Ode to the Locking GasCap

I was driving down the freeway through my town the other day and my eye was unexpectedly drawn to a gas station on the frontage road. I realized it was because my sister was pumping gas! She is easily recognizable with her straw hat, long braid and flowing skirts…but it was that whole subconscious thing […]

Robin’s September Book Reviews

Key for my personal rating system: (I noticed Marlene and I differ on our ratings! I would recommend a 3.0 and she has cautioned…just be aware we are not on the same page with our star systems and yes, that was supposed to be funny) 5.0 – A book I will never forget, will quote, […]

Boxes full of bags

I love my re-useable grocery bags and have used them for years (my mother, Roberta, makes wonderful bags) but the other day as I was taking cardboard to the recycling bins I realized there was a problem. A bit of history for young folks, memories for those my age. First there was the brown paper […]

Marlene’s August Book Reviews

Ratings: 1-5, 5 = must read 4= good read worth your time,  but not a blockbuster 3=it’s not great, but it’s not bad, cautious recommend 2= some merit but only if you have nothing else to read 1=don’t bother   AUDIO BOOKS: The Readers of Broken Wheel by Katarina Bivald.  Delightful light read for book […]

Book Club: The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie

The summer break is over and book club met once more. Our list for August (Gloria’s choices) was wonderful and when you read my monthly reviews you will see that I read all the other books on the list as well. The Portable Veblen (a strange title as I had no idea what in the […]