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Mary of Bellingham
Mary of Bellingham
by Anneke Campbell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 26.46
11 used & new from CDN$ 4.44

5.0 out of 5 stars a BIG story, June 30 2004
This review is from: Mary of Bellingham (Hardcover)
MARY OF BELLINGHAM is a delightful & thought-provoking read about virginity & immaculate conception, cloning & DNA manipulation, faith & morality, UFOs & alien invasions, religious sleights of hand & spiritual innocence, mental illness & emotional healing, being a child & growing up.
One of the best stories about the miracle of birth, our expectations about salvation, our fears about failure, our search for relevance, & our enduring love of a mystery.
Rebeccasreads highly recommends MARY OF BELLINGHAM as a must read for anyone expecting a child -- woman or man -- teenager or adult -- OB/GYN or nurse. It is pregnant with passion, comedy, fear & redemption. Anneke Campbell's people are real & recognizable -- warts, love of life, greed, infidelity, yearnings, religious fervor, questionings, hope & all.
Could not put it down!

Lessons from the Gypsy Camp
Lessons from the Gypsy Camp
by Appell Elizabeth
Edition: Hardcover
9 used & new from CDN$ 2.95

5.0 out of 5 stars a raw & exciting story, June 30 2004
LESSONS FROM THE GYPSY CAMP is not at all what you think it will be - a pretty, mild little book. It stares without blinking at the times (1950s) in a small American town, dysfunctional families & strangers; recreates prejudices without excuses, & describes danger, death, lying, cheating & meanness among children & adults, without flinching. It offers, throughout, glimpses of redemption by kind thinking & courage.
Rebeccasreads highly recommends LESSONS FROM THE GYPSY CAMP as a memorable & gripping tale of a 10 year-old girl in a world of trouble, where community prejudice & conspiracy abound. She must learn about personal responsibility & the consequences of choosing to do the wrong or right thing.
Impossible to put down!

How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life
How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life
by Peter Robinson
Edition: Hardcover
37 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars a young man's hero, June 24 2004
No matter your politics HOW RONALD REAGAN CHANGED MY LIFE is worth reading, worth learning from. Peter Robinson has a fluency & articulateness that is both charming & informative. What he has to tell, to teach, is eminently useful as we go about our lives earning our quota of daily bread, & perhaps most importantly, how to live a fully savored & flavored life.
Rebeccasreads highly recommends HOW RONALD REAGAN CHANGED MY LIFE as a keeper. A book every young professional could do with reading. It is profound & humorous, interesting & whimsical, filled with vignettes & cameo appearances, history & philosophy...all written with a light touch.

A River Away
A River Away
by Marilyn Dungan
Edition: Paperback
7 used & new from CDN$ 4.42

5.0 out of 5 stars 'twas a bloodcurdling time!, June 24 2004
This review is from: A River Away (Paperback)
Rebeccasreads highly recommends A RIVER AWAY as a lusty series of vignettes, with some luscious romance, & a passel of Revolutionary War stories from 1773 through 1807.
Telling the stories around the artifacts Marilyn Dungan unearthed, she breathes life back into a thrilling, frontier era. I do hope she acquires an audiobook version of A RIVER AWAY, because it will translate to the spoken word excellently.

A River Away
A River Away
by Marilyn Dungan
Edition: Paperback
7 used & new from CDN$ 4.42

5.0 out of 5 stars 'twas a bloodcurdling time!, June 20 2004
This review is from: A River Away (Paperback)
Rebeccasreads highly recommends A RIVER AWAY as a lusty series of vignettes, with some luscious romance, & a passel of Revolutionary War stories from 1773 through 1807.
Telling the stories around the artifacts Marilyn Dungan unearthed, she breathes life back into a thrilling, frontier era. I do hope she acquires an audiobook version of A RIVER AWAY, because it will translate to the spoken word excellently.

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tollerance Approach to Punctuation
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tollerance Approach to Punctuation
by Lynne Truss
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 18.18
147 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars punctuation explained...at last!, June 8 2004
Rebeccasreads highly recommends EATS, SHOOTS & LEAVES if:
...you love the English language.
...you are perplexed by apostrophes.
...you are in a coma about commas.
You will find some fine, comedic history about where these squiggles came from & their current usage, on either side of The Pond. Ellipses, colons, semi-colons & hyphens, et al also get a thorough explanation.
EATS, SHOOTS & LEAVES is an amusing diatribe, written in a conversational & informative voice which won't translate to an audio version because you have got to SEE the punctuation, to believe it!
The most pervasive culprit for making our mad grammatical mistakes is our attempts at brevity, & Lynne Truss has a load of 'em. Trying to say in three words what needs to be said in five, we add commas & apostrophes all over the place, regardless of plurals, contractions or possessiveness...& sometimes we even carve 'em in stone!
Fun & informative, Lynne Truss will have you in stitches &, she hopes, more aware of how carefully we need to flavor our language with these motes of meaning!

The Narrows
The Narrows
by Michael Connelly
Edition: Hardcover
72 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

4.0 out of 5 stars Bosch is back!, June 8 2004
This review is from: The Narrows (Hardcover)
FBI Agent Walling & retired Harry Bosch each get phone calls which draw them into murders with links to their pasts.
For Agent Walling, exiled to the Dakotas after Robert Backus, a serial killer known as The Poet, almost killed her & got away. This time a GPS unit has been mailed to her care of the FBI. An agent she mentored a decade ago calls her & she flies to the Mojave Desert where a mass grave has been found. There she is ordered into a spectator role, & when Bosch turns up, she is sicced on him, to find out what he knows.
For Bosch, he must investigate the death of an ex-partner who died of heart failure out at sea, where the hope of rescue was minimal. Trouble was Terry McCaleb had healthily survived six years as a recipient of a heart transplant. Why did his autopsy printouts show no sign of the anti-rejection meds he religiously took each day? & why was the GPS unit in his charter boat stolen? Bosch begins to go through McCaleb's computer files to find a series of photos taken of his ex-partner's family which he could never have taken...& then he finds a photo of a mystery man. It is, however, a crumbled receipt under the driver's seat in McCaleb's auto which sends Bosch out into the Mojave Desert.
Written from the killer's, Agent Walling's & Bosch's points of view, THE NARROWS skitters across the landscape of Nevada & California as The Poet draws the two veteran investigators closer & closer into his web of evil.
Rebeccasreads recommends THE NARROWS as a satisfying thriller.

Omega
Omega
by Jack Mcdevitt
Edition: Hardcover
31 used & new from CDN$ 1.98

5.0 out of 5 stars grand space opera, June 7 2004
This review is from: Omega (Hardcover)
Jack McDevitt just doesn't serve you a meal, he offers you a spectacle, a fascination, a characterization with thrills & spills on every page, & always an irresistible storyline that makes you burn the midnight oil.
Rebeccasreads highly recommends OMEGA for a spellbinding dream of a sci-fi space opera! Grand stuff!

Brave Men, Gentle Heroes
Brave Men, Gentle Heroes
by Michael Takiff
Edition: Hardcover
21 used & new from CDN$ 3.81

5.0 out of 5 stars listening to our Veterans, June 1 2004
Rebeccasreads highly recommends BRAVE MEN, GENTLE HEROES as a treasure. Warriors telling their memories, fathers & sons thinking about the time that defined their lives. A unique weaving around specific aspects of their experiences & memories, complete with photographs, historical contexts & commentary by Michael Takiff, whose father fought in WWII.

Losing Plum Blossom
Losing Plum Blossom
by Eleanor B. Morris Wu
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Taiwan revisited, May 31 2004
This review is from: Losing Plum Blossom (Paperback)
LOSING PLUM BLOSSOM offers a multitude of insights into Oriental charisma, obsessions with purity of bloodlines, as well as intrigue & religion, their attitude about gaijin - Westerners/foreigners, & love itself!
Rebeccasreads recommends LOSING PLUM BLOSSOM as an epic saga of passionate & lengthy prose of the lives & thoughts of one woman & two men, as well as a superb glimpse into the history of Taiwan few readers in the world have yet heard: from the Ching dynasty, through Japanese colonialism to Nationalist rule & its Golden Age in the 1960s & 70s.

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