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The Penderwicks

Birdsall, Jeanne
A charming story of a family on summer vacation. "Four sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting boy."

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1/2016

The Seven Wonders Of Sassafras Springs

Birney, Betty G.
A boy finds out that his small town is more interesting than he thought. I liked this book a lot!

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5/2015

The Big Loop

Bishop, Claire Huchet
Andre wants to race in the Tour de France. A pretty good book, with nice illustrations. Pub. in 1955.

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11/2002

The Readers Of Broken Wheel Recommend

Bivald, Katarina
A woman travels from Sweden to a very small town in Iowa to visit her pen-pal. Turns out her friend just died. What now? Very excellent story, I just loved it!

Quote:

Why would anyone prefer banknotes to book? -- pg.288

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12/2016

Trout Pool Paradox

Black, George
I KNOW I read this book, but for some reason it's not listed! It was published in 2004. History of three rivers in Connecticut and how they each developed differently. Really good! Non-fiction! Save the rivers!

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2007

Tithe: A Mondern Faerie Tale

Black, Holly
Kaye finds she there is a reason she feels alienated, it's not just teen angst. Good story, too much cussing for middle school!

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5/2012

Nothing's Sacred

Black, Louis
Comedian Louis Black recounts his life, mostly high school and college. With nifty pictures.

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11/2013

Lorna Doone

Blackmore, R. D.
A Scottish romance, I guess. I'm forcing myself to read it because I like the cookies. Hope it comes in as handy on "Jeporady" as "My Antonia" by Cather did!! Update: Boy, this book is boring, I mean, written in dialect!! Can I cheat and read Masterplots? Update: I gave up trying to read it! Gave up 11/1998.

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No date

The Shakespeare Stealer

Blackwood, Gary
Widge is conscripted to attend a performance at The Globe and copy down the text of the play, for a competitor, like. Stuff happens. Good story, I am looking forward to another in the series.

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6/2014

A Drop Of The Hard Stuff

Block, Lawrence
Matt recounts an old case to Mick Ballou, about a childhood friend, Jack "High-Low" Ellery, who turned to crime.

You can certainly tell the difference between an excellent writer and an average writer, although I don't know how to describe it. Block is an excellent writer.

Words I Had To Look Up:

the house's standard lagniappe (pg. 107) -- A small gift given with a purchase to a customer.
terpin hydrate fog (pg. 135) -- An expectorant, commonly used to loosen mucus in the setting of acute or chronic bronchitis, and related conditions.

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11/2011

All The Flowers Are Dying

Block, Lawrence
Matthew Scudder helps a friend find who her mysterious boyfriend is. Oh, and, surprise, there is a serial killer on the loose. Same guy?

Words I Had To Look Up:

more of a coriolanus. (pg. 264) -- Oh, man, I'm searching and searching, and then it hits me...it's a pun!!!

Quote:

...and she'd put on some cologne, a floral scent that blended imperfectly with the smell of cigarette smoke. (pg. 34)

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7/2008

Cinderella Sims

Block, Lawrence
Published in 1958 under a pseudonym, this little piece of soft-core porn has some good stuff, but I really don't like the main characters. I closed my eyes during the dirty parts.

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7/2010

Enough Rope

Block, Lawrence
A collection of eighty-some stories. Most really good, some not so.

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5/2004

Even The Wicked

Block, Lawrence
Matthew Scudder investigates a killer nicknamed "Will".

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9/1998

Everybody Dies

Block, Lawrence
Matthew Scudder and "Mick" Ballou are the targets of someone. Seems like everybody around them is getting murdered!

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Years ago an old cop name Vince Mahaffey tol me what to do when someone gives me money. "Take it," he said. "and put it away and say thank you. You could even touch your cap if you're wearing one."

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"So that he grew up hating me. Well, don't they grow up in Belfast hating the English? And don't the Proddy kids grow up hating the Holy Father? 'F[***] the Queen!' 'Nah, nah, f[***] the Pope!' F[***] 'em both, I say, or let 'em f[***] each other." He drew out his pocket flask and sweetended his coffee. "They grow into good haters if you teach them early enough."

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7/2000

Hit And Run

Block, Lawrence
Keller is set up as the assassin of the governor of Ohio.

I forgot how heartless these people were until the murder of the Witnesses. That hit too close to home.

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6/2010

Hit list

Block, Lawrence
Keller finds he is being hunted by another hit man who is trying to corner the marker.

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12/2005

Hit man

Block, Lawrence
Very interesting eposodic story about, well, a hit man.

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10/2001

Hope To Die

Block, Lawrence
Matthew Scudder investigates the death of a couple who happened to be at the same concert he and Elaine were at.

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6/2002

Small Town

Block, Lawrence
Various people in New York interact in various ways, including murder. I felt a lot of pity for the murderer. Takes place after 9/11. Some rather pornographic sex scenes.

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7/2003
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[Abadzis - Alcott] [Alcott - Anderson] [Anderson - Asimov] [Atkins - Backman] [Baker - Barnard] [Barnard - Barnes] [Barnes - Barr] [Barr - Beanton] [Beanton - Beaton] [Beaton - Beaton] [Beaton - Bingle] [Birdsall - Block] [Block - Bond] [Bonham - Box] [Brackenbury - Bryson] [Bryson - Bujold] [Bujold - Caldwell] [Caletti - Card] [Card - Carson] [Carter - Chbosky] [Cheaney - Clancy] [Clare - Coben] [Coben - Colfer] [Colfer - Combat] [Conklin - Connelly] [Connelly - Cook] [Cook - Cornwell] [Cornwell - Creech] [Crew - Crusie] [Crusie - Cussler] [Cussler - Davidson] [Davidson - Dickson] [Dilloway - Dorsey] [Dorsey - Duncan] [Duncan - Elkins] [Elkins - Evanovich] [Evanovich - Fairstein] [Fairstein - Ferris] [Fforde - Flanagan] [Flanagan - Forester] [Forrest - Francis] [Francis - Francis] [Francis - Francis] [Francis - Gaiman] [Gaiman - Gash] [Gash - Going] [Gold - Grafton] [Grafton - Grant] [Grant - Greer] [Greer - Grisham] [Grisham - Haddix] [Haldeman - Hall] [Hall - Harland] [Harper - Heinlein] [Heinlein - Heinlein] [Heinlein - Henry] [Henry - Hershon] [Herzog - Hiaasen] [Hiaasen - Hillerman] [Hillerman - Holm] [Holman - Huff] [Huff - Jemisin] [Jemisin - Jones] [Jones - Kaminsky] [Kaminsky - Key] [Khoury - King-Smith] [King-Smith - Konigsburg] [Konigsburg - Kurson] [Kushner - Larsson] [Lasky - Lee] [Lee - Lescroart] [Lescroart - Lindsay] [Linsdau - Lowry] [Lowry - MacDonald] [Mackintosh - Mankell] [Manley - Martine] [Martini - Matthews] [Maupassant - McCall Smith] [McCammon - McCullers] [McCullers - Meluch] [Meluch - Monninger] [Montgomery - Moore] [Moore - Muir] [Mull - Nicholson] [Nimmo - Norton] [Norton - O'Brian] [O'Brian - O'Faolain] [O'Nan - Paretsky] [Paretsky - Parker] [Parker - Parker] [Parker - Paterson] [Patrick - Paulsen] [Paulsen - Pelletier] [Pelletier - Philbrick] [Philbrick - Powell] [Poyer - Pratchett] [Pratchett - Pratchett] [Pratchett - Pronzini] [Pronzini - Queenan] [Radlauer - Rehder] [Rehder - Riordan] [Riordan - Roosevelt] [Rose - Russell] [Russell - Sagan] [Salzman - Scalzi] [Scalzi - Scott] [Scott - Sedgwick] [See - Shields] [Shriver - Sloan] [Sloan - Sontag] [Soto - Stark] [Stark - Stephenson] [Stephenson - Stross] [Stross - Summy] [Swanson - Teague] [Telsep - Turner] [Turtledove - Valente] [Van Allsburg - Varley] [Varley - Watson] [Watson - Wells] [Wells - Westlake] [Westlake - Wilks] [Williams-Garcia - Woodring] [Woodring - Zahn] [Zevin - Zusak] 

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