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Pigtown, A Novel

Caunitz, William J.
Gritty police procedural takes place in the Bronx involving Lt. Matthew Stuart. Very thorough, gritty.

QUOTE:

"How many ladies you dancing with these days?" "Four," Borrelli said proudly. "Doesn't it get complicated?" "Yeah, it does. But the problem is, I love 'em all." "What you gotta do is ask yourself which woman you want to spend the rest of your life cheating on."

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4/2001

Suspects

Caunitz, William J.
Lt. Tony Scanlon investigates the murders of his cop friend and a candy store owner.

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5/2001

Summerland

Chabon, Michael
A charming fantasy of baseball, airships, and faerie-myth. But mostly baseball. Two weeps. There is a 300 word sentence on pages 254-255 that I enjoyed very much, and read out loud to an unappreciative audience. There is a lot of reading here, and it's a 500 page book. Took me a couple weeks! Includes a map.

Quote:

"Oh, you always have a choice." Coyote said. "That's another little fun feature of life you can put down to me, if you like."

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12/2007

Telegraph Avenue

Chabon, Michael
A couple of guys who run a used record store in Oakland are being threatened by a mega-store owned by a former football star who owns a zeppelin.

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8/2013

Yiddish Policemen's Union

Chabon, Michael
Odd that I can't come up with a smoke quote from this book, since smoking is so prevalent in the story. So, does he get the girl?

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12/2007

The School Of Good And Evil

Chainani, Soman
Book one of a trilogy, two girls are kidnapped by The Schoolmaster to be students at his school. One girl is assigned to Good, and the other to Evil. Both girls think they are in the wrong group. A long (488 p.) book that didn't really ever catch my interest, although it has a great deal of love on Goodreads, and quite possibly will be a movie.

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1/2016

Postcards From No Man's Land

Chambers, Aidan
Jacob travels to Amsterdam to visit the grave of his grandfather who died in World War 2. A very interesting and reflective book with observations on homosexuality, love, assisted suicide, and family relationships. The last line was cracked me up.

Words I Had To Look Up:

rekening (pg. 44) -- The bill
prockled Dutch over his head (pg. 111) -- No relevant defintions. To proke (poke) a wart? I think not! Maybe they "poked" Dutch above his head while he ate.
chunder (pg. 131) -- To puke or vomit. Whst's the difference?
amotopian fantasy (pg. 199) -- Can't find a definition, but I think it means "utopian".
vrede forever (pg. 204) -- Peace.
kaneel stroop pannenkoeken (pg. 205) -- Cinnamon, syrup, pancakes. As explained in the text.
panini (pg. 247) -- Sandwiches. By the way, "panera" means bread box in Spanish.
mijn hele leven zocht ik jou om eindelijk gevonden te weten wat eenzaam is (pg. 272) -- Babelfish.com says it means my whole life I searched for you finally found what lonely
lacrioso (pg. 272) -- Sadly, tearfully.

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3/2009

A Closed And Common Orbit

Chambers, Becky
I learned why Pepper is name that (probably), but not sure about Blue. Maybe in the next book? Really good!

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7/2019

Record Of A Spaceborn Few

Chambers, Becky
Third and maybe last book in the Wayfarer series. Really good!!

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7/2019

The Galaxy, And The Ground Withing

Chambers, Becky
Final volume of the Wayfarer series. God Damn best book I've read in a long time! Not much space ship stuff, and only one human pops in near the end, but this is a story full of love. Which is something I'm not usually comfortable reading about. But I loved this!

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7/2021

The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet

Chambers, Becky
The adventures of the good ship Wayfarer and her crew. There is some funny stuff here, but every so often there is some seriously thought provoking stuff to think about. I am enjoying the series very much. This book is the first in a series of which the third book is a Hugo nominee for 2019.

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6/2019

The Paris Library

Charles, Janet Skeslien
Really good story of the American Library in Paris during World War II intertwined with events in the life of a girl growing up in small town Montana during the 1980s. I enjoyed it very much.

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7/2021

Adios muchachos

Chavarria, Daniel
Alicia is a, well, a hooker, in Havana who uses a bicycle with a trick broken pedal to entice gentlemen into helping her. Pretty good story, a little too much sex details in some parts.

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6/2007

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

Chbosky, Stephen
A high school freshman recounts the school year in a series of letters he addresses to someone who doesn't know him. I liked the first two-thirds very much (some weeping), the last third somewhat less. Maybe I was trying to read too much in one day. Much requested in by middle school students, and is in the collection of eight of our middle schools, but I am thinking to send this copy off to the high school.

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2/2014

In The Middle Of Somewhere

Cheaney, J. B.
Ronnie and her ADHD brother Gee go on a trip around Kansas with their estranged grandfather in his RV. Very enjoyable. Has a map!

Words I Had To Look Up:

snap-brim hat (pg. 197) -- A hat having a flexible brim, usually turned down in front and up at the back.

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6/2009

Utterly Me, Clarice Bean

Child, Lauren
While Clarice is quite taken with the heroine of the adventure/mystery series she is reading, she doesn't seem to notice the mysteries around her.

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8/2008

Crazy In Alabama

Childress, Mark
Funny story about a woman who murders her husband, and her nephew who witnesses racial problems in Alabama in 1965. Rated "R" for violence, langauge, sexual situations.

SMOKE QUOTE:

Lucille discovered how depressing it is to smoke a cigarette in the back of a squad car with your wrists cuffed so you have to rest elbows on thighs and bring the cigarette to your lips with both hands.--pg. 301

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6/2001

Gone For Good

Childress, Mark
70's folk rock star gets stoned while flying his plane to a gig, crashes somewhere in Central America.

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6/2001

Al Capone Does My Homework

Choldenko, Geniffer
Moose's apartment on Alcatraz catches fire while he is baby-sitting his sister Nat. They escape, but how did the fire happen? Did Natalie start it? Questions to be answered. Natalie is such an amazing girl, and Moose is an amazing brother.

Quote:

"Four, four, four," she mutters under her breath.

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11/2013

Al Capone Does My Shirts

Choldenko, Geniffer
Boy moves to Alcatraz with his guard father, mother, and autistic sister. A touching story. Two weeps.

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2/2004
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