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The Search For Delicious

Babbit, Natalie
A very enjoyable little read about a young boy who is tasked by the king to poll the each person in the kingdom as to what they think is delicious. Mayhem ensues!

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10/2013

Ship Breaker

Bacigalupi, Paolo
I read this last year and forgot to enter it, I guess. I had to look up the circulation history to find the date. I enjoyed reading this dystopian story.

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2/2012

The Drowned Cities

Bacigalupi, Paolo
A companion to Ship Breaker (which I read, but doesn't seem to be on this list! YET!!), we find out what happens to Tool, and meet a couple of new characters. There's a lot of blood and violence. A lot! But it's a well-written story and I enjoyed reading it.

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10/2013

A Man Called Ove

Backman, Fredrik
You wouldn't think a book about a crabby old man trying to killing himself after his wife dies would be funny, would you? But I found a lot of humor in this book, and a very high weeping-to-pages ratio. Five stars!

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7/2016

Beartown

Backman, Fredrik
In Beartown, hockey is everything. This story was very emotional reading for me.

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Ramona refuses to let anyone say that he died; she says he left her, because that's how she sees it. Like a betrayal. -- pg. 105

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Ramona pours herself a glass of whiskey. Breakfast is, after all, the most important meal of the day. -- pg. 109

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12/2017

Britt-Marie Was Here

Backman, Fredrik
Britt-Marie goes to a small village for a job managing a recreational center. I'm not sure how far she got at the end, it's up to her.

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4/2017

My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry

Backman, Fredrik
I'm not sure I got everything out of this story that the author intended, but it was a pretty darn good read. Now I gotta get the sequel.

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The mightiest power of death is not that it can make people die, but that it can make the people you left behind want to stop living. -- pg. 220

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"There are seven books, Dad. And eight films," says Elsa carefully. -- pg. 360

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12/2016

Mi Moto Fidel

Baker, Christopher P.
Motocycling and sex in Cuba. Non-fiction. Interesting takes on Castro and communism.

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5/2001

Deliver Us From Evil

Baldacci, David
Some guy from one secret group is sent to kill a former KGB mass murderer, and some woman from another secret group is sent to kill the same former KGB mass murderer.

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Wings -- Too many places to list...

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10/2016

Major

Balf, Todd
Biography of the the great bicycle champion Major Taylor.

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6/2012

Super-Cannes

Ballard, J. G.
Paul, recovering from an airplane accident, moves to the super business park of Eden-Olympus when his physician wife accepts a job there. She is replacing a, as it happens, former lover who killed several people there, and was in turn, shot to death. Paul is intrigued by the mystery of why this happened.

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1/2013

Chasing Vermeer

Balliett, Blue
Two kids solves a mystery involving a missing Vermeer painting. Read 1/2005

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1/2005

The Calder Game

Balliett, Blue
Calder goes to England with his father, sees a Calder sculpture, which gets stolen, and Calder disappears! Did I mention the Calder exhibit in Chicago? Interesting, has puzzles, maps, pictures.

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6/2008

The Danger Box

Balliett, Blue
Zoomy comes into a mysterious notebook which seems to have something to do with Charles Darwin. Someone is trying to steal it. Zoomy and his friend try to figure out why. Excellent story!

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2/2011

Wright 3

Balliett, Blue
Petra, Tommy, and Calder solve the mystery of a Frank Lloyd Wright house in Chicago. I still dont get pentaminos, but it is a pretty clever book. It did occur to me that living in the house, as a child, would possibly create unrealistic expectations about life. How about that?

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1/2007

No Time For Goodbye

Barclay, Linwood
Teenage girl wakes up in the morning, finds her family is GONE! No trace of them to be found. Now she is an adult, and weird stuff is happening! Very absorbing, I stayed up WAY to late into the morning reading it. Read the Readers Digest Condensed version.

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...piece-of-crap telescope.

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5/2008

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4/2011

Freedom -- Credos from the road

Barger, Sonny
Thought this would look good on the book list. Wondered what Sonny has been up to since I read Hunter S. Thompson's book back in 1970 or so. So we got fifty rules here for living a full and succesful life, or even your own biker organization. Favorite: At booksigning telling kids not to smoke, using hole in his throat to illustrate why.

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3/2006

Abarat

Barker, Clive
Candy Quackenbush, who hates her life in, get this, Chickentown, travels to the magical land of Abarat, which seems to suit her much more, except for all the beings trying to kill, maim, and/or overpower her. Vol. 1 of who knows how many? Not a bad story.

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10/2006

Days of magic, nights of war

Barker, Clive
Candy Q. is still in Abarat, or is it THE Abarat, I'm not sure, getting into mischief, or rather, since she is the good guy, as it were, foiling the plans of the bad guys. There's another book coming? Yikes! I read the hardcover with the color illustrations, I would recommend YOU read that edition, too!

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11/2006

A City Of Strangers

Barnard, Robert
The awful Phelan family is moving up in the world. Good story.

VOCABULARY FOR TODAY:

Parturition

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7/2000
20 books displayed
[Babbit- Barnard] [Barnard- Barnard] [Barnard- Barr] [Barr- Baum] [Beagle- Beaton] [Beaton- Beaton] [Beaton- Belzer] [Bender- Block] [Block- Bodeen] [Bodeen- Bova] [Bowen- Brooks] [Brown- Bujold] [Bujold- Burroughs] [Buzzell- Buzzell] 

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