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Sparrow Road

O'Connor, Sheila
Raine's mother moves her during the summer from St. Louis to an old mansion where artists do their art during the summer, and used to be an orphanage. Raine discovers a lot of secrets about the old mansion, and also the real reason her mother brought her to this place.

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5/2011

The Hawk That Dare Not Hunt By Day

O'Dell, Scott
Historical fiction of William Tyndale's attempts to have English language Bibles smuggled into England. But what does the title mean?

Words I Had To Look Up:

learned from the beadle (pg. 7) -- A minor parish official whose duties include ushering and preserving order at services and sometimes civil functions.
pretty much of a dizzard (pg. 8) -- A nitwit or blockhead.
a drink of braggart (pg. 8) -- Possibly slang for alcoholic drink that makes one boastful?
somewhat of an airling (pg. 28) -- A young, light, thoughtless, gay person.
gixies (pg. 45) -- Maybe young women. Can't find a definition, but Tamora Pierce uses it in her Beka Cooper series.
fustylugs (pg. 45) -- A fat and slovenly person(s) especially a woman.
got them bousy (pg. 76) -- Intoxicated; drunk; boozy
the sacristan (pg. 78) -- The sexton of a parish church.
count the reeves (pg. 115) -- A local administrative agent of an Anglo-Saxon king
In Clink (pg. 132) -- Now we know where that term came from!
a hundredtuns (pg. 136) -- In olden days an English ship's capacity was measured by the number of tuns of wine it could hold. Which is explained in the text. But how does it relate to "tons"?
a pact with dizzards (pg. 155) -- Dizzards again!
sent them by wherry (pg. 186) -- A long light rowboat made sharp at both ends and used to transport passengers on rivers and about harbors
a whole pipe of these bibles (pg. 179) -- A large cask of varying capacity used especially for wine and oil. With the bibles carefully liquid-proofed, inside.
a prebend, perhaps? (pg. 211) -- A stipend drawn from the endowment or revenues of an Anglican cathedral or church by a presiding member of the clergy; a cathedral or church benefice. In this case, King Henry VIII is making a joke.

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5/2013

The Finest Stories Of Sean O'Faolain

O'Faolain, Sean
These are probably perfectly good stories. After all, the guy is famous! They were interesting, but most didn't seem to have a conclusion. New York kind of stories, if ya folla me.

Words I Had To Look Up:

adumbrated (pg. 53) -- To foreshadow, suggest, disclose, or outline partially.
refulgence (pg. 53) -- Shining radiantly; resplendent.
bastable (pg. 75) -- An Irish cooking pot, comprising an iron pot with a lid, handles and three short legs, suspended by chains - Used in (for making bread) or over a turf fire.
presbytery (pg. 83) -- The house of a Roman Catholic parish priest.
sinecure (pg. 95) -- A position or office that requires little or no work but provides a salary.
assizes (-pg. 95) -- One of the periodic court sessions formerly held in each of the counties of England and Wales for the trial of civil or criminal cases.(and Ireland?
jakes (pg. 96) -- A latrine; a privy.
krall (pg. 96) -- A rural village, typically consisting of huts surrounded by a stockade.
sacristan (pg. 107 -- One who is in charge of a sacristy. A sexton.
sigillum (pg. 107) -- A seal. Not the animal kind!.
biretta (pg. 115) -- A stiff cap with ridges across the crown; worn by Roman Catholic clergy.
uremic fits (pg. 160) -- Uremia is a term used to loosely describe the illness accompanying kidney failure.
uncial (pg. 173) -- a style of orthography characterized by somewhat rounded capital letters; found especially in Greek and Latin manuscripts of the 4th to 8th centuries.
rath (pg. 199) -- A walled enclosure in Irish antiquity. A hill or mound (Ireland).
autorail (pg. 215) -- A French railroad vehicle, powered, capable of carrying passengers.
she saw a vis-à-vis crawling shiningly across the place (pg. 217) -- A small horse-drawn carriage for two people sitting facing each other, best I can figure.
Andrew Martins (pg. 225) -- Also andramartins. Irish slang for jokes and tricks, fooling around.
suspiration (pg. 225) -- A long deep breath, maybe a sigh.
scabrous (pg. 298) -- Dealing with scandalous or salacious material.
solus contra mundum (pg. 332) -- Latin, alone against the world.
a` fleur de tête (pg. 343) -- Goggle or cow's eyes.
Crawthumping (pg. 345) -- In Ireland, self-righteous public beating of the breast in a holier-than-thou type of way. An insult.
dolmen (pg. 360) -- A prehistoric megalithic tomb typically having two large upright stones and a capstone.

Quote:

"She has great titties, John," said Stevey coarsely, and she slapped his face for that... (pg. 13)

Quote:

"I believe Lady Godiva rode down Broadway wan time in her skin and everbody ran out in wild exictement to see the white horse. But if that be so what's this I hear about the bishops not wanting to see girls wearing cycling shorts?"
"Who would?" cackled Golden, and they went hard at it. (pg. 338)

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4/2009

Emily, Alone

O'Nan, Stewart
I enjoyed reading this recounting of the daily life of an elderly woman. There were no spaceships or battles, (it is not science-fiction!) just an old lady, a classy lady, examining the meaning of her life as events unfold. To be published March 2011, read the advance uncorrected proof.

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1/2011

Snow Angels

O'Nan, Stewart
Small town lives intertwine, and relationships go bad. Very moving, but the end was unsatisfying, to me. Sounds like the movie is a lot different from the book, but still good. I find I have already read another book by this author, so had to delete original post and add it again under the original author entry. If that makes sense!

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5/2013

Age and Guile Beat Youth, Innocence, and a Bad Haircut

O'Rourke, P.J.
A collection of O'Rourke's writings, from the 70s to the 90s. Lot's of very funny stuff I would like to remember. Especially liked the lacquer amphibians in Mexico story.

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7/2008

Freaky green eyes

Oates, Joyce Carol
Murder mystery story about Franky, a teen girl whose parents are not getting along. Her dad is abusive, but she does not let her self realize this until it is too late. A a bit of coarse language and such. A YA book.

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11/2009

Delirium

Oliver, Lauren
Love is illegal in future America, and Lena finds she has caught the disease. Recommended for middle school by a parent, I find too many f-bombs, and unnecessary ones at that. Otherwise I would add it to the collection, as it has some good messages.

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5/2013

Airborn

Oppel, Kenneth
Matt is a cabin boy on an airship and has a great adventure fighting pirates. Very good!

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3/2005

Skybreaker

Oppel, Kenneth
Matt has another adventure involving dirigibles, ornithopters, and Kate.

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7/2006

Dear Miss Breed

Oppenheim, Joanne
San Diego children's librarian Clara Breed wrote and sent books to the Japanese-American children that she knew who were removed to the camps during World War II. I like the book, but disagree with her characterization of the camps as 'concentration camps'.

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12/2010

The Library Book

Orlean, Susan
This is the best non-fiction book (that I can remember) that I have ever read. It is about the 80s fire at the Los Angeles Public Library Central, a bit of the history of the Library, and glimpses of the workings.

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7/2019

Cuba 15

Osa, Nancy
Violet is planning for her quinceanera that her abuela insists she should have. Interesting, funny. ALA Notable.

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5/2004

Where The Crawdads Sing

Owens, Delia
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was very easy to read, which to me means it was very well written. I've read a number of books by famous authors that are very choppy, it's like no one edited them. This flows very nicely. I learned a bit about marshes and North (It WAS North, wasn't it? I always forget!) Carolina. The ending/reveal, though. No spoiler, but I just don't believe it.

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5/2019

Wonder

Palacio, R. J.
Auggie has been home-schooled up to now, but this semester he going to start fifth grade in a regular school. Well, it's a private school, but it is going to be rough because Auggie has a birth defect that makes him look very scary to children. And adults. A really excellent book, I highly recommend it.

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8/2014

Brisingr

Paolini, Christopher
A very long book, but not as tedious (in the middle) as I was led to believe. I was not able to discern the tedious part, actually. I've thought the series is rather reminiscent of a poor-man's Tolkien, as it were, but then that makes it more accessible to a younger reader, too. I've certainly enjoyed reading it. There seems to be more humor in this, volume 3 of what is now a "cycle" instead of a trilogy. Or maybe I'm just more sensitive to it. I really enjoy the character of Angela. I wonder if there is any fan fiction about her?

Words I Had To Look Up:

Falchion (pg. 296) -- A type of sword, Google it yourself, but 'ware of story spoilers, do not tread my path, unto your doom!

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12/2008

Eldest

Paolini, Christopher
Eragon gets a make over.

Bad Words:


"No shit" -- pg 367
"Buggering the king himself" -- pg. 408

Quote:

"Barges? We don't want no stinking barges!" -- pg. 413

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11/2007

Eragon

Paolini, Christopher
Pretty darn good story of a boy and his dragon.

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9/2007

Inheritance

Paolini, Christopher
Finally I can put "Writ" to this series. My favorite character was Angela, and we find out very little more about her, but that little is very intriguing.

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3/2012

Bitter Medicine

Paretsky, Sara
A pregnant teen dies in the hospital, later the girls doctor is murdered, V.I. looks for answers!

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11/2000
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