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A Year Down Under

Peck, Richard
A city girl spends a year with her country grandmother. A most excellent book.

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4/2005

Fair Weather

Peck, Richard
Three children and their irascible grandfather travel to Chicago for the 1893 exposition. Good and funny! Some nifty pictures of the White City.

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11/2009

The Teachers funeral

Peck, Richard
Russell plans to run away to South Dakota to harvest wheat, but his father and sister Tansy have other plans. A very enjoyable story of life in rural Indiana in 1904.

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3/2007

A Marriage Made At Woodstock

Pelletier, Cathie
Hippie wife Chandra leaves accountant husband Frederick.

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3/2001

The Bubble Reputation

Pelletier, Cathie
Woman copes with suicide of sig. other., amidst her bizarre relatives. Very funny!

QUOTE:

"Another metaphor, Miriam," he said sweetly. "How many does that make now, in these forty years? Two? Three?"

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3/2001

Better Than Life

Pennac, Daniel
Read out loud to people, then they will want to read. Includes the Bill Of Rights for Reader's. Looks good. .

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8/2000

Penryn Boys

Penney, Frederick
Growing up in the town of Penryn, not all that far from Folsum, California, back in the 1970s.

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6/2013

Still Life

Penny, Louise
Chief Inspector Gamache heads to a small village south of Montreal to investigate a murder. OK story. I inferred from the story that Robin Hood used a recurve bow, which ain't right, but upon re-reading the passage I may have mis-inferred that.

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3/2017

The Fencing Master

Perez-Reverte, Arturo
A teacher of fencing in the 1800's is confronted with a perplexing quandry. Good story, in the style of the author. Better (and shorter) than The Nautical Chart, I thought.

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1/2002

The Nautical Chart

Perez-Reverte, Arturo
Search for a sunken treasure of emeralds. Lots of nautical lore. Reviewed in Booklist July 2001 pg. 1951.

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12/2001

All Alone in the Universe

Perkins, Lynne Rae
A teenage girl has relationship problems with her best friend. A excellent little book. Interesting reader comments on Amazon.com

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1/2006

Execution Dock

Perry, Anne
Mystery takes place in London in the 1860s or so. Monk of the River Police chases after child (male)pornographer and probably (male) pedophile Jericho Phillips. Because while it is immoral to be a pedophile of females, it's illegal to be a pedophile of males.

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8/2011

Population: 485

Perry, Michael
The author is a volunteer fireman in his hometown. Lots of interesting anecdotes, not so much philosophical stuff as Truck.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Elegiac (pg. 44 ) -- expressing sorrow often for something now past.
Otiose (pg. 116 ) -- 1. being at leisure; idle; indolent. 2. ineffective or futile. 3. superfluous or useless.
Plangent (pg. 176 ) -- Having an expressive and especially plaintive quality.
MIke Magnuson (pg. ) -- Author of Lummox.
Valsalvian reaction (pg. ) -- "When a person forcefully expires against a closed glottis, changes occur in intrathoracic pressure that dramatically affect venous return, cardiac output, arterial pressure, and heart rate. This forced expiratory effort is called a Valsalva maneuver." From Cardiovascular Physiology Concepts by Richard E. Klabunde, Ph.D.
Thurls (pg. ) -- The hip joint in cattle.

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1/2009

Truck : A Love Story

Perry, Michael
Pretty philosophical story of the rebuilding of the author's International truck. Except that it is mostly NOT about that, it's about his love life, friends, gardening, cooking, and family. But it's about the truck, too.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Baudelaire (pg. 233) -- French poet/writer, symbol of literary decadence.
Derrida (pg. 242) -- French philosopher, founder of deconstruction. Died 2004.
Ameliorism (pg. 251) -- "Meliorism" is the belief that the world tends to improve and that humans can aid its betterment, so adding an "a" must make it the opposite.
Sequelae (pg. 254) -- A secondary result, sequel.
Smoked redhorse (pg. 273) -- A kind of fish.

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1/2009

The Complete Idiots Guide To Geocaching

Peters, Jack W.
Very informative book about geocaching. Learned a couple of things, esp., there is a cache on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean. Cool!

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6/2010

Gifts Of Blood

Petry, Susan
Finally bought this book. Seven stories from the Varkela series. My favorite has always been Leechcraft. Two other stories included, one of which is about a spider that lives in a lute.

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5/2010

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5/2012

Flambards

Peyton, K. M.
Christina, an orphan, is sent to live with her uncle Russell and his boys at their country place, Flambards. Son Mark loves the hunt, William dreams of flying. Loved the Masterpiece Theater adaption, enjoyed the series when I read it years ago, and enjoy this coming-of-age tale again.

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6/2011

Pennington's Last Term

Peyton, K. M.
"Penn" doesn't get on at school, except for music and sports. I enjoyed reading it, and the author's drawing, too.

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12/2012

Life As We Knew It

Pfeffer, Susan Beth
Miranda, a teen-age girl in Pennsylvania, records the changes in her life when an asteroid-hit Moon changes its orbit. Gets pretty bleak, and the diary style wasn't very exciting for me. By page five I decided I was bored, but I read the WHOLE THING, and it was worth reading. Good survival advice in there, too.

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2/2008

The Dead & The Gone

Pfeffer, Susan Beth
You can tell which sister is going to die, the noble, heroic, religious one. Poor Beth, you could see it coming, couldn't you? Oh, wait, wrong book. Alex is going to Catholic high school in New York when the asteroid hits the moon and knocks it a bit askew in this companion to Life As We Knew It. He tries to take care of his two sisters, but things just get worse and worse.

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9/2010
20 books displayed
[Abadzis- Alcott] [Alcott- Anderson] [Andreae- Atkinson] [Atkinson- Ballard] [Balliett- Barnard] [Barnard- Barnhill] [Barr- Barr] [Barrows- Bear] [Bear- Beaton] [Beaton- Beattie] [Beattie, editor- Black] [Black- Block] [Block- Borchert] [Bosch- Brennert] [Brillant- Bryson] [Bryson- Bujold] [Bujold- Card] [Card- Card] [Card- Chabon] [Chabon- Clancy] [Clancy- Coakley] [Coben- Cole] [Cole- Collins] [Collins- Connelly] [Connelly- Cook] [Cook- Cornwell] [Cornwell- Crais] [Crais- Crumley] [Crumley- Cussler] [Cussler- David] [Davidson- Dickinson] [Dickinson- Dorsey] [Dorsey- Duane] [Duble- Elkins] [Elkins- Evanovich] [Evanovich- Fairstein] [Fairstein- Ferris] [Ferris- Flanagan] [Flanagan- Ford] [Forester- Francis] [Francis- Francis] [Francis- Francis] [Francis- Gaiman] [Gaiman- Gash] [Gash- Goldberg] [Goldberg- Grafton] [Grafton- Gratz] [Graves- Grennan] [Griffin- Grisham] [Grisham- Haldeman] [Haldeman- Hall] [Hallinan- Harte] [Hartwell- Heinlein] [Heinlein- Heller] [Heller- Hepler] [Herbert- Hess] [Hess- Hiaasen] [Hiaasen- Hobb] [Hobb- Horowitz] [Horowitz- Ibbotson] [Ibbotson- Johansen] [John, and Travis S. Taylor- Kaminsky] [Kaminsky- Kellog] [Kellog- King] [King- Klise] [Klise- Kurland] [Kurson- Lasky] [latham- Lee] [Lefcourt- Lescroart] [Lescroart- Little] [Lobel- Lu] [Lubar- Macleod] [MacPherson- Marcinko] [Marcinko- Mass] [Mass- McBain] [McBain- McCrumb] [McCrumb- McNally] [McSwigan- Miles] [Millard- Moore] [Moore- Muller] [Mulligan- Nimmo] [Nimmo- O'Brian] [O'Brian- O'Brien] [O'Brien- Palacio] [Paolini- Park] [Parker- Parker] [Parker- Parker] [Parker- Paulsen] [Paulsen- Peck] [Peck- Pfeffer] [Pfeffer- Powell] [Powell- Pratchett] [Pratchett- Pratchett] [Pratchett- Pronzini] [Pronzini- Pynchon] [Queenan- Rehder] [Rehder- Riordan] [Roach- Rose] [Rose- Russell] [Russell- Savin] [Sawyer- Schmidt] [Schmidt- Scottoline] [Scottoline- Shaffer] [Shames- Sijie] [Silverberg- Smith] [Smith- Spinelli] [Spinelli- Steinhauer] [Stephens- Stross] [Stross- Sweeney] [Tapply- Thompson] [Thorp- Turtledove] [Turtledove- Van Draanen] [Van Draanen- Voltaire] [Waldman- Wells] [Wells- Westlake] [Westlake- Wilks] [Williams-Garcia- Woodruff] [Woods- Zusak] 

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