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Giotta's Hand

Pears, Iain
An art history mystery. The amazon.com reviews sound very little like the books I read.

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12/2001

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9/2012

The Adoration Of Jenna Fox

Pearson, Mary E.
Teen girl wakes up from coma, finds out she isn't all she thinks she is.

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12/2012

The Academy

Pearson, Ridley
Steven "Steel" Trapp in invited to attend his FBI father's alma mater prep school where he finds mysterious goings-on going on.

Weirdness:

...a group of car batteries had collected, all but one dead. (pg. 46) -- A pile of dead car batteries in their living space, plus one recharged by a solar cell? Hydrogen gas, anyone?
For a moment there was no sound in the room, except for a vague humming from the battery. (pg. 52) -- I don't like the sound of that!
The girls wore stretch-fabric bike shorts...(pg. 139) Were they PADDED bike shorts? Sorry, pet peeve,
He reach the rebar ladder leading up into the chapel... (pg. 184) -- I thought in was STEPS back on page 169.
Mrs. D. could then buy them two of same make and model [radio], allowing them to listen in on everything said between the staff. (pg. 212) -- As long as they are set to the same frequency, which could be one of AT LEAST dozens. Not that hard to figure out with a scanner and frequency counter, but then one wouldn't need the same brand and model now, would one? Or just use a scanner!
"Do you have any clue what we're supposed to be doing in Boston?", he asked. (pg. 289) -- Boston? BOSTON? First I've heard of it!.

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12/2010

The Tattooed Man

Pease, Howard
Todd Moran goes to sea to rescue his brother. Good story, written in 1926, some unfortunate racial slurs.

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5/2005

Night Boat

Pease, Howard
Seven stories in the Tod Moran Mystery series. Tod is third mate on the steamer Araby. Good stories, for what they are. The last story, Black Out, takes place in San Francisco during a blackout in WWII. I thought it interesting that prejudice and discrimination against Americans of Japanese and Italian heritage is mentioned, since this was copyright 1942.

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5/2007

A Long Way From Chicago

Peck, Richard
Each summer Mary Alice and her brother visit their grandmother in Ohio. Charming, a weep at the end, for me.

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1/2012

A season of gifts

Peck, Richard
Bob moves into the house next to Mrs. Dowdel. Good Christmas story.

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12/2009

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
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- Cline] [Coakley- Cohen] [Cohen- Collins] [Collins- Connelly] [Connelly- Constantine] [Constantine- Cornwell] [Cornwell- Crais] [Crais- Crombie] [Cronley- Cussler] [Cussler- Dashner] [Dashner- DiCamillo] [Dick- Doohan] [Dorsey- Drake] [Draper- Elkins] [Elkins- Ephron] [Eszterhas- Fairstein] [Fairstein- Ferris] [Ferris- Flanagan] [Flanagan- Flynn] [Foer- Fox] [Francis- Francis] [Francis- Francis] [Francis- Funke] [Funke- Garrigue] [Gash- Goffard] [Going- Grafton] [Grafton- Grant] [Grant- Greenwald] [Greer- Grisham] [Grisham- Haddix] [Haddix- Hall] [Hall- Harris] [Harrison- Heinlein] [Heinlein- Heley] [Heley- Henry] [Henry- Hess] [Hess- Hiaasen] [Hiaasen- Hirsch] [Hitchcock- Holt] [Holt- Hulme] [Hunter- Jenkins] [Jennings- Kadohata] [Kaminsky- Kandel] [Karr- Kienzle] [Kienzle- Kinney] [Kirby- Kostyal] [Kowal- Larson] [Larson- Leckie] [Leckie- Leonard] [Lescroart- Lichtman] [Liebster- Lowry] [Lowry- MacDonald] [MacLachlan- Marcinko] [Marcinko- Martini] [Marusek- McBain] [McBain- McCaughrean] [McCrumb- McDonald] [McGuire- Meyer] [Meyer- Moon] [Moon- Mosley] [Moss- Nicholson] [Nicholson- Norton] [Norton- O'Brian] [O'Brian- Oates] [Oliver- Paretsky] [Paretsky- Parker] [Parker- Parker] [Parker- Patterson] [Patterson- Pears] [Pears- Perry] [Perry- Pohl] [Pope- Poyer] [Poyer- Pratchett] [Pratchett- Pronzini] [Pronzini- Pullman] [Pullman- Reeve] [Reeve- Ringo] [Ringo- Rodman] [Roll- Rucka] [Rushdie- Sachar] [Sachar- Scalzi] [Scalzi- Scott] [Scott- Sebold] [Sedgwick- Shriver] [Shulman- Sloan] [Smith- Sparks] [Specht- Stark] [Stark- Stewart] [Stewart- Stroud] [Stroud- Taylor] [Taylor- Trevino] [Trevor- Urrea] [Ursu- Vande Velde] [Vande Velde- Wambaugh] [Wambaugh- Westlake] [Westlake- Westlake] [Weyn- Wodehouse] [Wodehouse- Yep] [Yolen- Zusak] 

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