The big house : a century in the life of an American summer home

by George Howe Colt

Reviewer Rating:
5

A sprawling, weathered summer estate on Cape Cod takes center stage in this beautifully written, bittersweet memoir. Part biography, part social history, The Big House relives the glory days of privileged Boston Brahmins and boyhood summers spent by the sea. A great read for the landlocked.

Chicken soup for the grieving soul : stories about life, death, and overcoming the loss of a loved one

Reviewer Rating:
0

This is one of the best books I have read that speaks to people that are dealing with the death of a loved one. It doesn't try to teach or preach on how to go through the grief process. The stories of how everyday people have dealt with their grief...

Confessions of a master jewel thief

by Bill Mason

Reviewer Rating:
5

The book jacket describes this as "the astonishing true story of a high-society cat burglar." The timing of this memoir was dictated by the statute of limitations, which finally ran out on Mason's last heist. This is a real page-turner, describing not only the highs of pulling off complex jobs,...

The girl with the golden bouffant : an original Jane Bond parody

by Mabel Maney

Reviewer Rating:
5
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Jane Bond is back at it again in this campy sequel by Mabel Maney. This time, Jane (Agent 007 1/2) will be in America keeping her brother's alcoholic, woman crazed image in good repair while Jane's girlfriend, Bridget learns how to turn on an oven. See Jane get kidnapped by...

Bless me, Ultima

by Rudolfo A Anaya

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0

I've been reading this book every summer since I was 15. Bless Me, Ultima follows Antonio from his mother's skirts to school and everywhere between. Antonio is an inquisitive young boy whose fortune (read at birth) predicts that he will become a man of great learning, but at a price....

Pieces of April

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5
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Not just another funny, feel-good, look-how-miserable-my-family-is Thanksgiving flick. It has all that but also manages to show the true pain families can inflict as well as the deep human need for family connection. It is funny, too.

Soldier's girl

Reviewer Rating:
5

The tragic tale of a young soldier who falls in love with a transgendered nightclub performer. Based on actual events, this is a story about the army and the devastating implications of "Don't ask, don't tell;" but ultimately it is a love story. Nuanced performances by Troy Garity as Private...

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