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Little Women (Signet Classics)
Louisa May Alcott
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Added: 1/6/2012

The Secret Garden
Frances Hodgson Burnett
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Added: 1/6/2012

Heidi
Johanna Spyri
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Added: 1/6/2012

Elsie Dinsmore
Martha Finley
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Added: 1/6/2012

Little House on the Prairie
Laura Ingalls Wilder
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Added: 1/6/2012

Nancy's Mysterious Letter (Nancy Drew, Mystery Stories, Book 8)
Carolyn Keene
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Added: 1/6/2012

Sleepover Sleuths (Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew #1)
Carolyn Keene
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Added: 1/6/2012

Nancy Drew Mystery Stories 1-64 (Nancy Drew)
Carolyn Keene
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Added: 1/6/2012

Judy Moody (Book #1)
Megan McDonald
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Added: 1/6/2012

Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt
Megan McDonald
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Added: 1/6/2012

Good Job, Kanani (American Girl) (American Girl Today)
Lisa Yee
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Added: 1/6/2012

The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition
Lewis Carroll
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Added: 1/6/2012

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Naxos Classic Fiction)
The Lost World
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Added: 1/6/2012

Lost World & Other Stories (Wordsworth Classics) (Wordsworth Collection)
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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Added: 1/6/2012

The Land That Time Forgot
Edgar Rice Burroughs
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Added: 1/6/2012

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 100th Anniversary Edition (Books of Wonder)
L. Frank Baum
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Added: 1/6/2012

Kidnapped 
Robert Louis Stevenson
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Added: 1/6/2012

Kidnapped (The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson Valima Edition Series Volume 9)
Robert Louis Stevenson
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Added: 1/6/2012

Around the World in 80 Days
Jules Verne
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Added: 1/6/2012

The Complete Anne of Green Gables Boxed Set (Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island, Anne of Windy Poplars, Anne's House of Dreams, ... Rainbow Valley, Rilla of Ingleside)
L.M. Montgomery
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Added: 1/6/2012

Anne of Green Gables (All Aboard Reading)
L. M. Montgomery
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Added: 1/6/2012

The Call of the Wild & White Fang (Vintage Classics)
Jack London
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Added: 1/6/2012

The Call of the Wild
Jack London
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Added: 1/6/2012

The Call of the Wild (Aladdin Classics)
Jack London
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Added: 1/6/2012

The Annotated Peter Pan (The Centennial Edition) (The Annotated Books)
J. M. Barrie
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Added: 1/6/2012

Peter Pan: Centennial Edition (Signet Classics)
J. M. Barrie
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Treasure Island
Robert Louis Stevenson
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Peter Pan (100th Anniversary Edition)
J. M. Barrie
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Added: 1/6/2012

Alice in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
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Added: 1/6/2012

The 39 Clues Book 1: The Maze Of Bones - Library Edition
Rick Riordan
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Added: 1/6/2012

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Unabridged Classics)
Jules Verne
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Added: 1/6/2012

The Magnificent Ambersons
Booth Tarkington
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Added: 12/8/2011

The Three Musketeers (Signet Classics)
Alexandre Dumas père
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Added: 7/15/2011

The Bostonians (Oxford World's Classics)
Henry James
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Added: 7/15/2011

The Age of Innocence (Oxford World's Classics)
Edith Wharton
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Added: 5/1/2011

The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Added: 5/1/2011

Persuasion (Barnes & Noble Classics)
Jane Austen
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Added: 3/7/2011

The Adventures of Oliver Twist
Chapman And Hall;Charles Dickens;George Cruikshank
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Added: 3/7/2011

Pride and Prejudice (Penguin Classics)
Jane Austen
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Added: 6/6/2010

Sense and Sensibility
Jane Austen
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Added: 4/6/2010

Don Juan (Cliffs Notes)
Dougald B. Maceacher
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Added: 2/20/2010

Why Did It Have To Be Snakes: From Science to the Supernatural, The Many Mysteries of Indiana Jones
Lois H. Gresh;Robert Weinberg
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Added: 2/11/2010

Wrapped in Crochet: Scarves, Wraps, & Shawls
Kristin Omdahl
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Added: 2/8/2010

Scaramouche (Volume 2 of 2) (EasyRead Large Bold Edition): A Romance of the French Revolution
Rafael Sabatini
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Added: 2/8/2010

Tunisian Crochet: The Look of Knitting with the Ease of Crocheting
Sharon Hernes Silverman
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Added: 1/18/2010

Exciting Crochet: A Course in Broomstick and Tunisian Crochet
Muriel Kent
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Added: 1/18/2010

Spark Notes Silas Marner
George Eliot;SparkNotes Editors
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Added: 1/18/2010

Silas Marner (Signet Classics)
George Eliot
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Added: 1/13/2010

Free Stuff & Good Deals for Folks Over 50 (Free Stuff & Good Deals series)
Linda Bowman
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Added: 1/12/2010

Practical Happiness: A Young Man's Guide to a Contented Life
Bob Schultz
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Added: 1/12/2010

Invitation to the Classics (Masterworks)

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Added: 1/12/2010

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance - Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!
Jane Austen;Seth Grahame-Smith
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Added: 1/12/2010

Super-Cute Crochet: Over 35 Adorable Animals and Friends to Make
Nicki Trench
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Added: 1/12/2010

Kids Learn to Crochet
Lucinda Guy
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Added: 1/12/2010

Pemberley: Or Pride and Prejudice Continued
Emma Tennant
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Added: 1/5/2010

Vickie Howell's Pop Goes Crochet!: 36 Projects Inspired by Icons of Popular Culture
Vickie Howell
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Added: 1/4/2010

Beyond-the-Square Crochet Motifs: 144 circles, hexagons, triangles, squares, and other unexpected shapes
Edie Eckman
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Added: 1/4/2010

Crochet Workshop: The Complete Course for the Beginner to Intermediate Crocheter
Emma Seddon;Sharon Brant
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Added: 1/4/2010

Jelly Yarn
Kathleen Greco;Nick Greco
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Added: 1/4/2010

Wuthering Heights (Penguin audiobooks)
Emily Bronte
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Added: 1/3/2010

Wuthering Heights
Emily Bronte
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Added: 1/3/2010

A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens
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Added: 1/2/2010

The Civil War Cookbook
William C. Davis
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Added: 1/2/2010

The Cause Lost: Myths and Realities of the Confederacy (Modern War Studies)
William C. Davis
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Added: 1/2/2010

Taste for War: The Culinary History of the Blue and the Gray
William Davis
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Added: 1/2/2010

Three Roads to the Alamo: The Lives and Fortunes of David Crockett, James Bowie, and William Barret Travis
William C. Davis
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Added: 1/2/2010
 
 
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A Christmas Carol
Date Posted: 1/2/2010 | Go To Book Page

What a great audiobook! Jim Dale, who also performs the Harry Potter audiobooks, does an incredible job on this audiobook. He makes the characters and situations come alive in the imagination. The small size (three disks, at one hour long per disk) is perfect for family listening before bedtime. The only downfall is that it was a bit confusing to hear a house elf's voice (from Harry Potter) as one of the three ghosts in this production. Other than that, this one's a keeper.
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Beyond-the-Square Crochet Motifs: 144 circles, hexagons, triangles, squares, and other unexpected shapes
Date Posted: 1/13/2010 | Go To Book Page

I just picked this book up at the library and am really looking forward to seeing what it offers. I've been looking for easy afghan patterns that go beyond the traditional granny squares. (Who wants to be compared to a granny?) I'm currently working on a giant square afghan and am looking for a hexagonal pattern in the near future. Maybe this book has just what I'm looking for! Update: I've glanced throughout this book and have found it to be quite helpful. It has given me several ideas for a geometric project I'm currently working on, as well as reminding me of the basics that I sometimes forget. I love the bright colors used in the illustrations, too. Although I may never use any of these motifs, I have the feeling that I'll be disappointed in not having this book around as a reference tool after it's due back at the library.
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Crochet Workshop: The Complete Course for the Beginner to Intermediate Crocheter
Date Posted: 2/8/2010 | Go To Book Page

So far (I only started reading this book today), it is an enjoyable read. It is also separated into six workshops, so you can strengthen your crochet skills (from beginning to intermediate) as you go along. I look forward to completing some of these projects--in particular, the cardigan and dress combo.
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Don Juan (Cliffs Notes)
Date Posted: 2/20/2010 | Go To Book Page

This is great! I didn't use Cliff Notes in high school, but it sure saved me the time of deciphering a 16 part, 358 pages long poem that is written in stanzas of eight lines each. Whew!

Although I'll probably read Canto XIII (which is supposed to be one of the best parts of the poem), this pamphlet gave me just what I needed to understand what is supposed to be one of the best pieces of poetical literature in the English language. Since I enjoy Lord Byron's "She Walks in Beauty", I am looking forward to reading it more in-depth.
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Exciting Crochet: A Course in Broomstick and Tunisian Crochet
Date Posted: 1/18/2010 | Go To Book Page

I am interested in tunisian crochet and this book includes that (along with broomstick crochet). It looks interesting, but the pictures show mostly outdated/old-fashioned items--and I'm more of an on-the-edge kind of crochet gal. We'll see if this book makes the whole tunisian crochet process easy or difficult.
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Free Stuff & Good Deals for Folks Over 50 (Free Stuff & Good Deals series)
Date Posted: 9/19/2011 | Go To Book Page

Who says I can't look at this for my parents?
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Invitation to the Classics (Masterworks)
Date Posted: 1/18/2010 | Go To Book Page

I saw this on another website and thought it might help with the book club. Update: This is a great book, filled with lots of insight as to both the authors and their stories. It is different in that it is written from a Christian viewpoint (which I enjoyed). However, as it doesn't cover the first three books that our book club is reading, I have to return it to the library. If Dickens, Austen, or other classic writers come around, I'll probably check it out again.
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Jelly Yarn
Date Posted: 1/4/2010 | Go To Book Page

This book has some cute and creative projects that preteen girls will probably find delightful. However, it focuses on working with vinyl yarn--the problem being that I don't have access to vinyl yarn, nor do I want to work with it (it's a bit hard to keep the tension steady when working with it). So, even though the projects are creative and extremely bright-colored (glow-in-the-dark, even), it's just not for me.
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Kids Learn to Crochet
Date Posted: 1/12/2010 | Go To Book Page

This little ditty is great for kids who want to learn to crochet--plus the simple instructions and clear photographs make it easy for even adults to learn. What I don't like about it is the tendency to have a bit of British sayings/tone (but that is easily overcome).
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Pemberley: Or Pride and Prejudice Continued
Date Posted: 1/5/2010 | Go To Book Page

I'm not much for sequels, so this might be better than I thought. The opening line is absolute genious, but the closing line is a weak tie-in between fiction and Austen's real-life thoughts on the characters. It is an interesting read, but it also seems to re-hash many of the ideas presented in the original. I didn't care much for that, as I'm happy to let the original stand as it is. (Having short chapters was a plus, though.) Try it for yourself and see what you think.
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Practical Happiness: A Young Man's Guide to a Contented Life
Date Posted: 2/2/2010 | Go To Book Page

Update (Jan. 2010): This is a good read, but more for an older child (like a young teenager). I'll pick it up in a couple of years. The author spoke at the 2008 Illinois Christian Home Educators Conference. While I did not attend that conference, I have heard his name mentioned in a few different circles as a great author that parents of boys really ought to know. I'm hoping that after reading this, I will have some more insight into encouraging my boys to live, as the subtitle says, "a contented life".
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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance - Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!
Date Posted: 1/18/2010 | Go To Book Page

I briefly skimmed this a few months ago, but picked it up recently anyway. Perhaps I'll delve into it more in a bit--but I doubt it. Update: I briefly skimmed this again this past week. What a waste! Even the discussion questions are riffing on this classic. The bottom line is this: if you love P & P and want to see a modern, unconventional update of it, then this could be a great book for you. If, however, you are like me and do not like seeing the classics tampered with, then this book stinks. Enough said.
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Scaramouche (Volume 2 of 2) (EasyRead Large Bold Edition): A Romance of the French Revolution
Date Posted: 9/19/2011 | Go To Book Page

I'm looking forward to rediscovering Monsieur Scaramouche soon!
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Sense and Sensibility
Date Posted: 9/19/2011 | Go To Book Page

I like this book, although it is not my favorite Austen. I think that the passion versus composure issue is relatable, although probably not in quite so black-and-white a view as Austen presents.



I must admit that I rated it a bit lower than it could have been rated, simply because it was so upsetting that the characters were not open with each other and just *talked* about the issues. There was no reason for Elinor to stand by while her wannabe boyfriend's girlfriend threw it in her face--and don't get me started on the inappropriateness of Marianne and Willoughby not actually figuring out if they were engaged or not. (Look, honey:  if you're going to *act* like you are, then you should *actually* be engaged.)



Otherwise, it is an enjoyable book with the typical Austen happy ending.

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Silas Marner (Signet Classics)
Date Posted: 2/2/2010 | Go To Book Page

Feb. 2010: Loved, loved, loved this book! The themes of redemption, community, and taking responsibility for your actions were wonderful. (I also got a kick out of the fabric arts featuring prominently in it.) I didn't like all the religious superstitions, though. And I found the accent/dialect far easier to understand than Joseph's in Wuthering Heights! I would gladly own this book. Jan. 2010: I've never read this book before, but the blurb makes it sound intriguing. I'm hoping to find a new (book) friend in Silas Marner and to appreciate a new author in George Eliot. Update: I'm starting to read this short, power-packed book. I think I'm really going to like it and am grateful for having been introduced to it.
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Spark Notes Silas Marner
Date Posted: 1/18/2010 | Go To Book Page

What a disappointment! This certainly is a thorough book, but even a casual skimming of it spoils most of the surprises in the novel itself. (The cast of characters list alone told me more than I wanted to know.) It does seem to redeem itself, however, with the discussion questions and various insights it offers--but peruse those only after you've actually read this short novel!
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Taste for War: The Culinary History of the Blue and the Gray
Date Posted: 1/2/2010 | Go To Book Page

What--a whole book on the food aspects of the Civil War? What kind of crazy person would write (or read) that? Apparently someone who realizes that, as Napoleon stated, "an army marches on its stomach". This book was a wonderful surprise in that I expected it to be quite boring. I mean, really--food and the Civil War? I was pleasantly surprised in reading how hungry stomachs lead to certain situations in the Civil War armies, whether the soldiers were in the field or in a POW camp. It made me appreciate the realities of the Civil War experience much more and I highly recommend this unusual book.
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The Cause Lost: Myths and Realities of the Confederacy (Modern War Studies)
Date Posted: 1/2/2010 | Go To Book Page

This was one of the best books I've read in a long time. I must admit that, before last year, I was a newbie when it came to the Civil War. I knew only what was taught in my U.S. History class and had probably forgotten more than I cared to remember. This book gave me an incredible perspective on the Southern side of the war, which I had not had the opportunity to delve into before. The book shared unique perspectives on Jefferson Davis' reluctance to ever be wrong (which was possibly related to his wife's death after only three months of marriage); what "Stonewall" Jackson's personality was really based on (his quirks don't seem so quirky anymore); what made "Stonewall" a man of mythic proportions ("Stonewall's gonna get you!" is something I tease my children about now); the "forgotten" wars west of the Mississippi, which were particularly blood-thirsty; and why Robert E. Lee actually worked well with President Davis, when no one else could (he had Davis figured out: communicate with him constantly, don't talk with the press, and don't argue with him publicly). So much information in such a small book!
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The Civil War Cookbook
Date Posted: 1/2/2010 | Go To Book Page

If you are looking for a cookbook that relates authentic Civil War recipes that you can recreate yourself (if you actually want to do so), then this is the book for you. Hardtack, anyone?
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Three Roads to the Alamo: The Lives and Fortunes of David Crockett, James Bowie, and William Barret Travis
Date Posted: 1/2/2010 | Go To Book Page

This was good, although long. I enjoyed gaining a different perspective of the "heroes of the Alamo": Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, and Capt. Travis. It helped me appreciate how God moved in these men's lives--as well as the lives of the Texans whose freedom they were fighting for--in ways that could be measured all the way to the Civil War. Cool.
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Tunisian Crochet: The Look of Knitting with the Ease of Crocheting
Date Posted: 1/18/2010 | Go To Book Page

Now this book I like! It has great, easy-to-follow illustrations and some clever projects. I think I'll dive into this book after I finish my next crochet project. (I'm looking forward to it.)
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Vickie Howell's Pop Goes Crochet!: 36 Projects Inspired by Icons of Popular Culture
Date Posted: 1/4/2010 | Go To Book Page

I love this book! It is a hip, quirky blend of pop culture and unique crochet projects that I'm excited to explore. Although I won't be making the Angelina Jolie boot/pump covers any time soon, the Gwen Stefani plaid cardigan is a possibility. The Esther Williams-inspired bikini is something I've wanted to tackle for awhile and the Shirley Temple shoes will be a welcome gift for a favorite little girl. Crochet on!
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Why Did It Have To Be Snakes: From Science to the Supernatural, The Many Mysteries of Indiana Jones
Date Posted: 2/11/2010 | Go To Book Page

I originally chose this book from the library for my children. However, it has proven to be a great adult read. It explains the origins behind much of the Indy lore, which I appreciate. I also appreciate how it explores whether some of the situations, people, or creatures featured in the movies would even be possible in real life. (For example, there are native cultures much like the ones depicted in the first and second movies. And, yes, they do find out that those snakes featured towards the end of Indy 1 are possible.) What I don't like about it (and why it didn't receive a higher rating) is that some of the fact-finding seems a bit one-sided. (That is something I don't appreciate.) Overall, though, it's an enjoyable book for those who can wade through the religious commentary and form an independent opinion.
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Wrapped in Crochet: Scarves, Wraps, & Shawls
Date Posted: 2/8/2010 | Go To Book Page

I love the sumptuous pictures in this crochet book! Although I wouldn't necessarily make some of these projects (I'm not a fan of projects that are too lacy across the shoulders), I do appreciate the author's use of beautiful designs. It would be a joy to make and wear some of these designs!
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Wuthering Heights
Date Posted: 1/18/2010 | Go To Book Page

I'm looking forward to reading this great classic! Update: I'm somewhere around chapter five of part two and enjoying it quite a bit. True enough, Heathcliff and Catherine's selfishness drives me nuts, but the book is a character study of many different characters. I'm finding it hard to resist and am looking for excuses to "calm down" and read this book. Second update: I finished this book yesterday morning, after having saved the final chapter for the quiet of a Sunday morning. Loved the book, but was frustrated at Cathy and Heathcliff's attitudes. I think this book should be renamed Pride, Selfishness, and Revenge. (Ugh.)
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Wuthering Heights (Penguin audiobooks)
Date Posted: 1/18/2010 | Go To Book Page

I'm looking forward to listening to this at night, after the kids go to bed. It will be a good selection to crochet along with. Update: I didn't really like, at first, the fact that a woman performed this audiobook. (I'm a big Jim Dale fan.) But now that I'm listening to it, I appreciate the actress' performance. It does make sense to have a woman in the role of the narrator and, thankfully, she does a wonderful job. The kids and I are listening to it now; I, for one, am thoroughly enjoying it. (It helps cement in my mind the details of what I've already read, making it come alive.)
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