Mar 192018
 

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The Eye Opener

The Eye Opener by Indrajit Garai

The Postman knocks on our door: a registered mail for me.

After waiting for seven months, the document from our notary office has arrived finally. I was leaving for work, but, I put my laptop down, take the deed to my desk, and start checking it page by page. Not that I’m expecting any error, but just in case. This apartment is important for many reasons.

“Is everything alright, Franck?”

I look up. Armelle is standing beside me, worried. I draw her closer and press my check against her bulging belly.

“Yes. Our son can arrive in peace now.”
 

Mar 122018
 

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Murder in Cherry Hills (Cozy Cat Caper Mystery Book 1) by [Sleuth, Paige]

Murder in Cherry Hills (Cozy Cat Caper Mystery #1) by Paige Sleuth

Chapter One
Katherine Harper knew something was wrong when she opened her front door late Tuesday morning and saw Matilda sitting outside her apartment.

Kat scrunched up her nose as she looked down at the cat. “Matty, what are you doing here? You live next door.”

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Mar 052018
 

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Love Unleashed: Tales of Inspiration and the Life-Changing Power of Dogs

Blakely
Redefining Family
Australian Shepherd – Ohio

Blakely is a four-legged lesson in compassion for those who are different. As a nursery companion dog raising orphaned infant animals into into well-adjusted adults at the Cincinnati Zoo, he has cared for cheetahs, ocelots, a wallaby, a bat-eared fox. a serval, a takin, and even a warthog.

Blakely’s babysitting services aren’t just helpful to the zookeepers; they can be life-saving for orphaned animals who are unable to learn survival skills from their mothers. “If an animal is snarling at another who hasn’t been taught to understand that it means back off, the can be killed,” explains Dawn Strasser, the Cincinnati Zoo’s head keeper. Blakely teaches the nursery-bound babies the social skills that they need to thrive, and he comforts then while they sleep.

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Feb 272018
 

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College Grad Seeks Meaningful, Gainful Employment. Fails

I needed a job because I needed money to pay rent, a position most people find themselves in at some point in time. More than that, I wanted to climb onto what I saw as the first rung of adulthood: a career-track job that you got business cards for and had to wear a suit to. I wanted to be taken seriously. I was obsessed with doing what I thought I should do because, up to this point, It’s worked out pretty well for me.

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Feb 192018
 

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I Never Knew That About New York

Chapter 1
New York exists because of it’s harbor- although it is not officially called a harbor but rather Upper New York Bay. Five miles long from Staten Island in the south to the southern tip of Manhattan in the north and four miles wide from Brooklyn in the east to New Jersey in the west, the Upper Bay forms one of the largest natural harbors in the world.

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Feb 122018
 

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Why I Hate Green Beans cover art

Why Is Charlie Brown’s Teacher Talking To Me?

I had the coolest language arts teacher in the eighth grade. Not only did Mrs. Smith make studying grammar, composition, and public speaking a fun activity, but she also took the time to invest in our lives. Her assignments were creative and entertaining, and the often involved her stuents really digging into their tender junior high bains, forcing us to take a good strong look at who we currently were as well as who we wanted to be.

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Feb 052018
 

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The Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica by Laurie Gwen Shapiro

Prologue
With his back against the sunset, a seventeen year old boy lingered on the docks along the Hudson River. By his calculations, it was a ten minute swim from where he stood to the ship.

The new high school gratuate waited, his soft grey eyes fixed on the City Of New York, moored and heavily guarded on the Hoboken piers. The sun went down at six forty-five, this day, August 24, 1928, but still he fought back his adrenaline. He wanted true darkness before carrying out his plan. At noon the next day, the ship would leave New York Harbor and sail nine thousand miles to the frozen continent of Antarctica, the last frontier on earth left to explore. He intended to be aboard.

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Jan 292018
 

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Best Day Ever cover art

Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

Morning 9:00 a.m.
I glance at my wife as she climbs into the passenger seat, sunlight bouncing off her shiny blond hair like sparklers lit for the Fourth of July, and I am bursting with confidence. Everything is as it should be.

Here we are, just the two of us, about to spend the weekend at our lake house. Today represents everything I’ve worked for, that we have built together. The sun blasts through my driver’s side window with such intensity I feel the urge to hold my hand up to the side of my face to shield my eyes, even though my sunglasses are dark and should be doing the job. Under any other circumstances, on any other day, they would be, I know. But today, something is different between us; some strange tension pulses through the still air of the car’s interior. I cannot see it, but it’s here. I’d like to name it. Discover it’s source and eliminate it.

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Jan 222018
 

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The Story of Arthur Truluv

The Story Of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

In the six months since the November day that his wife, Nola, was buried, Arthur Moses has been having lunch with her every day. He rides the bus to the cemetery and when he gets there, he takes his sweet time walking over to her plot: she will bee there no matter when he arrives. She will be there and be there and be there.

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Jan 152018
 

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High Seas Homicide (Hannaford British Cozy Mystery Book 1) by [Collins, Danielle]High Seas Homicide (Hannaford British Cozy #1) by Danielle Collins

Lucy Hannaford was in the middle of racking her brains for what she would do next when her husband John came home from work. He worked as a tax attorney for the city of London- the least glamorous job anyone could possible have. She didn’t envy his work. He came home weary, his head down, his back hunched over. He went straight for the armchair every day, not even bothering to change his clothes. He pushed his shoes off his feet, then scrounged around for the television remote.

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Jan 082018
 

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The Art of Hiding by [Prowse, Amanda]

The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse

Nina caught the red light only a spit away from the entrance to the boys’ school. It was a regular frustration at the beginning of the day and something she tended to see as an omen.

Green light, good day. Red light, bad day.

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Jan 022018
 

Thanks to Dianne @ Bibliophile by the Sea for all the years she hosted
and for allowing me to take it over

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The Reminders

The Reminders by Val Emmich

Dad forgot me.

I’m waiting with my guitar on the hard steps and there’s an ant by my sneaker. She’s just a tiny thing, but I’d rather be that, a tiny thing that no one notices, than a real girl who everyone sees but isn’t worth remembering.

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Dec 192017
 

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century
by Jessica Bruder

Chapter One: The Squeeze Inn
On the foothill freeway, about an hour inland from Los Angeles, a mountain range looms ahead of northbound traffic, bringing suburbia to a sudden stop. This wilderness is the southern edge of the San Bernardino Mountains, a “tall, precipitous escarpment” in the words of the United States Geological Survey. It’s part of a formation that began growing eleven milion years ago along the San Andreas Fault and is still rising today, gaining a few millimeters each year as the Pacific and North American plates grind past each other. The peaks appear to grow much faster, howeveer, when you’re driving straight at them. They’re the kind of sight that makes you sit up straighter and starts a swelling sensation in your chest, a feeling like helium crowding your ribcage, enough perhaps to carry you away.

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Nov 212017
 

Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

It was morning, and the new sun sparkled gold across the ripples of a gentle sea.

A mile from shore a fishing boat chummed the water, and the word for Breakfast Flock flashed through the air, till a crowd of a thousand seagulls came to dodge and fight for bits of food. It was another busy day beginning.

But way off alone, out by himself beyond boat and shore, Jonathan Livingston Seagull was practicing. A hundred feet in the sky he lowered his webbed feet, lifted his beak, and strained to hold a painful hard twisting curve through his wings. The curve meant that he would fly slowly, and now he slowed until the wind was a whisper in his face, until the ocean stood still beneath him. He narrowed his eyes in fierce concentration, held his breath, forced one… single… more… inch… of… curve… Then his feathers ruffled, he stalled and fell.

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Oct 242017
 
Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

Three Exhausting Weeks
Day 1
Ann a said there was only one place to find a meaningful gift for MDash — the Antique Warehouse, not so much a place for old treasures as a permanent swap meet in what used to be the Lux Theater. Before HBO, Netflix, and the 107 other entertainment outlets bankrupted the Lux, I sat for many hours in that once-splendid cinema palace and watched movies. Now it’s stall after stall of what passes for antiques. Ann and I looked into every one of them.
Oct 032017
 

The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life

The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life

by Rick Warren, Daniel G. Amen, Mark Hyman

Chapter 1: How It All Began – Pastor Rick Warren

Wow! Everybody’s FAT!

That shocking thought kept reverberating in my mind one bright spring day as I was baptizing 872 adults.

I’ll admit it wasn’t a very spiritual thought for a pastor to have especially while baptizing! But I was getting tired, since our church baptizes the way Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River- by lowering people under the water, then lifting them back up.

That day, based on the average weight of Americans, I lifted more than 145,000 pounds!

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May 232017
 

Faithful

Faithful by Alice Hoffman

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in
“Anthem” by Leonard Cohen

In February, when the snow comes down hard, little globes of light are left along Route 110, on the side of the road that slopes off when a driver least expects it. The lights are candles set inside paper bags, surrounded by the sand, and they burn past midnight. They shouldn’t last for that amount of time, but that’s part of the miracle. On the second anniversary of the accident, a gang of boys creep out their windows and gather at two in the morning to see if Helene’s mother, Diana Boyd, drives along the road replacing each melting pool of wax with a fresh candle. They’re hoping to reveal a con in process and dispel the myth of a miracle, but after keeping watch for a while the boys all flee. In the early morning hours, safe in their beds, they wonder how much of the world can never be understood or explained.

FFT

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