Wednesday, March 28, 2007
This book is written in such a way that I didn't feel intimidated but I can imagine that even seasoned gardeners could glean some good information. They detail vegetables, fruits, edible flowers, and herbs that can be grown in containers. The offer suggestions as to whether to plant as seeds or buy plants, when and where to plant, temperatures, harvest times, etc... They even include some "theme" gardens like an Italian Cook's garden or a Kid Garden.
I recently got this book back off the shelf to prepare for this gardening season. Now I can't wait to see what I'll be able to produce this year.
Monday, March 26, 2007
The Barnes & Noble Review The pantheon of brilliant detectives with great names -- Sherlock Holmes, Nero Wolfe, Sam Spade -- has a new member: Precious Ramotswe. As Botswana’s only female private investigator, Precious finds herself in some exotic situations -- flirting with wayward husbands in the Go Go Handsome Man’s Bar one minute, confronting witch doctors about missing boys the next. But cases and solutions here are only half the fun. Author Alexander McCall Smith, the leading authority on Botswana’s constitutional law, writes with such beautiful simplicity, he may actually give lawyers a good name. His slice of Africa is vividly rendered with an appropriately dry wit and an almost Dickensian array of characters, from the upstanding mechanic Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni to Precious’s humble assistant, Mna Makutsi, to an assortment of cocky con men and frauds. Precious, meanwhile, is one of the most original private detectives ever put to page: a bright, fallible woman who gets duped romantically and on the job but bursts with compassion for everything in her path -- especially Africa. Fans of transportive, literary mysteries have a reason to ululate. Loudly. review by Seth Kaufman
Sunday, March 11, 2007
This sequel to Peter Pan, by contest winner Geraldine McCaughrean, was a joy to read. It drew me into the story from the very beginning. It starts off years later when all of the Lost Boys are grown with children of their own. They are starting to have dreams of Neverland. And, so the adventure begins.
Because the plot of the original Peter Pan is so well known, I was focused on the language and writing style of the book. Peter Pan in Scarlet is also written in a fantastic way but I was much more caught up in the plot of the book. It was hard for me to figure out what was going to happen next and that kept me turning page after page until there was nothing left but my hope that it doesn't take another hundred years for the next book. I'm sure it won't be long before someone makes this into a movie.
Friday, March 9, 2007
I'm now looking forward to reading the authorized sequel. Review to come soon!
Thursday, March 8, 2007
Sunday, March 4, 2007
Jessica Fletcher's mid-summer vacation to New York's famed Hampton beaches turns into a lesson in the art of murder. Indulging in a lifelong passion, she enrolls in an art class, but when the model they had been sketching fails to stir--the victim of a deadly poison--Jessica canvasses the area, chasing down a killer with an artistic flair.
Thursday, March 1, 2007
Katherine Mayfield, the new Mistress of Mayfield Manor, always dreamed of a fancy "English" life. But as the seasons pass, she finds herself grieving the loss of her Amish family and dearest friend, Mary Stolzfus. Shunned from the Plain life she once knew, Katherine finds solace in volunteer work with hospice patients--a labor of love she hopes will bring honor to the memory of her birth mother.
Her childhood entwined with Daniel's, yet her present life far removed from Lancaster County, Katherine longs for the peace that reigned in her mother's heart. And once again, she is compelled to face the heritage of her past.