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Still Alice
Still Alice

BjoLiz, April 1, 2014

A must read for...anyone, really. Well written and very informative regarding not just early onset Alzheimer's, but anyone suffering from Alzheimer's disease. It is an eye opener to family and caregivers alike. This is not an easy disease on the victim, victim's family or the caregivers, but it might help generate more compassion and understanding for all involved.
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The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America

BjoLiz, February 25, 2014

Having read this book several years ago, I got so much more out of it this time around.  On the first reading, I was absorbed in The Devil and the horrors he inflicted with zero regard for anyone but himself, a true sociopath.  In my 2nd reading, The White City captured my imagination.  What those architects, landscape artists and construction workers accomplished in so short a time was nothing short of miraculous.  I doubt it could be repeated today even with all our modern machinery and technology.  

Now, a brief word about Holmes and his despicable acts.  Although tragic, his significance was of being the first US serial killer.  Not a cherished goal for most of society,  yet I think he eagerly sought that place in history.   His powers of deception were amazing.  His killings and subsequent disposals were simple as well as elaborate.  His heart and mind were certainly of the devil.

Overall, this was a fascinating read.  Just when the tedium of the building of the White City and all the setbacks became overpowering, Larson jolted my interest back with Holmes and his myriad of atrocities.  It is a thoroughly researched and well written book surrounding a brief monumental and significant time in our history.
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Sweetness At the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
Sweetness At the Bottom of the Pie

BjoLiz, October 24, 2013

This is the first in a series of charming mysteries with 11 year old Flavia de Luce as the main character. This book is about murder, rare stamps, chemistry, and family. In the middle of it all is Flavia - a precocious girl with 2 sisters, a father, an off balance gardener-chauffeur -handyman and a not so good cook all playing interesting parts in the story. Readers will delight in Flavia's fun use of chemistry in seeking revenge on her sister as well as her ability to ferret out historical as well as current information to solve the crime that happened in her family garden.
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The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels -- A Love Story by Ree Drummond
The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels -- A Love Story

BjoLiz, September 12, 2013

It all started as a blog and was so popular, Ree Drumond continued with her love story and made it into this book. If you enjoy humor, romance, and wild misconceptions, this book will be for you. How does a young LA woman change her whole citified life and become a pioneer woman on a ranch in Oklahoma? - love - sheer, real, true blue, swept off her feet LOVE. And she describes this transition in great and often hilarious detail. Get your copy today for a light and fun read.
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