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Carole has commented on (10) products.

The Vanishers by Heidi Julavits
The Vanishers

Carole, January 1, 2013

I thought Julavits' prior novel, "The Uses of Enchantment", was hugely overrated, and so I was skeptical. But "The Vanishers" lured me in, and I will say without reservations that it is one of the best books I have ever read. A washed up, physically ill psychic is hired to use her now pathetic powers to sense the truth about a bizarre feminist film maker. The characters and plot are original and thought-provoking, but more than that, the prose is so luscious, so crisp. Reading these gorgeous sentences is like receiving an almost endless series of odd little surprises.
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The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz
The Spellman Files

Carole, August 21, 2009

The author loves the review which described her heroine as a cross between Dirty Harry and Harriet the Spy, and I agree that is a good characterization, but as much as I love Isobel Spellman, I love Lisa Lutz more. Lisa Lutz is brilliant and funny and has a big heart, and I plan to buy every book she writes.
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All Mortal Flesh (Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries) by Jul Spencer Fleming
All Mortal Flesh (Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries)

Carole, December 19, 2007

Clare Fergusson is a middle-aged Episcopal priest in a quiet rural area, not exactly the type to star in a riveting suspense series, but her adventures are page-turners indeed. Julia Spencer-Fleming's books are thoughtful, cleverly plotted, and unusual. I've read every one and can't wait for the next Clare Fergusson to come out!
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Early Bird: A Memoir of Premature Retirement by Rodney Rothman
Early Bird: A Memoir of Premature Retirement

Carole, January 28, 2007

Rodney Rothman was the head writer for the David Letterman show for years. He is also quite a stick-in-the-mud, a guy who has the lifestyle of a senior citizen at age 28. When he found himself between jobs, he was at a loss as to what to do with himself, so he decided to live out his dream of retiring to Florida early. This is the story of what happened next. Follow his adventures as Rodney becomes the roommate of an eccentric widow with a verbally abusive parrot. He learns to his shame and horror that he is STILL the worst softball player on the team even when he's forty years younger than the next player. He gets caught up in the politics of the shuffleboard league. At all times, Rodney keeps a sense of absurdity and compassion. This book is hilarious, touching, and more than a little scary at times.
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No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks by Ed Viesturs
No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks

Carole, January 28, 2007

You might think that after Jon Krakauer's "Into Thin Air", there's no need to read another mountaineering memoir. If so, think again. Ed Viesturs is possibly the world's greatest living climber, who has climbed Mount Everest multiple times without supplemental oxygen. This book tells, for the first time, of his role in rescuing injured climbers in the infamous 1996 Everest disaster ... and that is not even the most exciting part of this book. Viesturs shares his failures and successes as he attempts the highest peaks on all seven continents on a shoestring, while trying to stay married to a woman who is halfway around the world and frankly half out of her mind with stress. His love of the wild and the peaks is contagious, and you may be motivated to schedule a trip to the Himalayas or, at the least, to your local climbing gym.
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