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The Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance by David V. Herlihy
The Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance

Shirley in New Orleans, July 14, 2011

This is a wonderful, totally engaging story meticulously researched. If you enjoy the acquisition of the odd fact as I do, and the story of how virtually all of our tools (including the bicycle) are the product of incremental change, you would find sufficient reason to read this book. But what captures me is that there have been and are people who dare to trust fate, to take off with no plans except to head in a certain direction. Does this mean that they trust in the kindness of strangers? What are the results of that attitude? Who is guilty when things go wrong? Who, what is responsible when all goes right?
These are my questions, not the book's.
The book is an account of a young man, and other youg men, who rode for adventure, and some who intended that the accounts of their adventures would elevate them financially, free them from binding and unpleasant life circumstances. They were remarkably brave and determined.
David Herlihy has given us a great read. Enjoy it for the adventure, the human interactions, and the social history of the 1890's global communities.
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The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd
The Mermaid Chair

Shirley in New Orleans, April 28, 2011

Sue Monk Kidd does have a way with words, but the plotting of this novel goes badly awry in its center half. Another reviewer used the word "sacharine" to describe it, a substance known for its lingering and unpleasant aftertaste. This novel has that, but also an unpleasant "taste" after a pleasant start. I will allow that the end is rather thoughtful. Altogether though, it is not worth the time.
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Timeline Story of Clock and Calendar by Abe George
Timeline Story of Clock and Calendar

Shirley in New Orleans, April 25, 2011

There is much better stuff available. This fails in so many ways that it leaves me sputtering. This is an engaging topic, but the treatment it gets in this book is so shallow--I think the author might be able to do better. But until he does, don't waste your time or money on this version.
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Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
Shutter Island

Shirley in New Orleans, June 11, 2010

This has a potentially interesting premise at its heart, but, gawd, the writing is plodding. There are much better books to read--so read those first!
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Identification, Selection and Use of Southern Plants for Landscape Design
Identification, Selection and Use of Southern Plants for Landscape Design

Shirley in New Orleans, August 6, 2006

If you garden in the south, this is a bible. In one place it answers just about every query you would put in real time to a nursery: mature size, pests, outstanding features, additional cultivars and benefits, and the natural history of the plant. I have gardened for 25 years, and even though I have a large number of specialty garden books, this and the Reader's Digest garden guide remain the 2 books that I recommend to others as basic, have to have books.
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