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The Jewelry Architect: Techniques and Projects for Mixed-Media Jewelry [With DVD] by Kate Mckinnon
The Jewelry Architect: Techniques and Projects for Mixed-Media Jewelry [With DVD]

islander12, September 2, 2012

The video that goes with the book is very well done. This book is not for a beginner, but for someone who has done some jewelry and is looking for ideas, and looking to learn new techniques. The designs are sophisticated and she advocates high quality work. Note: altho she makes doing pmc (precious metal clay) work sound easy, her list of equipment does not include the actual kiln and firing equipment needed.
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Betrayal of Trust: A J. P. Beaumont Novel by J A Jance
Betrayal of Trust: A J. P. Beaumont Novel

islander12, September 2, 2012

If you like JP Beaumont, you will like this book. Engaging story, with the normal back and forth between him and Mel, his wife. They travel down to the state capitol of Olympia, and with the help of some electronic sleuthing, deal with some sleazy characters and some that appear good on the surface, and some nasty teenage bullying as well.. We learn more about Beau's history in a side story that develops as well.
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Hearts on a String by Kris Radish
Hearts on a String

islander12, August 14, 2012

Good summer reading. A motley crew of women end up spending a few days in a hotel suite in florida due to airport closures, and they become friends. They cook and confess and commiserate and although some of the plot turns are a little unrealistic, it is women bonding! Estrogen forever. And they evolve, and plan to meet again.
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Suite Francaise: A Novel by Irene Nemirovsky
Suite Francaise: A Novel

islander12, June 24, 2012

This inspired a long conversation in our book club. What would it have really been like to have been in Paris before and during the Germans occupation? Or in a small town with Germans occupying? How is this paralleled in the various wars we have known? One member compared the decision making some of the people in the book had to make to the classic boiling a frog, as the water gets hotter and hotter, the frog doesn't notice the gradual change, and dies. In each moment, should you flee? do you stay? What is the decision point?

The book had an unfinished feel to it, and included 2 appendixes which added to the content, that explained how the book came to be, and included some of the letters and manuscript from before and after the book was written. The letters were heart breaking, as the author was a Jew who was sent to a concentration camp in mid 1942, and was killed, as was her husband. Their children were hidden and survived.
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This Will Make You Smarter: New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking by John Brockman
This Will Make You Smarter: New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking

islander12, June 13, 2012

I love reading essays, and this is a collection of short essays, that inspire even more thinking. They aren't all "new", but they are all answers to the key question "What scientific concept would improve everybody's cognitive toolkit". Not all of them are that "scientific", but they are definitely about processing, thinking, cognition, and lots of other concepts. A treasure trove of ideas to stretch the brain.
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