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Uprooted by Lynne Reid Banks

njcur, July 28, 2015

Great insight into Canada's war, the plight of evacuees and the beauties of Saskatchewan. The characters are very real, the writing is delightful. I learned a lot about the difficulties in leaving Britain that I hadn't known before. This is the author's own story and it is wonderful how she follows up in the end. Thank you to Harper Collins for sharing an advanced copy with me in exchange for an honest review.
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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

njcur, July 2, 2015

Very enjoyable, quick read. Sweet book. A book for readers. I especially enjoyed the fact that most of the books mentioned were ones I knew. Good characters. Made me want to visit Alice. I had some trouble following the passage of time, but it didn't disrupt the flow too much.
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The Good Shufu: Finding Love, Self, and Home on the Far Side of the World by Tracy Slater
The Good Shufu: Finding Love, Self, and Home on the Far Side of the World

njcur, July 1, 2015

I really enjoyed this book. It captured me right away. Not as much of a view of Japan as I had expected, it is more the story of one person's search for identity while moving between Japan and Boston. This is a wonderfully engaging memoir. Ms Slater is very honest in sharing her worries and fears and triumphs. Her love for her husband and his for her really shine through. I was surprised that she was so slow to learn Japanese, though I know it is a very difficult language. Her relationship with her father-in-law is especially touching. I hope Tracy will write more about how life continues for her family once the baby is born. I was very sorry it ended so soon. Thank you to Edelweiss for giving me a free copy in exchange for my honest review.
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A Modern Way to Eat: 200+ Satisfying Vegetarian Recipes (That Will Make You Feel Amazing) by Anna Jones
A Modern Way to Eat: 200+ Satisfying Vegetarian Recipes (That Will Make You Feel Amazing)

njcur, June 2, 2015

I have explored many vegetarian cookbooks. This is the most exciting one I have read in some time. There are some really unusual and delicious smoothie and hummus recipes. These two dishes are pretty common in vegetarian cookbooks, but A Modern Way to Eat has really stepped outside the box to come up with some truly unique ideas. I love the sections on soups and salads where Anna Jones opens to our own creativity. She shows columns and suggest you choose an ingredient from each. She explains what the role the ingredient might have and how to add it to create your own signature dish. I haven't seen anything like this since the Tassajara Cookbook back in the late 70s or early 80s. Lovely presentation. Great illustrations. This book really makes me want to get in the kitchen and cook. Thank you Blogging For Books for giving me a copy in exchange for my honest review. It will be a treasure on my shelves.
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Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship by Robert Kurson
Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship

njcur, May 27, 2015

This is an amazing book. A little more violence than I expected. Some parts made me a bit squeamish. Great adventure, a real page turner. I look forward to anything Robert Kurson writes. I like the trouble he takes to provide background information in addition to the excitement of the story he tells. I have enjoyed all of his books. I'm grateful to Edelweiss.Above the treeline for providing me an advance copy in return for my honest review.
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