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Etta Mae's Worst Bad-Luck Day by Ann B Ross
Etta Mae's Worst Bad-Luck Day

njcur, October 25, 2014

A high energy frolic. Not the Southern accent that I had hoped for in the reader, but she was very engaging and I warmed to her at once. This story takes place in Miss Julia's town, but she has just a cameo appearance. Etta Mae is really from the other side of the tracks. Lots of laughs as the plots twist and turn and jump all over one another. I liked it a lot and hope that there will be more Etta Mae stories. I am grateful to have won this audiobook from LibraryThing.
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Asian Pickles: Sweet, Sour, Salty, Cured, and Fermented Preserves from Korea, Japan, China, India, and Beyond by Karen Solomon
Asian Pickles: Sweet, Sour, Salty, Cured, and Fermented Preserves from Korea, Japan, China, India, and Beyond

njcur, October 18, 2014

This book is a feast for the eyes as well as the mouth. The photography really invites you to jump in and try the terrific recipes. Organized by region, I was easily able to find the Japanese pickles we fell in love with while traveling there. Each country has its own basic techniques described to help those who like to experiment on their own. The glossary, resources and index make it easy to access the information and to expand on what is offered. I think Karen Solomon has hit a home run with this one.
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36 Views of Mount Fuji: On Finding Myself in Japan: With a New Afterword by the Author by Cathy N. Davidson
36 Views of Mount Fuji: On Finding Myself in Japan: With a New Afterword by the Author

njcur, September 30, 2014

A really good view of Japan. Cathy Davidson describes being in Japan as a gaijin and its difficulties and rewards. She has some very interesting stories of people and places she visits. She and her husband live on a professor exchange for a couple of years. They return home to the American Midwest and they find that they pine for Japan. A return trip causes them to rethink their desire to return permanently to Japan. They make many trips over a number of years. I appreciated the tide-like push and pull that Ms Davidson felt for Japan and its customs. She articulated it very well. Good insights into her own thinking and that of her friends (Japanese and gaijin).
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Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
Sisters

njcur, September 16, 2014

I'm not really into graphic novels. This was the best that I have read yet. Good illustration, very appropriate for the material. Sisters moves back and forth in time. I had some trouble recognizing where in time I was, but I enjoyed it anyway. A very real story of sisters growing up. I could see my sister and myself in the story. I will look for others by this author. Thank you to NetGalley for offering me an advanced copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.
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The Reluctant Detective: A Faith Morgan Mystery (Faith Morgan Mystery) by Martha Ockley
The Reluctant Detective: A Faith Morgan Mystery (Faith Morgan Mystery)

njcur, September 2, 2014

A good cozy mystery. I liked Faith Morgan. I appreciated the challenges of faith that she faces. Good characters, engaging story, satisfying mystery. I look forward to reading more Faith Morgan mysteries. I hope they will expand upon her relationship with Inspector Shorter. I also look forward to getting to know the parishioners better. There seem to be some interesting folks in the congregation. Some religion more real and not so sweet as the Jan Karon books. This felt like a very promising beginning for a series. I was glad to have won this book in the LibraryThing giveaways. Thank you very much!
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