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    Beach Trip: A Novel [Book]  2018-2-28 18:0

    I looked at the reviews of this book before I read it - so a lot of were touting how developed and in-depth the characters were - but I found them stereotypical and common. Maybe I would've rated it better had my expectations not been so high from the 5 star reviews. I feel like I didn't read the same book as they did. I hate to give poor reviews because I appreciate all the work it takes and what an author has to place into a book - therefore I will stop short before saying it wasn't any amazing - there was some substance, and unlike some digital ereads it was not full mistakes. But it is a beach read and if you don't expect that much from it then may be able to have fun more than I did.

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    Beach Trip: A Novel [Book]  2018-2-28 18:0

    At first I felt there were too a lot of characters; however, as I read further, the growth of the characters captured me. I think we can see small bits of ourselves in each of the characters.Writing is colourful without being "over the top".

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    Beach Trip: A Novel [Book]  2018-2-28 18:0

    What a unbelievable adventure!This book tells a story about four friends, their development from young girls to women, their happiness and their sadness because of their own natures and the decisions they created through vigating between show and past, the reader participates in their reunion as a unique guest.And the end comes with a bonus.Looking forward to read more about this author!

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    Beach Trip: A Novel [Book]  2018-2-28 18:0

    This book is a amazing read which I found hard to place down. I'd just finished reading Cathy Holton's "Revenge of the Kudzu Debutantes" (which is also excellent) for my Bookclub and found I enjoyed her writing style so I picked another of hers for my own reading. She keeps the story interesting and it moves along at a amazing pace. The personality differences of the four women and how they played off each other also created it a very enjoyable, light, funny, endearing read. I could see this as a movie!

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    Beach Trip: A Novel [Book]  2018-2-28 18:0

    There's more to this novel than meets the eye, yet it's really not massive or burdeningly deep. I would call it a fun read that has characters who are real. They live true lives with true problems, desires, and regrets, yet their friendship and loyalty to one another is something we all want we had. I looked forward to reading each chapter and I was sad when it was over.

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    Beach Trip: A Novel [Book]  2018-2-28 18:0

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book about 4 ladies who were all college roommates and had for the most part drifted apart after college. Some kept in touch with each other more than others, but 20+ years after graduation, decided to all obtain together for a week at one of the girl's oceanside home. The book takes you from early childhood of the girls individually (well Sarah & Mel together since they were childhood mates as well), through the college years and each girl individually beyond college. The basic focus of the book though is the week they reunite on the ocean where you learn about how complex their relationships really were. The mood of the book can run from dark to fun, from nostalgic to wondering about the future, from light-hearted to shocking and sorrowful. I certainly was never bored any time with this book. There were parts I did not see coming at all that totally surprised me. I thought the entire book was a delight from begin to finish and will be looking for extra books by Cathy Holton.

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    Beach Trip: A Novel [Book]  2018-2-28 18:0

    An enjoyable story that pulls the reader into the characters' lives—past and present. Excellent for readers who prefer a story without violence or massive suspense. Dialogue is very realistic and moves the story line forward. While ending isn't totally surprising, it's execution ambushed me.

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    Beach Trip: A Novel [Book]  2018-2-28 18:0

    This was an enjoyable book to read ...each hero a small different. and unexpected. Enough twists and turns that you were kept guessing.

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    Beach Trip: A Novel [Book]  2018-2-28 18:0

    This was a amazing summer read. I liked the characters and their story lines. I want that there was more to the end. But not a poor escape.

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    Beach Trip: A Novel [Book]  2018-2-28 18:0

    I am not fond of stories that shift back and forth between the past and present, which cost this book one star. This is a powerful book about four college friends, the secrets they have kept and eventually the comfort they search in opening up to one e book is slow at the beginning but picks up speed as it goes ere are a couple of plot twists that are true surprises which adds depth and excitement to the storyline.

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    A Trip to the Beach []  2020-1-21 22:34

    Visited Anguilla a year ago and saw this book but didn't it believing that it was simply a gimmick. Waited a year later and finally purchased this book. Wow. This completely transformed me back to those sandy shores and reminded me why I wish to build a taco stand on a lovely island such as this one. How I want I would have seen the island as Bob and Melinda did. I can't wait to read this book again to pick up the info that I missed the first time.

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    A Trip to the Beach []  2020-1-21 22:34

    I really enjoyed this book. We have been to Anguilla several times so can relate to locations and the amazing people they refer to. We have also been to their restaurant several times and thoroughly enjoyed it. We knew the owners were from Vermont but never really knew how they came to own on Anguilla. Was really impressed with the hard work that went into getting it up and running. We would not have known about the book except for a cab driver who took us to the restaurant one evening and told us about it. We met Bob one time when we were there but not Melinda. We are looking forward to a return visit and hope to meet them both.

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    A Trip to the Beach []  2020-1-21 22:34

    Caribbean vacationers who have ever wondered what it would be like to everything and operate a business on their favorite island retreat will search satisfaction in this simple going acc of a Vermont couple who move to Anguilla. Anguilla is a sixteen mile long thirty-five square mile patch of land at the northern end of the gentle crescent of islands in the eastern Caribbean nestled close to the flashier and better known St. Martin. Here on this quiet island the Blanchards arrive with their life savings and a dream to begin a restaurant. Their story is about the embrace of the gentler life rhythms of this unique island paradise. For the Blanchards the secret of "island time" is a life of breathing deeper and walking slower. Along the method we meet the locals versus a background of palms, bougainvilleas, frigate birds, blue skies, and sandy beaches. We follow the Blanchards during the holidays, a local election, a demanding wedding celebration, summer boat races, an employee's dismissal, a break-in, etc. Occasionally we are treated to a recipe, for example, banana bread or better yet, "banana cabana"! The gentle trade winds that are the text of this impressionistic acc build to a natural climax - a direct hit from Hurricane Luis (1995). Stow this paperback in your carry-on bag for fast relief while you wait impatiently to board your war to the island paradise of your choice.

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    A Trip to the Beach []  2020-1-21 22:34

    My husband and I first learned about Bob & Melinda Blanchard while visiting Anguilla and eating at Blanchard's. What a joy to come home and search a book detailing the story of how Melinda and her husband came to begin their restaurant. As I read, I could think back on my memories of the island and the spots we visited as she described them. I found the book entertaining, inspiring and informative. Melinda's writing style makes you feel like she's a amazing friend. Exactly what I was looking for in some leisure reading.

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    A Trip to the Beach []  2020-1-21 22:34

    This is a unbelievable book about a couple who move to the Caribbean and begin a restaurant. The book gives you an idea of their struggles and the characters are enjoyable. Anyone who reads this will, also, wish to move to the a tropical island!!!

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    A Trip to the Beach []  2020-1-21 22:34

    This is a marvelous book! I have been to St. Thomas and St. John, so I know all about their beauty but now I MUST take a trip to Anguilla to visit that magical island and to eat at BLANCHARDS!!!!Through this wonderfully written tome, I have fallen in love with this attractive put and immediately upon finishing the book searched for the email address for Blanchard's, printed off their recent menus (!) and emailed the Anguilla Tourist Board so that I can start researching my trip!This accounting of Mel and Bob's dream and how they achieved it is superb - you feel as though you go through each step with them; the agonizing ritual of ordering and receiving ANYTHING for the house or the restaurant; the warm, wonderful, colourful people of Anguilla who took Mel, Bob and Jesse into their hearts and their lives; the sheer hard work they place into the creation of this unbelievable restaurant; the horrific hurricane that basically wiped out 2 years work - and more is in this hard to place down a confirmed foodie myself, I feel as though I tested all of those recipes with Mel and WISH for the day that I can taste her creations myself - in person!The only thing that could have possibly created this book any better would have been to have color images of the creation of this restaurant! That is the only downside to the book at all - you don't wish it to end!Next step - obtain myself to Anguilla and have meals (lots) at Blanchard's!

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    A Trip to the Beach []  2020-1-21 22:34

    Ever dreamed of leaving the everyday grind (not to mention winters) behind in favor of living on a beach? This is the book for you. I have tried this myself, failed miserably, and have a whole fresh appreciation of just being a tourist now. But I love reading stories like this that detail all the glories along with all the frustration and often panic in a warm and engaging style that makes you feel like you're right there with this intrepid couple. They followed their dream. They the price. And they reaped the benefits.

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    A Trip to the Beach []  2020-1-21 22:34

    I was skeptical about this book, so I got a sample for my Kindle. Within 10 mins I was purchasing the full version!I am a lover of a amazing beach book, and have read a few lately that fell quite short. Not this one, I LOVED it!This is a fascinating story, written in an intriguing, relatable and interesting style. The Blanchards are truly fascinating people, and I have found myself desperately pondering planning a trip to Anguilla, JUST to eat at Blanchard'e story is told, just like that..a story. Could have easily been interpreted as fiction had I not known it was a real e setting is obviously amazing, and she does a GREAT job of bringing it to life! You can almost feel the tropical breezes, and hear the palms swaying. The characters are brought alive and you feel like you personally know each of them by the book's end.I have been to all of the islands that neighbor Anguilla, and she created me feel like I had just taken a vacation. This was one of those books that you looked forward to snuggling up with, instantly transprting you...where you search yourself trying to carve time out of your day just to will not be disappointed with this one!

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    A Trip to the Beach []  2020-1-21 22:34

    A amazing book once the reader gets past the inordinate professionalism of the author. The tale of these entrepreneur's escape to paradise was quite an eye-opener, and I became completely vested in learning whether or not their business venture in the islands would off or break them forever. This was my third read of 4 books on the islands and found myself captivated and enjoying the book and stories immensely. Once the book was done I missed the retelling of conversations in the island dialect captured by the author on a number of recounts. A blessing to me, I would recommend it to the business-savvy and the casual-interest-reader. Truly a marvelous story unfolded in its pages.

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    A Trip to the Beach []  2020-1-21 22:34

    Loved the people the most. They were all such unbelievable hard working people. But, always took the time to have fun Anguilla & it's beauty.

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    Il gatto a nove code [Movie]  2017-10-13 21:50

    Sixth Sense and Nine Avenues. Il gatto a nove code (The Cat O’ Nine Tails) is written and directed by Dario Argento. It stars Karl Malden, James Franciscus, Catherine Spaak, Horst Frank, Aldo Reggiani, Carlo Alighiero and Rada Rassimov. Melody is by Ennio Morricone and cinematography by Erico Menczer. Blind puzzle solver Franco Arno (Malden) and newspaper man Carlo Giordani (Franciscus) squad up to see if they can solve the mystery of the murders that are terrifying the city. With their own lives becoming increasingly in danger, and the lines of investigation splintered all over the place, the men are drawn to the mysterious Terzi Institute where geneticists are tampering with gene patterns… Argento doesn’t like it and the fans are very much divided about the worth of it on the Argento curriculum vitae, yet The Cat O’ Nine Tails is a delightfully entertaining oddity. The plot is labyrinthine with relish on top, spinning the viewers into the same convoluted investigative maze that Messrs Arno and Giordani search themselves in. In fact, it’s near genius that it rarely makes sense under inspection, yet still there’s a fascinating edge to the story, with its characterisations, kinks and cruel murders, there’s a power to the piece that rewards if you can just run with it, into Argento’s Giallo singed world. With Malden turning in a amazing performance and Franciscus performing to a level nobody thought was in him, the lead characters really come to life. Add to that Morricone’s creepy jazzy-garde fuelled score underlining the skew-whiff nature of the beast, and Menczer’s photography tonally muted, tech credits are at one with the themes ticking away in the narrative, a narrative that has observation, ironically, on vision, sight and minds eye. While there’s a couple of rug-pulls jostling for our attention just to hold things twisty. Then there is the director himself. The Cat O’ Nine Tails finds him restrained compared to the excess of style over substance movies that would dominate his oeuvre post release of The Cat. That’s not to say there isn’t style here, there’s plenty as Argento dallies in POV, iris vision, and a nifty trick that gives the blind Arno “sight”, further ensuring that the supposed handicapped hero is the key player and potential saviour of all. A number of scenes are bursting at the seams with suspense, with a cemetery/mausoleum sequence top draw, for sure Argento is firmly getting in his stride here. It’s not a gore movie, something which I personally think has led to some of Argento’s fans giving the movie the cold shoulder, but it’s the tale (or tails of course) and characterisations that keep it up as being under valued. It’s a Giallo whodunit flecked with stings and no small amount style draped all over it. 7/10

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    A Trip to the Beach: Living on Island Time in the Caribbean []  2020-1-23 0:22

    This is a marvelous book! I have been to St. Thomas and St. John, so I know all about their beauty but now I MUST take a trip to Anguilla to visit that magical island and to eat at BLANCHARDS!!!!Through this wonderfully written tome, I have fallen in love with this attractive put and immediately upon finishing the book searched for the email address for Blanchard's, printed off their recent menus (!) and emailed the Anguilla Tourist Board so that I can start researching my trip!This accounting of Mel and Bob's dream and how they achieved it is superb - you feel as though you go through each step with them; the agonizing ritual of ordering and receiving ANYTHING for the house or the restaurant; the warm, wonderful, colourful people of Anguilla who took Mel, Bob and Jesse into their hearts and their lives; the sheer hard work they place into the creation of this unbelievable restaurant; the horrific hurricane that basically wiped out 2 years work - and more is in this hard to place down a confirmed foodie myself, I feel as though I tested all of those recipes with Mel and WISH for the day that I can taste her creations myself - in person!The only thing that could have possibly created this book any better would have been to have color images of the creation of this restaurant! That is the only downside to the book at all - you don't wish it to end!Next step - obtain myself to Anguilla and have meals (lots) at Blanchard's!

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    A Trip to the Beach: Living on Island Time in the Caribbean []  2020-1-23 0:22

    Visited Anguilla a year ago and saw this book but didn't it believing that it was simply a gimmick. Waited a year later and finally purchased this book. Wow. This completely transformed me back to those sandy shores and reminded me why I wish to build a taco stand on a lovely island such as this one. How I want I would have seen the island as Bob and Melinda did. I can't wait to read this book again to pick up the info that I missed the first time.

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    A Trip to the Beach: Living on Island Time in the Caribbean []  2020-1-23 0:22

    Ever dreamed of leaving the everyday grind (not to mention winters) behind in favor of living on a beach? This is the book for you. I have tried this myself, failed miserably, and have a whole fresh appreciation of just being a tourist now. But I love reading stories like this that detail all the glories along with all the frustration and often panic in a warm and engaging style that makes you feel like you're right there with this intrepid couple. They followed their dream. They the price. And they reaped the benefits.

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    A Trip to the Beach: Living on Island Time in the Caribbean []  2020-1-23 0:22

    I was skeptical about this book, so I got a sample for my Kindle. Within 10 mins I was purchasing the full version!I am a lover of a amazing beach book, and have read a few lately that fell quite short. Not this one, I LOVED it!This is a fascinating story, written in an intriguing, relatable and interesting style. The Blanchards are truly fascinating people, and I have found myself desperately pondering planning a trip to Anguilla, JUST to eat at Blanchard'e story is told, just like that..a story. Could have easily been interpreted as fiction had I not known it was a real e setting is obviously amazing, and she does a GREAT job of bringing it to life! You can almost feel the tropical breezes, and hear the palms swaying. The characters are brought alive and you feel like you personally know each of them by the book's end.I have been to all of the islands that neighbor Anguilla, and she created me feel like I had just taken a vacation. This was one of those books that you looked forward to snuggling up with, instantly transprting you...where you search yourself trying to carve time out of your day just to will not be disappointed with this one!

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    A Trip to the Beach: Living on Island Time in the Caribbean []  2020-1-23 0:22

    This is a unbelievable book about a couple who move to the Caribbean and begin a restaurant. The book gives you an idea of their struggles and the characters are enjoyable. Anyone who reads this will, also, wish to move to the a tropical island!!!

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    A Trip to the Beach: Living on Island Time in the Caribbean []  2020-1-23 0:22

    A amazing book once the reader gets past the inordinate professionalism of the author. The tale of these entrepreneur's escape to paradise was quite an eye-opener, and I became completely vested in learning whether or not their business venture in the islands would off or break them forever. This was my third read of 4 books on the islands and found myself captivated and enjoying the book and stories immensely. Once the book was done I missed the retelling of conversations in the island dialect captured by the author on a number of recounts. A blessing to me, I would recommend it to the business-savvy and the casual-interest-reader. Truly a marvelous story unfolded in its pages.

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    A Trip to the Beach: Living on Island Time in the Caribbean []  2020-1-23 0:22

    I really enjoyed this book. We have been to Anguilla several times so can relate to locations and the amazing people they refer to. We have also been to their restaurant several times and thoroughly enjoyed it. We knew the owners were from Vermont but never really knew how they came to own on Anguilla. Was really impressed with the hard work that went into getting it up and running. We would not have known about the book except for a cab driver who took us to the restaurant one evening and told us about it. We met Bob one time when we were there but not Melinda. We are looking forward to a return visit and hope to meet them both.

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    A Trip to the Beach: Living on Island Time in the Caribbean []  2020-1-23 0:22

    My husband and I first learned about Bob & Melinda Blanchard while visiting Anguilla and eating at Blanchard's. What a joy to come home and search a book detailing the story of how Melinda and her husband came to begin their restaurant. As I read, I could think back on my memories of the island and the spots we visited as she described them. I found the book entertaining, inspiring and informative. Melinda's writing style makes you feel like she's a amazing friend. Exactly what I was looking for in some leisure reading.

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    A Trip to the Beach: Living on Island Time in the Caribbean []  2020-1-23 0:22

    Caribbean vacationers who have ever wondered what it would be like to everything and operate a business on their favorite island retreat will search satisfaction in this simple going acc of a Vermont couple who move to Anguilla. Anguilla is a sixteen mile long thirty-five square mile patch of land at the northern end of the gentle crescent of islands in the eastern Caribbean nestled close to the flashier and better known St. Martin. Here on this quiet island the Blanchards arrive with their life savings and a dream to begin a restaurant. Their story is about the embrace of the gentler life rhythms of this unique island paradise. For the Blanchards the secret of "island time" is a life of breathing deeper and walking slower. Along the method we meet the locals versus a background of palms, bougainvilleas, frigate birds, blue skies, and sandy beaches. We follow the Blanchards during the holidays, a local election, a demanding wedding celebration, summer boat races, an employee's dismissal, a break-in, etc. Occasionally we are treated to a recipe, for example, banana bread or better yet, "banana cabana"! The gentle trade winds that are the text of this impressionistic acc build to a natural climax - a direct hit from Hurricane Luis (1995). Stow this paperback in your carry-on bag for fast relief while you wait impatiently to board your war to the island paradise of your choice.

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    A Trip to the Beach: Living on Island Time in the Caribbean []  2020-1-23 0:22

    Loved the people the most. They were all such unbelievable hard working people. But, always took the time to have fun Anguilla & it's beauty.

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    Manhattan Beach: A Novel [Book]  2017-10-13 21:14

    This is a lovely, gorgeously-written book that effectively interweaves three separate but connected characters, each with their own stories, all tied to the desire for is is not a novel driven by plot, though there is ample plot to enjoy. It’s not a novel where three stories crash together in a crescendo, though each thread is explored and resolved. It’s not at all experimental or audacious as was Egan’s “A Visit From the Goon Squad,” satisfying itself to discover the depths of a conventional novel that fits the times in which it’s based.What it is is a beautifully-written, thoroughly engaging, painstakingly-researched and completely entertaining novel well worth your time.

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    Manhattan Beach: A Novel [Book]  2017-10-13 21:14

    I have read Jennifer Egan's "The Keep" and "A Visit From The Goon Squad" and while I didn't dislike either of them, I didn't obtain what the extreme hype and hosannas were all about. Now, "Manhattan Beach" arrives with a amazing of fanfare as well; loads of the Twitterati I follow have praised and promoted it, and I was eager to obtain my hands on it. Having reserved it at the library months ago, I was high on the keep list and got my copy the day it came do I feel about it? There is a amazing of high level artistry at work here. From the epigraph by Herman Melville from "[email protected]#$%" to do with the connection between meditation and water, a reader knows this is going to be literary fiction full of metaphor and symbolism. And deep is. From the opening stage where eleven year old Anna is taken by her father, Eddie, to a beach "mansion" to meet someone for whom Anna assumes he works, Dexter, there is a mystery about what happened to who, when, and how, and who knew what about the others, and how the threads of these three characters lives intertwined --- the capping, extreme-most moments of each life event near that same beach mansion, which Anna years later realizes is just a house, not at all the mansion she though it to be when she saw it as a child. And neither her father nor Dexter are who she imagined them to be, nor is she who they projected onto nifer Egan's amazing bonus for exploring the ways in which those things we don't see and don't know about each other affect us, how we fill the locations around the secrets we keep, and how we react to the absences of knowledge is tremendous. Anna, Eddie, and Dexter all feel deeply about one another in very various ways and are inextricably bound by those feelings and the actions that e plot around which Jennifer Egan meditates on those echoes and reverberations is almost secondary, it is there, it seems, in all its literary fiction mastery, as a frame on which to hang her ability to shape like poetry the exploration of reality in which she specializes; those twists and turns through the path of what we don't know, don't share, and spend our lives contemplating --- the secret locations in which are all wit; it's a book I admired more than I liked; the framework perhaps too visible but the decorations hung on it, still glorious.

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    Life's a Beach []  2020-1-21 20:48

    Enjoyed this even more than the first 6 months. This one was much more private while still having the quirkiness of the Holiday’s. I am disappointed in one lone aspect...what was originally up with the lever??? I really need to know!!! Thanks for another amazing read. I hope you’re working on another book - Ironman is the latest one for me to read. I’m putting off in case it ends up inspiring me. :)

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    Life's a Beach []  2020-1-21 20:48

    I didn't read the first book so I didn't know that the book was celebrating inane holidays every day.I thought these holidays stopped the flow of the book.I did like the breezy simple flow of the writing and there is one story where the author describes a toothpaste mishap which is one of the funniest writings I have ever read and is worth buying just for those few pages...I was laughing so hard it hurt!!

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    Manhattan Beach: A Novel [Book]  2017-10-13 21:14

    So Jennifer Egan has written a conventional novel and you know what- it's beautiful darn good! This is readable, entertaining and sometimes quite surprising. So it's not Goon Squad, so it's not experimental- that's not a poor thing. I liked this more than I expected to. Egan has clearly done a amazing of research about a little put in the huge picture of WWII and the changes ahead for women. Anna is a diver at the Brooklyn Navy Yard; the descriptions of her training and her job are unbelievable and so educational. Her father Eddie was more than he seemed and his "friend" Dexter- well Dexter's a very interesting character. I liked that Egan twined the stories of these three people in ways that weren't always obvious. The story clicks along nicely, with amazing dialogue and snappy ends to each chapter. It's a long book but I found it a page turner. Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC. This is worthy historical fiction about the changes for women brought about by the battle and about the mob in Fresh York at the same time. If you haven't read Egan before, test it for that alone. If you have read Egan, read this with an begin mind- it's very enjoyable.

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    Manhattan Beach: A Novel [Book]  2017-10-13 21:14

    This a damn fine e protagonist couldn’t have been better chosen: a working-class girl, freakishly unlucky but stalwart, living in Depression-era Fresh York City. The names of the neighborhoods appear on signs with the flickering, colourful lights of gangsterism and industrialism that illuminated Gotham during the Roosevelt years. Anyone who is decently read has heard those names and will recognize the connotations. Most of us with an interest in history will know something about that setting, about that time. The close-together mentions of Oriental Boulevard and the Brighton Beach trolley has us imagining the group pictures of our Amazing Uncle Sal and his sailor buddies, the ones lost at sea in a diesel submarine, that used to hang on the wall at Grandma’s house. As a source of entertainment, ‘Manhattan Beach’ resembles production of a family dinner in the days when dinner spent an hour in the oven before the preparation appeared to commence. The first 100 pages are all about character, setting and backstory. Only when that is done do the stuff that create up the narrative arc obtain pulled out of the icebox, two or three at a time. That’s when our protagonist, Anna, is grown and she engages powerfully, far more than was typical for women of the era, with two of the scariest parts of Fresh York’s underbelly, never seeming to lose her self-control or her plan. Her relationships with all of the men around her are, initially, defined by the rules of the era. Women were dependent beings. They were daughters, sisters, wives and, sometimes, worker bees, but almost never anything more. Anna was the one who refused to be held back any more than necessary. She was Lois Lane in a deep-sea diving suit. Some people admired her, but just as a lot of were thinking that any woman who worked a job that didn’t involve teaching kids or sewing was stealing paychecks from a Egan’s earlier works are truly superb. And this book is excellent. It was dutifully researched and detailed. It was written in a compelling prose, parts of which could have come from a cookbook that included a recipe for Baked Alaska. However, it is missing an ingredient show in her earlier work: a soul. This book lacks meaning any deeper than the pancake makeup worn by the performers playing the seaside gin mills. It is a amazing story masterfully researched and told. It is superb historical fiction. But it is not the literary fiction Ms. Egan has led us to expect and it travels across ground that perhaps too a lot of writers have already traveled.

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    Manhattan Beach: A Novel [Book]  2017-10-13 21:14

    Manhattan Beach is a book I was eager to read because I have loved other books by Jennifer Egan. While reading, though, I was not eager to finish. I wanted to stay in the globe Egan created, with these characters I came to hattan Beach is a historical novel that tells the story of Anna, a young woman who works at a naval yard during Globe Battle II with a fierce determination to be a professional diver. It is also the story of her father, Eddie, a man who seeks out opportunities on the edges of organized crime to do work that is more or less legal and Dexter Styles the quasi-legit gangster he works for. But this is not a story about organized crime.I was about halfway through the book when I realized I had no idea where the story was going to go. What could be more exhilarating? That is the kind of book this is. It just tells a story. It’s not a mystery, not a romance, not a battle story, not a family saga, not a coming-of-age story, but it also all of that.I loved Manhattan Beach. Egan has this languid approach to writing – even though the story is full of action and excitement – that is so immersive. Reading her books is kind of like donning one of those diving dresses and submerging in this other globe where everything else disappears. I almost think if she wrote a book about polar exploration or living on the frigid Mongolian steppes, people without air conditioners could read it during the dog days of summer and search relief from the heat. That is the kind of method she makes the globe fall away while you read.I love Egan’s use of language, the “arachnid appetite of the IRS” instilling fears in gangsters, the male genitalia reminding Anna of two shoes hung over a pole, memories brushing versus you like a cat. Her language is alive and new in ways that created me stop and savor, saying the sentences out loud. And this is why I knew even before I read the first sentence, why I was eager to read this book, Egan spins a magical story that grabs on and makes you hope will never allow go.I received an e-galley from the publisher of Manhattan Beach through NetGalley.

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    Life's a Beach []  2020-1-21 20:48

    It's no secret by now that I'm a large fan of George, his writing, his family, his photography and his cat. I knew before I read this book (that I had been eagerly awaiting the release of) that I was going to like it. See, that's what people who have been following George's adventures have amazing faith in...that he's going to tell you a amazing story, share some sweet emotions, give you a satisfied glimpse into life in his family, and create you laugh. This is why he continues to be so successful. And why, with his newly announced decision to create writing his foremost work, we fans can know that we'll always have something unbelievable to look forward to! Bless you, George, write on!!!!

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    Life's a Beach []  2020-1-21 20:48

    Life's a Beach follows through the rest of the year for George Mahood's Every Day is a Holiday. There are a lot of strange holidays/ weeks and months that are touched upon in this continuation of Geroge Mahood's celebrations and their result on his family and his life. Always amusing and frequently laugh-out-loud funny, Mahood shares his life and adventures in his third book. His first, Free Country, is what led me to read these two. He has a unbelievable sense of adventure and faith in everything turning out okay.

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    Manhattan Beach: A Novel [Book]  2017-10-13 21:14

    The beginning of the book I liked. The writing style was exceptionally good. It was interesting to read about how divers were used in WWII/ Furthermore, it had a stronger plot line than much modern that I have recently read which I ever, the ending of the book was very weak. The book just stopped with no resolution; the style of the first half of the book needed a powerful finish that had a twist.I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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    Life's a Beach []  2020-1-21 20:48

    Another amazing fast read from George Mahood. This is the third book that I've read by Mahood and I've enjoyed each fresh book more than the last. I look forward to see what his next adventure will be and how he will share it with the readers. Mahood has found a amazing voice to share his stories with the reader. He has a amazing sense of humor that had me laughing out loud a couple of is book is a continuation of his latest book "Every Day Is a Holiday" focused on the holidays and what the holidays celebrated or what cause it was drawing attention to but this book used the holidays as a method to share amazing stories involving Mahood's family and friends. I found this book sharing the story of the Mahood family relocating to a fresh zone and how they adjusted. The holidays were there but didn't seem as much of a focus.I would recommend this book for anyone that is looking for a fast weekend read. Each chapter is a various month starting with July and going through December. Each chapter is separated by day to give the book a journal feel. Most of the days are only a handful of paragraphs long and can be read quickly. I would highly recommend reading Every Day is a Holiday before reading this book and also checking out Mahood's first book "Free Country: A Penniless Adventure the Length of Britain".

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    Life's a Beach []  2020-1-21 20:48

    This book is private and funny. It is also thought-provoking, as you can't support but wonder as you read how you could create your year more fun and enjoyable. I would highly recommend, though, that you read Every Day Is a Holiday first. He references a lot from that book in this one, and I don't think this one would have been as enjoyable without having read the other. In all, I enjoyed the books immensely.

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    Manhattan Beach: A Novel [Book]  2017-10-13 21:14

    Jennifer Egan's fresh novel, "Manhattan Beach", is a feast. How often can you crack begin a novel that is beautifully written, well plotted, reflective of a certain historical era and "tone", with characters that are a excellent balance of revealed and mysterious? Not often enough, is the answer!The two main characters in "Manhattan Beach" are Anna Kerrigan, a young woman whose father, Eddie, has disappeared. And Dexter Styles, an underworld figure who may have had something to do with Anna's father's disappearance. Anna is 11 when she first meets Dexter, but reconnects later during the early years of WWII. Those are the main protagonists, but the novel is rich with characters who interact with Anna and Dexter to propel the t in Fresh York Town during the Amazing Depression and the early years of the Second Globe War, this historical setting will appeal to fans of HBO's award winning show, "Boardwalk Empire", which also involves shadowy gangster figures and illicit activity. Egan has obviously researched this period thoroughly and we are the lucky recipients of her attractive rendition of the ethos and atmosphere of these times. In this era, organized crime functioned fairly openly and relatively unopposed; "Manhattan Beach" is full of gangsters, crooked cops, politicians, and union an explores some of the changes that WWII brought to America with the rise of the middle class, and the slow de-segregation of urban neighborhood enclaves historically partitioned by immigrants referred offhandedly with ethnic slurs that would be highly offensive today. WWII also brought women into the workforce: picture "Rosie the Riveter". Anna secures a job on the Navy Shipyard which she parleys into a position as a deep sea diver. Egan deftly captures the social dynamics of women newly in the workforce; the not-so-subtle misogyny and politics, the iron-clad double-standard, and the importance of a woman's "reputation".Egan's descriptions of the now antiquated diving equipment and the activities port divers were performing are fascinatingly detailed. (Anna's experience as a diver called to my mind zone walks.) Egan's meticulous research on Naval activities - from who did what on-board, how maritime convoys operated, to the contents of an "Abandon Ship Kit" - adds a tremendous richness to the story. Egan's historical detail coupled with the measured unraveling of the mystery of Eddie's disappearance, are what makes this such a compelling novel.

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    Manhattan Beach: A Novel [Book]  2017-10-13 21:14

    I loved this book. It's probably the best Or within the top five books I've read in 2017...and I'm closing in on 100 books read for this year. (Hey I can hear my fellow reading addicts scoffing at my low number of books read and I'm sure a lot of have read twice that a lot of books.).Egan truly brings the battle years alive and though this backdrop is precise it's the characters that create this book. The three main characters alternate sharing their point of view though Anna's story is central. As the book opens she about age ten and we follow her into young adulthood. She and her father Eddie share a powerful loving bond and he often takes her with him as he performs his tasks in a depression era attempt to feed his family. Eddie sticks to his own code of behavior making sure he doesn't slide into the nether worlds he the book's title implies Fresh York and especially the waterfront are where so much of the action takes place. The dock is where Eddie stands with a lot of other desperate men hoping to be chosen each day to perform tasks such as loading and unloading cargo. When she's old enough Anna also seeks work near the e third key figure in Manhattan Beach is Dexter. He's connected to the mafia or the syndicate though, like Eddie, he seeks to be real to a higher private code despite the speakeasies and then the legitimate nightclubs he runs and owns. It's a cliche to say characters come alive but Anna, Eddie and Dexter seemed like private mates that I'd wish to want the best. I'd search myself worrying about them and hoping things would come out right for them. Egan throws in more than a few plot twists I never saw coming. I dare anyone who picks up this book not to feel the same though, having said that, it took me several chapters in before I felt the current of this book take keep but when it did...wow!Thank you to the publisher for providing and e-copy.

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    Life's a Beach []  2020-1-21 20:48

    Following his successful and hilarious book Every Day Is A Holiday, this continues George's intention to celebrate all the various "days" in the year. Combined with a house move half method across the country, this is another laugh out loud funny book. I've read most of George's books now, and this is as funny as the others. Definitely recommended.

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    Life's a Beach []  2020-1-21 20:48

    I'm more than a small sad to have reached the end of this journey. So much fun was had. Once again tears and laughter. I loved the people... And the holidays.I was glad to see a meal challenge back in Man versus was one hell of a journey and I loved every second of it. Now I need to go place International Doorstep day on these calendars unless someone has beaten me to it. (A day when you thank your doorstep for welcoming all your visitors. It's been so long since I celebrated I can't remember when we created it up.)

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    Manhattan Beach: A Novel [Book]  2017-10-13 21:14

    {My Thoughts}What Worked For MeOld Film Quality – A lot of times when I was reading Manhattan Beach I felt a sort of old noir film vibe going on. I pictured the whole story in black and white, especially the nightclubs and bars, filled with the attractive people and run by gangsters. The era, spanning the depression to the end of WWII, lent itself to the old-fashioned feel, with Egan’s attractive writing adding another rich layer.A Girl with Gumption – For the most part I liked Anna Kerrigan, the young woman at the heart of Egan’s story. Her family had been dealt some hard blows including a vanished father, and Anna did everything she could to create life better for her mother and crippled younger sister. Anna’s desire to become a diver felt true and her course to achieve that goal was one of the parts of this book that I liked best. Everything about Anna’s quest to become a diver was emes of Change and Redemption – Both Dexter Styles and Eddie Kerrigan came to be on quests for redemption. Both had created decisions in their lives that they’d begun to regret, but neither found change an simple path to walk.“…Dexter felt the protesting part of himself – angry, eager to be done – slide abruptly away. He settled into the project of providing this accursed monster an experience of the sea. He absorbed the importance of it, the singleness of the task. It was a relief.”Like Dexter and her father, Anna also sought to make-over her life.What Didn’tA Slow, Slow Pace – I’m so sorry to say it, but for me Manhattan Beach was just plain slow. I almost quit at about 67%, instead I rallied and kept going. Throughout the book there were times when it felt like the pace was about to pick up, but then? It didn’t.Under-developed Characters – I never felt like I really knew or understood any of the three basic characters, making some of their actions almost incomprehensible. Egan spent a lot of time on side characters who seemed to pop in and out of the story when the plot required to move. A tighter focus on the basic characters might have saved Manhattan Beach for nishing Hero – Eddie was missing for much of the book and then suddenly took over. Why? His story dominated the second half and was filled with characters who meant nothing to everything else that had been plausible Actions – Had I known the characters better some of the choices they created might have been a small more believable for me. As it was, the book needed me to suspend disbelief too a lot of times to really have fun the story.{The Final Assessment}Rarely do I write such a negative review, but I did finish Manhattan Beach and my commitment is to reviewing books I finish. I admit, I probably should have quit on this book, but just never could quite believe it wasn’t going to turn the corner into brilliance. For me it didn’t, but Booklist, Kirkus, Library Journal, and Publisher’s Weekly can’t all be wrong. I look forward to hearing what others think of Jennifer Egan’s latest. Grade: C-Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for my honest opinions.

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    Manhattan Beach: A Novel [Book]  2017-10-13 21:14

    You had me at Jennifer Egan. “A Visit from the Goon Squad” is far from my genre comfort zone, but is still a best beloved book. Historical fiction is securely in my zone, and I was beautiful excited to read “Manhattan an takes us deep into the waters of the Brooklyn Navy Yard during Globe Battle II. The well-researched info of the Yard, the Merchant Marine, and Fresh York are fascinating. Although her characters are people of their time and place, Egan goes beyond their historicity, to reveal both their best selves and their worst faults with an even-handed clarity.

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    Life's a Beach []  2020-1-21 20:48

    This is the second in a collection of memoirs following George Mahood as he celebrates every one of those silly holidays throughout the year. (The first book is Every Day Is a Holiday. It includes the journey celebrating holidays from January 1 through June 30. The narrative is humorous, engaging, and thoroughly enjoyable. It was my first memoir and I found it a unbelievable introduction to the genre.)The holiday challenge seems to have taken a backseat in this instalment of the series. Yet, it is still an entertaining and funny memoir. After the first book, the family has become like that of your favourite family sitcom (as a fan of Bob’s Burgers the family and the humour was like an extension of my favourite TV programme) so you are not too invested in the challenge anyway.I am a doctoral candidate with a sub-par internship at a Tier 1 supplier for the automotive industry, so my days had begun to be lost in looking toward the future, for that day when I am no longer waiting to graduate, but actually contributing to society as a professional in the automotive industry. These books have inspired me to really celebrate every day and create every day memorable. I am still working on making this change in my life – I read these books in two or three days at work, so obviously I haven’t completely achieved this end goal – but the effects of this little tweak is clear such result is that I am seeking small adventures or making the mundane an adventure. Not that my lectures have suddenly become inspiring or that I am trying a fresh method to work just to add a small drama at seven o’clock in the early morning. More, I am playing fresh android games with my cats and dogs, rather than settling down to pass time with the telly. Or, I am suggesting walks or fresh subjects to research with my significant other. This way, when my head hits the pillow at night, my day feels ese adventures have resulted in a more positive outlook. I don’t feel like a rat in the machine. Yes, I still have to work a job with no possibility of a raise or career after graduation. Yes, I still bills. Yes, I still go to class, do work, and obtain tested on what I have learned. Yes, the cycle is still there. However, that is just a portion of my life. With these small micro-adventures and everyday celebrations of little things, I don’t feel like I have sold my soul to hold the machine going. I no longer feel lost in the wheel as it amazed me that these very easy, fast reads, laced humour and a lot of (ultimately pointless) antecedents, would influence my life so much. I would recommend anyone feeling stuck or like another cog in the machine to read these. I hope you have fun them as much as I did.

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    Life's a Beach []  2020-1-21 20:48

    Excellent for indulging in light n simple funnyness. I've read 3 of George's books and they're all hilarious... and then I found $50! P.s. I only give 5 stars to proper Literature or mind blowing books... so 3 stars in my book is more than half as amazing as The Divine Comedy, which makes it really really good. Another American adventure, please!

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    Have a Nice Guilt Trip []  2020-1-22 22:32

    Basically, just a rehash of their previous book, though this time Lisa seems to be stuck on one topic, so after a few essays it all becomes quite redundant. Thankfully, daughter Francesca keeps this novel going, but she is not given enough ink time to create buying this book worth it. Check it out at your local library instead.

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    Have a Nice Guilt Trip []  2020-1-22 22:32

    If you are looking for a method to have entertainment on a few hour's street trip, then this DVD set is for you! Heartwarming stories that also create you laugh, and you really start to obtain the impression that you know Lisa Scottoline and her daughter Francesca.

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    Have a Nice Guilt Trip []  2020-1-22 22:32

    To me, Lisa and Francesca are hysterically funny in print. So given the choice of audio or print, I chose audio this time so I could listen to them tell the stories themselves and I was so not disappointed. I love everything I have read and/or listened to by these ladies. This book especially because of Mother Mary - she was the bomb!!! :-)

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    Have a Nice Guilt Trip []  2020-1-22 22:32

    I always read the Mother/Daughter column in the Inquirer and a lot of times it sits very close to my own life (except for the dogs!). An entire book becomes repetitive so most chapters were skimmed over. Always a smile in each chapter just too much of the same theme.

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    A Trip to the Moon [Movie]  2017-10-13 21:47

    What I would consider to be the first SciFi movie. Quite an entertaining film mainly as it displays much of the scientific thought at the time and along with other George Melies movies gave birth to what we now call movies. **Synopsis** After much careful planning on a chalk board by what looks to be Gandalf a group of brave explorers are fired out of a giant gun straight into the moons face. The group then encounter poor weather amongst other strange phenomenon and soon after the moon men, weird hominid monsters who jump around like apes. Armed with only umbrellas and their wits, they quickly explode the first one they encounter into a mist and promptly obtain taken by the moon men to explain themselves to the leader. Natually the leader is not best please, seeing the leaders annoyance they burst into action and do what can only be described as some kind of slam drop on the leader and explode him into a misty vapour in front of his already enraged followers. They obtain chased back to their ship and fall off the moon back to Earth in the most hilarious way, celebrations then ensure back on Earth. Go on, you know you wish to watch it!

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    Have a Nice Guilt Trip []  2020-1-22 22:32

    Lol

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    Have a Nice Guilt Trip []  2020-1-22 22:32

    Hold up the amazing work! Love to read all of your books and looking forward to so a lot of more please!

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    Have a Nice Guilt Trip []  2020-1-22 22:32

    Love, love Scottoline; her fiction is outstanding, but her non-fiction works, focused mainly on her relationships with her daughter and to a lesser extent, other family are acute, perceptive and often side-splitting.

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    Have a Nice Guilt Trip []  2020-1-22 22:32

    The mother/daughter squad of Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella don't disappoint in another collection of columns. These vignettes, whether about gardening, dogs, family or men are delightful. It's fun to see the threads that keep these two together.

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    Have a Nice Guilt Trip []  2020-1-22 22:32

    We've read all of their humorous novels created up of individual short stories about their lives real or fiction who knows. This boo continues their ability to entertain the reader.

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    Have a Nice Guilt Trip []  2020-1-22 22:32

    This was a very enjoyable read. I feel like I know Lisa Scottoline very well from reading these vignettes. Her daughter Francesca also wrote some of the om reading these one can see their close relationship along with Lisa's mother. Very fun read!

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    The Beach House: A Novel []  2020-2-5 0:21

    Nan is in her 60's and has been living as a widower on Nantucket for decades. She is quite eccentric (think swimming naked in the neighbor's pool when they aren't around). Her financial adviser tells her she is in dire straights financially and needs to her beloved home. She resists and harks upon the idea to rent some rooms as a bed and breakfast. Enter Daniel, newly separated from his wife Bea, and struggling with a lot of internal issues. Daff, a newly divorced woman who is having so a lot of issues with her teen daughter Jessica. Jessica insists on living with her dad and his fresh girlfriend, Carrie, so Daff decides to take a much required vacation. Michael, Nan's son, is escaping a horrible relationship and his job and needs to come for a [email protected]#$%!& doesn't take long for these guests to bond and become their own family and help system. Nonjudgemental Nan always has an begin ear, takes everything in her stride, and is kindness itself. Jessica comes to stay and turns over a fresh leaf by helping babysit Daniel and Bea's girls and helping Nan with the garden. Unexpected romances begin. But underlying is Nan's financial difficulties. Mark, a developer, her a method out. But is he being truthful and honest? We also see that as much as Nan seems to be a spirit, she isn't dumb or a pushover.

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    The Beach House: A Novel []  2020-2-5 0:21

    I read a lot of a lot of novels of all sorts, but rarely feel compelled to write a review. This book is dreck. Lazy, lazy writing. The plot is pat and predictable. Green uses one word "truculent" four times to describe a single teen character. In the dialog, that same teen uses the word "shall." An American teen? Really? Although the book is set in Fresh York Town and Nantucket, the dialog is British including the phrase "chalk and cheese." Don't waste your time. There much better beach reads out there.

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    The Beach House: A Novel []  2020-2-5 0:21

    This book is hard to read. It has several pov/storylines. That's not really the problem. The issue is that it jumps around from pov to pov with no warning. Most of the time not only doesn't the change in the pov not happen at the beginning of a fresh chapter, it usually just runs on from the previous. I'll be reading and think "this doesn't create sense", and then I realize we've moved on to one of the other storylines. Also, within a storyline it jumps with no warnings. "uh... how did they obtain there all of a sudden?" I've read Jane Green before. If this was my first Jane Green it would be my last.

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    The Beach House: A Novel []  2020-2-5 0:21

    If all you're looking for is a simple, no-think, simple breezy read....this is for you! A soap opera on paper....only without any true drama. Characters are likeable enough....and I was able to digest 1 or 2 chapters at bedtime to support place me to sleep.... Other than that? It was VERY difficult to hold track of the characters, their names, their connections...or lack thereof. They were scattered all over....I'd be reading about Michael when suddenly, as if stricken by whiplash, the rest of the page would jump into the life of Jess. Very haphazardly done. Ending was just ....p o o f . Not much here folks.

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    The Beach House: A Novel []  2020-2-5 0:21

    The characters in this novel are representative of American life. Readers will feel connected to a 65-year-old aging matron, Nan Powell, who has lived through disappointments and tragedy without losing her natural optimism, integrity, and joy for life. Other characters contain a man, recently divorced, who is struggling to come to terms with his sexuality; his wife who feels both betrayed and rejected, yet realizes the divorce gives her time to follow the dreams she set aside years before; a 13-year- old girl, Jessica, who struggles to search her real self while coping with her parent's divorce; and several others who come together on Natucket Island. As in true life, each faces his/her own dilemmas and finds an respond which allows that person to be real to himself or herself.

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    The Beach House: A Novel []  2020-2-5 0:21

    This book was not a relaxing read. Nantucket is a attractive island and I want a more detailed description of its nooks and crannies would have been given. I would hesitate to guess the author has never been there. The characters voice and person sometimes change within the same paragraph. There is not a smooth transition from hero to character. Nan is the most developed hero and the one I liked best. There were also some phrasing that seemed more British than American. The dialogue was stiff at times. For all of these reasons I rate this book a three.

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    The Beach House: A Novel []  2020-2-5 0:21

    Interesting book of hero studies. But the format created it difficult for the first several chapters. To breakup the characters the book was talking about there was no real definition of spacing between totally various conversations not relating to the previous is could of been the issue with my IPad or receiving the Kindle edition of the ebook. The leading, spacing, between the lines was a fraction larger than the other spacing and hardly noticeable.I am always interested on the format the writer will use to tell a story whether fiction or non-fiction. I also will force myself to read anuncomfortable format if I think the writer and story have merit. Giving only three stars because it was hard to follow.

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    The Beach House: A Novel []  2020-2-5 0:21

    While on a beach vacation, I looked for some beach-themed novels to read while away. I never heard of Jane Green, but her book, The Beach House, looked interesting. What a fun read this turned out to be. The plot and characters were more developed than in a typical summer read, although it was a bit predictable in e Beach House is actually Windermere, a grand old lady-of-a-house on Nantucket, owned by the eccentric Nan Powell. Nan is a widow who is having problem making ends meet. At one time, the Powells were one of the wealthiest families on Nantucket, but that was before her husband gambled away much of their fortune and poor investments took care of the rest. She decides to rent out rooms to bring in some income. And of course, she has to first spiff up her aging home. Her renters are a mixed bag and you kind of figure where this story will end. The viewpoints switch between characters. In addition to Nan, Daff is a divorcee with an out-of-control teenaged daughter. Bee and Daniel seem to be the excellent couple, but Daniel hides a dark secret. And Michael, Nan’s son, lives in Fresh York Town where he’s a jeweler. He can’t seem to search a lasting relationship. When he starts an ill-fated affair with a married woman, it will change and maybe even destroy his life. Just about every hero discovers what they’re searching for at Windermere. Yet, even though it is predictable in spots, it takes quite a while for this novel to develop and there’s a true shocker toward the end. The Beach House proved to be a amazing book for the beach.I never heard of Jane Green before reading Beach House, but I learned that she has a number of amazing novels and a loyal following. This novel will definitely not be my latest by Green.

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    The Beach House: A Novel []  2020-2-5 0:21

    I loved the depth and breadth of the characters in this novel, and the method they each worked out their own paths to happiness. The characters, each with very real, very difficult and often painful circumstances. Situations we search ourselves or our loved ones struggling with, yet this novel doesn't feel massive or at all moralistic. I also loved having so much of this book take put in Nantucket. It's mystique and earthiness mirror, and help each hero in finding their own path to happiness. I really enjoyed this book, and after the first couple of chapters, couldn't place it down. Thank you, Ms. Green

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    The Beach House: A Novel []  2020-2-5 0:21

    This if a fun summer read, just the thing to take on the beach and have fun on a lazy e Kindle edition however is dreadful. I imagine the print edition has obvious breaks in the text when the point of view changes; either through triple spacing of the paragraph at the shift or by using ornamental bullets/leafs/printer's marks to indicate the shift. The Kindle edition has nothing to indicate changes in the points of view; the paragraphs just all run together and makes for a jarring read. Suggest Amazon revise the Kindle edition to create it easier to read.

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    She a Female Trip Hop Experience []  2020-1-16 23:18

    Due to the amount of gems on this album, I could only give it four stars. From the first song to fifth song you will be entranced with that unbelievable trip-hop flow. After that the songs become bland and boring fillers. However, the first five songs are so great, it makes the album worth buying. The most attractive song is Insensible by Mandalay, which combines attractive instrumentals, intricate bass and beats and a lusty voice to create a for a pleasurable song. A excellent accompaniment of Hooverphonic. The sensuality and deep beats of the song Purple, and a vocalist that sounds like Fiona Apple is the excellent song for a rainy night. And the array of instruments and sounds of Creeper are just lovely. The deep trip-hop sound of Lusty reminds one of Heavy Attack, also the sound of Uneasy, all shine with brilliance. These songs are defiantly worth the of the CD. If you love trip-hop and electronic music, this. It has some of the best songs ever made.

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    She a Female Trip Hop Experience []  2020-1-16 23:18

    The tracks on this CD are all by "various artists" so the thing lacks any "consistency" to ever, several of the tracks are exceedingly good, and the rest of amazing 's all by female artists, and the styles really do vary a lot. But they are almost all of them of the "Stevie Nicks Electronica" type. HipHop to bass-groove type stuff. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole CD. However, my main focus in melody is something to play while working. As I said, the styles and content are different enough that it can be distracting listening to it and trying to engage in some thoughtful work at the same ain, an Amazon recommended which I am glad I did.

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    She a Female Trip Hop Experience []  2020-1-16 23:18

    I am a relative newcomer to the genre of trip-hop music, but I know what I like. And after hearing just a sampling of this CD in a book store, I bought it immediately and have not been disappointed. For one thing, it has introduced me to artists that I had never even heard of before. And the songs selected for this album blend together beautifully to make a blissful and chilled-out atmosphere. I love it! There's something addictive and meditative about this melody -- the airy and sultry female vocals nearly float effortlessly above deep trance-like bass and drums. The result is very nice indeed. I highly recommend this CD for fans of ambient and trip-hop (and even Dido, whose songs would fit in quite nicely on this sampler). Perfect melody to drift in and out of.

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    Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip (P.S.) []  2020-1-23 0:38

    My relationship with China is not straightforward. There’s amazing pride latent in my parents’ attitude towards their home country - their zuguo - and some of it has trickled down. While I recognize the validity, I tend take criticism of the Chinese - government policies, human rights violations, behavior of tourist groups - somewhat personally. Rather, I would prefer to assume a deaf Driving by Peter Hessler does not lack these criticisms. It’s an acc of Hessler's experiences driving a rental vehicle through the country, first following the Amazing Wall to the desolate Gansu province, then to a rural village north of Beijing, and finally, to the Zhejiang in south, the land of emerging factories. At each leg of his journey, Hessler integrates into some facet of the local community, putting him in a position to discover the effects of rapid development at a very private level. The criticisms that Hessler contains stem from an American accustomed to various conditions, and to be fair, they aren’t really presented as criticisms. Hessler describes insane driving conditions or guanxi, the Chinese form of networking, where business men and political officials lavish bonuses in exchange for leniency, and his subtle sense of humor pries the ridiculousness out. It’s effective - some of the scenes created me cringe, touching on my sensitivity. But any book full of criticisms, no matter how skillfully presented, is not much of a read. Country Driving is much more. For one, Hessler is a brilliant writer. His sentences are fluid, and he is a master at the thought provoking sentence to end a chapter. Combined with his eye (and ear) for necessary details, he packs insights to the Chinese method of life into memorable scenes: a peasant family venturing into Beijing to care for their sick child, a young girl celebrating her sixteenth birthday after a full day - 10 hours - of factory work. I could tell how much of China Hessler absorbed during his stay there, and I’m grateful that he translated his experiences from spoken Chinese all the method to beautifully written English. I suspect that much of my affinity for this book comes from my ability to relate. I visited China every summer with my family from 2004 to 2008, which overlaps with the period that Hessler spent there. As I was younger, I was less tolerant to certain aspects: the trash, the rampant pollution, the suffocating heat, the sheer overpopulation. But reading this book created me wish to visit China again, to be in that land of inescapable heritage and unprecedented change. Hessler now lives in the Middle East as a correspondent. I hope he writes about his experiences there as well. I won’t be able to pronounce the names as effortlessly as I can with his books about China, but I already know I will read everything he writes. 

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    Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip (P.S.) []  2020-1-23 0:38

    A warm, revealing look at rural Chinese through the experiences of this author, who lived and traveled China for five years. Peter Hessler, a journalist, first describes his travels along the Amazing Wall, and in the second section recounts his experiences living in a remote town, and finally tells us about visiting factory-towns south of Guangzhou. Taken together, the a lot of easy lives of these rural people expose underlying characteristics of the culture and attitudes of Chinese peoples. I have lived here for some six years, and my understanding is now greatly enhanced by this nation of peoples on the brink of overshadowing the rest of the world. You will love the humor and surprises of this book!

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    Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip (P.S.) []  2020-1-23 0:38

    Peter Hesller becomes my absolute favorite writer after I read his first book River Town. His writing is delicate and at the same time hilarious. He never fails to create me laugh, and at times fell into deep thinking. His interaction with the characters he wrote about is compassionate and engaging. This book Country Driving did not disappoint me. I am also impressed by how much research he dig into the Chinese history with each put he visited. Being a person who grew up in China, I can tell his sentiments and observation are authentic and his writing accurate. Once I pick up his books, it is hard to place it down. This is another must read. Highly recommended!

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    She a Female Trip Hop Experience []  2020-1-16 23:18

    I was so excited to search this. And the melody is just as amazing as I remember.

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    She a Female Trip Hop Experience []  2020-1-16 23:18

    This is a beautiful amazing album, usually when you compilation albums you obtain a few really poor songs, but on this cd, there's not one song I don't like..this whole cd has the most excellent downbeat, trip hop flow to it,added with the luscious smokey female voices, your in for a real esome cd, worth every penny...

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    She a Female Trip Hop Experience []  2020-1-16 23:18

    I ordered this cd after hearing Laika, now I've listened to it and am searching out and ordering all of the artists on the cd. It's rare for a compilation to be so amazing from beginning to end, I can't recommend this enough.If you like electronica, female vocals, trip-hop or any such, you owe this cd at least a listen.

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    She a Female Trip Hop Experience []  2020-1-16 23:18

    I personally couldn't obtain into this cd since I do love trip hop music. This compilation isn't not good but it isn't what I consider to be amazing either. I really couldn't obtain into this cd. The songs just didn't flow together. I think this cd could have been better if Hooverphonic, Olive, Goldfrapp and Supreme Beings of Leisure were included on this comp and leave out Hybrid's "I Know" for example. I'm sorry I just couldn't have fun this cd.

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    Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip (P.S.) []  2020-1-23 0:38

    Having enjoyed each of Peter Hessler's two prior books from and about China, "River Town" and "Oracle Bones", I was excited to learn that he had written a third book-length dispatch from China, "Country Driving". What makes Hessler's China books so enjoyable and educational to myself and (I believe) other Americans interested in learning more about the rapid change that China is undergoing, is the insight he provides on how China's changes affect and impact average people in the country. Hessler does what most of us Americans will never do: move to China for a decade, learn the language, and live in close contact with average Chinese people. His books tell the stories of the people he meets and in a lot of cases befriends, and Hessler tells those stories with compassion, humor, and an understanding of how the stories fit into the bigger picture of China's transformations."Country Driving", however, is not as intimate nor as distinguished a book as Hessler's two predecessors. This is because of the fundamental nature of the book: in "Country Driving", Hessler has gained his Chinese driver's license, and a amazing portion of the book describes what Hessler sees while driving. As one would expect, these descriptions of scenery (with a powerful focus on the Amazing Wall, or more accurately "Great Walls"), while interesting, don't provide powerful insight into the Chinese people. "Country Driving" is most interesting when Hessler gets out of his vehicle and interacts with the Chinese people, as he does in the latter two thirds of the book, which describe his experiences weekending in a little Chinese mountain city and the rise of a fresh factory city and factory in fast-growth coastal though he is an outsider and a foreigner, Hessler apparently develops very close relationships with several of the people he meets, and those people trust him enough to bring him into personal conversations and to allow him know necessary family secrets. His writing is most insightful when he is able to develop those relationships, because it provides an intimate portrait of how average Chinese people react to the changes the country is undergoing.Having read all three of Hessler's China books, I would rank "River Town" as the best, followed by "Oracle Bones" and then "Country Driving". Fans of the first two books, however, should have fun "Country Driving". At the end of "Country Driving" Hessler is back in the U.S.A. and married, so perhaps this is the final book of what will be his living-in-China trilogy. I am very glad he embarked on this project, and I have learned much from his writings.

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    Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip (P.S.) []  2020-1-23 0:38

    Peter Hessler does a FANTASTIC job in describing day to day life in China for a peasant farmer, a factory worker, a factory owner, a government official. He lived in China from 2000 - 2007. He spoke the language ( I forgot which one) which opened endless doors for him that resulted in a book full of interesting, detailed interactions with locals and their particular e book is in 3 sections. The first is he drives 7,000 miles tracing the Amazing Wall of China. We explore that possibly as recently as 25 years ago locals would dismantle parts of the Wall for building materials ! The concept of the Wall being something worth preserving and studying is a very latest e next section is he rents a house fro 6 years in a city called Sancha - not far from Beijing. In the beginning it is a desperately not good peasant/farming city - they have no litter because they have nothing to throw away. By the end of 6 years, due to the economic transformation taking put across China, the city has economically improved and now has trash that recyclers come to pick e 3rd and final section, he covers a city that was designated an economic location by the government. To promote businesses to begin up in this selected city the government pours into infrastructure. They changed the misreable street to a highway with 26 tunnels (one was 2 miles long !) Chop the travel time to Beijing from 6 hours to 2 hrs. This is an example how government helps the personal sector, something some Americans don't understand. When the author shows up in this city he sees 3-4 men standing in a dirt field he goes up to them, and it is 2 business men talking with a contractor about building a factory where they stand. They sketch our some drawings on the spot and based on that rudimentry info the contractor has a for building the factory the next day! The author ends up being mates with these business men and follows them through the entire process, to the point of producing parts for bras. The author also befriends workers at the factory, goes to dinners at their apartments is book is PACKED with detail on living and working in China. What are the wages, how much does something cost, what do people eat, how does the health care system work, class differences, little city politics, how do business men conduct business in a Communist country.I plan on rereading this book. Peter Hessler does an EXCELLENT job in painiting a detailed human picture of life in China.

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    Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip (P.S.) []  2020-1-23 0:38

    To my surprise, this has proven to be a book that I can use year after year in my course on China's economy. It's a very amazing read, but it's also undergirded by a very amazing analytic understanding of problems from village-level political economy to the nature of shift from farm to town of migrants to the regional disparity of this empire-becoming-a-nation-state. Over the past 30 years of teaching about China, I'm not sure I've had any other book that I've been able to use this a lot of years in a row. So even though parts are about the China of 10 years ago, I've continued to assign it to my students.

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    She a Female Trip Hop Experience []  2020-1-16 23:18

    being a devoted fan of trip-hop, i could not hesitate to obtain this album and i must say it didn't disappoint me at all! it does obtain slower on the second half but that doesn't interfere with its quality... it's great, even my mom likes it!

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    She a Female Trip Hop Experience []  2020-1-16 23:18

    This CD is amazing!It is my favorite right now and I think it is going to stay that method for a very long time! It's wonderful how the women's voices give you a trance into the melody that they l the compilation is very smooth and excellent for anything, you can be calm and you can be totally active with this CD. No doubt it is the best.When it comes to trip-hop it compiles the best artists and even the of it is absolutely enjoyable.If you like Trip Hop, this cd is a MUST. Also is the best example of what amazing trip hop is for someone who has never heard about this 5 stars to this CD!

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    Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip (P.S.) []  2020-1-23 0:38

    Peter Hessler's Country Driving was an assigned reading for my Chinese Civilization class, as part of our final section about Chinese modernization. I have been lucky enough to have this professor before, and she has always been amazing at assigning readings that are genuinely interesting as well as educational and relevant. She has previously assigned both "The China Fantasy" by James Mann and John Pomfret's "Chinese Lessons", both perfect reads. This book is a work of autobiographical non-fiction recounting Hessler's time in China.I wish to begin where my first impressions began, with the cover. Normally I don't tend to care much about covers of books, but this one struck me negatively at first. Something about it seemed unecessarily artsy and pretentious. However the cover is actually an photo from Hessler's travels in China, and that policeman statue is actually one of a lot of that the Chinese government used to put along the nation's fresh highways, because they did not yet have the infrastructure to effectively police the fresh expanses of road. So the cover went from seeming pretentious to being beautiful hilarious rather quickly.Anyway, the book is divided up into three sections titled “The Wall,” “The Village,” and “The Factory.” Each is about a various period of Hessler's travelings around China, and discover various parts of how the Chinese people are reacting to the fresh economic paradigm in the country.“The Wall” is basically just about a street trip Hessler went on, traveling Westward from Beijing following the fragments of the Amazing Wall toward the Tibetan Plateau. The best part of this section to me was the historical information. Between notable encounters on the street Hessler explores the history of the Amazing Wall (a misnomer, as the wall is actually more like a lot of fragments of defensive infrastructure than one long wall).It was also amazing for de-sensationalizing the Amazing Wall. To the locals it is just part of the scenery, and historically it was beautiful common to simply steal bricks and materials from the nearby wall in to complete local construction projects. Traditionally the Chinese did not even refer to it as the Amazing Wall (or any one word at all, in fact), but the Western notion caught on and actually transmitted backward into the Chinese lexicon as 長城,literally “Long Wall.”“The Village” was my favorite section. Hessler and a mate of his rented a home in the rural city called Sancha, and got to experience first hand how the changing economy affect rural Chinese life. The growth of enterprise, specifically tourism, molded the village's economics and environment. He also got to be a part of the local village politics with the Communist Party and saw the subtle power struggle that went on beneath the surface of village life. The bond he formed with the Wei family and his private experiences with them created for a amazing read, and a beautiful emotional experience.“The Factory” was probably my least favorite section, but also arguably the most necessary in the larger “scheme of things”. This chapter handled the growth of manufacturing in Southern China, and raised such problems as migrant workers, corruption, quality control, and the health concerns of working in Chinese industry. It has a generally darker tone, as there is a lot of financial struggle and stressful business dealings involved, but this seems to be the fresh reality of Chinese economics. It is necessary info for East Asian scholars to method of a summary I will just remark that I plan to read Hessler's other books based on how much I enjoyed this one, which is generally uncommon for me. Highly recommended to interested individuals!

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    Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip (P.S.) []  2020-1-23 0:38

    Peter Hessler first visited China in 1996 with Globe Corps as a Volunteer, helping out in some of the poorest parts of the country. Years later, his experience in the zone landed him work as a Journalist with the Wall Road Journal (among other publications), which seemed to hold him in China. When it comes to Zhongguotongs (Foreigners adept at all things China), he is one of the best and most famous. Not only does his rich understanding of China come through in this book, but his Mandarin is impeccable.But first, the set up. A few years ago, Hessler decided to obtain out of Beijing for a while, so he rented a vehicle (as per the rental company, he wasn't allowed to leave town limits). Hours later he was cruising well beyond the borders of Beijing, looking for parts of the Amazing Wall. On the method he met locals, Amazing Wall experts, amateur Historians, picks up hitchhikers, and got shaken down my more than a few Government officials (not because of the car, but because as a journalist, he's considered a troublemaker). All of the adventures are detailed here, and that's just the start. Interwoven in his misadventures are rich historical backgrounds on all things ter spending extended periods of time outside of Beijing, he decided to rent a house, something little and neat. As a writer, he was looking for someplace peaceful to obtain his work done. As his stay in the countryside progressed, he met his neighbours and became more and more involved in their everyday lives. Armed with his linguistic mastery and astute Chinese sensitivity, he was permitted, even welcomed, into their lives. This book relates to the reader, some of the most intimate records of Mainland Chinese Country life. And since a lot of of the country's people are moving into the city, it allows anyone living in China for the first time, a better understanding at the elusive `Chinese mind.' That, I believe, is the strongest part about this ere are countless books on Chinese history, opinion pieces, books on the Tao, books on how Confucian thought has influenced Chinese society. Mountains of this stuff. This book shows, with wonderful detail, the level to which the Chinese family supersedes all, and the oft-cited Guanxi (Chinese for `Relationships') can lead one to greatness, or previously I had theorized that Guanxi was how the Chinese `made up' for not having a powerful legal system. I suppose I was half right. There are contracts all over China which are completely worthless. Ultimately Guanxi represents your private recourse. Backing up those contracts is no one, certainly no court, but rather, the other people in the community who will help you. In a sense, you have to go out and obtain your reover, guanxi isn't just a form of currency, but a useful re-useable one. Chinese often huge cartons of cigarettes and pass them to mates and business partners as gifts; you can imagine the cartons of cigarettes getting passed around the city, as one upstart has dinner with a client, who then passes it onto an official, who then passes it on to a amazing friend, who then tries to begin up his own business, and uses it to obtain favours there. Sometimes, they don't even smoke these gifts, they just pass them around. Sometimes the `gift' is no bonus at all, but a favor, or the patronage of someone's business. As you see, these are favors that everyone benefits from, in a lot of this point you must be thinking, it sounds like a madhouse, to be so desensitized to corruption. But don't forget, corruption aside, China can be a very strict and locked down put to live. The Guanxi, or palmgrease, is the wiggle room. It may be that the locals don't feel it the method outsiders do, because locals know how to bend the rules. So Guanxi is not only the legal system, and the system of currency, but the valve that makes life liveable. With me of those with connections will rise; in fact, those same officials often started as small fish, growing their network to become huge fish. To grow their connections even further, they join The Party, and before they know it, they're on the other team. That's one method to go from nothing, to being super popular in China-to leave your mark. And to some, that's the most necessary thing of re Reviews like this on 21tiger

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    Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip (P.S.) []  2020-1-23 0:38

    I read River City when I was in China and liked it so much I immediately purchased Hessler's other two books, Oracle Bones and Country Driving. When I was travelling through China I actually started reading Country Driving but I never got round finishing it. More recently I bought a few audio books and have been listening to the two books in latest weeks.I was quite disappointed by Oracle Bones, which I found to be too drawn out, often boring and had Hessler writing to much as a know-it-all. [email protected]#$%!&ry Driving he regained some of his balance and I'm satisfied to say it's more like River City than Oracle Bones. The book consists of three parts. The first part with Hessler getting his driving license (including samples of the hilarious try questions) and driving along the Amazing Wall. I consider this the best part of the book with a lot of funny stories and amazing humour and some info about Chinese regions you don't often come across.I had expected the whole book to be like a travelogue, not unlike Rob Gifford's more serious China Road, but this (unfortunately) did not prove to be the case. The second and third part of the book search Hessler grounded in the little village of Sancha, north of Beijing, and a facotry for bra rings in Zhejiang. As such, the title of the book is a bit e second part of the book, about the village on Sancha is my least favourite. The story mostly with one family and thereby the book shifts from the wide perspective of a roadtrip in the first part to the microcosm of a Chinese rural family. That's all fine but it does so in too much detail and I found myself getting impatient with the continuous story about a handful of people. I also found Hessler's writing to be walking a thin line between humorous admirating and derision at e third part, about the Zhejiang factory, is more interesting again. Besides the workings of a factory in all it's facets - including having to with workers, government officials and tournament - it also gives a glimpse of what China's economic development was like after the turn of the century. This makes for more interesting reading than the life of one rural family as far as I'm l in all this is a step back in the right direction for Hessler after the disappointing Oracle Bones.A note on the audio book: like Oracle Bones this audio book is narrated by Peter Berkrot, who I didn't like much in Oracle Bones because of his dreadful pronounciation of Chinese and silly voices whenever he read out dialogue by a Chinese person. Berkrot has improved is pronounciation somewhat for this book and his silly voices are a bit less exreme, though not fully absent in his rendition of Country Driving.

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    Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip (P.S.) []  2020-1-23 0:38

    Peter Hessler writes an in-depth and very intimate recollection of his time in the rural villages and little boomtowns of China. Hessler is a very various type of journalist, his command of Mandarin and his friendly nature allows him to befriend a lot of colourful people throughout his travels in China. For many, he is one of the first foreigners they have ever seen (humorously, in some very remote locations his Mandarin fluency leads some to guess that he is a member of a Chinese ethnic minority, or that he is a spy sent from the US). Yet he is able to access and talk to rural and urban Chinese, not through short interviews, but through months and years spend together as friends. Hessler gets personally involved when his mate Wei Ziqi's son falls gravely sick, and drives him to the hospital. Hessler uses his medical contacts in the US to double check medical options and ensure the safety of a required blood transfusion for the son. The accounts that Hessler writes in this book are therefore not little snippets from a wandering stranger, but more recollections of an author about his mates in China.I also did a small pre-purchase research on Peter Hessler, and he had already written two books on China before this one. So rest assured his credentials are very solid and he is well-qualified to write this book.

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    She a Female Trip Hop Experience []  2020-1-16 23:18

    This is the only put you can search "Creeper" by Kikiwest, a band that doesn't even exist anymore. "Creeper" exemplifies the rarified atmosphere of this compilation. Winding it's method around your consciousness like fireflies of sound, it samples a bizarre quote from the 1998 "audio portrait" of an NYC bowery flophouse (The Sunshine Hotel: Radio Documentary by Sound Portraits, available on Amazon) from the section of interviews called, "Sounds of Lobby Ambience." Then the sweet siren voice chimes in with, "Sit down, 'cause you're not OK." You're in for a sonic adventure eland's Crustation only produced one CD, Bloom, and the two best cuts are featured here, "Down, Down," and "Purple." Germany's The Starseeds are similarly disbanded, but their "Parallel Life" track is ambience at its abosolute best; so good, in fact, that it's worth buying their only two albums, Parallel Life and There Is Enough for Everyone (available as MP3 downloads on Amazon).And so it goes, further into obscurity and artifice. Zia is some strange, Fresh York Town electronic artist obsessed with NASA, the zone program and alien life. "Cosmic Rain" is her dreamy, blippitty-blip-blip sounds contribution. For her much weirder efforts, check out her 2012 cd, Drum N Space. And rounding out the best cuts on the cd, Bistream Dream with "Buddah's Patio," a lilting meditation on "taking the magic pill." Bitstream's melody can only be found on compilations, but they're worth seeking out, especially "Spaceman" and "Rising Sun."This is one of those rare, rare discs that truly gives a complete snapshot of female trip hop around the turn of the century, after Portishead blew begin the whole genre in 1994. Go forth and chill.

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    The Beach at Painter's Cove: A Novel [Book]  2017-10-27 18:0

    Amazing Simple Read . .

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    The Beach at Painter's Cove: A Novel [Book]  2017-10-27 18:0

    At first, this book was not what I expected. I am not a fan of art, nor am I a fan of elves/fairies/mystical creatures; however, the more I read, the more intrigued I became. Shelley Noble did an perfect job with hero development- there were several characters with a lot of various personalities (fun, responsible, handsome, helpful, selfish, narcissistic, criminal, spoiled, missing, and forgetful) whom each had their own story essential to the conclusion of this novel. The ending, of course, was happy... but that's exactly what one wants from a summer read. The Beach at Painter's Cove is certainly a novel worth diving into. Enjoy!

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    Little Beach Street Bakery: A Novel [Book]  2018-2-1 18:1

    I have been reading Jenny's novels for years and each one has its own personality and I really obtain inside the characters head and seem to feel what each protagonist feels. I feel what they feel, I see what they see and taste what they taste.Her ones that are meal based are amazing.Her descriptions are so amazing that I can visualise where the characters are (in this case the beachside and the lighthouse), I can taste the meal and each time I read one of the novels about sweets or chocolate or bread I just have to bake (much to my husband's delight).I search myself thinking about her books when I am at work and cant wait to obtain home to obtain back to ease write a sequel to this please.

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    Same Beach, Next Year: A Novel [Book]  2017-11-28 18:0

    Very disappointed, again. In my opinion the storyline was trite, predictable, and completely lacking in substance, to say the least. It was difficult to invest in the characters-- they were very cliche and appears that it is the author's "goal" to churn out a book per year~ perhaps that is much too lofty a goal? It seems that more time should be taken to develop the characters, as well as the premise of the story in which they are involved-- and if that process takes MORE than a year to complete, so be it-- the effect would be better for the author AND the readers!And, as a side note, it would probably behoove the author to eat prior to writing (just as it is advised that people eat prior to grocery shopping, so that they aren't throwing EVERYTHING that looks tempting to their empty stomach into the cart!). Almost every book written by this author is dragged down with overly-detailed descriptions of meal (starting from 'what' is purchased, to how it is prepared, eaten, and cleared away), none of which serves any meaningful purpose, or adds anything of interest to the story (three words that come to mind: monotonous, boring, and irrelevant!). Perhaps the author's next writing project should be a cookbook that would appeal to the food-obsessed?!

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    Same Beach, Next Year: A Novel [Book]  2017-11-28 18:0

    Is a Dot Frank book. The ultimate beach read. I look forward to her offering each year and this does not disappoint.

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    When You're Back: A Rosemary Beach Novel []  2020-3-31 19:30

    I was beautiful excited about this book after how much I loved When I'm Gone, but I can't say I feel the same about this continuation. I honestly want Mase and Reese's story would have ended with one the end of When I'm Gone we're introduced to a fresh character: Reese's true dad. In When You're Back, there's no true extra story to that. Just the fact that Reese has been getting to know her true family for a few weeks. There was no true reason to introduce her Dad - it wasn't fleshed out at all, which was disappointing.I really felt like the only reason for this book was to set up the latest two of the series, and I didn't feel like that was fair to Reese and Mase. Every "problem" for them to overcome felt overly dramatic, with a lot of overreaction. Almost like there was no true problem for them to tackle, only little things blown out of proportion.Was it nice to have more info for the next book? Sure, but I felt like this story was a waste. It also felt a small overplayed. There's a lot of related themes and surprises running through this series, and I was wanting Reese and Mase to do/have something various than every other couple in this series. I was really satisfied with their story at the end of When I'm Gone, but I [email protected]#$%! would have stopped there.

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    When You're Back: A Rosemary Beach Novel []  2020-3-31 19:30

    Reese's life is finally looking up for her. She has moved in with her boyfriend and best friend, Mase Colt Manning, to his ranch in Texas and she has a family in Chicago who welcome her with begin arms. Mase is intent on taking care of Reese because that's the kind of guy that he is, but finds that he is often distracted by other people and events. For starters, his cousin Aida is none too welcoming of Reese and finds excuses to steal Mase away to support her out. A lot of readers hate Nan, and while she isn't my favorite, I know a lot about her background so I can sort of empathize with her. With Aida, I simply didn't like her and had no reason to even think positively of ptain/River and Major are also featured in this story. Major is his usual straight talking self whose direct honesty can be both a blessing and a curse. River, who was introduced briefly in Blaire and Rush's story, initially comes off a bit enigmatic with unclear motives despite his simple confidence. As more of him is revealed, he's related to Major with his bluntness and also very persistent. I really liked River and can tell he has a hidden past that will explain a lot more about him.I always love any drama involving Kiro and his kids and while Nan wasn't show in this story, Harlow and Kiro were and Mase's relationship with Kiro is casual acquaintance at best, but closer to estranged on most days. I've always struggled with Kiro because I can see that he isn't all that poor deep down, but he's a heavy trainwreck otherwise due to so much pain and ese and Mase with lot of items in this book but I never questioned their relationship even if Reese did. As much as I love Mase, he frustrated me at times but he's also the sort of guy to admit he's wrong or his mother will be there to set him straight instead. As for Reese, she's a amazing girl but sometimes I wanted her to stand up stronger without Mase around. One thing I felt lacking in this book was a better explanation about certain things, like Reese's family and why her dad was missing from her life all this time. I'm hoping River's book will give more insight to that. The ending felt a small rushed but left me feeling like Mase and Reese were in a amazing put regardless.

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    Sweet Beginnings: A Candle Beach Novel []  2020-1-22 23:46

    I enjoyed reading this book. The storyline was good, the characters were very amazing and it kept my interest. I will read more of this series.

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