17. November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: How To's, NonFiction, Tammy

Weekend Bathroom Makeovers by Amy Matthews, 175 pages, read by Tammy, on 11/02/2014

weekend bathroom makeoversInteresting ideas for some basic remodeling, paint, tile etc., that can be accomplished in a few days. More of an idea book than a how to book though.

17. November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: How To's, NonFiction, Tammy

Bathrooms by Editors of Time Life, 128 pages, read by Tammy, on 11/03/2014

bathroomsGives detailed steps for plumbing, tile work, grout, sealant, everything you would need to know to repair or do basic improvements to your bathroom, provided you have the right tools.

 

17. November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: How To's, NonFiction, Tammy

Bathroom Makeovers by Editors of Time Life Books , 128 pages, read by Tammy, on 11/01/2014

bathroom makeoversIdeas and some step by step tips to update home bathrooms. Some good ideas provided you have the right tools and budget.

 

17. November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: How To's, NonFiction, Tammy

Floors and Stairways by Editors of Time Life Books , 128 pages, read by Tammy, on 11/05/2014

floors and stairwaysIdeas and instructions for replacing old flooring with a variety of different materials. Even tells you how to check to make sure the sub-floor is solid before beginning and how to replace it if it isn’t. Good information and instructions.

 

17. November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: How To's, NonFiction, Tammy

Paint Saves the Day by Lucianna Samu, 207 pages, read by Tammy, on 11/02/2014

paint saves the dayTIps on using color to change the appearance of a room, furniture, lamps, etc. It also addressed how to tackle some common painting problems and how to paint on unusual surfaces. Good information with helpful instructions.

13. November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Mystery, Tammy · Tags: ,

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley, 373 pages, read by Tammy, on 11/02/2014

sweetness at the bottom of the pieThe first book in a series of British mystery novels. But our detective is non-other than a plucky, whip-smart 11 year old girl. Who loves chemistry, scientific exploration, and especially poisons. I believe Flavia and Sherlock Holmes could have had some interesting conversations. Though smart and curious Flavia still remains an 11-year-old girl and tormented younger sister of two older sisters.

Set in the summer of 1950 at the decaying mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce finds herself surrounded by curious happenings. First a dead bird appears on their doorstep with a postage stamp pinned to its beak. But more worrisome is how this unnerves her usually steadfast father. Just hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in their cucumber patch and hears him utter his last words.

Flavia is both appalled and delighted as she says “I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn’t. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life.”

13. November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Mystery, Tammy · Tags: ,

Darkness at Pemberley by T. H. White, 286 pages, read by Tammy, on 11/10/2014

darkness at pemberleyA little known detective story by the author of The Once and Future King and The Book of Merlyn. Starting off with a closed room mystery Inspector Buller is soon confronted with two other superstitious deaths at a prestigious college. Frustrated by his inability to prove who the murderer is even the villain confesses in private to him, the Inspector decides to resign from Scotland Yard. The story moves to the estate where two of his friends live. Made famous by Jane Austen, Pemberley, is our majestic setting for evil. The killer determines to kill Sir Charles and endangers the life of Detective Buller’s one true love. The action picks up once the killer manages to hide in the house. What follows includes car chases, kidnapping, poison gas, grinning skulls and a dangerous maze of a chimney system. Sir Charles and Inspector Buller must wrestle with their conscious. Could they kill the man if it’s the only way Sir Charles and his sister will be safe?

13. November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Inspirational, NonFiction, Self Help, Tammy · Tags: , , ,

Unleashing your Inner Dog: Your Best Friend's Guide to Lifeq by Mari Gayatri Stein, 125 pages, read by Tammy, on 11/09/2014

unleashing your inner dogThough this book came out in 2001 it definitely has a hippie or new age vibe going on especially in the art work. I was expecting a more humorous book, but it is more philosophical and about how to have a relaxed, joyful outlook on life no matter what is happening. Mari Stein shares her observations of her dogs’ joy in the every day: eating, chasing a stick, leaping for a Frisbee are all approached with the same open honesty. Dogs truly are nature’s pure examples of unconditional love and loyalty.

10. November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Tammy · Tags: , , ,

Dog Days of Arthur Cane by T. Ernesto Bethancourt , 160 pages, read by Tammy, on 11/03/2014

dog days Arthur is a not a bad guy, but he’s not the most considerate or thoughtful person either. He makes fun of a transfer student’s heritage and religious beliefs including the power of voodoo. Next morning, Arthur wakes up to find himself transformed into a dog. And not a nice pure bred dog his own well to do family would like but a mangy looking mutt. Through his new viewpoint of the world as a dog, Arthur learns about friendship, compassion, kindness and consideration for others. Follow Arthur on his life changing adventure. You may treat others better afterwards whether they be man or beast.

29. October 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Science Fiction, Tammy · Tags: ,

Doctor Who: The Forgotten Army by Brian Minchin, 256 pages, read by Tammy, on 10/27/2014

dr whoThe Doctor takes Amy to New York in the near future. He plans on buying her the best burger ever, the one that aliens travel across the galaxy and even back in time to eat. As they join the line they notice a police force moving through the streets. What is happening at the museum? Why are people running and yelling away from a new exhibit of a prehistoric woolly mammoth?

Turns out an army from a distant planet has come to overthrow the earth, but they thought they’d show up in the prehistoric era, not in the 21st century in one of the largest cities on Earth. In spite of this glitch the army is still determined to take over and enslave the humans instead of the large prehistoric creatures. Of course, at first the Doctor and Amy don’t take them seriously as they are only 3 inches tall but they are very clever and technologically advanced. Once they capture the Doctor what is Amy to do? Who can she trust?

23. October 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Humor, NonFiction, Tammy · Tags: , ,

I Work at a Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks by Gina Sheridan , 157 pages, read by Tammy, on 10/12/2014

i work at a public libraryStrange but true stories from a librarian who worked in public libraries in Missouri and California. Contrary to what many of our patrons believe libraries are not always quiet, calm places where nothing unusual happens. As a mentoring staff member said to me when I first started, remember this is a public library that means we will see all of the public, people from every walk of life and in every kind of situation.

No two days are exactly the same at a public library. There are the  sweet moments, sad moments, the times when you’ve just made someone’s day simply by having the book or movie they were looking for, or telling a patron they have a late fee is the last straw on an already bad day. But sometimes you get those moments where you might have just made a major difference in someone’s life today.

A  lot of the stories in the book are the more amusing and unusual happenings that Gina Sheridan encountered at the libraries where she has worked but some are touching too.

23. October 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Cats, Tammy

For the Love of Cats: Purrfect Felines by Dena Harris, 320 pages, read by Tammy, on 10/12/2014

for the love of cats  A unique mixture of true cat history, legends, statistics about cats and cat owners, quotes, trivia, poems and all other things cat related with beautiful and adorable photos of cats.

23. October 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, NonFiction, Tammy · Tags: , ,

What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell, 410 pages, read by Tammy, on 10/15/2014

what the dog sawGladwell’s fourth book brings together the best of his writing from the New Yorker in the past decade. He discusses not just interesting and unique people but tries to discover what they are thinking that led them to these theories or to be the unique individual they are.

Here you’ll find the bittersweet tale of the inventor of the birth control pill, and the dazzling creations of pasta sauce pioneer Howard Moscowitz. Gladwell sits with Ron Popeil, the king of the American kitchen, as he sells rotisserie ovens, and divines the secrets of Cesar Millan, the “dog whisperer” who can calm savage animals with the touch of his hand. He explores intelligence tests and ethnic profiling and why it was that employers in Silicon Valley once tripped over themselves to hire the same college graduate.

Even though I picked up this book because I was expecting a story collection with animals I found these essays thought-provoking and challenging yet enjoyable. This is how this book is similar to his previous three titles, Blink, The Outliers and the Tipping Point.

23. October 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Cats, Fiction, Humor, Tammy · Tags:

Diary of a Cat: True Confessions and Lifelong Observations of a Well-Adjusted House Cat by Leigh W. Rutledge , 176 pages, read by Tammy, on 10/12/2014

diary of a catWritten as the daily diary of an unnamed house cat, Diary of a Cat shows you the world through a feline perspective. Cat shares what he sees in his own neighborhood and not just the birds but what his human neighbors are up to as well. You will discover what Cat is thinking while he stays at a single speck on the wall, how it feels about a new kitten moving into his house and why sleeping is such a vital all-day activity and much more.
A funny, sweet read.

jennifer's wayThe National Foundation for Celiac Awareness estimates that as many as one in 133 Americans has celiac disease. This includes my 7-year-old niece who was recently diagnosed after almost a year of unexplained severe stomach pains. People with celiac disease are unable to process gluten which is found in wheat, rye and barley and many everyday items you wouldn’t think of such as some brands of toothpastes. The gluten triggers there body to mount an immune response that attacks the small intestine causing pain and preventing the body from receiving nutrients and being able to process some other foods often dairy.

Unfortunately, 83 percent of people who have this disease are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed—suffering through years of pain and misunderstanding.Actress Jennifer Esposito received an accurate diagnosis only after decades of mysterious illnesses and myriad misdiagnoses.

Now Jennifer shares her personal journey—from her childhood in Brooklyn to her years as a young actress, all the while suffering from unexplained ailments. Jennifer’s struggle to finally receive an accurate diagnosis is one that anyone who has a chronic disease will share.

Not only will you learn Jennifer’s personal story through her diagnosis to healing, but you’ll find recipes she uses at home, along with recipes for some of the delicious treats she offers at her own gluten-free bakery, Jennifer’s Way, in New York.

For anyone with a chronic illness or friend or family member with a chronic illness this is an encouraging and uplifting read about getting through the daily struggles.

23. October 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Food, Tammy · Tags: ,

The Quilter's Kitchen by Jennifer Chiavernini, 214 pages, read by Tammy, on 10/19/2014

quilter's kitchenA new staff member comes to Elm Creek, their first professional chef. Sylvia agrees to let Anna update and modernize the kitchen but Anna also wants to honor the history and warmth of the historic manor. As the two ladies work together to pack up the kitchen in preparation for the remodel, they come across some family treasures including some old family recipes.

Besides introducing a new character to the book series, this book also shares some of the family recipes mentioned in earlier works as well as some new ones by Anna. Warm and cozy as an old quilt.

12. October 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Tammy, Thriller/Suspense · Tags:

The Secret History by Donna Tartt, 523 pages, read by Tammy, on 10/05/2014

secret historyThe story of a group of eccentric college students who fall under the spell of their charismatic professor. They seek to learn profound truths from the classics especially the Greeks. But one experiment into ancient Greek traditions goes awry and they learn how easy it is to kill.

Told from the viewpoint of a new student in the classic who learns of the event afterwards and shares how the moral and ethically decisions the group makes from that point on affected the rest of their lives.

06. October 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Mystery, Tammy · Tags:

Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh, 302 pages, read by Tammy, on 09/18/2014

The Dane family’s roots tangle deep in the Ozark Mountain town of Henbane, but that doesn’t keep sixteen-year-old Lucy Dane from being treated like an outsider. Folks still whisper about her mother, a bewitching young stranger who inspired local myths when she vanished years ago. When one of Lucy’s few friends, slow-minded Cheri, is found murdered, Lucy feels haunted by the two lost girls-the mother she never knew and the friend she couldn’t protect. Everything changes when Lucy stumbles across Cheri’s necklace in an abandoned trailer and finds herself drawn into a search for answers. What Lucy discovers makes it impossible to ignore the suspicion cast on her own kin. More alarming, she suspects Cheri’s death could be linked to her mother’s disappearance, and the connection between the two puts Lucy at risk of losing everything. In a place where the bonds of blood weigh heavy, Lucy must decide where her allegiances lie.

True to life descriptions of life in rural small town Missouri deep in the Ozarks.

Flavorful, gluten-free meals that will leave kids begging for more!Every year, millions of children are diagnosed with Celiac’s disease or gluten intolerance, but the dietary changes necessary to treat them don’t come easy.

My favorite part of this book was the first chapter which described how to set-up a Gluten-Free kitchen and addressed possibilities for cross-contamination that I had not considered, such as using wooden spoons which retain traces of gluten or one child putting peanut butter on regular bread and leaving traces of gluten in the peanut butter than the gluten sensitive child coming along with a clean knife and getting the peanut butter with traces of gluten and spreading that on their special gluten free bread.

06. October 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Mystery, Short Stories, Tammy · Tags:

The Outlaw Album: Stories by Daniel Woodrell, 176 pages, read by Tammy, on 09/28/2014

I enjoyed this collection of short stories all set in rural Missouri more than any short story collection I’ve read in years. The main characters, setting and plots are fully fleshed out to tell you their story. There is a wide range of emotions experienced as you read these stories. There is tenderness and loyalty between family and friends but also some desperate and psychologically damaged characters.

This is my second favorite book of his, second only to Winter’s Bone.