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Friday, May 29, 2009

An extraordinary story. Greg Mortenson, a former mountain climber, discovers his true life mission by building schools for the poor, mountainous villagers in Pakistan and Afghanistan. His journey is an inspiring adventure tale. You will be enlightened and discover interesting facts about this region of the world seen through his eyes. This book is inspiring. Greg has turned a single promise to a small village into a life mission. His determination to build schools in remote areas that have hostile environments that sometimes include hostile insurgents is awesome. The story is one of hope and encouragement. One person can make a difference that can change...

Friday, May 29, 2009

Made-for-TV starring Tom Selleck and based on the book by Robert B. Parker.Following his divorce and loss of his job as a LAPD homicide detective, Jesse Stone travels across the country to take a job as the Chief of Police in the sleepy fishing village of Paradise, Mass.All is not heavenly in Paradise.A domestic violence call leads to a money-laundering case and possibly murder.Jesse Stone is wrestling with his own demons - the major one being a drinking problem – the cause of his job loss in LA.There are some dirty secrets in Paradise, but also some dedicated staff in the Police Dept.The acting, directing and screenplay are excellent.This is one of...

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Wonderful advice for people facing retirement and who are reaching 70 years of age. The author tells how to live these years productively and with purpose. Each chapter, labeled Fear, Joy, Loneliness, Sadness, etc. explains what to do and ends with a 'burden of these years' and a 'blessing of these years.' I found this book very helpful as I plan to retire in a year or so.
 
Sue N., ...

The English Major

by Jim Harrison
Thursday, March 12, 2009

The English Major is Michigan author Jim Harrison at his best. Harrison's offbeat and eccentric character, Cliff, sixty-something, recently divorced and robbed of his farm in Michigan by his ex-wife, takes off on a road trip across America. Along the way, Cliff renews an acquaintance with a much younger former student, drops in on a snake farm in Arizona owned by an old classmate, and ends up in California at the posh apartment of his son, a big-time movie producer. Harrison, who probably closely resembles the story's main character, proves once again that change can be beneficial at any point in life.

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The Chase

by Clive Cussler
Thursday, March 12, 2009

For years I have been a fan of Clive Cussler’s novels with his character of Dirk Pitt. So I thought I would try this novel which is a period piece with the main character, Isaac Bell, as a larger-than-life detective. Set in 1906 in the western U.S. Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn Detective Agency chases down the most ingenious and ruthless bank robber in history. Much like watching an Indiana Jones movie or reading a Dirk Pitt novel, you must suspend your belief about one man not being able to withstand all of the predicaments that confront him – one after the other. Using the setting and time period in the old west this...

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