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Kristi & Abby the Tabby read together in 2014 (76 titles)
modern literature, mystery, history, biography
Kristi's 2013 Book List in memory of Maggie, the cat (154 titles)
Happy to say my new reading companion is Abby the tabby, the funniest cat who has ever owned me.
Kristi & Maggie the cat read together in 2012 (143 titles)
eclectic - modern literature, mystery, non-fiction...
kristi & Abby's Literature Wish List (798 titles)
modern fiction - women's literature - historical fiction....
kristi & Abby's Non-fiction Wish List (306 titles)
history, biography, autobiography, religion, psychology, medicine
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Cover ArtThe Interestings
by Wolitzer, Meg.
** stars. The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become an inseparable group. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. In "The Interestings", Wolitzer follows these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge. The kind of creativity that is rewarded at age fifteen is not always enough to propel someone through life; not everyone can sustain, in adulthood, what seemed so special in adolescence. The friendships endure and some even prosper, but the relationships also underscore the differences in their fates, in what their talents have become and the shapes their lives have taken. ****** Jules Jacobson, the primary protagonist, requires many years to begin to really question whether "the interestings" really have qualities that make them special, i.e. more important or valuable than non-members of the club. She finally asks herself what the "interestings" she has idolized since her teens have lost through their persistent efforts to opt in to the upper echelons of society. She finally wonders if all of them have inaccurately defined success by believing they would only fit in once they stood out or would only matter if they were extraordinary. It’s Jules’s husband, Dennis, a man unafraid to call himself ordinary, who brings her to this realization. “Specialness — everyone wants it,” he tells her in frustration, fed up with her perpetual comparisons to her childhood pals. His answer and mine is NO!! In fact, what they valued as teens as special had more to do with skills and talents than any psychological depth or warmth that was motivated by or concerned with the well-being of other people or the world. Jules adored the "interestings" simply because they invited her in and convinced her she was special too. I wanted to like this book, but unfortunately the protagonists were not very "interesting" and it took a very likable girl / woman far too long to discover what really makes a person special. Cannot recommend!!   posted Jul 25, 2014 at 1:21AM

Cover ArtL'instinct de mort [videorecording]
MESRINE PART 1   posted Jun 27, 2014 at 8:51PM

Cover ArtLa rafle
*****************   posted Jun 20, 2014 at 12:43AM

Cover ArtL'ennemi public no 1 [videorecording]
MESRINE PART 2   posted Jun 19, 2014 at 3:03PM

Cover ArtForgotten country
by Chung, Catherine
LARGE PRINT AVAILABLE THRU HENN CTY   posted Jun 19, 2014 at 1:50PM

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