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The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell

June 16, 2010
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The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Reminds me of the 1957 book by Vance Packard, The Hidden Persuaders, & The Status Seekers, also by Packard. I found Tipping to be fascinating & memorable. BTW I’m a maven, connector, & salesman, but I’m not an innovator. Too much of a nervous Nellie… ;D

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Witches, Witches, Witches: Selections by Helen Hoke

May 10, 2010
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Witches, Witches, Witches Witches, Witches, Witches by Helen Hoke

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was a wondrous book. If you liked Women Who Run With The Wolves, you’ll enjoy this old book of legends & fairy tale stories. The illustrations by W. R. Lohse are spooky, but the stories are allegorical & thought-provoking. My favorite was Oscar Wilde’s “The Fisherman and His Soul.” I’ll always remember it.

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Dubliners by James Joyce

May 9, 2010
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Dubliners: Library Edition Dubliners: Library Edition by James Joyce

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I was raised Irish Catholic. I know enough about what they’re really – with some exceptions – like (maudlin, exaggerating, drunken, brawling braggarts with sadistic streaks who can’t stand to see anybody enjoying themselves), so I avoid books like “Angela’s Ashes,” “‘Tis” & anything by James Joyce with a passion. Until now, I hadn’t read any of those books. After finishing “Dubliners,” I realize what I’ve been missing.

James Joyce seems to have “gotten it.” He doesn’t roll out the red carpet for these bilious lushes. He tells their stories from arm’s length, so to speak, without the usual “Irish people are the best God ever put on earth” offal. I love how he tells a story. To be a master of the short story is no small feat. Looking forward to my next read of his.

I adore the late Frederick Davidson, the reader of this book. He also read as David Case (his real name), Edward Raleigh, James Nelson, & Ian McKay. I highly recommend you read his John le Carre renditions (especially Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy).

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Bet Your Bottom Dollar: A Bottom Dollar Girls Novel by Karin Gillespie

April 25, 2010
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Bet Your Bottom Dollar (Library Edition) (Bottom Dollar Girls Series) Bet Your Bottom Dollar by Karin Gillespie

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Truly in the cozy mysteries genre. My first from this author (& first in the series). A fun read. I’ll read the next one too.

Reader Carrington MacDuffie (who also reads the Hot Flash Club books) was quite good in this performance. But she needs to know that “Toots” is not pronounced as rhyming with “boots.” It rhymes with “foots” (if there were such a word!). She also was guilty of “over-Southerning” a bit.

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