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Lawrence and the Arabs

Lawrence and the Arabs

by Robert Graves

Good insight to Lawrence

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4out of 5 by kc1911 3 days ago

Robert Graves served in WW I but not with Lawrence. Still, he had access to first hand accounts and TE Lawrence himself. At times long and wordy. But for insight to irregular warfare it has it points ... More

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The Fountain

The Fountain

directed by Darren Aronofsky
Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn, Mark Margolis, Stephen McHattie

My type of topic

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4out of 5 by Barbara H 3 days ago

Enjoyed all the items addressed in the movie and wanted to be able to watch any time. More

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Marry Me

Marry Me

by Susan Kay Law

Book Two of a Three-Part Series

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4out of 5 by jjares 3 days ago

This is the second book in a three-part series (see below). In this story, Jake Sullivan (hero) is a very complicated man. Two years ago, he lost his first wife; they lived on Montana land Jake was ... More

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Water Culture in South Asia

Water Culture in South Asia

by Suzanne Hanchett, Tofazzel Hossain Monju, Kazi Rozana Akhter

Wounderful resource for research

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5out of 5 by Michele 3 days ago

This book is an excellent source of information about the arsenic poisoning crisis in Bangladesh. Instead of just covering technical problems and solutions, it also highlights the cultural and ... More

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Music for the Native Americans

Music for the Native Americans

by Robbie Robertson & the Red Road Ensemble

Robertson and Friends

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5out of 5 by Phyllis D 3 days ago

This CD is pure Robertson.....and I like his work. It is also a compilation of the work of other well-known Native artists. Rita Coolidge, Kashtin, The Silver Cloud Singers, Douglas Spotted Eagle, ... More

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Dreams from the Grandfather

Dreams from the Grandfather

by Robert Tree Cody

Lovely work

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5out of 5 by Phyllis D 3 days ago

What I like very much about this CD is the way Cody weaves his flute music and singing voice together intermittently throughout the body of the CD. Both are hauntingly beautiful, and perfectly ... More

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The Practical Encyclopedia of Drawing: Pencils, Pens and Pastels; Observing and Measuring; Perspective; Shading; Line Drawing; Sketching; Texture; Using Negative Spaces; Composition

The Practical Encyclopedia of Drawing: Pencils, Pens and Pastels; Observing and Measuring; Perspective; Shading; Line Drawing; Sketching; Texture; Using Negative Spaces; Composition

by Ian Sidaway, Sarah Hoggett

For the serious artist

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4out of 5 by Phyllis D 3 days ago

I am serious about my art, but not disciplined through years of studying art in colleges, universities, or apprenticeship to a highly successful artist. Therefore I am a bit at odds as to how to ... More

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The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

by Daniel James Brown

A Pleasant Surprise

5out of 5 by Pauline D B 4 days ago

I had to read this book for a book group that I'm in. My first thought was that it wasn't going to be a book that really interested me but I'd "plow" through it. To my surprise, I found myself really ... More

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Black cargoes; a history of the Atlantic slave trade, 1518-1865.

Black cargoes; a history of the Atlantic slave trade, 1518-1865.

by Daniel Pratt Mannix

Great piece of history

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5out of 5 by Joseph V M 4 days ago

Well written book about the movement of slaves from Africa to the Americas, the motivation besides money. More

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Into the Fire

Into the Fire

by Manda Scott

Into the Fire

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5out of 5 by Liza C 4 days ago

A brilliant, roller coaster. Fascinating characters, interwoven in two periods of time, both stories gripping and two mysteries. Finely crafted, beautiful writing too. More

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The Five Silent Years of Corrie Ten Boom

The Five Silent Years of Corrie Ten Boom

by Pamela Rosewell Moore

great

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5out of 5 by marcia 4 days ago

great book, favorite author,,,, great service, alibries always has good service More

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The Maverick's Accidental Bride

The Maverick's Accidental Bride

by Christine Rimmer

Married by mistake or not?

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5out of 5 by squiresj 4 days ago

This book will grab your attention from beginning to end. A punch bowl spiked or not? Strange to wake up and find yourself married and remember nothing. Jordyn always ... More

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Tai-Pan

Tai-Pan

by James Clavell

Tai Pan

5out of 5 by kitten2007 4 days ago

I have read this book four times. It's about time to read it for a fifth time. More

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Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu

Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu

by Laurence Bergreen

Envoy extraordinary

5out of 5 by DLRS 4 days ago

Anyone who has read The Travels of Marco Polo and wondered what is fact and what is fantasy should enjoy reading Laurence Bergreen's lucid and entertaining biography of the 13th-century Venetian ... More

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Squid Pulp Blues

Squid Pulp Blues

by Jordan Krall

"Throwing the flakes of flesh into the air"

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5out of 5 by speciesamused 4 days ago

What an intense bizarre book. It left me cringing and just in awe of this world Jordan Krall has written for us. Just amazing. I cannot begin to describe any of it. There is just so much gory, ... More

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Eville

Eville

by Holand Peterson

"Tubes of purple liquids bubbled noisily"

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5out of 5 by speciesamused 4 days ago

A down on his luck young man spends his last few dollars on breakfast and a bus ride to the employment office and by the grace of an other worldly scientist, lands a job. Little does he know that ... More

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A Sea of Troubles

A Sea of Troubles

by Donna Leon

A Brunetti Story with Plenty of Action

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5out of 5 by jjares 4 days ago

This novel allows Signorina Elletra Zorzi to step away from her desk and go underground in a murder case of two local fishermen on the island of Pellestrina (a city southwest of Venice). A fire ... More

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Bring Up the Bodies

Bring Up the Bodies

by Hilary Mantel

confusion #2 as follow-up from Wolf Hall

2out of 5 by bookwomanAnnie on May 1, 2015

Confusion continues in this #2 novel in Mantel's trilogy on Thomas Cromwell.

The novel is an imaginative tale spun as though you are viewing another person's dream, peering through some mist of ... More

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Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall

by Hilary Mantel

Confusing read

2out of 5 by bookwomanAnnie on May 1, 2015

Although this book won awards, I have reservations about why it did so. Proper grammar? check. Good editing? check. Historical accuracy? . . . maybe. But who could tell from the way it is written? I ... More

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Landscapes

Landscapes

by Vera Curnow

not worth the money

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1out of 5 by bookwomanAnnie 11 days ago

I am teaching a colored pencil class at the local art society, and was looking for various books that would give me some ideas for teaching landscape art.

I was VERY disappointed by Curnow's book ... More

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The Works of Philo

The Works of Philo

by Charles Duke Philo, C D Yonge (Translator), David M Scholer (Foreword by)

Food for recycle bin

1out of 5 by John W 2 weeks ago

The book was delivered promptly and in good condition. Twenty minutes later it was in the recycle.
Methamphetamine wasn't available in Philo's time, but he must have been on something. A half ... More

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The Disappearance of Olivia

The Disappearance of Olivia

by Nancy E Ryan

disappointment

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1out of 5 by Donna S 3 weeks ago

I expected more due to all the hipe I read about the book. More

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A Students' Guide to Spectroscopy

A Students' Guide to Spectroscopy

by Colin H. Winter, Hilary Taylor (Illustrator)

A Useful Volume

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5out of 5 by Alan F 4 days ago

This book gives a clear and concise account of the creation of spectra, the spectra of various gemstones and how to get the best out of your spectroscope. It also, and most helpfully, outlines the ... More

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