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Old 01-10-2006, 06:26 PM
 
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#3: The Well-Trained Mind, Wise & Bauer (1999, 1 ed.)

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Wise, a former teacher and current home education consultant, explains that she decided to home-school her three children because the local public school "was a terrible environment socially" and ranked academically as one of the lowest in the state, and the private school she and her husband had chosen seemed unable to stimulate and challenge her children. Bauer, her older daughter and now an instructor at the College of William & Mary, adds the student's perspective. Together, they provide detailed information on a home-school curriculum for a type of classical education called the "trivium." Within each of the three stages of learning (grammar, logic, and rhetoric) are suggestions for lessons, how-to tips, and lists of resources.
I read the second edition last year, but a friend has been borrowing it for the last six months. There were some chapters I wanted to reread, so I checked it out from the library not realizing it was the first edition. I hadn't intended to reread the entire book, but I was curious what the authors suggested pre-SOTW, OPGTR, FLL, etc.

I'm also about a hundred pages into Kate Atkinson's Behind the Scenes at the Museum, which is strange and wonderful so far.

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I'm reading Murder in Foggy Bottom by Margaret Truman. I need to get through it so I can get to my Patricia Cornwell books again!

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#5 Julie and Julia : 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen by Julie Powell
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With the humor of Bridget Jones and the vitality of Augusten Burroughs, Julie Powell recounts how she conquered every recipe in Julia Child+s Mastering the Art of French Cooking and saved her soul. Julie Powell is 30-years-old, living in a rundown apartment in Queens and working at a soul-sucking secretarial job that+s going nowhere. She needs something to break the monotony of her life, and she invents a deranged assignment. She will take her mother+s dog-eared copy of Julia Child+s 1961 classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and she will cook all 524 recipes. In the span of one year. At first she thinks it will be easy. But as she moves from the simple Potage Parmentier (potato soup) into the more complicated realm of aspics and crpes, she realizes there+s more to Mastering the Art of French Cooking than meets the eye. With Julia+s stern warble always in her ear, Julie haunts the local butcher, buying kidneys and sweetbreads. She sends her husband on late-night runs for yet more butter and rarely serves dinner before midnight. She discovers how to mold the perfect Orange Bavarian, the trick to extracting marrow from bone, and the intense pleasure of eating liver.And somewhere along the line she realizes she has turned her kitchen into a miracle of creation and cuisine. She has eclipsed her life+s ordinariness through spectacular humor, hysteria, and perseverance.
One of my better reads as of late. Highly recommended UNLESS you are vegan/sensitive to animal cooking/killing.

#6 Out of Season by Roberth Bausch
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Four characters burdened by the past intersect at a fading resort town when County Sheriff David Caldwell is called in to restore the order destroyed by the town bully, Cecil Edwards-a giant of a man who operates the Ferris wheel. Caldwell must also face the sorrow that has been his daily companion when he reunites with his son, Todd, who has been in prison for the accidental death of his brother. During this reconciliation, Todd meets a mysterious young woman, Lindsey, who is searching for her long-lost brother and finds a love she never knew possible.
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#7 The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
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Kiran Desai's first novel, Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard, was published to unanimous acclaim in over twenty-two countries. Now Desai takes us to the northeastern Himalayas where a rising insurgency challenges the old way of life. In a crumbling, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga lives an embittered old judge who wants to retire in peace when his orphaned granddaughter Sai arrives on his doorstep. The judge's chatty cook watches over her, but his thoughts are mostly with his son, Biju, hopscotching from one New York restaurant job to another, trying to stay a step ahead of the INS, forced to consider his country's place in the world. When a Nepalese insurgency in the mountains threatens Sai's new-sprung romance with her handsome Nepali tutor and causes their lives to descend into chaos, they, too, are forced to confront their colliding interests. The nation fights itself. The cook witnesses the hierarchy being overturned and discarded. The judge must revisit his past, his own role in this grasping world of conflicting desires-every moment holding out the possibility for hope or betrayal. A novel of depth and emotion, Desai's second, long-awaited novel fulfills the grand promise established by her first.
If you were a fan of The Kite Runner, I recommend this one wholeheartedly.
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#3 - Double Homicide by Faye and Jonathan Kellerman

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Two short novels by a couple who've each gone it alone very successfully in their previous literary efforts make for a double treat for fans of both authors--Faye, whose mysteries feature a similarly uxorious couple in Rina and Peter Decker, and Jonathan, whose Alex Delaware novels starring a thoughtful child psychologist who's luckier in crime-busting than in love are even more popular. Not as satisfying as each author's full-length efforts, Double Homicide nonetheless offers a tasty side dish for their fans, and their protagonists venture beyond Los Angeles to tread new geographical territory, too. In Boston, a popular college athlete is slain in a busy nightclub, but what seems like an open-and-shut case turns out to hinge on forensic evidence that points to a very different conclusion. Detectives Michael McCain and Doris Breton unravel the mystery in Beantown, while two other new characters, Darryl Two Moons and his partner Steve Katz, discover that gallery owner Larry Olafson's brutal slaying has repercussions that resonate far beyond Santa Fe's trendy Canyon Road. Neither of these novellas makes the most of either author's gifts at character development, which lend themselves to a longer format, but that won't stop their dedicated readers from snapping them up and savoring them until the Deckers or Dr. Delaware turn up in their next adventures.
Quick read -- not the best work by either, but still entertaining.

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#3 The essential Hip Mama Writing from the cutting edge of parenting
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#128 The Christmas Guest by Anne Perry

I liked this book alot, it was a mystery which I don't usually read and it was short sweet and to the point!

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What was supposed to be another proper English holiday spent in her granddaughter's home turns out to be anything but for Mariah Ellison, in the latest installment of the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Christmas series. Against her wishes, the already cantankerous Mariah, called Grandmama throughout, is shoved off to spend the holiday with Caroline, the wife of her late son, and Joshua, Caroline's new husband, in the nippy shore town of Romney Marshes. Grandmama decides not to let anything please her--not the lovely home, not the excellent help, and especially not a surprise visit by Joshua's Aunt Maude, present only because no one else would have her. Maude regales her hosts with tales of her travels, but Grandmama, though secretly fascinated by the stories, abhors Maude's clumsy appearance and abrupt nature. Even when Grandmama finds Maude's body cold and dead, she is incensed that her holiday should be ruined by an unseemly upset. Nonetheless, Grandmama takes to solving the case herself and, predictably though no less charmingly, undergoes a Grinch-like transformation in the process, finding the meaning of Christmas after all. Lightweight fare, certainly, but ably constructed by genre veteran Perry and sure to please those who enjoy holiday-season mysteries.

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"An Unlikely Governess" by Karen Ranney

I'm not going to post synopses for my fluff novels.

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#4: Jewish Holiday Treats

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From Chanukah, Purim, Passover, and Shavuot to Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot, Jewish Holiday Treats serves up the traditional with clever twists. Welcome the festivities with tempting treats like Chanukah Star Cookies and Amazing Honey Cake. Tots and grandparents alike will take pleasure in constructing simple toys and decorations such as a deliciously detailed Gingerbread Sukkah. There's something in here for everyone. Classic recipes and fresh ideas combine in an approach to tradition that will involve the whole family. Beautifully photographed throughout, Jewish Holiday Treats will inspire families to cook, create, and celebrate together for years to come.
This was a cute book but disappointed in several ways: I was hoping for more crafts than food (and most of the recipes were meat - not of any interest to this vegetarian family), and it needed more photos. I liked the Shavuos picket-fence garden craft, which used popsicle sticks painted white to surround a little (real) plant.

I'm still reading Behind the Scenes at the Museum and have 100 pages left, so I may finish it tonight.

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I read 35 books last year for the challenge, but I started half way through the year. This year I am going to go for 50 and hope for more
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"Plain Truth" by Jodi Picoult

Another great book by Picoult. This is a story of an Amish girl who has a baby out of wedlock and it is found dead. The girl is on trial for murder. The story is more about the lawyer who defends her and how her life changes. A real page turner.

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#2 Mary Gilliat's Interior Design Course by Mary Gilliat
Most of the interior design books I've read over the past several months are so cheesy I couldn't even finish them. This one is an exception; not detailed, but very solid. By the end, though, I was looking for my highlighter to mark what I thought would be on the test -- it really does read like a 100-level course book.

#3 Marva Collins' Way by Marva Collins and Civia Tamarkin
This was mentioned on a homeschooling board as an interesting book about classical education. A quick read; gave me some things to think about.
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Well, this feels like a slow start toward my goal this year, but here's my 1st book.

1) Mountains Beyond Mountains : The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder

if you can handle the hard stuff about truly awful social, political and health conditions. I feel as if something central to my soul shifted, as if the earth's plates shifted just the tiniest bit inside me affecting every other part of my being. This book absorbed me and will take a while, I think, for me to absorb it all and to fully understand its impact on me.

The book has its own website here

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Tracy Kidder is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the author of the bestsellers The Soul of a New Machine, House, Among Schoolchildren, and Home Town. He has been described by the Baltimore Sun as the “master of the non-fiction narrative.” This powerful and inspiring new book shows how one person can make a difference, as Kidder tells the true story of a gifted man who is in love with the world and has set out to do all he can to cure it.

At the center of Mountains Beyond Mountains stands Paul Farmer. Doctor, Harvard professor, renowned infectious-disease specialist, anthropologist, the recipient of a MacArthur “genius” grant, world-class Robin Hood, Farmer was brought up in a bus and on a boat, and in medical school found his life’s calling: to diagnose and cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving tools of modern medicine to those who need them most. This magnificent book shows how radical change can be fostered in situations that seem insurmountable, and it also shows how a meaningful life can be created, as Farmer—brilliant, charismatic, charming, both a leader in international health and a doctor who finds time to make house calls in Boston and the mountains of Haiti—blasts through convention to get results.

Mountains Beyond Mountains takes us from Harvard to Haiti, Peru, Cuba, and Russia as Farmer changes minds and practices through his dedication to the philosophy that "the only real nation is humanity" - a philosophy that is embodied in the small public charity he founded, Partners In Health. He enlists the help of the Gates Foundation, George Soros, the U.N.’s World Health Organization, and others in his quest to cure the world. At the heart of this book is the example of a life based on hope, and on an understanding of the truth of the Haitian proverb “Beyond mountains there are mountains”: as you solve one problem, another problem presents itself, and so you go on and try to solve that one too.

“Mountains Beyond Mountains unfolds with the force of a gathering revelation,” says Annie Dillard, and Jonathan Harr says, “[Farmer] wants to change the world. Certainly this luminous and powerful book will change the way you see it.”
Wow. Simply amazing.

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"The Magic of Ordinary Days" by Ann Howard Creel

Another unwed mother book but that's the only similarity from my last book. This was a really nice book. During WW2 a women who's "in trouble" gets sent into the country to marry a farmer so she can have a father for her unborn child. He falls in love with her but she thinks he's a dull farmer and misses her old life (she was a history scholar). Anyway, she makes friends with a couple of japanese girls interned at a camp nearby - and gets into some trouble.

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#3Ms Moffet's First Year
This book is written by a journalist who had done a series of newspaper articles on the main character, Ms Moffet. She is a legal secretary turned inner city teacher. New York had a program called the Teaching Fellows program that recruited people from other professions who had bachelor's degrees in something to come teach in troubled schools. New York offered to pay for them to get their master's degrees and offered them the chance to "make a difference." The author chronicles her first year of teaching at P.S. 92. I enjoyed reading it.

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Cathe, would you say that Picoult book was a little easier to read for a sensitive pregnant mama? Dead baby sounds hard, but I was told it's actually not too heavy in that regard.

OK, trying to keep my list this year!

1. Vanishing Acts, Picoult
2. Scattered, Gabor Mate - skipped around
3. Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
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# 2 The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Thornton Wilder

This was quite good. It had some excellent, elegant writing. After a colonial Peruvian bridge collapses killing 5, Brother Juniper asks, "why those 5?"
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oops! Forgot the first book of the year.

1. Saving Fish from Drowing, Amy Tan (disappointing)
2. Vanishing Acts, Picoult
3. Scattered, Gabor Mate - skipped around
4. Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
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#3 Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

Book #3 in the Outlander series and a verra good read!
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Cathe, would you say that Picoult book was a little easier to read for a sensitive pregnant mama? Dead baby sounds hard, but I was told it's actually not too heavy in that regard.
You know- you're right. The book doesn't focus so much on the death of the baby as it does on amish life and the lawyer.


"The Nightingale Papers" by David Nokes

I got this book based on a review in the LA Times. I even bought it because I couldn't get it at the library. It was not that great in my opinion. It was a story about a bunch of literary scholars trying to outdo each other. Supposed to be hilarious but I found it mildly amusing.

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#2The Only Girl in the Car by Kathy Dobie

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Freelance journalist Dobie grew up in a small Connecticut town in the 1960s, the oldest girl in a Catholic family of eight. Her memoir opens when she's 14, sitting on her front lawn, all dolled up in her "candy-striped halter top, bell-bottom jeans, and platform shoes," waiting to get picked up by some guy-any guy-and lose her virginity. She doesn't know much about boys or men, but she's drawn to the bad ones, those who leer, eyeing her sexual possibilities. Before long, she's had sex with a few and acquired a steady boyfriend. While the sex isn't exactly arousing, she gets something she needs more: a crowd, a scene. Kathy has her Jimmy and a backseat full of Jimmy-wannabes, and they're cruising the neighborhood, drinking and smoking dope. Being "the only girl in the car" is a kick, until the night it turns into a gang rape and Kathy's whole world turns on her. She's ostracized so badly, she can't confide in her closest girlfriends, much less her family. Slowly she recovers by "remaking" herself as a loner, as a writer. Like many coming-of-age stories, Dobie's is painful, in large part because of the cultural cusp her generation of women had to navigate. Sexual liberation was celebrated-even the youth center director talked with the teens while she dallied in bed with her boyfriend-but girls with reputations were doomed. Although Dobie doesn't expose a new world, her text is engaging
This was a quick read and while not the best book I've read recently, it was interesting enough.
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Hi Mamas,
Okay, my New Year's resolution is to make more realistic goals for myself. So, here it goes: I'd like to read 20 books this year. Lame compared to the 100+ I see here (although a total inspiration to me).

I have loved reading my entire life. And I frequently have a few books going at once. My goal is to focus on that quiet time that I need to get a book read these days.

Thanks for this thread.
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I just finished Janet Evanovich - Eleven on Top. I loved the first maybe 8 books in the series, but now they are just getting to be the same stuff over and over. It's still a kick to read a book that takes place in Jersey though!! Still working on The Historian and Greg Iles - Blood Memory.

Goal for 2006: 60 books- 1. The Historian 2. Eleven on Top 3. Blood Memory
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#3 - Murder in Foggy Bottom by Margaret Truman

This was written in 2000 but kind of foreshadows Sept. 11. Very good book, kind of wraps it up too fast at the end.

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#3 The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
This novel of vignettes felt like a long poem. And even though I’m not a huge fan of lyrical writing, I enjoyed it.

I've registered this one at BookCrossing as a bookray so if you're interested, check out the entry here and send me a PM thru BookCrossing: http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/3608796/

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I am adding on to this thread.. being new to my curriculum and with 5 little guys at home, I am a limited 12.. but i am listing books that I have wanted to read for some time and haven't as my goal

Madigascar Manifesto (trilogy written by my dad.. have read/edited parts and pieces but need to sit down and read through so it finally makes sense!)

Eldest

new Wheel of Time (Robert Jordan)

new George RR Martin

rhetoric for writing teachers by Lindemann

I saw a recommendation for a new Piers that I haven't read

may think of others..
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"Flipped" by Wendelin Van Draanen

I heard this author speak last week and bought several of her books (she writes the Sammy Keyes mysteries and Shedderman books). This was a fun book - chapters alternating between an 8th grade boy and girl. I enjoyed it.

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#4 The Kalahari Typing School for Men: More from the No. 1 Ladies'Detective Agency-Alaxander Mccall Smith

I really enjoyed this and plan to read some more in this series.

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#1 Mom, Jason's Breathing on Me#2 Belle Ruin by Martha Grimes#3 The essential Hip Mama Writing from the cutting edge of parenting#4 The Kalahari Typing School for Men: More from the No. 1 Ladies'Detective Agency-Alaxander Mccall Smith
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#8 A Million Little Pieces by James Frey I won't review since there's a whole thread on this one, but I can't believe I read the whole thing. The whole controversy aside, I hated the writing.
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i just finished "wicked" (it really wasn't so great) and "zorro" by isabel allende. (who i love, but this book wasn't her best book... maybe becuase this one wasn't written in spanish and then translated?) but it was a fun read.

does this include non-fiction too? i'm in the middle of about 4 non-fiction books too.

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Andrea - I would assume it does include non-fiction (a number of us, including me, have have already posted non-fiction) since the rules don't say otherwise. I wasn't in on this last year, but I read around 150-200 non-fiction and 2 fiction. So this year I've been trying for more balance.

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