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A Complaint Free World psychology by Will Bowen

Posted on Jul 10, 2015. See more in Non-fiction

Doubleday, 2007 “Complaining is talking about things you do not want rather than what you do want.”   –  Will Bowen. What if we all bit our tongues the next time we were going to complain?  I don’t mean we can’t describe something factually that needs to be put right. That could be dangerous.  But what if we refrained from speaking our complaints?   The...

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Edgar Sawtelle

Posted on Jul 10, 2015. See more in Fiction

by David Wroblewski HarperCollins, 2008 Edgar Sawtelle is mute – though he is not deaf.  We meet him in the first chapter – a young boy reading old documents that give him and us a history of how the Edgar’s parents came to dwell near the great red barn and how the Sawtelle dogs began to be bred.   We ease in to the story through Edgar’s eyes though we...

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City of Thieves by David Benioff

Posted on Jul 10, 2015. See more in Fiction

by David Benioff, Penguin, 2008 The siege of Leningrad. Who can bear to pick up a book on that subject? And yet – the book came highly recommended, so I picked up a copy on one of my too frequent visits at the bookstore. I’ve read. It is exquisitely written – and it is important. As is every single book that reminds us that war is hell on earth. David...

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broken symmetry poetry by Jack Ridl

Posted on Jul 10, 2015. See more in Good Books, Poetry

Wayne State University Press, 2006 This has become my new favorite Jack Ridl book of poetry.  I like everything about it.  The poems, some of them collected from his other books, the layout, paper and print and most of all the painting on the cover which I happen to know is by his daughter Meridith.  It matches the mood of this collection perfectly.  I saw...

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