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Get a free used book for just reading one book! For every book you read and for every book review you complete you will be entered into the weekly raffle, starting June 29th, as well as the end of the summer great giveaway for an assortment of prizes such as gift certificates from local businesses, mugs, book bags and more.


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Reviews
Title
Michelin Guide - Germany
Author
Michelin
Genre
Travel guide
Review
I love the Michelin guides. We used this mostly for a driving 2-day trip down the Rhine River in Germany, and guiding around Heidelburg. The maps are excellent and their descriptions of attractions are always accurate.
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Title
Clash of Kings
Author
George RR Martin
Genre
Fantasy (Game of Thrones)
Review
The second book in the Game of Thrones series. The second season of the TV show roughly parallels this book (I watched the Season 2 right after reading the book). It's very compelling reading if you are into fantasy, power struggles and a complex story line. I found it compelling and a fast read (even though it is very long).
Rating
Title
In the Garden of the Beasts
Author
Eric Larson
Genre
Historical - non-fiction (novel like)
Review
This author wrote the terrific Devil in the White City. As I traveled to Berlin this summer, I thought In the Garden of the Beasts would give me an interesting perspective since it is about the time from 1933-34 when Hitler was rising/consolidating his power. The main (real) character is the US Ambassador Dodd. The book was interesting but jumped around quite a bit. I finished it but it was a bit of a "slog". Gave me a historical perspective.
Rating
Title
The Jersey Shore Atlantic City to Cape May
Author
Jen A. Miller
Genre
Travel
Review
This is an excellent travel guide to the beach communities of South Jersey, including Atlantic City, Ocean City, Sea Isle City, Avalon, Stone Harbor, The Wildwoods, and Cape May. The author provides you with information on a nice variety of activities, along with the usual places to stay, see, and eat. Lots of excellent helpful hints!
Rating
Title
Eye for an Eye
Author
Ben Coes
Genre
Action/Adventure/Suspense
Review
Amazing forth installment in the action-military-spy novel arena. Follow the adventure of a former Delta warrior as he puts it all on the line for home, country and the American dream. This series is not to be missed, but do read it in order.
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Title
Chihuly Garden Installations
Author
Dale Chihuly
Genre
Art
Review
This 400-page book traces and illustrates glass artist Dale Chihuly's work with nature and glass installations from 2001 forward. Incredible photographs bring his work to life through a look at about a dozen exhibitions at different botanical gardens. It is a wonderful marriage of art and nature.
Rating
Title
The Complete Guide to Making Cheese, Butter, and Yogurt At Home
Author
Richard Helweg
Genre
Cooking
Review
This is a good introduction to making several different dairy products at home. The author offers a variety of cooking methods, recipes, resources, and a useful glossary of terms.
Rating
Title
Life Penalty
Author
Joy Fielding
Genre
Fiction
Review
A six-year-old child is sexually assaulted and murdered. The police have not found the perpetrator. The mother, consumed by rage and grief has a description of the killer and goes out to find him herself. With unexpected twists and turns, the ending leaves us to wonder...A good read.
Rating
Title
Wildflowers of the Pine Barrens of New Jersey
Author
Harold P. Boyd
Genre
Field Guide/Natural Science
Review
This 163-page guide is an excellent resource for anyone who hikes, canoes, or kayaks in the Pine Barrens. The descriptions are short, giving you just enough information, and the photographs are colorful, clear, and full of detail of the natural surroundings. This field guide is small enough to take with you.
Rating
Title
Farms and Foods of the Garden State
Author
Brian Yarvin
Genre
New Jersey History/Cooking
Review
The author covers the history of thirty New Jersey Farms, including fruit, dairy, oyster, trout, winery, herb, etc. The farm descriptions are interesting, making you want to visit these places, but the recipe choices are not particularly appetizing.
Rating
Title
Courting Trouble
Author
Lisa Scottoline
Genre
Fiction - Suspense
Review
While preparing for a trial, a lawyer reads about her own murder in the morning newspaper.There is danger and lots of twists and turns before this case can be solved. A good read.
Rating
Title
Home Made Winter
Author
Yvette van Boven
Genre
Cooking
Review
Great cookbook for foodies. The emphasis is on winter foods with an Irish or a French influence. Recipes are adventurous, but easy to follow and very tempting. Good photography of food, Ireland, and France.
Rating
Title
Calder Pride
Author
Janet Dailey
Genre
Western Fiction/Romance
Review
After a long absence, it's nice to have another Calder novel to enjoy. The author writes about yet another generation of the Calder Family, keeping the characters true to the original storyline while weaving an entertaining tale. Good read.
Rating
Title
Close Your Eyes
Author
Iris and Roy Johansen
Genre
Suspense
Review
After being blind for 20 years, a music therapist is able to see. During the sightless years, her other senses became sensitive to the world around her. Now she comes to the attention of law enforcement and is asked to help solve a growing number of serial killings. This is a good beach read.
Rating
Title
Silent Thunder
Author
Iris Johansen & Roy Johansen
Genre
Mystery/Thriller
Review
"Silent Thunder" is an exciting read, full of re-activated Cold War characters and situations. The characters are well-drawn and the scenes and plot are entertaining.
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