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|narellenolan||Susan Boyle: Living the dream by John McShane||0||Oct 29 2011, 1:27 AM EDT by narellenolan|
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Susan Boyle auditioned 'I Dreamed a Dream (Les Miserables) on Britain's reality program: Britain's Got Talent. McShane recounts in his biography of Boyle that on the occasion of her audition the audience and the judges' behaviour showed that they did not believe that this middle aged Scotish woman could 'entertain' them. But entertain them she did! In fact, Susan Boyle became a superstar.
This gently narrated story takes the reader on the journey that Susan took from her difficult birth with resulting learning disabilities, singing in her local church and at the local pub to celebrity status.
Sadly Susan suffers from the pressures and expectations of stardom and is placed in care. Susan's life so far has been for music and singing. Her faith and sense of humour have sustained her so far. Let's hope we hear more of her magical voice.
|narellenolan||Heaven Preserve Us by Cricket McRae||0||Oct 3 2011, 6:25 AM EDT by narellenolan|
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'Heaven preserve us' is peopled with likeable characters who engage in voluntary work and practise the skill of preserving surplus fruit and vegetables and sharing the fruits of their efforts at the local crisis centre. This story is number two in the Home Crafting mystery and is set in suburban Cadyville in Washington State.
Sophie Mae, the main character, is not only skilled in soap and cosmetic manufacture but she volunteers at a local crisis centre where a case of botulism has killed her boss, Philip Heaven, the Manager of Heaven House. Philip has secured funding for several programs but nothing has happened . In fact, overdue notices for utilities point to misappropration of funds.
A second case of botulism hospitalises her boyfriend Detective, Barr Ambrose.
Sophie Mae is also an amateur sleuth, which causes much worry to her boy friend , who believes that she is under threat from a stalker known as the 'Cadyville Creep'. Undeterred Sophie Mae investigates the botulisum cases with no help from the local police force.
Add to this plot single mum, Meghan, her daughter,Erin and an ageing corgi who share a house with Sophie Mae and you have a credible plot with several red herrings, particulary Meghan's new boyfriend , also a volunteer at Heaven House, who does not have a past.
McRae has written a cozy food mystery for readers who also like a dash of home craft thrown into the plot.
|narellenolan||Death in the stocks by Georgette Heyer||0||Aug 4 2011, 1:57 AM EDT by narellenolan|
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Heyer's mystery written in 1935 captures the lives and times of wealthy young people where marrying for money and not for love was an admirable pursuit even if it included murdering relatives of the 'catch' who get in the way.
Like many of her mysteries Heyer writes a well plotted tale where suspense, violence and passion are low key even though two murders keep supterintendent Hannasyde distracted chasing 'red herrings'.
The story opens with the discovery of a body in the village stocks by a bobby on a bicycle. It closes with broken promises of marriage and the discovery of a gold digger who just could not stop at one murder.
|narellenolan||The Wild Places by Robert Macfarlane||0||Jul 4 2011, 8:35 PM EDT by narellenolan|
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Robert Macfarlane has written an engaging travelogue that explores the wild places of Britain and Ireland. He narrates his walking, swimming and resting journey in the wilds in an informative style. The reader enjoys a blend of history, memoir and meditation as Macfarlane explores the many geographical features of wild places
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|greenfields||Library Lovers Day activities||5||Apr 24 2011, 7:25 PM EDT by OretiRiverGirl|
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For one of our Libraries Library lovers Day activiites we wrapped mystery books and invited customers to have a "date with a mystery book". Feedback from a customer last week, was that the lovely book we choose was beautiful and that it 'made her day" becuase ti was such a lovely surprise.
Made all the hard work preparing the display worthwhile.
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|superchicken77||RA Training||1||May 27 2008, 9:54 AM EDT by Tem|
Thread started: Mar 4 2008, 11:11 PM EST Watch
Hello all, we weren't able to undertake the 3 day training program that was run a few years back. I have noticed this :RA101 Lite: The Revised Training Program for an Introduction to Readers' Advisory on NOVELIST. Has anyone joined up for it? It says it is free to subscribers of NOVELIST- and they have a training program, notes and a powerpoint presentation. Would we have to go through NSW.net? Any thoughts anyone?
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|mlhills||Book Lists||0||Jun 28 2007, 11:40 PM EDT by mlhills|