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1  General / The Kitchen / Re: What Did We Read - November
 on: Dec 16th, 2017, 4:15am 
Started by Carstairs38 | Post by secondhandrose
The Pavement Bookworm – Philani Dladla
Meet 24-year-old Philani Dladla who has one of the most inspiring young South African stories you're ever likely to encounter. An avid reader with an insatiable desire for knowledge, Philani has used his love for books to overcome drug addiction and change his lot in life - while trying to do the same for others.
 
This could have been a much better book if it had been fleshed out and written by an experienced author.
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2  General / The Kitchen / Re: What Did We Read - November
 on: Dec 16th, 2017, 4:07am 
Started by Carstairs38 | Post by secondhandrose
I had a slow start to the month but my reading picked up when I had some down time being sick. I read 7 books in November.
 
The Handsome Man’s Deluxe Café – Alexander McCall Smith
A kind-hearted brother and sister have taken in a woman known only as “Mrs.”—a woman with no memory of her name or of how she came to Botswana and so it’s up to Precious Ramotswe and her new co-director, Grace Makutsi to discover the woman’s identity. Meanwhile, motherhood proves to be no obstacle to Mma Makutsi’s professional success. As she settles into her role as partner at the agency, she also launches a new enterprise of her own: the Handsome Man’s De Luxe Café, a restaurant for Gaborone’s most fashionable diners. But even Miss 97 Per Cent isn’t fully prepared for the temperamental chefs, drunken waiters, and other challenges that come with running one’s own business. Help may come from an unexpected source, if only Mma Makutsi can swallow her pride and ask. And next door to the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni is all too familiar with the difficult decisions of business owners. He is finally forced to make a tough choice, one that will bring major changes to both Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors and the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency—and that will require all of Mma Ramotswe’s finesse and patience to sort out.
 
I always love visiting the characters of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency and enjoyed this outing.
 
A Dirty Job – Christopher Moore
Charlie Aster is a pretty normal guy with a normal life, married to a bright and pretty woman who actually loves him for his normalcy. They're even about to have their first child. Yes, Charlie's doing okay—until people start dropping dead around him, and everywhere he goes a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Charlie Asher, it seems, has been recruited for a new position: as Death. It's a dirty job. But, hey! Somebody's got to do it.
 
Absolutely loved this wacky, surreal, inventive, rude and hilarious romp. Probably my favourite read this year. Warning this book contains a lot of profanity.  
 
The Scarlet Pimpernel – Emmuska Orczy
Armed with only his wits and his cunning, one man recklessly defies the French revolutionaries and rescues scores of innocent men, women, and children from the deadly guillotine. His friends and foes know him only as the Scarlet Pimpernel. But the ruthless French agent Chauvelin is sworn to discover his identity and to hunt him down.
 
I had fond memories of a film version of this classic so decided to read the original source material. Quite enjoyable.
 
Penelope Goes to Portsmouth (The Travelling Matchmaker #3) - MC Beaton
Kind-hearted Miss Hannah Pym on the stagecoach to Portsmouth realizes beautiful, rich but practical Miss Penelope Wilkins needs someone to enliven her sheltered life, like handsome and carefree Lord Augustus Railton. Miss Pym uses her matchmaker skills to bridge the gap between their personality differences.
 
This is a light and enjoyable series by MC Beaton who also writes the Agatha Raisin novels. Although the premise is matchmaking by Miss Hannah Pym, these are not corny romances rather slices of Regency life and life on the road. Because there are only 6 in the series it was easy for me to commit and I am half way through the series.
 
The Heroine’s Bookshelf; Life Lessons from Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder – Erin Blakemore
Jo March, Scarlett O'Hara, Scout Finch—the literary canon is brimming with intelligent, feisty, never-say-die heroines and celebrated female authors. Like today's women, they placed a premium on personality, spirituality, career, sisterhood and family. When they were up against the wall, authors like Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott fought back—sometimes with words, sometimes with gritty actions. In this witty, informative, and inspiring read, their stories offer much-needed literary intervention to modern women. Full of beloved heroines and the remarkable writers who created them, The Heroine's Bookshelf explores how the pluck and dignity of literary characters such as Jane Eyre and Lizzy Bennet can encourage women today. Each legendary character is paired with her central quality—Anne Shirley is associated with irrepressible "Happiness," while Scarlett O'Hara personifies "Fight"—along with insights into her author's extraordinary life. From Zora Neale Hurston to Colette, Laura Ingalls Wilder to Charlotte Bronte, Harper Lee to Alice Walker, here are authors and characters whose spirited stories are more inspiring today than ever.
 
Enjoyed these essays about classic heroines and their authors
 
The Lady in the Van – Alan Bennett
In 1974, the homeless Miss Shepherd moved her broken down van into Alan Bennett's garden. Deeply eccentric and stubborn to her bones, Miss Shepherd was not an easy tenant. And Bennett, despite inviting her in the first place, was a reluctant landlord. And yet she lived there for fifteen years.
 
Very funny true book about the dignity afforded an elderly citizen by Alan Bennett and his neighbours. Wonderfully written.
 
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3  General / Trixie Belden Social Board / Re: Christmas Card Exchange
 on: Dec 15th, 2017, 4:23pm 
Started by secondhandrose | Post by secondhandrose
My cards went back to the States with my sister on Wednesday and she will post them from there.
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4  General / Trixie Belden Social Board / Re: Christmas Card Exchange
 on: Dec 15th, 2017, 3:01pm 
Started by secondhandrose | Post by macjest
My last card went out Wednesday.
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5  General / Trixie Belden Social Board / Re: Christmas Card Exchange
 on: Dec 15th, 2017, 12:37pm 
Started by secondhandrose | Post by Greycharleigh
I got my cards into the mail!  The list was so short that I decided to make my own cards.  Sadly, I have no crafty talent.  I sort of had a rubber cement mess going for a bit.  I hope no cards ended up attached to the envelope.  It was fun, though.   Merry Christmas!
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6  General / Trixie Belden Social Board / Re: Christmas Fan Fiction
 on: Dec 12th, 2017, 9:31pm 
Started by ozarksportsgal | Post by Maidrya
Great idea, Ozarksportsgal! I'm looking forward to reading your contribution & macjest's.  
 
Meanwhile, mine is "Mr. Lytell's Christmas Carol," wherein Mr. Lytell becomes Scrooge:
 
http://sleepysidezone.com/Mr_Lytell_Christmas.html
 
Maidrya
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7  General / Trixie Belden Social Board / Re: Christmas Card Exchange
 on: Dec 9th, 2017, 7:20pm 
Started by secondhandrose | Post by Kismac
Cards in the mail! Thank you! Smiley
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8  General / Trixie Belden Social Board / Re: Christmas Fan Fiction
 on: Dec 9th, 2017, 8:56am 
Started by ozarksportsgal | Post by macjest
Here’s my contribution. Spend some time with the young Beldens at Christmas time. Join them as the children get ready to participate in the annual holiday concert at school.  
 
http://www.macjestsworld.com/stories/christmas/singalong.html
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9  General / Trixie Belden Social Board / Christmas Fan Fiction
 on: Dec 9th, 2017, 8:49am 
Started by ozarksportsgal | Post by ozarksportsgal
Let's kick off the Christmas season, here at the Clubhouse, by posting/re-posting Christmas (or other winter holiday) fan fiction.
 
You can post your own, or you can post an others'.  (If you do post someone elses', I think it would be appropriate that you ask their permission, first..especially if they are not a member of the Clubhouse.)
 
Let's also keep this family friendly, please.  No red-star or passworded material.  
 
I will start it off.
 
Bob Whites and Bob White families spend the Christmas Holiday in the Ozarks.
Throw in mysterious happenings at Uncle Andrew's lodge...
 
RISK is always a gamble
http://www.ozarksportsgal.com/RISKisAlwaysGamble.htm
 
 
Teresa
 
 
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10  General / Trixie Belden Social Board / Re: Christmas Card Exchange
 on: Dec 7th, 2017, 10:24pm 
Started by secondhandrose | Post by DebraW
Got my list.  My info is all correct.  Thanks!
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