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Author: Wendell Berry

This was a Door County Reads 2014 book. It was one of those books that I didn't think I really liked, but was not able to stop reading. I'm so glad I finished it...good choice Door County!

Author: Heidi McLaughlin

This book is a quick read.  Typical love story of High School Football Player falls in love with Football Cheerleader.  Football player decides to drop out of college and chase a new dream of "music".  He leaves behind his high school heart throb and disappoints his parents.  When he has to come back to his small town 10 years later for a friend's funeral . . . . he realizes he still loves her . . . . now what she he do??

Title: Keep Quiet
Author: Lisa Scottoline

I loved this book it kept me reading and really made you think what would you do??

The book is about a dad's split second decission to protect his son and the devastating consequences from that decission.  The harsh reality of trying to live with a secret!  Very good book!

Title: Bossypants
Author: Tina Fey

Although I'm not a regular viewer of Saturday Night Live and I've never seen a full episode of Thirty Rock, I enjoyed this Tina Fey autobiography immensely. There are many laugh out loud passages, and Fey gives some entertaining insights into the world of comedy and show business. She also humorously conveys the challenges of being a working mother and being a woman in a man's business. Fey's chapter about her success playing Sarah Palin is especially funny. Now that I know her background, I'm anxious to actually view her work.

Author: Kate Carlisle

I have not read many cozy mysteries, but when I happened upon Kate Carlisle's The Books Stops Here I was hooked.  Kate has created a funny, interesting fresh and believable character in Brooklyn Wainwright and her supporting cast.  Brooklyn is a book binder by trade and an accidental investigator when it comes to finding dead bodies.  This is a fast funny read that will entertain you and keep you guessing who the culprit is. 

Kate has caught my attetntion and I intend to read her previous 7 installments of the Bibliophile Mysteries.  Pick one up--enjoy how Brooklyn's love of books keeps her repairing them and solving mysteries surrounding them. 

Audiobook Review
Title: The Target
Author: David Baldacci

Not my favorite David Baldacci book. Seemed really long and a lot more graphic than his normal good plots. A decent read nonetheless.

Author: Brad Wilson

The majority of this book focuses on using credit card rewards points to travel cheaply. The savings comes from racking up thousands of frequent flyer miles points and rewards points for booking flights and hotels at extremely reduced costs. The author is convincing and gives many personal examples of expensive vacations he's taken at a fraction of the full cost. However, one must be ready to juggle multiple (we're talking dozens) of credit cards and keep track of rewards point to reap the  benefits. Wilson also gives savings tips for online shopping and personal finance that are useful and practical. His website, Brad's Deals, which he refers to frequently in the book, is a great place to find additional savings. For example, after reading a tip from his book, I went on his website, searched, and with a special coupon code, was able to get a $10 gift certificate to a local restaurant for $2.40. If you don't have the time or the fortitude to follow Wilson's extreme travel savings plans, quicker and simpler ideas like this make the book worth reading.

Author: Douglas Preston

A.I. --artificial intelligence.  An interesting concept in itself, but can we really create it?  This could happen. I suspend my beliefs for the sci-fi genre.   So in The Kraken Project  Preston has his character Melissa creates a new programming language an articifical intelligence called "Dorothy".  "Dorothy" was to man the Titan Explorer and enter into an extremely hostile environment.  Unlike "Hal" from 2001: A Space Odyssey,  Dorothy felt she was being harmed and found a way to escape -- via the Internet. Her journey to self awareness leads her to find what she perceives as her purpose. 

Preston presented many levels of fear and ideas that could have been further developed.

This was a very fast read, but I was left wanting more of everything.  

Author: Candy Spelling

This was a well written memoir. From the time Candy was 19 years old she was Mrs. Aaron Spelling. She lived a life of total luxury, which I think kept her from reality of how people really live. But then again, this life was her reality. When multimillionaire neighbors complained that the mansion the Spellings were building was too over the top, she just did not get the reasons why they complained. The highlight for me was when Candy sold the mansion and had to be 100 percent out in 30 days or the new owner would be able to back out of the deal. She and her moving company had 121 rooms plus a full attic to move. The author may have been trying to be an inspiration to other women who had to start over because of the loss of a husband, but most women wasn't left millions of dollars, a 121 room mansion and a full staff of housekeepers and butlers. As entertaining as this book was, at times it was just a brag fest of someone who had way too much.

Author: Hilary Mantel

In this sequel to Wolf Hall, Thomas Cromwell continues to orchestrate Henry VIII's political and personal life as the king quickly loses interest in his second wife, who has failed to produce an heir. Although many of the key players at court despise Cromwell for his low birth and high ambition, he continues to be a favorite of the king, and his business sense makes them both wealthy. As Ann Bolyn struggles to maintain her power and position, Cromwell strategizes to put Jane Seymour in her place. Many of the courtiers realize too late the power Cromwell has over them all, yet he himself knows his own position is always tenuous, at best.