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The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

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One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. - Henry Miller. This was a great journal about a real mans life study of happiness, and all the places he visited to find it, or find the reason behind happiness. I loved hearing about all the different cultures and things that he saw, learned, and experienced. I love the people that he got to know. I will never look at Iceland the same way again...infact I might even want to visit it, but I will not try the "rotten shark" meat when I visit. In the end, I do not know that he found the answer he was looking for...but I think he had fun trying to find it.
Remains Silent

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Philomena Manfread and Jake Rosen come together to solve a old murder case. Manny is an attorney who is somewhat vain and very likable. Jake is a medical examiner and very much into science. He is a complete workaholic and is friends with Pete Harrigan. Pete ask Jake to assist him at a sceen when bones of four people are found at a construction sight of a new mall. Pete is very disturbed and soon after dies leaving behind a confession of the bones and the people they belong to for Jake to find. Jake calls for Manfread's help and they end up solving the mystery together. Resulting in a love story, a family cover up and suspense.
Last Night at Chateau Marmont: A Novel

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Brooke and Julian are a young couple, they have been married for six years. Julian is a musician who suddenly is noticed and their life changes almost over night. Brooke has sacrificed to support them both over the years, but now struggles with following her dreams and career over that of her husband. There is scandal and publicity. Each of them have to deal with this and see if their relationship can weather the storm, and if they can find a way to work it out together. It is a sweet love story....chick lit.
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia

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I actually listed to this book on CD, read by Elizabeth Gilbert herself. I am not sure I would have loved it as much reading it myself. She seemed to really express herself reading it. This was somewhat hard to get into at first...but I loved it. It is a very personal spiritual account of one finding herself. There were things she expressed about religion that I have always felt...but not be able to express myself. It is a book for anyone. I am going to buy an actual book so I can write my own notes on her pages, and dog ear all the corners. While the movie is good...it has nothing on the book! Nothing on her actual love of the lanuage, or the valuable lessons she learns on her journey to finding out who she really is!
Love, Rosie (Where Rainbows End)

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a book about letters that have been exchanged to Rosie over the years. A love story about her best friend of 50 years.
The Book of Tomorrow: A Novel

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Tamara's life is uprooted when her father kills himself. She and her mother have to move away to live with "family". Her mother becomes more distant, never talking or leaving her bed. Tamara starts to suspect her Aunt is up to something. Then Tamara stumbles upon an empty journal that begins to forcast the next day's events. The book helps her unlock all the mystries of her family, where she is at and her past. Very fast paced...I couldn't put the book down.
The Wrong Mother: A Novel

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Sally is a burnt out working mom who is asked to go on a business trip…the business trip gets cancelled and Sally goes on the trip anyways…to get away and have a break. While she is there she has a weeklong affair with someone who calls himself Mark Bretherick. An entire year passes by and neither of them speaks to each other or see each other even though they live fairly close by. Then there is a murder, it is the murder of Mark's wife and child. Sally sees Mark on the news but he is not the same man she had her affair with. All the details of his life are exactly the same...and his dead wife is a look alike of Sally. Sally then notices that someone is following her and trying to kill her. At the same time she is trying to cover her own tracks as she does not want her husband to find out about the affair so she takes things into her own hands. There are various story lines going on with all of the characters that are involved. Very suspenseful and full of surprises.
One Good Turn: (Jackson Brodie)

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There is a minor car accident that results in furious road rage…almost to the point of death. It happens in the middle of a festival and there are lots of witnesses. However this crime is the start of many that bring a handful of key players together. Again, there are various story lines taking place. I had to read and re-read many times to keep straight everything going on, but it was very much worth it. All of these separate lives tie into each other. Each of the characters has something they are hiding.
Mosaic: Pieces of My Life So Far

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I have always been a fan of Amy's. I really enjoyed this book and her preception of worship and faith. There were several things that I took from her and incorporated into my own worship. It was refreshing and honest, and I am glad she shared her own memories and insight.
The Walk: A Novel

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A man who has everything loses all of it. He had money, a successful job, a beautiful wife. His wife is in an accident. While he is away taking care of her, his advertising business partner takes all his clients and employees. He also gets so behind on his bills that his possessions are taken away. His wife then dies. He has nothing so he decides to start walking. He journey's across the US. The writing reminded me much of Mitch Albom and his insightful positive twist on a bad thing.
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