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Tattoo Machine: Tall Tales, True Stories, and My Life in Ink

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This was a quick enjoyable read about an area that I knew almost nothing about. There were some tall tales and war stories of life in the tattoo trenches as well a few cautions for customers. Like make sure the artist knows how to spell.
Writers Tricks of the Trade

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I received a copy of this book as part of the Early Reviewers Program on Library Thing. I am an aspiring writer and it answered many of my questions about the nuts and bolts of writing and what happens after you finish. It helps with actually selling and promoting the book. The ABC format is a cute gimmick to sell the book but it jumped around too many subjects that way.
America Eats!: On the Road with the WPA - the Fish Fries, Box Supper Socials, and Chittlin' Feasts That Define Real American Food

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This was a good book that gave some of the history of social eating in America during the early part of the 20th century. The author went on several road trips to discover if this type of gathering still existed in the US with some interesting results. The prose was a bit dry and it took me quite a while to read it. It includes recipes but I haven't tried any of them yet.
American Terroir: Savoring the Flavors of Our Woods, Waters, and Fields

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I really enjoyed this book. Each chapter was an essay on a different type of american food. Where it was from t, the land that shaped it and how it was used today. It has recipes for each food and websites and addresses for sources. The chapter on honey was my favorite. I was surprised to learn that gallberry honey, a local product and favorite of mine, in Northeast Florida is considered one of the best.
Poison: A Novel of the Renaissance

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Poison:A novel of the Renaissance by Sara Poole has a taut plot that kept me interested. Francesca becomes the poisoner to the Borgia family after the death of her father. She weaves a careful web between he machinations of Rodrigo Borgia to become the next Pope and a plot against the Jews of Europe after their expulsion from Spain. Character development was light. I like more depth to my characters but the action is thought ful and exciting. A good read for anyone interested in the time period or looking for a book with some historical depth to it.
Fringe Dweller on the Night Shift: True Stories from an Afterlife Paramedic

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I enjoyed reading about the authors experience. I thought it would be a bit more about some of the ghost hunter type people. This book was jumpy and a bit hard to read. I would have liked to see color representations of her artwork but I know that adds to the cost of publishing.
The Smart Woman's Guide to Diabetes

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I received this book as part of Library Thing's Early Reviewer's program. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in August 2009. I wish this book had been around then. It covers many topics that I was confused about. Birth control had suddenly become problematic since every hormone based type tends to affect blood sugar. This book helped explain my options and I am now very happy with my current method. It goes in depth for insulin controlled diabetes,which I do not use. I am lucky in that aspect but Ms. Mercer's book will help me through the confusion if I ever have to make that change.
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