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Eat, Drink and Be Mary: A Glimpse Into a Life Well LivedEat, Drink and Be Mary: A Glimpse Into a Life Well Lived by Michelle Mras

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book. I initially was loving it because it brought back memories. I am friends with Mike and Michelle. I attended the school with them in the Philippines. A few of the events she talked about, I was there. We were on track team together and Mike was one of my best friends. We graduated from high school and came back stateside. Like many brats back then, we lost contact. Thanks to the internet, we all were reconnected and I am thrilled to have them back in my life. They are both the same wonderful people they were back in the 80’s. Michelle asked me to read the book and so I did. I had no idea what to expect but ended up loving all of it. I honestly do not remember Mary. She may not have ever been my teacher but I wish I had known her. The way she raised her kids was really how I tried to raise mine. I love her attitude towards life and lessons that she taught people. I am so glad that Michelle is sharing this with the world. With all the negativity in the world, it is wonderful to have Michelle sharing these positive lessons. Thank you Mike and Michelle for sharing Mary with me. I really enjoyed reading this book. It was very uplifting.

“Love is a decision,” I answered. “Choose your love and then love your choice”. Shared values and attitudes are much more important to a long term compatibility than common activities or backgrounds. One day at a time, one small step at a time, and it’s suddenly 36 years later.” is one of my favorite quotes from this book. It is so true.

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I grabbed this book off of a free bookshelf at my old job because I really enjoyed The Poisonwood Bible. This is a book of essays from Now or Never. In these essays she talks about her life in so many areas. She mentions her childhood, her being a mother, and struggles of both. She discusses spirituality, love of nature, different cultures and appreciating our world. I especially liked the essay on novels and the importance of them. I learned things about Africa. She made me think about parenting. It was interesting reading about her tour of a Titan Missile silo in Arizona where my father once worked. I am so glad I picked this book up and do plan on reading more of her work.

Why God Won't Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief
Why God Won’t Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief by Andrew B. Newberg

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Interesting book on the physiology of our brains when we meditate or pray. I read this for a book club for my Skeptic group. Not a real fast read but very interesting, especially if you are science minded. The book doesn’t end up saying one way or the other whether god is a figment of our imagination or real.

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My Sister's Grave
My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Got this on Amazon Prime. Actually pretty good and definitely didn’t go where I expected it to. I will probably read more by this author.

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W is for Wasted
W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Really enjoyed this book. I am liking getting to know Kinsey’s extended family through this series. Very Little Henry this book

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Lifeguard
Lifeguard by James Patterson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Once again, another quick and easy James Patterson book. Easy but always entertaining. Can never say much without giving away plots but there are so many things going on in this book. I was surprised many times. The main character has himself in quite a bind. Crimes have taken place and though he is innocent, it appears he did several murders and an art heist. He has to prove his innocence and find our who done it.

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PARENTS WHO KILLED THEIR CHILDREN: FILICIDE
PARENTS WHO KILLED THEIR CHILDREN: FILICIDE by R.J. Parker

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sad and disturbing topic. This book features 10 stories of parents that killed their children. Heart-breaking and tragic stories. I do wish it had gone more into the psychology of why it happens besides blaming addiction and depression. What pushes a person over the edge to kill their own kid.

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