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Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips by Mignon Fogarty

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on December 31, 2008
Posted in Books Read 2008GrammarMignon Fogarty  | 9 Comments

Grammar Can Be Fun, Who Knew?

This excellent book makes a wonderful reference book and is also fun to read cover to cover.

Do you ever wonder which you should use, E.G. or I.E.? I always thought they could be used interchangeably. Actually they can’t. I.E. stands for “that is” or “in other words” while E.G. means “for example”.

If you have any grammar questions but are afraid to ask, most likely you can find it in Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips. You can also look for tips on Mignon’s website and she even has an open invitation for people to email her with questions.

I checked this book out from the library but I am going to purchase a copy to have on hand. This book is indispensable!

5/5

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On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on December 29, 2008
Posted in Books Read 2008FictionIan McEwan  | 23 Comments

Fell Flat

It is 1962. The story opens with Edward and Florence just married and in their honeymoon sweet eating dinner. They are both nervous, as can be expected of two virgins. Florence is actually petrified. “Where he merely suffered conventional first-night nerves, she experienced a visceral dread, a helpless disgust as palpable as seasickness.”
Edward had denied himself any “self-pleasure” for a week so that he wouldn’t fail to perform on that all important night. However, once the event starts, it doesn’t go well.
That pretty much sums up the story, of course I left out spoilers, which I figured out from the first few pages. The plot is very little and there is not a whole lot to the story. I’m not one to complain that something didn’t “blow up”. I don’t need heart pounding action but I wish something more would have happened. The story was just too flat and one dimensional for me.
That said, I do like Ian McEwan’s writing style. He really knows how to write about and capture emotions. I do have other McEwen books on my to-be-read list and do plan to read them.
3/5

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The American Journey of Barack Obama

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on December 12, 2008
Posted in American HistoryBarack ObamaBooks Read 2008Life Magazine  | 5 Comments

Stunning Photographs
This book is what you would expect from Life books! There are photographs of just about every stage of Obama’s life. As a young boy, teenager, and as an adult. There are photos of him with each of his parents and grandmother and many of him with his beautiful family. There is even a photo of Barack and Bono together, sigh. The photography is exquisite!

The book takes us through Barack’s career all the way through to the August 2008 Democratic Convention in Denver.

If you want a memento of our 44th president elect’s life and achievements so far, this is a book for you. It is going on my coffee table, where everyone can see it. It’s a treasure!
5/5
Thanks so much to Anna Balasi of Hachette Book Group for sending me a copy of this book!

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