The Library Made Me Do It (Again)

More books read for the Summer Reading Program. (I really need a job.)

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Anasazi murder mystery.  And archeologists 800 or so years later.  And witches.  And dead people.  Did I mention the Anasazi?

This book is the first in a trilogy.  For most of the book, each chapter flips between the Anasazi and the archeologists digging up the murder victims.  Well, they might be.  You’ll just have to read it yourself.

A definite recommend

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Evolutionary psychologist takes on consumer culture. While not a bad read, the author keeps setting up but doesn’t really deliver.  It is interesting to look at how and why we consume through the new field of evolutionary psychology but leaves you feeling that you have no choice in your behavior and that you’ll always be a mindless consumer.  The author wasn’t as heavy handed in presenting his views and beliefs which is a minor plus.

A recommend, with reservations

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Romance.  A genre I hate. The only reason I even read the book was it was one of the genres required.  The plot: rich girl has major inheritance she’ll receive on her 25th birthday.  Evil stepfather tried to force her to marry his nephew.  Nephew gets handsy and so girl runs away with dismissed maid.  Girl ends up as a maid (hence the title) in the country house of her former suitors.  She works as a maid for several months before going back to her family, trying to save her sister from marrying the evil stepfather’s nephew.  She ends up rich and engaged to her former suitor. The End.

First of all, it was predictable.  Second, it took me over 90 pages to get into it and I kept wanting to throw the book and give up but it was required reading so I pushed through.  At least the writing was decent.

No rating given

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Did you know that the existence of whiskey is due to women?  And that the well-known whiskeys such as Johnny Walker, Jim Beam, Laophaig, Maker’s Mark all exist because of women.  This book covers a good general history of women and whiskey starting with Mesopotamia and down into the present.  A fascinating read.

A definite recommend

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