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Irish Folk, Trad & Blues

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ISBN: 9781901447408
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Published: Cherry Red Books - May 1st, 2005

From the early great blues artists to the Celtic revival supergroups of the Seventies,this is a great reference work and makes very interesting reading for Celt-o-philes and roots music lovers. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

Designing the New Kitchen Garden

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ISBN: 9780881927726
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Timber Press - May 8th, 2006

This beautiful book from Timber Press is subtitled An American Potager Handbook. This is a phrase just entering the lexicon of American gardeners, essentially meaning "kitchen garden". The idea that one should incorporate fresh vegetables and herbs into the overall design of your garden property and send it to your dining table is a welcome and refreshing trend. The author has been inspired by the traditional potager of France and has set out to convert us all. I was captivated by this line: "The potager is not just a kitchen garden, it is a philosophy of living that is connected to the garden and the seasons with the goal of harvesting a variety of fresh herbs, fruits, flowers, and vegetables throughout the growing season. This is what I call the American Potager." ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

The $64 Tomato

Even though you may not have the same financial resources to feed your gardening obsession, you will laugh out loud and shake your head at the author's wisdom and whimsy. Anyone who tries to grow beautiful and wholesome food in our Northeastern climate will empathize with the trials and tribulations (and cost!) associated with organic gardening. This book reads like a novel, with many witty observations about hard lessons learned and monumental (though hard-won) rewards. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

The Piano Tuner

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ISBN: 9781400030385
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Published: Vintage - August 19th, 2003

A big, and rich novel that will take you out of your world. Exquisite writing and a plot full of adventure and character will make you wish more modern writing was this interesting and satisfying. What a complex world is put before the reader. You will feel like you have been on this journey. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

The Hummingbird's Daughter

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ISBN: 9780316154529
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 3rd, 2006

A grand and sweeping saga which will take you out of your world from the first page and drop you back in like a stone when you are finished. This novel based on historical events and characters from the author's family, takes place in turbulent late 19th century Mexico and follows the tumultuous life of Teresita, the actual "Saint Of Cabora" from her childhood as a unusual and gifted girl through, well...just read it. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank


Abide with Me

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ISBN: 9780812971828
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 13th, 2007

One would think that recovery from grief would be easier amidst the comforting community of a small New England town, but there are many layers and shadings which make this a complex and individual story. A strong sense of place and personality gives this novel its though-provoking edge. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank


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