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Ruth Chew, Magic in the Park. I posted this question last week but think I soon found the answer on your website. I am pretty sure the book is Magic in the Park by Ruth Chew. Magic in the Park by Ruth Chew? What's amazing about her is how she makes writing books for that age level look so easy.

She's written about two dozen fantasy books and one non-fantasy book. See Solved Mysteries for her name. A Boy and Girl meet an old man who feeds the birds in winter, who turns green in the spring, then disappears, but a big tree appears. Kids fall into the tree and turn into birds -- maybe crows.

Adventurous tales. Ruth Chew, Magic in the Park , , approximate. Definitely this one! She visits Prospect Park and meets an old man who feeds the birds, a raven named Napoleon, and a boy named Michael Stewart. Jen and Michael explore a magic island in the lake that turns into an underground tunnel, and a magic tree that temporarily turns them into pigeons. In the spring, Jen gets a bike for her birthday, but a mean boy named Steve tries to steal it. Mike helps her get it back, but almost gets stuck as a pigeon!

Sounds like Magic in the Park. I am sure that the book you are looking for is Magic in the Park by Ruth Chew. I am the original requester. I recognized it immediately. I also recognized the plot of the story from some of your stumper solver comments. I am so happy. It's really been bugging me trying to find this book. I really want my children to read it, cuz I loved it so much. I see they reprinted it in the 80's, so it must have been pretty popular.

Mady Lee Chastain, Magic Island, Every detail matches. It's an interesting cultural artifact, and a book that couldn't be written today. My copy is a withdrawn library copy with the usual defects, but no story pages missing. I've been looking for this book too. For some reason, I think it's by the author of the Best Friends , books, Mary Bard , if that's any help. I found it! It was Dodie putting on her cloak. It includes you, too. Angel Thorne, a sickly ten year old, is sent to stay with her grandfather's boyhood friend. He decides to send her to Barbados to recuperate, along with his granddaughter Lissa, and her two friends, Emmy and Dodie.

This is the third book Madye Lee Chastain wrote about these girls. I don't think Dodie ever got her own book! It was about three children- all girls, I think- who were taken on a trip to a tropical island. I think two of them belonged to the same family. The third was named Dodie, and she thought she wasn't invited. She cried, "I hope you all have a very nice time," and then some adult in the romm said, "Why, Dodie! Dodie, DEAR! Of course you are invited too. Madye Lee Chastain , Magic Island.

This is the same book as T, which has been solved. I too thought it was a Little Golden Book. There was another series of books in the 's that was similar to Little Golden Books called Jolly Books. I too had a 20 year search for this book after giving our copy to a doctors office when I was a child. My first bit of luck was finding the cover in an antique shop near home , the shop owner thought it was cute and that someone might want to frame it. It was a bargain at 5 cents. It gave us a starting point.

I called my sister in VA for the storyline since after locating it from a book dealer, I gave it to her for Christmas in In this place the toadstools seem to grow or are they getting smaller? Tommy tells him the only magic words he knows are "by hickory and by dickory" which happen to be some of "the magic words of the elves" and Gruffy takes them off to the Queen Fairy to decide what should be done with them. They go to the biggest tree in the forest and a door opens for them to enter. Once inside they meet the queen and it is decided that the children will have to stay till after the Queen's party.

The children get to see the fairy party dresses and Tommy gets to sail in an Oak leaf boat. Whoever was asking about this book had a pretty good recollection to remember the boat part. For me it was the fairy party, the toadstools and the Big rock with the keyhole. The other had a child, boy I think, finding a mysterious key which opens a door in an old stone wall - I think a horse and a crow or raven also appear in there somewhere.

Anybody out there ever read anything that sounds like these beginnings? I can't remember anything more than that, and would like to know how the stories finished! Regarding the second part of this request: There are two main boy characters in this story, and a girl- she finds a key to a locked garden, and helps her cousin to discover the real world, after being bed-ridden all his life.

They make friends with Dickon- a boy from the moors or dales, who has a pony and a crow or some other bird. I think I missed the second part of this one previously. Also check out The Magic Key on the Solved Mysteries page, that's one that eluded me for a long time since it sounded much like The Secret Garden , but clearly wasn't. This was an illustrated story of a brother and sister who found a gold key in the woods.

It opened a tiny door at the base of a large tree, and that led them into fairyland. My memory tells me the illustrations of fairies were wonderful. It's on Solved Mysteries. Workman Publishing, Used copy, VG but lacking locket. New copy. Maybe this one - "The author here writes, as he did in a number of books, of isolated children with extraordinary mental powers. Just imagine what happens when one of them finds out he can really take them there. Oh yeah, this is it - the first chapter is called The Dandelions.

Alexander Key, The Magic Meadow. They can't move their bodies much but they play the "traveling game" every night and imagine themselves away from Ward Nine. One night Brick is able to go to their magic meadow and no one believes him when he returns until Nurse Jackson sees a dandelion under his neck. He is able to transport all of the others to the meadow in the nick of time since their hospital has been condemned and the kids are going to be split up.

Very memorable story. Thank you, thank you. Too bad The Magic Meadow is out of print and hard to find. However, I did find a website to re-read the book online. What a gem. Once there they notice that they develope psychic powers and I think their handicap challenges resolve The stronger maybe older children help the other ones to "come over". There are a few back and forth visits until finally they decide to stay.

The natives of this new place sing to bring up the sun and everyone communicates telepathically. Key, Alexander, The Magic Meadow. Several severely handicapped children in an institution manage to escape by using the power of their minds. They travel to another place earth in the future - the one with the most ability has to make several trips back and forth to bring them all there and he almost doesn't make it. Their nurse caregiver comes with them and they all start on a wonderful new life. The people already there do sing to the sun and are welcoming and kind.

My sister just lent me this book and the details match the poster's memories. There is more information on the solved mystery pages. Alexander Key, The Magic Meadow , This is definitely the book. See the Solved Mysteries M page for more information. A magician gives Millicent a doll instead of a rabbit, and she and her father try to find the magician again. Viking Press, written and illustrated by Turkle. Outwitted by a magician who gives her a doll instead of a promised white rabbit, Millicent and her father travel to Paris and London in pursuit of the trickster.

Was looking at it just before the answer to the "Pot called Peep" stumper was posted. Looking in the store just now, I couldn't find it, meaning it was probably sold, although things around there do have a funny way of disappearing and reappearing. Anyhow, it was called something like The Imp in the Pot and was about an imp that took the form of one of those large black three-legged cooking pots.

It was one of those small cheap hardcover easy readers which appeared in profusion in the '60s. The pot kept jumping around and the imp popping up shouting, "Hucka pucka! Junior Bookshelf review again: Patricia Coombs " The Magic Pot " published by World's Work, , 32 pages "The demon who turns into a black iron pot with a 'Hucka-pucka' and robs the rich to feed the appreciative poor, hucka-puckaing off with the rich man in a fine mystery ending Thank you so much for finding these, your site is priceless!!

Maurice Dolbier, The Magic Shop , This was also anthologized in "Best in Children's Books," Vol. Arnold Lobel Parents' Magazine Press,'65? I have often wondered the same myself. Grandfather Owl wears spectacles and answers questions and solves arguments for all the other animals in the woods. Little Toot aspires to be as knowledgable and attributes this knowledge to Grandfather's Spectacles.

One day he gets to try them, but alas, they tell him nothing. Grandfather Owl explains "Spectacles are for seeing and not for knowing. Knowing comes with growing and growing. Moore, Lilian.

Illustrated by Arnold Lobel. Parents' Magazine Press, Cover slightly soiled and binding worn, otherwise G. There was a boy in his bed, who either couldn't sleep and was told a story about this night train, or dreamed of this train speeding through the countryside at night. Most of the illustrations were dark and pen-and-ink-like, and I specifically remember a page where the train was out of control and the boy or conductor or both were pulling back hard on the throttle to stop it.

I believe the cover was dark, like night. It was a relatively thin hardback. I would love to find this book for my sister, who is now a reading teacher. We read it in the mid- to lates, but I think it was used even then. Just a suggestion. David M. McPhail, The Train , Could this be it? Ages Lilian Moore, The Magic Spectacles , I was the original requester and I found it! Published by Parents' Magazine Press When I read the description I immediately thought of this book, and went looking for descriptions on the web to confirm.

Couldn't find any, but I'll make the suggestion anyway. Farmer Penelope, The magic stone , Farmer, Penelope, The Magic Stone. Yes, this is definitely it. The only good clue I can give you is that the one of the children's cats was named Ozymandias. I tried looking under Noel, Streatfield and Ozymandias but no luck. I have read a lot of the titles, hoping to recognize my description, but no luck. I did find references to lots of other books I read as a child tho! I have this book. The children stay with an aged great aunt who is extremely eccentric, to say the least. I don't know why this book has become so important for me, but I am getting the strong desire to own the books that were important to me as a kid, and I hope I can find them here.

I can think of no more rewarding collection that the pursuit of books one has loved. Thank you so much for your info!! Magic Summer is out of print and it would be great if you could find a copy for me. The Magic Summer. Illustrated by Edward Ardizzone. Random House, First edition. Ex-library copy with usual markings. Rudy and Eugene Bahn. Published by Charles E. Merrill Company, , I did not find one about a magic fruit tree and a tortoise. However, The Straw Ox matches the description. The Rapunzel in this book does kill the witch by cutting her hair at the right moment. And a troll who turns himself into a pig does kidnap three sisters on three separate occasions and the one sister saves them by making the troll bring sacks of wood to the mother, but instead of putting wood in the bag, a sister goes in instead.

Illustartions are black and white. Thanks, I'll assume it is Magic Tales. Now does anyone know how to find the story about the tree and the tortoise? Another detail: the other animals keep trying to find out the magic word but they all forget it on the way home, but the tortoise is more diligent and simply keeps repeating it as he returns.

The downtrodden tortoise is more diligent and simply keeps repeating it as he returns and is lavished with gratitude. I think the word was something like "Bonjo". How about this - The Bojabi Tree , by Edith Rickert , illustrated by Anna Braune, published originally in , reprinted by Doubleday in , 46 pages "This once-popular picture book 'adapted from an African folk tale' will with its satisfying adventure, repetition of action, humor, and precise, colorful details, give fresh delight to kindergarten storytelling.

Four visits to King Leo are required before one of the creatures can remember the name of the fruit. Amusingly illustrated with pencil drawings. The first story is Ask Mr. Well, Edith Rickert's version certainly fits the plot - but the one I'm looking for is much less cutesy - the animals have no names, IIRC, and they certainly don't wear clothes.

In all, it's more streamlined. I remember that one animal forgets because he bumps his head and another because he falls and rolls and bites his tongue too often to pronounce the word properly. The one picture I remember is that of the tortoise looking sadly at the angry wise man. B96 bonjo: aha! I haven't been able to find a publication date or any more information though. This sounds a lot like a book I spent years looking for I found a nice description of it online about halfway down the page.

Sun-bleached illustrations by Ian Wallace are intended to convey the shimmering heat and noon-day mirage of the African landscape. In this Bantu tale from Africa, a humble tortoise saves his hungry animal friends. Only those who know the name of the tree can reach its fruit. When haughty Gazelle and Elephant fail to bring the tree's name all the way back from the king, Tortoise attempts the task.

On his journey, Tortoise repeats the name over and over until he reaches the foot of the tree, where the branches respond by bending down to the waiting animals. An enjoyable retelling conveying a theme common to folktales - effort and dedication succeed over talent and pride. Charles Keeping's running lion, prancing ox and snapping alligator add to the delight of this collection. The contents are similar to the other identical title, but not quite.

Three tales are from India. The illustrations, unfortunately, are annoyingly generic. Other than that, the collection is unique and quite good. I am not sure about the secret language part, but Ruth Sawyer's Enchanted Schoolhouse has to do with an Irish lad bringing a leprechaun to America! Might be worth a look! I can't identify the book but was wondering if it might be one of Patricia Lynch's many books possibly one of her Brogeen books.

It is technically a boggart that stows away with them on the ship, but I remember thinking that the illustrations or description made him sound like a leprechaun. I don't remember him speaking in code, but that doesn't mean he didn't. I think he travels with them because the woods are being torn down to make a road. He comes to America and is really freaked out. Magic happens when he smokes his pipe. Irish boggart [like a leprechaun] goes to America - secret code - every 10th word gives the message. She's been writing since the early '70s. Thanks for your e-mail.

The reply certainly sounds promising and I am keen to find more information about " The Magic Toy Shop " as it could well be the play that I recall. A search on the internet uncovered a play by Patricia Clapp called something like "T he Toys That Took Over Christmas " about some toys in a toy shop that were brought to life, but was advertised as being a 10th anniversary performance, which dates it to Perhaps Patricia Clapp has written several plays along similiar lines -- the play I recall was performed by us as seven or eight year olds in about or As well as groups of toys having their own songs, I seem to recall a toy train taking all the toys to a location outside the toy shop.

Pinocchio had a leading role, but I am pretty sure that this was not a musical adaptation of the Pinocchio story. Hopefully someone might have details about " The Magic Toy Shop ". Thank You! I have actually found out the answer, which is quite different from what I expected it to be. Eventually I managed to find an e-mail address for my old primary school of 25 years ago, and wrote to ask about the play I remembered.

After making various enquiries, the Principal wrote me and said that the play I recall was written by a group of teachers after they had gathered ideas from the children, and incorporated various popular songs. They called it The Magic Toybox , but it is no longer known if a script exists or ever did exist.

It's great to have an answer after wondering about this for so long. I just picked this one up for the store. It's a Scholastic paperback in G condition well-loved but the title is not that common , copyright Sticker removal mark from spine and homemade? See Solved Mysteries for details the book doesn't cover! Two children enter the New York subway and suddenly find themselves in a time tunnel that takes them back three hundred years to New Amsterdam where they watch history in the making and compare colonial and modern ways of life.

This is on the Solved Mysteries page. Caroline Emerson, The Magic Tunnel. Thank you for your comments on TheMagic Tunnel, one of my two favorite childhood stories. The mysterious adventure of the storybook children transported from then-present day New York to New Amsterdam via the underground system captivated me and in hindsight, greatly contributed to my own move to New York in , to find adventure, mystery, and, of course, magic.

I'm pretty sure this is it. It has your Jupiter poem on page 64 , but it's copyright The cover is dark blue with a picture of a man covered in stars. It has cool deco-ish illustrations by Luxor Price. Roy Rockwood, Great Marvel series , A long shot, but a series running concurrently with Tom Swift was the Great Marvel series.

Some of the earlier titles in the series are available in full text at Project Gutenberg, so they can be checked easily. It would appear the mystery is solved - I can't imagine that poem showing up in more than one book! Now I have to find a copy!! Thanks so much!!! Lewis, The Silver Chair. I think this might be the one you are looking for. Tolkien, Hobbit, Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Has to be too easy. There were 4 books in the original series, published late 's - early 's.

A youth gets caught up in a war between the people of his world,including elves, dwarves, etc. While following the dwarves to safety after a battle, he finds armor and weapons that turn out to be enchanted. His friend is apprenticed to a magician hence the title of the book. Brooks, Terry, The Sword of Shannara, It's a long shot, given the date, but there are elves, dwarves, a magic sword and high adventure!

It is neither C S Lewis nor Tolkein. I have just finished reading Sword of Shanarra and can rule that one out. I have acquired the Feist: Magician Apprentice, and this one looks promising. Raymond Feist, Magician: Apprentice , is definitely the one.

My thanks for solving this mystery. The two children in it enter other worlds through a doorway in the attic which connects their houses, and one of the worlds has a red, dying sun. R8 is definetely The Magician's Nephew. The book G5 isn't remotely like The Magician's Nephew. I know the book being refererred to in R It's The Magician's Nephew , the first book in C. Lewis 's Chronicles of Narnia. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the second book in the series. Lewis , and is part of the Narnia series. I actually loved these books as a child and recently re-read them, and the plot described in R8 is the same as in The Magician's Nephew.

All the Narnia books are worth a second look. The Chronicles of Narnia. Macmillan, Complete series of seven books. Book Club hardback editions from the sixties see image. Magoose's Grocery , 's. I know this book well. This was a Parent's magazine book club book. H The Magpie's Nest, which shows up in many collections.

Here's Joseph Jacobs' edition. I'm not sure which edition you're looking for or if indeed you remember one in an anthology, which broadens the scope considerably. But this is certainly the folk story you're looking for. There are some little differnces, but the general plot line is the same The island and the teacher I agree with the person who thought the answer might be " The Magus" by John Fowles. Just to give a few more details that might help, the protagonist is Nicholas Urfe.

The old man is Conchis. The daughters are Lily and Rose. And there is another woman, who is in the end Nicholas's true love, named Alison. This book was made into a film as well. Conchis, a wealthy estate owner. John Fowles, The Magus. The affair gets more serious than Nicholas can stand, so he leaves her to take a position as an English instructor at the Lord Byron School in the Greek island of Phraxos.

Bored, depressed, disillusioned, and overwhelmed by the Mediterranean island, Nicholas contemplates suicide, then takes to long solitary walks. On one of these walks he stumbles upon the wealthy Greek recluse Maurice Conchis, who may or may not have collaborated with the Nazis during the war and apparently lives alone on his island estate.

Inez Irwin, Maida's Little Shop. She makes friends in the nieghborhood, one of whom turns out to be her nanny's grandson from Ireland. Only I think the diamond was in a necklace Emberley, Ed. This sounds like it could be any of the many drawing books by Ed Emberley. This definitely matches the description, although there may be others as well. I adored this book--you really could make a whole little world, without any particular drawing talent.

Have you looked at the Ed Emberly drawing books? There are many and they are in the right time frame. Ed Emberley, Make a World. From description, most likely this one of his many books. Finally back in print. It's one of my favorite gifts for children in elementary school--this book, a big blank book, and a set of markers, with the invitation to "make a world.

My favorite is a child who made an atlas of his "planet. Not sure who was the solver but, I thank you!!! I saw the inquiry about a book with the saying "hay foot, straw foot, left foot, right foot. The author is Jan Margo. All I remember about this book is a little boy who would march around with a paper hat on his head and chant "hayfoot, strawfoot" as he marched. One I read around about a little boy who would march around with a paper hat singing "Hayfoot, Strawfoot.

His sergeant, also a country fellow, asks him if he can tell hay from straw. Of course he can, any durn fool can do that! So Sarge ties a wisp of hay to one foot and straw to the other, and drills him by calling 'hay-foot, straw-foot' instead of 'left, right, left'. His only companions are a dog named Brogla an her puppy Rags. I was enquiring about a book my family read 30 years ago. It was about a dog named "Rags" who loves his owner, a rancher, very much but is not appreciated by his owner because he is not pure-bred. At one point, the owner's two dobermans?

Just after Rags runs off, a boy on the ranch runs up to the owner and tells him the other two dogs started the fight and crying tells him how much Rags loves him. The owner is unable to find Rags no matter how much he looks for him. Finally, they meet in a blizzard and Rags almost dies getting the owner to safety. Then while Rags is dying the owner lays down with him and tells him over and over how sorry he is and Rags finally gets better. Bannon, Laura. Make Room For Rags. Houghton Mifflin, Illustrated by Vee Guthrie. When the small dog Rags appeared at the farmhouse in the middle of a storm, the family knew they would have to make room for her, for a short time, anyway.

Danny hoped that the place could be permanent, but the more Rags teased the kittens and chased the chickens, the slimmer the chances seemed to be. The description sounds exactly like a book that my teacher read to me in 6th grade, approximately, It was about a man kept in a box in Vietnam and I think the local boy helps him escape to a cave.

Dunn, Marylois, The Man in the Box, I am enjoying rereading it very much. I read that story over and over in eighth grade ! It made me want to learn fencing, though I never did. I keep thinking it is Richard or Robert somebody. If anyone can track down the literature textbook it is in, that would help me solve an earlier book stumper I sent in about a boy named P. This description sounds just like a short story I too had to read for an English class in junior high! The point is that he does this so that the other students won't learn to look up to the arrogant, conflict-loving fencer and come to think of him as the "better" fencer, but instead realize that a peace-loving person could still be the better fighter if need be.

The only problem is, Googling "A Man of Peace" coupled with "short story" doesn't yield any results, so perhaps I've got the title wrong. I'm still thinking about that fencing story now it's driving ME crazy! It was about a fencing master dedicated to the art of fencing who has a student who only fences for the brutality he can put into his game. Nimoy played one of Mr.

I hope someone can help me and I get the chance to help someone else! Thank you. I would never have found it. Even the brief description on amazon would not have jogged my memory. I had to try a sample just to be sure. Thank you wadcb3! You are amazing. Please help!! There were twins: a boy and a girl who lost their parents and were left in guardianship of a Duke.

The boy ran away to sea to become a sailor and have a great adventure. So, the girl dressed up, pretending to be a boy and went to meet their newly appointed guardian. The Duke, trying to "man up" his new feminine looking ward took him her to a bordello very comical and that was where he found out that he was actually a she!! He ended up marrying her and then had her twin brought back from the ship he was on. I think the girl's name was Alyssa and her twin was Nicky.

There is more to the story but any help you can give would be appreciated. I've been looking for this book for a while but couldn't find it. I don't remember a lot of details. It's about a model coming back to her hometown. The book starts with her speeding when she's going into town. The male character is a cop and they went to high school together.

Any help finding this book would be greatly appreciated! I'm looking for a book about a woman who is married with a small daughter. She is hit by a car, I believe, and dies while in the hospital. But, she decides that it's not her time yet and takes over the body of a single woman who was also injured. She recovers from her new body's injuries and finds her husband and daughter to check up on them they end up becoming friends and more. In the end, the husband finds out or she tells him what happened and after a while they end up back together.

I believe it was a Silhouette or Harlequin. Hey all I am in need of your help! I have been trying to figure out the title of a book. Here is a summary of what I remember of the plot Ringing any bells for anyone? I am a newbie here The heroin however disguised herself as a normal girl and work at a ranch. She likes all the heavy machinery used at the ranch. The hero is her boss and owner of the ranch. He treats her like his other worker and has a girlfriend i think.

The girlfriend is very vain and the heroin notice that his girlfriend pretends to be trendy but actually she is not. Hi: I have been looking for a specific romantic book for ages. I came across this site today and thought I would give it a try. I think he has nightmares and the girl tries to help him with that. I am not so sure on the specifics. So some of the above could be totally imaginary. I hope someone can help me!

Thanks a lot! Hello everyone! I came across this site today and hope someone can help me. Here's what I remember: The heroine is from France, an orphan, goes to love with her uncle? Her cousin is an heiress. The hero is poor nobility and must marry for money. He visits the uncle's estate with his two friends to court the cousin. She gets pregnant. One of the hero's friends helps set her up with a shop in London where she resells dresses.

Thanks so much for the help! Hi all! I'm glad I found this thread. I'm new to posts like these so bare with me. I've been trying to find the name of this book for a long time now and it's driving me crazy. Please help me. I don't remember much of the plot of the story or the names of the characters 'coz I read this book a while back. What I do remember though is that this book is kinda on the adult romance genre.

The story starts where a beautiful virgin young woman daughter of a man of power - probably a politician gets raped by a fat, short and old diplomat not really sure if he's a diplomat but he scares the girl by saying she can't tell anyone 'coz he has immunity in that country. After being raped she is kidnapped by the same diplomat but she gets saved by a man love interest 1 but then she gets caught again by the diplomat and after some time saved by another man love interest 2.

She then gets abducted by tribal people and she was deemed to be "the one" deity or something maiden or sun goddess because of her beauty. Love interests 1 and 2 joins this ritual and 2 wins and they escape from the tribal people. Going back to civilization she gets confronted by the two love interests to choose between them who she loves most. She chooses love interest 1 but near the end she realizes, she loves love interest 2 more so she leaves 1 for 2 and they live happily ever after. I forgot most of the scenes and it was a thick book so there were a lot of scenes I forgot I wanna read them again but I just can't remember details that will lead me to the book.

I don't know if what I read was already an omnibus or just a very long novel. Any ideas?? New to this, but hopefully someone can help! I've tried searching for this book, but Google is failing me. It's a regency romance novel. He takes her to his country home, and she gets along with his staff. Possibly something about her organizing his library. She gets pregnant, but hides it from him. He takes her back to London, and she continues to hide the pregnancy from him she's miserable in the carriage ride to town -- I think because she's trying to be the perfect ton wife.

Her morning sickness gets so bad that she avoids callers; and then she's still so tired in the afternoon, that she cleverly avoids social calls and stays home to be well enough to go out for evening events tells Lady A that she'll be at Lady B's musical, tells Lady B she'll be elsewhere, etc. When her husband realizes that he is in love with her, he tries to track her down in the afternoon, going from point A to B to C, etc.

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They both profess their love, he takes her back to the country, and everything ends well. Any ideas? Thanks in advance!! Hi guys I'm new here! I need help finding this book. I of course can't remember the name of the book or author or even character names but heres what I do remember: The woman moves in with the cowboy, I think she works at a theater, or maybe she's a mail order bride, but the cowboy pretends to be his twin brother throughout the story, who she eventually falls in love with. I remember there was an Indian couple living in the back yard and she helps the woman give birth.

Also, at the end of the book is when she finds out that the guy has been playing as his rough and tough twin brother. If theres any way you can help me it would be much appreciated!!! She ends up falling in love with 'Lucas Holt' who had a twin brother 'Slade Holt'. Slade was brought up by Indians and is the rougher of the two. Lucas pretends to be both Lucas and Slade throughout the book to lure an enemy out of hiding. Hi all, I'm new to the group and the site. Hoping someone can help me with the title or author.

It's historical fiction possibly regency. She literally stumbles over unknown man, drunk, and he proposes. After being chastised again at home she takes him up on his offer. Turns out he is nobility. Hero needs to marry and produce an heir to secure estate. Her father is getting remarried to a shrew. It seems like both threads are active now!

I'm a noobie, but here goes Medieval setting, published in late 90's or early 's I think --Two or three related books--one has a heroine named Judith, she marries beneath her somewhat, to a fairly impoverished noble family. Her husband had mistresses he called by days of the week and she burned up their bed so he knew she wouldn't put up with it.

The family's name had falcon in it, I think. Another related one same author, some shared characters was about the impoverished knight's little sister, named Zerah or something similar, who had always dressed as a boy and learned to fight like a knight. She is bested in a fight or something, and the other knight knows at once she is a woman though no one else, even her sister in law from the other book, don't know. I hope someone knows these! This is so amazing, how some people know all of them!

I had actually accidentally posted in another thread, and someone answered anyway, people are nice :. I need help finding the title of this book! Hopefully someone could help me - you all seem to have excellent memories. Its a fairly recent book I believe. But she has a big heart and is going to school to become a teacher.

Things come to head when the sister gets sick. The real story is that the bf tried to have sex with the h, fed up with the spoiled nature of the sister, believing that the kind and sweet nature of the h was more his speed, but she denied him. The bf goes off in a rage and promptly breaks up with the sister, spouting about how much better a person the h is than her, alluding that they had had sex.

The sister runs to her brother, the H telling him how awful her friend, the h, is for sleeping with her bf. He tells her off, yelling about how they took her in and were kind to her, all the while she was a cheating backstabber, etc. Realizing that she had just been kidding herself and would never be good enough for the H, she leaves for a teaching job in Texas? Things quickly fall apart between the H and his sister, especially as she realizes that the was probably wrong and took her anger out on the wrong person. The sister grows up and decides to become a nurse. Meanwhile the h is teaching in Texas where she is stabbed accidentally by a street kid when she gets in the middle of a fight.

The H and the sister fly to her aide and bring her back to the ranch against her will. During her recuperation thats when the h and the H make up. Hoping someone can help me out with this. I read a book as a teenager it might have been either a young adult or a general romance book about a girl who goes out west dressed as a boy. Unfortunately, I don't remember many details from it -- I think it had a mostly white cover with drawn characters in brown tones. It was probably from the early s, although it could have been the late s as well. It might have been a series book Harlequin, or something similar.

The girl is traveling with a group, and she of course likes one of the guys, who might have been the guide possibly on the Oregon Trail. He only realizes she is a girl when he's helping her up some obstacle, like a hill, and his arm grazes her chest. I read the beginning at the library as a kid and never finished it, but it stuck with me, as you can see! Thanks for any leads. I'm struggling to find the name of this book..

This guy had an operation during which he tied his tubes ergo he can't have children. Then he enters a shop one day, a few years later and happens to look at her screensaver and find an image of a child that looks almost alike to him when he was a child I keep getting confused with storylines similar to this one. Please Help!!!! Look for the name and author of a romance i read over 10 years ago and it was an older book then, i'm thinking Romance story that the woman of the book was a reporter and while trying to get an interview with someone she gets bitten by a dog.

He has a baby left at his door. It's an old harlequin romance novel i believe 's in which the hero and heroine fall in love but unfortunately before anything can come out of it the hero's adopted father asks him to return home to marry his daughter who does not have long to live. Suffice it to say the hero's wife dies after two years and leaves him with a daughter. The hero immediately hops on a plane to go back to the heroine however the plane crashes and the hero receives terrible burns and has to undergo plastic surgery.

When the hero is finally reunited with the heroine who is an author or publisher she tells him she has a three year old son. The hero wants to be with her but doesn't know how to tell her about his situation. The hero's father- in- law meets him and the heroine learns about everything and runs away telling the hero she wants nothing to do with him. The hero's daughter's name is Anna and I think the hero also had a mole on his back that was removed during his operation. Anyone having an idea or think the book I'm referring to then please let me know.

I'm looking for the title of a romance book where she goes on a trip with a girlfriend, there is a hurricane and then she is all of a sudden in medieval times. There are two more books to this series and I would love to read them all. I read this book years ago and cannot remember the name of it. I remember that the man was a lawyer who sided with the woman's husband and won the case, then they meet years later. The woman does not like corsets or lawyers. The story takes place in the U. I only read it once and started thinking about it and would like to read it again, please help me.

I read this in the 80s. It was part of a "Historical" series like Harlequin. Some of the "men" get together to see if someone can get her to say yes to a marriage proposal. There is a broke Scotish Laird in town who is trying to arrange money to help his clan. One night she is going back home from a dinner and her carriage is attacked and he protects her. She finds out about the bet and tries to leave him, but he says the bet was for him to ask he didn't have to break it. So they get married. He takes over the finances for the two of them. Something happens on her estate but I can't remember what.

At their first dinner party she has the bagpipes pipe the guests into dinner but it is not appreciated by the guests. She has scars on her back from where her father would use a whip on her. Eventually she is pregnant and they decide to move the entire clan to Canada because she wants the baby to be born in their new home.

If someone knows of this book, I would be grateful for the title. Trying to find a western historical romance about a guy who falls in love with his best friend's sister. The brother ends up dying in a lab fire and the guilt breaks up the couple. I think there might be the word stars in the title. Potentially from the s. I think it had a blue cover. Testing this out Cannot remember the author or name of book. Read a book a couple months ago - guy and girl known each other long time, meet up at I believe a friend, maybe family members wedding - great weekend after he tells her to leave or else - she stays; girl gets pregnant and guy demands 1 week to show her he'll be good to her.

I think he didn't think he was worthy, but she's always been drawn to him. Maybe her family was wealthy? I can't remember - any help - greatly appreciated. Hi guys! I'm looking for this book I read about 10 years ago. It's about this female author who teaches a writing class in her free time. She's a bit stuck with this one book she's writing since her editor doesn't like the way she writes her sex-scenes.

Therefore by chance she decides to take sex lessons from this cop in her writing class I know it was in-return-for-something or other but can't remember the particulars. Read the book in dutch, and it's title was along the lines of "Lessons in love". Does anyone have a clue? Help would be appreciated :. I need help trying to find a book I read sometime between years ago. I think it might be a harlequin. A girl is delivering something to a wedding maybe a cake? She gets shot at while leaving.

A cop happens to be there and lands on her while protecting her. Of course there's chemistry, he ends up protecting her. That's about all I remember. I'm pretty sure though that in the first scene when he is covering she ends up with an orgasm. The h owns a book shop or house in, I think, London. He arrived late at night, having traveled from another town.

He overcomes it and, voila, HEA. Anyone know this? Was it Caroline by Willo Davis Roberts? Hi, I'm looking for a romance book that starts out with a man about to hang for piracy I believe and then he escapes and hides in some caves on the coast, a young woman lives in a convent above the caves and I'm not sure if she discovers him or if he kidnaps her but they end up together and she can't decide if she wants to stay with him or turn him in?

Does this sound at all familiar to anyone? It's been driving me nuts not being able to find it. Hello everyone,does anybody know the title of this book? I think it's a harlequin. I can't remember the reason why the hero and heroine got married, all i remember is that the heroine left the hero to live somewhere near a beach. So, the hero decides to get to know her again. When they meet not sure if at the beach or a restaurant at the beach they pretend they don't know each other and that they are meeting for the first time, they get along well and have a relationship.

So happy to have found this group! I read a romance years ago that I have never forgotten. Unfortunately, I did forget the title and author. I am hoping someone here can help me fill in the blanks. I am pretty sure it was a Harlequin. It was about this woman who had an aunt and uncle who were giving her some kind of pill to make her forget her husband.

He finds her and of course she doesn't know him, but in the end she remembers. I believe there was some bad weather, too, maybe snow. So glad I found this site. I hope someone can help me find this book, it's been 15 years since I read it but it has always stuck with me. The book I'm looking for was possibly published in the 's - 's. It was set in England if memory serves me correctly, 17th or 18th century? The heroine bares a striking resemblance to the estranged 'wife'.

He assaults the heroine as he spots her near his home or possible on his estate thinking she's the estranged wife wanting to punish her for leaving him and his young son but is horrified when he realises that the heroine was telling the truth and is an innocent. The heroine also has a slight limp, an injury she suffered when she was a child and I think walks with a cane. After attacking her he takes her to his home and to tries to redeem himself in her eyes not sure if he is titled, I'm assuming he is and she meets his son.

Any thoughts would be most helpful. Hello : I'm hoping somebody can help me! I'm pretty sure the book was a harlequin book. All I remember is that the heroine knew the hero while she was growing up. I think he might have been her brothers friend or something? She developed a crush on him and years later ends up working for him. He started to become attracted to her but still thought she was just a little girl even though she was all grown up.

Any help would be deeply appreciated! I read this book in 03ish and it was old then so I dont really know the publish year. Medieval romance, kinda cheesy. Redhaired maiden given away to be wed as part of kings orders. Gets sent away to filthy castle run by awful lord. He finds her and starts to fall in love with her. I believe the book went back and forth between his pov and hers. The cover was blue and whiteish. Thats all i have. Community please help i am looking for two historical romance titles book 1 i believe takes place is scotland or england during midieval times.

The hero is a twin but was an outcast because twins were believed to be evil so his brother was chosen to rule while he was a warrior the heroine was arranged by her brother or stepbrother to marry the ruling twin but she falls for the brooding hero warrior instead. At first the hero does not want anything to do with her but falls in love with her.

Also the brother that was marrying her did not want her and ended up with a amid. Book 2 A preacher on a wagon train the heroine was a piano player for a travelling cathouse. Thought she was a hooker but she wasnt there was kids that they were putting with families and one of the girls became a second wife to religious guy. There was a fire and the cat house burned. Please help!!!!!!! Okay I'm looking for a book from Harlequin Romance its Like a Special Romance Edition or Something where the heroine is a woman football coach who has been hired to coach a high school football team but the man that wanted the position is angered but they end up assisting each other.

This woman doesn't let anyone know that she has MS Multiple Sclerosis and many accidents occur when she loses mobility in her legs. Two specific scenes that stick out to me is when she starts dating the other assist coach and they go to his family's home for a picnic and she plays basketball with them and she loses mobility in her legs and then that time she collapse in the teams locker room and the players find her. Does anyone know what the title and who the author is? I am looking for a book which I read a few years ago; a historical romance.

I am almost sure that the book was a prequel to other books. The heroine in this book was a vicar's daughter who met a titled man at an event which she attended with chaperones and a suitor. She and the man had sex the first time they met at the event and she later found out that the man was supposed to be betrothed to her friend. She snuck away another time to meet up with him. I think her sister ended up getting married to his brother or friend in a sequel.

The description is up in post 8. I'd really appreciate it if someone could help. But now, as she travels to Oregon in disreputable company, the stunning Irish songbird's cherished independence is threatened by irresistible desires for a handsome young preacher. Hi, Further to my post , could anyone please provide me with helpful search websites ie similar to allreaders. I've looked at a few but no luck.


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Come across a few but nothing that matches. It was "With this Ring" by Mary Wibberley. I used the search on vintageromances and found it. I do not remember much, I read it about ten or so years ago. It is set in the U. The woman never wore corsets, was for women's rights, had a husband who hired his friend to represent him , she was made out to have been unfaithful towards her husband and was divorced. I do not remember why it came about but the husband's friend, who was a lawyer met her after a few years, he knew what the husband was like but still represented him.

Something happened in the book were they got together to investigate or fix a problem, I am not sure, but there was a plot outside of their love life. I must have read it pre-Warrior's Song as the original title was Chandra. Again, thank you! It's Wife in the Shadows by Sara Craven - if anyone is interested. I'm looking for a book, under Harlequin i think. The things i remember: 1. She inherited a business, from an aunt i believe, who died at the start of the story 3. Hero is the business partner, so he is not happy with it 4.

The heroine had a finace is a professor whom she broke up with because she caught him cheating with a student in his office for the grade. She tries to assembe a tent a product of the company using the instructions but can't because she said it lacks visuals or something like that. No wonder i had difficulty finding it, it's not harlequin and it wasn't from an aunt.

The Wedding in White. The first book in her Welcome to Tyler series. Do you perhaps recall any of the character names? I have a book I read years ago and cannot remember title or author. Regency time period. The heroine is a criminal and has be caught or being transported by the hero. He is somehow injured and they end up in a cave with her saving his life instead of her escaping. Thank so much! Looking for a contemporary romance I read in the past 10 years, probably more like 5 or 6.

It was a hardcover, not pb series. It was set in England, smaller village. Hero had bought large house in the area, I think. Typical remote, alpha type. Hero and heroine become acquainted, can't remember how. Something to do with property, gardening. I think his house has a large greenhouse that she borrows? Ending involves a gardening show, TV interview? That's all I can recall Looking for a romance book that was about a girl who was told in error that her twin brother was killed by an Earl? They rand up getting married after the Earl sees how many family members she has and wants a family.

The story revolves around the Earl's bastard brother trying to kill him. Saxan Honey Todd tries to kill Botolf, Earl of Regenford when her cousins bungle telling her what happened. Takes place in Civil War era. A white woman is mistaken as a slave because she has black hair. Midnight Slave by Rochelle Wayne. Now if all the books I can't remember where that easy!

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It sounds like part of the novel Remembrance. It started off in modern times. The heroine is a romance novelist Ok, please please please help me!! The novel was set originally in London, not sure exact time frame but I would say s. The heroine was redheaded I think, and very slim, like, not curvy at all.

She was from a plantation island in the Caribbean and her father ran the plantation, I think he dies and she is sent to London to live with someone, maybe a distant old cousin or aunt. The aunt wants her to hook up with her nephew, very distant relations. The heroine can't take control of her plantation without a husband, in her father's will I think. She hates London, doesn't fit in, isn't 'girly' enough and is always cold, hating the climate. The 'hero' has some issues of his own, and for some reason agrees to marry her and go back with her, but he is super pissy about it.

He is a jerk, he verbally abuses her and when she is almost raped by a crew member on the ship back to the island, he rescues her but then blames her for it as she is so manly she spends time in pants on the boat and such. Eventually, they make it to the island, there is big struggle there as the plantation has issues.

I think there is a neighboring plantation owner, a woman who is competition and i think the 'hero' has an affair with her even. There is also an evil pirate in the mix, who eventually kidnaps the hero just as the couple are starting to get along. The pirate is Hispanic and has an African concubine, I vividly remember a scene where they are making love and then he gives her a ruby and diamond necklace. Pretty sure the heroine eventually actually rescues him. It was my mother's book and I read it when I was fairly young way to mess with a girl's head at a young age, but I digress , I am thinking I read it mid 90s Hi all, So I really need some help finding a book that my friend was telling me about.

So she ended up taking charge. They are attacked by an army, Saxon I think, and the army offers to have a duel between their leader and someone from the kingdom, to avoid unnecessary bloodshed. So the heroine dresses as a knight and goes out to fight him. The army laughs because she is so small, but they don't realize she is a woman. So they fight and he wins, naturally, but during or after the fight her helmet is knocked off and they realize she's a woman.

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Eventually, you reach the top and are rewarded with an exhilarating panorama, from the nearest oak to the farthest lake. Lynne Sharon Schwartz is not the customary kind of travel writer who paints sunny scenes of blissful beaches, majestic mountains, and romantic villages, nor does she decorate her narrative with snapshots of charming local characters, dancing, fishing, If it now feels itself safe enough to toy with me before doing whatever it intends to do, so much the worse for me.

So much the worse, perhaps, for us all. The second novel is about twin sisters, a psychological suspense story with otherworldly overtones. The third is a well-constructed piece that reimagines the final days of Virginia Woolf. The jungle Manhattan, some few decades into the future. There are snows in August. And a fabulous tiger two stories high stalks the streets demolishing buildings, ostensibly at random, though they just happen to occupy properties coveted by one or another well-connected, real estate Worse than stars.

Outer space is right here, when you think about it. Outer space is your living room. You practically have to be an astronaut to live in a house on Earth. Mathilda is direct, smart, and savvy but also anxious, confused, and clueless. Vermont's Irish The story of the Irish in Vermont is finally being told. Historian Vincent E. Feeney, the grandson of Irish immigrants, moved from California to Vermont for graduate school in and stayed. Mutiny and mystery on the high seas In June of , the crew of the ship Discovery, after having suffered seven freezing months in the northern confines of what is now Hudson Bay with scarce provisions and tensions high, launched a mutiny.

The discontented seamen forced Henry Hudson, the English explorer and one of the most skilled navigators of his day, into a small skiff along with Death and life in the minors Judging a book by its cover is the cardinal sin for a reviewer. It shows Mike Coolbaugh, a long-time minor league baseball player, his uniform-clad back to the camera. Author readings and signings in Greater Boston, Oct. The answers, according to a new compendium, are Tuesday, December, and Christmas Day, respectively. He was the short-story writer and novelist, J.

Powers, and he died 10 years ago, leaving a small body of published work and a larger, far-flung quantity of letters. Right now I am mired in footnotes involving a much-unpublicized movement in American religious We now know that the United States and the Soviet Union stumbled much closer to nuclear war during the Cuban missile crisis than American leaders understood at the time, because the Soviets did in fact have operational land- and submarine-based nuclear weapons in and around Asked to name the European country whose capital is Budapest, Kellie was stumped.

When she was told the right answer, Unfriendly fire On Aug. There were at that moment, George W. Bush was told, 70 bin-Laden-related field investigations being conducted in the Name that machine Harvard Book Store will add 3. In less than five minutes, the machine prints and binds a paperback book.

Short Takes In 'An Unquiet Mind,' Kay Jamison wrote with exceptional bravery and grace about living through mania, paralyzing depressions, and a suicide attempt. Here, with the same strength of mind and sweetness of spirit, she writes about her husband's struggles with Hodgkin's disease and Burkitt's lymphoma and death from lung cancer as well as her own struggles with loss and grief. Amir D. David Falvey reads from Revisiting the failures of youth Nostalgia means homesickness - a pained longing to return to roots.

For Hemley the journey home is the challenge of reconciling past and present lives - of undoing a lingering handful of regrets and failures from childhood and adolescence in order The right stuff By March former president Theodore Roosevelt had grown disgusted with the anti-federal government attitude of Republican Party conservatives. Instead of working for a more civil society in the tradition of Abraham Lincoln, the GOP right was promoting corporations as if they personified Americanism.

Turning up the heat on a trail gone cold and a frozen death When Sara Paretsky first brought private detective V. Warshawski to the printed page in , she kicked open the door for women who wanted to write mystery series featuring tough, independent female protagonists and dealing with real social issues. Author readings and signs in Greater Boston, Sept. William Trevor, once a sculptor, expertly chisels out the story hidden in marble Ellie Dillahan loves Florian Kilderry.

You can be sure that unhappiness lies in wait. Eileen Connulty, proprietress of the bed-and-breakfast at Number 4 The Square, has Jews have voted Democratic in every presidential election since , and, with the exception of Jimmy Carter in , no Democrat in all those decades has attracted less than 60 percent of the Jewish vote. The average has been closer to 75 percent. In much of the Caribbean, 80 percent of shallow coral reefs are dead.

Brandeis: A Life. Without both, his enormous achievements might not have been possible. Here are a couple of books guaranteed to put back-to-schoolers in a seaside mood - one for the younger set and the other a perfect read for teens. Contributors discuss what As a young man he was nearly killed climbing a mountain, flew airplanes in bad weather, and took his first ski jump on a whim.

He pursued life recklessly. His political career - the What friends are for One of these three novels is a thoughtful story about the mysteries of friendship and marriage. The third is a lively, sexy send-up of life among the frustrated young mothers of an upscale Brooklyn neighborhood. Scott Fitzgerald, rarely comes to mind. Publishers typically use the last few weeks running up to the holiday buying season to release their most prestigious, and commercially promising, new titles.

But this fall is bringing an unusually sumptuous feast for lovers of literary fiction. Overtired and inexperienced in the new plane, Munson had been practicing takeoffs and landings at the airport near his home in Canton, Ohio, when, according to For 10 years they owned an Italian restaurant in Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Welsh author Byron Rogers has eye for curious characters, timelessness of history The first time I set foot in Wales was decades ago in Holyhead at night off the mail boat from Ireland on my way to London with my friend, Andrea, whose big idea it was to hitchhike there.

Getting the first ride was easy enough, only it left us in the middle of the mountains in fog and darkness on Not quite a full Her farming family, her new student self, the couple that employs her as a nanny I could write forever. This is me. Nobody else but me. Tracing three decades of bigotry in the United States Humans have tremendous capacity for ignoring failure. If we can envision something, we struggle to engender it, even if generations fail in the attempt. Then there are the race-science fictions, misbegotten fantasies of genetic purity that have inspired nightmares from the Third Reich to Southern bigotry His family life had unraveled after his mother suffered a debilitating aneurysm.

Playing the fantasy game was a welcome distraction from the sadness and loss. His bedroom, the scene of romantic disappointments and troubled dreams, is a symbol of his unsatisfying, solitary life. Taking justice into their own hands Vigilante justice is getting a workout in crime fiction.

Having dispatched her own abusive husband with the business end of a wrench, Stella takes tough and ornery to new levels. Author readings and signings in Greater Boston Aug. Books of Wonder welcomes children of all ages. At Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks, chefs and armchair foodies indulge in antiquarian volumes from all over the world.

Folded around this question is a more fundamental one: Why should - why do - we love at all? Foley and B. Coates Broadway fills the gaps in nine subjects, ranging from math to literature, science to art. Each chapter ends with a test; answers are provided at The genre that sustained the likes of Martin Luther, Emma Goldman, and George Orwell seems tired today, a shell of its once-formidable self. He tested thousands of applications to find the most useful While the year-old was recovering from knee surgery, the Carolina Panthers replaced him with a younger player.

Relax, it seems to say, I am a plain fellow and my story is one that you will easily understand. The wary reader may fear that the ensuing narrative will Although they no longer celebrate the Nov. So when Boris Yeltsin was in command he kept the They carry a slight pleasant aftertaste, a lingering hint of delight. The central characters, all women, get more than they deserve or ironically get more than they understand, often by giving more than they know. Their consolations, transformations, unintended gifts, are rewards for them and for a reader as well.

Squeezing out a few tears, he soon found himself crying for real. It also involves a young Aboriginal girl named Mathinna Flinders, a sort of American Topsy, who, something of a legend in Two more works by Justin Cartwright make US debut It is a great mystery to me why the South African-born, London-dwelling novelist Justin Cartwright is not better known in this country. I was put on to him by a friend last year, and since then have insisted that a number of my other friends read him.

All who did have been impressed, even smitten, and one has made securing Hyland seals us inside the troubled mind of Patrick Oxtby, an alienated young car mechanic who moves into an English seaside boarding house and immediately finds his fellow lodgers disturbing, even threatening. A killing occurs, and Hyland takes us into prison, describing it and the incarcerated state of mind with Carter, I feel a bit like that kid who has the X-Men comic book hidden behind the geometry textbook.

The first is an engrossing novel set in a 16th-century Italian convent, the second a wonderfully imaginative story about an Arab-American family, and the third a funny tale of girlfriends gone wrong. Fausto, Sammy, and Julio were raised in Springfield, a declining industrial city where half of all Puerto Rican students in the late s dropped out. I should confess that, prior to reading this book, I knew shamefully little about Byron.

At school we studied Three self-help books on becoming a better parent and person What if your core beliefs about yourself or others are not reality based? You might fret that your solitary son is an outcast who needs prodding to socialize, but what if he is really a contented loner, and being with groups of kids makes him miserable?

Author readings and signings in Greater Boston, Aug. Thirty-year-olds - heck, freshly minted college graduates - see no contradiction in their first published work being a memoir. Lest one point the accusatory finger and ask just what these authors might It begins with a bucket list of 10 sporting events before focusing on the big four: baseball, football, basketball, and hockey. Klein, raised in New York until his family moved to Greater Boston when he was in the sixth But that would mislead. In this one, the mellow, amiable New York City thief and his colorful buddies get sucked into doing what they do for a reality show.

It was widely and rightly praised. There was a match between author and subject not just in intellectual spark but also in Romantic sensibility, and the result was a near masterpiece of empathy. Each book includes the original work as well as the translation. Historian Strachey delights in his research work for 'Brave Vessel' Four hundred years ago this month, the Sea Venture, one of nine ships sailing from England to the Jamestown colony in Virginia, was wrecked off Bermuda. Its castaways lived on the island for 10 months before setting sail again for the colony.

Among them was the aspiring writer William Strachey ancestor of Lytton Strachey , whose account of the ordeal became Poet Paul Muldoon reads, 4 p. Celebrating Gogol and the power of irony by revisiting 'The Collected Tales' Somehow it escaped my attention until now that this year marks the th anniversary of the birth of Nikolai Gogol.

The actual date of this happy event was in March, either the 19th or the 31st depending on whether you consult the Julian or the Gregorian calendar. Proponents herald the access to vast stores of knowledge. Earlier this month, the US Justice Department entered the fray when it launched an antitrust investigation into the matter.

Sculptures are made out of it; energy drinks are named for it. Building castles in the sand Lucinda Wierenga is one of the few people in the world who makes a living building sandcastles. A winner of international competitions, she also teaches classes on her techniques on South Padre Island, Texas, where she lives. Camus, with his trench coat, Gauloises, and Bogart mien. Tickets to the event were surely a dream by modern standards.

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A wide-ranging and clear-eyed examination of the history of American conservatism For more than half a century, historians, sociologists, journalists, psychologists, political scientists, and philosophers have studied, probed, analyzed, pondered, attacked, lauded, and attempted to explain that force that is American political conservatism. Sometimes this avalanche of books, articles, and op-eds has veered weirdly into the realms of psychobabble once a group of left-leaning psychiatrists, without ever meeting or talking to Through the eyes of 8-year-old Ruba, we see her father haunted by the memory of a murdered child and her tiny community And Elisabeth Hyde sends readers on an excellent armchair adventure by raft, through the Grand Canyon.

Tales of Nigerian outsiders, trapped between two worlds Anger. The feeling of being unloved, unwanted, undesired. Above all, the nagging sensation that your story - your truth - is being stifled by flashier, louder tales. Mortgage meltdown When Ned Gramlich was a Federal Reserve Board governor a decade ago, he became alarmed about the proliferation of subprime mortgages in the US banking system.

According to Gramlich, he urged Alan Greenspan, then the Federal Reserve chairman, to crack down on the practice. Literary Boston neighborhoods The authors who have captured the sights and sounds of Boston over several hundred years did not limit themselves to locations on Beacon Hill and in town. In search of subjects and themes, they ventured further afield to the city's neighborhoods, to Allston and Brighton, to Charlestown and the South End, to Dorchester and Roxbury, to the furthest corners of Short-story writer Pamela Painter and artist Robert Henry speak at 7 p.

Lions of Victorian theatre He has written at least three biographical masterpieces: of Lytton Strachey, George Bernard Shaw, and of himself and his parents. Short Takes These wonderful, surprising essays are divided into two groups: Critical and autobiographical, but they all feel personal. Separation anxiety Jay Wexler, a law professor at Boston University, lectures on church-state issues of sufficient constitutional weight to reach the US Supreme Court. During a sabbatical, he sets out to parlay his lecture notes into a book that even people who would rather drink hemlock than read Supreme Court opinions might enjoy.

A bullet in darkness Shahriar Mandanipour, a visiting scholar at Harvard, opens a window on his native, troubled Iran with a new novel about love and censorship. One surprising fact remains: Meyer can write beautiful prose, and she creates characters that young people care passionately about. Here, she thought she might learn to be someone who was not entirely herself.

His name is Milo, and though not especially brainy, he has a noble and generous soul and a kindly sense of humor. He takes aesthetic pleasure in rolling in fox dung and Light, frothy mayhem for a steamy season It's officially summer, and many new crime novels will make great beach reads - they keep you entertained but won't keep you up nights.

Christopher Lydon, X. Kennedy , and F. In Philippe Claudel's disturbing new novel, "Brodeck," a spasm of such violence has already passed. Throughout his life, Kerouac Aerialist's stunt links tales of characters struggling to make their way New York City is Antaeus ground for Colum McCann: When he touches down, a surge of strength courses up. When he moves elsewhere as in his unfocused "Zoli," set in the Balkans or when he elaborates beyond a spirit of place into complexities of character and plot, he tends to strain. On summer mornings, customers line up before the farmstand opens.

Corn is a big seller, as is the signature zucchini bread.