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Manistique is the type of town that I picture for retirement one day. A small town feel in Michigan with interesting characters that keep the town going. This is what drew me to this book in the first place. The characters are what kept me intrigued throughout STUCK IN MANISTIQUE BY DENNIS CUESTA.
Mark, an attorney from Chicago, shows up to settle his estranged aunt’s affairs, only to find out that his aunt left her bed-and-breakfast inn to him. Emily, a surgeon on her way to meet with her married boyfriend, ends up in Manistique by mistake. The two are brought together at the inn, while guests keep showing up for their vacation. The interesting characters kept the story moving. It reminded me a lot of the Maeve Binchy books. This is an easy read that I would recommend.
I give this four out of five starts.
This book was given to me for my honest feedback.
For those of us that are around this age (ahem), you will enjoy reading the 15 different essays by female writers. The essays actually cover ages late 30s into the 50s, and I found most of the essays very relatable. By this age, all of us have experiences that connect us together as women, whether they are stories told about love, friendship, aging parents, and fashion trends. I see it as a celebration of the knowledge that we have acquired throughout our lives.
I laughed out loud while reading each chapter of The Rantings of a Bitter Childless Woman. It is a fun, light-hearted read that both parents and childless people will enjoy. It almost gives you a look at parenting and well, “non-parenting” from every perspective. Some of my middle schoolers have even ranted about the very same topics that are in this book. I gave this book five stars.
If you loved THE TRUE STORY OF ARTHUR TRULOVE by Elizabeth Berg, then you are going to love this book just as much. This is a companion novel and is told from the point of view of Lucille (Arthur’s fun neighbor in the first book). I would recommend reading THE TRUE STORY OF ARTHUR TRULOVE before you read this book. Although this book can stand on its own, it will be much easier to understand the backstory of the different characters.
I am a big fan of Maeve Binchy, and I compared Berg’s writing to Binchy in my previous review. I did laugh when Binchy was mentioned in this book. This is a heartfelt story of Lucille, who lives in a small town in Missouri, and lives a simple life of giving cooking lessons in her home. As an old woman in this book, Lucille befriends her neighbors and ends up taking care of the neighborhood boy, Lincoln, while his mom is receiving her chemotherapy treatments.
I gave this book five stars.
Sometimes it nice to read a book about simpler times, and live the lives of the characters in the book. The book made me laugh, cry, and cheer on the different characters. I would definitely recommend this book.
This book will come out on November 13th, 2018.
This book was given to me for my honest review.
I give this five stars!
This has been the book that I have been recommending to my friends lately. It is one of those books where the story stays with you because of its intrigue.
“How far would you go to save your marriage?” This question stuck with me throughout the book. The characters were realistic, and the story made me want to keep reading. In a way, and I don’t mean to offend anyone, but it reminded me of Scientology. Once you agree to a “pact,” you are expected to follow that pact for the rest of your life. I liked that the book actually does give some great advice on how to keep your marriage together, but “the pact” could put everyone’s lives in danger.
I wanted to love this book because I am a die-hard fan of psychological thrillers.
Part 1: When Layla disappeared, I was hooked right from the beginning. Was she kidnapped? Did she run away from her boyfriend, Finn? Did Finn kill her? Why did he start dating her sister, Ellen?
Part 2: It dragged on for me. It was enough of a mystery to keep me reading because I wanted to know what happened to Layla, but it was a little too repetitive. Layla leaves Russian dolls for Finn, he questions whether the people in his life are involved or not. He questions whether he really does love Ellen. Repeat.
Part 3: The reader finds out what happened to Layla. The last 20% of the book hooked me again because the mystery is solved.
This is a book that some people will love, I have no doubt, and some people will think it’s just okay. I was given this book for my honest review.
I loved this book because it made me think…how can I up the ante in my room? How can I hook my students into whatever lesson/unit I am presenting? Like strong writing, every lesson has a good hook to engage your learners. I would have loved to have been in Dave Burgess’ class in high school. You definitely have to take his ideas and tweak them for your own class, but that is one of the places I find joy in teaching.
I can’t say enough great things about this book. If you are looking to “gamify” your class, this is the book to buy. It comes with a wealth of ideas, which can be somewhat overwhelming, so I will need to refer back to it many times.
Love the idea of bringing fun back into the classroom. Going to work on lessons involving legos and my Mr. Potato Heads now.
|Loved this book. Every administrator snd teacher should read it, especially if you need that boost at the end of summer as to why you became a teacher. Well, it’s because kid’s deserve it.|
Kirr’s book is well-written and shows the journey of her teaching career and how her teaching techniques/thoughts have “shifted.” She includes great ideas that teachers can implement right away. This would be a great gift for a new teacher.
|This will definitely be a book I keep right by my desk. It will be used constantly throughout the year in my public speaking class, but it would be useful for any teacher.|
I love reading books that take place in vacation towns. This is a light read, but it was also easy to put down. I do have to give props to Ms. Blundell for her character development. Her writing reminded me somewhat of the author Maeve Binchy. You delve into the character’s lives without having a major storyline. It also reminded me of watching a reality tv show.
The main character, Ruthie, has to deal with an ex-husband that has moved on, a rebellious teenager, and a workplace that feels she isn’t needed anymore. The reader moves through the transformations with the characters.
I wouldn’t recommend this book to my students, but I would recommend it if you want a light read that is full of drama.
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