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"Marley and Me" by John Grogan
Barnes and Nobles top 10 List for Feb.
Everyone Should Read this
An Amazing Book:
Recommended Reading by
Wendy  for the Ladies:
Marley & Me: Life and Love with
the World's Worst Dog  
by John Grogan

The Barnes & Noble Review from
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Marley: 100 pounds of unbridled
canine exuberance and unrelenting
mischief. Marley: proud owner of a tail
that could, with metronome-like
regularity, clear coffee tables and
topple unsuspecting toddlers. Marley:
noble member of a breed famous for
its ability to guide the blind, who's
declared "untrainable" and bounced
out of obedience class. A perfect
dog? Maybe not. But when they
plucked him from a litter 13 years ago,
John Grogan and his new wife gamely
set out on an adventure that would
change their lives forever.

As a puppy, this whirling dervish with
huge golden paws and an enormous
head jumps, chews, careens, and
goes nuclear at the first rumble of
thunder. With his uncontainable
energy, Marley isn't exactly the calm,
attentive, obedient Lab the Grogans
had hoped for. As the years pass and
the family grows, Marley teaches his
owners hard lessons in patience. His
neurotic behavior, though mellowed
over time, becomes a lasting and
finally acceptable characteristic, and
his loyalty and love enrich the
Grogans' own notions of friendship
and responsibility.

Joyfully infectious, Marley & Me is a
loving valentine to one dog and his
unquenchable spirit. John Grogan has
captured their journey together, and
in this delightfully moving story, has
set the bar high for dog owners
everywhere. (Holiday 2005 Selection)

Amy in VA, A reviewer, February 27,
A Must Read For EVERYONE!
It's about time we get a book like this!
Everyone who loves and/or owns dogs
will relate and react strongly to this
book. And for those who do not know
the love of a dog or has never owned
one, this will open your eyes to the
depth of their love, loyalty, heroism
and goofiness that they bring to us.
You will also come to appreciate how
clever we have to be to outsmart our
canine friends and why its smart to
have a little reserve set to the side for
emergency repairs. You will laugh out
loud, cry and cheer Marley and the
Grogans through all of their
experiences. This story strikes a cord
deep within me and I now must
reconsider if my own beloved pup has
been outranked as the world's worst
dog :-)
Watch For Me On The Mountain
by Forrest Carter

A masterpiece of American fiction,
this is the story of Geronimo, the
legendary Apache leader who
carved a place in American history
as he led his people in their tragic
fight for freedom.
The white man had burned their
land, raped their women, and
slaughtered their children. He had
made them a nation of slaves, and
those he could not enslave, he
promised to destroy. The Apache
had one hope: vengeance.

Out of the scattered remnants of
the Apache tribes rose a man
whose cunning, ferocity, and
genuis for warfare would make him
their leader in a last tragic struggle
for survival. The Apache gave him
their arms, their strength, and their
absolute devotion. The white man
gave him his name: Geronimo!

"Forrest Carter has probably come
as close as any writer ever will to
recreating the real Geronimo."
— Dee Brown
"Compelling. Can surely stand
comparison with the best novels of
Indian life."
— Larry McMurtry
The Red Tent  
By Anita Diamant

Few stories can evoke a time and place
as vividly as Anita Diamant's compelling
tale sprung from the pages of the Old
Testament. The Red Tent is the story of
Jacob's daughter, Dinah, and Jacob's
four wives, who all served as Dinah's
mother at some point in time. Leah,
Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah all bring their
own unique gifts and influences to bear
on Dinah's life. As Diamant explores the
trials and triumphs of ancient women, she
brings a foreign yet beautiful world to life
as seen through the emotional filter of
Dinah's eyes. This lush, evocative tale
transcends time and brings new life to the
Old Testament, lending a feminine touch
to the mighty word of God.
Her name is Dinah. In the Bible, her life is
only hinted at in a brief and violent detour
within the more familiar chapters of the
Book of Genesis that are about her
father, Jacob, and his dozen sons. Told
in Dinah's voice, this novel reveals the
traditions and turmoils of ancient
womanhood - the world of the red tent. It
begins with the story of her mothers -
Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah - the
four wives of Jacob. They love Dinah and
give her gifts that are to sustain her
through a damaged youth, a calling to
midwifery, and a new home in a foreign
land. Dinah's story reaches out from a
remarkable period of early history and
creates an intimate, immediate

Philadelphia Inquirer

A novel well worth reading!...very rich
and fulfilling.
Kirkus Reviews
Cubits beyond most Woman-of-the-Bible
sagas in sweep and vigor, this fictive
flight based on the Genesis mention of
Dinah, offspring of Jacob and Leah,
disclaims her as a mere "defiled" victim
and, further, celebrates the ancient
continuity and unity of women. Dinah was
the cherished only daughter of "four
mothers," all of whom bore sons by
Jacob. It is through daughters, though,
that the songs, stories, and wisdom of the
mothers and grandmothers are
remembered. Dinah tells the mothers'
tales from the time that that shaggy
stranger Jacob appears in the land of his
distant kin Laban. There are Jacob's
marriages to the beautiful Rachel and the
competent Leah, "reeking of bread and
comfort." Also bedded are Zilpah, a
goddess worshipper who has little use for
men, and tiny, dark, and silent Bilhah.
Hard-working Jacob is considerate to the
equally hard-working women, who, in the
"red tent"—where they're sequestered at
times of monthly cycles, birthing, and
illness—take comfort and courage from
one another and household gods. The
trek to Canaan, after Jacob outwits
Laban, offers Dinah wonders, from that
"time out of life" when the traveling men
and women laugh and sing together, on
to Dinah's first scent of a great river,
"heady as incense, heavy and dark." She
observes the odd reunion of Jacob and
Esau, meets her cruel and proud
grandmother, and celebrates the
women's rite of maturity. She also loves
passionately the handsome Prince
Shalem, who expects to marry her.
Dinah's tale then follows the biblical
account as Jacob's sons trick and then
slaughter a kingdom. Diamant's Dinah,
mad with grief, flees to Egypt, gives birth
to a son, suffers, and eventually finds
love and peace. Withstirring scenery and
a narrative of force and color, a readable
tale marked by hortatory fulminations and
voluptuous lamentations. For a liberal
Bible audience with a possible spillover to
the Bradley relationship.

After the first two pages I thought, this is
a little, different, taking place more than a
thousand years ago and all. And then I
was hooked. It was riveting—the wives of
Jacob, telling biblical stories from their
perspective. This isn't my standard pick,
and I don't know if everybody would
embrace it, but it's just wonderful.`
— Julia Roberts
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20 Thousand Leagues Under the
Sea by Jules Verne
The Education of Little Tree
By Forrest Carter
tells of a boy orphaned very
young, who is adopted by his
Cherokee grandmother and
half-Cherokee grandfather in the
Appalachian mountains of
Tennessee during the Great

"Little Tree" as his grandparents
call him is shown how to hunt
and survive in the mountains, to
respect nature in the Cherokee
Way, taking only what is needed,
leaving the rest for nature to run
its course.

Little Tree also learns the often
callous ways of white
businessmen and tax collectors,
and how Granpa, in hilarious
vignettes, scares them away
from his illegal attempts to enter
the cash economy. Granma
teaches Little Tree the joys of
reading and education. But when
Little Tree is taken away by
whites for schooling, we learn of
the cruelty meted out to Indian
children in an attempt to
assimilate them and of Little
Tree's perception of the Anglo
world and how it differs from the
Cherokee Way.

A classic of its era, and an
enduring book for all ages,
John Grogan