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review 2019-03-18 23:25
Silver: Light and Shade, Catrin Jones, Vanessa Brett
Silver: Light and Shade - Catrin Jones H... Silver: Light and Shade - Catrin Jones Hughes,Vanessa Brett

This is a cleverly designed little catalogue for an exhibition of silver work over the centuries, showcasing the wide variety of designs, techniques and uses silver can be put to, outside the realm of jewelry. If you admire skill, elegance and innovation, you'd have loved this exhibition.

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review 2019-03-18 20:18
Josephine Baker's Last Dance
Josephine Baker's Last Dance - Sherry Jones

Josephine Baker is well know for her dancing and singing and wild routines. However, her childhood growing up in Missouri, how she began in show business and her activism during World War II is less known. Josephine's rise to fame was anything but smooth as she endured poverty, racism, and sexual abuse. Through her own fortitude and determination Josephine carved a place out for herself in the entertainment industry and the world.

As a dancer, Josephine Baker is someone I have learned about and idolized. Through this biographical story we are carried through the lesser known ups and downs of Josephine's exciting and controversial life. The opening scene absolutely dazzled me as we are thrown into Josephine's preparations for what would be her last performance. This is a perfect introduction to the person who is a true force of nature and a true performer. This introduction gave just enough hints into Josephine's life to keep me wondering about her life. The elegant writing conveyed the highs and lows of the journey through Josephine's life and the emotions that went alongside of it. I was constantly amazed at how Josephine pulled herself up again and again and continued to add good to the world after all that she went through. Josephine Baker's Last Dance is a whirlwind of an inspirational story of a remarkable woman.

This book was received for free in return for an honest review.

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review 2019-03-18 19:33
Summoned to Thirteenth Grave
Summoned To Thirteenth Grave - Darynda Jones
Charlie Davidson, Book 13

February 5 - February 12

This book broke my heart all over again. It’s so hard saying goodbye to these characters. It’s so strange that these books and characters have been a part of my life for many years however the timeline of the series is maybe 2 years long. I already miss Charlie and crew but I’m looking forward to more from this wonderful author.


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text 2019-03-18 18:46
Reading progress update: I've read 20%.
History of Tom Jones, a Foundling - Henry Fielding

The past few weeks I haven't had much time for reading, but I manage to sneak in a few minutes here and there. I've made it to 20%, and still enjoying this tremendously.


I realized, however, that I'm not really reading it.  I'm listening to Henry Fielding telling the story, reading it aloud as it were to his eager listeners.  I'm not sure whose voice he has -- perhaps Patrick Stewart or John Rhys Davies -- but I hear every word, with all the extra commas for dramatic effect, with all the non-quotations inside quotation marks, as though he started to tell me what she/he said and then actually quoted them.


This is not a book that should be read by anyone learning how to write a novel.  It is definitely a book to read by everyone learning how to tell a story.

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text 2019-03-18 18:38
Reading progress update: I've read 32 out of 48 pages.
Silver: Light and Shade - Catrin Jones H... Silver: Light and Shade - Catrin Jones Hughes,Vanessa Brett

Unlike the whopping book by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths that I read a while ago, which was focused on contemporary silversmithing, this exhibition ranges from the present to several centuries ago.

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