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Business Casual Superstar #497: Inspired by Regency England!

You guys knew it was only a matter of time before the romance novels I read inspired a fashion post. Don’t even pretend. You knew it was coming. You were waiting with baited breath. I can tell. It’s useless trying to hide these things from me. People are always surprised to find out I read […]

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Book Review: “A Lady By Midnight” by Tessa Dare (Avon)

A Lady by Midnight by Tessa Dare My rating: 5 of 5 stars “A Lady by Midnight” is the third installment of Tessa Dare’s warm and witty Spindle Cove series, technically the fourth if you include the delightful novella, “Once Upon a Chistmas Eve.” “A Lady by Midnight” stars charming, optimistic Kate Taylor, Spindle Cove’s […]

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Book Review: “The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag” by Kang Chol-Hwan

The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag by Kang Chol-Hwan My rating: 4 of 5 stars The situation in north Korea is one I find fascinating and compelling, and even though I’ve read most of the recent books by defectors, I couldn’t feel as though I could speak with much authority […]

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Business Casual Superstar #490: OMGah: “Wrap Up With A Good Book” Scarf!

Yes, I am expanding the category of “OMGah That Dress” to include things that are not dresses, per se, and are actually available for purchase. Allow me to offer up a scarf that any fan of classic, nineteenth century British literature is SURE to love: the “wrap up with a good book scarf!” It’s probably […]

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I’m an ascetic clutter-bug, you guys.

The One-Minute Organizer Plain & Simple by Donna Smallin My rating: 3 of 5 stars This is a great, quick read for those of us who find ourselves living comfortably in clutter, even while thinking in the back of minds that maybe we should try to get rid of that clutter. I have always loved […]

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5 Reasons to LOVE Lemony Snicket

The Series of Unfortunate Events series. Horseradish. The movie based on his SoUE was pretty awesome, at least partly because he reportedly had considerable creative input. His name is LEMONY SNICKET for crying out loud. This article right here.   OCCUPY WRITERS by LEMONY SNICKET  

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This became especially poignant in light of #OccupyWallStreet

My review is kind of long, particularly the part where I chose to detail some of the problems faced by the missing class, but this book is definitely worth reading. It’s incredibly appropriate at this point in our country’s history, when cities across America are being occupied by those not interested in overturning capitalism, but […]

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If you like the show “Hoarders,” you’ll love this book

Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Randy O. Frost My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book is incredible. I kind of exhausted myself writing entries about each chapter here at my book blog, but I’ll try to recap. It is very well written, and extremely engaging. I had a really tough […]

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Phil Chalmers’s “Inside the Mind of a Teen Killer” is one of the most ridiculous books I’ve ever read

Seriously, I’m so sad that I wasted 2-3 hours reading this crap. Inside the Mind of a Teen Killer by Phil Chalmers My rating: 1 of 5 stars Perhaps this book is suffering in my esteem because I keep inadvertently comparing it to “Columbine,” which is basically the definitive source on Harris and Klebold. I […]

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An absolutely incredible book about an absolutely terrible event

Columbine by Dave Cullen My rating: 5 of 5 stars This was an amazing, exhausting, devastating, engaging depiction of the events at Columbine, and, more importantly, an intimate character sketch of all involved: Dylan and Eric, their parents, their friends, the victims, the survivors, their parents, the community, the administration, law enforcement working on the […]

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