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I'm a reader who enjoys posting comments and recommendations about the books I read. You will not find a synopsis with my recommendations because you can just click on the book title for a link to www.goodreads.com for a synopsis and reviews by other readers. I prefer the 3 Reason format: the reason I chose to read it; the reason I liked (or disliked) the book; and the reason I recommend it.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

 Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop TalkingQuiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I selected this book when it went on a friend's "want to read" list and I requested it from my local library.

The author does a good job of making recent research about personality, behavior, and neurological studies accessible to readers of a general background. It is like having a deep conversation with another friend.

I recommend it for all readers.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Once a Cowboy (The Cowboys, #3)Once a Cowboy by Linda Warren
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This ebook was free when I downloaded it from Barnes and Noble to my Nook library.

I was entertained by this romance that begins with a mystery for private investigator Alex Donavan who works with her father Buck and they both live with Alex's spunky grandmother Naddy. This book is entertaining.

I can recommend it to readers who enjoy this genre from Harlequin.

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The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's ChildhoodThe Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood by Jane Leavy
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This ebook was free when I downloaded it from Barnes and Noble to my Nook library.

I did not finish the book because I did not like the author's style of piecing together the myths of what the sportswriters wrote about then with what she could document when she searched for what really happened.

I gave up after the chapter about Maris and Mantle.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Kindred Voices: Listening for our AncestorsKindred Voices: Listening for our Ancestors by Geoff Rasmussen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received the pdf version of this book as a bonus for purchasing other materials from Legacy FamilyTree products during a limited time offer. If I had to pay full price for this ($14.95 for the paperback or $9.95 for the e-version, I would give it this 3 stars rating.

As a long-time user of Legacy FamilyTree software, a subscription member of the Wednesday webinars sponsored by this company, and a fellow cruiser (the trips that started in Oslo, Norway) I am well acquainted with Geoff Rasmussen and his stories about the serendipity in his search for lost ancestors. Geoff tells an interesting story, even if the reader has heard it before. I was unaware how much these stories reinforced his religious faith.

Because I received this as a pdf file and read it from my Dropbox account on a Nook reader, I had no problem enlarging the photos of the genealogy records, that another Goodreads reviewer, Mary Alaga, mentioned she had with the Kindle version. I do not know if these documents are easy to read in the paperback version.

His chapter 7 "21 Ways to Start Family History Today" contains many excellent suggestions and links, without being a shill for the company for which he currently works by leading those Webinars Wednesdays and teaching classes on their sponsored cruises. I recommend this link, http://familytreewebinars.com/archive... where you may search 75 (as of this writing) free webinars about different topics in genealogy and documenting family history.

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