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The Perfume Factory by Alex Austin

The real name of the Perfume Factory was International Scents and Essences of New Jersey, but everyone in Port Beach called it the Perfume Factory, and there wasn’t a place in the town from which you couldn’t see the factory’s towers and smokestacks[…] Even on a Friday night, the factory spilled out the sickly sweet odors that made Port Beach ... Read More »

Shifting Through Neutral by Bridgett M. Davis

Shifting Through Neutral is the story of a young girl’s sad family drama. Rae Dobson is a child of the seventies in Detroit. I fell in love with her, and her world – and I just had to leave my own world to go live with her for a couple of days. I finished the novel in a single weekend, ... Read More »

The Catcher in the Rye

I spent my summer reading a lot of the great American classics. You know, the ones you were supposed to read in high school, but really only read the Cliffs Notes to. It isn’t the same, really. But we were young, and so involved, and everything in the whole world was more important than literature. So, we have the Catcher ... Read More »

Lovedrug – Pretend You’re Alive

Ah, you see, things do come out of Ohio sometimes. Pretend You’re Alive is an energetic mix of garage rock and electric alternative. The Strokes, my husband says they remind him of. A wanna-be Radiohead meets the Goo Goo Dolls, I say. It brings me back to 1995, grunge rock, flannels, and greasy hair. Yes, that was a good year. ... Read More »

Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

I just finished my very first experience with Kurt Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle. Wow, what a mind trip! It was a series of outrageous characters and scenes, all revolving around two central concepts: Bokonon, a newly formed religion, and Ice-9, a chemical element that freezes water on contact. The combination of the two proving to be quite a “situation” (hoping not ... Read More »

A Summer Home on the Moon?

Well maybe not this summer, but such ideas might not be fantasy much longer. “SpaceShipOne, designed by Burt Rutan of Scaled Composites, will be carried by a turbojet called White Knight to an altitude of about 50,000 feet (15,240 meters)… The craft’s designer aims to open up a new space frontier with Monday’s launch… If all goes according to plan, ... Read More »

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

“Love, like rain, can nourish from above, drenching couples with a soaking joy. But sometimes, under the angry heat of life, love dries on the surface and must nourish from below, tending to its roots, keeping itself alive.” -The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom Ahhh… wasn’t that nice? Five People was one that I just picked ... Read More »