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Title: Making rounds with Oscar
By: David Dosa
This is a remarkable book about a very ordinary, yet extraordinary cat. The story is set in the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, an Alzheimer’s nursing home facility in Providence, Rhode Island. The cast of characters include the nursing home staff, residents, and six cats. In this tale of ... [Read more]
Posted by downingp on Nov. 3, 2010
By: Nevada Barr
Borderline is Nevada Barr’s fifteenth novel about a talented woman Park Ranger named Anna Pigeon. This mystery is fast-paced, engrossing and exciting to read. The author, through her character, Anna, interweaves many insights regarding the meaning of life, aging, death and the hereafter. Ms. Pigeon is trying to cope with ... [Read more]
Posted by downingp on May 6, 2010
Tags: fiction, mystery, travel
Title: The Complete Guide to Flight Instruction
By: Gregory Penglis
This Bay area flight instructor has taught flying to hundreds of students for more than fifteen years. He recounts his experiences at age 16 learning to fly. He then writes about his challenges teaching student pilots and the state of flying instruction in the United States. While the book is ... [Read more]
Posted by downingp on Aug. 4, 2009
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