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Book Reviews

We believe that reading makes us smarter, and being smarter leads to saving tons of money! We review old and new books, classic games and even some music. We also review books for pre-readers and teens. Each book review links to an online bookstore where you can find used and new copies — we usually buy used books to stretch our budget.

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  • Sergeant York – Drama

    Staring Gary Cooper

    When a young man has to
    struggle with fighting in a war verses moral convictions against killing, you
    see the real character of Alvin York. Terrific war movie for WWI buffs.

    You can also find the VHS...

    Movie
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  • Settlers of Catan

    Settlers of Catan is an incredibly fun game. We play it as a family a couple of times each month. The goal is to build settlements by harvesting natural resources of wood and ore, and gathering and trading commodoties like wool, brick and wheat....

    Games
  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers – Musical

    Staring Jane Powell and Howard Keel

    When frontiersman Adam sweeps Milly off her
    feet and brings her home after a quick marriage ceremony, the fun begins. Milly
    realizes that now she must cook and clean for 6 brothers as well....

    Movie
  • Shiloh

    A great mystery story for kids that begins with a poor family living out in the middle of nowhere. A young boy named Marty befriends an abused dog named Shiloh. When Marty’s father discovers the dog, he insists that the dog be returned to his...

  • Shoeless Joe and Me

    This book is part of a series about a kid who has a special ability to touch an old baseball card and travel back in time to meet that particular player. The books in this series accurately profile the player and the time period in which they...

  • Sky High – Comedy

    Staring Kurt Russell and Kelly Preston

    When 2 superhero parents produce a son with
    no apparent superpowers, it can be devastating. But as their son, Will, attends
    superhero high school the adventure begins and doesn’t stop....

    Movie
  • Sleigh Bell Swing

    If you love swing, you’ll love this album. An instrumental that is completely upbeat, this is perfect for your holiday music selection. Great music for parties or anytime you want happy music. We really love this album.

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    Music
  • mysteries, vacation, elizabeth levy

    This is a fun book to read especially if you’re planning a vacation to the beach. Gwen and Jill are best friends and love to hang out together. They take a trip to the beach with Gwen’s dog,...

  • Sorry

    Parker Brothers Classic from England in the 1930 –
    this game is fast paced with lots of twists and turns. Great for little kids,
    there are no sixes and nines to mix up and the person that looks like their
    going to win may soon...

    Games
  • Squanto — Friend of the Pilgrims

    This is an excellent chronicle of the life of Squanto, an American Indian who is used by God to save the lives of the pilgrims. This compelling account will be hard to put down. Only 112 pages, it is perfect for reading the week prior to...

  • Square Foot Gardening, mel bartholomew, mel's mix, gardening, grow your own food

    This book got us questioning the concept of long rows of plants, over planting and thinning.

  • Stocking Up

    This is a wonderful guide that teaches you the process for selecting, harvesting, freezing, canning and drying, fruits and vegetables. Other sections cover making butter and yogurt as well as butchering your own meat and smoking it. Finally they...

  • This is a delightful book about a boy, Willie, and his dad, Joe Potts who is a fisherman. They live in an old house that is built on a sand dune. It backs up to a swamp and has the beach just outside their front door. They work and enjoy life all...

  • Table Talk

    From the authors who brought us Once-a-Month Cooking...

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