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My go-to magazine for book reviews and information is Bookmarks magazine; however, I have really come to love and appreciate each and every new issue of BookPage. I stopped at my local library yesterday to pick up some CDs and DVDs I had on hold (don't worry - I currently have about ten books out from the library, so I am not depriving myself) and was pleasantly surprised to see the July issue ready for the taking. I don't always agree with the reviews published (Really? You thought The Uncoupling was that great?) but like any good bibliophile, I will take my bookish news wherever I can get it. If you don't use your local library, shame on you. If you do but haven't yet explored this free mag...shame on you too!

 
Big Lovin' It 06/04/2011
 
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Husband and I can't get enough of the Henricksons as we continue to view episode after episode of HBO's hit drama, Big Love. Even now, as we begin the dreaded "season four" (which was panned by critics and fans alike), we can't help but love the plig mischief this family finds itself in. Nominated for several awards over the years, from best cast drama to best drama, this show is worth viewing. Bill Paxton is incredible in his role as father to nine and husband of three - Jeanne Tripplehorn plays first wife Barbara, wise and good; Chloe Sevigny plays second wife sassy compund-chic Nicolette, and Ginnifer Goodwin plays third wife sweet and innocent Margene. HBO knows how to produce great television, and I can't wait until season five comes out on DVD...I have been desperately avoiding reading anything related to the series finale!

 
 
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Even though my husband and I had more pressing things to tend to this week, we spent many evenings trash-talking our way through games of Monopoly Deal. If you're a fan of the board game, this might be a great alternative to those day-long games that drag on, and on, and on. It has all of the components that make Monopoly so fantastic - the properties, the money, and the greed, but this time in a card game that will only take you about fifteen minutes to play. For about $5 at Wal-Mart, we have found some pretty cheap entertainment. By the way, my favorite Monopoly properties are the light blues and the oranges. You can have your Boardwalk and Park Place.

Bring back family game night - it's great for adults and children ages eight and up. It's fun with two players, but would be even better with four...more heckling and more property stealing.