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Managing Rental Properties for Maximum Profit, Revised 2nd Edition
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In my opinion, this still has value in 2017. And not only my opinion, I put it on the shelf at the old soldiers' home, mentioning it to the person that I had mostly brought it in for later in the day when I saw her, and it was already gone!
Mr. Perry hopes to buy the 'worst looking home' in a decent neighborhood, i.e. structurally sound but not maintained inside and out. He is not afraid of making plumbing and electrical repairs as he is looking at holding the property long term. He offers to assist the skilled worker(s) he may hire in order to learn to do the work himself in the future. He has found that a pest control service can repair wood damage and structural damage is often cured by a framing carpet, etc. etc.
Although three bedroom homes are the standard, he has bought many two bedroom homes at attractive prices and found they lure tenants who otherwise would be in a two bedroom apartment. "Duplexes and fourplexes are the landlord's dream since they rarely cost twice or four times single houses but they return two to four times the rent."
I disagree that "tax sales are not well attended."
His tips on attracting good tenants are right on.
He advo


Children's Miscellany II: More Useless Information That's Essential to Know
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This is an attractive, easy to carry book, with few illustrations. The print is not very large so it is packed with information.
Information about What Animals Say (in several languages), Torture Instruments (a list with descriptions), How To Write a Haiku, How to Fly a Helicopter, Lifetime Averages, and Time Spent On A Toilet Seat.
No index, but there is a detailed table of contents.


The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales
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American Black folk tales are offered in the 'authentic' voice of the storyteller.
In a US History class, this could serve as collateral reading on runaways. See How Nehemiah Got Free (147-150) and The People Could Fly (166-173).


The Drive: Searching for Lost Memories on the Pan-American Highway
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I have not yet seen the book, but the author flogged it on Rick Steve's travel radio program and it worth the considerable time he gave it. KPBS 19 August 2018.


The Chinese in America : A Narrative History
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Iris Chang. The Chinese In America. NY: Viking, 2003
This is the Penguin pb edition of 2004
The author has extensively researched secondary sources but failed to gather family stories (which are not much esteemed by historians but are often informative, especially in the absence of other data). She seems to come holding a firm belief that the Chinese were treated badly in America at every turn. She did fail to condemn the way Japanese immigrants took over the celery industry from the Chinese in LA County, circa 1903, but seems to have missed little else. I have not found any chapters thus far that are balanced enough to use as collateral reading in a US History class. This book and others of its ilk are in common use in college classes.
No maps, very good footnotes with citations to mostly secondary sources, index, and a few photos.


Chapter Five. Building the Transcontinental RR.
I believe the Central Pacific workers were not as âexploitedâ as claimed. While paid less, they were paid in gold, not depreciated greenbacks.
50,000 Chinese in California was a huge population in the West; for example, Washington Territory had no town with a population of one thousand until the late 1870s.
Ms. Chang largely ignores the exploitation of workers by their countrymen at this timeâlabor contractorsâalthough it is mentioned regarding the late 20th C. Many people then worked six days a week, twelve hours a day, but the lucky and prudent would save up.
Horse fodder was bulky and thus expensive to deliver to the rail head.
The author lays out the dangers of the work well; injuries suffered by those working on RRs were to be a major argument in California's passage of Workers Compensation in 1913.
Chapter Six. Life on the Western Frontier.
This is a depressing chapter (injuries inflicted on Chinese). As the author offers virtually no testimony about those in the community who valued what some Chinese brought to the community, her agenda with this book is clear.
I believe that many Chinese were seen as sojourners, people who were planning to return âhome' soon (including quite a few European immigrants who would return to Greece, etc.) with their gains.
Most hard workers built some capital and I imagine many Chinese sent considerable funds abroad as is done with remesas today, rather than investing in their town or county here in the USA.
Ms. Chang's information regarding remittances resulting in recipients becoming loafers has a parallel today in Latin America, for example, per the occasional article in La Opinion.
Nothing is said by Ms. Chang about Chinese replacing itinerant workers, Indians, etc. in the fields. Maybe that is why the number of Latino workers wintering in LA was so small in the 1870s but increased in the 1890s.
The SPRR's Pacific Fruit Express box cars were simple but excellent technology.
Noting comments on the fishery industry, the Chinese were obviously undercutting and crowding labor markets. Also wages in mining camps were initially very high but would fall when more laborers arrived. $2 is low but $7 or even $5 a day would not be offered for long. Mexicans fleeing Don Porfirio's rurales often worked in Arizona mining towns such as Bisbee, but after making a stake would leave that bleak area.
The role of the Six Companies is well explained as is the life of the few women in the US.
Iris Chang. The Chinese In America. NY: Viking, 2003
This is the Penguin pb edition of 2004
Chapter Seven. Spreading Across America.
Chinese labor in the post-bellum South is highlighted by the author. But people coming to work in the fields today still tend to move on to other pursuits as they find their feet.
The few well educated and well connected Chinese provides and interesting sidebar but a high school education did not come into style in the US until the beginning of the 21st C.
Chapter Eight. Rumblings of Hatred.
I had forgotten how popular Bret Harte's humorous poem was in the 1870s (reprinted as âThe Heathen Chinee' and first published in the Overland Monthly, September 1870).
The Chinese tong member should not have killed a cop in LA in 1871, but it does give the author yet another opportunity to expose mistreatment of Chinese.
Denis Kearney, the Workingman's Party, et. al. gets five pages.
Chapter Nine. The Chinese Exclusion Act.
The legislative history dealing with Chinese people is covered well by Ms. Chang. The efforts to boycott UStrade in China is little known.
I would imagine rioters in small town's saloon idlers, although the author feel they were a majority of the residents. The information offered about the destruction of Chinatown after the 1906 SF earthquake is sketchy.
Angel Island's shortcomings are reminiscent of the complaints today under the Trump administration but why don't they go elsewhere? Brazil, Burma, Belgium, Polandâ¦.
There is nothing in this book about bribery, a common practice in China then and nowâsee Boyle Workman's The City That Grew (1935). His dad was offered a goodly amount in gold coin when mayor of Los Angeles. Also City of Rosemead case, late 1970s.


Chapter Fifteen. Ms. Chang heaps criticism on the UK for limiting immigration from the PRC when Chinese began âstreaming across the border' and did not provide good housing, jobs, schooling, etc. She forgets the UK was constantly reducing its military in those years and that food rationing did not end in Great Britain when the war was over.
She does find that the Immigration Act of 1965 rapidly overcrowded the labor market with Chinese Americans being the first victims (and they were followed by Latinos, Blacks, and Anglos). There is nothing about the propensity of those who come under the 1965 Act to not want to work alongside any but âtheir own kind.'
Ms. Chang does face the problem of gang bangers and gives several pages to radical Chinese, liberal do-good Chinese, etc. of the late 1960s as a contrast to the âModel Minority.'
She also mentions the small group of talented Chinese who came in the 1930s and 1940s.
Immigration from the Republic of China included young scholars and businessmen relocating. Ms. Chang shares their complaints about American food, customs, languageâ¦.
Chapter Sixteen. The Taiwanese Americans.
Ms. Chang expands her description of the motives of these Chinese to come, of course including a whole raft of their complaints. Many attended university here and did not return to Taiwan. A discussion of their failure to employ veterans in their enterprises is lacking.
As usual, when not treated with dignity, these Chinese fall back on pride in their culture.


Murder on Memory Lake
Murder on Memory Lake
Author: J.D. Griffo
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Murder on Memory Lake by J.D. Griffo is the debut of The Ferrara Family Mystery series. Alberta Scaglione is surprised when she learns her recently deceased aunt, Carmela had an estate and left it entirely to her. It turns out that Carmela kept some secrets which included a lake house in Tranquility, New Jersey and a large amount of money. The only caveat is that she cannot give away any of the money (i.e.âto her greedy relatives) for two years (she knew her niece well). Alberta's family used to vacation in Tranquility for two weeks every summer. One morning, Alberta is sitting on the porch of her new home enjoying the view of the lake with her cat, Lola when she spots a dead body. The victim is Alberta's old high school nemesis, Lucy Agnostino. While Chief Vinny D'Angelo is ready to declare it an accidental drowning, Alberta states it is murder and she can prove it. Alberta's granddaughter and local journalist, Jinx arrives during the hubbub for their weekly breakfast. It turns out that the victim was murdered, and Alberta intends to track down the killer. Jinx wants to prove her worth to her boss, so she teams up with Alberta to unravel the whodunit. They get help from Helen, Alberta's sister (and former nun) along with their former sister-in-law, Joyce (they actually prefer her to their brother). These four ladies use their wits and connections to crack the case.

Murder on Memory Lake is a quirky cozy mystery filled with larger-than-life characters. Alberta is a widow of Italian descent living in New Jersey and frequently uses Italian words and phrases. Helen is a former nun, Joyce is their former sister-in-law, and Jinx (aka Gina) is Alberta's granddaughter who just moved back to New Jersey. Each woman has a different skill or knowledge which aids them in solving the case. Their diverse personalities does lead to frequent disagreements. There are numerous characters introduced throughout the story. It seems that many of Alberta's former classmates have relocated to Tranquility (what a coincidence). I wish the author had taken the time to flesh out Alberta's character. She feels like a caricature. The Italian phrases and words that she throws into conversations quickly became annoying and they are not always explained/translated. I thought the author was overly wordy which led to a slower pace (a little rewriting would have made a difference). The dialogue (except for the Italian bits) was realistic and fits with the characters. The point-of-view switches between Alberta and Jinx providing two distinct perspectives. The ladies investigate the mystery in their own way and update each other on their progress while indulging in delectable delights. The ladies tend to jump to conclusions that are not supported by facts or evidence. The mystery is slightly convoluted with a drawn out ending. Most readers will arrive at the solution long before it is revealed. I am giving Murder on Memory Lake 3 out of 5 stars. Murder on Memory Lake has unique characters, humor, a black cat, a lovely setting and a curious murder mystery.


All Fudged Up (Candy-Coated, Bk 1)
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A great start to a new to me series. I'm on the prowl for book #2....I have #3, but I always need to read in order


That Summer
That Summer
Author: Lauren Willig
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Paperback
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That Summer is a dual time track story in which people from 2009 attempt to solve a mystery from the past - 1850. Juliet, our current day heroine, is left an old house just outside London by her aunt. While clearing out the house with a view to sale, she finds a painting by a little known pre Raphaelite painter which intrigues her. She is introduced to Nick, an antiques dealer who can perhaps help her. There is a mystery behind the painting and they set out to solve it. Meanwhile on the other track we learn about the people in the painting and what happened to them. It's a very engrossing story, but I wound up thinking that the people from 1850 seemed much more credible than the ones for 2009. But I recommend it as a good read.


Elementary, She Read (Sherlock Holmes Bookshop, Bk 1)
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Very good, looking forward to the next one and hoping for more information about events before this book. Love Violet and Moriarty, even tho' I wish he would warm up to Gemma. Maybe in later stories.


Wings of Refuge
Wings of Refuge
Author: Lynn Austin
Book Type: Hardcover


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What Alice Forgot
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What a great book, it draws you into the story.
It can be a bit frustrating at times because you are drawing the same conclusions. This book makes you think about the choices you have made and what if you could go back.


A Disguise to Die For (Costume Shop, Bk 1)
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Good book - I wanted to keep on reading and reading to figure out what was going on. Definitely going to read the next in this series!


Bomber
Bomber
Author: Len Deighton
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Paperback
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An outstanding and true-to-life novel of aerial warfare in World War II. Combined with the relationships of the flyers to those on the ground, both civilian and military, this book leaves you with a greater understanding of what life was like during the war.

Almost without exception, the reviews on the Amazon site, while short, praise this novel.


Gwendy's Button Box
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This is a short enjoyable read. Although it is categorized as horror here, I do not think that is correct. More like a thriller.
It is about a girl named Gwendy who receives a button box from a stranger. This button box can be helpful but it can also be very damaging. Gwendy must pick carefully.
I really liked Gwendy. She was a believable teenage girl with a brain in her head. It was nice to see that they didn't make her some unbelievable twit. Bonding with her throughout this story made me stick to it up until the end. Ready for some more button box journeys!


The English Teacher: A Novel
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This book was such a pleasant surprise!

Rachel is an Israeli spy who has gone by many last names. She spent most of her career living and spying in an Arab country, using a job as an English teacher as cover. Her retirement was uneventful until her father dies 15 years later. Rachel disappears, taking the Mossad's secrets with her.

Her former handler is asked to assist in bringing her back in. Most of Rachel's story is told from his point of view, as he recounts her career and life to his former mentor in an effort to figure out where she may have gone. This narrative format made the pace slow for the first 40 pages or so, but eventually I came to care about Rachel as her former handler so obviously did. I finished reading this book in one day.

As a spy story, this is not one filled with guns and explosives (though there are some), rather it brings the reader inside the paranoia, boredom, guilt and dedication required to lead a double life in a hostile place. It is additionally complicated for a woman. Give this book a chance if you are looking for something different.


Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary
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An odd book, this collection of adult fairy tales is written about a wide range of animals in a collection of short stories that simply defy description. They are macabre, irreverent and bizarre.


Jumpstart Your Metabolism : How To Lose Weight By Changing The Way You Breathe
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The author, a travel writer, is well-known in the world of self-help and metaphysical writing. While I enjoyed her "gratitude=manifesting=riches" (my words) books, this falls a bit short. Maybe because I am an expert on dieting/body stuff already and she does cover a lot of that, obviously, in a book that claims your breath can help you lose weight without dieting. She is not the first to proclaim this, as Tony Robbins, the famous self-help guru said he lost 40 pounds (?) years back by changing his breathing methods, and Alan Finger, a world reknowned yoga teacher (founder of Yoga Zone) claims a 100 pound loss doing the same. A very quick, interesting read, with some good advice on how changing our breathing can change our lives, if not help us to lose weight.


I Am Not But I Know I Am: Welcome to the Story of God
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great book


American Heiress: The Wild, Strange Saga of Patty Hearst and the Symbionese Liberation Army
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I really enjoyed this book. Toobin did a fantastic job bringing together media accounts, court transcripts, interviews, personal accounts and anything else he could get his hands on. I was 13 when Patty was kidnapped. I remember seeing the 1st bank robbery footage on the 6:00 news. What I didn't remember was the social upheaval at the time, the hundreds of bombings that were happening, the general unrest. As I was comparing what I was reading to what is happening now, it was a real eye opener. Toobin did not insert his final conclusion, you get to have your own feelings about that. I very much enjoyed the background story to every major and minor player. That made it more than just an account of the facts. What was really fascinating was how many now famous people were part of the happenings, what Toobin didn't mention was the fact that Chris Hardwick (Talking Dead) is now married to Patty's daughter. I would strongly recommend this book.


As the Crow Flies (Walt Longmire, Bk 8)
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My husband is reading this series and seems to be enjoying them.


Secrets of a Summer Night (Wallflowers, Bk 1)
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I love the book. The beginning of a new serie. It could be a stand-alone book because there are no Cliffhangers but why you would not want to continue the series after this great opener I have no idea . There are two scenes in particular that were great, absolutely great. One was with the four heroines who are sharing the afternoon playing baseball. You will laugh out loud over and over again. And the other memorable scene is with the heroine and the hero on their wedding night. Very well done and funny too.


Raine
Raine
Author: J.C. Valentine
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance
Book Type: Paperback
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It was such a great read except where Jerrett first met Raine at his brothers' party at Jerrett's House where he was intrigued with Taine but after scarring her away he take Raine's nemesis Merelyn into one of his bedrooms on his brother's prom night. When emotions were high you can feel them from both Jerrett and Raine involving their obstacles life will throw. Jocks will take cash bets to nail certain girls that are untouchable, and when life choices gets close to reconsider options what would you choose???

(Spoilerâ Trigger is rape) Raine will face a lot of touch and heartbreaking choices in life and after her high school graduation and her news her life is hard. Rich people are mean and will pay out money to cover a mistake no matter what Raine wants. Camron is a living breathing piece of bull crap, the way he treats people women in general and how he runs to mommy and daddy to cover up his stunts. The way the brothers are towards each other your would think they were raised by two different families especially the golden boy that's on a sports, special and perfect pedestal Camron and the black sheep tattooed grease monkey that his parents can't stand Jerrett. One boy had a heart that will help the mother to his niece or nephew out anyway he can even being criticized by his parents and th other who has a black heart and denies Raine, their product and how it came to be. Raine is a broken 19 year old teenage mother that has been kicked out of her parents home, living in a car, part time job and bearly has two dimes to rub together to grocery shopping will have her life changed when Jerrett butts in her life 5 months later and everything with be up and down for these two.


Crazy Horse: Sioux War Chief (North American Indians of Achievement)
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North American Indians of Achievement Series (5th printing) and this copy was bought by a library in 2002 and not discarded until 2016.
The author offers an even handed and factual history.
Although the format and cover art of this permabound book suggests it is intended for an upper elementary school age audience, actually it is fairly sophisticated. Reading first the scholarly three page introduction by Professor Baird as well as the one page bibliography provides a âteachable moment' for future research that will be done by students when in high school and junior college. Eleanor Hinman's article in the Journal âNebraska History,' âOglala Sources on the Life of Crazy Horseâ seems especially interesting, but Radlacek's 1989 book must be more obtainable. Sandoz is singled out for praise by Guttmacher, but the 1941 book might be uncommon. We do see the author made a good effort at researching.
Although liberally illustrated, there is much more text than pictures. The story of Crazy Horse's life (1841-1877) is told through the history of events in the Northern Plains. Most of the photos are of formal meetings of Indians and army officers, but there are a few depictions of Sioux life included from Catlin onwards. The photo of Custer's baggage train (1874) taken from a height is extraordinary. No photo or drawing of Crazy Horse has even been authenticated.
There is a good index but, sadly, maps are lacking.


Lincoln's Code: The Laws of War in American History
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One of the benchmarks I use to determine how important a book is to me is how many book darts I use to mark passages I want easier access to. I must have used at least 20 for this book, and that was only for the most important passages.

While the book is titled Lincoln's Code, it actually covers the development of the American code of wars from the French and Indian War to pre-World War I. As such, it provides a good background for readers of these conflicts. Plus, it is interesting to see how this American code influenced the Code of Wars for numerous other countries.

For devoted readers of Civil War history, the author covers detailed information on numerous complicated situations our leaders encountered in that conflict, and how they then rationalized the "code of conduct" to meet new problems.

One interesting bit of trivia... While the code states torture is forbidden, it didn't stop American forces in the Philippines in the early 20th century, from using the "water cure" on hundreds of Filipinos. And today the CIA and and other "secret organizations" are still reeling from their use of the "Water cure" in recent conflicts.


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This is an expansion of her graduate research, with a long gestation before being published. Despite the dry academic title, it has its moments for the non-student reader interested in the inter-war era when Filipino guys came to the West Coast to earn a few bucks, mostly by working in the fields. The author exhaustively gives credit to her sources found in extensive research into the previous work done in the field. Happily she did interview some old timers who were still around twenty-five years ago and has dug up several 1930's era interviews by Federal employees.
The author makes the case that taxi dance establishments epitomize the need for young Filipino workers to celebrate their culture at ten cents a dance of a one minute duration. Live bands were employed and they had to play tunes in one minute segments. Broadway, 1st/2nd/3rd, Temple, and Weller streets then had many Filipino dance halls, grocery stores, pool halls, etc. as well as Chinese and Japanese stores.
There are endnotes, an extensive bibliography, and an index. Greater use might have been made of the several Filipino newspapers published in those years but I suspect that extensive files no longer exist.
I myself would have liked to have learned more about the businesspeople, the ownership of downtown Los Angeles properties, and the outcomes of those entrepreneurs in urban locales. There is little about union activity because that was an issue in the counties where they actually were working, i.e. the Central Valley, Oregon, and Washington.
I would like to know more about the wealthiest Filipino in 1930s LA, Arturo Gonzales, âA Chinese mestizo, the son of a well-to-do Spanish merchant born in the Philippines and a Chinese lady from an affluent family in Shanghai. Gonzales was only a boy when pirates murdered his father during a business trip (57)â¦.â
The professor ill-conceals her core beliefs that Filipinos were badly treated (âsubjected,' p.2) by the Americans in both Islands and on the Coast when they chose to cross the Pacific (such migrations being congruent with steamship lines and trade). For example, Italians likewise emigrated to Argentina.
I assume Dr. Espana-Maram rues the defeat of the Revolution of June 12th and wishes the US had withdrawn from the Philippines in 1899. [I think the islands would have been seized by Kaiser Bill's navy and mandated to Japan after WWI. Given the current threats by the Red Army (and President Duterte's weak response), I imagine Dr. Espana-Maran has or will soon resign from her CSU appointment and return home to assist in the maintenance of the Island's handsome GNP growth rate.]


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