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10-Minute Cuisine
10-Minute Cuisine
Author: Henrietta Green, Marie-Pierre Moine
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 7/10/2006


Great quick cooking cookbook.


Adored
Adored
Author: Tilly Bagshawe
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
 39
Review Date: 5/6/2006


Good "Hollywood" book.


The Affair (Jack Reacher, Bk 16)
The Affair (Jack Reacher, Bk 16)
Author: Lee Child
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 214
Review Date: 4/3/2012
Helpful Score: 2


While this book is considered #16 in the series, it actually should have been published first. It takes place in 1997 when Reacher goes TDY and then is asked to leave the service.


Afterburn
Afterburn
Author: Colin Harrison
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 25
Review Date: 7/19/2006


Interesting plot. A good read.


All the Dave Barry You Could Ever Want
All the Dave Barry You Could Ever Want
Author: Dave Barry
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 25
Review Date: 1/10/2007


Classic Dave Barry


Alpha Female
Alpha Female
Author: April Christofferson
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 41
Review Date: 12/26/2014


Loved it! Really good story line.


The Amber Room
The Amber Room
Author: Steve Berry
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 394
Review Date: 4/10/2006


Another great book by Steve Berry. Gets your attention and keeps it. Definitely a writer to watch for!


The American (aka Heart of Betrayal) (Ryan Kealey, Bk 1)
The American (aka Heart of Betrayal) (Ryan Kealey, Bk 1)
Author: Andrew Britton
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 49
Review Date: 4/1/2007


This author is another Clancy in the making. The action hero, Ryan Kealey will be featured in the author's next book - The Assassin.

From the Publisher
At thirty-three, Ryan Kealey has achieved more in his military and CIA career than most men can dream of in a lifetime. He's also seen the worst life has to offer and is lucky to have survived it. But being left alone with his demons is no longer an option. The CIA needs him badly, because the enemy they're facing is former U.S. soldier Jason March. Ryan knows all about March - he trained him. He knows they're dealing with one of the most ruthless assassins in the world, a master of many languages, an explosives expert, a superb sharpshooter who can disappear like a shadow and who is capable of crimes they cannot begin to imagine. And now, March has resurfaced on the global stage, aligning himself with a powerful Middle East terror network whose goal is nothing less than the total destruction of the United States.

Teaming up with beautiful and tenacious British-born agent Naomi Kharmai, Ryan intends to break every rule in order to hunt down his former pupil, whatever the cost to himself. As Ryan puts together the pieces of a terrifying puzzle, and as the elusive March taunts him, always staying one step ahead, he discovers the madman's crusade is personal as well as political - and Ryan himself is an unwitting pawn. With the clock ticking down and the fate of the country resting uneasily on his shoulders, Ryan is caught in a desperate game of cat-and-mouse with the most cunning opponent he's ever faced, one who will never stop until he's committed the ultimate act of evil - a man who is all the more deadly for being one of our own.


Americans: The View from Abroad
Americans: The View from Abroad
Author: James C. Simmons
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 1/10/2007


Library Journal
In this easy-to-read and earnestly middlebrow book, free-lance writer Simmons has collected reflections of numerous non-Americans concerning life in the good ol' U.S.A. To judge from some foreign observers, America is Utopia--but the blunt comments of Mexican campesinos , cynical Soviet journalists, and snooty Brits help bring things down to earth. Some of the anecdotes are amusing, particularly the reaction of Easter Islanders upon watching a video tape of a vigorous Leonard Bernstein conducting Brahms: ```Ho, ho, ho,' they roared. `We have never seen so many people play just so one man can dance!''' For a more intellectually provocative discussion of the same topic, try Jean Baudrillard's America ( LJ 1/89).-- Kent Worcester, Columbia

Booknews
America as seen through the eyes of hundreds of contemporary foreigners--from Russian emigres to Iranian mullaks, Swedish actresses to Italian film directors, British royals to illegal Mexican immigrants. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)


Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, Bk 1)
Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, Bk 1)
Author: Dan Brown
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 286
Review Date: 4/2/2006


Great re-release of this book in an easier to read format (more space between the lines).

Great read!!!


Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons
Author: Lorna Landvik
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 818
Review Date: 1/25/2007


Good book about friendships and secrets.


Assassin
Assassin
Author: Tom Cain
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 1/15/2012


From an Amazon Review

Former hitman Sam Carver has given up killing for a living and is working as a specialized security consultant, staging mock assassinations on high profile figures in order to highlight deficiencies in their security systems. However a former enemy, Damon Tysack, is using his name to commit high profile assassinations, which bear strong resemblances to his former modus operandi. Gradually Carver realizes that he is under Tysacks's surveillance, but even he has no idea of exactly what Tysack is planning and the role that he wants Carver to play in those plans.

This is the third book in a series which started with The Accident Man, but it isn't necessary to have read the other books. I also felt this was the best yet - and thankfully, his tedious former love interest Alix barely appears.

After a shaky start, it's a fast moving story that's hard to put down. The action moves between Dubai, the US, Norway and the UK without letting up. Cain is adept at taking his inspiration from current events and the story feels very up-to-date. The best parts of the book are when Carver starts to realize what he's up against - he's a good action hero, courageous and highly skilled, but certainly no superman.

I did feel that initially the plot borrowed a little too heavily from Robert Ludlum's novels, (right down to a high altitude parachuting sequence that felt very similar to one in The Janson Directive). It also has many of the flaws that are so common in this genre: the villain over-complicates his plot, feels the need to boast about his plans to Carver and never eliminates his foe when he's able to. Nevertheless, it's every bit as gripping as a thriller should be.


Assassin (Alex Hawke, Bk 2)
Assassin (Alex Hawke, Bk 2)
Author: Ted Bell
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 83
Review Date: 8/19/2006


Book two in the Alex Hawke adventure hero series. Great book.


Babysitting Blues (B.Y. Times)
Babysitting Blues (B.Y. Times)
Author: Leah Klein
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 6/7/2007


Run a mini-day camp during pre-Pesach vacation! It's a way to earn some money, do some chesed, and have fun all at the same time. What a fabusous idea for the B.Y. Times-ers!

Jen, for starters. The perky, bouyant assistant editor is surprisingly sulky about the project. What's bothering her, and how can her friends help?

If Jen's behavior is puzzling, there's nothing mysterious about the way the little ones in the B.Y. Times "baby school" act. Can the B.Y. Times-ers survive the pushing, fighting, crying, teasing, and shrieking with their day camp - and their nerves - intact?

And if half a dozen impossible children wern't enough, there's newfound friend Gila Schell's baby sister, Ahuva. She's cute and loveable - and she may very well destroy the day camp just by bing there!

Join our heroines as they confront one of their most difficult decisions ever and learn to cope with the Babysitting Blues.


Back of the Box Cooking: 500 Delicious, Easy-to-Prepare Recipes from America's Best-Loved Brands
Review Date: 2/14/2009
Helpful Score: 3


VERY disappointed in this book. No pictures at all, you can get all of the recipes from the internet. Thought it might have cooking techniques or something.


Bad Attitude (Bureau of American Defense, Bk 2)
Bad Attitude (Bureau of American Defense, Bk 2)
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 329
Review Date: 7/1/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Great beach read. Lots of steamy sex.

BAD (Bureau of American Defense) agent Sydney Westbrook must find the perfect assassin for a risky counter-terrorism mission. J.D. Steele, a military sniper whose attitude problem landed him in prison, seems a good candidate. But as theyre dragged into a secret world of freelance killers, Sydney begins to discover the man of honor and passion beneath Steeles arrogant façade. Its a man even Steel didnt know he could be and a man whose mission will risk the life of the only woman hes ever loved


Battle of the Teton Basin (High Country, Bk 3)
Battle of the Teton Basin (High Country, Bk 3)
Author: Jason Manning
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 6
Review Date: 9/14/2006


High Country Series (#3)

Ten years after Zach Hannah headed West, he finds his once flourishing fur trade in swift decline, as the only productive land left is held by the savage Blackfeet tribe. In a bitter battle to the end, Zach must take on the fierce clan that threatens to destroy his company . . . and his family.


Beach Road
Beach Road
Author: James Patterson, Peter de Jonge
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/5/2006


GREAT book. Did not see the curve at the end coming!!


The Best of Mr. Food: Quick and Easy Recipes (Best of Mr. Food)
The Best of Mr. Food: Quick and Easy Recipes (Best of Mr. Food)
Author: Art Ginsburg
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 10
Review Date: 8/27/2006


Good, quick and easy recipes by the TV personality - Mr. Food - This ISBN is really a different cover and is Volume 2.


Best of the Best from Georgia Cookbook: Selected Recipes from Georgia's Favorite Cookbooks (Best of the Best State Cookbook)
Review Date: 8/19/2012


I consider myself a good Georgia cook using recipes both handed down and more current.

To me, it looks like the authors went through "southern" cookbooks and picked out recipes in such a random faction that they did not truly reflect Georgia cooking.

There were a lot of facts about Georgia and Atlanta, but all that served was filler.

Since I collect cookbooks, I like to have a wide variety of cookbooks, but to me, I did not feel it worthy at all to keep.

My wish list contained more of the "Best of the Best" in the same series. This one was so bad I have removed the remaining ones off of my wish list.


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