Ellen V. - Reviews

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1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12
1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12
Author: Thomas W. Phelan
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/3/2009
Helpful Score: 3


I highly recommend this book for parents. It is simply the very best I have read. The discipline method introduced is very effective and sound. Stop reading parenting articles in magazines, and get this book.


50 Hikes in New Jersey: Walks, Hikes, and Backpacking Trips from the Kittatinnies to Cape May (Fifty Hikes Series)
Review Date: 2/2/2009
Helpful Score: 1


This is a good reference for hikes mostly in Northern New Jersey. It only has 2 hikes for South Jersey, which was the area I was interested in. That is why I gave it 3 instead of 4 or 5 stars.


The Bird Artist (Canadian Trilogy, Bk 1)
The Bird Artist (Canadian Trilogy, Bk 1)
Author: Howard Norman
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/13/2009


This is a good, quick read. Not life-changing, heart wrenching, or bust- a- gut- laughing but still a solid, interesting book that you can finish on a plane ride, for example.


Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself
Review Date: 6/15/2008
Helpful Score: 1


This is where to start if you are living with an alcoholic, drug addict, someone with mental illness or other irresponsible person. Or if you get lost in other people, if other people's problems take over your life, if you find yourself feeling unappreciated for all you do, if you are always angry or unable to feel angry, if you worry incessantly about someone else's actions, if you are always reacting to life's problems and you never seem to have time to build a life instead, you may identify with this book. Every chapter honors your right and ability to make your own decisions. This book is not about how to leave someone or how to make someone stop drinking, it's about how people like us can take care of ourselves and stop being ruled by someone else's needs. It is the most validating book I've ever read. It was amazing to see my own inner and outer struggles in print, written by someone I don't even know. Immediately, I felt a decrease in shame and loneliness, just to know that what I was experiencing was common and normal for someone in my position. I will probably never swap it because I could read it again and again.


Trinity
Trinity
Author: Leon Uris
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/29/2009
Helpful Score: 2


I read the first 40 pages of this book about 4 times. I kept getting distracted, waiting too long to pick it up again and needing to start over. This is not a fast read. When I finally got past the beginning, I could not put it down. I longed for the time when I could read again, and thought about the characters all day. This book is epic, spanning over many generations. It will cause you to fall in love with an entire culture, not just a character or even a family.

When this book ended, I grieved the loss of reading it. It was that good.


Woman's Day Book of American Needlework
Woman's Day Book of American Needlework
Author: Rose Wilder Lane
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/3/2009
Helpful Score: 1


This is a good book for gorgeous photos of needlework including crochet, knitting, crewel and many others. It includes the history of each art form. I would have rated it higher if it had included more patterns. There are one or two patterns per art form only.


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