Pat M. - Reviews

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Armageddon
Armageddon
Author: Leon Uris
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/7/2007


Story of a group of soldiers making their way through occupied Germany post WWII. Much humanity has already been stripped away from the place and the people, and the sad tales of how one can sink to new lows can be surprising.


Around the World in 80 Days (Great Reads)
Around the World in 80 Days (Great Reads)
Author: Jules Verne
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/10/2007


interesting tale by Jule Verne of a famous voyage-on-a-bet, and all the complications it entails. Somewhat antiquated language, but very vivid.


Bandits
Bandits
Author: Elmore Leonard
Book Type: Audio Cassette
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/11/2007


Improbable but fun - this is a story of an ex-con and a nun working together to grab some loot that's been stashed near new Orleans. Some New Orleans flavor too.


The Beach House (Audio Cassette) (Unabridged)
Review Date: 5/10/2007


Typical Patterson, with involved tale of a murder and practically the only person who believed it was a murder.


Bel Canto
Bel Canto
Author: Ann Patchett
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/7/2007
Helpful Score: 11


Delightful story of a hostage crisis in which South American, American and Japanese visitors all learn to survive together, and the surprising relationaships that form in this vacuum without normal cultural barriers. Very suspenseful and emotional. Different from anything else you will read.


Blessings
Blessings
Author: Anna Quindlen
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/7/2007
Helpful Score: 2


Novel of the unlikely situation in which a baby is dropped on the doorstep of a rich old lady, and is found and cared for by her servant. Defies all reality of how adoptions take place in this country, but very heart-warming.


Bump and Run
Bump and Run
Author: Mike Lupica
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/7/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Fun, not-too-serious story of a brand-new owner in the NFL and the culture shock he is in for. Gives a sense of all the things going on off-screen in professional football.


Review Date: 5/7/2007


Overly sweet, readers'-digest-type stories. If you enjoy Lifetime TV, you will like these.


Cultivating Delight : A Natural History of My Garden
Cultivating Delight : A Natural History of My Garden
Author: Diane Ackerman
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/7/2007
Helpful Score: 2


very detailed "love story" of a Hamptons-area woman's cultivating her very special garden, and how it consoles and heals in times of loss, as well as delights in happy times. very different, non-fiction.


The Deep End of the Ocean
The Deep End of the Ocean
Author: Jacquelyn Mitchard
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/10/2007
Helpful Score: 2


Very engrossing. Involves a child-napping and its effects on the victim-family, especially the mother, whose depression is truly a mental illness. The family's adjustment years later when the child is ultimately found is no easier than its original adjustment to his loss.


The God of Small Things
The God of Small Things
Author: Arundhati Roy
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/7/2007


Rich detail in this story of an Indian family and its complications as well as its adjustmetns to a modernizing country.


The Great Santini
The Great Santini
Author: Pat Conroy
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/7/2007


Emotionally raw, but hard to stay with, the story of a soldier who has trouble coming home and being a father. Conroy does not spare the hard details, and there will be overlap with his other books. Perfectly manages though to convey how abused children can still feel love for the parent.


A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Author: Dave Eggers
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/7/2007
Helpful Score: 8


Very diffrent, realistic look at the world of 20-somethings, out of college, without the traditional moorings of family. The main character takes custody of his pre-teen brother after the deaths of both parents and tries to give both their lives some normalcy. While doing this, he tries vainly to accomplish something (anything) that could be called noteworthy or meaningful.


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Author: Maya Angelou
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/10/2007


beautiful and moving autobiography of Maya Angelou, in which the author discovers that you can find beauty in life, despite great hardship and sadness.


Inherit the Wind
Inherit the Wind
Author: Jerome Lawrence, Robert E. Lee
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/10/2007
Helpful Score: 1


fabulous play, mirroring the Scopes trial, with lots of raw emotion and great characterizations. a classic. also a very quick read.


Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
Author: Anthony Bourdain
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/7/2007
Helpful Score: 5


Memoir of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, who admits his arrogance and missteps with no apologies. Insider's look into the "underbelly" of professional restaurant chefs and their world. Has a hard edge, but is ultimately a very rewarding read.


The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America
The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America
Author: Bill Bryson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/7/2007


Funny tales of Bill Bryson's visits to numerous small towns across the country, with all their peculiarities. Sad too as de enlightens the reader on the decline of true towns in the face of rising strip malls and freeways.


Parenting Young Athletes the Ripken Way
Parenting Young Athletes the Ripken Way
Author: Cal, Jr. Ripken
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/29/2013
Helpful Score: 1


Please be aware that this copy is signed by the author, but does not still have its paper outer cover. The book is otherwise in excellent condition & barely looks as if it has been read.


Seabiscuit: An American Legend
Seabiscuit: An American Legend
Author: Laura Hillenbrand
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/7/2007
Helpful Score: 1


detailed and interesting story of the amazing racehorse, his unlikely rise to fame against long odds, and the equally unlikely coming together of a number of different personalities, who all became rather devoted to this horse. The story also includes much background on the depression, and on the history of racing.


Seizure (Audio Cassette) (Abridged)
Seizure (Audio Cassette) (Abridged)
Author: Robin Cook, Dylan Baker (Narrator)
Book Type: Audio Cassette
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/10/2007


Interesting tale of biotechnology vs. moral family values and the politics and deal-making that surround the actual development of medical advancements in the health industry.


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