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"And Then Arnie Told Chi Chi . . . "
"And Then Arnie Told Chi Chi . . . "
Author: Don Wade
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 5
Review Date: 6/20/2006


from amazon.com:
From Library Journal
Storytelling is alive and well among golf professionals, and fortunately there is more than enough here of general interest. Don Wade gives us a moment of the past recaptured by compiling both sad reminiscences (Roberto de Vincenzo recording his scorecard incorrectly on the 17th hole at the Masters) and lots of hearty laughs by Seve Ballesteros, Chi Chi Rodriguez, and Will Rogers. Alhough they may strike some as a little dull, personal glimpses into the lives of the golf professionals emerge. Wade has done a remarkable job of selecting over 200 stories, but what is obviously missing here are stories about more women golfers. Only two are mentioned--Nancy Lopez and Babe Zaharias. The book provides a valuable service by bringing this together in one volume. Recommended for sports collections.
- Jim Paxman, Tennessee State Univ., Nashville


Anything We Love Can Be Saved
Anything We Love Can Be Saved
Author: Alice Walker
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 8
Review Date: 10/6/2005


From the book cover: Alice Walker writes about her life as an activist, in a book rich in the belief that the world is saveable, if only we will act. Speaking from her heart on a wide range of topics - religion and the spirit, feminism and race, families and identity, politics and social change - Walker begins with a moving autobiographical essay in which she describes her own spiritual growth and roots in activism.


Asthma
Asthma
Author: Allan M. Weinstein
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 2/19/2007


Book Description
For the over 10 million ashtma or allergy sufferers in this country alone, Dr. Allen Weinstein has developed a safe, effective self-care program that enables you to control the symptoms and learn what factors can trigger attacks (and how to avoid them); how to select the medication that's best for you; how to design a treatment program for your specific case history; what special precautions to take for children, teenagers, pregnant women, middle-aged men, and older people; what to do in an emergecny--and much more. Comperehensive, practical, and up-to-date, here is information that will help you and your family breathe easier.
"Essential for every asthma and allergy sufferer's library."
Dr. Michael Kaliner
National Institutes of Health


Between the Lines
Between the Lines
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/31/2005


Review from Amazon.com: Vintage Krentz (reprint), September 3, 2000
Reviewer: Tina "tinaellorascave" (United States) - See all my reviews
If you haven't yet read this category length novel originally printed in the mid-eighties, definitely get it. This is Krentz at her laugh out loud, wittiest best.
Amber Langley moves to Seattle (where else in a Krentz?) in an effort to leave her former life behind. Six months ago, she broke up with Roarke Kelly, a race car driver she had had an intense, passionate affair with. Determined to never again be a prisoner of her tempestuous passions, she agrees to marry her mild, plodding boss Cormick Grayson for completely sensible reasons. Little does Amber know, Gray is really a Superman in Clark Kent's clothing...

This book has some of the best one-liners Krentz has ever penned. The relationship between the protagonists is right on target, the sex is hot, and the comedy is classic JAK. Don't miss this one while it's still in print.


Beverly Hills 90210
Beverly Hills 90210
Author: Mel Gilden
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.7/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 12/1/2005


This book is based on the popular TV show Beverly Hills 90210. It is one of 5 books from the series that I am listing. Each book contains photos from the TV show of the characters.


Beverly Hills 90210: Exposed (Beverly Hills, 90210)
Beverly Hills 90210: Exposed (Beverly Hills, 90210)
Author: Bart Mills, Nancy Mills
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 12/1/2005


This book is based on the popular TV series: Beverly Hills 90210. The book is part of a series (I am posting 5 books) and contains photos from the show.


The Blooding
The Blooding
Author: Joseph Wambaugh
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/26/2005
Helpful Score: 1


From Library Journal
Wambaugh, best known for his books dealing with American crime and detection, here tells the engrossing story of two British sex murders and the police hunt for the killer. The title stems from a procedure of genetic fingerprinting detected by examining blood samples, and used by the police to catch the murderer. Armed with the new discovery for detection, the police launched a massive drive to "fingerprint" men in the Narborough village area. Wambaugh gives an inside look at the police and their intense and, at last, successful drive to catch the murderer. He also discusses the process, and some of its limitless possibilities. An excellent account of murder, detection, and this amazing scientific discovery. Recommended.
- Sally G. Waters, Stetson Law Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.


The Blue Corn Murders (Eugenia Potter, Bk 5)
The Blue Corn Murders (Eugenia Potter, Bk 5)
Author: Nancy Pickard
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/6/2005


If you like southwest mysteries you should like this book. The mail character also includes a couple of her recipes as part of the book.


Chicken Soup for the Golfer's Soul
Review Date: 6/20/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Written by golfers, pros and caddies who share a passion for the game, these stories convey 101 of the most memorable and universal moments of golf.


The Dark Half
The Dark Half
Author: Stephen King
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/19/2005


Amazon.com
In 1985, 39-year-old Stephen King announced in public that his pseudonymous alter ego, Richard Bachman, was dead. (Never mind that he revived him years later to write The Regulators.) At the beginning of The Dark Half (1989), 39-year-old writer Thad Beaumont announces in public that his own pseudonym, George Stark, is dead.
Now, King didn't want to jettison the Bachman novel, titled Machine Dreams, that was he working on. So he incorporated it in The Dark Half as the crime oeuvre of George Stark, whose recurring hero/alter ego is an evil character named Alexis Machine.

Thad Beaumont's pseudonym is not so docile as Stephen King's, though, and George Stark bursts forth into reality. At that point, two stories kick into gear: a mystery-detective story about the crime spree of George Stark (or is it Alexis Machine?) and a horror story about Beaumont's struggle to catch up with his doppelganger and kill him dead.

This is not the first time that Stephen King has written a dark allegory about the fiction writer's situation. As the New York Times writes, "Misery (1987) is a parable in chiller form of the popular writer's relation to his audience, which holds him prisoner and dictates what he writes, on pain of death. The Dark Half is a parable in chiller form of the popular writer's relation to his creative genius, the vampire within him, the part of him that only awakes to raise Cain when he writes, the fratricidal twin who occupies 'the womblike dungeon' of his imagination." --Fiona Webster--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


The Dead Zone
The Dead Zone
Author: Stephen King
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 12
Review Date: 10/19/2005


Amazon.com
In the St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost & Gothic Writers, Gary Westfahl predicts that "King has already earned himself a place in the history of literature.... At the very least, he will enjoy the status of a latter-day Anthony Trollope, an author respected for his popularity and social commentary.... More likely, he will be enshrined as the Charles Dickens of the late 20th century, the writer who perfectly reflected, encapsulated, and expressed the characteristic concerns of his era."
If any of King's novels exemplifies his skill at portraying the concerns of his generation, it's The Dead Zone (1979). Although it contains a horrific subplot about a serial killer, it isn't strictly a horror novel. It's the story of an unassuming high school teacher, an Everyman, who suffers a gap in time--like a Rip Van Winkle who blacks out during the years 1970-75--and thus becomes acutely conscious of the way that American society is rapidly changing. He wakes up as well with a gap in his brain, the "dead zone" of the title. The zone gives him crippling headaches, but also grants him second sight, a talent he doesn't want and is reluctant to use. The crux of the novel concerns whether he will use that talent to alter the course of history.

The Dead Zone is a tight, well-crafted book. When asked in 1983 which of his novels so far was "the best," Stephen King answered, "The one that I think works the best is Dead Zone. It's the one that [has] the most story." --Fiona Webster--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


Deep Freeze (Northwest, Bk 1)
Deep Freeze (Northwest, Bk 1)
Author: Lisa Jackson
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/26/2005


From Publishers Weekly
When beautiful Jenna Hughes moves with her two children to a small Oregon town in bestseller Jackson's well-crafted romantic thriller, the retired movie star expects to start a quiet new life, but a psychotic fan's deadly obsession soon throws the tranquil community into chaos. One by one, women are kidnapped by a serial killer who hopes to mold them into the likeness of his favorite actress, and Jenna knows that it's only a matter of time before she's the next victim. Jackson (The Morning After) weaves together various subplots, including Jenna's relationship with her rebellious teenage daughter and the inevitable love interest with the rugged local cop, to create a fast-paced and surprisingly complex story. Unfortunately, the focus on the villain's absolute evil rather than on his humanity doesn't allow him to be as disturbing as he could be, but most of the other smalltown characters are more believable. The depiction of the protagonist, a woman who desperately wants her life to be as normal as possible, reaches an unusual depth, and the crisp, skillful language infuses every sentence with suspense. Despite some predictable moments and over-the-top torture scenes, this chilling novel about the high price of fame will keep readers riveted.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Effigies
Effigies
Author: William K. Wells
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 10/19/2005


From cover: Holland County-a suburban paradise, an oasis of peace and beauty...until beautiful Nicole Bannister got the little package that triggeres a nightmare.....until Estelle Dixon's Ouija Board spelled out the message: I AM COMING...SOON.
A menacing pall settled over the gracious houses. Rank decay tood hold of th lush woodlands. Death came. They thougt it would go away. But Hell had come to Holland County. To Stay.


Fantasies (Beverly Hills, 90210)
Fantasies (Beverly Hills, 90210)
Author: K. T. Smith
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 12/1/2005


This book is based on the popular TV series: Beverly Hills 90210. The book is part of a series (I am posting 5 books) and contains photos from the show.


The Farthest Shore (Earthsea Cycle, Bk 3)
The Farthest Shore (Earthsea Cycle, Bk 3)
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/28/2006


This is the 3rd book in the earthsea trilogy - a great fantasy series, one of the best of our times.


A Fine Line
A Fine Line
Author: Ken Gross
Book Type: Hardcover
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Review Date: 10/17/2005


From Publishers Weekly
Frequently humorous and always engaging, this suspense novel takes off at an airport, where Jack Mann finds the barrel of a gun in his ear. After he manages to kill his assailant, Mann, a retired cop, drives off wondering what to do with the contents of the dead man's gym bagmillions in cash. What Mann gradually figures out is that the money belongs to the Mafia, and was stolen by the IRA. In New York on a terrorist mission, the young leader of the Irish plot is pursued by police and thugs. But so is Jack, who is eventually suspected of having the money. Through a pleasant romance with an Irish barmaid in Queens, Jack is drawn inexorably into the center of the action, and he, too, ends up chasing the terrorist. Excellent pacing adds to a slam-bang ending, and all the characters are credible and interesting.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Follow the River
Follow the River
Author: James Alexander Thom
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/17/2005


Book Description
Mary Ingles was twenty-three, married, and pregnant, when Shawnee Indians invaded her peaceful Virginia settlement, killed the men and women, then took her captive. For months, she lived with them, unbroken, until she escaped, and followed a thousand mile trail to freedom--an extraordinary story of a pioneer woman who risked her life to return to her people.

Inside Flap Copy
Mary Ingles was twenty-three, married, and pregnant, when Shawnee Indians invaded her peaceful Virginia settlement, killed the men and women, then took her captive. For months, she lived with them, unbroken, until she escaped, and followed a thousand mile trail to freedom--an extraordinary story of a pioneer woman who risked her life to return to her people.


Review Date: 6/20/2006


If you love golf this book is for you. Everything you want or need to know on the burning issues in the sport today, as well as the best and worst golf courses at which to dine, the oldest golfers to win PGA tournaments, etc.


Golf's Funniest Anecdotes : About Arnie, Jack, Ben, Lee, Tiger, Sam, and All the Best
Review Date: 6/20/2006


From the back of the book:
This collection of 185 true, funny anecdotes about famous golfers, including Chi Chi, Lee Trevino, Tiger Woods, etc.


Hot Money
Hot Money
Author: Dick Francis
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/17/2005


From Library Journal
Amateur jockey Ian Pembroke is the narrator and principal mover in this engaging effort from the veteran British author. Summoned by his fabulously wealthy father, Malcolm, after a three-year estrangement, Ian attempts to discover who murdered Malcolm's money-grubbing fifth wife and who wants Malcolm dead as well. Suspects include the man's three surviving ex-wives, variously vicious or vindictive, and eight children, arrayed in darkening shades of nasty. Hidden gold, house bombs, expensive racehorses, and foreign venues spice up the familial infighting. A best bet. Literary Guild dual main selection; Mystery Guild featured alternate. REK
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.--


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