Reviews - Elaine P.

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700 Sundays
700 Sundays
Author: Billy Crystal
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/19/2007
1 member(s) found this review helpful.


"What can I say - Billy Crystal is Billy Crustal, funny, as usual."


All That Matters
All That Matters
Author: Jan Goldstein
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 25
Review Date: 2/2/2009


"Touching, but a bit corny and trite"


Angel on My Shoulder: An Autobiography
Angel on My Shoulder: An Autobiography
Author: Natalie Cole, Digby Diehl
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/11/2007
2 member(s) found this review helpful.


"Like many autobiographies of celebraties, some the facts are probably a bit whitewashed. But Natalie Cole was pretty honest and hard on herself and she pretty much hit bottom before she rose up again. A fascinating read - you always wonder about children of people who are bigger than life...like Nat King Cole. She sure grew up among the notables of her father's era."


The Book of Ebenezer Le Page
The Book of Ebenezer Le Page
Author: G. B. Edwards
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/12/2007


""There may have been stranger literary events than the book you are about to read, but I rather doubt it...its voice and its method are so unusual that it belongs nowhere on our conventioanl litary maps...a remarkabke achievement." John Fowles The is a full-length portrait of a crusty, funny, contrary old man of the Channel Islands, on the distant coast of France."


The Book of Salt
The Book of Salt
Author: Monique Truong
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/5/2007
4 member(s) found this review helpful.


"A New York Times Notable Book - life of Vietnamese cook working for Gertrude Stein and Alice B Toklas in Paris. Very sad that this gay young man's' life was so undermined by circumstances and the people around him. Lyrical writing. Look for all mentions of the sources of salt."


A Civil Action
A Civil Action
Author: Jonathan Harr
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/2/2007
1 member(s) found this review helpful.


"Non-fiction story of a Massachusetts lawyer who brought suit against two giants of industry to get compensation for his clients who suffered from cancer due to polluted drinking water. One of the first of such cases. Fascinating story of how he risked all he had to bring these people to justice - and the people he did it for. A very, very good read."


The Color of Water : A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
The Color of Water : A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
Author: James McBride
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/25/2007
11 member(s) found this review helpful.


"This is a book that should be required reading for every high school kid in this country. Where did this woman get the strength (both physical and spiritual) to overcome the adversity that she was faced with every day of her life. It's all about the power of education and faith."


The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red
The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red
Author: Joyce Reardon, Ridley Pearson
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/21/2007
12 member(s) found this review helpful.


"I got into this book not being aware of all the hype back in 2002 when Stephen King produced a mini-series based on this same subject. (Yes, I do live on this planet!) Almost right from the start of the book I began to wonder if this story was non-fiction, as presented, or fiction. After all, who would sell a dust-covered, unopened diary that had been part of a nortorious estate? And what bride sits down and spends an hour writing in her diary just before her wedding - like she has nothing else to do? So I started looking around the net and found that this is, indeed, a work of fiction by author Ridley Pearson, (who coincidentally has written a book entitled The Art of Deception.) The following is a quote from thebookhaven.homestead by book reviewer Amy Coffin (how apt!):

"Rose Red is a haunted house with a disturbing past. The Seattle mansion was constructed at the turn of the 20th century. Oil magnate John Rimbauer built the house for his bride, Ellen. From the early stages of construction, the house is rocked by tragedy and scandal... Stephen King created a mini-series based on the Rimbauer domicile. Rose Red documents the work of Dr. Joyce Reardon in her attempt to unlock the secrets of the house before it's demolished. The troubled history of Rose Red and its inhabitants are the subjects of Dr. Reardon's life-long work...

NEWS FLASH: Everything described up to this point is fiction. Only the mini-series creator is real, leaving questions regarding the authorship of the book (which were answered in mid-2002.)

The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer is merely a physical prop of King's Rose Red mini-series. However, the book stands well on its own to a point.

The diary format gives readers a voyeuristic thrill. The entries are quite detailed, full of fear and sexual energy. Rose Red becomes more and more frightening up to the final page. After reading the book, you'll want to see the mini-series, meaning the tie-in succeeds in its intentions.

As it is, this fictitious diary, written by a fictitious author living in a fictitious house, edited by a fictitious paranormal expert makes for interesting reading...

Upon completion of The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer, be prepared to view Stephen King's mini-series. No doubt Rose Red answers the many questions left by this mysterious diary and its namesake.""


Handling Sin
Handling Sin
Author: Michael Malone
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/15/2007
1 member(s) found this review helpful.


"A long read, but lots of fun. Our hero, Raleigh, and his irrepressibly loyal, and fat, friend, head off on a quest to find Raleigh's father - who has discharged himself from the hospital, taken all his money out of the bank, and vanished with a young black female mental patient in a yellow convertible. Very witty and wry humor. Worth the time to read it."


Hotel Du Lac (Vintage Contemporaries)
Hotel Du Lac (Vintage Contemporaries)
Author: Anita Brookner
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/2/2007
2 member(s) found this review helpful.


"Another classic character development from Anita Brookner. Her style of writing fascinates me - very slow, very staid, very proper. Longings and hidden agendas perculate under the surface of her complex women."


How to Be Lost
How to Be Lost
Author: Amanda Eyre Ward
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/12/2007


"This is a good read - dysfunctional family - with one five-year-old gone missing many years before. Reads a bit like The Lovely Bones, altho the story line is very different. Couldn't put it down."


I Am Madame X
I Am Madame X
Author: Gioia Diliberto
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/1/2007
2 member(s) found this review helpful.


"A fascinating account of the woman who posed for John Singer Sargent's most famous portrait, Portrait of Madam X. Virginie Avegno was born on her grandmother's plantation outside of New Orleans and then moved with her mother and sister to Paris to escaspe the Civil War - where she became a renowned beauty - the talk of the town. A great read based on historical fact."


In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
Author: Nathaniel Philbrick
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/29/2007
2 member(s) found this review helpful.


"Fascinating non-fiction martime epic story of horror and survival. A great read."


The Island of the Colorblind
The Island of the Colorblind
Author: Oliver Sacks
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/26/2007
1 member(s) found this review helpful.


"Non-fiction. Part travelogue, part science, by the neurologist who wrote Awakenings. Fascinating exploration of total colorblindness on Micronesia islands. Part two, a study of Parkinsonism-like desease on Guam."


Life of Pi
Life of Pi
Author: Yann Martel
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/5/2007


"Young boy is adrift on the ocean in a lifeboat with several zoo animals...one quite dangerous. Thought-provoking page-turner that leaves you wondering about the ending. Great discussion book for book groups.Easy read."


Me Talk Pretty One Day
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Author: David Sedaris
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/12/2007


"Very funny stuff. Witty and wry. Basically a book of short stories based on memoir."


The Mists of Avalon (Avalon, Bk 1)
The Mists of Avalon (Avalon, Bk 1)
Author: Marion Zimmer Bradley
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/29/2007


"This edition is from 1982 - in good shape - somewhat yellowed - but the legend of King Arthur never changes - just gets better. And this is one of the best sagas ever written about him and the characters around him. You decide if this is fiction or non-fiction. Three months on the New York Times best seller list"


Money For Life
Money For Life
Author: Steve Crowley
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/18/2007


"An older book but one that still rings true with good advice for handling finances - especially for those just starting our in life. Easier to understand than most financial advice books."


The Namesake
The Namesake
Author: Jhumpa Lahiri
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/18/2007
4 member(s) found this review helpful.


"Written by Pulitzer Prize winner, jhumpa lahiri - straightforward telling of a story that pulls you through the book - clashing of cultures - poignant and believable. I couldn't put it down."


No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II
Review Date: 4/29/2007
1 member(s) found this review helpful.


"Another great book by Doris Kearns Goodwin - a thorough and adept biography of the Roosevelts - reads like a novel."


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