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30 Seconds
30 Seconds
Author: Bettina Giancana, Sam Giancana
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 10/6/2007


Great story and fast action. Hard to put it down.


Adventures of an Advertising Woman
Adventures of an Advertising Woman
Author: Jane Maas
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 3/5/2006


From Publishers Weekly
Maas tells of her drift into advertising from journalism and television, and of her ascent to the heights of the profession. She won her spurs under the legendary David Ogilvy and eventually became creative director for Ogilvy and Mather. At Wells, Rich, Greene, she was in charge of the enormously successful "I Love New York" campaign; then she moved to a firm of her own,financed by Leona Helmsley, whom she characterizes as an exceedingly difficult woman. Now Maas is president of Muller Jordan Weiss, the first woman to head an agency of which she was not the founder. The author writes of celebrities she has known, from without the advertising world (Patricia Neal, Hugh Carey) as well as within. This is a standard account of its type, its appeal largely restricted to Madison Avenue insiders. February 3 Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Airframe (Audio Cassette) (Abridged)
Airframe (Audio Cassette) (Abridged)
Author: Michael Crichton, Blair Brown (Narrator)
Book Type: Audio Cassette
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 38
Review Date: 5/24/2006
Helpful Score: 1


A great read. I enjoy this book.


Assault and Pepper (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery with Recipes, Bk 13)
Assault and Pepper (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery with Recipes, Bk 13)
Author: Tamar Myers
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 43
Review Date: 2/19/2007
Helpful Score: 1


A good story... ends a little different then I had expected


Baby Boy Blessed (That's My Baby!) (Silhouette Special Edition, No 1285)
Review Date: 3/5/2006


HE FELT LIKE A THIEF
Little Georgie was his son and he had every right to claim him. But in the year Colin Garret had been searching for the boy, lovely Lauren Cole had been caring for his child...and loving him. And this exhilarating, warmhearted woman had been prepared to do the same for Colin, too..until she discovered his real reason for coming to her. Now, though she'd agreed to marry Colin to keep Georgie, Lauren wasn't about to let him back into her heart, How would Colin ever convince Lauren that he loved her every bit as much as his blessed baby boy?


Beaches
Beaches
Author: Iris Rainer Dart
Book Type: Audio Cassette
  • Currently 4.8/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 2/6/2006


From School Library Journal

A touching story of the friendship between two very different women. Cee Cee Bloom, with her loud mouth, loud personality and flaming red hair, is determined to become a Hollywood star. Bertie White, delicate and conservative, hopes for a loving husband and family. They meet as children in 1951 in Atlantic City, and, as pen pals, keep in touch with each other. Their reunions through the years always occur at or near the beach, whether in Sarasota, Malibu or Hawaii. Their story jumps back and forth between past and present. Cee Cee and Bertie are genuine, and readers will like them and understand why they are friends. Both characters suffer much, particularly Bertie, whose life seems most unjust. Young adults will be pulled into their lives, caring greatly about them and the steady stream of tragedies that befall them. In a particularly moving ending, Cee Cee leaves a show in the middle of production to care for Bertie, who is dying of cancer. YAs will enjoy this emotional tale, but they'll need to have plenty of tissues handy. Elizabeth Thurston, Baltimore County Pub. Lib. Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Book Description

Loudmouthed, redheaded Cee Cee Bloom has her sights set on Hollywood. Bertie White, quiet and conservative, dreams of getting married and having children. In 1951, their childhood worlds collide in Atlantic City. Keeping in touch as pen pals, they reunite over the years ... always near the ocean.

Powerful and moving, this novel follows Cee Cee and Bertie's extraordinary friendship over the course of thirty years as they transform from adolescents into adults. A bestselling novel that became a hugely successful film, Beaches is funny, heartbreaking, and a tale that should be a part of every woman's library.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


The Best of Car Talk: With Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers (National Public Radio's/Cassette)
Review Date: 1/22/2006
Helpful Score: 1


FROM THE PUBLISHER

Now for the first time anywhere, this hilarious romp with Tom and Ray is a gasket-blowing, side-splitting audio adventure featuring the most humorous and outragous segments from their popular weekly auto repair advice call-in show on NPR.


Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health
Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health
Author: Laurie Garrett
Book Type: Audio Cassette
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 2/6/2006


Amazon.com

What do Russia, Zaire, Los Angeles, and--most likely--your community have in common? Each is woefully unprepared to deal with a major epidemic, whether it's caused by bioterrorism or by new or reemerging diseases resistant to antibiotics. After the publication of her critically acclaimed The Coming Plague, which looked at the reemergence of infectious diseases, Laurie Garrett decided to turn her highly honed reportorial skills to what she saw as the only solution--not medical technology, but public health. However, what she found in her travels was the collapse of public-health systems around the world, no comfort to a species purportedly sitting on a powder keg of disease. In Betrayal of Trust, Garrett exposes the shocking weaknesses in our medical system and the ramifications of a world suddenly much smaller, yet still far apart when it comes to wealth and attention to health.

With globalization, humans are more vulnerable to outbreaks from any part of the world; increasingly, the health of each nation depends on the health of all. Yet public health has been pushed down the list of priorities. In India, an outbreak of bubonic plague created international hysteria, ridiculous in an age when the plague can easily be treated with antibiotics--that is, if you have a public-health system in place. India, busy putting its newfound wealth elsewhere, didn't. In Zaire, the deadly Ebola virus broke out in a filthy and completely unequipped hospital, and would have kept up its rampage if the organization Doctors Without Borders hadn't stepped in, not with high-tech equipment or drugs, but with soap, protective gear, and clean water. Most of the world still doesn't have access to these basic public-health necessities. The 15 states of the former Soviet Union have seen the most astounding collapse in public health in the industrialized world. But during a cholera epidemic, officials refused to use the simple cure public-health workers have long relied on--oral rehydration therapy. Many of the problems in these nations can also be found in one degree or another in the U.S., where medical cures using expensive technology and drugs have been emphasized to the detriment of protecting human health. The result? More than 100,000 Americans die each year from infections caught in hospitals, and America has a disease safety net full of holes.

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist (for Newsday and others), Garrett has deftly turned what could have been a very dry subject into dramatic reportage, beginning with the eerie silence on the streets of Surat, India, where half the city's population (including doctors) fled the plague, while a thick white layer of DDT powdered the ground. Fascinating, frightening, and well-documented, Betrayal of Trust should be read not only by medical professionals and policymakers but the general public, and should galvanize a change in thinking and priorities. --Lesley Reed

From Publishers Weekly

On a par with Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, this chilling exploration of the decline of public health should be taken seriously by leaders and policymakers around the world. Garrett, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for Newsday (The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance), has written an accessible and prodigiously researched analysis of disaster in the making in a world with no functioning public health infrastructure. In India in 1994, neglect of public health for the poor led to an outbreak of pneumonic plague; the once-dreaded disease is now easily treatable with antibiotics, but the failure of Indian authorities to quickly reach a diagnosis and provide accurate information resulted in a worldwide panic. The former Soviet Union, for all its flaws, according to Garrett, assured every citizen access to health care. After the U.S.S.R.'s breakup, the Russian economy collapsed. With no funding left for health care, Russia was overwhelmed by a tuberculosis epidemic. Even the U.S., historically a pio


Blood and Gold (Vampire Chronicles, Bk 8)
Blood and Gold (Vampire Chronicles, Bk 8)
Author: Anne Rice
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 326
Review Date: 3/11/2006


Amazon.com
Time heals all wounds, unless, of course, you're a vampire. Cuts may heal, burns vanish, limbs reattach, but for the "blood god," the wounds of the heart sometimes stay open and raw for centuries. So it is for Marius, Anne Rice's oft-mentioned and beloved scholar. We've heard parts of his tale in past volumes of the Vampire Chronicles, but never so completely and never from his own lips. In Blood and Gold, Rice mostly (but not entirely) avoids the danger of treading worn ground as she fills out the life and character of Marius the Lonely, the Disenchanted, the Heartsick--a 2,000-year-old vampire "with all the conviction of a mortal man."

Plucked from his beloved Rome in the prime of his life and forced into solitude as keeper of the vampire queen and king, Marius has never forgiven the injustice of his mortal death. Thousands of years later, he still seethes over his losses. Immortality for Marius is both a blessing and a curse--he bears "witness to all splendid and beautiful things human," yet is unable to engage in relationships for fear of revealing his burden.

New readers to the Chronicles may wish for a more fleshed-out, less introspective hero, but Rice's legions of devoted fans will recognize Blood and Gold for what it is: a love song to Marius the Wanderer, whose story reveals the complexities and limitations of eternal existence. --Daphne Durham

From School Library Journal
What we've all been waiting for: the 2000-year history of Marius, mentor to the Vampire Lestat. At 750,000 copies, the first printing measures up to Marius's long reign. Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Blood and Rubles (Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov Novel)
Blood and Rubles (Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov Novel)
Author: Stuart M. Kaminsky
Book Type: Audio Cassette
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 1/22/2006


Crime in post-communist Russia has only gotten worse in the latest Porfiry Rostnikov novel from Edgar Award winner Kaminsky. A trio of nasty cases confirms the worst fears of Inspector Rostnikov and his metropolitan police team.


Bloodstorm
Bloodstorm
Author: Matt Braun
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 4/13/2007
Helpful Score: 2


The hero of this tale is Cole Braddock, a manhunter with a difference: he has an office in Denver with a secretary and a stock portfolio!


Blue Lonesome
Blue Lonesome
Author: Bill Pronzini
Book Type: Audio Cassette
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 5/11/2006


A great story

2 cass. 3 hrs


Blue Thunder (Audio Cassette) (Abridged)
Review Date: 1/22/2006


Blue Thunder: How the Mafia Owned and Finally Destroyed Cigarette Boat King Donald Aronow


The Bonesetter's Daughter
The Bonesetter's Daughter
Author: Amy Tan
Book Type: Audio Cassette
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 9
Review Date: 5/15/2009


8 cassettes 12 hours

From Publishers Weekly
In its rich character portrayals and sensitivity to the nuances of mother-daughter relationships, Tan's new novel is the real successor to, and equal of, The Joy Luck Club. This luminous and gripping book demonstrates enhanced tenderness and wisdom, however; it carries the texture of real life and reflects the paradoxes historical events can produce. Ruth Young is a 40-ish ghostwriter in San Francisco who periodically goes mute, a metaphorical indication of her inability to express her true feelings to the man she lives with, Art Kamen, a divorced father of two teenage daughters. Ruth's inability to talk is subtly echoed in the story of her mother LuLing's early life in China, which forms the long middle section of the novel. Overbearing, accusatory, darkly pessimistic, LuLing has always been a burden to Ruth. Now, at 77, she has Alzheimer's, but luckily she had recorded in a diary the extraordinary events of her childhood and youth in a small village in China during the years that included the discovery nearby of the bones of Peking Man, the Japanese invasion, the birth of the Republic and the rise of Communism. LuLing was raised by a nursemaid called Precious Auntie, the daughter of a famous bonesetter. Once beautiful, Precious Auntie's face was burned in a suicide attempt, her mouth sealed with scar tissue. When LuLing eventually learns the secrets of Precious Auntie's tragic life, she is engulfed by shame and guilt.


The Bourne Legacy
The Bourne Legacy
Author: Eric Van Lustbader
Book Type: Audio CD
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 15
Review Date: 3/5/2006


From Publishers Weekly
Veteran thriller maestro Lustbader (Black Heart, etc.) seizes the reins of Robert Ludlum's bestselling Jason Bourne series, proving that even Ludlum's death can't stop the ex-CIA operative. David Webb, a mild-mannered Georgetown professor, harbors his old Bourne identity deep within his psyche--except in moments of danger. A mysterious assassin, Khan, has targeted Webb. Seeking counsel from his old CIA handler, Alex Conklin, Webb arrives at Conklin's home to find him, along with Webb's psychiatrist and friend, Mo Panov, murdered. Unsurprisingly, it's a setup, and Webb is declared a rogue agent and the prime suspect. His only clue to the real killer is a pad of paper with a faint impression of the notation "NX 20." Meanwhile, in Reykjavik, preparations are underway for the upcoming summit on worldwide terrorism. Even the dimmest thriller reader will immediately intuit that Bourne, pursued by the world's leading intelligence agencies, will end up in Iceland confronting some evildoer out to wreak havoc on the international terror conference. And thus it comes to pass. Lustbader has wisely eschewed mimicking Ludlum's signature style--short punchy paragraphs with lots of exclamation points. His own prose, often cliche-ridden ("Khan felt as if his brain was about to explode. He was shaken to his very foundation"), is perfectly serviceable, effectively conveying the myriad cinematic hairsbreadth escapes, crosses, double crosses, explosions, furious fisticuffs and careening plot twists. It's a hearty serving of meat and potatoes action adventure, just the sort of fare that both Ludlum's and Lustbader's fans relish.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

From AudioFile
Jason Bourne, former CIA agent, now David Webb, linguistics professor at Georgetown University, is framed for the murder of two associates and becomes an assassin's target. Forced to resume his former identity, Bourne resurrects his survival skills. Scott Brick depicts Bourne as focused and deadly--willing to risk everything in his pursuit of the murderer, who has a bio-weapon that threatens millions. Well-done British and French accents add to the narration. Espionage, betrayals, and torture culminate in a shocking encounter with a family member from Bourne's past. Eric Van Lustbader skillfully resurrects the Bourne character created by the late Robert Ludlum. G.D.W. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine


Brazen Virtue
Brazen Virtue
Author: Nora Roberts
Book Type: Audio Cassette
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 12
Review Date: 5/11/2006


5 hrs on 3 cass.

Another good mystery by Nora Roberts


The Brethren (Audio Cassette) (Abridged)
The Brethren (Audio Cassette) (Abridged)
Author: Michael Beck (Narrator), John Grisham
Book Type: Audio Cassette
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 24
Review Date: 1/15/2007


4 cassettes - 6 hrs


The British Political Process : Concentrated Power Versus Accountability
Review Date: 4/13/2007


This text explores the question, "How can a democratic society limit government's abuse of power?" The British response - according to Jorgen S. Rasmussen, a leading American scholar on British politics - takes the form of a continuing search for balance between concentration of power and accountability for exercise of that power. This book is part of the New Horizons in Comparative Politics series.


California Gold
California Gold
Author: John Jakes
Book Type: Audio Cassette
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 1/22/2006


From Publishers Weekly 2 cass. - 3hrs

California, supposedly "the world's paradigm of hope and opportunity," is Jakes's ( North and South ) setting for this moderately satisfying novel about Mack Chance, an underdog whose ascent from poverty to affluence is a classic American success story. Like so many ambitious dreamers, Mack, an indigent Pennsylvanian, arrives in San Francisco in 1887 determined to make his fortune. To his dismay, he finds hardship, violence, bigotry, lawlessness and a city caught in the stranglehold of rapacious Southern Pacific railroad tycoons. Mack meets two bewitching women--rich, emotionally unstable Carla Hellman and dynamic Nellie Ross, a reporter for W. R. Hearst's San Francisco Examiner. After striking oil and becoming an orange grower, Mack prospers, but is left heartbroken when career-oriented Nellie won't marry him. He impulsively weds Carla, with disastrous results, while alienating many influential men by championing liberal causes. With strong commercial appeal, the novel potently conveys the raw, irrepressible vitality of California, but the historical backdrop (especially the 1906 earthquake) outshines the conventional rags-to-riches plot. Jakes's impressive research, plus his lively depictions of Hearst, Ambrose Bierce, Leland Stanford, Teddy Roosevelt and others, enriches the story considerably. Literary Guild main selection; Readers Digest Condensed Book main selection; major ad/promo.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


Book Description

Jakes's biggest bestseller yet is a panoramic saga of one man's fortune and fate in the "promised land" of California during 1870-1913. 2 cassettes.


Car Talk Fathers : Why You Should Never Listen to Your Father When It Comes to Cars
Review Date: 1/22/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Bill Cosby - "I love Car Talk. Any time that I try to fix my car and it still doesn't work--I hold Tom and Ray responsible."

Jane Curtin - "I love 'Cah Tahk,' my husband loves 'Cah Tahk,' and even my cah loves 'Cah Tahk.' It's the only funny thing about traffic in Los Angeles."


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