Julie R. - Reviews

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84, Charing Cross Road
84, Charing Cross Road
Author: Helene Hanff
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/26/2005


This charming classic, first published in 1970, brings together twenty years of correspondence beetween Helene Hanff, a freelance writer living in NYC and a used book dealer in London. Through the years, though never meeting and separated both geographically and culturally, they share a winsome, sentimental friendship based on their common love for books. Their relationship, captured so acutely in these letters, is one that will grab your heart and not let go.


Always and Forever
Always and Forever
Author: Cathy Kelly
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/25/2005


Once upon a time, in the beautiful town of Carrickwell, lived three women whose lives were mapped out: ambitious Mel would have her career and her family: caring Daisy a child with the boyfriend who is everything to her; and hot-headed Cleo would finish her degree and step into the family hotel business. Until the landscape shifted and it all came tumbling down.....


The Bodydoctor
The Bodydoctor
Author: David Marshall
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 3/23/2006


In 6 Weeks Take 5 Inches Off Your waist, Lose a stone, Double Your fitness. Trust me, I'm the Bodydoctor!
Using the advice in this book, in just six weeks you could lose a stone, trim up to five inches from your waist and double your fitness. From the celebrity trainer who's worked with stars including Sophie Dahl, Ant and Dec, Mel C, Kate Moss, Meg Matthews, Rachel Weisz and Rio Ferdinand.


Corpsing
Corpsing
Author: Toby Litt
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/21/2005


I loved this - very funny, fast paced thriller about a guy in London who discovers that his ex-girlfriend, with whom he is still in love, is not who he thought she was.


Cows, Pigs, Wars, and Witches : The Riddles of Culture
Cows, Pigs, Wars, and Witches : The Riddles of Culture
Author: Marvin Harris
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/21/2005


A leading anthropologist explains why people behave the way they do.


Daughter of Mine
Daughter of Mine
Author: Anne Bennett
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/25/2005


A heartrending and heartwarming saga of the Birmingham blitz, from the author of DANNY BOY. Lizzie is finding that life in the Birmingham blitz is hard. Her husband is away fighting in the Second World War and she has regretfully sent her two young children away to her parents in Galway, knowing that they will be safe there. She's grateful for her job in munitions but not so happy when that means getting home in the blackout, dodging the bomb damage. Then Lizzie is attacked on one such journey. She comes around battered and bruised, unable to remember the full extent of the attack - but she fears the worst, and is right to. Turning to her family in desperation, she is told she has brought them nothing but disgrace. Yet help is at hand, from the most unlikely place!


Everything You Know Is Wrong: The Disinformation Guide to Secrets and Lies
Review Date: 12/21/2005
Helpful Score: 1


An amazing group of investigative journalists among others peel back consensus reality and shows what's really happening.


Fatal Storm: The Inside Story of the Tragic Sydney-Hobart Race
Fatal Storm: The Inside Story of the Tragic Sydney-Hobart Race
Author: Rob Mundle
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/21/2005


Account of the killer storm which disrupted the 1998 Sydney to Hobart sailing competition


The Firekeeper: A Narrative of the Eastern Frontier
The Firekeeper: A Narrative of the Eastern Frontier
Author: Robert Moss
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/2/2006


In Moss's vibrant docu-novel, the American colonial frontier is aflame during the 1700s as imperial rivalry pits colonists against British and French armies and their Indian allies. This follow-up to Fire Along the Sky tells the fictionalized story of the real-life Sir William Johnson, an Irish immigrant who settled in New York's Mohawk Valley to earn his fortune and became the only white chief (the "Firekeeper") of the Iroquois of the Six Nations. In Moss's politically correct account, "Billy" is depicted as a high-spirited rake, a shrewd but honest businessman and the only white man the Indians trust. Seeing the treacherous efforts of both French and British efforts to steal Indian lands, Johnson fights colonial corruption and duplicity to defend the Six Nations from the white man's menace. When the French and Indian War erupts in 1756 and the valleys of the frontier burn and bleed from raids and ambushes, his leadership and influence keep the Six Nations firmly on the British side; eventually, the Indians join his militia in the assault against the French fort at Crown Point during the Battle of Lake George. Surrounding Johnson are such colorful historical figures as Ben Franklin, George Washington and the hapless General Braddock, all carefully woven into the narrative. Moss, who is perhaps best known for his suspense novels (Moscow Rules, etc.), backs his vigorous adventure story with detailed research, summarized in extensive source notes.


High Fidelity
High Fidelity
Author: Nick Hornby
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/21/2005


Story about an idiosyncratic guy in London who is obsessed with pop music and can't find a woman.


The Houdini Girl : A Novel (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
The Houdini Girl : A Novel (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
Author: Martyn Bedford
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/21/2005
Helpful Score: 1


I loved this book and read it in a single sitting. The story of an English magician whose mysterious Irish girlfriend disappears suddenly, and the perilous journey he undertakes to find out what happened to her. Along the way he discovers she was not who he thought she was. Fabulously unpredictable twists.


A Legacy: A Novel
A Legacy: A Novel
Author: Sybille Bedford
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/21/2005


Set in the Kaiser's Germany, this is a story of three very different families and the ways in which they become entangled.
I found the characters to be memorable and engaging and particularly enjoyed the period detail.


The Love Knot
The Love Knot
Author: Charlotte Bingham
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/25/2005


An intriguing, romantic bestseller about the Victorian politics of love and marriage which follows the fortunes of three very different young women.
That all three determine on making their own way at a time when to be independent was to risk social ostracism, is partly due to the influence each comes to have on the others' lives.


Mama Gena's Marriage Manual: Stop Being a Good Wife, Start Being a Sister Goddess
Review Date: 12/22/2005
Helpful Score: 1


A saucy, provocative, absolutely essential guide to reviving passion and pleasure in your marriage.


Mama Gena's Owner's and Operator's Guide to Men
Mama Gena's Owner's and Operator's Guide to Men
Author: Regena Thomashauer
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/22/2005


Practical tools for relationships. Become an expert man-trainer and get what you both want - a great relationship.


Mama Gena's School of Womanly Arts : Using the Power of Pleasure to Have Your Way with the World
Review Date: 12/22/2005


Relationship expert Regena Thomashauer tachers the lost "womanly arts".


Man and Wife
Man and Wife
Author: Tony Parsons
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.
 5
Review Date: 12/22/2005


A sequel to the international bestseller "Man and Boy", this also stands on its own as a brilliant novel about relationships in the new century. The inimitable Tony Parsons does it again.


Money
Money
Author: Martin Amis
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/21/2005


A biting, hilarious book at one man's relentless pursuit of pleasure in Reagan's America and Thatcher's Britain.


One Hundred Years of Solitude
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Gregory Rabassa (Translator)
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/2/2006
Helpful Score: 1


The story follows 100 years in the life of Macondo, a village founded by José Arcadio Buendía and occupied by descendants all sporting variations on their progenitor's name: his sons, José Arcadio and Aureliano, and grandsons, Aureliano José, Aureliano Segundo, and José Arcadio Segundo. Then there are the women--the two Úrsulas, a handful of Remedios, Fernanda, and Pilar--who struggle to remain grounded even as their menfolk build castles in the air. If it is possible for a novel to be highly comic and deeply tragic at the same time, then One Hundred Years of Solitude does the trick. Civil war rages throughout, hearts break, dreams shatter, and lives are lost, yet the effect is literary pentimento, with sorrow's outlines bleeding through the vibrant colors of García Márquez's magical realism. Consider, for example, the ghost of Prudencio Aguilar, whom José Arcadio Buendía has killed in a fight. So lonely is the man's shade that it haunts Buendía's house, searching anxiously for water with which to clean its wound. Buendía's wife, Úrsula, is so moved that "the next time she saw the dead man uncovering the pots on the stove she understood what he was looking for, and from then on she placed water jugs all about the house."

With One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez introduced Latin American literature to a world-wide readership. Translated into more than two dozen languages, his brilliant novel of love and loss in Macondo stands at the apex of 20th-century literature.


The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations
The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations
Author: Oxford University Press
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 12/22/2005


Contains over 5,000 of the twentieth century's most famous quotations.


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