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150 solitaire games
150 solitaire games
Author: Douglas Brown
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 4/24/2006


Picked this up originally with thoughts of using it to program solitaire games for computer, but never got around to it. Lots of solitaire variants here, and clear instructions.


1984
1984
Author: George Orwell
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/21/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Orwell's date was a little off, but considering the trend of recent events, the narrative may be far more accurate than any of us would like to believe. An exceptional, eerie, thought-provoking read.


1st Culprit: A Crime Writers' Annual
1st Culprit: A Crime Writers' Annual
Author: Liza Cody (Editor), Michael Z. Lewin (Editor)
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/26/2006


Collection of short stories from Crime Writers' Association. Ruth Rendell, Dick Francis and more.


Abnormal Psychology: Current Perspectives
Review Date: 4/22/2007


Good Abnormal Psych survey textbook. Descriptions are detailed and understandable.


Against Medical Advice
Against Medical Advice
Author: James Patterson, Hal Friedman, Cory Friedman
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/2/2009
Helpful Score: 2


This was an intense and moving read. The author's description of his son's problems (which becomes a first person narrative) is honest and not overly self-serving. It was a wonderful reminder of how amazing the human brain is, and how helpless we can be when something goes wrong with it. Even so, the book is not at all a bleak narrative of a life with no hope. I do wish I had heard more about the perspective of this young man's parents, and what they were thinking at the time, but even so, it was a great glimpse into the perspective of someone with mental illness (in this case Tourette's and OCD).


Alzheimer's and Dementia: Questions You Have . . . Answers You Need
Alzheimer's and Dementia: Questions You Have . . . Answers You Need
Author: Jennifer Hay
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/21/2006


Somewhat dated, but still has good information.


Are You There God?  It's Me, Margaret
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
Author: Judy Blume
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/13/2006
Helpful Score: 1


A wonderful novel about dealing with puberty, family, religion and all the changes in the lives of mid-school girls. Written some time ago, this book has a timeless quality that transcends the minutiae of the current fad and addresses the classic concerns of the young.


Baking in America: Traditional and Contemporary Favorites from the Past 200 Years
Review Date: 3/29/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Good baking book with lots of classic recipes as well as some innovative stuff. A little short on photos, but still a good reference.


The Best of Food and Wine/1993 Collection
The Best of Food and Wine/1993 Collection
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/31/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Great recipes from Food & Wine magazine. Maine blueberry slump is one of my favorites. Recipes seem well written and easy to follow, although some are a bit "rich" for every day fare. There's also a section on choosing wine.


Better Homes and Gardens One-Dish Microwave Meals
Review Date: 4/23/2006


Lots of quick recipes, from main dishes: Italian, Mexican, soups, stews, casseroles; how to make "freezer bases" of chicken and meat to add at will to various dishes, and even a Dutch Apple cake for dessert.


Betty Crocker's Breads
Betty Crocker's Breads
Author: Malcom Spooner, George Ancona
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/11/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Good basic bread recipe book with several sweet and savory variants. Not huge tome, good size for someone who just wants a few good ideas to work with.


Blood Is Not Enough
Blood Is Not Enough
Author: Ellen Datlow (Editor)
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/2/2009


An interesting collection of short stories featuring vampires that, generally, feed on something other than blood, or if they do need blood, the methods are somewhat unusual. There are some good authors in here, including Harlan Ellison and Tanith Lee, Joe Haldeman, Steve Rasnick Tem, Fritz Lieber, and the stories definitely go beyond the typical gothic paranormal into the realm of sci-fi horror, though not generally to the level of Lovecraft in terms of the ick factor (with one possible exception of a story about "Varicose Worms," definite ick on that one).


Blubber
Blubber
Author: Judy Blume
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/13/2006


A great book about harrassment and so-called "teasing" in school.


Brit-Think, Ameri-Think
Brit-Think, Ameri-Think
Author: Jane Walmsley
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/15/2006


Despite a few dated references, this book is a great, funny read. It's also a great example of the fact that shared language does not mean shared understanding or shared culture. I really enjoyed it.


The Brothers of Gwynedd: Sunrise in the West / The Dragon at Noonday / The Hounds of Sunset / Afterglow and Nightfall
Review Date: 5/20/2006


If you like historical / renaissance fiction A medieval drama about Llewelyn, the first true Prince of Wales. The writing and story are good, but the subject is just not my forte.


Can't You Make Them Behave, King George?
Can't You Make Them Behave, King George?
Author: Jean Fritz
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/15/2006


Great kid's biography of King George III, the English monarch on the throne at the time of the American Revolution. It's well written, and isn't just a jingoistic condemnation of either the King or the revolutionaries. It's fairly short, and I'm guessing it would be good for an 8-9 year old, or a precocious younger child. Even as an adult, it was worth the few minutes it took to read.


Casey at Bat
Casey at Bat
Author: Eleanor Shelton Morrison
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/20/2006


Cute kid's illustration of the classic poem.


Children of the Vampire (Diaries of the Family Dracul, Bk 2)
Children of the Vampire (Diaries of the Family Dracul, Bk 2)
Author: Jeanne Kalogridis
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/27/2007


Interesting vampire read, fairly well-written, good plot, but a little heavy on the gothic for my taste.


Christine
Christine
Author: Stephen King
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/21/2006


I know a lot of people don't like this book, but I have always had a fondness for it. The characterization, like a lot of his works, is exceptionally good, and the description is vivid and entertaining. It does require some exceptional suspension of disbelief, but so what. Those books are fun.


Claw Your Way to the Top: How to Become the Head of a Major Corporation in Roughly a Week
Review Date: 4/9/2006


Classic Dave Barry, very, very funny!


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