Camille T. (MillaTorchTamlyn) - Reviews

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An Amateur's Guide to the Night: Stories (Nonpareil Book, 37.)
Review Date: 3/2/2005


One of the best short story collections- Robison is a genius and her style shines in these exquisitely crafted stories. Short, sharp, hits the mark and transforms you. An absolute favorite! :)


The Beach
The Beach
Author: Alex Garland
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/3/2005


An adventurous novel about a man who finds paradise on a mysterious beach, and what the pros and cons of living there turn out to be.


Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (Ya Yas, Bk 2)
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (Ya Yas, Bk 2)
Author: Rebecca Wells
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/2/2005


A great read about Southern women and strong friendships.


Getting Free: You Can End Abuse and Take Back Your Life
Getting Free: You Can End Abuse and Take Back Your Life
Author: Ginny Nicarthy
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/10/2005


Although Getting Free was written in 1982, it is still called the bible of all domestic violence texts. It\'s not just the content of the book--twenty-four chapters covering a gamut of issues--but the tone. The problems of and solutions to domestic violence are clearly defined through the voices of women as they share their experiences and carve out their steps toward freedom.
Each chapter discusses a different phase in the experience of \"getting free\" and the problems surrounding each phase. Readers can reach for this book to look up specific domestic abuse issues or they can read it straight through. There is much to learn here--the history of battering as a phenomenon; the political and social aspects of abuse; the historical changes to the institutions of marriage and family, and more.


How Stella Got Her Groove Back
How Stella Got Her Groove Back
Author: Terry McMillan
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/2/2005


Sexy and fun to read novel about an older woman dating a younger man.


The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
Author: Oscar Hijuelos
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/3/2005


A sentimental view of the life of a Hispanic Mambo star. The movie, \"The Mambo Kings\" with Antonio Banderas was based on this book.


The Mermaids Singing
The Mermaids Singing
Author: Lisa Carey
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/24/2005
Helpful Score: 2


Complex and heady, this novel focuses on three generations of Irish/Irish-American women. The fluid narrative shifts among years and the voices of its compelling characters. Cl!ona's story is both past and present, memory and chronicle. She is a strong woman who understands that life is made up of mistakes and compromises, and that no two people see things the same way. Grace, her daughter, is wild, willful, and promiscuous, unable to commit herself to anyone but her daughter, Grade inne. Grade inne is seeking her place in a world she doesn't quite trust. Although Grace dies at the beginning of the book, her presence is felt throughout; Grade inne must come to terms with the beloved mother who deceived her about her past, and Grace herself narrates the chapters about her rebellious youth. Cl!ona struggles to bond with her granddaughter as she failed to with her daughter. This involving intergenerational saga looks at challenges and misunderstandings, connections made and broken, family lost and found. Teens will empathize with Grade inne as she tries to come to terms with her mother's death and her own life.


Phantoms
Phantoms
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/10/2005


The lights are on in Snowfield, California, a cozy ski village nestled in the Sierra Madres, but nobody seems to be home. When Dr. Jenny Paige returns to the small town, she finds tables set for dinner, meals being prepared, and music playing in living rooms, but there\'s no trace of the people who put the water on to boil or set an extra place for company at the dinner table. As she explores the town, Paige finds friends and neighbors felled by a mysterious force--the bodies show no visible signs of violence or disease, and no known plague kills victims before the ice in their dinner drinks has time to melt. But the deep quiet that surrounds her offers few clues about the fate of the town\'s inhabitants. Dean Koontz\'s Phantoms strikes fear in readers from the very beginning. The mystery deepens, paving the way for a chilling journey toward the truth. If you plan to catch the film version, starring Ben Affleck and Peter O\'Toole, remember that you\'ll be experiencing this terrifying story in a dark theater.


The Pilot's Wife
The Pilot's Wife
Author: Anita Shreve
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/3/2005


A novel in which a wife unravels the details of her dead husband\'s hidden life. An easy read, and a constant page turner.


Sleepers
Sleepers
Author: Lorenzo Carcaterra
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/10/2005


Carcaterra\'s controversial memoir of growing up in NYC\'s Hell\'s Kitchen and as an inmate at a sadistic detention center was a PW bestseller for eight weeks.


Story of My Life
Story of My Life
Author: Jay McInerney
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/10/2005


In his breathlessly paced novel Jay McInerney revisits the nocturnal New York of Bright Lights, Big City. Alison Poole, twenty going on 40,000, is a budding actress already fatally well versed in hopping the clubs, shopping Chanel falling in and out of, lust, and abusing other people\'s credit cards. As Alison races toward emotional breakdown, McInerney gives us a hilarious yet oddly touching portrait of a postmodern Holly Golightly coming to terms with a world in which everything is permitted and nothing really matters.


The Tale of the Body Thief (Vampire Chronicles, Bk 4)
The Tale of the Body Thief (Vampire Chronicles, Bk 4)
Author: Anne Rice
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/10/2005


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It\'s been said that Vladimir Nabokov\'s best novels are the ones he wrote after starting a failed novel. Anne Rice wrote The Body Thief, the fourth thrilling episode of her Vampire Chronicles, right after she spent a long time poring over that most romantic of horror novels, Mary Shelley\'s Frankenstein, to research a novel Rice abandoned about an artificial man. Perhaps as a result of Shelley\'s influence, The Body Thief is far more psychologically penetrating than its predecessors, with a laser-like focus on a single tormented soul. Oh, we meet some wild new characters, and Rice\'s toothsome vampire-hero Lestat zooms around the globe--as is his magical habit--from Miami to the Gobi desert, but he\'s in such despair that he trades his immortal body to a con man named Raglan James, who offers him in return two days of strictly mortal bliss.


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