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Review Date: 12/5/2010
I was worried that this book would be dated, but it isn't at all. It is very focused on skin care and on basic cosmetic techniques designed to play up your best features and draw focus away from the features you aren't happy with. This book advocates timeless beauty.
Review Date: 11/21/2010
The information was current, accurate. All the main tourist destinations did seem to be included in the book and the tips, info on local customs, and warnings were good. My criticism is that this book didn't go in as depth as I would have liked and has few photos. It is a fine guide book as long as it isn't your sole source of information. In edition to Fodor's Beijing, we referred to a second guidebook, as well as some very good information, provided by the organizers of the conference (that was our reason for the trip). As Americans traveling in Asia for the first time, we would have run into problems with illegal taxis and other tourist pitfalls if our only travel research came from this Fodor's book.
Things I liked about this book, was that it is broken down by District. We were on business so our time for site seeing and shopping was limited. With this book it was easy to quickly see what sites where open and nearby when we had free time. This book also includes lots of excellent, detailed, neighborhood maps and a large pull out map of the entire city. There are invaluable language charts with the names for all the sites in English, Pinyin (the chinese written phonetically), and Chinese. It was reassuring to know that when we had trouble communicating with taxi drivers that we could just point to the Chinese name of our destination.
Review Date: 11/23/2011
Helpful Score: 2
I enjoyed this book. I had some of the same issues with the religious overtones that other reviewers complained about, but they didn't overshadow the aspects that I liked. Anyone who grew up struggling with a poorly understood mental or neurological condition or learning disorder will identify with Icy. It reads like a memoir. The author either really did her research or has some personal connection with Tourettes Syndrome. She has really captured the damaging feelings of confusion and isolation that result from going through your formative years labeled as strange, stupid, a troublemaker over actions which you have little control over.
Review Date: 2/12/2011
Two of the stories included in this collection ("A Perfect Day for Banannafish" and "For Esme with Love and Squalor" are among my very favorite pieces fiction. There is something so poignant about these two stories that touched me deeply. There is no author that writes mental illness with more authenticity or expresses internal conflict, anguish, and unhappiness better.
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