CM C. (CocoCee) - Reviews

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100 Words To Make You Sound Smart (100 Words)
100 Words To Make You Sound Smart (100 Words)
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/30/2008


A fun little book of words you can use everyday.


36 Views of Mount Fuji: On Finding Myself in Japan
36 Views of Mount Fuji: On Finding Myself in Japan
Author: Cathy N. Davidson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/8/2008
Helpful Score: 1


I've read many travelogues and memoirs of non-Japanese people traveling through and living in Japan. I guess since Davidson traveled in 1980, and this book was published in 1993, the views reflect of the time. It is not easy for anyone non-Japanese to live in Japan. Interesting read, but did not encourage me to visit Japan. A better book to read would be "Learning to Bow" by Bruce S. Feiler.


7 Secrets of Exceptional Leadership: A Self-Directed Program Designed to Help You Quickly Evaluate and Develop Your Leadership Skills
Review Date: 8/11/2007
Helpful Score: 3


Don't assume that because you're already a leader, that you don't need improvement. Every leader (supervisors, team/group leaders, moms) can gain skills that can make your job easier. Quick and easy to read book. Recommended to anyone who manages anyone else.


The Accidental Theorist and Other Dispatches from the Dismal Science
Review Date: 3/27/2007
Helpful Score: 2


Not for the conservative at heart. Liberal slant.


Aching for Beauty : Footbinding in China
Aching for Beauty : Footbinding in China
Author: Wang Ping
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/7/2008
Helpful Score: 1


This could be the history of foot binding, or just one woman's clear and descriptive college paper on the oppression of women in China. Either way, it is filled with ancient texts, illustrations, and factual information of foot binding. It is not romantic as the current novels portray. Though supposed to be exotic and erotic, I found foot binding as sad and depressing.


Alexandria: In Which the Extraordinary Correspondence of Griffin  Sabine Unfolds
Review Date: 4/17/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Fifth in the series. Still beautiful collage art, still a mystery.


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Author: Lewis Carroll
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/5/2007
Helpful Score: 2


Great classic, especially with the original illustrations.


All She Was Worth
All She Was Worth
Author: Miyuki Miyabe
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/8/2007


A detective must find a missing fiancee. He negotiates a seemingly never-ending maze of outrageous Japanese paperwork such as the credit system, family registries, and insurance. Is the woman a runaway, a murder victim, or is she the mastermind of a extravagant identity theft? Set in Japan in the 1990's, the author does a great job narrating the Japanese names, places, and social systems without losing the reader. The story draws you in, and keeps you until the end of the book because only then, on the second to last page, do you really know what happened to the woman and her worth.


Alternative Therapies: An A-to-Z Guide
Alternative Therapies: An A-to-Z Guide
Author: Mariah Jager
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/23/2008
Helpful Score: 1


Great pocket book reference on most popular alternative therapies.


The Amateur
The Amateur
Author: Robert Littell
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/26/2008
Helpful Score: 1


Charlie Heller works for the CIA as one their best cryptographers. During a terrorists situation, his fiance is killed. Charlie now must find out who killed her and avenger her! Great short spy thriller! Quick read. There was never a slow part of the book. One of the best revenge tales I've read. Now I want to read more of Littell's work!


The Amber Room
The Amber Room
Author: Steve Berry
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/14/2007
Helpful Score: 13


Very fun and not annoying as Dan Brown's DaVinci Code! Treasure hunters, assassins, secrets, intrigue, Nazi/Russian amber... and a divorced couple caught in the middle. Very fast read, interesting facts of lost European treasures.


American Knees
American Knees
Author: Shawn Wong
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/25/2007
Helpful Score: 3


Part love story, part race-relations study. Raymond is a Chinese American, raised in San Francisco's Chinatown and is head of a college minority relations program. Aurora is half Caucasian, half Japanese, raised in a white neighborhood. When Asian Americans date, does race matter? And how much of race matters? Are you part Asian, then part datee? These questions and more like them are explored with a humorous voice. Enjoyable, though some points are hard to comprehend if there is no racial diversity in your community.


The Analyst
The Analyst
Author: John Katzenbach
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/21/2008


A psychoanalyst's life if destroyed by someone, and he has fifteen days to figure it all out. Filled with action and suspense, this is a dark thriller. It's a great story of revenge!


Anatomy of an Illness As Perceived By the Patient
Anatomy of an Illness As Perceived By the Patient
Author: Norman Cousins
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/3/2007


Written in 1979, most of the information can be used today. The patient is responsible for their own recovery of illness/disease. Some topics include: placebos, medication, laughter, holistic healing. For those who believe in the body/mind connection of health and healing, this is a must read.


Angel
Angel
Author: Garry D. Kilworth
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/20/2007
Helpful Score: 1


A great mix of police procedural and a paranormal thriller. A rogue angel is on the loose in the streets of San Francisco. It's going to take two cops to stop him. Interesting concepts of good vs. evil, angels and demons.


Angels in Disguise
Angels in Disguise
Author: Lou Dean
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/18/2007
Helpful Score: 4


The author had an accident and unable to call for help. Her dog runs off to get help and becomes her hero. Even CBS This Morning covered this story. This book is not about that dog.

Set in the late 1950's, this is an endearing "girl and her dog" story. We watch the bond between a five year old girl and her Manchester puppy grow into a spiritual connection until the dog's passing. A quick read, not only for the dog-lover, but also for anyone who has ever questioned, "How did I ever live without my pet?"


Anime from Akira to Princess Mononoke: Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation
Review Date: 12/5/2007


I was disappointed with this introduction of "contemporary" anime. Of course, there is a bit of history leading up to the modern Japanese animation we see today, but there was NO mention of the prolific/progenerator Osamu Tezuka.


Apologizing to Dogs
Apologizing to Dogs
Author: Joe Coomer
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/17/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Set within an outdoors antiques mall. The book was easy to read, yet I didn't enjoy the writing style.


Are You Crazy?: 18 Scientific Quizzes to Test Yourself
Are You Crazy?: 18 Scientific Quizzes to Test Yourself
Author: Andrew N. Williams
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/27/2007
Helpful Score: 4


Very fun book. Make you think twice when putting a label on a person.


Arranged Marriage : Stories
Arranged Marriage : Stories
Author: Chitra Divakaruni
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/31/2008


After reading three thriller/action novels, this was a nice break! Beautifully written short stories about Indian women and their relationships. Quick read (I knocked it out in a day).


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