I found this book to be a little frustrating. It's organzied poorly, no index of recipes. The final straw - I looked up a recipe for chicken and rice. The instructions were to cook the chicken however I liked. Cook the rice however I liked. Serve with a salad. I'm sorry, that's not a recipe!
I can usually find at least one recipe in any cookbook that I like. Not so with this book.
I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. As the book came closer and closer to the end, I was completely in the dark about how it would end - lots of tension!
Having grown up in a fundementalist church, I recognized many of the characters. I thought the author did a good job of highlighting the contrast between "church" life and the rest of "real" life - and how hard it can be to reconcile the two.
I was happy with the ending. Things went in a direction that I found very satisfying.
Sarah Haper seems to have it all - a great job, great family, beautiful house. But as we learn more about her life, it's coming apart at the seams. Sarah has no balance in her life - job comes first and everything else is a distant second.
Everything comes to a crisis when Sarah tries to beat a drawbridge and ends up driving into the water. At this point, the book turns into a combination of It's a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol.
I didn't really like the supernatural aspect to this book, and the ending was too predictable. But overall a good read.
Classic John Grisham book. You can never really be sure what's going to happen and you really want the "good guy" to win.
He's varied his location a little - so many of the lawyer books take place in the south. He moved his character to New York for this story, and it was interesting that the character never seemed very happy in New York - always happiest in other locations, away from the big city.
I loved the description of life in a huge law firm - really makes me glad I never became a lawyer!!
This was a really fast read. A number of essays that directly apply to business, but could easily apply to any endeavor in your life.
Written by 33 authors - some I already liked, some I already disliked, and some I never heard of. The book doesn't identify which essays are written by which authors, which was probably a good idea - I would definitely have cherry picked the authors I like over anyone else.
But even more interesting, while I liked and appreciated most of the essays, there were a few that I absolutely disagreed with. I would have loved to been able to see who wrote those essays - maybe change my mind about some authors, maybe not.
This was a grand journey through the last 500 years - how coal has shaped our lives and our entire society. I had never really realized the impact coal had on what we consider to be Western civilization.
From the rise of England as a naval force, the development of the steam engine and railroads, creation of the labor union and modern industrial standards - all the way to current day developments in China. Coal was a true catalyst for our society.
And if you think coal doesn't matter, consider that the vast majority of the "clean" electricity we used today actually comes from burning coal.
This book is great for anyone interested in how one small element had and continues to have on our lives and Western civilization. The book also outlines the ecological impact of coal use, along with the effects of acid rain and global warming.