Cathy A. (csa) - Reviews

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Amsterdam
Amsterdam
Author: Ian McEwan
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 14
Review Date: 9/27/2005
Helpful Score: 1


Winner of the 1998 Booker Prize. very well written novella about two "old" friends who have a major falling out. A very enjoyable read.


Amy and Isabelle
Amy and Isabelle
Author: Elizabeth Strout
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 275
Review Date: 10/6/2005
Helpful Score: 1


This is a lot more than just another mother/daughter relationship story.


Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julia Child
Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julia Child
Author: Noel Riley Fitch
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 12
Review Date: 9/27/2005
Helpful Score: 1


Great insight into the life of Julia Child. I grew up watching her and reading this book gave me a good idea of who she really was.


Behind the Scenes at the Museum
Behind the Scenes at the Museum
Author: Kate Atkinson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 154
Review Date: 10/6/2005
Helpful Score: 6


A great look at a complex family. This is not your typical dysfunctional family story. This is a perfect book group discussion type book.


Big Stone Gap (Big Stone Gap, Bk 1)
Big Stone Gap (Big Stone Gap, Bk 1)
Author: Adriana Trigiani
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 465
Review Date: 11/25/2005


Predictable but well written.


The Birth of Venus
The Birth of Venus
Author: Sarah Dunant
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 35
Review Date: 8/30/2006


Excellent!


The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children
Review Date: 9/30/2005


This book contains practical, realistic information and advice about parenting in today's world. I believe it useful for Jewish as well as non-Jewish families. Well written, well reasearched and an enjoyable read. There is a great reference section at the end containing many other useful resources and books.


Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There
Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There
Author: David Brooks
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/30/2005
Helpful Score: 4


An entertaining look at yuppy culture.
You've seen them: They sip double-tall, nonfat lattes, chat on cell phones, and listen to NPR while driving their immaculate SUVs to Pottery Barn to shop for $48 titanium spatulas. They tread down specialty cheese aisles in top-of-the-line hiking boots and think nothing of laying down $5 for an olive-wheatgrass muffin. They're the bourgeois bohemians--"Bobos"--an unlikely blend of mainstream culture and 1960s-era counterculture that, according to David Brooks, represents both America's present and future: "These Bobos define our age. They are the new establishment. Their hybrid culture is the atmosphere we all breathe. Their status codes now govern social life." Amusing stereotypes aside, they're an "elite based on brainpower" and merit rather than pedigree or lineage: "Dumb good-looking people with great parents have been displaced by smart, ambitious, educated, and antiestablishment people with scuffed shoes."


Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic, Bk 1)
Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic, Bk 1)
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 1993
Review Date: 9/27/2005


A very light entertaining read.


The Corrections
The Corrections
Author: Jonathan Franzen
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 321
Review Date: 12/6/2005


Read this for a book club. If not for that, I don't think I ever would have gotten through it. However, once done...well worth the time. A midwestern mom tries to bring her family home for the holidays.


Divided Lives: The Public and Private Struggles of Three Accomplished Women
Review Date: 10/6/2005


A well written must read for women trying to balance it all.


A Drinking Life : A Memoir
A Drinking Life : A Memoir
Author: Pete Hamill
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/15/2005
Helpful Score: 5


I enjoy reading Pete Hamill's novels. This memoir is a good insight into his background and explains where he got some of his ideas. If you enjoy Pete Hamill, you'll enjoy this read.


Five Fortunes
Five Fortunes
Author: Beth Gutcheon
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/6/2005
Helpful Score: 4


A book to bring to the beach. Light and a good insight into some interesting characters.


Forever
Forever
Author: Pete Hamill
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 109
Review Date: 2/23/2006


One of Hamill's best.


Galileo's Daughter : A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love
Galileo's Daughter : A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love
Author: Dava Sobel
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 215
Review Date: 9/30/2005
Helpful Score: 4


This book is beautifully written. I had a hard time getting through the technical scientific stuff.


The Hundred Secret Senses
The Hundred Secret Senses
Author: Amy Tan
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 152
Review Date: 12/6/2005


Another Amy Tan winner!


The Liars' Club
The Liars' Club
Author: Mary Karr
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 315
Review Date: 9/27/2005


I read this one awhile ago. A funny, touching memoir. It was on the NY Times bestseller list for forever. You won't be sorry.


Little Children
Little Children
Author: Tom Perrotta
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 431
Review Date: 9/27/2005


A fun, quick read.


Lost in the City
Lost in the City
Author: Edward P. Jones
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 12
Review Date: 9/30/2005
Helpful Score: 1


Jones is a great writer and an excellent storyteller.


Middlesex
Middlesex
Author: Jeffrey Eugenides
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 2506
Review Date: 10/6/2005


Wow! One of the best books I've ever read.


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