Reviews - Tamara K. (Daisyduke)

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Baby Signs
Baby Signs
Author: Linda Acredolo, Susan Goodwyn
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/4/2007
3 member(s) found this review helpful.


"This is an excellent book for anyone who is thinking about using baby signs or is currently using baby signs. There is a section in the back that gives suggestions for words to sign and how to sign them."


Because I Wanted You
Because I Wanted You
Author: Annie Garrett
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 6
Review Date: 3/3/2007
1 member(s) found this review helpful.


"From Library Journal
Ruby Maxwell, host of a popular TV talk show, never dreamed that secrets from the past would surface to mar her climb to success. She had been careful to hide details of her life prior to her glamour-filled Fifth Avenue existence. Not even Paul Carrigan, her fiance of appropriate social status, knows the truth. But a reporter looking for upward mobility brings Ruby's Appalachian family into the public eye, with potentially disastrous results. Will past love indiscretions bring Ruby to ruin in full view of her TV audience? Or will her innate sense of charm save her skin? This is a well-told, enticing tale from a celebrity journalist and author of Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground (LJ 1/96). Recommended for popular collections.?Heather Blenkinsopp, Mercy Coll. Lib., Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc."


Beyond Discipline From Compliance to Community
Beyond Discipline From Compliance to Community
Author: Alfie Kohn
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 1/27/2007


"Excellent book!"


Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
Author: Helen Fielding
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/26/2007


"What an enjoyable read!"


Building Inclusive Schools: Tools and Strategies for Success
Review Date: 1/27/2007


"Excellent resource for any special or regular education teacher!"


Christmas Party: Naughty or Nice? / Christmas Fantasy
Christmas Party: Naughty or Nice? / Christmas Fantasy
Author: Janelle Denison, Stephanie Bond
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/26/2007


"Two great novels in one!"


The Complete Book of Running
The Complete Book of Running
Author: James Fixx
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/17/2007
4 member(s) found this review helpful.


"How well I remember when this book was published in 1977. I was a teenager and hardly anyone I knew jogged or ran for pleasure. In those days it was rare to see anyone on the street actually doing exercise. With this book, Jim Fixx revolutionized the world of exercise, and especially the sport of running. This book precipitated the running boom of the late 70's when every granny laced up her New Balance's or Saucony's and hit the streets. Jim Fixx was an overweight business executive who began running simply because he wanted to improve his tennis game. He loved running so much that he gave up tennis to concentrate on increasing his weekly running mileage.
Fixx writes extremely well and it's still hard to put this down. It's held up remarkably well in the intervening 25 years and the information is still current and just as riveting as it was back then. Fixx has special chapters on kids running, women, senior citizens, injuries and the Boston marathon. He spends considerable detail on expounding upon the magical "runner's high" which occurs on runs lasting more than 45 minutes. Based on considerable personal experience, I will say that the runner's high is freequently elusive, but you'll know when you get it.

Jim Fixx died of a heart attack in the late 1980's while running on a quiet Vermont road. Unfortunately, this became the butt of some late night jokes made by overweight comics thinking it was ironic that a running guru would die of a heart attack. But Jim Fixx has the last laugh: he helped usher in the running boom and cement this avocation in the lives of millions of people. This is an outstanding book, as interesting and readable as it was when it was first published all those years ago."


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.
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Review Date: 1/26/2007


"A delightful read!"


Confessions of an Ex-Girlfriend (Red Dress Ink)
Confessions of an Ex-Girlfriend (Red Dress Ink)
Author: Lynda Curnyn
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/23/2007


"From Publishers Weekly
First-time novelist Curnyn pens an easy, breezy first novel that's part Sex in the City with more heart, and part Bridget Jones with less booze. A frustrated would-be writer and an editor at Bridal Best, Emma Carter becomes an ex when her beau of two years sells a screenplay and moves to L.A. without her. ("You have so much here," he tells her; needless to say, she doesn't agree.) Her two 30-something girlfriends, Alyssa and Jade, each beautiful and romantically challenged in her own way, try to coax Emma out of her rut with either tough love or encouragement, depending on the day. But Alyssa is considering cheating on her longtime love Richard (a lawyer and the "best guy she's been with") and Jade, who was recently hurt by a man, too, has sworn off anything but casual sex. Drawing comfort from snack cakes and diet ice cream (for which she must atone at the gym) as well as her own confessions ("I would marry for a below-market one bedroom"; "I am ready for my miniature schnauzer") Emma eventually does meet a new guy. He's a writer, too, but he doesn't call after she sleeps with him; meanwhile her father's drinking and her mother's upcoming third marriage give her lots to stew about, as does her potential promotion. But the lost relationship haunts her until a few final moments of self-empowerment in the book's conclusion. This is light, occasionally amusing fare, but it's nothing new. Emma may be a New Yorker and a nonsmoker, but her story feels pretty derivative of you-know-who's."


The Corrections
The Corrections
Author: Jonathan Franzen
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/23/2007


"A comic, tragic epic stretching from the Midwest of the midcentury to the Wall Street and Eastern Europe of today, The Corrections brings an old-fashioned world of civic virtue and sexual inhibitions into violent collision witht he era of home surveillance, hands-off parenting, do-it-yourself mental health care, and globalized greed.

After almost fifty years as a wife and mother, Enid is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parksinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family next to the catastrophes of their own lives. Desperate for some pleasure to look forward to, Enid has set her heart on bringing the family together for one las Christmas at home."


Creative Dating
Creative Dating
Author: Todd Temple, Doug Fields
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 5
Review Date: 2/15/2007


"Funny, creative, enjoyable...I loved this book!"


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Author: Mark Haddon
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/21/2007
9 member(s) found this review helpful.


"I could not put this book down. I finished it the day I began reading it. It was such an excellent book, I can't recommend it enough!"


the diary of a manhattan call girl
the diary of a manhattan call girl
Author: tracy quan
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/26/2007


"From Booklist
Quan, who put her career as an elite Manhattan prostitute on hold to become a writer, is the author of a popular salon.com column chronicling the adventures of fictional call girl Nancy Chan. Those biweekly installments grew into this reality-based novel. Nancy's central dilemma, hashed out in her diary and with her shrink, Dr. Wendy, is whether to give up hooking when she becomes engaged to her sweet Wall Street-whiz boyfriend, Matt. Her two best friends (and colleagues), Allison and Jasmine, offer little support on this front. Jasmine is firmly against marriage, and Allison, who is 30 going on 19, is too obsessed with her own problems (including her foray into the sex workers' activist movement) to be of any help. The descriptions of Nancy's "dates" read like soft porn, but Quan does pose some interesting questions about gender and sexuality and a certain brand of "sex-positive" feminism (represented by writers like Camille Paglia and Susie Bright). But the main point here is to be erotic and playful. Quan manages both in a book that makes perfect beach reading. Beth Warrell
Copyright American Library Association. All rights reserved"


Do We Still Need Doctors?: A Physician's Personal Account of Practicing Medicine Today (Reflective Bioethics) (Reflective Bioethics)
Review Date: 3/17/2007


"Pediatrician and bioethicist Lantos takes a hard look at what doctors currently do and what they might be doing and examines which of those activities others could do as well or better. He scrutinizes current problems and misconceptions. What does the much higher CPR success rate of TV doctors compared to real doctors do to our expectations? Did we ever have a good-old-days doctor-patient relationship? Why does medicine nowadays play down prevention and teaching to emphasize curing and research? Should the doctor always tell a patient the truth? When a doctor makes a mistake, what should happen and to whom? Lantos asks a lot of questions but gives few answers, for he wants doctors and patients to apply their own reasoning to find answers. Properly read, the book is hard work, but readers stand to learn much. If it just makes many uncomfortable, it will have achieved Lantos' goal. William Beatty --"


e-Business Intelligence: Turning Information into Knowledge into Profit
Review Date: 3/17/2007


"Amazon.com
It is widely acknowledged that businesses today must harness the Net to effectively utilize the myriad details they glean from--and then pass around to--their various stakeholders. But how best to do that? e-Business Intelligence, by the head of a global company that helps others develop such efforts, lays out a variety of interrelated methodologies already in use by pioneering corporations around the world. In doing so, author Bernard Liautaud explains how to move from data (the extensive raw stats to which most contemporary firms are privy) to information (the proper context in which they must be applied) to intelligence (the collective knowledge from which appropriate actions are initiated). Liautaud shows how companies like Eli Lilly, MasterCard, and British Airways have created electronic relationships among employees, suppliers, consumers, and business partners to boost marketing, customer service, quality control, purchasing, and other activities. He explains how internal "information democracies" allow them to instantaneously distribute pertinent details throughout their organizations, while external "information embassies" facilitate the rapid transfer of pertinent facts to outside constituencies. To help readers develop their own individualized strategies, he presents specifics on gathering "customer intelligence," sharing product information, optimizing supply chains, and performing other critical tasks. --Howard Rothman"


Eating for Beauty: For Women  Men : Introducing a Whole New Concept of Beauty What It Is, and How You Can Achieve It
Review Date: 1/23/2007
1 member(s) found this review helpful.


"Eating for Beauty was written with raw food enthusiasts in mind. The raw food diet is most certainly about beauty: the beauty of nature, the beauty of health, and the beauty of body, mind and soul. David Wolfe, the author of Eating for Beauty, is a shining example of beauty and health in the raw food movement. He has been a leading authority and educator on raw foods for years. In this book, he reveals how to shine with the beauty that is already present within you.
When I first heard that David Wolfe had written a book titled Eating for Beauty, I was a bit put off. I thought it was going to be shallow, just focusing on how to be more physically attractive. But as I read this book from cover to cover, I was quite impressed. He makes a very logical point that by the eating certain foods, we are in fact creating a certain person. We are made from the food we eat, in a very literal sense. The more life force we eat, the more life force we will have in our bodies. The body uses vitamins and minerals to nourish our organs, such as the skin, hair and eyes. Clear, glowing skin, strong nails and bright eyes are all signs of a healthy, well nourished body, and they're all benefits of a raw food diet.

David Wolfe goes into great detail about some of the most beautifying foods on the planet. He dedicates a section to each of the following: aloe vera, arugula, burdock, coconuts, cucumbers, durian, figs, hemp seeds, macadamia nuts, nettles, olives, onions, papaya, pumpkin seeds, radishes, turmeric, and watercress. These foods contain high amounts of "beauty minerals," like silicon and sulfur. They are also very cleansing and energizing. Papaya is especially high in natural enzymes, and durian contains tryptophan, an amino acid that helps elevate seretonin levels in the brain. Coconut contains a very unique substance called lauric acid, which is incredibly antifungal and antiviral. The fats found in coconut, hemp seeds, and macadamia nuts are extremely nourishing. When included in a balanced raw diet, these foods have the power to transform your body and mind.

Besides listing specific foods, he also talks generally about which foods are best and which foods should be avoided. For instance, when choosing what to eat, go for foods that most closely resemble foods found in the wild. These foods will contain more minerals and stronger life energy. Many fruits and vegetables today are hybrids and have been genetically modified to be low in nutrition and high in sugar. This book does a great job in educating its reader about which foods are TRULY health foods, and which are not. You may be surprised!

Mental diet - feeding the mind through thought - is also an important element of beauty. A positive outlook and an enthusiastic demeanor will give you a glow and attract others with similar vibrations. A smile is by far the best, and cheapest, accessory you can wear to become more beautiful.

Yoga also creates a beautiful body by strengthening muscles and creating symmetry through balance and grace. Yoga enables muscles to release stagnant energy and increase the flow of life force throughout the body. This is very important when trying to cultivate a beautiful glow. Exercise provides the cells with oxygen, while stretching helps the organs and muscles to release toxins and rejuvenate.

I especially loved the Kirlian photography pictures throughout the book. Kirlian photography is a way of actually measuring the energy and life in a certain food. The pictures of raw organic food shine with light as if electricity were circulating through the veins of the plant, where as the cooked food looks dull and lifeless. People speak of the "life force" in raw foods, calling the raw diet a "living foods diet." Through Kirlian photography it's easy to see just how blatantly real this concept is. The photographs are so beautiful, especially the picture of the starfruit, which has an amazingly symmetrical energy field. I would love to have one of these photographs magnified and made into a poster for my room!

Near the end of the book there are some amazing testimonials to the raw food beauty diet. You will see through these testimonials that others have overcome many serious health problems and regained their health and vibrancy through raw foods. Reading their stories, their insights, and their wisdom will inspire you to incorporate Eating for Beauty into your own life and being.

While Eating for Beauty does indeed focus on physical beauty, it focuses on that beauty which is already present, that natural beauty which all human beings posses, if we would only let the light shine through. Raw foods, yoga, proper sleep and a positive outlook with a heart full of love will without a doubt overwhelm you with your ever-existing beauty. If becoming more of who you are (more beautiful) is something that you're interested in, than this book was written for you! Thank you David Wolfe for sharing with us, through Eating for Beauty, your incredible wealth of knowledge and insight. Eat for life, love and happiness, and you will be Eating for Beauty! --reviewed by Anna Hays"


Fashionably Late
Fashionably Late
Author: Olivia Goldsmith
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/26/2007


"From Publishers Weekly
Prominent designer Karen Kahn has just won the fashion industry's top achievement award. As this witty, energetic and sometimes caustic novel quickly shows, however, it's all downhill from there. Karen's company, KK Inc., needs a huge infusion of cash to expand, and her handsome but evasive husband, Jeffrey, who handles the finances, pushes for a $50 million buyout by the megacorporation NormCo. But will Karen lose control of her designs? And how ethically does NormCo run its business? This new novel by the author of The First Wives Club works at every level. An engaging, behind-the-scenes look at the fashion industry, it lays bare the frenetic pace, cutthroat competition and chronic backbiting of the world of couture. Also an engrossing family saga, it shows 40-year-old Karen, who is infertile, desperately trying to adopt a baby and, as an adopted child herself, searching for her birth mother. The narrative also offers a hilariously dark portrait of Karen's immediate--and totally dysfunctional--family. A glittering New York social backdrop, plenty of namedropping, romance, some outstandingly creative characters and a mystic who applies a unique hex add up to a book that fairly hums with excitement. 150,000 first printing; $175,000 ad/promo; audio rights to HarperAudio; author tour.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc"


Firebird
Firebird
Author: Janice Graham
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/23/2007


"Amazon.com
Firebird is a romance with a love triangle like you've never read before. The story takes place in ranch country in the Flint Hills of Kansas. Ethan Browne, with a Ph.D. in English and a repertoire enabling him to recite great romantic literature on demand, chooses Katie Anne as his future wife. However, he doesn't love her. He just feels that it's part of his dream to have a wife, much like the chores he accomplishes on his cattle ranch. Believing that's all he needs, he sets out to win Katie Anne, and proposes marriage. Katie Anne is in love with Ethan and her love will go to any measure to keep him from being attracted to Annette, who's returned to town for her mother's funeral. Annette is a Kansas-born concert violinist in town from Paris.
This love triangle has its obstacles: Annette's aversion to the land Ethan loves, and Katie Anne's determination to hold onto Ethan though she knows he loves Annette (whose father will cast Ethan out of the ranching life if Ethan doesn't marry his daughter). Who will Ethan choose and what will his future hold?

This novel has been compared to The Horse Whisperer because it surprises readers at every turn, especially at the end. --Candy Paape"


Full Circle
Full Circle
Author: Danielle Steel
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/23/2007


"From the Publisher
The 1960s. Kennedy. Martin Luther King. Civil rights. Viet Nam. TanaRoberts comes of age in this turbulent decade, and begins a journey that willlead her from New York to the South during the heat of racial unrest. Athoroughly modern young woman, she yearns for a career and is willing tosacrifice everything to get it. And it's only much later that Tana discoversthat she can have it all. Career. Love. And peace of mind. As she comes ofage, at last, and comes full circle."


Girls Night In (Red Dress Ink)
Review Date: 1/26/2007


"Excellent book by superb authors!"


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