Lorraine F. - Reviews

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Author: Stephen R. Covey
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/28/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Amazon.com
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change was a groundbreaker when it was first published in 1990, and it continues to be a business bestseller with more than 10 million copies sold. Stephen Covey, an internationally respected leadership authority, realizes that true success encompasses a balance of personal and professional effectiveness, so this book is a manual for performing better in both arenas. His anecdotes are as frequently from family situations as from business challenges.
Before you can adopt the seven habits, you'll need to accomplish what Covey calls a "paradigm shift"--a change in perception and interpretation of how the world works. Covey takes you through this change, which affects how you perceive and act regarding productivity, time management, positive thinking, developing your "proactive muscles" (acting with initiative rather than reacting), and much more.

This isn't a quick-tips-start-tomorrow kind of book. The concepts are sometimes intricate, and you'll want to study this book, not skim it. When you finish, you'll probably have Post-it notes or hand-written annotations in every chapter, and you'll feel like you've taken a powerful seminar by Covey. --Joan Price


84 Charing Cross Road
84 Charing Cross Road
Author: Helene Hanff
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/1/2006
Helpful Score: 2


Heart-warming collection of letters exchanged over 40 years. This book highlights the wit and spirit of Ms. Hanff and the cordial reserve of Mr. Doel. Missed chances and evolving lives make this book unforgettable and bittersweet.


Be Beautiful
Be Beautiful
Author: Naturalis Verlag
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 12/14/2006


Photos or drawings on every page. From the eighties but still a neat book.


The Boy on the Bus
The Boy on the Bus
Author: Deborah Schupack
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/17/2008


Terrible. Could not follow this author's style of writing or understand what was going on.


Choices With Clout: How to Make Things Happen-By Making the Right Decisions Every Day of Your Life
Review Date: 1/11/2007


Kind of wordy with not too many stories, but there are a lot of good nuggets of self-improvement tips to be found.


Control Your Destiny or Someone Else Will : How Jack Welch Is Turning General Electric the World's Most Competitive Corporation
Review Date: 5/4/2007


From Library Journal
"Jack Welch is undoubtedly one of the most talked about chief executives in America. Three months apart, two books have appeared about Welch and his mandate to restructure GE in the 1980s. Unlike Robert Slater's The New GE: How Jack Welch Revived an American Institution ( LJ 10/1/92), authors Tichy, a professor and GE consultant, and Sherman, a Fortune reporter, offer a deeper analysis of Welch's leadership practices and philosophies. The authors use the first person singular to signify an insider's (Tichy's) view, which is confusing at first. Furthermore, the addition of the "Handbook for Revolutionaries" (material developed at GE's executive education center in Crotonville, New York) makes Tichy appear to be a Welch convert, and the bias is sometimes too obvious. The repetition of ideas makes reading laborious. However, the authors do a substantial job in presenting the research, which included over 100 hours of interviews with Welch. Recommended for all business libraries."
- Rebecca A. Smith, Harvard Business Sch. Lib.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.


The Flying Saucer Mystery (Nancy Drew, No 58)
The Flying Saucer Mystery (Nancy Drew, No 58)
Author: Carolyn Keene, Ruth Sanderson
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 11/26/2006


Paperback, not hardcover


The Flying Scotsman
The Flying Scotsman
Author: Sally Magnusson
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 11/8/2006
Helpful Score: 2


Why has a major production company made a film for the 1980s about an athlete of the 1920s? Why has the man who produced "Midnight Express" turned to a story that could have come straight from the pages of "Boys' Own"? What is the secret of Eric Liddell's enduring charisma -- the man who would not run on Sunday, who sacrificed an Olympic Gold Medal to principle and then astonished the world by winning a different one, and who then slipped quietly out of the limelight to become a missionary in China?

Journalist Sally Magnusson wanted to find out. THis is her fascinating account of the hightlights of Eric Liddell's life -- 1924 Paris Olympics, adulation by fellow Scots and students of Edinburgh University, itinerant evangelism in war-ravaged China, death in a Japanese internement camp. This is the story of her search for Eric Liddell, the man -- not the saint. Part of his story has been filmed as "Chariots of Fire". Producer David Puttname believes that people today are seeking heroes again -- men like Eric Liddell.


General, Organic, & Biological Chemistry Study Guide
Review Date: 12/14/2006
Helpful Score: 1


This study guide is for a chemistry class for nursing students. This is not a text for a more thorough science major class. The learning exercises are an excellent aid in learning the material.


Giant Steps: Small Changes to Make a Big Difference
Giant Steps: Small Changes to Make a Big Difference
Author: Anthony Robbins
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/2/2006
Helpful Score: 2


A concise, bite-size approach to life coach Anthony Robbins' principles of movement toward action, toward our goals.


Kaplan Graduate Math Review Notes
Kaplan Graduate Math Review Notes
Author: Kaplan
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 11/30/2006
Helpful Score: 1


This is a study guide to prepare you for the math section of standardized tests.


The Late Great Planet Earth
The Late Great Planet Earth
Author: Hal; Carlson, C C Lindsey
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/26/2006


Author is Hal Lindsey. This is a well-known and interesting book.


Miracle in the Andes : 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home
Miracle in the Andes : 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home
Author: Nando Parrado
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/17/2007


From Publishers Weekly
"In October 1972, a plane carrying an Uruguayan rugby team crashed in the Andes. Not immediately rescued, the survivors turned to cannibalism to survive and after 72 days were saved. Rugby team member Parrado has written a beautiful story of friendship, tragedy and perseverance. High in the Andes, with a fractured skull, eating the flesh of his teammates and friends, Parrado calmly ponders the cruelties of fate, the power of the natural world and the possibility of continued existence. "I would live from moment to moment and from breath to breath, until I had used up all the life I had." Parrado, who for the past 10 years has been giving inspirational talks based on his experiences, lost his mother and sister in the crash. Struggling to stay alive, his guide becomes his beloved father: "each [stride] brought me closer to my father... each step I took was a step stolen back from death." More than a companion to the 1970s bestselling chronicle of the disaster, Alive, this is a fresh, gripping page-turner that will satisfy adventure readers, and a complex reflection on camaraderie, family and love. Photos."


Mysteries of the Unexplained
Mysteries of the Unexplained
Author: Carroll C. Calkins (Editor)
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/14/2006


Hardcover, not paperback.


Natural Wonders of the World
Natural Wonders of the World
Author: Richard L. Scheffel (Editor), Susan J. Wernert (Editor)
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/29/2006
Helpful Score: 3


Filled with photos and text on every page telling the story of islands, caves, canyons, mountains and more that you've never heard of. Includes glossary and index at the back. As always, Reader's Digest does a good job. Here is an excerpt from p. 315:

"Rocky outcrops in the gorge have always complicated the task of river pilots, but none so much as the famed Lorelei, a cliff 433 feet (132 meters) high. According to legend, a beautiful Siren used to sit atop the rock and with her seductive singing, lure sailors to their deaths in the treacherous currents swirling at its base. Farther down, near Bonn, are the Siebengebirge, the 'Seven Mountains,' said to have been dropped from the shovels of giants as the excavated the river bed. It was on one of them, the Drachenfels, or 'Dragon's Rock,' that the Wagnerian hero Siegried slew his mythical dragon."


The Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces, Volume 2 (5th edition)
Review Date: 12/14/2006
Helpful Score: 1


This book is quite thick. It contains stories and poems (masterpieces) from the Enlightenment, 19th Century Romanticism, 19th Century Realism & Naturalism, and the 20th Century. Some of the many writers included in this text are Bertolt Brecht, Faulker, Garcia Lorca, Camus, Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, Proust, Ibsen, Emily Dickinson, Virginia Woolf, Tolstoy, Kafka, T.S. Eliot, Chekhov, Alexander Pope, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, William Blake, and Goethe.


Other Worlds
Other Worlds
Author: P. C. W. Davies
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/29/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Other Worlds: Space, Superspace and the Quantum Universe. By Paul Davies. Written for the layman. Not the most fascinating writing style but it covers interesting topics. For more info, go to Amazon.com and type in this ISBN #.


Perfect Symmetry
Perfect Symmetry
Author: Heinz R. Pagels
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Review Date: 12/14/2006


Author is Heinz R. Pagels. Full title is "Perfect Symmetry: The Search for the Beginning of Time". A startling journey to the frontier of cosmology and the new physics.


So Many Steps to Death
So Many Steps to Death
Author: Agatha Christie
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 11/2/2006


Fun, interesting thriller from one of the best writers of the 20th century.


Strange Stories, Amazing Facts
Strange Stories, Amazing Facts
Author: Reader's Digest, editors
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/14/2006


Hardcover, not paperback.


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