K E M. (Rampallion) - Reviews

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1984
1984
Author: George Orwell
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1631
Review Date: 12/12/2006


I recently reread this for the first time since 1984. It is still brilliantly scary.


50 Jobs Worse Than Yours
50 Jobs Worse Than Yours
Author: Justin Racz
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 21
Review Date: 4/9/2006


Silly but entertaining. Do not read this while eating, as some of the jobs described are quite nauseating--maggot wrangler, regurgitator, rat catcher, and ratemyvomit.com photo editor, to name a few.


84 Charing Cross Road
84 Charing Cross Road
Author: Helene Hanff
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 62
Review Date: 8/5/2005


The funny, surprising, and 100 percent real letters of a New York writer and the staff of a secondhand bookstore in London in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.

A very quick read, made into a movie and a play.

You'll get a sense of what it was like to live in postwar London and what it was like to be a not-quite-starving artist in New York.

I had to reread my copy before posting it on this database. :-)


American Gods
American Gods
Author: Neil Gaiman
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 968
Review Date: 8/23/2005


Creative and surprising.


Are You Normal About Money?: Do You Behave Like Everyone Else?
Are You Normal About Money?: Do You Behave Like Everyone Else?
Author: Bernice Kanner
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 9/15/2005


Entertaining and sometimes thought provoking. Here's a sample:

* Only 12 percent of women and 16 percent of men think it's OK to marry for money.

* For 83.5 percent of home owners, buying a home is the biggest single purchase they will ever make.

* 90 percent of frequent flyers do not bequeath their miles in their wills. (Estate lawyers and divorce lawyers value the miles at two cents apiece.)

* 10 percent of people admit that they have switched price tags at a store so they could pay less for an item.

* 72 percent of people keep the bills in their wallet in order by denomination.

* More than half of all college students and recent graduates expect to be millionaires by age 40.


At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances (Professor Dr Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, Bk 3)
Review Date: 3/5/2006
Helpful Score: 1


"I am truly sorry, Professor von Igelfeld," she said. "This is no way for a country to treat a distinguished visitor. Shooting a visitor is the height, the absolute height, of impoliteness."

Silly but entertaining novel about a pompous professor and his endless search for the respect he deserves. Although it started out a bit slow, things picked up once he got to Colombia, and I loved the ending.


Audiobook Cafe: Interviews with Neil Gaiman, Robert B. Parker, and audiobook performer Blair Brown
Review Date: 11/30/2005


30 minutes. Three interviews, plus excerpts from and reviews of audiobooks.


Autobiography of a Face
Autobiography of a Face
Author: Lucy Grealy
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 171
Review Date: 12/1/2005


A memoir in which the author describes being diagnosed with cancer of the jaw at age nine, having a third of her jaw removed, and dealing with how her changed looks affected her and those around her. Grealy is a poet, which shows in her spare, beautiful writing style:

"I spent five years of my life being treated for cancer, but since then I've spent fifteen years being treated for nothing other than looking different from everyone else. It was the pain from that, from feeling ugly, that I always viewed as the great tragedy of my life. The fact that I had cancer seemed minor in comparison."

A thought-provoking book with no room for sentimentality or self-pity.


Bad Haircut : Stories of the Seventies
Bad Haircut : Stories of the Seventies
Author: Tom Perotta
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 18
Review Date: 9/7/2005


Short stories from the author of _Election_ and _Little Children._

From Publishers Weekly
Amid the current glut of '70s nostalgia, Perrotta has fashioned a moving cycle of stories that looks past the era's celebrated kitsch to still relevant social and cultural issues and the timeless mysteries of growing up. In 10 tales covering a period from the fall of 1969 to the summer of 1980, he follows the revelations of his narrator, Buddy, from his days as an eight-year-old Cub Scout through his return home from the first year of college. Set in the small New Jersey town of Darwin, these seamless, understated narratives find--in boyhood activities as ordinary as playing sports, riding a bike, taking driver's ed or going to the prom--insights into loneliness, societal violence, sexual identity, racism, mortality and much more. Perrotta eschews sentimentality and overt philosophizing, crafting in Buddy's voice a sensitivity to pregnant moments that remain unexplained and a knack for delicate, unobtrusive metaphor. Forgoing the easy irony of disco and vintage TV, he delivers a convincing portrait of a time of life, illuminating all the profound cruelty and tenderness of adolescence.


The Beauty Myth : How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women
The Beauty Myth : How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women
Author: Naomi Wolf
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 52
Review Date: 8/5/2005


"_The Beauty Myth_ is a smart, angry, insightful book, and a clarion call to freedom. Every woman should read it." --Gloria Steinem


Beauty Queen (Lear Family, Bk 2)
Beauty Queen (Lear Family, Bk 2)
Author: Julia London
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 61
Review Date: 7/21/2005


"Three glamorous sisters live up to the last-wish demands of a dying patriarch and compete for that elusive dream called love . . ."


Bee Season
Bee Season
Author: Myla Goldberg
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 339
Review Date: 8/6/2005


A New York Times Notable Book of the Year


Best Intentions : The Education and Killing of Edmund Perry
Best Intentions : The Education and Killing of Edmund Perry
Author: Robert Sam Anson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 9
Review Date: 8/30/2006


"He didn't have the freedom to be an individual. All his life he was a symbol, a slot-filler. And Eddie knew it."

Compelling, carefully researched account of a Harlem teenager, educated at Exeter and about to go to Stanford, who was shot to death while trying to rob an undercover cop.


Best of NPR's Lost and Found Sound, Vol. 1 (Audio Cassette)
Best of NPR's Lost and Found Sound, Vol. 1 (Audio Cassette)
Author: Jay Allison, Davia Nelson
Book Type: Audio Cassette
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 6
Review Date: 7/31/2005


Surprising and amazing radio essays about big and small events in North American life. Included are:

* a children's funeral service for a pet turtle

* a cardboard disk recorded by Tennessee Williams in a New Orleans penny arcade

* stories and songs of Cuban cigarmakers (narrated by Andy Garcia)

* carnival talkers

* fishmongers' sales pitches

* the sounds of the Northern Lights

* the life work of an agoraphobic professor who recorded thousands of everyday sounds within one ZIP Code in New York City

Two cassettes, about two and a half hours total.


Between Friends
Between Friends
Author: Debbie Macomber
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 210
Review Date: 7/21/2005


The story of two best friends whose lives take very different paths over three decades. Story is told through letters, diary entries, even sales receipts.


Blind Eye: How the Medical Establishment Let a Doctor Get Away with Murder
Review Date: 8/21/2005


True crime by an acclaimed author. This is one of those stories that you would never believe if it was a novel.


Blood Will Have Blood (Michael Spraggue, Bk 1)
Blood Will Have Blood (Michael Spraggue, Bk 1)
Author: Linda Barnes
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 12
Review Date: 7/20/2005


An early Linda Barnes mystery. Michael Spraggue is the sleuth.

"Famed theater director Arthur Darien is in trouble. His production of _Dracula_ should be a hit, but strange and macabre 'jokes' are being played on the increasingly nervous cast."


The Bonesetter's Daughter
The Bonesetter's Daughter
Author: Amy Tan
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 433
Review Date: 8/2/2005


"In the year 1929, my fourteenth year, I became an evil person."


Bully: A True Story of High School Revenge
Bully: A True Story of High School Revenge
Author: Jim Schutze
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 57
Review Date: 8/21/2005


Surprising and compelling true crime story. I was amazed how little common sense many of the kids had--it's not until about page 110 or so that a kid says, "You witnessed a murder? Why don't you tell the police?" Some of the adults lacked common sense as well--one of the families' conversations with their relative's lawyer amazed me. I won't say more because I don't want to give too much away.


The Case of the Missing Bronte (Perry Trethowan, Bk 3)
The Case of the Missing Bronte (Perry Trethowan, Bk 3)
Author: Robert Barnard
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 15
Review Date: 7/23/2005


A vacationing Scotland Yard superintendent agrees to meet with an elderly woman in a Yorkshire pub. She shows him fragile, yellowing papers that are either a clever forgery or an unpublished Brontë work. Can the superintendent solve the mystery before they both get killed?


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