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Subject: Highlight a Non-Fiction Book From Your Shelf
Date Posted: 4/19/2009 10:24 AM ET
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I'll start us off with a non-fction book from my shelf.


Getting Organized :: Stephanie Winston
ISBN-13: 9780446391733 - ISBN-10: 0446391735



  • Review from Amazon on this book
    • I have read literally countless organizational books by some of the most famous authors and having just started reading this book, I am both surprised and thrilled at what I find! Stephanie really knows where we are coming from with our clutter! It's NOT so much a matter of straightening and becoming more organized...It IS about facing our fears of throwing stuff away! FINALLY! An organizing book that hits the nail on the head! It gets to the SOURCE of the problem so I can fix it permanently, not just temporarily with some band-aid techniques! :) I also want to take this opportunity to recommend what could easily be it's companion book, (also available from Amazon), called "Trading Your Worry For Wonder". It is an excellent adjunct to Getting Organized and helpful in overcoming the "What if I need it someday?" syndrome; the deepest source of the chaos in our homes and in our lives! I highly recommend them both and would give them 6 stars if I could!


    ETA: I am always open to deals on my shelf if you see something you like.


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Date Posted: 4/19/2009 10:59 AM ET
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I have this one. It was unexpectedly funny in some places and absolutely heartbreaking in others. A very interesting read!

Behind the Lines: Powerful and Revealing American and Foreign War Letters -- and One Man's Search to Find Them
Author: Andrew Carroll

Book Description:
From the editor of the phenomenal New York Times bestseller War Letters comes an even more powerful, more revealing collection of letters by soldiers and civilians from both sides in every major war in our history -- all discovered during Andrew Carroll's extraordinary journey to thirty-five countries around the world.

Date Posted: 4/19/2009 11:05 AM ET
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I have:

Hot Blood: The Money, the Brach Heiress, the Horse Murders (St. Martin's True Crime Library)
ISBN-13: 9780312957261 - ISBN-10: 0312957262

In Cold Blood
ISBN-13: 9780679745587 - ISBN-10: 0679745580

Date Posted: 4/19/2009 11:43 AM ET
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i got alot of them but heres one

  The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Gambling :: Robert J. Hutchinson
ISBN-13: 9780671529321 - ISBN-10: 0671529323

Subject: Craft book
Date Posted: 4/19/2009 12:09 PM ET
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Spirit of Christmas: Creative Holiday Ideas/Book 9 (Spirit of Christmas, Bk 9.) :: Leisure Arts
ISBN-13: 9780942237658
Holiday crafts and recipes.  Great book - I received one as a gift and already had one, so giving up the duplicate.

Synopsis from B&N

Christmas spirit sparkles with imagination in this collection of fresh decorating ideas, homemade gifts, and delectable treats. From down-home country to lavishly traditional, this popular holiday how-to book has tons of gorgeous photos and loads of budget-minded ideas for cooks and crafters of all ages and skill levels. Knockout photography shows how to entertain, dazzle, and delight with tempting recipes, stylish dˇcor, and clever gift ideas. From themed events like a "Cowboy Christmas" to "Ready in a Jiffy" recipes, this all-inclusive guide shines anew with The Spirit of Christmas.


Spring Cleaning in anticipation of garage sale:  All my cassette audiotapes are 2 for 1 until April 26th, 2009!  Select one and PM me for free one.




Date Posted: 4/19/2009 12:15 PM ET
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Marriage Shock : The Transformation of Women into Wives
Author: Dalma Heyn
Book Type: Hardcover

review from Amazon:

"... insightful treatise on what happens to women's identities after marriage. The book made me aware of a psychological phenomena peculiar to married women in which I have unwittingly participated for the last 14 years. What an eye-opener! Ms. Heyn's theory that married women subconsciously & automatically, "edit" their behavior from their prior, single lives in order to conform to the role of "the good wife" is demonstrated by the fascinating, often quirky examples provided by the women who were the subjects of her interviews. The author's personal and refreshingly expressive style is just great...This is a serious book, not a piece of Self-Help How-To fluff. Ms. Heyn is no Martha Stewart, and some of what you read may take you aback, but I think that you will be unable to put this book down. Any thinking woman who doesn't see a little of herself and every married woman she knows in "Marriage Shock" is not looking hard enough"
Date Posted: 4/19/2009 12:47 PM ET
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Reviving Ophelia - Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls by Mary Pipher, Ph.D.  copyrighted in 1994, still very relevant, maybe more so.

If you are raising daughters I would highly recommend reading this book. ( Read it BEFORE they are teenagers, if you can) I have 2 college age daughters, my oldest struggled with debilitating depression starting at age 15, she is great now, but it took years of work and heartbreak to get her there.  This book helped me a great deal & I would love to pass it on to someone who could also be helped by it. 


Subject: Report From Ground Zero- Audio cassettes
Date Posted: 4/19/2009 2:12 PM ET
Member Since: 1/22/2008
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7 hours

The tragic events of September 11, 2001 forever altered the American landscape, both figuratively and literally. Immediately after the jets struck the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, Dennis Smith, a former firefighter, reported to Manhattan's Ladder Co. 16 to volunteer in the rescue efforts. In the weeks that followed, Smith was present on the front lines, attending the wounded, sifting through the wreckage, and mourning with New York's devastated fire and police departments.

This is Smith's vivid account of the rescue efforts by the fire and police departments and emergency medical teams as they rushed to face a disaster that would claim more than five thousand lives. Smith takes readers inside the minds and lives of the rescuers at Ground Zero as he shares stories about these heroic individuals and the effect their loss has had on their families and their companies. Written with drama and urgency, Report from Ground Zero honors the men and women who-in America's darkest hours-redefined our understanding of courage.

Subject: Turning Japanese by David Mura
Date Posted: 4/19/2009 2:38 PM ET
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Turning Japanese : Memoirs of a Sansei :: David Mura ISBN-13: 9780385423441 - ISBN-10: 0385423446

From Amazon: Award-winning poet David Mura's critically acclaimed memoir Turning Japanese chronicles how a year in Japan transformed his sense of self and pulled into sharp focus his complicated inheritance. Mura is a sansei, a third-generation Japanese-American who grew up on baseball and hot dogs in a Chicago suburb, where he heard more Yiddish than Japanese. Turning Japanese chronicles his quest for identity with honesty, intelligence, and poetic vision and it stands as a classic meditation on difference and assimilation and is a valuable window onto a country that has long fascinated our own. Turning Japanese was a New York Times Notable Book and winner of an Oakland PEN Josephine Miles Book Award. This edition includes a new afterword by the author. Available now on my shelf now.

Date Posted: 4/19/2009 3:32 PM ET
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Bill Cosby : Fatherhood

Review from Amazon :

Bill Cosby, who is probably America's favorite father, wrote a gem of a book about his experiences with being a father to five children, four girls and a boy. Cosby's book reads much like his stand-up comedy, but there is so much down-home common sense in these pages that the reader can relate to much of what is written and is reminded of his or her own childhood. Reading this book, it was rather reassuring to find that I wasn't the only mother who threatened to introduce her child to the joys of time-travel (Mrs. Cosby to obnoxious child: "I'm gonna knock you into the middle of next week"), and Cosby reminded me of my own dad banging on the door to my room during my teens when I jacked up the rock 'n' roll station, bellowing through the wall to "TURN THAT CRAP DOWN!" Cosby also provides some back-up for parents who have reached the conclusion that sometimes the best reason you can give to your child who demands to know why he or she can't do this or that, is "because I said so." Cosby takes parents on a tour of parenting from pregnancy through the teen years, with sound observations on developmental quirks at each stage of childhood. He's not one of those parents who forget as soon as they become parents, what it was like to be a youngster. Listen to Cosby's alarm at his daughter wanting to spend the day hanging around the mall: "He (the father) knows exactly what those boys at the mall have in their depraved little minds because he once owned such a depraved little mind himself. In fact, if he thinks enough about the plans that he used to have for young girls, he might even run over to the mall and have a few of those boys arrested."

Cosby inherited his parenting skills from his mom and dad, who raised their own children back in the day when parents were presumed to know more about their own kids than a whole army of child psychiatrists and psychologists. His parents stood for no nonsense (after Cosby broke a glass table playing parlor basketball, his mother entered with a stick and threatened to "bust him in half"; Dad, his nose buried in a book, asks Mom, "Why would you want twice as many?") but they taught their kids good manners, pride and self-respect, values Cosby takes seriously. He's not averse to a good swat on the rear end if the situation calls for it but in general he emphasizes reasonable discipline leavened with good will and humor. Cosby strongly believes parents are parents first and friends second, but he's no tyrant. As he says toward the end of the book, he and his wife and children "have the kind of mutual trust that I wish the United Nations had. And, with breaks for a little hollering, we smile a lot." There is probably no better definition of good parenting.

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Date Posted: 4/19/2009 3:47 PM ET
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Angels :: Billy Graham

ISBN-13: 9780849911675 - ISBN-10: 0849911672

Book Type: Hardcover

Book Description:

Somehow it has always been easier for people to believe in demons than in the brighter side of the unseen world - the world of God's protecting angels. Yet "angels have a much more important place in the Bible than the devil and his demons," says Dr. Billy Graham in this best-selling classic.

With over a million copies sold, "Angels" records the experiences of Dr. Graham and others who are convinced that at moments of special need they have been attended by angels. With keen insight and conviction, Dr. Graham affirms that:

-God's invisible hosts are better organized than any of the armies of man - or Satan.

-Angels "think, feel, will, and display emotions."

-They are "ministering servants" who can appear or remain invisible as they perform tasks that God assigns them.

-Angels aren't all "sweetness and light" - they are also God's agents of judgement on the disobedient.

-Angels guide, comfort, and provide for the people of God in the middle of suffering and persecution.

-At death, the faithful will be ushered by angels into the presence of God.

Here is a ringing assurance to all Christians that through angels God is present for His people, and we can take comfort in the fact that, with the host of them at God's call, we are not alone.
Date Posted: 4/19/2009 9:13 PM ET
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Elephant Familly (Animal Series) by Jane Goodall

This is a small hardback children's book about elephants.  I also have another in the series - Wildebeest Family.

Date Posted: 4/19/2009 11:18 PM ET
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I have:  Blinded by the Right, by David Brock

In a powerful and deeply personal memoir in the tradition of Arthur Koestler’s The God That Failed, David Brock, the original right-wing scandal reporter, chronicles his rise to the pinnacle of the conservative movement and his painful break with it.

David Brock pilloried Anita Hill in a bestseller. His reporting in The American Spectator as part of the infamous “Arkansas Project” triggered the course of events that led to the historic impeachment trial of President Clinton. Brock was at the center of the right-wing dirty tricks operation of the Gingrich era–and a true believer–until he could no longer deny that the political force he was advancing was built on little more than lies, hate, and hypocrisy.

In Blinded By the Right, Brock, who came out of the closet at the height of his conservative renown, tells his riveting story from the beginning, giving us the first insider’s view of what Hillary Rodham Clinton called “the vast right-wing conspiracy.” Whether dealing with the right-wing press, the richly endowed think tanks, Republican political operatives, or the Paula Jones case, Brock names names from Clarence Thomas on down, uncovers hidden links, and demonstrates how the Republican Right’s zeal for power created the poisonous political climate that culminated in George W. Bush’s election.

Date Posted: 4/20/2009 9:25 AM ET
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