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100 Best-Loved Poems
100 Best-Loved Poems
Author: Philip Smith (Editor)
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 27
Review Date: 6/30/2005


Shakespeare's Sonnet XVIII ("Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"), Donne's Holy Sonnet X ("Death, be not proud"), Whitman's O Captain My Captain, Frost's The Road Not Taken, Thomas's Do Not Go Gently Into that Good Night, Yeats's When You Are Old, Dickinson's This Is My Letter to the World, Tennyson's The Charge of the Light Brigade, Marvell's To His Coy Mistress, Poe's The Raven, plus Wordsworth, Shelley, Longfellow and others.


Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Green Gables
Author: L. M. Montgomery
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
 13
Review Date: 7/5/2005
Helpful Score: 2


I must have read this book ten times as a child. Even as an adult, it never fails to cheer me up and remind me of how beautiful the world can be.


The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court
The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court
Author: Bob Woodward, Scott Armstrong
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 19
Review Date: 6/1/2005
Helpful Score: 2


Please be aware that this book came out in 1979 and deals with Supreme Court cases through 1976. It discusses the aftermath of Brown v. Board of education and Roe v. Wade.


Brick Lane
Brick Lane
Author: Monica Ali
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 29
Review Date: 5/19/2005
Helpful Score: 1


Bittersweet with an unrealistic twist in the last third of the book.


The Celtic Collection: Stickers, Bookmarks, Stencils and More (Stationery Boxed Sets)
Review Date: 9/1/2006


Brand new.


The Decameron : Selected Tales (Dover Thrift Editions)
The Decameron : Selected Tales (Dover Thrift Editions)
Author: Giovanni Boccaccio
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 6
Review Date: 6/30/2005


"Folk tales, ancient myths, fables, and anecdotes range from earthy and irreverent satires of hypocritical clergy, to gripping tales of murder and revenge, to tales of passionate love, both adulterous and faithful."


The Devil Wears Prada (Devil Wears Prada, Bk 1)
The Devil Wears Prada (Devil Wears Prada, Bk 1)
Author: Lauren Weisberger
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 1735
Review Date: 7/3/2005
Helpful Score: 1


I didn't find this book nearly as hilarious as I had expected. The boss was too cruel to be funny, and too ridiculous to be believed. And in a way, the main character was even worse - what person with any self-worth could possibly put up with that kind of treatment?? And any respect or sympathy I felt for the main character went completely down the tubes when she made one particular decision near the end...


Diamond (Gambler's Daughters, Bk 1)
Diamond (Gambler's Daughters, Bk 1)
Author: Sharon Sala
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 49
Review Date: 6/5/2005


Sweet story - a fun read.


Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (Ya Yas, Bk 2)
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (Ya Yas, Bk 2)
Author: Rebecca Wells
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 464
Review Date: 6/29/2005
Helpful Score: 1


One of my favorite authors. This book is hilarious! Perfect summer read.


A Few Short Notes on Tropical Butterflies : Stories
A Few Short Notes on Tropical Butterflies : Stories
Author: John Murray
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 5/29/2005
Helpful Score: 3


There are certain commonalities in these stories - the main characters are nearly always doctors, many stories take place in India or Africa and several involve humanitarian work with Medecins Sans Frontieres or similar organizations. Yet the feel of the stories is quite varied - they are at times sad, eerie, nostalgic, sweet, touching.


The Ginger Tree
The Ginger Tree
Author: Oswald Wynd
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 54
Review Date: 7/7/2005
Helpful Score: 3


What I loved most about this book is that the character feels very real. She changes and grows throughout the novel and acts in unexpected ways at times, unlike the thoroughly predictable, one-dimensional character found in many novels.

Slightly worn, but definitely readable.


Globalization and Its Discontents
Globalization and Its Discontents
Author: Joseph E. Stiglitz
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 7
Review Date: 7/22/2005
Helpful Score: 1


Excellent content; not always so readable.


Go Ask Alice
Go Ask Alice
Author: Anonymous
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 16
Review Date: 6/28/2005
Helpful Score: 1


Touching, devastating, scary as hell.


Good in Bed (Cannie Shapiro, Bk 1)
Good in Bed (Cannie Shapiro, Bk 1)
Author: Jennifer Weiner
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 2864
Review Date: 6/29/2005


Very real (sometimes too much so!), yet better than I had expected.


Health Issues for Women of Color: A Cultural Diversity Perspective
Review Date: 8/5/2007


"A much-needed sensitive examination of the scope of health diseases faced by women of color and an invaluable aid to women seeking preventive interventions at an early stage of disease onset. The strenghts of women of color are emphasized throughout; emerging health concerns, research needs, and key policy issues anre identified; and the importance of accuratee data collection from diverse subgroups is highlighted."
-Cardiss Collins (D-IL), US House of Representatives

Focusing on African-American, hispanic/Latina, Asian/Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, and American Indian/Alaskan Native women, Health Issues for Women of Color presents a multidisciplinary and multifaceted approach to the major health concerns of today's women of color. The chapters address topics such as domestic violence, anxiety, drug abuse, mental health, sexism, and racism, as well as the unique problems of the growing population of women who are homeless. This valuable resource not only demonstrates how much needs to be done to bring parity to health care for women of color, but also provides insight into the importance of cultural sensitivity and competence in eliminating barriers to access to health care. Students, health care professionals, researchers and policymakers who desire to see equity in health care access and delivery will find this book an important addition to their libraries. (from back cover of book)


Height-O-Meters
Height-O-Meters
Author: Cary Sneider
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 8/1/2007
Helpful Score: 1


The book contains directions and basic materials for a series of four hour-long math/science activities on triangulation and making and using clinometers (referred to in the title as "height-o-meters"). Skills include predicting, estimating, making and calibrating scientific instruments, measuring in degrees, graphing, calculating, interpreting data. Math topics include scale, geometry and trigonometry. Themes include systems and interactions, models and simulations, stability, and scale. The book presents scenarios that demonstrate the applications of science and mathematics in real life (e.g. a forest ranger in a lookout tower who sees a plume of smoke in the distance and needs to ascertain the location of the fire). Also includes Recommended for grades 6-12. Published by UC Berkeley. Unused; completely intact with pages that can be photocopied and distributed to students. Highly recommended!

The four lessons are: (1) Making height-o-meters; (2) Calibrating height-o-meters; (3) How high is the flagpole? and (4) Experimenting with height-o-meters. Also includes the following sections: Going Further; Assessment Suggestions; Literature Connections; Summary Outlines.


House of Sand and Fog
House of Sand and Fog
Author: Andre Dubus III
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 812
Review Date: 7/3/2005
Helpful Score: 2


One of my top five books of all time.


In Her Shoes
In Her Shoes
Author: Jennifer Weiner
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 520
Review Date: 6/10/2005
Helpful Score: 1


A disappointment - not nearly as enjoyable as the author's previous book. The deception between sisters was hurtful and cruel, and detracted from the fun of the book.


In Southern Light
In Southern Light
Author: Alex Shoumatoff
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 8/8/2005


From Publishers Weekly
Vicarious travel with Shoumatoff is always rewardingnot only is he well informed, he is interested in everything. An earlier journey produced The Rivers Amazon; here he treks to the remote and sparsely populated Rio Nhamunda in northwest Brazil. Legend has designated the area as home of the Amazons, "women without husbands," and Shoumatoff traces this universal myth among fragmented Indian tribes. In the jungles of Zaire, he walks with pygmies through the Ituri Forest, visits missionaries and hitchhikes to a nature reserve at the Ugandan border. It is an extraordinarily colorful voyage; Shoumatoff captures the essence of people on the move as well as the sights of exotic places. First serial to the New Yorker.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
Although few people could consider trekking in Zaire and the Amazon to be an ideal vacation, this book is undeniably enthralling. Shoumatoff seems equally at home in the Brazilian jungle searching for a legendary tribe of Amazon women or marching through an African forest with BaMbuti pygmies. On every page the reader is sure to find intriguing details about local flora and fauna, exotic natives, or the latest calamity to befall the intrepid author. Shoumatoff's grasp of jungle lore, his appreciation for natural wonders, and his taste for high adventure make this one travel account about which readers won't exclaim, "Not another book on . . . ." Ian Wallace, Agriculture Canada Lib., Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.


In Southern Light: Trekking Through Zaire and the Amazon
Review Date: 8/6/2005


From Publishers Weekly
Vicarious travel with Shoumatoff is always rewardingnot only is he well informed, he is interested in everything. An earlier journey produced The Rivers Amazon; here he treks to the remote and sparsely populated Rio Nhamunda in northwest Brazil. Legend has designated the area as home of the Amazons, "women without husbands," and Shoumatoff traces this universal myth among fragmented Indian tribes. In the jungles of Zaire, he walks with pygmies through the Ituri Forest, visits missionaries and hitchhikes to a nature reserve at the Ugandan border. It is an extraordinarily colorful voyage; Shoumatoff captures the essence of people on the move as well as the sights of exotic places. First serial to the New Yorker.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
Although few people could consider trekking in Zaire and the Amazon to be an ideal vacation, this book is undeniably enthralling. Shoumatoff seems equally at home in the Brazilian jungle searching for a legendary tribe of Amazon women or marching through an African forest with BaMbuti pygmies. On every page the reader is sure to find intriguing details about local flora and fauna, exotic natives, or the latest calamity to befall the intrepid author. Shoumatoff's grasp of jungle lore, his appreciation for natural wonders, and his taste for high adventure make this one travel account about which readers won't exclaim, "Not another book on . . . ." Ian Wallace, Agriculture Canada Lib., Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.


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