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All the Names
All the Names
Author: Jose Saramago, Margaret Jull Costa (Translator)
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/16/2010
Helpful Score: 1


It's a drama, it's a mystery, it's a page-turning story about what obsession and lonliness can do to a human being, left to his or her own devices. This is a rare insightful, read and one you will not soon forget.


The American
The American
Author: Henry James
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/16/2008


If you are a Henry James fan, you will enjoy The American. It's a classic and his most psychological tale of all. Order this one up.


Bach, Beethoven and the Boys: Music History As It Ought to Be Taught
Review Date: 2/10/2008
Helpful Score: 1


Hilarious and delightful...much of the fun is in the footnotes! This is the way music history ought to be taught. This book is a short chronicle of the lives of the great musical composers. A fast and funny read that imparts tons of little-known information. I read things here, that are not in any musical history book I've ever seen before. All facts are guaranteed by the author to be 100% true and accurate. Who knew there were so many irreverent facts about Back, Beethoven and the Boys?


Beyond the golden gate: A pioneer woman's journey from California's gold country to Oregon's fertile Tillamook Valley
Review Date: 3/1/2008
Helpful Score: 1


This is a great story of one of Oregon's pioneer women who lived in 1853 and crossed the prairies, mountains, and rivers to "arrive." Amanda became part of the Great California gold rush adventure. She eventually homesteaded in Oregon and raised a family of 15 children in the virtual wilderness - after being raised as an only child, and losing her own mother en route.


The Bondwoman's Narrative
The Bondwoman's Narrative
Author: Hannah Crafts, Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/17/2008


This is a compelling read! Probably the only known novel by an African American female slave and very possibly the first novel by a black woman anywhere. Hannah Crafts seems to be really recording her day to day experiences. Original sentences and thoughts are lined out and amended - very interesting! It shows her original thought and later her amended thoughts in many places. This manuscript is an amazing find, discovered by a brilliant historian - a fluke? Perhaps, but maybe not--it's a story every American should read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!


The Bookseller of Kabul
The Bookseller of Kabul
Author: Asne Seierstad, Ingrid Christophersen (Translator)
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/18/2008


This is a fantastic-can't-put-it-down read! I loved the facts and the entire objective of the author - to write the truth about real life in Kabul since 9/11. What an eye-opener. We have so very far to go with understanding our relationship with Afghanistan. Every US woman and man should read this - and then, probably weep.


Brave New World
Brave New World
Author: Aldous Huxley
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/16/2008
Helpful Score: 2


This is a fantasy of the future, and a classic tale and as impressive as the day it was published. Huxley speaks in a prophetic voice, that is still contemporary, both in the particulars of his vision and his very real sense of impending doom and alarm.


The Bridge at Dong Ha
The Bridge at Dong Ha
Author: John Grider Miller
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/4/2010
Helpful Score: 1


The Bridge at Dong Ha is the real story of Marine Corps hero, John Walter Ripley, who on Easter Sunday, 1972, almost singlehandedly took on a massive concrete and steel bridge to derail a planned attack at the Cua Viet River - near Dong Ha.

This is a story of courage and conviction. Mr. Ripley's book is a multiple award-winner---and this latest edition includes illustrations derived from on-scene sketches made during the war.


Dance of the Wolves
Dance of the Wolves
Author: Roger Peters
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/29/2008
Helpful Score: 1


This is a highly personal book about wolves, written by a professional who does not restrict himself to facts and figures, but allows his own humanity to shine through his field research. This book is the memoir/story of a young field researcher's anecdotal recollections of his personal experiences with wolves.


Ella Enchanted
Ella Enchanted
Author: Gail Carson Levine
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/8/2008
Helpful Score: 2


This is a really clever Cinderella-twisted tale - a good read for anyone young, or in between! Gail Levin has a style similar to J.K. Rowling - with wild and crazy thoughts that make you think of the oddities of life and people. Ella is a most enjoyable character. She will stick with you, long after her story has ended.


The Erotic Silence of the American Wife
The Erotic Silence of the American Wife
Author: Dalma Heyn
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/18/2008


This was fascinating. I could not put it down! A must read for feminists.


For the People: 1,608 Ways to Get Your Share of the Little-Known Bargains the Government Offers
Review Date: 2/29/2008


A complete and completely fun guide to reaping little-known benefits from the government, universities and nonprofit agencies. This book is the result of massive research and has more than 1,500 tips on every aspect of publicly funded opportunities.


How To Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies
How To Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies
Author: Therese A. Rando
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/6/2008
Helpful Score: 1


Mourning is a human process we all go through at some time. Few of us, however are prepared. This is a resource book to help with the process of dealing with grief. It leads the reader gently thorough the painful, but necessary process and path of grief,and helps you to find the best way, for yourself.


Life's Little Treasure Book on Joy (Life's Little Treasure Books (Mini))
Review Date: 2/29/2008


Joy can come from such simple things: the sun on your face, the sound of your child's laughter, or making yourself some cinnamon toast....but the true essence of joy is found in giving. This small book is a collection of joyful experiences that the author firsh shared with his son in other volumes. Quite simply, it's a joy to read.


Me Talk Pretty One Day
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Author: David Sedaris
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/4/2008
Helpful Score: 6


It doesn't get any funnier than this book. This is a book of vignettes about the author's lunatic life. He reports his life episodes with side-splitting wit. As it says on the back cover: "If wit were measured in people, David Sedaris would be China: His talent is that huge." He could be the funniest writer alive. If you need to get your endorphine levels ratcheted up - read this book.


Memoirs of Hecate County (Nonpareil Books)
Memoirs of Hecate County (Nonpareil Books)
Author: Edmund Wilson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/16/2008
Helpful Score: 1


In 1947, this book was "taken to court" as "An obscene book in violation of 1 of section 1141 of the Penal Law....would tend to deprave or corrupt those whose minds were open to such immoral influences."

This is now an acknowledged classic and John Updike says it "remains a work of exemplary merit, still the most intelligent attempt by an American male to dramatize sexual behavior as a function of, rather than a suspension of, personality." I found it to be quite a fascinating read. The narrator is fixated, fascinated, and frustrated by women. His emotional state fluxes with his experiences of the hour - and his own imaginings lead him along in life, always in search of his next sexual experience.


The Mysterious Bible Codes
The Mysterious Bible Codes
Author: Grant R. Jeffrey
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 11/6/2010


Anyone interested in this amazing subject should read this book. This author offers additional explanations and significance of The Bible Codes.


The Namesake
The Namesake
Author: Jhumpa Lahiri
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/24/2008


5 Stars - wonderful story, deep and powerful reading. Jhumpa Lahiri knows the heart of Gogol and makes it bleed, right onto the page. I loved this book and will read it again and maybe again.


Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
Author: Barbara Ehrenreich
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/18/2008
Helpful Score: 3


A super-duper work of fact. I could not put this down, and needed to know what else Ms. Ehrenreich would have to put up with while trying to survive, undercover, in another minimum wage job. 5 Star - real life study of NOT getting by in America - the land of opportunity. It is a shameful commentary of all that is wrong with this nation - and written for all the right reasons. Get a copy, read it - and then tell everyone you know about the experiences Ms. Ehrenreich survives.


One Hundred Years of Solitude
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Gregory Rabassa (Translator)
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/10/2008
Helpful Score: 3


This is a story about the rise and fall and birth and death of a town. It is told, through the eyes and history of one family. It is inventive, sad, amusing and the characters are quite unforgettable. It has been said, about this book, that is should be "required reading for the entire human race."

It is a savage description of all that is meaningful and meaningless in life.


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