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Balance of Power (Jim Dillon, Bk 1)
Balance of Power (Jim Dillon, Bk 1)
Author: James W. Huston
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 7
Review Date: 8/29/2007


What if terrorists hijacked a brand new US merchant ship and murdered its crew, but the President refused to retaliate? What if the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces ws unwilling to use America's military might to defend and protect American citizens from attack? What if Congress used long forgotten power in the Constitution to authorize military action without the President's approval?

Author of Top Gun taught at the Citadel and served in Naval Intelligence for several years is now a Lawyer.


Black Boy
Black Boy
Author: Richard Wright
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 4/30/2009
Helpful Score: 1


This book should become a MUST READ for all college curriculums. It's premise is ageless. It encompasses the entire experience of being black in the South as well as Jim Crow Laws and being white in the South. Richard Wright tells his story in a personal way while giving historical information about a time that our country should not be proud of, but must not be forgotten lest it be repeated. Whites should come away with more sensitivity to the struggles of todays blacks. (Using Mr. Wrights terminology for ethnicity.)


Blind Faith
Blind Faith
Author: Joe McGinniss
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 19
Review Date: 8/29/2007


True crime of a man in debt, having an affair with his friend's wife and kills his own wife. Author also wrote Fatal Vision.


The Church of Dead Girls
The Church of Dead Girls
Author: Stephen Dobyns
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
 38
Review Date: 4/30/2009


There are lots of characters in this book, nevertheless, I could not put it down. Dobyns really keeps one drawn in to the story. I read this in one afternoon. Nice surprise ending.


The Color of Water : A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
The Color of Water : A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
Author: James McBride
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 554
Review Date: 6/15/2009
Helpful Score: 1


Wow, this book was great. It's really got not so much to do with color as with relationships one has with one's past, present, and future, as well as one's family. This guys mom teaches him about history and getting past people's ignorance and about forgiving your parents and how important it is to know where you come from no matter what. She was amazing. She probably just felt exhausted raising 12 children but this is a great read for anyone trying to figure out their relationship with their parent and/or their past. It's amazing.


Deeksha: The Fire from Heaven
Deeksha: The Fire from Heaven
Author: Kiara Windrider, Grace Sears
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 9/17/2009


Truthfully, I really got very little out of it. No specifics are given. I'm pretty well-read in philosophy and Eastern religions and this is not written from that perspective although it's advertised that way. It has some good points, but it's one mans account of his journey and a good night's read.


Getting Past Your Past: Why We Are Who We Are and What to Do about It with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy
Review Date: 9/23/2013


Excellent


The Graveyard Book
The Graveyard Book
Author: Neil Gaiman
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 326
Review Date: 6/28/2009


Absolutely fantastic!


Ireland (Little-Known Facts about Well-Known Places) (January 2009)
Review Date: 6/29/2009


Did you know that Ireland has the second highest number of lawyers per capita in the world after the US? If you like trivia, this book is for you. If you like Ireland, this book is for you. Quick and fun to read.


A Judgement in Stone
A Judgement in Stone
Author: Ruth Rendell
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 28
Review Date: 1/24/2009


I'm reading all of Ms. Rendell's books. This is the best one so far. Her characters are so vivid you feel you know them as your neighbors. The crime is random for the characters but well thought out by the author. She leads us to this crime, baiting us along the way with well informed reasoning. It was an excellent read I could not put down.


Mates, Dates, and Cosmic Kisses (Mates, Dates)
Mates, Dates, and Cosmic Kisses (Mates, Dates)
Author: Cathy Hopkins
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 30
Review Date: 8/29/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Izzie is cool, bright, and sassy, and when she meets the gorgeous Mark she's on a real high. He's divine. And he likes her, but why doesn't he call when he says he will? Desperate to make sense of things Izzie spends all her free time at home just in case he calls.


N is for Noose (Kinsey Millhone, Bk 14)
N is for Noose (Kinsey Millhone, Bk 14)
Author: Sue Grafton
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 442
Review Date: 8/29/2007


Tom Newquist had been a detective in the Nota Lake sheriff's office. When he died suddenly the town was sad but not surprised. Just shy of 65, he worked too hard, drank too much, and exercised too little. His widow Selma didn't doubt the coroner's report but couldn't help wondering what bothered him so much the last six weeks of his life. Kinsey Millhone sets up shop in Nota Lake where she finds that looking for a needle in a haystack can draw blood - very likely her own.


Natural Born Charmer (Chicago Stars, Bk 7)
Natural Born Charmer (Chicago Stars, Bk 7)
Author: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 351
Review Date: 10/30/2009


Fantastic! Not normally my kind of read, but a friend said I would like it and I really did. Funny, witty, but not silly or childish. Not your normal romance novel. Smart and charming with real chracters. Good story and great writing!


One Child
One Child
Author: Torey Hayden
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
 172
Review Date: 8/29/2007


Six year old Sheila never spoke, she never cried, and her eyes were filled with hate. Abandoned on a highway by her mother, abused by her alcoholic father, Sheila was placed in a class for the hopelessly retarded after she committed an atrocious act of violence against another child. Everyone said she was lost forever but a teacher named Torey. Torey fought for Sheila.


P is for Peril (Kinsey Millhone, Bk 16)
P is for Peril (Kinsey Millhone, Bk 16)
Author: Sue Grafton
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/29/2007


Dr. Purcell is missing. His ex-wife calls Kinsey to find him. She blames the new wife and her affair. The office thinks it's Medicare Fraud.


Rudyard Kipling's Tales of Horror and Fantasy
Rudyard Kipling's Tales of Horror and Fantasy
Author: Rudyard Kipling
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 6/28/2009
Helpful Score: 1


Rudyard Kipling is not for everyone. He is a man of his time. As had been said by critics he is a fascist and discriminator to anyone who is not a white male, BUT there is no mistaking he ability to weave a story line, his ability to make a story come alive in your head, and that is why he is still a pertinent author today. His prose is delightful if taken from his angle and his terminology is unbounding. It's hard to find an author with the use of the American language that Kipling has. For history and literature, Kipling should be read.


Santa Cruise (Alvirah Meehan Regan Reilley)
Santa Cruise (Alvirah Meehan Regan Reilley)
Author: Mary Higgins Clark, Carol Higgins Clark
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 169
Review Date: 8/29/2007


Gift cruise for do-gooders turns out bad with angry Santa's, spies on the ship, and a public relations nightmare.


Song of Solomon, Tar Baby, Sula
Song of Solomon, Tar Baby, Sula
Author: Toni Morrison
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 5/8/2009
Helpful Score: 1


An absolute must read for everyone. Tony Morrison is one the most skillful writers of our time. Color, race, ethnicity means nothing. She is a must read for her skill as a writer and what you will learn without realizing while reading fabulous stories that though fiction are undoubtably true for some. We will all grow through her "fiction".


The Souls of Black Folk (Barnes  Noble Classics Series) (BN Classics Trade Paper)
Review Date: 8/29/2007


"DuBois' essays were the first to articulate many of Black America's thoughts and feelings, including the dilemma posed by the black psyche,the two-ness".

The first African-American to receive his PhD from Harvard University.


A Superior Death
A Superior Death
Author: Nevada Barr
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 8/29/2007


Trying to keep America's pristine wilderness untouched is no easy job for park ranger Anna Pigeon. It's lonely work, and difficult, especially when murder mars the scene.


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