Eloquent and sharp--and yes, witty.

Book title: Wit : A Play
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Wit : A Play - book cover picture

It's hard to believe that this eloquent and sharp--and yes, witty--play is the first major work by Margaret Edson. I haven't had the opportunity to see it performed, but it must be a captivating couple of hours. The part of Professor Vivian Bearing (a fine name) is rendered perfectly: a woman whose transformation from pedant to human being is thoroughly convincing--and a more than a little inspirational. Here's hoping that Margaret Edson is teaching some versions of the lessons of this play to her kindergarten students in Atlanta. And here's hoping, too, that she's at work on a new play!

EAN: 9780571198771
Pages: 96
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Margaret Edson

The Stupids are great!

Book title: The Stupids Step Out
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
The Stupids Step Out - book cover picture

I'm a teenager,(18) and my Mom read all the Stupids books to me when I was little. I loved them then, and I still do now. Mom thought they were as funny as I did! Now when I babysit I read them to the kids, who love them also! I think reading is very important to kids, and the Stupids can get them interested. Some people(adults) have a problem with the family being named the Stupids. I think it is a unjustified concern. Now a days there are many more insults kids could use that are a lot worse than just "Stupid". I explain to the kids I babysit that the books are just for fun, and it is'nt nice to go around calling people stupid, and they understand. Just in case, I also check with their parents before I read them to the kids, and have had no objections. The Stupids will always be my favorite children's books, and I can't wait to read them to my own children.

EAN: 0046442185134
Pages: 32
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Harry G. Allard

A Dare for You

Book title: Mountains Beyond Mountains: Healing the World: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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First I want to thank all the reviewers ahead of me, who got it right and made me want to buy it and read it. Then I want to challenge you. I dare you to read this book. If it doesn't make you weep and curse, then you aren't much good.I take issue, though, with the reviewers who criticized religion as part of the solution to the horror of it all. Two thousand years ago, people still believed in magic. There were no hospitals. Slavery abounded and was taken for granted. Women had no rights. Children were merely possessions and illness was considered punishment or the work of demons. Dr. Paul Farmer, M.D., and others like him who are changing this world view are the heirs of belief in God, a God who prefers the poor and with good reason, as this book will show you. Go ahead and read it. I dare you.

EAN: 9780375506161
Pages: 336
Publisher: Random House
Tracy Kidder

Great book for the intelligent layman

Book title: Beyond Fear
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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You don't have to know anything about security or cryptography to find this book useful. It'll teach you what you need to know, in an informative, entertaining manner. I particularly enjoyed the illustrative examples -- while may be an urban legend or two buried in there, most of the material appears to be well-researched.The five-point method for assessing the value of a security measure is useful both in itself and to give a comparative framework for people to discuss security issues with each other.Highly recommended.

EAN: 9780387026206
Pages: 295
Publisher: Springer
Bruce Schneier

little known MUST

Book title: Smoke Bellew (Dover Books on Literature and Drama)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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This book was given to me as a child. I always thought it was one of the funniest books I'd ever had. I especially loved the chapter: A Corner on Eggs. Somewhere in growing up I lost the book. I wanted to share it with my children, then my grandchildren, but I never could find it again - even in editions perporting to be complete compilations of Jack London's work. To my amazement, here it is suddenly one click away at Amazon. I'm beyond thrilled. The book has everything: Comedy, adventure in Yukon Territory, excitment of the gold rush days, and great characters. Rediscover, or discover a little known London work that is worth the wait.

EAN: 9780486273648
Pages: 240
Publisher: Dover Publications
Jack London

Tears for Two

Book title: Searching for David's Heart: A Christmas Story
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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Her brother's gone, but can she find him? In this touching Christmas story by Cherie Bennett, Darcy and her brother David have a very close relationship until Darcy feels like David is treating her like she is a pest. They get into a fight one night which leads to a tragic accident. David is killed, and Darcy feels bad that they haven't been treating each other exactly "wonderful." She sets out on a journey to find her brother's transplanted heart. Will she find it? What will she do if she does? Find out! Read Searching for David's Heart, a very heart-wrenching book. It will keep you reading until the very end. You won't to put it down! This book earns a five star rating because it is so exciting. Every time you turn the page it's a new adventure that will touch your heart.

EAN: 9780590306737
Pages: 220
Publisher: Scholastic
Cherie Bennett

Fabbity fab fab fab!!

Book title: Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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This book is amazing!! I could relate to Georgia so much I felt like the book had been written about me and my friends!! Everything they do is so bizarre, but true at the same time, that you can't help but laugh! People that don't enjoy this book are taking it to seriously - it may not deal with important issues, but it's really, really funny!! I've read the sequel as well, and it's just as good if not better. All my friends, male and female, have read it and loved it as much as I did! I think the funniest part is when she goes to a party dressed as a stuffed olive - that sums up Georgia and the whole book!!

EAN: 9780060288143
Pages: 256
Publisher: HarperCollins
Louise Rennison

A Terrific Read!!!

Book title: Amsterdam
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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I am a huge Ian McEwan fan, and bought this book the week it came out where I live. I read it in one sitting that very day, and I was stunned at its somewhat light-hearted approach at some potentially depressing topics. It's short, but I felt that it was just the right length. I wouldn't say that it is my favourite McEwan novel (that would have to be The Comfort of Strangers), but I was overall very impressed. Highly recommended!!

EAN: 9780224051705
Pages: 160
Publisher: Trafalgar Square
Ian McEwan

something new; something good

Book title: A Clash of Kings
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
A Clash of Kings - book cover picture

Reading through some of the reviews posted about this book I was upset but at the same time in agreeance with the reviewers. I WAS initially surprised at the language and sex scenes portrayed in the novel. I hadn't encountered that in many other fantasy novels. Katharine Kerr includes some but they are more inventive and funny than offensive. Not to say that GRRM's use is offensive, however. It was refreshing almost to have an accurate portrayal of a kingdom vying for control of the throne by using some occasional swear words. We all know that those words were'nt invented for the '90s so people must have used them in GRRM's world also. As to the sex, its out there and its rampant! To not include it in one form or another in this type of story would leave out one very important key: the falibility of human kind. You can't have perfect characters set in this type of environment. the two just would not mesh.

EAN: 9780006479895
Publisher: Harpercollins Pub Ltd
George R.R. Martin

Loved It!!

Book title: Young Wives
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Young Wives - book cover picture

With this book, I judged the book by its cover and called it fluff as some of you did, but as I got into it, I really enjoyed it. I felt sorry for Michelle enduring that police raid, and she don't know nothing about nothing. That husband was a piece of work. Now Angela got the last laugh in the end indeed, but how could her best friend do such a thing to her? THen act like all is well? Yep, she got hers too. Then Jada's old man, ... wouldn't work if they sent the job to him, and now he wants alimony and the house?? Sounds unbelievable, but if I didn't go through something similar myself(sans house and alimony), I wouldn't have believed it either. Personally I love Ms Goldsmith's books. She seem to get average women who go through the worst type of things and yet, things work out for them in the end.With the exception of one book, I have enjoyed each of her books I've read. And look forward to her latest.

EAN: 9780060175535
Pages: 512
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Olivia Goldsmith

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