Extremely thought-provoking

Book title: On the Beach
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
On the Beach - book cover picture

I picked this book up at the recommendation of a friend, having an interest in dystopia/apocalyptic books. Despite being dated somewhat in language ("swell") and time, the messages of this book are still very current. I highly recommend this book both as effective literature and a warning of what humanity can do to itself. Two things I found most effective in this book: first off, Shute does not blame the bombs for humanity's destruction; it is our fault. And secondly, I think about two-thirds of the way through, I understood finally that this book could only have one ending, but the subtlety of the book lent a great more depth to my emotions since the reader is left to discover this without help. For those who want a plausible consequence of the abuse of nuclear power, I highly recommend this book. (And for those who need a lift afterwards like I did, I highly recommend Good Omens by Gaiman and Pratchett for a very funny take on the apocalyspe.)

EAN: 9780345311481
Pages: 288
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Nevil Shute

Don't judge a book by its cover

Book title: Your Vitality Quotient
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Your Vitality Quotient - book cover picture

I bought a hardback version of this book, an edition published in 1989. I was disappointed at the look and, at first, the layout, but closer, patient inspection revealed something special. This book is almost a perfect balance between scientific rigorousness and new age blather, but there is clearly an honest attempt to please two sets of people. I haven't tried the system (I've had the book for a couple of years!) but the science is very convincing, and quite unsensationalistic. The book basically claims to take 8-10 years off your age (including the way you look! ), and frankly this skeptic believes it. Read the book and you'll believe it too. It ISN'T rubbish, it is a proven means of regaining youth. The authors' bona fides, by the way, are as impressive as you'll get, and they have never to my knowledge spoken to Roseanne.

EAN: 9780446391559
Publisher: Warner Books
David Imrie
Richard Earle

Sent to Cynic Heaven

Book title: Notes from Underground (Norton Critical Edition)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Notes from Underground (Norton Critical Edition) - book cover picture

If you can sometimes enjoy your own bad moods, you'll love this strange little book. Most of Dostoevsky's novels are long epics with hundreds of characters and very complex plots. *Notes ...* is the exact opposite. It is hardly novel length and little happens except a lot of cleverly misanthropic ranting by the mentally disturbed but witty and engaging protagonist who seeks a kind of freedom in failure and absurdity. Read it on a rainy afternoon, if you like that sort of thing. Put in on the shelf between Camus and Sartre.

EAN: 9780393957440
Pages: 256
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
Fyodor Dostoevsky

A book that will keep you reading and reading!

Book title: Kristy and the Kidnapper (Baby-Sitters Club Friends Forever)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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This book was humongously good. In fact, I think this is the best Kristy book so far in the BSC Friends Forever series. A great job you're doing, Ms. Martin, and keep up the good work!When Kristy and her friends went down to Washington, D.C., on a school trip, they expected to see some famous sites. But they never imagined they would be caught up in a big and dangerous mystery involving secret identities, dark revenge, and a suprise kidnapping attempt. Kristy is one of the only witnesses who could put the kidnapper behind bars. Can she stop him in time? Read this book and find out!

EAN: 9780590523431
Pages: 142
Publisher: Apple
Ann M. Martin

I wished I had the unabridged version!

Book title: I Know This Much Is True
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
I Know This Much Is True - book cover picture

I listened to "She's Come Undone" which was okay but not fabulous, so I was a bit unwilling to plunge into a 900+ page book by the same author. I wished I had! WHat a great story! I think Ken Howard was a good choice considering the character telling the story...sure, he's like a football coach, and doesn't deign to women's voices, but he did the men's pretty good, especially Dominick and Thomas. Now I want to go back and read the book!

EAN: 9780006513230
Publisher: Harpercollins Pub Ltd
Wally Lamb

What Moral Compass?

Book title: The Moral Compass of the American Lawyer
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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The only moral compass I've seen yet is whether or not they can get away with justifying their acts with regard to clients. Much of that depends upon the nature of their confidence and where they sit in the "pecking" order of human beings, a.k.a., to whom they were married (denoting family power), where they went to school (usually denoting family power), and what firm they are with (often denoting family power), or who they know (as a result of family power). Therefore, the ethics displayed say a lot more about who's who in family power than about the topic of morality - since it is family power not God who governs the universe. For example, if you come from the right family, you can be a judge, and many have, or even a President, provided you are not a woman. This has been the history for most professions since the nation was founded.

EAN: 9780345433145
Pages: 274
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Richard A. Zitrin
Carol M. Langford

A painful odyssey

Book title: A Map of the World
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
A Map of the World - book cover picture

I identified somewhat with this story, because like Alice, I have felt frozen out by the community we live in. Moving from San Francisco to a small southern town, has been the biggest challenge of my life. Alice's inability or refusal to let anger dominate her life in prison or toward her false accusers, shows a much stronger person than was shown in the first few pages of the book. An extremely enlightening book!

EAN: 9780552996815
Publisher: Transworld Pub
Jane Hamilton

Secrets of a nearly extinct quisine

Book title: The Elephant Walk Cookbook : The Exciting World of Cambodian Cuisine from the Nationally Acclaimed Restaurant
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
The Elephant Walk Cookbook : The Exciting World of Cambodian Cuisine from the Nationally Acclaimed Restaurant - book cover picture

Having eaten at each of the three Elephant Walk restaurants in the Boston area, I have become an enthusiastic affectionado of Cambodian food. It is a real service to have this record of traditional aristocratic Cambodian quisine. The story of chef Lonteine De Monteiro and her family is interwoven with the recipies and is compelling reading. Through turmoil in South Asia and an unlikely string of coincidences, we have an opportunity to understand, experience and enjoy a style of cooking that was nearly lost. If you can't get to an Elephant Walk restaurant, or want to try for yourself, this is an excellent way to get to know these exciting dishes.

EAN: 0046442892537
Pages: 362
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Longteine de Monteiro
Katherine Neustadt

Not pregant, then pregnant when we wanted!

Book title: Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health (Revised Edition)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health (Revised Edition) - book cover picture

This is by far the best book for couples wanting to use natural birth control and then have the ease of getting pregnant quickly. We used the natural birth control for years and then got pregnant on the first try. I have sent this book to all my friends who are having trouble with current birth control options and those wanting to get pregnant. It is easy to use and helps you learn so much about your body. It helps you understand mood swings, monthly discomfort, and stress. I would love to take one of her workshops!

EAN: 9780060937645
Pages: 496
Publisher: Collins
Toni Weschler

The Simple Truth is simply AWESOME!

Book title: The Simple Truth
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
The Simple Truth - book cover picture

This was the first Baldacci book I have ever read and I can't wait to read his others. From the get go I was just takin in by Rufus Harms and his unfortunate predicament. You are rooting for him the entire story because you see all the misfortune happening all around. Baldacci will grab you from the beginning and leave you guessing and wondering who is behind this man's eternal incarceration. I really love how Baldacci also takes us, the reader, into the Supreme Court and show us how the justices use current issues to either change or make precidence. This book is a gripper and one could only hope for more. Bravo Mr. Balddacci!

EAN: 9780446523325
Pages: 470
Publisher: Warner Books Inc
David Baldacci

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