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Book title: Charming Billy
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Charming Billy - book cover picture

Many of the reviews criticize the weak plot (when there is, in fact, a reasonable story line) and disappointment in the character development. But McDermott does a beautiful job of painting a picture of real people, many of whom have probably existed in your life at one time or another. Their weaknesses are real, bu they are not Greek tragedies. And the language the author uses to describe the comfort people find in death, the acceptance of alcoholism, the reality of tragedy is gripping but not pretentious. Try this book. It is not long, but every page is a treasure.

EAN: 9780374120801
Pages: 280
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Alice McDermott

Lovely Bones came from Heaven

Book title: The Lovely Bones: A Novel
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
The Lovely Bones: A Novel - book cover picture

This is a GREAT book. I was touched by it from the very first chapter. I couldn't believe it! I found a book that reached out and grabbed me and pulled me in- so much that I did NOT put this book down! It is wonderful! The description of heaven is so believable, I read it over and over with tears falling down my cheek. I highly recommend this book to any girl over the age of 16. It is a wonderful book and you won't regret it!

EAN: 9780316666343
Pages: 288
Publisher: Little, Brown
Alice Sebold

Baseball strangles reality

Book title: Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop., The
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop., The - book cover picture

Coover's novel represents the supreme good and the ultimate evil of baseball: Reality and fantasy respectively and interchangably. Confused? You should be. Coover's last chapter (8 - somehow conjuring the idea that it is, and therefore baseball is, incomplete) muddles, mangles, and meshes reality and fiction with fiction, turning baseball into "what it is": history, mythology, mind-altering, obsession, and finally an unrecognizable conglomoration of rituals and ritual-hungry beasts. For all the profundity and confundity of chapter 8, Coover's vision of baseball is undeniably chilling: A reflection of the social atmosphere out of which the novel came. If 1968 is not the most exultant yet the most shattering years of the civil rights movement, then baseball is only a game.

EAN: 9780452260306
Pages: 256
Publisher: Plume
Robert Coover

One of the best Young-Adult novels I've ever read

Book title: The House of Stairs
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
The House of Stairs - book cover picture

This is a book I read in my youth, it stayed in my thoughts from then on. I've since read it a dozen times and have obtained a copy for my daughter to read when she's ready. The vey adult theme of this book, combined with writing supremely accessible to a young reader, helped me to realize the power the written word contains. In short, a very powerful cautionary tale. Wouldn't mind discussing this with others.

EAN: 9780140345803
Pages: 176
Publisher: Puffin
William Sleator

the greatest book i've ever read

Book title: Marjorie Morningstar
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Marjorie Morningstar - book cover picture

my mother recommended this book to me at the beginning of 8th grade, and at first i was hesitant to read it due to its size. i finished it wishing it would be longer! the experiences marjorie has are extremely interesting, and she is an amazing and inspiring character. her relationships are particularly fun, and full of surprises. i will never love a book as much as i love this one, and ever since i've had trouble enjoying what i read. this book truly had an impact on me, and i'll never be the same. readers will treasure it for years to come.

EAN: 9780316955133
Pages: 584
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Herman Wouk

Wonderful book for children and adults

Book title: The Four-Story Mistake (Melendy Family)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
The Four-Story Mistake (Melendy Family) - book cover picture

Having discovered this book completely by accident, I had no idea how good it was. The old house that the title refers to is essentially another character in the book, which makes the story that much more evocative of times past. What is also really great about this book is the way it focusses on both the home life (as opposed to school life) of the children and the way minor characters can suddenly come to the fore, full of life. Reading the first chapter aloud to my kids, I felt a sort of mental high that I seldom experience with either adult or kids' books. Need I say more?

EAN: 9780140383942
Pages: 176
Publisher: Puffin
Elizabeth Enright


Book title: Invisible Monsters
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Invisible Monsters - book cover picture

I JUST finished reading Invisible Monsters, and I thought it was absolutely amazing. Fight Club initially made me a Palahniuk fan, Invisible Monsters made me a bigger fan. This book is about a disfigured model who has to find herself in life, sort through it all, and rediscover what life is. Invisible Monsters is incredibly funny sometimes, other times, it's really deep and serious, with deep themes abound. I would recommend this book to anyone who liked Fight Club.

EAN: 9780393319293
Pages: 278
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Chuck Palahniuk

For Anyone Who Wants To Cook REAL Cuban Food!!!!

Book title: Memories of a Cuban Kitchen : More Than 200 Classic Recipes
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Memories of a Cuban Kitchen : More Than 200 Classic Recipes - book cover picture

Unless you get recipes from your Cuban grandmother there is nothing better than this book. The writer's lovely descriptions of her days as a little girl in Cuba and the can't miss recipes are what make this book a true gem. I was happy to see recipes for dishes that I grew up with but never knew how to make. If you have the time and calories to spare make the Pastel De Pollo it is divino!!!
The recipe for Mojo Criollo was great, I made it with Yuca for Thanksgiving and my entire Cuban family thought it was my grandmother's recipe.
Gracias Mary your book will be treasured in my home.

EAN: 0021898609984
Pages: 352
Publisher: Wiley
Mary Urrutia Randelman
Joan Schwartz

A treasure...

Book title: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Perennial Classics)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Perennial Classics) - book cover picture

You can see, hear, and taste Brooklyn in the early 1900's while reading this book. I connected with Francie, the heroine, on the first page and loved her by the time I reached the end. I finished the book last night and must find a new book to fill the feeling of vacancy in my heart today. While it's pretty hard to impress me these days, this book made it onto my 'absolute favorite, must read list' of books...please don't miss this one.

EAN: 9780060736262
Pages: 493
Publisher: Perennial
Betty Smith

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Book title: Maniac Magee (Newbery Medal Book)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Maniac Magee (Newbery Medal Book) - book cover picture

Hello I am laquoia and the book maniac magee was a good book to read but, i did not like most of the reading. i thought the book was a bit racism because the west end had to stay in the west end, and it was the same for the east enders.i would compare this book to the world because in LA it's kind of the same instead it's just crips and bloods. i will convice you to read this book because it's a very interesting book and it show how people can go through some things and still make it through life.

EAN: 9780316807227
Pages: 184
Publisher: Little, Brown
Jerry Spinelli

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