It truly touched my heart in some many ways...

Book title: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down : A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down : A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures - book cover picture

I was very moved by the detailed narrative in the story of Lia, her Hmong family, their culture and their immersion in the American culture. As you read it, you feel truly sympathetic with both sides on their struggles to understand each other. Even today, with the customary use (and availability) of interpreters, it is painfully clear that translating goes beyond so much more than mere words and when it comes to cultures, there can be quite a bit lost in translation.
This book and its author, somehow managed to breech the gap between the two cultures with much more objectivity, non-judgement, cultural respect and professionalism than many of the people involved in the actual story. Anyone in the medical and social service arena should read this book!

EAN: 9780374267810
Pages: 339
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Anne Fadiman

Go ahead and try it if you're not intimidated by 1000+ pages

Book title: The Bonfire of the Vanities
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Audio Cassette
The Bonfire of the Vanities - book cover picture

I felt like I couldn't put this book down. Before I read it, I had had some idea that it had to do with the "upperclass" New York social scene in the 40s.

Not exactly.

I was surprised to find that it all takes place in the 80s, and is a tongue-in-cheek look at the racial divide. Although it does have to do with the "upperclasses" versus the "lowerclasses".

If you think that's boring, I promise it's not! Tom Wolfe has a great writing style that uses lots of exclamations! I loved it, it's the first book like that that I read, and it really adds humor to the situation, so that it's not a serious, boring novel about the black/white divide, but rather a funny look at a serious problem in the States today.

So, if you're not intimidated by a book with more than one thousand pages, definitely read this book. For me, the more pages, the better, because I hate to see a good book end.

EAN: 0079808573559
Publisher: Random House Audio
Tom Wolfe

The thinking couple's guide to marriage

Book title: Getting the Love You Want
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Audio Cassette
Getting the Love You Want - book cover picture

If you want an intelligent guide to making marriage work (as opposed to some quick fix or gimmicky guide, or, even worse, some retro-marriage guide that's based solely on female self-sacrifice!) then this is the book for you. This book recognizes that when two people seriously commit to working on a marriage, the results can be amazing. I have used this in my work with couples as well as in my own relationship with my partner. It's a first-rate resource.

EAN: 0079808581981
Publisher: Random House Audio

Read this for pure enjoyment, not literary merit!

Book title: Naked Came the Manatee: A Novel
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Naked Came the Manatee: A Novel - book cover picture

Imagine a book in which Dave Barry writes the first chapter, then twelve other very authors skilled authors have to write a chapter. Each author has to pick up the plot where the previous author left off. "Naked Came the Manatee" is hilarious, and it's the type of humorous thriller that could only take place in a state where the electric chair is named "Old Sparky."It's quirky, it's funny, and it's hilarious. Don't take it to bed to read if you have a significant other, because you'll just keep them up with your laughter.This book is funny - read it because you want to be entertained, and you won't be disappointed!

EAN: 9780399141928
Pages: 201
Publisher: Putnam Pub Group (T)
Dave Barry
Elmore Leonard
Edna Buchanan
James W. Hall
Les Standiford
Paul Levine
Brian Antoni
Tananarive Due
John Dufresne
Vicki Hendricks
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Evelyn Mayerson


Book title: Waiting in Vain
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Waiting in Vain - book cover picture

This book was WONDERFUL!! I was never able to come to a point in the book where I felt comfortable putting it down!!! Sylvia,Fire, Ian,Margaret, Lewis and all the other characters I had the pleasure of "meeting" were so realistic it was like I had known them and listened to their stories for years. Everyone should be so lucky as to meet the characters in this wonderful novel. I will be "WAITING IN VAIN" for the next masterpiece written by Colin Channer!!!

EAN: 9780345411785
Pages: 346
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
Colin Channer

An Investment Classic

Book title: Common Sense on Mutual Funds : New Imperatives for the Intelligent Investor (Wiley Audio)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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Perhaps never before has the truth on sound mutual fund investing been delivered so convincingly and in such an eloquent manner. Mr. Bogle's book reads like literature and as you absorb his thoughts it becomes clear he's speaking to you as a true friend and has your best interests at heart. I was thoroughly entertained just reading his chapter on bonds of all things. It caused me to jump out of my chair and check my accounts. I've been investing for 18 years and those 23 pages saved me $300/year immediately. Bogle slices and dices the market every which way and takes you to the clear conclusion that you're being scammed by much of the fund industry. Without question this book will enrich and entertain you and enrage several thousand mutual fund managers. Don't let them buy another Porsche with your money.

EAN: 9780471295433
Pages: 496
Publisher: Wiley
John C. Bogle

Another masterpiece by Ruth Rendell.

Book title: Harm Done
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Unknown Binding
Harm Done - book cover picture

I have been reading Ruth Rendell since I was in high school, 30 years ago. I thought when I read "Judgement in Stone" then that mystery writing could not get any better than that. How wrong I was. At a rate of two or three books per year, Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine has honed her craft to a point where, I believe, no other mystery writer before or since has ever achieved such heights of excellence in brilliant prose, high-tension plotting, fascinating character study, as well as thought-provoking social commentary. Her body of work stands as a shining example of a writer's growth. I used to think heaven would be a warehouse full of undiscovered Dorothy Sayers manuscripts. Now I think heaven would be if Ruth Rendell goes on writing forever and that one can read her in the after-life.

EAN: 9780091801335
Publisher: Trafalgar Square
Ruth Rendell

The last of a three part book series.

Book title: Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy (The Children of the Red King, Book 3)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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The other two books I have read in this series, and they are just as good as this one. The whole series is called the children of the red king. It gets it's name because there was a king called the red king, who was a magician. And there are 10 children who are decendants of him who each have different powers and go to Bloor's Academy. Charlie Bone's power is that he can hear photographs and can sometimes "travel" into them.
What happens in this book is Charlie Bone and Emma Tolly {another decendant of the red king} find this invisible boy in the attics of Bloor's Acedamy. But there are many obsticles to saving the invisible boy Ollie Sparks, which include the powerful shapeshifter Yolanda Yewbeam who has taken the shape of the pretty girl Belle Donner, and a magician who wreaks havoc. And unfortunately, Charlie is blamed!!
I definately recommend this book to any fan of Harry Potter books and anyone who likes a good book.

EAN: 9780439545266
Pages: 432
Publisher: Orchard
Jenny Nimmo

Gideon's Spies by Gordon Thomas

Book title: Gideon's Spies: The Secret History of the Mossad
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Gideon's Spies: The Secret History of the Mossad - book cover picture

You may be able to put down Gideon's Spies and spread your reading over several days, but I couldn't. I picked up the book on Friday, and started...but when I picked it up on Saturday I couldn't stop. It was very late into Sunday morning when I fonished. Do you want to know what really happened and not what the biased and uninformed media put out? Your view of the world and especially the intelligence services will never be the same. You will want to question what you see and hear. You will be shocked at the duplicity of politicians and governments, if you now aren't. Be prepared for your education about the real world.

EAN: 9780312199821
Pages: 354
Publisher: St Martins Pr
Gordon Thomas

This book grabbed me from the first paragraph...

Book title: Rules of the Wild : A Novel
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Rules of the Wild : A Novel - book cover picture

This book grabbed me from the first paragraph... "In a way everything is always secondhand. You will inherit a car from someone who had decided to leave the country, which you will then sell to one of your friends. You will move into a new house where you have already been...You will make love to someone who has slept with all your friends. There will never be anything brand-new in your life" It's a novel about an Italian woman who finds herself in East Africa and discovers her inner rawness (while sharing it with the reader). The author captures you and takes you on a safari that is the character's life with observations that will enlighten you about your own.

EAN: 9780375403583
Pages: 293
Publisher: Pantheon
Francesca Marciano

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