Little Prince named book of the century!

Book title: The Little Prince
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
The Little Prince - book cover picture

The Little Prince was named the book of the century in France today, December 21, 1999. The Old Man and the Sea came in second. I must agree with the French since The Little Prince helped me find my husband 30 years ago when it was my official "interview" book. For almost 25 years, I read The Little Prince aloud to my high school students each spring. There was never a dry eye in the house when I finished. A student made me a wooden "boa constrictor swallowing the elephant from the outside" which I still proudly display in my office. Great for all ages, all philosophers. Perfect for those Harry Potter, Wind in the Willows, and Hobbit fans.

EAN: 9780152023980
Pages: 96
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Very well written

Book title: Interview with the Vampire : Anniversary edition (The vampire chronicles)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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I am fourteen years old, and an advanced reader. My best friend recomended this novel for me to read. She is huge fan of Anne Rice and thought that I would enjoy the lyrical syle of this novel. She was right. This would have to be the best novel I have ever read. The sentence structure gave the book a slow moving, eerie, erotic, and thrilling feeling. Unlike Bran Stroker's "Draculia", "Interview with the Vampire" gave the vampires a voice. There was none of that focus around the victims and how they reacted to a vampires bite. I hope the rest of the cronicles are just as good.

EAN: 9780394498218
Pages: 352
Publisher: Knopf
Anne Rice


Book title: Destined to Witness : Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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I found this book painful and yet filled with deep respect for Mr. Massaquoi. I am a Jamaican woman (black woman) living in Germany and I immediately knew that this was a must read for me, the moment I heard about it. It made me consider exactly the root of self hatred and most importantly the importance of education and books. And the message that I took away from this book for me today to live by is that Excellence is truly the greatest detterent to racism! Its also a great testimony that not all Germans were and are cold hearted Nazis!.....I can only hope that this will never happen again anywhere in the world! ...

EAN: 9780060959616
Pages: 480
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Hans Massaquoi

A classic on database theory and practise

Book title: An Introduction to Database Systems (Introduction to Database Systems)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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The Introduction to Database Systems, now in its 6th edition, is one of the fundamental texts of the database industry. Written by Chris Date, one of the few people in the world with the audacity (and scientific credence) to argue about the dreaded null problem with Dr. Codd, this book will give the serious database designer/developer a solid grounding in the relational database model (with enough material on other models to identify one in a crowded room).
If you are going to get one book on relational database design, this is the one

EAN: 9780201385908
Pages: 938
Publisher: Addison Wesley Longman
C. J. Date

A fun historical mystery

Book title: The Tidal Poole
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
The Tidal Poole - book cover picture

The history books depict Elizabeth I as a strong monarch who refused to share her power with anyone. That influenced her decision to remain single. However, rarely is it mentioned that Elizabeth occasionally dressed as a common herb woman to play detective.Her second investigation (her first is chronicled in THE POYSON GARDEN) begins on the day that Elizabeth left the Tower to march in a London procession to take up residence in Westminster. However, during the walk, someone murders one of her retinue. Elizabeth begins to investigate a murder that ties into a plot to kill the Queen.Karen Harper is renowned for her meticulously researched historical novels that allow the reader to visualize the era being described. THE TIDAL POOL is an enthralling work that conveys a unique look at Elizabeth as well as conveying a feel for the period. Ms. Harper is a powerful storyteller who turns Elizabeth I into a believable amateur sleuth.Harriet Klausner

EAN: 9780385332842
Pages: 304
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Karen Harper

Better than the Hobbit, Richer than the Movie

Book title: The Fellowship of the Ring (Lord of the Rings (Paperback))
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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It took seeing the wonderful movie version to finally make me read this book and for that I am grateful. I had read the Hobbit and enjoyed it but never finally felt compelled to pick up J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring. The characters of Frodo, Sam, Aragorn and Gandalf are more complex than I expected and I loved the slow build up as both dread and unbearable tension are increased with every step on their long journey. The novel has a quicker pace after the Council of Elrond and the previously established atmosphere is put to good use and delivers on all its promises. How I missed this book during my nerdy teenage years will always remain a mystery. I am only thankful I have opened myself up to them now in my tender middle years.

EAN: 9780395272237
Pages: 3
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (P)
J. R. R. Tolkien

Wise and compassionate advice

Book title: Never Too Young to Know: Death in Children's Lives
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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"Phyllis Silverman fills these pages with the words and stories of bereaved children and parents and lessons she has learned from them. We cannot protect children from the realities of dying and death. Grieving is for them, as for us all, a life-long process of relearning how to be and act in a world profoundly changed by death. Children, too, can learn to carry the hurt of missing someone and to hold them in their memories and hearts. They do best within the empathetic embrace of their families and communities. Buy this book for its wise and compassionate advice about helping grieving children and nurturing the great resilience within them."

EAN: 9780195109542
Pages: 271
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Phyllis R. Silverman

A wonderful book

Book title: In Defense of Hunting : Yesterday and Today
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
In Defense of Hunting : Yesterday and Today - book cover picture

I read this book in late 2002 when people were always asking me why I hunted and why I liked it so much. It was very helpful to hear someone else put into words what I felt but couldn't articulate. This book clearly spells out the dangerous agenda of animal rights groups, how they exist merely to perpetuate themselves and how little they actually do for wildlife conservation. He does this without personal attacks or bias, but with statistical facts, and personal examples. This book is very well-written despite what some people have posted hear.There is also a spiritual side to the book that honors animals and nature like I've never heared from an anti-hunter. This author truly lives in nature and loves nature, like all hunters do.

EAN: 9780062512376
Pages: 304
Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco
James A. Swan

Dolores is an amazing character, we can all relate to

Book title: She's Come Undone
Rating: 5/5
Binding: School & Library Binding
She's Come Undone - book cover picture

I think that Wally Lamb has captured the essence of thiswoman. I feel like I know Dolores as a friend. I can't get over howmuch I could relate to this characters experiences and trials. Wonderfully written and someone manages to be remarkably funny and tragic. I think that I will hold Dolores Price in my heart for the rest of my life. Lamb should be allowed to stand among the greats, like Margaret Atwood in creating a book that is about a fantastic female character not a story. I think that every woman in the US can find a bit of Dolores in herself.

EAN: 9780613033206
Publisher: Rebound by Sagebrush
Wally Lamb

All other thesauri are pretenders to this book's throne

Book title: The Synonym Finder
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
The Synonym Finder - book cover picture

Until coming across this book, I found thesauri to be more frustrating than trying to chew Captain Crunch cereal without any teeth. Not that I know what that's like, but it's easy enough to imagine.

Then I saw this. And found that all of the thesauri collected in my library had become worthless. This is the OED of thesauri, indispensable and perfect beyond comprehension. You will want to order this in hardcover, for you will find yourself using it again, and again, and again, and again.

When I bought this book I actually did comparisons between the synonyms in this book and others, and was astounded. I don't remember the word offhand, but this book had over twenty synonyms, while Roget's had seven. An Oxford thesaurus had eleven, but that was as good as it got.

The most important thing about this book is that the synonyms are relevant. The author hasn't just packed a bunch of words together here to make it look good.

EAN: 9780446370295
Pages: 376
Publisher: Warner Books
J. I. Rodale
Nancy LaRoche
Laurence Urdang

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