More than a Cookbook

Book title: Recipes and Remembrances from an Eastern Mediterranean Kitchen: A Culinary Journey Through Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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I was pleasently surprised to read this book . As I have seen many Middle Eastern Cookery books, I expected this book to be just another one. It was not. Sonia's book was written with passion.. passion for the syrian cooking ,and an appreciation for the social context and the historical dimension of that region. The pictures are historical, and the research that was conducted is very extensive. I love various ethnic foods (plentiful in the Chicago Area ), but the Syrian food (Authentically described in Sonia;s book ) is above all.

EAN: 9780292785359
Pages: 448
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Sonia Uvezian

Enter the labyrinth

Book title: Borges: Collected Fictions
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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Let me start by saying that I don't know the Spanish language, and am not able to judge the translation. What I can say is that I have read translations in two other languages and one other one in English and don't consider this in any way the inferior one. What is most important, is that this one volume offers what may be the ultimate collection of short stories. I has been said of Beethoven's fifth Symphony that seldom so much has been said with so few notes. Well, many of the stories in this volume surpass good old Ludwig by far. Philosophers, scientist, journalists, all of them need endless pages to convey those concepts, that require not more than a few of Borges' lines. Cantor may be seen as the person that allowed mankind to come to grips with infinity, but Borges is the one to describe it most vividly. Buy it. Read it, and keep rereading it to the end of your time.

EAN: 9780140286809
Pages: 576
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Jorge Luis Borges


Book title: Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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the only flaw is that Dower brings up various radical writers and tells the reader how the writer's writings were. This book needs more, and longer, direct quotes (in trans. of course)[cf. Spence, The Gate of Heaveny Peace}.
Assertion is weak, but bald statement based on nothing is weaker still.
This is a rivetting read, but and it needs more to sustain historical mettle.
But ED blows 'Hirohito' and 'Fallen' out of the water--in terms of interest, readability, and information. These books are solid thesie, i.e., Hirohito is guilty, the A-bomb saved lives. Very true and well proven, but such does not make an interseting 500+ read. ED shows you things you never knew, and it upsets things you think you knew yet knew not.
It could be all wrong, but it shows a vacuum by its existence, and it will lead to more work.

EAN: 9780393320275
Pages: 680
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
John W. Dower

This is a fantastic book

Book title: 5 Steps to a 5 on the Advanced Placement Examinations: Biology (5 Steps to a 5 on the Advanced Placement Examinations Series)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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I have used this book alot in the past year, sometimes as a main source for information. It is the best study guide out there for AP Biology, as it really teaches you the complex topics, without making you memorize and not learn. Analogies and practical applications make hard concepts remarkably easy to grasp. I would highly reccommend this book to both the A+ student and those who need support. This book is a keeper!

EAN: 0639785332114
Pages: 288
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Mark Anestis
Grace Freedson

excellent, excellent read

Book title: The Silmarillion
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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This book is an excellent, excellent read - though probably not for those with limited attention spans. I find that you must read it at least twice through to begin to grasp the larger picture, and the more times thereafter the better it gets. It is also an excellent companion read to The Lord of the Rings. Though not an epic in the same sense as LotR, it is a complete work in its own right and a detailed and interesting history of the elder days of Middle Earth. It is also a must-read for the LotR fan in that it goes into depth about the origins and history of the Elves, which is scarcely covered in LotR, but is fascinating in its own right. Definitely to be read again and again. I only wish that Tolkien had been able to do more towards finishing The Silmarillion as a complete and cohesive work before his death.

EAN: 9780395346464
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (P)
J. R. R. Tolkien

an in-depth look at an american icon

Book title: Muhammad Ali: His life and times
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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This book is essential for fans of Ali's and for anyone who is intrigued by him. The best part of the book is that it is mainly a collection of paragraphs written about him by his fans, family, friends, enemies, and himself. Because of this format, we get an honest account of events surrounding him. For example, Sonny Liston's corner-men give commentary on their fights, as well as those from Ali and his corner-men. The book is well researched and covers every aspect of his career, personality, and motives. An overall great book.

EAN: 9780330319010
Pages: 544
Publisher: Pan
Thomas Hauser

Posso parlare Italiano adesso!

Book title: Speak Italian With Michel Thomas (Speak... with Michel Thomas)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Audio CD
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Hesitant to buy the deluxe version, I settled for this introductory package. What a mistake! The CDs are an excellent way to familiarize yourself with a language, and to take the fear out of starting to speak it. I should have bought the deluxe version. Although I already speak some Spanish and French, listening to the first two CDs was enough to help me understand most of what I heard on my trip. It was very rewarding. I only wish I had bought the full version, and will do so now..even after my trip.

EAN: 9780071380621
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
Michel Thomas

Babylon In A Jar

Book title: Babylon in a Jar: New Poems
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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"After Muscling through sharp greenery and after lopping humped limbs back as far as lopping shears would take them"So begins a poem in Babylon In A Jar who's structure and form evokes the mythic narrative quality of the best of Gary Snyder married to the intuitive grasp of rhythm that Dylan Thomas wrote in so well. Hudgins speaks in a common language rich in metaphor of simple moments in life, yet without wallowing in the sentimental.This is by the far the strongest single voice in poetry to write consistently well - poem after poem, book after book, within the past decade. I checked out five of his titles from the library and opened each at random without disappointment. Nothing good said of this writer should be taken for hyperbole. Babylon In A Jar is among his best.

EAN: 9780395909942
Pages: 72
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Andrew Hudgins

Oh Yes!!!!

Book title: Every Which Way But Dead
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Every Which Way But Dead - book cover picture

Well, now that we know what Trent is and we know how tough Rachel can truly be, we get more excited. Nick is being a jerk but thank you Kisten for stepping in. Ivy of course, is still going ballistic for Rachel's blood and I'm not sure that I like where that is leading. But if I thought that the first two books were excellent, I was right and wrong at the same time. I love the characters and I love how they continue to grow. It's wonderful to have something so refreshing.

EAN: 9780060572990
Pages: 512
Publisher: HarperTorch
Kim Harrison

Fun AND Informative

Book title: Don't Kill the Cow Too Quick : An Englishman's Adventures Homesteading in Panama
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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Mr. Henderson confesses to not having written before, but you could have fooled me. This book was a joy to read! Unlike many such books, this was doesn't bore its reader with endless detail but, rather, informs through selective "vignettes" which are entertaining as well as informative. I couldn't put it down. As my husband and I own property in Panama and plan to retire there soon, I admittedly had a vested interest in learning more about the country. But I think I would have enjoyed this read if it had been set anywhere in the world.

EAN: 9780595319497
Pages: 250
Publisher: iUniverse, Inc.
Malcolm Henderson

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