More travelogue than travel guide

Book title: The Mad Monks' Guide to New York City (The Mad Monk's Guides)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
The Mad Monks' Guide to New York City (The Mad Monk's Guides) - book cover picture

Although I think I'll have to buy another NYC travel book in order to get more detailed information about places to stay and to eat, I really enjoyed reading this. It's full of interviews with interesting New Yorkers, like Wigstock's Lady Bunny and the guy who runs the sideshows at Coney Island. There's a great section on NYC neighborhoods as well. The charming personality of the Mad Monks really comes through in their writing--you learn a lot about what they don't like (yuppies, sterile architecture, the Disneyfication of Times Square) as well as a few things about what they do (drag queens, egg creams, and Rudy Giuliani, strangely enough).

EAN: 0021898627551
Pages: 352
Publisher: Macmillan General Reference
Jim Crotty
Michael Lane

The book is really much better than the television movie.

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

Great characters and a great plot. wow what an ending! I had to read all of it until I ended it. I simply could not put it down! Great plotting through out this great legal thriller. Grisham better look over his shoulder. Martini is simply a great Rival in legal thriller writing! The beginning is what I am looking for and the middle is perfect. The best part is when they put the judge on trial. The greatest work by Martini. warning: Don't start this on any weekend if you plan to read this book all week long. start it on a week day and plan to end it on a weekend!!

EAN: 9780515119640
Pages: 512
Publisher: Jove
Steve Martini

The brilliance of Lacroix ... it's here!

Book title: Pieces of a Pattern: Lacroix by Lacroix
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Pieces of a Pattern: Lacroix by Lacroix - book cover picture

This is a visually arresting book, a mouthwatering, colorful, at times outrageous (but always lovely) confection of image pastiches -- photos, drawings, collages -- assembled by a man for whom color, cut, pattern, design, and couture are nothing less than a celebration of all that is beautiful. Fifty years from now, your grandchild or great-grandchild with a nascent interest in costume and fashion will find this engaging book in your personal library and seize upon it for the jewel-box it is, and will surely remain. Buy it for yourself and savor it now ... break out the bubbly, this is a grand celebration of a designer who is surprisingly accessible behind all the color and pageantry. Vive Lacroix!

EAN: 9780500279335
Pages: 192
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Christian Lacroix

I caught catcher fever

Book title: The Catcher in the Rye
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
The Catcher in the Rye - book cover picture

I've read two books in my 22 years. One "Where the red fern grows" sometime in the 5th grade and (after weeks of hearing my mother lament on how I had never read the book and how the boy was just like me) "catcher in the rye" on the heels on my graduation. I figure most people either hate or love it. All I know is I spent this long is school and the whole time not once did I feel enlightened...until I read catcher in the rye.

EAN: 9780316769488
Pages: 224
Publisher: Little, Brown
J.D. Salinger

A fascinating book I keep re-reading and re-reading

Book title: When China Ruled the Seas: The Treasure Fleet of the Dragon Throne, 1405-1433
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
When China Ruled the Seas: The Treasure Fleet of the Dragon Throne, 1405-1433 - book cover picture

When Europe discovered East Africa they arrived with 3 battered ships about 80 feet long - when the chinese discovered it 300 years EARLIER they brought an armadda of 300 ships, some over 400 feet long, and over 28,000 men. With fascinating tales like these the writer holds your attention on a remarkable civilization that traded with half the world - and then suddenly stopped. This book explains why and covers the history of China over 1000 years, focusing on their trade and the shifting political landscapes of each dynasty. This is one of the most interesting books I've ever read.

EAN: 9780195112078
Pages: 252
Publisher: Oxford University Press

A disturbing yet truthful book

Book title: Stealing Innocence : Youth, Corporate Power and the Politics of Culture
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Stealing Innocence : Youth, Corporate Power and the Politics of Culture - book cover picture

Even though we as American parents would be willing to blow the whistle on baby sitters who physically and emotionally harm our children, we have done nothing short of brushing the surface when it comes to pulling the plug on the most dangerous baby sitter of all-popular media. Please read this book, and take the necessary steps to loosen the grip of this menace from your child. Parents have, and always will be, the best influence on our children's reality;they should collaborate with educators on how best to remove this menace and restore childhood to its purity.

EAN: 9780312224400
Pages: 176
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Henry A. Giroux

Deep knowledge, deep affection

Book title: Cairo : The City Victorious
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Cairo : The City Victorious - book cover picture

Rodenbeck not only knows Cairo-he spent part of his childhood there, later studied Arabic and returned as a correspondent for The Economist-but, more importantly, he loves Cairo, not romantically but wholly, "in all her shambolic grandeur and operatic despair." His historical insight is substantial, and serious-minded readers who complain of his leaving off source citations will, in the next breath, praise his expansive bibliography. Anecdote, analysis and character are all sharp, rendered up to the reader in a kaleidoscopic fashion that is both erudite and populist. The approach suits Cairo well, for "other places may have been neater, quieter, and less prone to wrenching change, but they all lacked something. The easy warmth of Cairenes, perhaps, and their indomitable insouciance; the complexities and complicities of their relations; their casual mixing of sensuality with moral rigor, of razor wit with credulity."

EAN: 9780330337106
Publisher: Pan MacMillan
Max Rodenbeck

Don't be fooled by a VERY bad movie

Book title: A Time to Kill (John Grishham)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Audio Cassette
A Time to Kill (John Grishham) - book cover picture

My interest for the book was mainly because of the movie and I'm glad I read the book first. I thought The Firm was good but this is much better. I guess the first book is always the best one. There's a lot of Grisham himself in this book, inexperienced lawyer taking on a big case. But the story is so powerful and I couldn't put the book down. The character Jake Brigance is brillant developed and the story raises a lot of racial and justice issues that makes us feel disturbed whether Carl Lee was justified. I stayed up til 4am to finish this book - definite page turner!!

EAN: 9780553470697
Publisher: Random House Audio
John Grisham

Hazardous Waste / CLEAR & SIMPLE

Book title: Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response Manual and Desk Reference
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response Manual and Desk Reference - book cover picture

We own an environmental contracting company and we are responsible for training our employees. This is the best book that we have seen to date. It is simple to read and easy to use. One of our services is hazardous material training for our client base. We are planning to use this book in the training classes. We enjoy how the book is laid out and how one subject rolls into the next. The subject matter is right on track for our industry. It is about time a book like this was printed. We are planning to generate revenue from the sale of this book and the upcoming classes that we are developing.

EAN: 0639785333524
Pages: 755
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
Christian L. Hackman
E. Ellsworth Hackman III
Matthew E. Hackman

Impeccably researched information from a responsible author.

Book title: The Chef's Companion: A Concise Dictionary of Culinary Terms, 2nd Edition
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
The Chef's  Companion: A Concise Dictionary of Culinary Terms, 2nd Edition - book cover picture

Elizabeth Riely has amassed a library of resources (see the enviable bibliography) and has carefully chosen a comprehensive collection of culinary terms for this book.
The cross-pollination of categories is rich, from the scientific to the ethnic, from the technical to the colloquial. Of her knowledge and research capabilities, I'd say she's a force to be reckoned with. With people like Elizabeth Riely and Sharon Tyler Herbst in
this world, rest assured that when a culinary term is needed just fingertips away, we can depend on their talents to give us responsible information.
I also like the pronunciation guides, as I am prone to guessing incorrectly more often or not. For anybody who's into food as more than a hobby, The Chef's Companion (published by the textbook makers VNR, and I hope, available to more than culinary school students) reads like a satisfying novel.
Lick a bookplate and stick it in the front cover of this book; you'll keep it forever.

EAN: 9780471287599
Pages: 336
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Elizabeth Riely

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