On the Rez :Counting Coup

Book title: On The Rez
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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After reading Ian Frazier's "On the Rez," I was left with a feeling of profound loss. Frazier admits he always wanted to be an Indian and takes us on a detailed journey through the Pine Ridge Reservation, Much of the work is about Le War Lance, tall-tale spinner, BS artist, and friend to Frazier, no matter what behavior or face he shows. Yet Frazier digs deeper, for a connecting passion and he thinks we are all Indians in spirit; we have taken to so much of their culture and not destroyed all of it but actually have tried to live up to its ideals. But the most moving section of the book was Frazier's vivid account of SuAnne Big Crow. It is a wonderful book with well drawn characters. It is a superb vision about an America few see and many cliches are still there but more are broken through Frazier's lucid writing, examining reservation life and spirit. END

EAN: 9780374226381
Pages: 320
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Ian Frazier

Another point of view in the classic "LIttle Women" series

Book title: March: A Novel
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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This is the story of Louisa May Alcott's quartet of girls in "Little Women" father, Captain March. Remember in the original stories, he was 'away where the fighting was.' His letters home were cheerful. Then, he became ill and was hospitalized in Washington to finally return at Christmas.

Captain March's story is different. He purposely didn't tell Marmee and the girls all he'd been through because some things didn't need to be said in a marriage. He felt like a failure coming home when so many of his fellows were still fighting.

His interior dialog as he meets his wife and daughters after such a long absence is quite poignant. Overall, I believe this story could easily stand next to the original Alcott classics.

EAN: 9780670033355
Pages: 288
Publisher: Viking Adult
Geraldine Brooks

Thematic Units . . . By the Numbers!

Book title: A Guide for Developing Interdisciplinary Thematic Units (2nd Edition)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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A GUIDE FOR DEVELOPING INTERDISCIPLINARY THEMATIC UNITS (Roberts & Kellough, 2000) This is a MUST resource for not only the beginning teacher but also the seasoned veteran. Highly sequential in nature, this book literally takes a teacher by the hand and guides the instructor through the selection of the theme, appropriate language to be utilized and a multitude of resource options. Our newly appointed superintendent has made it quite clear that the leaders of our schools must be "instructional leaders with a solid curricular foundation.This book should be on his coffee table!

EAN: 9780139211645
Pages: 277
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Patricia L. Roberts
Richard D. Kellough

Exceptional book

Book title: The Freedom Writers Diary : How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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I bought this book a few weeks ago, and read it in one night. As a recent escapee...er...graduate from high school, the stories rang true for me.In my opinion, the book points out a fundamental flaw in education today - too many teachers concentrate simply on jamming as many facts as possible into their student's heads. Not only does this leave many students with little real world knowledge, or knowledge about how to apply what they've learned, but it makes it hard for them to take school seriously because simply surviving seems so much more important than these facts which seem to have little bearing on their lives.The Freedom Writers show what can be accomplished by addressing this problem.This is an important book that should be read by anyone who cares (about anything!).

EAN: 9780385494229
Pages: 304
Publisher: Main Street Books
Freedom Writers
Zlata Filipovic

Never 900+ pages read better!

Book title: Sunne in Splendour
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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Most of us have a preconceived opinion of Richard III. Be it of a good man, victim of the circumstances, or of an evil being who wouldn't hesitate to murder his own flesh and blood to usurp a throne that didn't belong to him. But the truth is that Richard was a man of his time, one who, to his misfortune, lacked the "sun" personality, character and appearance of his brother Edward. Is this a crime? To Richard it was.
But this book is not only about Richard, the last of the Plantagenet kings. It is also about Edward IV, George of Clarence, the Earl of Warwick, Anne Neville . . . It is about a fascinating time in history.
I read this book a long time ago (I have read everything Ms. Penman has written) and enjoyed it so much that I would like every reader out there to share in my experience. Don't miss this book, it is the best of the historic fiction genre.

EAN: 9780345363138
Pages: 944
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Sharon Kay Penman

The perfect American History for Kids

Book title: History of Us
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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My son and I read through the entire series of books, but skipped most of the sidebars. He is now a confirmed history nut, and I learned many things. We both had a wonderful ride: when my son was asked to bring in his favorite thing for a class picture sesion, he brought one of these volumes. There are a good many facts, set pieces, thumbnail biographical sketches, but the focus is on the highlights, especially as they illustrate the few basic themes that underly who we are. The manner in which these themes recur throughout the series reinforces them and ties everything together. Reductionist yes, but on target for the audience. I was impressed with the evenhanded interpretation of difficult events and people, and ended up feeling strongly that this is the way I want my children to understand our past.

EAN: 9780195077650
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Joy Hakim

Extremely helpful in understanding my significant others

Book title: The Enneagram in Love and Work : Understanding Your Intimate and Business Relationships
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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I've read many books on the Enneagram, and I found this book to be very helpful in understanding my present and past significant others and coworkers. My significant other is a 9, and my boss is also a 9 - pure heaven for us 7's! This book indicated how I can keep enhancing these relationships, and what to watch out for so that the relationships do not deteriorate.

This book is also enlightening regarding past love and work relationships. I made a lot of mistakes in dealing with people in my past, and this book taught me to come to terms with these mistakes. I could see how my ex-husband (a 5) and I pushed each other's buttons. I could also see how I went head to head with my tyrannical ex-boss (an 8), who made most women subordinates cry when he was angry. This book brought to light more constructive ways of dealing with such people.

EAN: 9780062507211
Pages: 432
Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco
Helen Palmer

Zen Brawl

Book title: Fight Club
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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I once spent a week living with Trappist monks and in retrospect I can see that, ironically, their lifestlye often mirrors that of Tyler Durden (Fight Club's most dynamic character): 1) Rejection of material weath 2)non-conformity 3)the desire to let go of those things that truly don't matter. Additionally, Palahniuk's vivid, stop&go style keeps you racing along at Tyler's pace while questioning everything that we hold as pillars of human acheivement (the Internet for example).

EAN: 9780393039764
Pages: 208
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Chuck Palahniuk

Great mystery that kept me totally entertained!

Book title: Death at High Tide: A Jersey Shore Mystery
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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Really strong mystery from an author that I've just discovered...Recommend her first book also - "Dead Man's Float." "Death at High Tide" really brought the Jersey Shore to life -- and I've never even been there! It keeps you guessing right up to the last page -- the main character, Ann Hardaway is a wonderful heroine, and I couldn't even guess who done it. Terrific work!

EAN: 9780380731084
Pages: 256
Publisher: Avon
Beth Sherman


Book title: What Should I Do with My Life? : The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
What Should I Do with My Life? : The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question - book cover picture

The stories shared in this book are interesting and inspiring. Po is an excellent writer, and gives the reader a glimpse of others who have taken risks in their careers in order to find something that they find meaningful. I saw a few negative customer reviews here, all of which completely surprised me. I actually can't fathom how someone who read this book would have such negative reactions! I think some people might have been under the misconception that this is a book that actually TELLS one what to do with their lives. To the contrary, it is a collection of profiles which serves to give the reader insight into the risks and rewards others have found on their paths to fulfillment. A highly enjoyable read.

EAN: 9780375758980
Pages: 432
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Po Bronson

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