Provides an overview of the cultural aspects of the tribes

Book title: The Indians of Texas: From Prehistoric to Modern Times
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
The Indians of Texas: From Prehistoric to Modern Times - book cover picture

Using the basic cultural aspects of each tribe, Newcomb provides the definitive reference on the Indians of Texas. Each chapter uses parallel structure providing ease of, clothing, housing, warfare, social structure, religion, education, transportation---, and the information is dependable. This book should be considered a standard purchase for every school in Texas, 7 up,or a must for any Native American collection!

EAN: 9780292784253
Pages: 436
Publisher: University of Texas Press
William Wilmon Newcomb

THE book to begin with!

Book title: The I Ching or Book of Changes : A Guide to Life's Turning Points
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
The I Ching or Book of Changes : A Guide to Life's Turning Points - book cover picture

I'm sad I had to find this book at [a local store] before I saw it here! (This book didn't come up in my Amazon searches for "I Ching" when I searched the first time.)In any case, I first encountered this book at my local library while doing some general browsing. For someone who had not previously studied the I Ching before, it was easy, accessible, and devoid of any difficult esoteric philosophies to comb through while utilizing this absolutely valuable tool. If you are looking for a great, simple book to begin your education in the I Ching, I absolutely recommend this book. With this book and three cents, you have the keys to the wisdom of the universe!(An exageration, perhaps, but the book is THAT easy to grasp and use. At the same time, it's THAT profound. Use the I Ching's wisdom, or ignore it--at your peril.)

EAN: 9780312098285
Pages: 144
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Brian Browne Walker

HIgh-tension action book, based on actual politics

Book title: Choosers of the Slain
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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This is a great action book using next-generation technology (already on the design boards), based on fact- Argentina, Chile AND the UK ALL claim the Antarctic Peninsula, surrounding islands and a pie-shaped wedge to the very pole. Even today, Chile and Argentina have research bases that are political statements, and military bases (e.g. Ushuaia and Puerto Williams,) ready to unleash on each other... and the Falklands are recent history. (I visited Chile, Argentina and Antarctica this year- the three nations still have very active claims.) - The action is good, and it's refreshing to have female leads who are competent as well. I only wish Cobb had paid more attention to details... they do distract a bit, therefore only a "nine". Nonetheless, I'm waiting for his next and hope it's out SOON!

EAN: 9780425160534
Pages: 352
Publisher: Berkley
James H. Cobb

You'll Never Look at the Stars the Same Again

Book title: Crescent City Rhapsody
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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Crescent City Rhapsody absorbed me in a way no other novel has in recent history. Kathleen Ann Goonan has the gift for creating complex, interesting characters who people a richly developed plot that takes an intriguing, if terrifying look at the future. Far and away the best of the trilogy, and I liked the other books a lot, too. As a professional writer, I'm a tough customer, but I really loved this book.

EAN: 9780380977116
Pages: 430
Publisher: Eos (HarperCollins)
Kathleen Ann Goonan

Superb chivalric romance plus psychological depths

Book title: The Princess of Cleves: Contemporary Reactions, Criticism (Norton Critical Editions)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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Princess de Cleves may on the surface seem like another court romance but the delicacy in which the writer portrays the feelings of her characters is extraordinary. There actually two levels to the story, on one level, it can just be read as a romance, and on the second level, it seems to be mocking the genre. The ending was incredible in that the reasons for the main character's final choice can be seen as both moral and life-defeating. It's hard to explains how without spoiling so please just go and read the book itself! It's short and extremely readible.

EAN: 9780393963335
Pages: 314
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Marie-Madeleine De Lafayette

This book is great for adults too!!!

Book title: No, David!
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
No, David! - book cover picture

I'm a 25yr old man with no kids, and I just happened to pick up this book in the bookstore because I loved the colors on the cover. Let me tell you that I loved this book. I read it all in the bookstore right there and then. I even had a great time laughing out loud at the funny bits too.This books reminds us all what being a kid was like. The colors and the artwork are fantastic and I love the ending too!!!Buy this book for any grown-up friend of yours who is down in the dumps, it is sure to get them smiling again.

EAN: 9780590930024
Pages: 32
Publisher: Blue Sky Press

A thoughtful and inspiring book

Book title: Life and Death in Shanghai
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Life and Death in Shanghai - book cover picture

My book club chose to read this book and I will admit that I groaned inwardly. As a good member of the club, I began my dreaded assignment. I was very surprised to find that I really enjoyed reading this story of a woman inprisoned during China's cultural revolution. Although the book is over 500 pages, I read it in just three days. Her strength of spirit and presence of mind even under the most daunting circumstances cannot help but be admired. Her story is extremely compelling and difficult to put down. Her portrayal of a dictatorial communist government and the effects on those under that rule is vividly expressed so that the reader understands what it might be like to actually live the experience. This books provokes the reader to look within and ask if faced with what Nien CHeng experienced, what am I made of? Highly recommend.

EAN: 9780006548614
Pages: 496
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Nien Cheng

(Oxford) Atlas of the World

Book title: Atlas of the World (Atlas of the World, 7th ed)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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In choosing a world atlas for my family, I looked at all that were available: from Oxford, National Geographic, Rand McNally, Hammond, DK, and other publishers. This new edition of the Oxford Atlas of the World is clearly the gold standard. Just published, it is of course the most up-to-date atlas available. More importantly, it is accurate and detailed, exquisitely produced (a joy to look at) and very readable. Unlike other atlases, for example, the maps do not run into the gutters. The introductory section containing informational maps and data (country population, income, products, languages, etc.) and stunning satellite photos is virtually a book in itself and worth the price of admission. And for all that one gets, the price is more than reasonable. This is more than a reference book--it's a good read. I highly recommend it.

EAN: 9780195215656
Pages: 304
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Worth the wait!

Book title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4) - book cover picture

I started reading this book on Saturday and came in to work bleary-eyed on Monday because I just couldn't put it down---and I'm already anxious to get to number 5. The story is both engrossing and amusing. This book is more complex and suspenseful than the earlier ones; the author seems to trust that her child readers are maturing along with Harry and his friends. She introduces some entertaining new characters, such as the delightfully detestable Rita Skeeter and the wizard Mad-Eye, while continuing to develop Harry, Hermione, Ron, and the rest of the familiar cast. I consider these books to be the equivalent of the Oz series or the Chronicles of Narnia. I highly recommend this title not only to the children for whom it's written but to adults like me as well!

EAN: 0038332187076
Pages: 734
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
J.K. Rowling

The Definitive OS X Server Book

Book title: Essential Mac OS X Panther Server Administration
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Essential Mac OS X Panther Server Administration - book cover picture

Venturing into topics where most books fear to tread, Essential Mac OS X Panther Server Administration is a must have for anyone who's using Mac OS X Server in their environment. With such a limited amount of books covering the platform, its reassuring to see such an in- depth guide through the various facets of the diverse server system. I highly recommend this book to anyone who uses this platform or is considering it in the future.

EAN: 9780596006358
Pages: 846
Publisher: O'Reilly
Michael Bartosh
Ryan Faas

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