Riveting Survival Account

Book title: In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex - book cover picture

I just finished reading "In the Heart of the Sea" yesterday. Once I started it I kept reading. Mr. Philbrick knows his subject very well. He communicates the story and does not overwhelm you with facts which can be a trapdoor set for an author with extensive an understanding of his subject. Mr. Philbrick presents additional material e.g. cannibalism that fits in well and does not distract the reader from the story. It is a tremendous story of survival. You find yourself watching how decisions were made and who made them, what survivors chose to do in certain circumstances, how race played a role, etc. Life was hard in the whaling industry of the last century. This book provides one with an education in addition to being an incredible story of survival.I would like to read this book again. I read it fast because I got caught up in the story.

EAN: 9780141001821
Pages: 320
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Nathaniel Philbrick


Book title: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? - book cover picture

Part of the charm of the Eric Carle books are the pictures. They are creative and simple and only enhance the message of the text. This book is no exception. The pictures are adorable. I particularly like the text of this book. The repetitive nature of the text is great for pre readers. They can 'memorize' parts of the book and 'read' it back to you. Very exciting for younger children. I find the ending of the book to be very creative and interesting and it really captures my child's attention. This book can be used as a beginning to introducing animals, animal sounds, colors and more. It is a simple book and that makes it easy to read over and over and over again. Enjoy.

EAN: 9780140502961
Publisher: Gardners Books
Bill Martin

The Jeff Richter of database books

Book title: The Guru's Guide to SQL Server Stored Procedures, XML, and HTML (With CD-ROM)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
The Guru's Guide to SQL Server Stored Procedures, XML, and HTML (With CD-ROM) - book cover picture

This book has it all. It has everything you need to understand stored proc and xproc development, xml, sqlxml and .net in one volume. The best parts are:- version control from Query Analyzer
- design patterns and idioms
- all the sqlxml chapters
- the .net chapter
- the essays on software craftsmanshipHenderson writes in a style that is direct without being condescending or confrontational. He tells it like it is and never cuts any corners. The book is absolutely loaded with code - over 700 code samples are on the CD. If you want to learn at the feet of the Sql Svr stored proc guru, look no further - this is your book.

EAN: 0785342700466
Pages: 576
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Ken Henderson

"A Political Education" for the reader

Book title: All Too Human: A Political Education
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
All Too Human: A Political Education - book cover picture

I did not expect to like this book--I am ideologically opposed to much of what Stephanopoulos believes. However, the book is far too interesting and educational to let one's ideological differences stand in the way of enjoying it. "All Too Human" conveys the nervous excitement, allure of power, and sense of accomplishment that come with working in Washington. Because of his ability to look honestly at his own motivations, successes, and failures, Stephanopoulos comes across as quite sincere. His sincerity makes the reader that much more involved in the book...I found myself "rooting" for Stephanopoulos as I read the book, even as I have criticized his views and acts in the past. "All Too Human" is an exciting book, and it makes the reader feel almost personally involved in the events Stephanopoulos describes. I would recommend this book to anyone even remotely interested in politics and/or the Clinton White House

EAN: 9780316929196
Pages: 464
Publisher: Little, Brown
George Stephanopoulos

Understandable, rememberable, and on track

Book title: What Paul Really Said About Women: The Apostle's Liberating Views on Equality in Marriage, Leadership, and Love
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
What Paul Really Said About Women: The Apostle's Liberating Views on Equality in Marriage, Leadership, and Love - book cover picture

The book covers the important sticking points for those of us who have wondered why we were the same as men, only different. There is a discussion about "silence", "submission," and that pesky verse that seems to imply that women are saved differently than men (in childbirth). Mr. Barstow gives the original Greek words, other examples of translations of the same word in the Bible, and outlines what he believes Paul meant. He has much more explaination about the history of the misinterpretation than I expected. But he is always on track.And he answered a question that had been nagging me: how to explain the admonition that men should not cover their heads in worship, when I was sure Paul would have worn a yarmulke and prayer shawl in Temple.

EAN: 9780060610630
Pages: 144
Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco
John T. Bristow


Book title: The Master and Margarita (Penguin Classics)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
The Master and Margarita (Penguin Classics) - book cover picture

This book is the "Testament" for the Russians. If you wanna make friends with them - just mention that you know ABOUT this book - and bingo! It is a multilayered story that concerns everyone and everybody, anywhere in the world and any time from the the year 33 AD up to this very minute. Again, it is NOT about Russia or Russians - "it talls for thee". No man can ever give a full and comlete tribute to this great novel - I can only express my own awe and admiration. A mortal can never create such a novel: Bulgakov was only a choosen "receiver" and diligent "recorder" of the ideas and words of the Divine Supreme Creator. It's true for all the masterpieces of Art and Literature, but this Book simply confirms and justifies this point to the fullest. Boris Gontarev

EAN: 9780141180144
Pages: 432
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Mikhail Bulgakov

A true, amazing story!!

Book title: Amazon Diary: The Jungle Adventures of Alex Winter
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Amazon Diary: The Jungle Adventures of Alex Winter - book cover picture

This was an amazing story, the book had awesome pictures! I really like the book it was just cool. I thought Alex Winters had an amazing adventure, well I read this whole book and it was a great book (diary). This was about a boy who was in sixth grade, his parents and father is a scientist and Alex wanted to be one too.Well, he was on a plane sitting next to the pilot and he was writing in his diary that his grandpa gave him. He was going to the Amazon jungle and it was Christmas! The plane crashed but Alex was alright but the pilot was out cold. He was still breathing! The Yanomami and Alex found each other and brought the pilot to their village and when they got there, there was some big guy ordering them to put him in the hut to lay down. Alex thought he was a chief! I just have to say Alex Winters had an incredible adventure and he did, did a good job on his diary!!

EAN: 9780399229169
Pages: 43
Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group


Book title: I'm a Stranger Here Myself : Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away.
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Audio CD
I'm a Stranger Here Myself : Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away. - book cover picture

I tend to like all of Bryson's books, some better than others. But this one seriously made me laugh out loud.

Yes, Bryson's humor tends to be on the predictable side... but his turn of phrase is amazing. It's not so much the situations, but it's the way he writes about them, and his choice of words, that keep me coming back.

This book is a collection of columns, which makes it easy to read when you anticipate lots of interruptions. I think the longest chunk is four pages. Almost anyone has time for a four page chunk.

I can go back and reread this frequently for a good laugh... if you like sarcastic humor, this is a book for you.

EAN: 9780553456509
Publisher: Random House Audio

An extremely well written book!

Book title: The Handmaid's Tale
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
The Handmaid's Tale - book cover picture

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was one of those books you get so wrapped up in that when your done reading it you are depressed because its over. This book took over my life in some ways and made me look at everyday life without the blinders on that we all have. Margaret Atwood is a truly respectable writer.She knows what the reader wants and what they don't expect.This book was a interesting adventure.If her other books are as admirable as this one, she will have a new fan!

EAN: 9780395404256
Pages: 311
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (T)
Margaret Atwood

The most spectacular use of imagination possible!!!!

Book title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) - book cover picture

A genius in writing, J. K. Rowling has portrayed just the right mix of suspense and adventure in her hit novel, HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE! After reading this book, I immeditatly started it again. Rowling gives a wonderful desription of all of her characters making you fall in love with her writing. I have enjoyed these sorts of books my whole life. Reading this book is like bringing back old friends. The story line gives away Rowling's wonderful use of imagination. Children of all ages will fall in love with this book from showers of shooting stars to Devil's Snare. Therefore, I sincerly recommend that you get your copy today of this wonderful, spectacular book, HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE!!!!

EAN: 0038332175202
Pages: 309
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
J.K. Rowling

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