Thought provoking arguments on moral erosion and lying

Book title: Lying : Moral Choice in Public and Private Life (Vintage)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Lying : Moral Choice in Public and Private Life (Vintage) - book cover picture

I found this book thought provoking. Through references, contrasts, and scenarios, Sissela Bok challenges the reader to consider the effects of lying on the individual, relationships and society. The author systematically covers the spectrum of lies from "little white lies" to avoid an unwanted dinner invitation to the arguably moral lies required to survive in a totalitarian state - taking the reader step by step through a journey of increasingly complex moral questions. The book argues that lying, as it is often conducted in society, often lacks the moral basis of those few case where it can be justified.

EAN: 9780375705281
Pages: 368
Publisher: Vintage
Sissela Bok

My favorite book!

Book title: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes: Creating Kitchen Clones from America's Favorite Restaurant Chains
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Top Secret Restaurant Recipes: Creating Kitchen Clones from America's Favorite Restaurant Chains - book cover picture

What's great about this book, aside from the reasons Todd Wilbur listed on why copy restaurant recipes, is the history of the restaurant featured. Such lore gives you an insight on how these successful chains were built and expanded.

His recipes (for those I have tried) come close to the original (or what I remember them to be). Being in another country makes it possible for me to satisfy my craving for some Stateside food, especially if that chain is not present here in Manila.

Thank you, Mr. Todd Wilbur for this great service. Rest assured, I will buy your other books so I can get satisfy my jones for White Castle Slyders.

EAN: 0789112051338
Pages: 322
Publisher: Plume Books
Todd Wilbur

Watch out Poe!!! King has done it again

Book title: Nightmares and dreamscapes
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Nightmares and dreamscapes - book cover picture

I loved this book. King knows how to tell a story. After you read this or any of King's books, you'll never want to sleep in the dark again. "Dollan's Cadillac" is grabbing and I liked the irony of "The Moving Finger". I mostly liked "The End of The Whole Mess". It has a great meaning about the essence of life and about how we MUST NOT mess with nature. Every story is worth reading. BUY IT!!!!

EAN: 9780450610097
Pages: 836
Publisher: New English Library ; Hodder and Stoughton
Stephen King

for those who find other therapies unsatisfying

Book title: Everyday Mysteries: Existential Dimensions of Psychotherapy
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Everyday Mysteries: Existential Dimensions of Psychotherapy - book cover picture

The author makes it clear that she values rationality, but longs for a depth of orientation that does justice to the world we find ourselves occupying.

Thus she finds the Jungian approach too magical/mystical, and the cognitive approach too narrow.

She reveals the inconsistencies inherent in all forms of psychotherapy, and offers this approach as at least potentially helpful.

It is good to discover a sincere and honest analyst of this rather odd circumstance in which individuals-in-distress turn to "experts" for help.

A realistic hope, however limited, is much more valuable to me than all the soaring unrealistic hope ususally offered.

EAN: 9780415087056
Pages: 307
Publisher: Routledge
Emmy Van Deurzen
Emmy Van Deurzen-Smith

The Real Thing

Book title: A Painted Field
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
A Painted Field - book cover picture

Rarely does one find the magisterial artistic command so evident in this book in any poetry collection--let alone in the first collection of a "new" poet. Robertson is no joke: not even the initial reviews on this website (glowing as they are) can do him anything like justice. Here appear poems that require reading, and that don't stand much discussion. That (for me) is what real works of art are like: they want to conjure up not ideas about the thing, but the thing itself.I can't wait for the next book from this man. This is, by a very long shot, the best thing I've read in a while--in any discipline.

EAN: 9780151003662
Pages: 104
Publisher: Harcourt
Robin Robertson

Thrilling! Exciting! Suspenseful!

Book title: From Dawn to Decadence: 1500 to the Present: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
From Dawn to Decadence: 1500 to the Present: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life - book cover picture

No doubt about it, this is Barzun's finest book. Characters from his other thrillers like "Darwin, Marx, Wagner" and "The Modern Researcher" reappear here, but in new and unsuspected guises. It's filled with excitement -- the scene where Jenny Marx and Hector Berloz leap from the helicopter before it crashes into the skyscraper is fantastic, and is matched only by the tautly written struggle in the lab between Charles and Richard for the virus. Wow! It's easy to see why this is a bestseller!

EAN: 9780060175863
Pages: 877
Publisher: HarperCollins
Jacques Barzun

Achieving a Goal

Book title: Hoop Dreams: A True Story of Hardship and Triumph
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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The book Hoop Dreams is a prime example of kids across the nation that love to play the game of basketball. Everyone wants to go to the NBA. The odds are 7,600 to 1 that a high school basketball player will reach the NBA. Hoop Dreams narrates the lives of Arthur Agee and William Gate's remarkable careers. It tells you their journeys from the playgrounds of their childhood to their high school competitions and college recruitment. If you're a real ball player you will love that. Hoop Dreams also made an impact on me because it talked about Arthur and William's families and relationships in a way I can relate to in my life. I recommend this book because it gives you a dream and a goal that you can achieve in life. If you don't read this book you just might not be a real ball player. It brought me passion and inspiration that lifted me up and made me want to continue on playing basketball and being successful.

EAN: 9780060976897
Pages: 320
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Ben Joravsky
Harper Collins Harperperennial

The closest thing to a perfect book I've read in a long time

Book title: Secret History : A Novel
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Secret History : A Novel - book cover picture

This book is simply mindblowing. The phrase "it will chnage your life" is often over used, but it fits this book perfectly. This is not to say that you'l drop your life and head to New England to study Greek, but you'll look at the world differently as you read the book. Think of the money you spend on it as an investment. I read it at least once a year and pass it on to my friends. Read it on a cloudy winter day and you can see yourself shivering in a warehouse with Richard. A brisk fall day and the leaves literally crackle under your feet. After I read the book I found myself identifying my friends as Bunnies, Henries, Richards, Francises, Charleses, and Camillas. If you finish this book and don't drop your jaw in amazement you've done something wrong.

EAN: 9780449911518
Pages: 592
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Donna Tartt

Nearly Perfect

Book title: By Possession
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
By Possession - book cover picture

Addis was one of the best, sexiest heros ever. However, I don't know that the author had to make his injured face SO grotesque, that could be a turn-off to some and would prevent many from reading this otherwise excellent story. Not all novels convey the love between the main characters that well, but M.H. pulled it off here. Addis and Moira were truly a couple in love. This book is one of my all-time favorites.

EAN: 9780553582215
Pages: 400
Publisher: Bantam
Madeline Hunter

It's a super marketing tool!

Book title: Dress Your House for Success : 5 Fast, Easy Steps to Selling Your House, Apartment, or Condo for the Highest Po ssible Price!
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Dress Your House for Success : 5 Fast, Easy Steps to Selling Your House, Apartment, or Condo for the Highest Po ssible Price! - book cover picture

After only 2 months on the market our house sold! That's saying a lot in that the average listing time for most homes in our area is 120 days. I have seen other homes languish for 6 months to a year or more.I believe it sold in large part to Martha Webb's help. I was told by realtors our house was the second best home listed in our price range. The first best was less than a block down the street and it has been on the market for a year.We didn't get our listing price. However, we did receive $8,000.00 more than the house was appraised for 2 years ago.The book is a quick read. There are lots of ideas, checklists, and drawings to help you move your property.A word of caution...If your spouse is like mine they might believe you've gone over the edge with Martha's tactics. Hey, it works.

EAN: 9780517888445
Pages: 192
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Sarah Parsons Zackheim
Martha Webb

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