UNDERSTANDING WITHOUT REDEMPTION


Book title: The Devil and Sonny Liston
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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HERE, TOSCHES DOES THE IMPOSSIBLE---HE PUTS A HUMAN FACE ON ONE OF THE GREAT MONSTERS OF MODERN SPORTS. IF YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PRO BOXING IN THE 1950S/1960S, THE VARIOUS FIGURES WHO MADE IT WHAT IT WAS, AND THE "BLUR," WRITES TOSCHES, THAT WAS SONNY LISTON, THEN READ THIS BRISKLY PACED BIOGRAPHY. TOSCHES' CONSIDERATION OF THE ENIGMATIC LISTON IS SENSITIVE, BUT HONEST, AND IT MAKES THIS BOOK ENTERTAINING AND INFORMATIVE. WELL DONE.

EAN: 9780316897754
Pages: 272
Publisher: Little, Brown
Authors:
Nick Tosches



A Memory of "What the Body Remembers"


Book title: What the Body Remembers : A Novel
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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I am lucky enough to be part of the ongoing novel writing workshop where Shauna worked on developing "What the Body Remembers." It's been an amazing experience watching her bring this novel to life. The first time I heard her read the opening sequence, I was knocked out by its emotional power. Shauna is an extraordinarily vivid storyteller. Her words make you feel as if you are standing on a dusty road in India, the sun burning down on you, even when you're sitting in a drafty, slightly musty classroom in a former convent school in the middle of a frigid Milwaukee winter. As someone who's had the honor of getting a sneak peak at this novel - and as a friend and colleague of Shauna's - I highly recommend this powerful, beautifully written novel.

EAN: 9780385496049
Pages: 496
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
Authors:
Shauna Singh Baldwin



English 3200 helped me to home-school my son


Book title: English 3200 With Writing Applications : A Programmed Course in Grammar and Usage
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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My son was severely learning disabled when I began to home-school him. This text enabled us to find the right approach to learning. Having missed most of his first 6 years of school because of the learning disability...Matt was thrilled to find he understood the basic concepts of grammar. His remark was..."I didn't know I was so smart!" Well, he's still learning disabled and works 2 or 3 times harder than most...but he has learned that programmed instruction such as this works! I highly recommend it.

EAN: 9780155008656
Pages: 608
Publisher: Heinle
Authors:
Joseph C. Blumenthal



Totally amazing...


Book title: Lisa, Bright and Dark: A Novel (Novel)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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This book tells the story of Lisa and her friends.Lisa is a high school student who has gone from being your average bubbly teenage girl to being suicidal and acting very oddly for the times. This story was placed in the sixties, when mental illness was VERY taboo.Her parents want to ignore her disturbed behavior, because they think she's just being stupid. Her friends, however, are seeing the dangers behind her self-destructive behavior.I think this book is rather descriptive in its matter, which is good, because sometimes, with things like this, you have to be seeing what's going on in your mind to understand it. Of course, I think it would be cool if they had done the story from Lisa's point of view, too.

EAN: 9780141304342
Pages: 143
Publisher: Puffin Books
Authors:
John Neufeld



An insightful look at both the Senate and Johnson


Book title: Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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Robert Caro's account of Johnson reveals him to be a determined and politically savvy person but equally fascinating is the portrayal of the Seante itself, firmly entrenched against social change in the pre-1950's years (at least, as Caro describes it).
But Caro doesn't stop there. He does an excellent job of creating an in-depth analysis of Johnson, of society in those years and, finally, the Civil Rights Act. For sheer depth of research and enlightening tidbits about Johnson and his years in the Senate, this one is hard to top!

EAN: 9780394528366
Pages: 1200
Publisher: Knopf
Authors:
Robert A. Caro



Fascinating glimpse into the history of the OED


Book title: The Professor and the Madman
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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A crisply told tale delineating a fascinating relationship between two remarkable men embarked on a history-changing mission. The hurculean effort of the development of the Oxford English Dictionary is a remarkable enough story in itself. The strange circumstances surrounding Captain Minor, the tragic physician who played such an unexpected role in it, make fascinating reading. If you love the language and lexicography, the mysteries of mental illness, or just a well-told tale, this is a book you will enjoy.

EAN: 9780060175962
Pages: 242
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Authors:
Simon Winchester



MELANCHOLY, MOVING


Book title: Now and Then
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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I was surprised by the powerful feelings this book evoked in me. It is sparsely, beautifully written, and it feels utterly true, and real. The overwhelming, life-altering emotion of first love -- especially for a gay boy in a boarding school -- speaks volumes to just about everyone in the world. We've all been through the pain of growing up, having dreams broken or changed, and adjusting our lives each step of the way. At the end of this book, you feel free, as if you've been through therapy. It's wonderful.

EAN: 9780349107752
Pages: 346
Publisher: Abacus (UK)
Authors:
William Corlett



One of my all time favorites


Book title: Last Call
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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After reading Last Call, I felt I could believe in magic again. After I finished it, I had to recommend it to my friends. My brother gave it to me and I've re-read it 4 times, and lent it out each chance I get.I don't have much more to add to describe it, that hasn't already been said in the reviews. This book explores gambler's lore as if it were the truth. I've never been to Las Vegas, but Tim Powers makes it seem like a magical land. Each time I read it, I get more out of it.

EAN: 9780380728466
Pages: 544
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Authors:
Tim Powers



Start Here for Your Search of the Real Dracula


Book title: In Search of Dracula : The History of Dracula and Vampires
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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A nice blend of scholarship with fascination, this is the first book to look for the truth behind the fiction. Does a nice job not only of explaining where Bram Stoker got the bits and pieces he picked up to turn Vlad the Impaler into Count Dracula, but also puts the Wallachian Prince in historical perspective. There are more detailed biographies of Vlad out there, but this is really the book that opened the door and its writers are paricularly well suited to the task. If you only want to read one book about the real Dracula and his transformation into one of the major fictional characters of all time, this would be that book.

EAN: 0046442657839
Pages: 320
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Authors:
Radu Florescu
Raymond T. McNally




Just Read It


Book title: The Feast of Love : A Novel
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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Several reviews here are fairly tough on this novel. Well, I don't have any New York Times Book Review insights to add. I loved this book. I was moved by this book. It was lovely and warm and funny and filled with truth. I identified a good deal with our noble hero Bradley. If you are in love, looking for love, or just lost it. Just read it. It is really simple. This book will lift you no matter what. Beautifully done.

EAN: 9780375410192
Pages: 320
Publisher: Pantheon
Authors:
Charles Baxter



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