Utterly hypnotic and fascinating

Book title: McTeague: A Story of San Francisco : Authoritative Text, Contexts, Criticism (Norton Critical Editions)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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I could not put this book down. This novel is written with an almost photographic realism on every page. I found it so involving that it seemed as if the author had conjured up an alternate reality which made perfect sense and was absolutely convincing in every detail. I am rarely taken in by novels. Their technique is usually too artificial for me to become involved in the lives of their one dimensional or totally self involved characters, and far fetched plots. Be forewarned that McTeague is not light entertainment but a hair raising experience, and reading it is akin to watching a terrible traffic accident take place in slow motion. I found it immensely engaging, admired its art, and thought that the basic truth it told about life was right on target. A great read and a minor work of art. If you enjoy the book, do not miss the 1925 von Stroheim movie (on video) "Greed" which is closely based on this book.

EAN: 9780393970135
Pages: 414
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Frank Norris

Humorous and Insightful

Book title: The Catcher in the Rye
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
The Catcher in the Rye - book cover picture

Extremely humorous.I often found myself laughing out loud while reading the book,and extremely insightful The lead character makes some very insightful observations about the shallowness of adolecent social life I loved it and couldnt put it down A book anyone anyone who has experienced a difficult adolescense can relate to-even looking back ten years after my teens have passed And whats more-its hard to believe this book was written 50 years ago

EAN: 9780316769488
Pages: 224
Publisher: Little, Brown
J.D. Salinger

Great step by step directions for awesome results!

Book title: Draw Ocean Animals
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Library Binding
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My 7 year old daughter chose this book at her school book fair. She loves to draw, and with the step by step instructions in this book, her ocean creatures are great. People are always amazed at the drawings. We have tried other drawing books, without success. This book gets an A+. 10 year old big sister and her friends enjoy the book also. They are studying animals in 5th grade, and have a project to do on the different types. Each report must include a drawing of the animal they write about. This book has helped greatly with the fish. A fifth grade teacher was so impressed she asked me if I would order her this book and 4 other Draw titles by Peel Books. Thanks, from a very satisfied mom.

EAN: 9780613024594
Publisher: Bt Bound
Doug Dubosque

A fresh angle at the world

Book title: The Ground Beneath Her Feet : A Novel
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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Right from its VINELANDish opening its clear that this will be a different novel. Maitre R this time pays tribute to the American writers- V2 pops up quite early and the world of fictional characters and an alternative reality is a delight to read. I remember reading R's review of Enigma of Arrival which had a reference to the creation of ....land beneath his feet... and this book further solidifies and gives body to a shaky creation of internationalism. One needs to read it differently than the previous Rushdie books; the language is easier though the discourse doesn't always fuse very well. Old fans need patience: the book resonates long after you finish it. New readers will find a welcome introduction to Rushdian oeuvre.I like this novel more because I have been reading Vollmann, Powers, Wallace and Rushdie balances their view and territory from the other side and the result is sheer pleasure..

EAN: 9780312254995
Pages: 592
Publisher: Picador
Salman Rushdie

Very well chosen group of stories

Book title: The Young Oxford Book of Nasty Endings
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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I enjoyed almost every story in this book---a rarity for a book of short stories. They were all well written, and all had an ending that either you would not have seen coming, or if you did, you still found it a bit of a shock. I loved the story which featured teenagers from different eras in history meeting, and then seeing a young person that looked like he was from prehistoric times---until something tells them otherwise, and the truth is quite a shock! This would be a good collection to upgrade the quality a little of what kids are reading if they are into horror like Goosebumps---stories with some substance but just as gripping---in fact probably much more so.

EAN: 9780192781512
Pages: 216
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Another great novel by Nicholas Sparks

Book title: The Rescue
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
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I have enjoyed other works by Nicholas Sparks, but this one really is the best I've read by him. It really struck home with me, the internal struggles that people have that keep them from being able to love themselves, and to love others. It was as if Sparks could let some light into some past relationship issues that I faced, personally. I couldn't put the book down. It will make you experience every feeling and emotion, as do many of his stories.

EAN: 9780446610391
Pages: 432
Publisher: Warner Books
Nicholas Sparks

An extraordinary book of spiritual insight and wisdom.

Book title: The Divine Conspiracy : Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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I am hesitant to write a review on this book for fear that I am simply not up to the task; no, because I know I am not up to it. This is an extraordinary book of spiritual insight. The most important one I have read outside of the Scriptures themselves. Willard does just what he intends and more - gives us a "fresh" (a somewhat ironic understatement) look at Jesus and His teaching by taking the ancient, sacred truths and, through his gift for understanding and writing, opens our eyes to see them as though for the first time. He reminds me of Muggeridge in this regard. One comes away with what the "good life" and a "good person" really represent. Truly powerful and important. I agree with R. Foster; it is the book I have been waiting for all of my life.

EAN: 9780006281146
Publisher: Harpercollins Pub Ltd
Dallas Willard

you will not be able to stop devouring pure literature

Book title: Leviathan (Contemporary American Fiction)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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You cannot stop reading the book, but you are at the same time conscious that this is not the typical-cheap-bestseller, this is what will be taught next century in school. This is the writing that will stand for the end of the century in the future. It all seems real. The characters are so rich you can't help taking them with you all day. You manage to feel so "in the story" that you wish things weren't going the way the words say. Maria, Fanny, Peter and Ben have existed!!

EAN: 9780140178135
Pages: 288
Publisher: Penguin Books
Paul Auster

Informative and Moving. Authentic Voice

Book title: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: With "a True Tale of Slavery" (Penguin Classics)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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Harriet Jacobs book, like Frederic Douglass Narrative of the Life of a Slave, is a moving and enlightening reading experience that helps us understand the horrors of slavery. Jacobs is a brave woman and she informs us with honest voice of the truth of American history. We need to read such books to truly understand our African American sisters and brothers. These first hand accounts are invaluable personal histories, far more moving than an polemic or dry social studies book. I recommend that all teachers offer such reading to their students far and wide. These are the truths that must be shared for humanity to triumph. Daniela Gioseffi, Professor of Multicultural Literature, Author of ON PREJUDICE: A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE (Anchor/Doubleday, 1993.)

EAN: 9780140437959
Pages: 277
Publisher: Penguin Books
Harriet A. Jacobs
John S. Jacobs

The Giver- An Editorial

Book title: The Giver (Newbery Medal Book)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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I would reccomend this book because it is like something no one has ever experienced. The feeling of no color symbolized things Jonas thinks is amazing that we take for granted. Family units show how we take our parents for granted, siblings, pets. The feeling of love towards Gabe that Jonas experienced is something we can all relate to.
Elsewhere is like Heaven. The sled, the beautiful lights... a feeling of joy. This book is full of emotions; happiness, love, sorrow, anger; true anger, and pain. The Giver is THE best!

EAN: 0046442645669
Pages: 192
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin/Walter Lorraine Books
Lois Lowry

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