Well-written and sympathetic; not condescending


Book title: Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat - book cover picture

I always find Sacks's works well-written and moving. He seems to have the gift of putting himself in the patient's place, never condescending, always accepting.It's unfortunate perhaps that some reviewers find Sacks 'disrespectful' to the 'mentally ill'. But Sacks's patients aren't mentally ill; they have neurological illnesses. To confuse the two is to grievously insult both the mentally ill *and* the neurologically ill. As a neuro patient I've had my fill of the falsely kind, condescending and ignorant; Sacks is none of the above, and that is why his works are so appealing.

EAN: 9780330294911
Publisher: Pan Books Ltd
Authors:
Oliver Sacks



Unbelievable and awesome


Book title: Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War - book cover picture

Wow! This account of the battle is amazing. If you've seen the movie, you've got to read this book. If you haven't seen the movie, you've got to read this book. If you don't know anything about this courageous and heart-stopping battle, then you are missing out and definitely must read this book. It tells the story of brotherhood, honor and courage. You will not put this one down for a while and you will certainly not forget this story for a long time. A must read now during this time when American troops are abroad in conflict.

EAN: 9780140288506
Pages: 392
Publisher: Penguin Books
Authors:
Mark Bowden



Peter & Rina finally tie the Knot!


Book title: Day of Atonement (Peter Decker & Rina Lazarus Novels (Paperback))
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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What a "Honeymoon", there doesn't seem anything that doesn't happen to the New Mr.& Mrs. Decker. Wonderful fast read, great insight on the Jewish Orthodox community. Peter is confronted by his on heritage & Rina is a true fiesty heroine with a mind of her own. Sadly this book shows no one is immune to the trouble of your society & it touches even the most protected children.

EAN: 9780449003237
Pages: 368
Publisher: Fawcett
Authors:
Faye Kellerman



Informative and interesting--but heavy


Book title: Art History Revised (Trade) (2nd Edition)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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This text has been quite an interesting read; while I haven't exactly poured over all of its length, the cestions I have read for my art history class are full of things like methods, media, and social information. ..The only thing to watch our for is: This book weighs ten pounds. It is *very heavy* to carry back and forth to class and I avoid that whenever possible. If the class can be managed by buying only Volume 1 or Volume 2 of this text, that would be the way to go. But otherwise it's excellent.

EAN: 0076092099000
Pages: 1264
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors:
Marilyn Stokstad



The only logic book you'll ever need


Book title: The Riddle of Scheherazade: And Other Amazing Puzzles
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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Seeing my frustration at being thoroughly unchallenged in logic in my math class at school, my mom bought me this book. I owe her one. There are coercive logic puzzles, easy but sneaky riddles, and math games. There are liar/truthteller problems to keep you guessing for hours. That said, this is also a great book to read on a plane. It is so complete, you will never need another brainteaser book. That is, until you memorize all the questions.

EAN: 9780156006064
Pages: 240
Publisher: Harvest Books
Authors:
Raymond Smullyan



Excellent


Book title: Lance Armstrong's War: One Man's Battle Against Fate, Fame, Love, Death, Scandal, and a Few Other Rivals on the Road to the Tour de France
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Lance Armstrong's War: One Man's Battle Against Fate, Fame, Love, Death, Scandal, and a Few Other Rivals on the Road to the Tour de France - book cover picture

I love people who rate a book without even bothering to read it first.

Whether or not you think Lance is "arrogant" or at fault for leaving his wife (which of course, you have no idea what really happened. How can we judge something we know nothing about? She might have kicked him out, or they just grew apart. Get over it.), this book is brilliantly reported and written. It gives a no-holds barred glimpse into not only Lance, but into his main rivals and his friends.

I found it completely engrossing to get details about the training, nutrition, and dedication that goes into a pro cyclist's season. It is truly remarkable what these people put themselves through.

This is not a hero tribute to Lance. In fact, in times, Lance is not portrayed in the best light. But, it makes him human to those of us who only know him from the TV.

Fantastic.

EAN: 9780060734978
Pages: 336
Publisher: HarperCollins
Authors:
Daniel Coyle



Absolutely breath-taking!


Book title: Killing Mr. Griffin (Laurel Leaf Books)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
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Being a Lois Duncan fan for quite awhile now, I am not surprise at all that she can write the way she does. What am I very pleased with is how she does little details that no one ever notices and then from that...it causes things to "spill" and the story to go on from that. I absolutely loved this book and soon plan to read more of her books as well. THe ending was dreadfully sad...this book shows much of Miss Duncan's talents.

EAN: 9780440945154
Pages: 224
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Authors:
Lois Duncan



Use it for life!


Book title: Writers Inc
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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I bought this book in 1993 as a requirement for my high school freshman English class. I have used it so much over the years that the spine is barely holding together! The information is laid out so simply and it is wonderfully easy to understand. The only reason you'll ever need to update it is to keep up with new rules on sourcing. My copy was written before there were even encyclopedias on CD-rom, much less the internet! But I still use it today -- 10 years and a master's degree later!

EAN: 9780669385601
Pages: 360
Publisher: Great Source Education Group
Authors:
Patrick Sebranek



darkness will prevail!


Book title: Wuthering Heights
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Audio Cassette
Wuthering Heights - book cover picture

this book has haunted me from the day i've read it. however i'd read it again because it is written so well. Heathcliff and cathy show a love so intense and deep that hatred creeps into those very soulls who once loved more. a story which unfolds gradually, emily bronte has shown immense skill and talent and in the end produced a masterpiece which will never be forgotten.be patient though, it gets too dark and slow at times. but do read it ........its definitely worth it.

EAN: 9780001046405
Publisher: Trafalgar Square Publishing
Authors:
Emily Bronte



An excellent book on Hannibal by a Civil War Cavalry man


Book title: Hannibal: A History of the Art of War Among the Carthagonians and Romans Down to the Battle of Pydna, 168 B.C., With a Detailed Account of the Secon
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Hannibal: A History of the Art of War Among the Carthagonians and Romans Down to the Battle of Pydna, 168 B.C., With a Detailed Account of the Secon - book cover picture

I really enjoyed this book. He traveled there to see for himself the sights and explore the possible Alp routes. Some of the illustrations off Adrian's column are anachronistic but he cautions his readers on this. He has a cavalry soldier's insights into some situations, he shows how Hannibal's genius still shined long after Cannae. He is a good guide on how to read between the lines of Livy (the Nola battles for example). The narrative flows easily and is very well researched.

EAN: 9780306806544
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Authors:
Theodore Ayrault Dodge



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