Wins One Over

Book title: Saturday : A Novel (Random House Large Print)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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This is not my normal genre. I started off thinking that I would not finish this book. Soon I was as engrossed in Saturday as I usually am with my usual thriller or story of historical fixtion. His detailed description of the many situations his protagonist encounters during the day are often rivetting. His ability to not only portray the thoughts of the narrator, but the others in the events was very interesting.

EAN: 9780375435324
Pages: 432
Publisher: Random House Large Print
Ian Mcewan

A real eye opener

Book title: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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I read this book while I was on a remote tour from my family in Korea for a year. I just finished, and came here to buy a copy for myself and hopefully, my wife will want to read it to. The amazing thing about it was it made me feel closer to my wife and two children while I was 10,000 miles away than when I was home! It made me pause and do some soul searching to realize "I do that, and I should stop". I did a personal mission statement and it was shocking to me. I encourage everyone who has a family to read this book. I won't say "it's changed my life", I think that's a bit trite, but it has opened my eyes. I feel it can do the same for most folks!

EAN: 0033500440083
Pages: 390
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Stephen R. Covey


Book title: Born Confused
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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When I saw this at my school library was ecstatic, jumping in the aisles that there was a book about the Indian American Teenage Life written by an Indian American herself. Although the novel is 400 pages, I was done within two days because I just couldn't put it down. The story is common, about a girl trying to find out who she is, but the way it is told, is what makes this a fantastic novel. It has humor,sadness, love, and if you're an Indian American Teenage girl you can definitely relate to the character. Her parents are a riot and her best friend sort of reminds you of your own. A good Read!

EAN: 9780439510110
Pages: 512
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Tanuja Desai Hidier

The '60s, the South, and being 14.

Book title: The Secret Life of Bees
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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Wonderful book, just beautifully written and believably told through the eyes of a 14-year-old girl. The story is set in the south, in the 60s, just after the Civil Rights Act was passed. The tale is as much an accounting of the fear-based reaction of southerners to the forces of changing times as it is about the search for acceptance and love, the deep need for parental love: the love that deems you worthy enough to walk this planet. It is about finding the Goddess within, and bravery, and taking risks, and for standing up for what you know in your heart to be true. And, it's about bees and their fascinating lives and social order - how we're the same and how we're different.

EAN: 9780142001745
Pages: 336
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Sue Kidd

A must read book for a mom as well as stepmom.

Book title: Stepmom
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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Being a stepmom is a real rough job. People automatically assume that you are some kind of home wrecker and end up not giving you a chance when all you want is to love and be loved! I love my husband and everything about him, even his 6yr. old daughter.But it sure is hard not to take things personally. I saw myself and stepdaughter so many times in the book and it made me feel like I wasn't alone. Mom's and stepmoms should definatly read it!!

EAN: 9780446607537
Pages: 240
Publisher: Warner Books
Maggie Robb

A promising start to a new epic saga from TOR

Book title: Lord of the Isles (Lord of the Isles)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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I was very impressed by LORD OF THE ISLES. It upholds TOR's high standards of epic fantasy. In the tradition of Robert Jordan and Terry Goodkind, Drake's novel is noteworthy for its interesting characters and attention to detail. I look forward to QUEEN OF DEMONS, the second volume of this epic saga. Drake has the makings of a master fantasist, though most readers probably know of him through his superb military fiction. If you're looking for something good to read until the next Wheel of Time novel is published, give LORD OF THE ISLES a try.

EAN: 9780312853969
Pages: 459
Publisher: Tor Books
David Drake
David G. Hartwell


Book title: Pope Joan : A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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I started reading Pope Joan in self-defense because all my friends had read it. I ended reading Pope Joan in awe. It is inspirational in that it brings to light the social problems existent in a yesteryear so equated to today's male/female soicio-economic structure. The religious philosophies of bygone days portrayed in the book are adherent of a structure not so unchanged in this 21st century. The story brings to light the steadfast desire of a young woman to become educated; it follows her entrance into the religious life as a disguised contemporary of the ruling male populous of the church. Joan accomplishes what no other woman ever has - but who is to say that it cannot happen again? Excellent reading. I now discuss this book with my friends. Read it and do the same.

EAN: 9780345416261
Pages: 448
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Donna Cross

Perfect book for a vacation or lazy weekend

Book title: Afterburn
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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In a last minute attempt to find a perfect book for vacation, I picked up "Afterburn." But moments after I purchased it, I had second thoughts. I figured it would just be another book in the Grisham, et al. genre. Boy, was I wrong. The twists and turns were completely upredictable. And the characters were remarkably well drawn. This is a perfect vacation read and worthy of excellent word of mouth.

EAN: 9780374102050
Pages: 416
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Colin Harrison


Book title: The Guru's Guide to Transact-SQL
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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The thing that blew me away about this book is how well written it is. Henderson has a way of explaining the most difficult concepts is prose that is nitpickingly detailed, yet friendly and readable. The explanation and examples of tsql functions that do statististical calculations was marvelous. Absolutely excellent. The same is true of the rest of the book. It's definitely head and shoulders about the other tsql books out there, especially the one I got last week by Moreau and co. which I am considering returning.

EAN: 0785342615760
Pages: 592
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Ken Henderson

Rogue Squadron 2 The Saga Continues.....................

Book title: Wedges Gamble (Star Wars: X-Wing Series, Book 2)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Audio Cassette
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Since throughly enjoying the first episode of the Rogue Squadron, I eagerly lapped up the second with relish. I was not going to be let down, Stackpole has bettered the first book, by delving into the main characters even more. The story grabs you and leads you down into the adventurus world of the X-wing pilots, we share their fears, their concerns, their victories and their losses. The characters and storyline have grown so large, that I am surprised that they have not featured in any of the other novels. Once again a big WELL DONE, and may there be many more coming

EAN: 9780553474190
Publisher: Random House Audio
Michael A. Stackpole

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