Yes, it DID change my life, for better

Book title: The Fountainhead
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
The Fountainhead - book cover picture

What can one say about a novel so extraordinary, so rich in "human" characteristics? Here I was, drifting through life, nearly lost as a twenty three year old. Aimless. Then I was introduced to Miss Rand's genius via The Fountainhead. I have read this novel 25 times, cover to cover, since being introduced to it in the late Seventies. I've never looked back. Young American's desperately need to be introduced to this artwork. It will save a lot of growing pains, let me tell you! Don't hesitate in purchasing, then reading, this book, for he who hesitates, is lost. However, this novel was written to assist anyone who chooses reading it, to find your "self." Indeed the most sacred possession we have.

EAN: 9780026009102
Pages: 727
Publisher: MacMillan Publishing Company
Ayn Rand

Journey from light to darkness and back to light

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

Laurie Halse Anderson writes a compelling novel about a teenage girl who suffered a rape at the hands of a popular guy at school. Melinda Sordino was raped at the end-of summer party with her friends. When she calls the police, they bust up the party, yet Melinda is unable to speak of the tragedy she had endured. Her friends think she has betrayed them and Melinda spends the next school year as an outcast. Slowly but surely she works through the pain and is finally able to confess what had happened to her when her ex-friend starts dating the rapist. This powerful story of a teenage girl's journey back to the light after much suffering will capture the heart of the reader. Melinda's courage and ultimate triumph over her demons will leave the reader cheering through tears. Anderson captures the heart-wrenching harshness of Melinda's struggle for acceptance of her peers and her self.

EAN: 9780141310886
Pages: 208
Publisher: Puffin
Laurie Halse Anderson

Finest last line of any book I've ever read

Book title: Lincoln's Dreams
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Lincoln's Dreams - book cover picture

...but if you don't read the book first, it won't mean a thing. Yes, this book moves more slowly than some of Willis's later books, but it is far from boring. Each detail builds to an inevitable climax, the reader feeling the same mixture of doom and hope that Jeff does.

I have loved this book for a long time, so much that when asked to lend it, I bought a second copy in case the first never came back.

EAN: 9780553270259
Pages: 256
Publisher: Spectra
Connie Willis


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

This is actually my favorite Stephenson book. As a writer, his curse is usually that he lets the plot go spiraling wildly out of control. Stephenson's books usually don't so much end as grind to a halt. Zodiac is a pleasant exception. Its taut plotting and brevity is clearly modeled on the great detective novels of Dashiell Hammet et al, and doesn't stray into self-importance, and it still has all the wit that makes his books so much fun. Great reading!

EAN: 9780553573862
Pages: 320
Publisher: Spectra
Neal Stephenson

An excellent resource

Book title: Hot Plants for Cool Climates : Gardening with Tropical Plants in Temperate Zones
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Hot Plants for Cool Climates : Gardening with Tropical Plants in Temperate Zones - book cover picture

As a professional horticulturist gardening in zones 5 through 7, I have searched high and low for a good reference book on tropical and subtropical plants. At last I have found it!Hot Plants for Cool Climates is informative, interesting and well-organized. The design suggestions are new and exciting, and the encyclopedia is stuffed with detailed information regarding cultivation. Particularly helpful were the cultivar names listed under each species (god help me, how did they ever whittle down the list under Coleus?) and the overwintering tips. Serious amateurs and professionals alike will benefit from owning this book.

EAN: 0046442963237
Pages: 224
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Dennis Schrader
Susan A. Roth
Susan Roth

The standard cookbook in our house

Book title: Jane Brody's Good Food Book : Living the High-Carbohydrate Way
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Jane Brody's Good Food Book : Living the High-Carbohydrate Way - book cover picture

I love to read cookbooks, and I credit Jane Brody for that! My mother gave me this book years ago when I was trying to eat healthier and it worked. The information on nutrition in the beginning of the book is excellent and I have referred to it again and again. When I got married to a man who would almost rather eat dirt than eat "healthy" food, I won him over with recipes from this book. Now my kids love them, too. I can't say enough good things about Jane Brody - I also have her "Good Food Gourmet" - another triumph and a staple in my kitchen.

EAN: 9780553346183
Pages: 736
Publisher: Bantam
Jane Brody


Book title: Organize Yourself!
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Organize Yourself! - book cover picture

This is a wonderful way to organize yourself, and tips on organizing others. There are many usful lists, such as packing lists, staying overnight, and even grocery. Ronnie has many useful ideas on helping you help yourself. I was thouroughly delighted when reading Organize Yourself. She includes many entertaining stories about her customers to raise your self esstime. (one customer was an a trip and failed to pack her skirts!) Please buy this book and whip yourself into shape!

EAN: 0021898615077
Pages: 320
Publisher: Wiley
Ronni Eisenberg
Kate Kelly

The best book on web usabillity

Book title: Don't Make Me Think : A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (2nd Edition)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Don't Make Me Think : A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (2nd Edition) - book cover picture

Before I bought this book I had bought Jakob Nielsen's book Designing Web Usabillity and thought that it was an awesome book on web usabillity. Then I got Don't Make Me Think and was blown away.
Where Nielsen is often fairly right in his observations he's a bit pretentious in his outlook. Krug is far from that is his book. He offers his insights on the subject in an extremely personable, engaging way. (I read the entire book in one sitting) The writing is succinct and to the point but doesn't read like a text book. He offers you his insights in the context of real world observations which enable you to comprehend the subject all the more easily. If you're looking for a book that will give you a crash course on how to think like a web usabillity expert look no further. If you have a project your working on and are considering usabillity and design issue like I was, I think you will be completely satisfied with the information contained in this book.

EAN: 9780321344755
Pages: 224
Publisher: New Riders Press
Steve Krug

Just because it's challenging doesn't mean it's bad

Book title: Programming Languages: Concepts and Constructs, Second Edition
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Programming Languages: Concepts and Constructs, Second Edition - book cover picture

I hated this book when it was the assigned text in my programming languages course. But having just graduated with a BS in CS, I went back and looked thru this book after seeing the negative reviews here. After taking courses like compiler and multi-threaded programming, I feel the book does an excellent job of showing how programming languages evolved, and why. Some of the examples are a little abstract(i agree that the quilt example is too hard to follow, and is spread over too many pages), but for a book that is trying to show the reasons languages evolved it does a good job.

EAN: 9780201590654
Pages: 640
Publisher: Addison Wesley Publishing Company
Ravi Sethi

A Great Book To Learn About YOUR Government

Book title: Spiritual Politics : Changing the World from the Inside Out
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Spiritual Politics : Changing the World from the Inside Out - book cover picture

It's ridiculous to think that spirituality doesn't play some roll in the political arena. From the time of the founding fathers to modern day, spirituality has and does influence views and decisions within government decisions every day. This book is an excellent introduction with well researched information into how Spirituality has affected laws and policies, how you can participate to make change for the future, and gives wonderful insight into little known historical facts. A must read for every student of governement.

EAN: 9780345369833
Pages: 475
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Corinne Mclaughlin

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