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I Remember Nothing: and Other Reflections
Once again Nora Ephron gives us the chance to pretend we are her best friend and that's a great thing. Nora Ephron is one of the great essayists around. This book, like I Feel Bad About My Neck, is …
reviewed Metropolitan Museum of Art. October 31, 2010
I often tell people, there is no greater museum city in the world than Washington, DC and having done a lot of traveling, I am pretty sure of what I say. But my favorite art museum? It has to be the Met.    …
reviewed Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from.... October 31, 2010
Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg
The Smithsonian Museum of American Art has a terrific exhibition on right now.  Steven Spielberg and George Lucas have done something wonderful.  They have lent their Norman Rockwell collection …
reviewed Bored to Death. October 30, 2010
Board To Death Jason Schwartzman
If you have a dry sense of humor and a sense of the absurd, this show may be a real find for you.    Here's the plot. Jonathan, a struggling novelist with a single book under his belt, …
reviewed Elmer Blunt's Open House. October 30, 2010
Elmer Blunt's Open House
Elmer Blunt's Open House still sits on my study bookshelf, though my youngest child is seventeen. I plan to have it around always.      Turning the pages of Elmer Blunt's Open …
A Journey: My Political Life
I've read a lot of political memoirs, but I have never read a book, by a head of state, that was quite like this one.      Tony Blair's book , A Journey: My Political Life …
How To Cook Everything
Lets say you don't know how to cook, or you know how to do a limited number of dishes.  (What I call the amateur with the "specialty."  I-can-cook-I-make-great-spaghetti-sauce …
reviewed Teach: Tony Danza. October 11, 2010
Teach: Tony Danza
Have you ever thought that it might be fun or rewarding to go back to high school and teach school?  Have you ever asked yourself (when struggling with your own teenager) what it would be like to …
reviewed Waiting For Superman. October 10, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Waiting For Superman
In Waiting for Superman, David Guggenheim's riviting documentary about America's school systems, he asks the question many parents have been asking. If our teachers are central to the performance of a …
reviewed Queen Victoria Bed and Breakfast. October 09, 2010
posted in Unique Hotels
queen victoria bed and breakfast
The Queen Victoria is the kind of bed and breakfast that I imagine Lily Langtree would have liked.  Not only does it have wonderful decor, beautiful gardens and spaceous rooms, just being there …
reviewed Borthwick Castle. October 07, 2010
posted in Unique Hotels
Borthwick castle
When you enter Borthwick Castle for the first time everyone makes it clear immediately. You are a guest, not a customer. My husband and I arrived and the staff greeted us as though we were expected guests, …
Master and Commander
Master and Commander is a very good book, but it starts off a series that's a masterpiece. That's what every reader or rather reader/audio book listener, should keep in mind when beginning this …
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
There are not many movies that actually enhance the reading of a good book, much less books, but Master and Commander does exactly that.     Patrick O'Brian's Aubery-Maturin series …
Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with
Few people remember how hard America tried to stay out of World War II. Even as Hitler moved from country to country, many Americans, our Ambassador to England Joseph P. Kennedy in particular, were determined …
The Rules of Work, Expanded Edition: A Definitive
If you are an experienced professional looking for a way to give some good advice to a relatively inexperienced colleague, the Table of Contents in The Rules of Work is probably going to "wow" you. I …
reviewed Durable Flexible Pink Silicone Skin C.... August 14, 2010
Durable Flexible Pink Silicone Skin Case + Car +
These chargers work very well. They were much cheaper than the original plugin charger that came with my Sansa clip and work just as well. I am delighted with them.
reviewed Original Sobakawa Buckwheat Pillow - .... August 13, 2010
Original Sobakawa Buckwheat Pillow - Off-White
The first time I read about buckwheat pillows I got the impression that they are the kind of healthy thing that you have to make yourself use. Yes, the pillows give good support, but they sounded uncomfortable …
reviewed The Coral Thief: A Novel. August 12, 2010
The Coral Thief: A Novel
In the Coral Thief Rebecca Stott paints a fascinating picture of post Napoleonic Paris--a place being stripped of the loot of empire after the final battle. Napoleon's legacy is what makes this book sing. …
reviewed Generations, Inc.: From Boomers to Li.... August 12, 2010
Generations, Inc.: From Boomers to
Back in 1992, two professors, Straus and Howe, wrote a book called Generations, which laid out, for the first time, the idea that each American generation has specific characteristics and that many if …
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel (Random
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand is an easy book to underestimate. On the surface it's a gentle love story between the hopelessly conventional aging widower Major Pettigrew and the only slightly less conventional …
One Day (Vintage Contemporaries Original)
If each of us sat down once a year and recorded a day, the same day for twenty years, what would be the result? Would we find a mismosh of entering and disappearing characters? A steady trajectory towards …
The Woman in White (Part 1 of 2 parts)(Library
Roger Rees (Nicholas Nicholby, The West Wing, Cheers) heads a strong troop of actors who bring so much life to The Woman in White, that this audio book is (in some ways) superior to simply reading the …
The Wall Street Professional's Survival Guide:
As an executive recruiter who has specialized in financial services for years, I can't begin to say how impressed I am with this book. Anyone who works on Wall Street knows that financial services is …
Tell Me Where It Hurts: A Day of Humor, Healing,
Though there's a very cute dog on the cover of Tell Me Where it Hurts, this book is not All Creatures Great and Small nor Marley & Me, but once you get past that, its a very interesting description …
China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising
Rob Gifford is that rarest of birds, a westerner who speaks and writes Chinese well enough to explain, not only what is going on, but the nuances of what is meant. In China Road Gifford describes his …
Lost on Planet China: The Strange and True Story
There are points in Maarten Troost's Lost on Plant China when you just want to tell him to stop whining.    Co'mon Maarten! If you wanted to go to a country where they ate cornflakes …
Out of Mao's Shadow: The Struggle for the Soul of
There were parts of Out of Mao's Shadow that reminded me of those ambiguous shadow pictures that look like one thing one minute, and then, when you look again, become something else. In Out of Mao's Shadow …
Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life
Anyone old enough to remember the announcement of Queen Noor's marriage to King Hussain will remember the surprise that Americans felt to learn that one of their own was about to become royalty. In the …
The Invisible Employee: Realizing the Hidden
The Invisable Employee makes a valid point, but its certainly not a groundbreaking one and it doesn't address the problem promised in the title. The premise of The Invisible Employee is that most people …
Use Your Head to Get Your Foot in the Door: Job
Harvey Mackay's writing voice, his tales of firing, career disaster and career repair for those who are fifty and over, rings with authenticity. If you are tired of career guides and how-to-find-a-job …
Born Round (An Unabridged Production)
If you are like me you will begin this book hoping to hear the background of a restaurant critic for the New York Times, the person who tells so many of us the ups and downs eating in one of the world's …
A.I.M.: The Powerful 10-Step Personal and Career
Whether you love A.I.M.: The Powerful 10-Step Personal and Career Success Program may depend upon how many other such programs you've read or learned. There's nothing bad about the A.I.M. program, but …
A Colossal Failure of Common Sense: The Inside
There are some really great things about A Collossal Failure of Common Sense, and some embarrassingly bad ones. What's great about the book is McDonald's passionate belief in his own words, and the fact …
Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall
Too Big Too Fail is exciting sometimes, no question,even though the interested reader may find herself wondering how the mess came about, and getting no answers.    The book is its …
reviewed Appetite for Life. May 23, 2010
Appetite for Life
Julia Child is such a fascinating subject that it's almost impossible for a biographer who does good research, to write a dull book. Appitite for Life turns out to be an extremely uneven book. When the …
My Fair Lazy: One Reality Television Addict's
Jen Lancaster's My Fair Lazy took a bit more time to get to me than her other books. My Fair Lazy chronicles Jen's decision to broaden her horizons beyond the world of reality TV, pork chops and pop music. …
Perspectives on Managing Employees
Perspectives on Managing Employees gets its low rating because the title is misleading. Perspectives on Managing Employees is not book for managers and its not really about managing nor even supervising, …
Financial Statements: A Step-by-Step Guide to
Businesses are filled with gifted, driven and dedicated managers who trained for years to be good at their jobs--and who lack the most basic financial knowledge. These professionals can get along for …
Strategic Staffing: A Comprehensive System for
It was tough to assign the rating to Strategic Staffing: A Comprehensive System for Effective Workforce Planning. The book gets its three stars because the overall framework it provides is enormously …
Investing in People: Financial Impact of Human
Investing in People is a valuable, technical resource that is probably most useful to Human Resource professionals in large corporations or labor intensive organizations. The title is a bit misleading …
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