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reviewed Divergent. June 03, 2013
I personally am I huge fan of dystopian set books. Divergent was another one of these, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Think The Hunger Games meets The Princess Diaries. Young girl taken from her usual lifestyle …
reviewed Live Now: Artful Messages of Hope, Ha.... June 03, 2013
Live Now: Artful Messages of Hope, Happiness & Healing
I've heard people say that great things come in small packages, and after having received this wonderful little book as a gift, I need no convincing.   Live Now is as exquisite an expression …
reviewed Where Should I Live When I Retire?: A.... May 30, 2013
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Where Should I Live When I Retire?: A Guide to Continuing-Care Communities
Neither did I until I read Chapter 8, "The First Year and Beyond" of Bernice Kohn Hunt's 2006 WHERE SHOULD I LIVE WHEN I RETIRE? A GUIDE TO CONTINUING-CARE (Retirement) COMMUNITIES...acronym …
reviewed The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt. May 12, 2013
The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt
This is a supurb researched biography of one of the most colorful, revered presidents of the 20th century. For anyone who has unfortunately grown cynical and tired of the political and social cliched …
reviewed Profiles in Courage. May 12, 2013
Profiles in Courage
Joh F. Kennedy's Pulitzer Prize winning Profiles In Courage is not an in-depth historical text, true, and it should not be read that way. If any reader was and is expecting to find fascinating, long …
reviewed Ironweed: A novel. May 11, 2013
Ironweed: A novel
In life, we all make mistakes, some more than others. People do not grow into faultless perfection. That is something that is done through hard work and deep thought, and even then, it is not fully achieved …
reviewed Proof: A Play. May 11, 2013
Proof: A Play
To use hyperbole to express onto readers the profundity and intelligence or 'mother wit' of this play would not do it a hint of justice, but rather, it would be another run-of-the-mill complementary …
reviewed In Cold Blood. May 11, 2013
In Cold Blood
The murders that are graphically depicted in Truman Capote's In Cold Blood -which is now universally recognized more for its writing than anything else- are nauseating, grisly and malicious; these …
reviewed The Absence of Nectar. May 11, 2013
The Absence of Nectar
A multi-layered, rousing novel of suspense that fuses psychological terror and violence with childhood innocence, The Absence of Nectar is a novel that is unified by different literary genres that forms …
reviewed On Writing Well, 25th Anniversary: Th.... May 11, 2013
On Writing Well, 25th Anniversary: The Classic
Informational, witty, clear-cut and a simple enjoyment to read and learn from, William Zinsser's On Writing Well is a splendid reference tool, especially for those writers who specifically favor …
reviewed Hostage to the Devil: The Possession .... May 11, 2013
Hostage to the Devil: The Possession and Exorcism
As it reads in chapter twelve-43 through 45-in the Book of St. Matthew: "When the spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest and findeth none. Then he saith, I will …
reviewed Frankenstein. May 11, 2013
If a reader was to compare the macabre gothic darkness in the novels of Frankenstein, Dracula and The Phantom of the Opera, one would believe that the element of horror and depravity in each book would …
reviewed Less Than Zero. May 10, 2013
Less Than Zero
Written in clear, simple, matter-of-fact prose, Less Than Zero, is a chillingly disturbing and hair-raising novel that hones in specifically on L.A.'s edgy, filthy and unrepentant subculture, where …
reviewed Diary: Divine Mercy in My Soul. May 10, 2013
The Divine Mercy in My Soul by Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska or the "Apostle of the Divine Mercy," is very much a passionate and eye-opening diary, comprising of six notebooks, that are filled …
reviewed The Remains of the Day. May 10, 2013
Ishiguro's Remains of the Day
To be a positive contributor to society and the important issues that flow within it, is something, for the most part, that people yearn to be. They want to offer the best of themselves-their talents, …
reviewed Doubt: A Parable. May 10, 2013
Doubt: A Parable
Sometimes a media blitzkrieg on a particular issue, in this case, the unraveling clergy sex scandal within the Catholic Church, can be so over dominant to the extreme that the genuine horror of its totality …
reviewed The Clown (Classic, 20th-Century, Pen.... May 09, 2013
The Clown (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)
A grim post-war novel abounding in fatalism, doubt, sarcasm, loss and survival, Heinrich Boll's exploration is a true literary masterpiece that could make one almost wince in its no-holds-bar truth …
reviewed The Yearling. May 09, 2013
The Yearling
In past reviews, people have speculated that if The Yearling were to have been published in today's times, would it still have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Literature. For me, I would have …
reviewed Seductive Poison: A Jonestown Survivo.... May 08, 2013
I had seen a documentary a while back on PBS, and Deborah Layton was one of the many former members and survivors who gave commentary on People's Temple and specifically the Rev. Jim Jones. In introducing …
reviewed A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity. May 08, 2013
A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity
Like many, I too am an admirer of Bill O'Reilly and of the Fox News Network. I enjoy the O'Reilly Factor primarily because he is a man with common sense who cuts through the bull of Washington …
reviewed The Imposter - How a Juvenile Crimina.... May 07, 2013
The Imposter - How a Juvenile Criminal Succeeded
I will admit that I am not much of a reader of self-help/transformation books. The preamble for most of them starts off with, "Do you like the way things are going in your life?" Perhaps that's …
reviewed The Land of Green Plums. May 07, 2013
The Land of Green Plums
For anyone who has ever believed that socialism of any kind was or is a good thing, Herta Muller's The Land of Green Plums would be an eye-opening novel that might make you think otherwise. My father, …
reviewed The Appointment: A Novel. May 07, 2013
The Appointment: A Novel
The Appointment illustrates once more why Herta Muller is a European writer to be reckoned with. She has, without question, a keen eye and a no-holds-bar understanding of the deadening power that Communism …
reviewed The Passport (Masks). May 06, 2013
The Passport (Masks)
The Passport is a novella consisting of only 93 pages with the primary focus being on the Banat region of Romania and the Swabians in particular, the German speaking minority residents who occupy that …
reviewed Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, .... May 06, 2013
Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime
For political junkies the 2008 presidential campaign was a feast that satiated many desires, for it was the mother of all soap operas that had a vast array of characters with flaws and more than an abundance …
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