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reviewed The Help. April 18, 2009
The Help
Nothing that I write is going to do this novel justice. This book speaks for itself.    A brilliant debut by Kathryn Stockett that will become a classic. An excellent example of strong …
reviewed The Help. April 18, 2009
The Help
The astounding singer, Nina Simone wrote the song, "Mississippi Goddam" in 1964 in response to the merciless 1963 killing of civil rights leader, Medgar Evers in Jackson, Mississippi. Mississippi. The …
reviewed The Help. April 09, 2009
The Help
From page one until almost the last, this story impressed me on many levels--      As a writer, I was impressed and envious that a first novel could be SO good.      …
reviewed The Help. March 08, 2009
The Help
Karthryn Stockett has made a bold, brilliant and successful effort with her first novel, The Help. I found the writing amazingly poignant. The author vividly takes you into the lives of a number of characters …
reviewed John Adams (David McCullough book). March 01, 2009
John Adams
McCullough has done a great service in reminding us what an important influence John Adams had in the founding of our nation. He is too often a forgotten figure in our nation's pantheon of founders. Adams' …
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It's refreshing to see a serious sports biography about a legend. So many sports and entertainment biographies are puff pieces and not worth the paper they're printed on. This biography is well researched, …
reviewed The Help. February 16, 2009
The Help
An awesome portrayal of the incredibly complex dynamic between the "colored help" or domestics, and their White employers. Set in the town of Jackson, Mississippi in the 60s, the novel revolves around …
reviewed The Help. February 10, 2009
The Help
This book is well-written on so many levels. It's one of the books about which I want to simply say, "Read it. Trust me -- just read it." But I'll try to be more specific. The story is clearly told using …
reviewed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. January 07, 2009
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millenium
This is probably the best book I have read since The Devil in the White City. I couldn't put it down and it has all the elements I look for in a good book! Mikhael Bloomvist (excuse me if I misspell any …
reviewed American Notes: A Journey. December 28, 2008
American Notes: A Journey
Pros: Excellent, entertaining travel log that presents fascinating aspects of American culture.     Cons: Not politically-correct, by modern standards.     The …
reviewed Snow Falling on Cedars: A Novel. November 29, 2008
Snow Falling on Cedars: A Novel
It seems that Guterson has several types of readers for this novel. There are those who come to it for the sake of the place. (And what a beautiful place it is.) There are those who come to it for the …
reviewed Lord Jim. November 22, 2008
Lord Jim
A Grand Ungodly Godlike Narrator, November 22, 2008  By Giordano Bruno (Wherever I am, I am.) - See all my reviews     That title is a knock-off of Ishmael's description …
reviewed Lord Jim. November 22, 2008
Lord Jim
By Giordano Bruno (Wherever I am, I am.) - See all my reviews     That title is a knock-off of Ishmael's description of Captain Ahab in Melville's Moby Dick. My guess is that Joseph …
reviewed Lord Jim. November 22, 2008
Lord Jim
That title is a knock-off of Ishmael's description of Captain Ahab in Melville's Moby Dick. My guess is that Joseph Conrad never read Moby Dick. His writing career unfolded during the decades before the …
reviewed Our Mutual Friend (Modern Library Cla.... September 17, 2008
Our Mutual Friend (Modern Library Classics)
The filth upon which wealth and pomp can be constructed is a central image in this, Dickens's deepest and darkest novel. The tale revolves around an inheritance based on London's trash. The River Thames …
reviewed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. September 16, 2008
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millenium
The first of a trilogy (Millennium), Swedish author and journalist Larsson's debut thriller succeeds on so many levels it's hard to know where to begin.    First off, it's an absolute …
reviewed Far from the Madding Crowd (book). July 12, 2008
Far from the Madding Crowd
Pastoral romance is more the stuff of poems than novels. In "Far From The Madding Crowd", the first of his celebrated Wessex novels published in 1874, Thomas Hardy devotes a full-scale narrative to the …
reviewed Cold Mountain. December 03, 2007
Cold Mountain
Even rustic Cold Mountain, NC feels the cold embrace of the Civil War and most of its young men answer the call to fight. Some of the more hardened stay behind and form the Home Guard, which amounts to …
reviewed Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fai.... December 03, 2007
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Diamond has followed the triumph of Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies(W.W. Norton & Co., 1997) with another brilliant take on history, this one with more profound implications concerning …
reviewed Cold Mountain. November 19, 2007
Cold Mountain
I wrote this review when the book was brand new, but am just now getting around to posting some of my older stuff. My take then: "It's time for GONE WITH THE WIND to move over, the Civil War has finally …
reviewed Ball Four, Plus Ball Five: An Update,.... March 24, 2007
When the book "Ball Four" first came out in 1970, it created a major sensation. For it was the first sports book that presented athletes in any light other than as the shining, pristine hero. There had …
reviewed Cold Mountain. March 17, 2007
Cold Mountain
Immense and reaching in its ambition, dense in its verbiage and sense of character and place, chilly in its view of life and man's fate, "Cold Mountain" is aptly titled, even if most of it weren't set …
reviewed Special Topics in Calamity Physics. January 25, 2007
Special Topics in Calamity Physics
It's quite obvious that a lot of learning went into the writing of this book. There are other works scattered throughout the text, all of which connect in some way to the topic being discussed. For a …
reviewed Special Topics in Calamity Physics. January 22, 2007
Special Topics in Calamity Physics
There is a genuine story here, with real characters (see Linda Segar, Creating Unforgettable Characters, Owl 1999). You care about them in the midst of, or perhaps in spite of, the incessant interruptions …
reviewed From Dawn to Decadence: 1500 to the P.... November 23, 2006
From Dawn to Decadence: 1500 to the Present: 500
Given the wonderful reviews below, it would be vain to summarize the structure of this magnificient book. Instead, I'd like to tell you what I think `Dawn to Decadence' can do for you.    * …
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