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The Right Address
The Right Address
by Carrie Karasyov
Edition: Audio CD
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too good to be true, Feb. 15 2005
This review is from: The Right Address (Audio CD)
Recently our book club enjoyed several books, all of which are pretty well known and sought out-so it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that we felt the same way that many others did. McCrae's THE CHILDREN'S CORNER took our breath away with its sordid and deeply probing look at infidelity, loss, love, and the human condition, and the novel PREP wowed us with its concise and straight forward writing and no nonsense way of pacing the plot just so. But THE RIGHT ADDRESS was our favorite. I couldn't put this book down. It is pretty sad to think that this is modeled after real life. If people are so catty at the top, then it is difficult to conceive that people aspire all their lives to live on Park Ave. I laughed out loud reading this book and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I thought the character depictions were quite interesting and from what I understand based off of real people. I think there are websites that unveil the real people that these characters are modeled from. A DEFINITE MUST READ!

A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive
A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive
by Dave Pelzer
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly horrifying and yet uplifting, Feb. 15 2005
This story A CHILD CALLED IT by David Pelzer is about one child's courage to survive. It takes place in 1973 in Daily City, California where there is a child being abused physically and mentally by his own mother. At first he lives a wonderful life with his whole family but one day all of that changed drastically. His mother beat him and actually told him that she hated him. Hate is a very strong word for a child seven or eight years old. As the story goes on in the book he tries to survive his mother's strong words and beatings. This story is sad but very inspirational to all. I recommend that all people should read this book because it shows a lot about parenting and childhood. If you're not deterred by child abuse and enjoyed such books as BARK OF THE DOGWOOD (Though that book is sometimes actually funny), then you'll like this Pelzer book.

Farewell Waltz
Farewell Waltz
by Milan Kundera
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Farewell my lovely . . ., Feb. 15 2005
This review is from: Farewell Waltz (Paperback)
Really a major accomplishment, FAREWELL WALTZ is a must for those interested in Kundera. Look out for the word of a Czech-American "saint" and for the actions the spa fertility doctor undertakes and that is just enough. No other contemporary European author can be so philosophical and funny at the same time as Kundera. I rate this book 10 out of 10, for it is my favorite. Not the most philosophical, although there is that, but the one which introduces readers outside Europe with a very accessible alternative to our expectations of novels. If you enjoyed American novelist Jackson McCrae (CHILDREN'S CORNER and the shocking, funny, and disturbing BARK OF THE DOGWOOD), then you'll probably like "Waltz" as well.

Joke
Joke
by Milan Kundera
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it . . . no joke, Feb. 15 2005
This review is from: Joke (Paperback)
The first thing you notice about this brilliant novel is the narration. It switches narrators repeatedly (a technique that Kundera cannot use today because he puts himself into his novels as the first person writer/narrator, much the same way that McCrae does in his "Bark of the Dogwood"). The idea is that events in real life do not come to us fully formed - we hear one point of view, and another, and another, and it is up to us to unravel the various stories to find out what "really" happened. As everyone knows, one person's point of view will never be the same as another's. The Joke's genius lies in its unabashedly saying exactly that.

Prep: A Novel
Prep: A Novel
by Curtis Sittenfeld
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars All prepped up and no place to go, Feb. 14 2005
This review is from: Prep: A Novel (Hardcover)
What clear and concise writing there is in PREP! A story that seems simple at the outset, compelled me to keep reading and in one day I completed the book. What a relief to have the first person narrative -- knowing that Lee makes it through and somehow integrates all of her experiences into that wonderful reflective melancholy I often experience when looking back on high school or intense times in my life. It captures the 'teen-years' phase in life and also left lots of room for thought on approaching life in general. A superb read. If you enjoyed clear writing with complex psychological implications such as McCrae's CHILDREN'S CORNER, then you'll love this book as well.

Tis: A Memoir
Tis: A Memoir
by Frank McCourt
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tis a good book, Feb. 14 2005
This review is from: Tis: A Memoir (Paperback)
The simple title of Frank McCourt's latest book is an odd couple to the complex content and self-reflection found in TIS. Slightly less depressing than its preceding ANGELA'S ASHES, the book packs thought, emotion, and new found maturity. As young Frankie decides to board a boat to New York, his childhood ends and TIS begins. Through new jobs, new friends, marriage, children, confusion, happiness and ever looming death, you grow and argue with Frank from page one. New experiences are in turn humorous and discouraging; his conclusions of them are honest and profound. As life throws him down, you will fall with him. And every time he gets back up, you will find hope. The story can be related to by anyone with a heart and mind. If you have ever felt loss, confusion, or self-pity and need an answer, here 'Tis. Would also recommend another great memoir/fiction book-----------------------------------BARK OF THE DOGWOOD----for a great time-funny, harrowing, and above all, well-written.

NEW Midnight Cowboy (DVD)
NEW Midnight Cowboy (DVD)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best movie ever made, Feb. 13 2005
This review is from: NEW Midnight Cowboy (DVD) (DVD)
1969 was an excellent year for films.There was Anne of the Thousand Days, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,Hello Dolly,Easy Rider, the list goes on and on.Why is it then that this is the film that won the Academy Awards for best picture,director and screenplay of that year? (and was also given nods for both leading actors). Perhaps the voters over 30 years ago could forsee that this movie would stand the test of time. This is a story that tugged at our heartstrings, and made us up sit up and take notice of the world around us. Joe Buck(John Voight), a naive,good looking,Texas "cowboy", in a get up that looks as if he is Alan Ladd reincarnated, hits the "Big Apple" in hopes of striking it rich (literally) with the ladies there. It isnt long before his hopes are dashed, he is broke,life on the streets of New York is savage.He must do things that turn his stomach in order to survive. He finds himself in need of a friend. The friend comes in the form of one "Ratso" Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman), a sleazy. panderer, who offers Joe a place with him in a condemned apartment building. Ratso takes Joe under his wing, and together they try to survive on one get rich quick scheme after another. These two very different men form a unique bond. Joe has disturbing thoughts of the past, and Ratso has dreams of the future. When Ratso falls ill,though. it is Joe who must care for him. Their friendship moved us then and it will move you now. The actors are phenominal in their performances. Hoffman fresh off his success in "The Graduate" shows us way back then how versitile he is, and Voight the newcomer proved his dramatic skills early on. The director John Schlesinger (Far From the Maddning Crowd) gives us a very realistic view of life on the streets. At the time of it's release this film was rated X (it is R now) and although there are some expicit scenes, the main focus is on the kinship of man. The DVD(MGM) is a nice transfer. The colors ar vibrant. It is in the original widescreen format (with a standard format on the b side of the disc) It is in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround,not the best I have heard done on a film of this age, but still good enough. The soundtrack is wonderful with the great song "Everybody's Talkin". No other special features on the disc itself but it does come with a booklet on the casting and making of the film, along with some other interesting facts about it.

In Cold Blood
In Cold Blood
by Truman Capote
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cold blooded killers in Kansas--film at eleven, Feb. 12 2005
This review is from: In Cold Blood (Paperback)
Our book club recently took on IN COLD BLOOD as part of our "Southern author" series. The book before that was equally as good-MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL, and that was followed by the riveting and jaw-dropping novel of Jackson McCrae, his now famous BARK OF THE DOGWOOD. Of the three (which we all liked) BLOOD was the most spellbinding. And why not? I took a few minutes to read through the other reviews for Truman Capote's: In Cold Blood. It really disappointed me to learn that the people who have taken the time to read this book are focusing on such unimportant aspects. I've read that people gained a better understanding of the legal system, were able to see inside the heads of two very mentally ill people, enjoyed being fascinated about the diversity of our society and the triumphs of law enforcement. Yes, this is all well and good, but would it really hurt so much to dig past the bluntly obvious? Of course it does all of that, but much, much more. Studying criminal psychology, I read many accounts of murders and dreadful crimes. Not once have I ever come across something of this nature retold with such delicacy and beauty as In Cold Blood is built with. Capote has portrayed a terribly gruesome murder in just enough of the right light for the reader to stomach it; to envision it; to judge it, with fairness and reality; to gain appropriate perspective of the shape a mind takes when overcome by illness and, in other instances, confusion in dealing with something a small town has never seen before. As a sidenote, one thing that especially surprised me when reading this book was the mention of the sheetmusic for 'Comin' Through The Rye' resting on the piano during the part when the detective is visiting the murder scene...I was interested to note the connection between In Cold Blood and the murderous reputation associated with The Catcher in the Rye. Anyway, if you haven't read this one yet, don't do it because you have to...because an English teacher is pushing you...do it because you'd like to witness the work of a masterful author who has the skill and ability to portray the events surrounding a gruesome murder with beauty and elegance.

Archangel
Archangel
by Robert Harris
Edition: Paperback
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great writing, Feb. 12 2005
This review is from: Archangel (Paperback)
This was truly a novel I enjoyed. Sharon Shinn writes in a pleasant manner, and her stories are so unbelieveable, that they become believable. The trilogy itself is exeptional, but in its own way, Archangel sets the pace, and outdoes the following stories. What makes all these stories so intiguing, is the use of technology, and possible outcome of the human race. I thoroughly enjoyed the fantasy world of Samaria, and as always, her books are a welcomed break from everyday work and stress. I recommend these book to any avid sci-fi/fantasy reader, who wishes to escape into a much more interesting reality, then our own humdrum world. And while I DO consider them sci-fi/fantasy, the writing is every bit as good as something you'd find on the bestseller list-say, Da Vinci Code or Bark of the Dogwood. But Harris truly has a knack for drawing the reader in, and that can't be denied. Kudos to the author.

Breakfast at Tiffanys
Breakfast at Tiffanys
by Truman Capote
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most important book of the day, Feb. 12 2005
This review is from: Breakfast at Tiffanys (Hardcover)
The well-known short novel, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and three of Truman Capote's most famous short stories make for a continually fresh and exciting look at how human beings successfully connect with one another. No matter how many times you read these stories, you will be moved by Mr. Capote's marvelous sense of and appreciation for the specialness of each life and the ways we belong to each other. Having not read Breakfast at Tiffany's for about 30 years, I came away much more impressed with the novel than I was the last time I read it. Perhaps you will have the same reaction upon rereading it as well. If you are reading it for the first time, you have a very nice surprise ahead of you! Breakfast at Tiffany's revolves around Holly Golightly, the former starlet and cafe society item, who floats lightly through life (like cotton fibers in the wind) looking for where she belongs. Ms. Golightly is and will remain one of the most original and intriguing characters in American fiction. Like a magician, she is both more and less than she seems. But she has an appreciation for people and animals that goes to the core of her soul that will touch you (if you are like me), especially in her desire that they and she be free. The novel has a harder edge and is more revealing about human nature than the movie is. Of the two, I suggest you start with the novel and graduate to the movie. You will appreciate the portrayal by Audrey Hepburn of the inner Holly more that way. The same humor is in both the novel and the movie, as well as the innocent look at life for what it can be, believing in the potential of things to work out for the best. Despite that upbeat note, her weakness is that for all of her ability to understand what motivates other people she does not understand herself well enough to know when she does belong with and to others. This is symbolized by her abandonment of her unnamed cat, and quick realization that they do belong together. As for the friends she leaves behind, she never seems to appreciate how much they love her and want to be with her. As a result, she abandons them as well . . . leaving them with memories to warm their winter nights. Mr. Capote is now realized to have been a more autobiographical writer than was appreciated when he first published his fiction. Your understanding of Breakfast at Tiffany's will grow if you keep in mind that it was modeled in part on his friendship with Marilyn Monroe.
Also recommended: BARK OF THE DOGWOOD and THE COMPLETE SHORT STORIES OF CAPOTE

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