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Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future
Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future
by Robert B. Reich
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 23.16
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of those "must reads", March 2 2011
This book is written for ease of understanding and it covers national financial and social topics everyone should be aware of. He does inject a small ray of hope so it isn't totally bleak.

A Wrinkle in Time
A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L'Engle
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 8.54
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dated, March 2 2011
This review is from: A Wrinkle in Time (Paperback)
It would be hard to hold the attention of today's child with this book. Some of the premises seem an intent to advocate a particular belief system, too.

Ricky Gervais: The Story So Far . . .
Ricky Gervais: The Story So Far . . .
by Michael Heatley
Edition: Hardcover
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1.0 out of 5 stars More of a list than a biography, March 2 2011
I was very disappointed in this book. I was really hoping to learn more of Ricky's childhood and family to understand his highly amusing take on life. The book is mostly a list of his accomplishments in boring chronological order; very little in the way of entertaining anecdotes or insight into the making of the person.

The Grand Design
The Grand Design
by Stephen Hawking
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 20.69
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful trip., Feb. 3 2011
This review is from: The Grand Design (Hardcover)
I really appreciate the tremendous effort these physicists have made to "translate" some very difficult concepts and mathematics for lay people. Combined with the finds of the Kepler in the last fews days, makes this very exciting reading.

Beautiful Buttons: A Memoir of Survival and Triumph
Beautiful Buttons: A Memoir of Survival and Triumph
by Cathrine Ann
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Takes courage, Dec 7 2010
Her story is painful to read and she certainly has been candid about very personal experiences which would be hard to discuss with a mental health professional never mind publish in a book. I have to give her credit for having the stomach to do it. The writing style is what I would expect from someone whose education was derived from the streets of life; it gives it realism. The message I have taken away is that even in a wealthy country like Canada, kids have fallen, and continue to fall through the cracks.

The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values
The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values
by Sam Harris
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Imagine......, Dec 7 2010
... all the people living life in peace. I really appreciate Dr. Harris taking on this much-needed study (unfortunately, it seems dangerous to be an intellectual within a species seemingly dominated by superstition, and divisive ones at that). Are we, as a species, brave enough to trust our own abilities of investigation and reason? What a novel thought! I hope so.

The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming
The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming
by Masanobu Fukuoka
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.68
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An even more powerful message today...., Aug. 28 2010
This is a 'must read' for all citizens of Planet Earth but especially important for food producers. However, it is so much more than about farming; it is about our connection with the earth. I felt a kindred spirit with this man's thinking and he verified the missing part of my/our modern lives. He does, however, confuse science with technology. We are a curious species and it is healthy for us to learn and understand (in fact, he describes early years of experimentation and observation on his farm - science); it is when we use this knowledge for destructive technology that we get lost. I also recommend Locavore by Sarah Elton. These 2 books give me a bit of hope for us on our pillaged planet.

Keeping Our Cool
Keeping Our Cool
by Andrew Weaver
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Arguing with each other about the air quality in the cabin while the plane is crashing, April 23 2010
This review is from: Keeping Our Cool (Hardcover)
Thank you, Dr. Weaver, for attempting to educate us in your speciality with as little pain as possible and while such nonsense is bumbling about; even if there were a remote possibility of climate change not being mostly anthropogenically caused, we wouldn't be messing around in such places as the barely-feasible tar sands if we weren't running out of oil. It makes sense, from all angles, to be intensely working towards sustainability in energy. Perhaps James Lovelock is right.... we are too stupid (in general).

A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice
A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice
by Malalai Joya
Edition: Hardcover
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All humane citizens of earth need to read this book, Nov. 20 2009
We don't always get the truth unless we are able to visit a country or area. On a recent trip to the middle east, I found the people warm, friendly and respectful; they have their fundamentalist fanatics as do we, but they aren't a bunch of angry extremists we have come to invision from constant media bombardment.

As Afghanistan is not a recommended travel destination, Joya's book will take you there safely, but prepare to feel sorrow and horror for our fellow human beings and for the disinformation campaign about the real reasons for our armed occupation. There is no joy in wealth acquired with the lives of others.

The Road (Oprah's Book Club)
The Road (Oprah's Book Club)
by Cormac McCarthy
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.68
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkly exquisite, Aug. 15 2009
Cormac McCarthy takes a uniquely realistic approach in depicting the very real possibilities of a post global apocalypse. Wonderously, encapsulated within the spectre of this silent, grey horror, we are shown what is really significant and how very powerful it can be.

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