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The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila
The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila
by of Avila, Saint Teresa
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars defies description, March 25 2004
St. Teresa of Avila, who lived in sixteenth century Spain, was a woman as complex as those turbulent times; yet also, she was simple, as only the greatest saints can be.
Her writings are discursive, immediately engaging, written in a warm and sometimes disjointed style, like conversation. If you have read "about" Teresa but put off reading the works of the saint herself, feeling it might be too formidable a task, have no fear. She speaks of the highest mystical experiences in terms accessible to 21st century readers. There are some cultural references and attitudes to be filtered, but over all, Teresa's tremendous pleasure in her loving relationship with God, shines through. Do not be put off by the distance of centuries; don't feel that Teresa is too holy to be comprehended. Read the story of her life, and read her descriptions of the stages of a mystical spiritual journey leading to a marvelous knowledge of God, and an ineffable sharing with God.
Teresa speaks to all of us, wherever we are in our faith journeys, whenever we live, whatever our state. Her writings are classic outpourings of a soul sometimes desolate, sometimes ecstatic, but always, dedicated to God. Teresa defies category or analysis. You must read her to experience her.

The Husband Book: A Guy's Guide to Marriage
The Husband Book: A Guy's Guide to Marriage
by Harry Harrison
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars authentic, cute, and surprisingly wise, March 15 2004
"The Husband Book" would make a good gift for your mate, ladies. It's a quick read, with one maxim per page. You can read it before you present it to him, and put a star by the advice that is most pertinent!
Probably not all of the sage advice will apply to your marriage---each one is different, after all--but there is a generous supply of common-sense adages that you are sure to find meaningful. (It can be astonishingly refreshing to realize how many of us share the same problems, misunderstandings, and communication failures!)
This book will make you both smile, and you may find some healing touches in its pages, as well. Recommended.

The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross
The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross
by Kicran Kavanaugh
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars a spiritual classic that is beyond description, March 15 2004
St. John of the Cross, a friend and contemporary of St. Teresa of Avila, was a sixteenth-century Carmelite monk. He possessed unparalleled vision and wisdom about the Carmelite experience, the "way of unknowing" that leads to our all-knowing God.
His writings are challenging, wherever a person may be on his/her spiritual journey, but they are bounteously rewarding to the dedicated reader. The human heart does not change, and you will be surprised how much the people of the 1500s resemble the people of 2004; you will also nod in agreement and amazement at the extreme accuracy of St. John's observations.
Highly recommended to anyone interested in developing a deeper, more intimate relationship with God.

The I Hate to Cook Almanack: A Book of Days
The I Hate to Cook Almanack: A Book of Days
by Peg. Bracken
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent fun, March 3 2004
Peg Bracken's "Almanack" is a treasure of warm wit and wisdom. Yes, the recipes are retro now, and many of the references are also, but a woman's heart, remains a woman's heart. Peg will remind many of us of our best friend, or the best friend we wish we were lucky enough to have!
Times change, as the seasons do in the Alamanack; Peg is a marvelous companion through changing weather. She's funny, bright, practical and imaginative. Many of her quotations will stick with you. Here's one of my favorites, an old adage:
"One day may bring what a whole year has not."
"The I Hate to Cook Almanack" is a keeper, highly recommended!

New 365 Ways to Cook Hamburger: And Other Ground Meat
New 365 Ways to Cook Hamburger: And Other Ground Meat
by Doyne Nickerson
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars retro fun, March 3 2004
This cookbook from decades ago, once all the rage for starving grad students and others on a tight budget, is a great nostalgic read. Although by today's world cuisine standards, the recipes are limited in scope, nevertheless they are tasty and satisfying. If you come at this book from a "retro, kitschy" approach, you may be surprised. (Or maybe not. It does satisfy at that level also!)
While the meatball recipes look as if they may all taste alike (and many do), they are quick, inexpensive, and do indeed fill up a hungry family. The three criteria may be all that matters, some evenings, to a person-in-charge-of-dinner at the end of a frazzled day. If your Trader Joe groceries are running low, turn to this book to find a "step-back-in-time" meal of oldtime American cuisine!

The Perfect Wife: The Life and Choices of Laura Bush
The Perfect Wife: The Life and Choices of Laura Bush
by Ann Gerhart
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting, a few new insights, Feb. 12 2004
Ann Gerhart tries heroically to get a handle on the character and personality of Laura Bush, but like other biographers before her, she is foiled by the fortress-like serenity of this imperturable woman. To readers familiar with Hippocrates' notion of the four basic temperaments, there is no doubt about it: Laura Bush is the poster child of the phlegmatic nature. She's the epitome of a stoic, self-contained woman who expends as little energy as possible in the course of living.
Perhaps the most striking example of this (in addition to her "late" marriage by the early-Boomer standards of her time) is her "hand-off" attitude toward her adolescent daughters, a kind of detached resignation which has forced their father into an unlikely role as disciplinarian.
"Laura-Steady-as-she-goes" is the extremely apt nickname given to her by father-in-law George. An enigma even to the most gifted biographers, she's a tough subject. Gerhart has done a little better than most, although she does reiterate some well-known facts of Bush's life. One of the most burning questions women might want answered is, why did she marry someone so far beneath her levels of intellect and emotional maturity? "He makes me laugh," Bush tells Gerhart, and uses the word "laugh" five times in one short response regarding her husband. Somehow, this reader cannot identify and must conclude wonderingly, "It must be a phlegmatic thing." (!)

Say Anything (Widescreen) [Import]
Say Anything (Widescreen) [Import]
DVD ~ John Cusack
Offered by stephensstuff
Price: CDN$ 19.95
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3.0 out of 5 stars cute although a little dated now, Jan. 29 2004
John Cusack's lovelorn, bumbling character is endearing in this movie as he woos the high school valedictorian in the couple's last summer before college and/or real life beckons. The attitudes, slang, and even the music, I am sorry to report---all seem a little dated now. The acting is well-done all down the line, from Cusack's wise-cracking, broken hearted gal- pal, to his love's financially strapped father who resorts to unethical dealings in order to finance his dreams for his daughter.
Some of the premises are also funnily flawed----who, even the brightest high schooler, gets a "fellowship" grant to study in Britain before setting foot in an American university?(...)
Just a little raunchy but essentially sweet and modest in tone, here is teenage life of the 1980, still fresh from the "angst aspect" even though dated otherwise.

When It Was Our War: A Soldier's Wife on the Home Front
When It Was Our War: A Soldier's Wife on the Home Front
by Stella Suberman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 35.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars gifted writer, Jan. 27 2004
"When it was our War" is the second book by Stella Suberman, a former editor who writes delightfully well. Like her first book, "The Jew Store", this one is a joy to read, as Suberman is especially gifted at presenting a balanced account of the inner and outer lives of her characters.
Suberman is a young bride, still in her teens, as the United States enters World War II, and her husband is an Air Force pilot. Leaving her Florida home, she follows Jack to his postings around the country. Her carefree days of sun and fun at Miami Beach are over, but she brings her high spirited resilience to the worries and deprivations of wartime life.
The chapters are filled with adventures, friendships, encountering prejudice, the birth of the couple's first child, a son they name Rick for the Humphrey Bogart character in "Casa Blanca". The reader's interest will be maintained from first page to last, in this warm-hearted memoir.
Highly recommended, especially for the fine quality of Suberman's writing.

The Jew Store
The Jew Store
by Stella Suberman
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an unusual childhood, Jan. 27 2004
This review is from: The Jew Store (Paperback)
I read "The Jew Store" after seeing author Stella Suberman on Booktv. I was impressed with her, as she is young looking and quick thinking into her ninth decade.
  Her story relates an unusual childhood, growing up in a small Tennessee town in the 20s and 30s where her immigrant parents ran a dry-goods business that catered to the lower income residents. They were the only Jewish residents, occupying a unique niche in the life of the area. Her sunny-natured, optimistic father flourished there, becoming southern in speech and outlook. The adjustment was harder for her sensitive, traditional mother. For Stella and her older sister and brother, there was no question of adjustment, as life in Tennessee was the only life they knew, and they were generally accepted and able to take root.
Suberman is a wonderful writer, as one might expect for a "retired editor" of many years experience. Her style is vividly descriptive, with a perfect balance of the characters' inward and outward lives. "The Jew Store" is a joy to read. Suberman's book deserves the highest recommendation and will appeal to readers of all ages.

by Edward Marriott
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars rivalry between two scientists, Jan. 27 2004
This review is from: Plague (Hardcover)
Edward Marriott's book is an interesting, well-written, anecdoctal account of two rival scientists studying the plague that struck Hong Kong in 1894. In the light of present day news stories of mad-cow disease, SARS, and other exotic ailments that possibly could pose a pandemic threat, Marriott's book is especially relevant.
Marriott brings the rat-infested harbor area and the exceedingly crowded, poor districts of the city to vivid life. The stark pictures of those soon-emptied areas, so quickly deserted by panicked residents, are chilling to view.
Recommended to all readers, and especially to those involved in public health issues.

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