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LaBelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About
LaBelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About
by Patti Labelle
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 25.08
31 used & new from CDN$ 2.94

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5.0 out of 5 stars Already tattered and torn, a sign of a truly good cookbook., Jan. 22 2004
As the southern daughter of the one southern woman that doesn't cook, I always felt challenged in the area of true southern soul food cooking. I picked this cookbook up after seeing Patti LaBelle on Oprah making some of the foods that I remembered my aunts and grandmother cooking in my childhood.
The recipes are surprisingly very easy and with a family of 6 (including teenaged boys) I appreciated the more than generous portions the author cooks with. Interspersed with each recipe is an anecdote from Ms. LaBelle's life, either on or offstage, you get the true feeling of how she loves her family and shows that through her cooking. This is comfort food at it's very best.
The cookbook is battered and dusty with flour, which to me is a sign of greatness in a cookbook-one that you turn to again and again.

How to Get Pregnant with the New Technology
How to Get Pregnant with the New Technology
by Sherman J. Silber
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 27.54
28 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect place to start your IVF research, Jan. 22 2004
I picked this book up as one of the first reference books when my husband and I began to investigate IVF. The book is not about ethics debates and does not begin to address the emotional issues surrounding infertility and assisted reproduction, but it does tell you the technological facts of the various procedures. The author discusses testing, diagnosis and treatments as well as giving sample calendars and timelines you can expect if you undergo the emotional and physical journey towards conception. I felt very prepared after reading (actually studying) this book, so much so that my own reproductive endocrinologist was amazed at the questions I asked when undergoing treatment.
This is not a hand holding book, it's straight forward factual information to let the reader know the options and facts about the treatment of infertility. While the author is himself a reproductive endocrinologist, there are very few references to himself or his clinic.

Your Over-35 Week-by-Week Pregnancy Guide: All the Answers to All Your Questions About Pregnancy, Birth, and Your Developing Baby
Your Over-35 Week-by-Week Pregnancy Guide: All the Answers to All Your Questions About Pregnancy, Birth, and Your Developing Baby
by Kelly M. Shanahan M.D.
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 16.24
47 used & new from CDN$ 0.06

5.0 out of 5 stars A necessary book for your over 35 pregnancy., Jan. 22 2004
This book was a lifeline for me during my last pregnancy. Although it was my 4th time expecting a baby, being over 35 does change the way you react both physically and emotionally to pregnancy. The book is meant to be personalized to your particular pregnancy, with spaces for you to write the dates and record your emotions and physical feelings each week. The author is an over 35 mother herself and she discusses her personal history of loss and infertility just as if she were a close personal friend helping you navigate your own pregnancy. The analogies to help you picture what your baby looks like are especially innovative (she uses food items as examples of weight and length) and really gives you a peek into what's happening inside you when you can't actually see it yourself.

The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy
The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy
by Vicki Iovine
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 19.00
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and brutally honest., Jan. 22 2004
At times the physical discomforts and hormone storms of pregnancy can be quite a bit to bear. Vicki Iovine brings a smile sometimes and a laugh often to the side of pregnancy that isn't addressed in much more serious books on the subject. I was given this book during my 4th pregnancy and as an experienced mother I still laughed quite a bit at some of the thoughts that the author voiced, things that most pregnant women have thought at one time or another but haven't wanted to state out loud.
While short on information of any real depth and definately not for mothers with a strong bent towards natural pregnancy and childbirth, this book can bring a giggle to even the most uncomfortable, 2 weeks overdue and awake with heartburn pregnant mom to be.

The Master Butchers Singing Club: A Novel
The Master Butchers Singing Club: A Novel
by Louise Erdrich
Edition: Hardcover
35 used & new from CDN$ 0.52

1.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly depressing mess of a book., Jan. 20 2004
According to the title of this book, one would assume the book would be about The Master Butchers Singing Club. However, the singing club is only mentioned a handful of times and none of the members of the club are central characters. The flyleaf synopsis of the book would lead one to believe that the protagonist is Fidelis, the young German army sniper that leaves his country to create a new life in the United States after WWI. The true protagonist is Delphine, a vaudeville performer with serious emotional issues from her sad childhood marked with abandonment and acoholism.
I kept reading hoping that something positive would happen to at least one character in this book, unfortunately the theme is "Life is cruel, Life is hard, don't be honest about your feelings because people will disappoint you and eventually leave you". After so many pages of alcoholic fathers, abandoned children, unrequited love, agonizing death and motherless sons, a blanket of sadness may settle on the reader that is difficult to shake off.
There are plot threads that just end without any real closure, characters that aren't fleshed out enough to make the reader care what happens to them and very disjointed writing. The author glosses over a man returning from war, marrying his best friend's pregnant fiance, falling in love with his new wife and having a child all within a page and a half, however spends an entire paragraph describing the wonder store bought bread brings to the community.
Altogether a sad and badly written book and I won't be reading anything else the author has written.

Wiggles, the:Magical Adv
Wiggles, the:Magical Adv
DVD ~ Murray Cook
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 60.66
9 used & new from CDN$ 2.17

4.0 out of 5 stars Even more Wiggle songs to run through your head!, Jan. 15 2004
This review is from: Wiggles, the:Magical Adv (DVD)
I bought this dvd for my son for Christmas since he can't get enough of the Wiggles on Disney channel. Since then we've watched the dvd at least once a day, if not twice. He will go get the dvd case and bring it to me and dance around while I put the dvd in. This movie has at least a little depth and storyline to it and is entertaining enough that my 14 month old son is interested for the entire 70 minutes. If you're at all like me, you'll find yourself humming "who is Captain Feathersword" later during the day.

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