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Fat Girl: A True Story
Fat Girl: A True Story
by Judith Moore
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 11.91
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eye-opener, July 13 2007
This review is from: Fat Girl: A True Story (Paperback)
This book was popular a while back, and I read it then. Now, evidently more have discovered it. Why more is not made of family dysfuction/abuse and overweight children is beyond me. FAT GIRL is not the happy ending you might expect, but it will open your eyes to why you do the things you do regarding food and relationships. If you're interested in fiction dealing with dysfunctional famlies, I'd suggest the books "I Know This Much is True" and "Bark of the Dogwood," but if you want a great self-help one, try "You Can Heal Your Life" by Louise Hay.

Grapes of Wrath
Grapes of Wrath
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great but long, July 13 2007
This review is from: Grapes of Wrath (Hardcover)
Not a short book by any means, GRAPES is nevertheless THE American Classic. While his EAST OF EDEN is a remarkable work, GRAPES is even more powerful, dealing with the dust-bowl and the Great Depression. The saga of the Joad family from Oklahoma to California is fraught with danger, bias, angst, humor, and hard work. It's hard to imagine just how bad it probably was for these people at that time, but Steinbeck captures this remarkably well, and the details---the sights, sounds, and smells---are so vivid that it is amazing. By the way, if you get a chance to see the film with Henry Fonda, while it's not terribly faithful to the book, it is still very good. But GRAPES OF WRATH, the book, will blow you away, particularly with the last scene. Not since BARK OF THE DOGWOOD and Styron's SOPHIE'S CHOICE have I been so moved and shaken. Must also recommend Steinbeck's WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT for another great work.

The Memory Keeper's Daughter
The Memory Keeper's Daughter
by Kim Edwards
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.27
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There are three, July 13 2007
There are three books you simply MUST read. These are "Water for Elephants" which I found to be fascinating, though somewhat not that easy to relate to at first, "Bark of the Dogwood" which is quite funny AND disturbing, and of course, the reason we're all here, "The Memory Keeper's Daughter." Of the three, TMKD is the best. I did not know, until after I'd finished the book, that this was Edward's first novel. Evidently she had a collection of short stories before this, but MEMORY was her first attempt at this longer form. The story has been told here, in reviews, many times: fraternal twins, one with Down Syndrome. And the decision of what to do with one. Parts of this book were hard to read, so heartbreaking were they, but in the end it was all worth it. Highly recommended.

Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson
Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson
by Mitch Albom
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fact, not fiction, July 13 2007
The fact that this is a true story makes it even more powerful. TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE is one of the few books that you'll not only love, but be able to give as a gift to a friend without insulting them. For anyone who's afraid of death (or Life, for that matter) this book is a must. The plot is not complex: A student seeks out his former teacher, who, this time teaches him much more than he ever thought possible. But the lessons are about life.

Heartbreaking and at the same time wonderful TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE is one of those books that's at the top of my list and will stay there for a long time. If you enjoyed the books "Bark of the Dogwood" and "The Five People you Meet in Heaven," then TUESDAYS will not disappoint.

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