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Behind the Scenes at the Museum: A Novel
Behind the Scenes at the Museum: A Novel
by Kate Atkinson
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.36
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5.0 out of 5 stars A "chick book" that ruined me!, May 28 2000
If you read a lot (more than a dozen books a month for pleasure), then you're probably familiar with the sensation of being ruined by a book. This happens when you realize that you never want it to end, can't bear not to know more, can't believe this is the last sentence, and then can't find another thing to read for upwards of a week because nothing else compares to what you've just read. So it was for me and Behind the Scenes at the Museum. This is likely to be dubbed a "chick book." So be it. If a chick book is an amazing story that deftly spans generations of filial dysfunction and decades of national history, making the reader alternately weep and guffaw, then this is a chick book. It's also one helluva read, twisting, building, then soaring to a climax that shatters the reader while finally making the narrator whole. It begins with the moment of Ruby Lennox's birth, a device that usually bothers me (consider Tristam Shandy), but Ruby more than hooked me by the end of the first chapter, and I wanted her for a blood relative by the time she described her mother's love as "autistic parenting." That this is the author's first novel makes this book even more amazing. Don't miss this one.

The Right Stuff
The Right Stuff
by Tom Wolfe
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle criticism of the first American astronauts, May 28 2000
This review is from: The Right Stuff (Paperback)
Wolfe is (arguably, of course) one of the greatest writers and commentators on popular culture than this country has ever read. And nowhere is this claim better embodied than in the masterful The Right Stuff. Most people remember the movie, which did an able enough job of capturing the most obvious of Wolfe's subtle criticism of the first American astronauts. But it is only through his text that we realize the completeness of his extended comparison of men like John Glenn ("a balding and slightly tougher looking version of the cutest-looking freckle-faced boy you ever saw") to men like Chuck Yeager ("the boondocker, the boy from the back country, with only a high-school education, no credentials, no cachet or polish of any sort, who took off the feed-store overalls and put on a uniform and climbed into an airplane and lit up the skies over Europe"). Whatever your feelings about the space program, this book is a compelling and informative read by a living legend.

A New Song: The Fifth Book in the Mitford Years Series
A New Song: The Fifth Book in the Mitford Years Series
by Jan Karon
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.27
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5.0 out of 5 stars Visit Mitford -- you won't be disappointed!, May 28 2000
If you cry during reruns of Little House on the Prairie, you'll love this and the other four titles in the "beloved Mitford series." This is the kind of reading that diehard nonfiction readers scoff at: too soft, too sweet. But don't we all deserve to be touched by an angel once in a while? The Mitford series centers on Father Tim, an aging priest who ministers to the small by lively congregation of the Lord's Chapel. He is by turns fussy, funny, and faithful (the kind of faith that is simply there, not overdone, just a part of daily life). And Karon's gift as a writer is that she allows his story to unfold. We discover the characters and the subplots without the heavy hand of a writer who wants to ensure that we "get the message," and we're delighted in the process. Even if your usual bedtime fare is A Brief History of Time, I encourage you to visit this little town for a while. You'll come away enriched.

Mitford Years: A Light in the Window
Mitford Years: A Light in the Window
by Jan Karon
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Visit Mitford -- you won't be disappointed!, May 28 2000
If you cry during reruns of Little House on the Prairie, you'll love this and the other four titles in the "beloved Mitford series." This is the kind of reading that diehard nonfiction readers scoff at: too soft, too sweet. But don't we all deserve to be touched by an angel once in a while? The Mitford series centers on Father Tim, an aging priest who ministers to the small by lively congregation of the Lord's Chapel. He is by turns fussy, funny, and faithful (the kind of faith that is simply there, not overdone, just a part of daily life). And Karon's gift as a writer is that she allows his story to unfold. We discover the characters and the subplots without the heavy hand of a writer who wants to ensure that we "get the message," and we're delighted in the process. Even if your usual bedtime fare is A Brief History of Time, I encourage you to visit this little town for a while. You'll come away enriched.

Out to Canaan (The Mitford Years, Book 4)
Out to Canaan (The Mitford Years, Book 4)
by Jan Karon
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 11.55
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5.0 out of 5 stars Visit Mitford -- you won't be disappointed, May 28 2000
If you cry during reruns of Little House on the Prairie, you'll love this and the other four titles in the "beloved Mitford series." This is the kind of reading that diehard nonfiction readers scoff at: too soft, too sweet. But don't we all deserve to be touched by an angel once in a while? The Mitford series centers on Father Tim, an aging priest who ministers to the small by lively congregation of the Lord's Chapel. He is by turns fussy, funny, and faithful (the kind of faith that is simply there, not overdone, just a part of daily life). And Karon's gift as a writer is that she allows his story to unfold. We discover the characters and the subplots without the heavy hand of a writer who wants to ensure that we "get the message," and we're delighted in the process. Even if your usual bedtime fare is A Brief History of Time, I encourage you to visit this little town for a while. You'll come away enriched.

These High Green Hills (The Mitford Years, Book 3)
These High Green Hills (The Mitford Years, Book 3)
by Jan Karon
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 11.55
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5.0 out of 5 stars Visit Mitford -- you won't be disappointed!, May 28 2000
If you cry during reruns of Little House on the Prairie, you'll love this and the other four titles in the "beloved Mitford series." This is the kind of reading that diehard nonfiction readers scoff at: too soft, too sweet. But don't we all deserve to be touched by an angel once in a while? The Mitford series centers on Father Tim, an aging priest who ministers to the small by lively congregation of the Lord's Chapel. He is by turns fussy, funny, and faithful (the kind of faith that is simply there, not overdone, just a part of daily life). And Karon's gift as a writer is that she allows his story to unfold. We discover the characters and the subplots without the heavy hand of a writer who wants to ensure that we "get the message," and we're delighted in the process. Even if your usual bedtime fare is A Brief History of Time, I encourage you to visit this little town for a while. You'll come away enriched.

At Home in Mitford
At Home in Mitford
by Jan Karon
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.64
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5.0 out of 5 stars Visit Mitford -- you won't be disappointed!, May 28 2000
This review is from: At Home in Mitford (Paperback)
If you cry during reruns of Little House on the Prairie, you'll love this and the other four titles in the "beloved Mitford series." This is the kind of reading that diehard nonfiction readers scoff at: too soft, too sweet. But don't we all deserve to be touched by an angel once in a while? The Mitford series centers on Father Tim, an aging priest who ministers to the small by lively congregation of the Lord's Chapel. He is by turns fussy, funny, and faithful (the kind of faith that is simply there, not overdone, just a part of daily life). And Karon's gift as a writer is that she allows his story to unfold. We discover the characters and the subplots without the heavy hand of a writer who wants to ensure that we "get the message," and we're delighted in the process. Even if your usual bedtime fare is A Brief History of Time, I encourage you to visit this little town for a while. You'll come away enriched.

Primary Colors
Primary Colors
by Anonymous
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
75 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars "A wonderfully intricate game", May 28 2000
What an education! Not since my love affair with Tom Wolfe's stuff have I learned so many pithy phrases and such wonderful jargon. This is a world in which space and time can be measured in meaningful handshakes, in which muffins work for pols, and scorps can make or break you, and in which a campaign isn't just swept clean, it's dust-busted. I laughed out loud for the first of many times when the candidate, Governor Jack Stanton, was described as being "in heavy listening mode, the most aggressive listening the world has ever known: aerobic listening." And I had to love the narrator, Henry, who, like me, hates books with broken spines: "I was willing to endure personal discomfort to maintain the integrity of a spine." Without giving it all away, Stanton is a candidate who has it all - charm, looks, a "touch" with the people, and a taste for Dunkin' Donuts, Fat Willie's barbecue, and Fat Willie's... well, that would be giving too much away. Read the book. As Henry puts it, "This was, if you could stand back from it, a wonderfully intricate game."

Old Friends
Old Friends
by Kidder
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A story of growing old, May 28 2000
This review is from: Old Friends (Paperback)
This is the story of Joe and Lou and their days in Linda Manor, and it is a story of growing old. Kidder juxtaposes the wrenching images of residents struggling with dementia and rapidly failing health with those of residents reaching out to one another in new friendships and coming to terms with their pasts. He deals frankly with the disadvantages of even the finest nursing home care: under-staffing, lack of empathy for residents, loneliness, and even lousy food. And he doesn't hesitate to acknowledge the imminence of death in such places. But, ultimately, this isn't a sad or depressing book. Joe and Lou accept that death is close, but they also learn to reconcile who they've been with who they've become. They find comfort and joy in their friendship, and their conversations provoke more smiles and quiet chuckles than tears. A topic that could have been rendered maudlin by another writer becomes an engaging treatment in Kidder's prose.

Zombie
Zombie
by Joyce Carol Oates
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gruesome but compelling, May 28 2000
This review is from: Zombie (Paperback)
Zombie repulsed me. The narrator, Quentin P., is loathsome, sick. But in Oates' hands, the brutal serial killer becomes someone we almost know. Oates plunges us into Quentin's world and forces us to acknowledge that his madness is not without its own twisted logic. You see, all Quentin wants is someone in his life he can love and control completely. Zombie's horror is not so much in what Quentin does, but in how he recounts it: He describes his crimes the way my son might talk about his day at school. Zombie is short and taut, more like the novels Oates pens under her pseudonym, Rosamond Smith, than like her longer works. Gruesome, yes, but a compelling read.

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