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People with Dirty Hands: The Passion for Gardening
People with Dirty Hands: The Passion for Gardening
by Robin Chotzinoff
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 26.45
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2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't know what it wants to be, July 9 2004
Some cute, quirky people featured in here. Shows the emotional need that gardening can often fulfill. When describing strangers, the author spins interesting and compelling stories. Unfortunately, when she writes about her family and friends, she loses her thread and the tales become self-indulgent and unfocused.

Bit by the Fleas
Bit by the Fleas
by Pamela Hough
Edition: Paperback
12 used & new from CDN$ 22.85

5.0 out of 5 stars My copy's dog-eared, May 26 2004
This review is from: Bit by the Fleas (Paperback)
This is a wonderful guide, with clear maps and smart buying tips for the Flea-Market Junkie and Occasional Peruser alike.
I don't even particularly enjoy Les Puces, but at my home in Paris I have a copy of this guide for guests. When visitors come to stay, I put a stack of reading material on their bedside table (French magazines, books about Parisian history, guidebooks, etc.) and "Bit by the Fleas" is always one of the favourites. A guaranteed crowd-pleaser!

Living A Connected Life: Creating and Maintaining Relationships that Last a Lifetime
Living A Connected Life: Creating and Maintaining Relationships that Last a Lifetime
by Kathleen A. Brehony
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great, March 20 2004
I enjoyed this book but had hoped for more. Like another amazon.com reviewer, I was a bit bored by the large portion of the book dedicated to the explanation of why connections are important and showing that interconnectedness in on the decline in our society. I assume that if someone is buying a book called "Living a Connected Life," he/she already believes that there is a need for forging stronger bonds amongst people. I was looking for more ideas -- real, "do-able" things -- of how to make my community stronger: to better connect with those around me in a meaningful way. In a nutshell, I wish she had focused less on "WHY ONE SHOULD Live a connected life" and more one "HOW TO Live a connected life."

Write It Down Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want And Getting It
Write It Down Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want And Getting It
by Henriette Anne Klauser
Edition: Hardcover
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Uncertain of what it wants it wants to say..., March 5 2004
I must say that this book was, at times, an engaging read. But it was also all over the map, and frequently contradictory. I agree with Klausner that: a journal can be a great place to "park one's worries;" writing down one's fears could help someone acknowledge and face them; that writing about the outcomes you want can help you stay focused, etc. Then she goes and ruins it by saying all sorts of fluffy, ridiculous things, and recounting stories that I consider happy coincidences rather than direct results of writing.

How to Taste: A Guide to Enjoying Wine
How to Taste: A Guide to Enjoying Wine
by Jancis Robinson
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun and interesting, but sometimes lacking, March 4 2004
The topic of wine can intimidate many people and Jancis goes out of her way to diminish the fear factor. Many of her explanations are excellent, her exercises are fun and she is always encouraging and positive. The best part is that she really does help the reader identify and isolate the different building blocks of taste: for example, what does acidity feel like on your tongue, and what does it taste like in a yoghurt versus lemon, and finally in a young pinot noir versus and aged cabernet? However, at times I found that Jancis did not give enough information and left me confused. For instance, she says that Riesling wines fall into the semi-sweet category, but neglects to mention that this is only for German Rieslings; Rieslings from Alsace are very dry. Buy this book if you are willing to spend homework time in the wine store and reading other books, supplementing what Jancis tells you herself. Also, since most of these exercises are based on blind tastings, buy the book only if you have someone with whom to do them.

Karen Brown's France: Charming Inns & Itineraries 2004
Karen Brown's France: Charming Inns & Itineraries 2004
13 used & new from CDN$ 2.52

2.0 out of 5 stars Fun to read, disappointing hotels..., Feb. 28 2004
I love flipping through this book. The descriptions of places to stay are fodder for glorious daydreams. Sadly, I followed Ms. Brown's suggestions and spent a few weekends at several of these Inns and Chateaux. What a disappointment! Most were lovely on the outside, tired and drab on the inside. Not at all as she had described. Skip it.

Nobody's Perfect
Nobody's Perfect
by Eksterowicz Helene
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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1.0 out of 5 stars Fake reviews, Jan. 20 2004
Notice how all the reviews thus far look as though they've been written by the same person? And how none of the writers have any history of writing other reviews (even when they give their names, they're not underlined)? Please! You know the book must be really dreadful when publishers post fake reviews. Teach them that this isn't the way to sell a book... DON'T BUY IT!

French or Foe?: Getting the Most Out of Visiting, Living and Working in France
French or Foe?: Getting the Most Out of Visiting, Living and Working in France
by Polly Platt
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Oui, Je comprends maintenant..., May 25 2003
As an anglo saxon with a French boyfriend, living and working in Paris, I often found myself thinking, "Oh. NOW I understand!" while reading this book. Several friends have complained about the unorganized, rambling nature of "French or Foe" but if you are like me and merely reading it to learn rather than to hunt for specific information, that shouldn't be a problem.
My biggest complaint? Platt's clear desire to impress upon all her readers the fact that she is of a certain social milieu. The name-dropping throughout begins as annoying but quickly becomes embarrassing. Yes, Polly, we are very very impressed that you know endless numbers of top-ranking foreign service people, CEOs, and all other sorts of rich and famous folk. But I, for one, would be more interested in hearing their tales mixed with some about the experiences of more 'common folk'. Also, Platt seems to assume that her readers all share her social aspirations and often wastes pages which could be used for more practical information, I was quite taken aback when she described the "Rally," which is a sort of French Cotillion where teens of the french upper crust meet other rich teens. Platt claimed that American mothers in Paris are dying to get their daughters into a good Rally, then explains the difficulty of doing so, all the while broadly hinting that her children were, of course, accepted into them. I couldn't believe it! No anglo saxon parent I've met here would give a hoot about having his or her child in a Rally. Again, I think Platt often writes for an audience who makes up a very small percentage of her readers.

Architecture Of All Abundance: Creating A Successful Life In The Material World
Architecture Of All Abundance: Creating A Successful Life In The Material World
by Lenedra Jewel Carroll
Edition: Hardcover
23 used & new from CDN$ 1.11

1.0 out of 5 stars Jewel's Mom, Feb. 10 2003
I'm sure that the author meant well by writing this book; her tone is very serious and sincere. But it is over-written and heavy-handed. If it had been penned by anyone other than a celebrity's mother, it would not have been published. It does not warrant reading and certainly does not warrant buying.

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