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Helpful votes received on reviews: 92% (57 of 62)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 9,894 - Total Helpful Votes: 57 of 62
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Nothing to Envy is a fascinating and moving book - one of the most engrossing that I have read in a while.

Demick, a journalist for the Los Angeles Times, lives in South Korea and made nine trips to North Korea between 2001 and 2008. She has interviewed approximately 100 North Korean defectors, most of whom are now living in South Korea or China. In her book, Nothing to Envy, Demick chronicles the lives of six of the North Korean defectors who have since settled in South Korea.

The book is, in part, an historical account of the life of North Korean citizens under the totalitarian rule of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. At the same time, the book is a page-turning… Read more
Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enou&hellip by Lori Gottlieb
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Common sense advice, June 1 2011
Marry Him is a fun, easy read and, through Gottlieb's highly-relateable dating experiences, the book aims to be a wake-up call to women on why it is okay to "settle" for Mr. Good Enough.

Of course, the concept of "settling" is a gimmick to stir up controversy and sell books. When Gottleib speaks of "settling", she is advising women to let go of their rigid notions of what Mr. Right is supposed be and look like and focus on the qualities that really matter - his loyalty, honesty, goodness and kindness. Basically, common sense conclusions that are hard to disagree with. Although I found myself nodding in agreement to many of her points, ultimately, the book did not resonate with… Read more
Art Of Racing In The Rain by Garth Stein
Art Of Racing In The Rain by Garth Stein
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A delightful metaphor, April 23 2011
The Art of Racing in the Rain (ARR) is narrated by Enzo, a wise dog with, on the circle of reincarnation, a soul that is almost human. By the way, that is Enzo's opinion of himself, based on a documentary on Mongolia that he watched - it said that when a dog finished living his lifetimes as a dog, his next incarnation will be as a man. ARR begins with Enzo at the end of his life confident that he will be a human soon - we know right away what Enzo's fate is. But what is it about Enzo that makes him so certain about his rebirth?

The plot, which largely revolves around events in his owner's (Denny) life, is not nuanced and, at times, can feel slightly contrived. But the book… Read more