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Ordinary Life: Stories
Ordinary Life: Stories
by Elizabeth Berg
Edition: Hardcover
Prix : CDN$ 34.95
45 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

4.0 étoiles sur 5 Easy Reading, June 13 2002
This review is from: Ordinary Life: Stories (Hardcover)
Fourteen thought-provoking short stories make up "Ordinary Life"
by Elizabeth Berg. Berg is known for writing the intimate secrets that few can safely express. She writes about the difficulties of marriage, the struggles between mother and a daughter, the harsh acceptance of a family member 'as is'.
"What Stays" is the story about a mother and daughter; "The Matchmaker" deals with the relationship between a young girl and older woman and "Ordinary Life: A Love Story" deals with working out an almost-over marriage and coming to terms with the acceptance of each other.
My favorite of all the stories is "One time at Christmas, in my sister's bathroom." I think i liked it most because it hit home for me. a daughter deals with the aloofness of her father. They all come home for Christmas and the father is as always: consumed with television, oblivious to anything moving. She gets angry and heads for the bathroom where her epiphany came. I love this line:
I understand that he is made up of working cells, just like me-- crowded and confused pieces of genius that have been tampered with and now, wounded, go along in the way that they are able.
Wow, what a profound statement!
I've just about read every novel Berg has written and I'm still pleased. If you like simply written short stories about the hustle and bustle of living, then i'm certain you'll enjoy this book.

Dreamweaver 4 Hands-On Training (with CD-ROM)
Dreamweaver 4 Hands-On Training (with CD-ROM)
by Garo Green
Edition: Paperback
20 used & new from CDN$ 6.12

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great tool for the novice!, May 31 2002
Have you ever had to learn something in a hurry? Like yesterday? Well, Dreamweaver 3 Hands on Training was the perfect tutorial for me.
I had to learn this program because my company began using it. Oh, and let me not fail to mention that I also have a website that's due in two weeks using Dreamweaver.
Well, I bought this book. It's for the novice user using easy to comprehend chapter material and great examples. It covers everything from:
Cascading Style Sheets
Site Management
Site layout
And on and on and on. I can't tell you just how much I have learned in such a short period of time. This was my first use of Dreamweaver. I had used FrontPage in the past. And it was the greatest investment that I could have made for myself.
This book gives detailed instructions. I didn't find any errors in the book. (And that's unusual for tutorial books.) Not only do they offer instructions, it explains why you need it and the purpose it will serve.
Along with the instructions, neat charts are given at the end of most chapters detailing the functions of objects and/or commands. For example, a chapter on Interface design went over the document window tools and their functions. At the end of the chapter a nice chart was given with the function of all the commands on the document window screen. I tagged those pages and labeled them. They make quick and easy reference pages when using that tool in Dreamweaver.
Book also makes a great reference tool for Dreamweaver. I plan on holding it close as I go about creating this website. I feel confident that I can do it ---by just owning this book. I went through the entire book and I'm up and running with my website.

by J. M. Coetzee
Edition: Paperback
75 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A hard read, May 31 2002
This review is from: Disgrace (Paperback)
What drew to this novel was the title and the fact that it was touted as one of eleven best books of the year by the New York Times Book Review. That's what drew me. What I was in store for, I was unaware.
A well written book by J. M. Coetzee--Disgrace, is the story of a man and his view of the world. The story takes place in South Africa, where David Lurie, a professor of Communications at Cape Technical University, is faced with his disgrace. Now divorced, he has relations with whores, faculty members, and a student.
His downfall is Melanie, a student that he practically rapes when he visits her home. He has no feelings but his own. It is as if something overtakes him, and he gives in to his impulses. Melanie leaves school and the faculty finds out about this affair.
He is ousted from the university and leaves for the uplands of the Eastern Cape to visit his daughter, Lucy. Lucy is a work of art herself. She owns a farm where she grows flowers and sells them in town. She also takes in animals and cares for them.
She is raped when three men come into her home. Her field hand, Petrus, knows of the men and David is enraged. He wants Lucy to turn the men in but Lucy says this is not the way of the land. She wants to stay here and survive.
She, like him, makes decisions based on her own disgrace. He would not tell the truth about his demise, and she decides to carry the child conceived from the rape. They both have to accept each other's decisions and move on.
As David has been on the farm a while, he has encounters with Bev Shaw, the somewhat vet in these parts of the world. She loves animals, but hates to put them to sleep when sick. David works with her and they have relations. He feels sorry for her and gives her what she wants. He has nothing left of himself.
This is a hard story to explain. I think when you read this story-you may perceive a different view. It was a dark, dark, story of someone who lives with loneliness and his concious is his friend. He has no friends to confide in, not even his daugh

The Woman Who Walked into Doors
The Woman Who Walked into Doors
by Roddy Doyle
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Fresh Look at Abuse, May 31 2002
The only reason that I read this book is because of J.K. Rowling. I read an article in Oprah magazine about J.K. Rowling and she stated that this was one of her all time favorite books. In fact, she said that Roddy Doyle was her favorite author. Had to read it. And it is good.
The Woman Who Walked Into Doors is the story of an abused dejected woman named Paula Spencer. Known as the most accident-prone patient at the emergency room, Paula recounts her life story from childhood to adulthood.
Paula was taken aback by Charlo. She said : I swooned the first time I saw Charlo. I actually did. I didn't faint or fall on the floor but my legs went rubbery on me and I giggled. I suddenly knew that I had lungs because they were empty and collapsing.
Her first dance with Charlo made her his. He had her all wrapped up and then some.
Throughout her marriage to Charlo, she lost herself and kept to herself. Each time she visited the hospital she told them she had fallen. No questions were asked. No further questions.
It is a heart wrenching story told in a woman's voice by the author -a man. What a superb job he does of delivering all emotions and thoughts that a despondent woman would have.
The journey of her life with Charlo, how she bounced back, how she coped, and how she now deals is vividly displayed. You won't want to put the book down. It was a great and easy read.
Roddy Doyle won the Booker Prize for Paddy Clarke ha ha ha. I
plan on reading that next. Check it out!

Largest Possible Life
Largest Possible Life
by Alison Luterman
Edition: Paperback
9 used & new from CDN$ 18.22

5.0 étoiles sur 5 A True Poet, May 30 2002
This review is from: Largest Possible Life (Paperback)
I so loved reading "the largest possible life" by luterman. it appears as though alison is so aware and present each day that she can pick up the slightest human emotion and see deep inside to the root of it's rejection.
there are not many poets that i really enjoy like her. her work is quite honest and it leaves you breathless and thinking; like poetry should do.

Deke McClelland's Look and Learn Photoshop 6
Deke McClelland's Look and Learn Photoshop 6
by Deke McClelland
Edition: Paperback
25 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Even for the well-seasoned, March 21 2002
I **LOVE** this book! I've been using Photoshop since version 4 and i'm self-taught. I am not an expert yet but then i don't consider myself a novice either.
This book is for everyone. What i most like about this book is the easy style and sample pages, The quick shortcuts to just about doing everything, and the explanation of why one tool works better than another.
I just attended a 2-day Photoshop class and the instructor highly recommended this book. at first, i thought that it was for the very beginner, but it's some much more. It's like a dictionary... you keep it for reference.
as i glanced at the instructor's book, i noticed that it was truly worn. she said that she's had to buy a second copy because she's used it so much. you can't possibly memorize everything about photoshop.. so why not have the best resource in town?? This BOOK!

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