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5.0 out of 5 stars Fake is truthfully terrific, May 8 2004
This review is from: Fakebook (Audio CD)
The immensely talented Skip Heller may not have originally composed these songs, but it doesn't mean he doesn't know how to interpret them. Skip is one of the rare musicians who excels in a variety of musical styles - country, jazz, rockabilly, American classic (in the vein of Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne), to classical Mahler symphonies, but "Fakebook" concentrates on what could loosely be termed jazz - specifically, classics into which Skip and ensemble breathe imaginative and ingenious fresh air. Yet the musical vision on this CD seems to create its own genre which can't be neatly packaged with a single term.
The song, "Chinatown" showcases the incredible talent of Robert Drasnin who solos on the sax, which sings so smoothly and so seemingly effortlessly that you just want to close your eyes and allow the music to breathe for you. In the same vein, "Monk's Mood" is a beautiful and dreamy secret that's whispered in your ear through Skip's guitar.
Fake was recorded after a five-day tour of the Northwest, when the band was at its zenith for creativity and exuberance. The ears clearly concur that the songs do indeed amplify that energy. In fact, two of the songs, "Arriverderci Roma" and "Sometimes It Snows In April" are live performances from that tour.
Each song is executed beautifully with nary a throwaway in the mix. It's difficult to choose a favorite, but my vote must go to Les Baxter's "Sophisticated Savage." It's as if every sweet note helps pave a path to a gorgeous dream from which you never wish to wake. The song is soft and sensual with an occasional very light rumble from the organ, threatening to break up the smooth clouds circling around your light head.
A lot of criticism about music today involves a lack of innovation, aptitude, and simple engagement of the senses. Skip Heller's "Fakebook" is a perfect retort to those accusations and a wonderful promise of what is yet to come from this vivacious and enterprising musician.

All the News That's Fit to Sing
All the News That's Fit to Sing
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Beginning, March 28 2004
Phil Ochs experienced a rather tumultuous career, and to the world at large, only after his death has his immense talent been recognized for its rich value. I was completely captivated the very first time I heard this album - all of less than two months ago. The voice wasn't a typically smooth, polished gloss of studio fabrication. There weren't huge orchestrations. But those ingenious words and infectious passion hurled notes from the speakers that insisted on holding my ears hostage.
From the biographies that I've read, Phil Ochs was an extremely ardent man, and these songs are the proof in the pudding. "The Power and Glory" should, if it isn't already, be a staple of American folk music. The beginning guitar riff is simply awesome, like little sparks of magic that cast a spell over the listener. The words that follow are extremely patriotic, which may surprise some since many of the songs are quite anti-government. But that's the message: we don't have to agree with the government to appreciate the power and glory of our land. From the song, "Her power shall rest on the strength of her freedom. Her glory shall rest on us all."
"Talking Vietnam" could be perceived as a folk rap song. Phil's wicked sense of humor and keen political opinions combine to produce a sharp commentary on our then involvement in Vietnam. Even if you don't agree with his politics, it's hard to argue that his words are not marvelously profound. An excerpt:
"Sailing over to Vietnam,
Southeast Asian Birmingham.
Well training is the word we use,
Nice word to have in case we lose.
Training a million Vietnamese
To fight for the wrong government and the American Way."
A few verses later, speaking about then President Diem of South Vietnam:
"He said: 'meet my sister, Madam Nhu
The sweetheart of Dien Bien Phu'
He said: 'Meet my brothers, meet my aunts
With the government that doesn't take a chance.
Families that slay together, stay together.'
Said: 'If you want to stay you'll have to pay
Over a million dollars a day.
But it's worth it all, don't you see?
If you lose the country you'll still have me.
Me and Syngman Rhee, Chiang Kai-shek, Madam Nhu.
Like I said on _Meet the Press_
"I regret that I have but one country to give for my life." ' "
Phil scored music to one of Edgar Allan Poe's most hauntingly beautiful poems, "The Bells," from 1849. The song is a perfect answer to those who claim that Phil was nothing more than a singing journalist. Amazingly, he propels his guitar to mimic bells. No doubt exists that Phil definitely did justice to Poe's spectacular poem. Poe would be impressed.
From the moving tribute to the legendary Woody Guthrie in "Bound for Glory," to the working man's lament in "Automation Song," to the anti-war sentiment in "One More Parade," to the encomium to the US submarine "The Thresher (which tragically sank in 1963, taking the lives of all 129 lives onboard)," and eleven more songs that one biographer says comprise what Phil called a musical newspaper, this is, the first solo album that introduced Phil Ochs to the world outside of the intimate circle of Greenwich Village. It showcased a luminous talent who never received the recognition he deserved. Phil would later branch out as his musical talents grew, but if you're new to the world of Phil Ochs or simply hunger for a slice of nourishing Americana, this is a delicious treat.

Out to Eat Paris
Out to Eat Paris
by Julien Fouin
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books for dining in Paris, Feb. 29 2004
This review is from: Out to Eat Paris (Paperback)
This book is infinitely helpful to pinpoint the perfect restaurant or bar that suits one's needs. The book is organized into arrondissements of Paris. At the beginning of each chapter, the authors list what they consider the best choices for each particular arrondissement.
If you're looking for a particular type of cuisine, one of the back indexes lists the cuisine type and all the restaurants that serve that type of food and of course, a page number where the restaurant can be found.
Another index lists all the restaurants alphabetically to compare them for the features of serving late night, outdoors, any private rooms, serving children, have wheelchair access, and if they're appropriate for business dining.
There are over 40 pages of excellent maps showing the name of the restaurant at its location.
Each individual entry gives the restaurant name, telephone number, address, page of the map where it's shown in the book, which Métro stations are closest, general prices for starter dishes, main courses, desserts, and set menus for lunch and dinner.
What makes this guide unique is that there are also ratings for the general volume of the crowd, so you can choose a quieter place or a more lively place, depending on your desires. Also, what is very valuable to us non-smokers is the restaurant's policy - smoking throughout, nonsmoking tables available, or completely non-smoking. Another fantastic feature is there is a little picture of a carrot next to the restaurants that are vegetarian friendly - a real plus!
Each entry lists the hours of operation (though these can often change, so I'd highly recommend a quick call before you have your heart set on a specific restaurant; also reservations are highly recommended at some restaurants) and a fairly detailed entry telling the specialties of the house and what the authors recommend.
The information in the book is extremely helpful for choosing restaurants and bars, and its organization makes this information easily accessible so you aren't spending time wading through large volumes to find that perfect Parisian experience.

1001 Most Useful French Words
1001 Most Useful French Words
by Marcella Ottolenghi Buxbaum
Edition: Paperback
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For US$2.00, this packs a wallop, Feb. 29 2004
Most of the book is dictionary style, with French words alphabetized. The entry tells if the word is masculine or feminine and if it's plural. A very brief definition is given, and then the word is used in a French sentence followed by an English translation.
Example: échanger; to exchange; J'aimerais échanger cette robe que j'ai achetée hier. I would like to exchange this dress that I bought yesterday.
Also included is a category section, which lists la famille (the family), les jours de la semaine (days of the week), les mois de la'année (months of the year), les saisons (sesaons), les nombres (numbers), les couleurs (colors), la nourriture (food), les magasins (stores), les occupations (occupations), and les animaux (animals).
At the back is one vocabulary page to help with endings of words, to show some words that are the same both in English and French, and to help with a few other grammatical tips.
This really isn't for someone who doesn't know any French at all, as it could be difficult to follow. It isn't a phrasebook for visitors to France, as a lot of basics that tourists need to know are not included. However, if you have been studying French or need to just brush up on your vocabulary, this inexpensive little book is a smart choice.

French Vegetarian Cooking: A Step-By-Step Guide
French Vegetarian Cooking: A Step-By-Step Guide
by Marie-Pierre Moine
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tiny book brimming with delicious recipes, Feb. 29 2004
This is a small, hardbound book with gorgeous pictures of luscious French vegetarian food. What always helps me when using a new recipe is to see photos of the process and especially the outcome. Not only are the photographs clear, but so are the directions. Some French cookbooks require ingredients that are not easily purchased in the USA; not so with this book. Each recipe has easy-to-follow directions, so even a beginner can cook with this book.
Before the book lists its recipes, there are a few pages on the history of traditional French cooking, nutrition and choosing vegetables, herbs and spices, preparation and cooking techniques, and what items to have stocked in your cupboards.
Some of my personal favorite recipes included here are grated carrot salad with hazelnuts, spinach soufflé, asparagus with lemon butter sauce, green beans with parsley and almonds, and poached cherries.
Some claim that "French" and "vegetarian" don't belong in the same sentence. They most definitely do, and this book is just one of many that proves it. This book would be a good one to buy for oneself, but its attractive cover and design also make it a good option for a gift.

Gross Goodies
Gross Goodies
by Tina Vilicich-Solomon
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gross to View, Delicious to Eat!, Feb. 29 2004
This review is from: Gross Goodies (Paperback)
This book is exactly how it sounds ´¿ lots of sweet dessert recipes for kids with two caveats: they look and sound gross.
What ten-year-old could resist a treat that looks like and is called ´¿Used Bandages´¿?! Ingredients include graham crackers, strawberry fruit roll-ups, large marshmallows, milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar.
Baby´¿s Dirty Diapers will gross out even the most hardened of children most likely to become the next Bugsy Malone: caramel squares and marshmallows. The subtext for this enticing recipe says, ´¿Quick and easy, you can push these little stinkers out in no time!´¿
Some of the delicacies included are Diarrhea Delights, Earwax on a Swab, Crusty Booger Balls, Congealed Cat Guts, Bessie´¿s Homemade Cow Pie, Dead Rat Cupcakes, Blood Clot Cake, Chocolate Armpit Hairs, Bloody Nose Soup, Dead Roach Torte Surprise, and many more.
The book is written for a middle elementary school age child. The beginning tells rules for working in the kitchen, glossary of baking terms, and measuring tips. The recipes are actually quite easy to follow.
Although this book was written for children, some of the treats might also be great for a Halloween party for adults. But be forewarned ´¿ they´¿re gross!

McGraw-Hill Science: Grade 5
McGraw-Hill Science: Grade 5
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Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully illustrated and photographed, Feb. 29 2004
The cover of this book is not shown on Amazon, but it contains a red background with a photo of a strikingly handsome green-eyed Siberian tiger. It's nearly one-and-a-half inches thick and inside contains photography worthy of the name National Geographic Society, which contributed to the book.
This is a general science textbook for fifth-graders. It's probably used in many classrooms, though my experience with it is home educating my 10-year-old.
It's very nicely organized, with vocabulary words at the beginning of each chapter. Also included within each chapter are "explore activities" which can easily be done at home or in a classroom. Questions are sprinkled liberally throughout the text to invite discussion on what was read both for refreshing the topic and thinking further about it.
One of the most valuable parts of the book is at the end of a chapter or unit, entitled "Why It Matters." So often kids ask why it's important to learn certain concepts in various subjects, and this ties in the reading with exactly why it is important to understand.
The photographs and illustrations are simply among the best I've seen in any textbook! This is very important for those who may not be particularly interested in science. To make a confession, I'm not. But the information is presented in such an attractive way that it really does make the reader want to investigate more! In each chapter, as well, are technology links where a student can learn more about a subject with a specific internet link.
There is a teacher's manual to go with this book, but at nearly half the cost, we opted not to purchase it. Thus, there are no answers included in this book. But even science-impaired adults like me can easily find the answers simply by reading the text.
Unit A is entitled "Structures of Plants and Animals" with individual chapters on Plants and Their Parts, Plant Diversity, and Animal Diversity.
Unit B is called "Interactions of Living Things" with individual chapters on Ecosystems and Populations and Ecosystems.
Unit C is named "Earth and Its Resources" with chapters on Rocks and Minerals and Air, Water, and Energy.
Unit D is entitled "Weather and Climate" with chapters on Weather and Weather Patterns and Climate.
Unit E is named "Properties of Matter and Energy" with chapters on Properties and Structure of Matter and Forms of Matter and Energy.
Unit F is called "Motion and Energy" with chapters on Newton's Laws of Motion, Sound Energy, and Light Energy."
The back pages also include a Science handbook with such topics as using a microscope, measuring volume, mass, and many other units, using calculators, making graphs, and several more. Also included is a Health handbook with specifics on the skeletal system, respiratory system, digestive system, the senses, and many other systems.
This is an all-around great science book for anyone learning at the fifth-grade level.

The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words
by Joyce Eisenberg
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference for Conservative and Reform Judaism, Feb. 29 2004
Orthodoxy and rabbinical scholars almost assuredly will be familiar with most of these terms. The authors freely admit that they compiled the terms from their own upbringings - "modern, American, liberal, matriarchal, and from Conservative and Reform backgrounds." Thus, many of the rituals discussed are from that perspective.
For instance, a minyan is a gathering of ten men, the minimum required for a religious service. In this text in this book, the word "people" is substituted for men, but the bottom of the entry explains that traditionally that number only referred to men.
For those who grew up without a Jewish background or for those whose knowledge of general Jewish vocabulary is lax, this is a wonderfully written book. The words are arranged alphabetically. A dictionary of Jewish words could include potentially hundreds, if not thousands of pages, so the authors narrowed down the scope to include words that one might hear in daily life in the USA. The words are drawn from Hebrew, Aramaic, Yiddish, and Ladino. It would be ideal for non-Jews who simply want to figure out some of the words in conversations that their Jewish friends use!
Since all words have to be transliterated, different spellings with Latin letters are cross-referenced to the entry which tells where the definition will be given. This is invaluable since many words in the USA are spelled a variety of ways, such as Chanukah, Hanukah, Hannukkah, and Hanukkah.
The definitions are clear and concise. Words used in definitions which are bold-faced are also entries in the dictionary.
What many may find especially helpful is the category lists in the back of the book. For instance, there are lists for objects found in a synagogue, for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, the Jewish calendar, food, Pesach, and many more.
"The Jewish Word Book," by Sidney J. Jacobs, published in 1982, contains more entries. However, I prefer this book by the JPS because the words are explained more in-depth with many examples of words given. Unless one is extremely well-versed in Judaism, this book is very helpful without seeming overwhelming.

All American Ads of the 60's
All American Ads of the 60's
by Jim Heimann
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Space Age meets the Hippie, Feb. 29 2004
Wow! was my first reaction upon devouring these heavy, nearly one thousand, slick pages of incredibly square, hip, liberal, conservative, and completely cool advertising. Some of the fashions, hairstyles, designs, attitudes, and language that you'll encounter will make you laugh, cry, deeply ponder, and wonder how the world could have changed so much since that era.
The book begins with a couple of pages of commentary by the author explaining the power of advertising and consumer consumption in the 1960s. If someone doesn't read English, then he can read it in 4 other languages - German, French, Spanish, and an Asian language (not Chinese, but possibly Japanese or Korean).
Most of the ads are in color, though a few are in their original black-and-white design. The ads are divided into nine categories, starting with the early part of the decade, progressing to the end. There are approximately 60 pages on alcohol and tobacco, 160 pages on automobiles, 100 on business and industry, 160 pages on consumer products, 50 pages on entertainment, 150 pages on fashion and beauty, 100 pages on food and beverage, 60 pages on furniture and appliances, and 50 pages on the travel industry. Thus, the book is not geared towards men or women or any age group.
Inside, you'll find the one-and-only Groucho Marx declaring, "If you don't serve Smirnoff (vodka)....hide the label!"
For those who think that foreign imports are just little toys, an ad for the 1966 Dodge Dart proclaims, "Join the Dodge Rebellion. Stamp out cramped compacts. Up with man-sized Dodge Dart."
One of the more surprising ads was for Motorola television in 1962. About a dozen nude, smiling people (you can't see private parts) are outside in a meadow, all gathered around a tiny television set displaying the face of a little boy.
In 1965, the Hoover company shows a smiling man in a neat little shirt and tie with thick black glasses and a crewcut surrounded by a mop, dustpan, and other household goods. The ad declares, "Chances are you won't marry a guy who cooks, cleans, irons, scrubs, and sweeps." The next picture shows several vacuum cleaners and other household products and says, "We've thought about that."
"How come all non-conformists look alike?" In 1969, with a picture of a Janis Joplin look-alike, Simplicity states, "Sew your own thing."
"When your TV screen goes black for an hour, you're watching ABC," the company's ad says in 1969. "Because ABC is five major television stations that are the leaders in community-minded broadcasting. Each one, for instance, is currently involved in programming exclusively for black people. On San Francisco's KGO-TV, it's 'Black Dignity,' an hour program every Sunday. Originated and produced by black people. For black people."
To appeal to the teenage mod community, who apparently were threatening to consume mass quantities of diet colas, the sugar industry began telling us that we need more sugar in our lives. In 1966, we see a girl with a slightly thick midriff in a bikini on a surfboard with the caption, "Lisa needs a sugarless, energy-less soft drink like a kangaroo needs a baby buggy. Lisa's strictly the go-go type. After sunning, shopping, afternoon tennis date, and discothèquing into the wee hours, she's up first thing to catch the early morning surf. What keeps Lisa from washing out? Energy...And sugar's got it. That's right, sugar. Everything in it is go. Note to people on the go: Exhaustion may be dangerous. It can even rob you of your resistance to illness. But sugar helps offset exhaustion - puts back energy fast. Synthetic sweeteners put back nothing. So play safe - make sure you get sugar every day. People need what sugar's got.....18 calories per teaspoon....and it's all energy."
That's all I needed to hear. I'm off to energize my life with some Krispy Kreme donuts. For my health, you know.

What Does Being Jewish Mean?: Read-Aloud Responses to Questions Jewish Children Ask About History, Culture and Religion
What Does Being Jewish Mean?: Read-Aloud Responses to Questions Jewish Children Ask About History, Culture and Religion
by Estelle B. Freedman
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, concise straightforward information, Feb. 9 2004
This book is about basic beliefs of Judaism and is written in a very easy-to-read format -- question and answer paragraphs divided into chapters with similar subject matter.
It's ideal for giving meaningful answers without going into great detail. The complete index in the back allows one to look up a specific subject or question easily. The subject level would be appropriate for middle elementary students and older, yet it isn't written in such a manner that would be awkward for adults to read. This reference book could be quite useful for adults who would like to learn some basic facts of Judaism.
An excerpt:
"153. What is the most important Jewish holiday?"
"Shabbat, because it comes every week, may seem as if it is not that important a holiday, but actually the Torah tells us that it is the most important holiday. It is more important than Passover and other Jewish holidays - even more important than Rosh Hashanah. The only day of the year considered more holy than Shabbat is Yom Kippur, which is considered the Shabbat of Shabbats. Once a year there is even a greater Shabbat than Shabbat and that is Yom Kippur."
Other questions addressed are: Why don't Jews believe in Jesus? Does God have feelings? Do Jews believe in the devil? Why are Jewish males circumcised? Why have the Arabs fought so many wars with Israel? Why don't we kneel when we pray? What is a cantor? Why do some people write "G-d"? What are the Ten Tribes of Israel? Why don't the kind of miracles in the Bible happen today?
Because of the way it's organized, the book is also excellent for sitting down with a child and reading one question at a time and researching the answer further. Very useful Jewish reference!

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