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Bud, Not Buddy (Readers Circle (Laurel-Leaf))
Bud, Not Buddy (Readers Circle (Laurel-Leaf))
by Christopher Paul Curtis
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, 19 Mar 2007
It is a valuable book dealing with such social issues as racism, homelessness, poverty while still keeping an optimistic tone of affectionate comedy. Bud goes through his difficult life of a foster child with an open mind, creating his list of survival rules. He is on a mission of finding his father...

Another good read for this age bracket (9 to 12) is a series of 4 books titled "Why Some Cats are Rascals." - Very inspiring and optimistic stories...


China Study, The: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health
China Study, The: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health
by Colin Campbell
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.09

77 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A shake up, 23 Dec 2006
This is a very good book full of very useful, well researched information. A big volume dealing with extensive study of the way nutrition influences our health and longevity. It should be read by anyone who desires to be healthy, especially by all the followers of the many fad diets (Atkins, SouthBeach, low fat, low carb, you name it...)

China Study also unveils behind-the-scene manipulation of big food business with no regard for consumer health. The authors make a big step forward in honest consumer education, as their integrity and scientific approach is beyond any doubt. Another no-hype volume with down-to-earth, commonsense approach to health and longevity is "Can We Live 150 Year?" I strongly recommend both books for everyone. Get them, and keep them for later reference. Don't miss it.


Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception
Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception
by Eoin Colfer
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep it up Colfer, 25 Nov 2006
This is a good book in a great series that makes a fun and quick read. The villain from The Arctic Incident returns to plague all the characters we love, including young Artemis Fowl, manservant Butler, the elf Captain Holly Short and her commander Julius Root, the centaur Foaly, and the notorious criminal dwarf Mulch Diggums. Add the usual sarcasm, hillarious moments, and criminal ingenuity, you have another amazing book in this amazing series. I truly enjoy the entire series and look forward to the next book. In fact I like reading series. A new series of so far three books, that I recently discovered, and will definitely continue reading, is "Why Some Cats are Rascals" - Delightful.


The God Delusion
The God Delusion
by Richard Dawkins
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 17.72

18 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it, 25 Nov 2006
This review is from: The God Delusion (Hardcover)
Dawkins does not attack anyone, but notes that Carl Sagan and many other recent scientists made a grave error in attempting to reconcile religious beliefs with scientific facts. When religion held the upper hand, the resolution was to force people like Galileo to renounce their works. Science has held the upper hand, but too many scientists are on government payrolls or dependent upon grants to conduct meaningful research, and they must bow to forces imposing political correctness at universities to maintain their tenure or other sinecures.


The IQ Answer: Maximizing Your Child's Potential
The IQ Answer: Maximizing Your Child's Potential
by G Frank Lawlis
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not sure about this one, 25 Nov 2006
I think that this book is a good teaching tool for all these parents who want to prepare their children to score high in the IQ test. But when you think of that carefully, doesn't this defeat the idea of your intelligence being measurable by IQ tests? If you can improve the score by preparing yourself to the test that means that the test does not really measure your intelligence, but only your ability to score high on the test.


Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't
by James C. Collins
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it, 25 Nov 2006
Collins' findings may shake up current perceptions of what it takes to make a company great. (The most crucial factor is to get the right people on the bus; charismatic leaders are a handicap; big change does not have to be wrenching, extreme, painful; you can't buy your way to greatness; people can't be motivated either by fear or by clever names or taglines for change programs...) The results from a five-year study of 11 companies that have sustained substantial gains over the market for 15 years speak for themselves - eloquently.


The Memory Keeper's Daughter
The Memory Keeper's Daughter
by Kim Edwards
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read, 25 Nov 2006
The novel chronicles 25 years of the lives of the Henrys and the things that happen to them because of the secret Dr Henry has kept. The reader begins to wonder "what if" - what if Dr Henry had told his wife about the baby sooner? What if he had never lied to her at all? What if the nurse had left her at the institution? What if the nurse had not been there at all? The novel shows that a secret, especially one as big as this one, can have far reaching and long lasting effects not only on the people the secret is kept FROM but also one the one keeping the secret.


Showdown with Nuclear Iran: Radical Islam's Messianic Mission to Destroy Israel and Cripple the United States
Showdown with Nuclear Iran: Radical Islam's Messianic Mission to Destroy Israel and Cripple the United States
by Michael D Evans
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 17.52

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Think of it, 25 Nov 2006
Whethar Iran is a security threat to the United States is an extremely pressing question as we try and steer through the new millenium and its new realities. There is no simple answer - assuming we agree that sticking our heads in the sand doesn't qualify as an answer.


The Overfed Head: What If Everything You Know About Weight Loss Is Wrong?
The Overfed Head: What If Everything You Know About Weight Loss Is Wrong?
by Rob Stevens
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Straightforward, 25 Nov 2006
I'm glad I found this book. It is written with a simple language and in an easy to read format. I like the author's personal story presented in this book and the simple method to combat the obesity problem. There are, indeed no gimmicks. All you need is to listen to your body and react appropriately without overdoing it. Everybody needs to eat. Diets are nonsense. The important thing that one needs to do is to pay attention to portion sizes. Don't eat when you are not hungry! If you're seriously committed to losing weight then this book is for you. Just stop the whining and make your commitment. It will work just because Stevens's approach is very straightforward. From my own experience I know that doing body cleansing is very helpful when you change your eating patterns. It does help you get rid of the usual cravings for bad foods and tendency to overeating. For that reason, a very good supplement to "Overfed Head" is "Can we live 150". In addition you will also find there a very good advice on food combination that I missed in this book.


Letter to a Christian Nation
Letter to a Christian Nation
by Sam Harris
Edition: Hardcover

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it, 25 Nov 2006
The basic premise of the book is that there are many contradictions with Christianity especially with how it is practiced in the United States. The assertion is that nothing has to be "believed" on insufficient evidence. This book is a great source for a logical retort to many religious claims. Read this book and pass it along to your friends. It is worth it.


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