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Island of the Blue Dolphins
Island of the Blue Dolphins
by Scott O'dell
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Karana: Tenacious and Hopeful Hero, 25 Mar. 2015
As a child, my grade school librarian wore out from me asking to borrow so often. Later, as a private tutor, my students chose this again and again. "Island of the Blue Dolphins" lives up to its reputation as one of the greatest children's book ever.

Libraries are good for borrowing books, but some books should be on the shelf of any young reader. Scott O'Dell's magnificent "Island of the Blue Dolphins" is just that. Save your librarian some grief and buy a copy.

"The Island of the Blue Dolphins" is the story of a foolish young girl who missed the boat when the island was being evacuated. Far from it. Karana was on the boat. Her playful little brother, Ramo, wasn't. He was only 6 years old and could never survive alone. She jumped off and headed to shore to save him. The boat left.

Every little girl or boy has been alone, frightened without a clear way of finding his or her way home. Often, the problem is fixed by turning the next corner, finding out it is the same neighborhood it has always been. In the case of "The Island of the Blue Dolphins," Karana's home never changes. Everyone she knows and loves, however, leaves.

For 18 years Karana took care of herself, and she grows from a preteen child into a woman just entering her 30s. This is that story, filled with adventures similar to "Robinson Crusoe," another true story set to fiction. Fans of "Swiss Family Robinson," will likewise enjoy this.

Karana's ingenuity to survive is surpassed by her tenacity and hope. Weathering hard circumstances, such wild dogs, storms and the constant need to find fresh food and good water. She uses what she learned from her parents and other villagers before the left, and what she learns by trial an error.

As exciting as "Treasure Island," only with a female protagonist, the book is more than a tale of heroics. Scott O'Dell's keen sense of description separates this from the rest of the bookshelf. Although sensitive that his reader is younger, he still manages to place to reader in the story, imagining the smell of sea or hearing the not-so-far off bark of wild dogs.

Like other classics as "Old Yeller" and "My Brother Sam Is Dead," not everything comes easily to Karana. There are somber times when people leave, when her brother dies, or when things look bleak. O'Dell tells the story as realistically as he can, which makes the happy times happier.

I fully recommend "Island of the Blue Dolphins," by Scott O'Dell. It won "The Newberry Medal for Best Children's Book" for good reason.

Anthony Trendl
anthonytrendl.com


Classic Brands 8-Inch Advantage Innerspring Mattress, Twin
Classic Brands 8-Inch Advantage Innerspring Mattress, Twin

4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant And Soft, 15 Mar. 2015
The twin Classic Brands 8-Inch Advantage Innerspring Mattress is a strong contender for any extra bedroom mattress. Although it isn't especially firm, it is remarkably soft.

It arrived rolled up and I expected this to be a problem. To the contrary: it returned to its intended shape immediately.

I wouldn't make this an everyday bed, but the disadvantage it has in its softness there is a strength for weary guests. Whether a short nap is required to get through a lazy Saturday, or or old friends will be staying for a weekend, this is an excellent solution.

For the price, this can't be beat.

Anthony Trendl
anthonytrendl.com
(Vine provided product)


Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
by John Bartlett
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Find Out What Einstein Really Said, 15 Mar. 2015
As a speechwriter, I'm asked to include quotes from noteworthy people. Invariably, my clients see something on Facebook and are convinced it is accurate. It might be, but we all know Albert Einstein didn't say everything attributed to him.

That's where Bartlett's Familiar Quotations kicks in. I've been using this since childhood, and now, as it is continually updated, it searches for the balances of classical and new quotes.

Among the things Bartlett's does better than some former Star Trek star posting quotable memes on social media is that these are vetted. They are sourced. You know who really said them. Don't speak at a fundraiser and say, "J. K. Rowling said..." when, in fact, it was actually in the Bible, Shakespeare or Bob Dylan. Bartlett's will help you there.

Can it be better? Yes. It can be thicker. Make it comprehensive, not merely portable. As the marketing copy says, it now includes, "Warren Buffett, the Dalai Lama, Bill Gates, David Foster Wallace, Emily Post, Steve Jobs, Jimi Hendrix, Paul Krugman, Hunter S. Thompson, Jon Stewart, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, Barack Obama, Che Guevara, Randy Pausch, Desmond Tutu, Julia Child, Fran Leibowitz, Harper Lee, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Patti Smith, William F. Buckley, and Robert F. Kennedy." That's great, but be sure to retain the classics.

While for me, this is a tool of the trade, it is also wildly entertaining, inspiring and challenging. There are reasons speakers love using quotes: they say important things well.

Whether you want this at your office or on your coffee table, buy Bartlett's.

Anthony Trendl
AmericanSpeechwriter.com


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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Important, 15 Mar. 2015
There are a few reasons to buy "Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales" (in print, not Kindle). That is, besides that this is a beautiful edition.

First off, these stories are classics because they are well-told, instructive and entertaining. You know many of the tales, but there's a fair chance that unless you are a student of folk tales, many will be new.

Secondly, as these are part of the literary canon, they are important to know. Reading these will help you or your child have a stronger sense of culture. Then, as you watch the next Pixar or Disney film, you'll recognize the source and how they deviated from the source.

Buy this in book form. Have at least a readable print edition to thumb through. Many of the tales are short, and just feel more authentic than if read digitally.

Anthony Trendl
TreeFortBooks.com


The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: The Complete First Edition
The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: The Complete First Edition
by Gebrüder Grimm
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.97

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Important, 15 Mar. 2015
There are a few reasons to buy "Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales" (in print, not Kindle). That is, besides that this is a beautiful edition.

First off, these stories are classics because they are well-told, instructive and entertaining. You know many of the tales, but there's a fair chance that unless you are a student of folk tales, many will be new.

Secondly, as these are part of the literary canon, they are important to know. Reading these will help you or your child have a stronger sense of culture. Then, as you watch the next Pixar or Disney film, you'll recognize the source and how they deviated from the source.

Buy this in book form. Have at least a readable print edition to thumb through. Many of the tales are short, and just feel more authentic than if read digitally.

Anthony Trendl
TreeFortBooks.com


I Wish We'd All Been Ready
I Wish We'd All Been Ready
Price: £0.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Average Cover of a Classic Song, 11 Mar. 2015
Jordin Sparks has a lovely voice, and "I Wish We'd All Been Ready," is one of the classics in contemporary Christian music. Some might argue CCM began with this song. This should make an amazing cover of Larry Norman's famous song.

It didn't happen. It is a bland redoing, and nothing more.

She's not the first to cover the song. DC Talk's version of I Wish We'd All Been Ready is among the best known, with each of the musicians singing a solo bit.

Part of the soundtrack to "Left Behind" (the remake, not the dreadful 2000 version), hopefully it will raise the song to new ears. However, there's nothing new here. Sparks gives nothing interesting to the song that hasn't been heard a dozen times before. There's no creative boost or interpretation. She hums a little. That's it.

The music is metronomic and uninspired. Instead of capturing the simple passion of Norman, the music sounds too click-clack.

I love the song, but wish Jordin Sparks pushed it into a new place. Her credentials and abilities are incredible, but here, the results are merely mediocre.

Anthony Trendl
anthonytrendl.com


DIVISION STREET AMERICA
DIVISION STREET AMERICA
by Studs Terkel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Carl Sandburg's Chicago, 6 Mar. 2015
Chicago is the city of big shoulders. Carl Sandburg said that. Studs Terkel, in "Division Street: America," gives us the names of those people on whom those big shoulders rest. Like Edgar Lee Masters' collection of poetic epitaphs, "Spoon River Anthology," Terkel titles each chapter with the name of those whose lives are being described.

Division Street runs East-West through Chicago, ending at Lake Shore Drive. It is a major road, and Terkel could've chosen any avenue to name his book. What is important is that it cuts through the center of the city, and, symbolically, into and through the heart of it all.

Each story is a page or two. Some are five or six pages. None are too long. Terkel knows when to finish the story. However, to call the short chapters 'stories' isn't really accurate. They are edited conversations with people you might have known if you lived in Chicago in 1967 when this was first published. Some of the people are cops. Others are teachers, cabbies and nuns. There is even a couple CEOs and advertising guys. Terkel manages to connect with each interviewee, and allow them to do the talking.

Everything you've heard about Studs Terkel or this book is true. It is fantastically voyeuristic, and terrifically revealing without ever being cheap or exploitive. These people are so familiar, as if you overheard Terkel chatting with them at a diner or coffeehouse.

I wholeheartedly recommend "Division Street: America" by Studs Terkel.

Anthony Trendl
AmericanSpeechwriter.com


Silent Night, Holy Night
Silent Night, Holy Night
Price: £0.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, Simple, Amazing Rendition of Christmas Classic, 3 Dec. 2010
Listening to Mahalia Jackson sing "Silent Night" gives me chills. She finds it. She gets it. She never oversings the song, holding back, making sure the song is never about her. Rather than say, "Look at my skills," she is calling us out, asking, "Worship with me the child of God."

The music is sparse. It starts with piano and bells, but mostly, it is Jackson with a soft layer of bells and a humming choir. It sounds like it was performed without an audience in a large cathedral.

I fully recommend, "Silent Night, Holy Night" as sung by Mahalia Jackson.

Anthony Trendl
editor, [...]


Gospel
Gospel
Price: £12.62

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coffee House Gospel Comes Through, 5 May 2008
This review is from: Gospel (Audio CD)
The Weavers are folk music. Like Woody Guthrie, their name is synonymous with what folk music is. They did not sing for money, but for what they believe.

No one ever thought of the Weavers as a faith-driven group. They are nowhere on the Larry Norman-> Michael W Smith-> Sara Groves Christian music continuum. What they have done, though, is collect the most popular Christian folk songs and play them well.

This is a coffee house collection. This is crowd pleasing and not always obvious as spiritual songs ("If I Had A Hammer (The Hammer Song)"). There are none of the great hymns like "Amazing Grace," "How Great Thou Art," or even, "Be Thou My Vision." Too bad. I can only dream of what Peter Seeger and company could have done.

I love "Go Where I Send Thee," and suspect I am not alone in my appreciation of "When The Saints Go Marching In". The Weaver's version of "In That New Jerusalem" is so part of our public consciousness that it is easy to forget it is laden with lyrics drawn from the Book of Revelations.

Michael Row The Boat Ashore
Follow The Drinking Gourd
On My Journey
I've Got A Home In That Rock
In That New Jerusalem
When The Stars Begin To Fall
Run, Come See, Jerusalem
If I Had A Hammer (The Hammer Song)
Sinner Man
You Made Me A Pallet On The Floor
True Religion
Twelve Gates To The City
Go Where I Send Thee (One For The Little Bitty Baby)
When The Saints Go Marching In

I fully recommend The Weavers "Gospel" as a fun addition to both folk and Christian music collections.

Anthony Trendl
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The Long Tail: How Endless Choice is Creating Unlimited Demand
The Long Tail: How Endless Choice is Creating Unlimited Demand
by Chris Anderson
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple, Smart Premise No Longer Ignored, 5 May 2008
"The Long Tail: How Endless Choice Is Creating Unlimited Demand" by Chris Anderson claims that thar's gold in them thar hills. He tells us it is not a few big chunks we want, but many small nuggets.

Modern examples are Amazon.com and NetFlix, both of which sell plenty of Harry Potter products and the like. They also (or rent, as is with NetFlix) lots of less popular products. They hit the niche market hard. That's the gold.

The long tail is the curve's far end. At the top of the curve is Harry Potter, for example, along with other New York Times Bestsellers. These products certainly represent a significant amount of sales. However, so do the accumulated number of books and movies which might sell only a few copies a year. Add those up, and there is serious profit. While the tail in the curve is not high, it is long. One copy of, say. The Love, a Hungarian film, and one copy of The Very Best of Ralph Stanley, a bluegrass CD, might not sound like much, but the tail is long. Those, with thousands of other products sold each month, would make their seller very happy.

My own business is built on a long tail method. The market for Hungarian products is not like the Billboard Top 40. It is like the Billboard Bottom 20,000, if there were such a thing. It works.

Anderson's principles can be applied by small businesses like mine, and massive Fortune 500s looking to reach where few are reaching. The markets are there, and, by considering Anderson's ideas, so is the process.

I fully recommend "The Long Tail: How Endless Choice Is Creating Unlimited Demand" by Chris Anderson.

Anthony Trendl
editor, HungarianBookstore.com


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