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I'll Stay as Long as I Can: Mother and Daughter Diaries of Love, Tragedy and Remembrance
I'll Stay as Long as I Can: Mother and Daughter Diaries of Love, Tragedy and Remembrance
by Margy Nelson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.95

5.0 out of 5 stars The Story of A Young Girl who had to grow up too fast, 30 Dec. 2008
I 'll Stay as Long As I Can is a heartwarming (and heartbreaking) story of a little girl who was forced to grow up too fast. It is an amazing story told in two diaries that are brilliantly weaved together. The book combines Claire Nelson's diary along with Margy Nelson's diary (her mother). The book is well organized so it is easy to see whose entry you are currently reading.

In her own words Claire tells about her hopes and dreams about life and what she felt about the terrible hand (brain cancer) she had been dealt. Her writing provides deep insights into her bravery and into what the human spirit is capable of when faced against insurmountable odds.

Besides the fine writing, there are many incredible poems in the book that Claire wrote. They touch the heart and lift the spirit. There are also several pictures of Claire and the family spiced throughout the book that help the reader know Claire and the Nelson family a little better.

One of the most profound moments in the book was when Claire discovered she had brain cancer. Her writing allows the reader to observe the changes from a little girl into a grown woman over night.

Claire only had a short time on this earth, but she touched a great number of people in very profound ways. This is her song, and she sings it brilliantly.

Parents with children who are going through similar challenges may find Claire's writing especially helpful to let them know some of the things their own child is thinking. There can be comfort in knowing others in life have similar challenges.

Margy's diary entries help round out the story of Clair and the rest of the Nelson clan. Her diary entries let us know all the things that were going on in the Nelson household and how everyone else was able to cope with Claire's cancer.

Margy had to face the greatest fear any parent could imagine. Besides this she had many other challenges. Fortunately she maintained an upbeat spirit (whenever possible) and had some good times during the journey. Her story is also compelling, full of twists and turns and a page turner.

This book has definite similarities to the book: Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl.
* Both books are diaries written by young girls with extremely uncertain futures
* Both show how two young girls who were robbed of childhood, and had to grow into womanhood overnight
* Both books allow us to know the thoughts, the joys, the dreams, the fears and the love of very brave people

Usually in life we think of adults as teachers and children and young adults as students. In Claire's case the roles are reversed. She taught by example--and the real beauty is that she was just being herself.
I know this only too well...because you see...I was her uncle. I feel honored and privileged to have known this fine human being during her short but powerful stay on this earth.


Synonym Finder
Synonym Finder
by J.I. Rodale
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.18

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Invaluable Resource!, 27 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Synonym Finder (Paperback)
This is an amazing book which is the last word in Thesauruses. It is over 1,350 pages. I have written three books using this Synonym finder and hve found it to be invaluable! My copy has so many dog ears I probably need to open a kennel!

The Re-Discovery of Common Sense: A Guide To: The Lost Art of Critical Thinking


What Every Woman Should Know About Men
What Every Woman Should Know About Men
by Dr Joyce Brothers
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Some good...some stereotyping, 27 Aug. 2008
First published in 1983, What Every Woman Should Know About Men explains to women how, and why, men are different. Written primarily for single and married women over twenty five, Brothers is a source for understanding evolving thoughts and beliefs on male and female differences.

Brother's strongly implies that many of the characteristics of men are universal. She also implies the same about the nature of women. Although Dr. Brothers addresses individualistic male and female characteristics, it is frequently a passing thought. There are clearly some generalities about the nature of men and women that need to be explored, but focusing on these characteristics without adequately addressing the wide array of individuality of men and women is a deficiency of this book.

The Re-Discovery of Common Sense: A Guide To: The Lost Art of Critical Thinking

Are You the One for Me?: Knowing Who's Right and Avoiding Who's Wrong

How to Date Successfully and Confidently


Ziglar on Selling: The Ultimate Handbook for the Complete Sales Professional
Ziglar on Selling: The Ultimate Handbook for the Complete Sales Professional
by Zig Ziglar
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas from a great salesman!, 27 Aug. 2008
Zig Ziglar was a top sales agent and now a renowned speaker. This upbeat book reflects his positive attitude about life and business. It reflects his attitude that "You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want." His insight and philosophy can significantly help in the dating arena. Well written and fun to read, this book is worth the time exploring.

The Re-Discovery of Common Sense: A Guide To: The Lost Art of Critical Thinking


Guerrilla Dating Tactics: Strategies, Tips, and Secrets for Finding Romance
Guerrilla Dating Tactics: Strategies, Tips, and Secrets for Finding Romance
by Sharyn Wolf
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars There are no Rules...or are there?, 27 Aug. 2008
Sharyn Wolf's book looks at dating in the 1990's. It is written for men and women in their early twenties to early thirties. Although some ideas may be dated, other ideas are applicable today.

This is an optimistic book that is easy to read and understand. Guerilla Dating Tactics explores getting rid of obsolete rules and games, and looking at dating as an adventure. Wolf's first rule is there are no rules. Her book includes many dating stories collected from relationship seminars that she has taught. Wolf explores topics such topics as pickup lines, flirting, where to find singles, what to do and say on dates, overcoming rejection, and working with another to achieve a better relationship. Her book doesn't delve deeply into emotions, feelings, and compatibility issues of dating. The book has useful tips for the intended audience.

The Re-Discovery of Common Sense: A Guide To: The Lost Art of Critical Thinking

Are You the One for Me?: Knowing Who's Right and Avoiding Who's Wrong

How to Date Successfully and Confidently


Beyond Cinderella: How to Find the Man You Want and Build a Lasting Relationship
Beyond Cinderella: How to Find the Man You Want and Build a Lasting Relationship
by Nita Tucker
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Going for Your Dreams!, 27 Aug. 2008
Nita Tucker offers practical step by step instructions to assist women in their search for a good husband. She did some positive things to change her life that most people only talk about!

Years ago, Nita Tucker made a decision to find someone special to share her life with and took a proactive approach to her search. Within several months she was successful. Tucker's success at fining a loving husband was noticed by many of her friends. They told their friends, and soon, women were calling from around the country to learn Tucker's secrets. She started giving seminars across the country and eventually wrote this book.

I enjoyed Tucker's writing a great deal. It reflects her passion and conviction in going after what you want by clearly outlining your objective. Her genuine intensity and beliefs enhance the book significantly.

The book has many worthwhile ideas and techniques for the dating woman. Men can gain some insightful female perspectives from the book as well!

The Re-Discovery of Common Sense: A Guide To: The Lost Art of Critical Thinking

Are You the One for Me?: Knowing Who's Right and Avoiding Who's Wrong

How to Date Successfully and Confidently


The Complete Idiot's Guide to Dating
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Dating
by Dr. Judy Kuriansky
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Be Happy with Yourself First!, 27 Aug. 2008
Written for early 20s to early 30s without a great deal of dating experience, Judy Kuriansky covers everything from opening lines to closing ones, and everything in between. I enjoyed the book's positive tone. Although the book touches on feelings and emotions that fuel courting relationships, it doesn't delve deeply into them. For example; in Appendix "C" Kuriansky asks dating questions. One focuses on how many dates you need to have before knowing someone is "it!" Kuriansky recommends at least 6 dates. Long term relationships are more complex. Granted, some people seem to know almost immediately, however long-term relationships are usually much more complex.

Kuriansky argues that the key to successful dating is to be happy with yourself. I agree. Her book reflects this positive philosophy. She doesn't judge lifestyles and clearly recognizes differences within individuals (a strong point of the book!) carefully reviewing both the male and female perspective. Overall, a good book on dating for the intended age group and experience level!

The Re-Discovery of Common Sense: A Guide To: The Lost Art of Critical Thinking

Are You the One for Me?: Knowing Who's Right and Avoiding Who's Wrong

How to Date Successfully and Confidently


Mars and Venus on a Date: A Guide for Navigating the 5 Stages of Dating to Create a Loving and Lasting Relationship
Mars and Venus on a Date: A Guide for Navigating the 5 Stages of Dating to Create a Loving and Lasting Relationship
by John Gray
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good ideas on communication...but..., 27 Aug. 2008
John Gray's book emphasizes open communication in his book between men and women This is clearly important.

But, the open communication isn't so open at times. Gray doesn't encourage being candid at times. This is a slippery slope. For example, Gray says that if a man is late because of an accident on a bridge, he should apologize without explaining the reason for being late, and the woman should be nonjudgmental. Is this communication relationship enhancing?

Also, he frequently over emphasizes the differerences in men and women without acknowledging their similarities enough. For example, Gray's simplistic view of men as the wrongdoers in relationships and women as the saviors weakens the material. He explains in detail how men should learn to apologize and women should learn to forgive, but not vice versa. We all make mistakes in relationships and both parties need to learn the importance of sincere apology and forgiveness.

Good communication is clearly important in any relationship and I applaud John Gray's attempt to get couples to communicate, but emphasizing non candid behaviors dilutes the main message of the book.

Also, stereotyping the sexes can lead to polarization and a breakdown in communication. Understanding gender differences is important, but equally important is the acceptance and celebration of our similarities.

The Re-Discovery of Common Sense: A Guide To: The Lost Art of Critical Thinking

Are You the One for Me?: Knowing Who's Right and Avoiding Who's Wrong

How to Date Successfully and Confidently
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Are You the One for Me?: How to Have the Relationship You've Always Wanted: Knowing Who's Right and Avoiding Who's Wrong
Are You the One for Me?: How to Have the Relationship You've Always Wanted: Knowing Who's Right and Avoiding Who's Wrong
by Barbara De Angelis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book for Women who make Bad Choices and Want to Change!, 27 Aug. 2008
Barbara DeAngelis' book is written for women in their mid twenties and older. Although the book focuses primarily on the needs of women, men can gain some valuable insights from it. DeAngelis developed her ideas on relationships from her professional education, clients and some significant personal relationship challenges of her own.

DeAngelis reflects her sensitivity to staying away from picking incompatible men in her writing. Several chapters mirror her philosophy. They are: "Falling in love for all the wrong reasons," "The six biggest mistakes we make in the beginning of a relationship," The ten types of relationships that won't work," "Fatal flaws," and Compatibility time bombs."

Written clearly and understandably, Are You the One for ME? is a excellent book for women who consistently make bad relationship choices, and are serious about changing! Men can gain some good insights as well.

The Re-Discovery of Common Sense: A Guide To: The Lost Art of Critical Thinking

How to Date Successfully and Confidently


The Rules: Time Tested Secrets for Capturing the Heart of Mr.Right
The Rules: Time Tested Secrets for Capturing the Heart of Mr.Right
by Ellen Fein
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a good direction to go in..., 27 Aug. 2008
Not a good direction to go in...

The Rules is a short, trite book written for women on how to find and capture a man's heart, or, should I say, trap a man into marriage? It is written for women in their early twenties to early thirties. The book advertises itself as a working set of behaviors and reactions that make most women irresistible to desirable men. The premise of the book is that men are born to respond to a challenge as a natural instinct. Without that challenge, their interest wanes.

The Rules reflects a gaming philosophy. Will their techniques work? Possibly. But the relationship probably won't last as the games and manipulations will eventually be discovered and most women will gravitate back to what feels most comfortable for them. Then their courting relationship will fail or weaken dramatically.

Fein and Schneider have some tattered threads of truth woven into this flimsy fabric, but the taut strings are weakened by the pop philosophy within the book. For example, the authors argue:

* Don't call him and rarely return his calls
* Always end the phone calls first
* Don't read any books that counter the rules philosophy
* Don't see him more than twice a week

While the rules enjoys a strong polarized interest, its popularity stems from pent-up frustrations of women who haven't been successful finding a man to share their life with through other methods, coupled with amusement and repulsion of the material from others.

There are vastly superior books on dating.

The Re-Discovery of Common Sense: A Guide To: The Lost Art of Critical Thinking

Are You the One for Me?: Knowing Who's Right & Avoiding Who's Wrong

How to Date Successfully and Confidently


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