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I Was Told There'd be Cake
I Was Told There'd be Cake
by Sloane Crosley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very funny, 7 Jan. 2009
i'm not sure what these other reviewers were expecting, as they seem to be very disappointed - but i found it to be very very funny and had to stop reading it on the bus as i was laughing too much. she's over-dramatic and pokes fun at things (including herself), and describes things very well. the picture she draws of her parents is priceless. i'm pretty sure her parallels between 9/11 and her miserable job is not supposed to be taken seriously... it's fluff, people! but as far as fluff goes - it's among the best i've read. she makes a very clever and insightful contribution to the "young woman in the city" genre. great stuff.


Inglorious
Inglorious
by Joanna Kavenna
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars poetic or just dreary?, 9 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Inglorious (Paperback)
the book is beautifully written and is a very accurate description of what it's like to wander around without direction - metaphorically and literally. i thought i would enjoy this book as i can relate to this state - the narrator has many plans but as she doesn't know what she wants she gets nothing done. however, whether or not the reader will enjoy reading this depends on whether the endless description is perceived as poetic - or just depressing. i for one couldn't bear it any more halfway through and went on to read something less dreary.


Marrying Buddha
Marrying Buddha
by Wei Hui Zhou
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars accept it for what it is and you'll find its actually very good, 29 Dec. 2006
This review is from: Marrying Buddha (Paperback)
after having read several reviews of this book i was almost put off, but read it anyway as i'd already bought it. and i am happy i did, because it thoroughly enjoyed it. no, it's no masterpiece, but it's a story about a woman who is trying to figure herself out. it mentions details about men, sex, fashion and friendship - it may not be the stuff they look for at the orange prize but that's what life is like. the narrator is a thoughtful and insightful character who struggles to find her place in the world while staying true to herself, whoever that is. there are no great truths to be discovered here, but it remains story that will appeal to others in a similar situation, or to people who want a story about the extraordinary in the everyday.


american sweethearts
american sweethearts
Offered by PT Distribution
Price: £12.95

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars for the fans, 28 Sept. 2003
This review is from: american sweethearts (VHS Tape)
this movie is very promising, mainly due to the cast. anyone who enjoy watching john cusak or billy crystal will have good hopes for this movie. and it is funny in parts, there is no doubt about that. however, when it ends you are still not quite happy. but still, for the cusak and crystal fans this movie will almost come through, but not quite.


In Cuba I Was A German Shepherd
In Cuba I Was A German Shepherd
by Ana Menendez
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars parting is such sweet sorrow, 6 Sept. 2003
this book is written in the vivid and colourful style that is common to latin american writings. however, this book has stories about people who have left that part of the world, and they dont know if they will ever be able to go back. "in cuba i was a german shepherd" is funny, sad, educational and moving, it is definitely worth a read.


Little House in the Big Woods (Little House (Original Series Paperback))
Little House in the Big Woods (Little House (Original Series Paperback))
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars home comfort, 6 Sept. 2003
little house in the big woods is a journey to a different world, where life is simple and the world consists of four strong walls keeping little laura and her family safe from harm. the book's descriptions of food leaves you hungry, with its memories of cheese making, hickory smoked venison and home made butter. seeing the world through laura's excited eyes makes you want to cuddle up with a cup of warm cocoa, preferably with a snow storm outside. it is home comfort all the way through.


New Habits: Today's Women Who Choose to Become Nuns
New Habits: Today's Women Who Choose to Become Nuns
by Isabel Losada
Edition: Paperback

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressing and though provoking, 7 May 2002
You cannot help but being impressed with the novices interviewed in ‘New Habits’. Firstly it is their determination that this is the right life for them, and their choice to devote their lives to a God most people have a complicated relationship with, to say it mildly. What surprised me was that the novices’ relationships with God were very varying, that their opinions and experiences of him or her were as wide-ranging as for other people.
The novices spend their time focusing on prayer and helping others, and they show an amazing acceptance for people. This book gives information about a topic very few people know much about, and it shows us that we have the completely wrong idea most of the time. Nuns are as different as any other group of people, but what they have in common is the impressive peace they have with themselves.


The Battersea Park Road to Enlightenment
The Battersea Park Road to Enlightenment
by Isabel Losada
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and funny, 18 April 2002
This book could be described as a beginner’s manual for anyone who has ever been tempted to peek into the world of self-discovery. Armed with courage and scepticism, Isabel Losada ventures beyond the comfort zone. In addition to being entertaining the book is also very funny, as Losada makes fun of the popular views that has been attached to disciplines like horoscopes, hypnosis and classes that involves bringing out your inner goddess. In addition to these, Losada also visits some lesser known matters like a re-birth class, where you cannot help but being impressed by her honesty. It is not difficult to identify with her experiences, and the book inspires you to go out and join a workshop or two yourself. And at the bottom of this book a well-hidden truth lies to be discovered: that it is you that is in control of your life.


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