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Here are some reviews of books I've read recently. Check them out!


One of my all time favorites

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Business Books

Reading for Enjoyment

Lessons From The Window Seat

Weaving the Web

The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story

Marriage in a Culture of Divorce

A Gift From Daniel

Will the Circle be Unbroken

I Know This Much is True

A Course in Miracles

Crossing Over

Lord of the Rings

Stolen Lives

Nickel and Dimed

No Great Mischief

Race Across Alaska

The No Spin Zone

A Return to Love

John Adams

Never Change

Cane River

Miriam's Song


Lessons From The Window Seat

This book was written by my good friend Dave Specht.  He's waited over a year to finally get it published.  I may be a little prejudiced, but I think it's a wonderful book with a refreshing look at the workplace.  You won't be sorry if you purchase this one. Let me know if you buy it and I'll bet we can get you an autograph!
(5/00)

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Marriage in a Culture of Divorce

Am I proud or what!  This one was written by my cousin Dr. Karla Hackstaff from Northern Arizona University.  She grew up in a divorced home that had a profound impact on her life.  In this book she explores divorce and women.  Let me know if you buy one...maybe we can get you signed copy!   (5/00)

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Weaving the Web

Tim Berners-Lee is known as "The Father of the WWW".  In this book he takes us from an idea in 1989 to his vision of the future of the WWW.  You'll learn about his concept of a "semantic web" and how plans are underway to solve the privacy and security issues. If you are curious about how it all began then this book is a "must" read.

I've told students for years that Tim Berners-Lee would be known as the founder of the WWW and now we have the chance to read his story.  It's all happened so fast yet it's nice to know there's a man with a vision for where it will go. (10/99)

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A New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story

A GEM!  I haven't enjoyed a book this much in a long time.  Michael Lewis is so good at taking business topics and making them enjoyable and informative.  I encourage everyone to read this book.  It's the story of Jim Clark (Netscape founder) but told in a way that will enlighten you to the new economy created by the Internet start-ups.   Don't wait.  Buy it now! (1/00)

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A Gift From Daniel

This is one of my all time favorite, thought provoking books.  Be careful...once you start you won't be able to stop.   (11/99)

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Will the Circle be Unbroken

I've heard a lot about this book and Studs Terkel.  I'm just getting started reading it so I'll have to let you know what I think.   (12/01)

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No Great Mischief

This book is about a MacDonald family who comes to the U.S. from Scotland.  Because my grandparents were MacDonald's and I'm always interested in Scottish history I bought this book to learn more.  It's an easy reading fiction account of the family and I enjoyed every minute of it. (11/01)

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Never Change

I bought this book on CD and listened to it on the way to my sister's cabin 2 hours away.  I honestly didn't want to stop the car when I arrived as I wanted to keep listening to the story.  Elizabeth Berg is one of my favorite writers and this story of a spinster nurse and her patient kept me spellbound. (11/01)

Hardback - $16.76

The No Spin Zone

I actually bought this book on CD to listen to in the car.  I do like Bill O'Reilly and his no nonsense approach to the topics of the day.  His book picks several of his highest profile interviews and gives background and details.  I really enjoyed it.  You don't have to agree with him to learn something from his interviews. (11/01)

Hardback - $14.97

I Know This Much is True

Another one of Oprah's books that turned out to be a GEM.  This book captured me from the first chapter and never let me go!  I felt like I lived with the characters for the 3 weeks it took me to read it and I'll miss them now that I'm done. It's one of the most well-written books I've ever read and from a literary perspective deserves some awards.  If you only read one book on my list, I suggest it be this one.  Yes, that's how much I enjoyed it.   (1/01)

Paperback - $12.80

A Return to Love

This is actually my second go around with this book.  I read it a few years ago but just wasn't ready or tuned into it's message.  However, this time I'm learning a lot about a new way to look at life and to actually find some miracles in my own life.  Not for the faint of heart, but highly recommended. (1/01)

Paperback - $11.20

A Course in Miracles

I'm planning on taking at least a year to read this one.  It's a wonderful study of spirituality and includes 365 daily lessons.  It's not for the "faint of heart"! (1/01)

Hardback - $23.96

John Adams

This book has been on the bestseller list all year.  I've heard wonderful things about it and wasn't disappointed when I started reading it.  John Adams was an extraordinary man in an extraordinary time.  I highly recommend this book if you like history.  (7/01)

Hardback - $21.00

Race Across Alaska

Yes, I went to Alaska last summer and actually got to dogsled.  So I came home and bought several books on the topic.  This was one of those books I couldn't stop reading.  It's the story of the first woman to win the Iditarod and a mile by mile description of the race.  I was actually cold at times just reading the book.  I highly recommend it!  (8/01)

Paperback - $13.56

Crossing Over

I really like John Edward!  He's a nice young man who has the ability to contact people who have Crossed Over.  I know...it sounds very strange but after watching his TV show I became fascinated with his abilities and his approach to the topic.  If you are interested at all this book will answer all your questions.

Hardback - $14.37


Lord of the Rings

Somehow I missed ever reading the Lord of the Rings.  With all the hype about it with the new movie coming out I decided now was the time to start.  The 3 books combined are 1500 pages but I'm going to give it a try.  I'll let you know what I think. (12/01)

Paperback - $14.00

Cane River

I'm not a big fan of Ophray's books as they are usually just too predicable and tragic.  However, I enjoyed Cane River which is the story of several generations of slave women and the journey they took to freedom.   (10/01)

Hardback - $17.46

Miriam's Song

I heard the brother of Miriam (the author of the book) speak and wanted to read more about their families story of growing up in Africa.  This book is so graphic and well written you actually feel you are living in the township with the family.  It's a very touching and moving true story of one families attempt to survive.  Highly recommended   (10/01)

Paperback - $10.40

Stolen Lives

This book was a little slow getting started but once I got into the story of the Moroccan family who was imprisoned because their father had been involved in a coup I was fascinated.  The family as imprisoned in the most deplorable conditions for 20 years.  Once their escape attempt started I couldn't stop.  An exciting and interesting read!   (10/01)

Hardback - $16.80

Nickel and Dimed

Don't wait another minute before reading this book.  It's one of my all time favorites!  Barbara Ehrenreich took 3 months and tried to live on what a minimum wage worker would earn.  That included finding housing, food and transportation.  She tried different jobs including waitress, housecleaner and Walmart clerk.  You will never look at a minimum wage earner the same way after  you read this book.  Please read!   (10/01)

Hardback - $16.10


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