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Product Details

  • Paperback: 291 pages
  • Publisher: WritEffect Productions, LTD. (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615377726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615377728
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,151,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is an absolute joy to read.
Dr. Bojan Tunguz
I had to read it twice just to make sure I didn't miss any of it's brilliant lines many which I'm sure will go down in history.
CharmedEnigma
In her book "The Words That Shaped Me", Aliza Davidovit takes us on a journey of her life as a charismatic Journalist.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 26, 2010
When I first came across this book I really didn't know what to expect. The premise held a lot of appeal to me - growing up I had a very keen appreciation for interesting words, especially those of foreign origin. I used to be the nerdy kid who would actually read the dictionary for fun. When I started learning English, and especially when I started attending English-speaking educational institutions, I was thrust into, whether I liked it or not, a gargantuan volume of new words and phrases. Initially I felt overwhelmed by this verbal deluge, but eventually I regained my appreciation for learning new words for the intrinsic pleasure that their meaning evoked. Thus, a book that deals with interesting words and the way they shape one's life was certainly something that I was intrinsically drawn towards. Nonetheless, the question still remains: how interesting can a book about words really be? And the answer is: really interesting!

Aliza Davidovit is a writer and journalist who lives in New York. These biographical facts alone assure that in the course of her personal life and professional career she has witnessed and lived through a lot of interesting and memorable moments. However, even though when writing she heavily relies on the life of a New York socialite for material and inspiration, this is not a tell-all book that will embarrass celebrities and provide guilty pleasure for the reader. Aliza is careful never to cross the line of good taste and betray the confidence of her many friends and acquaintances. This is a book about New York's "high society," but only in part. The main focus of the book concerns those words and relationships that are common to most of us, and the way that we endow our lives with meaning using the most powerful tool at our disposal: language.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David R. Blaski on December 16, 2010
Brilliant...witty...and touching. A great insight into the life and career of a true journalist with a true gift for words. Aliza doesn't "shape" opinions, she gives her readers the understanding by which they shape their own. Her are comments personal and her style professional and her character always honest, makes this book a must have.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joe Newton Zapata on January 5, 2011
This is the first time I have reviewed a book on Amazon, so there must be something to this book don't you think? I am an avid reader, so I love words. They shape our lives whether in the written or spoken form. Aliza, focuses on her favorite words and runs the gambit from A-Z. She is of Jewish heritage, so she often ventures outside the English language to entertain us with words in Hebrew and Yiddish as well as some in French. And of course, she does not leave out the Latin root origins of many words of the English language.

The book is about Aliza's love of language. A humorous treatise about words, if you will. Is this a text book? Far from it, although I venture to say you will learn quite a few things along the way. The concept of the book is unique, building entire essays around her favorite and sometimes unfavorite words. These personal essays are often humor based and drive home very disctinct points about humanity. Respect, humility, pride, vanity, envy, self-sacrifice, love are common themes woven very cleverly into the book. As others have stated, it is not a politically correct book and it has a sharp, witty edge to it. But that is life at it's core, is it not? Aliza is a world-renowned journalist, so she does critique public figures but is not above scrutinizing herself. This is all done in a respectful manner and with a great deal of humor. On the flip side, she praises many indivuduals, both public and those closer to her. Her many witty stories about people in her life are not about that particular person per say, but in a greater sense, the human condition as a whole. The few times she departs from her humor, it is to talk about the passing of her father and the illness of her mom.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CharmedEnigma on December 26, 2010
This book is so well written that I couldn't put it down. I had to read it twice just to make sure I didn't miss any of it's brilliant lines many which I'm sure will go down in history. It's clearly the type of book that every time you read it you take away something new and exciting. This writer is extremely talented and very smart, funny and deep. I'm extremely impressed!
Aliza sure has a way with words!!! A must read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 22, 2011
Aliza Davidovit has experienced a lot of trials and tribulations in her lifetime. Yet despite her childhood experiences and her divorce she has managed to keep a sense of humor. In fact in this book she is a witty wonder with words. Each word she introduces to the reader reveals something interesting about her life. At first she had me snickering every few pages and then the book became a little more serious in places. I did laugh out loud once. In fact, I was snickering so much that my husband who was on the computer kept turning around and asking me what was so funny. I found the description of "fault finders" and "harem" especially funny. While Aliza Davidovit has a unique way of looking at the world she can at times be a little irreverant, possibly a little shocking in a mild way and unafraid to approach adult and political topics. Overall I found this book honest and engaging. As someone who loves to read dictionaries for fun I can say this book was quite enjoyable.

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