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Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind
Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind
by Sarah Wildman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.50
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful, and surprising, love story., November 13, 2014
Paper Love, the story of Sarah Wildman's grandfather and the woman he left behind in Nazi Austria, is at once a beautiful and surprising book. Sarah describes the agonizing choices that her grandfather made, the incredible effort he made to survive and prosper in the United States, and the helpless horror he experienced as his beloved back in Europe remained trapped by Hitler. But this is not simply a tragic love story: It's also a vivid work of history. Sarah captures better than any writer I've ever read what it was like to live as a Jew in Germany--in Berlin no less!--as the Nazi noose tightened, how daily humiliations (the star, curfews) turned into systematic torture (no warm clothes, no eggs, no shoe repairs...). No spoilers here, but there's also an astonishing ending.


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Pilot [HD]
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sweet spot between Veep and House of Cards, April 21, 2013
Alpha House is the Venn intersection of House of Cards (capitol hill house, congress) and Veep (savage political satire that's not entirely heartless). It's a sweet spot to be in. Goodman and Bettencourt are especially good.


Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy
Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy
by Emily Bazelon
Edition: Hardcover
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4 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A humane--and incredibly useful--book about bullying, February 20, 2013
I'm a longtime colleague and friend of Emily, and I've been watching her report this book and talking to her about it for two years. Sticks and Stones is a powerful book because it combines very human stories about bullying with incredibly practical ideas about how to discourage it. Parents of children who've been bullied will recognize their experiences in Sticks and Stones, and take solace by learning ways they can make things better. The book is equally valuable for teachers and school administrators, who will see (sometimes to their shame), what happens when schools mishandle bullying, and find models for tackling bullying the right way.


Sad Desk Salad: A Novel
Sad Desk Salad: A Novel
by Jessica Grose
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.23
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18 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's like having a drink with a funny friend, October 2, 2012
Reading Sad Desk Salad is liking spending the afternoon catching up with a very funny, dear friend. I am not a woman, not a New Yorker, not a blogger, not marinated in New York media, but I still loved this very sweet, often wicked, and extremely funny book about a young woman trying to make it. It's hard to write a novel about work that isn't boring and it's hard to write a chick lit novel that isn't stupid. Grose has written an exciting work novel that is also a smart chick-lit novel. No mean feat!


The End of Men: And the Rise of Women
The End of Men: And the Rise of Women
by Hanna Rosin
Edition: Hardcover
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6 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant, gripping account of why women are rising, September 11, 2012
The End of Men is the most provocative and fascinating book you'll read this year. I'm Hanna Rosin's husband, so I'm obviously biased, but I have also lived with this book and this subject for two years, and I can tell you confidently that Hanna has written an absolutely gripping and thought-provoking book about why the world has changed so fast. In the workplace, in the bedroom, in the classroom--women have been rising more rapidly than anyone imagined they would--and men have been falling.

As David Brooks wrote in a New York Times column about the book, Hanna has identified a new cause for this shift. It's not simply that the economy now favors cooperative, non-strength jobs (though it does)--it is that women are eager to adapt to this new world, while men are rigid, holding on to old habits, practices and ideas. Hanna calls this Plastic Woman and Cardboard Man--the woman racing through college, entering growing professions, balancing work and family life, the man wishing for a bygone era, and reluctant to adapt. It is both a thrilling and sobering world that The End of Men describes.

Hanna is particularly interesting on how these changes affect college-educated Americans and non-college educated Americans differently. What she observed is that for college educated Americans, the rise of women has been wonderful, creating stronger, more equitable marriages, where husbands and wives can trade back and forth on who earns more, who does more childcare, and so on. This has actually strengthened marriage and reduced divorce. Among the non-college educated, it is much more catastrophic, as men, unable to find work that can support a family, vanish, and women are forced to carry the entire burden of raising kids and working.

The End of Men is packed with research, and it is incredibly richly reported, full of vivid accounts of the lives of particular men and women. I promise it will make you think differently about how the world works. The End of Men: And the Rise of Women
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Black & Decker TRO420 Toast-R-Oven 4-Slice Countertop Oven/Broiler, White
Black & Decker TRO420 Toast-R-Oven 4-Slice Countertop Oven/Broiler, White
Price: $26.98
49 used & new from $22.93

10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Broken right out of the box, June 2, 2009
Alarmingly crummy product. The timer did not function, causing me to nearly set fire to my kitchen when the first piece of toast I put in incinerated. Also, it came without an instruction manual.


The Bush Tragedy
The Bush Tragedy
by Jacob Weisberg
Edition: Hardcover
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260 of 288 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most penetrating, and persuasive, explanation for Bush's failures, January 25, 2008
This review is from: The Bush Tragedy (Hardcover)
In The Bush Tragedy, Jacob Weisberg does what most of President Bush's critics have never tried to do: Take him seriously. In doing so, Jacob paints a devastating portrait of a man haunted by his father, crippled by a fatal lack of curiosity, and driven by ego to pursue aggressive and ill-considered policies. His Bush is not the cartoon of ignorant evil imagined by many of the president's critics, but a deeply complex man whose intellectual and emotional shortcomings have made him a disastrous president. Jacob, who (full disclosure) is a colleague and friend, has unearthed extraordinary new details about Bush's religious conversion, ancestral history, and family dynamics. My favorite bit--check it out on page 90--is an anecdote about how the president, always willing to make his own reality, decided that a painting of a horse thief was actually a portrait of a brave evangelist minister.
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Not Much Just Chillin': The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers
Not Much Just Chillin': The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers
by Linda Perlstein
Edition: Hardcover
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perlstein's an amazing reporter, September 18, 2003
Author Linda Perlstein gets inside the heads of middle schoolers in a way that no one has ever done. Middle schoolers are the most mysterious and impossible creatures. Every parent approaches those years with dread, knowing that their child will turn into an alien, a monster. But Perlstein decodes and demystifies these kids in a gloriously entertaining, suspense-filled narrative. Each of the five kids she follows is fascinating, and you rise and fall with them through the turbulent mini-dramas of middle school life. Perlstein brings to life in the most vivid and delightful way the crushes, and friendships, and squabbles, and triumphs that define these years. Anyone who remembers their own middle school years with horror--or looks forward to their children's middle school years with horror--should read it. It will reassure you, and fascinate you.


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