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Cider with Rosie (Nonpareil Book)
Cider with Rosie (Nonpareil Book)
by Laurie Lee
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.92
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's never too late to discover a gem!, January 10, 2015
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I have just put the book down with a wish it would never end. What an amazing catalogue and record of all things English in a tiny remote village in Gloucestershire before the arrival of the modern and mechanised world changed things for ever. This is such a loving tribute to a way of life that has disappeared--so closely bound as it was to nature, the seasons, the church calender, and village life in all its dailiness as well as the highlights of those special days in which everyone took part. And all recorded by a voice with a poet's sensibility as well as with deep love and appreciation of life itself. Laurie Lee was there, and grew up in its wild and centuries old embrace. A warm, lovely and at times very funny account.


Boyhood
Boyhood
DVD
Price: $12.99

3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This could have been brilliant! But too long by an hour!, September 8, 2014
This review is from: Boyhood (Amazon Instant Video)
If only this film could have been cut back to two hours. instead of lasting almost three! It just wasn't enough of an epic to stretch it out that long, and by the end of hour number 2, I was waiting for signs of it to come to a conclusion, whatever that might have been. This is sad, because I generally love family and psychological dramas, and this one is particularly interesting from the point of view that the cast was filmed over a period of twelve years, so we actually get to watch the principal character, Mason, grow up before our very eyes. It's charming and scary and nail-biting at times, for sure. And real! But sometimes there really is a good case to be made for the idea that "less is more". The story line deserves to be given more punch and less yawn, and the pacing of the whole shouldn' t have to make us think that yes, indeed, this was twelve years in the making! Eller Coltrane as Mason Jr is terrific, and it's always good to see Ethan Hawke in a role he can really take to the bank, but I do regret not having researched the playing time before spending a lovely summer afternoon in a movie theater, just aching to escape when hour three rolled around.
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Andrea Bocelli - Credo
Andrea Bocelli - Credo
DVD ~ Academia Santa Cecilia
Offered by sancristobal
Price: $17.19
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5.0 out of 5 stars You don't have to be Catholic to experience this beautiful film!, July 13, 2014
This review is from: Andrea Bocelli - Credo (DVD)
I'm not Catholic, but have to say, this is one of the most moving videos I have seen in quite a long time. It is a wonderful tribute to an obviously very caring and enlightened man, Pope John-Paul II--reviewing scenes from his life at the same time as interspersing scenes from his funeral and the crowds of devoted people who came to say a last farewell. All of this is heightened by the heartfelt singing of several very well-known and beautiful sacred songs performed by Andrea Boccelli. Several times I felt myself close to tears, even though I have never been to the Vatican, or even Italy, and haven't particularly felt drawn to anything "catholic" per se. But the human heart is the human heart, and manifests here and there in the world in the most wonderful ways. This video is a beautiful testimony to that uplifting and inspiring phenomenon, whatever your beliefs may be.


On Chesil Beach
On Chesil Beach
by Ian McEwan
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.83
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5.0 out of 5 stars A little gem, June 13, 2014
This review is from: On Chesil Beach (Paperback)
I recently consumed this little gem on a flight from England to the U.S, and was not disappointed. More compact and polished than ever, it is pure McEwan. A honeymoon gone wrong at its core--one tiny moment in time, yet layered and polished the way a grain of sand serves to create a pearl. A black pearl, one might add--since McEwan's gift with language is equaled by his obsession with the dark secrets humans keep from themselves and each other.


The Belle of Amherst: A One-Woman Play
The Belle of Amherst: A One-Woman Play
by William Luce
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy of Emily Dickinson's brilliance, June 13, 2014
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This is a first-rate presentation of not only Emily Dickinson the poet, but who she was as a person, and where the poetry came from. She was very intelligent, wise and witty, with deep feelings about what it is to be a human being, no matter what circumstances one finds oneself in. They don't matter so much really, when you trust the heart and take time to marry it to the mind that is yours, and seek the solitude that makes this possible. Julie Harris did a superb job in bringing this play to life on stage, (and available on dvd.) But even to just read this script will touch your heart in unexpected ways and change your view, most likely, of this important American poet. I am also very proud to know that my daughter, an actress, is working on this play in order to perform it as written--a one-woman show--which will be produced in England in March, 2015.


When the Heart Breaks: A Journey Through Requited and Unrequited Love
When the Heart Breaks: A Journey Through Requited and Unrequited Love
by David Whyte
Edition: Audio CD
Price: $14.09
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's never too late for a revelation!, May 22, 2014
It's lovely how life presents something when you're not looking, and turns everything into a joyous adventure that keeps offering more and more illuminating discoveries! This is what happened to me in early April of this year when I happened to catch sight of this cd in an online catalog I was idly wandering through. I heard the sample download, and immediately ordered it! And there's no turning back! I love David Whyte's poetry--so wise, so compassionate, so uncompromising in the service of something much deeper and truer about our human life I have often suspected, and even experienced, but there's such a delightful corroboration for those intimations here! I love David's storytelling, his sense of humour, and his laugh! His Yorkshire/Irish voice is a delight. The way he repeats lines from his poems when he reads them is very powerful--more like song, or incantation--it deepens the message and offers new insights every time I listen to this wonderful cd set. I have since read his "The Three Marriages", and have his book of poems called "House of Belonging" which speaks very personally to my particular journey. I know there is more of his work out there and am drinking from this lovely well for just as long as there's life in me! How did I not know of this lovely poet until just a month ago?!


The Sartorialist: Closer
The Sartorialist: Closer
by Scott Schuman
Edition: Paperback
Price: $19.89
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating "snapshots" of people and what they actually wear, January 17, 2014
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This is an informative book that relies very heavily (and successfully) on the purely visual. If "clothes make the man" (--or woman), then one has to wonder and delight at the infinite variety of self-expressive ensembles that are on view just about anywhere in the world, at any time. This is no runway catalog; no posed pictures; just people of every age and walk of life, going about their daily tasks, and as such can be quite a sociological study of who we are as a species. Besides all this, I think it could be a useful book for anyone in the clothing design business, and it's for that reason I bought this copy for my youngest son (a clothing designer) who did indeed find it quite fascinating. Every bit as fascinating as its predecessor, The Sartorialist, which I will make sure I get for my son, as well.


The End of Your World: Uncensored Straight Talk on the Nature of Enlightenment
The End of Your World: Uncensored Straight Talk on the Nature of Enlightenment
Price: $9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loss of a false world can only be a good thing., November 22, 2013
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This book points to a very great truth which is easy to think you have to search for, when it's really who we ARE and have been all the time and cannot lose!


Wave
Wave
by Sonali Deraniyagala
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.26
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5.0 out of 5 stars A profound book about catastrophic loss, September 28, 2013
This review is from: Wave (Hardcover)
This is the most profound and powerful book I have ever read about catastrophic loss. Moving and vivid in its details and straightforward prose, Sonali helped me to feel that I could know about as much as CAN be known of the stages and phases that the human heart must endure in order to grasp the magnitude of what has happened, yet still not have to endure in full what she surely must have. And then the slow and torturous start on the journey back to a life that will never be the same but which will be endurable and even, at moments, good. I do thank the author for her courage in sharing these most difficult years of her life, and feel enriched in ways its hard to describe by what she has been able to show of such an extraordinary event.


A Thousand Mornings: Poems
A Thousand Mornings: Poems
Offered by Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Price: $10.92

5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely source of refreshment, September 26, 2013
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A poem is like a jewel you can turn in the light, and each aspect offers you something slightly different but still stunning. Your heart knows this before your head does, and when these jewels are fashioned by an expert like Mary Oliver, the recognition and delight are endless.


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