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Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines
Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines
by Nic Sheff
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $14.04
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring True Story, April 23, 2008
It is true that this book contains many graphic portrayals of sex and drug usage. I doubt the author Nic Sheff could have written such an effective book without them, since they both underscore what Mr. Sheff did as a result of his addictions to heroin and methamphetamine. Not only was he shooting up these hard drugs, but he prostituted himself to support his habits.

That is not to say that this book is written merely for shock value. As a whole, I feel the reader can attain some hope that Mr. Sheff can succeed in the long run. He really does express later in the book a commitment to sobriety and a realization of his blunders.

Is that hope strong? As for me, I am concerned that he seems to take less of an approach to a "higher power" (one of the twelve steps in a twelve-step program) later in the book than he did in the middle part of it. It seems that the approach as a whole is to merely get rid of things from the past rather than on what he needs in the positive sense of things. Maybe that shall come with time.


The Appeal
The Appeal
by John Grisham
Edition: Hardcover
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Storyline not very gripping, February 21, 2008
This review is from: The Appeal (Hardcover)
Grisham, in some of his books (THE RUNAWAY JURY comes to mind first) can give the reader an ending that really captivates. This book is not among them.

Without giving the ending away, I can say that the author toward the end writes a plot -- the rising action, you could say -- that prepares the reader for the ultimate climax. However, it didn't seem like the rising action led to a climax that was very interesting at all. Moreover, the rising action had no real purpose, as the reader shall learn at the end of the book.

Therefore, THE APPEAL is not among Grisham's gems. In fact, it is not even close.


Boom!: Voices of the Sixties Personal Reflections on the '60s and Today
Boom!: Voices of the Sixties Personal Reflections on the '60s and Today
by Tom Brokaw
Edition: Hardcover
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Profiles, Though Thesis is Very Broad, February 19, 2008
Mr. Brokaw, in THE GREATEST GENERATION, had a straightforward thesis - that the generation that fought in WWII was the "greatest."

In this book, however, the thesis is far less focused. Brokaw says that the 60s generation shaped the world we are in today. That thesis would require much more than one volume, but it is not hard to prove that those from the 60s shaped our world of the 21st Century in SOME way, shape or form.

The profiles of the various individuals were very interesting. I found it odd that all the people on the front cover were either known for being liberal or at least for not being conservative. Yet, three people shown on the SIDE of the book (Pat Buchanan, Dick Cheney, and a woman who wrote critically of the hippie culture) that were conservative. If Brokaw has another book, he ought to have someone else design the book cover who is not biased.


The Road
The Road
by Cormac McCarthy
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dark Book with Not Much of a Plot, January 21, 2008
This review is from: The Road (Paperback)
This book is pretty much about a man and his young son roaming through the aftermath of some apocalype -- not sure what it was beyond some flash of light. There were some things that happened along the way, but not much.

If you are into adventurous types of books, this McCarthy work will probably leave you unsatisfied. If you are into sentimental books, then you'll like it a lot. By the number of stars I give it, you all surely know what type of books I read.


Write It When I'm Gone: Remarkable Off-the-Record Conversations With Gerald R. Ford
Write It When I'm Gone: Remarkable Off-the-Record Conversations With Gerald R. Ford
by Thomas M. DeFrank
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique Book, January 21, 2008
Mr. DeFrank had access to Gerald Ford that few others had, from the time Ford became Vice-President to six weeks before the former President's death in December of 2006. Mr. DeFrank was privy to private conversations that could only be shared after Ford's death. This book was, quite literally, over three decades in the making.

WRITE IT WHEN I'M GONE gives insights on Ford that make reading this book worthwhile -- from the Iraq war to the Clinton presidency to Ronald Reagan.


My Grandfather's Son: A Memoir
My Grandfather's Son: A Memoir
by Clarence Thomas
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Candid memoir, November 29, 2007
Judge Thomas writes a candid memoir that details his life from a young boy living in poverty in rural Georgia to his confirmation as U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

No one could legitimately accuse Thomas of only presenting himself in a positive light. He talks about how he quit alcohol as well as how he left his first wife and son.

However, he does talk about the positive aspects too. He speaks highly of his tenure as a federal servant, as well as his stint as a deputy Attorney General in Missouri. All in all, it appears Thomas does his best to give the reader a full picture of him.


Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Edition: Paperback
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful work on Lincoln and his Cabinet, November 12, 2007
I am not the typical history buff, but you needn't be one to really find that reading this book is a truly enriching experience. It goes into so much more depth than one would learn from a history textbook.

In particular, Doris Goodwin details the relationships between Lincoln and several Cabinet members - Chase, Bates, Seward, and Stanton. Though it is a long book, I didn't find any significant portions of this book that seemed unnecessary.


Playing For Pizza: A Novel
Playing For Pizza: A Novel
by John Grisham
Edition: Hardcover
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Clichéd sports/romance novel, November 11, 2007
I found this novel to be an utter disappointment, especially since I hold John Grisham in high esteem.

I think part of the problem is his fixation on Italian culture - which we first saw in THE BROKER. It wasn't Italy that made Grisham the amazing author. It was his unique ability to pen legal thrillers. I think Grisham is well-advised to stick to what he's best at.

This book is a simplistic, clichéd book that really lets me down. On top of that, it seems like Grisham, being so short on details to incorporate in his book, described situations that didn't help. For example, he talked about the football center's "glutes." That is way too much detail for a G-rated book.


The Prince of Darkness: 50 Years Reporting in Washington
The Prince of Darkness: 50 Years Reporting in Washington
by Robert D. Novak
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Novak takes us through history, October 23, 2007
This book, rather than a mere collection of past Evans & Novak articles, is written in a way that takes the reader through recent history as Mr. Novak saw it. With Mr. Novak's close ties to the power players in Washington, it makes for a interesting journey through time.

I also found that Mr. Novak's recital of personal moments added to the book. He admits a weakness for alcohol as well as some dishonesty at various times. On the other hand, he is not afraid to stand up for himself under attack -- most notably in the Valerie Plame matter.

This book is, in sum, an interesting book from a most interesting man.


Lying About Hitler
Lying About Hitler
by Richard J. Evans
Edition: Paperback
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8 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forceful case against David Irving, September 22, 2007
This review is from: Lying About Hitler (Paperback)
As an American, I did not follow this libel trial when it was taking place in London. It was not widely covered here, and that is unfortunate. Had it been, many would learn just how prevalent Holocaust denial is worldwide.

I would have expanded the title if this book to include Irving's lies about the Holocaust in general, not just Hitler. After all, one of Mr. Irving's most shocking assertions is how not a single person died in a gas chamber in Auschwitz.


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