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Merrell Women's Encore Eclipse 2 Slip-On Shoe,Coffee Bean,8.5 M US
Merrell Women's Encore Eclipse 2 Slip-On Shoe,Coffee Bean,8.5 M US
Price: $109.95
17 used & new from $109.95

3.0 out of 5 stars less comfortable for those with high arches, September 6, 2014
My favorite Merrells are the Jungle Mocs but I thought I'd give these a try - they looked like great walking shoes. Fortunately I went to the local Merrell's store to try them out first. If you have a high arch they may not be comfortable. The shoe was tight across the top, right side of my left foot. For those with high arches, the Jungle Moc is probably a better fit. 8.5 seemed v. roomy and 8 was too tight. I was surprised by the difference in fit in a half size- one again this may have to do with the high arch.


(Pack of) Womens Silk Stretch Brief Panties Underwear - Multicolor (Size: S-M)
(Pack of) Womens Silk Stretch Brief Panties Underwear - Multicolor (Size: S-M)

5.0 out of 5 stars fits size 4, May 17, 2014
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These Eterno women's silk stretch brief panties state that they are size small to medium. If you wear an American size 4, these fit nicely.


Womens Mid-Rise Silk Knit Panty (Free Worldwide Shipping)
Womens Mid-Rise Silk Knit Panty (Free Worldwide Shipping)
Offered by Mika Brands Inc.
Price: $11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Choose medium if you are size 6, October 11, 2012
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This material is very handy at a certain time of month since it washes easily. I initially ordered 'small'. It's too tight if you are size 6. I recommend getting size medium for the right fit.


The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin
The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin
by Masha Gessen
Edition: Hardcover
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Putin's Real Face, April 22, 2012
A brilliant expose. I applaud Ms.Gessen for her courage, top-notch reporting, and brilliant English (even if it is her mother tongue, it is always a pleasure to read a writer with such an absolute command of a language). Now let's see if the New York Times best-seller list has the balls to find a long-term home for this book. Thanks also to Jon Stewart for introducing Masha to a wider U.S. audience. Stephen Colbert gave Mrs. Obama a platform for her 'lets do more for the families of veterans' cause, he should give Ms. Gessen a platform for "the true face of a ruthless dictator'. How about inviting her on the Bill Maher show? Ms. Gessen seemed very well spoken on Stewart's show. That aside, the book delves into Putin's background, childhood, career evolution and, oh-so-worrying rise to power. Gessen draws on innumerable interviews with named and unnamed sources. If something were to happen to this author, given the milieu that she describes not an unlikely possibility, whether other or not Putin were behind such a despicable act
i. all fingers would point directly AT him
ii. he will never, ever silence a book since his sphere of power is limited to the Soviet Union
As long as Russia is under the power of a crook such as this, it deserves no membership in the Group of Eight. May the Russian people rid themselves of this immoral being with minimal bloodshed! OK, Sasha G. Komarow "nirvichara", your turn....


"Wassup, Pup? " Master Manfred's Thoughts on Life and Manners
"Wassup, Pup? " Master Manfred's Thoughts on Life and Manners
by Betchen Wolf
Edition: Paperback
Price: $16.12
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, April 6, 2012
Kids can have very short attention spans and they often learn best when sentences are brief, rhyme and are memorable (i.e. funny). This is an adorable little book with wonderfully memorable one-sentence 'manner' statements. The drawings and the text are witty and entertaining. At the end of the book, you, the reader are invited to be creative and write down some more one-sentence sayings. Fueled by the imagination and witticism of the book, the reader starts to add more one liners such as:"Don't cuss, Guss", "Finish your meal, eel", "Never hide in a car trunk, skunk", "Don't crawl in the boot, hoot" (latter for U.K. readers). I am always looking for highly effective books that teach kids good manners and this is the best one I have come across. A must-have in every children's library.
For the next reprinting I hope that the author will consider changing the format to two sayings and sketches per page rather than three. Little kids like LARGE drawings (as do older adults who do not want to wear their reading glasses). A classic.


Give Me Bach My Schubert (It Could Be Verse)
Give Me Bach My Schubert (It Could Be Verse)
by Brian P. Cleary
Edition: Library Binding
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2.0 out of 5 stars Brian Cleary is NOT the illustrator, February 1, 2012
If you have an author who is also a superb illustrator, it is a shame (and risky business decision) to bring in another illustrator. In this case the illustrator is Rick Dupre. And that's the reason I only give the book two stars. Brian Cleary has a wonderful series with Millbrook Press about adverbs, adjectives, nouns, fractions, subtration etc. - witty verses and hilarious, colorful, bright and cheery illutrations. This book, although the text is the usual witty style of Cleary, is drab, grey, and ugly. The publisher is Lerner Publications. A young child prefers colorful, fun illustrations. Had Cleary illustrated his book I would have purchased it. I have no desire to add this ugly, dreary book to our kids' library. Great job, as usual, Cleary. Publisher, if you want to produce a successful book let the Cleary do what he does best - write for kids and illustrate his own books! Let Dupre express himself artistically elsewhere and keep him away from young children's books until he becomes a better artist.


Confessions of a Surgeon: The Good, the Bad, and the Complicated...Life Behind the O.R. Doors
Confessions of a Surgeon: The Good, the Bad, and the Complicated...Life Behind the O.R. Doors
by Paul Ruggieri
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.39
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Views of a general surgeon practicing in the United States, January 27, 2012
Ever wonder what might be going on behind the mask that is about to operate on you? In "Confessions of a Surgeon", Dr. Ruggieri bravely shares often unflattering details. I am glad people such as Dr. Ruggieri exist - people who are so passionate and committed to their work that they are willing to undergo horrendous hours of training and brutal conditions to become excellent at their craft. Also, this surgeon seems to genuinely care about the intestines and thyroid glands on which he bestows his magic. The book is very easy to understand, informative, and entertaining. The experiences the author chooses to share are written in a gripping and insightful manner (a bit like a who-done-it in reverse i.e. you keep wondering will this patient live to walk out of the hospital and in what condition?). I doubt anyone - except possibly for those hopelessly addicted to pain-medication - ever desires to be operated on; after reading this book I am even more motivated to do whatever I can never to come under the knife. Regrettably Dr. R. does not address preventive measures directly, after all, he is a surgeon and his job is to manually fix broken parts rather than prevent them from happening in the first place (the story of the little 10 year old was heart breaking - another example how human behaviour can lead to disastrous outcomes. As a society we need more focus on prevention!). Also surgeons, just like other craftspeople, are human and make mistakes (to be human is to err). However, when errors happen due to lack of sleep, this is not acceptable. Imagine if we brought our kids to school exhausted and hungry, the teachers would find it more difficult to be good at their jobs so why should we accept to be operated on by a surgeon who has been operating all through the previous night (his patient even asks him if he got a good night's sleep. He replies no, but you will be fine! How's that for a half-truth?) At work the employer expects us to show up in the best condition ready to work (it might not happen every time, but most of the time we come to work clean, fed, and rested), so why not expect the same basic standard from someone who is going to have your life in his/her hands? The book also has a lot of 'mea culpa'. The way Dr. R. chose to present one case - he removed cancer from the intestines of a gentleman in his late 80ies - is full of self-blame (this part could have been edited and shortened); Dr. R. seems to forget that he is working with tissue that is over 80 years old. We simply do not heal as easily and quickly when we are older. One part I found shocking was the foot-dragging that can occur around not rehiring those surgeons who have worryingly high complication rates. The well-being of patients is less important than other interests. What about the Hippocratic oath? Interestingly the government keeps tabs on surgeon performance....but will not share this info with you, the consumer. The book raises many issues to ponder over. All in all a book full of useful info. I did not give it 5 stars as I do not expect to reread the book even though it was well written, nor will it have a permanent place on my bookshelf. It may become outdated quite quickly (not a hand-me-down book). But definitely worth a read if you want to know more about the current state of surgery in the U.S. Also a must read for those who are thinking of becoming surgeons or who have children that are considering a career in this field.


How Long or How Wide?: A Measuring Guide (Math Is Categorical)
How Long or How Wide?: A Measuring Guide (Math Is Categorical)
by Brian P. Cleary
Edition: Paperback
Price: $6.95
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, January 25, 2012
Great illustrations, clever rhymes. If you ever had trouble with measurements - be it inches, feet, yards or metric - this book will make you length-literate for good. Great book for schools, homes with young kids, homes with old kids, adults who have a sense of humor. Excellent teaching material. Highly recommended for K-3 and beyond. Every school library should have these books by Brian Cleary.


Super-hungry Mice Eat Onions and Other Painless Tricks for Memorizing Geography Facts (Adventures in Memory)
Super-hungry Mice Eat Onions and Other Painless Tricks for Memorizing Geography Facts (Adventures in Memory)
by Brian P. Cleary
Edition: Library Binding
Price: $22.70
32 used & new from $5.08

3.0 out of 5 stars Brian Cleary does much better!, January 25, 2012
We love Brian Cleary's books, especially those explaining parts of speech (verb, adverb, adjective) and math concepts (weights, subtraction etc.). He excels with books such as "Dearly, nearly, insincerely". The text is clear, it rhymes, it is witty and entertaining; his illustrations are hilarious. His books are educational in a most playful manner. Unfortunately this book on geography does not follow the same format. It is busy, chaotic, confusing, meandering and illustrated by someone else. The text does not lend itself to easy recall and it lacks the wit of his other books. This is one Cleary book we will not add to our collection. Check out his other books instead!


Not the Last Goodbye: On Life, Death, Healing, and Cancer
Not the Last Goodbye: On Life, Death, Healing, and Cancer
by David Servan-Schreiber
Edition: Hardcover
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Closure for fans, December 20, 2011
The contents are beautifully summarized by previous reviewers Michael Tymn and Dr. Maingard, so no reason to repeat a synopsis but just to add a few thoughts:
I was saddened to find out recently that Dr. Servan-Schreiber passed on in July 2011. His two previous books "Instinct to Heal" and "Anti-Cancer" are significant contributions to human health and well-being, and I was looking forward to reading many more such monumental works by him. Alas, no more. For those of us who admired this author but did not know him personally, "Not .... Last Goodbye" provides comforting closure. The chapter on his regrets about the manner in which he treated women, in my opinion, adds little to this final farewell. Instead it would have been nice if he could, instead, have eulogized some of the more important women in his life. While he writes at length about his father in his final book, I found no such detailed and/or positive mention of his mother. The relationship with his wife also seemed a bit nebulous. If he is happily married, then how come we are not left with a sense that his soul mate provided much comfort in his final year (he mentions how lonely he feels at night)? The book could have used tighter editing, but overall it sounds sincere and 'from the heart'. For those of us who admired this researcher who so successfully blended the best of Western and alternative medicine, the book offers a final farewell. f you are not familiar with Servan-Schreiber, and have ever been faced with or have loved ones who have struggled with depression and/or cancer, run to the nearest book store or download "Instinct to Heal' and/or 'Anti-Cancer' onto your electronic reader. If you want some ideas on how to treat your body kindly, read "Anti-Cancer". Sad that this is the last book from a wonderful scientist but grateful he wrote the first two books and shared his findings with the rest of us. Just like Steve Jobs, David Servan-Schreiber was snatched from life much too early. And just like Steve Jobs, humanity can be very grateful that this man once existed and greatly contributed to the rest of humankind.
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