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The Ageless Obsession: Finding the Fountain of Youth
The Ageless Obsession: Finding the Fountain of Youth
by Stacy Enyeart
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing insights!, May 14, 2014
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If you are looking for advice on how to enjoy life after 70 go no further. Stacy deftly compiled the practical wisdom of those who lived and live it by looking through a lens and listening...Stacy interviewed and produced AGELESS, a very special program where we had the chance to pour out candidly how and why we were having such a good time getting old.!


Shylock: Four Hundred Years in the Life of a Legend
Shylock: Four Hundred Years in the Life of a Legend
by John J. Gross
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting Read, April 4, 2014
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All one ever wanted to know about Shakespeare's grotesque characterization of the Venetian moneylender and his numerous and varying interpretations in The Merchant of Venice. The Bard knew full well that the villainous usurer theme would appeal to an Elizabethan audience and be a box-office success. Yet, how would the great man have felt had he foreseen the profound disquiet and permanent slur he inflicted on Jewish sensitivities across the centuries
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Predictably, Israelis are unapologetic about Shylock's brutal characterization. Gross agrees that the play is a masterpiece, but writes that " there is a permanent chill in the air, even in the gardens of Belmont."


A Miscellany for Word Lovers: Origins, Meanings & Quizzes
A Miscellany for Word Lovers: Origins, Meanings & Quizzes
by Vic Mayhew
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Literary Medley, April 3, 2014
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As expected, the authors -- a long-time book editor of the Reader's Digest and a well-known journalist-cum-editor -- have clearly enjoyed their collaboration and share with us their love for words whose precise meaning we ought to know but sometimes cannot quite pin down correctly. Quizzes and clues are there to help.
Almost without realizing it and always with a light touch, we are guided through a historical account of how certain words evolved. For those of us with gaps in our general knowledge, there are short sections on music, architecture, and bull-fighting amongst others. Proverbs in English with their French equivalent also abound.
Frequent use, too, is made of 'boxes' all of great interest. Polari, it transpires, was a secret language used by camp characters. in the BBC's very popular Round the Horne show. Those who could afford a Savile Row suit had the challenge of unraveling an initial code such as FS meaning Forward Stomach!
The book is a sheer delight and will make for excellent bedside reading.


A Double Thread: Growing Up English and Jewish in London
A Double Thread: Growing Up English and Jewish in London
by John J. Gross
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Measured Man, March 16, 2014
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There are some who say one cannot possibly be English (British perhaps) and Jewish. John Gross gives the lie to that. The fact is that both cultures provide rich pickings.
Strongly influenced by his father, a doctor who continued to practise in the East End when others quickly sought out greener pastures, Gross's memoir of his formative years has both balance and originality. He is wholly comfortable in using Yiddish words when his peers would chose to eschew this 'strange' language lest it mark them out as being different from the herd.
For all that, the author won a scholarship to Wadham College, Oxford, and went on to become a distinguished literary critic. The paragraph on retracing roots in Hackney with Harold Pinter and Antonia Fraser was touching whilst there are a sprinkling of amusing anecdotes.
The book is a snapshot in time which will be read with even greater interest as the years roll by.


Total Fitness in 30 Minutes a Week
Total Fitness in 30 Minutes a Week
by Laurence E. Morehouse
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Fitness Advice, January 16, 2014
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Amazingly Morehouse's book first published in 1975 remains wholly relevant to-day. It is full of common sense tips. As an octogenarian, I particularly liked the comments on exercising to one's "personal degree of effort" and wholeheartedly agree that "backstroke swimming is excellent therapy for back problems".


Kill Hitler
Kill Hitler
by Tom Glaser
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get Hitler, November 27, 2013
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Well-researched, Glaser's crafted, persuasive, and convincing thriller soon wins the reader over. Local knowledge, along with a command of conversational French and German lend added credibility to the fast-moving action. Be it the aerial dogfights during the stirring Battle of Britain in 1940, the daring frogmen attack with Limpet mines on the U-boat submarine pen in Bordeaux, or the ultimate dramatic assassination of the monstrous Nazi leader in Berlin during a Wagner concert all make for a gripping read. Screenwriters take heed!


A Stage for a Kingdom
A Stage for a Kingdom
by Tony Church
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespearian Odyssey, November 5, 2013
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Acting was in his blood. A near contemporary at school, Tony Church's quiet but confident demeanour won him numerous friends as well as the respect and admiration of his peers. He loved to share and communicate his acting skills along with how best to time and deliver the spoken word. Never patronizing, Tony was an instinctive teacher. His remarkable credentials are well documented, but there is never a hint of self-aggrandizement.
A wry and sometimes mischievous humour pervades this enchanting memoir. Church's love for his fellow man comes through loud and clear .
This gem of a book has great potential for a gripping film.


A Lowry to Die for
A Lowry to Die for
by THOMAS GLASER
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Melange, October 14, 2013
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The sensitive author skilfully blends fact with fiction to make one curious as to what comes next. The family's dramatic flight from Germany on the eve of World War 11 is full of suspense. Family dynamics then play their part in the setting up of a knitted fabrics factory in Manchester. Glaser's love for music and art comes through loud and clear as does his admiration for the phenomenon that is Lowry.
In the hands of a playwright, this memoir-cum-novel has all the potential for a captivating film script.


Learn to Read Arabic: Quickly Master a New Alphabet
Learn to Read Arabic: Quickly Master a New Alphabet
by Judith Meyer
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars An original teaching technique, September 16, 2013
As an illiterate but basic Arabic speaker, I found this refreshingly unusual approach to learning how to write a beautiful old language most welcome. I use it with other primers. Bravo!


The Jewish Odyssey of George Eliot
The Jewish Odyssey of George Eliot
by Gertrude Himmelfarb
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting History, June 18, 2013
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It took a humble free-thinking Warwickshire lass and acclaimed 19th Century novelist to lash out at British society's generally scornful attitude to Judaism. Eliot's explicit cri de coeur in Theophrastus Such, her last essay in 1878,makes a point of advocating a restoration of a Jewish state to serve as a "centre of national feeling, a sense of dignifying protection..." Pre-dating Herzl, Eliot was a visionary. Historian Gertrude Himmelfarb has put this fascinating story in precise context to make for an absorbing read.


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