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Caroline P. Hampton "Project Manager + Blogger + Foodie + Hockey Girl I'm a girl from Michigan but, live in Columbus, Ohio. I write a blog called the lifestylefilesblog. I'm a big hockey fan, my team is the Detroit Red Wings. I love books, magazines, Jane Austen, cooking, Howard Stern, cupcakes and frozen Coke." (United States)
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Open House: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club)
Open House: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club)
von Elizabeth Berg
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 22,16

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1.0 von 5 Sternen Not the author I've come to know..., 19. September 2000
I am a huge fan of Elizabeth Berg's work but, unfortunately, this isn't her best work. I found it easy and full of the easy way out. I could see each path and storyline before it ever ended up happening. It lacked challenge and intrigue. I have come to expect wonderful things from this amazing author but, this one just didn't do it for me. Not worth your time or money. Try her other works. You'll be happy there.


Name Dropping
Name Dropping
von Jane Heller
  Gebundene Ausgabe

2.0 von 5 Sternen Not My Cup Of Tea, 19. September 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Name Dropping (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Jane Heller's "Name Dropping" really missed the mark. I found the storyline new and different at first glance but, was really saddened about a third of the way in. I was bored and not interested in anything about the story. I thought it all a bit over-dramatic and made-up. Just not my idea of a good read. I found it greatly lacking.


The Pleasing Hour: A Novel
The Pleasing Hour: A Novel
von Lily King
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen Completely Powerful and Brilliantly Told, 30. Juli 2000
First time author Lily King has a masterpiece on her hands. It's scary to think this is her first work. We are certainly in for a treat if she goes with her future work. "The Pleasing Hour" is a brilliant and wonderful book that had me captured. The story of au pair Rosie is full of rapture and poetry. Her character moves to Paris after the birth of her baby (who she gives up) and becomes an au pair in a house of 3 children and their parents. She begins by trying to establish bonds with all of them but, over time circumstances change and a torrid affair between Rosie and the father begins shifting the balance of the whole book.
It's a wonderful story of characters, plot, language, setting and beauty. I was overwhelmed and knocked off my feet. It's a wonderful book, and don't plan on doing anything else until you finish it.


Rescue Me
Rescue Me
von Gigi Levangie Grazer
  Gebundene Ausgabe

4.0 von 5 Sternen A Real Page Turner, 30. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Rescue Me (Gebundene Ausgabe)
"Rescue Me: A Love Story" by Gigi Levangie Grazer (screenwriter of the motion picture "Stepmom") turns in a wonderful debut novel. I loved it. I found the story very compelling and well rounded. The movement fast (maybe due to her skills in movie writing) and deeply emotional. It takes a real look into the world of the human condition and what choices you make can have lasting effects on you and those around you. It touches on how you can take a deep and long look into yourself and decide if you are making the most of your life. The only problem is with her character development. She leaves you hanging a bit with some of the characters and you really crave more interaction and depth. But, that may come with more experience. She certainly has a lot of talent and it's a fresh and raw voice that has hit the mainstream. As someone else has stated, I would be surprised to see this book on Oprah's Book List. It was very enjoyable.


Celeste Ascending: A Novel
Celeste Ascending: A Novel
von Kaylie Jones
  Gebundene Ausgabe

4.0 von 5 Sternen Ascending Into A Good Read!, 24. Juli 2000
"Celeste Ascending" by Kaylie Jones is a very book that hooked me from the first page. This deep and powerful tale of a woman's search for her own identity. She's living the life that everyone "thinks" they want but, she soon discovers that it's not all she wants it to be. People, Places, and Circumstances force her to reevaluate everything around her. The question becomes, will she be able to save herself or is she headed for disaster?
This book is deeply honest and so well written. Her writing style is like a poem. She chooses her words so carefully and I found myself so enchanted by this book. Certainly not for someone looking for a quick read. It's deep and engrossing. Give yourself time with this one. It's worth the extra effort.


The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (Toltec Wisdom)
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (Toltec Wisdom)
von Don Miguel Ruiz
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 9,36

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Guide For Looking Inside Yourself, 24. Juli 2000
"The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz is some of the best money I have ever spent. For such a small book this one could certainly change many more lives that people I'll ever meet in mine. It breaks everything all down and lets your soul be your guide. The four basic agreements are:
1. Be Impeccable With Your Words.
2. Don't Take Anything Personally.
3. Don't Make Assumptions.
4. Always Do Your Best.
You can't break it down much more than that. These basic goals and hopes are wonderfully helpful and a path to making ones life a bit easier.
While, I'm not one for a lot of self-awareness books, self-help, etc....but, I certainly found this one helpful, honest and forceful. It made me take a good look at myself and make some changes in how I plan to proceed from this day. If nothing else, give yourself a chance and read this book. It might be helpful.


Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister
von Gregory Maguire
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fairy Tales For Grown-Ups, 24. Juli 2000
"Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister" by Gregory Maguire is a wonderful breath of fresh air on an old story. I loved fairy tales as a child and now, as an adult, I have found a new outlet for that childhood passion. Cinderella is one of my all-time favorites and this book is certainly a fantastical look into that story. I found this book full the original charm but, with a new and wonderful twist. Now that I have found this wonderfully talented author I plan on reading more of his stuff. He's found a new way to tackle an old story. He's very creative and full of wonderful ideas. Can't wait for more.


Making Minty Malone
Making Minty Malone
von Isabel Wolff
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Hell Hath No Fury....Well, Something Like That., 24. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Making Minty Malone (Taschenbuch)
"Making Minty Malone" by author Isabel Wolff (Author of "The Trials of Tiffany Trott") is a wonderfully delightful and charming romantic comedy about a woman who never thought she'd face a hand like the one she got dealt. All set to marry a man who she believed to be "the one," Minty faces the realities that maybe God is just laughing at her.
Dominic is gone. She's alone. And, now the question of what to do next looms great and loud. So, what's a girl to do but, take those honeymoon plane tickets, grab the girls, and head to Paris. There she meets a man who could change everything. If she'll let him.
"Making Minty Malone" is a very sweet, fun and wildly romantic tale that captures the hearts of anyone that will read it. I found it as enchanting as "Bridget Jones," "Jemima J.," "Getting Over It" and "Come Together." If you loved those....CERTAINLY give this wonderfully written book a chance on your summer reading list. Great Book!


Local Girls
Local Girls
von Alice Hoffman
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 15,68

5.0 von 5 Sternen This Should Have Been A Full Novel, 24. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Local Girls (Taschenbuch)
Alice Hoffman proves (yet again) what a wonderful storyteller she is. Her novels are so full of power, plot, setting, movement and all the truly wonderful things that make a great book. "Local Girls" is a selection of closely woven short stories about four main characters. The stories are told threw the eyes of young Gretel who you just dearly love. You almost feel cheated that this is a full force novel. The characters that Hoffman created certainly have the power to have carried it. I found myself wanting more and more from each of them. I wanted to see the full arch of the story. But, it certainly didn't distract from how much I enjoyed this selection of stories. I found the struggle of older brother's rise and fall from success especially heartbreaking and readable.
With each book Alice Hoffman shows her talent for any subject matter. I find her very talented and very entertaining. I love her stuff.


Feel This Audiobook
Feel This Audiobook
von Ben Stiller
  Hörkassette

2.0 von 5 Sternen One Out Of Two Couldn't Even Save This Book, 17. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Feel This Audiobook (Hörkassette)
I could handle Janeane Garofalo's essay's (mildly) but, Ben Stiller was just down right awful. I must say, I was very sadden by this poor attempt at humor from two of the funniest people out there. I'm a huge fan of JG's but, this was just a weak try at being funny. You could almost hear them trying so hard to be smart, full of humor, and a bit on the cutting edge. They really missed the mark. I can't even imagine getting threw a chapter of the print book, at least I had the audio that had mild entertainment value. JG's reading was a step above Ben's but, that wasn't enough to make this book could. Her over abundant use of her (obviously plentiful) vocabulary just got on my nerves. I was really disappointed in this lack luster tale. I was all set to love it and have a wonderful time. Too bad it was such a let down. Don't waste your time....I'm sad I did.


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