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1. The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt
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2. Dispatches from the Edge LP: A
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3. The Confession LP
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4. 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story
5. Flyboys: A True Story of Courage
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6. What I Know for Sure (Random House
7. Ten Rings LP: My Championship
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8. Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And
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9. Big Russ and Me (Random House
10. Fear No Evil
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11. Thorndike American History - Large
12. The Facts of Life (and Other Dirty
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13. Cary Grant: The Biography (Random
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14. Thorndike Distribution - Large
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15. Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days
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16. No Excuses LP
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17. Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search
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18. Bryson City Tales: Stories of
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19. The Ride of Our Lives: Roadside
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20. The Spiral Staircase: My Climb

1. The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir (Random House Large Print)
by Random House Large Print
Hardcover (17 October, 2006)
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Isbn: 0375434305
Sales Rank: 31774
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Subjects:  1. Biography    2. Biography / Autobiography    3. Bryson, Bill    4. Childhood Memoir    5. General    6. Humor    7. Literary    8. Regional Subjects - Midwest    9. Travel writers    10. United States    11. Humor / General   


2. Dispatches from the Edge LP: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival
by HarperLargePrint
Paperback (13 June, 2006)
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Isbn: 0061138053
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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In 2005, two tragedies--the Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina--turned CNN reporter Anderson Cooper into a media celebrity. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Astonishing
I read this book, which is not very long, in one sitting, and half the time I had to read through the curtain of tears in my eyes.Like Anderson Cooper, I am a television journalist, and like Anderson Cooper I have learned to divorce myself from the stories that I am telling.And yet I understand, God, how I understand his feeling of shrieking despair underneath the veneer.I live in Latvia, which is the Old Country for my family, and the first year that I was here, I was asked by the Soviet Latvian Parliament to translate for foreign journalists when Parliament was voting on Latvia's declaration of independence.When the vote began and it became increasingly clear that the necessary majority would vote "yes", I was staring hard at the carpet, because I knew that if I met anyone's eyes, I would weep for the triumph of it all.Anderson juxtaposes the tragedies on which he reports (Somalia, Sarajevo, the Asian tsunami, Iraq, Hurricane Katrina) with the tragedy of his own life -- raised in a goldfish bowl as son of Gloria Vanderbilt, losing his father at the age of 10, losing his brother, who committed suicide by jumping off a penthouse balcony in front of his mother's eyes.This personalizes the stories which journalists tend to dehumanize -- one body, two bodies, three bodies ... you have to get the story on the air, and you remember what you were taught in journalism school -- "On television, if it bleeds, it leads".God bless Anderson Cooper, who lets the story into his heart.God bless a man who is not afraid to tell the entire world about his torments and his weaknesses.Men are taught not to do so.I so appreciate that this one did.I recommend this book with every fiber in my being, not just for journalists, but for anyone who still sees humanity in the technological world in which we live today.

5-0 out of 5 stars Live thru this--personal tragedy to personal accomplishment
Anderson Cooper writes in the style of describing his life in one sub-chapter and then switching to an experience in an international war zone during his press coverage. This is a well written book and the way Mr Cooper details his family's personal tragedy is compelling and vulnerable. It provides inspiration as you read thru all of the details. Then his need to find his place in life in poltical war coverage is brave and risk taking. This is a book which is both smart and sensitive. Recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars A New Appreciation for Anderson Cooper
I learned a lot about the CNN Anchor. He's the son of Gloria Vanderbuilt and Wyatt Emory Cooper.His father died when he was ten and his brother committed suicide when Anderson was in college at Yale.I learned that he went out on his own, with faked news credentials, and journeyed the globe freelancing stories in places of tragedy, hunger, and war - just him and a camera.I respect that.I respect following your dreams despite personal danger and discomfort.
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Subjects:  1. Biography & Autobiography    2. Biography / Autobiography    3. Biography/Autobiography    4. Editors, Journalists, Publishers    5. Entertainment & Performing Arts - Television Personalities    6. Journalism    7. Personal Memoirs    8. Television - General    9. Television Journalism   


3. The Confession LP
by HarperLargePrint
Paperback (07 November, 2006)
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Isbn: 0061145947
Sales Rank: 16736
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars eye opener
This work was one of the most helpful tools in gaining insight into the political machine.Governor McGreevey constructed a great read following his path through probably one of the greatest experiences of his life.I applaud his work and effort and recommend reading this book.It had me frustrated and angry during the read, but I emerged happy and able to place him on a higher pedastal.If redemption was necessary, Jim has earned it by putting this out.
5-0 out of 5 stars Jim McGreeveyThe confession
All of New Jersey and the country were probably anticipating the release of former Governor Jim Mcgreevey's book. Some of the hype may have been due to the scandal involving his sexual encounters. I am completing the book and am very impressed with the wealth of information included.
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Subjects:  1. Biography & Autobiography    2. Biography / Autobiography    3. Biography/Autobiography    4. Homosexuality    5. New Jersey - State Government    6. Political    7. Biography & Autobiography / Political   


4. 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life
by Revell
Paperback (September, 2006)
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Isbn: 0800731662
Sales Rank: 147474
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
I had heard about this book from a friend of mine who had read it after her mom passed away.She said it was one of the best books she had ever read.Sadly, I lost my husband last Labor Day weekend ('05) to pancreatic cancer.This was one of the first books I read after he passed away, and the comfort it gave me during the early stages of grief was tremendous.It is one of the most interesting, inspiring, and uplifting books I've ever read, and I highly recommend it to anyone, whether or not they have lost a loved one. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Biography & Autobiography    2. Biography / Autobiography    3. Biography And Autobiography    4. Biography/Autobiography    5. Miraculous Phenomena    6. Parapsychology - Near-Death Experience    7. Religious    8. Biography & Autobiography / Religious   


5. Flyboys: A True Story of Courage
by Little, Brown and Company
Hardcover (30 September, 2003)
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Isbn: 0316743798
Sales Rank: 141222
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Biased
I read Flags of Our Fathers and enjoyed it more than Flyboys.Bradley has a writing style that is difficult at times as has personal biases come through very clearly.As one other reviewer has written, I found it very odd that he often referred to MG Curtis LeMay as "Curtis."As someone writing about military history, Bradley should have more respect for the uniform and should not call a two star general by his first name like he is talking about one of his golfing buddies.This was very distracting.I also found the first couple of chapters of his history lesson very tedious and unfocused - so much so that I nearly quit reading the book.The latter chapters pick up the pace and are insightful.Bradley also devotes too much time attempting to demonize the American firebombing tactics.Thankfully Bradley's bias and negativity toward the Navy and Army is not as pronounced in Flyboys as in FOOF.This bias is especially odd considering his father was a Navy Corpsman.

3-0 out of 5 stars Desire to moralize reaches too far
I assume that the author is attempting to show that war creates an environment in which morally degenerate acts become much more likely, if not all but inevitable, on all sides of the conflict.In doing so, however, the author very frequently stretches the blanket of history too far, as when he suggests that the Japanese would have remained forever content to be isolated on their home islands if the American fleet had not paid an uninvited visit to Tokyo Bay in 1853-54 and taught the Japanese the foreign policy advantages of a strong navy.While most historians would agree that the U.S. Navy's visit served the royal court with a wake-up call regarding the existence of a world beyond Japan, that is not the same thing as assuming that without this visit no other internal or external events over the next 70 years would have spurred the Japanese to look beyond their shores and trade an isolationist philosophy for an imperial one.
4-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating!
I found this to be a fascinating account of the war in the Pacific, and I was impressed with the fact that the author imparts a deep appreciation for America and the sacrifices our soldiers made but can still step back and look objectively at the mistakes on both sides.Does examining our own faults release the other side from responsibility for their crimes, as some other reviewers seem to feel?I don't believe so; I think it's healthy for us to examine our history so we don't make the same mistakes again.It's too bad that some people lump any critique of our own actions into the "pop-revisionist history" category.
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Subjects:  1. Atrocities    2. Biography    3. Chichi Island    4. History    5. History - Military / War    6. History: American    7. Japan    8. Military    9. Military - Aviation    10. Military - General    11. Military - United States    12. Military - World War II    13. Prisoners and prisons, Japanese    14. World War, 1939-1945    15. Biography & Autobiography / Military   


6. What I Know for Sure (Random House Large Print)
by Random House Large Print
Hardcover (10 October, 2006)
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Isbn: 0375433961
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5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Must Read!!!!
What I Know for Sure is that Tavis Smiley's testimony and transparency through this book was a refreshing read.He is a prolific speaker and a voice for this generation. I applaud him for allowing us to share intimately into his life. I was deeply moved by his honesty in retelling the experiences that shaped the man we now see today. The candidness expressed in each chapter allowed us to witness the forces that birth his purpose and propelled his drive, ambition, and advocacy. His love for people was greatly evident. This book is a must read not just for African-Americans but for anyone who has faced adversity, challenges and trying circumstances in life.Greatly inspiring!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!
Who is Tavis Smiley?Initially Tavis' prominence in the media led me to think this guy was just a 'talking-head' - a person simply trying to find a means to move up in this world.However, years have shown me I was wrong.
5-0 out of 5 stars Brother Tavis Smiley is the Truth
I've always dug&Respected Tavis Smiley big time. I've always respected his Vast Knowledge&Ability to communicate&be direct&just do his thing. this Book takes you back to his upbringing. this Book pulls no punches about what he dealt with as a Young Black Man growing up in a Household of a Large family,also dealing with getting whippings(this was the Pre-Pre Time-Out Era which back in the day only applied to Sports Games)and dealing with his own self in the Process. everybody sees&Hears the Success,but not many people are aware of the struggle this Man had to endure&the many lasting images&things he had to deal with Mentally.I applad Brother Tavis Smiley for not being afraid to settting the Record Straight.this Book will hit you in so many ways&depending on your own upbringing it might be close to your own story. I can relate to it big time.Tavis doesn't back down to BET or NPR Either.Tavis without a doubt is one of the most Important Voices out here.he keeps it real&this Book is very direct&real. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Biography    2. Biography / Autobiography    3. Discrimination & Racism    4. People of Color    5. Personal Memoirs    6. Radio personalities    7. Social Science    8. Sociology    9. Television personalities    10. United States    11. Social Science / Discrimination & Race Relations   


7. Ten Rings LP: My Championship Seasons
by HarperLargePrint
Paperback (02 September, 2003)
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Isbn: 0060570024
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars ENJOYABLE BOOK FROM A YANKEE LEGEND
YOGI BERRA DOES A FIND JOB IN REHASHING EACH OF HIS 10 WORLD SERIES VICTORIES. HE GIVES US A LOOK AT HOW THE SEASON WENT, ADDITION OR SUBTRACTION OF KEY PLAYERS, AND SOME DETAILED HIGHLIGHTS OF THAT PARTICULAR SEASON. I ENJOYED HIS HUMOR AND HONESTY CONCERNING HIMSELF AND MANY TEAMATES. THE ONLY THING I WANTED WAS MORE DETAIL ON THE EVENTS HE COVERS. ALL IN ALL THIS IS A VERY EASY BOOK TO READ AND IS VERY ENTERTAINING. FOR ALL YANKEE FANS.
5-0 out of 5 stars Only one has ten
If you are a sports fan, baseball fan, Yankees fan, or a Yogi fan this book won't disappoint. The book chronicles the tough, unlikely hero over his career in his words. In many ways Yogi was the bridge between the "old" Yankees (Di Maggio, etc.) and the Mantle / Maris Yankees and beyond. Great book! Fun read!

4-0 out of 5 stars Yogi Berra tells the story behind each of his "Ten Rings"
I feel that I can make the claim that Yogi Berra is the most beloved living baseball player, without the same sort of argument I would get if I happened to be making a claim about the greatest living baseball player (Mays or Bonds or Aaron?) or the most admired living baseball player (Musical or Ryan or Aaron?).But who else brings a big smile to your face when you see him still doing commercials on television almost four decades after he retired from playing baseball?Read more

Subjects:  1. Baseball - General    2. Baseball managers    3. Baseball players    4. Biography    5. Biography / Autobiography    6. Large type books    7. Personal Memoirs    8. Sports    9. Sports & Recreation    10. Sports - Baseball    11. Sports - General    12. Sports And Games    13. United States    14. Sports & Recreation / Baseball / General   


8. Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I've Learned (Random House Large Print)
by Random House Large Print
Hardcover (27 September, 2005)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Alan Alda's autobiography travels a path less taken. Instead of a sensationalist, name-dropping page-turner, Alda writes about his life as a memory play, an exercise in recollecting his childhood, his parents (dad Robert was a veteran on stage, film, and vaudeville), and his career. You want to know about Alda's most famous work, the eleven years on Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Loved this book......
No, this is not a story about MASH.......
2-0 out of 5 stars Not Funny
Alan Alda is a funny man. But his book is not. He jumps from here to there leaving one to wonder where he is going with his story. Our book club was anxious to read something different but it was unanimous - thumbs down.

4-0 out of 5 stars An entertaining and informative read
I grew up watching M*A*S*H and watched Alda playing one of the presidential candidates on The West Wing.I also remember his campaigning for ERA.When I saw this book, I thought it would be interesting to know a little bit more about the man.This book was a quicker read than I would have thought and was a very interesting read.
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Subjects:  1. Actors    2. Biography    3. Biography & Autobiography    4. Biography / Autobiography    5. Biography/Autobiography    6. Entertainment & Performing Arts - Actors & Actresses    7. General    8. Individual Actors And Actresses    9. Large type books    10. Personal Memoirs    11. United States    12. Biography & Autobiography / General   


9. Big Russ and Me (Random House Large Print)
by Random House Large Print
Hardcover (11 May, 2004)
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Isbn: 0375433570
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Lessons on Being a Dad and a Father
Big Russ and Me is a wonderful follow-up to The Greatest Generation.While The Greatest Generation wrote about everyday people who made everyday sacrifices to build our post-War America, Big Russ and Me shares how one man of the next generation, Tim Russert, was brought up to become an effective human being by one of those post-War men of admirable character.The book is written in a humerous and warm, loving tone.Above all, it demonstrates a man's deep respect and gratitude for his father's parenthood. Yes, one can be a dad and a father at the same time.Teaching self-discipline with a loving hand is the winning approach to raising a fine son (or daughter) who contributes to both the spiritual advance of manhood and to whatever endeavors the child chooses.

4-0 out of 5 stars Big Russ and Me
An amusing memoir of growing up in Buffalo, NY and how different life was in the 40's than it is now.It's a good story about father-son relationships and how they have changed over the years.
5-0 out of 5 stars excellent read!
If you lived through the 50's and 60's think it would been even more meaningful.It does tug at the heartstrings though.More than once I had to stop because of the tears.I wish I could have been as lucky to have the realtionship with my father.A quick, easy and lighthearted read. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. 1950-    2. American Journalism    3. Biography    4. Biography & Autobiography    5. Biography / Autobiography    6. Biography/Autobiography    7. Buffalo    8. Editors, Journalists, Publishers    9. Entertainment & Performing Arts - General    10. Entertainment & Performing Arts - Television Personalities    11. Fathers and sons    12. Large type books    13. New York (State)    14. Personal Memoirs    15. Russert, Tim    16. Russert, Tim,    17. Television (Performing Arts)    18. Television journalists    19. United States    20. Biography & Autobiography / General   


10. Fear No Evil
by Walker Large Print
Paperback (March, 1986)
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Isbn: 0802725406
Sales Rank: 508073
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Honest questions, challenging answers
David Watson's honest reactions as he fights cancer are not just for thosewho are dealing with illness.They are for all of us who struggle withfear and faith. As I read this book, I remembered another David's difficulttimes recorded in the Book of Psalms. That David always ended an emotionalcry by looking into the face of God and trusting. In the depths of crisisDavid Watson finds a love relationship with God which does not deny adifficult reality, but which carries him through.This book has greatlyencouraged me.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great source of encouragement and comfort.
David Watson candidly shares his journey from "life to life" in a comforting and encouraging manner.With the Lord as his travelling companion, Watson reveals the most important pursuit given to humanity - toseek God's face. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. 1933-    2. Biography    3. Biography / Autobiography    4. Cancer    5. Christian life    6. England    7. General    8. Health    9. Large Print    10. Patients    11. Watson, David C. K.,    12. Watson, David C. K   


11. Thorndike American History - Large Print - A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America (Thorndike American History - Large Print)
by Thorndike Press
Board book (15 August, 2005)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Benjamin Franklin began the "the most taxing assignment of his life" at the age of 70: to secure the aid of the French monarchy in helping the fledgling United States establish their republic. The job required tremendous skill, finesse, and discretion, and as Stacy Schiff makes clear in this brilliant book, Franklin was the ideal American, perhaps the only one, to take on the task, due in large part to his considerable personal prestige. One of the most famous men in the world when he landed in France in December 1776, his arrival caused a sensation--he was celebrated as a man of genius, a successor to Newton and Galileo, and treated as a great dignitary, even though the nation he represented was less than a year old and there were many doubts as to whether it would see its second birthday. Though he had no formal diplomatic training and spoke only rudimentary French, Franklin managed to engineer the Franco-American alliance of 1778 and the peace treaty of 1783, effectively inventing American foreign policy as he went along, in addition to serving as chief diplomat, banker, and director of American naval affairs.Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Some original material but anecdotal and baroque prose
I wanted to like this book, which delves more deeply than
4-0 out of 5 stars Cerebral and witty, sometimes overdone
A Great Improvisation is an involving take on Franklin's years in France during America's Revolutionary-era. Schiff meticulously sets the stage of 18th century Paris, a political free-for-all run on gossip and intrigue, and onto it drops ersatz diplomat and international superstar Benjamin Franklin.
1-0 out of 5 stars Ben Franklin is my hero, I have 12 biographies on him, this was the worst
Ben Franklin is my hero, I have 12 biographies on him, this was the worst. I first started collecting Franklin biographies forty years ago, Van Doren, Fay, Issacson, Brands, Wood and a half a dozen others. At first glance, and after reading the rave reviews it looked like here was something new and different... a new take that concentrated on France. Well it was new, and very different - it put me to sleep in my chair several times. I eventually gave up and shelved it with the others. What a shame. Boring. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Artists, Architects, Photographers    2. Biography & Autobiography    3. Biography/Autobiography    4. Europe - France    5. Foreign relations    6. France    7. History - General History    8. History - U.S.    9. International Relations - General    10. Large type books    11. United States    12. United States - Revolutionary War    13. Fiction   


12. The Facts of Life (and Other Dirty Jokes) (Random House Large Print)
by Random House Large Print
Hardcover (08 January, 2002)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting insights
This is an easy summer read that offers some unique insights into the mind of the legendary Willie Nelson.It has a lot of song lyrics, a few jokes and lots of personal anecdotes from his life on the road.It's not great literature, but it's fun and, what the heck, Willie needs the money!

1-0 out of 5 stars Yuck
Willie Nelson Should stick with singing and thats that. I Did not find this book enjoable at all I do not recomend it at all.
5-0 out of 5 stars "Ifyou ain't crazy,there's something wrong with you."

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13. Cary Grant: The Biography (Random House Large Print)
by Random House Large Print
Hardcover (21 September, 2004)
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars A biography....really?
Now, if I want to know about all the movies Cary Grant did, all I have to do is go on the internet and search. This book is mostly about the chronology of his movies and very little about who Cary Grant really was as a person. But one fact remains... behind all that elegance and charm, his personal life was a mess to say the least. But I will continue to watch his movies because, to this day, nobody ever equalled such elegance and magnetism on the screen.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cary Grant:A Biography By Marc Eliot
Once I started reading this book, I could hardly put it down.After watching some of Cary Grant's movies I was so surprised about his private life.This book gave me the impression that inside his facade was a lonely, confused little boy who never realized the "happiness from within" side of life. Marc Eliot's writing was very descriptive and matter of fact and I plan on reading more of his books.

5-0 out of 5 stars Marvelous Book on Marvelous Actor
A marvelous look at this great actor. Eliot examines Grant (Archie Leach) from his early years right thru to his death in Iowa while touring at the age of 82. Grant started in vaudeville in Bristol, England and his company came to the U.S. to perform on Broadway in the early `20's. After that, Grant essentially made the rest of his career in the U.S. (Hollywood). Eliot discusses Grant's relationship with other men, like Randolph Scott who he lived with for many years. While Hollywood tolerated this liaison in private, it would put great pressure on its' star actors to `heterosexualize' and marry. It would publicize any heterosexual event the actors were seen at. Also Hollywood and its' publicists virtually `set-up' available actors with members of the opposite sex and `rev-upped' the publicity. Grant was victimized by this machine several times - as his several marriages can attest to. Bearing Tom Cruise and others in mind - is it any different today?
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Subjects:  1. 1904-    2. Biography    3. Biography & Autobiography    4. Biography / Autobiography    5. Biography/Autobiography    6. Entertainment & Performing Arts - General    7. Grant, Cary,    8. Large type books    9. Motion picture actors and actr    10. Motion picture actors and actresses    11. United States    12. Biography & Autobiography / Entertainment & Performing Arts   


14. Thorndike Distribution - Large Print - Teacher Man: A Memoir (Thorndike Distribution - Large Print)
by Thorndike Press
Board book (15 December, 2005)
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Isbn: 0743289668
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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For 30 years Frank McCourt taught high school English in New York City and for much of that time he considered himself a fraud. During these years he danced a delicate jig between engaging the students, satisfying often bewildered administrators and parents, and actually enjoying his job. He tried to present a consistent image of composure and self-confidence, yet he regularly felt insecure, inadequate, and unfocused. After much trial and error, he eventually discovered what was in front of him (or rather, behind him) all along--his own experience. "My life saved my life," he writes. "My students didn't know there was a man up there escaping a cocoon of Irish history and Catholicism, leaving bits of that cocoon everywhere." At the beginning of his career it had never occurred to him that his own dismal upbringing in the slums of Limerick could be turned into a valuable lesson plan. Indeed, his formal training emphasized the opposite. Principals and department heads lectured him to never share anything personal. He was instructed to arouse fear and awe, to be stern, to be impossible to please--but he couldn't do it. McCourt was too likable, too interested in the students' lives, and too willing to reveal himself for their benefit as well as his own. He was a kindred spirit with more questions than answers: "Look at me: wandering late bloomer, floundering old fart, discovering in my forties what my students knew in their teens."Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Teacher's Grade of Teacher Man:B+
Teaching is a performance art, and every teacher is on the stage every day in front of an audience that doesn't always want to be there, doesn't always understand the language the play is being performed in, and doesn't always understand what happened in the scene before.It's a tough crowd we teachers perform for, and the critics are usually less than kind administrators or Board of Education members that haven't taught in front of a class in years, or who have never taught in a classroom.
4-0 out of 5 stars Teacher Man :-)
Frank McCourt starts off his third book, Teacher Man (a memoir of his thirty-year teaching career), with the following paragraph: "On the first day of my teaching career, I was almost fired for eating the sandwich of a high school boy.On the second day I was almost fired for mentioning the possibility of a friendship with a sheep.Otherwise, there was nothing remarkable about my thirty years in the high school classrooms of New York City.I often doubted if I should be there at all."
4-0 out of 5 stars Teacher Man- Good and Bad
Teacher Man is a very good read, and gives us a broad and clear view into the life of not only Frank McCourt, but also teenagers attending the public schools of New York City.As a student, I found it interesting to hear about a teacher's perspective of a class, and how Frank McCourt drew from his experiences growing up to shape who he was in the classroom.
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15. Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home
by Random House Large Print
Hardcover (09 May, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Addition To A Great Story
I can recall being 13 years old at summer camp in 1977 when I read the incredible non fiction book "Alive" by Piers Paul Read. It was a story that haunted me and stayed in my memory for many years. As I came of age, I wondered what had become of the two "expeditionaries", Nando Parrado and Roberto Cannessa, who traipsed their way for 10 days out of the wreckage of the fuselage of the wrecked Uruguayan Fairchild and through the Andes to freedom and rescue. It was then, a great thrill, to have Nando and Vince Rause write this awe-inspiring followup 30 years later. The factual chronology that Read used were incredible, but this firsthand account takes the story to a different, more personal level. His daily struggle to survive, both physically and spiritually, are nothing short of extraordinary. To paraphrase Nando, the opposite of death IS LOVE. This is a book that makes one believe it and seek to live it.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book has the power to change your life!
First let me say I read about a book a week and this is the best book I have ever read.If your not hooked by page 42 or so I dont know what book could hold your attention.This story, this incredible story of the will to survive and the process the human mind goes through in the face of unimaginable pain, suffering and starvation should be manditory reading for everyone.

5-0 out of 5 stars Even the casual reader will be glued til the end
After reading an excerpt of the book in a outdoors magazine, I knew I had to buy and read this entire book. I am not a frequent reader, and I feared that I would end up buying this and not finishing it as I so often do. But I knew just a few pages into the book that I would finish it. I had too many questions that I knew would be answered if I finished it. The only real certain part(having never seen the movie 'Alive!') was that Nando would make it out, since he wrote the book. But past that, I had no idea who would and wouldnt survive and the series of events about to unfold.
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16. No Excuses LP
by HarperLargePrint
Paperback (07 November, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars No Excuses: Read this book
Let's first be clear: I am not a Notre Dame, New England Patriot, or for that matter a Charlie Weis fan. However, after reading this book, you can cross off the Charlie Weis part, I am now quite an admirer of his. This book, in short order, chronicles Coach Weis'time from his own high school football and college days, through his coaching career from the high school to his current job as head coach of the Fighting Irish. Citing his high school coach as his first ideological hero, through South Carolina's Joe Morrison and the two Bills (Parcells and Belicheck), Coach Weis offers insight into each of their philosophies and motivation techniques and how he incorporated each of their styles into his own coaching. Lastly, he chronicles his first year at Notre Dame and how he approached changing the team's attitude to a winning formula as last season's record indicates.
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17. Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
by Thorndike Press
Hardcover (02 August, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A lovely, lovely find...
I heard this book discussed briefly earlier this year on the Today Show and decided to order it since, at the time, I was in the throws of my own divorce.Ms. Gilbert chronicles her international journey of self-discovery with such amazing detail and tenderness and humor that I recommend this book to anyone who has found him or herself in a place or state that he or she would like to change or leave (I imagine, that's everyone!).The story is engrossing and the writing is skillful.I couldn't put it down, and I feel more empowered to follow my own dreams and heart after finishing the book.That's 5-star material if I've ever seen it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Surprise - you are in control of your life....
A re-count of the author's year spent in Italy, India, and Bali in the wake of a difficult divorce.This book is easy to read and enjoyable.The author does an excellent job of providing her outlook on the variety of experiences she has + how they relate to her dealing with her "life issues."She eventually comes to the self-actualizing realization that she is in control of her life (as opposed to anybody else) and takes steps to make herself happier.

1-0 out of 5 stars Boring
Just another self indulgent autobiography.It was too boring to read and had not much to say.If you are in for light reading, go for it.Do not expect too much from this one or you might be very disappointed. ... Read more

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18. Bryson City Tales: Stories of a Doctor's First Year of Practice in the Smoky Mountains (Walker Large Print Books)
by Thorndike Press
Paperback (15 March, 2006)
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3-0 out of 5 stars A bit of a confusing mix of medicine, religion, sports and memoir
Although there are certainly interesting elements here, this book has some of the most jarring transitions from one element to another I've ever read.Parts of it are strictly medical, including a tale at the beginning that would make any seasoned viewer of CSI troubled.Then there are long sports sections---high school football and fishing especially.Then the author has a religious revelation, and we read about that for a while.After that, it's straight memoir for a bit, and we learn about his family and past, but in disjointed, someone confusing pieces.None of the writing is bad, but I just couldn't settle in and really get much out of it.
5-0 out of 5 stars Delightful memoir
Dr. Walt Larimore received excellent medical training at Duke University.Armed with a new medical degree, his wife, and 3-year-old daughter, he journeyed to the small town of Bryson City, North Carolina, to begin his practice.What he learned is that there were many things which had not been taught at the Duke Medical School.Doctors and nurses who had been in practice for many years taught him that sometimes the old, simple procedures worked just as well as the up-to-date techniques which he favored early in his practice.He also learned that appeals to the Great Physician were much appreciated by his patients and served to calm him in a crisis.He was surprised to discover that a country doctor does not only deal with human patients, but animal ones as well.All was not easy, as both of his children faced medical crises, and some of the older doctors opposed his presence in their town.Dr. Larimore's self-effacing manner and gentle humor make this a delightful read.I am looking forward to reading the next two books in the series.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent- entertaining, captivating, and heart touching
Larimore captivated both my wife and I with his writing and tales of his experience as a new doctor starting out in a new town in North Carolina.Unlike one reader, I never got the impression that the local people were anymore "backwards" than you would find anywheres else.Indeed, it becomes quite clear as Larimore continues to develop as a complete doctor that he has a number of things to learn from the people that were around him.It is fascinating to watch him grow in his practice and expertise, in his faith, and in his relationships with the local people.His love for his patients come through quite clearly.
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19. The Ride of Our Lives: Roadside Lessons of an American Family (Random House Large Print)
by Random House Large Print
Hardcover (18 April, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars I Can't Do it Justice
This is a wonderful book, easy to read and will appeal to you no matter what your gender, age, race, color, creed...
5-0 out of 5 stars Great family tale
Since I barely watch TV, I had no idea who Mike Leonard was.He works for NBC, and contributes to the Today show.I was really impressed with this first book.It has the main aspects I love in a good memoir, humor, self-effacing honesty, wit and history.Mike takes his eccentric parents, 80'ish, and three of his grown children on a motorhome trip across America.Oh, the stories you'll love in this one.
2-0 out of 5 stars Pleasant reading, but a little pointless.
I think this book was a little too personal to be widely interesting to a large readership.The writing style was pretty good, and there are a lot of pretty funny incidents.But, in a way, it was easy to put it down and forget to pick it up again.I had to read it for my book club (and paid for the book!) or I probably would have set it aside and picked up something more compelling.
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20. The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out Of Darkness (Walker Large Print Books)
by Walker Large Print
Paperback (11 May, 2005)
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Karen Armstrong speaks to the troubling years following her decision to leave the life of a Roman Catholic nun and join the secular world in 1969. What makes this memoir especially fascinating is that Armstrong already wrote about this era once---only it was a disastrous book. It was too soon for her to understand how these dark, struggling years influenced her spiritual development, and she was too immature to protect herself from being be bullied by the publishing world. As a result, she agreed to portray herself only in as "positive and lively a light as possible"---a mandate that gave her permission to deny the truth of her pain and falsify her inner experience. The inspiration for this new approach comes from T. S. Eliot's Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Touching and Powerful
Thank you Karen for recording your experience in such a truthful and therefore powerful way. Your courage and determination in the face of inhumanity is a familiar drumbeat that we would all do well to march to. Your stories of survival with compassion and mercy are a shining-light to those of all faiths and of all languages. Your language of love and hope is universal and you are a true friend. Thank you.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent
Karen Armstrong is a great writer, with quite the story to tell.The Spiral Staircase recounts the most powerful and change-filled years of her life--it concentrates mostly on the few years following her departure from life as a Catholic nun.She tells her story so honestly and openly that you really get a feel for Karent Armstrong the person, not just the successful writer.I read The Spiral Staircase before I read any of her other works, but since then I've enjoyed both her biography of Buddha, and "Islam: A Short History."Her memoir is candid and her prose is neither too emotional nor too academic.

4-0 out of 5 stars Describes temporal lobe epilepsy with Grace
Another reviewer, a nurse who has interest in temporal lobe epilepsy and thought that Armstrong did not adequately explain temporal lobe epilepsy, has obviously never experienced a temporal lobe seizure. Karen Armstrong's descriptions of her temporal lobe seizures were spine-tingling, and nearly brought me to tears with the feeling that "Finally! Someone has put it into words! Someone understands!" Her plight out of the darkness of religious life is inspiring and her experiences with epilepsy make a remarkable backdrop. I recommend this read for people who have never questioned their faith as well as those who have. I also recommend it for families and friends of people with epilepsy. ... Read more

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