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Lake Worth, FL, United States | Member Since 2006

  • 4 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 184 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert M. Pirsig
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
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    This thought-provoking journal of a man's quest for truth - and for himself - has touched and changed an entire generation, and is ready to reach out to a new one. At its heart, the story is all too simple: a man and his son take a motorcycle trip across America. But this is not a simple trip at all, for around every corner, their pilgrimage leads them to new vistas of self-discovery and renewal.

    CARL V PHILLIPS says: "definitive version, hasn't aged too badly"
    "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintanence"

    Not at all what I expected and highly pleased with that. Pirsig takes me on a journey across the US on his motorcycle with his son discussing philosophy and finding and discussing the Angst of life and in the meantime revealing how mental illness can figure into the thread of existance in someone who understands the nature of Logic, Rhetoric, and Dialectic Arguments. What a tremendous read. Certainly a cultural classic and a must for any student of Aristotle or really anyone wishing to understand the origins of our philosophical being.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
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    Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.”

    Tina says: "Another wonderful Bryson"
    "At Home review"

    Bill Bryson is my personal hero. His writing style is fluid, his eloquence is music, and his compositions are remarkable. This book takes us through all the stages of each room of our house and what each room means and how it evolved into what it is today. Amazing information inside this tome includes the Crystal Palace, Frederick Olmstead Law, the evolution of our modern Toilet and Kitchen, and many more interesting facts and factoids that are priceless. I would recommend this to any history student over the more staid and boring rote memorization of dates of things as that are typically useless anyway. One of my favorite reads. Thats why there are 5 stars!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Year of Magical Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joan Didion
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso

    "Life changes fast....You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends." These were among the first words Joan Didion wrote in January 2004. Her daughter was lying unconscious in an intensive care unit, a victim of pneumonia and septic shock. Her husband, John Gregory Dunne, was dead. The night before New Year's Eve, while they were sitting down to dinner, he suffered a massive and fatal coronary. The two had lived and worked side by side for nearly 40 years.

    Darwin8u says: "Sharp, sometimes funny, but always clear & precise"
    "The Year of Magical Thinking Review"

    Joan Didion is a wonderful writer and thinker. Her angst with dealing with the sudden loss of her soul-mate is an amazing insight into the thinking of such a creative soul. How strange to think we would need to subconsciously perhaps need to keep the shoes of our passed loved ones thinking they will return one day and need them. A truly remarkable expose' into the mind of a person progressing through the stages of grief and finally arriving at acceptance. I REALLY recommend this for anyone who must or has dealt with loss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Elizabeth McCracken
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McCracken
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    A prize-winning, successful novelist in her 30s, McCracken was happy to be an itinerant writer and self-proclaimed spinster. But suddenly she fell in love, got married, and two years ago was living in a remote part of France, working on her novel, and waiting for the birth of her first child.

    Sara says: "Grief and loss explored and shared."
    "Exact Replica review"

    McCracken elaborates her angst and disbelief concerning the stillborn loss of her child and her reconciling how emotionally attached she was to the fetus during development and the disengagement she had to endure to separate herself from the dead child. I thought she took a brave road in allowing insight into her emotional state during this transition. Whereas this is not a re-read for me, I thought it was insightful and meaningful for the emotional states we need to endure during such passages. I would recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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