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Beth Damiano has commented on (4) products.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Fault in Our Stars

Beth Damiano, January 1, 2013

There is no adequate way to describe the humour and power in John Green's books. This, the best of all, will grab your breath and if you are lucky, may return it to you.
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A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style by Tim Gunn and Kate Moloney
A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style

Beth Damiano, August 4, 2012

Tim Gunn knows his stuff (in case there was any doubt) and he's thrilled to help you know it too. The best part is instead of telling you what to buy or how to lose weight to fit into those size 6s, he honestly wants you to feel and look better. You, not an idealized, runway version of yourself.

Finding finding a fashion muse (beyond Audrey and Marilyn) to making those hard choices in clearing out your closet (if it doesn't fit on you, it shouldn't take closet space from things that do), Gunn guides you to becoming a better you. So, shoulders down (not back, he prescribes), heels on, and stride into the world a more graceful, fashionable you.
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Room by Emma Donoghue
Room

Beth Damiano, January 1, 2012

'Room' is told through the eyes of a five year old, with a child's innocence, strength, and confusion. The background of the story itself is a young woman kidnapped and forced to live in a one room shed that she eventually shares with the child she has by her captor. Their room, their prison, looks like any ordinary shed in any ordinary backyard. That very simplicity makes the story that much more terrifying.
The narrator, this child, outlines the day-to-day life of himself and his mother the way any kid would if asked: we wake up, we eat, we do exercises, watch TV, make art projects, take baths. But the story really goes for the gut when the pair of them escape their captor, when they are brought back into a world the mother has nearly forgotten and the little boy has never known. The most gripping scene is when the girl's father cannot even look at his grandson because of his paternity. You'll find you are not crying or screaming along with the characters in the story.
The story ends with the potential for a happy ending on the horizon as the little boy walks into their cage of a room for the last time, saying goodbye to the only home he'd ever known.
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I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett
I Shall Wear Midnight

Beth Damiano, January 1, 2011

This book (the latest in the Wee Free Men series) has it all: a very real sense of drama without losing its sense of humor. Pratchett can always keep you guessing and the ending is never quite what you figured it was going to be, but always feels authentic. Best book I read this year!
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