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Patricia Johnson has commented on (2) products.

Whistling in the Dark by Lesley Kagen
Whistling in the Dark

Patricia Johnson, July 9, 2008

I don't like the "idyllic summers, coming of age, discovering your inner self, disfunctional family, view inside a child's mind" books. They usually ring false and pretentious. But this book isn't just a character study, although the characters who populate this book are charming and real. No, this one actually has a plot! A great plot that makes sense and makes the characters respond sensibily. It is the author's first book and certainly makes me want to read more by her.
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Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle against World Poverty by Muhammad Yunus
Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle against World Poverty

Patricia Johnson, December 9, 2006

This book shone a powerful light on the skeptic in me. I cannot stop thinking about it or talking about it. Like every beauty pageant contestant, I now believe that the power to eliminate world hunger is within our grasp. Yunus's ideas about social conscience rather than greed driving a capitalist society are so bright-eyed and infectious that you can?t help but feel hopeful. I would almost be able to write him off as naive if his ideas hadn?t proved to be amazingly successful. What he has accomplished is ground breaking, yet feels so simple and right that after reading this book I wanted to jump in and help. This book gives the term ?poverty? a real weight and gives a reader the feeling that a solution is not as complicated as they may have believed.
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