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Original Essays | April 11, 2014

Paul Laudiero: IMG Shit Rough Draft



I was sitting in a British and Irish romantic drama class my last semester in college when the idea for Shit Rough Drafts hit me. I was working... Continue »
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Imagine Life with a Well-Behaved Dog: A 3-Step Positive Dog-Training Program by Julie A Bjelland
Imagine Life with a Well-Behaved Dog: A 3-Step Positive Dog-Training Program

amabre, May 28, 2011

BUY THIS BOOK. I've looked at several books on dog training and this one worked best for me. It is comprehensive, addressing pretty much every issue you may encounter with your dog. Ultimately, if Julie's training techniques are put into practice, this book will strengthen the relationship between you and your dog by teaching you everything you need to know to be a master trainer-as a pet photographer called me when she witnessed my foster pup's obedience training in action. We also practice training at the park and have received numerous compliments.

Imagine Life With a Well-Behaved Dog definitely helped us with potty training issues, as well as Greta's mouthing, jumping, and leash behavior. There are things we're still working on, and we practice training daily, but she's turning into quite the well-behaved puppy and I have Julie Bjelland to thank for that.

I LOVE that the conclusion of this book is called "Let's Save Dogs' Lives Together." It calls attention to the fact that "half the dogs in shelters are destroyed simply because there is no one to adopt them." She also says that "Ninety-six percent of surrendered dogs have had no training." Of course, trained dogs are more adoptable and less likely to end up in shelters in the first place.

I plan to use what I learned from this book to train all of my future fosters and I plan to give a copy of this book to all adopters so they will have the tools they need to continue training and to address unwanted behaviors.
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Shadows on the Hudson by Isaac Bashev Singer
Shadows on the Hudson

amabre, February 15, 2010

I will treasure this book forever and ever.

The beginning of the novel focuses on a love story between two married people. They are passionate and willing to risk it all to be together. And they do.

The whole of this novel weaves together the lives of these and other New Yorkers (like a Jewish Magnolia!)

Post World War Two, the characters recount the holocaust and its effect. They question (or denounce) God. Some remain devout. Some hold seances. Some lose themselves is romance, business, or politics.

Shadows on the Hudson is deeply philosophical and just plain lovely. I spent many late nights absorbed in it and I will probably read it again. I zealously recommend it.
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In the Forest by Edna Obrien
In the Forest

amabre, October 14, 2009

A chilling story of a boy turned bad. His name is O'Kane and he lives in the forest and his entire Irish county is afraid of him.

The description of the landscape is lush. The book is very plot driven but also very character driven and the forest is as much a character as the people who fear it.

Chapters are short and told in the voices/perspectives of various people. This style develops the story and makes the novel multi dimensional and freaky because some townspeople know more than others. The chapters told in O'Kane's point of view are especially disturbing...in a good way.

This novel is captivating and crazy and wonderful.
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The House by J. Patrick Lewis
The House

amabre, September 22, 2009

This book is completely enthralling. Not only will children love it, but adults will really be able to appreciate the house's history. Not to mention the beautiful poetry and illustrations (background! middle ground! foreground! So much to look at!)

The story is told in the first person of the house.

The house was contructed of stones in the plague year of 1656. The reader can imagine the changes it saw in the passing centuries although at some point it was abandoned.

In the year 1900, children re-discover the house- "No longer shut away, a doomed outcast: the children have discovered me at last."

During the 20th century, the house hosts a wedding in 1915, a funeral in 1967. It bears witness to the devastation of 2 wars. It shelters refugees. It celebrates victory.

The house endures until 1973, when it is again abandoned-"Wild creatures and the elements intrude."

This "house of twenty thousand tales" begins to crumble, but the ending is NOT a sad one!

This book is sprawling, exciting, gorgeous. Maybe the best children's book I've seen all year...
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God Says No by James Hannaham
God Says No

amabre, September 16, 2009

The protagonist is Gary Gray, a God fearing, food loving black man struggling with his sexuality.

Early on in the novel, you discover Gary's feelings for his college roommate cause him to impregnate his girlfriend. He leaves school and gets a job, gets promoted, and gets a cozy apartment for his new family. He wants desperately to be a "family man" and he really does try but he's having trouble in the bedroom which puts pressure on his new marriage. Work is sending him on more and more business trips. Gary needs some man action. And he gets some. In public parks and public restrooms, all the while concerned that God is watching him.

Gary takes on a few different identities, trying to avoid or indulge his sexuality. There are lots surprises along the way...The ending is not too happy, not too sad but redemptive and believable. During most of the novel I pitied Gary...but his story was engaging!
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