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Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
Breakfast of Champions

writermala, March 17, 2015

This is not a genre that I usually enjoy but once I started reading this book I was held enthralled. Unmistakable satire combined with fresh characters keeps the pace lively. The one statement the author made, which I couldn't agree with more though is, "Science fiction writers know nothing about science." Obviously Vonnegut is speaking tongue in cheek here.
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Wake Up and Live! by Dorothea Brande
Wake Up and Live!

writermala, March 16, 2015

A few years back I read a book "Becoming a Writer." This book was written by Dorothea Brande in 1934 and still valuable in 2001! Thus when I saw a reprint of "Wake up and Live," by the same author I grabbed it. I was not disappointed. This simple book with a simple mantra, "Act as if it were impossible to fail," is sure to help anyone succeed. I particularly loved the chapter "Twelve Disciplines." I'm looking forward to putting into practice what I've learned in this wonderful self-help book.
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The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans
The Mistletoe Promise

writermala, March 9, 2015

What is Christmas without a "Richard Paul Evans Christmas Story?" 2014's Christmas Love Story did not disappoint. Nicholas and Elise sign a contract to be together till Christmas eve and the story progresses predictably yet beautifully.
I knew that Elise and Nicholas had some deep pain in common and sure enough they did. However, reading what Evans wrote was wonderful. For example when Elise wraps Nicholas's gift of a scarf around her neck, she says, "it had been a long time since I felt that warm." Yes, Evans has a knack for sentences that are both literally and figuratively true.
A beautiful story.
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Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream by H. G. Bissinger
Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream

writermala, October 27, 2014

I confess I'm a sports fan; but I just couldn't understand how High School Football could define a town and what it stood for to such an extent. This is the remarkable true story of a town, a team, and a dream; the story of young teenagers giving everything they have for the greater glory of the team.

The town politics are clearly conservative and summed up as, "The Republicans have done nothing to help the Texas oilman for eight years, but when it comes down to voting for a liberal versus a conservative, most oilmen are conservatives."

Boobie miles perhaps personifies the team with his comment, "If I can't be the of attention, I don't want to be anything at all."
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The Grapes of Math: How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life by Alex Bellos
The Grapes of Math: How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life

writermala, October 20, 2014

As we all well know, we have a Love hate relationship with Math. We either love Math or Love to hate it. Well, here is a book that you will love regardless of which group you fall under!

I enjoyed every chapter and was just astounded by some of the things I read. More importantly, I found Alex Bellos explaining really tough concepts in a fashion that one could understand even with a very basic knowledge of Math. If you've always been somewhat scared of Math but wanted to learn more this book is the perfect answer; and if you're a MAth lover/Geek you will love this book too.
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