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  • Dark Horses
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    Four legs good Dark Horses and Black Beauties: Animals, Women, a Passion Melissa Holbrook Pierson (Granta) Melissa Holbrook Pierson would appear to embody the pioneer spirit. About four or five years ago she published The Perfect Vehicle, an account of her love for, and experiences of, Moto Guzzi motorcycles. Having one myself, I assumed it had more or less been written specifically for me, and so duly made it paperback of the week. It was also very well written: like many poets, Pierson writes ...
  • Old Alan Parrish
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    A novelization by Todd Strasser Based on the screenplay by Jonathan Hen sleigh and Greg Taylor & Jim Strain Based on a screen story by Greg Taylor & Jim Strain and Chris Van Allsburg Based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg. Type of Story: Adventure The story is set in Brantford, New Hampshire, 1969. Main Theme: One day, twelve year old Alan Parrish was riding down the main street when he hears Prepare to die, Parrish! , he starts riding much faster, as Billy Jessup and four of his friends chase ...
  • S.E. Hinton S.E. Hinton
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    S.E. HINTON S.E. Hinton is considered to be one of the greatest writers about youth of all time. Since she often writes from a boys point of view, she uses her initials S.E. instead of her name Susan Eloise. She explains this by saying, I figured that most boys would look at the book and think, What can a chick know about stuff like that She was born in 1948 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was raised there and went to college at the University of Tulsa, with education as her major. She wrote her first, ...
  • Rocket Boys
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    Rocket Boys, an exciting memoir of a group of boys who are interested in rocketry, was written by Homer Hickam Jr. This autobiographical book tells about Homer's adventures with his rocketry friends. While Homer is launching these rockets, he deals with such problems as school, friends, and his dysfunctional family. His father, the superintendent of the local coalmine, disapproves of his building of rockets, and wants him to become a miner. His mother, on the other hand, is urging on Homer becau...
  • Dennis Rodman
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    Dennis Rodman Title: Bad As I Wanna Be Author: Dennis Rodman with Tim Keown# of pages: 258 Setting: The book takes place in Dallas, Texas where DennisRodman lived while he was a kid, Detroit, Michigan where DennisRodman played basketball for the Detroit Pistons, San Antonio, Texas where Dennis Rodman played basketball for the San Antonio Spurs, and Chicago, Illinois where Dennis Rodman is currently playing for the Chicago Bulls. Character: Dennis Rodman. A pro basketball player who plays for the...
  • Susanna Kaysen
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    GIRL, INTERRUPTED by Susanna Kaysen (New York: Turtle Bay Books, 1993) 1. Author: Susanna Kaysen was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1948 where she still lives. She is the author of books which are in some parts related to her personal experiences. She worked as a free-lance editor and proof reader until an introduction to an agent set her career in motion. Her novels: The novel that caught the agent's attention, Asa, As I Knew Him, was published in 1987 and people were very interested in it...
  • Oxford Reference Online
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    Online reference Book publishing is like farming: a lot happens in the spring, summer is pastoral, autumn is hectic and everyone gets drunk in winter. Just now, as Observer readers will know, the Anglo-American book trade is going through one of its seasonal spasms. Charles Frazier, bestselling author of Cold Mountain, has sold his new (unwritten) book to Random House for $5 million and all over Manhattan people who should know better are crying 'Foul!' As Mark Twain memorably put it, when peopl...
  • Time My Reading Habits
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    My Reading History If one were to look at my varied reading habits, they would be struck by the diversity and over all unusual ness of my mind's library. I hardly remember the plot of the first book I read, but it was called Lonesome Dove. It wasn't the actual first book I read, but I don't really count the McGregor Readers from kindergarten. I read it in first grade because of my Grandmother's fascination in the T.V. mini-series that was playing during the time. I wanted to be able to talk to h...
  • Rubin Hurricane Carter His Fight
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    Hurricane The boxing world is a world of guts, glory, and among other things pride. To achieve all of these things a fighter must never give up and fight until the end. For Rubin Hurricane Carter his fight would not stop out of the ring. The book titled Hurricane The miraculous Journey of Ruban Carter had an impact on me like no other book. The theme of the book was to never give up, even when the odds are stacked against you for days, months, or even years there is always a chance and giving up...
  • Charles Lister
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    Sex lives of the popes Heel to Toe: Encounters in the South of Italy by Charles Lister 288 pp, SeckerEleven years ago, Charles Lister wrote Between Two Seas, an account of a walk he made half a century ago along the Appian Way in southern Italy. This new book recounts a more recent cycling trip, but one that took in very similar territory: from Italy's heel state of Puglia to its Calabrian toe in Reggio. But in a sense the geographical background is merely incidental to the author's larger lifel...
  • Trip Back To Earth Lister
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    Red Dwarf, by Rob Grant & Doug Naylor Red dwarf was written in collaboration by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor. However on the cover of the book the author is called Grant Naylor and is referred to as a "Gestalt entity" giving the reader a clue as to what style the book is going to take. The BBC television series of the same name is based on this book but the events of the book and series are quite different and in my opinion the book is superior. The central character of this book is Dave Lister and...
  • Generation X Most Books
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    Shampoo Planets - book Report The book I chose is Shampoo Planet, write by Douglas Coupland. I chose to read this particular book because it was written by an author of my generation; generation X. Most books that were on the list were book written by people that were either dead or very old. They wrote about topics or themes that I could not personally relate to, so I chose Douglas Coupland because I wanted to support a young author like himself, and because I wanted to read something out of th...
  • Anita Lobel's Gripping Memoir
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    'Nominated for a 1998 National Book Award for Young People's Literature, No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War is Anita Lobel's gripping memoir of surviving the Holocaust. A Caldecott-winning illustrator of such delightful picture books as On Market Street, it is difficult to believe Lobel endured the horrific childhood she did. From age 5 to age 10, Lobel spent what are supposed to be carefree years hiding from the Nazis, protecting her younger brother, being captured and marched from camp to camp...
  • Flooded Kingdoms Of The Ice Age
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    Castles in the sea Graham Hancock doesn't look mad as he sprawls in an armchair in his small, neat house in Kennington, south London. But his critics would say appearances deceive: he is either a lunatic, a charlatan, or both. Hancock has spent the past 10 years writing books and producing TV programmes which argue that everything we are told about ancient history is wrong: civilisation didn't start in Sumeria and Egypt around 3,500 BC; it began 10,000 years before in great cities which subseque...
  • Luther Virus The Church
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    A thousand years is a long time. So how do you pick the most influential person of the last thousand years? Its practically impossible to do. But almost everyone will agree that one of the most influential characters in the millennium was Martin Luther, father of the protestant church. Luther was born November 10, 1483 in Eisleben, Thuringia (a province noted for its many musical talents, including Johann Sebastian Bach). Luther was brought up in the strict religious atmosphere of the roman cath...
  • Alan Alexander Milne
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    Alan Alexander Milne When reminiscing on past memories of favorite books, cartoons, songs and stuffed animals, many people will think about Winnie the Pooh. The man behind all of your fun filled childhood adventured with Christopher Robin and his bear friend Pooh is Alan Alexander Milne, more commonly known as A.A. Milne. Besides his creation of Winnie the Pooh short story and poetry books he was a very accomplished man through out his whole life. He showed great affection to family members, fri...
  • Old Paddy Clarke
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    Summary In Roddy Doyle's novel, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, young Patrick is so distressed over his parents' fighting with each other that he stays up all night trying to prevent their quarrels. Like many children whose parents break up, Patrick thinks he is somehow responsible, but he does not understand what is going wrong or why. He loves both of them, especially his mother. He acts out his anxiety over the discord between his parents by often getting into fights and by being mean and abusive to h...
  • Tschubukov's Daughter Natalia
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    Lomov, struggling to speak can barely put together a sentence. In a hesitant voice Lomov slowly reveals his desire to marry Tschubukov's daughter Natalia. He speaks of her stunning appearance, her intelligence, and her excellent skills as a house keeper. Delighted by what he is hearing, the approving father sighs in relief that finally he can give his daughter away. The relief that Tschubukov feels was also experienced by Lomov for he has hidden his feelings for many years. Lomov thanks Tschubuk...
  • Delany Sisters
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    Students were assigned this essay as an inside look at oppression and racism from the last one hundred years, told by two elderly ladies in the book, Having Our Say. 100 Years of Degradation There are several books that have to be read in English 095. Having Our Say is one of them. My advice is to read this book while you are still in 090 or 094, just to get the advantage. These are some things that you will discover in this extraordinary biography. This book is tough to take as humorous, becaus...
  • Travels Of Marco Polo
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    Marco Polo Marco Polo was born in 1254. He was a Italian traveler and explorer. He was the first European to cross the entire continent of Asia and leave a record of what he saw and heard. Marco Polo was born in Venice in 1254. His father Nicole Polo was a merchant. Marco's mother died when he was just 15 years old. When he was 17, he went to China with his father and uncle. Marco Polo served as a government official while over there. His father and uncle served as military advisers to Kublai Kh...

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