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Barry Podob rated a book 4 of 5 stars
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
by Kurt Vonnegut
read in November, 2011
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Given the current state of the economy, politics, and the Occupy Wall Street Protests, Vonnegut shows he was way ahead of his time when he wrote this satirical novel about Eliot Rosewater: a drunk, a volunteer fireman and President of the Rosewater F ...more
Barry Podob rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje
The Cat's Table
by Michael Ondaatje
read in December, 2011
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Reading some books is like eating ice cream. You take a bite, savor it, then take another bite until it is all gone. That's the richness of the language in The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatke. With all the characters and the vignettes however, you wa ...more
Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
" That's what makes horseraces - I really, really, really liked this book. From the historical perspective, the richness of the characters, the pre- and ...more "
Barry Podob rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Up the Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman
Up the Down Staircase
by Bel Kaufman
read in November, 2011
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Sylvia Barrett, idealistic English teacher at an inner-city high school becomes discouraged over teaching, frustrated by bureaucracy student indifference and incompetence of her colleagues. Through it all she perseveres. Book is an epistolary novel, ...more
Barry Podob rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
Shanghai Girls (Shanghai Girls #1)
by Lisa See (Goodreads Author)
read in October, 2011
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Great book - good historical background, strong characters, premise and well written, including dialogue. The story of two girls in pre-war Shangai who enter into arranged marriages, flee China and, through a series of difficult adventures, arrive in ...more
Barry Podob rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Not Me by Michael Lavigne
Not Me
by Michael Lavigne (Goodreads Author)
read in June, 2011
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An insightful and imaginative book. Michael, the protagonist, is in a Florida seeing after his father, Heschel, who is in a nursing home suffering from Alzheimer's. While there Michael starts reading a set of old journals. Tuurns out that Heschel is ...more
Barry Podob rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The Thirteenth Tale
by Diane Setterfield
read in July, 2011
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A book about books, a ghost story, a fictional biography of a story-teller, an unfinished collection of short stories, a mystery, a gothic tale of horror - all rolled into one with compelling characters and plot. Easy to see why it was a Number 1 NY ...more
Barry Podob rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
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The booked that started the reading revolution for teens doesn't disappoint. Imaginitaive, creative and compelling - reading this book reminded me of when I was a kid and couldn't wait for the next great Tome Swift Adventure to be released. Sadly, yo ...more
Barry Podob rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Push by Sapphire
Push
by Sapphire
read in December, 2010
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Precious Jones, 16 and pregnant with her father's child, is the protagonist and recounts her story of hope as the world open up for her when a courageous, determined teacher bullies, cajoles, and inspires her to read. A terrific book and a quick read ...more
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