Books & Music
3rd Serving of Chicken Soup for the Soul
This is not a special cook.It’s a book written by
normal people like you and me, telling and sharing their lives and
experiences.There are titles on love, parenting, death and dying,
teaching and overcoming obstacles.This book would make you laugh,
cry and you might be addicted to love after reading it.
It contains of many short stories contributed by different people
and compiled by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen.It is an easy
reading material and is also ideal for those who want to read something
but have no time for a novel.
Soup for the Woman's Soul: 101...
More stories about lives from women.You might see
yourself in these wonderful women sometimes.It will give you more
inspiration and encouragement in life. Topics on Love, Live Your
Dreams,Motherhood,Overcoming Obstacles and Miracles can be found
in this book.This book is dedicated to all women and mothers, and
also a perfect book for men to read.If you are looking for a gift
for a lady, for birthday or for other occasion, go for this book.
Soup for the Couple's Soul: 101...
Maybe all of you notice that I’m introducing a series
of Chicken Soup of the Soul.Yes, I love these books and I’m addicted
to them.Not only that I read them, I’m also collecting them.Of course
not all titles, I am not into Chicken Soup for the golf soul.This
book tells stories about love and relationship.It’s really fascinating
to read the story of couple who shared how they kept the love flame
still burning after 50 years of marriage.It is a good wedding gift
and I recommend it to everyone who is in love or hopes to be in
love some day.
Yen Mah: Falling Leaves
A memoir of Adeline Mah Yen, telling her painful
childhood story in China in the 40s and 50s.Her mother died after
giving birth to her.In the olden Chinese culture naturally she was
the curse and jinx that brought bad luck to the family.Her struggle
to gain the love and recognition of her father and survivor the
abuse of her cruel step mother brought me tears. You will learn
a lot about the Chinese culture in this book,like the fact that
boys are seen more important in a family and girls don’t need higher
education.Although nowadays the Chinese are not so old fashion anymore
but I believe many families in China and some Chinese communities
in Malaysia still practising such old traditions.
Yen Mah: Chinese
Cinderella: The Secret Story of an unwanted daughter
The story in this book is quite the same with
Falling leaves.Falling Leaves travelled back to the time in 1880s,telling
the story of her grandfather and grandaunt.It gives more details
on her family history.Whereas, Chinese Cinderella tells about Adeline’s
childhood up to the age of fourteen.The story is shorter, more simple
and in bigger print, so it’s easier to read. It suits younger readers
Jones's Diary. Film tie-in.
I never watched the movie but find this book fun and easy to read.
The phenomenon of single women in their late 20s or 30s. Not always
the case but we do see ourselves in Bridget, sometimes! Being a
bit insecure and feeling not good enough at times. Or when we have
to spend the weekend alone in the apartment and no dates on Valentine’s.
After reading this book, you might be more sensitive towards your
still single girlfriends. Author: Helen Fielding ISBN: 0330375253
Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
(Book 5) Finally, the long waited book is out. If you have not got
a copy for yourself, just click from here and you will be led to
Amazon site. Where you could purchase online. JK Rowling previous
four books were absolutely brilliant. I believe this book would
not be any less interesting than the other four series. ISBN: 0747551006
Potter and the Philosophers Stone.
(Book 1) Despite the strong publicity and good critiques, many friends
of mine are still very sceptic about this book and never try to
read it. I was often asked, it is just a children book, what so
special about it? Some said they didn’t like fantasy stories. When
I was reading this first book, it reminded me of those books I used
to read about boarding school from Enid Byton. The magic based in
the story is just like salt and pepper to make the food taste better.
The true ingredients are about people and the characters of human
beings. It is about the real world that we are living in, good and
evil intention of a human being, rich and poor, the strong and the
weak. The are rules we must follow living in this world and never
abuse your power. It is very educational for children. I was very
fascinated by the way the author wrote the stories. How an unimportant
character which appeared in the first book for a short time turned
out to be „something" in the 3rd book. It is amazing! This book
was recommended to me by my pastor, I finished the first book and
straight away ordered the whole set of four. You won’t regret it,
once you start you can’t stop and want more! ISBN: 0747532745 Author:
- Wei Hui
A story of love, sex and selv-discovery -banned in China.
This is how the publisher tries to sell this book - I have to
admit that before reading it I was nor really convinced it would
really be like that...
But I just finished reading it, and it is one of the best books
I read during the last months. Wei Hui is a young Chinese author,
at least outside of China THE voice of the young generation of
Chinese writers. To put this straight from the beginning - there
whould have been no need to ban the book... according to our western
view of things. It is one of the truest, most romantic and same
time realistic love story I ever read. Nothing like Henry Miller
(one of Wei Hui's Idols...). If there was ever a need to prove
that love is timeless and ageless, here it is... We can only recomand
it to anyone. Lovers, ex-lovers, people in sorrow... and joy.
You won't regret. And learn a bit about China and Chinese mentality
Widow for One Year - John Irving
John Irving's A Widow For One Year is the epic story of a family,
dysfunctional at best, unable to cope with tragedy--or with each
other. The unabridged audiobook, narrated by George Guidall (The
Cat Who Sang for the Birds, The Inner Sanctum, The Legacy) draws
the listener in with a crisp, methodical vocal presentation. Guidall
portrays each character with a convincingly distinct voice, accurately
impersonating the characters' intonations and verbal habits. The
interaction between characters is both conversational and believable.
We first meet Ruth Cole in the summer of 1958 when she walks in
on her mother having sex with 16-year-old Eddie O'Hare, the assistant
to Ruth's alcoholic father. The death of Ruth's older brothers (years
before she was born) turns her mother, Marion, into a zombie who
is unable to love her surviving daughter. Ted Cole is a semisuccessful
writer and illustrator of disturbingly creepy children's novels.
His womanizing habits prove he's "as deceitful as a damaged condom,"
but he remains the only stable figure in Ruth's life. The tempestuous
tale fast-forwards to the year 1990 when Ruth's soaring writing
career is faring far better than her lackluster love life. The final
segment of the novel ends in 1995 when 41-year-old Ruth is ready
to fall in love for the first time. This profoundly absorbing story
expresses the depths of misery and the healing power of love. Irving
writes as a true storyteller, and Guidall executes the narrative
with vigor and enthusiasm. --Gina Kaysen
By Lee Kuan Yew
This is a very well documented Singapore history book. About 10% of
the contents telling his private stories, the rest are about Singapore
history. His fights and struggles that brought to Singapore's independence
from the British. It is about the battles against communist and Japanese
occupation. I am not a Lee Kuan Yew fan, but this book fascinated
me. It is interesting to find out, how Singapore had always been independent
and organised before independence. What kind of events Mr.Lee took
part while fighting for independence, but he prohibited his people
from doing after that. For examples, people going on strike or street
demonstration. Although this fact doesn't impressed me, but probably
from a leader of a multi-cultural society point of view, it is important
to implement dos and don'ts in order to maintain a harmony society!
Well, one thing for sure is the achievement and success of today's
Singapore, of course has this leader to thank to!
Kiharu Nakamura (in German)
This book is about the real life of a Geisha; a non fiction story
of a person called Kiharu Nakamura. There is no detail about what
a Geisha's duties in the Geisha House or what really happened in there.
Kiharu tells how she came into this Geisha profession, what it was
like being Geisha in the Japanese society. Both respected and disrespected
at the same time, as I could understand from this book. It is quite
amazing to find out such a character in her and how open minded she
was for a Japanese woman who was born in that generation. For some
readers, she is too self-centred and tells too much about how generous
she was to other people she met throughout her life. In actual fact,
she is only sharing with others the way she lived and her culture.
By Minette Walters
This was my first novel from Minette Walters. Katie was killed and
her body is washed up the shore. Just twenty miles away her small
daughter, Hannah, was found wondering on the street alone. As the
witness of her mother's death, how did Hannah escape from being killed?
Is Hannah autistic? Or is she suffering from some kind of psychological
trauma? She wouldn't talk…
By Minette Walters
Minette Walters is a very imaginative crime fiction author. Those
of you out there, CSI fans, might like her stories. The suspenseful
story brings your mind wondering who could have been the murder (everyone
is under suspicion)! It kept me awake all night….you just can't stop
reading it once you've started.
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