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Book reviews from Raabe

Minnesota United States

Number of reviews: 13
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The Rape of Nanking

by Iris Chang


Reviewed on Dec 16 2005

The late Iris Chang fills in all the blanks regarding the Holocaust in Shangai and Nanjing in 1937. Brutal but important.

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The Historian

by Elizabeth Kostova


Reviewed on Dec 16 2005

Excellent fictional account of the mystery of Vlad Tepes.

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Shadow of the Wind

by Carlos Ruiz Zafon


Reviewed on Dec 16 2005

When young Daniel enters the "Cemetery of Forgotten Books" you're hooked! Intrigue, passion, murder and more whisk you through this story about a boy's literary curiosity in Barcelona, Spain. Don't read it too fast, though, as the writing is beautiful.

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Our Endangered Values

by Jimmy Carter


Reviewed on Dec 16 2005

An easy must-read for every American explaining where we are culturally - and suggestions for fixing it.

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The Rape of Nanking

by Iris Chang


Reviewed on Aug 11 2005

Not for the faint of heart, but a shocking account of the holocaust in China by the Japanese at the end of WWII. The author was found shot to death in her car in late 2004 - an apparent suicide but suspicious nonetheless. This account is still being denied by the Japanese to this day and the political fallout from the event remains contentious.

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Thread of the Silkworm

by Iris Chang


Reviewed on Aug 11 2005

The true story behind the first Chinese missile program, an unprecedented debut by a notorious author.

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Ba Ra Kei

by Eiko Hosoe


Reviewed on Aug 11 2005

Stunning, highly collectible photographs by the master of photography, Hoseo, of Yukio Mishima who later committed hari kari (suicide by disembowelment). Haunting and beautiful.

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Seabiscuit : An American Legend

by Lauren Hillenbrand


Reviewed on Aug 11 2005

Incredibly well-told account of Seabiscuit, the horse you couldn't love but never expected to be a champion. Highly collectible, Hillenbrand's first.

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Wicked

by Gregory Maguire


Reviewed on Aug 11 2005

Fantastic story of "the wizard of oz" told through the eyes of the so-called wicked witch. Maguire's first novel already a collectible classic demanding high return. The sequel "Son of a Witch" scheduled to come out in late 2005. Do not miss this!

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The Namesake

by Jhumpa Lahiri


Reviewed on Aug 11 2005

Delightful and moving, this story of an Americanized Indian man nicknamed "Gogol" after Nikolai Gogol is thoughtful and extremely entertaining. Lahiri is a prizewinner not to be missed.

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Dreams of My Father

by Barack Obama


Reviewed on Aug 11 2005

This biography reads almost like a novel. Not only is the story uplifting, believable and inspiring but it is full of entertaining, plausible detail. It doesn't over do and it doesn't disappoint.

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Wonders of Italy, Rome, Eternally Beautiful

by Fattorusso


Reviewed on Aug 11 2005

This unmatched early account of Rome circa 1950 is full of descriptions and pictures to be savored. The book is a beautiful, demi-sized must-have for real collectors.

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A Fairly Honourable Defeat

by Iris Murdoch


Reviewed on Aug 11 2005

An extremely entertaining fiction full of easy philosophies and quirky characters.

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