Chocolate : a bittersweet saga of dark and light

by Mort Rosenblum

Reviewer Rating:
4

Mort takes the reader around the world from Oaxaca to the Ivory Coast to Hershey, PA, to explore the depths of chocolate. It's a fascinating look at the culinary, political, sociological, economic, historical and health issues surrounding the food of the gods. If you like chocolate at all, you'll be...

Control room

Reviewer Rating:
5

The other side of the War on Iraq...This documentary provides a glimpse into Al Jazeera, the Arab news agency, to see how the Arab (and much of the rest of the world) views America's foreign policy.

Anger : the seven deadly sins

by Robert A. F Thurman

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4
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This excellent readable little book, one of seven from Oxford University Press on the seven biggies, investigates the little good and the tremendous bad that comes from anger.

The city in mind : meditations on the urban condition

by James Howard Kunstler

Reviewer Rating:
5

Our beloved author of The Geography of Nowhere and Home From Nowhere, casts his New Urbanist eye on major cities near and far. This civic planning classic-to-be examines the historical development of Atlanta, Berlin, Boston, Las Vegas, London, Mexico City, Paris and Rome. What makes a city great? What critical mistakes...

This blinding absence of light

by Tahar Ben Jelloun

Reviewer Rating:
0

This is one man's tragic story of being locked in an underground prison in the desert of Morocco for twenty years. Based on facts and read against the background of today's headlines, it's a disturbing reflection of our tragic, current situation. Winner of the 2004 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award:...

Better off : pulling the switch on technology

by Eric Brende

Reviewer Rating:
4

Ironically, I read this in eBook format on my Palm, technology that seems to have simplified my life. Hmmm... Food for thought, this is Brende's account of his experiment with simplifying his life in a community using less technology than the Amish. The story is engaging and will prompt you...

Runaway : stories

by Alice Munro

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5
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Munro is the master of the short story and this newest collection doesn't disappoint. All about women running from one thing or another, the stories are haunting. You'll want more.

Garden State

Reviewer Rating:
5

Not a big fan of Scrubs? Don't worry. This is a very different Zach Braff in a beautiful film about coming home, growing up, and coming to terms with yourself and your life. Pain is a part of life; joy is a part of life. This life is all you...

The news from Paraguay : a novel

by Lily Tuck

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5
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Winner of the 2004 National Book Award, this compelling and entertaining novel takes you from Ireland to France to Paraguay. Reminiscent of The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts in its character development, historical insight into Latin America, and combination of hilarity and tragedy.

Coffee and cigarettes

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4
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Eleven Jim Jarmusch vignettes that somehow relate to each other through coffee and cigarettes and a couple other fun recurring themes.

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