Portrait of a creative mind and passionate soul

Book title: Who Put the Rainbow in The Wizard of Oz? : Yip Harburg, Lyricist
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Who Put the Rainbow in The Wizard of Oz? : Yip Harburg, Lyricist - book cover picture

Yip Harburg, the prodigiously talented lyricist best known for "Brother Can You Spare a Dime," and "Over the Rainbow", is the subject of this splendid biography. Harburg's gifts were uniquely his, but this book shows us how his (financially but not spiritually) impoverished father cultivate Harburg's talents by taking him regularly to the Yiddish theater on the Lower East Side and reading funny stories to him in the evening. Harburg's insights into the elements of creative writing -- a sense of passion, an eye for paradox, an intelligent plan, etc-- are recounted in loving detail. Whether you read this book for insight into this wonderful man's heart, or his craft, you will be richly rewarded.

EAN: 9780472083121
Pages: 472
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Harold Meyerson
Ernie Harburg

It's still in my mind a year later!

Book title: Lost Souls
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Lost Souls - book cover picture

I read this book when I was in Bosnia, never before has a book affected me so much. I let a friend borrow it then never got it back. It has been with me ever since, it is beautiful and haunting with its cruelty and harsh reality. But it is reality and you can't help but to love the chracters and want to be with them. This book speaks of the allure and unknown dangers that are inside of us all. Beautiful, there is no other word for it.

EAN: 9780440212812
Pages: 384
Publisher: Dell
Poppy Brite

A Meaningful Perspective

Book title: Sacred Marriage
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Sacred Marriage - book cover picture

I have been married for over 32 years and during that time I've also read a plethora of books on the subject. Sacred Marriage is far and away the best of these books I have ever read; the purpose of marriage, its challenges, and the identification of a proper perspective regarding this most intimate of human relationships are all woven together with a deep sense of faith, and clear direction. I facilitate a college group and recently purchased 10 copies of the book to share. The response has been incredibly positive, and rewarding.

EAN: 0025986242824
Pages: 288
Publisher: Zondervan
Gary L. Thomas

A gentle, thought-provoking story

Book title: The Animal Family
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
The Animal Family - book cover picture

Images and text combine to create a special atmosphere of ordinary otherness in this book. Suspend your disbelief, reader - RJ provides just the right mixture of make believe and reality for children, AND parents to dream on. A hunter and a mermaid live together, a bear appears, a lynx, and more. This is a story about families, and about life. It can be read on many levels, and will be resonant with them all.We have thoroughly enjoyed it. And for those of you who like to read aloud to your children, the book's divided into chapters that permit several evening entertainments.

EAN: 9780062059048
Pages: 192
Publisher: HarperTrophy
Randall Jarrell

A true gem.

Book title: The Mirror
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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I read this book in two days - I couldn't put it down. It's a flip-flop, Freaky Friday kind of tale with a Grandmother and her Granddaughter changing places with each other, each being the age of 20 in each others body.

The Granddaughter is sent back to the late 1800's and has to face living as a modern woman in not-so-modern times. She is called crazy by many due to her "uncanny" ability to see into the future. At the same time, the Grandmother is transported as a 20 year old into her Granddaughter's body in the present time.

Both have to face enormous challenges living each others lives. This book is wonderful and is a true classic.

EAN: 9780399121999
Pages: 414
Publisher: Putnam Pub Group (T)
Marlys Millhiser

Highly Recommended!

Book title: A Moveable Feast (Scribner Classic)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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My God, if you're a writer or hoping to be -- you will love this book! These are sketches of Hemingway's early days in Paris as he joined other expatriate writers and artists living there. Need I say more? How about that he recalls meeting the likes of Ezra Pound, Getrude Stein, Scott Fitzgerald, and that the writing is quite beautifully understated and so easy to read. This book was suggested to me in the back of another terrific book called THE LOSERS' CLUB: Complete Restored Edition -- also about artist and writers but set in pre-9/11 downtown New York City. Anyway, pick up A MOVEABLE FEAST and THE LOSERS CLUB -- both books will stroke your fantasies of being a creative person. Both books are also intensely entertaining and compulsively readable. Take my word for it you won't be disappointed.

EAN: 9780020519607
Pages: 211
Publisher: Macmillan Pub Co
Ernest Hemingway

best gay novel of the year

Book title: Glove Puppet
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Glove Puppet - book cover picture

All I can say is that the great Aussie gay-themed novel has finally appeared. Jonny/Vas is a wonderfully drawn character, thoroughly manipulative, suitably sleazy but with a great street cred about him. One can feel for the foster father placed in a horrible situation by his charge, but the narrative is so good, one can't put the thing down. Glad to see its being published in the US and in hardcover to boot. Take the time to read it . ENJOY!!

EAN: 9780312192716
Pages: 224
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Neal Drinnan

Heart and Soul

Book title: Luther : The Life and Longing of Luther Vandross
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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Prior to reading Luther I was unfamiliar with the author, Craig Seymour. However, thanks to him and his gifted story telling ability I now feel that I know Luther, an artist whose immutable vocal artistry I have treasured from the beginning, on an entirely different level. Thanks to Seymour?s book I feel that I now know not only the man behind the music but the ?heart and soul? that is the music.

EAN: 9780060594183
Pages: 368
Publisher: HarperEntertainment
Craig Seymour

A super book

Book title: Where the Red Fern Grows
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
Where the Red Fern Grows - book cover picture

I absoluteley loved WTRFG! I love it because I also love dogs, and this book has two beautiful red-bone hounds in it and then the story was easy for me to enjoy. I also loved this book because it gave me tons of great emotions. Lastly, I loved this book because he used great words and sentences. I think Wilson Rawls used imagery the best. I think this because when he described something a picture popped up in my head. this book made me think twice about wanting a dog,because if i got one and it died it would break my heart because i'd get so attached. I would reccomend this book, because the author gives so much in depth sentences and phrases. If you don't like this book,you basically don't like books at all.

EAN: 9780553274295
Pages: 256
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Wilson Rawls

A Staggering Impact

Book title: Starship Troopers
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
Starship Troopers - book cover picture

This book made a staggering impact on me, and I believe it isdefinitely one of the best works of fiction I have ever read. RAH hasingeniously woven together a moral and philisophical tale with a superb adventure story, much in the vein of "Atlas Shrugged", another favorite. This work is an absolute must read in the genre or for anyone looking to understand how a master articulates his vision in the guise of a fictional work.

EAN: 9780441783588
Pages: 263
Publisher: Ace Books
Robert A. Heinlein

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