Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Brother's Rivalry

"Cutting For Stone" by Abraham Veghese is a story of twin brothers born from the love of an Indian nun and a British doctor. They become orphaned by the death of their mother (during childbirth) and their father's disappearance. The twins both have a fascination with the practice of medicine. The brothers become adversaries as both fall in love with the same woman. One of the brothers flees to the United States to try to start a new life. The past comes back to haunt him in the form of both his brother and his father. If you have read this book, let us know what you thought about it!

Friday, March 25, 2011

A Gripping Story of WWII

Laura Hillenbrand’s book “Unbroken: A World War II Story of  Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” is about Louis Zamperini – an Olympian and a soldier. This book tells the story of his rise as a track star, to being shot down over the Pacific, to his time captured by Japan as a POW. “Unbroken” shows this non-fiction story in a way that keeps you interested in the events. It also doesn’t hold back in its description of the war in the Pacific or the POW camps. If you are interested in World War II history, this is a must read! If you have read it, let us know what you thought in the comments!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

One Man Surrounded by Nature

Richard Proenneke dreamt of living in a land where nature dominated and man had no influence. He found his dream spot in a remote part of Alaska. He built a cabin there and kept a journal of day to day life. "One Man's Wilderness : An Alaskan Odyssey" by Sam Keith is a compilation of Richard's journal entries and photographs of Richard. Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award, this book details the beauty and challenges of living in the remote Alaskan wilderness. If you are like the outdoors, take a look at this book and let us know what you think.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Hilarity from Barney Stinson

Barney Stinson is a fictional character portrayed by Neil Patrick Harris on the hit TV show "How I Met Your Mother". This book: "Bro on the Go" is written by Barney Stinson and Matt Kuhn. It is a book of funny rules for the "Bro" from the view of Barney. Rules for how a Bro acts at the movies, at his house, or on a roadtrip. If you are a fan of the show, you really should pick up this book. If you have, let us know what you thought of it!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A Modern Egyptian Adventure

"The Red Pyramid" by Rick Riordan, is a story that takes some of the elements that made his "Percy Jackson" books famous and incorporates them into a new story using Egyptian mythology. The story is about Carter and Sadie; two children that have grown apart. One lives with their grandparents, the other with their father. Their mother passed on due to mysterious circumstances. When their father gets them together to take a tour of the British Museum reality gets turned on its side when their father disappears, the children get kidnapped, and five Egyptian gods get released into the world. The children learn they can use magic and they will go on a great adventure to stop Set. If you like adventure, magic and fantasy, try this book out. If you like this book, you may want to try some of Rick Riordan's other books.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A Classic Video Game in Manga Form!

Akira Himekawa's "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time" is a great manga based on a video game by Nintendo widely considered to be one of the best games of all time. The story is about a boy named Link who is charged with delivering one of three spiritual stones to Princess Zelda of the land of Hyrule. Link faces many trials and finds that this adventure is much bigger, and much more important than he originally expected. If you are a fan of the Zelda video games, or you are new to manga, you should definitely check this one out! If you have read and liked this one, Akira Himekawa has written others for the other Zelda games!

Note: Most manga style books are printed to be read from right to left.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Poker Strategy From a Master!

Doyle Brunson is one of the most respected professional poker players ever to play the game. He has won 2 World Series of Poker (WSoP) main events as well at 8 other events at the WSoP. He's also won on the World Poker Tour. He had made many other final tables in tournament play. His book, "Super System" is one of the best resources for poker knowledge. Not only do you get some of the best advice from Brunson, but also from other well established poker players. It is the must have book for anyone that wants to be a serious poker player. It can help your game if you play at home, at a casino, or online.