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Monday, June 30, 2008

The Way We Will Be 50 Years From Today: 60 of the World's Greatest Minds Share Their Visions of the Next Half Century

Here is a compilation of brief essays written by some of the finest minds in the current national and international arenas, in fields ranging from the sciences, to medicine, to religion, to economics, to politics and more. Many of these forecasts lean towards the optimistic, albeit with warnings to Earth’s present inhabitants that we need to clean up our act. Some of the predictions are quite believable while others verge on the fantastic. Nonagenarian Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes fame is the editor of this book and the de facto interviewer of the essayists.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Do Dead People Watch You Shower?: And Other Questions You've Been All But Dying To Ask A Medium

This handbook to life after death is authored by Concetta Bertoldi, a medium from New Jersey. The book is written in question and answer format, in a down-to-earth, humorous style; each chapter being one to two pages in length. Ms. Bertoldi discusses such topics as whether the dead are with us all the time, their activities, their physical appearance, and how we all cycle between visits to heaven and reincarnating into new lives. Whether or not you believe in the topic of life after death, you may enjoy this lighthearted read.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Everything Is Illuminated

In Everything is Illuminated, written by Jonathan Safran Foer, the novel’s author travels to the Ukraine in search of the woman that saved his family during the Holocaust. The author’s journey is narrated through the eyes of Alex, the Ukrainian man who is hired to assist Jonathan in his search. The novel is broken down into two separate story lines. The first part is the history of Jonathan’s family, written by Jonathan himself. The second is the travel log of Alex, who recounts his, Jonathan, and Alex’s grandfather’s journey through the Ukraine. This complex novel is both amusing and disturbing, with twists and turns that may leave the most astute reader questioning full comprehension.

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