Weighing In

Top 10 Weighing In : The 158-Pound Marriage, Heavy Water and Other Stories, Over Sea, Under Stone, The Sword in the Stone, The Light Princess and Other Fairy Stories, Traveling Light, 95 Pounds of Hope, My Life in Heavy Metal: Stories, The Wretched Stone, A Pound of Paper: Confessions of a Book Addict

The 158-Pound Marriage
AuthorJohn Irving
The darker vision and sexual ambiguities of this erotic, ironic tale about a ménage a quatre in a New England university town foreshadow those of The World According to Garp; but this very trim and precise novel is a marked departure from the author's generally robust, boisterous style. Though Mr....
AuthorMartin Amis
"Martin Amis is a stone-solid genius...a dazzling star of wit and insight." --The Wall Street Journal

In this wickedly delightful collection of stories, Martin Amis once again demonstrates why he is a modern master of the form. In "Career Move," screenwriters struggle for their art, while...
Over Sea, Under Stone
AuthorSusan Cooper
On holiday in Cornwall, the three Drew children discover an ancient map in the attic of the house that they are staying in. They know immediately that it is special. It is even more than that -- the key to finding a grail, a source of power to fight the forces of evil known as the Dark. And in searching for it...
The Sword in the Stone
AuthorT.H. White
"Learn. That is the only thing that never fails."--Merlyn the Wizard

Before there was a famous king named Arthur, there was a curious boy named Wart and a kind old wizard named Merlyn. Transformed by Merlyn into the forms of his fantasy, Wart learns the value of history from a snake, of education...
The Light Princess and Other Fairy Stories
AuthorGeorge MacDonald
THE LIGHT PRINCESS When the Light Princess was born, somebody screwed up an invitation to her christening and left out her evil aunt. Who was a witch! That evil aunt vented her spleen by casting a spell on the Princess that left her immune to gravity. Which was a strange (and often inconvenient!) way for...
AuthorKatrina Kittle
A dancer turned schoolteacher, Summer is still recovering from the injury that ended her promising career in the arts. Her lover, Nicholas, fears she's depending on him to fulfill her remaining dreams and hopes. And, most ominously of all, her cherished brother, Todd, is slowly dying. In the tranquil...
95 Pounds of Hope
AuthorAnna Gavalda
Gregory has never liked school. And now that he's in sixth grade, life has only gotten worse. He's been held back twice and expelled once. His parents think he should go to boarding school, but his only happy moments have been found in his grandfather's cluttered shed, among the tools he uses to build his...
My Life in Heavy Metal: Stories
AuthorSteve Almond
While reading these 12 very well written stories, songs would spontaniously pop into my head, and in no particular order, below is my playlist. Enjoy:

1. Cherry Pie ~ Warrant
2. Lovesong ~ The Cure
3. Push It ~ Salt N Pepa
4. Make Me Sweat ~ Basement Jaxx
5. Wild Thing~ Tone Loc
AuthorChris Van Allsburg
The Wretched Stone is an interesting, somewhat spooky picture book. It is narrated by a sailor via his personal diary. He and his crew are sailing in the ocean, and they come across an uncharted island. This island bears no fruit, no drinkable water, and no life whatsoever, but they do find a curious, glowing...
A Pound of Paper: Confessions of a Book Addict
AuthorJohn Baxter
In the rural Australia of the fifties where John Baxter grew up, reading books was disregarded with suspicion, owning and collecting them with utter incomprehension. Despite this, by the age of eleven Baxter had 'collected' his first book—The Poems of Rupert Brooke. He'd read the volume often,...
Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight
AuthorLinda Bacon
Fat isn't the problem. Dieting is the problem. A society that rejects anyone whose body shape or size doesn’t match an impossible ideal is the problem. A medical establishment that equates "thin" with "healthy" is the problem. Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight by Linda...
AuthorChristopher Krovatin
If Nick Hornby had a metalhead little brother, he'd write a book as clever, music-drenched, and observationally direct as this, Christopher Krovatin's rock-solid PUSH debut, now in paperback.

Boy listens to lots of loud music and hangs with his friends. Boy meets girl. Boy falls dippy-happy-scared-as-hell...
The Stone Monkey
AuthorJeffery Deaver
Damn. Fred Dellray (FBI) is back. He had a brief appearance in the previous novel - towards the end, but it looks like he's back full-time, now. He's still talking in his lingo. Then again, even when he's speaking in proper English - I still don't know what he's on about.

Rhyme'' and the team are...
House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East
AuthorAnthony Shadid
“Evocative and beautifully written, House of Stone . . . should be read by anyone who wishes to understand the agonies and hopes of the Middle East.” — Kai Bird, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and author of Crossing Mandelbaum Gate

“In rebuilding his family home in southern Lebanon,...
Stone Soup
AuthorMarcia Brown
As someone who generally likes and actually much prefers lushly coloured and hued illustrations, I was not expecting to enjoy Marcia Brown's version of the European folktale of Stone Soup as much as I have. The illustrations really are wonderful (attention to detail, captured movement, realistic...
Garfield Weighs In
AuthorJim Davis
Changes in visual design to the characters aren't especially noticeable from the first comic strip of Garfield Weighs In (March 31, 1980) through the last (November 2), but a few storyline developments occur. Jon Arbuckle's romantic pursuit of Garfield's veterinarian, Liz, meets with modest success...
The Stone Diaries
AuthorCarol Shields
The Stone Diaries is one ordinary woman's story of her journey through life. Born in 1905, Daisy Stone Goodwill drifts through the roles of child, wife, widow, and mother, and finally into her old age. Bewildered by her inability to understand her place in her own life, Daisy attempts to find a way to tell...
The Stone Forest
AuthorKaren Harper
Three words - Uninspiring, slow, and unromantic. This book was nowhere near as interesting as I'd thought it would be. I picked this one up at a Thrift store, and when I read the blurb on the back, I thought it looked fascinating, but it ended up being pretty damn boring.

The story at it's core was...
Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age
AuthorRaymond Briggs
This funny, sad, yet wonderfully life-affirming story is about a misunderstood boy genius who refuses to accept the limitations of the world in which he lives. Young Ug is always on the brink of finding a better and nicer way of getting through life. Told in more than 100 colorful frames with speech balloons,...
The Shelters of Stone
AuthorJean M. Auel
The Shelters of Stone opens as Ayla and Jondalar, along with their animal friends, Wolf, Whinney, and Racer, complete their epic journey across Europe and are greeted by Jondalar's people: the Zelandonii. The people of the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii fascinate Ayla. Their clothes, customs, artifacts,...
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