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BOOK REVIEW Confessions of a chick lit lover
17 Jun 2013 : Sassy yet klutzy women with high-powered jobs and a love for Jimmy Choo _ this can pretty much sum up the protagonists in most, if not all, of Sophie Kinsella's books. But for this reviewer, every new novel by the Brit author seems to edge away from the wide misconceptions of chick lit as a mere breezy, hollow read.
REVIEWS The true story
17 Jun 2013 : When picking up a biography of a revered national personage which isn't meant to be a eulogy or a whitewash, the reader must be prepared to accept him or her to have been a human being, warts and all. Great they may well have been, yet in many ways less than exemplary.
15 Jun 2013 : Spending hours preparing breakfast before dashing off to the office or putting together dinner after a long day at work sounds impossible for most people. But James Peterson, winner of six James Beard awards, has made it easier with Kitchen Simple.
10 Jun 2013 : If you were to read Into The Wild and Eat, Pray, Love while listening to the music of Guns & Roses the sensory combination would be a good aperitif for the flavours of Wild: A Journey From Lost To Found On The Pacific Crest Trail.
10 Jun 2013 : Prolific author James Patterson turns out a minimum of two novels a year, either on his own or with someone from his stable of co-authors. His speciality is crime fiction, and his literary creations include several sleuths _ police detectives and private eyes. Popular characters are repeated. For those that don't catch on, it's a one-off.
10 Jun 2013 : The term lady-in-waiting refers to a female servant in a royal court. Some of these ladies manage to work their way up to gain a higher social status. Stories about these ladies sometimes reveal glimpses of palace life. But an even more interesting historical account can be sampled when these "ladies", along with the duties they perform, are replaced by men.
WHAT ARE YOU READING?
10 Jun 2013 : Duangrit Bunnag is an architect who often appears on the social pages of glossies. His work focuses on the symbiosis between humans and ecology, and he believes that humans should conform to the law of the environment. For instance, he believes that people in tropical countries should be able to live _ meaning to complain less or stop complaining about _ the plus-30C temperature and avoid a dependence on Western-style architecture conceived for a 24C environment. That will obviate the use of air conditioning and lessen climate problems.
08 Jun 2013 : New York, Milan, London and Tokyo are widely regarded as the most fashionable cities in the world. But Paris may be the one to beat as citizens of the City of Light walk the streets wearing outfits of style, elegance and good taste. Their unique way of dressing seems effortless.
03 Jun 2013 : If the founding fathers of old are to be believed, it was God who told them to bring into being their respective religions. In return, they were to obey his commands without demur. To demonstrate how serious and powerful He is, He left incontrovertible, magical evidence of His existence.
03 Jun 2013 : China is hurtling towards the top of the world and everybody is watching with bated breath. But what happens when a suffocating one-party political system reaches its limit? What happens when a whole month has been erased from the calendar? And what happens when not only collective happiness is at its peak but also collective amnesia?
01 Jun 2013 : With Happy Mealtime published a year ago, Ploy Chariyaves is back with another glossy paperback, Enjoy Breakfast. This time it's all about breakfast atmosphere and ambience, healthier eating choices plus a selection of 50 recommended restaurants for morning dining.
27 May 2013 : Poo is to blame for this. Saiyuud Diwong's brilliantly titled Cooking With Poo is the reason I am contemplating making a coffin for a dog knitted from carefully collected cat hairs. The Klong Toey cooking guru is the reason I now think of Richard Branson when I pee.
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