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1. My Stroke of Insight: A Brain
2. A Stroke of Midnight (Meredith
3. Stronger After Stroke: Your Roadmap
4. My Stroke of Insight: A Brain
5. Strokes of Genius: Federer, Nadal,
6. Donna Dewberry's Essential One-Stroke
7. Stroke of Midnight
8. Living With Stroke: A Guide for
9. Four-Stroke Performance Tuning
10. Daddy Long Stroke (Zane Presents)
11. Two-Stroke Performance Tuning
12. Stroke For Dummies
13. After a Stroke: 300 Tips for Making
14. Stroke Rehabilitation: A Function-Based
15. Killing Willis: From Diff'rent
16. Stroke Diaries: A Guide for Survivors
17. A Stroke of Magic
18. Tennis Strokes and Tactics: Improve
19. The Stroke Recovery Book: A Guide
20. Strokes of Genius 2: Light and

1. My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey
by Ph.D., Jill Bolte Taylor
Paperback: 224 Pages (2009-05-26)
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Asin: 0452295548
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The astonishing New York Times bestseller that chronicles how a brain scientist's own stroke led to enlightenment

On December 10, 1996, Jill Bolte Taylor, a thirty-seven- year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist experienced a massive stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain. As she observed her mind deteriorate to the point that she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life-all within four hours-Taylor alternated between the euphoria of the intuitive and kinesthetic right brain, in which she felt a sense of complete well-being and peace, and the logical, sequential left brain, which recognized she was having a stroke and enabled her to seek help before she was completely lost. It would take her eight years to fully recover.

For Taylor, her stroke was a blessing and a revelation. It taught her that by "stepping to the right" of our left brains, we can uncover feelings of well-being that are often sidelined by "brain chatter." Reaching wide audiences through her talk at the Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) conference and her appearance on Oprah's online Soul Series, Taylor provides a valuable recovery guide for those touched by brain injury and an inspiring testimony that inner peace is accessible to anyone.Amazon.com Review
A brain scientist's journey from a debilitating stroke to full recovery becomes an inspiring exploration of human consciousness and its possibilities

On the morning of December 10, 1996, Jill Bolte Taylor, a thirty-seven-year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist, experienced a massive stroke when a blood vessel exploded in the left side of her brain. A neuroanatomist by profession, she observed her own mind completely deteriorate to the point that she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life, all within the space of four brief hours. As the damaged left side of her brain--the rational, grounded, detail- and time-oriented side--swung in and out of function, Taylor alternated between two distinct and opposite realties: the euphoric nirvana of the intuitive and kinesthetic right brain, in which she felt a sense of complete well-being and peace; and the logical, sequential left brain, which recognized Jill was having a stroke, and enabled her to seek help before she was lost completely.

In My Stroke of Insight, Taylor shares her unique perspective on the brain and its capacity for recovery, and the sense of omniscient understanding she gained from this unusual and inspiring voyage out of the abyss of a wounded brain. It would take eight years for Taylor to heal completely. Because of her knowledge of how the brain works, her respect for the cells composing her human form, and most of all an amazing mother, Taylor completely repaired her mind and recalibrated her understanding of the world according to the insights gained from her right brain that morning of December 10th.

Today Taylor is convinced that the stroke was the best thing that could have happened to her. It has taught her that the feeling of nirvana is never more than a mere thought away. By stepping to the right of our left brains, we can all uncover the feelings of well-being and peace that are so often sidelined by our own brain chatter. A fascinating journey into the mechanics of the human mind, My Stroke of Insight is both a valuable recovery guide for anyone touched by a brain injury, and an emotionally stirring testimony that deep internal peace truly is accessible to anyone, at any time.

Questions for Jill Bolte Taylor

Amazon.com: Your first reaction when you realized what was happening to your body was one you would expect: "Oh my gosh, I'm having a stroke!" Your second, though, was a little more surprising: "Wow, this is so cool!" What could be cool about a stroke?

Taylor: I grew up to study the brain because I have a brother who is only 18 months older than I am. He was very different in the way he perceived experiences and then chose to behave. As a result, I became fascinated with the human brain and how it creates our perception of reality. He was eventually diagnosed with the brain disorder schizophrenia, and I dedicated my career to the postmortem investigation of the human brain in an attempt to understand, at a biological level, what are the differences between my brain and my brother’s brain. On the morning of the stroke, I realized that my brain was no longer functioning like a "normal" brain and this insight into my brother's reality excited me. I was fascinated to intimately understand what it might be like on the inside for someone who would not be diagnosed as normal. Through the eyes of a curious scientist, this was an absolutely rare and fascinating experience for me to witness the breakdown of my own mind.

Amazon.com: What did you learn about the brain from your stroke and your recovery that your scientific training hadn't prepared you for?

Taylor: My scientific training did not teach me anything about the human spirit and the value of compassion. I had been trained as a scientist, not as a clinician. I can only hope that we are teaching our future physicians about compassion in medicine, and I know that some medical schools, including the Indiana University School of Medicine, have created a curriculum with this intention.

My training as a scientist, however, did provide me with a roadmap to how the body and brain work. And although I lost my left cognitive mind that thinks in language, I retained my right hemisphere that thinks in pictures. As a result, although I could not communicate with the external world, I had an intuitive understanding about what I needed to do in order to create an environment in which the cells in my brain could be happy and healthy enough that they could regain their function. In addition, because of my training, I had an innate trust in the ability of my brain to be able to recover itself and my mother and I respected the organ by listening to it. For example, when I was tired, I allowed my brain to sleep, and when I was fresh and capable of focusing my attention, we gave me age-appropriate toys and tools with which to work.

Amazon.com: Your stroke affected functions in your left brain, leaving you to what you call the "la-la land" of your right hemisphere. What was it like to live in your right brain, and then to rebuild your left?

Taylor: When the cells in my left brain became nonfunctional because they were swimming in a pool of blood, they lost their ability to inhibit the cells in my right hemisphere. In my right brain, I shifted into the consciousness of the present moment. I was in the right here, right now awareness, with no memories of my past and no perception of the future. The beauty of La-la land (my right hemisphere experience of the present moment) was that everything was an explosion of magnificent stimulation and I dwelled in a space of euphoria. This is great way to exist if you don't have to communicate with the external world or care whether or not you have the capacity to learn. I found that in order for me to be able to learn anything, however, I had to take information from the last moment and apply it to the present moment. When my left hemisphere was completely nonfunctional early on, it was impossible for me to learn, which was okay with me, but I am sure it was frustrating for those around me. A simple example of this was trying to put on my shoes and socks. I eventually became physically capable of putting my shoes and socks on, but I had no ability to understand why I would have to put my socks on before my shoes. To me they were simply independent actions that were not related and I did not have the cognitive ability to figure out the appropriate sequencing of the events. Over time, I regained the ability to weave moments back together to create an expanse of time, and with this ability came the ability to learn methodically again. Life in La-la land will always be just a thought away, but I am truly grateful for the ability to think with linearity once again.

Amazon.com: What can we learn about our brains and ourselves from your experience, even if we haven't lived through the kind of brain trauma you have?

Taylor: I learned that I have much more say about what goes on between my ears than I was ever taught and I believe that this is true for all of us. I used to understand that I had the ability to stop thinking about one thing by consciously choosing to preoccupy my mind with thinking about something else. But I had no idea that it only took 90 seconds for me to have an emotional circuit triggered, flush a physiological response through my body and then flush completely out of me. We can all learn that we can take full responsibility for what thoughts we are thinking and what emotional circuitry we are feeling. Knowing this and acting on this can lead us into feeling a wonderful sense of well-being and peacefulness.

Amazon.com: You are the "Singin' Scientist" for Harvard's Brain Bank (just as you were before your stroke). Could you tell us about the Brain Bank (in song or not)?

Taylor: There is a long-term shortage of brain tissue donated for research into the severe mental illnesses. Most people don’t realize that when you sign the back of your license as an organ donor, the brain is not included. If you would like to donate your brain for research, you must contact a brain bank directly. There is also a shortage of "normal control" tissue for research. The bottom line reality is that if there were more tissue available for research, then more scientists would be dedicating their careers to the study of the severe mental illnesses and we would have more answers about what is going on with these disorders. The numbers of mentally ill individuals in our society are staggering. The most serious and disabling conditions affect about 6 percent--or one in 17--adults and 9-13 percent of children in the United States. Half of all lifetime conditions of mental illness start by age 14 years, and three-fourths by age 24 years.

For more information about brain donation to the Harvard brain bank, please call 1-800-BRAINBANK or visit them at: www.brainbank.mclean.org

If you would like to hear me sing the brain bank jingle, please visit www.drjilltaylor.com!

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4-0 out of 5 stars Very Inspirational Read!
In "My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey," Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor describes her experiences as a stroke survivor. After suffering a massive hemorrhage on the left side of her brain, Dr. Taylor provides a step-by-step account of the morning of her stroke. She describes the mental and physical deficits she experienced during the stroke, in addition to the mental and physical processes that remained intact. This book provides a fascinating glimpse into the physiological and psychological processes that were affected by this type of stroke, recounted by a neuroanatomist that remained conscious throughout the entire ordeal. Priceless!

Considering that my grandfather had a massive stroke that left him completely paralyzed on the left side of his body, this book really resonated with me. I wish I would have read this book two years ago when he first had the stroke (especially the section on the things Dr. Taylor needed the most after her stroke). Nevertheless, I would have preferred for Dr. Taylor to provide a more detailed account of her recovery after the neurosurgery, similar to the way she described the stroke itself, her initial time in the hospital, and the two weeks preceding the surgery. Instead, she seemed to skim over her recovery after the brain surgery and focused more on her "spiritual recovery".

Additionally, a cautionary note: Dr. Taylor states several times throughout the book that she had a "complete" recovery after her stroke. I find this claim to be potentially misleading because it is almost impossible to completely recover and return to pre-stroke/brain injury functioning after suffering any type of head injury. Statements like this may create false hope in readers whose lives have been recently affected by stroke/brain injury. Additionally, although Dr. Taylor states that she had a complete recovery, she also remarks that the brain injury changed her for the better (and, thus, she didn't actually return to her pre-stroke functioning).

Overall, a great read. Very inspirational!

5-0 out of 5 stars My Stroke of Insight
I haven't read the whole book, so I can't really say for myself. But I know fromhaving seen Dr. Jill on the internet and listening on the radio, it's a very valuable book for someone who is looking for information on a stroke.

4-0 out of 5 stars My Stroke of Insight
A great little book and easy read filled with lots of first-hand information.I now have a much better understanding of the personal effects of stroke.I recommemd it to anyone that knows someone who has had a stroke, or is just wanting to know more than text book info.

3-0 out of 5 stars Neat ideas from a unique perspective
Want to get a different perspective on neuroplasticity, the lessons of Buddhism, and how to actually interact with a stroke victim?This is the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss This One!
Absolutely fascinating book. The reader is taken on a journey of Jill Bolte Taylor's stroke, from first indication to complete recovery.Although technical in one sense, this is written clearly enough for everyone to understand--and be amazed. ... Read more

2. A Stroke of Midnight (Meredith Gentry, Book 4)
by Laurell K. Hamilton
Mass Market Paperback: 416 Pages (2006-11-28)
list price: US$7.99 -- used & new: US$3.65
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Asin: 0345443608
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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I am Meredith Gentry, P.I., solving cases in Los Angeles, far from the peril and deception of my real home–because I am also Princess Meredith, heir to the darkest throne faerie has to offer. The Unseelie Court infuses me with its power. But at what price does such magic come? How much of my human side will I have to give up, and how much of the sinister side of faerie will I have to embrace? To sit on a throne that has ruled through bloodshed and violence for centuries, I might have to become that which I dread the most.

Enemies watch my every move. My cousin Cel strives to have me killed even now from his prison cell. But not all the assassination attempts are his. Some Unseelie nobles have waited centuries for my aunt Andais, Queen of Air and Darkness, to become weak enough that she might be toppled from her throne. Enemies unforeseen move against us–enemies who would murder the least among us.

The threat will drive us to allow human police into faerie for the first time in our history. I need my allies now more than ever, especially since fate will lead me into the arm of Mistral, Master of Storms, the queen’s new captain of her guard. Our passion will reawaken powers long forgotten among the warriors of the sidhe. Pain and pleasure await me–and danger, as well, for some at that court seek only death.

I will find new joys with the butterfly-winged demi-fey. My guards and I will show all of faerie that violence and sex are as popular among the sidhe as they are among the lesser fey of our court. The Darkness will weep, and Frost will comfort him. The gentlest of my guards will find new strength and break my heart. Passions undreamed of await us–and my enemies gather, for the future of both courts of faerie begins to unravel.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Favorite Thus Far
This novel picks up where Seduced by Moonlight left off. Merry is still in faerie starting off with a press conference in the UnSeelie court. There is a spell to keep the reporters from wandering away from the conference. Somehow a photographer wandered away and got himself murdered along with a pastry chef. This murder brings up a lot of emotion from the past for Merry. Her father's murderer was never caught, but she has a chance to catch this murderer. For the first time ever police are to enter faerie to help with the murder. There are also spells against Merry and Queen Andais that are almost catastrophic. Merry is the heir to the throne, all she has to do is get pregnant. The queen is so one track minded about this, she keeps throwing more of her royal guards to get the job done. During the murder investigation the Queens Head guard Mistral comes to greet Merry. As a vessel for Danu, Merry and Mistral bring back magic that has long been lost to faerie.Other Royal guards also bring back magic and faerie back to life through Merry and Danu. I adore Mistral! Who's your favorite guard??
This book is great, definitely one of my favorites! It is very fast paced, lots of action, steamy erotica, and deep character development. I admire the research done to tell the tales of gods and goddesses, and all the faerie history. Highly recommended series and novel!

1-0 out of 5 stars Actually deleted this from my Kindle mid-book.
Everyone else pretty much summed this book up. Sex. So no longer is the book about anything actually interesting. I thought it would be an interesting book but it wasn't. LKH is no longer an author I will be paying to read. Her books are all the same a woman feels the need to be a complete tramp the entire time and blames it all on something she can not control. PATHETIC!

3-0 out of 5 stars average
Great series.I love this author but this was not my favorite in the series.

4-0 out of 5 stars Merry goes a bit too far
I have completely enjoyed reading the books about the Faerie Princess, but in this and the last book, the sex is...well, a bit too much. In one scene in particular, the bathroom scene with Nicca, Galen, and her goblin pet, I actually burst out laughing. Hey...she could hear him coming!

There is a fine line between erotic and pornographic. This book is triple x rated porn, not erotica. Just porn. It has a lot going for it, well written and indepth history of the fae, so I skip through the sex bits and read on.This is TOTALLY opposite to how many people (including me) would normally read a book, but a wee bit of spice is good. Too much can make you sick.

3-0 out of 5 stars Less political descriptions, but too much other...
This was another "just okay" for me. The long political descriptions were mostly gone in this one (yay!), but there were spots of very long dialogue marathons that really slowed down the action. In some instances, an action scene (or sex scene) began, and became broken up with so much dialogue that the action didn't resume until several chapters later. The whole story occurred over a day or two, making it an awkward read - it just didn't work as well as it would've if it was plotted with a better timeline. I'll keep reading the series out of curiosity, but I hope it will improve. ... Read more

3. Stronger After Stroke: Your Roadmap to Recovery
by Peter G. Levine
Paperback: 256 Pages (2008-11-01)
list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$11.95
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Asin: 1932603743
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Billions of dollars are spent each year researching stroke rehabilitation and treatment techniques, but most are not well communicated to patients or caregivers. As a result, many stroke survivors are treated with outdated or ineffective therapies. Stronger After Stroke puts the power of recovery in the reader’s hands by providing easy instructions for reaching the highest possible level of healing. Written for stroke survivors, their caregivers, and their loved ones, the book presents a new approach that is startling in its simplicity: stroke survivors recover by using the same learning techniques that anyone uses to master anything. Basic concepts are covered, including repetition of task-specific movements, proper scheduling of practice, challenges at each stage of recovery, and setting goals and recognizing achievements. Stronger After Stroke bridges the gap between stroke survivors and what they desperately need: easily understandable and scientifically accurate information on how to achieve optimal rehabilitation.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Stronger after Stroke
Todays date is Oct.15,2010. My husband had a stroke 08-27-2010 and I despirately needed something to help me through the life changing occurrance!I searched the internet for something and found this book!My Husband is now walking with a cane and (sometimes without)!He is 61 years old and a diabetic! So we've had our ups and downs!I bought a couple of other books but I keep referring back to this one because it has been very True to Form! All the situations that it said would happen has happened! So we are grateful for the information! Especially myself being the caregiver as well!
Thanks to all who have given this book the knowledge that we needed!

5-0 out of 5 stars the best book on stroke recovery I have read
If you read just one book on stroke recovery, make it this one.Full of up to date practical advice, hope and encouragement for stroke survivors and their supporters who are determined to push recovery to its full potential and take charge of their recovery.The book fully explains the importance of how recovery works which is so pivotal to the success of stroke therapy, and in my experience as a caregiver, this is not fully explained to stroke survivors in the conventional medical setting.
I am very grateful for the positivity and inspiration this book offers and urge all stroke survivors and their caregivers to read it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Book
I purchased three books that all dealt with the aftermath and prevention of strokes. This book is, by far, the best written and most informative of the three. If I had known it was so informative, I wouldn't have purchased the other two books and wasted my money. Sure, the other books have a few points here and there, but they are clearly not of the caliber this book is. This will be the only one I keep for future reference which, I hope, I never need!

5-0 out of 5 stars a highly informative read
Very informative and easy to read.A great resource book for stroke survivors and their caregivers.After dad's stroke, this book made me realize that there is always hope if you choose to persevere.Now he realizes the same and does his therapy religiously.

5-0 out of 5 stars by far the best stroke book I have read
When I woke up in the Neuro ward days after my stroke my body didn't work as it had before. My entire left side - fingers, toes, arms, legs -refused to move. My first lucid moments were spent trying to get my newly damaged brain to conceptualize the enormity of the mountain of rehab that awaited in the days, weeks, months, and years (yes, years!) to come. This book provided me with the info I was looking for, and then some. When I finished reading, I felt like an expert. My dog-earred copy has since been passed along to my stroke survivor friends and therapists, too. It is by far the best stroke book I have read. ... Read more

4. My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey
by Jill Bolte, Ph.D. Taylor
Paperback: 290 Pages (2009-05-26)
list price: US$16.95 -- used & new: US$10.06
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Asin: 1594133379
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Way To Responsible Happiness
If you understand the way the two halves of your brain work, you can make remarkable progress in performance, acting responsibly and experience more happiness. The left-brain and the right brain are in principle complimentary but in practice the left half suppresses many of the talents good feelings and capabilities of the right half. The right half experiences what is, and not on what was or worries about the future. The right side as it concentrates on what is now makes you aware that there are only processes and that you feel yourself as a part of the universe. The right side organizes this information and makes decisions, absolutely necessary. Unfortunately the left side also generates anger, fear, jealousy, ego-centeredness, stress, hatred, aggressiveness, false pride and greed. These negatives are referred in Buddhism as "Negative Thoughts and Emotions." Jane's book explains in great detail the methods on how you can train your mind to reduce these negative influences of the left half.
It was astounding to me is that the method Jane describes is almost identical to Buddhist meditation methods of training the mind as described in the" Leader's Way" by the Dalai Lama based on the teachings of Buddha. It is he first proof I have come across that proves that it is true what Buddha said: " All I have done is to discover the laws of Nature". With the knowledge from this book you will become more effective in training your mind.
This book is not only for people that have experienced brain damage or for people that help them. It is also for everybody else especially for leaders in business and politics that have to cope with enormous pressure, have to act responsibly and whose action affect large numbers of people.

5-0 out of 5 stars stroke and recovery essentials
A fascinating and instructive description of stroke and recovery by a brain scientist who sufferred a stroke in her 30's.One of the best books I have read on a true medical crisis. Everyone needs to know what to do when you or someone near you suffers a stroke.This book spells it out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing and Intriguing
I have recommended this to all of my reading friends.I read it because my much-younger sister-in-law had a stroke in her left-brain.I did not expect to find words so easy to read or so descriptive.I knew the ending; still, I read this as if it were a great mystery novel.Now, I am enjoying passages at a more leisurely pace.Read this!

5-0 out of 5 stars Stroke of Insight provides more insight
Being a stroke survivor myself, this book has a wealth of information.Although a couple of chapters are simply scientific information and need waded through, doing so provides considerable knowledge.The writer of the book obviously had a huge struggle with rehab, but what she writes rings so true with me and my stroke. Additionally, she write compellingly about what the stroke survivor needs and wants. This book really needs to be required reading for the families of stroke victims as well as nurses and other care-givers in the medical field. I'd like to see it be required reading for those who work on neuroscience units.If a nurse, nursing student interested in neurology, medical student interested in neurology and associated areas is wondering about reading this book - I'd say READ IT DEFINITELY!!!!!Well worth your time!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good reading
Its a good book, informative and fun. Don`t watch her talk at TED talks conference, it was a spoiler for me. ... Read more

5. Strokes of Genius: Federer, Nadal, and the Greatest Match Ever Played
by L. Jon Wertheim
Paperback: 224 Pages (2010-06-01)
list price: US$13.95 -- used & new: US$7.80
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Asin: 0547336942
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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On July 6, 2008, two compelling athletes met on Wimbledon’s Centre Court in the men’s final and served up a seminal event in tennis. Roger Federer was on track to take his rightful place as the most dominant player in the history of the game. The Wimbledon champ for five years running, Federer needed only to sustain his trajectory. But in the fading daylight it was his rival, the swashbuckling Spaniard Rafael Nadal, who met the moment. Their captivating match was, according to the author, “essentially a four-hour forty-eight-minute infomercial for everything that is right about tennis—a festival of skill, accuracy, grace, strength, speed, endurance, determination, and sportsmanship.” It was also the encapsulation of a fascinating and textured rivalry, hard fought and of historic proportions.

July 2009 saw Roger Federer in another stunning final at Wimbledon against another opponent, Andy Roddick—but this time Federer came out on top. Once again, tennis fans returned to the debate concerning the “greatest match ever played.” As Strokes of Genius shows, the Federer-Nadal rivalry is one of the premier matchups in all of sports, and their epic battle at Wimbledon is not just one of the greatest tennis matches ever played, it is one of the greatest sporting events of all time.

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Amazon Exclusive: Blake Bailey Reviews Strokes of Genius

Blake Bailey is the author of Cheever: A Life, which the New York Times called "a definitive, Dickensian rendering of a complete and complicated life, addictively readable and long overdue." His last book, A Tragic Honesty: The Life and Work of Richard Yates, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Read his exclusive Amazon guest review of Strokes of Genius:

If, like me, you regard Roger Federer as one of the three or four most glorious athletes in human history, and an awfully nice guy to boot, then the years 2004 to 2007 were golden years for you. This was the "Federer era" in tennis, when he won 11 of 16 Grand Slam tournaments and amassed an astonishing match record of 315-24. Nor was there much of the nasty tension entailed by hard-fought five-set matches; as a fan of Federer, one had only to sit back and sigh at the artistry--the elegant angles, the impossible retrievals, the bazooka forehands--while Federer rose to the occasion (good-naturedly) again and again, usually in straight sets.

This belle époque might have continued, if not for the rise of the musclebound Spaniard, Rafael Nadal, indisputably the greatest clay-court player of all time. For a while it seemed, at worst, that neither Federer nor anyone else would win the French Open as long as Nadal was healthy; but then Nadal began to dominate on faster surfaces, too. Transcending himself in the fifth set, Federer managed to defeat Nadal in the 2007 Wimbledon final (perhaps the third or fourth greatest match ever played) and thus equal Borg's Open-era record of five straight Wimbledon titles. Borg himself, however, predicted that Nadal would not only win the next Wimbledon, but goad the demoralized Federer out of tennis entirely--reminiscent, that is, of McEnroe's effect on Borg, who retired at age 26 after losing his edge in the rivalry.

As L. Jon Wertheim points out in Strokes of Genius--his riveting analysis of the 2008 Federer-Nadal Wimbledon final, and an instant classic of tennis literature--the "clashing styles" of the two greats have made theirs the gold standard of sports rivalries: "Feline light versus bovine heavy. Middle European restraint and quiet meticulousness versus Iberian bravado and passion. Dignified power versus an unapologetic, whoomphing brutality. Zeus versus Hercules." A senior writer for Sports Illustrated, Wertheim describes the match itself with expertise and élan ("an oil painting of a forehand volley"), while widening and tightening his lens to examine almost every aspect of the modern game: the curious obsolescence of the serve-and-volley approach; the evolution of the racket (natural gut versus polyester, etc.); the vagaries of various players, most notably Nadal and Federer.(Fun fact: Nadal--whose "awkward" left-hand game has given Federer such fits--is actually right-handed.)

These digressions, so nicely deployed, helped distract this reader from a very unhappy ending: 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7, which one fan aptly likened to "watching an angel fall." This much we know (and never mind the woe that, Federer-wise, would follow), but did you know that in England, at 9:20 P.M., there was a 1400-megawatt power surge when millions rose as one from their couches to switch the lights on, released at last from the intolerable tension of the greatest match in history? For that detail, and many like it, you need Wertheim's engrossing book.

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3-0 out of 5 stars A bit of unrelated information ruined this book for me
Nothing fans do should have been included in this book...making witches' brew with sheep stomach thrown in for good luck for Nadal, porcupine quills, cinnamon...silly fan sites.We are ALL fans who read this book but really don't care to read about the ridiculous antics that other fans do to "influence" the outcome of the match.This junk should have NEVER been included in what purports to be a serious book about two fine players.

5-0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable and interesting book for tennis fans.
I am a fan of Rafa's and that historic match was wonderful for his fans and this book is too, it's written in an engaging way and is totally absorbing, I couldn't put it down (unlike some books such as the Biography about Rafa which doesn't tell diehard fans anything new)

I love to read as much as possible about Rafa, I'm a huge fan of his and always want to know more about him - this book doesn't disappoint, I recommend it thoroughly.

Another great read is this poetry book which has over 80 poems in about Rafa as well as other poems about love. It's really brilliant and fans of Rafa will really love it.

The Poetry of Passion (for People with a Pulse)

4-0 out of 5 stars Strokes of Genius
I'm a tennis fanatic so thiswell writtenaccount byJon Wertheimwas worth buying.

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific!
I read a lot of books about tennis, and this is one of the best ever.The author captured my attention like few others, despite the fact that I was quite familiar with the subject matter.For new insight into Federer, Nadal, the chair umpire and the match itself, don't miss this book!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good book. But not the greatest match ever played...
A match of tennis is not one of the greatest only because it lasted more than four hours, or if the match went into the fifth, or because the too two players were playing.

In my opinion, no match between Federer and Nadal is even close to the greatest matches ever. Sure, they are full of amazing shots, tension and score changes, but, in short, they go like this: Nadal relentlessly attacking Federer's backhand, using his crazy and trademark crosscourt topspin forehand. Federer trying every trick in the book: great serves, tip and charge, return winners, volleys, drop volleys, slices, flat forehand, top spin backhands. And Nadal running, and running, and keeping his pace all the time, never losing a gram of concentration, until Federer begins to make unforced error after unforced error. Then it's "game, set and match Nadal". It's essentially boring.

However, since the writer did not talk only about this match, this book is a very, very good reading about the world of professional tennis. ... Read more

6. Donna Dewberry's Essential One-Stroke Painting Reference
by Donna Dewberry
Paperback: 160 Pages (2009-03-02)
list price: US$24.99 -- used & new: US$14.00
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Asin: 1600611311
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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It's one-stop shopping for all things one-stroke! Presented in reference-book format, more than 60 complete step-by-step demonstrations plus 10 gorgeous examples of great composition and design offer readers the fastest and best way to learn One-Stroke painting. With 400+ color photos, all of Donna Dewberry's most popular subjects are covered in step-by-step detail, including flowers, trees, fruit, berries, birds, insects, leaves, borders, garlands and more. Readers can start at the beginning to learn the basics, or they can flip through the pages to locate what they want right away, making this the perfect title for decorative painters of any skill level. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book!
The book I ordered was in prefect shape and it came in a timely manner. I have no complaints whatsoever!

5-0 out of 5 stars Donna's Best Book Yet!
This is Donna's best book yet.It's a good book for beginner painters. The instructions are very visual and easy to follow. There's no question as to what color or brush to use. I am an intermediate painter and this book inspires me with its pages of bright colors, flowing composition and helpful hints.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great and not great
This book isn't for the very beginner in Donna's one-stroke - not as much info as I've seen in her videos and a couple of her early books on how to actually perform the strokes. But if you know her basics, this is a great book to get a lot of ideas for a variety of subjects. I've decided I'm going to work through one project a week for practice and for the fun of it, as they look like most will only take one evening. I figure by the end of it, I'll be pretty well practiced with her techniques and have a lot of good reference material to boot.

2-0 out of 5 stars painter of flowers
Donna Dewberry is often on TV selling this book. As an artist myself, I was looking for a book that offered a variety of approaches to painting flowers. Donna's books offer the same approach to painting, where everything looks the same. She is hightly successful and the work produced always looks beautiful, but it was not what I wanted.

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific new book!!
A very nice selection from Donna with some new twists.Highly recommend to add to your collection of OneStroke Books--the price was great too! ... Read more

7. Stroke of Midnight
by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Amanda Ashley, L. A. Banks, Lori Handeland
Mass Market Paperback: 368 Pages (2004-11-02)
list price: US$7.99 -- used & new: US$3.75
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Winter Born by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Two enemy Were-Panthers discover that fate has destined they become lovers. Pandora must learn to trust Dante's foreign nature. But as she slowly succumbs to the truest passion she has ever known, dark forces have already set out to reclaim her...

Born of the Night by Amanda Ashley
When Lady Shanara Montiori is taken hostage, she learns that the rumors about her captor are true. Lord Reyes is afflicted with the dark curse of the werewolf. Still, Shanara can't fight the attraction they both feel. Will their love break the curse-or feed its powerful hold?

Make It Last Forever by L. A. Banks
An innocent mistake forces the beautiful Tara onto a mission to save herself from the dark fate that awaits her. Salvation comes in the form of a seductive biker with a heart of gold. But will surrendering to their ripe attraction unleash a danger even she cannot control?

Red Moon Rising by Lori Handeland
Novelist Maya Alexander's peace is shattered when she is stalked by a Navaho skinwalker who has taken on the guise of a wolf. Her only hope is the mysterious Clay Philips. In his arms, she seeks protection-but as the red moon rises, no one is safe from the danger that lurks nearby...
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3-0 out of 5 stars 2 of 4
Winter Born - Sherrilyn Kenyon
THE STORY -Pandora was ripped away from her time and brought to the past by rouge were-panthers. She is 24 and in her first heat. She escaped the rouge panthers and was told to find Acheron at DRAGON*CON. Once she arrives she runs into 4 male were-panthers that sense her heat. She must hide in fear of them. Dante never wanted a mate, but he is unable to ignore Pandora.
THOUGHTS - I loved this story!! It was fantastic!! It is very fast paced, but great characters and plot. I remember Dante from one of the Dark-Hunter books.This is my favorite story in this book, but again I don't like anthologies because they are too short.

Born of the Night - Amanda Ashley
THE STORY - Lady Shanara went to the battle bored with her life inside the castle, but when her people lose she is picked up by Lord Reyes. Reyes is unable to treat her like the enemy; his wolf side recognizes his mate. It just takes the man longer to realize, but can they get over the curse?
THOUGHTS - I liked this story. I liked the characters and it was a creative plot. The pace was good.

Make it Last Forever - LA BANKS
THE STORY - Tara has to go on a mission for the greater good. She must guide the handsome biker with a good heart.
THOUGHTS - Truth be told, I really don't know what this book was about. It was vague and confusing. He loves tara, but they can't be together? The pace was slow, a lot of inner monologues going on. I really don't even get the point of the story. Descriptions of the "mission" is vague. That's all I can think of.

Red Moon Rising - Lori Handeland
THE STORY - Maya Alexander has a man literally crash into her house. Clay Philips takes her on an adventure to save her from a skinwalker. The Navajo Skinwalker has set his sights on Maya and will take her at any cost. Clay defends her, but keeps her at a distance emotionally.
THOUGHTS - I like the idea behind this book and the writing style. What I didn't like is Clay's - keep at arms length - attitude. I didn't feel the emotion between them. Their relationship just feels cold. That left me not liking this story.

3-0 out of 5 stars 4 Story Book
I'm only giving this book 3 stars based on the 1st & 2nd story alone. "Winter Born" Dante and Pandora's story of course was short, but it was detailed enough to keep my interest. Had alot of funny moments in my opinion, and the love scenes were GREAT! But I felt the chemistry between them and it was believable. So if you want a quick interesting read this story is for you.

"Born Of Night"
was a pretty good one as well. Good romance novella. Lord Reyes I really like his character. But that was pretty much it.

"Make it Last Forever"

NO.. This one Sucked.. not even 1* for this one. This one was the most difficult to get through. Half the time it was hard to follow as far as who was saying what, and what the heck was actually going on. Very poorly written. I found myself saying "what?" constantly while reading this one. Of all the short stories they could have put in this book, why this one was chosen I have no idea.

"Red Moon Rising"
I stopped reading after the 3rd page in chapter 5 cuz I just could not take it anymore. It was much better than "make it last forever" as far as understanding what was going on, but it just wasn't interesting enough for me so I stopped. So if you are a big Kenyon and Ashley fan then I recommend this one.

3-0 out of 5 stars Make it last...
I purchased this book because I tend to like Sherrilyn Kenyon (in small doses) but I wasn't familiar with the other authors.I did not expect too much from this book and that is about what I got.

I found the stories by Ashley and Handeland to be boring and forgettable.I was also disappointed by Kenyon's offering because it seemed too rushed and I ended up not caring about the characters.This was the second of her wereleopard stories that I thought totally sucked.

Surprisingly, the best story of the lot was by L.A. Banks.The story begins in 1979 with the seemingly random meeting of a beautiful Black/Native American girl and a Southern White man.I don't want to give any spoilers but the girl has a MAJOR secret that she is keeping from the guy but you can guess it pretty quickly.They band together due to a common enemy and fall in love but, ultimately, the girl's secret will keep this from being a typical love story.The ending was the very definition of bittersweet and not at all what I expected.I have never read any of L.A. Banks' previous works but I fell in love with the heartbreaking story of these characters and fervently wished that this had been a full novel instead of a short story.Out of all of the stories, I thought it was the most developed and very sexy.I pick up this book quite often just to reread this particular story and it breaks my heart every time.

I wouldn't recommend purchasing the whole book because the other stories are not even worth a glance.But if you happen to see it in the bookstore, it is worth it to read "Make It Last Forever"...and then place it back on the shelf.

3-0 out of 5 stars good short storys
these short storys were good, and short.I like Sherrily Kenyon is the reason I bought this, amanda ashley story was good, but I do not see me buying her books right now, same o same o

5-0 out of 5 stars Must Read For Banks and Kenyon Fans!
L.A. Banks shows us the early days of Rider and Tara in this anthology. If you are into the Vampire Huntress Legend series you need to read this. You'll love Rider even more for the rough, tough, harley ridin, jack drinkin, sweetheart that we have come to know through series. Kenyon puts out a great Dark Hunter short story about Dante and his mate Pandora in this anthology. You get visits from Acheron and Simi in this one as well. It's a good look into Ash's ties with the Were Hunters. Its all set and at DragonCon* in Atlanta too. So you get your favorite Dark Hunter quirkiness and some good back story as well. Amanda Ashley's story was fairly forgettable. However Lori Handeland is sarcastic, witty, steamy and fun. If you love Banks and Kenyon, you'll want to introduce yourself to Lori as well. ... Read more

8. Living With Stroke: A Guide for Families
by MD, Richard C. Senelick
Perfect Paperback: 289 Pages (2010-01-01)
list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$19.95
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Asin: 1891525166
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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You never think it will happen to you or someone you love. We all know people who have heart disease or cancer, but we think that a stroke happens to other people, not us. Most people are unaware that it is the leading cause of disability in adults and the third leading cause of death. However, when stroke happens to family members, loved ones, and friends we are suddenly in need of information. Stroke doesn't just affect an individual. It impacts everyone who has a relationship with the person who has had the stroke HealthSouth has long known this encompassing impact of stroke -- its pain, its emotional damage, its debilitating after-effects -- not only on its survivors, but the loved ones in its wake. No one knows more that when stroke strikes, you need information, support, and advice fast. In this newest 4th edition of Living with Stroke: A Guide for Families, you will find the latest up to date information on stroke. Here, stroke patients and their families, friends, and caregivers can find the newest facts and figures on the cutting edge theories of neural plasticity and how the brain repairs itself. Here, too, in clear, easy-to-understand language is the entire process of rehabilitation - as well as the mechanisms that can create a stroke. You will learn why the correct type of rehabilitation is essential and most importantly, how to pick a rehabilitation facility for yourself or your loved one. It may be one of the most important decisions you will make and this book gives you the tools to make an informed decision.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Very informative -- would recommend if you have a family member in this situation!!!
A few years ago, my father had a stroke that left him (at the time)unable to speak or to move the right side of his body.Thankfully, he is much better now.The rehabilitation hospital he was at (HealthSouth) gave this book to our family to help us understand what he was going through.This book has been read cover to cover by many of my family members.It helps you understand so much that you just would not have known without this guide.I purchased this book for a friend whose close relative had a massive stroke.She said the book also helped her to understand what he was going through.This book is a major help to you at a time when you feel like your world is upside down.I would definitely recommend this book!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Detailed yet understandable
As a stroke survivor with a medical background, I can understand most technical texts, but this book gives such an excellent explanation of the physical functions of the brain and the symptoms of stroke, by using analogies of everyday experiences and items.REALLY helpful for anyone who's had a stroke or a family member that has.Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars The most helpful and informative book following a stroke
I bought this book while my husband was still in the hospital after having a stroke.I could not put the book down, as it was so informative.
It helped me understand why, how and what next to do for him.

5-0 out of 5 stars Educate yourself about stroke quickly
Make sure to get the newer (2001) version of this text.Amazon will be more than happy to send you a "new" earlier edition (1999) if you aren't careful.Unfortunately, the 1999 cover of "Living with Stroke" is of very low contrast, and thus difficult to read. So, older folks or people with low vision may be a bit put off by the cover.(But don't let this scare you away.The text within is large and readable.)The newer version may very well contain more up-to-date info.

In response to a family emergency, I ordered four books on stoke recovery.Two had been recommended to me as being helpful for lay people:(1) "Living With Stroke: A Guide For Families" (Senelick, Rossi & Dougherty, 1999) and (2) "Stoke and the Family: A New Guide" (Stein, 2004).I ordered these for my family members (and myself).Two more were written at a much more scholarly, technical level for clinicans: (3) "Recovery after Stroke" (Barnes, Dobkin, & Bogousslavsky, Eds, 2005), and (4) "Stroke Rehabilitation: A Function-Based Approach" (Gillen & Burkhardt, Eds, 2004).

Each of these books has much to recommend it.I hope to write reviews of all four later. I can see why the first two are standouts, and have been helpful to so many people. They are well-written, concise books with plenty of important information.They will help you quickly become an educated consumer of medical care.(They won't always familiarize you with medical controversies and choices, but they do a remarkable job of capturing the key issues.Controversies include the use of anti-seizure meds, and the use of statins for cholesterol reduction, especially in women.).

This book describes the various physical manifestation of stroke (e.g., left vs right hemisphere), types of stroke (e.g., thrombotic, embolic, hemorrhagic, lacunar), diagnosis, pharmacological treatments, risk factors, and the basic rehabilitation spectrum--from physical therapy and activities of daily living to impact of stroke on daily life.The book offers creative ideas for navigating each of the key components. I especially liked the fact that the book does a nice job of covering psychological issues.I'm not talking about old-school psychoanalysis here.I'm talking about things like behavioral, cognitive, and family systems approaches to psychological health.There are plenty of tools provided for dealing with cognitive distortion, pessimism, etc. The book is concerned with the health of the patient AND the health of family and friends.

I believe that many people will be able to complete the book in a night or two.That's important when time is of the essence and you are trying to educate yourself quickly.

If you are a family member and or a caretaker: This is the book to bring with you to the hospital waiting room.You are likely to be waiting for long periods between visits with doctors and nurses, and you'll have many questions. You'll learn much more detailed general information from this book than the 10 minutes you spend consulting with the doc.What this book doesn't explain is how to deal with hospital staff who are busy and not always concerned with communicating with family members.But it provides plenty more.You can use this book to educate other family members and friends who might not be as thorough and bookish as you, and win them over to a sensible and realistic agenda.

If you are a professional, you may find this book helpful, for a variety of reasons.First off, you might consider recommending this book, or the book by Stein, to your patients.Moreover, you might use the language in these books to explain situations and decisions to patients and their families.The authors have taken care to discuss emotionally and cognitively complex material in a sensible and clear manner.

5-0 out of 5 stars great resource!
this book has been fantastic for helping families and other caregivers of individuals who have suffered a stroke!this book hadn't been written back when my own father suffered his strokes.i really wish that it had been - it would have been of immense help to my own family.now, i am fortunate to be able to recommend it and lend it to families, who all find it to be well written, easy to read and understand, and full of helpful and practical advice in dealing with our loved one, protecting them, and helping us to communicate more clearly and cope more effectively.an excellent contribution to the field! ... Read more

9. Four-Stroke Performance Tuning 3rd ed: A practical guide
by A. Bell
Hardcover: 376 Pages (2006-10-30)
list price: US$34.95 -- used & new: US$21.92
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Asin: 1844253147
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Much-needed third, and 25th Anniversary, edition of one of our strongest backlist titles, first published in 1981, and continuously in print ever since. Updated, with additional text and pics to fill an extra 48pp.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must have guide to tuning
Even if your a beginner or someone who has been modifying cars for a while this book helps explain and expel the myths around tuning. It forms a sound basis to help you gain the best performance from your vehicle. If all else fails it will allow you to justifiably tell your mates why their mods aren't preforming or how they will fail, cause lets face it, without proof that isn't just your own experience some people will not listen. Now you can throw the book at them. Physically as well as it is a hard cover book. :D

1-0 out of 5 stars Four stroke preformance tuning - A.G. Bell
This is really a book for beginners with little knowledge of engine tuning.

It deals well with the basics, with many tables and photos, particularly for car engines; not recommended for motorcycle applications where critical subjects of inlet and exhaust tuning (megaphones, straight pipes etc., tapered inlet tracts and resonance) are neglected or irrelevant, and has next to nothing other than basics for cam profiling and valve selection. There is no discussion of critical cam design elements or modification for racing applications, the effects of bounce, knots , determination of required lift characteristics, base circles and followers.
Crankshaft discussions are only for car engines, and are very basic, and there is little discussion of pistons, offsets, combustion properties, or modifications (other than basic) to achieve the best results from different configurations.Ignition appears to be totally neglected for motorcycle engines.

For these and other topics see Professor Blair's books.He's the world leader in MotoGP engine development.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, all around information for 4-cycle engines
This book is invaluable with the information it contains. It covers every subject with sufficient information to give you some useful knowledge to apply to your project, regardless of what it is. Everything from fuel delivery to gear selection; it's the one book I would actually say is a must-have for any enthusiast who wrenches on the weekend.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great book if you're into carbed V8's
As the title says, this would be an excellent book for the carbureted V8 enthusiast... that's really all I can say for it though. The motorcycle on the cover is very misleading...very little of the information in this book pertains to motorcycle tuning of any sort. I almost feel as if I've been sucked in by a marketing scam on that note.

5-0 out of 5 stars the teacher
this book has tons of stuff that other books don't include. useful even for those who have some knowledge or want to learn some more. buy it no matter what! ... Read more

10. Daddy Long Stroke (Zane Presents)
by Cairo
Paperback: 400 Pages (2010-08-03)
list price: US$15.00 -- used & new: US$8.99
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Asin: 1593092784
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Dramatic, bold and racy, Daddy Long Stroke uncovers the shocking and painful reality of some men’s belief systems about women and sex. Cairo offers readers a voyeuristic look into the mind of a womanizer who manipulates and seduces women by using what he’s got—good looks, chiseled physique, charisma, and sexual prowess—to get what he wants without remorse, or regret.

Sexy and thuggish, Alexander Maples, aka Daddy Long Stroke, is a womanizer. Arrogant and self-indulged, he is what every woman secretly craves in the bedroom—rough, rugged, and ravenous. And he is always happy to deliver.

Alexander knows no boundaries when it comes to pleasing a woman, leaving no area untouched, not even her heart—or her wallet. But love is the last thing on his mind. Getting paid, and whetting his sexual appetite are the only things that motivate this salacious gigolo. And any woman trying to claim him finds herself on the receiving end of heartache, tears, and drama.

Written in raw, graphic language, Daddy Long Stroke is a cautionary tale of one man’s insatiable thirst for sex and his quest to bed down as many women he possibly can—no matter the costs, and no matter who gets hurt in the process. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars DAMN DAMN DAMN
Wait I have to fan myself!!! When you read this novel you will be hot and bothered. Cairo is a beast!!!

2-0 out of 5 stars A Playboy's Palace
Alexander Maples is the typical man every woman should avoid. He takes the meaning of "full of yourself" into overdrive. In Daddy Long Stroke, Alexander is a sex-driven womanizer, whose focus is to take what he can from every woman he encounters at any cost to them. Alexander is a criminal of the love game in which he loves to break hearts. Gigolo is not a fitting name for this man because his arrogance over exceeds his common sense. Alexander gets his enjoyment by playing on the insecurities of innocent women until they cannot take anymore.

Daddy Long Stroke is nothing more than a porn movie in book format. It is an x-rated story of a man getting what he wants through the unstable emotions of women. In the first four chapters, readers will realize that the book has no plot. The sexual escapades in the book were overkill making it not an enjoyable read. Maybe those who enjoy porn should give Daddy Long Stroke a chance.

This book was provided by the publisher for review purposes.

Teresa Beasley
APOOO BookClub
APOOO Rating: 2

4-0 out of 5 stars Same Man, Different Name
Alex was a mess. (LOL) This was a very entertaining read about nothing more than how a good d*ck down can make women act extra stupid. Alex did exactly what he was allowed to do: use and abuse every woman he ran across. What cracked me up the most was he was being straight up and down with these chicks letting them know that it was just a sex thang and not to catch feelings, but what did they do? You guessed it, caught feelings!!! I was on the floor holding my stomach laughing at Alex's antics. Did he really take her shoes...well, you'll just have to read it to find out, but he was a darn fool. I was looking for a good laugh, and I definitely found it in this book. I read for entertainment, not to compare it to my own life, and this was definitely something hilarious.
Good job at keeping things funny! If you're looking for a good laugh and a glimpse inside of a man's thoughts, this is the book for you!

3-0 out of 5 stars Gigolo Daddy

Mr. Alexander Maples is all man and he's out to get whatever he wants from women. He totally degrades these women mentally and physically, all for one purpose - SEX!

Cairo vividly uses his imagination as he takes the readers to sexually explicit moments in this jaw-dropping novel. It was absolutely too much for me after reading only a few pages. Now, I love my hot and steamy sex novels, but this novel just was too much to take in all at one time. I continued to read this book as I agreed to review it. This novel was ridiculously degrading to most women who may consider themselves as one of the characters in this book. It is a shame but it is the TRUTH as many do anything for a MAN with a KING KONG DONG! I still love Cairo and will continue to read more of your novels in the future.

Reviewed by: Tekisha

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT
Great Book.If you like Zane you will love Cairo.Raw and Dirty ... Read more

11. Two-Stroke Performance Tuning
by A. Bell
Hardcover: 272 Pages (1999-11-28)
list price: US$39.95 -- used & new: US$19.79
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Asin: 1859606199
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Undoubtedly, the virtue which has most contributed to the widespread use and varied application of the two-stroke engine is its mechanical simplicity. Tuning expert A. Graham Bell takes readers through the various modifications that can be made to a two-stroke and its components in order to derive maximum useable power and mechanical reliability. Both the latest advances in two-stroke tuning and old standbys are covered for all areas of operation, from ignition, carburetion, cylinders, and valves through exhaust systems and dyno tuning. Updates to this expanded edition include new photography, line diagrams and explanatory charts. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
The definitive reference book on 2 stroke tuning. Very well explained in simple english that is very easy to understand. Gives real world examples and helps you to understand why it is better to get great overall performance rather than just maximum power. You cannot go wrong if you read the whole book before youstart your project.

4-0 out of 5 stars Two-stroke guide
This book was everything I ever wanted to know and more about two-strokes. Must have for anyone that wants to own anything powered by one of those very tempermental little engines.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Definitive Work
Two-Stroke Performance Tuning

A comprehensive manual on two-stroke tuning. A must have for the enthusiast and DIY maniac alike.

Supplement this with plenty of online material concerning expansion chamber design and you can build your very own stink-wheeling road-rocket.

A great book.

4-0 out of 5 stars 2 Stroke Info Is Great
It's the 21st. century and two stoke engines are a thing of the past. In the near future they will be OUTLAWED!

But until then. . .
This is an outstanding book for information on 2 stroke air cooled engines. There are plenty of diagrams, charts, and B&W photos that help to explain the text. I am very happy that I got this book for my tech-library before it went out of print. Lots of good tips for people trying to get an extra 10 or 20 MPH out of their old moped or scooter!

5-0 out of 5 stars 2 stroke Bible.
This is the best book you can buy on 2 stroke tuning. I have read it 3 times to try and assimilate all the information. If you want to modify a 2 stroke engine, this is the best starting point you can get. Well written, easy to follow and very practical. I have many other tuning books, but this is by far the best. Has up to date information and well worth the money.
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12. Stroke For Dummies
by John R. Marler M.D.
Paperback: 384 Pages (2005-09-09)
list price: US$19.99 -- used & new: US$6.29
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Asin: 0764572016
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Features tons of advice for recovery and rehabilitation

Get the latest on the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of stroke

Have questions and concerns about strokes? This reassuring guide provides invaluable information for stroke victims and their loved ones, from what a stroke is and what it feels like to proven treatments and therapies. You'll see how to implement a plan for preventing stroke, treat the lingering effects of stroke, and maximize home caregiver effectiveness while minimizing fatigue.

Discover how to:

  • Understand what causes different types of stroke
  • Recognize warning signs
  • Get the most out of doctors and hospitals
  • Speed recovery with the best treatments
  • Help prevent future strokes
  • Decide the best living arrangements after stroke
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4-0 out of 5 stars Stroke information
I had a stroke and wanted more information.This book is well written and easy to understand.I wish I had read it before I had a stroke.I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning more about stroke and its causes.

5-0 out of 5 stars Helpful Handbook
The whole "...for Dummies" series is great reference material, and this book is no exception.If you find yourself in the unfortunate circumstance of having to learn "ALL" about the subject of stroke, then buy this book! The information in it not only addressed many of my family's concerns, but also anticipated the struggles we fumbled towards. The chapters on what happens when the patient must leave the hospital were especially helpful.
At such an uncertain and overwhelming time, one needs reliable information which is easy to grasp. Reading Stroke for Dummies was like listening to a wise friend dispense trusted advice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book on strokes
My 82 year old mother had a stroke and I ordered this book for my dad to help him understand the process of what she is going through. He has raved repeatedly about the book. It is written in terms that anyone can understand. It's a great book! Thank you to the writers.

4-0 out of 5 stars good for when stroke first happens
I got this book late in the game.I wish I would of gotten this book when my husband's stroke first happened.it explains things pretty good.from when a stroke 1st happens to all the stuff afterwards.another good book is High Blood Pressure for Dummies.A site to go to for support is strokeboard.net - lots of great people to talk to. ... Read more

13. After a Stroke: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier
by Cleo Hutton, RN, Cleo Hutton
Paperback: 128 Pages (2005-06-10)
list price: US$16.95 -- used & new: US$6.00
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Covers the home-recovery process after a stroke -- and no subject is off-limits. Readers will learn how to progress from patient to person again. The author shares 300+ tips she learned and used during her recovery, including information about communication, emotional liability, safety issues, rest periods, dressing, personal care, cooking, home maintenance, housekeeping skills, traveling, relaxation techniques, and sex. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
I wish I had found this book right after my stroke - lots of great information and tips for a stroke survivor and their family.This book will give you the information and self-esteem to get yourself (the survivor) back on track.

3-0 out of 5 stars Get real help!
While I found this book interesting it would be most disappointing if I were someone looking for real answers. If someone is looking for real recovery then I would recommend a book called Peeling the Onion:
Reversing the Ravages of Stroke. In 2000 my grandmother had a stroke which left her paralyzed, unable to roll over in her bed and unable to speak. Long-short, I took a shot and took her to this clinic where, in less than a week she and I were again having two-way conversations and she could transfer herself from the car to the wheelchair. By the time we went home she was walking 400 feet with a walker. Strokes change families but they don't have to be permanently debilitating. If you are looking for help for the stroke and not just a book to read, you might want to order it. Thank God for Dr. Hammesfahr and his stroke therapy!Peeling the Onion: Reversing the Ravages of StrokePeeling the Onion: Reversing the Ravages of Stroke

5-0 out of 5 stars 300 Great Tips from a Stroke Survivor
"After a Stroke: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier" is just what the title suggests. Cleo Hutton,a 12 year stroke survivor, shares what she has learned during the course of her own stroke recovery. This is not a book written by someone looking from the outside, but rather contains learnings from the inside, from the perspective of a stroke survivor.
In the preface Hutton explains the event of stroke. Topics covered include what happened, risk factors, and an introduction to stroke recovery. A stated goal is to help survivors gain more independence. New stroke survivors and family members will find her context useful. The beginning of the book has many tips for those new to stroke. She covers areas, which may have been covered in therapy. It is often difficult to remember everything you have been taught in therapy. Therefore this book can serves as a reminder. It also covers areas which therapists may have missed or which you may not remember.
Hutton covers a lot of ground. In addition to basics, like showering and dressing, areas covered include cooking, using the telephone, car transfers, airline travel, adaptive recreation and driving. Tips for building new brain connections, pet care and using the computer are given. Other categories include home maintenance, carrying things, laundry and moving furniture. She spends some time writing about relationships, partners, family and friends.
One helpful section is on self-esteem. In this segment Hutton writes about changes, which occur with stroke, and the need for positive thinking. She touches on the need for humor.
As the stroke survivor progresses in their recovery some original adaptations may no longer be needed. In the book the stroke survivor may discover advise in areas that were not possible at the time of prescribed therapy. The plethora of tips has something for everyone.
For the new stroke survivor, this book is helpful in not only providing specific tips but also in showing how stroke recovery is a journey. For those who may be further from the event and actively seeking new paths to recovery new ideas are provided. If you looking for a gift for someone who is new to stroke or in the first few years following a stroke, this is a good option.
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14. Stroke Rehabilitation: A Function-Based Approach
by Glen Gillen EdDOTRFAOTA
Hardcover: 800 Pages (2010-09-22)
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Gillen's Stroke Rehabilitation: A Function-Based Approach, 3rd Edition is the only comprehensive, evidence-based stroke rehabilitation resource for occupational therapists. Extensively updated with the latest research in assessment and intervention, this essential text presents a holistic, application-based approach that integrates background medical information, samples of functionally based evaluations, and current treatment techniques and intervention strategies to help you confidently manage the growing number of stroke rehabilitation clients.

  • UNIQUE! Case studies challenge you to apply rehabilitation concepts to realistic scenarios.

  • Evidence-based clinical trials and outcome studies clearly outline the basis for stroke interventions.

  • UNIQUE! Survivor's Perspectives help you understand the stroke rehabilitation process from the client's point-of-view.

  • UNIQUE! A multidisciplinary approach highlights discipline-specific distinctions in stroke rehabilitation among occupation and physical therapists, physicians, and speech-language pathologists.

  • Review questions in each chapter help you assess your understanding of rehabilitation concepts.

  • Key terms and chapter objectives at the beginning of each chapter help you study more efficiently.

  • Three new chapters broaden your understanding of stroke intervention in the areas of Using Technology to Improve Limb Function, Managing Speech and Language Deficits after Stroke, and Parenting after Stroke.

  • Learning activities and interactive references on a companion Evolve Resources website help you review textbook content and locate additional information.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Love this Book, Very Comprehensive
If you are an OT working with CVAs this is the book to have. So informative and comprehensive. Covers physical, cognitive and perceptual deficits. I work in a SNF and I bring this book back out when I get a CVA patient to refresh my brain. Its worth the money! One of my favorite OT books.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stroke Rehab book review
I originally borrowed this book from a college professor and ultimately purchased my own copy during an inpatient rehab rotation. I utilized many books in preparation for a stroke presentation, and found it to be the most comprehensive and useful tool for both my presentaion as well as my rotation. In my opinion, those therapists searching for an all inclusive, function based resource for stroke rehab would be very well served by this book. It has served me well, and has not left my side since I purchased it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Purchase with Amazon
I am always very skeptical from buying from online sources. I was therefore very pleased and happy to receive a textbook from amazon that was in mint condition and cost me much than I would have payed in a store. The package was delivered soon after placing the order and they didn't lie when they said "new" on the ordering page. I would buy again from amazon.

5-0 out of 5 stars A valuable text
As a grad student, I'm often scrutinizing the prices and contents of my textbooks. This text approaches the occurrence of stroke from a rehabilitative standpoint. The etiology and functional sequelae are given as a requisite background, but the main focus is on treatment planning and intervention. The authors cite the latest literature in research regarding contemporary treatment approaches, as well as providing rationales for why older treatments may no longer be appropriate. ... Read more

15. Killing Willis: From Diff'rent Strokes to the Mean Streets to the Life I Always Wanted
by Todd Bridges
Hardcover: 288 Pages (2010-03-16)
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The former child star—best known as Willis Jackson on Diff’rent Strokes—shares the shocking but inspirational details of his struggles with addiction, brushes with the law, and fierce fight to carve a path through the darkness and find his true identity.

For Todd Bridges early stardom was no protection from painful childhood events that paved the road to his own personal hell. One of the first African-American child actors on shows like Little House on the Prairie, The Waltons, and Roots, Bridges burst to the national forefront on the hit sitcom Diff’rent Strokes as the subject of the popular catchphrase, "What’chu Talkin About Willis?" When the show ended, Bridges was overwhelmed by the off-camera traumas he had faced. Turning to drugs as an escape, he soon lost control.

Now, for the first time, Bridges opens up about his life before and after Diff’rent Strokes: the incredible reversals of fortune brought on by fame and the precipitous—and very public—descent that followed; the persecution from police; the drug addiction that nearly consumed him; the criminal charges that almost earned him a life sentence; and his successful legal defense led by Johnnie Cochran. Through it all, Bridges never relented in his quest to fight his way back from the abyss, establish his own identity—separate from Willis Jackson—and offer his ordeal as a positive example for those struggling to overcome similar challenges. His triumphant story of recovery and redemption is recounted here as well.

Todd Bridges has lived a life of remarkable twists and turns—from the greatest heights to the lowest lows imaginable. In this shocking but ultimately hopeful memoir, he proves that what he was really talking about was survival. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars To hell and back
Watching episodes of Diff'rent Strokes, one would never begin to imagine the extreme turn that Todd Bridges life would take. His brutally honest depiction of all the highs and lows in his life is refreshing. He doesn't hold back on his problems with drugs and his sexual experiences.

You will read of his ascending acting career as a child, being one of the first African-American child actors to appear on shows such as Little House on the Prairie and The Waltons. All this happens while dealing with constant abuse at home at the hands of his father and even his manager. While you would expect to hear how he was treated with the utmost respect at the height of his career, sadly it wasn't always the case. He receives threats and was even taunted by the police.

After the end of his televison series, his life takes a downward spiral that he is lucky to have escaped with his life. It sounds like something you would see in a movie but, he lived it. He talks about dealing drugs and his time in prison with some of the worst criminals. In the end he was able to finally turn his life around. A very interesting read.

2-0 out of 5 stars Depressing, Drug-Filled Book That Places Blame On Others
This negative, depressing book is Bridges way of trying to blame other for his decades of problems.Over 2/3's of it is devoted to a few years when he was deeply into drugs, then only a few pages are devoted to the last 20 years.It's a bizarre focus on the negatives of his life, while he tries to claim that he now focuses on the positives.

The first third of the book details his family life and how he got into TV. He overstates just about anything he was involved in, such as saying the show Fish was a smash when it was a bomb spin-off that was cancelled in its second year. He claims he was the original black teen idol and at one point says he and Michael Jackson were the only two! His ego is gigantic as he states he is a fantastic actor and that Gary Coleman was not (go back and look at the episodes--Coleman was amazing and Bridges looked lethargic).

He slams his dad at every opportunity and only once says something nice about him (when his dad threatens Gary Coleman's dad!). Bridges says co-star Dana Plato taught him everything from sex to smoking to drugs. He said he was molested by a male publicist, which led to many of his struggles. Todd's claims of being a victim of racism start on the early pages and never end--the n word is sprinkled throughout the book. He claims the cops had it out for him as a child and they were to blame for many of his jail problems. It's hard to believe that a guy who is breaking the law can be complaining about how the cops treat him, but that's what happens here.

He never really accepts blame for any of his problems--it's always his dad, the cops, Gary Coleman, Dana Plato, his accountant, etc. If you want to read a long, boring, detailed version of his drug-induced life, then you may enjoy this. Otherwise it seems like one long defense against his bad boy image--but in the end you will care even less for him because he can't seem to accept that the bad choices he made were his own.

3-0 out of 5 stars Rough life
I had heard Todd Bridges discussing his book on a local radio show.As a 80's kid I am a fan of Todd Bridges and the Different Strokes TV show.

I had heard snippets over the years about his failures with drugs but until I read his book I was unaware of how he had lived since leaving TV. I was also shocked and saddened to learn about the childhood sexual abuse he suffered and how it destroyed his life for a time. His downward spiral into drug abuse and violence is hard to read at times.

I was was touched by his mothers role in his life.I am not religious and Todd discusses his spiritual awakening a bit too much for my tastes...

To be perfectly honest the book is poorly written at times and a bit of a confusing read.In the end though I am impressed by Todd and everything that he has overcome to become a good husband and great parent.I hope he can somehow recover his career.

3-0 out of 5 stars A different side of "Willis"
It was interesting to read about Todd Bridge's upbringing but I felt that most of the book lacked depth and substance.It felt like I was being told the facts of his life but not the feelings behind what he went through and how he felt while going through it.The book starts out really strong in setting the scene and drawing you in but it jumps into this step by step process about his childhood in an attempt to build up to the details that most people are reading the book for (i.e., the attempted murder trial and his drug use).Bridges is probably not to blame for the lack of depth though. Whomever he collaborated on this book with should have taken him to the next level in finding deeper meaning in the things that he went through and how me came out of it all still breathing. Striking this cord with readers is where a writer truly finds an empathetic audience.There is an enormous amount of events and activities chronicled here but without a real emotional center to anchor these events, they all read more like short stories than a cohesive compilation of Bridges' life journey. Most of them come off as sly bragging more so than remorseful which is what you would expect for someone who has supposedly been through hell and back. He makes some apologies but for the amount of dope selling he's describing here it almost seems unreal that no one is gunning for him today or that he could have plausible made it out of these situations alive.The dope game is hardcore and in South Central during the 80s it was an actual war.I don't think even Willis is that lucky. I don't think that we are getting the whole story or the most accurate story here.If he was that deep in the game, he assuredly had to have physically injured or possibly killed or nearly killed more than just one person. It maybe for legalities' sake that he is not admitting those things here but it only stands to reason.
I applaud his efforts to get his story out there and its startling to see just how far off the tracks he traveled but my empathy is still in reserve.He seems too blame his father for most of his downfall which is probably part of his problem but he did have a very strong maternal figure whom he essentially ignored despite his continuous praises of her throughout this book.That's his fault. No one else's.There are so many people who never had anywhere near the amount of chances he has had and for him to fall so far is just unreal but essentially its the journey he chose.And I guess he does admit that to some degree. However, in reading a story like this, I would have like to have heard more about what his life is like now as contrast to what he once was.He completed shorthanded that part of the book. Since he is a former addict, he should have taken more time to let other people in recovery know that there is truly life after the drugs.I do think he has made great strides and helped a lot of people and maybe there is even another more compelling book that he could pen describing those efforts.

5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
Truly a revealing story of this child's journey into adulthood while being exposed to experiences which would overwhelm anyone. The journey although dark still offers lessons of hope. It speaks volumes of the author's character going those things and having the grits to tell the tale. I recommend this book. ... Read more

16. Stroke Diaries: A Guide for Survivors and their Families
by Olajide WilliamsMD
Paperback: 176 Pages (2010-04-23)
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A woman recounts the horror of waking up paralyzed, unable to call for help. A man has a mini-stroke and refuses to listen to his doctor, only to suffer a disabling stroke soon after. A physician recalls watching a tiny baby in the throws of a stroke, convulsing violently. A survivor rejoices after finally crossing the street before the pedestrian lights change back.
Blending such highly personal and moving stories with crystal clear medical commentary based on first-hand clinical experience, Dr. Olajide Williams demystifies this potentially devastating illness and provides a roadmap to recovery. Indeed, Dr. Williams shows that the majority of strokes are not only preventable, but also treatable. Through compelling stories of patients, survivors and caregivers, woven together by easy-to-understand medical explanations, Dr. Williams provides practical tips on preventing strokes with specific lifestyle prescriptions, on recognizing the different forms of strokes, on managing symptoms after stroke, and on overcoming the psychological burden of stroke. He also reviews the new clot-busting treatments, which have dramatically improved the recovery rate of stroke victims.
Combining cutting-edge medicine with the gripping stories of patients, survivors, family members, and physicians, Stroke Diaries strikes a blow against the current public health crisis in stroke. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Concise and Compassionate
This easy to read book introduces in a compassionate way a better understanding of stroke for the patients, the family, and the care givers.
I have co-authored a book in the past with Dr. Williams. Heartquake: Songs for Healing. I thought I knew him his style in prose and poetry. However, his compassionate and concise `Stroke Diaries' has re-introduced him to me as a gentleman-physician, who knows how to deliver messages like a story teller.
I congratulate the human race for been blessed with people like Dr. Williams, whose relentless efforts at delivering quality care to his patients while educating all of us, will make a positive impact in our ways and approach to a disease that has multiple pathways in presentation, treatment and recovery.

Oladayo A. Sanusi, MD., FACP, FASN. (Author of RAW: Real American War)
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.

5-0 out of 5 stars Welcome new book on stroke for popular audiences
Composed in equal parts of brief narratives and pertinent information, this new book by neurologist Olajide Williams is a welcome addition to the small but growing literature about stroke that aims at a general readership. In the course of 17 "episodes" gleaned from his practice, Williams outlines risk factors, describes stroke types and subtypes, and develops a series of brief stories that illustrate the human cost of a disorder that is relatively neglected, considering it is not only the third most common cause of death but also the most prevalent cause of adult disability. Williams does not neglect the use of tPA (tissue plasminogen activator), the only FDA-approved drug for treating stroke, which could be used with many more patients if knowledge that "time is brain" was more widely disseminated. Originally educated in Nigeria and today a neurologist at Columbia University Medical Center, Williams combines a refreshingly humane understanding of patient dynamics with accurate and thoughtful use of statistics and helpful illustrations. The book has a foreword by Ralph L. Sacco MD, who in July 2010 will become president of the American Heart Association.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book! Super informative, well written, and compassionate.
This book is a great, quick read for anyone affected by stroke. It's written almost in a short-story format - each chapter starts with a captivating story about someone who's experienced stroke.

It's easy to read and has just the right amount of medical explanation for you to really understand what's going on. I'd recommend this for anyone who is concerned about stroke, has experienced a stroke, or is supporting a family member or friend who's had a stroke. It really is a beautifully written medical book (who knew such a thing existed?!!!?).

5-0 out of 5 stars "Stroke Diaries"Review Through a Stroke Survivor's Eyes
Stroke Diaries: A Guide for Survivors and their Families
You will most definitely be glad you read this book! As a stroke survivor myself, I cannot say enough about the "treatment" Dr. Williams illustrates through his characters and their inner dialogue. His compassion and level of understanding shine through in each and every eloquently written word. As a physician, he shows the rare ability to understand the core of the human spirit inside both a stroke victim and a caregiver. It's because of doctors like him that survivors such as I are still here to testify. Once you start reading, you won't put it down...and he even incorporates medical definitions and illustrations to help give us a window into the clinical side.What a wonderfully gifted man, doctor, writer and educator! All I can say is THIS IS A "MUST READ". You'll understand stroke like never before. Kudos to you, Dr. Williams, for your insight and honesty!!! ... Read more

17. A Stroke of Magic
by Tracy Madison
Mass Market Paperback: 308 Pages (2009-06-30)
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Asin: 0505528118
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When a young artist discovers she’s about to become a single mother, the Gypsy magic of her ancestors paints a path to happiness and true love. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A Stroke of Magic
Having read the first book in this series, I knew I was going be treated to a fun, delicious read. That's definitely what I got with Alice's story. A Stroke of Magic is a wonderful mixture of romance and drama, full of twists and turns. I love the gypsy magic factor that the family has in this series, it's a fresh, unique spin. Madison is a pure delight to read. With the lure of magic and the message to always follow your heart, it's not hard to be captivated by this world.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun and Magical Romance!
The sequel to A Stroke of Magic, A Taste of Magic begins picks up right after the first book ends. The main character, Alice, is pregnant and still searching for her soul mate. Alice quickly discovers, thanks to a long-dead relative, that she must find her soul mate before the baby is born.

As hilarious as the first book, A Stroke of Magic has not only laughs, but steamy romance and lovable characters. It's the perfect book for cozying up to the fire during a cold Chicago winter night!

4-0 out of 5 stars Witchy romance
I thought this sequel, A Stroke of Magic, was well written. I enjoyed every minute of it! With the way it ends, I'm hoping to see another sequel based on yet another one of the characters. I think you'll understand who once you've finished. I dont want to spoil it for anyone.

Whether there will be another sequel or not, I still cant wait to read another book from this author!

5-0 out of 5 stars Pure Enchantment!
Tracy Madison's A STROKE OF MAGIC takes off right where her first book A TASTE OF MAGIC ends. Alice Raymond is single and pregnant. When she finds out about her gypsy magic heritage she's not very happy at first but when she learns from her great-great-great grandmother's ghost that she has to use her magic to find her soulmate before her baby is born, then she is unhappy and confused!

With a lot of returning characters from the first book (like Grandma Verda, Scott, and the rest of the family including Elizabeth), A Stroke of Magic is fun from the very first page and felt like visiting old friends. And Alice's hero is sexy and sweet and everything that heroes should be.

A Stroke of Magic is a fast-paced tale filled to the brim with laugh-out-loud moments, an intriguing storyline, zippy dialog, and a really unique take on magic. I devoured this book in one day!

5-0 out of 5 stars charming whimsical urban fantasy
In Chicago, Enchanted Expressions graphic designer Alice Raymond has a slight problem.It is not being single and pregnant as she kicked her cheating ex to the curb. It is not the fact that her hormones are geometrically out of control due partly to the fetus inside her and to a degree due to her crush on her boss, Ethan Gallagher.Finally it is not the fact that she can see her late great-grandmother and have her wishes come true.Her dilemma is the Gypsy's curse that proclaims for her now unborn daughter to live a happy life; Alice must find her soul mate before the infant is born.

Her libido insists it is Gallagher, but Alice no longer trusts that part of her body.Ethan was engaged to his forever significant other who ended their relationship after a fortuneteller told her he was not her numero uno.He vowed never again will he allow a "paranormal" con artist to intrude in his life.However, now he believes he has found his significant other in Alice, but she rants like she visited "Wonderland" about dead relatives and gypsy curses.Though he fears she is a certifiable fruitcake, he loves Alice, but even he is unsure whether he can stand by her when she keeps sprouting about her unborn being cursed.

Fans will enjoy this delightful paranormal romance filled with two wonderful lead characters and a strong support cast.Alice is a believer but Ethan is a doubter, which makes for a fun relationship for readers but not for them. Anyone who enjoys A TASTE OF MAGIC will appreciate this lighthearted frolic as once again, Tracy Madison provides a charming whimsical urban fantasy.

Harriet Klausner
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18. Tennis Strokes and Tactics: Improve Your Game
by John Littleford, Andrew Magrath
Paperback: 176 Pages (2009-09-01)
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Asin: 1554074657
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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A tennis tune-up for players of all skill levels.

From the serve, ground strokes and volleys to the smashes, lobs and drop shots, this unique coaching manual illustrates each stroke from five angles: front, back, left, right and above. In this all-around skills guide, tennis pro John Littleford delivers expert guidance to identify accurate positioning of feet, body and the racquet -- just like having a personal pro watching, correcting and coaching every swing.

Tennis Strokes and Tactics features step-by-step analysis and multi-angle photography that illustrates how to:

  • Track the ball to the racquet head using hand-eye coordination
  • Maintain correct posture and good footwork
  • Establish correct and comfortable grips
  • Hit a forehand with great topspin
  • Master the secrets of the backhand -- one-handed and two-handed
  • Control the ball with power on volleys
  • Serve with more speed, spin and deception
  • Return serve with more punch and accuracy
  • Use the lob and drop shot as devastating offensive weapons
  • Master an accurate and powerful overhead smash
  • Move across the court more fluidly for greater efficiency.

Tennis Strokes and Tactics also includes a comprehensive section on effective tactics and strategies for singles and doubles play. Using this innovative guide, tennis players of any level will improve their game.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Very Good For New Players
I just purchased this book to help improve my tennis game.I have been playing just a few months with my roommate (who was a professional tennis instructor).He is good at demonstrating different techniques and shots, but I needed to have something to help me when he was not able to be around to instruct me.

The book is very nice, paperback, with full color pictures on quality, glossy paper.I often toss it in my tennis bag, so it's durable too.

The book shows each shot in a succession of four to six photos from four angles.It then goes in depth detailing what you should be doing at each moment of each swing.They cover most of the basic forehand, backhand, drop shot, overhead, and volley shots.They also have a couple of service demonstrations (though I would recommend watching some youtube slow motion videos for learning service technique).

The book also includes a few pointers about the game, such as touching briefly on scoring, serving (which side, etc), sportsmanship, conduct, doubles formations, and a glossary.Overall an invaluable book for a new player, but one that I think will only be of great use until a 4.5 to 5+ level.Great for the developing player, and it has helped my forehand topspin quite a bit!

5-0 out of 5 stars A very good and unique tennis instruction book
I am a USTA 4.5 level player and I found this book very helpful to my game. The photos from different angles really show you how to accurately position your body and racket. It is really an excellent book to tune up your game. I think the book is well written and very easy to understand. Most of all, it is fun to read. ... Read more

19. The Stroke Recovery Book: A Guide for Patients and Families
by Kip Burkman MD
Paperback: 152 Pages (2010-10-01)
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Asin: 1886039984
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Penned by a rehabilitation physician who has worked with thousands of stroke patients and families, this reference provides simple answers to the many questions that surround strokes and stroke rehabilitation. Free of technical medical jargon, this resource addresses topics such as the anatomy of a stroke, impairments and complications associated with strokes, and preventing and reducing the risk of them. A gallery of photographs that show and explain the latest methodologies in rehabilitation equipment is also included.

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1-0 out of 5 stars Hello
I have never revceived the book. I can't seem to find the sellers email address to contact them.

3-0 out of 5 stars Why give up?
While I found this book interesting it would be most disappointing if I were someone looking for real answers. If someone is looking for real recovery then I would recommend a book called Peeling the Onion:
Reversing the Ravages of Stroke. In 2000 my grandmother had a stroke which left her paralyzed, unable to roll over in her bed and unable to speak. Long-short, I took a shot and took her to this clinic where, in less than a week she and I were again having two-way conversations and she could transfer herself from the car to the wheelchair. By the time we went home she was walking 400 feet with a walker. Strokes change families but they don't have to be permanently debilitating. If you are looking for help for the stroke and not just a book to read, you might want to order it. Thank God for Dr. Hammesfahr and his stroke therapy!Peeling the Onion: Reversing the Ravages of StrokePeeling the Onion: Reversing the Ravages of Stroke

5-0 out of 5 stars A family guide
Having recently had a loved one who has suffered a devastating stroke, this book was so helpful in every aspect of what to expect on this very long journey to recovery.It was easy to read and to understand and I would highly recommend it to any family or caregiver who is going through this process with a loved one.

3-0 out of 5 stars Stroke Recovery
Overall, a solid book, but could be a lot more comprehensive. It just doesnt cover all of the issues. (I was still left with questions).

I recommend the book by Joel Stein, MD, called Stroke and the Family, which is very understandable, but has more information.

5-0 out of 5 stars Our Doctor Recommended This Book
My mother had a stroke recently. Her physician recommended this book, which we found very helpful. I would recommend it to any family who is doing through such a crisis. ... Read more

20. Strokes of Genius 2: Light and Shadow (Splash)
by Rachel Rubin Wolf
Hardcover: 144 Pages (2009-10-08)
list price: US$32.99 -- used & new: US$14.98
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Celebrate the beauty, diversity and expression of drawing with this second collection in the Strokes of Genius series - 140 examples of the finest drawing being done today. Fresh from the studios and sketchpads of 100 artists, these striking creations run the gamut from highly detailed, remarkably realistic images that were months in the making, to contour drawings, journal sketches and gestures captured in mere minutes. Selections feature original approaches to landscapes, portraits and other classic subjects, along with offbeat inspirations like vintage photos and washed-off watercolor paintings.

In these pages you?ll find:

  • A vast range of mediums and combinations, including charcoal, pencil, pastel, ink and more
  • An exciting mix of styles and techniques presented in subject-specific chapters: Portraits, Cityscapes, Animals, the Human Figure, Landscapes and Still Life
  • Firsthand perspective on the processes behind the work, offering expert insights on capturing atmosphere, telling a story, finding the right pose, achieving vitality of line, and much more
With a special focus on the power of light and shadow, this work has an immediacy that is honest and engaging. Filled with strokes of poetry, precision and passion, this is a memorable collection of art as well as an inspiring survey of techniques that artists use to translate impressions to paper. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Surprise
I have collected Rachel Wolf's Splash Watercolor Books for many years, so I looked forward to the release of her new "Strokes of Genius" Drawing annual with enthusiasm. The first release in the series was enjoyable, but I think the recently released "Strokes of Genius 2, Light and Shadow" is even better. In my watercolor and drawing classes I emphasize using sketchbooks to created quick value studies on location, so it was nice to see some quality examples of quick sketchbook studies in this book. However, there are also plenty of amazing studio drawings that I can imagine took countless hours to produce as well. In short, Strokes of Genius is a nice collection of drawings that run the gamut from quick and loose, to complex and tight. Expect to see a wide range of mediums, techniques, and subject matter in the pages of this well-organized compilation.

4-0 out of 5 stars Drawing on today's talent
The previous volume, "Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing" received both praise and criticism for providing a narrow focus of style, technique, and subject matter in the craft of drawing. The title would lead one to anticipate examples from the masters of drawing throughout the ages, not just a selection of contemporaries who answered a call for submissions. This second volume, "Strokes of Genius 2: Light and Shadow" is a tad more humble in title and far more bold in content. While it still leans towards examples of academic training and realistic renderings, there are fair representations of abstracts, gestures, studies, and various mediums.

This volume should not be confused with a "how to" technique or historical perspective. It's a solid exhibition of drawing examples as explored by today's talent, meant to serve more as inspiration and encouragement to casual enthusiasts and drawing hobbyists, than a serious critique for art students. These are all gifted professionals who deserve a bit of recognition and promotion in print. Were I to find these pieces on display in a local gallery, I would find myself moved, delighted and thoroughly satisfied.

Now knowing what to expect from this publisher and a follow up to the previous volume, I am delighted to include this in my bookshelf. (4 stars) ... Read more

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