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  • McGraw-Hill Education preparation for the GED…
    ★★★★★

    This is a very hefty over 800 page Test Preparation book for the GED. Depending on which Library branch you request it from you will be getting the 2015 or 2018 version. If you do even just the pre-test sections in all five subject areas you should be prepared and on your way to passing the GED. If by some chance you have concentration issues and require drilling and drilling the material more than five times through then this book is one stop shopping. If it were me I would study, take the Post-Test in the back of this book. Then Register for the GED. Then I would use this book to go back and study my weakest areas and re-take only the subject areas that I did not do well in. Due to the weight of this book it's going to be hard to use it on the go or at work. For those instances I would get the GED app. MHE FLASHCARD APP FOR THE GED TEST

    Go to mhprofessional.com/GEDTest click downloads & resources | click flashcards

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Feb 21, 2019

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  • The GED crash course
    ★★★★★

    If reading is your strong suit and you hate graphs, tables, charts, snazzy colors and the like than this book is going to be your ideal book. It explains much of the theory behind the different test sections and how different components are put together. If you use only this book to study however, I feel your highest score might not be achieved only because it doesn't contain the maximum number of raw-whole tests and for the mathematically disinclined (or simply anxious!) I would go with the McGraw-hill Test Preparation series book. If you are not in a rush to take the test and you have time to dip your toes in the water slowly than this could be a great starting point.

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Feb 21, 2019

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  • House of Flying Daggers Shi mian mai fu
    ★★★★★

    This is an epic Kung-Fu (GongFu) love story triangle. Full of love, lust, betrayal, lies, jealousy and mythical powers loyalty in the face of death is explored. To what ends would you go to save someone and risk your own life in the process? What if; eventually you made the wrong move and in the blink of an eye you mis-calculated and lost out on the great Chess game of life? This film will bring up many thought provoking philosophical questions regarding your approach to love and attachment. The technique for the physical stunts is impressive. A joy to behold!

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Feb 21, 2019

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  • The personality brokers : the strange history… by Emre, Merve.
    ★★★★★

    Here is the true story of Katharine Elizabeth Cook, co-creator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator which has remained intact for decades. This is a satisfyingly thorough telling of her early,mid, and later years and educational and other factors that affected her mindset and ambitions. Interesting annecdotal information on how she treated her children as live test subjects for behavior conditioning which interested her naturally and intrinsically incorporated her 'research' into her life as a new mother. The publication of this book is a tremendous achievement for Merve Emre and the University of Oxford. Bravo. Well done.

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Feb 18, 2019

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  • Ballers
    ★★★★★

    Ballers season three has some true gem laugh out loud moments, including but not limited to a very satisfying dinner party fight, pro-football client emotional bipolar post concussion drama and cannabiniod problems for one of Spencers’ clients when he fails the leagues urine test. One could almost keep up with the drama if Spencers’ top lady weren't on the opposite side of the biggest deal of his life, and one didn't feel for his anxiety over his fertility issues and waffling over whether or not to take a break and do family instead. As luck would have it, all the usual swag and the rest of the supporting cast really are given a chance to shine, perhaps foreshadowing decisions to be made in future episodes.  While not the most feminist show and certainly not the most PG-13rated episodes there's still plenty of 'powerhouse' female roles and dry wit aka top notch screen writing to keep viewers happy.

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Feb 18, 2019

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  • The Matrix
    ★★★★★

    The Matrix is the film that really catapulted the Wachowski brothers (now sisters) into fame. Interesting facts on what influenced them to construct this film and have the foresight to envision the modernization of technology and AI decades before it was dinner place conversation are listed on Wikipedia (fyi) including author Herman Hesse. I get particular encouragement from their respective life stories that they both were in college and were willing to both drop out in order to foci their energy and support a common interest in creating this storyline and footage. What would the world have been like without the creation of the Matrix? What message do their respective sex changes and status as cultural icons send to the world? Only you can decide. I am a fan. But I cannot convince you with my verbosity to walk through life as an enlightened geek dedicated to science technology and the truth. I can only present you with the red pill and the blue pill (The chance to rent this movie for free representing the red option.) Only you can choose to walk through the door.

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Jan 21, 2019

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