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  • Posted July 15, 2009

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    The Secret of Shelter Island

    I recently read Alex Green's latest book, "The Secret of Shelter Island". You occasionally hear comments such as, "if you only read one book this year...", or, " I found a book that I love so much that I want to give it as a gift to friends". This book is that book for me. It's that good. I carried the book around with me for 3 weeks. I finished it in just a few days, but I couldn't get enough of it. The terse prose filled with affecting meaningful sentiments that are only a couple of pages long, lend themselves to rereading. Believe me. I have made a mess of my personal copy with underlinings, notes, and stars. I've renamed many of the chapters so I can remember where they are in the book. Where's, "Can We Do This Everyday, Daddy?", my renamed title for the chapter on page 217, "The Formula for Re-Enchantment" Where's, "Eating in Cars" a chapter regarding the French culture and their utter and complete Un-Understanding of how we Americans can scarf down a meal while driving and miss out on the wonderful pleasure of a leisurely, sensuous, culinary feast. I did try to read Alex's first book but truthfully I didn't finish it. Money and investing are interesting important subjects but... There are much more important things in life. Exactly. Seriously meaningful lessons to be embraced and explored. My only negative criticism of the book is the title and the way it's in the Personal Finance section of your local bookstore, (B&N of course). Okay, I know his first book and his oeuvre is investing and how to make more money wealth, but this book deserves to have a different title and a spot in the Personal Improvement section. It should be retitled, "Maxims and Musing Reflections on what REALLY Matters", with a subtitle of, "It's NOT about Money". Learned readers often go to the biblio and index to find if the writer shares a kindred spirit with their own interests. I have read over half of the works cited by Alex, I'm much more pleased there's many I haven't read. Many new authors to discover, read and treasure. This book is a treasure. If you have any desire to better yourself and have only a speck of curiosity regarding what some of the great thinkers in life have to say- Read this book! What a brilliant sourcebook of great thinkers and important philosophies about the examined life. Abundant with great quotes and witticisms about- Living and enjoying your short time on this planet. Carpe Diem indeed Alex. Thanks, JeffP

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

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    Feel good book of the year

    For those of us who grew up without grandfathers this is a great book to pick up for good old fashioned advice on how to live. It has a little more umph because it comes from a wall street big shot but at the same time this is its greatest failing. This guy is high on the hog and can really sit back and enjoy life now that he's at the top but what about all of us at the bottom? Should we be happy being at the bottom and just relax? End of the day I think the author comes off as a bit of hypocrite but does well with the crowd that is already looking to take life a little easier.

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

    Amazing

    This book is a pleasant surprise. I expected something financial.

    The author is succinct, has elegant vocabulary, and is most erudite.

    It is a true gem and he is to be congratulated.

    Amf

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2009

    a read to think about.

    this is a wonderfull book to read if you want to think about what is important to you in life. with the nuggets of wisdom to make you a better person.

    mark

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