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  • NOTE TO SELF: A Seven-Step Path to Gratitude and Growth ~Laurie Buchanan, PhD NOTE TO SELF is the book I chose to begin the year 2017.  I have a consistent habit for the last 24 years of choosing a book that will facilitate self-realization and change within myself.  I also added the revised edition of THE BIOLOGY OF BELIEF by Dr. Bruce Lipton to my studies, and procured ...
  • THE FORBIDDEN GARDEN: A Novel ~Ellen Herrick Ellen Herrick, the author of THE SPARROW SISTERS has written another delightful tale, which is as lovely a read as a cup of tea on a rainy afternoon.  THE FORBIDDEN GARDEN is filled with beautiful descriptions that include character’s thoughts as well as the magnificence of flowers, insects, birds and trees.   The English word expressions ...
  • THE HIDEAWAY: A First Novel ~Lauren K. Denton THE HIDEAWAY turned out to be a hard story for me to review.  I need to start with my disclaimer:  I worked in Alabama for a short period of time.  I was never in my life treated as rudely by the people of Alabama in my entire life.  I met several amazing women and lawyers ...
  • DUPLICITY: A Novel of Suspense, A Julia Gooden Mystery ~Jane Haseldine DUPLICITY is a suspenseful tale about a journalist who writes about crime in Detroit.  Julia has to balance many parts of her life and has not totally come to terms with her 9-year-old brother’s disappearance years ago.  Her attorney husband is just starting to come home after straying to another’s bed and her young sons ...
  • MISSISSIPPI BLOOD: A Novel – #3 of the NATCHEZ BURNING Trilogy ~Greg Iles “Adrenaline-fueled excitement…A very American epic.”  (Washington Post) “The endgame is at hand for Penn Cage, his family and the enemies working to destroy them in this exhilarating final volume in the epic Natchez Burning trilogy set in modern Natchez, Mississippi – Greg Iles’s bold and ambitious story of blood and honor, violence and revenge that explores ...
  • BY THE WAYSIDE: Wonder Full Short Stories ~Anne Leigh Parrish BY THE WAYSIDE is definitely a book of short stories that has brought me delight and enjoyment.  I believe that this is because of Anne Leigh Parrish’s style of storytelling and her interesting twists and pockets of humor in the most common of circumstances.  There are such wonderful sneaky quirks found here. TLC Book Tours  sent ...
  • THE ROANOKE GIRLS: A Novel ~Amy Engle THE ROANOKE GIRLS is a story about all the girls born and raised at the Roanoke Farm. Yates Roanoke loved his life and his farm in a sleepy, hot part of Kansas. He loved his oil wealth and his wife and her crazy designed house.  Yates loved his two sisters and his three daughters and ...
  • ALL THE NEWS I NEED: a novel ~Joan Frank ALL THE NEWS I NEED is full of wonderful words placed with delicate care and mixed with adjectives, which are perfection.  Frank’s has created a word salad that is filled with glorious descriptions of feelings and attitudes and fears and delights that just move the reader along the page onto the next and each new ...
  • MERMAIDS OF LAKE MICHIGAN: A Novel ~Suzanne Kamata MERMAIDS OF LAKE MICHIGAN is one of the most beautiful coming of age stories I have ever read.  Perfect for young adult readers and people who have lived a full life.  The writing is like a lovely tea party and the characters are so full and well imaged.  The problems were real and inviting even ...
  • THE ORPHAN’S TALE: A WWII Story ~Pam Jenoff We are partaking of a story, THE ORPHAN’S TALE, in which the author wishes the reader to ask the question –“What would I have done?” in these circumstances?  Since there are two protagonists who become friends in the course of the story this is particularly challenging. Jenoff has been interested in this period of time since ...
  • BEST LAID PLANS AND OTHER DISASTERS: A Novel ~Amy Rivers BEST LAID PLANS AND OTHER DISASTERS is a companion story to WALLFLOWER BLOOMING, although both can be standalone stories also.  These are witty, warm and very fun reads about cousins who reside in Cambria, Colorado.  Wallflower is about Val a PR company owner and Best Laid Plans is about Gwen the new mayor of Cambria ...
  • POINT OF NO RETURN: A WWII Novel ~Martha Gellhorn THE POINT OF NO RETURN had an amazing history when first printed and then in 1989 it was retitled from THE WINE OF ASTONISHMENT to THE POINT OF NO RETURN and Gellhorn wrote a new forward and re-released the novel.  It has been a best seller for years. “Originally published in 1948, this powerful novel follows ...
  • THE FIFTH PETAL: A Novel ~Brunonia Barry THE FIFTH PETAL takes place in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, 1989, and 2014.  In 1692, a number of women were hung from an oak tree and then their bodies were dumped into a mass grave.   In 1989, 3 young women had their throats cut while they were blessing their ancestors with one survivor and one ...
  • LAW AND DISORDER: A Thriller – or A Harlequin Intrigue Novel ~Heather Graham LAW AND DISORDER is the newest book by Heather Graham. “New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Heather Graham has written more than a hundred novels. She’s a winner of the RWA’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the International Thrillers Writers’ Silver Bullet. She is an active member of International Thriller Writers and Mystery Writers ...
  • THE WORTHINGTON WIFE: A Romance with a Decades Old Mystery ~Sharon Page We have all the splendor of Downton Abbey and the long sweeping estates of the old families of England in the 1920s, we also have a decades old murder mystery amidst all the glamor and confusions of finding a new Earl for Worthington Estates. Oh and the Roaring Twenties are truly the “rage”.  We find ...
  • CHAIN OF CUSTODY: An Inspector Gowda Novel ~Anita Nair I am very pleased that the Meryl Zegarek Public Relations Firm sent me CHAIN OF CUSTODY for review.  It is always wonderful to read what has been written in other countries and how novelists and authors are approaching social issues in their locations.  This is the second book in the Inspector Gowda mystery series ...
  • LIFT AND SEPARATE: A Novel ~Marilyn Simon Rothstein LIFT AND SEPARATE just fills the cup and spills over revealing a full life, which raises and supports an older woman’s journey through a rough cleavage of problems (could not resist!). The humor and one liners were worth the entire cost of the book and let us face it, when one is an older woman ...
  • WILD HORSE SPRINGS: A Novel with Romance and Cowboys ~Jodi Thomas “New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas is a fifth-generation Texan who sets many of her stories in her home state, where her grandmother was born in a covered wagon. She is a certified marriage and family counselor, a Texas Tech graduate and writer-in-residence at West Texas A&M University. She lives with her husband in ...
  • I HATE EVERYONE EXCEPT YOU: A Humorous Memoir With Fiction ~Clinton Kelly Best known for his work on WHAT NOT TO WEAR and as the moderator on THE CHEW, Clinton Kelly is well regarded for his humor and style.  NET GALLEY sent me an e-copy of his new book I HATE EVERYONE EXCEPT YOU for review and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it – laughing all the way! I ...
  • FUDGE AND JURY: A Bakeshop Mystery ~Ellie Alexander “A delectable tale of murder and intrigue…This bakeshop mystery is a real page-turner, and we look forward to other in the series, just as tasty.” (Portland Book Review) FUDGE AND JURY finds us in Ashland, Oregon in the most marvelous Bakery one can imagine, which is located just down the street from the Historic Ashland Springs ...
  • SAY GOODBYE FOR NOW: Another Wonderful Novel ~Catherine Ryan Hyde Catherine Ryan Hyde is a master storyteller- SAY GOODBYE FOR NOW is proof that her stories get better and better, all 30 of them.  She has over 50 short stories in major publications and awards upon awards for her artful writing.    I have had the good fortune of reading and reviewing three of her most ...
  • SECRETS OF WORRY DOLLS: A novel ~Amy Impellizzeri I have to start with the author when I think about this story. “On November 12,2001, American Airlines Flight 587 crashed on my residential corner in Belle Harbor, New York. All of the passengers and crew and five of my neighbors on the ground died that morning. All reports of that day say there were ...
  • TWILIGHT CHRISTMAS: A Carolina Coast Novella ~ Normandie Ward Fischer I was in the mood for a great Christmas Story when I heard that one of my favorite authors was releasing a novella. Normandie Ward Fisher sent me an e-copy right away and I now am aware that the paperback copy has been released. It fit the bill with perfection. Normandie Fischer has a nice style ...
  • WALLFLOWER BLOOMING: A Romantic Story ~Amy Rivers TLC Book Tours sent me an e-copy of WALLFLOWER BLOOMING for review.  It is a nice read and is a variation of traditional romance as it includes a good amount of information about depression, anxiety, and control issues surrounding the heroine of the story.  Equal parts self-actualization and romance. Val Shakely has her own business and ...
  • A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING: A Novel ~ Ruth Ozeki A nearly perfect read, which came into my awareness with nearly perfect timing, and gave me a nearly perfect excuse to do nothing else except read; Exquisite. The story begins with a 16-year-old girls voice saying:  “Hi! My name is Nao, and I am a time being. Do you know what a time being is?  Well, ...
  • LOVE LITERARY STYLE: A ROM-COM NOVEL ~Karin Gillespie Gotta! love whimsy when it is well-played and just delights at every page turn. LOVE LITERARY STYLE is a romantic – comedy with some excellent tongue and cheek for the world of publishing and hope for the Great American Novel. Aaron Mite is the serious author in the story-very serious.  He only writes literary novels and ...
  • ADOLFO KAMINSKY A FORGER’S LIFE: A Memoir ~Sarah Kaminsky (Translated by Mike Mitchell) “Already published in six languages to a global audience, ADOLFO KAMINSKY A FORGER’S LIFE, critics have called it riveting, thrilling, precise and touching, written like one of the best spy novels, and one of the most captivating books of the year.”(From publicity sheet – Meryl Zegarek Public Relations, Inc.  www.mzpr.com ) Imagine a young boy, a ...
  • THE INTERSECT: A Novel ~Brad Graber “When life veers off course, strangers find comfort and lasting connection” There are so many issues discussed in this fine story it is hard to find a place to start. A couple decides to move out of the heavy, duty, frenetic life of San Francisco and relocate to Phoenix, Arizona.  Dave and Charlie form the foundational ...
  • MADAME PRESIDENTESS: An Historic Novel ~Nicole Evelina “Rising out of the shame of an abusive childhood, Victoria Woodhull, the daughter of a con-man and a religious zealot, vows to follow her destiny, one the spirits say will lead her out of poverty to “become ruler of her people.” (TLC Book Tours) 48 years plus, before women were allowed to vote, Victoria was born ...
  • BEAUTY AND ATTRACTION: A Novel ~Liz Rosenberg An Advanced Reader copy of this story arrived in my inbox and I just thought the cover of this book was a good first hook.  I found this story about a young woman in the 1950s to be very interesting and a good read.  The story is about a “freedom” which can manifest after a ...
  • THE SURVIVOR’S QUIDE TO FAMILY HAPPINESS: A Novel ~Maddie Dawson Sometimes life just leaves you all alone. Feels just awful but what is a gal to do? If you are Nina Popkin you just start searching out new goals and pick up your spirits and charge forward.  The reader is pulled into this story of rejection and the glorious optimism and worry of Nina until ...
  • PhDEATH: The Puzzler Murders ~James P. Carse This Book will not be published until NOVEMBER 1,2016 Every once in awhile a book comes along that just takes the reader on a wonderful ride; turning around so many things at one time thought to be true but are now varied.  James Carse has indeed accomplished this mind changing with a hauntingly interesting tale, which ...
  • DRESSING A TIGER: A memoir ~Maggie San Miguel DRESSING A TIGER is not a plain Ol’ memoir with a bit of spicing up, this is about a very interesting and sometimes disturbing life story mixed with a heavy dose of humor and a very spunky child who remembers so much.  Maggie is the youngest child in her family – much younger; her brother ...
  • FINDING LIBBIE: A Novel ~Deanna Lynn Sletten ‘Happily Ever After’ is the start point of this review and my sharing about this author.  It is a good love story nicely written and was a grand rainy weekend read – very much on the sweet side! Emily Prentice is busy helping her grandmother pack up the farmhouse and move into the city and a ...
  • NIGHT RINGING: A Memoir in Poetry ~ Laura Foley I like to start my day with a poem.  I have an email subscription to a ‘poem a day’ site, which reliably sends something delightful to my inbox and I am introduced to many new writer’s words.  I have no expertise with poetry and did not study it much in school as I fell in ...
  • ECHOES OF FAMILY: A Novel ~Barbara Claypole White “A Brit living in North Carolina, Barbara Claypole White writes hopeful family drama with a healthy dose of mental illness.  Her debut novel, THE UNFINISHED GARDEN, won the 2013 Golden Quill Contest for Best First Book, and THE IN-BETWEEN HOUR was chosen by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance as a Winter 2014 Okra Pick.  Her ...
  • THE GOODBYE YEAR: A Novel ~Kaira Rouda Four families from a wealthy community in California are the focus of this story.  Each family has a senior in high school and they are starting that last year.  There are some funny scenes for sure in this book, but primarily it is about the frantic moments of thinking about the future and worrying about ...
  • THE BONE TREE: BOOK TWO OF THE NATCHEZ BURNING TRILOGY ~GREG ILES Southern Lawyer Penn Cage and his fiancée Caitlin Masters the newspaper publisher have just escaped being set on fire by a ruthless businessman Brody Royal and are still searching for Dr. Tom Cage, Penn’s father, who is being accused of killing a black nurse who worked for him as we finish the exciting book NATCHEZ ...
  • THE WHISKEY SEA: A Novel ~Ann Howard Creel A fictional story wrapped around a piece of American History taking us to the New Jersey Shore and a young woman’s life during Prohibition.  It is a story of tenacity and perseverance, which brings a future and hope to a newly established family.  I think Young adult readers and possibly some middle school readers will ...
  • AUTUMN IN OXFORD: A Novel ~Alex Rosenberg Lake Union Publishing is certainly sharing some mighty fine reads with me this year.  AUTUMN IN OXFORD is a finely crafted murder, espionage, love story which is about reading every word and storing the details so you will be able to fit the twists and changes into perspective and solve the “who done it” part.  ...
  • NATCHEZ BURNING: A Novel ~Greg Iles The first book in a trilogy that will just knock you over it is so compelling and non-stop.  The action and history is condensed into an 800-page turner of a book, which fills in history and the violence of the 1960s that continues into 2005. NATCHES BURNING was sent to me by TLC Book Tours ...
  • THE BURIED BOOK: A Novel ~D.M. Pulley D.M. Pulley wrote THE DEAD KEY that I reviewed several years ago.  It was a fascinating study of corruption that was part of an old bank scheduled to be demolished.  It was difficult to get into and yet there I was hooked into reading every page and the story was excellent. “The author is a professional ...
  • FAMILY TREE: A Relationship Story ~Susan Wiggs “Susan Wiggs is the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of more than fifty novels, with her books in print in thirty countries.  A native of a small town in upstate New York, she now lives with her husband at the water’s edge on an island in Puget Sound, and in good weather can commute ...
  • A PIECE OF SKY, A GRAIN OF RICE: A memoir in four meditations ~Christine Hale I just need to state at the very beginning of this review that I am so happy I was sent this book for reading and review.  What a wonderful book, which arrived at perfect timing for what is happening in our world and the politics of the day.  So many people right now are asking ...
  • EVERYTHING WE KEEP: A Novel ~Kerry Lonsdale It is Aimee’s wedding day but instead of celebrating the family is attending the groom’s memorial service.  The reader is right into the first plot twist and the mystery of this romantic love story.  A mystery woman tells the tearful bride that James is still alive at the reception! The first part of EVERYTHING WE KEEP ...
  • BROKEN GOUND: A Novel ~Karen Halvorsen Schreck Broken Ground is a wonderful story, which started as a family story and as the author did her research expanded into a reveal about the historic deportations of Mexican Farm Workers from California in the 1930s.  This removal of immigrants was also described as “self-deportation” even when they had been born in the USA and ...
  • REMEMBER MY BEAUTIES: A Novel ~Lynne Hugo TLC Book Tours   sent me this e book for review. It was an advanced readers copy and as I have read another of Lynne Hugo’s books and I know they were well edited, I believe this copy needs some more editing; not the usual for this author who truly does her research and homework.  The ...
  • THE LIGHT OF GRACE: Journeys of an Angel ~Kasey Claytor “The Light of Grace is an amazing journey through space and time and the most incredible journey of all – the one within.” – Mark Anthony, The Psychic Lawyer THE LIGHT OF GRACE produces a number of hopeful feelings as one reads through each story.  The book is long and I needed to have set aside ...
  • FINDING FONTAINEBLEAU: An American Boy in France ~ Thad Carhart “Long before mass tourism and globalization, France was simple, soulful, and every inch stimulating.  Carhart knew it all and shares this with us with the deftness and insight of a master storyteller.”  (Cover:  Leonard Pitt, author of WALKS THROUGH LOST PARIS) FINDING FONTAINBEBLEAU is a beguiling memoir of post war France with loving stories about baguettes ...
  • THE MIND-GUT CONNECTION: How the Hidden Conversation Within Our Bodies Impacts Our Mood, Our Choices, and Our Overall Health ~Emeran Mayer, MD I love to eat raspberries and it is my love of raspberries that made me want to read this book.  To me raspberries are nearly perfect food from the delight they pose to my tongue all the way as they travel through the GI track, bringing usable fiber and seeds of joy to my brain.  ...
  • FOLLOW THE RIVER HOME: A Novel ~Corran Harrington “Daniel Arroyo has suffered a lifetime of guilt over the sudden death of his infant sister, who died when he was eight years old.  He now lives his middle years between that guilt and worsening episodes of PTSD from a Vietnam he left thirty years ago.  When a violent encounter on a dusty highway forces ...
  • WRONG HIGHWAY: A Novel ~by Wendy Gordon Wrong Highway finds the reader at West Meadow, Long Island in New York about 1986 and we are thrust into a tale about two sisters; one a high energy mother of four who is very free spirited and the older sister a perfectionist mother of one who does everything just as responsibly as she is ...
  • A HOUSE FOR HAPPY MOTHERS: A Novel ~Amulya Malladi “Amulya Mulladi is the author of six novels, including The Mango Season and the Sound of Language. Her books have been translated into several languages, including Dutch, German, Spanish, Danish, Romanian, Serbian, and Tamil.  She has a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s degree in journalism and works as a marketing executive for a ...
  • REBEL SISTERS: Irish History shared through story ~Marita Conlon-McKenna I do think learning history through story is such a good idea. This book is about three specific sisters, who truly existed, and were part of the 1916 Freedom Rebellion in Dublin, Ireland.  Two of the sisters were married to leaders of the uprising; one sister was a volunteer with the organization.  There are songs ...
  • LEAVING BLYTHE RIVER: A Coming of Age Story ~Catherine Ryan Hyde Catherine Ryan Hyde is an award winning, New York Times best selling author. She is probably best know for her novel PAY IT FORWARD, which was made into a movie.  I am always pleased to read her books, which might be categorized as young adult and yet very satisfying read for a wide age range. TLC ...
  • WE’RE ALL DAMAGED: A Novel ~Matthew Norman Have you ever hoped that someone who hurt you would find a bit of punishment? Maybe not really full on retribution or revenge, but a bit of pain or struggle – just enough?  WE’RE ALL DAMAGED is about recovery from a big hurt except the struggle keeps arriving at the door step of the victim ...
  • THE EAGLE TREE: The Remarkable Story of A Boy and A Tree ~Ned Hayes An environmental love story, takes place in my hometown, is a great voice for autism and potential.  Peter March Wong is a fourteen-year-old boy who loves to climb trees – at least 3 everyday.  He is a walking encyclopedia of knowledge about trees and he is a gifted scientist. March and his mother have moved into ...
  • The Passage: A Novel ~Michael Hurley Give a middle aged American Irishman a bar fight, put him on his sailboat headed to Ireland to find the true taste of Guinness and an amazing story emerges from Hurley’s imagination.   I could not put this book down, I was possessed by the story and the frame and range of the surface right to ...
  • INCARNATION: A Novel ~Laura Davis Hays Are you ready for a fascinating read?  Do you like to think and figure out what is going on in a story?  How is your intuition?  How do you feel about the environment and science?  Do we have one life or do we come back many times?  Do we have a task to complete while ...
  • DECEPTION ISLAND: A Romance Novel ~Brynn Kelly TLC Book Tours sent me a copy of this novel for review.  It was an advance copy and there was no other promo information that accompanied the e-book, nor was there a cover.  As per my usual, I just dove in to see what this first novel was about. There is some excitement to ...
  • ONCE UPON A LIE: A Novel ~Michael French “Michael French is the author of 25 books, which include adult fiction and young adult fiction, art criticism, biographies, adaptions, and gender studies.” (Cover) There is tremendous skill in the writing of ONCE UPON A LIE and the hooks captivate the imagination within the first few pages.  The characters are extremely well developed and the reader ...
  • THE BRIDGE LADIES: A memoir ~Betsy Lerner “This is the best book about mothers and daughters I’ve read in decades, maybe ever.  I just loved it, related to it viscerally, kept calling up my daughters to read passages aloud to them.  It’s about – in addition to Bridge, of course – mother-daughter conflict, the desire to love and be loved, aging and ...
  • YOUR TIME IS NOW: Your Life, Your Choice, You Have the Power; Today Is the Day ~Keith E. Smith I so enjoy reading books about people’s success and the path they take to get to the next level. They always inspire me to renew my energy to change and keep my efforts fresh and well practiced. YOUR TIME IS NOW is just a marvelous example of that successful living model and a great permission ...
  • ALICE IN BED: A Novel ~Judith Hooper Interesting title for this book and it captured my attention and made me want to read it even before I knew much about the story!   When I learned it was about Alice James the sister of psychologist William James and writer Henry James, I did not hesitate to pick the book up and read. I liked ...
  • GONE TO SOLDIERS: A Fiction Novel about WWII ~ Marge Piercy I discovered Marge Piercy the writer in the early 1990s.  GONE TO SOLDIERS was published in 1987 and I had already read GOING DOWN FAST, SMALL CHANGES, WOMAN ON THE EDGE OF TIME,  FLY AWAY HOME, and HE, SHE, IT. The women I was in a support group with in New York City were praising ...
  • WHERE WE FALL: A Novel ~Rochelle B. Weinstein TLC Book Tours sent me a copy of WHERE WE FALL for review and I enjoyed reading this book.  Very nice Southern Romance with a good premise.  I lived for several years in North Carolina and YES, the countryside is amazingly beautiful and written about with style in this story. The story line is good and ...
  • THE ART OF CALM: Photographs and Wisdom to Balance Your Life ~ Rebecca Ascher-Walsh Just in time for Mother’s Day TLC Book Tours  and National Geographic Society Books sent me THE ART OF CALM for review.  It is absolutely beautiful and would make a lovely gift for the women in your life, and how about just for you? Rebecca Ascher-Walsh has chosen stunning photographs to accompany each page of her ...
  • THE RIVALS OF VERSAILLES: A Novel ~Sally Christie Once again we are delighted with the historic fiction of Sally Christie in book two of the trilogy about the Versailles Court of France’s Louis XV (1745) Hopefully, the reader was delighted with the SISTERS OF VERSAILLES and all the mistresses of the King – particularly the 5 Nestle sisters of which 4 became his ...
  • THE SILENCE OF MORNING: A Memoir of the Time Undone ~D.A. Hickman “Despite a crushing loss…here we have a warmth of spirit, understanding and compassion in a distancing world.”  (Madeline Sharples – from cover) I believe that there is a need within each of us to read this book.  Yes, it is a well written memoir with lovely poetic sentences and descriptions, it is a poignant telling of ...
  • A SHORT PATH TO CHANGE: 30 Ways to Transform Your Life ~Jenny Mannion “The purpose of this book is to help you discover your own inner power for healing aspects of your own life.  Remember, we are all self-healing creatures.” I have been reading and following Jenny Mannion’s blog posts for many years now.  I was very excited to hear that her book was to be published.  When you ...
  • THE SKELETON GARDEN: A Potting Shed Mystery ~Marty Wingate Net Galley sent me a copy of Marty Wingate’s newest book for review and I was so pleased as I have read all of her Potting Shed Mystery Stories and find them delightful. Pru Parke is busy in the garden with her brother Simon getting the Greenoak Gardens in perfect order for a magazine spread coming ...
  • THE CHRISTOS MOSAIC: A Novel ~Vincent Czyz Batten down the hatches and get set for a spectacular read and thrilling adventure in the same league as the DAVINCI CODE and other well written conspiracy theories. An imaginative romp through the serious efforts of theological pursuits, Dead Sea Scrolls and the Life of Jesus theorists; includes car chases and foreign locations. “Author Vincent Czyz ...
  • WRECK OF THE GOSSAMER: (The Puzzle Box Chronicles: Book 1) ~Shawn P. McCarthy Dark Spark Press sent me a  PDF file of Book 1 for this 5 part series that touches base with the start of electricity and radio being developed in the USA.  It is just 171 pages and right when the plot gets extremely interesting the book stops and we must wait for the Book 2 ...
  • THE SISTERS OF VERSAILLES: A Novel and book One of a Trilogy ~Sally Christie “Goodness, but sisters are a thing to fear.” This historic fiction brings us right to the Court of France’s beloved King Louis XV and the lives of 5 sisters and how they intersected his life and his love. All 5 of the Nesle Sisters spend time in the Court of Versailles serving the Polish Queen of Louis ...
  • BENEATH STILL WATERS: A Novel ~Cynthia A. Graham About the Author: “As a child, Cynthia A. Graham spent every weekend and vacation in the cotton belt of Missouri where she grew to love the mystery and beauty of the stark, delta plane.  Today, Cynthia lives in St. Louis where she graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Missouri – St. Louis with a ...
  • SUGAR CRUSH: How to Reduce Inflammation, Reverse Nerve Damage, and Reclaim Good Health ~By Dr. Richard P. Jacoby and Raquel Baldelomar Suffering with nerve pain, foot sores, generally feeling tired and worn down, taking a number of pills and not finding relief, not a true diagnosis, and maybe diagnosed as diabetic?  Dr. Jacoby to the rescue with his new book SUGAR CRUSH.  He does not mince words and the book is clear and the explanations are ...
  • TWO FROM ISAAC’S HOUSE: An Isaac’s House Novel; A Story of Promises ~Normandie Fischer Ms. Fischer is quite a storyteller and TWO FROM ISAAC’S HOUSE is right up there on the list for good reading. When TLC Book Tours   included TWO FROM ISAAC’S HOUSE on the review list, I jumped at the opportunity to read and review another of Normandie Fisher’s books.  I wanted to know if BECALMED was ...
  • THE RAIN SPARROW: A Honey Ridge Novel ~Linda Goodnight THE RAIN SPARROW is a lovely southern romance just in time for Valentine’s Day and with all the trimmings in place.   It turned out to be a lovely afternoon read and I enjoyed traveling back to my days in the south and in time. Hayden Winter is a thriller writer who is making a good living ...
  • INTEGRITY: A Compelling Novel ~Anna Borgeryd “A compelling novel that brings the big picture of climate change, economic greed and runaway inequality down to a deeply personal level through the story of a relationship between a woman and a man.”  Dr. Vandana Shiva, Environmentalist and author I could not put INTEGRITY down.  All 500 pages held my interest and it is proving ...
  • MY SWEET VIDALIA: A Novel ~Deborah Mantella With a character name like Vidalia, I knew I was reading a Southern novel and so I prepared for some fairly scary scenes and painful moments.   MY SWEET VIDALIA was the retelling of a classic Southern scenario of poverty; racism and ignorance with a few bright and optimistic characters that kept the book moving forward ...
  • HOW TO BE ALIVE: A Guide to the Kind of Happiness That Helps The World ~Colin Beavan – Author of No Impact Man “Colin’s work is about asking us to think about what makes us truly happy and what’s really important in our lives.” – Arianna Huffington I was expecting a self-help book when I agreed to review HOW TO BE ALIVE for TLC Book Tours.  And yes, it is a self-help book and also one, which challenges the ...
  • NOW EVERYONE WILL KNOW: A Memoir ~Maggie Kneip “The Perfect Husband, His Shattering Secret; My Rediscovered Life” McKinney PR, LLC (Larissa Ackerman | Claire McKinney PR, 41 Main Street Suite B, Chester, NJ 07930) sent me a copy of this book for review and it is quite the read about holding on to a secret for 20 years, denying a segment of a life ...
  • THE RESTAURANT CRITIC’S WIFE: Good Storytelling ~Elizabeth LaBan “Compulsively readable and richly detailed, a guilt-free treat that will have you devouring every word.” (Cover) JENNIFER WEINER – #1 New York Times bestselling author. As I started to read THE RESTAURANT CRITIC’S WIFE I thought several times that I was reading a Jennifer Weiner story and truly enjoying this cozy read of an e-book.  When ...
  • LIAR: A Memoir ~Rob Roberge Very happy to be asked by Net Galley to read this memoir, which pulled no punches about the read being dark and humorous at the same time.  It was just that, as the author is Bipolar (Manic Depression), suffers with alcoholism, and has been a junkie for most of his 43 years. Hindsight is so 20/20.  ...
  • HIDDEN INHERITANCE: Family Secrets, Memory, and Faith ~Heidi B. Neumark I was drawn into this story on the very first page of reading.  I agreed with Lillian Daniel, who wrote on the cover of the book, “This is a family tree worth climbing.” Part Memoir and part detective novel this book is full of beautiful words and exegesis work, which is then perfectly meshed into current ...
  • THE QUESTION?: A Thriller for the Curious ~R. Breuer Stearns “If You Could have the Answer to Only One Question, What Would You Ask?” “And Who Might Try to Stop You From Asking It?” THE QUESTION is ideal reading for anyone who is curious . . . for those who gaze into the cosmos at night and wonder . . . for those who look into the ...
  • DAUGHTER OF SAND AND STONE: A Historic Fiction ~Libbie Hawker I open the page and soon I am riding a camel across the desert sands in 270 C.E. and quickly along for the ride (or story) of Zenobia, a seventeen year old youngest daughter of an Oasis trader who keeps Rome in supplies, food and finery. Zenobia is headstrong and has her own opinions although she ...
  • FIXED IN FEAR: A Justice Novel (#5) ~T.E. Woods I have never been a great fan of murder mysteries, although in the last 5 years I have read and reviewed a great many of them.  I know that quite a few of my readers like them very much and I am amazed at how many of my older followers enjoy them to the max.  ...
  • FREEDOM FROM GUILT AND BLAME ~Darlene Lancer, JD, LMFT Freedom from Guilt and Blame is a small book of only 46 pages, and it is a valuable tool to have on your shelf or reader.  Lots of gems are found in this self-help text and they are well explained and defined. If I were still working as a counselor, I would have a number of ...
  • DIG TWO GRAVES: Suspenseful Mystery ~Kim Powers DIG TWO GRAVES came at me like a ton of bricks and I wasn’t ready.  I knew from the title that it was going to be about a murder but I did not figure out it was about lots of murders, a kidnapping or two, and a series of trials/tasks which needed to be completed ...
  • WHISTLING WOMEN: A Novel ~Kelly A. Romo “A whistling woman and a crowing hen always come to some bad end” ~Proverb The story begins in a Nudist Camp in California in 1935. The members are preparing to take their healthy lifestyle to the 1935 Worlds Fair in San Diego.  They will be a part of the exhibitions and earn money for their community ...
  • A SPOOL OF BLUE THREAD: A Novel ~Anne Tyler Anne Tyler won the Pulitzer Prize a few years ago and I have been a fan of her work since I read SAINT MAYBE .  When I heard that A SPOOL OF BLUE THREAD was nominated for a Man Booker Prize I could not wait, I had to purchase a copy and read it right ...
  • LIFE AND OTHER NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES: A Novel ~Camille Pagán LIFE AND OTHER NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES starts with a double whammy of problems for Libby; we are right at the first paragraphs when the Doctor uses the word malignant and cancer right together and Libby retreats into the Kubler-Ross steps of death defying stages in her mind. If this were not enough Libby goes home to ...
  • THE RAVEN ROOM: A Trilogy Mystery (Book 1) ~Ana Medeiros “Anything you can imagine. Everything you crave.” “The Raven Room will have everything you could possibly want and more.” (The San Francisco Book Review – cover)<‘blockquote> You need to be in Chicago to find the RAVEN ROOM finely tuned into Chinatown and the underground levels under traditional storefronts.  It is a Sex Club and offers its membership ...
  • STOLEN YEARS: Stories of the Wrongfully Imprisoned ~Reuven Fenton 10 well researched stories about real people who have been incarcerated for many years when they were innocent of the crime and how they found a way to be released and regain their own lives.   It is estimated that 5% of all the prisoners in the USA have been incarcerated and are actually innocent! Fenton is ...
  • SING THEM HOME: A Wonderful and Restorative Novel ~Stephanie Kallos I have just finished reading LANGUAGE ARTS by Stephanie Kallos and just wanted more of her writing to explore, so I treated myself to an e-copy of her novel SING THEM HOME.   I was not disappointed.  The read was delicious and it is going to challenge me to share just 500 words about it.  I ...
  • WATER ON THE MOON: A Novel ~Jean P. Moore Imagine you are enjoying a morning of relaxing in bed for a bit longer, the twins even have the day off from high school and you all can just remain cozy between the covers.  You begin to hear the sound of an approaching airplane and then realize the plane is in trouble and heading toward ...
  • DERANGED: 3 Stories ~Nora L. Jamieson The reader is privileged to enter the thinking world of 3 women all of the same location but in different stages of their lives.  The stories are separate and yet inter lap, as stories are want to do.  Each woman is of a different age and journey point but there is a common theme and ...
  • LANGUAGE ARTS: A Novel ~Stephanie Kallos LANGUAGE ARTS was what English and Spelling and Writing was called when I was in elementary school.   It involved The Palmer Method of learning to write cursive and when I was in 4th grade I won a prize for my beautiful penmanship.  It was one of the only prizes I won during my school years, ...
  • MISTRESS OF THE COURT: Historic Fiction ~Laura Purcell TLC Book Tours sent me a copy of  MISTRESS OF THE COURT for review. It is quite an interesting historic study and the author has done a great deal of research before adding her fictional parts.  I quite enjoyed this good read. “The second in Laura Purcell’s captivating and acclaimed series of novels chronicling the ...
  • IF YOU LEAVE ME, CAN I COME WITH YOU? Daily Meditations for Codependents and Al-Anons…with a Sense of Humor ~Misti B. A book of days to get the brain thinking and started off leading the way to recovery. Though inspiring and loaded with good common sense, IF YOU LEAVE ME, CAN I COME WITH YOU?  is not romantic or poetic or beautiful phrases – very real and down to earth.  It is a focused look at ...
  • PARIS TIME CAPSULE: A Little Romance Within a Real Life Mystery ~Ella Carey I was so ready for a romance read on the schedule and PARIS TIME CAPSULE did not disappoint.    I just gathered up my Kindle and headed to the deck umbrella for a lovely day of escape reading and staying cool in the unusual heat wave.   The city became still as folks left for a last ...
  • THE UNFORTUNATE IMPORTANCE OF BEAUTY: A Novel ~Amanda Filipacchi THE UNFORTUNATE IMPORTANCE OF BEAUTY is a story picked by my book group for our discussion in September.  I ran into one of our members at the grocery store who was reading ahead as she is headed back to school in a few days and she said, “our next two books are weird!” I was ...
  • THE FURY: A Thriller ~Shane Gericke I could not put this book down and there are two reasons why THE FURY held on to me for 8 hours straight.   The first reason the author says someone assisted him in changing the timing of his writing which made the book just zoom in reading speed and flow and the second was this ...
  • COERCION: A THRILLER ~Tim Tigner Coercion is definitely fast paced and quite the page-turner.  I read it over a two-day period of time and found it hard to put the Kindle down and do something else or sleep.  TLC Book Tours had the author send me an advanced e-copy of the book in order to review the writing and story; ...
  • BROKEN HOMES & GARDENS: A Novel ~Rebecca Kelley Broken Homes and Gardens is one of the nicest love stories I have read in a long time.  I am not sure if it is because the timing was just right, or if this good read was just the refreshing amount of quirky, definitely west coast, or exactly why, but I just so enjoyed reading ...
  • COME AWAY WITH ME: A Novel of Love and Loss ~Karma Brown Come Away With Me is definitely a love story and it is about change, loss, grieving, and recovery.  On the front cover, there are the words that remind one of Elizabeth Gilbert’s EAT, PRAY, LOVE and it did very much because it was about change and taking physical steps to find and process into recovery, ...
  • HE, SHE, IT: A Novel ~Marge Piercy HE, SHE, IT is not a new novel and it is one from my own personal library. I read it the first time in 1991 when it was required reading at the college where I worked.   It was fascinating when I first read it and it stuck with me over all the years.   Then I ...
  • THE WONDER OF ALL THINGS: A Novel ~Jason Mott The story begins at an air show in a small rural town in North Carolina.  Ava, who is thirteen, and her friend Wash have climbed an old silo to watch the stunts and this is the exact spot where the airplane crashes.  Now that would make for an interesting beginning to any story but the ...
  • THE REINVENTION OF ALBERT PAUGH: A Novel Story about retirement ~Jean Davies Okimoto I can hardly wait to tell you about this delightful story, the third in Okimoto’s trilogy about Vashon Island and its special landmarks and the culture of living on an island close to a huge and popular city.   The book came into my computer as a digital file and I needed to make a list ...
  • A REMARKABLE KINDNESS: A Story About Friendship ~Diana Bletter TLC Book Tours  asked me to read and review this book and after reading the promotion material I was looking forward to this very good book about women and friendship.  The book arrived by UPS with a squeak and a promise before the scheduled review.  I set everything aside and read the book cover to ...
  • KILLING SECRETS: A Nan Vining Mystery ~Dianne Emley A “Who Dun It?” murder mystery, which is well written and has an interesting female detective to follow around and figure out the perpetrator of the crime.  This is the 3rd book in a series about this detective and the background from the previous stories is quite good so the book can stand alone. KILLING SECRETS ...
  • STONE MATTRESS: Nine Tales ~Margaret Atwood I discovered that I could pre-order this book a full month before it would appear on shelves at the library or bookstore, I did just that.  I just felt hungry for the incredible writing of Atwood and as though I had been fasting and not indulging for a very long time.   I was not disappointed ...
  • BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE: A Potting Shed Mystery ~Marty Wingate Here we go again with a delightful story in Edinburgh, Scotland full of flowers and gardens, interesting characters and strange activities, and of course a great mystery surrounded by Pru and Christopher’s love story.  What could be better to pull you into a great read.   This is Marty Wingate’s third book in her English Garden ...
  • OLIVAY: A Novel ~Deborah Reed I was totally captured by OLIVAY.  I was driven to turn every page of OLIVAY.  It was very suspenseful and demanding the reader to find resolution and yet it was not a comfortable read at all.   I am so pleased that TLC Book Tours sent me a copy for review; OLIVAY was a most interesting ...
  • A BRILLIANT DECEPTION: An AB&T Novel ~Kim Foster When Kim Foster sent me an email asking if I would like to review her new book I jumped at the opportunity.  I have reviewed her first two books in this series, A Beautiful Heist  and A Magnificent Crime over the past several years and I could hardly wait to dive into this new book ...
  • WIDOW’S SON: A Rare Book Mystery ~Thomas Shawver I am becoming quite a fan of Shawver’s writing and his story telling about Kansas City, rare books and his alter ego Michael Bevan. Interesting premise for this book, it begins with the shooting of Joseph Smith in 1844.  Smith was one of the founding leaders of the Mormon Church and all of this action took ...
  • THE BOUNCE! A Story of Love, Loss, and the Life of a Global Indian ~Mohan “I had uprooted my self from my motherland to an adopted country that had given me permanent residence, but had continued on an accidental globe-trotting adventure. And along the way I had found love, life, and reasons to continue moving forward.  All the while, my life continued to bounce up and down.” (Prologue) I truly enjoyed ...
  • SINGING BEYOND SORROW: A Year of Grief, Gratitude, and Grace ~Carole Marie Downing An extraordinary personal journal of grief is translated into a book of comfort for those suffering a loss or tragedy and it holds a person/the reader up and carries them into a new stage of gratitude, faith and hope.  It does not leave out the ups and downs and it is personal and yet encompasses ...
  • FIXED IN BLOOD: A Justice Novel ~T.E.Woods I could hardly wait to get a copy FIXED IN BLOOD and read it from cover to cover.  The fourth book in the justice series by Woods, I have reviewed each of the others and enjoyed each one.   Each book left me wanting to read more of Woods’ stories. Alibi sent me an uncorrected advanced copy ...
  • DISINTEGRATION: A Windy City Dark Mystery ~Richard Thomas This is one of the darkest books I have ever read.  It was so black that I just could not believe that the author was so prized and that folks were praising this story.  The beginning was so confusing and disorienting that the reader knows right away that the main character is either very mentally ...
  • MIREILLE: New Steamy Summer Romance ~Molly Cochran “Near the end of World War II, seventeen-year-old Mireille de Jouarre flees the home of her stepfather, a Nazi collaborator and abusive drunk.  She finds shelter with her childhood friend Stefan, and the two fall deeply in love.  But as the fighting escalates, Mireille must escape alone to Paris, where she discovers she’s pregnant and ...
  • THE RHYME OF THE MAGPIE: A Birds of a Feather Mystery ~Marty Wingate “One for sorrow, two for joy; Three for a girl, four for a boy; Five for silver, six for gold; Seven for a secret, never to be told; Eight for a wish, nine for a kiss; Ten for a bird that’s best to miss.” THE RHYME OF THE MAGPIE is one of the nicest stories I ...
  • FIVE NIGHT STAND: A Novel ~Richard J. Alley “Do we not owe it to those gone, to those still with us, to ourselves, to live to the fullest of our capabilities? To the extent of our passion?”  (location 86%) I was excited to receive the un-proofed, uncorrected advanced copy of FIVE NIGHT STAND from TLC Book Tours for review.  It was a story about ...
  • The Antigone Poems ~Marie Slaight (Illustrated by Terrence Tasker) “I deem this a holy book – written in ecstasy and the madness of genius.” – Grace Cavalieri I am in the grip of a striking pain in my spine and I think I can’t make one more minute of breath. Then I remember the story of Antigone, a Greek tragedy, and I am reminded I ...
  • The Case of the Invisible Dog: A Shirley Homes Mystery ~Diane Stingley “Any man or woman who commits a crime is my mortal enemy. And they should be your enemy too. Criminals upset the natural order of thing. they tare a hole in the natural fabric of society and it is my job to mend that hole. But I will tell you this, Tammy: there are times ...
  • RYDER: BIRD OF PREY (An Ayesha Ryder Novel) ~Nick Pengelley TLC Book Tours  sent me an uncorrected eBook of this book probably because they know how much I enjoyed reading the first two books in the series!  I am very glad they sent an advanced copy; a good read. “Fans of Steve Berry and James Rollins will devour Ryder: Bird of Prey, the latest white-knuckle thriller ...
  • L.A. ROTTEN: A Tom Tanner Mystery Novel ~Jeff Klima “As an expert crime-scene cleaner, Tom Tanner charges big money to carve out bullets, mop up fluids, disinfect walls, and dispose of whatever’s left of whomever was unlucky enough to require his services. For a handsome young ex-con determined to stay out of trouble, it’s practically a dream job—until he discovers a grisly pattern to ...
  • THINGS YOU’VE INHERITED FROM YOUR MOTHER: A Novel ~Hollie Adams “In her startlingly funny first novel, Hollie Adams takes the conventional wisdom about ‘likeable’ literary heroines and shoves it down an elevator shaft.” (cover) THINGS YOU’VE INHERITED FROM YOUR MOTHER begins and ends with “Tuesday your mother died. Ovarian Cancer.”  It is a very short book with a book within it or several self –help books ...
  • THE MAPMAKER’S CHILDREN: A Novel ~Sarah McCoy “Engaging and emotionally charged…Eden’s realization that ‘what fable and history could agree upon was that everyone was searching for their ever-after, what ever that may be’ neatly sums up the novel’s heart – it’s about the family and the life we create, not always the ones we imagine for ourselves.”  (Kirkus reviews) THE MAPEMAKER’S CHILDREN is ...
  • TRAIL OF BROKEN WINGS: A Novel ~Sejal Badani “Never depend on another person for your happiness.  If someone had the authority to give, then he or she had the authority to take away.” (location 142) I did not know what to expect from the book TRAIL OF BROKEN WINGS.    I knew it was an immigration story and a debut novel but did not know ...
  • THE BOOKSELLER: A Debut Novel ~Cynthia Swanson “A provocative and hauntingly powerful debut novel.  THE BOOKSELLER follows a woman in the 1960s who must reconcile her reality with the tantalizing alternate world of her dreams.” (cover) THE BOOKSELLLER has a fascinating premise and as it dawns on the reader what is happening in this story, one just needs to keep turning the pages ...
  • THE ROBOT SCIENTIST’S DAUGHTER: Poems ~Jeannine Hall Gailey “THE ROBOT SCIENTIST’S DAUGHTER gives us a magnificent voice, at turns ‘happy with the apple blossoms,’ and whip-smart enough to know ‘the beauties of voltmeter and oscilloscope.’ But underneath the beautifully measured sheen and spark of these bright stanzas, is a human who opens up thrilling new worlds by also fearlessly inhabiting poems of sorrow, ...
  • ABOUT A GIRL: A novel ~International Bestselling Author Lindsey Kelk “Hilarious and madcap but full of heart for a heroine we can all love,  ABOUT A GIRL is the perfect summer read!”  (cover) ABOUT A GIRL just unleashes the problems to be resolved right away and never lets up on the action or the reactions that Tess Brookes needs to resolve.  After being downsized from her ...
  • SHADY CROSS: A thriller ~James Hankins “A small-time crook is given one shot at redemption…but sometimes being the good guy calls for doing bad things.” SHADY CROSS is a fictional city in Indiana, big enough to have a crossroads and two major crime families.  Stokes is a small time crook who discovers a major crime gig in progress and this is the ...
  • THE BOY WHO LOVED RAIN: A NOVEL ~Gerard Kelly “They say that what you don’t know can’t hurt you.  They’re wrong.” (cover) The Boy Who Loved Rain is a beautiful story about healing a child and the lengths a Mother will go to uncover the truth and free her teenage son from his distress and open the window to a better future for her child. Fiona ...
  • THE GODFORSAKEN DAUGHTER: A Northern Ireland Story ~Christina McKenna “You will never plough a field by turning it over in your mind.” Rose says… (Loc 92% in an unproofed, uncorrected e-copy.) THE GODFORSAKEN DAUGHTER whisks the reader away to Northern Ireland during all the IRA troubles in 1980’s.  We touch base with the most wonderful characters the author can devise for us to enjoy in ...
  • THE TUSK THAT DID THE DAMAGE: A Novel ~Tania James It’s a Friday and I am in India at a Game Preserve Veterinary Clinic and the scene is dusty and hot, I am privy to the film crews adventure into film-making; far away from the rain, wind, sunshine spring weather dashing the tulips to the ground.  I could not put this story down and was ...
  • THE DEAD KEY: A Mystery & Thriller Award Winner ~D.M. Pulley “ ‘The board of the bank is made up of every old money man in town.  No project gets built in Cleveland without someone from the bank being involved.  Every project that lost money had a board member of First Bank of Cleveland at the helm, but the feds can’t put a case together.  City ...
  • DOG CRAZY: A Novel of Love Lost and Found ~Meg Donohue “Packed with deep emotion and charming surprises, DOG CRAZY is a bighearted and entertaining story that skillfully captures the bonds of love, the pain of separation, and the power of our dogs to heal us.”  (Book cover) DOG CRAZY came my way via TLC BOOK TOURS for review and it was a delightful addition to a ...
  • THE ORGAN TAKERS: A Novel of Surgical Suspense ~Richard Van Anderson “”Richard Van Anderson’s experience as a surgeon at the UW Medical Center gives him the ability to write a convincing debut thriller. The Organ Takers focuses on the moral failings and sociopathic behavior of corrupted medical practitioners. The verdict: Read if you like surgery and a standard thriller, but do not expect to trust your ...
  • THE SECRET OF YOUR IMMORTAL SELF: Key Lessons for Realizing the Divinity Within ~by Guy Finley “Life will always give you something greater than what it’s asked you for, providing you’re willing to let go of that part of yourself that, for fear of the new, favors what’s old.  It’s impossible to cling to who you have been…and be free of yourself at the same time.”(page 75 – PDF copy) This book ...
  • LIFE FROM SCRATCH: a memoir of food, family, and forgiveness ~Sasha Martin “I wonder if she’s right.  I wonder if, after Nick, the doorbell will continue to ring as we let in someone from Burkina Faso, then Burma, and so on, until the entire world is sitting around my dinner table.  An enormous global table.  No arguments. No food fights.  Just people there to share a meal.  ...
  • THE THING ABOUT GREAT WHITE SHARKS and other stories ~Rebecca Adams Wright “These are ceaselessly inventive stories, witty, wry, and wondrous, by turn, and all graced with an emotional sincerity that ensure they never dip into mere whimsy.  This is speculative fiction with both a head and a heart.”  -Peter Ho Davies, author of The Welsh Girl. (From the cover) THE THING ABOUT GREAT WHITE SHARKS and Other ...
  • I REGRET EVERYTHING: A Love Story ~Seth Greenland “I don’t know that poets will ever have a public role again but for me poetry is something that must be read closely because the finest work demands a radical empathy.” (Unproofed, uncorrected copy page 91) I REGRET EVERYTHING is a story I highly recommend to all readers.  Written by a poet and satirist, this novel ...
  • THE LAST GOOD PARADISE: A Novel ~Tatjana Soli “Everyone encouraged one to ‘live the dream,’ but no one talked about how to pay for it.”   “He was learning the hard way that even divine cooking didn’t make one immune to being unloved.  Sadly, food wasn’t always enough.”  (Unproofed copy at 25% of Kindle reader) Ever dream about living on an isolated island in the ...
  • THE SERPENT OF VENICE: A Satire ~Written by the witty, clever, author, Christopher Moore “Shakespeare and Poe might be rolling in their graves, but they’re rolling with laughter.  Moore is one of the cleverest, naughtiest writers alive.” ~Carl Hiaasen (cover) Christopher Moore enthusiasts will love this book.  Teenage boys who need to read THE MERCHANT OF VENICE by the Bard will love reading this book.  Teenagers will love this book ...
  • SCENT OF BUTTERFLIES: A novel of betrayal ~Dora Levy Mossanen “This is all a butterfly’s life amounts to.  Evolving from egg to worm to adult, with nothing better to do than obsess over a quick sip of nectar so as to get on with the senseless frenzy of mating.” (Page 59) SCENT OF BUTTERFLIES was just the perfect read for a rainy day, knowing that the ...
  • DOLL GOD: A Poetry Collection ~Luanne Castle “I talk to him about my cousin’s life, expecting something from him.  Neither of us knows what.” (Page 34) “Every day the world subtracts from itself,” Luanne Castle observes. Her wonderfully titled collection, Doll God, with its rich and varied mix of poems part memoir, part myth and tale, shimmers as it swims as poetry is ...
  • CUCKOO’S CALLING: A Cormoran Strike Mystery (book I) ~Robert Galbraith “It’s a psychological term.  The Johari window.  It’s all to do with how well we know ourselves, and how well other people know us.”  (Kindle page 360 of 550) CUCKOO’S CALLING is a book group book that is from my personal library and it was just great fun to read.  A second Cormoran Strike Mystery will ...
  • THE BOYS IN THE BOAT: A True Story ~Daniel James Brown (Narrated by Edward Herrman) “Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics” I highly recommend THE BOYS IN THE BOAT as a book the whole family – everyone you know will enjoy.  This interesting piece of history was recommended to me by a number of people and when I suggested it to my husband ...
  • WHERE HAVE I BEEN ALL MY LIFE? A Journey Toward Love and Wholeness ~Cheryl Rice “WHERE HAVE I BEEN ALL MY LIFE? Is an engaging, nourishing must-read for any woman who wants to love and accept herself more fully.” (Marci Shimoff #1 New York Times best-selling author of LOVE FOR NO REASON and HAPPY FOR NO REASON – cover) TLC Book Tours sent me a copy of WHERE HAVE I BEEN ...
  • JOY STREET: Poems ~Laura Foley “Who would have thought poems about dead husbands, distanced fathers, and social awkwardness could evoke such a sense of hope, and even laughter?…this is the magic of Laura Foley’s latest collection of poetic narratives.”  (-Joni B. Cole, author of Toxic Feedback, Helping Writers Survive and Thrive.  From promotion material) The JOY STREET poems are an autobiography ...
  • Ayesha Ryder: American Treasure, International Suspense ~Nick Pengelley “His goals were clear.  First the 1814 treasure, then he could take care of Ryder.  The first meant little to him, except that it furthered the work of Shamir.  The second would be the fulfillment of a dream.” (Location 247 in an uncorrected, unproofed e-copy) AYESHA RYDER: American Treasure has all the excitement of a thriller, ...
  • THE DIVORCE DIET: A Novel ~Ellen Hawley “I watch the last few minutes of the special on the diet industry.  A show on maximum-security prisons follows.  I’m struck by the parallels and wonder if anyone else notices them.” (location 33% on e-reader of an unproofed, uncorrected, advanced readers file) THE DIVORCE DIET is a savory tale that turns life sweet, with all the ...
  • HEALING AND PREVENTION THROUGH NUTRITION: A Holistic Approach to Eating and Living for Optimal Health, Weight, and Wellness ~Evita Ochel I have been following Evita Ochel on her blog, website and Facebook for about eight years, I hope someday to meet her and talk in person, and she has been an inspiration for me time and time again when it comes to food, lifestyle, documentary choices, and healing.  Evita has never failed to answer any ...
  • 13 HOLLYWOOD APES: A Layla Remington Novel ~Gil Reavill “You see? We treat people like they’re nothing, like they might as well be inanimate rocks.  But when we open up our hearts we see them as fellow creatures, then as humans, and finally as friends.” (Location 1812) Putting on the Top Hat and wrapping myself around a lot of old movies and actors in my ...
  • ZEN MASTER TOVA TARANTINO TOSHIBA: The Illustrious and Delusional Abbess of Satire ~ Gabriel Constans How do you handle Satire?   This is a very tongue in cheek lesson reference the arrival of Buddhism to China and one needs a keen wit and a good twinkle in the eye for these lessons, koans, and questions!  What a Zen Master to discover! ZEN MASTER TOVA TARANTINO TOSHIBA is Amazon Editor’s pick for Book ...
  • DUKE CITY HIT: A Thriller ~Max Austin “For fans of Breaking Bad and the bestselling fiction of Don Winslow and George Pelecanos, Max Austin takes readers back to Albuquerque for another action-packed thrill ride in Duke City Hit, as an elite assassin takes aim at—well, everyone.”  (amazon’s page) DUKE CITY HIT will be released on December 16th, 2014.  I received an uncorrected, un-proofed ...
  • IN DOUBT: A Legal Thriller ~ Drusilla Campbell “She had participated in making herself a victim.  That was what shamed and silenced her.” (Page 138) The writing craft of the author is what kept me in tune with this good piece of fiction, also the fact that I was driving right through the area of the story on the Redwood Highway (101) while reading ...
  • FOG ISLAND MOUNTAINS: a Novel ~Michelle Bailat-Jones “…and it is amazing how easily, how quickly really, a person can be turned inside –out and rewritten completely.” (Page 59) In my life a daughter, wife, mother, social worker, friend died today after a prolonged battle with breast cancer. I am sharing this story about death with her family after the service; it is a ...
  • THE LANGUAGE OF HOOFBEATS: a Novel ~Catherine Ryan Hyde “And that, I realized, is the worst price we pay for living in a dearth of true communication.  We go through our whole lives thinking it’s only us.  And that has to be the deepest, most bone-chilling definition of the word ‘alone’.  You can have a crowd around you, a circus, but they can’t spare ...
  • MY SISTER’S GRAVE: A Legal Thriller ~Robert Dugoni “’There is nothing so dangerous as a maxim’. –C.J.May   Some Rules of Evidence: Reasonable Doubt in Civil and Criminal Cases (1876)” (Location 49% of uncorrected proof) The most important part of MY SISTER’S GRAVE for me was the story about how a disappearance and murder affects a family and a whole community.  The relationship between sisters ...
  • THE VINEYARD: A Novel ~Michael Hurley “Dory was rich.  Stunningly rich. Although she thought of herself as someone just like everyone else, there was no one quite like Dory.  She lived her life as though everything were possible.” (Page 9) “Michael Hurley holds a degree in English Education from the University of Maryland and a law degree from St. Louis University.  He ...
  • GLIMPSING HEAVEN: The Stories and Science of Life After Death ~Judy Bachrach “It’s a tough thing to reexamine previous beliefs and lay oneself open to completely different conclusions.  For myself, I happen to know that all too well. “Because, I realize as I write this book, I have spent almost my entire life being wrong.  And sometimes you can reconcile what you think now with what you thought ...
  • THE LAST CONCEPTION: a Novel ~Gabriel Constans THE LAST CONCEPTION is about all the ways we conceive and add to our biological heritage. The story takes us through 34 year old Savarna’s journey to discover a partner, answer her family’s needs, continue the blood lines of an ancient Indian spiritualist’s and her family’s lineage, and tell them she is a Lesbian. The ...
  • ASYLUM CITY: A Novel ~Internationally Awarded Best Selling author Liad Shoham “The Israeli public was indifferent to the problems Itai encountered on a daily basis.” (Page 195 of unproofed advanced copy) ASYLUM CITY grabs the reader and holds on for dear life. What an amazing thrilling ride thru the underworld of Tel Aviv, politics, law, refugees, deportations and social workers. It is a look at problems that ...
  • MRS. KAPLAN AND THE MATZOH BALL OF DEATH: A Mystery to Solve ~by Mark Reutlinger “’When you have eliminated the impossible, you should look very closely at the not so likely.’” (Mrs. Kaplan quoting Sherlock Holmes at 95% location on my Kindle) Do you enjoy Jewish humor and wisdom?  If your answer was YES then MRS. KAPLAN AND THE MATZOH BALL OF DEATH is just the perfect book for you ...
  • THE RED BOOK OF PRIMROSE HOUSE: a Potting Shed Mystery ~Marty Wingate “’And in landscape gardening,’ Repton wrote, ‘everything may be called a deception by which we endeavor to conceal the agency of art and make our works appear the sole product of nature.’” Master Gardener Marty Wingate adds another mystery in the garden for Texas born Pru Parke to dig into and find the root of the ...
  • LA BELLE CRE’OLE: The Cuban Countess Who Captivated Havana, Madrid, and Paris ~Alina Garcia Lapuerta “The phrase ‘creole’ often puzzles the modern reader.  Many think that creole or criolla (in Spanish) means a person of mixed race from the former slave-owning states or the Caribbean.  However, the word merely indicates that someone was born in a colony, generally of European descent.” (From the author’s notes) LA BELLE CREOLE is a biography ...
  • MEMORY CARD FULL: A Memoir ~Liz Weber “I wished Rufus were here.  At least I knew what I was getting with Rufus.  He never let me down and was always there when I needed him.  Sure, he was a dog, but he was the first thing in my life I loved who loved me back just as much, if not more.  Shortly ...
  • MAN V. NATURE: Stories ~Diane Cook “What I like most about these stories is that many of them are dispatches from the end of the world, and it turns out to be a surprisingly familiar place.” (Ira Glass, Host, This American Life – cover quote) TLC Book Tours  sent me an uncorrected proof copy of MAN V. NATURE for review and I ...
  • STRINGS AND BONES: a Novel ~Kim Talon “You’re getting visits from…people, for lack of a better word, who left this earth.  Spiritually, at least.  I’m assuming bodies were buried or burned or whatever.  So where are they exactly?  And who’s in charge of this other place? And how can they just…you know…talk to you like that?” (Location 2351) Please tweet and share this ...
  • A BREAST CANCER ALPHABET: Inspiration and Encouragement ~ Mudhulika Sikka Purchase this book and tuck it into the purse of the next person you meet who has been diagnosed with Breast Cancer.  You will not regret this, I promise you! If I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer I would purchase this book and download it to my phone e-reader so that I could carry it with ...
  • CERTAINTY:An Historic Novel ~ Victor Bevine “The war had proved that much, if little else.  A sword of any kind was as likely to cut down the innocent as the guilty, no matter how many monuments man might build to the grandeur of his own self-importance.” (Page 324 of advance review copy without a final cover) CERTAINTY is an interesting book to ...
  • US: A Novel ~David Nicholls “I had always been led to believe that getting older was a slow and gradual process, the creep of a glacier.  Now I realize that it happens in a rush, like snow falling off a roof.”  (I am advised not to use a quote from this copy because it is not a final copy – ...
  • GHOST HORSE: a Novel ~Thomas H. McNeely “’Divorce,’ she said, “is a disease caused by the lies of feminism and secular humanism.’” (Catholic school teacher’s words to middle school boys; early pages of uncorrected, advanced copy) GHOST HORSE is a book I found hard to read and yet very worthwhile.  It came in the loveliest package, with a folder full of publicity material ...
  • THE RED HOT FIX: a Justice Novel ~T.E. Woods “’ It’s no secret we’re looking for a prostitute.’ Mort didn’t share the DNA evidence. ‘Help me understand what kind of woman she might be.’ “’Do you mean what kind of woman becomes a prostitute? Or what kind of prostitute becomes a killer?’ Charlotte leaned back against the booth.” (at  8% into the uncorrected proof on ...
  • THE MOONLIGHT PALACE: A Young Adult Historic Novel ~Liz Rosenberg and Amy McFadden “Let’s agree right here at the outset that memory is made up of one part perception, one part intuition, and one part pure invention.” (Page 9 of PDF uncorrected advance copy) THE MOONLIGHT PALACE is a delightful read and an historic look at an International city and provides a global perspective to historic events of the ...
  • A BRIEF MOMENT OF WEIGHTLESSNESS: Stories ~Victoria Fish “Victoria Fish casts a spell so subtle and sure it could only be the work of a master storyteller.  It is this talented writer’s special gift to be able to unmask everyday reality to its essence and surprise us with the familiar.  In rendering the struggles of ordinary people – suburban moms and military vets ...
  • THE UNFORGIVEABLE FIX: A Justice Novel, Book #3 ~T. E. Woods “She looked across the broad boardwalk of Percival Landing to the narrow harbor filled with sailboats and tugs. Olympia’s west side climbed up a gentle hill of middle-class homes with million-dollar views.” THE UNFORGIVEABLE FIX is the third book in the trilogy by T.E. Woods.  When TLC Book Tours asked me to review this book and ...
  • THE LOST TRIBE OF CONEY ISLAND: Headhunters, Luna Park, and the Man Who Pulled Off the Spectacle of the Century ~Claire Prentice “Claire Prentice is an award-winning journalist whose work has been published in the Washington Post, the London Times, the Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald, BBC Online, Cosmopolitan, and Marie Claire.” (From the promotion materials of my uncorrected unproofed advance readers copy of this book) The LOST TRIBE OF CONEY ISLAND is about an historic event which ...
  • ACCIDENTS OF MARRIAGE: A Novel ~Randy Susan Meyers “There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help and what they cannot.”   (Plato) “I think you have at least. Twenty-two things.  You shouldn’t be angry about. Everyday.”  (Page 296) Randy Susan Meyers is a writer and a person who works with folks with domestic violence issues. ACCIDENTS OF MARRIAGE takes ...
  • RYDER: An Ayesha Ryder Novel ~Nick Pengelley “The conference, timed to coincide with the summit meeting between the Israeli and Palestinian leaders – to be held at the Tower of London for security reasons – was already fully booked.  The attention of the whole world would be on the summit, and on everything to do with the talks in which so much ...
  • DARING MY PASSAGES: a Memoir ~Gail Sheehy “’ The Change’ was not a curse that turned older women into victims; it was a freedom that allowed older women to stop trying so hard to please.” (p365) “His study (Erik Erikson) found that men only moved on to the next period of development when they began working at a new task and built a ...
  • IMAGINARY LIFE: A Novel & A Little Love Story from Spain ~Mara Torres “Now I can barely remember the trip to New York, because that’s what’s f*%ked* up about the imagination; you turn your back for one second and it all slips from your grasp.”  (from about 7% of an advanced uncorrected proof- unable to secure a final text) TLC Online Book Tours  sent me a copy of this ...
  • MY THINNING YEARS: Starving the Gay Within ~Jon Derek Croteau “From the time I was a child in such an unsafe household, I’d been putting on layers of emotional fat, thickening myself for years to protect myself from the inevitable truth.  I must have been preparing myself for the ultimate rejection I assumed would come from my father, and eventually, everyone else.” (from page 210 ...
  • LUST: Sensual Poems (unabridged) ~Diana Raab (Narrated by Kate Udall) “This is a gorgeous book of poetry. It is as hot as you would expect, given the title. Many of the poems reveal scorching, intimate moments between passionate lovers. But these poems go way beyond erotica. What makes them special for me is how they call forth the essence of intimacy’s gifts. For instance, in ...
  • FLINGS: Stories ~Justin Taylor “And it’s true that the only thing the kids remember about most of this stuff is buying it: the jolt of commercial desire followed by the soft shock of success as the parental wallet opened – and then the getting bored.”  (page 94 ‘Mike’s Song’ of an uncorrected proof copy of the book) We’ve got a ...
  • A MATTER OF MERCY: a NOVEL ~Lynne Hugo “A moon tide rising was the worst time for bad weather, but moon tides are the best for working because the stronger gravitational pull makes the water recede farther.  Yet even a storm that clouts during the front of the moon tide can be capricious enough to leave one grant almost untouched while those adjacent ...
  • Outlander Premieres on Starz – Guest Blogger Elizabeth Eckhart This write up about the new OUTLANDER TV series was proposed and written by blogger & writer Elizabeth Eckhart and because I have reviewed the Outlander series on my blog as great books to read, we thought her analysis of the series might add to the discussion on the blog.  So I will step aside ...
  • THE ANGEL OF LOSSES: A Novel ~Stephanie Feldman “’And what were you born for, my eldest?’  The rebbe asked. ‘Besides bringing disappointment to your family.’” “ I was born to put the beauty of the world onto paper.  I was born to be a scribe.” “’Ah’, the rebbe said.  ‘Then you give me nothing, nothing but disappointment.’” (uncorrected proof copy page 29) The significant theme in ...
  • LEFT TURN AT PARADISE: A Rare Book Mystery ~Thomas Shawver “The more I observed, in fact, the more  I thought Professor Middleditch’s instincts were correct – the marae was nothing more than a Potemkin village established to fool the Inland Revenue and the Ministry for Maori Development; a ruse to grant Ivo Mackin full title to the land.”  (At 64% on Kindle –unproofed copy) Michael Bevan’s ...
  • 2 A.M. AT THE CAT’S PAJAMAS: A Novel ~Marie-Helene Bertino “GIRLS, thinks Ben.  Flutelike, gauze-filled, late-afternoon sunshine.  Rainbow bracelets on the carpet.  They use their tongues to wet their lips. Girls.  They pretend to like each other.  Dotting their i’s with hearts, arching their backs, manipulating their confusing hair with flat irons, curling irons, glisten, extra, ultra hold, hold my purse, hold me close, no ...
  • FURTHER OUT THAN YOU THOUGHT: A Novel ~Michaela Carter “As if wisdom could arrive cleanly as mail, or the newspaper on one’s doorstep.  As if wisdom didn’t come from getting dirt under one’s nails.” (Page 11) “ __ how small she wished she could become.  So she could hide from even herself” (page 77) “If things weren’t hard, something was wrong.” (page189) “After all, she was the ...
  • INAMORATA: a Novel ~Megan Chance “Inamorata: a woman with whom one is in love or has intimate relations; to inspire with love.”  (dictionary) “Succubus: A demon assuming female form to have sexual intercourse with men in their sleep” (dictionary) The artist’s muse has always been an important mythology and particularly during the 1700s in Italy.  Who inspired the great works of poetry, ...
  • THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS: A Novel ~Elizabeth Gilbert (New York Times Bestselling author of EAT PRAY LOVE) On Facebook, Audible.com offered me a free copy of THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS.   I was delighted because I wanted to read this book even before it was published as I truly relish Gilbert’s writing voice.  The precision and language usage I always find awesome, it transports me, my reading skills improve and I find ...
  • THE VIRTUES OF OXYGEN: A Novel ~Susan Schoenberger “We’ll never really know why one person suffers tragedy after tragedy and the next person skates through life with all their relatives and friends dying in the right order with a minimum amount of grief.  So we struggle.  We wonder and we curse and we kill each other in religious wars, and we really don’t ...
  • NO LONGER AND NOT YET: Stories ~Joanna Clapps Herman “Death, when you weren’t actually faced with it, was something like that.  A small boat in a large body of water going toward a vague line that never came any closer-death always the same safe distance from your boat.  No matter how long you moved toward it, it continued to move off ahead of you.  ...
  • THE NEW MEN: Making the Men Who Made America ~Jon Enfield “A profit-sharer had to be at least twenty-two years of age, or married, or the sole support of a close relative.  He had to be sober, saving, clean-living, and decently housed.  And he had to let Sociological investigators confirm his being all those things.” It is early in the Twentieth Century and immigrants are pouring into ...
  • THE DRAGON’S PAWN: The Canaanshades Journey Book 2 ~Mitchell S. Karnes THE DRAGON’S PAWN is the second book in Mitchell Karnes 4 part series.  TLC Online Book Tours sent me a copy of THE PACT to review previously.   I was working with a fine fellow named Travis with reading, and we immediately opened the book and worked our way through the story.  Travis does not pay ...
  • CONQUERING SHAME AND CODEPENDENCEY: 8 Steps to Freeing the True You ~Darlene Lancer “SHAME. The torment you feel when you’re exposed, humiliated, or rejected.  The feeling of not being good enough.  It’s a deeply painful, universal emotion, yet is not frequently discussed.  For some shame lurks in the unconscious, undermining self-esteem and destroying confidence, leading to codependency on others.  These codependent relationships – where we overlook our own ...
  • LOSING TOUCH: A Novel ~Sandra Hunter “If nothing is said, the things that often lie like dead flowers under their scarves, their nice English blouses, their neat English shirts, do not exist.  A few tables away an English couple are having lunch.  Does the woman have flowers beneath her sleeves, too?  But English couples are so polite and respectful.  It isn’t ...
  • THE FOREVER MAN: A Near-Future Thriller ~Pierre Ouellette “Your cells are the product of millions of years of evolution.  They don’t answer to you.  They answer only to life itself.” “Through some kind of extraordinarily advanced genetic therapy.  To pull it off, you’d have to raise an entire army of very specialized artificial viruses.” (un proofed copy – at 70% location) THE FOREVER MAN ...
  • LOVE AND TREASURE: A Historic Novel ~Ayelet Waldman I am having trouble finding the words because I am so excited to share this fascinating story with my wonderful readers.  I received an unproofed copy of this book on my Kindle.  The book’s title page was there and the book was there, and then it disappeared.  It was quite a learning experience to get ...
  • THE LANDGRAMM AFFAIR: A Novel of Politics, Crime, Literature and a Taste of Romance ~Wendy Marech While reading THE LANDGRAMM AFFAIR, I was constantly reminded of Rupert Murdoch, the Koch Brothers and Michael Powell.  Those were all big names of wealthy folks trying to control media around the world and of course, Powell was the FCC commissioner working to deregulate the rules of the commission. All people hungry for control and ...
  • SUPREME JUSTICE: A Thriller ~Max Allan Collins “I have a hundred cases in mind, Agent Rogers, a hundred rulings.  Take Rove v. Wade.  Before it was overturned, nearly a dozen murders were tied to that decision, as well as two dozen some attempted murders and hundreds of death threats.  The thing is, not one of these very real attacks was perpetrated against ...
  • SWEET TOOTH: A Memoir ~Tim Anderson “I was on my bed reading, toggling between Stephen King’s IT and a diabetes pamphlet Mom had picked up at the pharmacy and forced upon me when she got home.  Both were horrifying, so whenever one of them became too much for me, I would put it down and pick up the other.  IT, of ...
  • CHASING THE SUN: a Novel ~Natalia Sylvester “The time for subtleties has long passed – the tank is just another radical gesture in the wake of random bombs, fires, and blackouts that have taunted the city as of late, loading even the quietest moments with fear as everyone secretly wonders where and when the next will strike.” (At 24% on the Kindle ...
  • BREATHE: A Memoir of Motherhood, Grief, and Family Conflict ~Kelly Kittel “Breath, Eyes, Memory, Edwidge Danticat writes that there’s a group of people who carry the sky on their heads.  They are the People of Creation.  Strong, tall, and mighty people who can bear anything. Their maker gives them the sky to carry because they are so strong.  These people do not know who they are, ...
  • PAINTING JULIANA: A Novel ~Martha Louise Hunter “Husbands have refinanced the family home and moved the equity into their business; quite often, they will set up separate bank accounts with separate mailing addresses.  It is called insurance.” He pauses soberly. “You would think more women would do it, instead of being stupid, trusting imbeciles.” Chapter 6 PAINTING JULIANA is definitely about a Texas ...
  • WILD PLATE: Modern Living Cuisine. A Raw Food Story of Art and Cooking ~Laurel Anderson “For the uninitiated, a raw food diet is predominantly vegan and never heated above a temperature of 118*F.  It isn’t grilled, steamed, or cooked in any way that might damage the delicate nutrients and enzymes contained within.  Raw food contains living cells and is thus still ‘alive’ when you eat them.  Almost every ingredient in ...
  • LEMONADE REVEALED: A Philosophical Novel ~Will Chluho “A boy is swept ashore on a faraway island into the embrace of three powerful Men: A priest, a Warrior, and a Trader.  Estranged, and tossing about in the undercurrents of abandonment, abuse, and betrayal, He finds sense in life, still.”  Book Jacket I just knew I was going to like LEMONADE REVEALED from the very ...
  • THE SUPREME MACARONI COMPANY: A Novel about the Angelini Shoe Company ~Adriana Trigiani “’My one journey to enlightenment gave me a rash. Go figure…Anyhow, my point is that even when you don’t make a plan of it, you will change.  You will want different things at different points in your life, just as he will.  Circumstances will hit you with some whammies, and you’ll fight back, and sometimes ...
  • A MAGNIFICENT CRIME: Agency of Burglary and Theft: A novel ~Kim Foster “My particular calling had revealed itself at a young age.  I was stealthy, I had quick hands, and I was quiet.” “I was genetically destined to be a thief, but for me it was more than that.  There was nothing I’d rather be doing.” A MAGNIFICENT CRIME just got my toes tapping and I was so ...
  • THE QUALITIES OF WOOD: A Novel ~Mary Vensel White “Eyes can become discerning, she thought, if your look long enough.  The sky, the qualities of wood.  She wondered who invented the microscope, what made them think there was anything to see. Dr. Lightfoot said that the motivation driving the scientist and the artist was the same:  to create.  Vivian thought about pictures she had ...
  • THE QUICK: A Novel ~Lauren Owen “’The Rag and Bottle Library travels about Europe,’ Miss Swift began.  ‘Maybe further.’” “It keeps hold of the rarest manuscripts, the ones that can’t be replaced.  Staying on the move keeps them safe.  When the library comes to England, we return books we’ve borrowed for our researches, pass on any valuable manuscripts we’ve obtained.  We tell ...
  • LITTLE ISLAND: A novel ~Katharine Britton “How many of us live lives driven by rules and assumptions that we never test?  I stood a moment, watching the tide slip out through the channel, feeling a new sense of freedom and an understanding that we are only as stuck as we allow ourselves to be.”   Joy Little The Little family is gathering at ...
  • THE UNFINISHED CHILD: A Novel ~Theresa Shea “Her mother’s words came back to her.  It’s a woman’s lot in life to bear the shame. But why should it be?  Why didn’t men carry the burden of their own bad behaviors?” THE UNFINISHED CHILD is a very sensitive read about the moral and technical dimensions of sharing life with a child with Down’s Syndrome.  ...
  • DIALOGUES OF A CRIME: a Novel ~John K. Manos “Guilt.  A different sense of themselves.  I don’t think there are all that many people who can kill someone and just never think about it again.” “’It’s not just a matter of chance,’ he said thoughtfully. ‘It’s where you are and the people you’ve got around you too.’  He realized that this line of speculation applied ...
  • FOR SUCH A TIME: a novel ~Kate Breslin “I absolutely loved this book…I dare anyone to close the cover before the last suspenseful page.”  Debbie Macomber “We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”  “Hope does not disappoint.”   BIBLE For Such a Time is a fictional story about a real place in WWII.  I was ...
  • THE DIRTY BOOK MURDER (Rare Book Mystery Series -ebook) ~Thomas Shawver “Antiquarian: “: a person who collects, studies, or sells valuable old things” Especially old books! Miriam Webster Dictionary on line What could be more fun for an avid reader than a murder mystery set around an antiquarian bookman who owns a book store? The Dirty Book Murder: A Rare Book Mystery is a very fun read and ...
  • The Garden Plot: A Potting Shed Mystery ~Marty Wingate “Entire Roman floors were often set on posts, so that the space between floor and ground, called they hypocaust, Pru read on a sign, could carry heated air from the furnace.  Ingenious, but unrelated, and it left her unsatisfied.  And Distracted.” The Garden Plot (Potting Shed Mystery) delights the reader with a new story about the ...
  • OUTSIDE IN: A Bildungsroman *(coming of age) Novel ~Doug Cooper “OUTSIDE IN is a deep entertaining read about all the truths that find us when we’re looking the other way.”    Jerry Stahl – from the book cover. Outside In just brought me right back to my days in graduate school.  I thought about my study group and all the fellows arriving full of inhaled weed, cocaine, ...
  • DUKE CITY SPLIT: A Crime Novel ~Max Austin “They’d taken time to drive through a Starbucks on their way to the scene, and they carried their paper cups of coffee into the bank with them” “We know the drill. Not that it’ll do you any good.  The manager says the robbers wore gloves.  She says they were in and out in ...
  • THE TIME TRAVELERS BOYFRIEND ~Annabelle Costa “He wants Claudia to use the machine to travel back in time and stop the accident that landed him in a wheelchair over a decade ago, and prevent the trajectory of events that he believes ruined his life. When Claudia reluctantly agrees to become the first human time traveler, she knows she’s making a big ...
  • TRINITY STONES: There Are No Coincidences, Only Destinies to Be Fulfilled ~L.G. O’Connor The Angelorum Twelve Chronicles “Dear One, life is rarely as obvious or convenient as it is portrayed in books and movies.  Real life is messy, Cara.  Nothing comes wrapped with a neat bow.  The thing you need to understand is that wrapped within your humanity is a spark of the divine.  It’s that spark that will ...
  • THE IDEA OF HIM: A Novel ~Holly Peterson “I yanked open the curtains to let the early morning light shine in, while I forced myself to start working on my screenplay. I thought about something Helen Gurley Brown, the founders of Cosmopolitan, who looked fabulous into her eighties, once said: The greatest love in your life should be your work, not your man.” Allie ...
  • INCENDIARY GIRLS: Short Stories ~Kodi Scheer “A fresh take on the vagaries of the human body and the human spirit.  Scheer spins inventive tales, laced with a dose of magic.”   Danielle Ofri, MD. PHD; author of What Doctors Feel INCENDIARY GIRLS is a gathering of short stories, primarily about women, the power of healing, science and medicine and the quirkiest, magical twists ...
  • THE FIRST RULE OF INNER PEACE: Jesus’ Sensible Way To Be Happy ~John Kuypers Matthew 7:5 “First take the plank out of you own eye and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Today in western society there are a tremendous number of people who are not happy.  The pursuit of HAPPINESS is high on the list of the Human Agenda!  It is even ...
  • MY COUNTRY ‘TIS OF THEE: My Faith, My Family, Our Future ~ Keith Ellison The First Muslim American Elected to Congress: “When Americans are challenged, we generally rise to the occasion.  When we’re fearful, we generally become divided.  When we’re courageous and have good leadership, we unite.” MY COUNTRY ‘TIS OF THEE is about being the first to do something.  In this book we discover the backstory of what it is ...
  • BELLAGRAND: A Novel by Bestselling Author of The Bronze Horseman ~Paullina Simons “As CHILDREN OF LIBERTY concludes with a stunning ending – the story is just beginning.  BELLAGRAND follows Harry and Gina after the Happily Ever After.  After their whirlwind romance, Gina and Harry must learn what it really takes to mesh their families and their cultures.  Readers will be delighted to see exactly how these characters ...
  • THE ACCIDENT: An International Spy Story, A Novel ~Chris Pavone “But then that big bully of a beast rose up and ate her profession.  First the web devoured book clubs, then magazines, and now its maw is agape, ravenous, ready to swallow the whole bloody publishing business.  She had done nothing wrong, other than to not get out sooner.  Now it’s almost too late.” THE ACCIDENT ...
  • LITTLE FAILURE: A memoir ~Gary Shteyngart “We’re in America, and, frankly, life is just not that hard. She needs to make it harder. For her. For me.  Because we never really left Russia.” Truthfully, LITTLE FAILURE is not a book I would have chosen to read, because the writing is very macho, manly, driving in its style, the kind that often makes ...
  • COINCIDENCE: A Novel ~J.W. Ironmonger “…not because light will fail to penetrate the darkness, but because very few will choose to look at what is revealed.” I found COINCIDENCE to be an amazing read. Every time I was interrupted from the pages of this book, I was determined to head right back into the story as soon as possible.  I enjoyed ...
  • SHADOWS IN THE SUN: Healing From Depression and Finding the Light Within ~Gayathri Ramprasad SHADOWS IN THE SUN is a memoir about depression and the stigmas of mental illness in a bi- cultural setting.  It is a book from the HAZELDEN Publishers, “a national nonprofit organization founded in 1949, helps people reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction.  Through published works, Hazelden extends the reach of hope, encouragement, ...
  • THE MOON SISTERS: a Wonderful Novel ~Therese Walsh I have never been hiking in West Virginia until I read THE MOON SISTERS, and yet I have encountered dreamers, sensible daughters, Polish grandmothers, handsome fathers, writer mothers, and violence against children.  THE MOON SISTERS is a Wonderful journey story of 2 sisters who are discovering their true selves, after the sudden death of their ...
  • DANCE THE MOON DOWN: WWI Historic Novel ~R.L. Bartram DANCE THE MOON DOWN was a retreat from the rain and wind storm and all the disturbing news about possible war, and yet it is about a war and how difficult it was to experience that event first hand.  It is a story about how women’s lives were changed by WWI in the UK and ...
  • A SNUG LIFE SOMEWHERE: Historic Fiction ~Jan Shapin A SNUG LIFE SOMEWHERE is a first novel by Jan Shapin, an author who has written a number of plays over the years. The writing about an ordinary young woman from Everett, Washington in 1916 is a dense reconstruction of how the Union organizing activities were being experienced across the USA.  Penny Jo experiences all ...
  • ACHIEVE ANYTHING IN JUST ONE YEAR ~Jason Harvey Be inspired daily to live your dreams and accomplish your goals ACHIEVE ANYTHING IN JUST ONE YEAR is just the kind of book I love to start my day with and think about all day long.   ACHIEVE is a BOOK OF DAYS and an INSPIRATION, and a CHANGE ARTIST’s greatest support.  I think I could read ...
  • THE SENSE OF TOUCH: Stories by Ron Parsons THE SENSE OF TOUCH is a collection of eight short stories and if you like the short story genre this is one you will truly enjoy.  These days I often find the short story to be a real workout, often filled with extreme problems only slightly resolved.  As a reader, I am often left with ...
  • THE SENSE OF AN ENDING: A Novel ~Julian Barnes THE SENSE OF AN ENDING is actually a long short story told in two chapters.  It is a piece of exquisite writing which will just amaze you, dazzle your mind, and require you think.  The writing is so tight and vivid the very words can control one’s thinking about the story.  It actually takes a ...
  • BECALMED: Romance Fiction ~Normandie Fischer “When a Southern woman with a broken heart finds herself falling for a widower with a broken boat, it’s anything but smooth sailing.” BECALMED was the book I choose to read on our recent snowy weekend.  It was a great book to just curl up in my chair by the fireplace and hunker on down to ...
  • THE ISOLATION DOOR: A novel ~Anish Majumdar “Anish Majumdar examines the inner world of the mentally ill and their gravitational pull on the people around them” Always when I open a book I am hoping for good writing and an interesting story line, THE ISOLATION DOOR is full of good words, motion, and emotion; the reader is hooked right into Neil’s life and ...
  • THE COST OF LOVE AND SANITY: a novel (ZANE Presents) ~Jaye Cherie THE COST OF LOVE AND SANITY is allowing me to break my rule about only reviewing books that I found some worth in reading.  This book actually caused me a sense of alarm about the story and the main character.   I decided to divide my review into 2 parts which are:  the positive words I ...
  • THE CONTRACTORS: A Jon Cantrell Thriller ~Harry Hunsicker THE CONTRACTORS is a 510 page contemporary thriller which I spent 3/4s of my weekend reading.  Thrillers are not often a choice I would make for reading pleasure; I have many readers who enjoy this genre very much.  I use these books to practice my analysis skills and to keep my thinking skills at peak ...
  • THE PACT: No One Should Ever Have To Stand Alone ~Mitchell S. Karnes This story begins with almost too many problems for any eighth grader to deal with at any one time, and yet Scott Addison does just march into his new life and move forward.  I think that boys have a huge territorial problem to deal with when they enter a new school system, mid – term, ...
  • THE FIXER: A Justice Novel (Mort Grant Series 1) ~T.E. Woods THE FIXER is a fast moving read about a person who comes along and creates “right” solutions to a major problem; a self-proclaimed agent of “just” actions who gets well received results.  THE FIXER is not a general assassin or serial killer, no indeed, this is a person who takes care of the little guy ...
  • BRADY NEEDS A NIGHTLIGHT ~Brian Barlics, Illustrations by Gregory Burgess Jones Being afraid of the dark is very scary stuff particularly if you are a bat, who by nature resides in the dark.  For a little bat named Brady this problem is becoming a nightmare and he can no longer sleep. BRADY NEEDS A NIGHTLIGHT is a terrific story about a small fear that it becoming larger ...
  • THE BEAUTY EXPERIMENT ~Phoebe Baker Hyde “How I skipped lipstick, ditched fashion, faced the world without concealer, and learned to love the real me.” When TLC online book tours contacted me about reviewing THE BEAUTY EXPERIMENT they asked for something a bit different.  The agent asked me if I was willing to practice some of the exercises in the book for about ...
  • PLAYING ST. BARBARA: A novel ~Marian Szczepanski PLAYING ST. BARBARA is an historic look at a time period in American History that was very dramatic -1929 to 1942.  It is a family saga that is about changing lives and thinking; coming into a new age as well as a new decade.  Marian Szczepanski is writing about the historic experiences of her own ...
  • IS GOD REAL OR PRETEND?: A young person’s explanation book ~Jennifer Horsman IS GOD REAL OR PRETEND?  Truly produced mixed feelings for me so I had to ask some others to read the book and share their opinions too. First thoughts about IS GOD REAL OR PRETEND? were that it looked just like the little books we got in Sunday School in the 1950s!  I was concerned before ...
  • MY MOTHER’S FUNERAL: a memoir ~Adriana Páramo MY MOTHER’S FUNERAL is the third book I have been asked to review by CavanKerry Press LTD. I have enjoyed each proceeding book and I knew I was in for a treat with this newest arrival.  I was not disappointed. The Press is dedicated to bringing voice to lives and the arts as a non-profit ...
  • THE CONDOR SONG: A Novel of Suspense ~Darryl Nyznyk THE CONDOR SONG mixes so many elements that I am quite fond of; then matches these particles with some good writing skills to make for a very interesting read.  While my family was off cross country skiing, I was busy reading about the development of a ski resort in an environmentally sensitive area of California. This ...
  • THE POCKET GUIDE TO MANIFESTING ~Megan Bord THE POCKET GUIDE TO MANIFESTING is a delightful compilation of the steps to manifest those ideas you wish to occur and wonderful anecdotes about how actual manifestations came about, from million dollar jobs, exciting adventures, to the perfect dream house. I have known Megan Bord as a blogger and internet friend for several years.  Megan’s positive ...
  • SHORT LEASH: A Memoir of Dog Walking and Deliverance ~Janice Gray SHORT LEASH is a dog story, a memoir, and a lesson in recovery and strength.  This is a story about how a confident, spirited, young girl becomes a fearful, anxiety ridden adult, who step by step unravels her fears, releases the past, and finds her voice and wholeness. It is a powerful read in the ...
  • THE NORTH ROAD: The Blue Child Series ~June O’Brien THE NORTH ROAD is a Native American dream story which is compelling and revealing.  June O’Brien has taken some of the major offensives perpetrated against the tribes and the earth and put them into a wondrous tale, which portrays how the First People are recovering and healing themselves and the earth.  It is the second ...
  • ON THE MOUNTAIN: The Blue Child Series, A Novel ~June O’Brien Have you ever been on a dream journey?  You know the kind of journey where your legs grow weary and you feel the cold and heat of the exertion; caught up in a mission which needs answers.  Are you relieved when you awaken or just exhausted and left wondering about the experience? ON THE MOUNTAIN is ...
  • THE SOWING: Book One of the Seeds Trilogy ~K. Makansi THE RESISTANCE HAS BEGUN What an exciting read.  THE SOWING is an interesting study of a society which has survived and modified into a command center of academic achievement and a supplier of food for every citizen.  Okarians have survived years of Religious Wars and Famine and developed a culture which has a layered responsibility for ...
  • HAVEN: The Apocalypse Chronicles Book 1 ~Laury Falter HAVEN is quite the read and I had a hard time putting the book down once I got started.  I did have to put it down and read it over several days and it gave me quite a few ideas to think about and ponder. This is about surviving after a horrid virus infects the ...
  • MUCKERS: When Your Town is About to Crumble, You Dig Deeper into the Muck and Find a Way to Win ~Sandra Neil Wallace MUCKERS is based on a true story. This mighty football team did blast through the muck and succeed at a time when no one thought it was possible and the odds were not in their favor.   Although the story takes place in a fictional town, it is based on the journals and letters of the ...
  • THE MOST IMPORTANT DAY OF YOUR LIFE: Are You Ready? ~Maria Dancing Heart Hoaglund The Reverend Maria Dancing Heart Hoagland and I were ordained into the United Church of Christ ministry in the Pacific Northwest Conference at about the same time.  Maria was Martha then and married with a new baby. Her first church work was in the Northwestern part of the state and after several years of hoping ...
  • DARING GREATLY: How The Courage To Be Vulnerable Transforms The Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead ~Brene’ Brown I am a reader and life practitioner who just wants the best for people and I feel DARING GREATLY is one of the best reads and guides I could possible share with you.   I believe Brene’ Brown is defiantly on to something great and good for humankind’s best interests and outcomes. I have reviewed Brown’s other ...
  • THE ALLIGATOR MAN: A Legal Thriller ~James Sheehan In THE ALLIGATOR MAN a very drunk, wealthy, greedy man takes a late night walk and is a victim of a hit and run driver.  He is splashed into the swamp, there is a gator feeding frenzy and nearly everyone was happy about his demise.  But is that really the case? A young defense attorney is ...
  • MIND WITHOUT A HOME: A memoir of Schizophrenia ~Kristina Morgan MIND WITHOUT A HOME is a remarkable memoir and I am sure it will stick with me for years to come. I believe we are learning a great deal about mental health, treatment and the brain’s functioning by having these remarkable human beings share with us their stories and their journey into living as fully ...
  • THE HOURGLASS: a novel ~Sharon Struth I thoroughly enjoyed reading THE HOURGLASS and found it to be an interesting story line full of good characters.  I have to admit I was ready to move beyond the romance genre when I began this book and was pleased when I found this read to be a bit more thoughtful and stimulating a premise ...
  • YOU ARE NOW LESS DUMB ~David McRaney YOU ARE NOW LESS DUMB!  David McRaney and I wanted you to know.  I so enjoyed reading McRaney’s first book YOU ARE NOT SO SMART  his publicist sent me a copy of his newest release to review and tell you about. This book is similar to taking a Psychology class at college without the exams, homework ...
  • THE STRANGER YOU KNOW: A Forensic Instincts Novel ~Andrea Kane CALL. KILL. REPEAT. The book jacket of THE STRANGER YOU KNOW shouts out those words and the reader just wants to know what this thriller is all about.  It is a carefully researched study of a serial killer on the loose in the New York City area. BUT WAIT!   This is the style of a known ...
  • SONGS OF WILLOW FROST ~Jamie Ford Have you ever watched a cherry blossom float from the tree and drift to the sidewalk? The blossom might play with the air on a waltzing descending glide to the end game of life, crushed by a passing pedestrian or build the soil for a future.  This is the only way I can reasonably describe ...
  • THE INFORMATION GOD: The Modern Pragmatist’s Guide for Connecting to God ~Aroutioun Agadjanian When I completed reading THE INFORMATION GOD I was left with a very positive feeling.  I like reading creative ideas and theories in science fiction novels and in this essay format.  There was a hopeful note about our world from this idea sharing and I certainly resonated with some of the very clever thinking that ...
  • TRUTH LIKE THE SUN: A NOVEL ~JIM LYNCH I just love reading a book by Jim Lynch.  He is one of the stars of my hometown and although he has lived elsewhere Jim Lynch has come home to share his family and words with us.   TRUTH LIKE THE SUN is his third novel and was just recently published.  Although not as funny as ...
  • THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS: A NOVEL ~M.L.STEDMAN THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS is a delicate, beautifully written love story and very difficult to imagine that it is M.L. Stedman’s debut novel.   This story is a fine tuned piece of literature.  It has been on the New York Times Best Seller list for an extended period of time and is one of the big ...
  • MR. PENUMBRA’S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE: A Novel ~Robin Sloan YOU need to purchase this book and read it.  MR. PENUMBRA’S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE is a life changing novel delivered in a perfect package of a funny, delightful, fable.  Robin Sloan has written a story to take us through the wardrobe, the looking glass, and the rabbit hole in the real time and grounded us in ...
  • THE BEST OF DAUGHTERS: a novel ~Dilly Court 1912-1917 are the years covered in THE BEST OF DAUGHTERS a novel which takes place in primarily London and a country home 4 hours from the city.  It is during this time period that the Suffragettes are demanding the vote, big estates are breaking apart and old money is moving away from traditional roles, and ...
  • THE LADY’S MAID: A Novel ~Dilly Court THE LADY’S MAID is a lovely story.  I can just visualize so many of the people I know curling up on a Winter’s evening and just enjoying this old English tale.   How to escape into history and the days of Castles, Manors, Home farms, London society, upstairs/downstairs, horses with elegant carriages and flowing gowns.  In ...
  • IN THE LAND OF THE LIVING: A Novel ~Austin Ratner You will want to read this book – I am sure of it, as it is such an enjoyable read and Austin Ratner has such a powerful way with words.   IN THE LAND OF THE LIVING went everywhere with me for 2 full days; I could not put it down and I am giving it ...
  • SON OF A GUN: A Memoir ~Justin St. Germain From the very first page of SON OF A GUN the reader is on a biographical journey which is a part of the recovery process of a young man whose Mother was murdered when he was 19 years old.  The author is attempting to figure out “why” she was murdered and how he is supposed ...
  • THE CHALICE: Book two of the Trilogy ~Nancy Bilyeau THE CHALICE is the second in a series of historic fiction about 1538 and the destruction of the Catholic Church and the search of Henry VIII for a wife who will give him a son and heir to the throne.  THE CROWN is the first book of the series.  Lady Jane Seymour has died in ...
  • The CROWN: A Novel ~Nancy Bilyeau Joanna Stafford is a novice Dominican Nun and the Cousin of King Henry the VIII.  She has been trained by her Spanish mother to be a Lady in Waiting to Catherine of Aragon, King Henry’s first wife and the mother of his daughter Princess Mary.  THE CROWN is a fascinating story of Stafford’s adventures as ...
  • Late Lights: a novella in stories ~Kara Weiss Truth be told after the first couple of pages I thought I was not going to like LATE LIGHTS, I did not even have a cover for my copy! It was the incredible use of language that kept pulling me  into the stories and pushing me forward.  Whereas the anger in the swear words would ...
  • LETTERS FROM SKYE: a novel ~Jessica Brockmole LETTERS FROM SKYE is just a beautiful read.  Don’t you just love getting letters in your mailbox that you can go back and read and reread?  I enjoy writing letters also. As a child every week a letter came from my Grandmother to our house and after my mother read it to herself, she shared ...
  • THE EXILES: A Novel ~Allison Lynn To be in a state of EXILE one must be in a state or period of forced absence from one’s country or home according to Webster’s Dictionary.   It was interesting to be reading THE EXILES while our news is full of a young man, Ed Snowden, who is currently experiencing an exile on the global ...
  • The LAST CAMELLIA: a Novel ~Sarah Jio You can almost smell the flowers in this suspenseful mystery by Sarah Jio.  THE LAST CAMELLIA is a bouquet of intrigue, twists and turns about a young FLORA, an amateur botanist, leaving her family bakery in New York, pre –World War II, to find a garden and a specific Camellia tree for what turns out ...
  • THE FAULT IN OUR STARS: A Novel ~John Green WOW Amazing Well written Challenging Emotional Funny Tragedy Truth Smart Genius #1 NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER   THE FAULT IN OUR STARS will make you laugh until you cry tears of sorrow.  Yes, I am writing about a teenage love story which is a lesson about cancer and children; cancer in teenagers.    I finished reading this book and I turned back to the first page and ...
  • THE BEAUTIFUL HEIST (Agency of Burglary and Theft) ~by Kim Foster A BEAUTIFUL HEIST begins on a multimillion dollar yacht in the middle of a glamorous party, with the stealth moves of one beautiful young woman to find the safe and retrieve a one of a kind gemstone necklace.  Nothing is left to chance although there are some close and exciting moments; she succeeds in out ...
  • FLIGHT BEHAVIOR ~Barbara Kingsolver One of the parts I like best about Barbara Kingsolver’s writing is her word choice and sentence structure FLIGHT BEHAVOIR did not disappoint.  Those strong descriptive sentences just generated the story from hook to full investment.   I feel fully in sync with her style and I enjoy looking up some of the words to broaden ...
  • I NEVER PROMISED YOU A GOODIE BAG ~Jennifer Gilbert An incredible memoir and an incredibly positive story to read, I NEVER PROMISED YOU A GOODIE BAG:  A Memoir of a Life Through Events – the Ones You Plan and the Ones You Don’t, is also a self-help book for recovery. All of us experience trauma and tough problems to solve and most often in hindsight ...
  • Our Love Could Light the World ~Anne Leigh Parrish I finished reading this book with a longing for more and then a hearty laugh.  OUR LOVE COULD LIGHT THE WORLD is a delightful group of short stories all about one family.  I am sure you know this family the Dugan’s, because there is a family like this in your neighborhood.  You know the one ...
  • THE LEMON TREE: An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East ~Sandy Tolan One of the members of my book group asked us to read THE LEMON TREE for our summer gathering.  I am very glad that I was able to pull this book off my own personal library shelf, because it has been my intention to read this book for a long time.  The subject matter of ...
  • HE’s GONE: a novel ~Deb Caletti A fun and interesting read was HE’S GONE by Deb Caletti.   It was fun because the location of the story was Seattle and I just so enjoy visiting Seattle and I recognized many of the sites.  It was also fun because I have always thought living on a houseboat on Lake Union would be fabulous ...
  • THE GODS OF HEAVENLY PUNISHMENT: A Novel ~Jennifer Cody Epstein The horrendous atrocities of war and the delicate strength of the human spirit are all wrapped up in this novel about the firebombing of Tokyo during World War II.  THE GODS OF HEAVENLY PUNISHMENT is a work of art and beauty and I will read it again to ease the tensions which continue to cross ...
  • A CONSTELLATION OF VITAL PHENOMENA: A Novel ~Anthony Marra When I first began reading A CONSTELLATION OF VITAL PHENOMENA I thought I would describe it as stream of consciousness style writing or a vintage Russian Novelist’s style, and then when I would talk about the book, folks would say “I don’t want to read something like that!”  How could I share that I was ...
  • A COMPLICATED MARRIAGE: My Life With Clement Greenberg ~Janice Van Horne A Complicated Marriage:  My Life With Clement Greenberg is a memoir written by Janice Van Horne starting with her at age 21 and just graduating from Bennington College and moving into her first apartment in New York City.  The book opens at a swish party describing Van Horne, surroundings and the guests.   This is the ...
  • IN THE GARDEN OF STONE ~Susan Tekulve IN THE GARDEN OF STONE is one of the nicest reads I have had in a long time.  It is just full of the most wonderful details of nature, and my mind was able to bring me right to the path and let me integrate the experience like a refreshing walk;  a little vacation, which ...
  • A DUAL INHERITANCE ~Joanna Hershon I was hooked immediately on A DUAL INHERITANCE and I hated to put it down.  The two young men in the 1960s are people I know and I lived around and I went to school with them.  This was a work of fiction but it drew compelling characters into you and you wanted to know ...
  • THE BEQUEST OF BIG DADDY ~Jo-Ann Costa THE BEQUEST OF BIG DADDY is a very fun read and a very fast read and I was so happy to have it to pick up and put down while waiting at all my appointments.   I had just finished THE KITCHEN HOUSE  which is all about the Southern Plantation from the slave’s perspective and has ...
  • HALF AS HAPPY: STORIES ~Gregory Spatz HALF AS HAPPY: STORIES  is just about that, you know those moments in life when you could feel contented and happy and you just cannot let go of something that worries or concerns you and accept the full feeling mode.  Eight intense stories of how folks assume they should feel or how they place “old ...
  • MARGARET FULLER: A New American Life ~Megan Marshall MARGARET FULLER is an American Heroine.  Born in Massachusetts in 1810, she was a woman very much ahead of her time.   She is the first born of 9 children (2 died in infancy)  and her father, a politician and lawyer, was determined that she know how to think and analyze information and the world.  He ...
  • THE CLOVER HOUSE ~Henriette Lazaridis Power THE CLOVER HOUSE is an interesting first novel which takes us on a journey to Greece; not only present day Greece but how life was lived during World War II. It is a story which indicates how a vibrant landowning, wealthy family can be completely changed by war and how it proceeds to change the ...
  • On Reading a Memoir REVERE BEACH ELEGY: A memoir of Home and Beyond  By Roland Merullo was sent to me by publisher Peter at PFP Publishing/First AJAR Contemporaries because I saw that it was being offered up on Merullo’s newsletter for review by bloggers.   I made a request and within hours it was on my e-reader.  Thank you so ...
  • Manuscript Found in Accra ~Paulo Coelho A friend introduced me to Paulo Coelho’s THE ALCHEMIST a number of years after it had been translated, but in perfect timing for the twists and turns of my life to find solace for my soul.  It turned out to be one of those books I read numerous times. When TLC book tours emailed me ...
  • SWOON: The Great Seducers and Why Women Love Them ~Betsy Prioleau After I heard Betsy Prioleau author or SWOON interviewed on our public radio station I could hardly wait to read this book.  I took notes on the 5 minute interview on the NPR’s Dinner Party program of what she said: Lady’s men produce more questions than answers; are very misunderstood and really have not been studied ...
  • Capital Of The World: The Race to Host The United Nations ~Charlene Mires TLC online Book Tours and New York University Press sent me another gem of a read.  CAPITAL OF THE WORLD is a history book that is a well written, interesting and fun read as the author endeavors to document the story of finding the right spot for the United Nations.  The fine-tuned details help to ...
  • Under the Wild Ginger: A Simple Guide to the Wisdom of Wonder ~Jeffery D. Willius I had to go to the thesaurus to look up the word delightful because that was my first response to this pleasant and charming book by Jeffery Willius. Synonyms: Adorable, agreeable, alluring, ambrosial, amusing, attractive, beautiful, captivating, cheery, clever, congenial, darling, delectable, delicious, enchanting, engaging, enjoyable, entertaining, fair, fascinating, gratifying, heavenly, ineffable, lovely, luscious, lush, pleasing, pleasurable, ...
  • Dualism I This is not actually a book review, but I put up the book which has dominated my week because of the dualism study it contains.   HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY is a novel written by Audrey Niffinegger, who also wrote the TIME TRAVELLER’S WIFE   – another favorite read – and was our book group read for this ...
  • 14,000 things to be happy about ~Barbara Ann Kipfer I am changing a Habit  – yes another one!  This one involves pencil and paper, so I when I received a small set of notebooks that would fit into my purse recently, I decided to move forward on this change. When one of my daughters arrived at the teen years she was having trouble with depression ...
  • The Myths of Happiness ~Sonja Lyubomirsky I do so enjoy having TLC online book tours choose books for me to read.  These surprise arrivals on my Kindle or in my mailbox just make me so HAPPY.  Many are books that I would not choose for myself and they just startle me with new information and idea sharing.  I am so happy ...
  • Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit: Nourishing the Soul when Life’s Just Too Much ~Karen Horneffer-Ginter, Ph.D. I wish I had owned a copy of Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit when I was a young mother and working on balancing my life, with apparently no time for myself at any given moment.  Karen Horneffer- Ginter has taken her expertise and 16 years of work experience and put together a manual for all of ...
  • Wanderers: Stories by Edward Belfar WANDERERS is a book of short stories that showcases a writer’s skill with words and the fine art of moving a story forward with little waste or compromise.  The words are clever and bright creating a clear image in the mind; I will always be able to conjure up the image of salt and pepper ...
  • 10 Steps To Finding Your Happy Place – my gift to you Every year at this time I experience huge numbers of fundraisers.  Actually, the season starts almost right after Labor Day in September.  Most of the gifts folks receive from me are things I purchased at fundraisers and they match up with the recipient.  I have spent years of my life selling items to raise funds ...
  • Never Hug a Nun ~Kevin Killeen Never Hug A Nun is a fictional memoir about the middle 1960’s, attending Catholic elementary school, living in Webster Grove, Missouri, being part of a good Catholic family and all that entailed.  It is written by a radio reporter, who was encouraged to tell this story by a number of people who thought it was ...
  • Confessions of Joan the Tall: A Memoir (Notable Voices) ~Joan Cusack Handler At first glance when this book arrived, I thought CONFESSIONS OF JOAN THE TALL was a young adult book maybe even a middler’s read, and I confess I was wrong.  This story is a delightful read at nearly any age as it provokes memories for some and lets others know they are wearing similar shoes.  ...
  • Lunch With Buddha ~Roland Merullo Lunch With Buddha is a second road trip with Otto Ringling and Voyla Rinpoche which begins in Washington State and takes us to North Dakota.   The first road trip for these two can be found in the Merullo novel of 2007 called Breakfast With Buddha.   I discovered this book in May of 2009 and so ...
  • Televenge ~Pamela King Cable Televenge  is a jammed, packed novel that is very hard to put down.  It is a book full of all the things you think might be going on in the huge Evangelical Prosperity Churches and then some.  Pamela Cable repeats that the book is fiction in various places and yet she writes about what she ...
  • Thirty Days With My Father: Finding Peace from Wartime PTSD ~Christal Presley, PhD This book is already an Amazon best seller in pre-orders! Thirty Days With My Father is quite a memoir and it tells a story that has not been publically told before.  It is the story of how a young man’s experiences in Vietnam during the war developed into PTSD and left him disabled and unable to ...
  • All Gone: a Memoir of My Mother’s Dementia, with Refreshments ~Alex Witchel ALL GONE  was a great read and a good read about a tough and difficult change taking place in the author’s life.  Alex Witchel is a professional writer for the New York Times and started her career writing magazine interviews of celebrities.  Witchel always added a bit of interest to her interviews by sharing their ...
  • The Good Pope: The Making of a Saint and the Remaking of the Church ~Greg Tobin If you like to read biographies particularly of poor, rural, one of 14 children, farm boys from Italy who become Pope, then The Good Pope is for you.   It is a stunningly detailed well written volume about John XXIII and Vatican II and how a humble man/priest developed to become an amazing diplomat and humanitarian. October ...
  • What the Zhang Boys Know ~Clifford Garstang I usually savor books of short stories, allowing each one to unfold on different days or similar to the treat of “second dessert” before I go to bed at night.  WHAT THE ZHANG BOYS KNOW, is a Novel in Stories and was a devouring experience.  I read cover-to-cover all in one day as I got ...
  • Emotional Chaos to Clarity: How to Live More Skillfully, Make Better Decisions, and Find Purpose in Life ~ Phillip Moffitt The Life Balance Institute   sent me an email and asked if I would review Phillip Moffitt’s new book Emotional Chaos to Clarity.  They sent me a copy of the book and told me I could pick my own time to post the review.   They also let me know that Moffitt would be at the Seattle ...
  • WHEN WOMEN WERE BIRDS: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice ~Terry Tempest Williams It has taken me over two months to write my review of WHEN WOMEN WERE BIRDS because I wanted my words to be perfect and truly share what an amazing book this is and what a significant read; I wanted you to know how much this book meant to me.   I would finish reading the ...
  • WILD: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail ~ by Cheryl Strayed I thoroughly enjoyed reading WILD and was very happy that one of my book groups chose it for this month’s selection.   It is a good read and I find it enjoyable to discover the route of various “self-discovery” biographies and in discovering how others have made significant changes in their lives. I especially enjoyed WILD, because ...
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry ~Rachel Joyce I could not put THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY down.  I began reading this book because I needed a novel and not another self-help book and I just read it straight through.  It was as though I was on the pilgrimage with Fry and sharing each step of the way.   I finished reading it ...
  • A STRANGE STIRRING: The FEMININE MYSTIQUE and American Women at the the Dawn of the 1960s ~ Stephanie Coontz A Strange Stirring  is quite a read.  It is a comprehensive look back at what Betty Freidan’s   best seller the FEMININE MYSTIQUE   said, created, and did not say or create.  The research is quite extensive and the claims are even more amazing.  As a student who read the MYSTIQUE in about 1969, it was fascinating ...
  • Which Way Now? ~Chris Rahn Which Way Now?  Is an historic novel about the Midwestern United States during World War II.   Although it starts in the German Embassy in Minneapolis and information about import and export, the reader immediately is captured by the tensions created by Roosevelt’s decisions and the changing war efforts.  German Immigrants were busy proving that they ...
  • The Last Gift Of Time: Life Beyond Sixty ~ Carolyn Weilbrun The Last Gift of Time is a memoir written by feminist author Carolyn Weilbrun and I was referred to the good book by  Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake  author Anna Quindlin’s memoir about being 60.  This book is about how fabulous it is to be 70 and looking back and forth. This memoir was inspiring ...
  • The President’s Club Inside The World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity ~Duffy & Gibbs The President’s Club is a powerful read and extraordinary book.  Nancy Gibb and Michael Duffy truly collaborated on a remarkable study of this select group of individuals and created a great read and a worthwhile study for nearly every citizen who can read.   The book is so positive about each and every one of the ...
  • The Brevity of Roses ~Linda Cassidy Lewis An ad for the Brevity of Roses appeared in my Facebook stream.  I could download a copy for just a few pennies for the next 12 hours and I had just finished my current review read.  What the heck, I will give this book a read! Brevity of Roses was not disappointing.  This is just a ...
  • LOTS OF CANDLES, PLENTY OF CAKE ~Anna Quindlen I just could not wait to read Lots of Candles and Plenty of Cake and pre-ordered it for my KINDLE. Anna Quindlen is an author that I enjoy reading very much although when she was doing her parenting columns I was still reading Erma Bombeck. This book has a number of humorous interludes but Lots of ...
  • SEARCH INSIDE YOURSELF: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace) ~Chade-Meng Tan SEARCH INSIDE YOURSELF is quite the read and a book with an impressive itinerary – > world peace. Chade-Meng Tan is a software, “good”  engineer at Google, who meditates and lives a Buddhist life style.  He is known as “Google’s Jolly Good Fellow”  because he is so happy and helpful.  He is obviously a leader and ...
  • COURAGE: Overcoming Fear & Igniting Self-Confidence ~Debbie Ford COURAGE the new Debbie Ford book was high on my list of reads and I was so pleased when the TLC Book Tours added her recent book to my reading list.   I have read all of Ford’s books and discovered her work when I was updating my counseling credentials and her first writing was included ...
  • THE PAPER GARDEN: An Artist Begins Her Life’s Work at 72 ~Molly Peacock The Paper Garden was/is a must read book for me, I was drawn to it from our first encounter and have not been disappointed by it even after reading it two times.  This book has its own unique story of how it arrived in my hands, even as it is a unique story about a ...
  • The Riot Within: My Journey From Rebellion To Redemption ~Rodney King The Riot Within is an important story to be told and shared in our time.  It is Rodney King’s telling  of how he became an ICON in the civil rights movement and how that icon status affected his personal life over the past 20 years.  It is the 20 year anniversary of the beating he ...
  • FoodTrients: Age Defying Recipes For A Sustainable Life ~Grace O When TLC Book Tours asked me to review a cookbook, I was delighted and thought this will be great fun. I enjoy cooking and I love to eat (oh my do I love to eat), and that this book was about healthy eating truly lit up my expectations.  The book was not disappointing – it ...
  • The Art Of The Sale: Learning From the Masters About the Business of Life ~Philip Delves Broughton I am very enthusiastic about this book.  THE ART OF THE SALE is about change and success and I am always enthusiastic about those topics.   I picked up this book with the first opportunity that presented itself because I thought it was going to be a difficult read and I had lots of tasks to ...
  • CODE TO JOY: The Four Step Solution to Unlocking Your natural State of Happiness ~by George Pratt, Ph.D., and Peter Lambrou, Ph.D., with John David Mann Dear Readers, I just could not wait to tell you about CODE TO JOY because I found it a truly transformational book for me personally and because it is such a well explained step by step process that lightened my spirit tremendously. This book is about the neuroplasticity of the brain, and is similar to the brain ...
  • The Dressmaker of Khair Khana ~Gayle Tzemach Lemmon The Dressmaker of Khair Khana is a very interesting story of how 5 sisters survived and succeeded in remaining safe during the occupation of the Taliban of Kabul, Afghanistan.  The book tells how educated women figured out how to remain safe and how to include their community in surviving the strict and oft times horrific ...
  • Five Great Reads to Add to Your List Here are some great reads that I wanted to share with you because I enjoyed them.  None of these books are on easy topics, but they are all valuable story lines and explore the concept of experiencing trauma and discovering recovery. 1. The Girl Who Fell From The Sky  by Heidi W. Durrow  Based on the ...
  • The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation ~Jon Gertner THE IDEA FACTORY is an incredible read, it is a powerful read; I was so excited by the title when asked would I review the book on my blog.   I thought the IDEA FACTORY was about opening up the reader’s creative ideas and creating opportunities, rather it is a work of History. The book does excite ...
  • Walter’s Muse ~Jean Davies Okimoto Walter’s Muse  is enchanting, delightful, fun and just a lovely read by a fine storyteller.  This is the second book I have had the pleasure to read by Jean Davies Okimoto the first was The Love Ceiling, which came at a nearly perfect interval in my life.  This new book was another arrival with perfect ...
  • NEW: Understanding Our Need For Novelty And Change ~Winifred Gallagher An Introduction to a Significant Book about How we got here and how to change and survive. I needed something NEW and I could feel it in every cell of my being.  I was frustrated and discouraged and falling prey to being entertained rather than doing what I needed to do.  My entertainment was taking and ...
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks ~Rebecca Skloot Our book group got together for Valentine’s dinner and to discuss this book.  It was an inspiring discussion and the book and author brought up a number of things that each of us as women could be grateful for and celebrate; it also brought us to quite a discussion of health care, research, pharmaceuticals and ...
  • The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert ~By John M. Gottman, Ph.D. And Nan Silver This book was a gift from one of my daughters for Christmas 2011.  It had been recommended to her by a counselor and she had found it a valuable resource.  It was so important to her she wanted her sisters and her parents to benefit from the wisdom found within.  I made note that this ...
  • THE CHANGE – DIY Healthcare Resources In 1971, a wonderful book was published by  The Boston Women’s Health Cooperative and it was called Our Bodies Our Selves.   It was here that I first discovered Dr. Christiane Northrup, an OB-GYN .   I scurried out to purchase my own copy.  No regrets here. I shared my copy with my Mother as she did not ...
  • Situations Matter : Understanding How Context Transforms Your World ~Sam Sommers Reading Situations Matter was pure pleasure.  I savored every section and idea and wondered who would ever think a book about the mundane moments of living, those that we take for granted, would have such a profound effect on our lives and outcomes of our actions?  It was similar to taking a camera outside on ...
  • Dancing In The Shadows Of Love ~by Judy Croome I discovered Dancing in the Shadows of Love  on Hilary’s site Positive Letters and entered to win a copy of the book from the author.  My number came up and very quickly a copy of the book came to my mail box.   I had enjoyed Hilary’s post and the information sharing about Africa that accompanied ...
  • So Far Away By ~Christine W. Hartmann So Far Away is a book that needs to cross the path of anyone who still has senior parents alive and well.  It may not be so comforting to those who in the throws of senior caregiving, but then it just might be reassuring that one is not alone. This is a personal story about the ...
  • The Swan Thieves: A Novel ~Elizabeth Kostova I read about 1500 pages a week; most of those are pages in books.   For every 2 non-fiction books I read I read one piece of fiction. I usually let my book groups pick the novels I read, because each of my two groups meet each month and each select a book.  This means I ...
  • Shiny Objects: Why We Spend Money We Don’t Have in Search of Happiness We Can’t Buy ~ By James A. Roberts Right at the top of the review I am going to tell you I thought  Shiny Objects was a 5 (ladybugs) book.  It is exceptional and if you only read one non-fiction book in the coming year, I think you would be wise to pick this one. “ If you want to live the American Dream, ...
  • A New E-Book and It’s Free! I love reading Silver & Grace the blog and the newsletter.   And now if you head over to this delightful space all about wonderful maturing women, you can read my words.  That’s right Eliza is publishing a free e-book today about Women Who Make a Difference, and I am one of those women in the ...
  • The Smartest Woman I Know ~Ilene Beckerman This is a wisdom story about love and living your best life by trusting what you get. It is a short read and it made me laugh and cry.  The illustrations match the words and also make you laugh until you cry.  I have read this book 4 times it is so delightful.  The best time ...
  • You Are Not So Smart ~David McRaney The author of this book, David McRaney, is a rather smart guy who has taken every psychological study he can find and written about it on his blog.  Along came a publishing house representative and discovered the blog You Are Not So Smart and persuaded the blogger to turn it into a book. I think this ...
  • HOW TO BE SICK: A Buddhist Inspired Guide For The Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers ~By Toni Bernhard My acupuncturist recommended this book to me and I am so pleased that I bought a copy and read it from cover to cover. It was a wonderful companion to reading Your Medical Mind and it brought be some peace, hope and a change of attitude. Ms. Bernhard was headed out on an adventure with her ...
  • Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What Is Right for YOU ~Jerome Groopman, MD and Pamela Hartzband,MD What we can learn about Healthcare in the USA is a very personal and important project.  YOUR MEDICAL MIND is another resource in developing more wisdom in making medical systems work for you and yours. As I was beginning the book, I began thinking that I should tell TLC book tours that I could not give ...
  • Camel Pirouette It has been nearly a month now of trusting what I receive.    And I am receiving some delightful information and healing these days.   As a matter of fact this piece of inspiration just fell on my head and it was so wonder full that I decided I just must share it with you. From the book ...
  • How to Be Rich and Happy ~by John P. Strelecky and Tim Brownson I have been conscientiously working on trusting what I am receiving in my life.  One thing I did recently was to totally focus on my pain and relief from that physical pain.   A secondary part of my 4 hours a day of pain relief healing was to go back and review all the notes I ...
  • Trust What You Get ~Lisa Wechtenhiser No more Guessing!  In this practical guide, find out how to bring your natural intuition into consciousness and learn to use it on demand. Trusting the messages I am receiving presently is very hard for me.  Swollen joints, heel pain, headaches and just plain tiredness were not on my To – Do List.  Were these really ...
  • WILLPOWER: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength ~ Roy F. Baumeister & John Tierney Social Psychologist Roy Baumeister and John Tierney a New York Times Science writer have combined efforts to create a comprehensive study of the human resource known as WILLPOWER or self control – it is strength and wisdom. This well written study has so many on target points and definitions that I can think of no one ...
  • Book Review: Leading Raspberry Jam Visions Women’s Way ~Terrill Welch I have been following Terrill Welch on her blog Creative Potager.  Welch wanders around Mayne Island, British Columbia with her paints and camera; it is a delight to hike with her step by step along the way and see what she sees.   I so enjoy her posts where the wandering leads one from the back ...
  • The Art of Racing In the Rain ~Garth Stein This is a biographical work of fiction about a dog as told by a dog.  It is about living in Seattle, Washington and about racing cars. Racing in the Rain is a multifaceted love story.  It is a hard story and an easy read.  Stein is a very delightful wordsmith who seems to understand and know ...
  • You are Not Your Brain: The 4-Step Solution for Changing Bad Habits, Ending Unhealthy Thinking, and Taking Control of Your Life ~ Jeffrey Schwartz, M.D. and Rebecca Gladding, M.D. Just the title of this book alone is quite a mouthful, but it is well worth the read and the book came in great timing for me when I was feeling stuck in my healing and changing.  I am reading it for the 3rd time. Both authors are specialists in the area of Neuroscience and Human ...
  • The Social Animal: The Hidden Source of Love, Character, and Achievement ~David Brooks I can hardly wait to tell you about this book, because when I discovered it I was driven nuts until I found a copy and read it. I heard about the book watching a recent TED lecture where I heard David Brooks speak about writing the book and his presentation was humorous and intrigued my ...
  • Unfinished Business: One Man’s Extraordinary Year of Trying to do the Right Things ~Lee Kravitz Unfinished Business is a wonderful autobiography of a man’s life.  It is one of those new life stories that just picks one aspect of the life and then tucks in other pieces of the journey as necessary to complete the picture.  Lee Kravitz is working with the question of what are aspects of his life ...
  • Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses ~Claire Dederer I first heard about this book at one of my book groups.  Jane came in the door waving a copy of the book and said, “I want to share with you this book my sister in Seattle just gave to me.  It is all about growing up in Seattle and about a young woman discovering ...
  • The Long Goodbye: A Memoir ~Meghan O’Rourke This is a loving story of a “normal” family who experienced the loss of the Mother and Wife to colon cancer.  It is a story about their growing and parented years, it is the story about the years of sickness and the family’s responses and actions, and is introspective of that which a daughter understands ...
  • The Procrastination Equation: How to stop putting things off and start getting things done ~Piers Steel, PhD. I feel honored to have been chosen to read this book and share it with you on my blog.  No marketing group held this one up for me to read, this book offer came from the author himself and Harper Publishing sent me a copy to read at his request.  It was a savvy expose’ ...
  • Abundance Alchemy: Journey of Gold ~Evelyn Lim Every January my colleagues go on a retreat to refresh and renew their spirits and energies for the work ahead.  They also get together to break bread and share with others working in the same field.   This year was not so much about learning a new skill, but it was about how to support each ...
  • Book Review: Olive Kitteridge ~Elizabeth Strout I got a bit jealous because so many of my friends are retiring and because so many are going on Winter Vacations right now   6 folks left last week for Hawaii and one to Cabo San Lucas , another to Costa Rico, yet another to Palm Springs.  My partner is busy training for a 6 ...
  • WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY: Self-Control in an Age of Excess ~Daniel Akst I want to tell you everything about this book.  Since that is not possible in a blogging post, I need to figure out a way to get your attention focused on reading this book yourself.  On recommendation of the TLC online book tours group, Penguin Books sent me a copy of this book to read.  ...
  • 3 Books and a Quick Look I wanted to read some light and fast words over my vacation days.   Here is an update on the 3 books that I consumed and my thoughts about each one.  I think I will call these mini-reviews! HANDLE WITH CARE ~Jodi Picoult This was our January book group selection and because it was longer than the other ...
  • FREEDOM a novel ~Jonathan Franzen I was definitely not going to read this book. I was definitely not going to do a book review. I just felt that Opera had given this author and this book enough publicity. What would I say that would make any difference to someone who might want to read the book? Then again I kept hearing ...
  • The Wisdom To Know The Difference ~Eileen Flanagan I savored every single page of this book.  I knew that from the time of the book’s arrival and the posting date I would not have time to read it twice, which is my usual practice when I am reviewing for someone else.   I was also aware that with a holiday in the middle of ...
  • A SUDDEN COUNTRY ~Karen Fisher Book group time again, we have read a delightful historic saga and a first novel. Our book was A Sudden Country by Karen Fisher which has been compared to Cold Mountain the blockbuster novel about the Civil War. Our discussion was very lively overall the book was well received. Some liked the intense details others did ...
  • BE LOVE NOW ~ by Ram Dass with Rameshwar Das BE LOVE NOW  is the final book in Ram Dass’ triology which includes BE HERE NOW and STILL HERE. It is a reminiscent memoir of Richard Alpert’s enlightenment in the ‘60s and how he came to be Ram Dass.  It applies deeper meanings and significance to the process of his transformation, which could only be written ...
  • HOW YOGA WORKS ~Geshe Michael Roach and Christie McNally Last night our book group met at my house.  This was right after my first day of work – for this month long grant evaluating job I have …so I bought dinner. Pear Gorgonzola Salad and Gluten Free  “Squirrel Master *”  pizza and Margherita  wheat crust pizza, from the organic restaurant  i.talia I did not take ...
  • Naked in Eden: My Adventure and Awakening in the Australian Rainforest ~Robin Easton Do you know where your socks are right now? I wanted to read Robin’s book to be supportive to another blog writer and because I so enjoyed reading her words on her blog.   I knew the book would be a good read and I would enjoy it; I would most likely discover another excellent writer of ...
  • The Gifts of Imperfection ~by Brené Brown, Ph.D On July 29,2010, I wrote a post entitled  I HAVE FAILED. I received a number of wonder full comments, lots of sympathy and a tremendous number of emails.  One such email was from Lisa Munley of TLC Book Tours and she said, “I think you might like this book, could I send it on for ...
  • Book Review: The Somebody Who ~by Katie Gates I can highly recommend this book to anyone who is a member of a family, has a family, have parents who are aging, have lost their parents, or are just starting a new family. This is a book about family and what happens to all families when their primary communicator makes a major change.   It affects ...
  • Book Review: The Courage to be FREE; Discover Your Original Fearless Self ~ By Guy Finley The offer to review this book came into my email box early in 2010. I said yes, and the not yet published book arrived in my inbox in PDF format. I read it right away and thought, that was a nice book and would make a nice gift choice for someone. Several ...
  • Book Review: The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything ~ Sir Ken Robinson, PhD I got a little afraid of spreading my wings and venturing forth after my Detox regime this past spring.  I think I was a wee bit overtaken by getting exactly what I had asked for.  It was not what I was expecting and that was surprising.  My mind was a bit sluggish after removing all ...
  • Book Review: Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage ~Elizabeth Gilbert I so enjoyed Elizabeth Gilbert’s  EAT, PRAY, LOVE book, which is going to be released in movie form this August (2010).   The writing was 5 stars and the memoir was fascinating about recovery from divorce.  The book was hugely popular – a best seller. Gilbert’s writing style is impressive and I have now read several of ...
  • Savannah Blues: A Novel ~Mary Kay Andrews I had a hard time with this book, which was my book groups June selection.  Primarily I think the book came in the wrong time zone for me.  I would have probably loved it on an airplane, beach or rainy read in a mountain cabin, but not in the middle of a busy time with ...
  • The Love Ceiling ~a novel by Jean Davies Okimoto I am definitely recommending this book to my book group and any other folks who want to read a good story as told by a gracious storyteller. I picked it up to get it on the schedule and just stuck with it from cover to cover – about 13 hours with rest ...
  • Book Review: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay ~ Michael Chabon This book is an extraordinary read; written by a writing master in which even the small details just hold the reader into the story. Chabon’s third novel and it is a PULITZER PRIZE WINNER. It took me 2 months to finish the book.  I could hardly put it down, but the 650 pages were tissue paper thin ...
  • Equal Rites ~Terry Pratchett “This is a story about magic and where it goes and perhaps more importantly where it comes from and why, although it doesn’t pretend to answer all or any of these questions.” There you have it the opening line of a truly Wonder Full book and a delight to share as we are doing at our ...
  • Book Review: EAT TO LIVE ~Joel Fuhrman, M.D. I wanted to tell you about what I am eating as part of my healing process. Here is a picture of the Salad I just enjoyed – right down to the last chew. I was referred to this way of eating by JD Meier at Sources of Insight and Julie at Random Meanderings, because I was asking ...
  • Barbara Kingsolver, This Writer’s Writer This is a thank you note to Barbara Kingsolver for her incredible stories and for the hours of pure delight I have spent enjoying her story telling and stimulating my thinking. A women’s literary journal was circulating around church one day, people were sharing this start up publication hoping for subscriptions and to promote a future.     ...
  • Book Review: What Should I Do With the Rest of My Life ~ Bruce Frankel It was a rainy dreary day and I just could not motivate myself to get into the tasks at hand.  With no real demands until dinner time, I grabbed this book from the Online Book Tours group, started a fire in the fireplace and curled up in my favorite chair. What Should I Do With the ...
  • E-Book Review: Narcissist: A User’s Guide I can see a small compact bird’s nest in the tree just beyond my window, because the leaves have not yet returned for another year.   This nest has withstood a windy winter and its construction has remained unscathed for the weathering. I am not expert enough to know what kind of bird built so well, ...
  • Book Review and Cookbook Giveaway: The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone To celebrate my 300th post on Patricia’s Wisdom (www.patrciaswisdom.com) I am giving away this delightful lifestyle cook book by celebrity Alicia Silverstone. I think this book will have great success because: –    The author is a celebrity, young, and knows how to be in the public eye –    The book is beautiful to look at and behold –    The ...
  • Book Review: THE HELP ~Kathryn Stockett Here I am at book group again and this month our group read a history sharing novel called THE HELP. It was published in 2009 and is the author’s first novel after working in the magazine industry for a period of time. I like books that tell history through fiction and this book is about the maids ...
  • Book Review: Female Brain Gone Insane: An Emergency Guide for Women Who Feel like they are Falling Apart ~Mia Lundin, R.N.C., N.P. I would love to see this book available to every woman I know.  Just like the Gideon’s Bible is in the drawer of every motel room in the USA; this book needs to be that available to every woman. Yes, I do feel very strongly about this book, because I am the woman that survived the ...
  • Book Review: Born to Run ~ Christopher McDougall “A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen” To tell you the absolute truth, I would have never noticed this book in a store or on a website. Sometimes the choices of trusty book group members can open one’s eyes to something new, vital and interesting. Yes, this is a book about ...
  • Book Review: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet ~Jamie Ford Engaging, delightful, sentimental, gentle – truth telling. Hotel on The Corner of Bitter and Sweet I so enjoy when history is wrapped up in a story that just holds your mind and your heart captive.  The lessons just seem to mix together and make a complete idea and this book does just that. I downloaded this book for ...
  • Book Review: Traveling with Pomegranates ~Kidd & Taylor Sue Monk Kidd | Anne Kidd Taylor I am riveted to reading this book.  This book is the next read in my lesson plan of life and it is a magnificent teacher.   It is not that I cannot put the book down and I need to stay connected, because I must keep setting it aside  ...
  • Book Review: Step, Ball, Change ~Jeanne Ray Our recent book group read was quite light on its feet!  That’s because it was about a 62 year old woman who owns a dance studio in North Carolina.  The author has a fun sense of humor and the book can be read in just a matter of a few delightful, entertaining hours. It is an ...
  • Book Review: Diana Gabaldon’s OUTLANDER Series Over the past 18 months I have read all 7 of Diana Gabaldon’s books at the recommendation of my history loving daughter. Most I have read on my KINDLE , which is great because they are long and the print is small.   Once one begins to read one of the books, you simply disappear from this ...
  • Book Review: The Science of Passion; The Art of Romance ~Ken Tanner In the spring of 2009, I offered a writing contest about “How Did You Meet?”- the winner of that event was Ken Tanner. During the summer of 2009, Ken had his book published and asked that I purchase a copy and review the book on this Blog, rather than he receive the cash award for his ...
  • Summer Reading: The Man of My Dreams ~Curtis Sittenfeld Three people suggested I read this book. I so enjoyed American Wife by the same author, I decided to give this book a read. This is an enjoyable read and I was very happy for another opportunity to study the author’s keen , perceptive use of dialogue with her characters. The author can truly ...
  • Understanding Agenda For a New Economy ~ David Korten I am taking a bit of a risk here because I am outlining this book by Korten, in hopes that more people will understand what is going on with our economy through this shorthand and will be inspired to do their part with understanding. I believe Education is the Key to our future and ...
  • Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth ~By David C. Korten This is not a book review, rather this is a report about a book that I am in the process of reading and am planning to review. I would like to tell you that I have read and outlined this book, but rather I am reporting that I have heard David Korten speak about this book ...
  • Healthy Reading: The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite ~Dr. David Kessler Dr. Kessler is a pediatrician who has had a problem with his weight for many years. As a practicing pediatric physician he began to notice that starting in the 1980’s American Children were getting heavier and heavier. Most adults by the 1980 census were 12 pounds heavier than in all the previous years ...
  • Summer Reading: Merle’s Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog ~Ted Kerasote Warning I have not finished this book. I have read to the last chapter and the author has saved the last chapter for the death of his dog. This is a book about a dog and the dog dies. I actually try not to read stories about dogs, because the dog always dies. ...
  • Summer Reading: Thin is the New Happy ~By Valerie Frankel This book is our book group’s read for May 2009. Everyone gets to pick their own books for the group to read and discuss. I never would have picked this book myself, and am glad that I was given the opportunity to read it. This is a personal story about a woman’s journey to ...
  • Summer Reading: Breakfast with Buddha ~Roland Merullo This book was just a delight and well worth following up on three folks recommendations. Opening paragraph on the Amazon dot com overview: The only thing certain about a journey is that it has a beginning and an end – for you never know what may happen along the way. And so it is with this ...
  • Book Review: The Highest Tide ~Jim Lynch Yep! I read a lot of books. I even read books for FUN and this particularly book is right up there in the lot of fun category. The book is a first novel by a local journalist, it is a national bestseller, it is a quirky coming of age tale, it is the Pacific ...
  • Book Review: Everything Bad is Good For You ~ Steven Johnson I am very appreciative of the fact that my kiddos keep me posted on interesting books and ideas that they discover. And this book was a gem and a great tool to assist my thinking and help me keep pace. When folks entertain themselves these days, they just may be making their brains more effective tools. ...
  • The Place I Want to Get Back To ~Mary Oliver The Place I Want to Get Back To is where in the pinewoods in the moments between the darkness and first light two deer came walking down the hill and when they saw me they said to each other, okay, this one is okay, let’s see who she is and why she is sitting on the ground, like that, so quiet, as if asleep, or in a dream, but, anyway, harmless; and ...
  • Book Review: Transitions ~William Bridges Death and Taxes used to be just about all that folks felt were inevitable in the course of living life.  All though those two processes seem to be part of life for sure there is another variable that really is more prevalent in our lives that the first two listed and it is – Change. We ...
  • Book Review: Hats Off to Two Wonderful, World Changing Men and the Books About Them Three Cups of Tea ~ Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin This is a great read, adventure, and inspiring story. Greg Mortenson is a mountain climber who failed in his attempt to summit the tallest mountain, which he was doing in order to honor his younger sister who died. He got lost during his descent and ...
  • Book Review: American Wife ~Curtis Sittenfeld I saw this book reviewed in TIME Magazine in September, it was published in 2008. Then suddenly I needed a book to review for a group meeting a few days before the election so without knowing much more I chose this book. It is based on the author’s conjecture of First Lady Laura Bush’s ...
  • Book Review: My Stroke of Insight ~Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor At age 37 Jill B. Taylor had a massive stroke and survived. Her career is teaching Neurologic Anatomy at Harvard and she has spent a lifetime studying the brain and how it works. This is an easy to read book in which Taylor has shared the amazing feelings she had while having the ...
  • Book Review: Blink ~Malcolm Gladwell I was on a trip and wandering through a bookstore and saw the stocker setting up the book Blink. I just knew I wanted this book and it would make a difference to me. I first thought the title was perfect and then I just thought someone named Gladwell would be ….well….Glad and ...
  • Book Review: Don’t think of an elephant! ~George Lakoff George Lakoff has made a remarkable impact on the language of politics in this generation and don’t think of an elephant is an easy to read deciphering book of what all that language means.  Mr. Lakoff develops with clarity how conservative think tanks have created a strangle hold on the political discussions in recent years ...
  • Book Review: Three Weeks with My Brother ~ Nicholas Sparks and Micah Sparks “A Memoir” is not the usual choice for a book on my reading list, but I had just lost my Mother and much of my family connection and the book was given to me and just sitting on my shelf: I picked it up and began to read. I found a story with lots of humor, ...
  • Book Review: Moyers on Democracy ~ Bill Moyers I am sure if my Father were alive today, I would have been given this book for Christmas. For my Father had the Canadian Bill of Rights framed and hung upon the wall, where he could see it every day, and he had the Constitution of the United States of America in pocket book form ...
  • Book Review: Your Money or Your Life Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship with Money & Achieving Financial Independence ~ Joseph R. Dominguez and Vicki Robbins The book has been life changing for me in my relationship to money. It was a solid new way to think and to use money in my life. By doing the exercises I was able ...
  • Book Review: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life ~ Barbara Kingsolver, with Stephen Hopp and Camille Kingsolver I am a confessed fan of Barbara Kingsolver’s writing, her style and voice, and all the ways I question and think after reading her stories and ideas.I was thrilled to see an interview with Ms. Kingsolver about this particular ...
  • Book Review: Hannah Coulter ~ Wendell Berry Every Christmas for the past umpteen years, my partner has gone to Jane’s Bookstore and picked out 5 or 6 books on Jane’s recommendation for me to read. It is a most wonderful gift, and as the kids and Dad race off to the ski slopes on Christmas morn, I nestle into my chair and open ...
  • Rejoice Beloved Woman:Psalm 19 ~ Barbara Monda 19 1. I look to the sky and see the reflection of Your beauty. Your glory, set in the stars, speak of the wonderful works of Your hand. 2. As one day gives way to another and night moves into the embrace of day, wisdom is given with no words spoken. 3. All I need ...
  • Lessons ~ Poem by Barbara Gibson Barbara’s sense of timing is a gift. Her poetic voice seem to mesh into a synchronicity with the rhythms of my life and needs. So often I have received a bookmark, note card or copy of her latest book just in time for a mood or thought adjustment and since I like to ...
  • 12 Reasons I Want People To Read This Book The Book: The Shock Doctrine: the Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein Just because I believe every voter in the USA should read this book – required Because this is some of the best investigative reporting I have ever read Ms. Klein writes very well – it is a hard to put down current events/history book The ...