May 112016
 

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Where We Fall by Rochelle B. Weinstein

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (April 19, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 161218443X
ISBN-13: 978-1612184432

By all accounts, Abby Holden has it all. She’s the mother of a beautiful teenager and the wife of a beloved high school football coach. And all it took to achieve her charmed life was her greatest act of betrayal.

Coach Ryan can coax his team to victory, but he can’t seem to make his wife, Abby, happy. Her struggles with depression have marred their marriage and taken a toll on their daughter, Juliana. Although this isn’t the life he’s dreamed of, he’s determined to heal the rifts in his family.

Chasing waterfalls and documenting their beauty has led photographer Lauren Sheppard all around the world. Now it has brought her back home to the mountains of North Carolina—back to the scene of her devastating heartbreak.

For the first time in seventeen years, a trio of once-inseparable friends find themselves confronting past loves, hurts, and the rapid rush of a current that still pulls them together.…

Thoughts
This book is full of all kinds of emotions and will keep you glued to the pages even when you should put it down to do other things.

There are many aspects to the book…friendship, love, betrayal, humor, sadness, secrets, mental illness and more.

The characters feel real, the situations and emotions are ones many of us have gone through and felt, and that makes this book an exciting but emotional read.

If you’re looking for a book that will take you on a journey of many emotions, pick up of this book.

Meet The Author
616LTzZyT0L._UX250_ Rochelle B. Weinstein is the author of What We Leave Behind and The Mourning After. Her third novel, Where We Fall, releases April 19, 2016. Ms. Weinstein lives in South Florida with her husband and twin sons. She is currently writing her fourth novel, a family drama based in Miami Beach, Florida

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May 082016
 

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The Bridge Ladies by Betsy Lerner

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Harper Wave (May 3, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062354469
ISBN-13: 978-0062354464

A fifty-year-old Bridge game provides an unexpected way to cross the generational divide between a daughter and her mother. Betsy Lerner takes us on a powerfully personal literary journey, where we learn a little about Bridge and a lot about life.

By turns darkly funny and deeply moving, The Bridge Ladies is the unforgettable story of a hard-won—but never-too-late—bond between mother and daughter.

Thoughts
I love books about mother/daughter relationships and this book is a winner. The author tells it like it was, the good and the bad.

Her relationship with her mother was strained at times, but when she moves back to be near her mother who needed surgery, she gets to see her as she is with her friends and how they see her when she starts sitting in with her mother’s bridge club ladies.

The book takes you on a journey that many of us would love to go on with our mothers. I know I was close to my mom, but rarely got to spend time with her and her friends. Now I wish I had done it more often.

This book is perfect for all women I think. It’s a quick read and I know I’ll want to pick it up again.

 

Betsy Lerner AP

Betsy Lerner is the author of The Forest for the Trees and Food and Loathing. She is a recipient of the Thomas Wolfe Poetry Prize, an Academy of American Poets Poetry Prize, and the Tony Godwin Prize for Editors, and was selected as one of PEN’s Emerging Writers. Lerner is a partner with the literary agency Dunow, Carlson & Lerner and resides in New Haven, Connecticut.

Find out more about Betsy at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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May 072016
 

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30 Minute Meals by Hannie P. Scott

Are you looking for delicious and quick recipes to feed your family? This simple and easy cookbook has step-by-step recipes that are easy to follow and only take 30 minutes or less to make! With a nice variety of recipes, this book is your “go-to” cookbook when it comes to cooking for your family and friends. This book includes recipes for any occasion!

Thoughts
I love recipes that are quick and easy. This book is filled with recipes like that. They all use ingredients that we probably have in our pantry or fridge already, and they only take around 30 minutes.

The book includes a list of abbreviations and conversions. There are a variety of recipes including Simple Shrimp Gumbo, Asian Meatballs, Sweet & Spicy Salmon, Creamy Chicken Spaghetti, Roasted Asparagus(love!), Sriracha Zucchini and Mediterranean Vegetables.

I’ve only tried one recipe so far, but as I was going through the book, I saw many that I want to try. Few ingredients and 30 minutes. I love this cookbook! It will be one I go to over and over.

If you like few ingredients, quick and easy, please check this cookbook out. I think you’ll love it as much as I do.

 

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Apr 232016
 

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Fruit of My Spirit by Deanna Nowadnick

Paperback: 114 pages
Publisher: Rhododendron Books (January 6, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0983589720
ISBN-13: 978-0983589723

In a memoir of missteps and misdeeds, Deanna Nowadnick writes of the hugeness of God’s love and faithfulness. Reframing life in God’s grace, she discovers an indescribable, indefinable, inexplicable love that has encircled her without fail through joyous, sad, cringe-worthy, heartwarming, forgettable, memorable moments in life. Fruit of My Spirit is for anyone who’s ever questioned God’s ability to love and forgive, who’s ever wondered about their place in God’s family or God’s place in theirs. Nowadnick offers hope for those who dare to question, who secretly wonder, and who fear to ask. Through stories of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, you will experience the enormity of God, too.

Thoughts
This book is about different experiences the author had throughout her life, and how she used the Fruit Of The Spirit.

Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV), But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (the Apostle Paul in his letter to the people of Galatia)

Each story is interesting, and we learn a lot about this author. I loved the photos, and the hymns that were at the end of the chapters. I enjoyed learning the Greek words at the beginning of the chapters.

One of the chapters I connected with the most was when Deanna was a Camp Fire Girl. I don’t ever remember hearing about them when I was young. I was a Girl Scout though. Deanna did not like camping at all. At. All. Me on the other hand, loved it! I still remember singing songs and starting fires, and making Hunters Stew which was so so so good.

I loved this book and would recommend it to all women and teen girls whether you’re religious or not. The stories the author shared are interesting and uplifting. I’ve had this book for quite a while and it took me way to long to get to it, especially since it’s only a little over 100 pages. I wish I had just stuck it in my “review” stack closer to the top and read it sooner. I have her book Signs In Life and plan on starting it right away.

Apr 142016
 

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Pushed To The Limit by Karen Chester

File Size: 2205 KB
Print Length: 236 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publication Date: March 3, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B01BHESQA8
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Faye Seymour has long reigned as Greenville’s gossip queen, but recently she’s been at her worst, spreading rumors like wild fire and putting a lot of noses out of joint. Event planner Emma Cassidy has already lost an important client to Faye’s loose tongue, and she can ill afford to lose any business. When Emma discovers Faye lying at the bottom of a flight of stairs, the feisty old lady declares she was pushed—and that Emma is the culprit!—before passing out.

As Faye recovers, Emma reluctantly delves into the busybody’s life of meddling and scuttlebutt. She has to clear her name before Faye falsely accuses her again, and besides, there’s a capricious parrot relying on her now.

What scandalous secrets has Faye unearthed? How many lives has she ruined or threatened to ruin? Plenty of people have a reason to hate her, but one in particular is driven to commit a brutal murder. Can Emma follow the clues to unmask the killer, or will she fall victim herself?

Thoughts
This is the second book in this series and boy is it a doozy. There’s a lot going on in this short book. The characters are well written and have personalities that jump of the page and the story keeps you wanting more.

There are several different suspects, and I couldn’t figure out who the real culprit was for anything.  What I love most about this book is that Emma is in her sixties. Not many protagonist can fit into that category. Also, she had lived in New York. Just the mention of New York and I get all kinds of great memories. I also love that there are many times a dog is mentioned. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love dogs, and most cozies have cats, not dogs.

There are so many different ways this book could have gone, but the author did a great job of bringing the book to just the right ending.

I enjoyed this book very much. It has everything a cozy should have. The story is much bigger than I thought it would be because it’s just over 200 pages. But in those pages is a story that keeps the book glued to your hands. I can’t wait to read more from this author, and would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery.

Apr 072016
 

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In The Context Of Love by Linda K. Sienkiewicz

Paperback: 270 pages
Publisher: Buddhapuss Ink LLC (September 8, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1941523048
ISBN-13: 978-1941523049

Is it ever too late to leave your past and the secrets that haunt you behind?

What makes us step back to examine the events and people that have shaped our lives? And what happens when what we discover leads to more questions?

Angelica Schirrick wonders how her life could have gotten so far off-track. With two children in tow, she begins a journey of self-discovery that leads her back home to Ohio. It pains her to remember the promise her future once held and the shattering revelations that derailed her life.

Can she face the failures and secrets of her past and move forward? Somehow she must learn to accept the violence of her beginning before she can be open to life, and a second chance at love.

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Thoughts
I love books about family relationships. And even though I don’t like family drama or betrayal in real life, I love it in books.

This book had it all, and Angelica is devastated when the truth comes out. This is an emotionally charged book that keeps you turning the pages even when you know you should close the book and get other stuff done.

The characters and situations are believable and you can’t help but feel for Angelica and want so much for everything to turn out ok. I haven’t been reading many “heavier” novels lately, but I’m glad I decided to give this a try. I don’t know how anyone could read this and not get emotional, but like I said before, you won’t want to stop until the end.

There’s so much more to this book than what I’ve mentioned. It is definitely a winner and I would absolutely recommend it. It’s going on my “Best of 2016” list.

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01e32234-4a96-4e13-9e37-eb18c9020cdf Linda K. Sienkiewicz is a published poet and fiction writer, cynical optimist, fan of corgis, tea drinker, and wine lover from Michigan. Her poetry, short stories, and art have been published in more than fifty literary journals, including Prairie Schooner, Clackamas Literary Review, Spoon River, and Permafrost.

She received a poetry chapbook award from Bottom Dog Press, and an MFA from the University of Southern Maine. Linda lives with her husband in southeast Michigan, where they spoil their grandchildren and then send them back home.

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Apr 062016
 

Ten Prayers That Changed the World coverAbout Ten Prayers That Changed the World

• Hardcover: 272 pages
• Publisher: National Geographic (March 1, 2016)

From time immemorial, prayer has provided comfort in our darkest hours, stirred us to action beyond what we thought possible, and shown us the way through seemingly insurmountable challenges. In this engaging tour of world history, author and historian Jean-Pierre Isbouts takes us on an inspiring tour of ten prayers that played a pivotal role in world events—from the divine inspiration of Joan of Arc to Martin Luther’s powerful hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is our God”; from Abraham’s poignant plea to save his son; from George Washington’s prayerful words to the newly formed American states to the horrors of Auschwitz; from Constantine the Great’s prayer before battle to Gandhi’s deeply moving “prayer of peace.” Ten Prayers That Changed the World delves into the moments in history where faith and prayer intersected with the course of mankind.

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Jean-Pierre Isbouts is a bestselling author, historian, and award-winning director of documentary and feature films. A humanities scholar and professor at Fielding Graduate University of Santa Barbara, California, he has published widely on subjects in art, history and archaeology, and directed films for Disney, ABC, Hallmark, History Channel and other studios and networks. He has also produced a broad repertoire of classical music with ensembles in New York, Los Angeles and Amsterdam.

Find out more about Jean-Pierre at his website.

Thoughts
This is a book everyone could and should read, no matter if they are religious or not. It includes the following prayers, and then tells the story:

Abraham’s Plea
Jesus’ Prayer to Abba
The Dream of Constantine
The Voice of Joan of Arc
Martin Luther’s Hymn
George Washington’s Prayer
The Prayer of St. Francis
The Prayer for Bastogne
Gandhi’s Prayer for Peace
Mother Teresa’s Daily Prayer

It also includes a note by the author, Epilogue, Acknowledgments, Notes, Further Reading, Illustrations Credits and an Index.

On of my very favorite prayers was from Chapter 7:
The Prayer Of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, let me offer pardon,
Where there is discord, let me create harmony,
Where there is falsehood, let me offer truth,
Where there is doubt, let me inspire faith,
Where there is despair, let me offer hope,
Where there is shadow, let me bring your light,
Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.

The author says he has dramatized the stories a bit, but he has kept them true to documented historical sources.

This book is very interesting and I learned a lot from it. I’ll keep the book within easy reach so that I can pick it up from time to time and read random chapters.

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Mar 232016
 

Don't Let My Baby Do Rodeo coverAbout Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo

• Hardcover: 336 pages
• Publisher: Harper (March 1, 2016)

The author of the critically admired, award-winning A Replacement Life turns to a different kind of story—an evocative, nuanced portrait of marriage and family, a woman reckoning with what she’s given up to make both work, and the universal question of how we reconcile who we are and whom the world wants us to be.

Maya Shulman and Alex Rubin met in 1992, when she was a Ukrainian exchange student with “a devil in [her] head” about becoming a chef instead of a medical worker, and he the coddled son of Russian immigrants wanting to toe the water of a less predictable life.

Twenty years later, Maya Rubin is a medical worker in suburban New Jersey, and Alex his father’s second in the family business. The great dislocation of their lives is their eight-year-old son Max—adopted from two teenagers in Montana despite Alex’s view that “adopted children are second-class.”

At once a salvation and a mystery to his parents—with whom Max’s biological mother left the child with the cryptic exhortation “don’t let my baby do rodeo”—Max suddenly turns feral, consorting with wild animals, eating grass, and running away to sit face down in a river.

Searching for answers, Maya convinces Alex to embark on a cross-country trip to Montana to track down Max’s birth parents—the first drive west of New Jersey of their American lives. But it’s Maya who’s illuminated by the journey, her own erstwhile wildness summoned for a reckoning by the unsparing landscape, with seismic consequences for herself and her family.

Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo is a novel about the mystery of inheritance and what exactly it means to belong.

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Thoughts
This is a hard review for me to write because I don’t want to give anything away. The title didn’t grab me, but the blurb sounded interesting, so I decided to give it a try. It was so different than what I’ve read lately that at first I wasn’t sure if I’d like it or not.

Some of dialogue is very different and that took me a while to get used to, but once I did the story flowed easily. The characters were well written, and I especially liked reading about Max.

I love when a book exceeds my expectations, and this book surely did that. If you’re looking for something different, this is a great choice. I hope you give this book a try.

Now I want to read the authors book “A Replacement Life”.

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About Boris Fishman

Boris Fishman was born in Minsk, Belarus, and immigrated to the United States in 1988 at the age of nine. His journalism, essays, and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. His first novel, A Replacement Life won the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award and the American Library Association’s Sophie Brody Medal, was one of The New York Times‘ 100 Notable Books, and was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick. He lives in New York.

Find out more about Boris at his website, and connect with him on Facebook or Twitter.

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Mar 122016
 

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My Mother’s Kitchen by Meera Ekkanath Klein

Paperback: 266 pages
Publisher: Homebound Publications (October 14, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 193884629X
ISBN-13: 978-1938846298

My Mother’s Kitchen is an enchanting place filled with promise, change and good food. If the weathered walls of this magical room could talk they would tell the story of Meena and her childhood life. Each chapter is a slice in her young life and depicts her spunk and youthful spirit. A visit to the local Fruit and Flower Show becomes an adventure as told by Meena. Her distress at finding out about her aunt’s dark secret or her joy of making a new friend are all told in her naive, yet pure voice. Her mother is a central character in her life and it is no wonder that the kitchen is a special place of healing and rejuvenation, not only for Meena but for other characters like Kashi and Ayah.”

Thoughts
This book is rich in India culture.

The book is about Meena growing up in India with a loving family and friends. From an early age she is interested in food and cooking.

The descriptions of where she lives makes you see it clearly in your mind. Same with the food. You can almost smell it.

Most of the characters are loving, caring people. At one point they hear someone trying to break into their kitchen. They discover it’s a boy who is hungry, nobody will hire him at his age (16), and he’s very hungry and just trying to find some food. Meena’s mom takes him in and he becomes part of their family.

There were a few unsavory characters too, and they added another aspect to the story.

There are recipes at the end of the chapters. I haven’t made any yet, but I plan to.

This is the first book by this author but you wouldn’t think that after reading it. I loved it. The story kept me interested from start to finish, and I enjoyed following Meena from childhood to adulthood. I hope the author writes another book soon. I know I’d be excited to read it.

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Mar 102016
 
Murder On Wheels by Lynn Cahoon
Title: Murder on Wheels
Author: Lynn Cahoon
Pages: 198
Publisher: Lyrical Underground
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Format: Ecopy/Paperback/Audio

The food truck craze has reached the charming coastal town of South Cove, California, but before Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More—can sample the eats, she has to shift gears and put the brakes on a killer . . .

Now that Kacey Austin has got her new gluten-free dessert truck up and running, there’s no curbing her enthusiasm—not even when someone vandalizes the vehicle and steals her recipes. But when Kacey turns up dead on the beach and Jill’s best friend Sadie becomes the prime suspect, Jill needs to step on it to serve the real killer some just desserts.

Thoughts
As soon as I saw the cover I knew I wanted to read this book.

I started reading it on March 1st when my son had to have a procedure done at the hospital. By the time he was ready to go home I was 63% through the book. I was enjoying it so much I was sad to close my Kindle. The next time I picked it up I didn’t put it down until I was finished.

The book well written with an even flow, it had characters that were well written and very interesting. They all had very different personalities and I enjoyed getting to know them.

I kinda knew who the killer was, but that was ok. I liked seeing how Jill did her own investigating and that she was going more in the right direction than her police officer boyfriend Greg was.

The way the author wrote the ending was so so so good! I loved this book and since it’s the 6th in the series, I’d like to read the series in order. Book one is now on my list to read, up at the top.

I’d recommend this book to anyone who loves cozies or a good light murder mystery.

Praise for The Tourist Trap Mysteries
“Murder, dirty politics, pirate lore, and a hot police detective: Guidebook to Murder has it all! A cozy lover’s dream come true.” —Susan McBride, author of The Debutante Dropout Mysteries

“Lynn Cahoon has created an absorbing, good fun mystery in Mission to Murder.” —Fresh Fiction

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Meet the Author

Lynn Cahoon

I love happy endings. My stories are all about life in small town America and building the family that you deserve. You know, the people who love you unconditionally – even when you’re less than perfect.

 

Personal stuff? I’m a seven-year breast cancer survivor. I’m married to my own hero who shaved his shoulder length hair when I lost mine during chemo. I’m the proud mom of a computer engineer (although I don’t know what that means.) And I have four fur babies.
I’m an active member of MORWA, my local RWA chapter.

 

My debut was THE BULL RIDER’S BROTHER released June 4th, 2012 from Crimson Romance. Cowboys aren’t easy to love—but they sure are easy on the eyes. I bet you’ve felt the same way my heroine Lizzie has, at least once or twice. Since that time, THE BULL RIDER’S MANAGER, came to your favorite digital store. If flying was hell, waiting to fly was purgatory. Both are available in print as well as digital. And the long awaited bull rider story is finally out and available. Check out THE BULL RIDER’S KEEPER!

 

For those of you who like a little magic in your stories — The Council Series starts with A MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL. A rogue hunter, a clueless witch and a mission to save an unknowing world. The second book, RETURN OF THE FAE, continues Parris and Ty’s adventures, and is a 2014 RONE finalist.
2013 brought MARRIAGE NOT INCLUDED, a organic farmer’s daughter meets corporate seed executive. Set in Idaho, this story takes me home.
2014 sees more big news – e-Kensington released The Tourist Trap Series – with GUIDEBOOK TO MURDER kicking the fun off in April. MISSION TO MURDER arrived July 31st, and a third book, IF THE SHOE KILLS, November 10th. Set in a small coastal California town, I love these who dun it’s with a touch of romance.

 

Summer of 2015 – DRESSED TO KILL and KILLER RUN will be arriving.
I’ve come a long way from the little girl on the school bus who used to cut out pictures from Teen Beat to illustrate my tales of love and loss. And yet, not so far.
So pull up a chair, pour a cup of coffee, and let’s chat about writing, love, life, and the pesky things that get in the way of our goals and dreams.
I’m glad you found me.
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Friday, March 18 – Book reviewed at I Smell Sheep
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Feb 242016
 

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Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing by Jamie Holmes

Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Crown (October 13, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0385348371
ISBN-13: 978-0385348379

An illuminating look at the surprising upside of ambiguity—and how, properly harnessed, it can inspire learning, creativity, even empathy

Life today feels more overwhelming and chaotic than ever. Whether it’s a confounding work problem or a faltering relationship or an unclear medical diagnosis, we face constant uncertainty. And we’re continually bombarded with information, much of it contradictory.

Managing ambiguity—in our jobs, our relationships, and daily lives—is quickly becoming an essential skill. Yet most of us don’t know where to begin.

As Jamie Holmes shows in Nonsense, being confused is unpleasant, so we tend to shutter our minds as we grasp for meaning and stability, especially in stressful circumstances. We’re hard-wired to resolve contradictions quickly and extinguish anomalies. This can be useful, of course. When a tiger is chasing you, you can’t be indecisive. But as Nonsense reveals, our need for closure has its own dangers. It makes us stick to our first answer, which is not always the best, and it makes us search for meaning in the wrong places. When we latch onto fast and easy truths, we lose a vital opportunity to learn something new, solve a hard problem, or see the world from another perspective.

In other words, confusion—that uncomfortable mental place—has a hidden upside. We just need to know how to use it. This lively and original book points the way.

Over the last few years, new insights from social psychology and cognitive science have deepened our understanding of the role of ambiguity in our lives and Holmes brings this research together for the first time, showing how we can use uncertainty to our advantage. Filled with illuminating stories—from spy games and doomsday cults to Absolut Vodka’s ad campaign and the creation of Mad Libs—Nonsense promises to transform the way we conduct business, educate our children, and make decisions.

In an increasingly unpredictable, complex world, it turns out that what matters most isn’t IQ, willpower, or confidence in what we know. It’s how we deal with what we don’t understand.

Thoughts
This book was not what I expected. I was thinking it would be more like a textbook, and less than a novel. It wasn’t. It was mostly different stories about people and how they dealt with certain situations in their lives.

In this book, Holmes says it’s not how smart we are, but how we deal with what we don’t understand.

One example was:
A truck driver was driving his delivery truck under an overpass and wasn’t paying close enough attention. The truck was too tall and got wedged.

How could he get the truck unstuck without damaging the truck?

Ok, maybe that example was a bit easy, so here’s another one:
A desk lamp is screwed to the wall by it’s base. How can you remove the lamp from the wall without damaging the wall or the lamp?

Overall this is a very interesting book, and I learned a lot of facts about a variety of things, including Absolut Vodka, the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, and Waco.

There are also stories about medical misdiagnoses, diversity and even race cars, bikes, and so much more.

While this book wasn’t anything like I was expecting, it was full of interesting facts and situations, and how those situations were addressed.

I enjoyed this book very much. What I took away from it the most was that we shouldn’t be too quick to make decisions. We need to decide if we are in the right frame of mind to make the decision at that time. Are we stressed, tired, or have something else on our mind that may distract us from making the right decision.

 

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review

Feb 222016
 

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Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

The author of Bird in Hand and The Way Life Should Be delivers her most ambitious and powerful novel to date: a captivating story of two very different women who build an unexpected friendship: a 91-year-old woman with a hidden past as an orphan-train rider and the teenage girl whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers to questions no one has ever thought to ask.

Nearly eighteen, Molly Ayer knows she has one last chance. Just months from “aging out” of the child welfare system, and close to being kicked out of her foster home, a community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping her out of juvie and worse.

Vivian Daly has lived a quiet life on the coast of Maine. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly discovers that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

The closer Molly grows to Vivian, the more she discovers parallels to her own life. A Penobscot Indian, she, too, is an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past. As her emotional barriers begin to crumble, Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life – answers that will ultimately free them both.

Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of second chances, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.

Thoughts
How have I never heard of the actual Orphan Train? That just boggles my mind. Unless I have heard of it in history class oh so many years ago, and just forgot, which well may be the case.

I love books about relationships so I figured I’d enjoy this book. It’s about 17 year old Molly and 91 year old Vivian, who are brought together because Molly has to do 50 hours community service for stealing a book (if you’re going to steal something, a book is a good choice) and gets hired through her boyfriend Jack,  and his mom Terry who works for Vivian, and is tasked with the job of going through all the “stuff” Vivian has in her attic. Boxes and boxes of old things Vivian can’t seem to let go of.

Through their time together, Molly and Vivian start sharing stories of their lives. Each have some good and lots o terrible tales to tell. The book alternates between their stories, starting with Molly and how she ended up working for Vivian. Parts of her character reminded me of a few people I know and I enjoyed reading about her life very much. But, Vivian’s life from the first sentence to the last was so interesting, and really brought on lots of feelings. The story of the children on the train and her bonding with Dutchy , the terrible things she had to go through, all of it was so interesting I had to force myself to put the book down so I could do things that had to be done.

There were also a few things that left me with my mouth hanging open.
Literally.
Shocked me so much that I had to stop and think it through before going on.

This book was definitely one of the best books I’ve ever read. I had it on my tbr list for years, and wish I’d have read it sooner.

If you haven’t read this one yet I hope you will soon, and I hope you love it as much as I do. Oh, and if you’re a crier, make sure you have some tissues handy.

Feb 102016
 

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The Ramblers by Aidan Donnelley Rowley

Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (October 4, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062413325
ISBN-13: 978-0062413321

For fans of J. Courtney Sullivan, Meg Wolitzer, Claire Messud, and Emma Straub, a gorgeous and absorbing novel of a trio of confused souls struggling to find themselves and the way forward in their lives, set against the spectacular backdrop of contemporary New York City.

Set in the most magical parts of Manhattan—the Upper West Side, Central Park, Greenwich Village—The Ramblers explores the lives of three lost souls, bound together by friendship and family. During the course of one fateful Thanksgiving week, a time when emotions run high and being with family can be a mixed blessing, Rowley’s sharply defined characters explore the moments when decisions are deliberately made, choices accepted, and pasts reconciled.

Clio Marsh, whose bird-watching walks through Central Park are mentioned in New York Magazine, is taking her first tentative steps towards a relationship while also looking back to the secrets of her broken childhood. Her best friend, Smith Anderson, the seemingly-perfect daughter of one of New York’s wealthiest families, organizes the lives of others as her own has fallen apart. And Tate Pennington has returned to the city, heartbroken but determined to move ahead with his artistic dreams.

Rambling through the emotional chaos of their lives, this trio learns to let go of the past, to make room for the future and the uncertainty and promise that it holds. The Ramblers is a love letter to New York City—an accomplished, sumptuous novel about fate, loss, hope, birds, friendship, love, the wonders of the natural world and the mysteries of the human spirit.

Thoughts
I loved this book. It takes place in Manhattan during the week of Thanksgiving. It brought back a lot of memories because my family and I spent the week of Thanksgiving in NYC, and our hotel was in Manhattan. I wish I had known about the Ramble when I went to Central Park, I would have loved to have checked it out. It sounds like a great place to take a walk, birdwatch, or just sit and read or people watch.

I really enjoyed the three main characters, and Tate also. I loved how even though they all should have been confident in their lives, no one is immune to self doubt and confusion. I loved the relationship between Clio and Smith. Both could depend on the other unconditionally.

The book was full of emotions, the characters had real life problems and struggles and that made them seem “real”. I absolutely loved it. I’m sure I’ll pick it up in the future to give it a re-read.

I highly recommend this book!

About The Author
63272547-84fb-48c3-bc82-fa4efa5988dd Born and raised in New York City, Aidan Donnelley Rowley is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School, but her dream (long unconscious) was always to write. She is the author of a novel, Life After Yes; blogs at IvyLeagueInsecurities.com; contributes to The Huffington Post; and is the founder and curator of the popular Happier Hours Literary Salons. The middle of five sisters, she lives in New York with her husband and three young daughters.

 

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Feb 042016
 

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Fit at Fifty and Beyond: A Balanced Exercise and Nutrition Program
by F. Michael Gloth, Rudy Speckamp (Contributor)

Series: A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: DiaMedica; 1 edition (April 28, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0979356474
ISBN-13: 978-0979356476

As people reach their fifties, the body’s metabolism slows. Without a change in eating or exercise habits, it’s common to put on weight and become less able to perform routine physical activities. Fit at Fifty and Beyond provides practical suggestions for eating and exercise that help readers look and feel better as the years go by. Beginning with a discussion of how evolution made it possible for humans to store energy efficiently — which translates into weight gain as we age — the authors spell out a strategy for eating and exercising wisely. Sample recipes translate the guidelines into healthy and delicious meals, while the chapters on exercise offer tips on choosing an exercise program that corresponds with each individual’s personality and favorite activities. By taking these simple steps as early as possible, readers can stave off or even prevent many of the effects of aging.

Thoughts
This is an older book (1999), but full of helpful information. One of the things the author says is that you shouldn’t concentrate on the number on your scale. Instead, go by the changes you see in your body. If you do weight yourself, do it first thing in the morning. Workouts should also be done in the morning if possible, but anytime you can do it will benefit your health. I’ve always relied more on how my clothes and body felt than I did  on the scale. I’ve also always tried to workout first thing in the morning because if I didn’t, I may not get it done.

When eating healthier, I’ve always given myself one day a week to eat something I’ve been craving. Having that day to look forward too really helps me stick to the plan the rest of the week. The author agrees on that.

There are a lot of subjects in this smallish book including Getting Started, Maintaining Your Diet & Exercise Lifestyle When You Travel, Nutritional Supplements/Dietary Considerations/Food-Medication Interactions, Defining What’s Right For You and some Recipes.  There are a lot of photos of different exercises with instructions on doing them which will be helpful to anyone just starting to workout.

There really isn’t any new information in this book for people who are knowledgeable in this area, but it is a helpful guide for someone who is 50 or over and is just learning or wants a refresher course. It tells you how to start eating healthier, some exercises you can do at home or away from home, what to eat after you exercise, what multivitamins and minerals your body needs and  more. The most important thing he says is, (at least to me) that we need to drink a lot of water. I try to drink 80-100 oz. of water a day and I know I feel better when I do.

Overall, this is a good book and I enjoyed reading it.

Jan 312016
 

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The Library of Unrequited Love by Sophie Divry, Siân Reynolds (Translator)

Hardcover, 92 pages
Published February 14th 2013 by Maclehose Press (first published 2010)
Original TitleLa cote 400
ISBN 0857051415 (ISBN13: 9780857051417)

One morning a librarian finds a reader who has been locked in overnight.

She starts to talk to him, a one-way conversation that soon gathers pace as an outpouring of frustrations, observations and anguishes. Two things shine through: her shy, unrequited passion for a quiet researcher named Martin, and an ardent and absolute love of books.

A delightful flight of fancy for the lonely bookworm in all of us… (less)

Thoughts
My first thoughts about the book were not very good, it was quite a different type of read than I was used to. But as I kept reading, the book got better and better. A librarian goes to work one morning and finds a man who was locked in the library overnight sleeping in the basement where she works. She wakes him up and begings talking to him. It was one sided conversation and it took me a while before I started really enjoying what I was reading. She tells the man, a researcher named Martin, all about her job and how much she loves books but she’s not a fan of her co-workers or the library patrons.

The book is only just over 90 pages so it can be read in one sitting. I ended up loving this book and would like to read it again sometime. It was very intertaining and the librarian really grew on me.

If you like short quirky books, take a chance on this one. I’m glad I did.

Jan 232016
 

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Healing Foods: Nutrition For The Mind, Body, And Spirit
by Michael van Straten

Paperback: 224 pages
Hardcover
Publisher: Barnes Noble Books
ISBN-10: 0760706204
ISBN-13: 978-0760706206

Healing Foods: Nutrition for the Mind, Body, and Spirit shows you how you can successfully harness the healing power of food and how you can adapt your eating pattern to prevent disease and promote well-being. Divided into four sections, it covers the nutritional needs of people of all ages, offers an index of positive foods, lists ailments that can be cured or helped by a change in eating habits, steers the reader through the vitamin and mineral maze, and gives useful information on supplements and food additives.
 

Thoughts
This book only has 224 pages, but it’s packed full of information. It has 4 parts, each with quite a few chapters.

Part 1 is Food For Life
It covers a wide range of topics like Free Radicals and Antioxidants, Strength and Stamina (for men, women, teen girls and teen boys), Pregnancy, Menopause, and Memory/Concentration.

Part 2 is The Food Index
The first chapter explains in detail What Is Nutrution? It lists a few specific diets: Vegetarian, Mederterranean, Macrobiotic, Food Combining, Exclusion, and Convalescent. Next the book covers the different types of food like fruit, veggies, fats/oils, bread, eggs etc. It’s very detailed, even covering cerals and drinks. I learned that cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts are part of what is called Brassicas.

Part 3 is Ailments That Food Can Help Heal
This is my favorite. It includes sections on foods that can help or prevent different conditions like allergies, alopecia, anemia, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, back pain, blood sugar, bronchitis, childhood diseases like chicken pox and German measles, food poisoning, shingles, varicose veins and more. It gives you tips on what to eat/drink and explains what’s causing it.

Part 4 is Useful Information
This chapter has a section on Abbreviations. COAD stands for Chronic Obstuctive Airways Disease, WHO stands for World Health Organization, ADI stants for Acceptable Daily Intake. There are many more in this list too. More chapters cover Vitamins/Minerals, Medicine and Drugs, Additives, Further Reading guide, a really long list of Useful Addresses like Alzheimer’s Association, Epiepsy Foundation Of America, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, and an Index.

I’ve had a few similar books throughout the years but I think this is the best I’ve seen. I love it so much I want to buy a copy  so I can have it handy. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.

 

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Jan 112016
 

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Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Riverhead Books (September 22, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1594634718
ISBN-13: 978-1594634710
Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.

January 4. Part 1, Courage
January 11. Part II, Enchantment
January 18, Part III, Permission
January 25. Part IV. Persistence
February 1. Parts V and VI, Trust and Divinity

 

Part One: Courageous
Can you think of a time that you were courageous in your creative life?
The example that sticks out most for me was years ago, but it left the biggest impression on me. My mom was very gifted when it came to sewing, crocheting, knitting etc. I wanted to learn, and so I made a skirt. My mom had to fix the skirt a little bit, but I was still so excited that I tried it on my own. And my mom was so proud of me.

What did that look like for you?
It looked like victory. It showed me that if I wanted to try something new but didn’t think I would be good at it, I should still try.

How did I feel?
It felt nervous, but amazing. I did a so-so job, but I still did it. Even though I didn’t keep sewing, I did make a few more things, and got better as I went.

What inspired you to be courageous?
My mom. She always told me I could, and should, do anything I wanted. She had more confidence in me than I did in myself.

 

Part Two: Enchantment
In the Enchantment section of Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert describes her fanciful notion that ideas are life-forms looking for human collaborators to help them manifest. What ideas have been knocking on your door recently, asking to partner with you to be made real?
I have a few thoughts running around in my head. Hopefully I will manage to get some of them done:
Go through my books and only keep the ones I really can’t let go, then organizing them by author
Take more photos and start a photo journal.
Be consistent in doing a meal plan every week.
Make some diy quote boards.
Make a lighted lighthouse terra cotta pots.
Build a raised garden.
Start a window sill herb garden.

Another of Elizabeth Gilbert’s magical notions is that our genius is something that sits outside of us, not within us, and we aren’t entirely responsible for its behavior. When we do well, we owe some of the credit to our genius. When we don’t, some of the failure can be attributed to the absent genius. How does externalizing your genius help you take a less angst-filled approach to your creativity?
I’m not sure I agree with her on this one, I tend to think all creative thoughts come from within us, but to answer the question I’ll think from the standpoing of it not.

It’s easier to do something without hesitation if someone/something else is the instagator, so I wouldn’t be so apt to dismiss it. If the project didn’t work out well, then most of the blame could be put on them/it. So, maybe that’s a good way to think. I’ll have to analyze that theory. It may help me to be more creatively productive.

The reading guide (pdf) on Elizabeth Gilbert’s website suggested that we draw a picture of our “daemon” or external genius as a reflection on the Enchantment section of Big Magic.
Since I haven’t drawn anything freehand since I was in grade school, I thought I’d pass on that. But if I did draw it, it would be of a mermaid since I think in another life God made me as a mermaid. Why else would I feel more at home and more at peace with myself and the world when I’m at the water, especially at the beach.

 

Part Three: Permission
How does the perceived need for permission hamper your creativity?
Since I’ve never really been creative, I have to “give myself” permission to let others see what I’ve done. I never feel like I’ve done as good as I should on most things.

What would it take to feel like you have the permission you need to be as creative as you want to be?
After reading this section of the book, I’ve realized that it doesn’t matter if your creation is exactly as you wanted it or not. It only matters that you did it. The saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is especially important in being creative. You’re doing it for you, no one else. As the author says, creating something should be fun and healing.

Which quotes from Big Magic worked best for you as permission slips to be creative?
1) If people enjoy what you’ve created, terrific. If people ignore what you’ve created, too bad. If people misunderstand what you’ve created, don’t sweat it. And what if people absolutely hate what you’ve created? What if people attack you with savage vitriol, and insult your intelligence, and malign your motives, and drag your good name through the mud?

Just smile sweetly and suggest—as politely as you possibly can—that they make their own f***ing art.

2) And then go deep within that space (inside your head) as far in as you can possibly go, and make absolutely whatever you want to make. It’s nobody’s business but your own.

 

Part Four: Persitence
One aspect of persistence that Gilbert covers is the need to accept the most difficult parts of any endeavor along with the fun parts.

1. What are the disagreeable aspects of the creative work you want to do? Can you endure them? What strategies do you want to put in place to make them easier to handle?
I’ve always been more of a thinker than a doer. When I was in high school there was a poetry contest and somehow my poem became very popular. That set off the “idea” that I wanted to write poetry. I’ve also thought about writing a book and painting. So I guess the answer to “what are the disagreeable aspects of the creative work you want to do?” is me. I seem to be really good thinking up ideas of things I’d like to do, but I never follow through. The other day I had a recurring idea, to make and sell soap and candles. We’ll see. I’m at the point in my life that I want and need a change, so maybe this is the time I follow through.

2. Gilbert addresses perfection as an enemy to persistence in a chapter that is mostly directed at women. How has perfectionism impacted your creativity? If you’re not male, how has that played out in your experience? If you are male, are you aware of cultural differences around perfectionism that are related to gender?
When I was younger, I was a big perfectionist. But as I’ve gotten older, I don’t really care that much if something I do is perfect. A few months ago my daughter and I painted a butterfly and mine was not perfect at all. The younger me would have never posted it online. The older and wiser me didn’t care that it wasn’t perfect (well, maybe just a little) and posted it for everyone to see. On my blog, and on Facebook. One of my favorite affirmationss is “Don’t live for the expectation of others. Live for yourself, for your dreams, for your happiness”.

3. Which quotes or anecdotes from Big Magic most motivated your desire to persist with your creativity?
1.) As (Mark) Manson writes with profound wisdom: “Everything sucks, some of the time.” You just have to decide what sort of suckage you’re willing to deal with. So the question is not so much “What are you passionate about?” The question is “What are you passionate enough about that you can endure the most disagreeable aspects of the work?” Manson explains it this way: “If you want to be a professional artist, but you aren’t willing to see your work rejected hundreds, if not housnads of times, then you’re done before you start.”

2.) Talking about Marcus Aurelius who was a Roman Emperor and philosopher: His frustrations and his self cajoling sound amazingly contemporary (or maybe just eternal and universal). You can hear him working through all the same questions that we all must work through in our lives: “Why am I here? What have I been called to do? How am I getting in my own way? How can I best live out my destiny?”

This read-along is hosted by Joy as part of her
New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge
Big Magic Read Along

Jan 092016
 

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The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation by Mollie Katzen

Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; First Edition edition (September 17, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0547571593
ISBN-13: 978-0547571591

With The Moosewood Cookbook, Mollie Katzen changed the way a generation cooked and brought vegetarian cuisine into the mainstream. In The Heart of the Plate, she completely reinvents the vegetarian repertoire, unveiling a collection of beautiful, healthful, and unfussy dishes — her “absolutely most loved.” Her new cuisine is light, sharp, simple, and modular; her inimitable voice is as personal, helpful, clear, and funny as ever. Whether it’s a salad of kale and angel hair pasta with orange chili oil or a seasonal autumn lasagna, these dishes are celebrations of vegetables. They feature layered dishes that juxtapose colors and textures: orange rice with black beans, or tiny buttermilk corn cakes on a Peruvian potato stew. Suppers from the oven, like vegetable pizza and mushroom popover pie, are comforting but never stodgy. Burgers and savory pancakes — from eggplant Parmesan burgers to zucchini ricotta cloud cakes — make weeknight dinners fresh and exciting. “Optional Enhancements” allow cooks to customize every recipe. The Heart of the Plate is vibrantly illustrated with photographs and original watercolors by the author herself.

Thoughts
My mom had a spiral bound copy of the Moosewood Cookbook by this author when I was young. I loved going through it and choosing recipes. This book has both vegetarian and vegan recipes. It also has a list for both with the recipes in the book that would go together as a meal. There are 20 for the vegetarian, and 15 for the vegan. For example, one of the vegetarian meals has Cumin Scented Black Bean Burgers, Chili-Cilantro mayonnaise, Strawberry-Avocado Saladita or Jicama-Pink Grapefruit Sladaita, Slaw and Warmed corn tortillas. An example of one of the vegan meals is Mashed potatoes made with olive oil-salt-and pepper, Seitan Medallions in Good Gravy, Green Beans with roasted almond oil and toasted almonds, Spiced Carrots in Thick Cranberry-Orange Vinaigrette, and Crisp Ethereal Onion Rings. Yum!! None of the recipes in the book seem hard to make and you should be able to find all the ingredients at your local store.

There are sections on soup, salad, stews, Cozy Mashes, Rice/Other Grains, Pasta/Asian Noodles, Suppers from the oven, Burgers and Savory Pancakes, Vegetables, Suaces/VInaigrettes/Toppings, Deserts.

I like the variety of recipes in this book. The title is a bit misleading, at least to me it was, because it says ‘Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation. So I was happily surprised when I opened it up and found vegan recipes too. The fact that it has menu ideas is great too, especially for someone who, like me, is just starting out with these type of recipes. I really liked this book and will be going through it again to pick out all the recipes I want to try. I borrowed this book from the library, so if your interested in checking it out, you may find it at yours.

I love caramel, but would love to try a healthier version, so when I saw this recipe in the book I did the happy dance.
Soy Caramel
Makes about 1/4 cup- Vegan
3/4 cup agave nector
1/4 cup water
1/2 medium garlic clove
2 slices ginger (slightly larger and thicker than the size of quarters)
2 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Combine the agave and water n a small saucepan and whisk until uniform

Add the garlic and ginger and bring to a boil

Reduce the heat to a modest simmer and cook uncovered for about 5 minutes or until reduced by about one third

Add the soy sauce and let it bubble over low heat for another 5 minutes

Remove from the heat, stir in the lemon juice, and let cool and infuse for at least 30 minutes before finishing out the garlic and ginger

Store in a covered container at room temperature and serve as desired

Tips:
This yeild may seem low but this is very concentrated, so a little bit will go far
Also, you can easily multiply the recipe
Store the caramel, covered, at room temperature, it will keep for a month

 

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Jan 072016
 

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Paradise Drive by Rebecca Foust

Paperback: 114 pages
Publisher: Press 53 (April 24, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1941209165
ISBN-13: 978-1941209165

Paradise Drive is a collection of contemporary sonnets whose narrator leads readers on a moral and spiritual polgrimage from the roots of debt and despair in a small manufacturing town to the wealth and despair in one of hte most precious pieces of reall eastate in the United States.

Thoughts
This book of sonnets is a short read, but it is packed to the brim with thought provoking poems that will stop you from going to the next one until you think about what you just read. In fact, I had to re-read many of them before I “got” all that I think the author intended me to get.

The book is full of wit, truth, heartbreak and more. My favorite was:

Sloth, Just Wanting To Go For A Sail
“You could say I sonneteer like some sail:
on weekends, in fair weather, ever inside the curve of a warm, shallow bay.
If born a boat, I’d be that sunfish, tied in it’s slip.
Or the kayak that unfurled a parasol for it’s red sail.
Sure, I could outrace the fleet when in front of the wind, but tacking?
To tedious, too technical.
My sestets and octets–prolapsed.
My sail–slack.
But what is wrong with simply being, I think, in irons?
Why not drop the sheet, lie back, and bask–ah–in the sunset’s last heat?
Twilight’s pied beauty.
An ebb tide rocking the hull.
An eddy. The cry of a lone osprey and gull.”

How beautiful is that?

I think anyone who loves sonnets, or poetry, would enjoy this book. It would also make a great introduction for those who aren’t fans, or have never read this type of book.

About the author:
4bec8b90-31b4-4756-aaa3-1071134ce605 Rebecca Fousts book Dark Card, won the 2007 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook and was released by Texas Review Press in June 2008, and a full length manuscript was a finalist in Poetrys 2007 Emily Dickinson First Book Award. Her recent poetry won two 2007 Pushcart nominations and appears or is forthcoming in Atlanta Review, Margie, North American Review, Nimrod, Spoon River Poetry Review, and others. She also won the 2015 American Literary Review Creative Writing Award for Fiction judged by Garth Greenwell and the 2015 James Heart Poetry Prize judged by Jane Hirshfield.

Jan 012016
 

1. Paradise Drive by Rebecca Foust

2. The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes by Mollie Katzen

3. Healing Foods: Nutrition For The Mind, Body, And Spirit by Michael van Straten

4. The Library of Unrequited Love by Sophie Divry

5. Fit at Fifty and Beyond by F. Michael Gloth

6. The Ramblers by Aidan Donnelley Rowley

7. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

8. Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing by Jamie Holmes

9. Koreatown: A Cookbook by Matt Rodbard

10. Murder On Wheels by Lynn Cahoon

11. My Mother’s Kitchen by Meera Ekkanath Klein

12. Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo by Boris Fishman

13. Ten Prayers That Changed The World by Jean-Pierre Isbouts

14. In The Context Of Love by Linda K. Sienkiewicz

15. Pushed To The Limit by Karen Chester

16. Fruit of My Spirit by Deanna Nowadnick

17. 30 Minute Meals by Hannie P. Scott

18. The Bridge Ladies by Betsy Lerner

19. Where We Fall by Rochelle B. Weinstein

20. Follow the River Home by Corran Harrington

21. Daughter Of Mine by Laura Fabiani

22. Best Of The Best: Food & Wine

23. Leaving Blythe River by Catherine Ryan Hyde

24. Run The World By Becky Wade

25. Scarlet Feather by Maeve Binchy

26. Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

27. 101 Soups, Salads & Sandwiches by Gooseberry Patch

28. Family Tree by Susan Wiggs

29. Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale

30. Bossy Flossy by Paulette Bogan

31. Beach Blues by Joanne DeMaio

32. The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton

33. Kelly’s Koffee Shop (Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery #1) by Dianne Harman

34. Inheriting Edith by Zoe Fishman

35. Under the Influence by Joyce Maynard