Nov 202017
 

House on the Forgotten Coast by Ruth Coe Chambers

Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: She Writes Press (September 19, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1631523007
ISBN-13: 978-1631523007
 

Like a monarch surveying her domain, the house has stood for over a hundred years in the fishing village of Apalachicola on Florida’s northwest coast. She has known life. She has known passionate love. She has known brutal death. But she has guarded her secrets well . . .

Then eighteen-year-old Elise Foster and her parents arrive from Atlanta in their silver Jaguar, bringing with them their own secrets and desires. Seeking friendship in their new community, they find instead that the townspeople resent their intrusion. But this intrusion on the house’s privacy also provides a pathway for the past and the present to merge—and for the truth behind an unsolved murder to finally be brought to light. As you strive to solve the mystery, you and the Fosters are forced to address two critical questions: What is real? What is delusion?
 

 Thoughts
Elise is moving to Apalachicola with her parents and she is definitely not happy about it. But soon she becomes engrossed in the town, it’s residents, and it’s history.  And then she gets the feeling that she is somehow connected to the house she’s living in and to the past of Apalachicola.
 
The author brings the story and the small town alive with her words, and makes this book very hard to put down.
 
This story is not like what I usually read, but it caught my attention because it takes place in Apalachicola, Florida. The story is interesting from the start and keeps your attention through to the end with many twists and turns and a lot of mystery and secrets.

 
About the Author:Ruth Coe Chambers takes pride in her Florida panhandle roots and her hometown of Port St. Joe has inspired much of her writing.She is indebted to the creative writing classes at the University of South Florida where she found her “voice” and began writing literary fiction. Listed in the Who’s Who of American Women. She has recently republished one novel, and published it’s sequel, and has written two award-winning plays. She is currently working on the third novel in her Bay Harbor Trilogy. She has two daughters and lives with her husband and one very spoiled Cairn terrier in Neptune Beach, Florida.

Her two earlier novels include The Chinaberry Album and Heat Lightening

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Nov. 16: Bookfan Mary (Spotlight/Giveaway)
Nov. 20: I’d Rather Be at the Beach (Review)
Dec. 1: Book Nerd Native (Review)
Dec. 8: All Roads Lead to the Kitchen (Review)
Dec. 13: Silver’s Reviews (Spotlight/Giveaway)
Dec. 15: Readaholic Zone (Review)
Dec. 20: 100 pgs. A Day .. Stephanie’s Book Reviews (Review)
Dec. 28: Broken Teepee (Review)
Dec. 29: Book Nerd Native (Guest Post/Giveaway)
Jan. 3: Wall-to-Wall Books (Review)
Jan. 8: Svetlana Reads and Views (Review)
Jan. 13: Jorie Loves A Story (Review)
Jan. 18: Erica Robyn Reads (Review)

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Nov 162017
 

Nourished by Lia Huber

Listening Length: 7 hours and 24 minutes
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Random House Audio
Release Date: October 24, 2017
Language: English
ASIN: B076DSKKCY

A noted entrepreneur, food writer, and recipe developer serves up an evocative adventure story abouther quest to find healing, meaning, and a place at the table.

Hunger comes to us in many forms, writes Lia Huber–we long to be satisfied not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well. Nourished invites readers on Huber’s world-roaming search to find the necessary ingredients to nurture all three.
She begins her quest with an Anthony Bourdain moment in a Guatemalan village: she’s slipping fresh vegetables into a communal pot of soup she’s cooking up for chronically undernourished children. Village grannies look on disapprovingly… until the kids come back for more.
From there, Huber takes readers to the Greek island of Corfu, where she learns the joys of simple food and the power of unconditional love; to a Costa Rican jungle house (by way of an 8,000-mile road trip), where she finds hope and healing; and finally to California’s wine country, where she steps into the person she was meant to be and discovers her calling to nourish others.

Thoughts
I loved this book. It took me on a journey to Guatemala, Corfu, Costa Rica, and California, following along with Lia and then with her husband Christopher. It was like listening to two stories. One centered around the customs and people in the places they traveled, and the other centered around Lia and her relationships, food, and life.

The recipes were mostly ones that sounded more complicated than I like, and foods I’ve never tried, but I would like to make a few of them sometime.

I’m glad I listened to the book instead of read it. The author is the narrator and she brings a lot of emotion into the telling of it. I’d give this book a 5 ★

Nov 132017
 

 

Barbra Streisand on the Couch by Alma Bond, Ph.D.

Publisher: Bancroft Press (Oct 1, 2017)
Category: Literary Fiction, Celebrities, Barbra Streisand
Tour dates: Oct/Nov, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-61088-211-8
Available in Print, 308 pages

About the book
We all know Barbra, the star, but how well do we know Barbra, the woman? In the latest installment of my On the Couch series, Dr. Darcy Dale, a renowned, pioneering Manhattan psychiatrist, is confronted by Barbra, who is dismayed after thirty years of minimally successful therapy. Over the course of a year, Dr. Dale conducts an intimate psychoanalysis, breaking through Barbra’s defense mechanisms and repressions to delve deep into the heart and mind of one of America’s last remaining superstars.

Published at the same time as Streisand’s own, long awaited memoir, Barbra Streisand: On the Couch is an essential companion, a sensitive, objective, pitch-perfect opportunity to look behind the voice and image, and to understand and fully appreciate Barbra Streisand, the human being.

Thoughts
I was very excited to have a chance to review this book because I’ve been a fan of Barbra Streisand since I was young. I’ve seen all but a few of her movies and have listened to her music for many years. I couldn’t wait for the book to arrive and was thrilled when it did. I was even more thrilled when I saw that it was signed.

The book is very good. I learned things about Barbra that I didn’t know. Things about her childhood, her school days, her start in show business, her relationships with men.

The author dedicates this book to her, saying that she’s “The funniest person I’ve ever known.”  And it’s true, many times throughout the book she made me laugh.

This book is very interesting. The thing that surprised me the most though is that she spent thirty years in analysis and no one could give her the help she was looking for and needed until she went to the author.

I recommend this book to everyone, whether a fan of Barbra or not. If you are a fan, it will make you a bigger fan. If you aren’t, it will make you one.

This is such a good book, and now I want to read the rest in the “On The Couch” series.

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Praise Barbra Streisand: on the Couch by Alma H. Bond, Ph.D.
“Thoroughly enjoyable.”—Kitty Kelley, author of mega bestselling biographies on Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Reagan, the British Royal Family, the Bush family, and Oprah Winfrey

“Absolutely delightful … and wonderful … with fabulous insight … Fans of Barbra Streisand [will] love this book . . . It’s impossible to come away from [it] with anything but a warm, fuzzy feeling for this . . . adored songbird… Underneath is [an] . . . insecure little girl who lost her daddy . . . and never truly got over it.”—Readers Favorite

“This will appeal to anyone who enjoys discovering information about such a celebrity, how she feels about the ups and downs of her life, and other juicy details of her storied sex life and stellar career. […] The book has a can’t-put-it-down quality; the juiciness of the gossip, the emotional insights into her joy and pain, and the remarkable triumphs and failures of her long career are completely fascinating. Although the book is fiction, the author lists in a bibliography the numerous books and articles from which she garnered the very factual events and many of Miss Streisand’s own words from interviews that she used to create the sessions…”-Midwest Book Review

I’ve been a fan of Bond’s On the Couch series for years, but this one is absolutely her best. Barbra Streisand–with all her foibles and charms–comes alive on the pages of this book. Bond digs deep into Streisand’s psyche to give the reader a close-up look at a mega-star.
Instead of a tell-all novel that dishes out the dirt on her many costars, we follow along with Streisand as she herself recounts her many projects, affairs, and early history. Instead of a public relations–approved biography that glosses over Streisand’s need to be in control of her projects, this book revels in it, explores the reasons for a demanding actor/musician/director to behave as she does, shows the reader just how dedicated to her craft Streisand is.
If you’re a fan of her acting, her music, her career, or her activism, this is definitely a book you should read. Even if you’re not a fan, chances are you will be by the time you finish the book.”- Ann Beardsley
Barbra Streisand: on the Couch by Alma H. Bond

About The Author
Award winning author, Alma Halbert Bond received her Ph.D. from Columbia University, and became a highly successful psychoanalyst in private practice for 37 years in New York City. She “retired” to become a full-time writer. Barbra Streisand: On the Couch is currently in production with Bancroft Press, who publish the On the Couch series.

Hillary Clinton: On the Couch was published a few months ago, and received a Best Books Award Finalist book award. Jackie O: On the Couch, the first of her On the Couch series to be published by Bancroft Press, was published on August 15, 2011, and received a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, Best Books Award Finalist USA Book News, and International Book Awards Finalist. . Margaret Mahler, a Biography of the Psychoanalyst was published by McFarland Press in 2008. It received two awards, Best Books Award Finalist USA Book News and Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Finalist.

Michelle Obama, a Biography, was recently published by Greenwood Press. Dr. Bond has had 20 other books published.

Among other organizations, Dr. Bond is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Dramatists Guild, PEN, the International Psychoanalytic Association, and the American Psychological Association. She taught psychoanalysis at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, where she is a fellow, and also has been a faculty member of WritersSchool, where she taught Psychology and Literature.

Website is http://almabondauthor.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AlmaHBond
Twitter: https://twitter.com/almabond

Barbra Streisand: on the Couch Web Tour Schedule
Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus Oct 19 Giveaway

Gayle Books Reviews Etc Oct 20 Review

Dawn Bound 2 Escape Oct 24 Excerpt & Giveaway

Sal Bound 4 Escape Oct 24 Review

Patricia Reviews by Room With Books Oct 27 Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

Katy Amazon Review Oct 30 Review

Lisa I Feel So Unnecessary Nov 1 Review

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Greg Amazon Review Nov 30 Review

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The giveaway for this tour is for one winner’s choice of print or ebook. Print is only open to the U.S., ebook is available worldwide.

To enter, leave a comment with your email address. Winner will be chosen by Random.org on November 27th.

 

Nov 112017
 

The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South by Michael W. Twitty

Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Amistad (August 1, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062379291
ISBN-13: 978-0062379290

A renowned culinary historian offers a fresh perspective on our most divisive cultural issue, race, in this illuminating memoir of Southern cuisine and food culture that traces his ancestry—both black and white—through food, from Africa to America and slavery to freedom.

Southern food is integral to the American culinary tradition, yet the question of who “owns” it is one of the most provocative touch points in our ongoing struggles over race. In this unique memoir, culinary historian Michael W. Twitty takes readers to the white-hot center of this fight, tracing the roots of his own family and the charged politics surrounding the origins of soul food, barbecue, and all Southern cuisine.

From the tobacco and rice farms of colonial times to plantation kitchens and backbreaking cotton fields, Twitty tells his family story through the foods that enabled his ancestors’ survival across three centuries. He sifts through stories, recipes, genetic tests, and historical documents, and travels from Civil War battlefields in Virginia to synagogues in Alabama to Black-owned organic farms in Georgia.

As he takes us through his ancestral culinary history, Twitty suggests that healing may come from embracing the discomfort of the Southern past. Along the way, he reveals a truth that is more than skin deep—the power that food has to bring the kin of the enslaved and their former slaveholders to the table, where they can discover the real America together.

Thoughts
This is not a true cookbook, it’s also a mix of historical non-fiction, the African Slave experience, how and what the slaves cooked and what they used to cook it. It’s about how the author became so obsessed with food and his need to to learn about his ancesters who were slaves.

The book is funny, sad, thought provoking and at times a tough read. I learned a lot from this book. But the library wanted it back sooner than I wanted to let it go, and so I rushed through it. Because of that I feel the need to re-read it, slowly next time. I want to take my time and enjoy it completely.

I love the photos that were in the book.

Here are the first two things I plan on making from the book:
Kitchen Pepper: Goes in everything in place of just pepper
1 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
1 tsp ground white pepper
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp ground mace
1 tsp ground Ceylon cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp ground ginger

Mix together and store in a cool place

 

Mr. Wesley Jones’s Barbecue Mop
1/2 stick unsalted butter
1 large yellow or white onion, well chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp kosher salt
1 tsp coarse black pepper
1 pod long red cayenne pepper or 1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp dried rubbed sage
1 tsp dried basil leaves or 1 tbsp minced fresh basil
1/2 tsp crushed coriander seed
1/4 cup dark brown sugar or 4 tbsp molasses (not blackstrap)

Melt the butter in a large saucepan
Add onion and garlic and saute on medium heat until translucent
Turn heat down slightly and add vinegar, water, and the salt and spices
Allow to cook gently for about thirty minutes to an hour
To be used as a light mop sauce or glaze during the last 15-30 minutes of barbecuing and as a dip for cooked meat.

I highly recommended this book, and I also recommend his blog, Afroculinaria 

 

Weekend Cooking

Nov 082017
 

The Last Lecture
By: Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow
Narrated by: Erik Singer, Randy Pausch
Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
Unabridged
Release date: 04-08-08
Language: English
Publisher: Hyperion AudioBooks

A lot of professors give talks titled “The Last Lecture.” Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiences can’t help but mull the same question: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy?
When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn’t have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave–“Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”–wasn’t about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because “time is all you have…and you may find one day that you have less than you think”). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living.

In this book, Randy Pausch has combined the humor, inspiration and intelligence that made his lecture such a phenomenon and given it an indelible form. It is a book that will be shared for generations to come.

Thoughts
This is a book that will make you think. It’s a book that will make you want to hug your loved ones. It’s a book that will make you appreciate your life a bit more than you did before you started it.

I enjoyed this book a lot, it was full of interesting stories of the author’s life. I just wanted more stories of situations where things didn’t turn out so perfect.  Most of us have more of those than the the ones that include perfect choices and endings. I just wanted more of those.

I know the book is about his childhood dreams, but I’m sure he had really dark days and I would have liked to know how he coped with those times. I would have liked more of his wife’s thoughts. Still, I’m glad I listened to the book.

Nov 042017
 

Eat Like a Gilmore: The Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of Gilmore Girls

Eat Like A Gilmore: The Unofficial Cookbook For Fans Of Gilmore Girls
by Kristi Carlson

Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (October 25, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 151071734X
ISBN-13: 978-1510717343

The infamous appetites of the Gilmore Girls are given their due in this fun, unofficial cookbook inspired by the show. Fans will eat up the delicious recipes honoring the chefs who fuel the science-defying metabolisms of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or new to the scene, author Kristi Carlson invites you to pull up a chair and dig in. Luke’s diner menu, Sookie’s eclectic inn fare, Emily’s fancy Friday Night Dinners, and town favorites are the key influences behind these tempting dishes. One hundred recipes, covering all the bases from appetizers and cocktails to entrées and desserts, invoke key episodes and daily scenes in the Gilmores’ lives.

Prepare yourself for:
Salmon Puffs
Risotto
Pumpkin Pancakes
Rocky Road Cookies
The Birthday Girl Cocktail
And many more!

With beautiful photos, helpful kitchen tips, and fun tidbits about the show, this cookbook is a must-have for any Gilmore Girls fan. Easy-to-follow recipes make it possible to cook and eat your way through Stars Hollow. So don your apron, preheat the oven, and put on your favorite episode. It’s time to eat like a Gilmore!

Thoughts
So many people I know watched and loved Gilmore Girls. I didn’t. Even after all the years since the series ended in 2007, they still gush about it. I kept thinking I’d watch and see what all the hoopla was about and finally decided it was time. So after waiting and waiting for all my shows to come back on, I started GG right before they started. Yea, I know. Anyway…

OH MAH GERSH!

From the first episode, I was hooked! So much so that I didn’t watch anything else until I had watched all 7 seasons, and then I watched the “Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life” and I’m hoping there’s a season two. This series is in my top 3 favorite series ever!

I loved everything about this show. Lorelai , Rory, Luke, Sookie, I loved them all. Well, Jess was iffy but by GG: AYITL I was a fan of him too. I love all the other characters (and boy were some of them characters), the town, and the small town feel.

Anyway, last week I was looking online for Gilmore Girl books and I ran across this cookbook on Amazon. I immediately ordered it.

I love this book. Lorelai and Rory didn’t cook much and so their main meals were from Luke’s Diner, Sookie, or from the Friday night dinners at Lorelai’s parents house.

I love that the recipes have a little background story from the show. There are so many recipes I want to try (I just got the book a few days ago so I haven’t tried any yet) like Banana Fosters French Toast, Roasted Duck In A Chocolate Orange Sauce, Zucchini Soup, Double Chocolate Chip Muffins. Everything sounds good.

I love everything about this book. I recommend it to fans of Gilmore Girls or to anyone who likes to cook, or just likes to collect cookbooks.

 

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Nov 012017
 

Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall & Denver Moore
Narrated by: Dan Butler, Barry Scott
Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins
Abridged
Release date: 03-20-08
Language: English
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers

 

A dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery…
An upscale art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani and Chanel…
A gutsy woman with a stubborn dream…
A story so incredible no novelist would dare dream it…

It begins outside a burning plantation hut in Louisiana and in an East Texas honky-tonk – and, without a doubt, in the heart of God. It unfolds in a Hollywood hacienda, an upscale New York gallery, a downtown dumpster, and a Texas ranch.

Gritty with pain and betrayal and brutality, this story also shines with an unexpected, life-changing love.

Thoughts
I’ve had this book on my list to read for years but just never got to it. Then I saw that the movie based on the book was being released. Luckily I had just finished listening to another book so I quickly downloaded the audio and started listening to it.

I was immediately drawn to Denver and Ron, and stayed hooked throughout the book. I loved the relationship that grew between Ron, his wife Deborah, and Denver. It supports what I’ve always known, that people are just people. We all want/deserve the same things in life. Skin color and the amount of money you have is not at all important. How you treat people is.

This is such an inspiring book, full of love, kindness, and caring people.  There is a sadness there too for how Denver’s life played out before he met the Hall’s.  It’s also very funny at times and I laughed out loud quite often.

I’m glad I decided to listen to the audio instead of reading this book. I found out after I had finished it that the book was hard to follow because the chapters alternated between Ron and Denver but they weren’t labeled “Ron” or “Denver”.  Some reviewers had a hard time with that.

The narrators did a good job, making this easy to listen to. One thing I wasn’t crazy about was the music in between the chapters. Sometimes it made me jump because it came out of the blue and was loud, and it scared me. Sometimes the music played over the narrator making it hard to hear the last few words.

I loved this book and can’t wait to see the movie. I highly recommend this to anyone who hasn’t read it yet.

Oct 232017
 

Here We Go Again Audiobook

Here We Go Again: My Life In Television by Betty White

Narrated by: Betty White
Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
Abridged Audiobook
Release Date:05-21-10
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

“Here is Betty White – a woman who has been on television forever!” is generally how Betty White is introduced. And quite accurately, too, since she first appeared in 1949, when both she and television were rank beginners.

Since then, she has had one of the most amazing careers in TV, winning five Emmy awards, creating such unforgettable characters as Sue Ann Nivens and Rose Nylund, and appearing in a host of television classics from 1952’s Life with Elizabeth to The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Golden Girls.

Here We Go Again gives an overview of television’s golden era, packed full of wonderful anecdotes about the many famous personalities with whom Betty has worked. It also gives a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at television over five decades, from her first show, Hollywood on Television, which ran live five and a half hours a day, six days a week (33 hours per week!), to Betty’s current television work. In addition, she talks about her personal life – how her hectic career caused strain in her relationships and how she finally found happiness with her third husband, the late talk-show host Allen Ludden.

As warm and funny as its author, Here We Go Again will thrill her many fans and delight all of those who are interested in the history of America’s most popular form of entertainment.

Thoughts
Betty White is such an interesting person, how could this book be anything but interesting. I enjoyed learning things I didn’t know about her. She knows so many people in “the biz” and leads such an amazing life. I loved listening to her thoughts on making some of the decisions she made, her love for her family, friends, tv, Alan Ludden, and animals. I loved hearing her infectious laugh.

This was a short listen but it’s pack full of wonderful stories. I think we need an update on what’s happened in her life since this book.

America loves you Betty!

Oct 162017
 

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:08-31-09
Publisher: Recorded Books
Charlie Gordon knows that he isn’t very bright. At 32, he mops floors in a bakery and earns just enough to get by. Three evenings a week, he studies at a center for mentally challenged adults. But all of this is about to change for Charlie. As part of a daring experiment, doctors are going to perform surgery on Charlie’s brain. They hope the operation and special medication will increase his intelligence, just as it has for the laboratory mouse, Algernon. Meanwhile, each day Charlie keeps a diary of what is happening to him. This is his poignant record of the startling changes in his mind and his life.

Flowers for Algernon was first published as a short story, but soon received wide acclaim as it appeared in anthologies, as a television special, and as an award-winning motion picture, Charly. In its final, expanded form, this haunting story won the Nebula Award for the Best Novel of the Year. Through Jeff Woodman’s narration, it now becomes an unforgettable audio experience.

Thoughts
This book was required reading when I was in Jr. High. I really liked the book and never forgot about reading it so I decided to read it again, but this time I wanted to listen to the audio version.

I loved this book in school, and I loved it as I read it again. I felt for Charly. He was a kind soul who laughed along with everyone when they laughed at him, because he didn’t know they were laughing AT him. He didn’t have the best home life either.

Things started to drastically change once the experiment started and Charlie was able to read, write, and learn the way he had always wanted to. I loved that he finally knew what it was like to be “normal”, and even a genius.

I felt many emotions while listening to this book. Parts made me happy, some made me cheer for Charlie, and some made me sad.

It’s funny that the parts I remembered were of Algernon and Charlie, and had forgotten the relationships he had with the two women in his life. I’m a little shocked that this was assigned to us in Jr. High. I’m wondering if it was a “cleaned up” version. No, it wasn’t R rated, but for 12 year old kids back in the ’70’s, it was a bit risque.

The book is narrated by Jeff Woodman, and he did a great job. His voice made it easy to listen to.

This book was a great read, and listen, and I’m so glad I revisited it.

Sep 272017
 

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King

Narrated by Anne Heche
Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:12-16-99
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Somewhere in New England, nine-year-old Trisha gets lost in the woods while on a walk with her family. Her only comforts are the radio broadcasts of Boston Red Sox games featuring her favorite player, closing pitcher Tom Gordon. Lonely, frightened, starving, and cold, Gordon becomes Trisha’s imaginary companion – and the key to her survival against an unidentified someone (or something) leaving death and destruction in its wake.

Thoughts
I’m a huge King fan but somehow I missed this book. When I ran across the audio version I decided to get a copy.

I can’t even imagine being 9 years old and being lost in the woods. Whenever I went somewhere outdoors or any place that was really big with my parents, they always told me that if I ever got lost to stay where I was when I realized I was lost and they’d find me. Thankfully I never got lost, but Trisha did while out walking with her mom and brother. And she didn’t stay where she was, she started walking and ended up in a completely different state.

She was lost, alone, scared, hungry, thirsty, tired and sick. A lot of things happened and she wasn’t sure if they were real or she imagined them. She did find a bit of comfort in her favorite Red Socks player, Tom Gordan.

Trisha is one tough little girl. I think she lasted way longer than most girls that age in that situation would have.

The book is narrated by Anne Heche who I thought did a really good job.

I was expecting a lot more scary than this book had, but it still was a good book and I’m glad I listened to it.

Sep 212017
 

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

Narrated by Cassandra Campbell

Audible Audio Edition
Listening Length: 8 hours and 3 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Audible.com Release Date: July 25, 2017
Language: English
ASIN: B06XWYHS2N

An electrifying novel about the primal and unyielding bond between a mother and her son, and the lengths she ll go to to protect him
The zoo is nearly empty as Joan and her four-year-old son soak up the last few moments of playtime. They are happy, and the day has been close to perfect. But what Joan sees as she hustles her son toward the exit gate minutes before closing time sends her sprinting back into the zoo, her child in her arms. And for the next three hours the entire scope of the novel she keeps on running.

Suddenly, mother and son are as trapped as the animals. Joan s intimate knowledge of this place that filled early motherhood with happy diversions the hidden pathways and under-renovation exhibits, the best spots on the carousel and overstocked snack machines is all that keeps them a step ahead of danger.

A masterful thrill ride and an exploration of motherhood itself from its tender moments of grace to its savage power Fierce Kingdom asks where the boundary is between our animal instinct to survive and our human duty to protect one another. For whom should a mother risk her life?”

Thoughts
I was really excited to start listening to this book since I’d read a lot of positive reviews.

While I enjoyed the book very much, there was a lot of time spent on the layout of the zoo. I did like that Joan had taken Lincoln to the zoo so often that she knew where she could keep them safe.

I liked all the characters. They all made the book exciting and I thought they were perfect choices for the book. The author was very descriptive, so even after a few weeks, I can still “see” some of the scary scenes in my mind. I can’t imagine being in that situation, especially with a young son.

The book was really good. I liked the relationship between  Joan and her son Lincoln. I liked how close they were and how well behaved Lincoln was. They listened to each other and the love they shared was obvious.

If I had to say something negative about the book it would be that I thought the ending was a bit too abrupt. I would have liked more closure.

The book was narrated by Cassandra Campbell and I enjoyed listening to her.

Sep 042017
 

Guy Fieri Family Food by Guy Fieri

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks (October 11, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062244736
ISBN-13: 978-0062244734

The Food Network superstar and New York Times bestselling author dishes up flavorful All-American family-friendly meals for weeknights and weekends alike.

As one of Food Network’s biggest stars, Guy has taken America on a cross-country tour in Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. He’s challenged great home chefs at their culinary expertise in Guy’s Grocery Games. He’s shared his greatest hits in Guy Fieri Food, and went all out in the great outdoors in Guy on Fire. Now, in Guy Fieri Family Food, he brings fun to the table with delectable dishes everyone will love.

Family meal planning couldn’t be easier with Guy’s tips, fun-filled ideas, and best-loved recipes. Influenced by his Californian background, this full-color cookbook is packed with fresh, flavorful recipes, fabulous photos, and, of course, Guy Fieri flair. Every family favorite is here, from burgers and sandwiches to grains and greens to pasta and noodles. Guy even includes chapters like One for the Week, a budget-friendly big weekend cook “that keeps on giving through the hectic workweek”; All Hands on Deck, with Kebab Night, Pizza Night, and a Chili Bar that get the kids involved; and Under Pressure, where hearty dishes are made in the pressure cooker in a fraction of the time they usually take.

Whether it’s Turkey and Roasted Poblano Burger with Crushed Avocado, Fire-Roasted Fieri Lasagna, Buffalo Chicken Soup, Sweet Italian Pepper Poppers, Balsamic BBQ Short Ribs, or Deep Fried Ice Cream “Boulders,” Guy Fieri Family Food includes tasty, crowd-pleasing meals that make weeknights easier, weekends more fun, and everything more delicious!

Guy Fieri Family Food is illustrated with color photos throughout.

Thoughts
I love Guy Fieri. I’ve been watching him from when he first started out on tv. He’s funny, likable, and is very entertaining. I also love his books.

But…this book didn’t interest me much at all. I didn’t find many recipes that I wanted to try, and that shocked me. Was it  just the mood I was in? Maybe, but I love food so I don’t know. Was it the long lists of ingredients and too many steps? I like the opposite.

I did love the cooking info,  family photos, and the stories about his family. I may pick this book up again sometime in the future to try it again because I have loved every book by Guy before this one.

Aug 282017
 

Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickam

Narrated by: Adam Verner
Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:10-13-15
Publisher: HarperAudio

Big Fish meets The Notebook in this emotionally evocative story about a man, a woman, and an alligator that is a moving tribute to love, from the New York Times best-selling author of the award-winning memoir Rocket Boys – the basis of the movie October Sky.

Elsie Lavender and Homer Hickam (the father of the author) were high school classmates in the West Virginia coalfields, graduating just as the Great Depression began. When Homer asked for her hand, Elsie instead headed to Orlando, where she sparked with a dancing actor named Buddy Ebsen (yes, that Buddy Ebsen). But when Buddy headed for New York, Elsie’s dreams of a life with him were crushed, and eventually she found herself back in the coalfields, married to Homer.

Unfulfilled as a miner’s wife, Elsie was reminded of her carefree days with Buddy every day because of his unusual wedding gift: an alligator named Albert she raised in the only bathroom in the house. When Albert scared Homer by grabbing his pants, he gave Elsie an ultimatum: “Me or that alligator!” After giving it some thought, Elsie concluded there was only one thing to do: Carry Albert home.

Carrying Albert Home is the funny, sweet, and sometimes tragic tale of a young couple and a special alligator on a crazy 1,000-mile adventure. Told with the warmth and down-home charm that made Rocket Boys a beloved best seller, Homer Hickam’s rollicking tale is ultimately a testament to that strange and marvelous emotion we inadequately call love.

Thoughts
I loved this audiobook so much! It was a great story and I loved Homer, Elsie, and especially Albert.

The story is a bit of truth and fiction, all of it is very entertaining, and most of it is really funny. Who would think a simple trip from West Virginia to Florida would lead to all the encounters and opportunities they found themselves in. Each story was unique, and each one was rally good. I’ll be thinking about this story for a long time. I may have to listen to it again in the future, I really loved it.

Of the three of them, I loved Albert the most. He was a most unusual Alligator, but I’m assuming that since he was sent to Elsie very young that she helped mold him into the “little boy” he was. The rooster was also very amusing, I’d have loved to see him sitting on top of Albert like they were best buds.

The book is narrated by Adam Verner, who did a fantastic job!

I can’t say enough good things about this audio, it was fantastic!

Note:
There was one chapter that had a lot of the GD word in it. I definitely didn’t like that, but I don’t remember any other cussing in the book.

Aug 222017
 

Sweetbriar Cottage by Denise Hunter

When Noah and Josephine Mitchell discover their divorce was never actually finalized, their lives are turned upside down.

Following his divorce, Noah gave up his dream job, settling at a remote horse ranch in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia, putting much-needed distance between himself and the former love of his life. But then Noah gets a letter from the IRS claiming he and Josephine are still married. When he confronts Josephine for the first time in months, they discover that she missed the final step in filing the paperwork and they are, in fact, still married.

Josephine is no happier about the news than Noah. Maybe the failed marriage—and okay, the botched divorce—was her fault, but her heart was shattered right alongside his, more than he would ever believe. The sooner they put this marriage behind them, the better for both of their sakes.

But when Josephine delivers the final paperwork to his ranch, the two become stranded in his cottage during the worst spring snowstorm in a decade. Being trapped with Josephine is a test of Noah’s endurance. He wrestles with resentment and an unmistakable pull to his wife—still beautiful, still brave, and still more intriguing than any woman he’s ever known.

As they find themselves confronted with each other and their shared past, old wounds surface and tempers flare. But when they are forced out into the storm, they must rely on each other in a way they never have before. Josephine finally opens up about her tragic past, and Noah realizes she’s never been loved unconditionally by anyone—including him. Will Noah accept the challenge to pursue Josephine’s heart? And can she finally find the courage to trust Noah?

Thoughts
I can’t imagine thinking you’re divorced only to be told that you are still married. This is a story that’s very different from anything I’ve read. The characters are well written and each has their own personalities.

Josephine and Noah are full of emotions and they each have good qualities and bad. They have to figure out where their relationship is going and work to get there.

The relationships we have throughout our lives still have an influence on us years later. I wonder how many of us would like to get a second chance.

Learning how to trust again and healing are a big aspect of this book.

Very good book.

 

Aug 202017
 

 

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

Written by: Kathleen Rooney
Narrated by: Xe Sands
Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:01-17-17
Publisher: Macmillan Audio

It’s the last day of 1984, and 85-year-old Lillian Boxfish is about to take a walk.

As she traverses a grittier Manhattan, a city anxious after an attack by a still-at-large subway vigilante, she encounters bartenders, bodega clerks, chauffeurs, security guards, bohemians, criminals, children, parents, and parents-to-be—in surprising moments of generosity and grace. While she strolls, Lillian recalls a long and eventful life that included a brief reign as the highest-paid advertising woman in America—a career cut short by marriage, motherhood, divorce, and a breakdown.

A love letter to city life—however shiny or sleazy—Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney paints a portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America: from the Jazz Age to the onset of the AIDS epidemic; the Great Depression to the birth of hip-hop.

Thoughts
This book took me on a journey through Manhattan, a place that I love. I enjoyed traveling through 1984 Manhattan with Lillian, a very poised 85 year old woman.

Her journey takes her from Murry Hill to Herald Square where she spent her working years as an advertising executive for Macy’s department store.

I don’t think Lillian ever met a stranger. She had a knack for getting anyone to talk to her, and found quite a few diverse strangers during her New Years Eve walk to talk to. She also had a knack for getting out of what could be dangerous situations.

We learn a lot about Lillian as she walks. She talks about her marriage and son, and her years at Macy and co-workers. About the city and how it’s changed.

I really loved the time I spent listening to this audiobook. It’s narrated by Xe Sands who did a great job with Lillian’s voice. She sounded just like the woman described in the book. She also gave the other characters their own distinct voice.

This book made me fall in love with Manhattan from a different time. It’s an amazing city. There were parts that were sad, parts that were hilarious, and I enjoyed every word.

Aug 172017
 

Fist Full Of Love by Om Swami

Publisher: Black Lotus  (Sept. 24, 2015)
Category: Humor & Entertainment, Self Help, Psychology, Spiritual, & Motivational
Tour dates: Aug-Oct, 2017
ISBN: 978- 0994002778
Available in Print & ebook, 212 pages
A Fistful Of Love

A man was sitting with his friends in a local inn. After a couple of drinks, he asked his friends, “Do you love me?” “Of course, we do,” they replied. “So do you know what I need?” No one answered. “If you don’t know what I need then how can you say you love me?” To love and to be loved is the most basic human need. No wonder we are attracted to people who give us attention, care about us, and love us. Yet, love also remains the greatest challenge in most relationships. Why?

A Fistful of Love is a collection of insightful, thought-provoking nuggets of wisdom appreciated by millions around the world. This book is full of humor and narratives most beautifully woven into learnings of life that will make you stop and think.

Thoughts
Full of wisdom, this is such a thought provoking book. It touched me on so many different levels and gave me a peaceful feeling while reading it.

I found this book to be uplifting and nurturing. I’ll go back to it and read random chapters from time to time. I connected with so much of the book and know that if we all would think this way the world would be a much kinder and loving place.

I’m a positive person and it bothers me when I hear people complaining about things that I think are small, insignificant problems. So the chapter called “Problem Or Inconvenience?” was one of my very favorites. The author says, and I 100% agree, that you should know the difference between an inconvenience and a problem. If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire etc., then you’ve got a problem. Everything else is an inconvenience. Also, “A lump in the porridge, a lump in the throat and a lump in the breast are not the same lump. One should learn to know the difference.” So true, some people think something small is a catastrophe. It isn’t. When a true catastrophe hits your life, you’ll know the difference. I also loved that the author threw in some humor, parts of the book were very funny.

This is the first book I’ve read by Om Swami, and I’m already trying to decide which of his books to read next.

Praise for Fistful Of Love by Om Swami

“This is a strong novel about love and hope and really gives you the tools you need to improve your outlook on life and relationships. I liked the way that this was set up, the writing style was well done and easy to follow.  There were many lighthearted and comedic things thrown in that keeps this novel light and spirited.”-Momma G, My Reading Addiction

“Om Swami’s voice is clear and true. He offers sage wisdom in easy to understand language. Knowing he is a younger monk with a contemporary background makes him very relatable.”- KerryPhilo, Amazon Reviewer

“The book is not only a delight and joy to read, but also so insightful and enlightening. Strongly recommend this beautiful book written in such an easy and clear style.”-Amazon Reviewer

“Precious words of wisdom narrated in a pleasant lighthearted way that inspires both mind and soul. The words of wisdom especially on love and relationship are truly indispensable.”-Rose, Amazon Reviewer

About Om Swami

Om Swami is a monk who lives in a remote place in the Himalayan foothills. He has a bachelor degree in business and an MBA from Sydney, Australia. Swami served in executive roles in large corporations around the world. He founded and led a profitable software company with offices in San Francisco, New York, Toronto, London, Sydney and India.

Om Swami completely renounced his business interests to pursue a more spiritual life. He is the bestselling author of Kundalini: An Untold Story, A Fistful of Love and If Truth Be Told: A Monk’s Memoir.

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Aug 062017
 

The Sacrifice

The Sacrifice by Indrajit Garai

File Size: 567 KB
Print Length: 145 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Indrajit GARAI (August 25, 2016)
Publication Date: August 25, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B01L2TII1K

In this collection, meet:
Guillaume, who gives up everything to protect his child; young Matthew, who stakes his life to save his home; and François, who makes the biggest sacrifice to rescue his grandson.

Thoughts
This is a collection of three short stories and it only takes a few hours to read the book.

The Move: There was a lot of sadness in this short story, a father trying to save the farm his family had owned for years, and doing whatever it takes to try and make that happen. He also wants to protect his son from any hardships. Very emotional.

The Listener: A story about Matthew, a boy who didn’t have the greatest home life, but did find solace in a forest, especially from one tree. Then men start showing up, marking some of the trees, and those trees start being cut down. Matthew does not want to loose his tree so he sets out to make sure it stays safe.

The Sacrifice: This story was about a boy who’s mother is in a drug rehab so he goes to live with his grandfather. Each look out for the other and do what they can to make sure the other is ok. The grandfather is a writer who hasn’t had good luck with his last 3 books, but since Artur, his grandson has come to live with him his writing has produced a book that could be a best seller.

I really enjoyed this book, all three stories left a big impression on me. Although the last story is called The Sacrifice, they all could be named that because all three have characters that make sacrifices.

This book was an emotional read and the stories will stay with me for a while. The characters were “real”, some were good people and some were bad. And together they made really good stories.

Would recommend this book for anyone who likes something different and/or short stories.

Aug 052017
 

Healthy Five Ingredient Recipes: Delicious Recipes in 5 Ingredients or Less

Healthy Five Ingredient Recipes by Hannie P. Scott

File Size: 2949 KB
Print Length: 68 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1546720464
Publisher: Hannie P. Publishing (May 15, 2017)
Publication Date: May 15, 2017

Healthy Recipes in 5 Ingredients or Less!
Are you tired of complicated recipes with hard-to-find ingredients? Are you looking for delicious and easy recipes with only a few simple ingredients? Now you and your family can eat healthy meals with simple and delicious five ingredient recipes.

Healthy and wholesome ingredients Easy to understand, step-by-step directions 50 healthy recipes in 5 ingredients or less
Less is more because you will be spending less time shopping and cooking, and more time eating healthy foods with your family!

This cookbook was created out of necessity. I was tired of searching far and wide for ingredients that I would only use once every six months. Who wants to spend all that time and money on complex recipes you will never even cook? That’s what led me to create this cookbook full of step-by-step recipes that are easy to follow and simply prepared. Most importantly, they are healthy and your family will love them. All of the recipes only require 5 ingredients or less!

Check out some of mouth-watering recipes:
Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
Buffalo Chicken Pieces
Grilled Orange Balsamic Brussels Sprouts
Zucchini Fritters
Peanut Butter Energy Bites
White Chicken Chili
Low Carb Broccoli Cheese Soup

Full-Time Mom, Best-Selling Author, and Lover of Food, Hannie P. Scott is a best-selling author that knows a thing or two about cooking! Cooking and experimenting with foods is her life passion. Driven by her desire for cooking for others (and herself), Hannie spends a lot of time in the kitchen. She enjoys sharing her love of food with the world by creating “no-nonsense” recipe books that anyone can use. You can find cooking tips, advice, and recipes on her blog.

FYI: The book is now on sale at Amazon for .99¢

 

Thoughts
This is one of the best cookbooks I’ve seen in a while. I love that there are only 5 ingredients or less and just a few simple steps.

At the beginning of the book there is a list of abbreviations, conversions, and an introduction.

Then this quote which I love:
“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever we are doing and devote our attention to eating”
Lucino Pavorotti

All the recipes sound good, but here are two that I want to start with:

Pineapple Salsa Chicken
Servings: 6

2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 16oz. jar of tomato salsa
1 20oz. can of pineapple chunks in 100% juice, juice reserved
3 medium zucchinis, diced

Place chicken in your slow cooker and pour the salsa over them

Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6 hours

Shred the chicken

Add in the pineapple with 3/4 cup of the canned juice and the zucchini

Cook for another 30 minutes

 

White Chicken Chili
Servings: 4-6

6 cups chicken broth
4 cups cooked and shredded chicken
2 15oz cans of great northern beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups salsa verde
1 tbsp ground cumin

Place all of the ingredients in a medium sausepan over medium high heat

Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce heat and simmer for 20 min.

Note: You could also do this in the slow cooker using raw chicken.
Cook for 4-6 hours on low and shred chicken before serving

Thanks to the author for the review copy

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Aug 032017
 

The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne
Narrated by: Emily Rankin
Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:06-13-17
Publisher: Penguin Audio

The Marsh King’s Daughter is mesmerizing psychological suspense, the story of a woman who must risk everything to hunt down the dangerous man who shaped her past and threatens to steal her future: her father.

At last, Helena Pelletier has the life she deserves. A loving husband, two beautiful daughters, a business that fills her days. Then she catches an emergency news announcement and realizes she was a fool to think she could ever leave her worst days behind her.

Helena has a secret: she is the product of an abduction. Her mother was kidnapped as a teenager by her father and kept in a remote cabin in the marshlands of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. No electricity, no heat, no running water, not a single human beyond the three of them. Helena, born two years after the abduction, loved her home in nature – fishing, tracking, hunting. And despite her father’s odd temperament and sometimes brutal behavior, she loved him, too…until she learned precisely how savage a person he could be.

More than 20 years later, she has buried her past so soundly that even her husband doesn’t know the truth. But now her father has killed two guards, escaped from prison, and disappeared into the marshland he knows better than anyone else in the world. The police commence a manhunt, but Helena knows they don’t stand a chance. Knows that only one person has the skills to find the survivalist the world calls the Marsh King – because only one person was ever trained by him: his daughter.

Thoughts
It’s been a while since I’ve read a book like this, and I’m glad I chose this book to get back into the genre.

I liked Helena, who has for years lived a normal life with a husband and two girls. Her husband had no idea about her childhood or who her father was, until the police came to their house.

I thought the book was going to focus on the hunt for her dad, but there was so much more to it. We learned about her mother’s abduction, her years in the Marsh and how her father taught her to fish, hunt and survive. Helena and her mother weren’t that close, because her father didn’t want them to be. Helena learned from her father and didn’t treat her mother very good, and her mother wasn’t affectionate to Helena. At times her dad treated Helena and her mom in horrific ways, but he was everything to her as a small girl.

There are some really white knuckle moments in the book, and some that made me cringe. But it all made me not want to stop listening.

This book was very good. It kept me excited to see where the story was going to go and how it would end. It was everything I wanted it to be, only better.

The way the author described the marsh and everything that happened was so vivid that I could see it in my mind like I was a bystander.

The book is narrated by Emily Rankin who did a great job! Her voice was calm and soothing and gave a great balance to the harshness of the story.

Jul 242017
 

Walking with Miss Millie Audiobook

Walking with Miss Millie by Tamara Bundy

Narrated by: Catherine Taber
Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Genre: Middle School Fiction
Release Date:07-04-17
Publisher: Listening Library

A poignant middle grade debut about the friendship between a white girl and an elderly black woman in the 1960s South.

Alice is angry at having to move to Rainbow, Georgia – a too small, too hot, dried-up place she’s sure will never feel like home. Then she gets put in charge of walking her elderly neighbor’s dog. But Clarence won’t budge without Miss Millie, so Alice and Miss Millie walk him together.

Strolling with Clarence and Miss Millie quickly becomes the highlight of Alice’s day and opens her eyes to all sorts of new things to marvel over. During their walks, they meet a mix of people, and Alice sees that although there are some bullies and phonies, there are plenty of kind folks, too. Miss Millie shares her family’s story with Alice, showing her the painful impact segregation has had on their town. And with Miss Millie, Alice is finally able to express her own heartache over why her family had to move there in the first place.

Tamara Bundy’s beautifully written debut celebrates the wonder and power of friendship: how it can be found when we least expect it and make any place a home.

Thoughts
Oh my goodness, how I loved this book! I fell in love with Alice, Millie, and Clarence. I loved how their friendship grew and how they ended up depending on each other’s company.

I felt for Alice, she really didn’t want to move from her home and friends, but Millie made that move turn into something wonderful and gave her memories she’ll never forget. There were some sad parts in the book, but mostly it was filled with kindness and love.

Millie also taught Alice some history and told her about her life in the past.  I loved listening to every minute of it.

Pam and her brother Jake were also characters I fell in love with. Pam was a kind girl and became friends with Alice and her brother Eddie. She wanted to learn sign language so she could communicate with Eddie, who was deaf. Jake was also a good kid, and he too became friends with them and learned some sign language. Pam and Jake’s other brothers were not so nice.

This is a feel good story about life in a small town where everyone knows everyone. It was short at just over 4 1/3 hours, but it’s really good and I’m sure I’ll listen to it again in the future.

It is narrated by Catherine Taber who did a great job with all the voices. I especially loved Pam’s voice. She made me laugh more than once.

I highly recommend this book to everyone.