Book Review of “The Codependency Conspiracy”

I was glad to find a book that I could align my thoughts with regarding the self-help movement. For friends who benefitted from active participation in the self-help tradition, I respect their experiences. However, I have not always agreed with all the tenants of the traditions but never felt that I could discuss the topic […]

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Book Review – Bringing Up Brits

I am an Australian woman, married to a man who was born in England and now holds three passports. Given our recent decision to move to England, this book seemed like an essential read for me, as it is of paramount importance to my husband and I that our kids settle in sooner rather than […]

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Review of Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One

The (somewhat) controversial novel Fifty Shades of Grey is the first book in a trilogy by EL James. It follows Anna, a naïve college senior and her extremely sexual relationship with young mogul Christian Grey.  Anna has a chance encounter with Christian when she helps her best friend by conducting an interview for the college paper […]

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Bling Review

Bling by Gerald Boyden is a dark crime drama set in present day Los Angeles. Filled with graphic scenes of city life, the lurid language and landscape of the streets shape the narrative. The characters in the story are larger than life; and the prose style is succinct and poetic. Tex, a “good old boy” […]

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Review of “Nobody’s Perfect”

Kallypso Masters has delivered another great book in her series Rescue Me. Her third installment “Nobody’s Perfect” is the story of Damian Orlando and Savannah Baker. It begins eight years after they’ve lost touch with each other. Savannah is running for her and her daughter’s life and heads to the only person she can trust; […]

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Review of Down and Out in London and Paris By George Orwell

Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell is an intriguing and entertaining tale concerning Orwell’s experience and observation of poverty. This vivid memoir eloquently and intelligently describes his time spent with the destitute and desperate of his society in Paris and London. The haunting and moving way in which Orwell describes each […]

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Review of the Imperial Cruise by James Bradley

This is my third reading of a Bradley novel. I can’t say that I enjoyed it like the first two. His characterization of President Teddy Roosevelt and Teddy’s views, I found disturbing. It may be historical but it seemed very opinionated on the part of the author. We American’s may be guilty of always thinking […]

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A Review of “PROOF OF HEAVEN: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey Into the After Life” by Dr Eben Alexander

If you have ever wondered if life after death is a myth or for real then you may find ‘Proof of Heaven; A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the afterlife’ an interesting read. Written by Dr Eben Alexander, a neurosurgeon with vast experience spanning several years, having trained at the prestigious Duke University, taught and practiced at […]

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Book Review: The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan

This is a story of love, politics, and hardships that takes place in seventeenth century India. Now, this may not sound appealing to non-history lovers but I promise there is something for you too! Not only does Indu Sundaresan incorporate accurate facts about the Mughal Empire that once was, but she makes the overall story […]

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Book Review: Mezcalaria, The Cult of Mezcal by Ulises Torrentera

Mezcalaria, Cultura del Mezcal, The Cult of Mezcal (Farolito ediciones, 2012) is the third edition, first bilingual (English-Spanish), of the seminal 2000 publication by author Ulises Torrentera. The book is highly opinionated on the one hand, yet on the other contains a wealth of both historical and contemporary facts about agave, mezcal and pulque. Torrentera […]

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