The Mark of a Good Book

by Rachel Baker on November 14, 2016

The day after the elections, I connected with my cousin’s daughter who lives in NY and worked on the Hillary Clinton campaign and also worked for Planned Parenthood. She’s an amazing young woman, who moved to NYC for school so she could experience life outside of her hometown. I knew she’d be down and I […]

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Grace Jones: I’ll Never Write My Memoirs

by Rachel Baker on October 14, 2016

A few months ago, I finished Grace Jones’s book, I’ll never write my Memoirs – and it was one of the best books I’ve read in an incredibly long time. Seriously. The book is incredibly well written and shows sides of Grace Jones that I suspect not many people will recognize. The book isn’t really […]

Life Changing Magic Journal: A journal for another year

October 14, 2016

I guess I didn’t really understand this was a completely blank journal.  I was hoping for writing prompts or something that would keep me motivated and inspired.  Sadly, this is not that journal.  I understand, now, that the journal should be used in conjunction with the companion book, but it wasn’t clear when I requested […]

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Peter Straub: Interior Darkness

February 25, 2016

I recently finished the first short story in the newest Straub book, Interior Darkness; and if you like Peter Straub, you are going to love this book! If you, like me, find it more horrifying to contemplate what people are willing to do to each other, then this collection of shorts is going to be […]

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Crystal Andrus Morissette: The Emotional Edge

February 8, 2016

I got about halfway through The Emotional Edge and decided beyond a shadow of a doubt, I’d already four others like it; and its most reminiscent of Jean Shinoda Bolen’s Archetype books. I’m not well-versed enough to discuss the differences in these books in regards to Jungian theory, but it seems like each could have […]

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Sue Quinn: Super Foods Every Day – 65 Recipes for Optimal Health

January 29, 2016

Super foods Every Day by Sue Quinn is an interesting little cookbook. So interesting, in fact, that the 14-year-old pseudo-daughter took one look at it and said, “I want that!” …that’s a first. This little 160-page book is laid out in the best way possible for quick digestion. The first eleven pages gives a pretty […]

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Suki Kim: Without You, There Is No Us

January 6, 2016

I received Without You, There is No Us by Suki Kim in the last quarter of 2015.  Maybe my expectations were a bit too high, but I was seriously disappointed by the dryness of the writing.  Here was a memoir written by someone who served as a teacher in a country in which we know […]

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A Reviewer’s Conundrum: The Rising

November 24, 2015

Occasionally, reviewers get books that we hope beyond hope we won’t have to write a negative review. This is not to say we don’t want to write a negative review; the challenge is the subject matter. In The Rising: Murder, Heartbreak, and the Power of Human Resilience in an American Town, by Ryan D’Agostino, the […]

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Giada De Laurentiis: Happy Cooking – Make Every Meal Count…Without Stressing Out

November 12, 2015

The sign of a good book is from the moment you open the cover you know exactly who you can share the book with and know they will have a similarly positive experience. I believe this applies to just about all books. That said, I have just discovered what it means to have a great book […]

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Beth Thomas Cohen: Drop the Act, It’s Exhausting!

November 5, 2015

This is going to be a different type of review – more of a spotlight, really. I was given an opportunity to review Beth Thomas Cohen’s new book Drop the Act, It’s Exhausting! – I took it. To my dismay, I received an uncorrected galley. For those of you who have never seen one of […]

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