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13 12, 2016

Blog Tour: Killing It by Sheryl O’Loughlin

By | December 13th, 2016|Categories: Business & Investing, Entrepreneurship, Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body, Non Fiction, Nonfiction, Self-Help|Tags: , , |4 Comments

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killing it book coverPlease join Sheryl O’Loughlin, author of Killing It, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Holly Madison

In order to properly review this book, I should probably start with a tiny bit about myself. I am a self-made entrepreneur, and I started my business almost four years ago.

Back then, my husband and I were at an all time low. He had just been laid off, and we had exactly $220 in our bank account. One day, out of pure luck, I stumbled across a fantastic business opportunity and a chance to buy a bunch of left over fiber from a nearby farm. After a lot of convincing, I finally talked my husband into spending $200 to buy the entire stash of alpaca…convinced that I could prep it myself and sell it on Etsy to make money. That left us with $20 to live off of.

2 01, 2016

Review: Shakespeare Basics for Grown-Ups by E. Foley & B. Coates

By | January 2nd, 2016|Categories: Biographies, Gift Ideas, Non Fiction, Nonfiction, Reference|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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shakespeare basics for grown ups book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

I read an article somewhere recently about some institution that is translating the works of Shakespeare into contemporary English. I say contemporary because Shakespeare’s English is modern. Although, perhaps Shakespeare is a bit dated for the contemporary casual reader (or theatergoer). It could be this idea that led to the writing of Shakespeare Basics for Grown-Ups: Everything You Need to Know About the Bard. After all, Foley and Coates sum up all of The Bard’s plays with a single sentence synopsis each.

Shakespeare Basics for Grown-Ups is so much more than a simple summary of the man’s plays.  Foley and Coates present exactly what they claim: “everything you need to know about The Bard.” Shakespeare Basics For Grown-Ups is not a dry, pedagogical, pedantic tome of heavy explanation into the meanings

16 12, 2015

Review: Black Earth by Timothy Snyder

By | December 16th, 2015|Categories: Gift Ideas, Historical, Military, Non Fiction, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

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black earth book coverReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

Timothy Snyder takes a fresh historical look at the Holocaust and not only ties together the events and logistics of the time, but also approaches the information with a view on modern day events and ethics. Snyder is an intelligent and careful writer, detailed and fills the book with maps, personal narratives pulled from survivors, participants, documentation and beyond. Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning highlights the Holocaust, obviously a much studied and often discussed event and churns up new information along with a message of caution and raised awareness for citizens of today and the future. The terrible actions as well as the humanitarian acts that were also transpiring during this time in history each carry important lessons on humanity, civility, good and evil. While circumstances and groups have changed, Snyder

8 12, 2013

Review: Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff

By | December 8th, 2013|Categories: Gift Ideas, Historical, Non Fiction, Nonfiction|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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9780062133434_p0_v2_s260x420Reviewed by Jax Kepple

A WWII cargo plane goes down in Greenland in 1942 with five men on board, setting off a chain of events in which two more search planes (including the famous Duck, which can land on the water or on land) go down, motor-sleds are dispatched which also are lost, and men fall into crevasses never to be seen again. So begins Mitchell Zuckoff’s amazing Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II, a book I literally could not put down or stop talking about.

Zuckoff expertly blends the story between past and present day, where he joins (and partially funds) a maverick man on a mission to search for the Duck, which could be buried seventy feet below in the glacier. With a team of Coast Guard

13 04, 2011

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Pun Also Rises by John Pollack

By | April 13th, 2011|Categories: Gift Ideas, Non Fiction, Nonfiction, Reference|Tags: , , , , , , , |98 Comments

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Please join John Pollack, author of The Pun Also Rises, as he tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Shannon Hopkins

(P)uns help us find such meaning in a chaotic world.”

John Pollack’s The Pun Also Rises features a title nearly as long as the book itself, a seemingly presumptious title suggesting that, at least in his mind, the “humble pun” is anything but. What follows is a concise (224 page) survey of the pun in which Pollack aptly makes his case to the reader.

The pun is a form of wordplay in which the punster employs a word or phrase that holds a double meaning in context. It is such a ubiquitous part of language and communication that we often make puns without intending to do so (like the time I spouted “aww, shucks” when

25 02, 2011

Giveaway: Dance First. Think Later by Kathryn and Ross Petras

By | February 25th, 2011|Categories: For Someone Who Has Everything, Gift Ideas, Giveaways, Non Fiction|Tags: , , , , , |121 Comments

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I have a copy of Dance First, Think Later” by Kathryn and Ross Petras for one lucky winner, courtesy of Workman Publishing!

About the book

The right quote at the right time can change everything-Steve Jobs once read “Stay hungry. Stay foolish” on the back cover of The Whole Earth Catalog, and those four words came to guide his life. Pithy but profound nuggets of big-picture wisdom can give anyone direction, courage, and inspiration.

Created by Kathryn and Ross Petras, whose books and calendars have over 5.6 million copies in print, Dance First. Think Later” is a collection of the greatest life wisdom from an unexpected group of speakers, doers, and thinkers. There are 618 rules to live by-funny, thoughtful, offhanded, clever, and always profound:

  • “Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you.”-Annie Dillard
  • “If everything is under control,
30 01, 2011

Blog Tour & Giveaway: We Have Met the Enemy by Daniel Akst

By | January 30th, 2011|Categories: For Men, Gift Ideas, Giveaways, Health, Mind, & Body, Non Fiction, Self-Help|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |102 Comments

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Please join Daniel Akst, author of We Have Met the Enemy, as he tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Vera (Luxury Reading)

If you have not heard of Daniel Akst, you’re likely to become a huge fan after reading We Have Met the Enemy: Self-Control in an Age of Excess.

The “enemy” in We Have Met the Enemy is us and our lack of self-control in a world that is full of temptations. While our ancestors had to exercise their willpower to stay away from a few certain bad habits, our bad habit possibilities have vastly multiplied. We have access to cheap and widely available unhealthy foods, riveting TV shows that keep us glued to the couches, and prior to the economic meltdown, loads of

19 01, 2011

Review: Health Scare: The Truth Behind America’s Health Care Crisis by Rene P. Moret

By | January 19th, 2011|Categories: Current Events, Gift Ideas, Non Fiction, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |9 Comments

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Reviewed by Erin N.

Since the last Presidential election, the American population has been inundated with health care reform proposals and, ultimately, the new health care law that has caused the most fierce controversy and partisan politics ever to grace the scene of the 21st century landscape. Despite the conflict, no one on any side of the debate believes that health care does not need to be reformed. The vast majority of Americans recognize that the root problem is uncontrolled costs; what they are not in full agreement on is “what generated those excessive costs to begin with.”

Rene P. Moret, an MBA Accountant with 20 years of executive experience in the managed health care industry, attempts to address the root causes for the failures in the American health care system. Furthermore, he presents a thoroughly thought out alternative

14 01, 2011

Review: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Speed Reading by Abby Marks Beale

By | January 14th, 2011|Categories: Gift Ideas, Non Fiction, Nonfiction, Reference|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

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Reviewed by Alisha C.

We have heard of people who can speed read through novels in mere minutes, but you are probably like me in that you worry about comprehension. Beale’s guide addresses this concern with an extra set of exercises to ensure you don’t “speed look” through a book/magazine, but actually retain the information. She provides ways to read important words, utilize the “organizational pattern” of the work to your best benefit and tricks to find the “golden nuggets” in the text. Beale also provides tactics such as skimming, scanning and skipping in order to glean comprehension without reading every single word.

Beale explains ways to speed read while using pacers, how to skim and scan certain types of writing, ways to tackle large amounts of reading material and how to pare it down, along with exercises to stay alert and

12 01, 2011

Review: The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande

By | January 12th, 2011|Categories: Business & Investing, For Men, Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body, Non Fiction, Nonfiction, Self-Help|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |5 Comments

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Reviewed by Vera (Luxury Reading)

Hundreds of thousands of people die every year from surgeries gone wrong. While surgeries are never truly “routine” and unexpected things do happen, some errors are very preventable.

A surgeon by profession, Atul Gawande was part of the team assembled by the World Health Organization (WHO) to look at the prevalence of surgery errors. They heard accounts from other surgeons – those that operated in high-tech hospitals of the developed countries and others from the developing countries that lacked adequate resources, training, personnel, and so on.

What they found was that errors happened everywhere, and no amount of technology or pharmaceuticals could prevent them. In fact, errors happened most often due to human error, due to routine tasks that were forgotten while focusing on the more complicated problems at hand. This conclusion led to the development of a