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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.

12 12, 2016

Blog Tour: Hound of the Sea by Garrett McNamara

By | December 12th, 2016|Categories: For Men, Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body, Memoirs, Nonfiction, Self-Help, Sports & Outdoors|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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hound of the sea book coverPlease join Garrett McNamara, author of Hound of the Sea, as he tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Nina Longfield

Hound of the Sea by Garrett McNamara is a memoir that delves into the hypnotic draw of big wave surfing. This book, however, is also a look back to an unconventional childhood. McNamara was born at the tail end of the flower power era with parents who embraced the concepts of peace, love, sex, drugs, and communal experimentation. Throughout his memoir, McNamara dips into his past sharing vignettes of memories. Using his own recollections as well as stories he heard from others, McNamara creates a picture of a boy with an unconventional childhood growing into a man with an exceptional occupation.

30 10, 2016

Review: All At Sea by Decca Aitkenhead

By | October 30th, 2016|Categories: Death & Grief, Health, Mind, & Body, Love & Romance, Memoirs, Nonfiction, Parenting & Family, Self-Help|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

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all at sea book coverReviewed by Kate Schefer

Decca Aitkenhead’s second book is the account of her partner Tony Wilkinson’s death, and its illuminating aftermath. While the impetus for All At Sea was his death (and her loss), Aitkenhead delves into every aspect of her life that was affected by her tragedy, and allows herself to explore the scope of it. Nothing about the book was overly dramatic or emotional, but she still allowed herself to explore her grief, in a self-aware way. The prologue also helped set the tone by explaining what it’s like to be a victim of random tragedy, and how sudden loss and freak accidents “happen to other people,” until they happen to you. I think the two main things that elevated this story from the expected “woe is me” tale were her unique love story with Tony, and the fact that Aitkenhead’s own mother died of cancer when she was a child. Her unconventional approach to the situation subconsciously shaped Aitkenhead’s own understanding of death, loss, and grief.

10 10, 2016

Review: Pound for Pound by Shannon Kopp

By | October 10th, 2016|Categories: Animals, Disorders & Diseases, Health, Mind, & Body, Memoirs, Nonfiction, Self-Help|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

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pound for pound book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Body image problems are not new. I’m sure that bulimia and anorexia existed when I was a teenager, but in those years, any kind of addiction was never brought out into the sunlight for a closer examination and possible treatment. I’ve lived with body image difficulties all my life, having inherited my height from my very tall father, and thus towering over my petite mother, who always seemed confused by my size. I’ve finally adjusted to being who I am, but in the years since I was a girl, these two horrendous diseases have become insidious and ever-present social nemesis.

Because our society allows for such a pressure-filled ‘demand’ to be made of those who may have a weak area, it is all too easy to be tweaked into a seriously addictive life-style. Shannon Kopp presents her struggles with bulimia in an open and forthright manner, making this book an invaluable resource for every young person anywhere.

30 09, 2016

Review: The Human Superorganism by Rodney Dietert

By | September 30th, 2016|Categories: Biological Sciences, Disorders & Diseases, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Personal Health, Science & Math|Tags: , , |1 Comment

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human superorganism book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

Rodney Dietert, author of The Human Superorganism, focuses on explaining significant developments around chronic diseases, also called non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as allergies, cancer, heart disease, and obesity, as well as psychological disorders like depression. He is right–these diseases rule how we live and die, determine the quality of our lives and our limits, and measure our challenges. The author feels these NCDs are an epidemic in our modern society. He’s right again, but what can we do?

In The Human Superorganism, we get the long answer to this question. The book is broken down into three main sections: Part I – A shift in how we think about biology and understanding the mighty microbe; Part II – A revolution in medicine; and, Part III – Caring for yourself. Within those sections, Dietert discusses the new regard for biology, the importance of human superorganisms and genes, immune system malfunctions, the nature of epidemics, making over superorganisms and finally, understanding microbes.

22 09, 2016

Review: Why We Snap by R. Douglas Fields

By | September 22nd, 2016|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Mental Health, Nonfiction, Psychology, Psychology & Counseling|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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why we snap book coverReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

Why We Snap: Understanding the Rage Circuit in your Brain is an interesting and detailed account of what potentially causes humans to snap. R. Douglas Fields is well versed in the study of the brain as an expert in the field of neuroscience and explains the patterns and triggers of rage in a conversational and anecdote filled project that will allow for the casual reader to gain a grasp on how the brain processes the rage emotion. While the stories and examples do allow for the research and explanation to be easily followed, there are of course some scientific points and data that speak more on an expert level. Dr. Fields is a careful writer that successfully manages to turn a lot of research into a well-crafted work of non-fiction. If this book were written in a different fashion, most readers, not in the field or familiar with the study, would probably put the book down.

7 09, 2016

Review: The Juice Lady’s Sugar Knockout by Cherie Calbom

By | September 7th, 2016|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body, Personal Health|Tags: , , |1 Comment

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sugar knockout book coverReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

The Juice Lady’s Sugar Knockout is the perfect starting point for anyone that is looking to make a lifestyle change and take back control of their health. Many of us are unaware of the dangers of sugar, even sugar addiction, and all of the effects that can have lasting impacts on our body, mind and health. There are even times where sugar is hidden in every day foods and consumers are completely unaware of how much sugar they are really taking in. Author Cherie Calbom completely breaks down the dangers of sugars and also provides a path for eliminating the hold that sugar has in our lives.

22 08, 2016

Blog Tour: The Big Thing by Phyllis Korkki

By | August 22nd, 2016|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Motivational, Self-Help, Success|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments

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the big thing book coverPlease join Phyllis Korkki, author of The Big Thing, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Have you ever said – or thought – to yourself, ‘someday I’m going to . . .’  what?  Write a book, a song, paint a picture, learn how to play a musical instrument? And did you ever do just that? If you did – Congratulations!  You’ve elevated yourself above most of the population, in that case. Even if it sits in the bottom drawer of your desk, never to venture forth and be acknowledged by another soul. You did it! That’s what counts. There’s a famous saying: The longest journey begins with a single step. Oh, how right that is.

29 07, 2016

Review: Keeping It Up by Cat Skinner

By | July 29th, 2016|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Personal Health, Relationships|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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keeping it up book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Did you ever notice that most ‘relationship’ books (euphemism for improving your sex life) seem to be directed at only half the team? Just like in football, there’s two sides, and you need both of them to win the game. No, sex isn’t a game, but wouldn’t it make a lot more sense to have one sensible book that could be easily read by both sides? Separately – or together.

Keeping It Up is a slender (and very inexpensive!) book and is the closest I’ve ever found to being a complete guide. Granted it’s primarily aimed at the male half, but the author strongly encourages reading it together, or taking turns at reading it. Makes a lot of sense to me.

28 07, 2016

Blog Tour: Lift by Daniel Kunitz

By | July 28th, 2016|Categories: Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body, Historical, Nonfiction, Sports & Outdoors|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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lift book coverPlease join Daniel Kunitz, author of Lift: Fitness Culture, from Naked Greeks and Acrobats to Jazzercise and Ninja Warriors, as he tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Seldom does a book come along that explains so well why we are and should be doing something. In Lift, Daniel Kunitz does an excellent job of going over the reasons we lift and why we need to lift, as well as breaking open some myths about lifting along the way.

Let’s begin with what this book isn’t. Although there are elements of workouts related to lifting in the text, this is not a workout book nor is it a weight loss book. That said, if you do follow some of the guidelines reviewed in the book, you are practically guaranteed to lose weight.