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18 10, 2011

Blog Tour & Giveaway: You Are Not So Smart by David McRaney

By | October 18th, 2011|Categories: Education, Entertainment, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Psychology & Counseling|Tags: , , , , , , , |93 Comments

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Please join David McRaney, author of You Are Not So Smart, as he tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Shannon Hopkins

Do you remember that time, a few years ago, when you were at that place with a bunch of people and you did that awesome thing that everybody thought was the coolest thing ever? Of course you do; that’s why you tell the story every time you get the chance. Except during one telling, your best friend reminds you that she was the one who did the awesome thing, she was the one everybody thought was cool, and you actually weren’t there at all…

You’re so pleased at the day’s social networking: you officially have 1,000 Facebook friends! Clearly you are blessed with a widespread and far-flung network of close compatriots…except you only meaningfully

26 09, 2011

Review: The Long Goodbye by Megan O’Rourke

By | September 26th, 2011|Categories: Death & Grief, Health, Mind, & Body, Memoirs, Nonfiction, Psychology & Counseling|Tags: , , , , |7 Comments

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Reviewed by Jennifer Leisey

When Meghan’s mother, Barbara Kelly O’Rourke, passes away from metastatic colorectal cancer on Christmas Day, Meghan thought she had prepared herself. She quickly discovers that, at least for her, losing her mother is not nearly as difficult as the aftermath of letting go and learning to live in a world without her mom.

The Long Goodbye chronicles the fifteen months following the death of Meghan’s mother, in snapshots of memories of her mother, snippets of poetry and prose about mourning, and scientific/psychoanalytic information blended into a candid and courageous memoir of life and loss. Meghan writes openly about her struggles with the socially accepted timeframe for bereavement, the unanswerable questions of existence and the afterlife, coming to terms with mortality, and the desire for her mother to simply come back.

One of the strikingly authentic attributes of The

11 09, 2011

Review: The Passionate Mind Revisited by Joel Kramer & Diana Alstad

By | September 11th, 2011|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Personal Health, Philosophy, Psychology & Counseling, Self-Help|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

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Reviewed by Lauren Cannavino

The Passionate Mind Revisited is an interesting and fresh way for one to look at what drives each and every one of us. The interesting part about the book lies in the fact that most of the messages speak of heightening not only a new personal awareness, but also strengthening an awareness that encompasses a much larger social scale. In a world where importance often lies on only helping ourselves, The Passionate Mind Revisited is a vital read for anyone who is interested in branching out a bit.

The basic message that Kramer and Alstad are trying to relay to the reader is essentially summarized in one brief passage near the beginning of the book: “What we believe determines much of what we think and do: the way we move, the way we respond to people, how we

13 08, 2011

Review: Glued to Games by Scott Rigby & Richard Ryan

By | August 13th, 2011|Categories: Entertainment, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Psychology & Counseling, Social Sciences|Tags: , , , , , |7 Comments

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Reviewed by Jessa Larsen

With video games growing in popularity and the strong opinions about their potential vs peril growing right along with them, Glued to Games brings some much needed insight to the table. Glued to Games is the first book/review I have ever seen which offers a balanced view of the pros and cons offered by video games world. The authors offer an easily understandable education on the psychology of what drives us to play games, how games satisfy basic psychological needs, and an understanding of how these factors sometimes lead to violence and addiction.

Filled with examples from a variety of popular games as well as the real experiences of gamers themselves, Glued to Games gets to the center of gaming’s powerful psychological and emotional allure–the benefits as well as the dangers. It gives everyone from researchers to parents

24 06, 2011

Blog Tour: You Are Not Your Brain by Jeff Schwartz and Rebecca Gladding

By | June 24th, 2011|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Psychology & Counseling, Self-Help|Tags: , , , , , , , |4 Comments

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Please welcome Jeff Schwartz and Rebecca Gladding, authors of You Are Not Your Brain,who are touring the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Joanne Lakomski

I elected to read Schwartz and Gladding’s book, You Are Not Your Brain, because I have been working on getting my professional coaching certification. The role of your brain in your behavior was highlighted during my studies and I expected that this book would augment my knowledge.

Schwartz and Gladding have written a book that summarizes current understanding of brain function as it relates to habitual patterns we might want to change. The book expanded my understanding of the areas of the brain and what they do AND then my behaviors and what I do.

A foundation to the authors’ work and message is recognizing your ‘Deceptive Brain Messages’ – a

21 04, 2010

Review: Secrets Girls Keep by Carrie Silver-Stock

By | April 21st, 2010|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Mental Health, Nonfiction, Psychology & Counseling|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

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secrets girls keep book coverReviewed by Erin N.

Modern American girls grow up in a world that is so fundamentally different than that of their male counterparts. As a result, most girls end up with a feeling of isolation within a greater society. Trying to “fit in”, struggling with self worth, and discovering her own identity leads many a young woman to hide her real thoughts and to keep secrets (even dangerous ones) from those who can help, and even from herself. Whether the secret involves sexual harassment, an eating disorder, family tragedies, or depression, American girls almost seem to be “trapped by the cult of secrecy” that is the norm of the female society.

Secrets Girls Keep: What Girls Hide (& Why) and How to Break the Stress of Silence addresses this tendency to

15 02, 2010

Blog Tour: Home Is Where the Wine Is by Laurie Perry

By | February 15th, 2010|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Love & Romance, Psychology & Counseling, Relationships, Self-Help|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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home is where the wine is book coverPlease join Laurie Perry, author of Home Is Where the Wine Is, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Laurie Perry’s Home Is Where the Wine Is offers the reader useful advice for getting to and past the age of forty. Perry encourages the readers to live their lives to the fullest, no matter what happens to them.

Her lessons on life and meditation are really funny, and can be considered a type of guide to doing everything better. She writes in a clear style that is easy to follow and her tone is conversational, as if she is your best friend in the room with you.

30 07, 2009

Blog Tour: Honey, It’s All in the Shoes by Phyllis Hoffman

By | July 30th, 2009|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Psychology & Counseling, Self-Help, Social Sciences|Tags: , , |1 Comment

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Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Phyllis Norton Hoffman’s new book, Honey, It’s All in the Shoes is a testament to the fact that women can have it all. The popular publisher of Southern Lady magazine and other publications has come up with a novel way of relaying a familiar story. The author begins her book on a light note, and quickly draws the reader in to her life’s journey – as chronicled in her choice of shoes. Hoffman sees her pivotal life stages as eventful, filling and satisfying, and she rates each stage with enthusiasm. The type of shoe worn spoke volumes about the person that she was at the time, and helped her to shape the person that she would ultimately become. The story