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29 07, 2016

Review: Keeping It Up by Cat Skinner

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


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.

13 12, 2015

Review: How to Break Up With Anyone by Jamye Waxman

By | December 13th, 2015|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Motivational, Relationships, Self-Help|Tags: , , , |2 Comments


how to break up with anyone book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

How to Break Up With Anyone: Letting Go of Friends, Family, and Everyone In-Between by Jamye Waxman is a book for anyone in the predicament of needing to end a relationship, and right now. In the age of social media options for befriending others anywhere and anytime, few people today are versed or skilled at even knowing how to break off a relationship. Let’s face it, some people in our circle of relatives, acquaintances and friends have extended their expiration dates in our lives but how to get away from these people has been left up for grabs.

Waxman does make it clear that the person who wants to break away from a relationship should not feel like a “bad” person when the time is right for a legitimate break

5 10, 2014

Review: Glamour Puss by Anna Madsen

By | October 5th, 2014|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Relationships|Tags: , |3 Comments


screen-shot-2013-09-17-at-1-40-21-pmReviewed by Poppy Johnson

Glamour Puss – a Tongue-in-Cheek Guide to Being a Powerful Woman: Manipulative, Chic and Sexy by Anna Madsen would first appear to be a slap in the face to the traditional feminist view that all women need to “beat the boys” figuratively, literally and physically in every aspect of their lives. The author believes that women should stand strong and stay empowered while also retaining their womanly charms (for what is a woman without charm?).

Glamour Puss is a book making a statement. When you were born, if the doctor yelled, “It’s a girl!”–you are supposed to be proud and celebrate your womanhood! Allow the men, according to the author, to think they run the world (or the insane asylum, take your pick), but silently rule the planet from a quieter and more powerful perch (really right under their noses).

The book

15 11, 2013

Review: Mothers Who Can’t Love by Dr. Susan Forward

By | November 15th, 2013|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Parenting & Family, Relationships, Self-Help|Tags: , , |2 Comments


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Dr. Susan Forward has worked with many clients in her private counseling practice and dealt with their negative attitudes, habits, and life issues that flow over from unresolved, hurtful experiences within their parental relationships. Many of those clients were specifically the daughters of mothers who were unable to healthfully share love with their daughters.

Mothers Who Can’t Love: A Healing Guide for Daughters is Dr. Forward’s latest book that addresses the hurt that many women faced growing up and continue to face within their adult relationships with their mothers, as well as how difficult mother/daughter relationships touch other areas of the daughters’ lives and relationships.

The book is divided into two parts. The first section, Identifying the Mother Wound, looks at different types of mothers, such as the narcissistic mother, the overly enmeshed, the control freak, and mothers who need

28 04, 2013

Review: How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age by Dale Carnegie & Associates

By | April 28th, 2013|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Relationships, Self-Help|Tags: , |4 Comments


9781451612592_p0_v1_s260x420Reviewed by Alysia George

Years ago I read the Dale Carnegie classic, How to Win Friends and Influence People. Originally published in 1936, this timeless, easy to follow communication how-to guide is still studied and used widely almost 100 years later. Dale Carnegie courses are popular in the business world, and have a practical application for anyone to use in everyday life. They are particularly known for helping people become comfortable with public speaking. How to Win Friends and Influence People is full of easy to follow, common sense advice that, for whatever reason, doesn’t come naturally to most people, yet works wonders when trying to communicate with anyone, in any situation.

I was excited to see a modern take on the classic, How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age, by Dale Carnegie and Associates. Considering that Dale

24 02, 2013

Blog Tour: The Secrets of Happy Families by Bruce Feiler

By | February 24th, 2013|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Parenting & Family, Relationships|Tags: , |5 Comments


Secrets-of-happy-families_custom-8118a64a774e239a74862ef2cee8fd1958d0cf64-s6-c10Please join Bruce Feiler, author of The Secrets of Happy Families, as he tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

The Secrets of Happy Families by Bruce Feiler offer advice for families who have become confused, unglued or gotten off track – but who may not yet know it. The author provides easy to follow steps to restoring a family balance by encouraging parents to spend more time with children, talking to them more and keeping the prize – a healthy and functional family – in sight. The book includes real life stories that highlight ideal ways to capture family time in a hectic existence (read: our lives), and gives guidance on how parents can develop minor and major strategies for restoring family order. It even includes a best practices guide for how to

21 11, 2012

Review: The Regal Rules for Girls by Jerramy Fine

By | November 21st, 2012|Categories: Education, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Reference, Relationships|Tags: , , , |2 Comments


Reviewed by Christen Krumm

We all dream of moving to England (or visiting) and having an English lord sweep us off our feet thus keeping us in London forever (oh wait… that was just me? OK, moving on). When I was a little girl, my aunt thought it would be so marvelous if I was pen pals with one of the princes so that I could marry one and thus live in a castle in England (clearly that never happened).

Jerramy Fine’s The Regal Rules for Girls takes us to the land of lords, tea, and queens and teaches us how to act properly when meeting the queen. After reading Fine’s guide, I find myself dreaming of up-rooting my family and moving into a flat in London. Oh, that glorious dream. Even if that dream will likely never happen, Fine’s rules of

14 09, 2012

Review: Us: Transforming Ourselves and the Relationships That Matter Most by Lisa Oz

By | September 14th, 2012|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Relationships, Religion & Spirituality, Self-Help|Tags: , , , |4 Comments


Reviewed by Darin Godby

I have been wanting to read US: Transforming Ourselves and the Relationships That Matter Most ever since it came out a couple of years ago. I appreciate the way Lisa Oz reaches out to discuss her own life (both good and bad situations that have occurred) and offer great insight and wisdom into how others can improve their own relationships.

Lisa breaks up her book into three main sections: (1) Relationships with ourselves, (2) Relationships in a more traditional sense, and (3) Relationships with God. As each section is dealt with in greater detail, I was stretched and moved to think deeper. There were many times I would stop reading to allow myself the opportunity to allow the thoughts to really sink in. I was encouraged to look at the many different ways people respond and deal with

28 04, 2012

Review: MWF Seeks BFF by Rachel Bertsche

By | April 28th, 2012|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Humor, Memoirs, Nonfiction, Relationships, Social Sciences, Women's Studies|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments


Reviewed by Ann Liu

If Carrie Bradshaw, from Sex and the City, and Mr. Big left New York with her three girlfriends behind, what would she do without them? MWF Seeking BFF is a true story of Rachel Bertsche, a writer herself, who moves to Chicago with her husband, on the search for new friends.

MWF Seeking BFF, or Married White Female Seeking Best Friend Forever, is Rachel’s personal memoir of her yearlong search for a best friend. She dissects the friendship element and shares a lot of research toward understanding the psychological makeup of friends. According to Robin Dunbar, an anthropologist, the size of the brain determines the number of relationships we can maintain. The human brain can maintain 150 relationships. After calculating her social network of friends, families, and acquaintances, Rachel came up short 20 people. She decided to fill

24 03, 2012

Review: Get Married This Year by Dr. Janet Blair Page

By | March 24th, 2012|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Psychology & Counseling, Relationships|Tags: , |5 Comments


Reviewed by Jessi Buchmann

Don’t let the title Get Married This Year: 365 Days to “I Do” throw you off of this book. It’s not just about getting hitched. If you are looking for ways to figure yourself out, discover your short comings when it comes to dating, and figure out why you don’t pick the ‘right’ partners then this book is for you. Being a single dating gal, I recognize that dating has almost become a sport and choosing the wrong potential dates has become a joke–at least among my friends. This book describes ways to avoid dating pitfalls, while keeping a positive attitude and maintaining the course without discouragement.

Dr. Janet Blair Page outlines how to find the right partnership by getting to know yourself and figuring out what you are ‘really’ looking for in a relationship. The book is