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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.

7 02, 2016

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

By | February 7th, 2016|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Humor, Love & Romance, Nonfiction, Self-Help|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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drop the act it's exhausting book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

Drop the Act, It’s Exhausting! might be inspirational for some people. It might even spur a few women – those looking for that unknown “it” – on to action. The title of this book says it all–that we need to be freer in order to be ourselves, and that we need to drop the act of having “it” altogether, especially if we really don’t have a clue. Unfortunately, for me, the book lacked luster and I didn’t agree with much of the advice. You see, I don’t have an axe to grind, a complaint to make, or an “act to drop.” In short, I just couldn’t relate.

The book has nine well thought out chapters with hefty titles such as relating to being a gestating supermom, about forty being the next twenty,

7 08, 2015

Review: How to F*ck a Woman by Ali Adler

By | August 7th, 2015|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Humor, Love & Romance, Nonfiction, Self-Help|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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How to F*ck a Woman book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

At times insightful, sometimes funny, and always candid, Ali Adler covers her subject very well. Adler’s How to F*ck a Woman is a sex guide. In her introduction, Adler explains why she chose to write a book about sex. How to F*ck a Woman is the how-to manual she wrote to answer men’s general questions regarding women and sex with women. She writes from the assumption that all a man really wants is sex. (On the other side, she writes that women just want to be understood.) With insight and humor, Adler delves into the relationship dichotomy as she sees it from the male side issuing advice that might ultimately get the man into the woman’s bed (or vice versa).

Marketed as eighty percent relationship handbook and twenty percent sex manual, author Ali Adler

21 08, 2014

Review: The Alpha Woman Meets Her Match by Sonya Rhodes

By | August 21st, 2014|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Love & Romance, Nonfiction, Self-Help, Women's Studies|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Are you alpha or beta? Figure it out here.

Everyone knows the definition of an Alpha male, but an Alpha woman has been misidentified as the B-word—or at least sorely misunderstood—for decades. This elusive Alpha woman is actually competent, confident, careful, career-oriented, calculating, cool and collected… up until she gets with a man. Then, she shrinks back to her base comfort level, which may put her at a disadvantage emotionally, sexually, and otherwise in a relationship with the opposite sex.

The new Alpha woman is able to shine even in her relationships. The Alpha Woman Meets Her Match guides Alphas and Alphas-to-be in how to love themselves, identify strengths, and date and marry well. Author Sonya Rhodes also gives them advice on how to survive a divorce (if it comes to that) and more. She gives real-life-story examples of Alpha

5 04, 2014

Review: He Did You a Favor by Debra Rogers

By | April 5th, 2014|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Love & Romance, Self-Help|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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He-Did-You-A-Favor-204x300Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Everyone knows someone who has been rejected by a love interest. The reason I say “knows someone” else is because breaking up is so painful for most of us that we often forget the true details of a breakup, like whether we initiated it or the other person became so over us that he or she called it quits. Debra Rogers hits it where it hurts (then feels good) with He Did You a Favor because she speaks from extensive experience when she gives advice about moving on when a relationship fails.

There are fourteen chapters in three main sections describing the breakup itself, how he did you a favor, and how to move on. The author uses cut out tips, strategies, quizzes, real-life testimonials to provide solid advice on how women can process a breakup and get back

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.