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20 05, 2011

Review & Giveaway: The Color of the Atmosphere by Dr. Maggie Kozel

By | May 20th, 2011|Categories: Current Events, Giveaways, Memoirs, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , , , |98 Comments

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Reviewed by Jill-Elizabeth

Anyone who has watched the news or read a newspaper is likely aware that the United States is facing a crisis in health care delivery. In The Color of Atmosphere, Dr. Maggie Kozel provides her personal slant on this crisis in the context of the changing nature of her pediatric health care practice.

This engaging memoir opens with the story of Dr. Kozel’s less-than-ideal childhood, which sparked both an interest in medicine and the drive to become a doctor. Her journey to (and through) college, medical school, and residency is presented in a crisp, clear voice. The stories of her personal and professional lives intertwine; she marries a colleague (a neurologist) and at the completion of their residencies the two move to Japan to fulfill their educational obligations to the U.S. Navy.

In Japan, Dr. Kozel gets

16 05, 2011

Review: WAR by Sebastian Junger

By | May 16th, 2011|Categories: Current Events, For Men, Gift Ideas, Memoirs, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , , , , , |8 Comments

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Reviewed by Jenna Arthur

Imagine being in a war camp, surrounded by bullets and battles, planned fist fights, and a ceremony known as “blood in blood out”. Imagine this being your own country’s war camp and imagine being there by choice. Then take a step back for a moment, picture yourself hiding behind your comrades as the enemy fast approaches, watching someone you’ve gotten to know very well take a bullet to the head. This is the picture painted by Sebastian Junger and delivered in his memoir WAR.

Junger is a contributing editor for Vanity Fair and has written several pieces about dangerous subjects. However, little can compare to what he experienced in Afghanistan. Along with his photographer Tim, Junger embedded himself within a war zone for 15 months, taping and photographing 150 hours of footage of

26 03, 2011

Review: Merchants of Deception by Eric Scheibeler

By | March 26th, 2011|Categories: Business & Investing, Current Events, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

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Reviewed by Erin McKibbin

There “are many different types of cults. There are religious, political, financial, self improvement, UFO, and other types as well…As different as they all are, most have certain defining characteristics that lump them into the category of a cult.”

In the 1990s, Eric and Patty Scheibeler fell victim to a business cult that has been snaring innocent families for several decades. The indoctrination into the Amway cult financially, emotionally, and spiritually bankrupted this couple whose only intent was to provide a financial and moral backbone for their family. Thanks to the political clout that Amway and Quixtar have had over the United States legislative, judicial, and executive branches of the government, this destructive cult still rends the American dream from licit families to this day.

The Scheibelers rose rather high in the ranks of Amway’s

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

18 12, 2010

Review: The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean by Susan Casey

By | December 18th, 2010|Categories: Current Events, Gift Ideas, Mathematics/Science, Nature, Non Fiction, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |3 Comments

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Reviewed by Caitlin B.

The Wave alternates between anecdotes from legendary big wave surfer Laird Hamilton, harrowing tales of cargo ships lost at sea, and the adventures of wave scientists attempting to define the ocean’s behaviors.

Hamilton is known as an extreme among extremists. He and his crew all but invented the sport of two-in surfing when they began using Jet Skis to surf waves unreachable by typical paddle-in surfing. (For a history of big wave and tow-in surfing, the film Riding Giants is an excellent starting point.) Sooner than later, Hamilton and company were dropping down the faces of 50-foot waves in places unfamiliar to most other surfers. The risks have always been high, but science and experience point to ever-increasing peril generated by random forces: freak or rogue waves.

Modern-day wave scientists seek the ability to

24 10, 2010

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Lost Dogs by Jim Gorant

By | October 24th, 2010|Categories: Animals, Current Events, For the Pet Lover, Gift Ideas, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |201 Comments

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Please join Jim Gorant, author of The Lost Dogs, as he tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Vera Pereskokova (Luxury Reading)

When authorities first raided Michael Vick’s home in rural Virginia, the NFL player claimed that he had simply allowed the wrong people to take advantage of him, and that had no knowledge of the dog fighting on the premises. Despite the mounting evidence, – buried dog carcasses, testimony by the gardener who witnessed the horrific treatment of dogs, blood splatters all over the room used as the fighting pit, and so on – Vick continued to proclaim his innocence. Only when his business partners spilled all the facts in the hopes of getting reduced sentences did Vick realize that he was backed into a corner.

The bust of the dog fighting operation on Vick’s property was

7 07, 2010

Giveaway: “WAR” by Sebastian Junger

By | July 7th, 2010|Categories: Current Events, Giveaways, Historical, Memoirs|Tags: , , , , , , |70 Comments

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Win an audio book of WAR by Sebastian Junger!

About WAR (publisher’s description):

In WAR, Sebastian Junger gives breathtaking insight into the truths of war– the fear, the honor, and the trust among men. His on-the-ground account follows a single platoon through a 15-month tour of duty in the most dangerous outpost in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. Through the experiences of these young men at war, he shows what it means to fight, to serve, and to face down mortal danger on a regular basis.

Start reading online and listen to an excerpt here!

I have 3 copies to give away, courtesy of Hachette!

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5 06, 2010

Review & Giveaway: “A Thousand Sisters” by Lisa Shannon

By | June 5th, 2010|Categories: Current Events, Gift Ideas, Giveaways, Memoirs, Memoirs, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , , , , , , |204 Comments

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Reviewed by Jennifer J.

On January 24, 2005, Lisa Shannon was forever changed by an Oprah Winfrey segment that raised awareness of conflict in Congo. Since the 1994 Rwandan genocide, opposing militia groups have been forced into Congo and have waged war with one another. Over 4 million people have died as a result, and women continue to suffer the most. They are stripped of their identities, made into slaves, and repeatedly raped by men seeking to control the land. Days later, Lisa was still haunted by the words and images she had seen in those mere 20 minutes.

Risking her career as a photographer and both her romantic and business relationship with her boyfriend, Lisa vowed to make a difference in the lives of Congo women. Donating $27 a month to sponsor a Congalese woman through the nonprofit organization Women

7 08, 2009

Friday Cravings: Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

By | August 7th, 2009|Categories: Current Events, Etc., Nonfiction, Social Sciences|Tags: |2 Comments

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I think that fellow book lovers will nod in agreement when I say that regardless of how many books I already have or how overflowing my bookshelves are, I am always on the look out for that next great read or that undiscovered gem of a book. Although I find new must-haves almost every day(!), I’ll be sharing my pick of the week every Friday.

Have a book that you’re craving to add to your collection? I’d love to hear from you! The books do not have to be new or upcoming releases. Leave a link to your own post in the comment area and link it back to Luxury Reading. If you don’t have a blog, just list the book and the author.

Pick of the Week

When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a prosperous Syrian-American and father of four,