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10 11, 2013

Review: Breakout Nations by Ruchir Sharma

By | November 10th, 2013|Categories: Business & Investing, Economics, Education, Nonfiction|Tags: , , |1 Comment


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Breakout Nations: In Pursuit of the Next Economic Miracles, by Ruchir Sharma is about the nations that are making the competitive leap to becoming new world players. This is not so much of a surprise actually, that some developing countries are “getting it,” and they are beginning to pull themselves up “by the bootstraps”. The surprise is that so many countries are now doing it, and that there will soon be a new perspective on what a developing nation is, does and can manage in the world economy going forward. Sharma is quite knowledgeable on this topic. The view finder is definitely through the eyes of a capable investor, but the reader will follow along anxiously to see who does what, why it’s happened and form a critical opinion regarding which breakout nations have in effect “broken

23 07, 2013

Review: Found in Translation by Nataly Kelly & Jost Zetzsche

By | July 23rd, 2013|Categories: Education, Nonfiction, Reference|Tags: , |1 Comment


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Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Translation is the art of moving between two (or more) languages as a linguist to provide an integrated interpretation of the words and to offer readers a clear meaning of the text. People who want to enjoy a work of art (such as a play or novel) understand that a translated document needs to be clearly stated to be understood by the majority of people. And a specific few will have the tools to read between two languages to interpret the text properly and enjoy the work in both languages equally.

The authors of Found in Translation describe examples of how translation services work to develop quality translations and the painstaking effort that goes into translating everything from television shows (such as “The Simpsons” into Finnish) to classic works (such as Buddhist

20 03, 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Square Peg by L. Todd Rose with Katherine Ellison

By | March 20th, 2013|Categories: Education, Giveaways, Memoirs, Nonfiction, Parenting & Family|Tags: , , , |18 Comments


squarepeg-8-8-VER-8Please join L. Todd Rose and Katherine Ellison, author of Square Peg, as they tour the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours.

Enter to win a copy below – open to US and Canada!

Reviewed by Alysia George

As the mother of four very unique and distinctive children, I’m extremely conscious of their individual strengths and needs in various contexts, including education. I’m not a teacher or an educational expert, but it makes intuitive sense to me that all children learn differently, and regardless of their intellectual abilities, many might not perform optimally using the methods of most American schools. Simply put, kids have different learning styles, but for many American children, these learning styles are not recognized. All too often, there is one way and one way only; anyone who doesn’t fall into line is left behind to struggle.

Square Peg, by

12 02, 2013

Review: Encyclopedia Paranoiaca by Henry Beard & Christopher Cerf

By | February 12th, 2013|Categories: Education, Humor, Nonfiction, Reference|Tags: , , |4 Comments


Encyclopedia-ParanoiacaReviewed by Melanie Kline

The Definitive Compendium of Things You Absolutely, Positively Must Not Eat Drink, Wear, Take, Grow, Make, Buy, Use, Do, Permit, Believe, or Let Yourself Be Exposed to, Including an Awful Lot of Toxic, Lethal, Horrible Stuff That You Thought Was Safe Good, or Healthy; All Sorts of Really Bad People Who Are Out to Get, Cheat, Steal from, or Otherwise Take Advantage of You; and a Whole Host of Existential Threats and Looming Dooms That Make Global Warming, Giant Meteors, and Planetary Pandemics Look Like a Walk in the Park (with Its High Risk of Skin Cancer, Broken Bones, Bee Stings, Allergic Seizures, Animal Attacks, Criminal Assaults, and Lightning Strikes)

Fasten your seat belts for the most terrifying yet superbly hilarious book of a lifetime. A hypochondriac’s dream and a “normal” person’s nightmare, Encyclopedia Paranoiaca is both an awareness

12 01, 2013

Review: Airbrushed Nation by Jennifer Nelson

By | January 12th, 2013|Categories: Education, Nonfiction, Reference, Social Sciences, Women's Studies|Tags: , , , |2 Comments


Airbrushed-NationReviewed by Poppy Johnson

Most people have definite ideas about fashion. Men and women can tell you what it takes for a woman to be considered beautiful, how men and women are permitted by the public eye to age at different rates, and what we should, must or want to do to live up to the ideals when it comes to aging. Can we change how we are perceived as women as nature takes its course and wrinkles begin to appear? For example, if a woman makes a personal choice to forego dying her hair and remain truly and beautifully naturally grey, isn’t that her choice and her prerogative to define her own beauty ideal?

Who isn’t airbrushed or Photoshoped these days? The magazines dub it as “art” when a cover ready top model or popular celebrity is brushed to perfection. Airbrushed Nation reviews the media culprits who airbrush their photos

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

27 10, 2012

Review: Unglued by Lysa TerKeurst

By | October 27th, 2012|Categories: Christian Books & Bibles, Education, Nonfiction, Reference, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , , , |2 Comments


Reviewed by Darin Godby

Bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst does it again with Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions, a wonderful book that will help the reader realize that the choices they make help to determine what outcomes they will face. Lysa shares how emotions aren’t bad, but emotions that are out of control can cause damage to oneself as well as to others around them. She shares four categories of unglued reactions and how they impact one’s life. Later in the book she discusses those who stuff things inside of themselves and those who explode upon anyone and everyone around them.

This is a much needed book for anyone who finds themselves in a pressure cooker and needs help to deal with life’s circumstances. Offered within this book are time sensitive ways to deal with the pressure

27 10, 2012

Review: TIME For Kids That’s Strange But True!

By | October 27th, 2012|Categories: Ages 12 and Under, Children's Books, Education, For Kids, Gift Ideas, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , |4 Comments


Reviewed by Krystal Larson

TIME For Kids That’s Strange But True! is aimed at children who are 8-12, but can be enjoyed by all ages! The wonky, unusual photos add to the descriptions and will provide the younger kids with a visual aid as to what they are looking at. The descriptions themselves are very in-depth, but not over the top. Do you want to read about a front-bender or back-bender? There’s a difference! Do fiddlehead ferns truly exist? How about bacon or octopus ice cream?

A 12 year-old could easily imagine just what makes a subway pusher so odd. Learning about the world around them involves more than just the typical politics, religion, and environment. This book allows children to think about topics that are different from societal norms, yet have a place in life. The book covers a variety of

28 09, 2012

Review: Planes, Trains, and Auto-Rickshaws by Laura Pedersen

By | September 28th, 2012|Categories: Education, Nonfiction, Reference, Travel|Tags: , , |5 Comments


Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Years ago, travel to India would have been considered difficult or an extreme itinerary to pursue. Today, everyone from students to causal travelers can easily visit India to experience the culture, the food and the warmth of the people indigenous to the region.

Of course, historically, Americans exposed to Indian culture have been limited to misrepresentative accounts of the culture and of that country. The book Planes, Trains and Auto-Rickshaws works to dispel any myths a person may still hold regarding India. The book is a journal of the author’s trip to India and her impressions of the people and culture she experienced on that journey. It reads at first like a comprehensive travel diary, which I found quote enjoyable. Unfortunately, it quickly turned into an historical account of India’s independence, past political struggles of its people and

6 09, 2012

Review: The Snark Handbooks by Lawrence Dorfman

By | September 6th, 2012|Categories: Education, Entertainment, Humor, Nonfiction, Reference|Tags: , |2 Comments


Reviewed by Shannon Trenton

The Snark Handbook: A Reference Guide to Verbal Sparring

If you ever find yourself in need of the perfect comeback in any situation, you need The Snark Handbook. The Handbook is a compendium of fun facts and sly witticisms that, when used properly, will make you the snarky envy of all whom you encounter.

Like any good handbook, Lawrence Dorfman’s collection is arranged into chapters that address issues such as love and marriage, children, money, drinking, and death, among many others. Each chapter starts with a cheeky illustrations and brief description, and features lists like “Money Can’t Buy You Happiness But It Can Buy…” and “Snarky Movie Descriptions” to make you see the things you take for granted in a whole new light. There