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21 09, 2010

Review: The Weight of Silence: Invisible Children of India by Shelley Seale

By | September 21st, 2010|Categories: Gift Ideas, Memoirs, Non Fiction, Nonfiction, Travel|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |13 Comments


The Weight of Silence: Invisible Children of India is said to be the factual written version of the hit film Slumdog Millionaire.

Money and riches that they’ll never be able to reach surround the children in orphanages and throughout the streets and slums of India. There are more than a million people living on a mere 500 acres of land in a well-known slum of Mumbai called Dharavi. The slums are packed with hungry children that come from impoverished families. The children, as well as the adults of these slums, lack education. They look around at the high-rise buildings knowing that they’ll never have one ounce of the riches of the world.

Author, Shelley Seale, takes us on an emotional journey, showing us the lives of children living in poverty, toiling as child laborers, and those

20 02, 2010

Review: The Motion of the Ocean by Janna Cawrse Esarey

By | February 20th, 2010|Categories: Memoirs, Travel|Tags: , |1 Comment


motion of the ocean book coverReviewed by Criston M.

College sweethearts Graeme and Janna reconnect later in life and get married. For their honeymoon, the couple decides to travel across the Pacific Ocean in a sailboat named Dragonfly. Their living quarters – a tiny space the size a small child’s room boasting a bed, a bathroom, an oven, and some hot plates.

Graeme and Janna are so excited about this trip of a lifetime that they forget about the reality of living with someone in such close quarters. They also forget that they will have no one but each other to talk to for two years. Along the way, Graeme throws his energy into the never ending boat repairs, while Janna delights in meeting sailing buddies. De-boarding on various small islands, they encounter adoring locals who take Janna’s attention away from the fact

11 10, 2009

Review: Strange But True, America: Weird Tales From All 50 States by John Hafnor and Dale Crawford

By | October 11th, 2009|Categories: Historical, Nonfiction, Travel|Tags: , |1 Comment


Reviewed by Al H.

Of all the subjects that I studied in school, my least favorite was history. Of course, the boring old textbooks were nothing like Strange But True, America. At its heart, Strange But True, America is a history book. It has fascinating little history stories from each of the 50 states. But, unlike a regular history book, it doesn’t dwell on the mundane or “normal” stories. Instead, it delves into the unusual.

Since I’m from Texas, I naturally looked up my own state first. In a single page, John Hafnor (the author of this gem) tells the story of the notorious bandito, Vidal, who was the king of livestock rustlers in the “No Man’s Land” of southern Texas. At least until he unwittingly rustled several steeds belonging to Texas Ranger Creed Taylor. Taylor put an end to Vidal. And, in order

22 09, 2009

Review: Forbidden Bread by Erica Jonhson Debeljak

By | September 22nd, 2009|Categories: Memoirs, Nonfiction, Travel|Tags: , , |1 Comment


download (5)Reviewed by Vera (Luxury Reading)

In 1991, Erica Johnson was an investment analyst living in New York city when she met a dark-haired Slovenian poet, Ales Debeljak. On their first date, Ales made it clear that he intended to return to Slovenia in three-months time, and that he would not let any “forbidden bread” (i.e. forbidden fruit or in this case, Erica) derail his plans. The looming expiration date aside, the two began a relationship, with neither one knowing exactly where it was headed. A break-up and make-up later, Ales, true to his word, returns to Slovenia; Erica promises to call and visit, and take things one step at a time.

Despite the initial pitfalls of very-long distance relationship, Ales proposed in 1993 and Erica made the radical decision to leave her job, her family, and her friends and move

18 08, 2009

Blog Tour: The Patron Saint of Used Cars and Second Chances by Mark Millhone

By | August 18th, 2009|Categories: Memoirs, Nonfiction, Travel|Tags: , , , |2 Comments


Reviewed by Elizabeth Talbott

Mark Millhone loves vintage cars. Browsing eBay Motors one night, he finds the perfect car – a vintage BMW in perfect condition. Even though his family has gone through a year of one crisis after another and his marriage is starting to fray, he decides to buy it, only to find out he has to drive it from Texas back to New York. (His wife is obviously not happy with the situation.) He invites his workaholic, distant father to come with him on the trip. On his travels, can he achieve the perspective needed to save his marriage and his family or is it just a waste of time and money?

Mark Millhone’s family could be anyone’s family. Between the death of his mother, his son being mauled by a dog, his other son’s birth complications, among other