Sunday, 30 May 2021

Matilda Windsor Is Coming Home by Anne Goodwin


Matilda Windsor Is Coming Home by Anne Goodwin
Published in the UK by Inspired Quill yesterday, the 29th May 2021.

How I got this book:
Received a review copy from the author

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


"In the dying days of the old asylums, three paths intersect.

A brother and sister separated for fifty years and the idealistic young social worker who tries to reunite them. Will truth prevail over bigotry, or will the buried secret keep family apart?

Told with compassion and humour, Anne Goodwin’s third novel is a poignant, compelling and brilliantly authentic portrayal of asylum life, with a quirky protagonist you won’t easily forget.

I quickly grew to love the character of Matilda Windsor. She has had to resort to an imagined inner life in order to cope with the extreme unfairness of her life, and I was fascinated by her interpretations of life within the longterm psychiatric institution. Anne Goodwin tells Matilda's story from three viewpoints and I really appreciated how this gave me much deeper insights into British mental health services at a time of great change in the 1980s. There is a real clash of ideologies between the old guard who treat patients as little more than recalcitrant children, and new social work staff who encourage them to develop their own opinions and make individual choices. I remembered several of the wider world events alluded to throughout the novel and felt the atmosphere of that era came through in an authentic way.

Goodwin contrasts how Matilda's life was restricted in the 1930s with how her social worker, Jen, lives at the same age fifty years later. I thought this worked brilliantly well to illustrate the differences between social attitudes in the two eras, but the prejudice against people with mental health problems persisted with certain local residents being angered by the thought of a care in the community home being located in their particular community. Matilda Windsor Is Coming Home is such a poignant novel and I am relieved that women are no longer treated as shabbily as Matilda was throughout her life. 


Etsy Find!
by Dolly and Dotty UK

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Saturday, 29 May 2021

Live Like Your Head's On Fire by Sally-Anne Lomas


Live Like Your Head's On Fire by Sally-Anne Lomas
Published in the UK by Story Machine on the 9th March 2021.

How I got this book:
Received a review copy from the publisher

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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When fifteen year-old Pen Flowers climbs out of her bedroom window in the middle of the night to dance in the empty streets, she ignites a flame in herself that will change everything.

I don't often read young adult books but was drawn to give Live Like Your Head's On Fire a try because of its dance theme and for its intriguing title. As it turned out, once I started reading the first few pages I was completely hooked and didn't look up again until several hours later - feeling pretty steam rollered by Pen's story (and also a bit thirsty!) I loved how Sally-Anne Lomas captured not only Pen's emotional confusion, but also the way in which other people's actions impinged on her state of mind. I can still (just about) remember how bewildering being a teenager can be. Pen's experience is additionally complicated by needing to care for her young brother and navigate her mother's agoraphobia and shaky mental health. 

Live Like Your Head's On Fire showed me just how vital access to arts subjects is school is, especially for young people needing an escape. Lomas understands perfectly how Pen is freed from her everyday concerns by her dancing talent and I was impressed by how she translated this to us readers. Pen's language when she talks about dancing is totally different so I could genuinely feel how fired up she became once she was lost in the music that inspired her. I frequently felt quite inspired myself!

Although different in their subjects and countries, Live Like Your Head's On Fire's themes of finding one's own passion and identity reminded me of two other young adult novels I've previously enjoyed. I would highly recommend this book to fans of The Diary of a Late Bloomer by L.M.L Gil and The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar. 


Etsy Find!
by Paintings Art Prints

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Friday, 28 May 2021

Cerebral Palsy: 'A Story' Finding the Calm After the Storm by Ilana Estelle + #Giveaway


 

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Book Details:

Book TitleCerebral Palsy: 'A Story' Finding the Calm After the Storm
Author:  Ilana Estelle
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction, 288 pages
Genre:  memoir
Publisher:  RedDoor Press
Release date:  Feb 1, 2020
Content Rating:  G. 
 

Book Description:

Born the second of premature twins, Ilana knew she was different from a young age, but for all the wrong reasons. Part memoir, part motivational guide, this is Ilana's open and honest journey, from an angry confused child, knowing something was wrong, but not knowing what, to the 'real' her - a courageous woman using her experiences and lessons to create inspiring messages about mental and physical health, positivity, resilience and change. 

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"Living with cerebral palsy is enormously difficult. But what if you never knew you had it? This is the incredible story of Ilana Estelle. Born the second of premature twins, an hour apart, from a young age Ilana knew she was different, but for all the wrong reasons. A child of the 60s, Ilana experienced first-hand the way that disability was, so often brushed under the carpet, not spoken about. Her constant physical and mental struggles made her feel isolated, alone, frustrated, and misunderstood… and it took 46 years for her to find out why. Part memoir, part motivational guide, Cerebral Palsy: a story 'Finding the Calm After The Storm' is Ilana’s open and honest journey from an angry, confused child, knowing something was wrong, not knowing what was wrong, what her disability was, or that there was a diagnosis, to the ‘real’ her – a courageous woman using her experiences and lessons to create inspiring messages about mental and physical health, positivity, resilience and change.”

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May 17 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
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May 17 - Working Mommy Journal - book spotlight
May 18 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 18 - Lisa's Reading – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
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May 20 – Westveil Publishing – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 21 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 24 – My Journey Back – book spotlight / giveaway
May 24 - Hall Ways Blog - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
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May 26 - She Just Loves Books – book spotlight / giveaway
May 27 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book spotlight / giveaway
May 28 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
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Thursday, 27 May 2021

What Willow Says by Lynn Buckle


What Willow Says by Lynn Buckle
Published in the UK by Epoque Press today, the 27th May 2021.

How I got this book:
Received a review copy from the publisher

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Sharing stories of myths, legends and ancient bogs, a deaf child and her grandmother experiment with the lyrical beauty of sign language. Learning to communicate through their shared love of trees they find solace in the shapes and susurrations of leaves in the wind. A poignant tale of family bonding and the quiet acceptance of change.

I was impressed with Lynn Buckle's prose when I read her previous novel, The Groundsmen, in 2018. I'm now absolutely blown away by What Willow Says. I loved how this stunning portrayal of the relationship between a grandmother and the deaf granddaughter, for whom she is the primary carer, allowed me to genuinely see the world from their perspectives. The book is written as a series or journal entries that follow the passing seasons. At its heart is an exploration of communication, clearly demonstrating that the ways in which we 'talk' to each other need not be restricted simply to speaking and hearing, and that a child's own natural expressiveness can often be far clearer and deeper than any officially sanctioned language.

I felt some of the themes in What Willow Says reflect those of Jon McGregor's Lean Fall Stand, another of my recent reads that focusing around non-traditional communication methods, but emotionally I was reminded of The Beasts They Turned Away by Ryan Dennis. Buckle's evocations of the natural world and its historic Irish folklore transported me to those places. I felt as though I was alongside the grandmother and granddaughter as they each tried to explain their experiences to the other - feeling the rumble of a nearby tractor or portraying whispering leaves in sign language. Theirs becomes such an intense, yet beautiful relationship and Buckle kept me entranced throughout their story. For me, reading What Willow Says almost felt more like listening to music or watching dance than turning the pages of a book.


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Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Everyday Magic by Charlie Laidlaw


Everyday Magic by Charlie Laidlaw
Published in the UK by Ringwood Publishing today, the 26th May 2021.

How I got this book:
Received a review copy from the author

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Carole Gunn leads an unfulfilled life and knows it. She’s married to someone who may, or may not, be in New York on business and, to make things worse, the family’s deaf cat has been run over by an electric car.

But something has been changing in Carole’s mind. She’s decided to revisit places that hold special significance for her. She wants to better understand herself, and whether the person she is now is simply an older version of the person she once was.

Instead, she’s taken on an unlikely journey to confront her past, present and future.

Everyday Magic is an uplifting book filled with humour and poignancy, and reminds us that, while our pasts make us who we are, we can always change the course of our futures.

I've enjoyed four of Charlie Laidlaw's previous books so was delighted to be offered this opportunity to read and review a copy of his newest novel, Everyday Magic. It's a heartwarming and uplifting story of a woman, Carole (with an e) who's got to a point where she feels her life is passing her by. Having formerly been a driven, respected archaeologist, she doesn't exactly regret having put her family ahead of her career, but now her husband and teenage daughter don't seem to need her as they once did, Carole is starting to feel frustrated with her lot. It's a situation with which, I am sure, many women can identify and I thought Laidlaw's portrayal of Carole was insightful and sympathetic. Fortunately, in a fun bout of automated magical realism, Carole's 'friends', Sat Nav Lady and Alexa, start pushing her to reconsider and relive her past decisions.

I did feel at times that Everyday Magic was a little too meandering a story for my tastes, but that's not to say that I ever got bored with it. I loved stepping back into the past alongside Carole as she rediscovered what used to be important to her. I'm also now inspired to visit her favourite Neolithic sites in the far North of Scotland - her archaeological enthusiasm certainly got though to me even if it didn't quite fire up her family to quite the same extent. Plus Laidlaw has a great sense of humour which had me chuckling away on several occasions. Poor Granny!


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Tuesday, 25 May 2021

The Plantagenet Chronicles by Derek Wilson


The Plantagenet Chronicles 1154-1485: Richard the Lionheart, Richard II, Henry V, Richard III by Derek Wilson

Published by Metro Books in January 2011.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Plantagenet is the name given to the English royal house descended from the union of Queen Matilda of England and her second husband Geoffrey of Anjou. The name derived from Geoffrey's nickname, which came from the sprig of broom (planta genet) which he wore in his hat. The Plantagenets ruled England for more than three hundred years, from the accession of reign of the dynasty's founder, Matilda and Geoffrey's son, Henry II, in 1154, to the death of the last Plantagenet, Richard III, at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

The Plantagenets: The Kings That Made Britain is a compelling, year-by-year chronology of a tumultuous and critical period in the development of the English nation. Each year is covered by a concise, informative and accessible narrative, amplified by extensive quotation from contemporary sources and accompanied by generously captioned and stunning images of the period - including illuminations, portraits, maps, royal seals, tapestries and other artefacts. Authoritative, informative and sumptuous, and compiled by a scholar who is steeped in knowledge of the period, The Plantagenets: The Kings That Made Britain brings a critical era of English history dramatically and vividly to life. It is the perfect gift book for anyone with a love of, or fascination for, medieval English history.

I first blogged this review on Stephanie Jane in June 2015.

Having recently listened to an audiobook about The Vikings, I skipped the Norman invasion of Britain and rejoined our history with William The Conqueror's descendants still ruling at the beginning of the Plantagenet era. Derek Wilson's book is another overview and covers three hundred(ish) years from Henry II until the ascension of Henry Tudor in 1485. There are interesting snippets throughout the book including the Plantagenet name being the result of a sprig of broom, 'planta genet' in latin, worn in Geoffrey d'Anjou's hat. I learned that the Robin Hood era kings, brothers Richard (the Lionheart) and (bad king) John were actually remarkably similar characters, their historical remembrance as polar opposites the result of biased medieval Christian scribes - Richard only murdered and robbed Muslims overseas, John robbed Christian clergy within England. Plus ca change, plus la meme chose!

Huge social changes took place during the Plantagenet era such as the writing of Magna Carta (one surviving example of which we saw in Lincoln), the beginnings of Lollardy and individual religious freedom, the Peasant's Revolt, and the horrific plague years which saw the peasant class finding themselves with glimmerings of real power for the first. Unfortunately, Wilson gives these only brief mentions as most of the book, regardless of which King is on the throne, is a ceaseless round of war after war after war. The Plantagenets were essentially Normans who spoke French and saw their Kingdom as stretching from the Scottish borders straight down to southern France. The French disagreed, as did the Scots, Welsh and, on occasion, the Castilian Spanish, resulting in a merry-go-round of battles over the same bits of land that does make for dry reading, especially when sons are named for fathers. I frequently found myself with deja-vu!

Much of the military information in The Plantagenets I know has failed to sink in and I had to force myself to keep reading at times. For this reason I wavered between two and three stars, eventually setting on three as the history is well-written in itself. I just would have preferred more about the Kings' and the peoples' day-to-day lives.

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Monday, 24 May 2021

Flying Against The Odds: One Man's Journey to New Ways of Healing by Jean-Jacques Trochon

 

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Book Details:

Book Title:  FLYING AGAINST THE ODDS: One Man's Journey to New Ways of Healing by Jean-Jacques Trochon with Heather Whitehall-Trochon
CategoryAdult Non-Fiction (18+),  249 pages
Genre:  Memoir
PublisherIkhaya Publishing
Release date:   November 2020
Format available for review:  print (Internationally), ebook (mobi, epub)
Tour dates: May 17 to June 4, 2021
Content Rating:  G. Memoir for General Audience.

 


Book Description:


“IT TAKES A DIFFERENT KIND OF THINKING TO SOLVE A PROBLEM THAN THE KIND OF THINKING THAT PRODUCED THE PROBLEM.” —Albert Einstein

JJ had a devastating problem. At age fifty-one, he was diagnosed with stage four cancer and given three years to live. Rather than accept that outcome, JJ did what he always does: he set out to find a solution. Desiring to look beyond traditional treatments and their often harmful side effects, he put his unconventionally wired mind to work. JJ was relentless as he investigated alternative therapies and pursued global trailblazers in cancer research. Moving from the role of patient to patient-researcher, he became a trailblazer in his own right, being sought after for his latest findings. Ultimately, JJ brought together the most innovative international minds at the Rethinking Cancer 2017 conference in Paris. Together, they found common ground, and they continue to create integrative, synergistic approaches to treatment. Today, almost a decade after his diagnosis, JJ has defied the odds and is cancer-free. Recently retired from his career as a commercial airline captain on the Airbus A380, he now devotes himself to sharing his ongoing research with scientists and patients. JJ’s story illustrates how looking at things differently often enables us to see them in a whole new light.

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Meet the Authors: 

Jean-Jacques Trochon (or JJ as he is more commonly known) spent thirty-two years as a commercial airline pilot for Air France. A French national, he enjoyed an early childhood in Tahiti before finishing his schooling in France and the USA. In 2003, JJ was diagnosed with aggressive kidney cancer and subsequently underwent the removal of his left kidney. In 2012 and 2014, he underwent further surgeries following the discovery of multiple metastases in both lungs. Despite being given a slim chance of survival, JJ again returned to work in 2016. He captained the world's largest commercial aircraft, the Airbus A380, until his retirement in spring 2020. Today, Jean-Jacques devotes his spare time to helping other cancer sufferers and spreading the word about his revolutionary approach to the disease. He was the initiator of Rethinking Cancer 2017, a groundbreaking conference held in Paris on September 21, 2017, at Institut Gustave Roussy, the leading cancer center in Europe.

Heather Whitehall-Trochon is a lover of languages and translator of French and German into English. A British national, she completed studies in fashion journalism at the London College of Fashion before moving to Munich, Germany, where she worked in public relations for fashion and film. After relocating to Vienna, Austria, she had a brief stint as an editor at the Associated Press, prior to becoming a freelance translator and seasoned backpacker. Heather met JJ in Paris in 2007, marrying him the following year. The couple, together with their cat, Zulu, have now settled in Biarritz, France.


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May 17 – Olio By Marilyn – book review / giveaway
May 17 – Olio By Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview
May 18 – Kam's Place – book review
May 19 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
May 20 – Lisa's Reading – book spotlight
May 20 - Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
May 21 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 24 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
May 25 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
May 25 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 26 - Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 26 - The Culture Hunter - book review / guest post / giveaway
May 27 – jayme_reads – book review
May 28 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book spotlight
May 31 – Books for Books – book spotlight
June 1 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway
June 1 - @twilight_reader  - book review
June 2 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 2 - Book Reviews by Shreya Vijay - book review / author interview
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June 3 - Over Coffee Conversations - book review / giveaway
June 4 – Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight

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Sunday, 23 May 2021

Bonbons (astral) by Francis P Savinien


Bonbons by Francis P. Savinien
First published in 1909.

How I got this book: Downloaded from ForgottenBooks

My rating:
3 of 5 stars


The best short poems in many a decade. (Times) A small volume of highly artistic verse. The writer is a master of new measures. (Athenaeum) Bonbons adds a new fragrance and a new colour to poesy. (Spectator) Some of these short poems will rank with the best in the language. (Truth)

HUMANITY
"Save me, for God's sake, save !" This is the cry,
The thrilling cry, of all humanity,
But he who hearkens falls
And o'er his hopes, o'er all he worshipped by,
The reeking mass of sore humanity,
One solid reptile, crawls.

The poems presented in this collection address the central themes of existence: the nature of humanity, life and death, love and hate, faith and freedom.

A quick read, Bonbons accomplishes what all poets set out to do, which is to illuminate life itself through artistic verse and a sense of craftsmanship of the English language. This collection is an enjoyable read and highly recommended for all poetry lovers 

I first blogged this review on Stephanie Jane in June 2015. I've since discovered that Bonbons was first published in 1909.

My first ForgottenBooks download for a while is this undated poetry collection by Francis P Savinien who, I think from his spelling, was an American poet. The book itself is undated and contains a few dozen short poems mostly quite overwrought affairs about life, death and love. Several are named for mythical people such as Bacchus, Eros, Medusa and the like. The writing style put me in mind of the art nouveau period but I'm not sure why!

I did enjoy reading these poems. Savinien employs different rhyming and rhythm devices to maintain interest, some more successfully than others. This isn't a volume that I think I would keep to return to, but reading it was a pleasant way to pass an evening.


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Saturday, 22 May 2021

Lean Fall Stand by Jon McGregor


Lean Fall Stand by Jon McGregor
Published in the UK by Fourth Estate on the 29th April 2021.

How I got this book:
Received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


The highly anticipated new novel from the Costa-award winning, three-times Booker-longlisted author of Reservoir 13.

When an Antarctic research expedition goes wrong, the consequences are far-reaching – for the men involved and for their families back home.
 
Robert "Doc" Wright, a veteran of Antarctic field work, holds the clues to what happened, but he is no longer able to communicate them. While Anna, his wife, navigates the sharp contours of her new life as a carer, Robert is forced to learn a whole new way to be in the world.
 
Award-winning novelist Jon McGregor returns with a stunning novel that mesmerizingly and tenderly unpicks the notion of heroism and explores the indomitable human impulse to tell our stories – even when words fail us. A meditation on the line between sacrifice and selfishness this is a story of the undervalued, unrecognised courage it can take just to get through the day.

Reservoir 13 was one of my favourite novels of 2019 so, when I spotted the chance to read a review copy of Jon McGregor's new novel, Lean Fall Stand, via NetGalley, I didn't hesitate to request it. McGregor uses this story to thoughtfully explore concepts of communication and heroism and I was absolutely captivated by it from the first page to the last. Similarly to Reservoir 13, Lean Fall Stand is a slow-paced, character-driven work that uses clever wordplay and mirroring to impart its ideas. I appreciated how malfunctioning radios and satellite phones are responsible for thwarted communications in the Antarctic, whereas damaged brain cells fulfil that function in England. Robert as an Antarctic explorer embodies our traditional idea of heroism, yet I understood his struggles to overcome his injury and Anna's efforts to keep her job and household functioning while caring for and supporting him, to be just as heroic even though society at large tends to overlook such everyday bravery. I loved how McGregor portrayed each of his characters through speech and silence, allowing me to fully understand their predicaments and also their motivations, both positive and negative. The pace change from the initial fast-moving Antarctic accident to the slow pull towards recovery worked very well for me. Even though I didn't particularly like either of them, I found myself willing Robert and Anna on to persevere and hoping that the investigation team would not destroy the fragile new relationship they were trying to build. Lean Fall Stand won't be a novel that appeals to every reader, but I loved it!


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Friday, 21 May 2021

Harvest Festival by Karl Drinkwater


Harvest Festival by Karl Drinkwater
Published in the UK by Organic Apocalypse on the 31st May 2016.

Included in my Vegan Bookshop

How I got this book:
Received as a stretch goal gift for supporting the author's Kickstarter campaign

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


How far would you go to save your family?
First the birds went quiet.
Then the evening sky filled with strange clouds that trapped the heat below.

Now Callum wakes, dripping in sweat. Something has come to his isolated Welsh farm. If he's going to keep his family alive during this single night when all hell breaks loose, he'll have to think fast. And when he sees what he's facing, he suspects even that may not be enough.

This blast of a book can be read in one nail-biting session.

For me, this blast of a book had to be read in one session! I just couldn't put it down until I found out what was going to happen to Callum and his family. Karl Drinkwater starts by creating an eerily disturbing evening scene with oppressive heat and strange looming clouds that foretell disaster, but I had no idea which direction this novella would take. Once Callum awakes, in the middle of the night, the story's pace rapidly accelerates and I didn't feel I had time to draw breath until the final page. Callum certainly didn't either! There's a deftly portrayed mix of grim carnage and sharp scares, centred on believable characters desperately trying to escape with their lives. I loved how I could envisage and understand each family member from their briefly sketched portraits. This plausibility, together with Harvest Festival's unusual rural Welsh setting kept me gripped throughout, albeit sometimes reading through my fingers during the most gruesome scenes!


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Thursday, 20 May 2021

Reflections on the Nature of Friendship by Daniel Cantor Yalowitz + #Giveaway

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Book Details:

Book Title:  Reflections on the Nature of Friendship
Author:  Daniel Cantor Yalowitz, Ed.D.
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+), 336 pages
Genre:  Psychology, Self-Help
Publisher:  Booksmyth
Release date:  Feb 2021
Formats Available: print-softback, ebook

Content Rating:  G. No bad language, sex scenes, or anything objectionable

 

Book Description:

Reflections on the Nature of Friendship is a rich, nuanced journey that delves deeply into the fascinating and complex world of friendship. Psychologist and world-traveler Dr. Daniel Cantor Yalowitz takes readers on a carefully narrated tour into the heart of what human beings need and bring to their chosen relationships. Reflections examines what makes friendships work, thrive, and connect people with one another. Using quotes across place, time, and culture, this book includes salient and seminal chapters on Identity, Longing and Belonging, Boundaries, and more, including three case studies that explore primary friendships within the author’s life. Using examples from literature, poetry, film, and music,Dr. Yalowitz brings deeper understanding about building stronger, healthier, and sustainable friendships.

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Reflections on the Nature of Friendship is a deeper and more scholarly work than I had expected. Daniel Cantor Yalowitz explores the concept of friendship in all its aspects giving illustrative examples from his own experience as well as quoting a number of other astute sources on the subject from Rumi to Jane Austen. I appreciated how each chapter focused on a different theme and, rather than reading straight through at my usual rapid pace, I found it more helpful to take a break between chapters. This allowed me time to fully contemplate the thoughts Yalowitz stirred up. The chapter about befriending oneself rang particularly true as, personally, I find it easier to reach out and to interest myself in others since undertaking work to truly understand myself.

I have certainly found myself seeing my own friendships in a different light as a result of reading this wonderfully insightful book. In fact I was prompted to write to a neglected friend as soon as I finished the book, Yalowitz's thoughts on how some friendships survive over periods of inactivity and others don't spurring me to not risk losing that particular connection through my own inactivity. I think Reflections on the Nature of Friendship is a book to savour and to work through. Yalowitz includes various simple exercises at certain points and I envisage returning to them again in months or years as a way to gauge my own path. His advocacy of practices such as meditation and tai chi reminded me that I meant to look into these further after reading Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and am still to do so. 

I think Reflections on the Nature of Friendship would be an invaluable read for people who want a deeper understanding of the psychological and emotional responses underpinning human friendships, especially in situations where we find ourselves repeating negative patterns or feeling at a loss for how to repair a valued friendship that seems to be running our of steam. It is an excellent resource also for pre-emptive understanding of the mechanics of this most fundamental of human needs, one which is more often taken for granted than fully appreciated.


Meet the Author:

Daniel Cantor Yalowitz, Ed.D., is a developmental and intercultural psychologist and an international consultant/trainer focusing on team-building, human intelligences, conflict transformation, and intercultural communication and competence. He focuses his work on building greater awareness and deeper awareness of the importance of creating sustainable relationships, especially meaningful friendships. He brings all these emphases into focus in his most recent book, Reflections on the Nature of Friendship.

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May 4 -
Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
May 5 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 5 - What Polly Reads – book review/ giveaway
May 6 – Over Coffee Conversations – book review / giveaway
May 7 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book spotlight / giveaway
May 10 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
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May 13 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
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May 17 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 19 –Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
May 20 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
May 21- Books for Books – book spotlight
May 24 – Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway
May 24 - Gina Rae Mitchell - book spotlight / giveaway
May 26 - Fur Everywhere - book review / giveaway
June 1 – Brittany’s Book Reviews – book review


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Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Does Grandma Remember Me? by Evita Sherman

 

Join us for this tour from May 10 to Jun 4, 2021!

Book Details:

Book TitleDoes Grandma Remember Me? by Evita Sherman
CategoryChildren's Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre:  Children's Picture Book
PublisherMascot Books
Release date:   Feb, 2021
Format available:  hardback
Content Rating:  G for everyone.

Book Description:

It is always challenging to watch a loved one grow older and face new, confusing obstacles that always seemed easy. Does Grandma Remember Me? shows how love transcends age and difficulties, even when things become overwhelming.

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Meet the Author:

Evita's passion is assisting the elderly, especially those living with dementia. Her mission is to help people age in the manner they envision for themselves and not through the lens of others. She works to provide data and resources to assist elders in effectively aging-in-place and equips their families and friends to support their loved ones amidst uncertainty. Working in the elder care field as a licensed nursing home administrator, senior living marketing professional, and Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS), Evita witnesses both elders and families make tough decisions. Some of those decisions result in despair, while others result in healing. The key to enabling elders to live life to its fullest is to help them find their voices and exercise their right to choose.

Evita collaborates with family and friends to ensure that her mother, who lives with dementia, and her father, recently diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment, maintain their voices and make well-informed choices as their disease progresses.

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Tour Schedule:

May 10 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review
May 10 - Kam's Place – book review
May 11 – Laura's Interests – book review
May 12 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review
May 13 – Because I said so -- and other adventures in Parenting – book review
May 14 –Pick a Good Book - book spotlight 
May 17 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review
May 18 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book review
May 19 – My Journey Back the Journey Back – book review
May 19 - Literary Flits - book spotlight
May 21 – Older & Smarter? - book review
May 24 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review
May 25 – The Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book review
May 26 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review
May 27 – Stephanie Jane - book spotlight
May 31 – Bound 4 Escape – book review
June 1 – The Bespectacled Mother – book review
June 2 – Reading is My Passion – book review
June 3 – Splashes of Joy – book review
June 3 - Nighttime Reading Center – book review
June 4 – Lisa's Reading – book review

 


 

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Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Sedition by E.M. Wright + #Giveaway

Sedition
E.M. Wright
(Children of Erikkson #1)
Published by: Parliament House
Publication date: May 18th 2021
Genres: Steampunk, Young Adult

She was created for more than slavery; she was built for rebellion.

In an alternate Victorian England, clockwork cyborgs provide the primary source of labor for the upper class. Known as biomatons, they are property by law and have been manipulated and mind-controlled into subservience.

Taryn Roft, a 17-year-old girl, attending classes at Grafton’s School of Mechanicks in London has a secret. What’s even worse—she cannot remember anything before her twelfth birthday.

When a mysterious privateer discovers her secret, he offers her an ultimatum: accompany him to his airship, or her secret will be revealed to everyone. For Taryn, it’s not much of a choice. Facing prejudice and cruelty may be nothing new to the only girl at an all-boys’ school, but the further from home she gets, the darker her situation becomes.


Author Bio:

E.M. Wright is an author from Portland, OR. She writes science fiction and fantasy novels set in original worlds.

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Win 1 of 10 ebook copies of Sedition, 1 paperback copy, or 1 paperback copy with a $20 Amazon gift card.
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Monday, 17 May 2021

Again: Surviving Cancer Twice with Love and Lists by Christine Shields Corrigan + #Giveaway

 

Join us for this tour from May 10 to May 28, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title Again: Surviving Cancer Twice with Love and Lists
Author:  Christine Shields Corrigan
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+), 256 pages
Genre:  Memoir
Publisher:  Koehler Books
Release date:  Oct 2020
Content Rating:  PG-13. My book has some profanity and one non-explicit sex scene with my husband.
 

"This no-nonsense debut memoir recalls Corrigan's two-time battle with cancer and takes a pragmatic approach toward guiding other patients. Candid, sagacious writing on illness and adaptation." --Kirkus Reviews

  Book Description:

A breast cancer diagnosis at forty-nine forces Christine Shields Corrigan, a wife, mom, and meticulous list-maker, to confront her deepest fears of illness, death, and loss of control as she struggles to face cancer again. From the discovery of a “junky” cyst, to chemotherapy and surgery, sleepless nights filled with rosaries and “what ifs,” and shifting family dynamics, her adult experience mirrors her teen bout with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, with one exception—she no longer has parents keeping her in the dark.

With the ghosts of cancer past hovering around her, Chris falls into the same overprotective traps her taciturn Irish-Catholic parents created, striving to keep her family’s life “normal,” when it is anything but, and soldiering through on her own, until a neighbor’s unexpected advice and gift move her to accept others’ help. With fierce honesty, poignant reflection, and good humor, Chris shares a journey filled with sorrow, grace, forgiveness, and resilience, as she winds her way through cancer for the second time. Again offers practical guidance and hope to individuals that they have the strength to forge a path beyond a diagnosis.

Buy the Book:
Amazon.com ~ Amazon UK 

 

Meet the Author: 

Christine Shields Corrigan is a two-time cancer survivor, wife, mom, and author of Again: Surviving Cancer Twice with Love and Lists. In addition to Again , Chris has published a number of lyrical and practical essays where she gives voice to the beautiful ordinary. Her work about family, illness, writing, and resilient survivorship has appeared in anthologies, magazines, and other publications including, The Brevity Blog, Grown & Flown, Horn Pond Review, The Potato Soup Journal and Anthology, Purple Clover, Ravishly.com, Wildfire Magazine, and the Writer’s Circle 2 Anthology.

Chris’ essay, “Not Back to But Forward,” about how her cancer experiences helped her cope with COVID-19 is included in (Her)oics: Women’s Lived Experiences During the COVID-19 Pandemic (edited by Joanell Serra and Amy Roost), an anthology that draws together the stories of 52 women across the US during the Covid-19 pandemic (March 2021). A graduate of Manhattan College and Fordham University School of Law, Chris built a successful career as a labor and employment law attorney and as a legal writer and editor. After surviving cancer in midlife, Chris became a freelance writer. She also teaches creative nonfiction writing for an adult education program, provides writing workshops for cancer support groups, and is the chair of the programming committee of the Morristown Festival of Books. She lives in New Jersey with her family.


Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook ~ instagram

Tour Schedule:

May 10 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
May 10 - Working Mommy Journal - book spotlight / giveaway
May 11 –Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 12 – Pick A Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
May 13 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 14 – Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
May 14 - Books for Books – book spotlight
May 17 – Book World Reviews – book review
May 17 - Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
May 18 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
May 19 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
May 19 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book spotlight / giveaway
May 20 – jayme_reads – book review
May 20 - Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview
May 20 - Olio by Marilyn – book review / giveaway
May 24 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 25 - Laura's Interests – book review / giveaway
May 26 – Kam’s Place – book review
May 27 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 27 - Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway
May 28 – Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway

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Enter to win a signed copy of AGAIN: Surviving Cancer Twice with Love and Lists, lovely tote bag, $25 Amazon Gift Card, and $15 Starbucks Gift Card! (one winner/USA only) (ends June 4)

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