Book Review: She Read to Us In Late Afternoons

She Read to Us in the Late Afternoons
A Life in Novels
by Hill, Kathleen

Open Road Integrated Media
Biographies & Memoirs

I am reviewing a copy of She Read to Us In Late Afternoons through Open Road Integrated Media and Netgalley:

Books have a way of shiping is, in a way defining who we become. Kathleen Hill highlights the books she read while in Nigeria and France as well as at her home in New York talking about the impact each book had on her life at the various points in her life.

Books like Things Fall Apart, Beyond the Fringe, Goodbye to All That, The Palm Wine Drinkard, Out of Africa, The Heart Of the Matter, The African Child and A Passage To India were read on late afternoons as the season of rain was coming to an end.

She read Madame Bovary while in France alone taking care of her crying children, she would sneak moments of reading in.

On a drizzly Saturday afternoon one December Kathleen Hill picked up The Diary of A Country Priest and began reading.

Hill talks about getting lost in the pages of A Portrait Of A Lady, growing to understand the main character more and more as she spent longer periods of time lost in its pages

Kathleen read to herself and to a friend whose eyesight had been deteriorating for years, she read to her children.

Hill Read in memory of those she lost, friends and loved one, she read for entertainment, but deeper than that she read for understanding.

She Read to Us In Late Afternoons reminds us of the power of books, the impact of the written word on our lives. It reminds us that the books we read have an impact on us.

I give She Read to Us in Late Afternoons five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Dolls Of War


Dolls of War

by Shirley Parenteau

Candlewick Press

Candlewick
Children’s Fiction

Pub Date 14 Nov 2017

I am reviewing a copy of Dolls Of War Through Candlewick Press and Netgalley:

It’s 1941 Macy James is eleven and lives off the Oregon Coast with her Father who directs a museum.  One of her most prized possessions is the Miss Tokyo Doll She cherishes.  It is part of the museums collection, and a connection to her Mother who had just passed away.  Mid Tokyo is one of fifty eight beautiful friendship dolls given to American Children by Japan in 1926.

After the Japanese Bomb Pearl Harbor everything changes.  Her neighbors demand Miss Tokyo be destroyed, but Macy made a promise to her Mother while she was dying, she would keep the doll safe.  Against her Father’s wishes she hides Miss Tokyo to keep her safe.  When her brother joins the Navy Macy starts having doubts can being loyal to Miss Tokyo mean she is disloyal to America?

Will Macy be able to save the doll, while remaining a loyal American, or will she have to let Miss Tokyo go? Find out in Dolls Of Wars!

Five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Beautiful Scars

Beautiful Scars

A Life Redefined
by Kilee Brookbank and Lori Highlander

KiCam Projects

Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members’ Titles
Biographies & Memoirs , Teens & YA

Pub Date 14 Nov 2017

I am reviewing a copy of Beautiful Scars through KiCam Projects and Netgalley:

On November.10.2014 sixteen year old Kilee Brookbank’s life was forever changed.  She lived in Georgetown Ohio a small town with a population of around 5000 the kind of town where everyone knows everyone.  Her last ordinary day would erupt in an explosion that engulfed the family home, and would burn over 45 percent of her body.

Kilee was a beautiful girl, and modest.  

At first Kilee did not realize the extent of her injuries and could not understand why the paramedics were frantically cutting off her clothes.  Her hands were badly burned and they feared she could face loosing her fingertips.  

Kilee was in the ICU at Shriners for awake before she was moved to a regular room. She would spend a total of 38 days at Shriners.  Her parents would learn to bathe her, wrap her and clean out her burns in preparation to go home despite the excruciating pain, it was something that had to be done to prevent infection.

Not only was Kilee facing the reality of her burns, but she and her family faced the reality that there Home was gone.

Beautiful Scars is Kilee’s story, one of resilience, of triumph and determination.

Five out of five scars!

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Book Review: Hitler My Neighbor

Hitler, My Neighbor
Memories of a Jewish Childhood, 1929-1939
by Edgar Feuchtwanger, Bertil Scali

Other Press

Biographies & Memoirs

Pub Date 07 Nov 2017

I am reviewing a copy of Hitler, My Neighbor through Other Press and Netgalley:

In 1933 the joy of Edgar Feuchtwanger untroubled life comes to an end.   He is the only son of a respected editor and the nephew of best selling author Lion Feuchtwanger, but he is a Jew and in 1933 when Hitler is named Chancellor his family looses all rights.

Edgar was only nine when Hitler came into power, destroying his life, his families life.  At nine he was stripped of his childhood. 

Edgar’s Father would spend several weeks in Dachau and would eventually go home, in 1939 Edgar would be approved to go to England and a few weeks later his parents would be approved.

I give Hitler, My Neighbor five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Jerusalem Rising: Adah’s Journey


Jerusalem Rising: Adah’s Journey

by Barbara M. Britton

Pelican Book Group

 Christian , General Fiction (Adult)

Pub Date 10 Nov 2017

I am reviewing a copy of Jerusalem Rising:Adah’s Journey through Pelican Book Group and Netgalley:

Adah bat Shallum is seventeen years old.  She is a dutiful daughter, but she understands her Father lacks a heir now.  Some look at daughters as curses.

Adah finds the governor weeping over the crumbling walls of Jerusalem, while there she learns the reason for Nehemia’s visit God has called him to rebuild the wall around the City of David.

Nehemiah is there to challenge the people of God to labor on the wall and in exchange the names of their Fathers will Be written in the annals for generations to cherish.  Adah though only has one sister and no brothers, will her Father be remembered?

Can Adah and her family still honor God’s call with no sons, or will their mission be destroyed?

Find out in Jerusalem Rising, Adah’s Journey.

Five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Fearless Dialogues


Fearless Dialogues

A New Movement for Justice
by Gregory C. Ellison II

Westminster John Knox Press

Christian , Religion & Spirituality

Pub Date 10 Nov 2017

I am reviewing a copy of Fearless Dialogues through Westminster John Knox Press and Netgalley:

This books offers the collective voices of a community, everyone from Doctor’s to drug dealers.  The voice of former gang leaders.  This book is a mixture of face to face conversations and substantive analysis.  

In this book we are reminded of the importance of everything from loving our neighbors to offering friendship and a hand up to the strangers we may meet up.

From abduction to loss, to inadequate education this book deals with a wide array of issues and offers valid opinions on solutions.

This book brings to light the issue many African Americans deal with even to this day, from unfair, inferior treatments, to lack of education for many, causing drastic choices to be made.

 But deeper than that this book is a reminder of the resilience, of the generosity of a community.  It is a reminder of family ties and a strong faith.

I give Fearless Dialogues five out of five stars!

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Book Review: The Extraordinary Life Of A.A Milne


The Extraordinary Life of A A Milne

by Nadia Cohen

Pen & Sword

Pen and Sword History
Biographies & Memoirs , History

Pub Date 30 Nov 2017

I am reviewing a copy of the Extraordinary Life Of A.A Milne through Pen and Sword and Netgalley.

From the time they were first published in 1926 A.A Milne’s Winnie the Pooh stories have been loved.  To this day the stories are a favorite.

A.A Milne himself was a troubled man who spent much of his time trying to change negative perceptions of himself.

A.A Milne has left a legacy in nearly every part of the world, his Winnie the Pooh Characters are known and beloved.

A.A Milne’s Father John Milne wanted to provide the best education possible for his sons. 

In 1929 Christopher Robin and Veronica dressed up as the Winnie the Pooh Characters and took part in a Children’s parade. 

During Christmas of 1921 Christopher Robin received a gloomy toy donkey called Eyeore.  He also received a stuffed pig named Piglet that year, a gift from his neighbor Chelsea.

For generations now Children have grown up listening to the tales of Winnie the Pooh, Piglet and Eyeore.  

Alan did not sit back congratulating himself on the success of Winnie the Pooh instead he ploughed on, struggling to accept the fact that he did not receive the same success with adult litterature that he did with his Winnie the Pooh stories.  He published several works of adult litterature but without the success of Winnie the Pooh.  

Milne would die upset with the fact that no matter what he wrote he would be remembered as a Children’s storyteller.  His Winnie the Pooh stories have been loved by Children for generations.

I give The Extraordinary Life Of A.A Milne five out of five stars!

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Book Review: How to Fix A Broken Record


How to Fix a Broken Record

Thoughts on Vinyl Records, Awkward Relationships, and Learning to Be Myself
by Amena Brown

Zondervan Non-Fiction

Zondervan
Christian

Pub Date 07 Nov 2017

I am reviewing a copy of How to Fix A Broken Record through Zondervan and Netgalley:

In this book Amena Brown opens up about heartbreak and healing, and healing.  She reminds us that our soul has a huge collection of melodies, rhythms and bass lines.  There are memories that make you want to dance, and some that haunt you in a minor key.

In this book we are reminded that God loves us unconditionally. That whether or not we feel worthy to be loved we are loved by Jesus.  She opens up about not feeling worthy about the mistakes she made a long the way but despite that all Jesus was there.

Amena Brown often reminds us that failures of our past, the words we hear have a effect on us.  The painful repletion’s can become loud at the most inoppurtune times, causing us not to speak up or reach for our dreams. 

I give How to Fix A Broken Record five out of five stars!

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Book Review: The Workplace Writer’s Process


The Workplace Writer’s Process

A Guide to Getting the Job Done
by Anne Janzer

Cuesta Park Consulting

Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members’ Titles
Business & Investing , Self-Help

Pub Date 18 Jul 2017

I am reviewing a copy of The Workplace Writer’s Process Through Cuesta Park Consulting and Netgalley:

In this book author Ann Janzer reminds us that our professional online identity is clothed in Written words.  And the quality of the work does matter.

In this book we are reminded that people aren’t born writers, it is a talent that needs to be nurtured, something you have to work at.  We are reminded too that writing is a team sport.

We are reminded too that in order to become a valued writer we need to own our process.  Anne Janzer points out too that you cannot be effective if you are lacking an objective.  We are reminded too that Grammar matters, and that when in doubt we should rephrase.

I give The Workplace Writer’s Process five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Almost Gone

Almost Gone

Twenty-Five Days and One Chance to Save Our Daughter

by John Baldwin; Mackenzie Baldwin
Howard Books

Biographies & Memoirs

Pub Date 14 Nov 2017

I am reviewing a copy of Almost Gone through Howard Books and Netgalley:

The Baldwin family came within days of loosing there seventeen year old daughter Mackenzie forever.  A very strong mind, and intelligent young lady she was nevertheless seduced by a man half a world away in Kosovo.  Thankfully her parents caught wind of what was happening so she did not leave on that June day in 2014.  The FBI was in her living room one day so instead of headed to the airport she was headed back to her parents house.

A year before that day in the living room Mackenzie asked her Dad John if it was okay if she brought a Koran.  A question that took him aback explaining that she wanted to compare it to the Bible.  Reluctantly her Father agreed seeing it as an opportunity to understand her Faith better.

Despite the fact that her parents warned her about the danger of chat rooms, and monitored her social media accounts, one day Mackenzie and her friend decided to try a site called Omegle out, this was where she would meet Aadam, soon they would connect on Facebook as well.  Mackenzie believing he was from New York. She would later learn that was a lie he was infact from Kosovo!  They would soon begin video chatting through Skype as well.

By August of 2013 the start of her senior year Mackenzie was no longer hanging out with her old friends.  And her discussions with her Father began shifting towards the Islamic point of view. Ultimately she outright rejected Christianity.  Both her Mother Stephanie and her Father John tried to talk to her but to no avail.  She just pulled farther and farther away from her family.

The more she talked to Aadam, the farther she withdrew from the people she loved.  Before long she was committed to worshipping at a Mosque despite the fact that she felt uncomfortable.  It made Aadam Happy so she did it.

It was a family friend named Scot who made John aware that Mackenzie was planning to go to Kosovo to marry Aadam. The FBI learns about her fraudulently get another passport, and warns her of the dangers that she could have met.

It was not that John and Stephanie feared their daughter would become Muslim, they feared worse that she could be trafficked even killed.  

Thankfully Mackenzie Baldwin did not make that trip, and completely cut off ties with Aadam , she is a college student with a double major now, Psycholgy and Child Development And works at Petsmart.  

Five out of five stars.

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