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The Other Shakespeare by Lea Rachel
The Other Shakespeare is about the fictional character of Judith Shakespeare. She is the older sibling of William Shakespeare.  The setting of the book is sixteenth century England, a time when women …
If You Were Me And Lived In Hungary:A Child's Introduction To Culture Around The World by Carole P. Roman
I have never been to Hungary. I enjoyed learning about it by reading this book intended for children. There are colorful pictures to represent some of the tourist attractions. There is a beautiful picture …
Why Not: Conquering The Road Less Travelled by John Brown
John Brown spent over forty years as a successful traffic reporter, disc jockey and weather man on the radio. He has worked mainly in Philadelphia, but he has been all over the East Coast. His career …
reviewed My Dream Duets by Barry Manilow. November 16
posted in Music Matters
My Dream Duets by Barry Manilow
I love every song on this duets album. I have never of the song "Zing Goes The Strings Of My Heart" by Judy Garland before. I have never heard of the Jimmy Durante song "The Song's …
The Power Of Tao: A Timeless Guide to Happiness and Harmony by Lou Marinoff
I want to achieve serenity in all aspects of my life. This is the goal of practicing the Tao. I can eliminate envy from my life by expressing gratitude for the things I have. I can eliminate greed by …
We Are The Destroyers by DK Lindler
I never thought of over consumption of synthetic foods could be a problem, but I learned it can have serious consequences. The message of We Are The Destroyers is that eating an organic food diet will …
Dust tea Dingoes and Dragons: Adventures in Culture, Cuisine and Commerce from a globe-trekking executive by R.F. Hemphill
I have never read a book quite like Dust tea Dingoes and dragons. The book is a collection of letters that Bob Hemphill writes to his father over a period of ten years from June 1991 to July 2001. There …
reviewed Partners by Barbra Streisand. September 29
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Partners by Barbra Streisand
I love every song on this album. Barbra proves that she can take these classic songs and make them sound new and special with any partner. My favorite is “New York State of Mind”. I forgot …
Reaching Down The Rabbit Hole: A Renowned Neurologist Explains the Mystery and Drama of Brain Disease by Dr. Allan H. Ropper
I find any book about neurology to be fascinating. The title of the book comes from Alice in Wonderland. It is often difficult to get a patient out a rabbit hole when they are diagnosed. Dr. Allan Ropper …
Why Football Matters: My Education In The Game by Mark Edmundson
I love to watch football, but I am unable to play because of a physical disability. Still, I never even thought about the values a person can learn from playing the game until I read this book. Mark …
Get On Up A 2014 Film directed by Tate Taylor
Get On Up is a biopic of James Brown.  I will always remember him as the Godfather of Soul.  Chadwick Boseman takes on the role of the iconic singer.  This biopic does not start out …
Guardians of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix Volume 1
Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the most enjoyable movies of the summer. This soundtrack reflects the humor of the film so well The songs are not in order as they appear in the film, but that is okay. …
reviewed The Voyager by Jenny Lewis. July 29
posted in Music Matters
The Voyager by Jenny Lewis
I love this new album from Jenny Lewis.  “Head Underwater” reminds me never to give up in life because there is always something to look forward to.  This is a very upbeat song …
The Temple Is Not My Father: A Story Set In India by Rasana Atreya
The Temple Is Not My Father is an insightful book. Rasana Atreya introduces me to a group of people called devadasi in the Indian culture. The devadasi are servants of God.  They are preteen girls …
Edge of Nowhere by John Smelcer
Edge of Nowhere is set in Prince William Sound, which is located in southern Alaska.     The people of Prince William Sound speak an endangered native Alaskan language …
How We Got To Now: Six Innovations That Made The Modern World by Steven Johnson
The six innovations that Steven Johnson discusses in this book are not new.  Glass, sound, time light, the cold, the state of being clean and cold have been around forever.  What makes this …
The History Of Rock
Greiil Marcus points out what makes each song special. Not every song is book is well known, but each song is special in some way. "Shake Some Action" contains bland lyrics but outstanding …
Big Little Man: In Search Of My Asian Self by Alex Tizon
Big Little Man is an  enjoyable book that is part biography and part observation.  Alex Tizon teaches journalism at the University of Oregon.  He is  of Filipino ancestry.  I …
The Gifted: How To Live The Life of Your Dreams by Daphne Michaels
I believe that I possess the gifts to live the life of my dreams. This book provides reminders of the inherent gifts that every human being has.    I want to make decisions about …
Fearless In Tibet: The Life of the Mystic Terton Sogyal by Matteo Pistono
Fearless In Tibet is a biography of Terton Sogyal.  Terton Sogyal seemed like an unusual name to me, but I found out that it is more of a title than a name. I learned that a terton is a treasure …
Fujisan by Randy Taguchi
Fujisan is the best collection of short stories I have read in a long time. It is the first in which a mountain is the common thread in all stories. Mount Fuji is a symbol of the natural beauty of Japan. …
X-Men Days Of Future Past A 2014 Film directed by Bryan Singer
X-Men Days Of Future Past is the latest film in the X-Men movie series.  All of the X-Men characters appear in the film, but only a few of them have major parts in it.  It is very exciting …
The River and The Thread by Rosanne Cash
The beautiful voice of Rosanne Cash takes me to Biloxi. I have never been to Biloxi, but she communicates the beauty of this place so well in the song entitled Biloxi. I can see the ocean. I can see the …
A Curious Man: The Strange And Brilliant Life Of Robert
I love this biography of Robert Ripley. I grew up watching Ripley's Believe It Or Not in the eighties, but I knew nothing of the man himself. I thank Neal Thompson for writing such a comprehensive …
Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves From The Automobile by Taras Grescoe
A strap hanger is a person who relies on public transportation to get from one place to another. A strap hanger is also a person who does not own a car. These two traits apply to me. I am a proud strap …
Marie Curie And Her Daughters: The Private Lives Of Science's First Family by Shelly Emiling
Marie Curie won the Nobel Prize for both chemistry and physics. That is all I knew before I read this book. I am not a good science student. Shelley Emling succeeds in making scientific discovery interesting …
A Sanctuary of Trees: Beechnuts, Birdsongs, Baseball Bats and Benedictions
A Sanctuary Of Trees is a fascinating book. Trees are truly a sanctuary for people. They provide people with oxygen and they also purify our lakes and streams. There are endless applications for trees. …
Pieces Of Light: How The New Science of Memory Illuminates The Stories We Tell About Ourselves by Charles Fernyhough
The scientific study of human memory is always evolving and very complicated. Charles Fernyhough provides stories from his own life. He also includes stories from other people. These stories make the …
The Power Of Negative Thinking: An Unconventional Approach To Achieving Positive Results by Bob Knight
I never thought that negative thinking could lead to positive results. Bob Knight is a famous college basketball coach. I have never played basketball, but I love to watch the sport. Bob Knight makes …
Anytthing That Moves: Renegade Chefs, Fearless Eaters and The Making Of A New American Food Culture by Dana Goodyear
Dana Goodyear expands my knowledge of foods that people eat. Goodyear teaches professional writing at the University of South California. She is also a staff writer at the New Yorker. I admire anyone …
Ingenious: A True Story Of Invention, Automotive Daring and The Race To Revive America by Jason Fagone
I spend $66 every two weeks to fill our family van with gasoline. Our van gets just seventeen miles a gallon. After reading Ingenious, I have hope that some day my expenses for gasoline will be decreased …
BrandingPays: The Five-step System to Reinvent Your Personal Brand by Karen Kang
Branding is a life skill according to Karen Kang. I define branding as the skill of presenting of what I have to offer to the public. Karen Kang is a branding strategist. She has helped many individuals …
This review is from: Flying Blind: One Man's Adventures Battling Buckthorn, Making Peace with Authority, and Creating a Home for Endangered Bats by Don Mitchell
The title of this book is Flying Blind. Bats are not blind, but they fly fast, ungraceful and often in an unpredictable way. I have a respect for bats just from learning this information. My movements …
Writing On The Wall:Social Media The First 2,000 Years by Tom Standage
I use social media daily. I use it blog about movies, make friends and look for a place to eat. I also read books and listen to music using social media. This subject really appeals to me. I did not …
How Exploration Transformed Medicine in the Twentieth Century by Kevin Fong
The premise of extreme medicine is that medical practices being used today can be traced to something in the past. There is a story of Robert Scott who died hypothermia exploring Antarctica in 1912. …
Dangerous Neighbors: Volcanoes and Cities by Grant Heiken
Dangerous Neighbors highlights the positive and negative aspects of volcanic activity. A volcano is a tourist attraction in many countries. In Italy, people trek to Mount Vesuvius to enjoy a warm mud …
Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson
Ice Dogs is an exciting novel. It is about how two teenagers named Victoria and Chris spend a week in the Alaskan forest. They guide six husky dogs tied to a sled through the Alaska bush. A bond of friendship …
Silver People:Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle
Silver People is a novel about the construction of the Panama Canal. The title is a reference to the payment of silver coins that dark skinned workers received for their labor. White skinned workers …
A Philiosophy Of Walking by Federic Gros
The title of the book attracted me to read it. I never thought about a philosophy of walking before. Frederic Gros is a professor of philosophy at the University of Paris. Gros introduces the ideas of …
Who's The Slow Learner: A Chronicle of Inclusion and Exclusion by Sandra Assimotos McElwee
Who's the Slow Learner is about a young man with Down Syndrome who received an inclusive education in the California public school system. I have always thought of myself as a slow learner because …
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