I am a big fan of commencement speeches so I was keenly interested in what Vonnegut had to say. The essay by Dan Wakefield, Vonnegut's friend and fellow writer, is not just a reminder of what Vonnegut has experienced in his life as a war veteran but also revealed a man who continues to...
Book Genre: Self Help
Everyone loves animals and accepts their hardwired behavior. You can't change a Tasmanian devil. But when it comes to people, we often have opportunities to help ourselves or others play well and feel loved. Dr. Ellis reminds the reader there is a "porcupine within us all." If you, a friend, or...
I’ve loved Aretha Franklin since I was a kid and first saw her in the movie “The Blues Brothers.” My girlfriends and I made up a dancing/singing routine to the song “Respect”. She is the image of a strong woman who is a survivor and Mark Bego’s biography reinforces it.
This biography is...
Read by the author himself, a mistake, the content itself is good if you are interested in easy to understand tips for improving your daily and long-term health.
I like reading health books but don't enjoy applying the information. After several people recommended Wheat Belly, I downloaded the audio ebook version. Dr. Davis makes a compelling argument with data and patient case studies for changing the role of grains in our diet. The biggest detractor...
The advert for this book could read, "This is your brain on technology." Whether you are a digital native or digital immigrant, technology can be friend and foe. As we become more connected, the authors recommend practicing the art of face-to-face communication, including exercising emotional...
I think this is a great self-help book for women who are seeking balance in their lives. Bethenny uses a lot of her own experience in her attempt to assist other women in this process.
The book is written in a clear and well-organized way, which permits the reader to easily linger...
If you are ready to let go of some behaviors that don’t serve you, and you want a gentle guide who has explored how to tackle these with concrete steps, you have found your person in Judith Orloff. She is what you get when you take a professional in mental health, and have her use her intuition...
Beginning this book with skepticism because I wasn’t sure I’d find anything of use, I found the story of a man who has learned to define and redefine what “Plenty” is to him. John Robbins quickly earned my respect for the decisions that he has made, and for his response when things didn’t go as...
This brave book talks about ourselves, parenting and leading without closing ourselves off from what she calls vulnerability. This book is one of a growing type of literature about empathy, written to help us move to more open hearts, and to be more kind to ourselves first, and others as a...
Myss is really on to something, but it’s not the best titles ever... In spite of this negative title, I found the writing in this book memorable and applicable in helping me understand the world around me more. This was because I was learning more about myself, and because Myss helps break down...
With an empathetic tone and actually helpful advice, the authors of this book are approachable in part because they’ve been there, and because they can laugh at them selves. This is not prescribed rhetoric, but genuinely useful strategies for being more clear in your parenting, and enjoying your...
In this book, Rath recognizes the unhealthy state of our country and attempts to suggest simple, yet impactful steps toward greater health and happiness. As the title suggests, everything revolves around eating right, moving more, and sleeping better. Rath does an...
I didn’t expect to enjoy a book about child abuse. But I did expect it to be good, moving, touching, heartbreaking, sobering, or inspiring in some way. It was not. This was the worst book I have ever read.
A Child Called “It” was not much more than a list of all...
You don't need to "get" David Lynch to be wowed by this book. He describes the process of trolling the waters of consciousness via meditation to catch the big idea. I picture Lynch, however, surfing an undulating wave and art happens when he rides the crest. Either way, discipline is the core of...
As a chronic insomniac, I can't get enough information about sleep. This book is enlightening and entertaining but until the last chapter it sure wasn't helping me sleep. As if I didn't already know it, sleep is serious business! And Randall has some crazy sleep stories to tell...
This book is so cool! Everybody should take this book with them to the supermarket. It tells you the calories of popular grocery items and also suggests other choices that may be better for our bodies. For example, what has too much fat, what has too much salt or what has too...
Even though my friend's two-year-old is obviously gifted, I was amazed to see that somehow this tyke was completely potty-trained before she was two, due to the methods outlined in this book. Dr. Jill Lekovic's theory of early potty training (around 9 months) is based on medical evidence...
Like a night out with the guys, except it involves climbing 14,000 foot mountains instead of poker and beer. An often humorous midlife crisis document of an overweight, stay-at-home dad who's goal was to summit all of Colorado's 14ers in one year. Some climbs involved man-dates with complete...
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