"What Are You Willing to Give Up for Happiness? serves as a great little guidebook for corporate employees and other readers, who will undoubtedly welcome her ideas on how to handle relationships at work and at home."
"Some readers, especially those who are new to the fitness world, will gain from her practical advice, such as the so-called movement lessons. And even though experienced fitness devotees will find much that is already familiar, they will benefit from IIov’s personal experiences and the anecdotes she shares of how clients excelled or failed."
"(del Castillo's) cohesive, intelligent writing style effortlessly weaves personal anecdotes with exhaustively sourced academic conclusions, making this essential reading for anyone who desires a comprehensive backdrop to modern Afghanistan."
"Intimate knowledge of Prader-Willi Syndrome bizarre and baffling landscape permeates every page, Alternately written from the perspectives of the afflicted and those struggling to save them, the result is a seamless blend of case history, detective story, and medical mystery, often heartbreaking, occasionally hopeful, always full of heart."
"An enlightening, sometimes even buoying, read that sheds light on a topic many of us deny or ignore. As the author reminds us when health problems arise and her daughter insists she move closer, even in death—especially in death—it is vital to respect our differences."
Ex- Rich Girl Tells is the difficult story of a real person who desperately wants to find her place in the world but doesn’t have any of the tools to get there. Thankfully Kami takes life in stride and was brave enough to share her journey with us. There are plenty of opportunities to see yourself in Kami and to learn from her mistakes.
"Through prose that is gritty, raw, and vulnerable, readers are instantly transported into Ben’s world."
"This is not necessarily an easy read but one that has palpable philosophical weight. Those adventurous enough to follow it to the end, will be rewarded by transformative glimpses into the underlying principles that govern the chaotic world in which we live."
"There’s no denying his unique voice. Is he paying homage to Gurba for her portrayal of him in her chapbook? Probably. Is he also playing with his readers and their implied perception of his art and his illness? Definitely."
"Freak marks new territory for this gifted writer, as he leads his protagonist haltingly towards maturity...Still, missteps are bound to occur when exploring new territory, and it’s refreshing to see Harnisch expanding his—and his protagonist’s—horizons beyond the self."
"Her most amusing essays are observations from her own life as wife, mother, and sometimes stand-up comedienne and actress, which lead to bits on everything from her mean second grade teacher to cute kid stories to acting mishaps. After she scores a wrinkle cream commercial, she notes, 'Apparently, they felt my wrinkles were up to snuff…'”
"With 45 years of experience in the auto repair, body, customizing and restoration businesses, Bob Bacon may not know it all, but he comes close...At 65 pages, the book seems a tad thin. With all his experience, Bacon probably could have filled twice as many pages with interesting stories and good advice."
"A skillfully written, inspiring story of spiritual growth that recalls the writings of Anne Lamott, with its openness about the raw vulnerabilities of motherhood and Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love with its honest and searing search for a higher purpose in life."
"Few music books capture the cultural and historical context along with the sound of the music itself as well as this book. Price’s encyclopedic scope will have you seeking out the music of Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and other Bakersfield stars. Put them on while you enjoy the book, and you’ll be transported to a time of pure American music."
"Despite the title, the bulk of A Pilgrim in Spite of Myself is drawn from the author’s working life. Although Coles doesn’t assert that he’s a “pilgrim” in the strict religious sense, he depicts himself as a traveler through many endeavors and adventures that, ultimately, led to a zealously held religious viewpoint."
"Sajaja taps into the latest trend for hobbyists with her winning coloring book. Her coloring book has art on only one side of the pages, which keeps the colors from bleeding through and makes them easier for framing. these are beautiful designs that seem to bloom right on the page, even without colors."
"In just a few years before and during WWII, Latvia went from independence to being ruled by Russia and then being occupied by Germany. Later, Russia regained control. Vilnis Bankovics, a young student at the outset of this upheaval, was dragged along during these unsettled times and has written a highly readable memoir of the horrors he endured."
"Avid readers who love wordplay will revel in this new book, which describes a game that began as a family’s holiday pastime and has now evolved into a creative writing method. Readers and writers who love the craft will find it hard to read the first few chapters of the book without beginning their own list of ten words to work and play with."
"Johnson shares his parents’ courtship letters. Ultimately, the book feels disjointed. Historical tidbits help anchor the story in time, but his interspersed comments about his parents feel random. Given the jumble of ideas presented, readers are on their own to decide what to take away from the experience."
"The Healing of a Broken Spirit has its limitations, but Fayette uses gentle persuasion, inspirational language and personal examples to help others and, in so doing, may increase her reading and listening audience."