Ben Sherwood's The Survivors Club is a book that could help save your life. Where is the safest seat on an airplane? What are the wrong (and right) thBen Sherwood's The Survivors Club is a book that could help save your life. Where is the safest seat on an airplane? What are the wrong (and right) things to do on an airplane? Who lives and dies in the E.R.? Why do some people live and others die? Why do good things always happen to the same people? Who bounces back and who doesn't? Can fear save your life? Sherwood explores the mind-sets and habits that impact our odds of surviving serious challenges and extreme adversity. Through interviews with scientists, professionals, and survivors, he explores the different factors that influence our reactions and chances of survival. As Sherwood points out the ways that each of us can improve our odds of survival, The Survivors Club encourages us to take ownership over our actions.
ISBN-10: 0446698857 - Trade Paperback Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (February 3, 2010), 400 pages. Review copy provided by the publisher.
It's nearing a year since Nick was killed in a car crash. His young widow and their nearly twelve-year-old Charlie are still recovering from the loss.It's nearing a year since Nick was killed in a car crash. His young widow and their nearly twelve-year-old Charlie are still recovering from the loss. Emma has retreated into her home and her sanctuary but their depleted finances have led them to open their house to three special lodgers: Sabine, Allegra, and Matt. The lodgers bring much needed change for Charlie and Emma. The friendships that come about, the unexpected kindnesses and camaraderie push the book forward and make it a fun read.
Emma is in a difficult situation and it is was to understand how she retreated into her home and her books, but I did want to shake her at times. In contrast, Charlie is both charming and strong and quickly became my favorite character.
The Home for Broken Hearts is a story about family, love, loss, renewal, and the power of friendship set in a beautiful suburb of London. It's a fun and heartwarming read.
ISBN-10: 1439156859 - Trade Paperback Publisher: Gallery; Original edition (September 7, 2010), 352 pages, Review copy provided by the publisher....more
The book is eye-catching and with the endorsement from Madeleine Albright, I couldn't wait to start reading.
The Adventures of Nanny Piggins reminded mThe book is eye-catching and with the endorsement from Madeleine Albright, I couldn't wait to start reading.
The Adventures of Nanny Piggins reminded me of P.L. Travers's Mary Poppins with the nanny suddenly showing up to respond to a wanted ad that is practically invisible. And just as Mary Poppins brought all sorts of treats and magic to the Banks children, Nanny Piggins vastly improves the lives of the three Green children.
But the Banks had two loving parents, even if Mr. Banks was a little distracted by his work at the bank. Mr. Green is much less sympathetic with his "job at a law firm helping rich people avoid paying their taxes" and his belief that "he could not be expected to look after his children as well."
The book also reminds me of Betty Macdonald's Mrs. Piggy-Wiggle because of the animals and adventures that seem to follow in Nanny Piggins. Perhaps also because of the names of the characters are a bit similar? Although Nanny Piggins doesn't teach the children life lessons or use all sorts of magic to curb bad behavior the way that Mrs. Piggy Wiggle does, Nanny Piggins brings a sense of adventure to the kids' lives.
A playful and updated version of a nanny story, The Adventures of Nanny Piggins is a delightful, beautifully illustrated book that is sure to appeal to child everywhere.
ISBN-10: 0316068195 - Hardcover Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (August 16, 2010), 256 pages. Review copy provided by the publisher....more
To be honest, I hadn't expected to enjoy The Daughters as much as I had. But the characters were so fun and sympathetic that I kept wanting to find ouTo be honest, I hadn't expected to enjoy The Daughters as much as I had. But the characters were so fun and sympathetic that I kept wanting to find out what would happen next -- I read the book in one sitting.
Lizzie Summers's at that uncertain stage that you can't help but feel for her. She feels ugly and awkward and her mother's beauty and celebrity makes it all the more painful. But her sense of humor and her close friendships with Carina and Hudson make her come alive as a character. Their mix of sophistication and vulnerability, their quick wit and their united front draw you in.
Their world of NY privilege and fame remind me of Gossip Girl -- in the best possible way. Although The Daughters are much younger and more innocent, they're just as fun.
ISBN-10: 031604900X - Hardcover Publisher: Poppy; 1 edition (May 1, 2010), 288 pages. Review copy provided by the publisher. ...more
We're back in time to find out what's new in Holly Denham's life -- after she and Toby finally came together.
They're sharing a flat while working atWe're back in time to find out what's new in Holly Denham's life -- after she and Toby finally came together.
They're sharing a flat while working at the same bank. Holly's at reception with her old friend Trish. Meanwhile, Toby is doing well as an investment banker. But the long hours and his lack of energy are taking a toll on their love life.
Holly's as ditzy and lovable as ever. And her friends aren't holding her back.
As things spiral out of control and it seems like Holly is just one cocktail away from disaster, she takes us on a crazy, fun, and hilarious ride. In the sequel, Holly takes out much of her frustration on drink - which leads to some strange moments and blackouts. But overall, Holly's Inbox: Scandal in the City is a entertaining British chicklit and a good sequel to last year's Holly's Inbox.
ISBN-10: 1402241143 - Trade Paperback Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (August 17, 2010), 544 pages. Review copy provided by the publisher....more
Georgette Heyer's Regency World is meticulously researched, deeply informative and highly entertaining. Jennifer Kloester gives a broad introduction oGeorgette Heyer's Regency World is meticulously researched, deeply informative and highly entertaining. Jennifer Kloester gives a broad introduction of the Regency period. I'd loosely associated the Regency period with the dashing lords of the romance novels -- a period close to the Napoleonic Wars and of glittering social affairs of the ton. Kloester explains that the true Regency period only covered 9 years - beginning when George, Prince of Wales, was sworn in as Regent on Feb 5, 1811 and ended when he was proclaimed King George IVon Jan. 31, 1820. Though a short period, the Regency period was a time of change with industrialization and the end of the Napoleonic Wars.
Kloester describes the society of the period and shares what life was life both for the aristocracy and the gentry as well as for their many servants. Her coverage of the "Upper Servants" and the "Lower Servants" gives a clear and interesting picture of a wealthy household. We learn exactly what it would have been like for each of the different members of the staff from their daily responsibilities, housing, salary, position, status, to their living quarters. Kloester introduces us to what it meant to serve as steward, groom of the chambers, butler, valet, housekeeper, head housemaid, lady's maid, footman, coachman, groom stable boy, housemaid, kitchen maid, scullery maid, and laundry maid.
In the chapters At Home in Town and Country, On the Town, The Pleasure Haunts of London, The Fashionable Resorts, and Getting About, Kloester gives us a fuller grounding of the architecture, neighborhoods, clubs, and locations that the fashionable and wealthy frequented. She doesn't just write about the development of the fashionable district of Mayfair, but also maps out the spots that are often mentioned, (Piccadilly, Bond Street, Park Lane, Grosvenor Square, Hyde Park, Westminster, Berkeley Square, Curzon Street, St.James Street) so that we have a sense of where these places are in relation to each other. Through illustrations and careful description, we are given a clear picture of what a house would have looked like, what amenities were available and how each residence would have been used during the period. Kloester weaves in characters and passages from Heyer's novels which adds to our understanding of the period and makes Heyer's stories even richer.
The chapters A Man's World, The Gentle Sex, What to Wear, Shopping, Eat, Drink and Be Merry, The Sporting Life, and Business and The Military give fascinating details of different aspects of everyday life. The boxing clubs and men's social clubs, slang, legal arrangements, trusts and legacies, type of education, Almack's and its patronesses, the Upper Ten Thousand, social calls and the many rules of etiquette and behavior that ruled everyone's lives.
Jennifer Kloester's Georgette Heyer's Regency World is a fascinating and delightful read. It is sure to interest and satisfy readers with a particular fondness for works set during the Regency period and/or Georgette Heyer novels.
ISBN-10: 1402241364 - Trade Paperback $14.99 Publisher: Sourcebooks (August 3, 2010), 416 pages. Review copy provided by the publisher. ...more
The Recessionistas can safely be characterized as chicklit set in the middle of the financial meltdown in New York City. While Lebenthal liberally creThe Recessionistas can safely be characterized as chicklit set in the middle of the financial meltdown in New York City. While Lebenthal liberally creates unsympathetic characters like the wives of investment bankers, unscrupulous money managers, and backstabbing bosses, we meet:
* Grigsby Somerset- an Alpha for as long as she can remember. Surrounded by people who want to be like her, she her occupation is centered towards the right charities, clothes, and getting her daughter into the correct schools. Her staff includes her personal trainer, stylist, decorator, and she's angling for a personal assistant. * Blake Somerset - Grigsby's husband and a banker at Lehman Brothers. A former classmate of John Cutter from Harvard Business School. * Sasha Silver - CEO of SAMCO (Silver Asset Management Co) who is regretting having sold her company to the larger BridgeVest Financial. She's hardworking, glamorous, and savvy with the perfect husband. Sasha is having the most trouble dealing with Harry Mullaugh, BridgeVest's CEO and a showdown of sorts is inevitable. * John Cutter - heads Flying Point Capital, a "hot, new fund" with aggressive bets in the subprime mortgage market. John is a notoriously difficult boss but a top producer. * Mimi Cutter - married to John Cutter and recently a "Greenwich wife". She's has a art history degree from Harvard and has amassed an art collection that reflects her excellent taste and their unlmited funds. * Renee Parker - a Spence and Princeton graduate, John Cutter's personal assistant, and despite her working class roots (her mother works as Grigsby and Blake Somerset's maid), Renee regularly appears in the society pages and as an active member of several of the "right charities." * Amanda Belden - Renee Parker's nemesis at Spence and Director of Marketing at John Cutter's fund.
The book's strength is in Lebenthal's coverage of the recession as it slowly unfolds. She breaks down the events that caused the sudden collapse of the banking system while simultaneously painting a picture of how these events impact the daily lives of her memorable cast of characters.
ISBN-10: 0446563676 - Hardcover $24.99 Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (August 9, 2010), 320 pages. Review copy provided by the publisher. ...more
Attorney Andy Carpenter is a wise-cracking, dog-loving, and long-distance relationship balancing, trust fund baby. He makes the most of his time now tAttorney Andy Carpenter is a wise-cracking, dog-loving, and long-distance relationship balancing, trust fund baby. He makes the most of his time now that he has the luxury of choosing his cases. In his own words: "I've been on a three month vacation from work. I find that my vacations are getting longer and longer, almost to the point that vacationing is my status quo, from which I take infrequent 'work breaks.' Two things enable me to do this: my mostly inherited wealth and my laziness."
When Carpenter's assigned to represent a dog in a custody dispute, the case gets complex quickly. Carpenter narrowly misses being killed and the dog's claimants quickly drop in number. Acting as an amateur sleuth and lawyer, Carpenter finds himself in the middle of a complex and dangerous plot involving the dog, a drug company, and a struggle for a huge fortune. Carpenter faces the absurd, the dangerous, and the crazy with a keen sense of humor -- and takes on the challenge of unraveling the mystery behind the Bernese mountain dog and finding him a home.
Witty, fun, and a good read, New Tricks is sure to appeal to folks who enjoy legal thrillers, mysteries and dogs.
ISBN-10: 0446505889 - Mass Market Paperback Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (July 1, 2010), 384 pages Review copy provided by the publisher....more