I'm surprised how many people have rated this book low without actually trying the reset diet! I tried it and did the very easy elimination diet to thI'm surprised how many people have rated this book low without actually trying the reset diet! I tried it and did the very easy elimination diet to the T except for drinking a glass of wine in the final days. I lost 4 lbs in three weeks and lost inches in my waist which is my trouble zone and is usually the last place for me to take off weight. Her information is similar to another book I love, "Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life." I was surprised to find that most of my cravings fell away as I did the diet (except for missing by coffee ritual in the morning) and only had a headache the day I gave up sugar. Now that I'm off the diet, I've incorporated sugar again but find I can control my sugar cravings much better than before. For those of you who read the book but didn't try it, I'd say maybe you should give it a try before knocking it....more
This novel begins with the story of one broken adult trying to find her way in the world. As she begins to learn more about the truth of her past, sheThis novel begins with the story of one broken adult trying to find her way in the world. As she begins to learn more about the truth of her past, she starts making ties to people again. Having given up on relationships after a drift from her mother, Paula Vauss is living a wealthy but stark life.
The book winds its way back into the past to pick up the pieces for the reader until it gets back to the present, finally showing a complete picture of where Paula begins to pick up the pieces of her life. The mysticism and skepticism of truth and tales blends into an uplifting story of family and what it means to belong to one. ...more
Reading "Without Reservations" is like taking a long trip to Europe with your best friend. Alice Steinbach's travel memoir follows a year-long solo trReading "Without Reservations" is like taking a long trip to Europe with your best friend. Alice Steinbach's travel memoir follows a year-long solo trip the author took alone after her children were grown. Along the way she meets a lover, friends and adventures.
Her account is everything you'd want: From lovely dinners to surprising dance lessons, reading this is going to make you want to up and leave your job to travel for a year.
Steinback is a reporter from Baltimore, so the frenetic life she leaves behind is very relatable to me. She wants to slow down and see if that younger version of herself still exists—the one that can wind her way down paths unknown instead of following a set pattern day after day.
She travels to Paris and London and Italy, spending long periods of time in each—enough to get a good feel for each place. If I didn't want to explore those places before (but, of course, I did), I would now.
I've never traveled alone, but after reading this, I'm even more tempted to see how solo traveling would suit me. I like that she tells her readers how unsure she is at times, that she still has this adventuress inside herself and that she can travel the world alone—but she also learns to rely on others far away from home in a way she never did in her familiar, every day life.
I love her writing for the way she weaves stories—current and past—easily into one without letting the reader get lost amidst any time period.
If you love travel books, this one is a must read. I can't wait to pick up another book by this author....more
I really enjoyed this historical fiction novel. It reminded me of Jane Austen quite a lot. The book is set in England just as the railway is being buiI really enjoyed this historical fiction novel. It reminded me of Jane Austen quite a lot. The book is set in England just as the railway is being built in London.
Abbie has gone to live with a family she knew while growing up, but is of better standing than her own. In time she learns that the family is meant to marry her to the eldest son. While Abbie wants to please them and thank them for the opportunities they are giving her, she is having a hard time trying to fall in love with him, because some character flaws continue to arise.
Meanwhile the eldest's two brothers go from wishing the family had never brought her to the estate to growing to appreciate Abbie and seeing that she is worthier of being among their family than they had once thought.
When they find out a family secret, the brothers wish to help Abbie find out what would truly make her happy, but have a hard time knowing whether that means keeping her in the dark or sharing the secret, which could lead her to take actions based on what would be beneficial to others, but not allow her to follow her heart.
Her decision would also cost the brothers and their family a great deal, but they put her happiness first. Will she marry their eldest brother out of obligation and save them from financial ruin or will she turn away from their family, and along with it, financial success, marriage and a life in society?...more
Set in rural China, this novel by Lisa See discover's the world in which feet binding is seen as necessary for a girl to have any sort of social standSet in rural China, this novel by Lisa See discover's the world in which feet binding is seen as necessary for a girl to have any sort of social standing and end up as a wife in a good family.
A world apart from our own, See does a good job of taking you to the day-to-day life of girls, and later women and the struggles they have throughout their life.
She focuses on two girls in particular, showing the unique bond women had in order to share their burdens and lives with one another. Lily, the main character, is chosen to be the laotong—or best friend—of Snow Flower, a girl from another village who can take her social standing higher. At the age of seven, their foot binding begins, as does their life-long relationship and the secret language of women nushu allows them to communicate even in times when they cannot easily see one another.
Their relationship grows and allows them to have someone to share their troubles with even after having to leave their families homes to join their husband's homes.
As life gets more complicated with children and their own families, will the two women, whose bond is stronger than the one they have with their husband's, be able to endure through life's changing circumstances? Or will their bond outlive them?
I recommend reading this on a trip or when you have a bit of a vacation to really get into it....more