I have always been interested in body language and the 'tells' that we unconsciously give off. I used to watch the show "Lie To Me" constantly...thougI have always been interested in body language and the 'tells' that we unconsciously give off. I used to watch the show "Lie To Me" constantly...though a lot of that may have been because of Tim Roth.
This was a good look at body language and how you can tell certain things about someone's emotional status while you're talking to them. It's titled "Quick and Easy" so I didn't expect it to go into a huge amount of detail and wasn't disappointed with what I read. I do wish a few things had been expanded, though. I would have liked to hear more about micro-expressions and less about what anger/sadness/fear/surprise looks like. I think most people are already pretty aware of those expressions.
It was an interesting book and I'd recommend it to anyone who wants a simple, overall look at body language.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for sending me a review copy. ...more
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My husband and I love mushrooms. He wants to find mushrooms in the wild and I would really pr*I received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley*
My husband and I love mushrooms. He wants to find mushrooms in the wild and I would really prefer to buy them from a store or the farmer's market so I know we won't die from mushroom poisoning. It's an ongoing debate.
This is a beautiful book. The photographs are amazing and I like the layout a lot. I haven't tried any of the recipes yet because I know that will start the "we should go mushroom hunting" conversation again. But I really, really want to make some of these recipes.
This is a great book for mushroom-lovers and home cooks alike. ...more
I can't say that I understood everything but I enjoyed listening to it. Some phrases and facts stuck with me, which is really all that I had expected.I can't say that I understood everything but I enjoyed listening to it. Some phrases and facts stuck with me, which is really all that I had expected. This was book 1 in my 'make myself smarter' reading marathon. Science=1 Next up: math
I requested this book purely because it is about cats. I love reading stories about how they've brightened the*I received an ARC copy from Netgalley*
I requested this book purely because it is about cats. I love reading stories about how they've brightened the lives of their families or overcome terrible odds. I love cats and will read just about anything about them. I could probably fall very easily into 'crazy cat lady' territory.
While I can understand the passing fancy to write your cat a letter (because letter writing is fun!) I just can't bring myself to give this book a very high rating. Because while there are some very touching stories, most of them are just...too sweet and fluffy. That's fine, but it's similar to listening to a stranger talk for hours about their uber-cute children. You don't know these people and the cuteness factor wears off pretty quick. Eventually you just want them to shut up and leave you be.
What I did love was the photographs of the cats. Most of the cats are absolutely stunning. The pictures alone are worth it.
There was one letter that made me sit in silence for a moment just because of how beautiful it was. It was by a US Army Staff Sargent who rescued a cat from Afghanistan who was being abused repeatedly. He snuck his new friend into the Army base, even though it was against the rules. Not long after, several of the soldier's platoon mates were killed by a bomber. His cat, Koshka, kept him from suicide and gave him hope for the future.
There are a lot of wonderful letters and the book gives a nice glimpse into the lives of other cat lovers. It's worth reading if you like a lot of very sweet, sappy letters and a few deep ones, along with some beautiful photographs.
I grew up in a family that watched Fox News religiously. Every day, from the time I was home from school to the time we went to bed there was hardly eI grew up in a family that watched Fox News religiously. Every day, from the time I was home from school to the time we went to bed there was hardly ever anything but Fox in the background. It was like the soundtrack to my life. My dad's favorite: Bill O'Reilly. I have a family member who keeps the radio tuned to Rush Limbaugh and I've had to suffer through whenever I was visiting. I hated every moment of it and after a while I grew anxious every time the tv was on.
One day I ran across The Daily Show, quite by accident, and was amazed that someone dared to call out Fox News. Even better, Jon Stewart was making fun of these people that I had always thought ruled the news world. It was funny and it made me think. There was no spewing hatred at homeless people or immigrants like you see on Fox. It was like Jon Stewart understood how disillusioned I had become with news commenters.
I requested this book hoping to gain more insight into Jon Stewart as a person. I'm not sure that the book delivered quite what I was hoping. There were a lot of quotes and facts from past interviews. The author wrote in such a way that felt very detached from Jon Stewart. It was hard to believe that she had ever met him. I was hoping to understand him better and get a sense of his personality off-camera.
It was a good book for a general sense of Jon's life. I just wish it delved deeper.
*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this free review copy*...more
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There are some very neat projects in this book. The instructions are well donI received a copy of this via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
There are some very neat projects in this book. The instructions are well done and easy to follow while also having a lot of in-depth information. I thought I'd try them out, but I think I'll start with something a bit easier when I finally begin making some baskets.
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I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I love the idea of quick knits that I can mak*I received a review copy of this book from Netgalley*
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I love the idea of quick knits that I can make with my leftover stash yarn. Even better if they can be gifts for someone else. I found the patterns in this book a little...lacking. I just wasn't in love with any of the patterns or the photos of the finished result. It would probably be better for someone who likes to make small knick-knack items or someone who has kids. I'd rather spend my time on something that inspires me. ...more
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For a few years now I've been reading everything I can get my hands on about natural healing a*I received an ARC copy of this book through Netgalley.*
For a few years now I've been reading everything I can get my hands on about natural healing and foraging for wild foods. I think it is something that is important to know. Our ancestors knew it...they lived by it. I think it's a shame that not many modern people are connected enough to the land that we know where to turn for food in case our supply runs out. Until a few years ago, I had no idea that I was living in an area with a bounty of wild foods literally right outside my door.
I've run across a lot of books in my search for information and I can say that this one ranks pretty high in terms of quality of information and pictures. There were several things I've never heard of before (madrone bark tea!), as well as more information on plants I regularly gather (salal, chickweed, purslane). There is a wealth of information in this book and it is one that I will most likely buy for myself some day. It is definitely worth a look if you are interested in foraging in California. ...more
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The recipes in this book sound absolutely delicious! I haven't yet tried any*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Netalley*
The recipes in this book sound absolutely delicious! I haven't yet tried any of them out- our garden is only beginning to produce vegetables and fruit. I can say that I am quite looking forward to trying out a lot of the recipes given in this book. There is something for everyone and every mood. Sweets, savories, and in-between. I am a jam-maker at heart and every year I pride myself on making a variety of jams that no one has ever tried before. Now I'll have several more to add to my repertoire. The instructions are all very clearly given and most use ingredients that can be found at your local farmer's market or grocery store. What I really love is that the author has tips throughout the book to help you figure out the more detailed instructions. The photos in the book are so beautiful! This is one I will definitely buy for myself some day. It would be a good book for people who are new to preserving, as well as the 'old hats'. ...more
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This was a beautiful book. The illustrations are exquisite and the colors are very vivid. I reI received a copy of this book for review via Netgalley.
This was a beautiful book. The illustrations are exquisite and the colors are very vivid. I really loved flipping through the pages to look at the illustrations. I admit I only skimmed the bird name section after reading a few pages. What I did read was very informative and interesting. This would be a wonderful reference book for the bird lover to have on hand. It is definitely not something to just sit and read through!
Each Latin name in the book gives an interesting fact about why the bird may be described that way. Sometimes they are obvious, otherwise less so, but it is always very interesting. ...more
I almost stopped reading this book before I even really got started just because I was afraid of the terrible, gruesome things that I was going to beI almost stopped reading this book before I even really got started just because I was afraid of the terrible, gruesome things that I was going to be forced to read. The author does a great job of giving only enough info to make you understand how difficult things were for the dogs and the people in charge of rehabilitating them...but not so many details that any animal lover will want to curl up and die. Jim Gorant approached the book with a lot of compassion and understanding for animals. There were moments when he had wonderful insight into these dogs and their behavior. I was very impressed with it. My favorite parts were the short scenes written from the point of view of the dogs. There was a lot of intuition and love in those parts of the book. I think Jim Gorant is a man I would like to know. Although some of the book recounts the time before the dogs were rescued and the case of Michael Vick (rhymes with prick), I was glad that over half of the book was focused on these beautiful creatures and their struggle for a normal life. It is not an easy book, though. I was especially heartbroken over the story of Jasmine, a small red dog so severely traumatized that she would freeze up and play dead when any people were in the same room as her, and after many months of work could only handle being touched by the trainer and her young daughter. The attention and care of the men and women fostering these dogs was beautiful to read. I'm glad there are people like them in the world. ...more
I won this book in the Goodreads Giveaway! I didn't even realize until it showed up in the post office, shiny and new. I drooled over the picture of tI won this book in the Goodreads Giveaway! I didn't even realize until it showed up in the post office, shiny and new. I drooled over the picture of the carrots a bit before cracking open its virgin spine. There are some people out there that have a certain charm and can keep you laughing for hours. Saia's personality comes through in her writing and her book is a joy to read. She has some great ideas that I've never heard, and some of her hardships (think Ichiban) are almost parallel to mine. This year my family moved our garden to a larger space: a 70 by 30 foot plot that drained everything we had just with the fencing and tilling. And when we had finally planted everything, it took two hours every day to water by hand. The tomato plants and corn shriveled, the zucchini plants turned yellow and the cucumbers bitter. Two months later, we were introduced to the joys of an automated drip system. Now with the watering system, everything is much happier and I don't feel like such a failure. Reading Confessions of a Vegetable Lover had me laughing and taking notes in turn. Saia's little disasters hiccups helped me feel much better...even wonderful gardeners can have trouble in paradise. I was guilty of garden shame, of comparing my scraggly tomatoes to other's lush green gardens. It's a little like comparing husbands. While they have sleek and suave businessmen, I have the redneck with the beer belly. It's ok, though. I'm starting to really love my redneck, and the beer belly is kinda cute....more