This is so NOT for me! If you love syrupy overly-sweet stories, then pick this up. For me, this was a DNF! I couldn't get past Chapter 4 on this one....moreThis is so NOT for me! If you love syrupy overly-sweet stories, then pick this up. For me, this was a DNF! I couldn't get past Chapter 4 on this one. It's not realistic, and even though it is fiction, I still need to feel a sense of realism to any story, and this had none because it is just too sweet. The main character, Adrienne, throws out sayings such as, 'Before buying my house, I'd never heard of Bonita Springs, Florida'. Well, of course not! There are a lot of cities you never heard of until you end up moving to a new city from another state! Someone had steered her to move there, and wouldn't you just know it, the sickeningly sweet love letters she had found in the attic of that house ended up being written by a man who served in WWII, is still alive, and is living near her. She decided to go to his home asking to speak to him, but the man who answered the door who happened to be his grandson, and he told her no. He is worried about his 81 year old grandfather, specifically for health reasons. He was extremely specific (and a little rude) on that very visit she would not be talking to him. She left, but she must not have understood because now she decided to take these same letters to a coffee shop and read some of them out loud to strangers, more or less asking their opinion as to what she should do about them and the man who is still alive. She conveniently left out the part where she had already gone to his home and was told NO. Of course, after showing these sappy, emotional letters around, people were encouraging her to definitely go talk to the man. (Had they known she went to his home once already and was told NO, I'm sure they would not have encouraged her to go a second time.) What do you think would have happened the second time she would have tried it? I would assume the same reaction, if not worse. In thinking of where this story is headed, I'm going to assume that this hard nosed Grandson will, by the end of this story, end up falling in love with her. Just from the description you can guess this is how it will end. I mention this story is sappy, and here is an example. After talking to one of the men in that coffee shop, here is what she said as she was leaving. "Thanks for your help, Leo." "Good Luck." Adrienne bid Leo good-bye with a new zeal squelched only by the pang of sadness about Gracie. (Gracie is the woman whom William wrote these letters to.) But William had returned from the war, and now she couldn't help but wonder what he'd come home to. It had been a bittersweet homecoming, no doubt. A whole new barrage of questions accompanied her as she drove the palm-lined streets toward home. How could anyone not love a man like William Bryant? Okay, that's enough! How can she really know what kind of man William is just by reading a FEW letters he wrote to a woman in the heat of the war? That is the clue here. Of course letters will be much sappier when you are staring at death in your face. Now, just because she found letters in her attic, does this give her ANY business to make it her own? No! The Grandson already told her 'NO' once, and he has a very good reason for it. So why is Adrienne taking it upon herself to stick her sweet sticky nose where it doesn't belong? The paragraph I quoted goes on to say she is wondering if in these letters there is something to hide, or someone with a secret. It seemed like they were hidden, among many other 'assumptions'. To quote some more, "She gets home and parks the car hearing it tick. Beyond the windows she hears the birds, but right now their song wasn't soothing.' A few sentences later, 'Only six years ago she had thought her world was going to be fairy-tale perfect. But there was no 'happily ever after'. We have already heard this about her life several times already. How many more times are we going to be reminded her first marriage did not work out? Okay. I've done my 4 chapters of this book and I'm throwing in the towel. I can't go on! This is tooooooo sickening sweet and predictable for my taste. I like my stories to be realistic, and I don't like to be able to guess how they are going to end. I especially don't want to read about her changing William's grandson's disposition and get him to fall in love with her so she CAN have a fairy tale ending and live 'happily ever after'. Fiction or not, life is not like this. Perhaps some of you will find this book very fitting for yourselves, and a great escape to indulge into, but I personally can't read the rest. Maybe this is something 'you' will like to read, and if so, go for it, but I can't. I'm used to strong main characters who don't need reassurance from other people, nor do I believe in fairy tale lives or happily ever after, but I do believe in falling in love, maybe getting married, and living a good quiet life together despite the tremendous amount of work it takes to obtain that. Next book, please! I got this book from the Kindle First program, which I'm glad I did! The cover looked enticing, and this is exactly why we don't judge a book by it's cover!(less)
This last Sunday, yesterday, after seeing an advertisement on my Kindle, I used my Prime membership to 'borrow' a book, taking some time out for 'myse...moreThis last Sunday, yesterday, after seeing an advertisement on my Kindle, I used my Prime membership to 'borrow' a book, taking some time out for 'myself' to read something I wanted to read instead of a 'book for review'. How strange, huh! I plan on doing this very same thing in the month of September, too. NO review books, only books "I" want to read from my TBR PILES UPON PILES! (I'm sure I'll have a few 'for review' books I need to read in there, but that's okay.) So, here we go! If you have not taken the time to try "Borrowing" out yet, it is painless! (LOL!) I just clicked on 'Borrow' and it told me I cannot 'borrow' another book until July 1st, Hmmm? That is a little longer than when Amazon says you can borrow a book for '2 weeks' in their description to us, and bothered me because this is a Kindle SINGLE with only 40 pages! If I did this every month, I would call Amazon and complain about a Single being treated as a novel, for sure. Anyway, here it is:
DESCRIPTION: Somewhere people act normal -- but not in the Downy Mount Mobile Home Park, where recently widowed Marfa Bacot lives with her mother-in-law Lulu, who cleans from hell to breakfast and has her make-up tattooed on so she's always ready for the rapture. As if it's not crazy enough inside the trailer, Marfa has to deal with the other eccentrics who populate the park, from the runaway polygs stockpiling water for the end of the world to the man who hears from extra-terrestials through V-8 cans to the domineering Don Ella, who runs the park with an iron fist and attendance-mandatory parties. Marfa dreams of a new life on her own outside Flagstaff, but first she'll have to let go of her old one.
Helen Childress wrote the movie "Reality Bites." She is a seventh-generation Texan.
My Take: 3 Stars First, there is NOTHING NORMAL about this Single at all! It's very funny all through the book, but nothing NEAR normal! Although, from the look of the cover, to the description of the book, I was expecting that! To correct the description, Marfa's mother-in-law, Lulu, moved in with 'her' inside of this 460 square foot trailer, 40' long and 12' wide, that's it. She liked her mother-in-law, but put two eccentric people together inside of a tiny space like this, and after a bit of time, someone is going to become irritated along the way, and it was Marfa, and myself! You can only take so much of Lulu, you know! This book was hilarious in most places! Marfa's mother-in-law has a language all her own which did make this Single a little difficult to read at times, but left you thinking about what she said, and there was NO figuring out what she meant more often than not, but it was funny! Here's the reason why Marfa had to open the door for her to move in. Lulu states: "Never turn anybody away , they may be Jesus - But Jesus she ain't." My favorite thing was this Sucrets container Lulu carried around with her everywhere! What was it? An ashtray! She smoked 120's because you get the most value for your money. (That's what I used to think back when I smoked! LOL!) She cleans 24/7 and NEVER stops! This irritated Marfa, and myself, again! This 40 page story was funny, but a constant funny is not always a good thing. It detracts from the story. If a little of the comedy was removed, perhaps we could have gotten to know the characters a little bit better than what we did. It's hard to do that with just a 40 page story, so I can't drop my rating because of that. This little story was meant for 'comic relief', or at least that is what it did for me! It was definitely different than what I am used to reading, for sure! I liked it. I would really like to see this book taken further and maybe even made into a full length novel. I think this author has the ability to do that, and I believe she could pull it off. Again, you have to remember, this is a Single, and it is meant to make us laugh, and laugh, I did! The author is Helen Childress. There is not much about her anywhere, and I even did a Google search about her. All that kept coming back was she wrote the movie, "Reality Bites" which aired in 1994. Wow! That movie has a LOT of big named Actors! Winona Ryder, Ben Stiller, Jeanne Tripplehorn (she plays an FBI agent in Criminal Minds now), and many more well known named actors. This was directed by Ben Stiller, too. I think this might be an attempt to get back into writing for Helen Childress? If so, I think she should give it a whirl! I see in other reviews my rating is probably among the highest, but I'm giving this author the benefit of the doubt. My other train of thought here was perhaps she is even writing again to get back into script writing again? There are a lot of possibilities for this author right now, and if taken the right way, I think she'll do pretty good. Now I want to re-watch the movie she wrote, Reality Bites, since I can't remember it 20 years later! LOL!(less)
My Take: 5 Stars! This is a really good cookbook full of healthy recipes. At a time when we are on the run so much in life, this book shows what we can...moreMy Take: 5 Stars! This is a really good cookbook full of healthy recipes. At a time when we are on the run so much in life, this book shows what we can do to make something that it healthy for ourselves and the family in not much time, either. From the base mix you can go on to make other things with it. It definitely shows how a busy family 'can' take the time to eat healthy. It has delicious sounding recipes and they are presented beautifully! The photos taken make your mouth water! I know this because I was provided a copy by the publisher for review purposes.
My Take: 5 STARS! Another "knocked-it-out-of-the-ballpark" novel again! Written by the AMAZING by best selling author, Catherine Ryan Hyde! You probably...moreMy Take: 5 STARS! Another "knocked-it-out-of-the-ballpark" novel again! Written by the AMAZING by best selling author, Catherine Ryan Hyde! You probably know her best from her book (and movie), "Pay It Forward", a household phrase for doing good for others! That, she has done again! BRAVO! +Catherine Ryan Hyde ! BRAVO! She truly understands and knows the true spirit of humanity! She nails it every time in the countless novels she has written. There is no romance in this book, so if you're looking for that you'll have to find another book, but if you are looking for love, you've hit the nail on the head in this one. Love between strangers. In this story, we have a truly burned-out teacher, August, who is out of school from teaching, for the summer. Maybe a better way to describe August would be to say in addition to being burned-out as a teacher, perhaps he is also 'still grieving' for his own young son who was killed in an automobile accident several years ago, and for his wife who suddenly left him. In tragedies such as these, it is often hard on a couple, and sometimes they split like these two did. When it rains, it pours, and this poor man has had a downpour. Now, this summer his one single goal is to go to Yosemite Park in his RV, (he often refers to it as his rig) and his dog, Woody, to release some of his son's ashes there in the park in certain areas as he had promised his son they would be going there together that summer. Unfortunately, that summer never came for that family, but now August was on his way with the ashes at least, to spread them out in several places in Yosemite. Easier said than done because now his 'rig', as he refers to it, breaks down along the way. He has no choice but to stop and get it fixed, so he does. While his rig is being fixed, he the mechanic befriends August, he seems to be getting friendly towards him. Once he is ready to hit the road again, the mechanic, Wes, asks August a question. He has to do jail time for three months, over the summer. Would August mind taking his two sons with him while he serves his time? You can imagine how August feels. He is full of questions and is in disbelief that this mechanic, a stranger really, is asking him to take his two children on his vacation with him while he serves time in jail? This guy hardly knows him! August questions Wes some more. It's up to August to decide whether or not to do this. August agrees. Now August has two young boys to care for. Henry, 7, and Seth, 12. Off they go heading towards Yosemite. August is going to make this the best summer vacation for these boys possible, however, it takes a while for the boys to warm up to him, and Henry won't even talk to anyone. He only communicates with his brother, but that's all. Somehow something comes up when Seth says something about his Dad having to be in jail for six months, not just three. August is going out of his mind imagining . They have the phone number to the jail, they call Wes, but August can't ever get a clear answer out of him. August feels the need to go to a meeting one night. The boys don't understand. Is this a work meeting, and how would his work know where he was? They had a ton of questions for him. Finally August fesses up to the boys that he goes to AA meetings. No, not AAA, that's auto insurance. August goes to AA meetings - Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. So starts August's story. August figures out Wes is an alcoholic and now Seth wants to go to meetings with August, Open meetings because he realizes just how much of an alcoholic his father really is, that is until he can get to Alanon meetings. Would Wes let him go? Everything has spiraled. One things leads to another, but the one constant thing is August falls in love with these boys, or is it the other way around? Do the boys fall in love with August? It doesn't matter who it is who falls in love with who, it just happens. Years later, the boys, now ages 15 and 20, come to take August out on a trip in the same RV, without their father's (Wes') knowledge, and it turns out to be quite a trip! Augusts' health has taken a turn for the worse, but the boys don't care, they help August, and he was in heaven that the boys did this for him in reciprocation! The drama picks back up again after all these years once Wes finds out the boys took August on this trip that just the boys were supposed to be on. They are good boys, with kind, gentle, loving hearts. The one who has no heart is the one with all of the problems, or causes all of the problems. Wes. Alcohol, alcohol, alcohol. Look at the problems it can cause, or, solutions to the problems such as in this story. This is only a very small look into this story, but it is one that will stay with you forever. Don't miss this one! I received this book for FREE from the Publisher, Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley, in exchange to read and write a review about it. "Free" means I was provided with ZERO MONIES to do so, but to enjoy the pure pleasure of reading it and giving my own honest opinion no matter whether it is positive or negative. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the law set here: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/wa...., The Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, 16 CFR 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising Federal Acquisition Regulation.
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This book starts with Lauren and Ryan's marriage from when they met in the past from 11-1/2yrs ago, 11 years ago, 9-1/2 yrs ago, all the way up to now...moreThis book starts with Lauren and Ryan's marriage from when they met in the past from 11-1/2yrs ago, 11 years ago, 9-1/2 yrs ago, all the way up to now. The timeline is staggered so we get a really good feel of how their relationship progressed, and how it did not progress and ALL the problems these two face to get their marriage back on track. Marriage. For those of us who are married ten years and longer, we know our relationships with our spouses are not nearly the same as they were when we first married. It can't be. We grow older, as does our spouse, and we change, hopefully we grow together, but not always. We can all relate to some of these same feelings this couple is going through and feeling, but not quite to the severe extent they are as their relationship is in a much more serious situation. Lauren is narrating this story, so we hear her side of it, and not much of Ryan's. Their marriage is a daily grind, and Lauren is wondering when and where that spark they once had will ever come back? She is tired of putting all the work into this marriage while Ryan seems to do nothing. All the firsts have come and gone except for children, but now is not the time to bring them into this marriage yet. These two almost feel pure resentment and possibly a little hatred towards one another. The other feels they both have a see-saw relationship of ups, downs, happy, sad, boredom, and it is the sheer loneliness that Lauren feels has overtaken her in this couple's relationship in what she feels is beyond repair. They have a non-existent sex life, and Lauren doesn't even feel any desire for sex with her husband. When they were active, Ryan only took and never gave her any intimacy. She feels it's a requirement for her to give to him, and yet she gets nothing in return. Yes, this is wrong. She feels it is better to withhold than to feel so alone in such an intimate setting. This makes her angry! One evening Lauren is so angry at Ryan, her pent-up feelings she has towards Ryan overtakes her and she throws a ceramic vase at Ryan's head, but thankfully it misses him. That was the wake-up call to the both of them, and because of that, right now I can't even remember who it was that came up with the idea that these two decided to take a one-year break from the marriage away from each other. They decided they would have absolutely nothing to do with each other, including NO CONTACT! No phone calls, no emails, no texting, nothing. You would almost think they would need to contact each other in order to work some of these things through, or even give marriage counseling a try, but nope. To give this couple credit though, where most couples would just divorce, they decide to stay married, separate, and come back together again at the end of that year to see where they would be as a couple at that time. Both Lauren and Ryan needed to grow individually, and by staying in the marriage it was not allowing neither of them the opportunity to see the marriage and learn what was broken so they could move on to fix it. I never would have thought that would have been the case while seeing them like they were in the beginning of their relationship. It was after they were apart you could start to see growth happening mostly in Lauren, but this is because she is the one who is narrating the story that we don't see growth in Ryan. I have to say this book was extremely well written, and the characters, all of the characters were very solid, charismatic, enjoyable, and written very life-like! Lauren's family is extremely close, and I liked that. Even Great Grandma was a hoot because she always thought she had cancer even though she didn't, but she even helped Lauren by giving her the name of a Dear So and So to write to for help! She swore by this person and said she could fix anyone's relationship! Lauren writes to her after all! Lauren's sister, Rachel, was such a sweet sister to have, too! I never had a sister, and if I could pick one out, this character would be my sister! I think I read this entire 352 page book in about six to eight hours at the most because this is how well written and smooth the story just flowed. I just HAD to read this non-stop, flipping through the pages, not putting this one down for anything because I needed to know 'how' these two characters, Lauren and Ryan, were going to fix their marriage without even talking about it. It was quite a ride! It is such an emotionally addictive read and gives us an extremely broad range of feelings throughout this story, you could not put it down. Again, I have to bring up this author's writing. It is excellent, it flowed just beautifully, and before you even knew it you were halfway through the book it read so well and made you 'feel' how the character, Lauren, felt through this all. This author had no trouble getting that across. Please take this as a warning! Pick a block of time when you can just sit back and enjoy this book straight through!
I received this book for FREE from the Publisher, Washington Square Press, A Division of Simon and Schuster/Atria, and NetGalley, in exchange to read and write a review about it. "Free" means I was provided with ZERO MONIES to do so, but to enjoy the pure pleasure of reading it and giving my own honest opinion no matter whether it is positive or negative. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the law set here: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/wa...., The Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, 16 CFR 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising Federal Acquisition Regulation.(less)
The full name of this book is A Mother's Secret, Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series, Book 2. I read this as a stand alone and did not have any...moreThe full name of this book is A Mother's Secret, Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series, Book 2. I read this as a stand alone and did not have any trouble. I don't know if these characters are in her previous book or not, and I don't believe they are because this author has the third book in this series coming out in print and ebook this Fall/2014, and the small description about A Dream Home, Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series Book 3, has different characters in it. I always love every book that Amy Clipston writes, and the same is true with this book about the Amish. Caroline, 31, is an unwed single mother to 15 year old Benjamin. She got pregnant when she was just 16 years old, and her boyfriend left town to go to Missouri. He did not even know about Caroline being pregnant as she did not even get the chance to tell him before he left. Caroline had/has no way of even finding him to be able to tell him. In one part of this book a character mentioned to her that she had a son who disappeared 15 years ago, too, and I thought for a minute there we just might . . . but no, the author did not take it any further than that. I thought she 'could have' taken that one further, and thought she should have just to put our wondering minds at ease! Caroline was punished and is STILL being punished for her sin she committed, despite what the Amish say that God forgives you once you have asked for forgiveness. To this day people still punish her despite her asking for forgiveness. Since Caroline is now 31 years old and her parents and other people say she is going to be an 'old maid' more or less, and they want to set her up to marry a nice widowed Amish man who they feel is suitable for her. The problem is Caroline does not feel she needs to marry for convenience purposes and she won't. The only way she'll marry is for love. The punishment rolls over to her son, too. If anything bad happens, he is blamed. One day the boys he was hanging around with threw stones and hurt a horse hurting it pretty badly. Benjamin got blamed for it, as usual. As punishment for this, he is sent to a man named Joshua who owns a horse farm, and he has to work until he has earned enough money to pay for the damages. None of the other boys are blamed as Benjamin is the only one singled out, which is not fair. Meanwhile, this same Joshua, 40, never married either, owns and runs this this horse farm in honor of his dead brother. He is going through the same thing Caroline is in that his mother and others feel it is time for him to settle down and get married. They even know of the right woman for him, but he is not interested in her at all. He doesn't come out and say this, but in other ways says and show he is not going to marry at all. His mother has other ideas for him, still. Both of these two characters wonder over and over again throughout this story, repeatedly, if they will ever find anyone worthy of falling in love with. Maybe the Amish worry too much about things. Excellent book! Very enjoyable and written by one highly regarded author, in my book and many others! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! I received this book for FREE from the Publisher, Zondervan, and NetGalley, in exchange to read and write a review about it. "Free" means I was provided with ZERO MONIES to do so, but to enjoy the pure pleasure of reading it and giving my own honest opinion no matter whether it is positive or negative. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the law set here: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/wa...., The Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, 16 CFR 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising Federal Acquisition Regulation. (less)
(Edit: After I wrote my review of this book, I went through and read all of the other reviews. It is my practice when I write a review about a book no...more(Edit: After I wrote my review of this book, I went through and read all of the other reviews. It is my practice when I write a review about a book not to read other people's opinions/reviews until I am finished writing my own. At the time I wrote my review a few hours ago, this book has ALL 5-Star ratings except 1 4-Star, as that part you cannot help but miss seeing. All of us who have written these reviews do not know each other, to my knowledge, (I do recognize one name, though) yet we all have rated this book separately from one another as a 5-star book! Why? Because this book is worthy of the 5-star rating! You may be thinking, "Oh great, yep, another book with all 5-star reviews, yeah, right, something's up." No, there is nothing up except for her brilliance in writing suspense. This book is TRULY a 5-star book, which I swear by it with my word! Kate Moretti can WRITE! This even shows with her previous book, 'Thought I Knew You', which blew us out of the water and has just now hit the New York Times Best Seller list the week of May 25th, 2014, and now this book, Binds That Tie was just released in March, and is on the same par as her last book! She can write suspense with brilliance! Please accept my rating for this book as being completely true and honest. If it were possible to rate this book any higher, I would. Kate Moretti is an author to keep your eye on and gobble up ALL of her books! That is the hard part, waiting for her next book! Thank you, my edit is over.) My Take: 5+ Stars! Kate Moretti CAN WRITE! She really pulls us immediately into this this couple's flawed lives and marriage. Maggie's husband, Chris, has even spent time in prison in the past. Maggie is a selfish person, and Chris has quite a few problems prison didn't fix. Once the stage is set, something happens, it starts a negative string of events that go from bad to worse. Now we are thrown into the thick of the suspense immediately! One night Maggie goes out to the bar, The Hut, with her friends. She meets a man there, and is having a little fun flirting around. A little of it never hurt anyone after all, but it gets much worse than that. This man becomes obsessed with her. She can't shake him off her trail, and she doesn't want Chris to find out about him because it was harmless. Complications, complications, severe complications arise. Lies start, issues arise, things happen that get out of control, police become involved, Chris gets thrown back in jail because of his previous record, a pre-trial starts, etc., and all for a crime that he did not commit, In fact, there is no crime, or at least nothing that proves there was a crime. The Prosecutors still try fishing to pin something on Chris. Maggies starts to get tired of it all, and feeling as if she doesn't even want to support him anymore after just a few days of this pre-trial, and she has her reasons. Chris gets angry at Maggie. Very angry. This author's writing is SO good, she even includes details that other authors may forget to fill in. For instance, the following: "The jury deliberated for a day and a half. When they filed back in, Jake gave Chris a quick nod." That last sentence! How often would an author write in the detail, painting the picture between attorney and client? You don't get to read little details like that all that often, if at all! This does not add to the length of the book, either. This is what I am talking about! It's the little things. Her writing is amazing! Oh, JUST READ THIS BOOK! You won't regret all of the twists, the turns, the suspense, surprises you never see coming, and the lies. This book keeps you on your toes the entire time trying to figure out just what is happening, who is responsible for what, and why? What about the marital ties which hold Maggie and Chris together? These are all the binds that tie! I received this book for FREE from the Publisher, Red Adept Publishing and the author in exchange to read and write a review about it. It is NOT required for this review to be either positive or negative, but of my own honest opinion. "Free" means I was provided with ZERO MONIES to read this book nor to write this review, but to enjoy the pure pleasure of reading it. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, [...] Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.(less)
I LOVE these FREE Buzz Books, and this one is for the Fall/Winter 2014! There are now 2 editions available! A YOUNG ADULT, and an ADULT version. They...moreI LOVE these FREE Buzz Books, and this one is for the Fall/Winter 2014! There are now 2 editions available! A YOUNG ADULT, and an ADULT version. They contain upcoming New Releases of ebooks available for bloggers/professional reviewers to request from NetGalley from the publishers so they can read them and be ready to post reviews when the books come out. This book is also nice for regular readers, too, as you get to see what books will be coming out and when they are available, plus a lot of them offer the first chapters of these books! This book is a blessing and a curse because we want to read almost all of them as bloggers and readers, adding these books to our ever growing 'To Be Read' lists! The BEST part is this book is it's FREE! Everyone gets to read a sampling of some of the new releases this Fall/Winter 2014! Isn't this great! I'm trying to get a feel for when the publishers put these out, but I don't have the exact time frame as to when they are released, 'yet'. Actually, I missed the timing on the Spring/Summer 2014 book - bummer. In the description at NetGallley, it states they tend to release with large events that go on in the industry, such as the BEA (Book Expo of America) was going on I believe when this book was released on May 8th. One great thing for this Fall/Winter 2014 is there are "2" separate books like this. One book is dedicated for Young Adult titles, and this book is dedicated for Adult titles. The publishers are separating the YA from the Adult, which I think is great! There are so many YA blogs and readers out there, they will have their own books to offer in this group of books. What a very wise choice! The publishers are able to get more books out to us and direct them to the people who like them best! It can't get any better than this! What I find so incredible about these Buzz Books is it gives us most of the complete first chapters of almost all of the number of books they include in the book, such as the Young Adult title has, if I am remembering correctly, 40 upcoming new releases. Incredible! What this does is gives us a good look at each book to see if we would like the books, and if we did, we are able to request them directly from our e-Readers for people who are bloggers/professional reviewers. I happened to find that every book I requested was available for review, too, and I was in heaven! The book format you will receive is in the ebook format, as that is how NetGalley works with ALL of their books being in the ebook format. (Or an Amazon App. Anyone who is able to use NetGalley understands how getting the books work.) I also found the books in this book are not always available in the general catalog from NetGalley as you browse through it. The only way to get some of these books is by reading this book. Last year's Fall/Winter book was like that. I found SO MANY AMAZING books and new authors I had not read before, and the first chapters hooked me in! I requested the ebooks, and I was extremely happy! I have gone on to connect with these authors on their websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter! I have also bought and read other books they have written as well. I find these books to be very valuable reading for my blog, too, as I post the reviews on it, along with, of course, posting the reviews here at Amazon, too. Another thing to note is most of the publishers do ask you to hold off writing your reviews until a specific date, usually a month before the book releases or the day the book releases and thereafter. (No one is able to write a review here on Amazon until the book releases anyway.) What I did was write the review immediately after reading the book so I did not forget anything about the book six months later, and saved them in files by the name of the book, then I marked my calendar for when to post the release date of the book so I knew when I was able to post the review, and it worked great. By doing it this way, I was much more successful at getting the reviews out within the time the publishers prefer. This was my second book like this I have gotten, and even though I was a little to late to be able to request books from the previous book, the Spring/Summer 2014 book, I still was able to read the first chapters of those books. Not bad! Grab these books as soon as you see them to ensure you are able to get them! All I have left to say is ENJOY!(less)
This was a book I picked up about a month or so ago just to read for myself out of curiosity. It was very enlightening. I sure had shock value from th...moreThis was a book I picked up about a month or so ago just to read for myself out of curiosity. It was very enlightening. I sure had shock value from this book! It sure makes you NOT want to go out to eat in ANY restaurant or at least a restaurant that did not serve cooked food, for that matter! I think I'll pass, or at least I will for a little while! I happened to have grandparents who were 'germophones'. They really would lovingly joke around and call me 'Typhoid Mary' if I had a cold or sounded like I had a cold, and the unspoken word from the time I was little was not to go over their house, or anywhere near them if I thought I was sick. Since I knew Mary was a contagious person, and that was a clue my grandparents did not want me to come around them until I was better! I knew it had to do with their worrying I was contagious and they didn't want to catch what I had, but that was about all I knew about Typhoid Mary, which is another reason I wanted to read this book. This book explains it is the uncooked food that had the Typhoid in it, and not the cooked food, unless the cooked food was handled afterwards by a Typhoid 'carrier', and someone sneezed on it, or touches it with their hands that have bodily fluids on them. (Gross!) She was not sick one day in her life, but she was a carrier of Typhoid, and every time she was accused of spreading Typhoid, she had a nit-fit! She demanded she did NOT have Typhoid or else she would have been sick herself with it at some point in her life and she was not. One of the huge dishes Mary made that was verified to have Typhoid in it was her famous peach ice cream everyone loved. Of the people who did come down with Typhoid, they 'did' eat their favorite favorite peach ice cream she did make. Also, there is salad, and potato salad which most of us know the potatoes were cooked, but with potato salad, you need to mix it into a type of sauce with a mayonnaise based sauce which is never reheated from there. (The book did not include the potato dish, but I'm just giving an example of a cooked food that is still not yet finished being made and how it can carry the Typhoid.) It is ANY uncooked food. It is the uncooked foods that were and still are the main culprit of the spread of Typhoid, or ANY contagious disease for that matter. Typhoid is still around, but today it can be treated with antibiotics, although there are some strains that are antibiotic resistant, as many diseases seem to be today. This is the hesitation of doctors to prescribe antibiotics. Heck, with the side effects of them, I would rather skip them if I can. I have not died, yet! LOL! If needed, though, I would take them, but only in that instance. This book really opened my eyes! Typhoid can make you very sick or even kill you if people don't do the basics of hygiene, such as washing your hands after using the bathroom, sneezing into a Kleenex or into your elbow, (I love how the Pre-school classes my kids went to taught the children to sneeze into their elbows leaving their hands clean!) or staying home from work when they are sick. Although, how many jobs in the United States allow us sick time to stay home when not feeling well? Not many. My husband gets zero sick days, so he 'does' go to work when ill, and this last cold that went around practically had him in bed, in fact, he probably should have stayed home a few days! NO! He said he felt fine but just sounded bad. Okay, right! Seriously, what other choice do we have? If you don't go to work, you don't get paid. This was the same way back in the days of Mary. The problem with Mary though was she NEVER washed her hands after going to the bathroom! GROSS! She even looked dirty, her clothing and hair was unkempt, and she smelled! Just to look at her was a little sickening. Taking baths back then was a Saturday night special, IF that! For some reason people did not like water too much, and the only reason I can think of for that would have been the winter months? As for myself, give me my daily shower, thank you!! Mary was institutionalized several times. Several times she was let out while making the promise that she would NOT return to cooking. Did she return to cooking? YES! Thus, she did spread MORE Typhoid! It is amazing how many times Mary was taken into custody after another family would break out in Typhoid. One really neat part was a letter Mary wrote. She still, after all that time, did not believe she was a carrier and did not carry Typhoid, although, the last time she escaped and cooked at a residence, the family did break out, the government interceded again, and she knew that time! They did do a LOT of invasive testing. A lot more invasive testing than I would have stood for! Face it, though, most of us if told we were carriers of a disease would accept it, but she would not. She was probably one of the most stubborn women of the times. Near her age of about forty-nine, she was finally taken to retire to an island by boat and given a house to live in alone. It was only her, until she met a man who turned out to eventually be her husband. This book made no mention as to whether or not he got Typhoid or how long he lived with her there. The house was provided for her to be able to read, crochet, or sew as much or as little as she wanted to. Yes, this book repeated a few things many times, and yes, even though this 160 page book seemed LONG at times, it did cover a lot. The amount of research this author did was outstanding, though. He had dates, locations, everything you needed to know about Mary in this book. I give him a lot of credit for that! He even visited the places mentioned in the book! He felt he put in so much time researching this book, the least he could do was visit some of the places she worked and lived at. He even took a boat ride to try to see the house she lived in. I thought this was a pretty good book. As I said, and I'll say it again, it did seem a lot longer than 160 pages! The beginning went fast, but the middle kind of dragged, although I believe the middle dragged because of the research. Bourdain really got into the numbers, what they did with Mary, etc. I do suggest reading this book if you get a chance. It is extremely informative. If there are parts that are too long, then skip over them if need be. I read the entire book, but I have read some reviews who gave such a low rating which I felt was awful to do given the amount of research the author put into this book alone. We are talking months upon months, no doubt. I was pretty impressed. He does talk about this in the book. He did go to New York to do the research, and as I already stated, he visited some of the places she was at. Since I cannot stand long enough to cook an entire meal for myself and/or both myself and my husband due to the neurological muscle disease I have, I'm not into watching the TV cooking shows, so I must admit I am not familiar with who this author is! Sorry! Enjoy the book! *EDIT: Now I know who this author is! He is on the TV show "Parts Unknown" currently, and a few other shows here and there! We happen to enjoy that show a lot. This explains the slowness of the story, some of the repetitiveness, too. It's his cadence, the way he talks, and how he gets into the culture of food and it's story so much that it's so educational. In fact, my husband was also reading this book at the same time which I was which I did not know, and I mentioned how some people rated this book low, or thought it was slow as I did, but it turns out, and I feel my husband is right about this, is he stated he can hear Anthony talking as he is reading this book, talking the way he does on his show. I had to agree with him on that! This book takes after the author very much! Spot-on! Now knowing who this is and how he gets so into the details about food and the culture of it, it does up my rating of the book.(less)