What I love about Hosseini's "A Thousand Splendid Suns" is his ability to create powerful fiction that amplifies the reality of the setting. Set in AfWhat I love about Hosseini's "A Thousand Splendid Suns" is his ability to create powerful fiction that amplifies the reality of the setting. Set in Afghanistan, this book is captures the pain and hardship of civil war from the eyes of the women who tell the story. But the hardship doesn't stop with war; rather, it continues as the reader comes to understand how oppressive life can be as a woman in this country. Beautifully written, Hosseini gets five stars and my loyal following....more
A lovely book of essays from the heart... I had the pleasure of reading Laura Wainwright's book while visiting Martha's Vineyard. From the house whereA lovely book of essays from the heart... I had the pleasure of reading Laura Wainwright's book while visiting Martha's Vineyard. From the house where we stayed, I looked out over Lambert's cove and could see James' Pond on which the author lives. I appreciated the authenticity in Wainwright's writing and the recipes that she included. She's the kind of author that I'd love to meet and sit over a cup of coffee. ...more
Lots of characters across the centuries made it complicated to follow but I really enjoyed the historical fiction and the convent settings. I found myLots of characters across the centuries made it complicated to follow but I really enjoyed the historical fiction and the convent settings. I found myself much more interested in the historical story than the modern-day one. Well written and entertaining. ...more
Leah Carey’s “You Are Not Alone” struck an interesting chord with me. As a long time diversity practitioner, I would have thought myself plenty awareLeah Carey’s “You Are Not Alone” struck an interesting chord with me. As a long time diversity practitioner, I would have thought myself plenty aware of gender issues. What I discovered while reading Carey’s book, however, is how much emotion I have personally repressed over the years around this topic. A rather surprising revelation that made me even more interested in reading the book.
"You Are Not Alone" was conceived shortly following the Isla Vista murders, when Carey began following #YesAllWomen hashtag activism on Twitter. Leveraging the power of social media, and the globalization the internet affords, Carey brought together ten women from around the world who were active in the #YesAllWomen dialog.
In the book, these women, along with Carey, share their stories about abuse by men and the fear these experiences have created for them. While every story is different common themes emerge, such as women being seen as the lesser gender to be dominated and controlled by men.
Because every time a woman gets pissed off at anyone or anything, people automatically assume she’s on her period. #YesAllWoman @IHOPHemmings
So when you argue semantics, it feels like what you’re saying is that our experiences matter less than your interpretation. #YesAllWomen @vqnerdballs
#YesAllWoman because a man’s hormones are an excuse for his behavior yet mine render me incapable of leadership. @roscoe
Carey, herself a newspaper editor, demonstrates immaculate writing style and flow, while seamlessly weaving together biographical sketches and #YesAllWomen tweets to share a powerful message about being a woman in today’s world. What also emerges, by default, is a character outline for how some men perceive and treat women. In most cases, it’s not pretty.
Carey did not publish this book to bash men. In fact, she says up front that her book is not “just a man vs. woman problem. It is a larger systemic cultural and social issue to which we all contribute.” Later in the book, Carey includes #YesAllWomen tweets from men who she exalted as part of the solution.
If you're explaining to women how they feel instead of listening to them, you’re part of the problem. #YesAllWomen @Dreamweasel
I am skeptical, but if someone can give me a rational argument as to how #YesAllWomen and #feminism threatens men, I’ll listen. @Staticchicken
Reading “You Are Not Alone” prompted my own deep reflection, and resulted in my sharing experiences with my husband that I had never before spoken about.
If Carey’s hopes are to propagate better understanding between men and women and to create an opportunity for open dialog, she’s succeeded. Now it’s up to the rest of us to use her work as a platform for personal and cultural healing.
I highly recommend this book to any man or woman who wants better understanding and communication between genders, and for all university and corporate diversity and gender study programs. ...more
Indie authors have a big job and Guy Kawasaki just made it a tad bit easier with APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur: How to Publish a Book. The publIndie authors have a big job and Guy Kawasaki just made it a tad bit easier with APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur: How to Publish a Book. The publishing industry is ever evolving and keeping up is tough to do. Every year I invest in a new "how to" book about publishing just to keep up to date. APE covers it all from whether you should write a book to how to guerrilla market it. The title succinctly sums up the three primary roles of an indie... author, publisher and entrepreneur. For me, the latter is what I most struggle with so the latter chapters on marketing and social media were extremely helpful. While I've got most of the bases covered, APE told me how to amp it up.
It's a zoo in the publishing world. Might as well be an APE!...more
This book has been out a while but I just happened to pick it up and start reading it. Interesting to read about viruses and how they mutate and spreaThis book has been out a while but I just happened to pick it up and start reading it. Interesting to read about viruses and how they mutate and spread when we are in the midst of Ebola (which the book talks about too). I thought it got off to a slow start but once I understood all the different components/characters of the book and the unfolding plot, I was hooked. Enjoyable read!...more
No matter if you a newbie author or already published, this is a handy up-to-date guide on social media how-to. "Moving at the Speed of Twitter" is muNo matter if you a newbie author or already published, this is a handy up-to-date guide on social media how-to. "Moving at the Speed of Twitter" is much more than just Twitter how-to. Ms. Hegman provides an informative overview of the most used social media tools and explains how best to use them to promote your book(s). Humorous and to the point, a highly-recommended and enjoyable read!...more
An English translation so powerful as this makes me believe the Arabic must be even more so. This is a hefty volume at 498 pages, so I will rest beforAn English translation so powerful as this makes me believe the Arabic must be even more so. This is a hefty volume at 498 pages, so I will rest before taking on the second book in the trilogy. The primary family of characters is deeply developed, revealing a strict Muslim lifestyle that even the neighbors find harsh and overbearing. What I most appreciate about the book is the beauty of the language and the aptitude with which the words capture the lives of Ahmad Abd al-Jawad and his family. I also appreciate the historical context provided with the onset of the Egyptian Revolution, which serves as the framework for the tragic conclusion of Book 1....more
I believe that if we all wrote our own truth, we’d find that we are much more alike than we ever imagined. That belief was reaffirmed with Lyneah MarkI believe that if we all wrote our own truth, we’d find that we are much more alike than we ever imagined. That belief was reaffirmed with Lyneah Marks’ autobiography Thirsting for a Raindrop and her stories of intuitive “knowing.” Reading her book reminded me of my own journey to understanding that the inner divine is always guiding us if only we turn inward and listen.
Ms. Marks’ book playfully jumps around her life and creates a heart-warming picture of her unique experiences as healer, energy worker, teacher, mother, wife and musician. Through her story-telling, we come to understand her gifts and how she has worked with them over time. One of my favorite stories from her childhood was when she packed her bags to leave home because she knew the furnace was going to blow and her father wasn't taking her seriously! I can only imagine how alienated she felt from the rest of her family who didn’t have her sight and therefore could never understand how she discerned her knowing – a subject that she returns to frequently throughout her book.
Thirsting for a Raindrop is a gift all by itself, for it gives readers insight to their own intuitive knowing. That “little voice” you hear within? It’s real… and it will guide you to a healthier, happier life if you only listen. Thirsting for a Raindrop is proof that life is so full of energetic connections that we can’t even begin to fathom. The truth is, we really don’t need to understand, we just need to trust.
I highly recommend this book for spiritualists or anyone curious about healing, energy work and deepening one’s connection to their inner divine. ...more