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Maid by Stephanie  Land
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I found the premise interesting and enjoyed the book. It has a regular storyline, offering nothing new in the realm of stories about single parenting or child rearing. What attacted me to the book was that the story is from the perspective of a maid/ ...more
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The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
The Death of Mrs. Westaway
by Ruth Ware (Goodreads Author)
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A modern day whodunit and who's who story with a gothic feel to it. I particularly liked scenes that take place in the old mansion, where spiral stone steps and dark corners add an eerie atmosphere. The housekeeper, Mrs. Warren, reminds me of disgrun ...more
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13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don't Do by Amy Morin
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Not a bad follow up to the author's previous "13 Things" series. Although some of the information is repeated from the previous books, there are some new nuggets to explore. Easy to read, follow, and understand, with relevant and supporting examples ...more
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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō
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There are plenty of tips for the "desperately seeking" an organised life reader. But for readers who are generally good at discarding items and staying organized, this book offers little in the "how to" area, but rather offers the psychology in why t ...more
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Save Me from Dangerous Men by S.A. Lelchuk
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I have mixed feelings about this book. I was more interested in the main character, Nikki, than I was about the plot. Nikki gave the story a pulse. She was funny, smart, tough, and vulnerable. I'm looking forward to reading more about her and getting ...more
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Brainstorm by Daniel J. Siegel
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This book is full of insights on how an adolescent's brain develops and explains many of the changes it goes through. The author uses examples derived from actual therapy sessions. Sometimes the information is too "scientific study" oriented, which g ...more
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Feeling Good by David D. Burns
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Sometimes I felt like I was reading a text book, especially with the sections on statistics and medications. But, in a book such as this, it would be expected, since there are so much information that needs to be supported or proven. Overall, I liked ...more
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When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
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This book is about a cancer patient, but this book is not about cancer. I like the way Kalanithi discusses and describes cancer, not as a physical form or a disease or illness, but rather a circumstance he has to navigate around and through. He talks ...more
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My Heart by Corinna Luyken
My Heart
by Corinna Luyken (Goodreads Author)
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Emotion - love, self-acceptance

Poetic and lyrical. With little verse, this beautiful story delivers a BIG message about the heart's capacity to love and grow and soar. I love the yellow and black illustrations.
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My Blue Is Happy by Jessica  Young
My Blue Is Happy
by Jessica Young (Goodreads Author)
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Emotion - assorted

Not your stereotypical "colors" book. A clever story about using colors to express our feelings, which can differ from person to person...and that is okay.
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