Thursday, December 18, 2014

Texts From Jane Eyre, by Mallory Ortberg

Hilariously imagined text conversations—the passive aggressive, the clever, and the strange—from classic and modern literary figures, from Scarlett O’Hara to Jessica Wakefield
Mallory Ortberg, the co-creator of the cult-favorite website The Toast, presents this whimsical collection of hysterical text conversations from your favorite literary characters. Everyone knows that if Scarlett O’Hara had an unlimited text-and-data plan, she’d constantly try to tempt Ashley away from Melanie with suggestive messages. If Mr. Rochester could text Jane Eyre, his ardent missives would obviously be in all-caps. And Daisy Buchanan would not only text while driving, she’d text you to pick her up after she totaled her car. Based on the popular web-feature, Texts from Jane Eyre is a witty, irreverent mashup that brings the characters from your favorite books into the twenty-first century.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.; First Edition edition (November 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1627791833
  • ISBN-13: 978-1627791830
    This book also comes in paperback, which I received for an honest review.
    Loved her writing style.
    This book is witty, and surely will not disappoint.
    Pick it up. Amazon link above!


    Legacy by Ellery A. Kane

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    San Francisco is deserted, the Bay Bridge bombed, and the BART subway trains grounded. The Guardians, members of an elite and mysterious government-appointed military police force, are maintaining order at all costs--thanks to emotion-altering drugs like Emovere that suppress fear and anxiety. Lex Knightley, daughter of a prominent forensic psychiatrist, risks entering the devastated city to partner with the Resistance, a group of rebels intent upon exposing the dangers of Emovere. Lex discovers an ally in Quin McAllister, a magnetic Guardian Force recruit with a haunting past that binds them together. As she uncovers the secrets of the Guardian Force and confronts the truth about her family, Lex begins to realize that even those closest to her are not quite who they seem.

    A journey of self-discovery, first love, and friendship, Legacy asks its readers: Is it possible to let go of the past? Can we forgive the devastation of others? And how do we go on after loss?

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    • Paperback: 254 pages
    • Publisher: BalboaPress (September 5, 2014)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1452520402
    • ISBN-13: 978-1452520407
    emotional. engaging. quick read.  Legacy won't disappoint. Pick it up! Amazon link above.


    Fall In, Fall Out...The Dogface Years, by Joseph Crew

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    Son, The Army Will Make A Man Out Of You
    At seventeen years old and weighing in at barely 115 pounds, Joseph Crew and his identical twin brother, Richard, with parental permission, enlisted in the army in 1958. Their destination was the Third Armored Division in Germany—the same outfit as Elvis Presley. Their parents were in the beginning stages of divorce, and Joseph and his brother were looking to escape the domestic warfare. Fall In, Fall Out is Joseph Crew's intimate account, set against the backdrop of a pre Civil Rights, racially integrated army, charged to protect Western Europe from Russia’s hostile, overwhelming might during the deepening freeze of the Cold War. The book is about friendships, sexual discovery, racial tensions, and the heartbreak of young love. It starkly depicts barracks life and bleak war game maneuvers, and brings to life the flesh trade in a Mexican border town; the nightclubs of Copenhagen; the seedy streets of Amsterdam’s red-light district; and the glittering neon lights of Paris and Frankfurt—offering a glimpse of what army life was like in occupied Germany leading up to "the Berlin Crisis" of 1961. The young soldier's carefully preserved original manuscript provided the author a base to skillfully bring history to life and honor valued memories.

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    Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback white, 341 pages
    Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 23, 2014)
    ISBN10: 1478727349
    ISBN13: 9781478727347
    Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs

    Author Information...
    After serving in the U.S. Army, Joseph Crew returned to Europe and spent the next several years working as a truck driver, dishwasher, clerk, and bar manager. He traveled extensively throughout Europe before earning a B.A. in international literature from Schiller International University in Heidelberg, Germany, in 1974. In 1976 he completed a Master's degree in counseling through Ball State University. Joseph, a retired family therapist, currently makes his home in western Washington where he paints watercolors and continues to write. Joseph's first published work, Abraham's Burden, a mystery novel, also available on, tells the story of Charlie Abraham, a Native American Viet Nam War veteran falsey accused of a murder he didn't commit. For more information about Joseph Crew or his books view his web page at His mailing address is P.0. Box 14173, Tumwater, WA 98511. Phone 360-352-0809.

    *Gripping memoir of a young soldier's life. Having a son in the US Army myself, I found myself engrossed in this book. Pick it up (link at top of post).


    The Drug Rep by Daniel House

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    Find out why Jimmy decided to become a serial killer. Jimmy Harden was a man that had it all, a beautiful wife, a nice house, and a promising career in the Army. When he returned from his latest deployment to Afghanistan he found that things had changed. His wife had filed for divorce and took out a restraining order barring him from both her and their house. Devastated and dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, he moved into a rundown trailer park and tried to make due as best that he could. Every day he thought about how he could get her back. His options were limited so after reading an article he came up with the idea that he could become a famous serial killer. He figured that fame, regardless of how he achieved it would bring Beth running back to him. Once Jimmy begins the killing he gets the attention of the local news station that quickly begins referring to him as "Doctor Death." He also garners the attention of the police and a hard-nosed detective named Jake Bedore who tirelessly tries to catch him. Step inside and see if becoming a serial killer gives Jimmy the fame he needs to win back his wife, or will Detective Bedore put an end to both him and his killing spree.

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    • Paperback: 218 pages
    • Publisher: Outskirts Press (October 30, 2014)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1478744510
    • ISBN-13: 978-1478744511

    About the Author

    Daniel House is a first time author and retired Marine who served 20 years. He worked as a drug rep for 5 years, and currently resides in North Carolina with his wife Margaret and daughter Kristina. Daniel enjoys watching the History channel and his favorite football team the Denver Broncos.

    A great debut novel for Mr. House.  Pick it up!  Quickly read.

    The Rocky Road of Love by Vernon Hosannah

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    Are you ready for an outing with our favorite two organic materials, Rocky and Sandy?

    Rocky is a large boulder—a strong, silent type with rugged, chiseled features—who lives by the water’s edge. Sandy is a lovely tropical coast, a free spirit who is always changing. The Rocky Road of Love is the humorous tale of how Rocky and Sandy meet, fall in love, and weather the storms of life. It’s an enjoyable read for both children and adults, who will each will take something away from the experience

    A sweet, sweet tale. Nicely written. Great illustrations. Pick it up!

    Monday, December 1, 2014

    Creation and Creation's God: One God, One Story, One People, by Dean Fredrikson

    For millions of literate people, the issue of natural and human origins remains open, both at the level of science and also at that of the biblical account of creation. The issues are poorly understood; it is not merely a matter of science vs. faith. Regarding science, the question is what science is scientific. The Genesis account of creation, on the other hand, is buried under centuries of theological orthodoxy more derived from Greek philosophy than from the language of Genesis itself. Augustinian Neo-Platonism predisposes interpretation of the Genesis account to misunderstanding. That view of instantaneous, complete and final ("fiat") creation, derived as it is from the idea of God as the quality of perfection, is contrary to the biblical story of a personal creator God who acts with purpose from a beginning to ultimate fulfillment in a new and good world. In fact, the idea of the progressive evolution of the natural world and of mankind fits better the stages of creation depicted in Genesis. But the idea of accidental or inevitable progress in autonomous nature is self-contradictory and entirely contrary to the biblical view of what might be regarded as purposeful, creative evolution. The purpose of the writer (or writers) of Genesis was to affirm that the world and humanity was the work of the one supreme God of the Jewish prophets. It is not an argument to prove the existence of God or to describe either the mechanics of creation or the antecedents of the big bang. Science that conforms to the modern definition of peer reviewed reproducibility and physical testability is one thing. Science that seeks its foundations in metaphysics as in the Bohr-Einstein debate over randomness in quantum theory vs. theoretical predictability, and the question of one universe vs. multiverse, is more metaphysical than scientific. Part of the book's argument occurs in fragments of a philosophy of language in which the difference between the use of literal language and literalis

  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (July 26, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478736224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478736226

  • About the Author

    Dean W. Fredrikson holds a BS and MA from the University of Minnesota, with additional studies at BIOLA University and the University of Oklahoma. He served for 24 years in Portugal as a builder and instructor, taught at the Oak Hills Christian college for 22 years, and retired in 1998.

    The Secrets of a Savvy Traveler, by Priscilla Smiley

    Unlock the secrets of a Savvy Traveler! Do you suffer from wanderlust? Do you dream of tasting new foods in foreign lands, vacationing on exotic islands, or gazing upon the seven wonders of the world? Many dreamers and would-be travelers are discouraged by finances, believing that the cost of seeing the world is out of reach... The Secrets of a Savvy Traveler will show you how to accomplish your traveling goals in a simple three-step process-planning, execution, and outcome. With dozens of tried-and-true tips on budgeting, planning, and safety, this book will help you turn your dreams of traveling into an affordable reality. With The Secrets of a Savvy Traveler, you can truly make the world your oyster!

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (October 3, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478732717
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478732716

  • Biography

    Priscilla Smiley is a self-taught savvy traveler who has explored four different continents in less than five years. Her desire to travel has developed a passion within her to educate others how to accomplish their traveling goals on a budget while using her simple three-step process-planning, execution, and outcome. With dozens of tried-and-true tips, her book will help anyone turn their dreams of traveling into an affordable reality.
    Do's and don'ts to traveling. Secrets to traveling during a holiday. Great info in a small, easy to read book!
    5 star!

    Faith, Behind the Blue Wall: Finding God's Love and Divine purpose in Law Enforcement by Clarence Hines

    Often referred to as the "Blue Wall of Silence", most people give little consideration to the sub community that is law enforcement. Most officers and soldiers accept the inherent dangers of their vocation without reservation; however, are rarely prepared to deal with the residual emotional effects of policing a community and defending our borders. Because of the strong professional standards and polished uniformed image of our warriors of justice, most people never stop to consider that because officers and soldiers encounter so much brokenness on a daily basis, they themselves can eventually break. This book is a personal career devotional for the entire law enforcement community and their families to bring them face to face with the loving presence of the God of Grace who called them, understands them, protects them, loves them and seeks to heal them. Throughout its pages, the law enforcement community will find transformative vocational meaning and purpose as they favorably live out their faith in the tough terrain of defending a city or nation. Through the often overlooked stories of soldiers and law enforcement officers in the bible, they will learn valuable lessons and gain priceless pearls of wisdom to better protect and serve our communities. Families and Communities will have never before seen access to the inner struggles and daily obstacles officers must overcome to serve them. Chaplains and clergy will be better informed and equipped to minister to the needs of their law enforcement congregants and parishioners.

  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (October 24, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478741449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478741442

  • About the Author

    Clarence Hines is a retired Detective Sergeant with the St. Louis Police Department where he served for 21 years. He serves as a Criminal Justice Instructor and Associate Pastor in St. Louis. Clarence is a graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary and holds a Masters Degree in Theological Studies. He also serves as a Police Chaplain and writes a monthly faith based column in a police newsletter. He lives in St. Louis with his wife Julia and two children.
    Men and women in law enforcement sacrifice their lives for everyone. Selfless service. Beautifully written, quick read.

    Friday, November 14, 2014

    In Her Kitchen: Stories and Recipes from Grandmas Around the World

    In Her Kitchen:

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    In a gorgeous keepsake volume based on the slideshow that captured the world’s attention, Gabriele Galimberti’s beautiful portraits of grandmothers from all over the world with their signature dishes stunningly illustrates the international language of food and family.
    On the eve of a photography trip around the world, Gabriele Galimberti sat down to dinner with his grandmother Marisa. As she had done so many times before, she prepared his favorite ravioli—a gesture of love and an expression of the traditions by which he had come to know her as a child. The care with which she prepared this meal, and the evident pride she took in her dish, led Gabriele to seek out grandmothers and their signature dishes in the sixty countries he visited. The kitchens he photographed illustrate both the diversity of world cuisine and the universal nature of a dish served up with generosity and love. At each woman’s table, Gabriele became a curious and hungry grandson, exploring new ingredients and gathering stories. These vibrant and intimate profiles and photographs pay homage to grandmothers and their cooking everywhere. From a Swedish housewife and her homemade lox and vegetables to a Zambian villager and her Roasted Spiced Chicken, this collection features a global palate: included are hand-stuffed empanadas from Argentina, twice-fried pork and vegetables from China, slow-roasted ratatouille from France, and a decadent toffee trifle from the United States. Taken together or bite by bite, In Her Kitchen taps into our collective affection for these cherished family members and the ways they return that affection.

    In Her Kitchen is an evocative, loving portrait of the power of food and family, no matter where in the world you sit down for dinner.

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (November 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804185557
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804185554

  • GABRIELE GALIMBERTI is a photographer whose work has appeared in Newsweek, Le Monde, and Vanity Fair, among other publications. In 2013, he finished an eighteen-month photography trip around the world. His photographs and stories have led to partnerships with illy and and have appeared in slideshows on Slate. No matter where he currently rests his head, he calls Italy his home.

    I enjoyed reading the bios of all the grandmother cooks in this fine hardback book.  I am not quite sure if I could master some of the recipes. But the book was fun to read either way.  Maybe some of the simpler looking recipes I will tackle.

    "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."


    Thursday, November 6, 2014

    Bread Revolution by Peter Reinhart

    Bread Revolution: World-Class Baking with Sprouted and Whole Grains, Heirloom Flours, and Fresh Techniques

    Renowned baking author and instructor Peter Reinhart has always been on the forefront of the bread movement—from his seminal work, The Bread Baker’s Apprentice, to today. In Bread Revolution, he explores the cutting-edge developments in bread baking, with fifty recipes and formulas that use sprouted flours, whole and ancient grains, nut and seed flours, alternative flours (such as teff and grape skin), and allergy-friendly and gluten-free approaches.

    A new generation of bakers and millers are developing innovative flours and baking techniques that are designed to extract the grain’s full flavor potential—what Reinhart calls “the baker’s mission.” In this lushly photographed primer, Reinhart draws inspiration from these groundbreaking methods to create master recipes and formulas any home baker can follow, including Sprouted Sandwich Rye Bread, Gluten-Free Many-Seed Toasting Bread, and Sprouted Wheat Croissants.

    In many instances, such as with sprouted flours, preferments aren’t necessary because so much of the flavor development occurs during the sprouting phase. For grains that benefit from soakers, bigas, and sourdough starters, Reinhart provides the precise guidance that has made him such a trusted expert in the field.

    Advanced bakers will relish Reinhart’s inventive techniques and exacting scientific explanations, while beginning bakers will rejoice in his demystification of ingredients and methods—and all will come away thrilled by bread’s new frontier.

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (October 21, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607746514
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607746515

  • This book is wonderful...for the experienced baker I think.  I ordered this book thinking it would be a great beginner book.  I was wrong.  There was not one 'quick white bread' recipe anywhere, easily found at least.  Most breads were wheat and rye. Some sourdough.  The one thing I found negative about this book was the print is really small.  I don't wear glasses but probably should have readers for this one.  Other than that the pictures are great and fine details are given for each recipe.  If you really want an in-depth book about bread, this would be great for you!

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    Thursday, October 23, 2014

    Geoffrey Zakarian My Perfect Pantry

    My Perfect Pantry: 150 Easy Recipes from 50 Essential Ingredients


    Forget exotic condiments and specialty foods. With a working base of 50 readily available ingredients, from oats and honey to almonds and canned chickpeas, you will always have the makings of a delicious home-cooked meal. Whether cooking in his world-class restaurants, on Iron Chef, or judging the offerings on Chopped, Geoffrey knows every great meal starts with a trip to the pantry first for inspiration. In The Perfect Pantry, Geoffrey shows you how to use your pantry to jumpstart any meal. When you bring home your fresh produce and proteins, you’ll have 150 recipes at the ready, and many of these can be made with pantry ingredients alone. 

    You’ll see a simple can of beans as a Smoky Black Bean Bisque or coconut milk as Spicy Coconut Tempura Shrimp. Standard back-of-the-cupboard fare like almonds become crispy crust on a broiled pork chop; peanut butter lends itself beautifully to a spicy slaw, cider vinegar gives great flavor to a chicken main as well as to donuts, and mustard transforms a a pot roast. Throughout, you’ll find quick but ingenious tips for each of the 50 ingredients, like how to use Earl Grey teabags to infuse ice cubes or a syrup for French toast.

    The Perfect Pantry makes it so easy for your everyday staples to lead, rather than support, the creation of extraordinary meals. Geoffrey gives you the shopping list you need, as well as the road map for making the most of what you have on hand...


    This is a great book for me, the beginner cook. Use simple ingredients, like thyme, baking soda, or cinnamon and create yummy recipes. Easy! Great hardback book. For any age. For any level of cook. 

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (October 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385345666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385345668
  • Geoffrey Zakarian has manned the stoves at some of the world’s best restaurants over the past twenty years, including Arpège in Paris and the Dorchester in London. In New York City, he was the Chef de Cuisine at Le Cirque and Executive Chef of 44 at the Royalton and “21.” In 2001, he opened Town in midtown Manhattan and in 2005 Country near Madison Square Park. This is his first book.



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    Friday, October 17, 2014

    The Dragon and the Firefly

    Twins. A young prince and princess who can send each other one word a day. The prince, Fenn, is kidnapped by a strange king, blind but with magic powers and a plan to conquer their kingdom. The princess. Aster, foolishly pursues his rescue, accompanied only by her dragon, Moakie, and guided by the one word she receives from Fenn each day. The heroine's journey ends with a shocking surprise and an act of courage, far beyond the boundaries of reason that reshapes every event that follows. An adventure full of discovery, The Dragon and the Firefly is the sequel to the highly acclaimed The Sword of Darrow which won critical praise and has one of the highest customer ratings of any Amazon book. Reading Teen called The Sword of Darrow "372 pages of pure awesomeness."
    Publisher: Double M Publishing (May 29, 2014)
    Print Length: 358 pages
    well-written, quick read, for all ages, any fantasy lover!

    Thursday, October 9, 2014

    The Underground Girls of Kabul, by Jenny Nordberg

    In Afghanistan, a culture ruled almost entirely by men, the birth of a son is cause for celebration and the arrival of a daughter is often mourned as misfortune. A bacha posh (literally translated from Dari as “dressed up like a boy”) is a third kind of child – a girl temporarily raised as a boy and presented as such to the outside world. Jenny Nordberg, the reporter who broke the story of this phenomenon for the New York Times, constructs a powerful and moving account of those secretly living on the other side of a deeply segregated society where women have almost no rights and little freedom.

    The Underground Girls of Kabul
    is anchored by vivid characters who bring this remarkable story to life: Azita, a female parliamentarian who sees no other choice but to turn her fourth daughter Mehran into a boy; Zahra, the tomboy teenager who struggles with puberty and refuses her parents’ attempts to turn her back into a girl; Shukria, now a married mother of three after living for twenty years as a man; and Nader, who prays with Shahed, the undercover female police officer, as they both remain in male disguise as adults.

    At the heart of this emotional narrative is a new perspective on the extreme sacrifices of Afghan women and girls against the violent backdrop of America’s longest war. Divided into four parts, the book follows those born as the unwanted sex in Afghanistan, but who live as the socially favored gender through childhood and puberty, only to later be forced into marriage and childbirth. The Underground Girls of Kabul charts their dramatic life cycles, while examining our own history and the parallels to subversive actions of people who live under oppression everywhere.
    As Americans we women live a very easy life. We have all the rights. The right to vote. The right to marry who we want. The right to speak out, speak up!  But in many parts of the world, as this poignant book shows, this is not the case.  I enjoyed this book very much. A great read. It was quick to read, which is good for me, as I read a lot of books. A must read for any woman, really.
    "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

    Wednesday, October 8, 2014

    Prairie Echoes-A Book of Poetry, by Suzanne Kee

    HERE IS A POETIC ALBUM SPANNING A LIFETIME OF CURIOSITY, PUZZLEMENT, APPRECIATION AND LOVE. Haven't we all occasionally wanted time to stand still - a story to go on and on, a loved one to live forever, a treasured evening to last longer? And yet we also want new doors to open, to visit with old friends, and perhaps a chance to see home once more. Somewhere among these pages you may discover your own way to bring these things about through reading the way it is done in verse. Through the years, the poet has seized upon moments of reflection before they escaped, and captured and groomed them like stray pets. It is hoped that adults who laugh and cry with the love of life will enjoy this collection of things dear to us.

    • Paperback: 144 pages
    • Publisher: Outskirts Press (May 5, 2014)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1478723092
    • ISBN-13: 978-1478723097

    This is a thin paperback. Easy, quick read. Fun for anyone. I enjoyed the poetry in this one.

    (sorry my pic upload function is not working currently or else I'd post a pic of the cover)

    Backward Compatible-A Geek Romance, by Sarah Daltry & Pete Clark

    For fans of Scott Pilgrim or The Guild comes a story of Xbox, Denny's, and awkward beginnings. 

    Not too long ago, in a town that, depending on your current location, is either not super far or actually quite close... 

    It is a time of chaotic hormones. 

    Two nerdy gents home for winter break have discovered a female gamer at a midnight release. 

    During the break, the gamer trio manages to reveal the game's secret boss, a hidden enemy with enough power to destroy anything in its path. 

    Pursued by other gamers who want to be the first to beat this boss, George and Katie race to level up, and, in so doing, restore decency and sexual activity to their personal galaxy...

    • Paperback: 314 pages
    • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 10, 2013)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1494430576
    • ISBN-13: 978-1494430573

    I found this book interesting, yet not perfect. I guess no book is perfect.  But, it was cute. Pretty well-written. Although at times, far fetched, in terms of character development.  Cute concept.  Has potential.  Check it out-see for yourself.  Great for gamers of all ages :)

    (my pic upload function in Blogger is not working, grrrr. so therefore no pic of this book)

    If you want to purchase or check out this book further, you can click HERE to purchase on Amazon.

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

    Lost all blogger pics

    so I am not deleting all my posts and starting again here on my book blog, but I wanted to let you know all my pics are gone that I uploaded for the book covers.
    I apologize for any inconvenience. I'd rather keep up the reviews either way, and move forward. All reviews moving forward will have full color pics.

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014

    The Psychopath Whisperer by Kent A. Kiehl, PhD.


    A compelling journey into the science and behavior of psychopaths, written by the leading scientist in the field of criminal psychopathy.

    We know of psychopaths from chilling headlines and stories in the news and movies—from Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy, to Hannibal Lecter and Dexter Morgan. As Dr. Kent Kiehl shows, psychopaths can be identified by a checklist of symptoms that includes pathological lying; lack of empathy, guilt, and remorse; grandiose sense of self-worth; manipulation; and failure to accept one’s actions. But why do psychopaths behave the way they do? Is it the result of their environment— how they were raised—or is there a genetic compo­nent to their lack of conscience?

    This is the question Kiehl, a protégé of famed psychopath researcher Dr. Robert Hare, was deter­mined to answer as he began his career twenty years ago. To aid in his quest to unravel the psy­chopathic mind, Kiehl created the first mobile functional MRI scanner to study psychopaths in prison populations. The brains of more than five hundred psychopaths and three thousand other offenders have been scanned by Kiehl’s labora­tory—the world’s largest forensic neuroscience repository of its kind. Over the course of The Psy­chopath Whisperer, we follow the scientific bread crumbs that Kiehl uncovered to show that the key brain structures that correspond with emotional engagement and reactions are diminished in psy­chopaths, offering new clues to how to predict and treat the disorder.

    In The Psychopath Whisperer, Kiehl describes in fascinating detail his years working with psy­chopaths and studying their thought processes— from the remorseless serial killers he meets with behind bars to children whose behavior and per­sonality traits exhibit the early warning signs of psychopathy.

    Less than 1 percent of the general population meets the criteria for psychopathy. But psycho­paths account for a vastly outsized proportion of violent crimes. And as Kiehl shows, many who aren’t psychopaths exhibit some of the behaviors and traits associated with the condition. What do you do if you discover your roommate, or boss, or the person you are dating has traits that define a psy­chopath? And what does having a diminished limbic region of the brain mean for how the legal system approaches crimes committed by psychopaths?

    A compelling narrative of cutting-edge science, The Psychopath Whisperer will open your eyes on a fascinating but little understood world, with startling implications for society, the law, and our personal lives. 

    KENT A. KIEHL, PhD, is an executive science offi­cer of the nonprofit Mind Research Network and a professor of psychology, neurosciences, and law at the University of New Mexico. In addition to authoring more than 130 articles in peer-reviewed publications, Kiehl has writ­ten for Scientific American, has appeared on NPR, and was profiled by John Seabrook in The New Yorker. He currently directs five major NIH-funded projects in psychopathy and related mental illnesses. He lectures extensively to state and federal judges, lawyers, cor­rectional officials, and lay audiences about the inter­section of neuroscience and the law.

    Fully enjoyed this quick read. An interesting look into the mind of a psychopath. Their thoughts. True feelings. Beliefs. 
    a MUST read!

    "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

    How to lift cars off your face (And other tips for living forever, A Practical Guide for Living Life without Limits) by Tom Cladis

    How to lift cars off your face and other tips for living forever is an invitation to liberate yourself from the prison of Can't/Won't and to open your mind to the freedom of possibilities. It will challenge your comfort zone, those deeply held beliefs and convictions that cause you to drop anchor in the still waters of Status Quo. What are the things that you cannot do? Or, conversely, what are the things that you would like to be able to do?

    • Hardcover: 245 pages
    • Publisher: Sheridan Books Inc (2003)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0974231827
    • ISBN-13: 978-0974231822

    Never give up hope. No matter what! This is the book's message. "AIM HIGHER"
    Open your mind to all possibilities. All options. You can do this!

    I enjoyed this book. An inspiration for any age group. Practical thinking. Quick read!

    Monday, August 25, 2014

    4 brand new Annie's craft books!

    I Can Paper Craft

    Great book for kids!

    Kids will be excited about the great items they can create while learning paper crafts. Projects include four colorful greeting cards, a stylish paper bead necklace and bracelet set, and a handy paper tole message board. Who knew learning could be this much fun?

    • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
    • Grade Level: 4 - 7
    • Paperback: 44 pages
    • Publisher: Annie's (September 18, 2014)

    Always wanted to know how to make a quilt with just 3 yards of fabric? Awesome book!

    It Takes Three contains eight quilting projects you can make from a just three yards of fabric each. Just think, a small amount of fabric is all it takes to complete any of the quilt tops. The projects are current with the styles and trends in today's quilting community. Also included is a sidebar about raw-edge fusible appliqué. You're only a page turn away!

    • Paperback: 48 pages
    • Publisher: Annie's (August 27, 2014)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 157367379X
    • ISBN-13: 978-1573673792

    Great for beginners!

    Want to watch something wonderful take shape? Grab a front row seat at your sewing machine and observe as clever pot holders and stylish totes nearly magically appear at your fingertips. Having fun and learning to sew go hand in hand thanks to Lorine Mason’s Learn Easy Sewing Skills. Start at the very beginning with basic explanations and easy practice exercises. Then conjure up any of 11 show-stopping kitchen projects. Your family and friends will be amazed at your enchanting sleight of hand.

    • Paperback: 48 pages
    • Publisher: Annie's (September 18, 2014)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1573675768
    • ISBN-13: 978-1573675765

    A great sewing reference with colorful pictures and a pull out pattern section!

    When you look at your Christmas tree, which ornaments stand out the most? Chances are it’s those that were handmade, either by you or by a loved one. The best things about handmade ornaments are the memories that come with them. This year, why not create more memories by hand making the ornaments in this book? You can make them as gifts or get the whole family involved, spending the afternoon crafting. The book includes 53 designs across a wide variety, from traditional to whimsical, for the very young to the young at heart, and even ornaments for pets. Many of the ornaments are easy to make and can be finished in an hour or two using general supplies found in local sewing and craft stores. If you have a stash of scraps, this is a wonderful way to make good use of these on-hand fabrics. Don’t stop with making Christmas ornaments, though. Further your creativity by using these designs to make gift tags, hot pads, cards, coasters, or mug rugs. If you enjoy making ornaments but your list is small, make them by the batch to sell at a craft bazaar or bring a smile to strangers' faces by giving handmade ornaments to your favorite charity. May you have a lot of fun making Christmas ornaments that your family and friends—and perhaps others—will cherish for many years to come.

    • Paperback: 64 pages
    • Publisher: Annie's (September 1, 2014)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1573675229
    • ISBN-13: 978-1573675222

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

    Chasers of the Light: Poems from the Typewriter Series

    The epic made simple. The miracle in the mundane.

    One day, while browsing an antique store in Helena, Montana, photographer Tyler Knott Gregson stumbled upon a vintage Remington typewriter for sale. Standing up and using a page from a broken book he was buying for $2, he typed a poem without thinking, without planning, and without the ability to revise anything.

    He fell in love.

    Three years and almost one thousand poems later, Tyler is now known as the creator of the Typewriter Series: a striking collection of poems typed onto found scraps of paper or created via blackout method. Chasers of the Light features some of his most insightful and beautifully worded pieces of work—poems that illuminate grand gestures and small glimpses, poems that celebrate the beauty of a life spent chasing the light.
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade (September 2, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399169733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399169731

  • I very much enjoyed this little book. Quick read. The pages are interesting, in that most of the poems are typed with an old-fashioned typewriter then copied onto the pages. Gives the poems a great feel just by the sight.  Interesting poems. Mainly about love. relationships. life. Love this book. Highly recommend.

    Monday, August 4, 2014

    Annie's Crochet-4 books I'm reviewing here!

    4 brand-spankin' new books for the crochet enthusiast!

    If you've ever owned an Annie's (crochet) Attic book, you know that the instructions are very easy to understand and there are lovely colorful pictures of the final projects.

    Crochet with Love Knots
    Jenny King

    This classic crochet open-work stitch goes by many names—Solomon's knot, hail stone, love knot, and lover's knot. In this book, find step-by-step photo instructions on how to crochet using this lovely stitch. Once you have mastered the technique, you can create beautiful lacework to use for accessories, wearables, and more. This book includes eight designs, all with symbol crochet: Teal Scarf, Wrap in Noro, Poncho, Effervescence Cowl, Freia Cowl, Beret, Circle Wrap, and Crossover Cardigan. Patterns use super fine-, fine-, DK-, and medium-weight yarns.

    • Paperback: 36 pages
    • Publisher: Annie's (July 26, 2014)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1573675393
    • ISBN-13: 978-1573675390

    Open Weave Fashions
    Tammy Hildebrand

    Create beautiful designs with a lacy look that can be worn year-round and are great for layering. This crochet pattern book includes nine designs: Burnt Ombre Cropped Jacket, Midnight Sky Tunic, Once Upon a Dream Shawl, Perfect Color Lace Pullover with matching Hat, Red Hot Tunic, Verde Recherche Duster, Perfect Lace Pullover, and Perfect Lace Hat. Projects use fine-, light-, medium-, and worsted-weight yarns. Six different women's sizes are included, from small to 3XL.

    Really like the fact that this book gives the pattern for larger sized women! Great crochet fashion book. Check it out!

    • Paperback: 24 pages
    • Publisher: Annie's (August 27, 2014)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1573675261
    • ISBN-13: 978-1573675260

    Learn Star Stitch Crochet
    Jenny King

    The star stitch is a unique crochet stitch that involves repeating a two-row pattern. Row one creates the base where the bottom half of the star is made, and in row two, the star is completed. This guide includes photographs that illustrate how to make this gorgeous stitch. The seven projects contained within—Long Scarf, Dishcloth, Cowl, Charcoal Vest, Baby Jacket, Ladies Slippers, and Log Cabin Baby Blanket—use fine- and medium-weight as well as DK yarns.

    This stitch looks perfect for a snuggly baby afghan!

    • Paperback: 32 pages
    • Publisher: Annie's (July 15, 2014)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1573675180
    • ISBN-13: 978-1573675185

    Marvelous Crochet Motifs
    Ellen Gormley

    The 48 motifs in this book are squares or hexagons that can be tiled together to make a fabric. Also included are half motifs, which keep the integrity of the design but are only pieces of the motif. These are used to neatly fill in spaces and add shape, and they give more flexibility when building a project. Motifs in themselves can be complete projects, such as coasters or washcloths. Or multiple motifs can be added together to make something larger, including a scarf or a placemat. By stitching even more motifs together, you can even create a wrap or an afghan. The designs that can be made using motifs are limitless. As an extra bonus, the book contains symbol crochet for each motif and design. The four designs are a scarf, a hat, a cowl, and a blanket. All motifs and projects can be made using Plymouth Encore worsted-weight yarn.

    Crochet Motifs are all the rage these days. So versatile. Make a fancy scarf. A table runner for the holidays. The list goes on. This book is big. Lots of great projects. Lots of hexagons-again, all the rage!

    • Series: Annie's Crochet
    • Paperback: 64 pages
    • Publisher: Annie's (July 25, 2014)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1573674737
    • ISBN-13: 978-1573674737

    Thank you so much Annie's Attic for letting me review these 4 fun crochet books!

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

    Running Shoes by Joyce Fishman

    click for purchase here

    Anyone who loves to run knows the distinct exhilaration of taking on the outdoors with no other equipment than a good pair of running shoes. It’s a way of clearing the mental clutter, resolving tensions, and feeling fully awake and alive. 
    With whimsical text and beautiful watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations—rich in color and imagery—Running Shoes not only conveys the cities, paths, trees, and roads that a runner encounters—it brings to life the feeling of what the runner encounters in their journey. This book reminds us what running and running shoes can bring to your life in a delightfully unique way.

    An interesting book, indeed. Started reading it thinking it was a children's book, since it was so small and lots of colorful pictures.  After the book was finished I realized this might just be a small book made for adults. The content is exactly what the title says. It's all about running shoes. The freedom of running with a new pair of running shoes. I enjoyed the illustrations the most in this book. Not a lot of content in the book. But whimsical. Fun. Colorful.

    Friday, July 18, 2014

    The Gospel According to Josh-A 28-Year Gentile Bar Mitzvah

    By the time Josh Rivedal turned twenty-five, he thought he’d have the perfect life—a few years singing on Broadway, followed by a starring role in his own television show. After which, his getaway home in the Hamptons would be featured in Better Homes & Gardens, and his face would grace the cover of the National Enquirer as Bigfoot’s not-so-secret lover. Instead, his resume is filled with an assortment of minor league theatre and an appearance on The Maury Povich Show—a career sidetracked by his father’s suicide, a lawsuit from his mother over his inheritance, and a break-up with his long-term girlfriend.  Tortured by his thoughts, he finds himself on the ledge of a fourth floor window, contemplating jumping out to inherit his familial legacy. In turn he must reach out to the only person who can help him before it’s too late.  Based in part on his acclaimed one-man show, The Gospel According to Josh is a comedic and poignant true-to-life tale of love, loss, struggle, and survival—a gospel account of one young man’s passage into manhood—his twenty-eight-year Gentile bar mitzvah.

    click here to purchase

    • Paperback: 378 pages
    • Publisher: Skookum Hill; 1 edition (September 5, 2013)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0986033804
    • ISBN-13: 978-0986033803

    About the Author

    Joshua Rivedal is an actor, playwright, and international public speaker. He has spoken professionally about suicide prevention and mental health awareness in more than twenty-five U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. He serves on the board of directors for the New York City chapter of The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. He wrote and developed the play, "The Gospel According to Josh," which has toured extensively throughout the United States and Canada, and is set to open Off-Broadway in New York City in May, 2014. He wrote the libretto to a Spanish language Christmas musical "Rescatando la Navidad" starring Jose Joel. He writes for the blogs The Arts Entrepreneur and The BLOGospel According to Josh and ghost writes marketing copy, social media content, blog articles, and newsletters for various small businesses. As a voiceover actor, Josh has lent his voice to the role of Hippo in Scholastic's "Rabbit and Hippo In Three Short Tales," the narrator of Julianne Moore's "Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully," the narrator of "Cinderella Penguin," and numerous other audiobooks and animated projects. With Colleen deVeer, Josh co-produced a stage version of Hogan Gorman's Hot Cripple which was subsequently turned into a book and published by Penguin. For the theatre, he is currently co-producing "The Gospel According to Josh" and "Following the Drinking Gourd."

    my take:
    humorous, yet a powerful message. this book read fast for me. great writer. love josh's memoir. a MUST read!