Thursday, October 20, 2016

Approval Junkie by Faith Salie

From comedian and journalist Faith Salie, of NPR's Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! and CBS News Sunday Morning, a collection of daring, funny essays chronicling the author's adventures during her lifelong quest for approval
Faith Salie has done it all in the name of validation. Whether it’s trying to impress her parents with a perfect GPA, undergoing an exorcism in the hopes of saving her toxic marriage, or maintaining the BMI of “a flapper with a touch of dysentery,” Salie is the ultimate approval seeker—an “approval junkie,” if you will.

In “Miss Aphrodite,” she recounts her strategy for winning the high school beauty pageant. (“Not to brag or anything, but no one stood a chance against my emaciated, spastic resolve.”) “What I Wore to My Divorce” describes Salie’s struggle to pick the perfect outfit to wear to the courthouse to divorce her “wasband.” (“I envisioned a look that said, ‘Yo, THIS is what you’ll be missing…even though you’ve introduced your new girlfriend to our mutual friends, and she’s a decade younger than I am and is also a fit model.”) In "Ovary Achiever," she shares tips on how to ace your egg retrieval. (“Thank your fertility doctor when she announces you have ‘amazing ovaries.’ Try to be humble about it [‘Oh,these old things?’].”) And in “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me About Batman’s Nipples” she reveals the secrets behind Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! (“I study for this show like Tracy Flick on Adderall”).

With thoughtful irreverence, Salie reflects on why she tries so hard to please others, and herself, highlighting a phenomenon that many people—especially women—experience at home and in the workplace. Equal parts laugh-out loud funny and poignant, Approval Junkie is one woman’s journey to realizing that seeking approval from others is more than just getting them to like you—it's challenging yourself to achieve, and survive, more than you ever thought you could.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1666 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype (April 19, 2016)
  • Publication Date: April 19, 2016
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B013NIBBJO


I could very much relate to the topic of this book...seeking approval from everyone but themselves. I have been known to do this...often.  Faith Salie writes a great book about just this. She wrote a nice, honest book that all must read.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

PEACE WITH BEES, by Nadh Poduri

Peace with Bees is a story about a silly elephant who loves honey and thinks it’s ok to steal honey from the bees. The story teaches kids about compassion and dealing with adversities. The silly elephant’s journey to understand the boundaries and respect everyone would be a visual treat to read.

After Barney snatches the honey from Ephan, Ephan goes and steals honey from the bees despite his friend Sid’s reservations. Little did he know about the consequences of stealing. “Peace with Bees” is a story that teaches children about compassion, respect the boundaries of others. The story is nicely laced with fun facts about bees that would help children appreciate the little things. With stunning graphics and lovable characters ‘Peace with Bees’ truly brings out the joy to the young readers.


Product Details

  • File Size: 8381 KB
  • Print Length: 55 pages
  • Publication Date: October 2, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01LKAHOFW

This book is great for kids, and adults as well. It teaches kids about treating others the way you want to be treated; respect, boundaries. A sweet, short read. I love the concept not just for kids, but adults as well, because so many adults forget the basic rules of life. Pick it up! I know you'll be happy you did.


Thursday, October 13, 2016

I AM THE OCEAN, BY SAMITA SARKAR

Samita Sarkar thought she was destined to spend her entire life running.

Never giving herself a moment’s rest, she studied hard and graduated from university with top grades, and then promptly began a tireless job search. But although she thought that she had done everything by the book, life still hadn’t given her any answers. She knew that God had a plan, but what was it?

Stricken with anxiety while facing midsummer heat and sizable life decisions, the thrifty twenty-something Canadian—who had never before travelled for travel’s sake—purchased a discount bus ticket for what she thought would be a few weeks of reprieve in The United States. Embarking on her journey with nothing but a small suitcase, a broken handbag, a killer manicure and a copy of "The Bhagavad Gita," Samita would spend her days wandering streets and beaches, and her nights in jostling buses or on cramped couches. Marvelling at the beauty around her, Samita finally discovered what the world has to offer to those who stop running, while learning lessons that would set the course of the rest of her life.

*This is a beautiful story of a young woman who wanted to see the world. A Canadian who ended up on the east coast of the U.S. of A traveling southward.  People she encounters. Experiences she has. etc. A fun book. Easy, quick read. Inspiring. Her God, Lord Krishna is in control. Not her.*


Product Details

  • File Size: 1464 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Blossoms Books (March 3, 2016)
  • Publication Date: March 3, 2016