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I Talk Slower than I Think

By: C. D. Bonner   Format: eBook.   Read: November 2014

This is a collection of stories to remind adults of every age of a simpler, more hands-on era.

I Talk Slower than I Think is a nod to the good old days. Filled with southern expressions, each chapter relays an old family story passed down from previous generations. This book will have readers laughing out loud, as well as a few nodding along as they relate to certain events. Although there are some stories that are more emotional than entertaining, overall this is a feel-good book that both Southerners and Northerners can appreciate.

 

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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The author provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. To learn more about this author and his work, please visit his website.

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Sasee Review for August

Hi Everyone,

As you all know, I have had the honor of writing the book reviews for Sasee Magazine. Here is a snippet of the review that I did for month of August.

 

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

Who Left Me in Charge?

By: Erin Spatz

This past month, I had the pleasure of reading this new release by local author and new Sasee columnist, Erin Spatz. Erin mixes reality and humor as she shares her journey through Postpartum Panic Disorder. This book is a collection of her journal entries dealing with everyday topics that most Moms face.

Erin Spatz thought that throughout her pregnancy and childbirth that life would be magical once she held her newborn baby. Unfortunately, she developed Postpartum Panic Disorder that worsened after each of her four children were born. Throughout her struggles, she found a form of peace through writing and kept a journal of her chaotic days. Her honest and playful writing style makes it easy for all women to relate to her. Since the chapters are organized by topics, they are short and easy to read. Perfect for busy Moms looking to find something they can connect to, when they don’t have a lot of time to devote to reading.

 

You can read this issue (and the full review) at this link.

 

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The Seventh Angel

By: Alex McKeithen. Format: Hardcover. Read: March 2014.

 

Alex McKeithen decided to study art abroad in the inspiring European landscape. Unfortunately for him, when he arrived in Paris, he suffered a breakdown, running through the streets proclaiming he was the Seventh Angel and that the apocalypse was coming. This book is his story through these events and his recovery back in the states.

Alex McKeithen is brave for spilling his life and thoughts out in this book. He even gives readers more insight into his spinning mind, by adding notes along the side, as though this was his personal journal. The author doesn’t shy away from the harshness of his illness or the realities of treatment inside the facility. However he does try to insert humorous scenes to help break up the monotony.  This is an exceptional book about the inner workings of an overactive mind.

 

Again, I thank you for your patience with these reviews. As I am sure you can imagine, it was quite difficult to not only be living the experiences of caring for someone who struggles daily, but then to read a few back to back books about mental illnesses…well reading is my escape and it is pretty difficult to escape my reality by living someone else’s experiences.  Again I offer my apologies over the delayed reviews, but I am thrilled to announce that we are moving forward through the next books on The List.

 

Do you or someone you know, suffer from bipolar disease? Do you appreciate the value of experiencing someone’s life through their words?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

Note:

The PR Representative provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about her, please visit her website.

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My Sister’s Books #38

The Diary of a Young Girl

By: Anne Frank

This is the diary by Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl. Her family had to leave Amsterdam and hide from the approaching Nazis. When their location was discovered, they were forced to hide in an office building. This diary demonstrates the transition from being a young girl to being a young lady, during one of the most horrific times in the world’s history.

Anne Frank turned thirteen years old, when she started writing in her now infamous diary. In it she documents her daily life over the course of two years. She honestly writes about the details of the events that her family went through, as well as the emotions she and the seven others felt being trapped in the office building. What started out as innocent diary entries, typical for anyone her age, quickly turned into a documentary of the constant fear of being discovered mixed with the physical pains of being in hiding. This book will change readers’ lives.

Notes:

This review was written for My Sister’s Books.

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My Sister’s Books #31

The Ultimate Gullah Cookbook

By: Jesse Edward Gantt, Jr. and Veronica Davis Gerald

The Gullah community is one of the oldest cultures in the south. This cookbook starts with the history of the Gullah people and how their language, culture and food were developed. The recipes are lined with quotes and memories of the past. The titles of the recipes are written in the Gullah language, but the directions are written in simple, easy-to-follow manner. The serving sizes range from small families, to large gatherings. This is a great cookbook for anyone looking to learn more about how to cook basic Gullah food.

Note:
This review was written for My Sister’s Books.

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My Sister’s Books Review #30

Come Home to Supper

By: Christy Jordan

Christy Jordan’s latest cookbook is dedicated to families in today’s world. This cookbook is crammed full of delicious recipes that are made up of affordable ingredients. She focuses on making things easier for her readers by offering differing ways to cook in the same recipe, i.e. slow cooker versus oven. The recipes are organized by the main ingredient and cover wide variety of cultural favorites. Christy Jordan includes anecdotes from her past and uplifting quotes throughout the book. This is a wonderful cookbook for busy families who are looking for easy recipes to bring everyone to the table.

Notes:
This review was written for My Sister’s Books.

Purchase Link:

http://mysistersbooks.mybooksandmore.com/web1/actions/searchHandler.do?key=BTKEY:0013403120&nextPage=booksDetails&parentNum=12564

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My Sister’s Books Review #28

Plantation Tours and Tastes Georgetown History

Published by: The Church Women of Prince George Winyah Parish

Plantation Tours and Tastes Georgetown History is a lovely cookbook written by the women of Prince George Winyah Parish, who have hosted multiple plantation tours since 1947. Chocked full of beautiful artwork and the history of Georgetown, South Carolina, this is an exceptional book for southern families. The recipes are organized in appetizers, seafood, drinks and desserts. The spiral binding makes it easier to prop the book up on the counter, for easier access while cooking. Along the edges there is space for notes, bible passages and bonus recipes. This is an enriching book for anyone looking to connect with their inner southern cook.

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This review was written for My Sister’s Books.

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My Sister’s Books Review #25

Founding Mothers
By: Cokie Roberts

Founding Mothers is a book about the women behind the well-known men who founded America. These are the wives and mothers that were at home, raising the family, running the farms and businesses. Cokie Roberts brings together the letters and details of history to acknowledge and praise the women that created this nation. The men fought the war overseas and ran for public office, but the women helped to steer their actions, while defending their homes.

Cokie Roberts has done a brilliant job of telling the stories of multiple women that helped shape this country. She demonstrates that the strengths and weaknesses of each of these women played a vital role in America’s history. Filled with recipes and references from letters, this book gives a behind the scenes look into the daily life. Though this book is divided into different time periods, the individual women’s stories blend into each other, which makes it a bit slow at times. However, this is an intriguing read for anyone looking to learn more about America’s past.

Similar Authors:
Carol Berkin and Gail Collins

Note:

This review was written for My Sister’s Books.
Purchase Link:

http://mysistersbooks.mybooksandmore.com/web1/actions/searchHandler.do?key=BTKEY:0006054446&nextPage=booksDetails&parentNum=12564

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A Beautiful Mess

By: Ali Berlinski. Format: Ebook. Read: September 2013.

A Brooklyn elementary school teacher who doesn’t quite fit in anywhere and goes to Spain to find time to write and connect with herself. Ali Berlinski is a unique individual that grew up on both coasts and as an only child-youngest child-oldest child. Not to mention the fact that she is bi-racial too and people assume her step-mom is her actual mom. This is her first book and it is the story of her life.

A Beautiful Mess is an intriguing, yet humorous account of the author’s life. Written as though the author is speaking to her friends, readers will find themselves awkwardly laughing even during the more trying times in Berlinski’s life. The author is very honest in all the emotions she experienced while being part of a large, chaotic family. However, the book did not flow smoothly, and could benefit from rearranging some of the chapters. At the end, in the author bio, it is mentioned that this is her first novel, yet it is clearly a memoir. There are a few grammar errors and the ending will leave readers with a few unanswered questions. On the other hand, this memoir sets up several scenarios that will stimulate the readers’ mind and make them question their own feelings and responses, if they were in a similar situation.

This book was nice and I appreciated how it felt like I was inside the author’s mind, like two friends chatting about their hectic lives over dinner. I also appreciate the fact that the author is giving back to the world, by donating a children’s book to a child in need for every purchased copy of A Beautiful Mess. I enjoyed the uniqueness and craziness of her everyday family life, yet the majority of the drama most everyone, including myself, can relate.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Note:

The publisher for the author gave me a copy of this book to review. To learn more about this author and her work, please visit her website.

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100 Ways to Save and Grow Your Money

By: Peter Sorrells. Format: Paperback. Read: August 2013.

Peter Sorrells is not a professional accountant, but he is someone who had to crawl out of debt, just like the majority of Americans. In this book, he lays out several concise, logical steps on how to help you not only reduce your debt, but to help you maintain a healthy relationship with your finances.

The author writes this book as though he is actually speaking to the reader, by using easy-to-understand language and step-by-step directions, with plenty of examples. This book has the added benefits of note space and a blank budget, along with several further resources so readers can start right away in declaring and achieving their goals. Each section relates to different subjects, varying from using your skills to start your own at-home business or buying a new car. There are several references and verses from the Bible, but they do not take away from the well-organized, easy-to-follow chapters. The steps are very basic, but Sorrells shows how the most basic steps will pay-off greatly in the end. If you are looking for simple ways to start improving your finances, this would be a great book to read.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Notes:
The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this book and the author, please visit his website.

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