To Soothe a Ravaged Soul.

Book Review for “Keys to Harmony: Memoir of Depression, Daring, and Creativity” by Margalit Jakob. Summary: "A pianist/therapist loses access to a crucial memory. Neither able to play, nor to relinquish her dream, she finds herself in an agonizing limbo. Filled with piercing insights, this is a thrilling book about overcoming depression and reclaiming one's … Continue reading To Soothe a Ravaged Soul.

Intimate Essays.

Book Review for “Conversations with My Body: Essays on My Life as a Jewish Woman” by Elana Sztokman. Summary: “Elana Sztokman arrived in Israel in 1993 as a young religious mother wearing a long skirt and a hat covering her hair. Today, nearly 30 years later, after spending years fighting for women’s rights in Orthodoxy, … Continue reading Intimate Essays.

My Top 5 Favorite Books of 2018

  2018: The year of “only by a whisker” books. Yes, the time has come once again for me to give you all my roundup of my favorite books published over this past year. I have to warn you however, I’m going to cheat a tiny bit with my non-fiction book this year. See, although … Continue reading My Top 5 Favorite Books of 2018

Q&A with Eric Houston, author of The Lost Artist: Love Passion War (Part 1)

I recently heard about Eric Houston's memoir "The Lost Artist: Love Passion War (Part 1)" and was immediately intrigued. While I couldn't fit this book into my reading list, I decided instead to feature this work here, by asking him one question. Here's his answer to: What was one of the most interesting experiences you … Continue reading Q&A with Eric Houston, author of The Lost Artist: Love Passion War (Part 1)

My Top Five (or more) Books of 2017

2017: The Year of Women - Good and Bad!   Those of my readers who have been following this blog for a while, know that I had to stuff seven novels into my favorites of 2016 list, and eight books ended up on list for 2015. This year, I have nine books that deserved a … Continue reading My Top Five (or more) Books of 2017

Guest Author Post by Roz Morris: Out of sight, but not out of mind

As noted in my recent review of Roz Morris' travel diary book Not Quite Lost: Travels without a Sense of Direction, Roz's afterward for that darling travel diary truly fascinated and more importantly, intrigued me. So I requested she write a post for this blog based on some of the things she mentioned there. Without … Continue reading Guest Author Post by Roz Morris: Out of sight, but not out of mind

The Guestbook Spy

Book Review of "Not Quite Lost: Travels without a Sense of Direction" by Roz Morris It isn't often that I read non-fiction, but when I do, I often find travel books to be the most pleasurable way to remain within the realm of reality. However, sometimes these can be filled with long, drawn-out descriptions of … Continue reading The Guestbook Spy

Now You’re an Immigrant!

Book Review of "Chutzpah & High Heels: The Search for Love and Identity in the Holy Land" by Jessica Fishman. In this memoir, Jessica Fishman details the trials and tribulations of making what we call "Aliyah" - literally meaning to "go up" to Israel. This reminds me of an old, old joke, which goes something … Continue reading Now You’re an Immigrant!

What a Trader!

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Book Review of "One Red Paperclip" by Kyle MacDonald. UPDATE: Follow this link to see this amazing infographic about Kyle's amazing journey that he took to get a house! Trading something seemingly worthless until you get something of real value might be a cheap trick, especially if it starts out with something as insignificant as … Continue reading What a Trader!

Facing Three Hours

Review of "The Face: A Time Code" by Ruth Ozeki. In this short non-fiction piece, Ozeki takes on the Zen exercise of staring at her face for three hours. The book starts with her time clock set at 00:00:00, which ticks off the seconds and minutes as she writes whatever comes into her head while … Continue reading Facing Three Hours