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!

Guest Author Post: Shoshanah Shear on "Healing Your Life Through Activity"

Since I don't often read/review non-fiction, I am pleased to have the privilege to present you with this guest author post about a book that sounds both helpful and fascinating.The Story behind Healing Your Life Through Activity - An Occupational Therapist's Storyby Shoshanah Shear Shortly after high school, I went to a career guidance counselor. … Continue reading Guest Author Post: Shoshanah Shear on "Healing Your Life Through Activity"

Travels for the Mind or for the Body?

Book Review of "On Trying to Keep Still" by Jenny Diski. I was saddened to hear that Jenny Diski was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and even more saddened when she passed away. Interestingly enough, the first thought that went through my head was "why haven't I read more of her works?" I knew that I … Continue reading Travels for the Mind or for the Body?

The Sound of Reading

Listening to Audio Books.   I recently underwent a procedure on my eyelids, which meant I had to have cold or warm compresses over my eyes for hours at a time. In anticipation of this debilitating circumstance, I realized that I needed something to occupy my mind while waiting to heal. The obvious answer was … Continue reading The Sound of Reading

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

Book Blitz Spotlight: Overcoming Anxiety

  Overcoming Anxiety By David Berndt, PhD Genre: Mental Health, Self-help Book Blurb The good news is that anxiety can be overcome without relying on medication. Psychologist David Berndt, PhD, in Overcoming Anxiety outlines several self-help methods for relief for anxiety and worry. In clear simple language and a conversational style. Dr. Berndt shares with … Continue reading Book Blitz Spotlight: Overcoming Anxiety

Finding a Fictional Role Model

Book Review of "How to Be a Heroine: or What I've Learned from Reading Too Much" by Samantha Ellis. Calling all women who read fiction: tell me, can you point to one female character from any book or story you've ever read and say, "Yes, that's me" or even "Yes, that's who I want to … Continue reading Finding a Fictional Role Model

Everything old is new again!

Book Review of "84, Charing Cross Road" by Helene Hanff. It is a rare instance when non-fiction reads like fiction, and Helene Hanff’s book is exactly one of those exceptions. Long before the age of the Internet and on-line book sellers like Amazon, New York writer Hanff saw an ad in the Saturday Review of … Continue reading Everything old is new again!

Name, Rank and 8200

Book Review of "Spies, Inc.: Business Innovation from Israel's Masters of Espionage" by Stacy Perman. Whatever you may think about Israel, you have to admit that from its inception, the odds were against it. You also must give it credit for surviving while being outnumbered by over 100 to 1 from the onset. Under those … Continue reading Name, Rank and 8200