June 17, 2009

Review #22 – Get Fit With Your Dog – Karen Sullivan

Posted in DelGals books, non-fiction, Review at 4:27 am by reviewsonbooks

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Unfortunately nowadays with many people working sedentary jobs involving little movement other than typing endlessly on a keyboard, people have become increasingly heavier and out of shape. Dogs are not exempt from this issue either, especially since many families are busy at work all day, and come home to vegetate on the couch ignoring the family dog who has been sleeping and inactive for the entire day. Many find the desire to workout and are successful, but then feel guilty because they don’t spend enough time with their dog. So what better way to be able to fit both exercise and quality time with your pets than to workout with the dog too! Get Fit With Your Dog provides the reader with ample health information and plenty of color photos, and charts about both humans and dogs alike. It also offers nutrition information and numerous exercise suggestions, including how to create your own dog agility course to not only get owners moving, but to get doggies body and mind active too. This suggestion may seem a little bit too unrealistic for some owners, but there are plenty of other more sensible activities from simple hiking to swimming with your pooch that will get you up, motivated and active with your dog.

June 16, 2009

Teaser Tuesday

Posted in DelGals books, non-fiction, teaser tuesday at 1:58 pm by reviewsonbooks

This week’s read I just started a few hours ago is entitled:

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One Nation Under Dog: Adventures in the New World of Prozac-Popping Puppies, Dog-Park Politics and Organic Pet Food. – Michael Schaffer

Random teaser #1:

“Plenty of contemporary pet owners would agree that their animal is more valuable than a new hardwood floor.”

Teaser #2:

“The growth of veterinary insurance coincides with a crisis in human medicine, where 47 million American humans lack their own health insurance.”

June 1, 2009

Review #18 – In the Land of Cotton – Martha A. Taylor

Posted in DelGals books, memoir, non-fiction, Review at 12:18 am by reviewsonbooks

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It was in 1956 that a young white girl, Martha, living in the Deep South, began her journey of discovery into a land and time where lives seemed simple and free on the surface, but were really underneath it all inundated with tension, unfairness and unrest.

Martha’s family enlisted the help of a black woman in their home who soon became an important part of Martha’s daily life. Being an inquisitive youngster, Martha decides to quietly follow the woman one day to her home and discovers a family living on the land that is quite different from her own. Thus begins her remarkable journey and education, that brings her back to the forest on numerous occasions as she befriends and builds strong relationships with the black family. Martha learns that although slavery has been long ago abolished, many things in the small community, and the world around her, are still quite unjust and the rut created by the racial divide is still apparent.

Martha Taylor expertly weaves a lovely, emotional, story that first intrigues the reader who glances at the synopsis, (thinking it is a fiction story) and learns about a girl who discovers a primitive black family living in the forest. Thus the story holds the reader’s attention, who then comes to realize the truth throughout reading the entire story, and is hooked until the bittersweet ending. This is not only a tale about Martha and the lovely family that she discovers and her struggle to live through and understand racial inequality. There is also extensive highlights of current events in our nation in the mid 50’s to the 60’s included in the story such as continued racial prejudice, Martin Luther King’s strive towards equality and the Vietnam war. This story serves as an outstanding example of how America was still living with racial hatred and inequality, despite the positive efforts made to abolish slavery roughly a hundred years earlier.

May 20, 2009

Review #15 – Columbine – Dave Cullen

Posted in DelGals books, non-fiction, Review at 1:00 am by reviewsonbooks

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April 20, 2009 marked the tenth year anniversary of the school shootings in Colorado in the high school of Columbine. No one alive at that time will ever forget when two students, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris burst into their school killing twelve students and a teacher and injuring twenty-one others before they eventually turned the guns on themselves, ending the massacre that became one of the top deadliest in our nation’s history.

Author and journalist, Dave Cullen, who is considered to be a leading authority on the Columbine school shootings, has not only written a riveting detailed account of this tragedy, but has quickly drawn the reader in by getting to the root of this evil, and attempting to answer the question in everyone’s mind, why did this happen? Cullen’s extensive research and interviews expertly describe the most convincing answer, psychopathy. Now, this may not be what our society wants to hear, especially since many believed it to be a myriad of reasons, including bullying, bad parenting or evil music and video games. However, the detailed explanations provided in this book from videos and journals created by the killers, to extensive detailed interviews of other key persons, leaves nothing else but psychopathy as the most obvious reason for committing such an atrocity against innocent students and faculty. Columbine is an intense read that is often times difficult to fathom the vivid events and heartbreaking details as a real event, but it is written so well that the information, no matter how hard it is to believe is thoroughly documented and explained.

May 19, 2009

Teaser Tuesday

Posted in biography, DelGals books, memes, non-fiction, teaser tuesday at 2:20 am by reviewsonbooks

It’s time once again for a quick tease from one of the book’s I’m reading this week:

This time I’m reading Hershey: Milton S. Hershey’s Extraordinary Life of Wealth, Empire, and Utopian Dreams by Michael D’Antonio.

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“Milton S. Hershey had become one of Pennsylvania’s more prominent men, and there seemed to be no limit on how big his company could grow.” page 60.

and

“If you had been a fifteen-year-old boy in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1872, you would have wanted to work at Joseph C. Royer’s Ice Cream Parlor and Garden.” page 26.

Join the teasing fun at Teaser Tuesday

April 30, 2009

Review #9 – My Booky Wook – Russell Brand

Posted in DelGals books, memoir, non-fiction, Review at 1:18 am by reviewsonbooks

bookyRussell Brand, a fairly new stand-up comedian here in the U.S. hailing from merry old England, has written a wildly raw and unabashed memoir about his life of compulsive and destructive behaviors with sex and drugs and his tumultuous career as an actor and comedian. His life starts off fairly unceremoniously and “normal”, his parents divorce when he is young. Readers then find Russell breaking the rules in school, and getting kicked out of school after school, despite doing quite well in some of them. This behavior continues on through adulthood with his inability to keep and sort of job, all the while partaking in a plethora of drugs and mindless sex.

Luckily for fans of Russell Brand, this book is not merely a tale of his uncivilized and raucous days living in England getting thrown out of numerous institutions, doing drugs and having sex. Russell comes clean and is rather forthright in writing about how he managed to get help for not only his drug addiction, but his addiction to sex as well, and how he managed to get his life straightened out in order to become one of England’s (and recently America’s) funniest, strangest comedians.

Although some of Mr. Brand’s writing style and references to countless television shows or his use of English humor may present a slight difficulty for the American reader who is unfamiliar with these particular references, his humor begins with a strong force and continues to happily take the readers throughout the entire book, never ceasing until the very end.

April 2, 2009

Review #6 – The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing – Mayra Calvani & Anne K. Edwards

Posted in DelGals books, non-fiction, Review at 2:56 am by reviewsonbooks

slipperyAfter reading The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing the reader will definitely come to the realization that there is so much more to book reviewing than simply opening a book, reading it and writing something about it. This book is an excellent introduction to the world of reviewing for those newcomers to the field, like myself, because it not only is well organized with critical sections such as The Art of Reviewing and The Influence of Book Reviews, but this book is also quite useful to the novice reader because it includes a well stocked resource section. The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing includes websites and detailed contact information about publishing companies that may be interested in acquiring book reviewing services, and also supplies a few samples of what good and bad reviews actually look like, which affords the reader a clear understanding of how to properly complete the reviewing task and what to avoid.

The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing is also a good reference resource for those who already in the field and are in need of a few refreshers. Specifically such topics, to name a few, as the ethics of selling reviewed books and submitting well written critical but respectful reviews are some of the topics covered that can be glanced over and referenced to at a later date as the reviewers journey progresses. Finally, both seasoned and new reviewers will also be delighted to read quotes and get tips from noted reviewers such as Midwest Book Review.

Both authors, Anne K. Edwards and Mayra Calvani bring their collective knowledge in authoring and book reviewing to enlighten and inform the reader of the critical importance of book reviewing. For more information about this book and the authors or to read reviews, interviews and get their latest news, please go to their Slippery Book Review Blog.