Sunday, March 30, 2008

This Blog is Over... But Reading Never Is...

I thought it would be fun keeping a log of the books I've been reading and writing reviews. But then I discovered GoodReads!

my 'read' shelf:
 my read shelf

And this is where most of my books now come from... and go to!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind

This book changed my life! I used to make $10 an hour, and now I make $10.30!

No, seriously. It not only made me re-think all the beliefs I hold about money, it made me re-think the beliefs I have about a lot of things, and how they shape my life.

Reading this book led to a new learning curve about consciousness. I then read The Secret , saw Bruce Lipton (The Biology Of Belief), and then I discovered EFT. This led to a whole therapeutic clearing of my emotional blocks...and now I'm writing a new book about parenting (Secrets of Positive Parenting) based, loosely, on the structure of this book.


(Oh, and I started saving regularly with ING Direct, too. Watching my dreams grow, $.30 at a time...)

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Blithe Tomato

This review was posted in Rudolf's Diner:

Between Thanksgiving guests this year, I enjoyed the bite-size essays served up in Mike Madison's Blithe Tomato. His stories about the personalities of organic farmers (as varied as vegetables themselves) and meditations on a life connected to the earth (and the rodents who live in it) kept me smiling, wanting to share these stories with friends, and turning the pages for another serving.


This review was published in the 2007 Sophisticate:

In Flapper, a Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern, Joshua Zeitz has the reader walk a mile in the satin dancing slippers of these revolutionaries. Zelda Fitzgerald disobeyed her Lie-Still-and-Think-of-the-Empire Victorian mother, and her husband Scott made her a trend-setter. Lois Long (a.k.a. “Lipstick”) held New Yorkers in thrall. Coco Chanel made clothes that made women stronger. Clara Bow and Louise Brooks cast a spell on the country’s new crop of working women with their own money to spend.

Zeitz paints a picture as compelling as a cupid’s bow of the cultural tensions these women embodied-—and the reactions of those who frowned on their free thinking and excessive drinking. Learn how Christian fundamentalists began their crusades, and what the KKK did to flappers. Read what long-suffering suffragettes had to say about this new generation who took their “sex rights” too far. Admire the energy of the era’s movers and shakers, and ride the shock waves sent forth by music, science research, technology and cinema. Appreciate these fun-loving girls (who became the sassy wives of the 1930s and strong matrons of the 1940s) for knowingly and unknowingly pioneering the privileges we all now take completely for granted.

But whatever you do, make sure to read this book before Gatsby!

Kristen Caven