Friday, July 3, 2015

Book Review - Here I Go Again - Jen Lancaster

Title: Here I Go Again
Author: Jen Lancaster

Here I go again provides a new twist on the time travel to fix your life
genre.  Too often we see the protagonist recognize that somewhere along the
way they really screwed up their life.  Than through some mystical means
they are able to return to the days it all went wrong, make changes, and
then all is well.  Think Peggy Sue Got Married or even Back to the Future.

Jen Lancaster’s twist is quite unique and well told.  The heroine, Lissy
Ryder, is quite a self-centered, thoroughly distasteful individual; and
everyone at her 20th High School reunion has no problem sharing that with
her.  Playing on the Whitesnake song name, she is able to return to her
high school “glory” days and relive it one more time.  Hopefully a little
better this time.

So we have the classic tale of repentance and redemption, but with a twist.
The story explores how we are all interconnected with those we share this
planet with, and how what is best for us isn’t necessarily best for all.
Ultimately the message is we need to fix ourselves where we are, right now,
and not waste our time looking for a shortcut.  It won’t be easy, but it
will be worth it.

On the downside, it seems to me a lot of the book was a Hollywood infused
masturbatory fantasy about what popular girls are really like; at least how
they think.  My experience is most super popular people (or a
self-contained clique, like jocks for example) really do not think about,
or care about those outside of their group.  Most of their teasing,
bullying, and physicality is directed to within the group than without it.
It is when someone on the outside tries to get to the inside and is
rebuffed, they perpetuate the belief that the group is out to get them.  Be
that in thought or deed.  Thus all behavior exhibited by the group becomes
a self-fulfilling prophecy to their belief it is all about them.  (Please
note there are always exceptions as the occasional sociopath can turn up

Side Note: I listen to this book on CD as I drove to and from work.  The
author decided to read the book herself (probably because most of her
previous work has been memoirs, so more appropriate), so good on her for
trying.  But unfortunately outside her own voice she was sorely lacking the
vocal acting skills to pull off the various characters and accents.  It
took me several discs to not be too bothered by it.  It would have helped
tremendously if she had hired this job out.

Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 978-0-4512-3672-2
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 320
Quick Review:  3 Stars out of 5
Why I Read It: I was looking for a funny book that was just a story (non
mystery/thriller) to listen to on my commute to and from work.
Where I Obtained the Book: At my local library

Synopsis: Twenty years after ruling the halls of her suburban Chicago high
school, Lissy Ryder doesn't understand why her glory days ended. Back then,
she was worshipped...beloved...feared. Present day, not so much. She's been
pink-slipped from her high-paying job, dumped by her husband, and kicked
out of her condo. Now, at thirty-seven, she's struggling to start a
business out of her parents' garage and sleeping under the hair-band
posters in her old bedroom.

Lissy finally realizes karma is the only bitch bigger than she was. Her
present is miserable because of her past. But it's not like she can go back
in time and change who she was...or can she?

Author Biography: Jen Lancaster is the author of her own memoirs including:
as Bitter is the New Black, Bright Lights, Big Ass, Such A Pretty Fat,
Pretty in Plaid, My Fair Lazy, and the newest: Jeneration X.

She has also dabbled with fiction in her first book, If You Were Here.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Book Review - And You Thought Accountants Were Boring - Larry R Katzen


Title: And You Thought Accountants Were Boring
Author: Larry Katzen

Review: If you ever thought you might want to be an accountant this book is
an absolute must read.  Even as a non-accountant involved in business this
was an eye-opener.  All I can say about accountants after reading this book
is “Who Knew?”

The author makes a very compelling case that there is a lot more to being
an accountant and accountancy than balancing your checkbook. They are
heavily involved in all aspects of business, and this book was riveting.
It also offers an inside look at the accounting scandal of Arthur Anderson,
giving a side of the story never seen in the media at the time.

This book is a requirement for all future accountants and I highly
recommend it to anyone in business.

Publisher: Self
ISBN: 978-1-9397581-8-7
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 338
Quick Review: 4.5 stars out of 5
Why I Read It: I work in business and have a lot of exposure to corporate
Where I Obtained the Book: Sent to me by the author for review.

Synopsis: Ingenuity. Indictments. Injustice. Arthur Anderson: an innovative
accounting firm brought down by governmental false accusations. Political
fodder in the government's prosecution of Enron, the company was unjustly
dismantled for its supposed connections to the corruption. The company was
later vindicated by a 9 - 0 supreme court ruling, but it was too late. The
impact was devastating. Thousands of employees were suddenly tarnished by
the Arthur Andersen name, left reeling in the aftershock. Meet one of them:
Larry Katzen. An honorable, hardworking man who devoted his life to Arthur
Andersen, Larry was there from the company's meteoric rise to its unjust
demise. This is his story.

Author Biography: By the time he was 30, Larry Katzen made partner at
Arthur Andersen, enjoying a fast-paced rise through the ranks as the firm
grew in size and renown.

But It came crashing down in 2002 when Arthur Andersen was indicted based
on accusations related to scandals at Enron. With the firm’s survival in
question, Katzen moved quickly to encourage employees to carefully complete
all remaining assignments.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Product Review - Number One Nutrition Thyroid Support, 60 count from Number One Nutrition

Product:  Number One Nutrition Thyroid Support, 60 count from Number One Nutrition

Review:  When you open the bottle you will smell the ingredients this pill has - they smell hot - cayenne pepper - also loads of ingredients that will help your thyroid and your metabolism increase. I am in my mid 40's and have 5 children - my mother's thyroid stopped working about 20 years ago and she went a bit crazy before they caught that it was not working any longer - I fear that will happen to me, since her sister also has the same issue - well I have been taking individual supplements of Selenium, Folic Acid, Iodine, Zinc and Vit B12 to try and keep my thyroid going as long as possible - the thyroid regulates so much that you want it working and the medication to replace it just isn't as good as the real thing.

So when this product was offered to me to try I jumped on it - a pill with all the things I was taking separate plus other ingredients that will help my thyroid go longer and go better - as we age our metabolism drops and then the pounds start to pile on - well that is crap - we have to do somethings about that - exercise - lean muscle building and eating right sure help - but the older we get the less and less we can eat without it showing on our hips and faces - so with this pill I think that the thyroid will get a boost and help to keep going without burning out and my metabolism with get a boost so I feel more energetic and alive and dead tired all the time.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Book Review - The Truth and Other Lies - Sascha Arango


Title: The Truth and Other Lies
Author: Sascha Arango

Review: The keystone to this book is being on the side of the anti-hero,
Henry Hayden. Everything seems to be going his way until it suddenly isn’t;
and instead of trying to repair any damage he decides to double down on his
bad behavior.

As he keeps riding his bets, a wide path of lies and death is left in his
wake.  I like the portrait of a human unencumbered by any sense of morals
or general decency.  He is totally motivated about what is best for him in
the moment, nothing else. By all rights the reader should despise Henry,
unless they are a sociopath themselves.

I came away with ambivalent feelings about the hero.  I should have hated
him for such violent hedonistic behavior but I didn’t.  I didn’t like him
either.  On the larger book I felt that way about all the characters,
neither here or there on them.  They die or they live; things work out for
them or they don’t.  I just didn’t care. That said, it is a very talented
author that can get you to think nothing about Henry.

This was a fairly short book that could have done with an extra 50 pages of
character development.  A good story without any character I could root
for. I believe the characters would play well on the screen, where the
nonverbal communication would be screaming.

Publisher: Atria Books
ISBN: 978-1-4767-9555-3
Copyright: 2015
Pages: 241
Quick Review: 3.5 stars out of 5
Why I Read It: I love European crime fiction.
Where I Obtained the Book: Sent to me by the publisher for review.

Synopsis: On the surface, Henry Hayden seems like someone you could like,
or even admire. A famous bestselling author who appears a modest everyman.
A loving, devoted husband even though he could have any woman he desires. A
generous friend and coworker. But Henry Hayden is a construction, a mask.
His past is a secret, his methods more so. No one besides him and his wife
know that she is the actual writer of the novels that made him famous.

For most of Henry’s life, it hasn’t been a problem. But when his
hidden-in-plain-sight mistress becomes pregnant and his carefully
constructed facade is about to crumble, he tries to find a permanent
solution, only to make a terrible mistake.

Now not only are the police after Henry, but his past—which he has
painstakingly kept hidden—threatens to catch up with him as well. Henry is
an ingenious man and he works out an ingenious plan. He weaves lies,
truths, and half-truths into a story that might help him survive. But bit
by bit the noose still tightens.

Smart, sardonic, and compulsively readable, here is the story of a man
whose cunning allows him to evade the consequences of his every action,
even when he’s standing on the edge of the abyss.

Author Biography: Sascha Arango was born in Berlin in 1959 and is one of
Germany’s most prominent screenplay writers. He has also authored audio
plays and stage plays and has been awarded several prizes, including the
Grimme Prize twice. The Truth and Other Lies is his first novel.

Disclaimer for all reviews sent by the publisher, publicist or author for review.