Friday, December 31, 2010
Think Like a Black Belt - Jim Bouchard
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Stuff, compulsive hoarding and the meaning of things - Randy Frost and Gail Steketee
Title: Stuff, compulsive hoarding and the meaning of things
Author: Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010..
Quick Review: 3 stars (out of 5)
Why I Read It: David had it a pile of books to read and I was sick of the book I was reading.
Where I Obtained the Book: At my local library.
Synopsis: We've seen them in a Dateline story or an Oprah feature: homes that have become improbable repositories of 'literally' tons of stuff. The camera crews zoom in on rooms crammed floor-to-ceiling with stacks of newspapers and magazines. We watch, fascinated, as professional organizers attack the untidy rooms, or the host expresses horror at a filthy kitchen, but never ask the larger question: How did it come to this? STUFF is the first book to explore compulsive hoarding, a disorder that affects as many as six million people. Using the latest research, much of which they pioneered in their decade of study, along with vivid case histories of a range of hoarders (animal collectors, compulsive shoppers, elderly packrats, scavengers), Frost and Steketee describe the various causes of hoarding, psychological and biological, and the traits by which you can identify a hoarder. In a portrait that disproves many of our assumptions about the often-hidden disease (for example, most hoarders aren't reacting to childhood poverty or deprivation), they also examine the forces behind a hoarder's behavior and the ways in which they affect all of us, whether it's the passion of a collector, the rigor of someone whose desk is always clean, the sentimentality of the person who saves ticket stubs. For the sufferers, their relatives and friends, and all the rest of us with complicated relationships to our things, STUFF answers the question of what happens when our stuff starts to own us.
Review: Scary, scary…I saw so many people I know, including myself, in this book. We have so much now that storage is a problem, of course that is not hoarding. Hoarding is keeping everything, regardless of what it is. Piles of papers, clothes, garbage, junk so much that there is barely space to sit in your own home, or sleep in worse cases. Boy I need to be sure to throw away things I don’t need or use or I could start collecting useless items. I come from a grandfather who was a pack-rat, now I realize he was a hoarder. He grew up in the depression and it was a coping mechanism for him to keep everything for a rainy day.
Read this book if you keep things and start to see piles around your house, you may have a problem. Good news is that there is help out there, you don’t have to live in piles and piles of stuff scared someone might find out.
Author Biography: Dr. Randy O. Frost is the Harold and Elsa Siipola Israel Professor of Psychology at Smith College and author of "Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things" (Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt, 2010), a book about hoarding for the general public. He is an expert on obsessive-compulsive disorder and compulsive hoarding and has published more than 100 scientific articles on these topics. He other books include "Compulsive Hoarding and Acquiring: Therapist Guide and Workbook" as well as "Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding"
Gail Steketee, Ph.D. is Professor at the Boston University School of Social Work. Her recent research, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, focuses on diagnostic and personality aspects of compulsive hoarding and on effective treatments. She and Dr. Frost have written the manual for mental health clinicians who treat hoarding problems.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Fairest - Gail Carson Levine
Why I Read It: Amanda gave it to me to read to Cenneidigh.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Naked Heat - Richard Castle
Title: Naked Heat
Author: Richard Castle
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, 2010.
Quick Review: 3 stars (out of 5)
Why I Read It: I love the TV series, so I thought I’d give the books a try.
Where I Obtained the Book: Got it at my local library.
Synopsis: In the thrilling sequel to the "New York Times" bestseller "Heat Wave," Richard Castle--from the hit ABC show "Castle"--continues the story of NYPD homicide detective Nikki Heat. Readers will once again follow Nikki and hotshot reporter Jameson Rook as they trade barbs and innuendos, all while on the trail of a murderer.
Review: Reading this is like watching one of the episodes, a very long episode. It was funny and cute, mixed with murder and deceit. Nikki and Jameson have great chemistry, much like Castle and Beckett . The book ties in with what Castle does on the show. Roach is the best. Nothing was naked in this book, it was just a clever title.
I hope the writers are having fun with the TV series and the books. I would love to watch more seasons and read more books.
Author Biography: Richard Castle is the author of numerous bestsellers, including the critically acclaimed Derrick Storm series. His first novel, In a Hail of Bullets, published while he was still in college, received the Nom DePlume Society's prestigious Tom Straw Award for Mystery Literature. Castle currently lives in Manhattan with his daughter and mother, both of whom infuse his life with humor and inspiration.
Note: Richard Castle is a fictional character from the ABC television show, Castle, played by Nathan Fillion. The biography below is of this character. His name is being used as a pseudonym for tie-in novels to the TV show. The actual author of the novels is currently unknown.
Monday, December 27, 2010
Quote of the Month
"The person, whether it be a gentleman or a lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid"- Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
The Happiness Project - Gretchen Rubin
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
My Nine Lives: A Memoir of Many Careers at the Keyboard - Leon Fleisher and Anne Midgette
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
My Husbands Woman - Dee Dee M. Scott
Why I Read It: I read and review any books I win on Goodreads.
Dee Dee's poems, A Pile Of Beautiful Red Roses, God Is, and, An Angel Given Wings To Fly, were published in anthologies, After The Storm and Nature's Echo.
Dee Dee is a rising songwriter, poet, author, playwright, and motivational speaker. She is also the founder of Ahsyad Publications.
Recently, Dee Dee was chosen to represent Columbia, S.C as a member of the National Association Of Professional Women for 2010/2011.
She resides in Columbia with her children and husband of 13 years, Danny L. Scott.
Dee Dee's freshman book, My Husband's Woman, is available to order now.
Dee Dee has also written an inspirational poetry book titled; I've Never Seen A Hearse Pull A U-Haul. It will be released in 2010.
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Indulgence in Death - JD Robb
Title: Indulgence in Death
Author: JD Robb
Publisher: GP Putnams
Quick Review: 3 stars (out of 5)
Why I Read It: This is book 31 in the "In Death" series and I still like them.
Where I Obtained the Book: I reserved this from my library
Synopsis: First it was a limo driver shot through the neck with a crossbow. Then it was a high-priced escort found stabbed through the heart with a bayonet.
Random hits, thrill kills, murderers with a taste for the finer things in life-and death-are making NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas angry. And an angry Eve can be just as an efficient and dangerous predator as the killer.
As time runs out on another innocent victim's life, Eve's investigation will take her into the rarefied circle that her husband, Roarke, travels in-and into the perverted heart of madness...
Review: I struggled a lot with this review because while this book added to the personal story lines of a very tight group of characters, characters which I enjoy, the actual mystery was non-existence. Basically we had a space filler mini mystery (i.e. a few chapters in the beginning) followed by a non-mystery. Essentially we meet a couple of assholes and then spend the next couple of hundred pages verifying that fact until, as always, Eve triumphs over the arrogant bastards with a serving of hot humility.
Just like some episodes of SNL are not winners, you can't have 31 books in a series with them all being the best one. But I do not want to sound negative. I love the characters, love the futuristic world, and love the writing style, and more often than not, the actual case is pretty good. This is a series you want to start at the beginning, because the relationships within the books are just as important, if not more so, than the individual mysteries themselves. I think that is a testament to Robb's (Nora Roberts) writing chops in the romance world.
Author Biography: J. D. Robb is the pseudonym for Nora Roberts. In this name, Nora Roberts has produced the bestselling series "In Death," which has 39 books in it to date. Nora Roberts has published more than 130 novels, which has been translated into more than 25 languages. She has been given the Romance Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award and has been inducted into their Hall of Fame. Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring Maryland.
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Monday, December 20, 2010
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - C.S. Lewis
Title: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Author: C.S. Lewis
Publisher: New York : Collier, 1986, c1952.
Quick Review: 4 stars (out of 5)
Why I Read It: I Love the Narnia Series.
Review: I’m reviewing this book because the movie is coming out and everyone should read this first and then go see the movie. The adventures the ship and its mates get into is interesting and a bit scary at times. What an amazing journey.
This is my favorite of the series. I really enjoyed the characters and especially the rat. The ending is the best and makes the book even better.
Author Biography: C. S. (Clive Staples) Lewis, "Jack" to his intimates, was born on November 29, 1898 in Belfast, Ireland. His mother died when he was 10 years old and his lawyer father allowed Lewis and his brother Warren extensive freedom. The pair were extremely close and they took full advantage of this freedom, learning on their own and frequently enjoying games of make-believe. These early activities led to Lewis's lifelong attraction to fantasy and mythology, often reflected in his writing. He enjoyed writing about, and reading, literature of the past, publishing such works as the award-winning The Allegory of Love (1936), about the period of history known as the Middle Ages. Although at one time Lewis considered himself an atheist, he soon became fascinated with religion. He is probably best known for his books for young adults, such as his Chronicles of Narnia series. This fantasy series, as well as such works as The Screwtape Letters (a collection of letters written by the devil), is typical of the author's interest in mixing religion and mythology, evident in both his fictional works and nonfiction articles. Lewis served with the Somerset Light Infantry in World War I; for nearly 30 years he served as Fellow and tutor of Magdalen College at Oxford University. Later, he became Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University. C.S. Lewis married late in life, in 1957, and his wife, writer Joy Davidman, died of cancer in 1960. He remained at Cambridge until his death on November 22, 1963.