Light in the Ruins

From Eileen Effrat
Author: Chris Bohjalian
Title: Light in the Ruins
Shifting in time between the German occupation of Italy (1943-1944) and the year 1955, this is an historical mystery that focuses on the Rosati family, a Tuscan family of noble lineage. The story begins in 1955 with the brutal murder of Francesca Rosati, daughter-in-law of the marchese. When the marchese meets a similar fate, it becomes clear someone bears a great deal of hatred for the family. Is this a vendetta for past or present deeds? I enjoyed this as much as Bohjalian’s earlier book, Skeleton’s at the Feast, that also explores events from World War II.

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Joggin’ Your Noggin

From Ginny Pisciotta
Author: Mary Randolph
Title: Joggin’ Your Noggin
Joggin’ Your Noggin is a book of word games designed for those in mild to moderate stages of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. These mind sharpening games will provide fun and entertainment, while aiding word recall. Completing these puzzles will give the Alzheimer’s or dementia patient a sense of pride and accomplishment. If done together with a caregiver, it will provide many opportunities for meaningful conversation and interaction. There are 3 volumes in this series.

Blue plate special : an autobiography of my appetites

From Margaret Mezzacapo
Author: Kate Christensen
Title: Blue plate special : an autobiography of my appetites
This is a fun book to read IMHO. The author recounts her childhood, parts of which were spent as a hippie in Berkeley, and her formative years spent in areas all over the country. There are times that it seems like she can’t wait to get away from her family, and times she can’t wait to either get back to them, or to establish relationships that are quasi-family.
When she says “appetites” with a plural, she’s not kidding – hunger can take many forms, both physical and emotional. This was a rollicking read.

The backyard parables : lessons on gardening, and life

From Margaret Mezzacapo
Author: Margaret Roach
Title: The backyard parables : lessons on gardening, and life
Ms. Roach dishes out a little less “woo-woo” (as she calls it), and a little more concrete (pardon the expression) horticultural knowledge than in her previous book ” And I Shall Have some Peace There”. The book is a combination of reflective vignettes and gardening directions, organized by the seasons of the year. Ms. Roach shows, on occasion, a writing style that reminds me of her former employee, Martha Stewart. All in all, it’s an interesting read, and you might learn something about gardening.

Fire Witness

From Eileen Effrat
Author: Lars Kepler
Fire Witness
This is the third book in the Swedish mystery series featuring Detective Joona Linna, an astute detective who often observes evidence unnoticed by others. He now is investigating two brutal murders in a shelter for troubled teenage girls. As always, he refuses to accept an easy answer. The case becomes more complicated with the involvement of a medium who claims to have “seen” the crime. This is a psychological thriller that is fast paced and rather unsettling. This can also be said of the two previous books in the series—-The Hypnotist and The Nightmare.

Solving America’s Healthcare Crisis

From Frank DelBalso
Title: Solving America’s Healthcare Crisis
Author: Pamela A. Popper Ph.D N.D.
This books covers a variety of healthcare topics but mostly it focuses on how healthy eating can reduce our reliance on traditional healthcare. Having trouble having a baby? Find out the diet that can help you and save you thousands versus in vitro fertilization. Find out about some drugs that do more harm than good. Find out how politics and trade groups tied to the food industry are blocking a path the a healthier America. Find out how the USDA promotes an unhealthy America. Very interesting and easy to read.