How to meet boys

From Vendula Schonfeldova
Title:  How to meet boys
Author:  Catherine Clark
Three best friends (the third one came along in the middle of the story, coming from Chicago) went for a summer break to Bridgeport, where grandparents of the girl Lucy lived there. Lucy worked with a boy from the long past in a story, Mikayla, the second girl worked in a club and fell for a coworker of Lucy and made a little drama while Lucy didn’t feel good around this boy. All ended up great. Girls found their boyfriends and enjoyed the summer. Happy Ending.

Nowhere but Home

From Elaine Pasquali
Title:  Nowhere but Home
Author:  Liza Palmer
Queenie Wake returns to her home town with a resume studded with  firings as a chef.  Queenie arrives on her sister, Merry Carole’s, doorstep with no plan for her future but many expectations of being shunned by the town people.  Merry Carole has made a life for herself and tries to help Queenie do the same.  Queenie’s way of coping has always been running: from the town, from her memories, from her anger.  Out of desperation, Queenie takes a job at a near-by prison preparing inmates’ last meals.  Thus, Queenie begins her journey of self-exploration.  A well-written and compelling read.

Linda Goodman’s Relationships signs

From vendula schonfeldova
Title:  Linda Goodman’s Relationships signs 
Author:  Linda Goodman
Individual and detailed analysis of how two people who love each other are compatible for each other. It helps to find you a key how to find a harmony in your relationship or avoid of potential trouble. All this by knowing birthdate and time of yours and person you love. Helps you to understand needs of the others.

What Time Were You Born?

From  Vendula Schonfeldova
Title:  What Time Were You Born?
Author:  Sasha Fenton
Closer look at our personality based on what time we were born (what time of day). Deeper description of personalities born in the morning, midday, after midday, afternoon and so on. All signs are divided into houses and groups. Review of characteristics known for sun signs and rising sings and its given us better look deeper inside of us.

Can’t we talk about something more pleasant? : a memoir

From  Margaret Mezzacapo
Author:  Roz Chast
Title:  Can’t we talk about something more pleasant? : a memoir 
You’ve undoubtedly seen Roz Chast’s artwork and cartoons, and probably derived pleasure and a few laughs from them. The answer to the question posed by the title is, “Yes, we could talk about ‘something more pleasant, but we’d miss out on the valuable story this book delivers.’ ”

Roz Chast’s parents were elderly, and were slipping slowly, but unfortunately, surely towards their last days. Chast, their only child, is thrust into the role of caretaker, a role she certainly didn’t consider to be one she desired. She details, in remarkable frankness and candor, her varying emotions towards this – many of which emotions are less than pleasant. Her artwork, which is featured throughout the book, elevates it to an even higher level. This is a book for adult children of elderly parents, for parents themselves, for caregivers, or for anyone. A particularly important piece of take-away information is to have that potentially uncomfortable talk about medical treatment at the end, last wishes, etc., while you can still have it comfortably and coherently, instead of waiting until all hell breaks loose and then fumbling around in the dark.

The tao of Martha : my year of LIVING, or why I’m never getting all that glitter off of the dog

From  Margaret Mezzacapo
Author:  Jen Lancaster
Title:  The tao of Martha : my year of LIVING, or why I’m never getting all that glitter off of the dog 
When I read the first review of this book, I wasn’t too interested in reading it, as it seemed to have the potential to be seriously annoying. The book is actually better than that, but not by an awful lot. The author basically decides to spend a year of her life asking, “What would Martha do?” and proceeding to follow Martha Stewart’s rules and principles. The book is occasionally humorous, with a sprinkling of seemingly gratuitous four-letter words. It also made me wish I had as much time on my hands as the author seems to have.

The possibilities

From Margaret Mezzacapo
Author:  Kaui Hart  Hemmings
Title:  The possibilities 
The Possibilities, by the author who wrote the novel that became the Academy Award-winning film, “The Descendants,” is the engrossing story of a woman in Breckenridge, Colorado, whose son is killed in an avalanche. As she copes with her grief, surprises surface – and they don’t seem to be good ones. She finds out disturbing things, and then has to deal with a mystery girl who pops up out of the blue and immediately insinuates herself into the family. The Possibilities is an easy read and compelling story.

The remedy : Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the quest to cure tuberculosis

From Margaret Mezzacapo
Author:  Thomas Goetz
Title:  The remedy : Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the quest to cure tuberculosis 

Question: What do tuberculosis and Sherlock Holmes have in common.

Answer: More than you’d think. Years ago, tuberculosis was a progressively fatal, devastating disease with no cure. Its horrible reach spread across all strata of society as an equal-opportunity killer. Naturally, there was a never-ending search for a cure. Scientists, using methods and equipment invented before mankind even knew what a “germ” was, vied against bacteria and also against each other. One of these scientists was Robert Koch, and another was Arthur Conan Doyle – yes, that Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes stories and an MD to boot. Using deductive methods similar to those he gave to Sherlock Holmes, he was able to debunk Robert Koch’s bold claim to have found a cure. The book delves heavily into science, but this serves to help set the scene and give a sense of desperation felt all over the world to eradicate this scourge.  It’s ironic that tuberculosis, a disease that seems to be a thing of the past, is experiencing a resurgence, even here in Suffolk County.

Breaking free : true stories of girls who escaped modern slavery

From  Andrea Kalinowski
Author:  Abby Sher
Title:   Breaking free : true stories of girls who escaped modern slavery  
I know that human trafficking exists, but knowing it exists and reading about the truly harrowing life it is are vastly different. I recently read Breaking Free: true stories of girls who escaped modern slavery by Abby Sher. The first and last stories were tearjerkers in their own right.  However, the middle story, the one of the girl who is sexually abused by her own father and then further prostituted and trafficked until she is in college and even then the trafficking continues, is especially moving.  It is during her college years that she finally manages to break free of the tyranny and trafficking. This story was the most heart-wrenching to me because family is supposed to have your back. They are meant to support you in your endeavors and applaud your successes and commiserate over your sorrows, not sell you night after night. I realize this is not an isolated incident, that all around the world, people are being abused by family members, beaten, abused, and trafficked, but something about this girl’s experiences made it so vivid for me. I am just starting another book referenced in Breaking Free entitled Half the Sky: turning oppression into opportunity for women worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. This second book is reinforcing the idea of human trafficking as a global problem. Part of the problem is the value placed on women, which is to say little or none. After reading these books, I am grateful I live in the United States even though bad things happen here too. Here, women have more of a chance at being treated with equality and value.