book reviews

March 23, 2020

Book Review of Essentials, a collection of poetry ehat explores life's beautiful questions, by poet and philosopher, David Whyte.

August 10, 2019

An uncommon force pulled me to Sarah Manguso's meditative memoir, Ongoingness, The End of a Diary. In my search for engaging memoirs I found it quoted or suggested multiple times. Since I have kept a journal for years and even when not writing, I'm often thinking about writing, it was a foregone conclusion that I'd be drawn to Manguso's work. 

Descriptions of the author's diary in several reviews mention her obsession...

July 31, 2019

If you are interested in meditation and mindfulness and are a beginner, I recommend the book; The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness by Andi Puddicombe.

Many of you may be familiar with his Meditation app called Headspace. Of the 2,000 plus meditation apps, it's one of the most popular. If you are using the app, Puddicombe's book is a valuable addition. Though it covers some of the same meditations, the book provides...

July 24, 2019

Kleon's book, Keep Going, will lift you to your next step!

July 16, 2019

Lanan expertly creates a compelling tale that holds both the paradoxical relationship between human and animals along with beauty and a happy ending. You will cheer for the fisherman's son, the true hero.

July 15, 2019

"Wherever there is knowledge, wherever there is virtue, wherever there is beauty, he will find a home.”

~ Words spoken at Thoreau's funeral by his friend and mentor, Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Henry David Thoreau left behind a valuable gift to the world. In October 1837 he started a Journal which became his life's work. While Thoreau's Journal was written over 180 years ago, its elements are timeless and universal.

Inside you'll find a...

July 10, 2019

Once you meet six-year old Sophia and her Grandmother for Summer adventures on a tiny island in the gulf of Finland, you won't want the season to end. Luckily this short novel is written with an understated clarity, sharp wit and beauty that make each return anew. You will find a collection of 22 chapter vingettes that combined, gather the essence of growing and aging at both sides of life. Each chapter stands on its own, but...

April 19, 2019

When I'm in need of inspiration I often head to the library.

If I need a special dose of joy, I browse through the children's section.

During a recent trip to my local library, I found Sidewalk Flowers authored by Jon Arno Lawson and illustrated by Sydney Smith; a wordless and poetic picture book of sweet, common grace.

In Sidewalk Flowers we follow a young child and a distracted father on a walk through the city.

Thro...

February 26, 2019

 

Maria Popova says that childrens' books are "exquisite distillations of philosophies for living". This couldn't be more true for Eva Eland's book, When Sadness Is at Your Door. Sadness knocks at every door and sometimes stays for much longer than we'd like. There have been long periods of time when I have felt it was my set point and all efforts to move from it were pointless. Like many things in life, getting rid of it start...

July 26, 2018

"To this day, I love that book — I probably have 50 blank copies of it in storage."

In an interview with the New York Times, the multi-talented author and musician, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, was asked about his favorite childhood book. His answer was, "Dr. Seuss’ My Book About Me". He's got fifty copies to prove it. (Read about it here.) As a fellow children's book enthusiast, his intense attraction had my attention. There ar...

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