Book Review: Angels on Earth (Laura Schroff, 2016)

A collection of 30 brief stories of real people who reached beyond their comfortable routines and chose to make a difference in someone else's life, discovering in the process that their own lives were impacted in an even greater way. Included in this collection is the story of a stranger who bought groceries for a … Continue reading Book Review: Angels on Earth (Laura Schroff, 2016)

Book Review: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Stephen Covey, 1989)

Required reading for responsible human beings and those who aspire to be. Succinctly, this is a handbook to being a successful adult. It's about finding out who you are, who you want to be, and how to communicate with other people in your life in order to convey respect and ensure that productive personal growth … Continue reading Book Review: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Stephen Covey, 1989)

Book Review: Why We Broke Up (Daniel Handler & Maira Kalman, 2011)

This story wouldn't be the same without the illustrations. From a writer's perspective, I really liked the concept because instead of chapters to divide the book, there are several illustrations of objects that had some terminal significance in the eyes of the protagonist, Min during her relationship with Ed, who ultimately breaks her heart. Those … Continue reading Book Review: Why We Broke Up (Daniel Handler & Maira Kalman, 2011)

Book Review: The Time Traveler’s Handbook (Johnny Acton, David Goldblatt, James Wyllie, 2015)

A different take on the genre of time travel books, this one is non-fiction: it's actually a history book in disguise, and most of the book is written in future tense. Delivered under the premise of a handbook from a travel agency, the reader is given the choice of 19 excursions from which to choose. … Continue reading Book Review: The Time Traveler’s Handbook (Johnny Acton, David Goldblatt, James Wyllie, 2015)

Book Review: The Freedom Writer’s Diary (Erin Gruwell, 1999)

Kids want to be loved. That's the review in 5 words or less. What an inspirational story! A rookie teacher in an inner-city school pours 100% of herself into the lives of her 150 freshman students, and four years later, they are high school graduates with options for college and a determination to change the … Continue reading Book Review: The Freedom Writer’s Diary (Erin Gruwell, 1999)

Book Review: Patsy: The Life and Times of Patsy Cline (Margaret Jones, 1994)

This read was just as insightful about the era as it was about the subject, Patsy Cline. I've always enjoyed the music of Patsy Cline, and with her early death at the age of 30 in 1963, I've often wondered how many wonderful songs we've missed that she never had the opportunity to write and … Continue reading Book Review: Patsy: The Life and Times of Patsy Cline (Margaret Jones, 1994)