Book Reviews

Paris Without Her: A Memoir

Written by: Gregory Curtis | Book Review by: Marlene Caraballo An honest and courageous memoir, Gregory Curtis’s Paris Without Her is an account of the author moving on after the loss of his wife. I expected to feel sorrowful as Curtis recounted the passing of his beloved wife Tracy after 35 years of marriage, but

Sparks Like Stars: A Novel

Written by Nadia Hashimi | Book Review by Colleen Devine Ellis ~ Ten-year-old Sitara Zalmani is the privileged, much-loved daughter of a prominent minister to Afghanistan’s president during the 1970s. The world her father and other politicians are creating is an exciting time in history when education and progressive movements are the focus of government reforms.  This burgeoning world

Sanctuary from Stress: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Sanctuary Wherever You Are

By Sherri Reed, Sacred Life Publishers, 2020 | Book Review, by Marlene Caraballo~ Sanctuary from Stress, by Sherri Reed, is an engaging guidebook for moving us gently from feeling lost in the storm of stress to creating our own protective space of peace and serenity. There couldn’t be a more perfect time for this book!

The Spiritual Artist: We Are Designed to Create

By Christopher J. Miller | Book Review by Marlene Caraballo~ I deeply loved reading The Spiritual Artist by painter and author Christopher J. Miller. The book is more than words on a page, it is an experience. Although Miller addresses visual artists throughout much of the book, the exercises and messages he provides are powerful

Live Vibrantly!

With L.J. & Her Dog George Eliot By L.J. Rohan | Review by Marlene Caraballo~ Live Vibrantly! is the perfect-sized book to keep on your nightstand for a little help waking up more hopeful for each day and going to bed feeling lighter. L.J. Rohan combines positive, humorous, over-50 commentary to complement the darling illustrations

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Why Did I Come Into This Room?

By Joan Lunden, Simon & Schuster | Review by Marlene Caraballo~ I thoroughly enjoyed Joan Lunden’s latest book, Why Did I Come into This Room? As famous, polished, and successful as we know Lunden to be from her days on Good Morning America, I was pleased she was more candid in this book about aging than

Singing Out Loud—a book from Marilee Eaves

Book review by Barbara Glass  ~  Mardi Gras is an annual pre-Lenten event celebrated in many places on “Fat Tuesday”, but no city defines it like New Orleans. With hundreds of years of French cultural underpinning, Mardi Gras is the raison d’etre of New Orleans society, a fusion of Christianity and old Southern and French

The Dog Went Over the Mountain

Travels with Albie: An American Journey Written by Peter Zheutlin | Book review by Laura Sutherland ~ I love animal stories. I love good writing. And I love this great country in which we live. Peter Zheutlin’s The Dog Went Over the Mountain, Travels With Albie: An American Journey combines all three in a delightful and disarming

One Hundred Daffodils

Finding Beauty, Grace and Meaning When Things Fall Apart Written by Rebecca Winn Book Review by Marlene Caraballo  ~  I fell in love with this book — slowly, at first; deeply, by the final chapter. One Hundred Daffodils is a beautifully written memoir about a midlife woman going through a tumultuous period of fear, pain,

Our Symphony with Animals: On Health, Empathy and Our Shared Destinies

How to Keep Your Motivation Strong, Your Vibe High, and Your Quest for Transformation Unstoppable  By Aysha Akhtar, M.D., Pegasus Books, 2019 Book Review by Marlene Caraballo  ~  In this beautiful, heartfelt account of both personal and investigative stories, neurologist Aysha Akhtar invites us into the complicated human-animal connection. Our Symphony with Animals explores how

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