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Book Review: “The Truth in Small Doses” by Clifton Leaf

This is an important book about an important topic: “Why we’re losing the war on cancer – and how to win it.”I give the book five stars for explaining “why we’re losing the war on cancer.”The statistics Leaf provides to back up his assertion that we’re “losing the war” are absolutely compelling. If you read nothing else, read Chapter I – “Counting” which spells out very clearly that we are not winning the war on cancer.  As I read this section it seemed to me that we’re getting the least bang…See More
Sep 12, 2013

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The Boys in the Boat - Book Review

My only complaint about "The Boys in the Boat" - by Daniel James Brown - is the title. These weren’t boys, they were men. They were men who had to grow up fast during the 1930s battling depression-era poverty, parental abandonment, hunger, the dust bowl, better-funded programs and, eventually, some of Hitler’s top athletes during the 1936 Olympics. The story starts in the Seattle area and follows an unlikely eight-man University of Washington rowing  team as they win their way to the…See More
Sep 5, 2013

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Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander III

I’ve struggled with this book…on many fronts.  I struggled with the topic, the story and the writing. At its core, the book is a “near-death-experience” (aka NDE) book that purports to convince the reader of the afterlife.What makes the story compelling is that its told by a neurosurgeon who, until this event, was an atheist, a cold-blooded scientist who only believed in the power of science. According to his story, there is no scientific reason for him to be alive, let alone well enough to…See More
May 17, 2013

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Wild by Chryl Strayed - A really wild journey

This is a journey memoir in both the literal and metaphorical meanings of the word. Cheryl Strayed, a woman with an unusually traumatic childhood filled with horrible father figures, loses her mother to an early death. Having lost her mother, she loses her way in life giving in to drugs, bad relationships and loser jobs. When she divorces her good husband, for reasons I still don’t understand, she changes her last name to “Strayed” to brand her "lost-ness" in indelible fashion.Her solution to…See More
Feb 22, 2013

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This group is for authors who are looking for reviews and interviews and for bloggers who do reviews and interviews. Authors post a link to your work or if your is still in progress then post a link to your blog with updates on your work.  Bloggers post your blog link, a way for you to be contacted and what genre of work you reviewSee More
Feb 12, 2013

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Mennonite in a Little Black Dress - A wonderfully written funny/sad memoir

Rhoda Janzen was a well-educated, competent, east-coast professional living the life – little black dress and all. Then her husband announced that he was gay and leaving her. Shortly afterwards she got into a devastating car wreck which necessitated her moving back in with her Mennonite parents. The ensuing culture clash sparked a wonderfully written, bittersweet memoir that has become a best seller…as well it should. Ms. Janzen is candidly and hilariously honest about her parents, her…See More
Feb 1, 2013

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"cancer is SO FUNNY" by Amy Marash Book Review

This is a book of cartoons about Amy’s bout with cancer. My favorite one is entitled: “WHY COLON CANCER DOESN'T HAVE A GOOD RIBBON.” If you haven’t seen it, or any of Amy’s other cartoons, stop reading this right now and go to her blog: http://cancerissofunny.blogspot.com/What you’ll find is a great visualization of the cancer emotional spectrum: from fear to anger to confusion to despair to incipient hope to sorrow to sadness to courage…and I…See More
Jan 26, 2013

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A Storm of Swords – Plot Twists Galore

This is the first pure fantasy series I’ve read since the Ring Trilogy in the 1970s (if you exclude The Hunger Games). Like the two predecessors in the series it’s raw, violent, bloody and explicit. If hearing about people being sliced and diced on every other page isn’t for you, don’t read this book.If you like, however, complex and evolving characters of all shapes and sizes (literally), this might well be the book for you. Characters that seem like pure villains or totally irredeemable…See More
Jan 18, 2013

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A Good Read: The Persecution of Mildred Dulap

The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap has been reviewed and rated by a bunch of folks. Perhaps different from many of those reviews is that I particularly enjoyed the fact that the protagonist’s beauty was clearly on the inside and not on the outside. Or, as one uncharitable character in her book said, “Man, that’s one ugly woman.” In a Hunger Games world, when do you remember something like that being said about the leading female character? In spite of being dealt a less-than-beauteous…See More
Jan 8, 2013

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Jan 2, 2013

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Book Review: Does This Church Make Me Look Fat? By Rhoda Janzen

I loved this (narrative non-fiction) book. Janzen delves into the contrast between her Mennonite religious upbringing and her husband’s Pentecostal church; her immersion into rural-ish Michigan culture from years of urban university setting, the ying and yang relationship with her straight-shooting (literally) and talking boyfriend; and by-the-way, harrowing breast cancer survivor story.I especially liked her honest discussion of religion without getting soapboxy.  Will you like it? Take one…See More
Dec 31, 2012
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Dec 20, 2012

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My memoir explains how I coped with the emotional roller coaster ride stemming from a series of brain tumor operations, both successful and unsuccessful. And while there is nothing funny about having a brain tumor, like Roberto Benigni’s movie, Life is Beautiful, my memoir explains how I used humor to remain sane when confronted with the insanity of a brain tumor the size of his wife’s fist.

I’ve worked at a global advertising agency, at several technology start-up companies and as a free-lance writer. Now, in addition to non-profit work, I spend my time blogging (www.johnstumor.blogspot.com), speaking and writing about brain health, brain tumors and rehab.
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Book Review: “The Truth in Small Doses” by Clifton Leaf

This is an important book about an important topic: “Why we’re losing the war on cancer – and how to win it.”

I give the book five stars for explaining “why we’re losing the war on cancer.”

The statistics Leaf provides to back up his assertion that we’re “losing the war” are absolutely compelling. If you read nothing else, read Chapter I – “Counting” which spells out very clearly that we are not winning the war on cancer.  

As I read this section it seemed to me that…

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Posted on September 12, 2013 at 6:48pm

The Boys in the Boat - Book Review

My only complaint about "The Boys in the Boat" - by Daniel James Brown - is the title. These weren’t boys, they were men. They were men who had to grow up fast during the 1930s battling depression-era poverty, parental abandonment, hunger, the dust bowl, better-funded programs and, eventually, some of Hitler’s top athletes during the 1936 Olympics.



The story starts in the Seattle area and follows an unlikely eight-man University of Washington rowing  team as they win their way to…

Continue

Posted on September 5, 2013 at 10:30am

Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander III

I’ve struggled with this book…on many fronts.  I struggled with the topic, the story and the writing. At its core, the book is a “near-death-experience” (aka NDE) book that purports to convince the reader of the afterlife.

What makes the story compelling is that its told by a neurosurgeon who, until this event, was an atheist, a cold-blooded scientist who only believed in the power of science. According to his story, there is no scientific reason for him to be alive, let alone well…

Continue

Posted on May 17, 2013 at 1:28pm

Wild by Chryl Strayed - A really wild journey

This is a journey memoir in both the literal and metaphorical meanings of the word. Cheryl Strayed, a woman with an unusually traumatic childhood filled with horrible father figures, loses her mother to an early death. Having lost her mother, she loses her way in life giving in to drugs, bad relationships and loser jobs. When she divorces her good husband, for reasons I still don’t understand, she changes her last name to “Strayed” to brand her "lost-ness" in indelible fashion.

Her…

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Posted on February 22, 2013 at 6:49pm

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At 3:34pm on January 2, 2013,
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Hello,
I came across your website, and I thought you would be the perfect person to contact.
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It is the most advanced 'buy now' widget for selling books. I make it free for authors and publishers, worldwide, to quickly and easily create and use our EZBuyButton widget to place on their website or blog to immediately increase the sales of their books, especially if their books are listed for sale in more than one retail store. I made it super easy, with just a few clicks they just copy & paste a piece of code onto their website/blog, and they're done.
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At 8:54pm on December 28, 2012, Intoxicated by Books said…

HI! Welcome to Book Blogs. I hope you find everyone very helpful here. I have a book review blog and will be hosting a HUGE ebook giveaway for Valentine's Day. I hope that you will consider coming to check it out. http://www.intoxicatedbybooks.blogspot.com/

At 12:33pm on December 26, 2012,
Author
Jessica O'Gorek
said…

Hi! Welcome to Book Blogs. My name is Jessica and I'm an author. I am new as well and trying to build followers. Please follow my blog if you think it may interest you and I will follow back within 48 hrs. Promise! If you follow my Twitter I will follow back as well. Oh, and if you're looking for books to review, and Gemini Rising sounds like your cup of tea, let me know and I'll be happy to provide you with a copy. Thanks!

http://geminirising1.blogspot.com/                                                                                                                                                                               

https://twitter.com/GeminiRising1

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Happy Reader
said…

Hey! Welcome to Book Blogs! I hope you enjoy it here. I would love it if you could check out my blog http://readingcave.blogspot.com/ follow if you like. I always follow back :)

At 4:10am on December 21, 2012,
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Uncle Book
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Hi There!
I am Uncle Book and I welcome you to Book Blogs!
I love to read and review Crime & Thriller books. I love reading other peoples book reviews so if you want to submit your review to me then please email bookreview@uncle-book.com and I will put it up on our website and blog!
On the other hand, I enjoy helping authors get as much publicity for their books as possible by promoting their work on my website www.uncle-book.com and also hold a group discussion on LinkedIn for authors, publishers etc called Uncle Book's Book Discussion.
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At 9:30pm on December 20, 2012, Kate Evangelista said…

Hi!

Welcome to Book Blogs! I'm Kate, a young adult author. My debut novel Taste has just been released by Crescent Moon Press last April 30, 2012. 


At Barinkoff Academy, there's only one rule: no students on campus after curfew. Phoenix McKay soon finds out why when she is left behind at sunset. A group calling themselves night students threaten to taste her flesh until she is saved by a mysterious, alluring boy. With his pale skin, dark eyes, and mesmerizing voice, Demitri is both irresistible and impenetrable. He warns her to stay away from his dangerous world of flesh eaters. Unfortunately, the gorgeous and playful Luka has other plans.

When Phoenix is caught between her physical and her emotional attraction, she becomes the keeper of a deadly secret that will rock the foundations of an ancient civilization living beneath Barinkoff Academy. Phoenix doesn’t realize until it is too late that the closer she gets to both Demitri and Luka the more she is plunging them all into a centuries old feud.

Grab your copy now at:

Amazon
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I hope you enjoy your stay here! Lots of great people and interesting topics. If there's anything you might need, please don't hesitate to leave a comment on my page.

Sincerely,

Kate

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Jean Wagner
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""Do you feel welcomed yet? Let me extend another hand of friendship and a slightly off blog for interesting people to sharpen their minds on. Swing by http://theofficebooks.blogspot.com/ and lets talk some shop over virtual coffee""

At 6:06pm on December 20, 2012,
Author
Catalina Egan
said…

Hello John,

Wow brain tumor operations! Sounds like quite the ride to write about. best of luck with your work and wishing you great health in the future.

WELCOME TO BOOK BLOGS, I have forged many friendships here with bloggers, avid readers and prolific writers. We help each other out and have a great time while we do so; I am an author who enjoys History and cross-promoting.

THE BRIDGE OF DEATHS BLOG

If you get a chance please check out BARNES AND NOBLE or AMAZON It is a well-documented factual pre-World War II event with a twist of fiction and a touch of the paranormal.

FIND ME ON FACEBOOK

M.C.V. Egan

THE BRIDGE OF DEATHS website

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A big welcome to Book Blogs! You'll meet a ton of new people and get your blog out there! I would love it if you stopped by my book blog, http://www.readerswonderland.com/ If you follow me and leave me your link, I'll be sure to follow you back! Follow for follows are an excellent way to build your numbers and increase your traffic! Hope you enjoy your stay here and I will be glad to help you out if you need it!

At 12:18pm on December 20, 2012,
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Erica Verrillo
said…

Welcome to Book Blogs! You will find many like-minded folks here! I write children's books and medical reference. I also maintain two blogs. The first is a how-to blog for up-and-coming writers: how to get an agent, how to work with an editor, how to market and promote your work - in short, everything associated with publishing.

http://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/

You can also view it on my website: http://ericaverrillo.com

My second blog is for people with CFS/ME:

http://cfstreatment.blogspot.com/

I also maintain a website for people with CFS/ME:

http://cfstreatmentguide.com

My newest book, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Treatment Guide, 2nd Edition, will be free on Amazon this weekend. http://www.amazon.com/Chronic-Fatigue-Syndrome-Treatment-ebook/dp/B009B9X36Y/

 
 
 

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