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review 2017-02-14 22:03
In a Different Key: The Story of Autism
In a Different Key: The Story of Autism - John Donvan,Caren Zucker

I feel I must give the warning that the way most of the population with autism, and most people with mental disabilities, have been treated in the past was awful until recently. This book is about that history. We have come a long way from what used to common in terms of care and treatment of this population, we still must continue to move forward. In order to do so I feel it necessary to learn the history. This is a great place to start.


This is respectfully told, as respectful as possible considering the horrors of the past. There is a lot to be learned here. Much of the population that has experienced these things are still around, this helps to understand the reasoning behind so much of what I experience when working with my older individuals at work. I really like that this big book was not filled with a ton of medical information. 


I really recommend this book to anyone interested in this subject.


About The Authors:


JOHN DONVAN is a multiple Emmy Award-winning correspondent for ABC and the moderator of the Intelligence Squared U.S. debate series. Find him on Twitter at @johndonvan.


CAREN ZUCKER is a Peabody award-winning television news producer, a twenty-five-year veteran of ABC News, and producer and co-writer of the six-part PBS series “Autism Now.”


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I received a review copy from Blogging for Books.

JOHN DONVAN is a multiple Emmy Award-winning correspondent for ABC and the moderator of the Intelligence Squared U.S. debate series. Find him on Twitter at @johndonvan.



JOHN DONVAN is a multiple Emmy Award-winning correspondent for ABC and the moderator of the Intelligence Squared U.S. debate series. Find him on Twitter at @johndonvan.



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review 2017-02-10 17:19
Extraordinary Advice!

Jessica Herrin does a wonderful job of giving the best advise for anyone trying to achieve anything. It is an inclusive self-help book that can be used in any situation, whether it is deciding what to do in your career life, or even if it is to get back into shape after the long holiday feasts. 

I am certainly not one to read these types of books, but this is one of the only books I will keep and buy as gifts for others to have. 


I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.





Find Your Extraordinary: Dream Bigger, Live Happier, and Achieve Success on Your Own Terms - Jessica DiLullo Herrin 



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review 2017-01-30 21:06
Loved it , a new series I need
The Fifth Petal: A Novel - Brunonia Barry

What is it about:
Salem’s chief of police, John Rafferty, now married to gifted lace reader Towner Whitney, investigates a 25-year-old triple homicide dubbed “The Goddess Murders,” in which three young women, all descended from accused Salem witches, were slashed one Halloween night. Aided by Callie Cahill, the daughter of one of the victims who has returned to town, Rafferty begins to uncover a dark chapter in Salem’s past. Callie, who has always been gifted with premonitions, begins to struggle with visions she doesn’t quite understand and an attraction to a man who has unknown connections to her mother’s murder. Neither believes that the main suspect, Rose Whelan, respected local historian and sometime-aunt to Callie, is guilty of murder or witchcraft. But exonerating Rose might mean crossing paths with a dangerous force. Were the women victims of an all-too-human vengeance, or was the devil raised in Salem that night? And if they cannot discover what truly happened, will evil rise again

What did I think:
This is actually book two in a series called The Lace Reader and while I've never heard of the series or even read anything by this author I'm so glad that I requested a copy of it from Blogging for Books, and that in change for do so this is my honest opinion of what I think of the book,
Brunonia Barry has a way with this series that brings the history of Salem,Massachusetts alive, you get not only a mixture of what present day Salme is like but also what the past Salme was like, it's both fact and fiction mixed so beatufully that it doesn't take anything from the story it self , as your reading your pulled into the dark history of Salma in this page turner about magic,beliefs, love , prejudice , murder and secrets .Can't wait to pick up the first book when I can and read more of this series.

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review 2017-01-25 01:11
Illustrated Book of Sayings
The Illustrated Book of Sayings: Curious Expressions from Around the World - Ella Frances Sanders

From the Back:


From the New York Times bestselling author of Lost in Translation comes this charming illustrated collection of more than fifty expressions from around the globe that explore the nuances of language. From the hilarious and romantic to the philosophical and literal, the idioms, proverbs, and adages in The Illustrated Book of Sayings reveal the remarkable diversity, humor, and poignancy of the world’s languages and cultures.


My Thoughts:


I first want to say that this isn't at all what I expected. This is more of a "gift" book than the educational/fun fact type of book I thought it would be, but I did enjoy it. 


This is 110 pages long. Each entry is dedicated to a language and is followed by a full page illustrated representation of the chosen expression. The illustrations remind me of a child's book, but it fits. I do wish the illustration was before the explanation, I feel it would be smoother flowing that way because you don't know the expression of focus until you look at the image. 


What I found interesting is how these expressions came to be, and also how some of the English translations turn out.


About the Author:


Ella Frances Sanders is a writer out of necessity and an illustrator by accident. She currently lives and works in the city of Bath, UK, without a cat.

Her first book, Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words was was published in September 2014 and is an international and New York Times bestseller, and her second book The Illustrated Book of Sayings: Curious Expressions from Around the World, was published in September 2016.


Penguin Random House


I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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review 2016-12-03 14:44
Review: The Angel Of Forest Hill by Cindy Woodsmall
The Angel of Forest Hill: An Amish Christmas Romance - Cindy Woodsmall

Fabulously done! Ms. Woodsmall is a wonderful Amish author and I always look forward to her works. When I saw that this was not only an Amish novella but a Christmas Amish novella, I was ecstatic. Two of my favorite things wrapped up in one beautifully written package.

This is a quick, easy read perfect for Christmas reading. Ms. Woodsmall hits on all the things that are important in life, and adds loving characters the steal your heart instantly. I loved feeling at home within the pages!

If you want a fast, easy read that's filled with God's love, families that become yours and beautiful author talent, then grab a copy of this 5 star read now! I can't wait for more!

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