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text 2018-05-19 17:04
The Idea of You by Robinne Lee $2.99!
The Idea of You: A Novel - Robinne Lee

Solène Marchand, the thirty-nine-year-old owner of an art gallery in Los Angeles, is reluctant to take her daughter, Isabelle, to meet her favorite boy band. But since her divorce, she’s more eager than ever to be close to Isabelle. The last thing Solène expects is to make a connection with one of the members of the world-famous August Moon. But Hayes Campbell is clever, winning, confident, and posh, and the attraction is immediate. That he is all of twenty years old further complicates things.

 

What begins as a series of clandestine trysts quickly evolves into a passionate and genuine relationship. It is a journey that spans continents as Solène and Hayes navigate each other’s worlds: from stadium tours to international art fairs to secluded hideaways in Paris and Miami. For Solène, it is a reclaiming of self, as well as a rediscovery of happiness and love. When Solène and Hayes’ romance becomes a viral sensation, and both she and her daughter become the target of rabid fans and an insatiable media, Solène must face how her romantic life has impacted the lives of those she cares about most.

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review 2018-03-28 16:30
Why starving our way to health doesn’t work
Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea - Mark Blyth

This is very much a book of the moment, though this is partly a matter of luck. While Mark Blyth’s book was written in response to the emergence of austerity policies in 2010, its publication was nicely timed with the contemporaneous undermining of the key study by Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff which was used to make the case for the necessity of austerity. Though Blyth’s book was written before the revelation of the study’s flaws, his more broader focus on the origins and development of austerity is no less powerful and damming.

 

Blyth’s book can be broken down into three parts. The first is an explanation of the recent debt crisis that has plagued the global economy. Here Blyth demonstrates that, contrary to much of the political rhetoric, this did not originate as a sovereign debt crisis but as a private debt crisis in the banking sector, one that became a sovereign debt crisis in a “bait and switch” as European states (and their taxpayers) absorbed the costs of fixing the problems created by the profligate and unwise lending policies of several European banks. Blyth then turns his attention to the history of the idea of austerity, which he sees as born out of a set of assumptions in classical economic theory that remained overly simplistic and underdeveloped. He concludes the book with an examination of the application of austerity as policy in recent history, showing how the examples of the past offer clear demonstration of its failure of austerity as a solution to economic crisis – and often end up making the problems worse rather than better.

 

All of this makes for a convincing argument against austerity as a response to economic downturns. Its effectiveness is aided by Blyth’s ability to walk the reader through the recent crises and untangle the underlying causes. While his use of economic jargon can make some of his arguments difficult to follow, overall he provides a clear and direct explanation of economic events. The result is a book that should be read by anyone seeking a better understanding not just of the concept of austerity and its misuse, but of the broader economic crisis we face and what brought us to this point.

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url 2018-01-24 15:42
Best Nonfiction Books of 2017 (per overdrive for library ebooks)
Convergence: The Idea at the Heart of Science - Peter Watson
Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America - Richard Rothstein
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women - Kate Moore
How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain - Lisa Feldman Barrett
Rescuing Penny Jane: One Shelter Volunteer, Countless Dogs, and the Quest to Find Them All Homes - Amy Sutherland
Dying: A Memoir - Cory Taylor
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry - Neil deGrasse Tyson
The Book That Changed America: How Darwin's Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation - Randall Fuller
Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are - Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

I just linked a few, no particular order or topic.  See the link for full list.  Lots of political ones.  And book pages have more suggested reads on them ... I think I will be going down the rabbithole of my library wishlists ...

Source: lfpl.overdrive.com/collection/109107
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review 2017-11-07 00:00
Bad Idea
Bad Idea - Nicole French Bad Idea - Nicole French

First of all... HOLY CLIFFHANGER FEDEX MAN!

Be prepared people. You're gonna want Vol. 2 big time. Is it worth the wait? I gotta say yes, yes it is. Let me try to convince you.

This story is rich with character construction and development, both in the main characters and the side characters. The arc is solid and engrossing, and it ends at a logical stopping point - with a jumping-off point for the next volume that keeps me on the edge of my seat, but not making me throw my kindle at the wall. :-)

“So, ah, yeah,” I say. “I got a few for you today, ladies.”
God, I sound like a douchebag. I sound like the beginning of a porn video, the ones where some asshat in a too-tight UPS uniform starts boning the secretary with a line like “Do you wanna see my package?”

Nico Soltero becomes a constant in Layla Barros' life when she takes a job at a law firm to support herself through college. He can't believe the connection he feels to her, and wonders if she feels the same. He flirts with her, calls her "NYU," asks about her life, but he can't seem to work up the courage to ask her out.

Layla is utterly captivated by Nico, the FedEx guy at her office. She's pretty sure they had a "meet-cute" on the street on her first day, and from that point forward, she felt like a magnet pulled towards him. On her end, there are issues that would be involved if he asked her out. Lots of baggage inherited via her family, and flak from her friends. Not to mention some of the misconceptions she's sure he has about her.

Nico hugs me closer, draping one heavy leg over mine and slipping a lean, muscled arm around my waist so he is curved completely around the back of my body. He fits there. We fit, like two crooked pieces of the crazy jigsaw puzzle of this city, with its eight million other parts.

It turns out one of the major hurdles in their relationship is New York itself, and ultimately - it takes its toll. There's a time-jump just before the last chapter, and we're left with a frantic Nico and Layla asking him for help.

It's tantalizing, and I truly can't wait for the next part of the story. I read this straight through with limited bathroom breaks - it was JUST. THAT. GOOD. I had to take a little off my rating because there were some parts where I didn't love the "I had it worse than you" conversations, but they weren't dealbreakers.

I give Bad Idea Vol. 1 4.5 Compass Tattoos.






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review 2017-10-22 15:17
Neurodiversity, Judy Singer
NeuroDiversity: The Birth of an Idea - J... NeuroDiversity: The Birth of an Idea - Judy Reene Singer

Singer claims to have coined the term "neurodiversity" in her undergrad thesis about autism, disability and society, which is printed here with a lengthy Introduction. It's a quick read and a worthwhile one from a historical perspective and for its blend of social commentary, autism advocacy and personal memoir.

It's interesting to note that the term "neurodiversity" now covers a much bigger range than just the categories of neurotypicals and autistic people/Aspies. It's been adopted as an umbrella to cover dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, AD(H)D, stroke survivors and more. It's become an important social movement in less than twenty years but still needs much greater recognition and acceptance by society as a whole.

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