Comments: This is a story of my journey to self-empowerment, by a somewhat unconventional means. There are many Paths and we, as women need to not fear the ones that have been portrayed by mainstream culture as male dominated. On the heels of the groundbreaking MeToo and Times Up movements, Renegade Women honors the women who succeeded against all odds, changing their industry in front of the camera and behind the scenes--but clearly we have only just begun. Comments: Hall of Mirrors is based on the true story of Virginia Hall--a disabled woman from Baltimore who broke through the barriers of physical limitation and gender discrimination to become America's greatest spy of WWII.
I'm a former CIA employee who has been researching this unknown story in the Agency's archives for the past four years. Comments: A Place Called Grace is by turns a humorous, bittersweet and very contemporary memoir of a hopeful single woman trying to find her mooring amid the noise and confusion and isolation of modern life--and shows how she--and her readers who relate--can find their safe solid centers after all.
Once in a rare while a memoir comes along that is so searingly honest it pierces your subconscious like a laser, plunging itself deep into the defenses that allow you lie to yourself--and that let you sleepwalk through your life. From the first page it will have its way with you, and not loosen its grip till the very end. And even then--it will haunt you, and change you. Very different from "Eat, Pray Love.
What Alison did to heal her life is real and doesn't end with the "finding a man" solution. Her disappointments are palpable--and very relatable. Ultimately you will want to be her friend, to comfort her. Most of all, you will have entered into another person's soul. Comments: Do you remember a piece of advice your mother shared with you that you only came to appreciate much later? Jo Giese's mother Babe always told her "Never sit if you can dance.
Babe was a child of the 50s, but no goody two-shoes: she drank, danced, stayed up very late. She also adored her husband, loved her family, and took pride in being a good person. Jo Giese's memoir shares Babe's timeless lessons with mothers, daughters, and their families in a time when we could all need some old-fashioned civility in our lives.
Comments: This is a novel about starting over By age 52, Barbara Malone had endured a bad marriage, raised four children and then lost her husband to a sudden heart attack. She then shocks her family, friends and neighbors on Willow Lane with her decision to join the Peace Corps. This sets in motion an intense story of family ties that are threatened by distance, doubt and antagonism. It's a parallel story of her adventures in a Honduran mountain village and her family back home in Pennsylvania.
Her life proves to be challenging as she balances the drug running rebels, corrupt military officers, and the peace-loving villagers caught in the middle. Phone service is sporadic and electricity a rare luxury, her life proves to be exciting, though exhausting. Barbara loves her work with the Hondurans. But after a short trip stateside, she realizes Willow Lane no longer feels like home and she wonders where she really belongs. Comments: I am a sociologist and my colleague is a psychologist. Both of us are grandmothers.
We focus on everything from babysitting and baking cookies, to difficult in-law relationships and grandparenting children with special needs. Our book is filled with true-life stories and candid quotes from grandparents, plus handy "What's a Grandparent to Do? We have heard from both grandmothers and mothers that we offer a roadmap to loving, close, and meaningful relationships within families. Comments: A young man attempts to boost the economy of his depressed Vermont town with a contest that offers a free wedding. Woodling, D. Woodling D.
Many live hectic lives, yearning for escapism from monotony and disorganization and celebrate the heroine capable of restoring order to a chaotic situation. Most suffer a childhood filled with the customary forewarnings of plausible lurking dangers. Is it any wonder they greedily embrace a situation in which a character like Natalie Pace not only meets these types of scenarios head-on but also triumphs over them? Comments: Anne Stuart was raised in a court notorious for immorality and intrigue, happily married a handsome prince, experienced plots galore and a secret midnight flight, and suffered persecution and ill-health all by the age of thirty-seven.
Gout-ridden and prematurely aged by seventeen pregnancies that failed to provide her nation with an heir, Anne began her reign by committing to a long and costly overseas war against Europe's superpower while maintaining peace during political conflict at home. Comments: Because it is a series of love stories that take place throughout history woven into a narrative about a husband and wife who are the writers if the stories. As Nena explores her cultural heritage in the archives of Spain's Biblioteca Nacional and through trips to village festivals, she finds herself falling for Paco, a Spaniard.
While seeking her identity through her research, Nena feels the conflicting pulls of life in Spain with Paco--the man who is "her fate," "el destino"--and her home in Laredo, where her family and her strong ties to South Texas await. Comments: I believe that women will be interested in my book because it teaches on kindness. If bees were ever to go extinct the world would suffer and the same goes for women, there is no world without a woman and her womb.
Help me spread awareness of bees and kindness to the world. Comments: In , a lightning accident on the coast of Maine leaves Nancy Bills's husband dead and her younger son critically injured. In this memoir, Bills captures the shock and grief that follow this unusual and devastating loss. Insightful, moving, and full of intelligence and humanity, The Red Ribbon is a story of surviving the many and often devastating lightning strikes of life, which many of us, sadly, face.
Bills' memoir is a gift of compassion and wisdom for readers who are struggling with their own losses. Comments: Keli Hammond wrote this book because she wants to to 1 add more diversity into the field of marketing because nearly all top marketing thought-leaders are white men and 2 show women of all ages and races that their dreams matter and give them the confidence to walk their own path in their quest for happiness and fulfillment in life. She wants them to know that even if you don't see anyone that looks like you i.
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Comments: Oh, Tama! Natsuyuki is prevailed upon by his friend Alexandre, an occasional porn-film actor, to adopt the very pregnant cat Tama, who gives birth and remains throughout the novel as a silent observer of her human hosts. Further complications arise surrounding the mystery of who the father of Alexandre's sister Tsuneko's unborn child is, with Tsuneko a bar owner happy to collect money from anyone who may be responsible.
One of these possible dads turns out to be Natsuyuki's half-brother, abandoned and forgotten long ago as easily as Tama has parted with her kittens. A "fast and comedic novel," Oh, Tama! It is part of the author's esteemed series of "Meijiro" novels, named after the northwest area of Tokyo that so richly informs their urbanity and outlook. Comments: I have had two women, both in their mid to late 60's, read the book and tell me that it was so good that they couldn't put the book down. One of them even told me that she knew that she had chores to do and she ignored them to read the book.
It also includes humorous moments that not only would children like but that women would also appreciate [I am especially referencing chapter 8 where Kyle meets Marvin the mouse :o ] Women would also appreciate the humor in reference to "Colonel Kentucky". Comments: Sande Boritz Berger provides a breathtaking look at spousal relationships, gaslighting, emotional abuse, and the s women's movement--a MeToo lens turned back on a past era, rife with complicated change that is of the highest relevance to women in America today.
Comments: It is written by a woman about her experiences in fiction, poetry, essays, letters, about common day visits and related changes. As reader noted: In Visits and Passages, Carol Smallwood not only writes in multiple formats short stories, diaries, fantasy, poetry, and others , she offers her explorations of everything from the color pink to a letter to God. All come from the heart of American life.
As Roland Barksdale-Hall notes: "Smallwood paints with delicate strokes a splendid cornucopia of lyrical ruminations on family, nature, literature and places. Acts of Assumption by S. Comments: In America, we are good at dividing ourselves into tribes--into "insiders" and "outsiders"--based on race,background, and beliefs. But what happens when a woman is an outsider within her own tribe? Serach Gottesman, the mathematically-gifted eldest daughter of a fervently Orthodox Jewish Boro Park family and Paloma Rodriguez, the street-smart latch-key daughter of a Latina immigrant mother in the South Bronx seek broader vistas within a relationship that is forbidden by both their communities.
Love provides them with ballast, comfort and compelling new voices and roles, but they also find that some cultural bonds grip tight and some wounds run deep. Comments: Radical, feminist, writer, suffragist Matilda Joslyn Gage changed the course of history. She fought for equal rights not dependent on sex, race, class, or creed. Yet her name has faded into obscurity. She is forgotten when her comrades, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton who were racist and classist , are celebrated.
To explain, Angelica Shirley Carpenter explores Gage's life, including her rise and fall within the movement she helped build. Comments: This book is by a women author working in a world that is dominated by men - project management in financial services. The book explains how to bring so-called soft skills to a large team and make them work. Most of the team were men. The book uses approaches to improving the workplace that anyone can use - whether or not they are a project manager. It is empowering for women to see how these skills can be introduced into a workplace regardless of the demographics of the organization.
Comments: Learning about wildlife with trail cameras has become increasingly popular among both sexes, but it's especially important for women to be involved. Men who use them tend to be hunters, but women who use them tend to be nonhunting naturalists. Wildlife management has been dominated by male hunters, which has led to conservation based on the desires of hunters rather than ecosystem health. To manage wildlife sustainably and ethically, women need to be more engaged with wildlife, and this book gives them a powerful tool to do so.
Comments: It's the true story of an enterprising, self-made woman who, against all odds, became a fabulously successful restaurateur in the midth-century, serving tens of millions of meals, yet overlooked in culinary history. Comments: This is an elegantly wrought memoir of resilience, courage, and reinvention.
A portrait of nature at its most beautiful and demanding, Lost Without the River is the story of a girl whose family struggled against Depression-era hardship and personal tragedy to carve out a small farm in rural South Dakota. It's also Barbara's story of leaving the farm to make a life for herself on her own terms.
But leaving the farm did not take away its indelible mark, and here she pays homage to all of it, now vanished, before it is lost, even to memory. Comments: This memoir examines contemporary mothering, equality of labor in parenting, and being spiritual in a fast-paced world. It speaks broadly enough for women of any faith to reflect on how we parent. Dena was a midwife exhausted by her fight for the rights of childbearing women and the hamster-wheel of American motherhood. Adam was a Buddhist yogi passing as a hard-working Dad.
Bella was fourteen and wanted to be normal. Sophia was up for anything that involved skipping school. Together, they walked away from their lives and criss-crossed India and Nepal for eight months to gain wisdom. Comments: Call Richmond, Jr. Twenty years later he showed up on a family member's doorstep.
He was homeless, broken, and suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. For the next 14 years, his sister Rebecca took on the struggle to restore him as they faced the dark traumas and painful memories of their past. As a sister, mother and wife, Rebecca shares a candid chronicle of rescuing her lost brother from homelessness and mental illness, and her long, emotional fight to again make him a part of her family.
Comments: "Riding the Second Wave: How Feminism Changed Women's Psychology and Mine" will appeal to the general women reader who is interested in the second wave feminism, how it changed my life, women's lives, and set the stage for the "ME TOO" movement to blossom. The book answers the questions: what is women's psychology, what is feminist therapy, and what is a woman-centered approach to therapy. I describe how feminism guided my psychotherapy practice, how I found a theory to ground my practice, and my thought about what really help people heal.
Comments: In America, we're good at dividing ourselves into tribes--into "insiders" and "outsiders"--based on race, background and beliefs. This is the story of two women who are outsiders within their own tribes. Serach Gottesman, the mathematically-gifted eldest daughter of a rigidly Orthodox-Jewish Boro Park family and Paloma Rodriguez, the street-smart Bronx-bred daughter of a neglectful Latina immigrant mother, seek broader vistas within a relationship that is forbidden by both their communities.
Love provides them ballast, but they find that some cultural bonds grip tight and some wounds run deep. Comments: Decanted Truths features three women chasing after the American Dream in very different ways. Margaret Harrigan tries to marry her way into the good life, and in the process often misses the blessings right in front of her. Theo and Leah Gavagan take far less conventional routes, trusting in their own abilities entrepreneurial for Theo, artistic for Leah. For all their stumbles, they draw constructive lessons--not a sense of victimhood--from their considerable hardships.
Comments: Beatrice, the main protagonist of Reinventing Hillwilla, is the survivor of an emotionally abusive marriage and a bleak childhood. But she's not a victim. She's always supported herself and is proof that a woman can make it, even when she takes the path less traveled.
At this stage of her life, Beatrice faces a challenge confronting many women in middle age: the need to shed some of the armor developed in reaction to past hardships and to trust again -- in loved ones, in new beginnings, in life. Comments: The novel shows us of generations of women struggling to survive the seedy world of human trafficking and cult religion. Juni Fisher builds suspense in this version of a handmaid's tale that's not from some dystopian future, but from the recent past.
It examines ways that gender enables or disables men and women, and how social status further enhances the dominant class. It is a tale of hope and despair, justice and injustice, and will evoke a wide range of emotions in all readers. In the end, it shows how determination can become the greatest factor in achieving happiness. Comments: I Don't Belong Here ruthlessly investigates alienation during moments of transit and dislocation and their impact on women's identity.
These twenty essays--ranging from conventional to lyrical to experimental in form and structure--delve into the root causes of personal uncertainty and the aftershock effects of being a woman in an unsafe world. Comments: "In this rich and compelling book, Shani Orgad persuasively argues for the power of cultural forces, alongside toxic workplace structures and flimsy public policies, to block pathways, shrink selves, and stifle rage among accomplished, highly-educated women who sacrificed careers as they headed home to care for young children. She beautifully weaves the sometimes-wrenching stories of mothers with incisive analysis demarcating the unique predicament of these mothers, who find it difficult to articulate return pathways to the work world despite the celebratory and contradictory culture of mompreneurs and the confidence fantasy.
Milkie, University of Toronto. Comments: I Martha met the author on a recent trip to Belize! I became fascinated with cacao production because of her enthusiasm and expertise. We visited a cacao farm in Belize together. I think our readership would be interested in the connection to European religions after contact with the New World. She has deeply researched how the Jewish faith and Mayan chocolate are connected.
She explores the ancient relationship of people and the cacao bean. What woman doesn't love chocolate? This is my idea to review it. I can have her email: debbieprinz gmail. The book is about how we can recognize differences, redress problems, and further achievements that have marked the rise of the American feminist movement. It is about creating a better world. Comments: Stories told by 38 fascinating, strong, independent, "mostly western" ladies that will inspire women everywhere. An eclectic group who love family, land, and their animals share stories that will touch the heart, entertain and educate.
Meet Carole who saved her cows from wildfire, Eve who rode an opinionated mule on the Tevis Cup Ride, Michelle and her Search and Rescue bloodhound, Mary Matli, a true cowboy and Amanda, wife of hotshot firefighter Eric Marsh who lost his life along with eighteen other brave souls fighting a local wildfire. Comments: I'm a woman and I've lived an unconventional life. I have hitchhiked around the world. I think that women get from my work a sense of the familiar -- my femaleness -- in the strange -- a woman on the side of the road, sticking out her thumb and asking for a ride.
Comments: Darling Girl tells the story of a young girl growing up in a family in danger of being crushed by its secrets. Set in the 50s and 60s and in locations around the world, Darling Girl explores, through the eyes of a child, what it is like to watch your parents careening out of control. Do You Have Kids? Comments: Do You Have Kids? Life When the Answer is No is a savvy and validating guide to what might be in store for growing numbers of childfree and childless worldwide--from the shifting meaning of family to what we leave behind when we die. Weaving together wisdom from women ages thirty-seven to ninety-one with both her own story and a growing body of research, this book brings to light alternate routes to lives of meaning, connection, and joy for those without children, and those who love us.
Comments: The poems are about a woman's relationships to family, self and the world. There are rites of passage poems, coming of age poems, wrestling with oppression poems as well as reflections on and homages to other women. Comments: This novel is largely inspired by real events and comes on the wings of the metoo movement.
It's a book about surviving and is of particular interest to mothers of young girls. Bond, Alma H. Comments: Dr. Bond is a psychoanalyst of 37 years of clinical experience. She can see into the heart and soul of Barbra as no other writer can. She is able to unearth Barbra's longings, hidden desires, faults, and the hidden generosities of her heart.
Bond probably knows Barbra better than anyone on earth does, including Barbra herself. Some sort of contact and communication, would be welcome at this point. Thank you for your attention. Comments: Termination of Benefits is a Maine mystery about secrets and psychotherapy. The protagonist is a former attorney turned social worker dealing with her own traumatic past while simultaneously helping her clients do their work.
She collaborates with three female friends to solve the murder of a misogynist psychiatrist in bed with an unethical managed care company. The book deals with relationships, relational ruptures between friends and lovers and relational repairs. It's packed with real information about trauma and recovery while providing a compelling, fun read. TOB also follows a storyline of the protagonist's struggle to come to terms with a lineage of clairvoyance and highlights how we as women can transform self-doubt into self-confidence.
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Comments: The word sensei in Japanese literally means "one who came before," but that's not what Janet Pocorobba's teacher wanted to be called. She used her first name, Western-style. She wore a velour Beatles cap and leather jacket, and she taught foreigners, in English, the three-stringed shamisen, an instrument that fell out of tune as soon as you started to play it.
Vexed by the music and Sensei's mission to upend an elite musical system, Pocorobba, on the cusp of thirty, gives up her return ticket home to become a lifelong student of her teacher. She is eventually featured in Japan Cosmo as one of the most accomplished gaijin, "outside people," to play the instrument. Part memoir, part biography of her Sensei, The Fourth String looks back on the initial few years of that apprenticeship, one that Janet's own female English students advised her was "wife training," steeped in obedience, loyalty, and duty.
Even with her maverick teacher, Janet is challenged by group hierarchies, obscure traditions, and the tricky spaces of silence in Japanese life. Comments: "America Deconstructed" is a woman's attempt at spreading empathy to a world angry and confused about immigration and identity. The women who put together this book and especially the ones featured in the book are an example to men and women, children and adults, of courage, passion, and culture. Women will be interested in this book because these are real stories of people who call America home and are chasing the American Dream.
These stories are from people who want to create a better future for the next generation. Comments: America Deconstructed follows the journeys of sixteen immigrants as they maneuver cultural differences, accents and uncomfortable situations while feeling a sense of belonging in America. Women will see themselves in many facets of these immigrants' stories, but will also learn from experiences different from theirs. Comments: Wyoming in the early s was a time of tremendous change, with the completion of the transcontinental railroad and the discovery of gold.
Dulcinetta Jackson, the half-black heir to her grandmother's vice fortune, struggles to gain respectability in this highly mutable environment. When a former iron man for the railroad shows up unexpectedly with her small son in tow, the events set in motion lead to abrupt changes in each of their lives. It is and Jocelyn Belle Royal, steadfast and feisty as usual, joins a mule drive to earn back her Kansas, Flint Hills farm lost to the bank. Entanglements over the mules, outlaws, women's suffrage, and a disagreement over the governor's mansion, test her mettle to the limit.
The story can be likened to author Elmer Kelton's "gentle westerns" and has been endorsed by Molly Gloss and other notable authors. The British are on the verge of capturing the strategically important port of New Orleans. In the midst of the Americans' chaotic preparations for battle, three women play key roles in the defense of the city: Catherine, a free woman of color, voodoo priestess, and noted healer personally summoned by General Andrew Jackson; Marguerite, a pampered Creole plantation mistress prone to out-of-body experiences; and Millie, a plucky, patriotic prostitute inspired by her pirate lover to serve in the most dangerous capacity of all.
These three women's lives and fates become intertwined as they join forces to defend their country. Inspired by the contributions of citizens during the Battle of New Orleans, The Cards Don't Lie is a story of love, rebellion, intimacy, betrayal, and heroism in the face of terror and barbaric brutality.
Comments: Kirsti Sandy's essays in this coming-of-age memoir can be therapeutic for women still trying to process so many of the events that shaped who they have become and changed the way they see themselves, men, family, and politics. The experiences Kirsti shares from living in both affluent and poor neighborhoods of Lowell and Andover Mass as well as how strongly she is effected by the women she meets as she grows up and moves away, are powerful, but she tells all her stories with humor and spirit.
Comments: Several of the female characters, who look back on our time from the future, have special abilities. Some can radiate an enlightened state of awareness into others. One is able to leave her body at will and experience being other life forms. Another woman discovers that she can influence the past with her energy body.
All of them expand into profound love for themselves and the men in their lives as they align themselves with the mystery of the conscious universe.
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The reader is exposed to new possibilities of self-empowerment and loving connection among all facets of existence. In her latest novel, "The Throwaways", she turns to her fans' favorite character, Curt Dekker, and revisits him 25 years in the past. Any female reader interested in crime, thrillers, suspense, and mystery will be intrigued by LS Hawker's pioneer voice in the thriller genre. She doesn't shy away from writing in a man's world, and her career is a testament to how women can challenge social norms and write whatever story they want to tell.
Comments: To be inspired by a true story of loss and reunion; to learn more about another culture Greek and part of its contribution to the melting pot of our society; to gain insights into why people make some of the seemingly-impossible decisions that they do; to journey with a spunky girl on her journey of discovery and identity; and to enjoy a good story. Gripping and heart-wrenching; historically important, with contemporary relevance.
Then one day a stranger approaches Sousanna's father with a startling proposition, made bearable only by the assurance that the situation is temporary. But all is not as it seems, and Sousanna is taken from her home to a foreign place where she's adopted by an American couple. Everything is different and no one understands her. How will Sousanna endure alone in this strange place, where her culture, her language, and even her name are taken from her?
Will her parents ever find her? Heart-wrenching and heart-warming by turns, this timely novel inspired by true events explores the bonds between parents and child, the lasting effects of words spoken to young children, and what "for the good of the child" means.
Comments: Have you ever loved a story so much that you read and reread it, thought about it, read what others had to say about it, and then were compelled to create artwork and write about it? You will find those artworks and writings in Faces of the Matriarchs, a book about the bible stories of the matriarchs Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel and Leah from the Book of Genesis.
Whether you are familiar with these stories or not, you will find this a visually beautiful book of art merged with a woman's loving view of the humanity of these matriarchs. Kolody, Russell D. Comments: This book is the second book of the Sid Rubin Silicon Alley Adventures and was inspired by the young women leading mysteries, such as Nancy Drew and Harriet the Spy, as well as the "girls who code" movement.
This time, diverse women are unapologetically smart, and smart is sexy Comments: Freefall: A Divine Comedy is long overdue for all readers who seek strong role models to guide them in their later years, especially if they are over fifty. In this novel, they will find multi-faceted characters who are willing to push the envelope and discover alternate ways of approaching aging. The narrative zeroes in on a fundamental truth: We're all in freefall, and that's the real divine comedy.
No matter how old we are, we're still trying to "find ourselves" and discover what we want out of life. Comments: A happy marriage dissolved into a rage-filled nightmare fueled by a commonly prescribed corticosteroid. But perhaps the scariest part of this true story is how Jill's concern for her ailing husband was brushed aside.
In the months and years after Don's death, Jill reels from grief but finds her own way of coping. A memoir written in beautiful prose, One Pill Makes You Stronger is a love story, a cautionary tale, and a true testament to human resilience. Comments: Finding Peace in The Holy Land recounts the spiritual adventure of Lauren Booth, the sister-in-law of former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, as she undertakes the journey of a one-time party girl, part-time Christian to the quiet, teetotal life of a devout believer in the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad.
Booth is an English broadcaster, journalist and activist. As an international public speaker, her talks focus on human rights, Islamophobia in the media, Palestinian justice, and her own conversion to Islam. Comments: Patricia Harman takes readers back in time as the the United States entered World War II and, in her signature style, she offers a valued female narrative to historical fiction.
In a time of turmoil, Patience Hester, a skilled and trusted midwife, is in many ways the only stability for the women of Hope River Valley, West Virginia. I think it is the strong female character of Patience and seeing this time of history through the eyes of a midwife that will appeal to women readers. Comments: I believe women readers will be interested in this book because it deals so heavily with the process of writing, and my own self-questioning about how I should go about telling a story that is not my own.
At its core, it is really a book about relationships--about our obligations to one another, about what it means to listen to one another's stories. It is a story about empathy. It's a book that second guesses its own choices as it is making them, and calls into question so much about how we go about making memory, and preserving memory for others.
As a woman reader, these are the sorts of discussions I look for in books I love to be taken along with the narrator, transparently shown the narrator's thought process, because it helps me to understand the writerly choices the narrator makes and the implications of those choices for what can and cannot be said. This is that kind of book. Comments: Suzanne Dalton has accomplished much in her life--she is an artist, writer, actor, graphic designer, and program manager.
The one undertaking for which she did not sign up was breast cancer. In her new memoir humor guides Suzanne through difficult decisions about treatments, surgeries, and reconstruction. Her story, told through witty letters to friends, includes a party before surgery, a zany poodle, and refusal to let cancer define her. This memoir is a beautifully-told story and a guide to aid anyone diagnosed with a life-threatening medical event whether they've completed the journey or are just embarking upon the path.
An Imperfect Rapture by Kelly J. Comments: Kelly practiced employment discrimination for two decades and is the founder of the Professional Women's Information Network. In her 50s, she took a chance at a literary career and her upcoming memoir showcases her overcoming what she calls America's shadowlands - the intersection of religious fundamentalism and first world poverty.
It's an important and overlooked issue affecting many women, and men. Comments: Forever Herself is about a strong woman who embraces life on her own terms. Shaped by childhood adversity, my mother, Berthella Stevens, grew into an intelligent, unconventional adult. But when she dared to be herself in her rural Indiana community, she endured ostracism and loneliness, finding solace in her faith. My maverick mother was a prolific writer. While she wrote out of sheer joy, she dreamed of sharing her words in a published book.
Sadly, she died in without attaining that goal. Her story is so endearing and her writing so enchanting, I felt compelled to curate her works with my own remembrances into this book. Female readers will be inspired by her courage and touched by the son who honors her. The book provides a fascinating and meticulously researched look at how the mafia stain affects a family of women.
Interesting take on an intriguing subject-- with compelling female characters. Comments: This is a compelling novel of psychological suspense written by a psychotherapist and former attorney. Termination of Benefits focuses on women's lives, women's friendships, romances, and life struggles. It explores trauma, the sequelae of trauma, and the healing of trauma. It also touches on spirituality, intuition, and how one comes to terms with clairvoyance. The wife and son of a fellow military man are taken hostage by religious zealots, with a grand political agenda.
Approached by a former boss he despises, Graves decides to help his overseas comrade, and goes to war. Fast paced, with enough but not too much morality. The title of this book made no sense. The 3rd thriller in the Jonathan Grave Series set in Washington DC and West Virginia is a terrifying and exciting story featuring my new favorite hero, the freelance peacemaker and hostage rescuer Jonathan Grave and the Security Solutions team.
Feb 04, Freda Malone rated it really liked it. At first glance, I would even say Jonathan is a loner, until a rescue comes into play in these stories. Gail a former law enforcement officer hired by Graves later, has really frustrated me in this novel. I had some mixed feelings as well. Special Forces skills or not, Graves put himself and his very small team at risk from the very beginning, with no back up plan.
This annoyed me, somewhat. Is this the behavior of a narcissist or did he really think this would only be a snatch, grab and get the hell out of dodge operation? Then you have a corrupt sheriff who is one of the leaders in the cult, good grief! The ending was not something shocking but I liked it. Jun 28, Richard Gazala rated it really liked it. Gilstrap rivets attention from the novel's electrifying first chapter, and from there the action barrels full tilt right up to the story's taut c "Threat Warning" is the third and latest entry in veteran bestselling thriller author John Gilstrap's series featuring tough-guy hero Jonathan "Digger" Grave.
Gilstrap rivets attention from the novel's electrifying first chapter, and from there the action barrels full tilt right up to the story's taut climax. The opening scene explodes with a firefight on the Wilson Bridge during a typical rush hour on a cold November evening in Washington, D. The Wilson Bridge onslaught was preceded by one at a shopping mall in Kansas City, and is followed quickly by a bombing at a Detroit middle school as terrorists wage war against the United States on American soil.
Meanwhile, before the gun smoke clears from the combat on the bridge, one of the terrorist shooters escapes by carjacking a military wife's minivan and kidnapping the woman and her teen-aged son, soon delivering them to captivity at the terrorists' remote compound in rural West Virginia. The price of sparing the hostages' lives is the immediate withdrawal of all U.
Gilstrap keeps the tension mounting relentlessly as the formidable Grave and his small but resourceful team battle to thwart a terrorist sniper plot that threatens to demolish the government and obliterate America's financial system. Gilstrap writes well, in a style that's smart, crisp and engaging. He sets scenes with sufficient detail to put the readers right alongside his characters as heroes and villains clash in both urban and rural settings.
He crafts realistic and believable dialogue. Though some of Gilstrap's characters are a little flat, he earns kudos for avoiding the tendency of many modern thriller writers to sacrifice depth and complexity in even principal characters on the altar of propelling plots. The overall effect is an addictive and satisfying read, and a chilling story that feels disturbingly close to one that might erupt in America at any moment. Feb 22, Lisa Malmquist rated it really liked it.
Fast paced thriller. Jonathan Graves and his band of not really sanctioned, rescue operatives are the ones to call when you have no one else. In this installment, Jonathan and Boxer-the "Big Guy", helicopter pilot and munitions expert, are tasked with rescuing a mother and her son from a home grown terrorist cell. The "Army of God". The first thing that occurs is that Jonathan is crossing a traffic bridge, and sees an active shooter shooting random people stuck on the bridge in their cars. He is h Fast paced thriller. He is has the shooter in his sights and is about to shoot him in the head when he is stopped by a over-zealous police office who allows the active shooter to get away.
Luckily, Jonathan has friends in high places and the police officer is reprimanded and forced to apologize, much to his chagrin. Don't want to give away too much- but its an interesting comparison between the duties of the police and the military.
The author makes a point about how at one time the Navy Seals were given the job of stopping drug lords from selling drugs, and the Seals easily stopped the boats used by the drug sellers and also easily confiscated the drugs but that when the drug sellers pointed guns- the Seals killed them.
End of story. Whereas the police have to take them alive and protect the chain of evidence for trial. Same with hostages, from a military view protect the hostages and rescue them, period. Don't try to protect the chain of evidence and take criminals alive when the hostages are going to die as a result. If you like a fast paced story and lots of action and don't mind that no one bothered to protect the chain of evidence or the criminals, read on!
Jun 25, Alex Ander rated it really liked it. I give Threat Warning a more specific rating of 4. This is the third book in the series and each one gets better. The author did a great job of going back and forth between and among the various characters and the situations involving them multiple scenes playing out from different character viewpoints. Very good plot, which was not too difficult to determine what was going to happen next. That doesn't bother I give Threat Warning a more specific rating of 4. That doesn't bother me.
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Some may want to be surprised by twists and turns. I'm not one of those people. I know how the book starts and will end bad guy gets what he deserves. The stuff in the middle is what is exciting action, character development and personal character interaction. Threat Warning is highly recommended by this author. Now, it's on to book 4. Feb 25, Jennifer Brown rated it it was amazing. Another catching novel by this author! I did pick it up a while ago but wasn't able to read it because of certain distractions, but when I did get a chance to read it, I didn't want to put it down!
This was one that I had to force myself to take breaks to do adult things I know, sucks, right?? Gilstrap must do tons of research when he writes his books because the details of the missions and weapons is in-depth! I loved learning new things although some of the weapons specs I might have skipp Another catching novel by this author! I loved learning new things although some of the weapons specs I might have skipped Threat Warning was actually a little too realistic with it's story of the Army of God and their terrorists plans. It is true sometimes that as Americans, we are our own worst enemies.
This book plays out that way exactly. I'm glad there was more than just the rescue in here. I thought it would be a to-be-continued type of book when the people ran off but was happy it wasn't! Aug 17, Josh McClellan rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction. Jonathan and Gail's relationship as soldier vs. Sep 28, Robert Dunn rated it it was amazing. This book has a mystery wrapped in a thriller and both are more than enough to keep the pages turning. Jonathan Grave novels are a series not to be missed if you like action and heroes saving the day and who doesn't?
May 16, Carl R. Well, I said in my last entry that I needed some candy reading, and boy did I find it. Absolutely perfect airplane books,which is mostly where I read both. John Gilstrap has created a nicely noir protagonist named Jonathan Grave. Before he got sent up, said kin transferred virtually Well, I said in my last entry that I needed some candy reading, and boy did I find it. Before he got sent up, said kin transferred virtually all his wealth to Jonathan. Jonathan, after a career of collecting scars and medals in the special forces, decides to use the money to do good.
He sets himself up in business to help people who have special needs--like kidnapped relatives or the ongoing presence of a terrorist group in their neighborhood. Stuff like that. Not high lit, but not meant to be. We all like our own flavor of candy. Aug 07, Sheila rated it really liked it. Good thriller. Jonathan Graves is the owner of a security company but his real job is helping protect innocent people. Although I haven't read any other books by this author, I get the impression he has used this particular character before. A terriorist group is targeting innocent people in different areas of the U.
A young woman kills several people as they drive along a busy highway. Jonathan is in a car and sees the shooter. When he tries to follow her, a FBI agent apprehends and arrests h Good thriller. When he tries to follow her, a FBI agent apprehends and arrests him allowing the shooter to escape. The shooter flags a woman and her teenage son down and kidnaps them. Jonathan is hired to rescue them. The captives are the wife and son of a high ranking Army soldier. Using the company's special technological skills and with some help from another Army official, they find the compound where the victims are being held.
There is some past unpleasant history between Jonathan, his best friend, Boxers, and the Army official, Rollins, but Rollins proves his assistance more than once in the story. The book kept you wondering what was going to happen next making it hard to put down. I loved most of the secondary characters who all had their own little fun quirks about them to help build the story and characters. Royal Scandal is well written with a steady flow and nice mix of drama and sweetness.
If that is the kind of book you enjoy, you will enjoy this standalone read with a HEA that also sets up future books in the series. Overall, I enjoyed this for a light hearted read. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own. Wow I started off on the fence when I began this book now I want more!
Colin is more than his title as crown Prince he's everything you would expect in being the oldest of the children and when scandal and tragedy hits his family he steps up to the plate. Though his best friend Delia dint always start the way you would think. Now I could say more than what the blurb does to tell you about this book but then you wouldn't read it! Your in for twist and turns a few yelling in your head at the characters and possibly maybe even tears but your going to fall in love with this group of people I know I did and now I want help I need more!
This was a good read. They were intriguing with the complicated friendship they had but only Colin knew exactly how complicated it was. I also enjoyed Colin's outspoken family, especially Chatlotte who was always a voice of reason or peacemaker. Definitely recommend. I really like both main characters, their interactions were great and very entertaining. The story itself was okay, although it seemed rather far fetched. Overall, the book was good, but I have read similar ones before with a better execution before.
See all 4 reviews. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. January 25, - Published on Amazon. Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I'm on the fence with this one. It is a decent read and does keep you interested, but there were a few things that I kept thinking about throughout the book. This review does contain spoilers so read them at your own risk. First, why did Colin keep the boys paternity a secret from Della?
They were best friends for 10 years so I don't understand why that was such a secret. I do understand him wanting to protect the boys, but Della would not have shouted it to the world. Especially since she didn't know who he really was. And what would it hurt for her to know? Second, this whole scandal of being exiled. The murder of their parents was an intimate matter and not a matter of the so-called "rebellion" happening at the time. Why did nobody else from parliament wonder where their royal family fled too? Why would they, as a whole, decide to leave all contact and decisions with the royals up to one person and not investigate for themselves?
Government is sneaky no matter your country, but was the prime minister crooked too??? Can't help but wonder. When I read about what really happened to the parents, the whole scenario made no sense to me. Wouldn't other members in office wonder what the heck was going on when their country was failing as bad as it was and no royals had stepped foot on their soil in 10 years? And third, the circumstances surrounding the parent's murder. It came out so choppy with information given in such a backwards manner that I had to reread paragraphs over a couple times to understand what really went down.
I get it now, but why was it so hard to say all that over multiple chapters? To me, that's a one paragraph explanation. Obviously you can have characters slip bits and pieces here and there of what happened to make characters question the true events, and that's expected and exactly what the author does.
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