Weep for the Living by Anne Butler is a mystery writer from the small town of St. Francisville in southern Louisiana. She was married to a respected retired criminologist who used to work for the infamous Angola prison nearby. One day while relaxing on her porch her husband comes home with a .38 gun. Amazingly she survived multiple gunshots without hospitalization for 2 hours before help arrived. Anne is a survivor and this story provides … [Read more...]
Archives for January 2010
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Some but not all of the books reviewed have been sent to us as samples.
Originally posted as a two part series on the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet blog. Part I: Vertical Farms: Finding Creative Ways to Grow Food in Kibera Driving through the crowded streets of Kibera, it's nearly impossible to describe how many people live in this area of about 225 hectares, the equivalent of just over half the size of Central Park in Manhattan. Everywhere you look there are people. People walking, people … [Read more...]
Whale Warriors by Peter Heller A true Story. In 2005 author Peter Heller joined captain Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd during their time attempting to stop Japanese whalers from killing whales. The read is fast, intriguing and at times repulsive and sad. A must read for anyone interested in eco-adventure and wildlife conservation. … [Read more...]
Women of the Four Winds by Elizabeth Fagg Olds This book profiles four women who were "ahead of their time" who lived in the early/mid 1900's including Annie Peck, the first person to climb the great 6000+ meter Huascaran in Peru. We feature this book here because of the story of Annie Peck and that is the only story we actually read & reviewed in this book. Annie had several aborted and failed attempts before successfully summiting … [Read more...]
An Unexpected Light by Jason Elliot One mans descriptions and stories about his two journeys through war torn Afghanistan. His first journey was in 1979 and then later in 1989. This is excellent travel writing - part travelogue, historical and personal story that highlights the dangers as well as the joys of traveling in Afghanistan during this war torn period. … [Read more...]
New Classic Winemakers of California by Steve Heimoff Join author Steve Heimoff as he visits with a number of prominent winemakers, all based in California. The reviews are less an interview but are written in more of a conversation prose. Reviews are in-depth, focused and personal. Sections of the book and specific winemakers are divided into decades starting with the 1970's through the 1990's. The forward was written by Bill Harlan, … [Read more...]
We met Kes Malede Abreha, described by our guides/interpreters as a "farmer-priest," on his farm near Aksum, Ethiopia in the Central Zone of Tigray region. A small, wiry, soft-spoken man with a neatly trimmed beard, Kes Malede is one of the leading "farmer-innovators" in his community. Roughly eight years ago, he started digging for water on his very dry farm. His neighbors thought he was crazy, telling him he would never find water on the site. … [Read more...]
DETROIT (Jan. 15, 2010) - For those interested in high-end fashion, a cruise knows no real 'season.' Exploring different clothing looks to mesh with exotic ports of call and world-class cruise ships is just another exciting part of the anticipation and preparation for your escape from reality on a cruise. The notion of 'fashion-forward' wardrobe options loosely transitioned to acceptable everyday items is what the phrase 'ready to wear' is … [Read more...]
39 Area Museums Offer Half-Price Admission Throughout the month of February 2010, visitors to San Diego can experience the region's rich cultural offerings at half-price. During San Diego Museum Month, visitors can pick up a free Museum Month pass at any Macy's location in San Diego County; the pass can be used all month long for half-price admission for up to four guests per visit at 39 of San Diego's diverse museums, cultural attractions … [Read more...]
While most tourists prefer to head someplace warm and cozy to escape the cold of winter, I love to do just the opposite and head to Hong Kong. I am strangely drawn to the chill, the rains, and the wind. Besides, I also love the fact that while it is chilly, it does not snow, and no snow means no blizzards which is perfect for me. Hong Kong in winter is a refreshing and wonderful respite after an extended stay in tropical heat where it's 98 … [Read more...]