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Categories of Reviews

The Theft of Memory: Losing My Father One Day at a Time

August 17th, 2015

The Theft of Memory: Losing My Father One Day at a Time Author: Jonathan Kozol Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne Holmes If you know National Book Award winner Jonathan Kozol for his lifetime of work among our nation’s most disadvantaged children, you’re aware of his seminal books like: Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation, or Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America These books, along with about a dozen others, have branded Kozol as a fine writer, a man who, as... Read More

In Search of the Baby Boomer Generation

August 14th, 2015

In Search of the Baby Boomer Generation Author: Rick Bava Reviewed for the NABBW by Anne Holmes Like Rick Bava, I am a Baby Boomer who has developed an encore career dedicated to serving the Baby Boomer generation. Unlike Bava, I did not spend two years traveling the country talking to Boomers of every stripe. This trip was a critical step, as having done so, Bava has now written what many Baby Boomer experts, myself included, I see as the definitive book on our generation. It is a core resource piece for anyone of a future generation, who seeks to understand our iconic “pig in a python” demographic... Read More

Stuck in the Passing Lane

August 13th, 2015

Stuck in the Passing Lane: A Memoir Author: Jed Ringel Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne Holmes I’ve not read a book like this before. It’s the memoir of a recently divorced (the divorce actually takes place partway through the narrative) upper class Baby Boomer man, who, as he puts it, has become “trapped on the Internet dating superhighway.” His Amazon.com bio tells us that “In prior lives, Jed Ringel has been an Ivy League drop-out, a failed sculptor, a morally impoverished Wall Street lawyer (seeking salvation in chasing fallen dictators to repatriate what they stole), and the founder... Read More

The Cowgirl Jumped Over the Moon

August 3rd, 2015

The Cowgirl Jumped Over the Moon Author: Linda Ballou http://LindaBallouAuthor.com Reviewed by: Anne Holmes for the NABBW As this book opens, life seems pretty good for Gemcie McCauley, a talented and dedicated Grand Prix jumper. She and her beautiful horse, an Irish Hunter named Marshal, whom she’s raised from a colt, are about to capture the World Cup. Gemcie and her handsome husband Jorge, live on a horse ranch owned by his parents. Billy, her longtime trainer, is a father figure for her. She’s never known her father Tom, a cowboy, who left when she was just a month old. We learn that Gemcie... Read More

June Never Came: A Mother’s Guide to Living After the Loss of a Child

July 3rd, 2015

June Never Came: A Mother’s Guide to Living After the Loss of a Child Author: Patricia Burgess-Southerland Reviewed by Anne Holmes for the NABBW This is a deceptively simple looking, small book. But author Burgess-Southerland has packed it full of coping strategies and healing projects she designed for herself after the loss of her son Zachary. Early on, she explains to her readers that Zachary, died in a completely avoidable auto accident, at age 27. Her book’s title comes from the fact that Zachary had been planning to visit her in June of the year he died. But grievously, that visit never... Read More

The Love Fight: How ACHIEVERS & CONNECTORS Can Build a Marriage That Lasts

June 19th, 2015

The Love Fight: How ACHIEVERS & CONNECTORS Can Build a Marriage That Lasts Tony Ferretti, PhD & Peter J. Weiss, MD Reviewed for the NABBW by Anne Holmes We’ve all seen it happen over and over, of course: The Hollywood marriages (Liz Taylor is probably the most famous), the sports star marriages (Tiger Woods, Mike Tyson, Lance Armstrong for example), and the politician or CEO marriages. And we’ve either joked about these folks being “serially monogamous,” or taken bets on how long the marriage will last. (Years ago, I actually had a peer, a man who was a star salesman,... Read More

The Cancer Solution: Taking Charge of Your Life With Cancer ~ A Cancer Handbook for Inquisitive Laypersons and Health Care Professionals

June 18th, 2015

The Cancer Solution: Taking Charge of Your Life With Cancer ~ A Cancer Handbook for Inquisitive Laypersons and Health Care Professionals Author: Jack C. Westman, MD, MS Reviewed for the NABBW by Anne Holmes Author Westman, a psychiatrist by training, tells us right away that it was his wife Nancy’s 34 years of life with cancer, and her ultimate death that compelled him to learn all that he could about current day cancer research and treatment. He quickly points out that cancer inevitably affects all our lives, as one in three will die of it. And the rest of us will know someone – or... Read More

America’s Suicide

June 18th, 2015

America’s Suicide Author: Michael H. Davison Reviewed for the NABBW by Anne L. Holmes As I write this, the country is reeling from yet another mass murder. This time, in an historic church. All over the news and in social media, we are struggling to try to understand how this sort of terrible violence could happen here, yet again. Meanwhile, author Michael H. Davison provides an uncomfortable answer: He argues that we are murdering industrial America, self-reliant America, entrepreneurial America, confident America, proud America. In its place, he argues, we are erecting a welfare state,... Read More

Grit in Your Craw: The Eight Strengths You Need to Succeed in Business and in Life

June 16th, 2015

Grit in Your Craw: The Eight Strengths You Need to Succeed in Business and in Life Author: Robert Luckado Reviewed by Anne Holmes for the NABBW Let me make one thing immediately clear: Though unassuming in its looks, at just 5 x 8 and a shade over 100 pages, with a rather monochromatic cover and an odd-sounding – though memorable — title, you might a first be tempted to overlook when browsing the business section of your favorite bookstore.  But you would be making a mistake.  In a concise but approachable manner, author Robert Luckado, a man who’s been successful in many... Read More

New CD by Vicki Lynn King: “Light Your World”

June 12th, 2015

“Light Your World” CD by Vicki Lynn King Reviewed for the NABBW by Anne Holmes I chatted with Vicki recently about her music, and her books. I mentioned that for me, both were hugely inspirational, and that I had her newest CD on my computer, so that I can listen while I work. (Next step: download it to my phone…) She replied: “This is the kind of music that I really long to sing because I think the songs can be such a blessing to others. “My main focus for the rest of my life will be to sing and tell stories to inspire and move others. I have done so much of this... Read More