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Categories of Reviews

The Living Memories Project: Legacies That Last

July 18th, 2014

The Living Memories Project: Legacies That Last Amazon Barnes & Noble Authors: Meryl Ain, Arthur M. Frischman, and Stewart Ain Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne Holmes The Living Memories Project is a collection of inspirational personal accounts from more than 30 people, each sharing their own unique stories of how they have or are carrying on the memories of someone they loved. Some of the storytellers are people whose names you will likely recognize, such as: Lynda Johnson Robb, who writes lovingly of how she keeps alive her memories of her mother, former first lady Lady Bird Johnson Jack... Read More

Project Keepsake: Everyone has a keepsake, and every keepsake has a story to tell

July 17th, 2014

Project Keepsake: Everyone has a keepsake, and every keepsake has a story to tell Amazon Barnes & Noble Kindle Nook Author: Amber Lanier Nagle and friends (Anthology)  Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne Holmes   Amber Lanier Nagle has always been interested in keepsakes-a glass bluebird, a pocket knife, a dime-store locket, a faded fishing lure, a dented cake pan, a model train car, and so many others. “Why do you keep this?” she asks. “Where did it come from?” And then she listens as the stores and memories pour out. Project Keepsake is Nagle’s crusade to collect and publish the... Read More

Broken Petals: An Appalachian-Inspired Short Story Collection

July 15th, 2014

Broken Petals: An Appalachian-Inspired Short Story Collection Amazon Barnes & Noble Kindle Nook Author: Anthology: multiple authors including NABBW member Janie Dempsey Watts Reviewed for the NABBW by:  Anne Holmes Having read and enjoyed NABBW member Janie Dempsey Watt’s novel, “Moon Over Taylor’s Ridge,” I was anxious to read more of her work. When she told me she’d had short stories published recently in two anthologies, I jumped at the chance to read both collections. “Broken Petals” is a collection of short stories that demonstrate strength, humor, and tenacity interlaced... Read More

Where Do I Go From Here: Creating the Life You Love

June 27th, 2014

Where Do I Go From Here: Creating the Life You Love Amazon Kindle Barnes & Noble Nook Author:  Vicki Lynn King Reviewed for the NABBW by:  Anne L. Holmes Some books just make you feel good. Some have the potential to change your life. This one does both. Author Vicki Lynn King has created an inspirational and motivational book that is part memoir and part self-help book. She begins by taking the reader back home to her roots in a small town in Northwest Iowa in the mid-50s. As she reminds us, back then there were no personal computers, no cell phones, no Internet. Where, perhaps, people... Read More

Tom: A Life Saved – Lives Lost

April 13th, 2014

Tom: A Life Saved – Lives Lost Amazon Barnes & Noble Author: Goffinet McLaren Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne Holmes   The Premise of this Dramatic Biography Could be the Plot for a WWII-focused Action Film Starring Viggo Mortensen or Brad Pitt. Here’s the scenario: It’s April 16, 1943, a night with a full moon — and World War II is in full tilt. You’re part of a seven-man RAF crew, flying a Lancaster bomber, during one of the RAF’s largest Bomber Command sorties. It’s the middle of the night, and your hugely important mission – along with 599 other bombers —... Read More

Four Funerals and a Wedding: Resilience in a Time of Grief

April 1st, 2014

Four Funerals and a Wedding: Resilience in a Time of Grief Amazon Barnes & Noble Author: Jill Smolowe Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne Holmes  Jill Smolowe has written an amazing book. A memoir that covers a seventeen month period of her life, during which she buries her husband, her mother, her mother-in-law and her sister – though the deaths do not occur in that order – it’s written like a novel. What makes the book amazing is that is not maudlin or sad or sappy. It’s actually uplifting – and not just because it ends with the “life goes on affirmation” of a family wedding.... Read More

Don’t Wait to Travel to Your \’Bucket List\’ Countries. They\’re Welcoming You Today, But May Not Be Tomorrow.

March 12th, 2014

Don’t Wait to Travel to Your \’Bucket List\’ Countries. They\’re Welcoming You Today,  But May Not Be Tomorrow. By Sandra Colony For the NABBW “The driver of our boat waved his arms toward the river’s shoreline.  He had spotted our camp site for  the night.  And it is the perfect spot, soft sand surrounded by trees swaying in a gentle breeze.  Feels so  serene, so quiet, so safe. A table is set for dinner and, as if on cue, the stars make their appearance  and soon the sky is ablaze. We open a bottle of wine and all is right with the world.” I wrote those words... Read More

Hot Flashes: Do You Feel Like I Feel?

February 10th, 2014

Hot Flashes: Do You Feel Like I Feel? Amazon Author: Lee D. Tkaczyk Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne Holmes Apparently Lee D. Tkaczyk is one hot mamma. Hot as in suffering from hot flashes. But she’s not about to suffer in silence. Her recently published 52-page book, “Hot Flashes: Do You Feel Like I Feel?” is an \’Animal Picture Book\’ with fun \’captions\’ which promises a laugh or two while showing you ways to get Instant Hot Flash Relief. A perfect gift for any Boomer Woman who is looking for a quick pick-me-up. Lee says she believes  laughter is always a good... Read More

Do Not Go Quietly: A Guide to Living Consciously and Aging Wisely for People Who Weren\’t Born Yesterday

November 22nd, 2013

Do Not Go Quietly: A Guide to Living Consciously and Aging Wisely for People Who Weren\’t Born Yesterday Kindle Edition Author: George & Sedena Cappannelli Reviewed by:  Anne Holmes for the NABBW This insightful and groundbreaking book has already won several awards, including: The 2013 USA Best Book Award for spirituality and inspiration The 2013 Independent Book Sellers Books For Better Living Gold Medal The Pinnacle Achievement Award For Most Inspirational Non-Fiction Book of 2013 and The California Book Sellers Award Which means this reviewer is in good company when I write... Read More

Pressing My Luck: A Doctor’s Lottery Journey

November 15th, 2013

Pressing My Luck: A Doctor’s Lottery Journey Kindle Edition Author:  Shirley Press, MD Reviewed by:  Anne Holmes for the NABBW As this memoir opens in early September 2010, Dr. Shirley Press is a board-certified, pediatric emergency physician with 30 years of experience treating children with acute medical conditions. She is director of the Pediatric Emergency Department at Jackson Memorial Hospital and an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. A woman busy trying to balance patients, paperwork, her personal needs and the needs of her... Read More