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One for the Road

March 16th, 2012

One for the Road Author: Lynne Marshall Website: http://lynnemarshall.com Reviewed By: Anne Holmes for the NABBW Lynne Marshall\’s One For the Road is a delightful read. As the story begins, we meet D\’Anne Palmer, recently widowed and mad as heck. She and her husband Reese had led a life others dream of, travelling the US in a luxury motor coach. But all that changed when Reese died in her arms – well more specifically, in their bed, apparently a victim of a heart attack brought on by an accidentally self-administered toxic drug combination: Viagra and chest pain medication.... Read More

Secret of the Missing Crown: A Pilgrimage of Change

December 24th, 2011

Secret of the Missing Crown: A Pilgrimage of Change Author: By Sunday Larson with Art by Karen Vogel Website: http://www.sedonasunday.com/press.html Reviewed By: Anne Holmes for the NABBW This small book is a treat to read, as well as a feast for the eyes. Beautifully published, it would make a very special gift. The book is a charming and perceptive union of words and images that again proves that angels appear in forms least expected and there is healing power in the red rocks of Sedona. This book tells of a pilgrimage through the Sedona countryside. A special pilgrimage that teaches a woebegone... Read More

Until Brazil: A Novel

November 22nd, 2011

Until Brazil: A Novel Author: Bethe Lee Moulton Website: http://www.untilbrazil.com/ (Note: This book is available in both print and e-book formats) Reviewed By: Anne Holmes for the NABBW Set amidst the economic turbulence of the 1980s, Until Brazil is a story of risk and potential reward. It delivers a cultural feast, a tale of business intrigue, and an intimate portrait of personal transformation. Protagonist Beth Ann Bartlett, an international business consultant, travels to Brazil to help a company adjust to a new economy. Despite strongly voiced warnings against taking the assignment from... Read More

The Baby Boomers\’ Guide to Grandparenting: An Irreverent Look at the Next Big Step

November 22nd, 2011

The Baby Boomers\’ Guide to Grandparenting: An Irreverent Look at the Next Big Step Author: Diana J. Ewing Website: http://www.mybabyboomersguide.com/ Reviewed By: Anne Holmes for the NABBW Author Diana Ewing was first inspired to write this book several years ago, when the first of her friends became a grandmother. When that happened, she explains, she was shocked to realize that baby boomers – including herself – could possibly have reached the “grandparenting stage” of life. Speaking for many of us, she says, “While we certainly loved our own grandparents,... Read More

City of Veils

October 28th, 2011

City of Veils Author: Zoe Ferraris Website: http://www.zoeferraris.com/ Reviewed By: Anne Holmes for the NABBW This was a fascinating read. The author, who moved to Saudi Arabia after the first Gulf War to live with her then husband and his extended family of Saudi-Palestinian Bedouins, writes with authority. As a result, she is able to provide the reader with a searing portrait of the religious and cultural veils that separate Muslim women from the modern world. Certainly we have all heard horror stories of how women are treated in Saudi Arabia, but this novel goes beyond stereotypes and focuses... Read More

Out of the Pumpkin Shell

October 28th, 2011

Out of the Pumpkin Shell Author: Nancy Werking Poling Website: http://www.nancypoling.com Reviewed By: Anne Holmes for the NABBW This is a book every woman facing midlife should read. It is a story about two recently retired friends, Elise and Hattie (“Hat”), who have just ended (more like imploded) their Chicago school-teaching careers. Leery of the future, especially the part about their impending menopause, they decide to take a journey to Bryson Mills, Indiana, birthplace of Elise\’s mother, Rose. Elise wants to make the trip in order to confront some unfinished family business.... Read More

Another Bad-Dog Book: Tales of Life, Love, and Neurotic Human Behavior

September 10th, 2011

Another Bad-Dog Book: Tales of Life, Love, and Neurotic Human Behavior Author: Joni B. Cole Website: http://www.jonibcole.com/ Reviewed By: Anne Holmes for the NABBW This fun little book is a collection of twenty-eight personal essays. Despite its title, it is not a dog book, and only the title essay concerns the author\’s dog Eli, a Chihuahua mix. No, this is a book about people, and its scope is personal. In it author Cole shares her most private thoughts: her worries that her husband is not her “best friend”; her obsession with her previous book\’s rank on Amazon.com;... Read More

This Business of Children

July 11th, 2011

This Business of Children Author: Chloe JonPaul Website: http://chloejonpaul.com/this-business-of-children Reviewed By: Anne Holmes for the NABBW This book is narrated by Vera Harriss, a fourth grade teacher from Blevins, Maine, who is about to begin her 30th and last year of teaching as the story opens. As she explains to the readers in a prologue, this is not the book she intended to write on her retirement, but it is the book she finds she must write. In fact she confides, the story gives her no rest, as it “claws at my brain.” As her story begins, it’s the first day of school... Read More

Moving Can Be Murder

June 2nd, 2011

Moving Can Be Murder Author:  Susan Santangelo Website: www.babyboomermysteries.com Reviewed by:  Anne Holmes for the NABBW Carol and Jim Andrews are back in this second installment of author Santangelo’s “Every Wife Has a Story” Carol and Jim Andrews Baby Boomer Mystery series. This time around, they’re right in the midst of moving away from their beautiful Victorian home of 34 years. It seems that since taking early retirement, Jim has convinced Carol that their lovely antique home is actually a money pit – bleeding money left and right. Not to mention that he’s not too excited... Read More

Francesca of Lost Nation

December 20th, 2010

Francesca of Lost Nation Author: Lucinda Sue Crosby http://stories.luckycinda.com/ Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Francesca-of-Lost-Nation-ebook/dp/B003MGKA5Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2&s=books&qid=1291744576&sr=1-1 Reviewed by: Anne Holmes for the NABBW You’ll have a hard time putting this book down, once you start reading it. This is a coming of age story, set in Lost Nation, Iowa, a real farm town located in Eastern Iowa, about halfway between Davenport and Dubuque. Today there are about 500 residents in Lost Nation, and it’s unlikely the population was any larger... Read More