Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Lessons from Zachary: Turning Disability into Possibility

March 15th, 2017

Title: Lessons from Zachary: Turning Disability into Possibility Available in both paperback and Kindle formats Author: Sandy Scott Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne Holmes I was so delighted to learn about the existence of this book! For multiple personal reasons: First, we are all living in today’s world, which has sadly become rude enough that we’ve actually elected president a man who is so ill-mannered that during his campaign he actually called attention to and publicly ridiculed a handicapped New York Times reporter, who was simply and capably covering the campaign. I believe... 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

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

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

Blind Curves: One Woman’s Unusual Journey to Reinvent Herself and Answer: What Now?

June 2nd, 2013

Blind Curves: One Woman’s Unusual Journey to Reinvent Herself and Answer: What Now? Kindle edition Barnes & Noble Nook edition Author:  Linda Crill http://lindacrill.com/ Reviewed for NABBW by:  Anne Holmes Vroom! Linda Crill is a former Fortune 100 corporate executive, who successfully transitioned into careers as a consultant/trainer and speaker, and eventually started a company with her husband. This book tells the story of how she added biker (yes, as in Harleys) to her resume at age 57 as the result of a moment of rebellion.   What could cause such a major shift in her life’s... Read More

Fierce With Age: Chasing God and Squirrels in Brooklyn

May 3rd, 2013

Fierce with Age: Chasing God and Squirrels in Brooklyn Kindle Edition Author:  Carol Orsborn Reviewed by:  Anne Holmes for the NABBW In her latest book, a memoir titled “Fierce with Age: Chasing God and Squirrels in Brooklyn,” Carol Orsborn records the ups and downs of a tumultuous year she spent facing, busting and ultimately triumphing over the stereotypes of aging.  The year begins with a cross-country move: Orsborn’s husband Dan lands a year-long project in New York City that is too good to pass up. So they reluctantly leave the comfort of their Los Angeles Canyon home for a Brooklyn... Read More

Confessions of an Instinctively Mutinous Baby Boomer and Her Parable of the Tomato Plant

March 5th, 2013

Confessions of an Instinctively Mutinous Baby Boomer and Her Parable of the Tomato Plant Kindle Edition Author:  Marsha Roberts Reviewed by:  Anne Holmes for the NABBW  This book may have the most intriguing title of any other book I’ve read in the past year.  Which, along with the entertaining photos on the cover, is a good thing.  Both serve to stop the casual browser in a book store, get them to say, “Whaaaat?” And then the book grabs your full attention. Marsha Roberts is an entertaining storyteller, and this book is packed with entertaining “short stories” – parables as she... Read More

Ruby’s World: My Journey with the Zulu

November 19th, 2012

Ruby’s World: My Journey with the Zulu Author: Karen Baldwin http://www.changehealgrow.me/rubys-world/ Reviewed By: Anne Holmes for the NABBW This is a true story – a memoir that reads like a suspense novel. Author Karen Baldwin, it tells her story of how at 52, after surviving a heart attack and breast cancer, she decided to abandon her career in civil engineering in favor of a spiritual calling. She became a hospital chaplain, and then followed a dream and a spiritual calling to become the first white teacher in a rural Zulu elementary school. She arrives in South Africa alone, her bags... Read More

Dancing with Duality: Confessions of a Free Spirit

December 24th, 2011

Dancing with Duality: Confessions of a Free Spirit Author: By Stella Vance Reviewed By: Anne Holmes for the NABBW This book is a wild ride through the major decades of the author\’s life. It\’s divided into sections titled, of course, “The Seventies,” “The Eighties,” “The Nineties,” and of course, “The New Millenium.” There\’s even an appendix, which includes notes and an appendix. I must say, in telling her story, Author Vance takes the reader where many autobiographers wouldn\’t dare. The story begins in the 70s, when... Read More

A Cluttered Life: Searching for God, Serenity and My Missing Keys

November 22nd, 2011

A Cluttered Life: Searching for God, Serenity and My Missing Keys Author: Pesi Dinnerstein Website: http://www.sealpress.com/books.php?author=263 Reviewed By: Anne Holmes for the NABBW We\’ve all heard the terms: pack rat, hoarder, clutterer, slob. Everyone knows someone who fits these terms – and no doubt, that is why the A&E TV show Hoarders, is such a trainwreck of a hit. Those who watch it just can\’t get enough. And besides, who has the nerve to tell the hoarder in their lives that their possessions are getting in the way of their ability to enjoy a happy life? I expect... Read More