Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Academic Affairs: A Poisoned Apple

January 16th, 2018

Title: Academic Affairs: A Poisoned Apple Available in both paperback and Kindle formats Author: Peter Likins Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne L. Holmes   I am a huge fan of the cozy mystery genre. When I’m not reading and reviewing books on behalf of the NABBW, I’m always deep into a cozy of my choice. So I was delighted to be invited to dig into Academic Affairs: A Poisoned Apple, by Peter Likins, which is described as a “whimsical murder mystery novel.” (In other words, a “cozy.”) If you’re not familiar with the genre, think Jessica Fletcher.... Read More

Curse of the Coloring Book: A Novel Inspired by a True Story

January 6th, 2018

Title: Curse of the Coloring Book: A Novel Inspired by a True Story  Available in paperback Author: Howard L. Hibbard Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne L. Holmes Anyone who came of age during the era of the Vietnam War will resonate with this book. Curse of the Coloring Book tells the story of Herald Lloyd who, in the Fall of 1967 recklessly quits college to join the Army.  Once signed up, he mocks the war and his decision to sign up, with the purchase of a GI Joe Coloring Book and half-gallon of whiskey. Then, with his induction papers in his pocket, and along with a set of crayons stolen... Read More

Mink Eyes

January 4th, 2018

Title: Mink Eyes Available in both paperback and Kindle formats Author: Max McBride Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne L. Holmes The time is the mid-80’s. October 1986, to be precise. As the book opens, we meet Peter O’Keefe – described to the reader as being taller than 6 feet, and a physically scarred and emotionally battered, divorced, Vietnam vet – and his daughter Kelly. It’s just after 5 A.M., as O’Keefe, who lives in the lower level apartment of a Victorian house, in a regentrifying neighborhood, wakes up, climbs out of bed, dresses and begins his usual,... Read More

All Hands On Pet! Your How-To Guide on Home Physical Therapy Methods for Pets

January 2nd, 2018

Title: All Hands On Pet! Your How-To Guide on Home Physical Therapy Methods for Pets Available in both paperback and Kindle formats Author: Susan E. Davis, PT Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne L. Holmes Author Susan E. Davis is a licensed physical therapist with over 40 years’ clinical experience. Perhaps uniquely, she has transitioned her professional practice from humans to animals. Since 2008, Davis has owned and operated Joycare Onsite, LLC, providing Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation services exclusively to multiple animal species. Her work may be performed in the pet’s home,... Read More

Friends of the Wigwam: A Civil War Story

August 1st, 2016

Friends of the Wigwam: A Civil War Story John William Huelskamp Reviewed for the NABBW by Anne L. Holmes Given that I live in Galena, Illinois, one of the main settings of this book and the home of nine Civil War generals, and I also have a fondness for history, I was delighted to be invited to read a copy of “Friends of the Wigwam” a meticulously researched Civil War-era historical novel.  With the exception of scenes that take place in Chicago and on Civil War battlefields including Vicksburg, Shiloh and Missionary Ridge, the majority of the story takes place in northwestern Illinois.... Read More

Widowhood – Will We Boomers Find a Way to Reshape It, As We Have Already Done With Funerals?

June 28th, 2016

I’ve recently read three excellent books – one a novel – by two NABBW members, both dealing with the topic of widowhood. Life as a widow is not a scenario I’ve ever given much thought to, despite being advised, many decades ago in a collegiate gerontology course, that since women tend to live about five years longer than men, if we don’t want to end up widowed  it’s best to marry a younger man.  (In my defense, I was already married by that time, so couldn’t act on this sage advice.) More recent statistics, provided by WISER, the Women’s Institute... Read More

Why I Can’t Find Any Fun With – or Long term Benefit From – the “Generational” Bad Manners of Boomer Bashing

April 14th, 2015

By  Anne L. Holmes, APR NABBW’s “Boomer in Chief” Recently, Rick Montgomery, a reporter for the Kansas City Star called me, in my role as the Boomer in Chief of the National Association of Baby Boomer Women, for an interview. He was seeking my point of view on a generational demographic tidbit he had picked up recently: the fact that sometime this year, the Baby Boomer generation will no longer be country’s largest. Due to our kids’ aging into adulthood, we’ll be losing our famed demographic “pig in the python” position to a younger generation, the... Read More

Reluctantly Related: Secrets To Getting Along With Your Mother-in-Law or Daughter-in-Law

July 21st, 2013

Reluctantly Related: Secrets To Getting Along With Your Mother-in-Law or Daughter-in-Law Kindle edition Barnes & Noble Nook edition Author:  Deanna Brann, Ph.D. http://www.drdeannabrann.com/ Reviewed for the NABBW by:  Anne Holmes Dr. Brann, a licensed clinical psychotherapist, begins this book by telling of her own experience with her daughter-in-law, sharing an example of a family thanksgiving get-together that became a disaster  because both she and her daughter-in-law interpreted events from their own perspectives. To make the situation totally clear, she tells us both sides of the... Read More