Monday, March 23, 2015

MISDIAGNOSED

 

MISDIAGNOSED, ONE WOMAN'S TOUR OF - AND ESCAPE FROM - HEALTHCARELAND by Jody Berger
 
 
Jody Berger began experiencing tingling in her hands and feet and her doctor referred her to a neurologist.  After ordering an MRI, the neurologist declared that Berger had MS.  Since Berger felt fine other than the tingling she decided to investigate other causes for her problem.  Her quest for answers took her to Canada to confer with a holistic health educator, to Southern California to visit a physician and brain specialist, to Mexico for a yoga retreat, to Nita Desai, a Boulder physician who runs East West Integrated Health and is a Ayurvedic doctor, and to a craniosacral osteopathic doctor.  As a reporter, Berger discovered there are a large number of individuals who are incorrectly diagnosed with MS.  14% of MS specialists said they would not tell a patient they had been misdiagnosed. If you want to know what Berger found out about her own health, you will need to read the book. This book was quite interesting and I was impressed with how Berger took her health into her own hands and thoroughly investigated all options.  However, not many people would have the money or ability to travel the different paths that Berger did.
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library
 
 


Saturday, March 21, 2015

THE DOG WHO COULD FLY

 
THE DOG WHO COULD FLY, THE WWII PUPPY WHO TOOK TO THE SKIES by Damien Lewis
 
 
Being a dog lover I enjoy books about heroic dogs which showcase their loyalty to their humans and a keen intelligence.  This is one of those books.  The dog showcased in this book is named Antis.  He was rescued when he was tiny unweaned puppy by Robert Bozdech as Bozdech and a fellow pilot hid behind enemy lines in an abandoned house after their plane crashed.  Antis and Robert faced many terrifying situations and injuries but remained steadfast to one another.  Antis was a truly amazing dog who alerted his fellow servicemen to enemy attacks, flew in war planes, and when he was grounded because of injuries he sustained, he kept watch at the air field whenever Robert flew missions. 
This is an excellent and exciting book!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

NEVER CHANGE

 
NEVER CHANGE by Elizabeth Berg
 
 
 
 
The main character in this novel is Myra Lipinsky.  She is a fifty-one year old never married woman.  She is okay with that because she knows she's not much to look at and even her parents never seemed to have really wanted her.  Her dog, Frank, and her job as a visiting nurse have been enough for her to feel contented with her life.  Suddenly everything changes.  Chip Reardon, the popular boy from school that she had always secretly been in love with, returns to his childhood home to wait to die from a brain tumor.  Myra becomes his nurse.  Chip's mom wants him to pursue aggressive treatment for the cancer but Chip wants to enjoy what life he has left on his own terms.  While Myra nurses Chip through his illness she learns a lot about life and the misconceptions she had about herself.  It is really rather a "coming of age" book for a fifty-one year old spinster.
This book is beautifully written and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  It seems like it would be a gloomy book but it's actually quite uplifting!
Reviewed by: Mimi at Genoa Branch Library

Monday, March 16, 2015

IT WAS ME ALL ALONG

 
IT WAS ME ALL ALONG, A MEMOIR by Andie Mitchell
 
 
 
This book was very interesting.  Andie had always had weight issues.  Her family was dysfunctional and food became her security and her replacement for loneliness and love.  The older she got the heavier she got.  Finally when her weight hit 268 pounds she decided she had to do something or she would soon weigh 300 pounds.  This book helped me understand the reasons that some people struggle so with their weight.  It is a very eye-opening and brave book.
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

THE HALF BROTHER

 
THE HALF BROTHER by Holly LeCraw
 
 
Family secrets can change the course of a life.  This story is set in a boarding school in Massachusetts.  Charlie is already teaching at Abbott School when his half brother, Nick, also joins the staff as a teacher.   Nick is a charismatic charmer and is immediately enveloped in adulation from the students and staff at Abbott.  Charlie and Nick are both in love with the same woman although Charlie finds out a family secret that convinces him he must not pursue his love.  The book takes place over the span of a year and many changes occur in the school for both teachers and students.  This beautifully written book is a real page turner!  I highly recommend it!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

 
 

Monday, March 9, 2015

A FIFTY-YEAR SILENCE - LOVE, WAR AND A RUINED HOUSE IN FRANCE

 
 
A FIFTY-YEAR SILENCE: LOVE, WAR AND A RUINED HOUSE IN FRANCE
by:  Miranda Richmond Mouillot
 
 
 
I absolutely loved this book!  It's historical, it's romantic, and it's got a happy ending.  This non-fiction book is about the grandparents of the author.  Her grandparents had not spoken for fifty-years, since they had separated.  Mouillot wanted to know why.  They were holocaust survivors who had eventually made their way to the United States.  It was difficult to piece together their history but with much research and several trips to France, Mouillot finally was able to learn who her grandparents really were (what motivated them, how their lives shaped them, etc.)  Along the way, Mouillot also found out who she was.  I highly recommend this book!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

Thursday, February 26, 2015

UNRETIREMENT


 
UNRETIREMENT: HOW BABY BOOMERS ARE CHANGING THE WAY WE THINK ABOUT WORK, COMMUNITY, AND THE GOOD LIFE by Chris Farrell
 
 
Gloom and doom naysayers have been saying for years that as the Baby Boomers retire they will suck Social Security and Medicare dry.  This book tends to differ with that premise.  Farrell states that many people enjoy the purpose, feeling of community and continued learning that working brings.  People are healthier and living longer than ever before and want to keep working.  Farrell entreats people to work for an extra six to eight years to really have a comfortable amount of savings for retirement.  Individuals who are laid off from jobs before they are ready to leave the work force are starting up businesses in ever increasing numbers or starting in new careers.  Baby Boomers tend to enjoy freedom from traditional work schedules and some companies are coming up with more flexible work schedules to accommodate them.  Boomers have a lot to offer companies including experience and wisdom and America should jump on this! 
This book was quite interesting and upbeat and would be of interest to anyone that can see retirement looming ahead on the pike whether or not you want to keep working into your late sixties or retire at 62.
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library