Thursday, August 10, 2006

Did you ever wonder why it is that you want to spend time with your spouse and they want a home cooked meal? The author of "The Five Love Languages" Dr. Gary Chapman states that you may be having trouble interpreting you partner's love language. Dr. Chapman defines five distinct love languages: Quality Time, Words of Affirmation, Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch. What speaks volumes or means to most to you may be meaningless to your spouse, but Dr. Chapman provides the key to understanding each other's unique needs. Learn to apply the right principles, learn the right language for you spouse and experience true satisfaction and joy in being able to express love and feel truly loved in return.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Lessons and Letters from Daughters and Sons

Tim Russert, host of Meet the Press and author of "Big Russ and Me", a memoir of his relationship with his father, received an avalanche of letters and e-mails (almost 60,000) from daughters and sons who were moved to relate their own stories of their memories of their fathers.

When Russert read the letters describing their own fathers' sacrifice and perseverence, kindness and generosity, love and wisdom, he knew he had no choice but to write another book about the response of ordinary people willing to share their special memories.

It is a heartfelt account of the positive qualities passed down from generation to generation and the lessons to be learned in life.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

"We Need to Talk About Kevin"
by Lionel Shriver

Two years before we meet Eva Khatchadourian
her son Kevin has murdered seven of his High School
classmates, a cafeteria worker and a beloved
teacher who tried to befriend him.
Since he was not sixteen he was sent to
a facility for young offenders in upstate New York.

Eva tells Kevin's story through a series of letters
to her estrangled husband.
She confesses to her concerns during Kevin's
childhood, and her feelings of inadequecy as a parent.
This is a compelling and absorbing story of motherhood
family and career.

This is not "and everyone lives happily ever after"
book but it is a book you will read from start to finish.

My Forbidden Face
by: Latifa

Latifa was a 16 year old in 1996, her life revolved around school, friends, parties, and movies. She was an aspiring journalist, and then the Taliban enter Kabul. Now Latifa is forced to wear a "chadri" ( a garment that covers the face and arms) and is only allowed outside her house when she is accompanied by a male relative. She can not go to school, wear bright colors, or receive medical attention if she is sick, she is basically under house arrested for simply being female.

Latifa takes us through close to five years of her life, under the Taliban regime. Eventually, she and her family escaped to France with help of French Elle.

This is a great book for people who are interested in the daily lives of women under the Taliban and women's rights.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

The Tenth Circle
by Jodi Picoult

"I read this book in one day," exclaimed my friend. Hm.... worth investigating I thought. I read the jacket summary, and was immediately turned off. I don't like reading about 14 year olders, and first love affairs that turn violent. Mom, a professor, teaches Dante's Inferno, at a local college. Dante's Inferno? Dad stays at home, and is a comic book artist. His comics are in the book! I hate superhero comic books! lThe final straw- Dad has a past, as the only white boy growing up in an Eskimo Village! What? How does this all relate, and why would I ever want to read this book? I had to give it a try..................................................I read it- in two days!

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