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mercoledì, dicembre 13, 2017

Colors of Christmas Two Contemporaries Stories Celebrate the Hope of Christmas by Olivia Newport

Colors of Christmas Two Contemporaries Stories Celebrate the Hope of Christmas by Olivia Newport have been written specifically for people in sufferance.

I can tell you I felt a lot this book because it's a series of years we live at various levels robust sadness in our family during this period of the year because of little or big problems and or/loss.

Questions are many and Christmas' meaning is the born of a new baby, new life, but Christmas was and remain also a feast of Light, of vision, of redemption.
If just an example like Ebenezer Scrooge can become true, Christmas is a miracle for the hearts and souls of people.

It's a feast against the obscurantism of our feelings, our sentiments, it's a feast that wants to give and wants to spread the best of us, our joy, our enthusiasm for future in the moment of the year in which there is the most profound lack of light in the real sense of the word and where the shadows of darkness, figuratively could attack us with more simplicity.

It's a feast for children and families. Children because of course being Little Jesus Christ the Star of the festivity it is felt a special sentiment for babies and children.

But, it's undoubtedly a feast for families. All reunited. In their functionalities and dysfuncionalities.

Sure, it's not said that in this moment of the year we won't receive sufferance or grief, pain and tears. How can we metabolize pain when is it too much? How can we find comfort?

The author speaks for everyone. People with a loss in the family, dad, mother, sibling, a friend, people without job, people in sufferance for a divorce, a break-up.

These two stories are very intelligent and beauty.

I focused my attention in Christmas in Gold and being a reporter, who started this job interviewing people in pain during the last Second World War Conflict it was wonderful reading Astrid's story.

Astrid is in his 80s and falls injuring various bones. Her son doesn't live close to her and so he thinks it's arrived the moment for her mom of spending her final years in an apartment and structure for elderly people.
Astrid is sad to leave her house, her normality for this new reality and apartment although she discovers pretty soon a new world and routine made by physiotherapists, and new friends. The time the one close to Christmas.
Astrid slowly slowly remembers the time during the Second World War spent in Germany, her devotion for her parents and her papa, the decision of becoming catholic, the trip to the USA. It's also a culinary story this one, German food one of the most beloved and appreciated of the USA.
At the same time this tale tells also the story of Carly, her little son and her ex boyfriend a real stalker. But maybe thanks to Astrid and her optimism the future of this girl won't remain obscure for too much time!


I loved so badly to read this book, as always another great one by Barbour.

Highly suggested for sure for everyone!

I thank NetGalley and Barbour for this eBook.


Anna Maria Polidori


Christmas in Kilts: the writers confess their Christmas to our readers!

Sometimes I guess we are all very curious to understand how our favorite writers, movie-stars or singers spend their Christmas' season. What they do, their traditions, their special holiday.
Christmas is the taste of our family.

In this Q&A (I thank St.Martin's Press for this material) we will discover much more about the writers of Christmas in Kilts   published by St.Martin's Press.

So, enjoy their answers!


Terri Brisbin

When do the holidays official start for you?
Thanksgiving!
What's your favorite thing about the holidays?
Family! And now watching the grandkids celebrating!
Are there any holiday traditions you do every year without fail?
Our traditions have changed a bit as my sons married and grandkids began arriving. The one thing we still do is gather to decorate the Christmas tree at our house.
What's your favorite holiday movie?
Christmas Vacation and Elf   
Do you have a favorite holiday book?
I just love reading holiday romance anthologies!
What's your all-time favorite holiday song?
A Christmas Wrapping by the Waitresses
What's your favorite activity during fall or winter?
I love walking in my neighborhood after a new snow.
What's your favorite gift you've ever received or given?
My favorite gift was when I arranged a surprise family trip to Disney World for Christmas! It was hard but I succeed!
Do you have any items on your wish list this year?
None yet but there will be!
Any resolutions or goals for next year?
It's been a really difficult 2017 so my resolution for 2018 is to make sure my loved ones know they are...loved.


Lecia Cornwall

When do the holidays official start for you?
We officially call it Christmas the day of the Toronto Santa Claus Parade, which is in late November. We watch the parade on TV, have our first toast of eggnog, and enjoy the season's first batch of Very Special Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookies. Then on the closest Saturday to December 13--that's my husband's birthday--we go out as a family to get our Christmas tree (we still have a real tree) and put it up. 
What's your favorite thing about the holidays?
Family and food.
Are there any holiday traditions you do every year without fail?
Christmas baking is a huge tradition for us. I make Very Special Christmas Chocolate Chip cookies, Quiche for Christmas breakfast, and Kulach (Ukrainian Christmas bread).
What's your favorite holiday movie?
Hard Question! The Bishop's Wife, perhaps, though Love Actually, White Christmas, and Polar Express are very close seconds (or thirds and fourths).
Do you have a favorite holiday book?
I have a small collection of Christmas books that my mother used to put out as decorations every year. When I was little, I loved the one about old fashioned Victorian Christmases, and I adored the gorgeous illustrations in a children's book called Once In Royal David's City. My mother also had a book of poetry and stories called 1000 Beautiful Things, which includes a story called The Other Wise Man by Henry Van Dyke. I'm not sure if it's the memory of my mother reading that story to me or the story itself I loved, but I still have the battered book, and treasure it.
What's your all-time favorite holiday song?
Another tough question! "Merry Christmas, Darling" by The Carpenters,
"J-I-N-G-L-E Bells" by Frank Sinatra, and anything from Loreena McKennitt's album To Drive The Cold Winter Away.
What's your favorite activity during fall or winter?
I love planning for the holidays, and being outdoors, that includes walking with my dog through the fall colours along the Bow River, baking and cooking for Thanksgiving (in mid-October in Canada), decorating the front porch for Halloween, raking leaves and putting the garden to bed for the winter, and stringing up the outdoor Christmas lights on one of the last nice fall weekends before it gets too cold (we don't turn them on until December 1, which was one of my father's rules). My now-grown kids still make ice luminaria for Christmas and New Year's Eve whenever it's cold enough outside to freeze a bucket of water (Try this, readers, they're gorgeous, and a little bit of Christmas magic in the dark. Fill a bucket with water. It freezes overnight, but the centre of the ice block stays liquid. Take the ice block out of the bucket, chip a hole in the top, pour out the water, and set the luminaria outside with a tea light candle inside).
What's your favorite gift you've ever received or given?
When I was first married, my in-laws gave us airline tickets so we could fly to Calgary to spend Christmas together as a family. Christmas with my own family growing up was usually very stressful, but my in-laws filled Christmas with love, laughter, warmth, and fun. Although my children are grown (aged 23 and 26), I've been fortunate enough to have them home for Christmas every year, and to me that's the best Christmas gift of all. 
Do you have any items on your wish list this year?
New books are always welcome or maybe just an extra shelf for my massive (and ever growing) to-be-read pile! There's also the traditional Miss America answer to this question--a wish for world peace--but doesn't it just seem more important than ever this year?
Any resolutions or goals for next year?
I always set goals in categories: personal, career, home/family, and new things I want to try. I'm usually good about achieving the career and family goals, but not so good at the personal or new ones. I already know that next year will be full of huge new challenges and opportunities for me, so at the moment my goal is to find my way through whatever comes with as much grace and balance as possible.




Bronwen Evans

When do the holidays official start for you?
Mid December
What's your favorite thing about the holidays?
Guilt free reading and being with my family. Even an author needs down time.
Are there any holiday traditions you do every year without fail?
Besides putting up my Christmas tree? I always make a pavlova with kiwi fruit for our Christmas day dessert. Remember it's summer in New Zealand.
What's your favorite holiday movie?
I have three - Love Actually (one of my favourite movies of all time) and Die Hard and Lethal Weapon. I love action movies.
Do you have a favorite holiday book?
No, but I will say one Christmas a friend kept telling me to read JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood as I had never read it. So I decided to read book 1. Well, over the Christmas break I read all 12 in a row!
What's your all-time favorite holiday song?
Mary's Boy Child by Boney M
What's your favorite activity during fall or winter?
Well, it's summer in New Zealand at Christmas, and I love simply getting out my Kindle, pulling up my lounger, and lying by my pool reading a great romance book.
What's your favorite gift you've ever received or given?
I love giving, who doesn't. So I usually give anonymous gifts to my friends children. I knew one child was saving for a present but would be short, so I sent him a card with money in it from Santa. Seeing his joy was priceless. My most memorable gift was when I was 7 and I got my first puppy. I'll never forget seeing his little nose poking over the edge of the box and hearing his little barks.
Do you have any items on your wish list this year?
Not really. I have a book wish list and at least everyone knows I'm easy to buy for.
Any resolutions or goals for next year?
I haven't thought about it yet, but I usually just wish for my family to be happy and healthy.




May McGoldrick

When do the holidays official start for you?
The holiday season has no start or end in our house. We are a multi-cultural and multi-denominational family. One holiday hands off the fun to the next...and the next...and the next...And then we start again! Our full name is 'May Your Holidays be Endless McGoldrick'! (You can call us 'Festive' for short.)
What's your favorite thing about the holidays?
Family get-togethers
Are there any holiday traditions you do every year without fail?
Before Christmas, we have a 'Gingerbread House Night.' I always think simple...graham crackers, candies, some frosting for the roof of a quaint little cottage. My competitive and mildly cutthroat family members, however, build the Golden Gate Bridge, the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, the White House...
What's your favorite holiday movie?
Love, Actually
Do you have a favorite holiday book?
The Night Before Christmas
What's your all-time favorite holiday song?
Christmas is All Around You (Bill Nighy via The Troggs)
What's your favorite activity during fall or winter?
Pick your own peaches. Pick your own apples. Pick your own pumpkin. Cut your own Christmas tree. And reading.
What's your favorite gift you've ever received or given?
For all the years our sons were young, we hid Christmas gifts all over the house. Assembly and wrapping took place after the boys were asleep on Christmas Eve. I remember the year when I used the last bit of wrapping paper while congratulating myself on my precision and planning. What I didn't know was that Jim had yet to wrap my gifts.
The next day, we all lined up on the stairs and then raced down to see what Santa left for everyone. The most charming gift was sitting under the tree. A large black trash bag containing Nikoo's gifts...tied up with a bow.
Do you have any items on your wish list this year?
A cottage on the beach in Southern California. Jim says, "Keep writing."
Any resolutions or goals for next year?
Smile every day.
Write every day.
Make others happy.










































Christmas in Kilts by Terri Brisbain, Lecia Cornwall, Brownwen Evans, Lavinia Kent, May McGoldrick

Christmas in Kilts   by Terri Brisbain, Lecia Cornwall, Brownwen Evans, Lavinia Kent, May McGoldrick is a book containing a bunch of wonderful romantic tales! written by great authors. I know you will fall in love for all these romantic story.

The book presents A Highlander's  Hope by Terri Brisbin, then A Highland Christmas Wager by Lecia Cornwall, continuing with
A Scot For Christmas by Bronwen Evans, and ending with two other fabulous tales: Leftover Mistletoe by Lavinia Kent and Sweet Home Highland Christmas by May McGoldrick.
All these tales are historicals, so if you also love to mix romance and history, in particular in a fairy land like Scotland is, this book is for you!

I thank NetGalley and St.Martin's Press for this ebook!

Anna Maria Polidori



lunedì, dicembre 11, 2017

You are Chosen Inspiration to Reassure your Soul by Darlene Sala

Sometimes in life you are not chosen. Work, sport, partners, you are put aside, and it seems that there is always someone better than you.
The author talks of her past in the local sport team of the school and I smiled. Like her I was chosen at the end not being into sport a lot.

In this book, You are Chosen Inspiration to Reassure your Soul by Darlene Sala by Barbour, you will understand that you are not alone, and that God has chosen you from the first moment of your existence, when you were just still a little egg penetrated by a sperm in the belly of a girl and you started to become a creature of God.
You had to be here and just for this reason your existence deserves all the best.

If sometimes this society can't appreciate everyone God surely appreciate the gifts He donated to you, all your potentialities and He is close to you in every second of your existence, also when you think that He is distant and distracted.

Many example of common men and women about God's Touch in their existence.

Another wonderful book by Barbour for reflecting about God's Word and its impact in our existence.

I thank NetGalley and Barbour for this ebook!

Anna Maria Polidori

3-Minute Devotions for the Workplace 180 Inspiring Readings by Pamela L. McQuade

3-Minute Devotions for the Workplace 180 Inspiring Readings
by Pamela L. McQuade   by Barbour Publishing is an inspiring religious book written for reflecting about work in a religious way, in a daily basis. You can bring this book at work, and when there is a moment of relax, you can enjoy to read some of this devotionals like also you can do that once returned home or before you leave your house for going to work, for trying to stay focused on a certain matter, problem that maybe that days is interesting you.

We know the complexity of work in our times and the sadness of a precarious job. When we work the ability of developing a good collaboration with all our colleagues. This book is for you but also for whoever you will want to share it with.
Work has a great sacrality and read under God's Word is stunningly beauty and intense.

You will be refreshed and comforted once you will read these devotionals, plenty of new  hope for the present and the future.

I thank NetGalley and Barbour for this beautiful eBook!


Anna Maria Polidori

venerdì, dicembre 08, 2017

Recluse Millionaire, Reluctant Bride by Sun Chara

The beauty of Sun Chara's books is the happiness that you breath reading them and the enthusiasm they spread, because there is a constant vein of optimism.
Love,a mix of attraction, sex, friendship and complicity will win against all adversities.

These stories are very good, positive sexy, mostly dreaming and in grade to capture the attention of romantic readers for a moment of relax.

Sun Chara's latest book released today Recluse Millionaire, Reluctant Bride tells the story of a fascinating millionaire, a recluse millionaire, Stan Rogers, who is forced to meeting again her old sexy and exotic  love Stella Ryan because of a legal problem: the custody of his son.
Of course between them there is still electricity, and they are who knows? maybe still in love. Sure Stella remembers her past with him, but she also knows her feelings for this man.

What will happen between them during the following days? I can't tell you all the story, but this book won't present any sad and unhappy end be sure of it! So if you want to read a sexy, romantic novel, this book is for you.

I can tell you I am affectionate to Sun because one of my first authors interviewed years ago.
She is a Harper Impulse writer and the book launched her career as a writer was Manhattan Millionaire's Cinderella.
She also appeared on stage and movies in  How the Other Half Loves, General Hospital, and McGee and Me.

Wishing happy reading to everyone! I thank NetGalley and Harper-Impulse for this eBook.







Anna Maria Polidori

Santa's Countdown to Christmas 24 Days of Stories A Storytelling Twist on the Timeless Advent Tradition by Kim Thompson Illustrated by Elodie Duhameau

Santa's Countdown to Christmas 24 Days of Stories A Storytelling Twist on the Timeless Advent Tradition by Kim Thompson Illustrated by Elodie Duhameau is a charming, beautiful book for children with 24 little tales starting on Dec first, for discovering what happens to the North Pole during the days of the so-called human Advent, our Christian Season of preparation to the arrival of little Jesus Christ. In particular taken in consideration the days from Dec 1st to the 24th.

Also the North Pole during this season, it's in ferment because this one the busiest moment of the year. Everyone from Santa to his elves to the rest of Santa's "staff" work for the creation of another beautiful Christmas for all the children of this world.

You will discover Santa busy while receiving and reading e-mails and letters with gifts-requests and falling in love for kids' drawing (PS: don't forget to send to Santa beautiful drawings, he seems to appreciate them so badly!), how presents and gifts are created with great cure.
You will understand Santa can't resist at some sweet chocolate cookies, but also that for Dec 24th everything must be ready for the most amazing trip of all the time and... space, because Santa in one night will bring to all the good children of the world some gifts.
It's a magical gift this one.

A so tender, beautiful book, it will warm your children's heart and these cold winter-days of waiting 'till at the arrival of  HO HO HO Santa Claus! on Christmas' Eve.

Highly suggested to all the children of this world!

I thank NetGalley for this ebook!



Anna Maria Polidori

Homecoming in Christmas Falls by Ciara Knight

Homecoming in Christmas Falls by Ciara Knight is a romantic novel about again, the important thematic of "return" during the Christmas Season.

The protagonist of this novel is Ashley Brooks. Ashley or Ash in the past lived in the little town of Christmas Falls but later she decided to move on.

Just few weeks before Christmas and after many years of absence from that town to her a closed chapter of her existence she receives a letter from her teacher.

The teacher, a nice lady she remembers with great joy asks her to return in Christmas Falls. She must speak with her with a certain urgency.

Ash in that town left all her best and sad memories and a boy who made the difference in her life. Who knows what happened in the while to all her ex friends?

Not a call from them during the years and vice-versa.
Her parents are still living in Christmas Falls while the rest of her siblings left for biggest cities.

Who knows what she will wait?

Ash loved in fact Brent and also Brent's family would have approved an union with Ash. Who knows if Brent is married, maybe with some children? Time passed by and Ash didn't search for any news regarding him.

The return will be like a tempest, she will end up in a place she wouldn't never thought she would have visited, but Brent will start soon to be close to her.

Her ex teacher will ask her to do something important during that Christmas and at the same time Ash will re-meet again her parents and the people of the village.

Will it be a real return in a wonderful place, with wonderful people and maybe her old love?

I loved this story because very well built, romantic, profound under many aspects and it won't be the last book I will read of this author.

I thank NetGalley for this eBook!

Anna Maria Polidori

mercoledì, dicembre 06, 2017

The Johns Hopkins Guide to Psychological First Aid by George S.Everly & Jeffrey M.Lating

The Johns Hopkins Guide to Psychological First Aid by George S.Everly & Jeffrey M.Lating is a support, a guide, a book for all that people interested to learn how to bring first psychological help after a disaster with extreme efficiency.

We live in a society of big uncertainty where terrorist attacks, attacks of private crazy individuals in churches or other places, tragedies like quakes, tsunami, are frequent and questions of survivors many and complicated and help at people who maybe lost some relatives or entire families a priority.

For this reason the Johns Hopkins University studied time ago the RAPID PFA.
PFA means Phychological First Aid.

People involved in PFA must be specialized and in grade to help pretty quickly people in great psychological sufferance.

They must individuate the psychological problematic of people for giving them a quick answer and for re-balance their mind as soon as possible.
Sure they can't cure any previous psychological disturb but the one created by the stressful event they lived in the immediate.

At first the book describes various situations experienced in the world, from past episodes, like the big fire in a nightclub of Boston where perished more than 400 people, 9/11 and other many other recent disturbing facts and tragedies.

It's the same for a massive quake, for a flood. Survivors must find  light and an immediate psychologic comfort first base for the reconstruction of their lives.

Then the book continues to define various kind of psychological illness people can suffers of in these moments.

Later, strategies for giving all the best, for giving back at the society a person surely with new, important wounds but in grade to continue to walk along this Life's Path.

I loved the psychologic dialogues in the book between Matt and Claire. Matt works in the RAPID PFA. Claire needs help.

The book doesn't avoid differences between various States. In the USA better to keep eye contact and a sufficient distance. If you go somewhere else in the world and you try eye contact it can be considered rude. You can hug an italian for giving comfort, you can't do the same with an American or a British.

A last chapter considers advice to the volunteer, psychologist, paramedic of the RAPID PFA: listening these stories, living these moments can be tiring also for a psychologist, paramedic specialized in this field, so it will be important to de-stress the mind, eating well, doing exercise, sleeping appropriately and saying no when necessary.
An advice, after all very good for everyone :-)


This manual is read and taken in great consideration by Medicine Sans Frontiers and the World Health Organization.

I thank Johns Hopkins University Press for the physical copy of this wonderful and informative book.



Anna Maria Polidori

martedì, dicembre 05, 2017

Madison Park A Place of Hope by Eric L. Motley

Madison Park A Place of Hope by Eric L. Motley is a book published by Zondervan, and one of the most beautiful one I read this year.

It's a common and extraordinary story this one but a story of  great importance for the beautiful message it wants to communicate.

A history of a harmonic community, of good people, where brotherhood, help, friendship the best values they knew and where negative sentiments closed out from their doors and unwanted.

It's a story that you must read because not only it will enrich your soul but it will let you become more good and optimistic with your friends, your own community, your neighbors.
If there are people like the ones of Madison Park, everyone can emulate them, everyone can be like one of them. Your community thanks to this book can become a best place.

The author through this memoir wants to tell to everyone what a joy has been to him to growing up in Madison Park, Alabama, sharing with all of us its own perception of reality, the importance of a healthy  community in grade to be helpful for everyone. If he became who he became it was thanks also to the people of Madison Park. This one a great homage to them all and to a place in grade to make the difference.

Mr.Motley with the time became an important person and he worked as a special assistant to President George W.Bush but many other people of that town built beautiful existence in various different fields.

Mr. Motley tells in his book that this place Madison Park created near Montgomery, Alabama by a group of freed slaves after the Emancipation Proclamation wanted by Abe Lincoln on January 1st 1863.

More than 3 millions of slaves set free, these people decided to build up a special community.

These people adds mr Motley: "Took care, because they desired it, of bodies, souls, minds and they desired freedom not only from slavery but also from poverty."

As you will see without to telling to you too much the personal story of mr. Motley complicated at first although he found wonderful people close to him in grade to let him become who he is now.

He tells at the end of the book that he loves to return to Madison Park also for this reason: because he feels the necessity of indulging in his hometown, stopping by to the cemetery for...Gratitude.
For thanking all the people who gave him good advice permitting him to become who became.

Many sacrifices, this man in love for books is an avid reader and collectors of first editions but also someone who, with an extreme grace will tell you his little corner of the world, where people in most cases made fortune without forgetting their community, but, all the opposite, once returned home they were helpful in every necessity.

The community divided in two sides as it happens often: "This Side" and "Over the Bridge" where also political views were different.

You will discover what it means "creating a community" as the author says and feeling to be part of a community, where people can work for you without asking money, or in grade of opening the door at some children because there are dying parents who can't grow up them anymore and ask to you to do that.

I wanted to read this book because I also live in a little rural community.  I found great warm and a lot of similarities with our own land.

Highly suggested for sure!

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”



Anna Maria Polidori

domenica, dicembre 03, 2017

Wounds are where light enters Stories of God's Intrusive Grace by Walter Wangerin Jr.

Wounds are where light enters Stories of God's Intrusive Grace by Walter Wangerin Jr. is a strong book about sufferance analyzed under many and diversified aspects. Every story is short but dense of meaning and sometimes not too much simple to digest as you will see but always great.

The message in fact that this book wants to transmit is that it is through difficulties that we  can see God's light and help. Through the eyes of a homeless, or the desperation of a man who lost his wife and can't live in peace anymore because his wife was God's reflection in his life.

 I enjoyed reading this book because it gives additional strength and let us think that after all life can be seriously hard like in the case of the anonymous lady call during the birthday feast of a pastor's daughter.

You will be shocked sometimes for what you will read but after all this is life and wounds are where light enters for illuminating our life, and for trying to donate new meaning to it.


I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.


Anna Maria Polidori

Words from the Heart (An Amish Letters Novel) by Kathleen Fuller

Words from the Heart   (An Amish Letters Novel) by Kathleen Fuller is a wonderful, delicate, old-fashioned story you will fall in love for.
Everything starts with Ivy. Ivy is a young Amish girl daughter of the bishop of Birch Creek and she lives with her family.
Kind girl, at the beginning of the story she is in love for John. He sends her a first letter promising he will stay in touch but then nothing more.
I love a lot this story thanks also to the entrance in scene of a magical character like the one of Cevilla Schlabach is.
Cevilla is in her 80s and she knows Ivy and her good reputation.
Never married, Cevilla can't be considered a spinster or someone who hasn't never known the meaning of love. She isn't a hard lady, but a lady in grade to filter with wisdom situations and people.
For this reason and because she knows the importance of staying together, a gift for a reason or another life didn't present her,  she would want with all herself to "help" her nephew Noah with...Ivy.
Cevilla needs to put some order in the attic of her house where there are wagons of boxes and she asks for some help. The one of  Ivy and Noah.
A good excuse this one for creating a good connection between this not yet couple? Yes, maybe, who knows?
In the various boxes analyzed by Noah and Ivy also an old watch and some precious letters. This old letters touched their hearts.
Reading them, they will discover an old love-story, unknown people and characters, plus other surprises as well.

I loved to read this Amish novel so badly because it is very felt, sincere, plenty of love, friendship, kindness, and the beautiful interaction between young and old people means a lot in term of respect and of a culture in grade to communicate without walls or barriers  with people of the most diversified ages.
I find in this book genuine, great, good values, with a wonderful and very well built touching story.
Plus I loved the detailed description of Amish life and traditions. The Amish is a German community helpful with all its members, without to add  watering mouth sensation when described the so many yummy traditional Amish dishes!
There are some dutch words here and there, but being italian and knowing english I understood very well all that words.

I thank NetGalley for this ebook.

Anna Maria Polidori



Come and Eat: a Celebration of Love and Grace around the Everyday Table by Bri Mc Koy

Come and Eat: a Celebration of Love and Grace around the Everyday Table by Bri Mc Koy published by Nelson Books wants to spread a powerful message of brotherhood, kindness and positive vibes passing through God's Word and one of the most christian genuine spirit: Hospitality.

This "trip" of Mrs Mc Koy is simply funny, because at the beginning she told she wasn't in grade to cook anything.
Slowly slowly she started not only to prepare delicious meals, but she also started to look at her table under another aspect: the one of conviviality, the one of sharing her food with others.

The message of a table and a lunch or a dinner in fact shared with someone else is more profound than what we can think about.

It's powerful, because it gives us the possibility of embracing new friends everytime because each person is in grade to add value to our existence and vice-versa.

Bri traveled the world in the poorest areas of the Planet and you will find touching examples of her meals shared with the poorest people of the Planet.

As told by Mc Koy meals, a table and new potential friends and connections can be found everywhere, in every corner of the Planet. In a bar, a cafe, wherever there is possibility for socialization.

It's important to be sociable with our neighbors, creating new connections, building up new friendship if we are somewhere else and we don't know anyone because friendship can be helpful in many different ways and can help us for our personal spiritual growth.

This book is rich of yummy recipes! and permeated by God's Word.

I was attracted by this book because in our family Hospitality is very important and wagons of people eat at our table, bringing joy, creating memorable moments and memories, in particular during spring and summer-time.
Food and hospitality sometimes are powerful connections between different cultures, customs.

My mom's ability for baking and cooking helps a lot as well :-)

Hospitality is important because there is more than a touch of divine in this action of sharing our meals with other ones.
It's the essence of civility this one of being opened with the others.
Christianity remarks the importance of sharing with unknown people meals like also the necessity of being opened, welcoming strangers, embracing people in need.

They're not rich people the ones God is interested in but poor and marginalized ones.

Highly recommended for sure!

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.


Anna Maria Polidori

sabato, dicembre 02, 2017

Byron's Letters & Journals A New Selections by Richard Landsdown

If you want to discover much better Lord Byron why don't you read directly his own words thanks to his letters and journals?
The new book released by Oxford Press Byron's Letters & Journals A New Selections by Richard Landsdown will give to you a complete vision of this romantic and controversial poet.

The cover picture chosen is stunning and to me gives a first portrait of this man in grade to define him very well. Volitive eyes, a bit narcissus, focused on himself and his person, his beauty.

These letters and journals are interesting and remarkable because they give a complete vision of this poet from more or less the beginning of his life 'til the end.

A life the one of Byron plenty of excesses and at the extreme of the most common normality.

One of his lovers was his half-sister for example, to me a most scandalous and horrible relationship than his homosexual stories. People like Byron classified like bisexuals in our society.

Born in 1788 Lord Byron died on April 19 1824.

His dad married his two wives always only for money.
Byron was the son of the second marriage of his dad with Catherine. Catherine  lived a miserable life plenty of depression.

These letters and journals include Byron's childhood and boyhood, the Grand Tour he attended from 1809 to 1811,  his relationship, including his two marriages, his various lovers, in the middle and in the while and his social relationship.
The exile because of sexual scandals.
Lord Byron choose Italy. He spent seven years in Italy. He lived in Venice, Rome, Ravenna, Pisa. The last place he visited was Greece.


Beautiful, remarkable book, I thank Oxford Press for the physical copy of this book!

Anna Maria Polidori

venerdì, dicembre 01, 2017

The Wardrobe by Deryn Lake

The Wardrobe by Deryn Lake is a wonderful book published by Endeavour Press.
Short but intense, felt, few characters, not a second of dispersion, the tale goes straight to the point with intensity and a great story able to capture your attention from the beginning to the end!

Greg and Rebecca are searching for a new house.
They discover a beautiful Victorian house with which they fall in love for and they decide to buying it.
Rebecca in particular finds a strong connection with the house and the wardrobe located in their bedroom.
Very soon she discovers that there are big, sad and hidden secrets buried into that house visiting the local library and researching through documents, articles, the rich history of the house and its past owners.

The wardrobe in their bedroom, is realistically a sort of "door" with the other world where ghosts can still reappear for spreading all their hate and for communicating for happened once.

Like the wardrobe described by Lewis in The Chronicles of Narnia a door for an enchanting world, this one is magical as well but with another meaning, and with dangerous connections with a heavy and terrible past.

Someone in that house was poisoned but the responsible for this murder never discovered.

There is more: ancient ghosts of this story "buried" by the past, are still feeling vivid what happened. They are peaceless  with potential danger for these new enthusiastic and thrilled owners of the house. 

In the wardrobe one day Rebecca finds with beautiful gloves and other  children items a lot of letters. These letters will reveal a complicated love-story between two of the most important Victorian characters.

At the same time Greg starts to feels sick...

It's a wonderful book this one!
If you search for mystery, a bit of suspense, this eBook will be perfect for you!

I surely thank NetGalley and Endeavour Press for this beautiful ebook!



Anna Maria Polidori

mercoledì, novembre 29, 2017

Return to Town Beneath the Christmas Tree by J.R. Wirth

Have you ever believed that some objects in your life can bring good or bad luck? I have. Always!
And this story wants to remark this aspect of Christmas.

Published by Books to Go Now, the book, Return to Town Beneath the Christmas Tree is a book written by J.R. Wirth and it's the story of Harper and when Harper helped his grand-dad to decorating with ornaments his magical Christmas-Tree.
Am apparently innocuous common Christmas-Tree, common ornaments, you mustn't imagine anything exceptional.
But something disappeared and later-reappeared.
And, plus, since grand-dad bought that Christmas-Tree, magical things happened all the time.

When they're positive and magical episodes, you want to search for them, you want to discover more isn't it true?

With the help of Isaiah and Raji, this good gang decides to start an exploration in...

"Where did he buy this Christmas Tree?"
"Walmart."
"Right, let's go!"

One of them with driving-license, they will visit the warehouse with determination decided to discover why there was all that magic in granddad Christmas Tree and...Oh! What a surprise to discovering a parallel world; what an immersion in a world hidden at the totality of people, because magical and kept secret for not ruining the magic of Christmas.

A beauty adventure! with a good Christmas Spirit, and an important message; we need each other for function and thrive writes the author.

I thank Books to go Now for this eBook!



Anna Maria Polidori


martedì, novembre 28, 2017

The Snow Globe by Judith Kinghorn

This book, The Snow Globe  by Judith Kinghorn wants to be a romantic novel about relationship, broken relationship, friendship, love during the Christmas Time, dreams, represented by a Christmas Snow Globe, in general the syntheses of perfection and of an imagine unchangeable although time goes by, and changes.

What could represent a Christmas Snow Globe metaphorically?

A Christmas Snow Globe could represents our most beautiful moments, instants of pure and great happiness. A protective, little space where there is warm and love and joy and everyone is safe because in that tiny little space nothing can goes wrong.
A protective magical place although in miniature.

I picked up The Snow Globe because it is a historical romantic novel and it starts in 1926 the year my dad was born.

I loved the dreaming characterization of Eden Hall the big house where family Forbes lives in.
Everything started when Agatha  Christie the famous writers of so many crime books, the most important one Murder on the Orient Express (new movie with Johnny Depp, don't forget it!), disappear without leaving any trace.

The protagonists have all their own expectations and dreams for the arrival of Christmas just few days distant, that 1926. It was common a saying in family Forbes: ask for a lot of wishes so that some of them would come true.

But...Something during that Christmas won't go well, but completely wrong and the existence of the Forbes will change forever.

Daisy is the littlest daughter of Howard and she loves her dad so badly. She is just 18 years old and she doesn't know what to do.
Her family means a lot to her, she is sad, but everyone seem to have the best recipe for trying to go on and re-start the existence from the beginning.
Her mom, her dad, her sisters.
She meets Stephen during the search for the disappearance of Agatha Christie.

She was just 11 years when she firstly knew Stephen, the son of one of their helpers, and they immediately established a great friendship. The kind of friendship you won't never forget for all your life because it will mark your existence.
Now Daisy is in crisis and she finds in this old friend, with which she feels a great connection, some help and love.

All her past is turned upside down; people she trusted a lot "deluded" her putting her in confusion let's use this euphemism.

Daisy understands that Stephen is the right person for her, although there are in this case other serious problems because of their different social classes and background. We are in the 1920s when these thematic still felt a lot.

In this confusion other facts, Stephen for example will go away from her, will convince later Daisy of being realistic, accepting to marry someone else without love, but the girl is not convinced because her heart is still pulsing for Stephen.
Can a girl marry someone without regretting the person she loved the most?

Adorable romantic novel, perfect for these cold days and plenty of optimistic solutions, reconciliations and happy ends in the best tradition of the Christmas Season!


I thank NetGalley and Caneto for this wonderful eBook!

Anna Maria Polidori

domenica, novembre 26, 2017

Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan is a book about work, love, friendship, baking good bread, changes and new re-starts.

Polly was happy and her relationship with Chris, at first wonderful.
But then difficulties emerged with strength when their beautiful life destroyed by the advent of crisis.
The arrival of the net brought them a lot of problems and Chris' society collapsed.
Their life was stunning. Beautiful, rich, surrounded by trendy friends, they couldn't complain at all.

When this system collapsed and their life changed Polly decided to move on.

From Chris, from her past and mundane life, for re-discovering her real self, for trying to re-define her person and what she wanted in her life. Including her relationship with Chris.
Where?

Solutions not simple when you lose your job, your love, you don't want to accept the help of your bubbling girlfriend and you don't want to return to the house of your parents but you want to experience something else for a sense of personal pride.

Mount Polbearne, close to Plymouth but also a very different reality the most appropriate place for someone like Polly although the most unthinkable one, but...Life isn't an adventure?

Her new home plenty of humidity, not a castle but the girl doesn't lose  hope.
Finding good people close to her, making new friends more than possible. One day she also finds a puffin in...needs. That puffin with that broken wing...Like her, its in sufferance.
She will help Neil the Puffin to sorting out its problems successfully. Neil will become her best mate.

Polly's arrival is not unnoticed and the girl starts to be known and appreciated.

Polly's main passion if baking. Baking good bread, baking everything good. Also when she lived with Chris she baked when possible.
And she starts. To bake and to experiment some good and different kind of breads.

The local bakery store of the town is a complete mess and the bread uneatable  because when a person cook and bake should do that with love. Just in that way it's possible to eat great food.
The lady, owner of the bakery store and also of the house where Polly lives in can't do that anymore, because she has lost a lot in her life and she is still searching for that lost happiness every night.

Being a friendly girl Polly makes friendship with some fishermen...

Polly surfs the web in search for a new job when she discovers that after all maybe she doesn't want to find anything through the net, but she wants to bake.
She starts to sell her bread to the people of the village.
In incognito because if the lady of the bakery store discovers that can be a problem and after all no one want to upset her but just eating good bread.

Later a compromised will be reached. At the same time Polly knows Huckle a man from the South of the USA. A passionate of bees and good honey.

I can't tell you everything, because the story is much more elaborated.
I will leave alone the millionaire friend of Huckle, Polly's friend and a lot of other stories in the middle truly amazing.

The beautiful treat of the books by Jenny Colgan is that she is in grade to create a true love-story with real characters, real life and real feelings. She is warm in the representation of reality, and although you read a romantic story, this story won't never be banal, but feelings and lives of protagonists centered with great passion and devotion, I would want to use this word.
This book is also positive because when a love is ending, like the one of Chris and Polly is, protagonists don't live great stress, or complicated straining, tragic situations. It's a natural process, where love and good relationship wins always.

I don't want to forget to tell you that at the end of the book you will find some delicious recipes ready to be tried!

Highly recommended!

I loved so badly to read this book. I bought it through Edizioni Mondolibri.


Anna Maria Polidori

All Hearts Come Home for Christmas by Annalisa Russo

I don't know but I have the impression that all Christmas' books I read this year are focusing on an important thematic: home and the importance of coming home for Christmas.
Home is extremely important, because it means love, friendship, tenderness, good values, the place where we belong and also the one where we can find certainties.
Christmas is a special moment in which we can feel much more these feelings being all reunited.
But home can also means coming to a town for trying to re-encounter someone loved and then lost in and with the time.

Very beauty and relaxing cover, in the perfect Christmas' style, All Hearts Come Home for Christmas - A Christmas miracle just waiting to be unwrapped - by Annalisa Russo is a beautiful romantic novel, very well written, plenty of characters, life, dialogues, and I guess that it is a bit the representation of Russo's Italian's family for what I read in her biography, pretty numerous.

Jillian is a teacher and she lives in Minnesota, not exactly one of the warmest States of the USA, but although Christmas is coming to town there is not yet snow in her little corner of the world called Green Earth. Little village, she has various good friends, the most impressive one Mel with her husband in his fourth mission in Iraq. Strong story, you will see.
Jillian loves this period of the year, Christmas, cookies, gifts, the general atmosphere of excitement and happiness.

This Christmas brings with it various and unexpected "gifts:" the most important one the re-arrival of Jillian's biggest love, Tristan.

Jillian feels real panic when she hears that his ex boyfriend, Tristan, a very famous band musician from that same town is returning home after that he decided to leave the band.

Tristan doesn't have anyone too close in term of relatives for deciding to stopping by in Green Earth for some days but surely he could be there for Jillian.
Jillian understands it and she also understand the "peril" of it, because Tristan has been his only real love.
What to do? And what will happen?
Tristan's life of course has had more than an evolution and so he won't be alone in this trip. With him also his little daughter, and to him it's more important the acceptance of his daughter first of all than not of his return for trying to re-conquer Jillian's heart.

Enjoy this beautiful book! plenty of surprises, love, friendship and happy ends :-) perfect for the approaching Christmas' Time.

Highly recommended!

I thank NetGalley for this eBook.

Anna Maria Polidori

Mornings with God Prayers and Devotions for Women by Emily Bigger

Are you a woman and do you feel you are lost, alone, you don't have hope for tomorrow?
Are you living a stressing moment and you search for some answers?
Do you just want a book for keeping God always close to you although your life is going on well but you feel the desire of living it with more conscience and religious touch?
In this book Mornings with God Prayers and Devotions for Women by Barbour, Emily Bigger will let us discover God in His magnificence and helpful side thanks to dozens prayers and reflections.
It will be simple to establish a connection with Him thanks to the devotionals contained in this book.
They're for all occasions.
When you think you have been too hard, when you are in doubt, when you search for a precise answer, or you want to "auto-confirm" a certainty you feel right, you will find the proper devotional in this book obtaining the answer you are searching for.
You can keep the book on your bedside table for starting a good and refreshing day with the devotional more proper during that moment for you, or once to bed closing the day reflecting on a devotional or more if you think that you can't sleep without to hearing from God's word or advice or just because you want to be reassured by His words.
The end of a day is plenty of experiences, people we met, encounters.
We are here for living and experiencing isn't it true? and sometimes we can be wrong, or right or in doubt. You will find a lot of let's call them "guidelines" for living a wonderful and plenty life, with Lord, Jesus Christ, God, always close to you.


Highly recommended for sure.

I thank NetGalley and Barbour for this beautiful ebook!

Anna Maria Polidori

sabato, novembre 25, 2017

The Flower-Powered Garden by Andy Vernon

The  Flower-Powered Garden is  another  wonderful  book by Timber  Press. It will be published on February 12 2018.
Written by a real passionate of the topic Mr. Andy Vernon, this  time this book will  let us  discover the  world of  flowers  thanks to a  passion firstly developed and inherited by the author thanks to his  grand-dad.
 
Starting  from bed  flowers,  we will  learn how to  embellish  our little  or big  corners of  our house using a mixture of various, diversified flowers for creating a wonderful and stunning mix of colors in grade to bring harmony and joy in our existence and in the one of our dear ones in every season of the year.
Because  flowers are first of all color! and they donate a  poetic  vision in  grade to  give to  everyone peace. We  will also  learn how to  be more  creative  with our  seeds,  flowers,  how to choose the best soil, avoiding possible illness of flowers, how to grow a plant from seed or bulb to adult age. We will also understand that after all the problem of space with flowers is not so important. Yes, we will discover that we can plant flowers wherever we  want,  because  there is no  need to have  a precise  space for  flowers just the fantasy of planting them.

At the end a section including a selection of flowers you can think of planting in your garden!

Your garden won't be anymore the same one if you will follow the instructions of Vernon!

Highly recommended!

I thank NetGalley and Timber Press for the eBook!


Anna Maria Polidori

mercoledì, novembre 22, 2017

The New York Nobody Knows Walking 6000 Miles in the city by William B.Helmreich

When you afford to New York again or maybe for the first time, please read The New York Nobody Knows Walking 6000 Miles in the city by William B.Helmreich because it's plenty of informations and you will be prepared to visit the Big Apple with different eyes and a different conscience. Plus, the author is plenty of humanity and I find the narration captivating, felt.

While I was reading the book I could imagine the author  walking along the crowded streets of New York searching for an interesting story, something to report.

It's a city-story and it's a common saying this one: you can't know a big city very well if you don't start to walk discovering its inner sides.

It's a saying known for every big city of this world. Walking is a natural activity and walking in a big city can permit us to discover hidden spots, faces, something peculiar that differently couldn't never be seen.

The author took the story pretty seriously. This book is the result of his main activity during that period: he walked. Yes:  also in the most dangerous places, neighborhoods of New York Per miles and miles everyday and then once returned home he wrote down what he thought without any interruption for not losing the fresh perceptions, the fresh intuitions he perceived while he was "on the road." His feelings, people he met, little interviews with strangers, with important people, feelings, sensations, mixing all of it with the cultural history of this city, and its important and main resource: immigration, the pulsing heart of New York City.

William B.Helmreich hasn't never been injured while he was walking, but he previously read a book about the correct behavior to keep when a person walks in difficult places and it helped a lot, like also it helped to wearing the perfect outfit for every occasion and place.

New York is a city populated by the entire world! Italians, Irish, Jewish, Muslims, people from the most distant places try to reach a better future in this city.

New York City doesn't have a lot of clandestine immigrants but according to Ed Koch in an interview of 2012 the city shouldn't cultivate illegality talking about illegal immigrants.
Mayor Bloomberg said to the author that they did all their best for helping the change. More beautiful schools, parks, places, safe streets and cultural opportunities.

Immigrants: they love to keep some contact with their distant land and Mr Helmreich discovered it happens with....flowers as well! A man created a garden with exotic flowers: the flowers of his land, Guyana. That man told him that planting these flowers important for not losing a contact with his distant country.

Each ethnic group keep its own traditions. Italians, Irish, Jewish, Muslins, for example love to bring their children in their own schools, maintaining also the "heart" of their own culture: language, traditions, food, music, movies and each community in the most diversified corners of NYC lives united like a little big village but they are also known because of their professions.

Parks, sports, beautiful spots of New York: William B.Helmreich photographed an interesting city, less violent, more friendly than not the New York City of 30 years ago. Substantially 9/11 changed in better paradoxically the face of this city.
New Yorkers understood that unity is better than division.



I thank so much for the physical copy of this beautiful book Princeton University Press.

Anna Maria Polidori

domenica, novembre 19, 2017

Italian Millionaire, Runaway Principessa by Sun Chara

Are you romantic and you love sexy, romantic books? You can't miss to read in this case one of the latest books written by Sun Chara: Italian Millionaire, Runaway Principessa.
The sexy beast this time is Peter Medeci, italian origins he grew up in Little Italy baby, New York City. He became a very successful and rich doctor and fell in love for Ellie.
Ellie has always been his reason of life but, Ellie, less acculturated than him, less opportunities, a shadow of this important man, decides to move on.
Peter is devastated because he still loves this wonderful girl and he doesn't know how to re-conquer her.
The big opportunity appears to the horizon when thanks to a domestic incident Ellie injures her head with a prognosys of three weeks and a request from Peter: to return to live with him for  three weeks as wife and husband and then if she truly wants this, they can divorce.

Ellie is skeptical because she still loves Peter and at the same time she dreams her own independence...

Such a romantic, nice, sexy story this one written by Sun Chara, with a lot of italian words! as well inserted in the dialogues between the two protagonists.

Highly recommended for sure!

I thank Sun Chara for the advanced copy of this book.


Anna Maria Polidori

Greek Millionarie Unruly Wife by Sun Chara

Greek Millionaire Unruly Wife is a romantic, sexy book written by Sun Chara and published by Harper Impulse.
Intense love-story, in this book we see a sexy, fascinating millionaire, Michalis, who falls terribly in love for Julia. Julia reciprocates his interest, and she is pretty absorbed by this charismatic man. Although this love-story sounds endless after three months and a marriage it miserably collapses. But there is a gift, the gift of life in Julia's belly and who knows if the entrance in scene of their beloved daughter won't help them to re-discover the sunny and lost happiness?

Writing-style of Sun is never boring, pretty quick, many dialogues and interactions between the various characters, this book confirms the bubbling personality of the author, positive and optimistic. If you want to spend some time dreaming of wonderful men and romantic sexy stories go for this book! :-)

Sun Chara a HarperImpulse/HarperCollins author has been one of the first authors I interviewed on my blog.

I thank Sun Chara for the advanced copy of this eBook :-)

Anna Maria Polidori

venerdì, novembre 17, 2017

Earline's Pink Party The Social Rituals and Domestic Relics of a Southerner Woman by Elizabeth Findley Shores

Earline's Pink Party The Social Rituals and Domestic Relics of a Southerner Woman by Elizabeth Findley Shores is an immersion in the most authentic profound South of the USA starting from the beginning of 1900s seen through the eyes of the protagonist of this story: Earline Moore Findley. Describing her life will mean to being catapulted in the old southerner atmosphere.

The author has never known Earline, her grand-mother, but thanks to a profound and detailed reconstruction of customs, familiar habits and traditions of the South,  Earline will be more than alive through the pages of this book, with a lot of pictures as well! and will guide us in this fascinating trip in the past of Alabama and Tuscaloosa in particular.

We will discover that a great novelty, and reason for celebrate at the beginning of 1900 was the arrival of photography. Adults and youngsters wore for the big event, their best clothes, because they knew that they would have lived a magical adventure: they would have been immortalized in a picture, precious and unusual for that time. A picture precious because a rarity.

Did you know for example that a sign of distinction in a wealthy family was painting the house?
An unpainted house meant that the family was not economically good. Earline received a first declaration of love at 16, and she wore for the occasion a beautiful opal ring in a picture, but then the story for a reason or another interrupted. Earline would have passed at her daughter the "saved ring" and her daughter passed it at the author of the book, always at the age of 16.
Earline studied for becoming a teacher but at the end she was a mom mainly and wife. In fact later she would have met a good man, Herbert, a lawyer with which she built her existence with.
Earline although a lady we can think without too many worries was devastated during all her life by many departures and sad ideas: that she was unattractive, unsave and unlovable.
These three sad ideas, like also the the ones of remaining alone and suffering of some contagions kept her life constantly vigil under many aspects. 
Earline was a passionate of good food, but she left at servants the preparation of firsts and seconds, thinking that these ones were not noble dishes, and leaving for her the joy of baking. She was a passionate of baking and she asked for recipes to all her friends and relatives trying to better each time their recipes.

Earline was scared by the social condition of his time but she hasn't never taken a real position about it. She remained at the window looking at the events that were going on and at that time situation in Alabama, racism, tensions between black and white pretty complicated.
This, maybe because of the education received.
Earline kept a journal but she hasn't never written more than what it was necessary to write.

Earline's Pink Party is plenty of great anecdotes and life-stories, don't forget the pink party one! and you love history, customs, I am more than sure that this one is the book for you!

Highly recommended to everyone!

I thank University of Alabama Press for the physical copy of this romantic book.


Anna Maria Polidori

giovedì, novembre 16, 2017

Beautiful in God’s Eyes The Treasures of the Proverbs 31 Woman by Elizabeth George

Beautiful in God’s Eyes The Treasures of the Proverbs 31 Woman  by Elizabeth George is a book published by Harvest House plenty of grace and wisdom.
I picked up this book because fascinated by its wonderful cover and I admit that reading it has been a great pleasure.

Who is a good and first of all beautiful woman for God? Someone wise, wealth, someone responsible of the good administration of money in a family and someone who pay attention to her life and the one of her dear ones.
She won't speak a lot but she will act more; she will be a so-called good woman giving with her actions good example to her community, friends and family.  This book wants to encourage you of living a good life following Christian principles and adding religion at your existence and at your daily life.

I highly suggest this book to all women!

I thank NetGalley and Harvest House for this ebook!

Anna Maria Polidori

martedì, novembre 14, 2017

The Card Catalog Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures - The Library of Congress - by Carla Hyden and foreword by Carla Hyden

The Card Catalog Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures - The Library of Congress - by Carla Hyden and foreword by Carla Hyden Librarian of Congress is a superlative book by Chronicle Books.

A celebration this one of the historical Cards of Catalog Books associated with the most celebrated and beloved books and items at the Library of Congress.


The Library of Congress is the biggest American reality with more than 165 million items, 38 million cataloged books, and for not forgetting  anyone and any country the Library contains print material in 470 different languages! The story of this Library, the oldest federal institution of the USA is fascinating.

In the remote past the most remarkable library created by Alexander the Great.
Library of Alexandria of Egypt the biggest reality of the past.
The cataloger was Callimachus.
Unfortunately a big fire deleted that temple of culture and just tales of what it meant that library can report us its lost magnificence.

Libraries became with centuries impressive considering that more books were in the while published.

1774: in the USA it was revolutionary time, but although people were breathing an atmosphere pretty warm, the idea of a Library of Congress started to take shape considering also that politicians had chosen the city that would have been the capital of all the USA in Washington D.C. That first library has been destroyed in 1814 by the english during a war and then it was completely re-built.

Now: time passed by and new systems, more moderns replaced the old ways of cataloging books and other items. Question was: what to do of all that amount of cards accumulated?
Because History is not just a first edition of a book entered in the Library, but also that old card, witness of the physical presence of it, written by a librarian in a certain day, month and year.
If  a card was written in 1880 or before shouldn't be considered a historical piece? Of course it should and it must.
For this reason this book wants to celebrate that little, oldest cards that made possible the existence of Library Of Congress and it's immense catalog.

Old handwriting, I tried to imagine the faces of the librarians who wrote that cards. Someone who did care the moment, someone in love for books and someone who provided a great service for the community.

You will see more than 200 full-color images of original catalogue cards and many first editions of beloved books in this book.

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, The Cat in the Hat by Dr.Seuss, William Tell Told Again by P.G.Wodehouse one of the funniest authors of this world, Francis Scott Fitzgerald with The Great Gatsby, William Faulkner, E.B. White with Charlotte's Web and many, many others starting with the oldest books you can imagine.

The purpose of this book wants, in a crucial moment in which digitization  doesn't pass anymore through paper, to remember and never forget what the old Library of Congress' system has been.
No one knows what the future will bring, time will tell, but it's necessary to remember a romantic age when men and women in libraries cataloged millions of books manually.

I thank so much Abrams&Chronicle Books for the physical copy of this dreaming book.



Anna Maria Polidori

Amish Cooking Class Cookbook Over 200 practical Recipes for Use in any Kitchen by Wanda E. Brunstetter

Amish Cooking Class Cookbook Over 200 practical Recipes for Use in any Kitchen by Wanda E. Brunstetter, an authority and one of the founder of Amish novels and literature, will be published on February 1 2018.

This book wants to be the sum of The Amish Cooking Class series of novels written by ms Brunstetter.
There is a lot to learn about Amish baking and cooking.
Personally I focused my attention on some recipes discovering for example an interesting novelty: for what I can see Amish people love to bake and cook differently from traditional American recipes  adding oil and not butter in most recipes I know where butter is used the most.

The Amish don't live with our commodities and they decided to continue to breath the atmosphere we lived before the arrival of newest tools for simplifying our life, but not only: they refuse the use of cars, tractors, of every kind of novelty and their clock is interrupted in a timeless moment.

These women work hardly and a lot of chores wait them outside and inside the house because these families of Amish have all a farm.
They love to cook and bake with joy and dedication. Robust breakfasts, good cakes, delicious treats, at the beginning of the book some tips and advice for every cook.

Each section will be a great discovery I can tell you that.
I found delicious in the Bread section  the famous Amish Friendship Bread and the Amish Cinnamon Rolls. The first recipe can be the base for more dishes.
In the cake section a great Strawberry Shortcake, but if you want to make happy your children why not to try the candy caramel?
Bars and Cookies will reveal a wonderful recipe for sweet chocolate cookies, a bit different from the most common one we know.
I noticed that Amish recipes are more "abundant" in terms of quantity of ingredients for a richest result and more available food.
A lot of pies for all tastes, Puddings section starts introducing us banana pudding. Latest sections are about Icing, Creams, and Sweet Sauces and Amish Canning.


I highly suggest you this yummy cookbook!

I thank NetGalley and Barbour for this eBook!

Anna Maria Polidori

lunedì, novembre 13, 2017

Alabama Afternoons Profiles and Conversations by Roy Hoffmann

An empty chair in a characteristic Alabama's wooden house where a man or a woman can sit calmly at some point with a glass of lemonade or sweet tea in the hand for telling you an interesting story, captured immediately my attention.
Fascinating cover I requested without any doubt the book: Alabama Afternoons Profiles and Conversations by Roy Hoffmann  published by University of Alabama Press and I can tell you that it is more than what I would have waited.
If you search for a human real experience, if you want to understand the South and its racial story passing through Selma and Ole Miss go for this book: you'll meet extraordinary people thanks at that fascination so typical and unique of the people of the South.

To me Alabama is synonymy of Forrest Gump, so open spaces, big trees, rural lands and mail boxes, big houses. I discovered, reading this book that there was also an interview with the author of Forrest Gump: Winston Groom. Thanks!!!

Alabama Afternoons is a series of interviews with the Alabama People who for a reasons and another have been important. For some seconds, from decades, for some stamps published nationally because of their books.
Alabama Afternoon is divided for chapters: The Makers, The Tellers, The Journeyers, Witnesses to the Movement, Down Back Roads, Different Windows on Dixie, Personal Sojourns.

Alabama lived a big problem of racism and the black people during the 1960s fought a lot for obtaining more rights helped by many conscious white people. The fusion of black and white people all united for trying to report that amazing years can be found thanks to interviews with painters, journalists, very famous writers, or people who made the difference just for a pic, like it happened to Artelia Bendolph portrayed when she was little in 1937 in the house of her grand-parents. Artelia was black and the purpose of the photographer to trying to represent the poverty of the South in comparison to the North of the country.
Mary Ward Brown is an important storyteller.
There is the story of a very colored rural mailbox and her owner, Bernice Sims. Her paintings, the ones dedicated to Selma became part of the ten stamps commemorative at national level "To Form a More Perfect Union." For remembering the 1960s.
Told the story of Mel Allen. He left Alabama for New York City and this great man found there a great career at the Yankee Stadium reporting baseball matches. Another interview is realized with Gay Talese italian origins born in Alabama but emigrated in New York City. His most famous book: A Writer's Life.
Howell Raines's story is more bitter-sweet. He followed the 9/11 terrorist attacks and was an important man at the New York Times, although he was fired two years later. The reporter and writer prefers now the South atmosphere.
Johnnie Carr fought with all herself for the rights of black people.
Mr Forman is trying to preserve his old school called Oak Grave, little community the one of mr Forman, schools like churches were places where you could find life.
That school was built more or less at the beginning of last century. William O.Bolton is the guardian of a cemetery for dogs passed away.  Interviews with Native Americans and one with Yolande "Bebe" Betbeze, a lady who lived thanks to the title of Miss America 1951 an exceptional existence. A husband she lost while she was in her 30s she is a fan of Hillary Clinton.
Talking of food the story of Abby Fisher the first black lady who published a cookbook "What Mrs. Fishers Knows about Old Southern Cooking, soups, pickles, preserves etc"  thanks to an interview realized with Karen Hess and other researches for trying to discover much more about Mrs. Fisher.
Portraits ends with the profile of Mr. Hoffman's dad, Mr. Charles.

I thank the University of Alabama Press for the physical copy of this beautiful book!


Anna Maria Polidori

domenica, novembre 12, 2017

This Book is a Planetarium And Other Extraordinary Pop-Up Contraptions by Kelli Anderson

It's like to enter in a magical world and the secret passages are its pages.

This Book is a Planetarium And Other Extraordinary Pop-Up Contraptions by Kelli Anderson is this and much more.

Genial for beauty, elegance and originality, it's the perfect gift for your children or someone in grade to appreciate a lot of instruments and tools put all together in a few pages for stimulating creativity.  A mixture of Astronomy, Time, with a perennial calendar and some reflections about the meaning of a year and time; Music because while we exist it is remarkable the importance of creating a great, funny, nice, sweet, melodic soundtrack of and for our life because music is the sound of Universe and because it's the most powerful way for reaching other souls and people.
There is a Speaker for speaking loudly so that you will be listened by everyone!  without forgetting the spiral graph for using all your imagination and for describing the world into all its perfection and geometric imagination.
The most stunning pages the two dedicated at the Planetarium.
Put these pages in a dark room with a small LED light and like for a magic that room will start to be "disconnected" by your reality and you will splash in the immensity of our Sky, with the main Constellations of the Northern Hemisphere ready for you, for being admired, visited, studied, in a wonderful, beauty adventure plenty of curiosity to live all together.

It's a philosophic book this one where music is played meeting words, dreams, expectations, a perpetuity that can't end with mortality, in an inter-connection with our "geometric rationality" and mystery represented under the shape of writing secret messages to other people trying to keep hidden mysteries of this world.
There is not another book in grade to sum with such shocking precision and beauty this world and our life like This Book is a Planetarium.

Creative, intense, I highly suggest this book to adults and children. It could be great to keep some copies of it in schools as well. I guess that teachers and children can start very good and profound conversations around these big thematic, while at the same time living a lot of funny and creative time!
Not bad, true?

I thank Chronicle Books for the physical copy of this stunning and so creative book!


Anna Maria Polidori

Typewriter Paper by Chronicle Books

Are you a typewriter lover? Do you think that PCS are nice but there is nothing more romantic, beauty and old-fashioned than a typewriter, where your brain can rest, where your thoughts are condensed just in one direction, where lack of organization is banned and where rapidity is healthy and good?
Would you want to return at that old times where the comfort of a typewriter was immense?
Chronicle Books for celebrating these stunning wonderful objects still the favorite instruments of work of many writers, creates a note-takers called Typewriter Paper with the shape of a red typewriter.
You can use this fashionable object for your desktop and for not forgetting anymore anything.
It's a wonderful product.  It seems that you have close to you a real typewriter in miniature with real paper pulling out from the box top. On the paper there is written: From the Desk Of...The paper is resistant, very good, so theoretically it could be used from writing something to someone sending the message via normal mail, or you can use this paper for your to-do list, notes for not forgetting anything anymore, or for writing down your most inspiring thoughts if you are a creative.
Typewriter Paper is trendy, original, strong and it  is waiting for you. It will make the difference on your desktop! Trust me!

I thank Chronicle Books for Typewriter Paper! Wonderful!

Anna Maria Polidori

Every Person in New York by Jason Polan foreword by Kristen Wiig

Beautiful drawings of people while they are sleeping,  while they are reading, while they are watching an art exhibit, while they are drinking or eating, while they are in motion, while they are resting, while they are working, while they are contemplative, while they are drinking a cup of coffee. In a few words: while they are living.
Every Person in New York by Jason Polan foreword by Kristen Wiig is an extraordinary drawing trip from 2008 to 2014 in "The city that never Sleeps" would sing Liza Minnelli: New York.
Plenty of life, plenty of people, Polan couldn't have chosen more perfect place for his purpose.
He captures page after page people, details, expressions of a peculiar instant that won't return anymore in the life of that certain person and for doing it he uses pencil and paper for the joy of our eyes.
It's an amazing visual trip you'll love so badly!

New York is New York and this first book of drawings of people is also a cultural trip in a stunning city.
Grand Central Station, trains, the Museum of Modern Art,  the Rockefeller Center, the Whitney Biennial, Staten Island, various parks,  streets of New York are the interest of the artist.

One of the most beautiful and original books I have ever seen.

I highly suggest this book to you and to everyone in love for art, drawing, painting and old-fashioned communication.

I thank so much Chronicle Books for the physical copy of this amazing book!



Anna Maria Polidori

Feed the Resistance Recipes + Ideas for Getting Involved by Julia Turshen

Are you angry and hungry?
Are you a motivated activist thinking that food is part of the process of protest creating good and convivial moments with other people of your same ideas while eating something delicious?
Great: so I think that Feed the Resistance Recipes + Ideas for Getting Involved by Julia Turshen , a book published by Chronicle Books it's for you.
Little, practical, like the author is, it will be the best instrument you can bring with you not just for cooking, but also for organizing a good movement of protest :-) if you want of course and if you have the capacity of a leader.

Julia says that in this world we must fight, and Americans know very well the word "fight" more than any other one, and fighting is in their DNA.
They do that everyday for a lot of rights and in this historical moments more than during any other one adds the author, maybe because there will be the necessity of fighting for rights that people thought conquered and that a new political wind would want to reduce.

With practical advice while you will fight with strength for your ideas, thematic and problematic you treasure a lot  and you do care the most, you can share with your friends and activists some of Julia's recipes, including the ones of her friends. They're for all tastes, with simple ingredients that will make happy everyone!

Proceeds will be donated at the American Civil Liberties Union.

I thank so much Abrams&Chronicle Books for the physical copy of this book.


Anna Maria Polidori

venerdì, novembre 10, 2017

The Formative Years of Relativity by Hanoch Gutfreund and Jurgen Renn

The Theory of Relativity has been a real revolution for the scientific world because it "fixed",  what said before by giants of science like Galileo and later Newton, revolutionizing most of the ideas commonly known by scientists from centuries with new concepts about space, time, cosmic waves and much more.

If you search for a book that wants to analyze also what the theory of relativity meant for the scientific community after few years from the publication I strongly suggest you: The Formative Years of Relativity by Hanoch Gutfreund and Jurgen Renn by Princeton University Press.

Fresh of press the book takes inspitation (they're included in the book) from the lectures by Einstein on May 1921 at Princeton University. The Meaning of Relativity as a book was firstly published in 1922, a year after the participation of Einstein at the lectures but this book wants to make the difference in the approach, giving a best and freshest perspective of the theory of relativity.

The arrival of Einstein in 1921 at Princeton cemented by a lot of publicity. His lectures followed and covered by the New York Times and other newsmagazines as well, that trip of Einstein meant for the scientific community a new attention at this revolutionary vision of physics, cosmology, world and a fertile discussion about the thematic discussed by Einstein. It was not anymore just Einstein stimulated to guess if this theory completely correct and the possibility, like the existence of cosmic waves real, but also a "curiosity" for the rest of academic and scientific world. "Will he be right?" maybe they asked to themselves.

This book not just presents the five lectures by Einstein, but wants also to trying to analyze what it meant for that first decades the theory of relativity historically, scientifically, philosophically.
The recent discovery of Cosmic waves and the certainty that also that portion of theory correct - the last cosmic wave thanks to two dying stars united and melted together in a mortal "hug" - continue to proves the geniality of Einstein.

Highly suggested to all the people interested in physics and surely a great Christmas gift!


I thank so much Princeton University Press for the physical copy of this wonderful book!


Anna Maria Polidori