martedì, febbraio 27, 2018

The Little Book of Black Holes by Steven S.Gusber & Frans Pretorius


This book The Little Book of Black Holes by Steven S.Gusber & Frans Pretorius published by Princeton University Press is a new reality in grade of explaining clearly what the black holes are. The book ends with a letter dedicated to Albert Einstein by the two professors.
Written clearly also a profane reader can understands the most of it.

The book starts portraying scientist who studied the black holes  trying to define  them. a


What is a black hole first of all?
In every galaxy there is a black hole



A black hole is the "big eater" of the Universe, the one that egoistically eats with great appetite every kind of matter, light included. Nothing of what "falls" in a black hole will return to its surface. Where all this material goes it is still a mystery.

A black hole is a curved spacetime.

A black hole has a static part, an event horizon where for example light can be drunk and then the end of it.

Mr. Schwarzschild the discoverer of black holes in 1915 thought that at the end of this cosmic funnel "there is a terrible compressed kernel of matter lurking at its core."

Maybe it is true.

What scientists know for sure is that Einstein was right talking about cosmic waves. Three years ago the collisions of two black holes caused an important cosmic wave, the one Einstein talked about in his theory of general relativity. It was another victory for his general theory of relativity.

The authors don't want to start from Einstein but from special relativity born with Maxwell and electromagnetism. Electricity, although visible creates electromagnetism fields. We don't mind because we see it.
All the rest of the electromagnetism world is unseen, maybe perceived but because not visible not considered important or sensitive.

In the theory of general relativity gravity is not important. Not for a black hole.
Schwarzschild hypothesized that the matter of the Universe influences spacetime defining itself and for example giving to a black hole its curved spacetime.

Now, let's try to go close to a black hole or imagining to do that.

Time close to a black hole slow down and becomes 0 in the horizon the point where matter falls into the black hole.
We should also change modality of expression when referred to the horizon thinking at time commonly. Forget space, it is time and it goes infinitive. You can't see anything from there.
"Time says the authors, inside the black hole is altogether other than time outside time." It is "beyond infinite."

Another interesting part of the Universe are white holes. In this case anything inside is forced out without any chance of getting back in.
A white hole is a spacetime that begins its life. A black hole in general borns thanks to the departure of a big star in most cases.

Mr Kerr a mathematician during the 1960s elaborated another solution adding the rotation of black holes.
Let's imagine for example a ring or a circular place. It can be a pen where horses are kept.

Now: if you start to walk in a circular way from the beginning to the end of the perimeter of the pen at the end you are in the present/future. Your walk was part of your past.
With a timelike curve like the one of a black hole you turn back at the same space without any kind of time-consumption because at the same spacetime you started at.

Do you know what? Here we are in the time-machine theory!

Amazing. I leave you alone with this book  for reflecting about the universe, its paradoxes and the messages that everyday it sends us with its magic.

Why buying this book?
It's interesting, written with great competence. 




Anna Maria Polidori









sabato, febbraio 24, 2018

Dreaming with God A Bold Call to Step Out and Follow God's Lead by Sarah Beth Marr

I admit that when I received four days ago Dreaming with God A Bold Call to Step Out and Follow God's Lead by Sarah Beth Marr I was captivated not just by a wonderful cover but by the grace in which the book is immerse in thanks to the inspiring words of the author.

A grace presented by ballet.
Precision, elegance, class, measure, there is not another art in grade to gives more profound sensations using the body than classical ballet.

When you observe a ballerina or a ballerina you will always notice that there is a radiant calm on his/her face, a happiness and a grace difficult to find somewhere else.

This book is about expectations, dreams, a strong relationship with God seeing as the leader of the existence and determination to reach your goals.

Not only: the author will explore that dreams fallen apart and never realized by God, because that ones hadn't to be part of His project for you, but a way for learning and growing up like also the various changing in the life in grade to redefine the existence of the individual.

Every chapter  contains a questions and answer section for trying to define your dreaming perplexities, what you really want, what you desire, and to give expression to your personality and your life's projects.


Highly recommended.


I thank Baker Books Bloggers for the physical copy of this book.


Anna Maria Polidori

venerdì, febbraio 23, 2018

Making Music in Selznick's Hollywood by Nathan Platte

Making Music in Selznick's Hollywood by Nathan Platte, new  book by Oxford University Press synthesizes in the title the essence of this filmmaker: the spasmodic research and ability of creating a strong connection between imagines and sounds in an harmonic fusion for the big screen.

Selznick's life can be summarized writing this: he researched to give to viewers, spectators all the best not just in terms of imagines but in terms of soundtracks because to him, he started to work when Hollywood was still producing movies soundless, it was a fundamental part of the movie-making entire process. His movies,  will inspire the genre of musicals.

Selznick was fixated with another thematic: the one of strong ladies as iconic protagonists to be put on the screen. Big and strong heroines from old fashioned novels of XIX centuries or like Scarlet O'Hara from a recent book written by Margaret Mitchell. Selznick bought immediately the rights imagining a movie based on that book.
Let's remember some of Selznick's productions: Little Women, Anna Karenina. Selznick produced also David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens, King Kong, Casablanca.

David Selznick discovered and launched thanks to the realization of Night Flight a new author Alexandre de Saint-Exupery the "dad" ten years later of The Little Prince.

A filmmaker of course feels a special connection with some people, and to Selznick his biggest collaboration in term of creation of music for his movies was with Max Steiner.

Steiner: his family has a profound, fascinating, beautiful story. They were from Wein, Austria and all Steiner's family musicians. They worked in the ballet collaborating also with Strauss II. To Steiner this world was a new adventure and a big surprise.

Later when their destiny for a while divided Selznick found a great collaborator for soundtracks in Stothart, without forgetting Steiner.

The geniality of Steiner appreciated by Selznick meant also the involvement of this musician in the realization of Gone with the Wind one of the most suffered productions we can imagine and winners of eight Oscars prizes.

The same Steiner risked to be removed from Gone with the Wind's production by David Selznick. Close to him Selznick found other collaborators for completing the soundtrack, still too germinal.

Steiner decades later remembered in an interview that movie and  his involvement with a bitter-sweet touch.

A wonderful book this one for everyone interested in music, movies, cinema. You will find for every movie explanations, facts, anecdotes, sometimes the movie-themes so that you can enjoy to perform it!

Wonderful cover!


Highly recommended to everyone.

I thank Oxford University Press for the physical copy of this beautiful and informative book!


Anna Maria Polidori


giovedì, febbraio 22, 2018

A Promise for Tomorrow by Miranda Barnes

A Promise for Tomorrow by Miranda Barnes is a beautiful, sunny book published by Endeavour Media Limited.

It's a story of new new starts, new work, new friendship, new love.

Sarah Hodgkin goes to Alnwick from Newcastle. She needs a change and she knows this little town because she enjoyed to spend time in this town with her parents when she was little.

In love with Marty they broke up because Sarah understood that Marty's priorities different from her ones

Sarah feels after a while that this new place and her new apartment means an important word: home under many ways. In search for a new job for starting she buys a local newsmagazine searching for it although Sarah thanks also to a new friendship, India, met in a café understands that it won't be simple.

At the Job Center she discovers biggest frustrations.

There are just jobs more suitable for men than not for women but her connections of friends created in the town keeps her cheerful and comforted. She is not alone in this new old town although sometimes she feels the sensation of being lonely because Marty her man made the difference in her life and the absence of a man frustrating.

But the main problem for Sarah and her friend India remain the one of a job or...The creation of a job.
Why not a shop thinks India? The Old Curiosity Shop, she adds plenty of enthusiasm. Sarah in involved in this project by India while she also will find a new temporary job and a love, plenty of stability  maybe at the horizon.

It's a beautiful, fresh book this one, plenty of good humor, optimism, and a great reading for everyone! I am more than sure that when you'll finish to read this eBook you will think more positively about life, present, friendship, future, work, people, love.

Highly suggested.

I thank Endeavour Media Limited for the eBook.

Anna Maria Polidori

lunedì, febbraio 19, 2018

The Salzburg Tales by Christina Stead

The Salzburg Tales by Christina Stead, Australian, warm lady and real story-teller, is an interesting book for whoever in love for short stories.

If you have read or studied The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer or the Decameron by Boccaccio, you must read The Salzburg Tales.

In the case of Boccaccio and his Decameron because of a plague ten people in the 1300s for ten days will stay distant from Florence. They were seven girls and three men and they will share in total 100 tales during that days.

Chaucer later was inspired by the Decameron when he wrote The Canterbury Tales.

In this case we are in Salzburg, Austria there is the August Festival and in a Capuchin convent, diversified people are reunited together telling  to the other ones their own stories, because after all what it is life if not a lot of stories shared with friends or unknown people?

Characters? There is the Festival Director, the English Gentleman, the Philosopher, the Lawyer, a Musician, The Naturalist, The Danish Woman, the Italian Singer and many more.

Tales are Gothics. I found impressive and very sad the tale of the Italian Singer and the story of the coffin and the couple who decided to live for the moment of their death although very young, but also the story of  Swend; another one a legend saying that no one should see himself/herself in a mirror at midnight during Midsummer because it would see his/her ghost dying abruptly.

They're all stories that will leave you a profound sense of life and death.


Highly recommended.




Anna Maria Polidori



venerdì, febbraio 16, 2018

Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

It has been an adventure reading Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children   by Ransom Riggs but I did it! Hooray!

I was searching for this book from a lot of time and I knew that Tim Burton, I am a big fan of this director, was realizing time ago a movie with it.

I tried to contact Penguin Random House more than a year ago for a book review copy but it was too complicated, I still have dial-up, I don't know where I sent the e-mail, I didn't hear from anyone and I haven't seen any book.

I didn't go to the cinema for the movie because our blockbuster theater is closed and I refuse to afford to distant cities for a movie spending more than the necessary. It's a time of crisis. Honest.

I also think that sometimes books become part of our life when we need to read them for a reason or another because they are magical objects.

Recently I discovered the italian copy of Miss Peregrine in my book club magazine and I ordered it.

When I saw it I thought: "It's in my chords. Completely!"
I knew it.

Amazing, impressive, beautiful, vintage, you can't avoid to read Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children if you are a fan of Harry Potter. There are many similarities. You'll love this book so badly. Written with love, cure, attention, I confess I laughed and laughed and laughed during the first 80 pages. Well, it was something cathartic, you know, I know what it means sufferance and also the profound problematic that can brings.
So the paradoxical situation lived by the young protagonist Jacob, and the wonderful stunning British humor used by Riggs for describing it permitted me to laugh a lot. I didn't remember the last time I laughed so much and with great pleasure. I appreciated it so badly.

You mustn't imagine that the first eighty pages are a joke. Jacob's life is lucky enough, this is true. Member of a Jewish family he is very rich.

He finds a profound connection with his grand-dad Abe, someone considered eccentric and plenty of strange stories and unusual pictures of peculiar children he told to Jacob he had known in an island in UK during the last  World War conflict.
Jacob loves  these stories, although as a kid he considers them fruit of a fertile imagination.
He knows all names of these children and who they were and what they did in the orphanage where his grand-dad spent some time.
Time pass-by and the mind of his grand-dad starts to be more frail, some familiars say.

One day he receives a terrible calls from his grand-dad: "Monsters are back." Jacob doesn't know what to think and accompanied by another friend he wants to go to see what it is going on for discovering his poor grand-dad dying killed by "something." He is in grade to tell to Jacob some words. Unforgettable ones.

Jacob after the departure of his grand-dad is not believed. He saw a creature, a horrible creature and to him that one killed his grand-dad not a group of wild dogs.
No one believes him and considered half-mad and the pale idea of who he once was he starts sessions with a psychiatrist trying to sort out his problems. The description of all this phase is pretty hilarious, you will see.

His grand-dad was a passionate of Emerson and during his 16th birthday a relative presents him a book by Emerson with a cryptic letter.
It's sent from someone from the British island where his grand-dad stayed at long.

Jacob is decided: why not visiting this place for trying to understand who these people were and if some of them still alive?

The idea is warmly supported by his therapist. After all he adds to Jacob he will heal much more once he will visit that distant place.
Jacob lives in sunny Florida and Cairnholm a completely different universe to him. The island just with a public phone, no cell phone working, just a place where to sleeping and power-generators in the  houses is an adventure!

Jacob is followed by his dad, ornithologist. His dad is another peculiar soul. Someone at first excited by new projects, with more or less twelve books half-written and put aside, a depressed man. Just a little fact can put him down, so that he won't complete his works thinking that no one after all will be interested to reading his words.

It's again a story of a ring, see at the voice The Lord of the Rings or Nesbit or Lewis in the first book of The Chronicles of Narnia the book by Riggs.

The ring is seeing again as a passport for the past and present, for a temporal trip. Who tried to obtain more became a monster in search for these special souls for eating them.

Jacob  will discover in this orphanage where his beloved grand-dad spent time, a wonderful apparent peace, where everyone is happy, where children plenty of magical peculiarities can develop them although they are kept distant from the rest of the society because misunderstood, but also for more important reasons: someone want to search for them for eating them. These children forced to remain children for the rest of their existence, some of them are 80 and more years! would have known a terrible reality going away: the common destiny of all the human beings. They would have become old meeting death once.

This book is poetic, with a beautiful love-story between Emma Bloom and Jacob the nephew of Abe, so beloved by everyone at the orphanage and a strong alliance for trying to defeat the badness incarnated in close creatures known by Jacob.

Not only I loved this book so badly but....Do we want to talk of pictures? Wonderful! I love all these vintage pictures inserted by the author. I am a passionate of vintage pictures! pictures in general and vintage items.

It's a book this one that will let you think a lot and not just because this one is a work of fantasy but because it is connected more than we can think with our reality.

And Miss Peregrine? Who is she? She is a guardian for all these peculiar children and the one in grade to present magically to them a beautiful perennial life where no one will become adult and corrupted.

Not only: she becomes a falc peregrine when necessary.

I thought if it's correct to living secluded from the rest of the world, not joining anyone for fear of not being accepted because there are special powers while I was reading the book and to me this one is a big thematic like also the exclusion of other people considered Normals in the life of this community.


I re-discovered thanks to this book that british humor I love a lot! and that makes me laugh 'til I cry and thematic like past, present, photography, vintage, reality, monsters, after life and death seeing that after all fiction sometimes is less dangerous than reality. Sad but true, considering what it is going on in the world.

I also appreciated the beautiful, important paper with which the book is realised. I love reading books with a good quality-paper, a sign of great respect for the reader and for the author. I have had the impression that the product has been loved from the beginning to the end like Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children  has surely been.

I bought this edition at Club Per Voi the most discounted italian book club magazine by Mondolibri.



Anna Maria Polidori


he pic of the author taken from his website.

martedì, febbraio 13, 2018

The Milky Way An insider's Guide by William H.Waller

The Milky Way An insider's Guide by  William H.Waller is a  cosmic travel in our Milky Way trying to discover its secrets.

When I read the introduction of the author, he fell in love for the Milky Way and he believed that maybe we are not alone in this Universe  when he was in his teenage age I understood something: that this book would have been great and would have made the difference. An open mind is precious. Not all astronomers believe that there are other worlds similar to the one where we are living in.

At first the author explains mythologically the born of the Milky Way. Men were interested in the past to give a legendary interpretation of our galaxy where we live into.

Old Greeks, their religion was polytheist, thought that the Milky Way was born when Hera, upset to seeing that she was breast-feeding another bastard son of her husband Zeus, Heracles, removed abruptly the baby. The milk flown away became the Milky Way.

During most recent centuries mr.Barnard proved the existence of comets (and not only) and other remarkable astronomers the role and existence of supernovae distant millions of light-years from our Milky Way.

Another important chapter that fascinated with the time scientists was the presence of the so-called Dark Matter in the Universe. In general dark matter is present where there is a massive presence of hydrogen.

In 1992 a supposition: that maybe we are not alone. Scientists discovered another extra-solar system. Astronomers discovered more than 800 planets beyond the solar system.

A special chapter involves the case of the so-called Black Hole Lair, Sagittarius A studied with attention.

In this book by Waller, if you are a passionate astronomer, you will find all that you want for reckoning stellar distances, luminosities, temperatures, size.

At the end you will find the astronomic historyof the Milky Way, born with the Big Bang 14 billion years ago. I found interesting what happened to the Universe. We must consider the Universe as a creature, so with a birth and changes during the phases of its existence. Not only: the author will reveal why it was possible the creation of life in our Planet.

The book contains a glossary and a bibliography.

I found the book interesting if compared to the ones I read in the past.
Modern, captivating, it will let you think a lot about the mystery of the Universe, what we understood and what men must still discover. It will be the best guide for most of your discoveries.

The message for us launched by the nocturnal sky speaks a language of past, a language of symbiosis with us. Stars, Planets, guardians of all of us, little fragments of a story long billion of years.





Anna Maria Polidori

lunedì, febbraio 12, 2018

Girl, Wash Your Face Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You can Become Who you Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis

Her brother committed suicide when she was just 14 years.
Rachel Hollis tells that she grew up that day.
What she saw, what she learned from that experience and her dysfunctional family is the result of the act of her brother.

She didn't want that same life, she wanted to construct a beauty existence.

She escaped away and she went to LA for trying to search for an identity although of course is not going away that we sort out our problems although I guess sometimes seeing a different seascape or landscape can helps.

What Rachel Hollis in her latest book: Girl, Wash Your Face Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You can Become Who you Were Meant to Be wants to tell you is that  we live surrounded by many lies and that's why we commit a lot of mistakes in our approach with people, society, mainly, ourselves.

I love that Rachel mentions The Grapes of Wrath one of the biggest, iconic, beautiful and sad book by John Steinbeck. She adds: "Those are my people." Irish and Scots who left the east coast of the USA in search of happiness in the west coast.

Rachel analyzes the differences she noticed growing up in a defined, structured family in comparison with the world she found later.

Wonderful anecdote: she loved and loved and loved Matt Damon.

Rachel tells that when Miramax realized Good Will Hunting she fantasized of marrying Matt Damon night and day and not only: she learned all the lines of that movie, and it is tremendously positive to my point of view.

The story re-seen, re-written of William Sidis is one of the most remarkable movie I have seen as well.

Good news: she met him because she worked for Miramax.

Later, she wanted to buying a Louis Vuitton bag because she wanted to be that kind of woman. A Louis Vuitton lady, rich and privileged.

Rachel with this book will help you to give your best, be sure of it, with her sunny smile, her enthusiasm, her sunny approach to life.

I found this book very hilarious, tender, sweet and honest, characteristic so precious, that's why I would suggest to all of you of buying it.

Highly recommended.
 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

mercoledì, febbraio 07, 2018

Il pomeriggio di un piastrellista written by Lars Gustafsson

Il pomeriggio di un piastrellista written by Lars Gustafsson is a book published by Iperborea an italian publishing house devoted to literature of North European Countries.

It's pretty dense of meanings although this book is long just 145 pages. In this book you breath all the density of life.

The story apparently is a common one. An old mason, his specialization is to put tiles on the various environments of a house is contacted by a Finnish friend. There is a work waiting for him if he wants.
A kitchen and a bathroom in a house located in a certain place needs new tiles after that who worked previously there did a very bad work. It's not a long work after all.

Would he be interested? Torsten Bergman the protagonist of this work can be interested of course.
Sure: he is a bit old and after the loss of his wife all his interests for an active life disappeared and his house is an accumulation of papers, magazines, mails.
Torsten doesn't know anymore when it was the last time he went out, or if his car is still functioning.
We can consider Torsten depressed but at the same time "disconnected" because this society too senseless to him. There is not anyone who can be trusted.

Lost in his thoughts, he drives 'till to reaching this house.
A peculiar house. Beauty, at first immerse in the dark, on the second floor maybe there is someone. Voices. Interior voices, voices from the past, good voices. Voices of his life, we must remember that this book is a book about an existence or more than an existence and the meaning of it.
Back to the book who lives in that second apartment? A lady, Sofie, but who is she? A lady with some children, a young person... Fantasy runs. Torsten finds a way for lighting the apartment  and discovers that yes, that place is not bad at all. But there is no one with which to speak with.

Paradoxality is this one. He is called for working in that place by a friend but no one is there for establishing a price, for paying this man, for discovering for curiosity who is working in his/her house, for shaking his hand. No one.
He is just there all alone for trying to repair the damages done by the previous masons and adding new tiles with the respect that that place deserves. In complete solitude.

Solitude. A treat of our times.

More than to focusing on the character of Torsten to me it's the house the centrality of the story because the house represents the existence and tiles to me what we add to it.
Maybe this empty house is empty because no ones cares anymore for it and only other people not anymore the owners, can try to sort out its problems. It can be read under a psychologist aspect to my point of view. An existence, the house wounded and in search of a healer. 

The house as the existence and what we do with it in all its paradoxality and not because the existence is a paradox but because life can be weird.
Sometimes it seems that all pieces are right, other ones a wild wind changes the cards on life's table and there are not anymore certainties.
Sometimes we get lost, other times we find the path with simplicity but then again e are lost because there is a perennial story of yin e yang we are in chaos and uncertainty again.

I thought a lot about the elegant faucet removed by Torsten for going to a store and buying glue for tiles and stucco and other materials. Maybe the meaning is giving away something precious from our existence for buying the necessary for fixing what it is wrong, remembering what we did and leaving traces of it.

When we born we find situations and people and growing up we add pieces, tiles, to our existence as well. We embellish our existence. Let's consider our existence a house in construction and sometimes a place that needs to be restored because of the damages we caused to ourselves or other caused to ourselves.

Do we put tiles in order or not? Do we rush or do we pay attention? Do we create a beautiful and enchanting house with our existence or a house empty of values and sentiments and so a ghostly house where just the shadow of an existence passes by? Do we plant seeds of love in the garden of our house/existence or seeds of hate? Which ones we will cultivate the most?

Do we permit that water as in the case of this book, so metaphorically problems, damage us without to trying to see where there are the origins of them, fixing them and going on peacefully?
And what kind of meaning can we give at the word: order reading this book?

Sure the previous masons in the house where Torsten is working in didn't do a great job.
But after all if owners of a house are phantoms why should that masons have done a good work? Just because they wanted to do a good work, but how many people can work well when no one is there and no one cares and no one pay attention?

That house where Torsten works is a place of sentiments and these sentiments can fluidly lives in the mind of the protagonist. Nothing is more powerful than the action of building an house and what we will put there.
A house has a special soul and absorbs the souls of people living there.

Torsten thinking that alone can't work, meets along his way an old friend with which he spent his childhood with and asks him to joining him: Stig.

It was a long time that he didn't see Stig and Stig tells him his life with all its surreality. According to Torsten maybe his friend exaggerated a lot but who knows?

Stig curious of the apartment at the second floor opens it and finds a precious object. Should they open it?
And if it contains a treasure? A treasure can make happy two elderly people or also I would add two young people?

The book wants to let us reflect about what it is not ours. Stealing can't never give happiness and it's a risk.

While they were working a lady scared with two children enters in the house asking for a phone and telling that her husband is violent.

It's a relative of Stig this man, Alfred although he still doesn't know it.

A painter...What is a painting if not the representation of the reality? But what is reality?

The end of the story leaves open various scenarios to the readers.
Maybe Stig is too absorbed by the story previously told by Affe, his golden fishes, his good house, big car, the absence of a good hospitality because the wife doesn't mind of treating well a good relative of his husband, the material things he possesses thanks to a work after all not completely honest and what these material things caused to his existence: perdition and jail when more or less he tried to kill a man and not for a story of honor, but because of a material object.

Where this world is going on? What kind of behavior can be the one of
a man trying to killing a person because of an object?
It's the same story lived by Stig with a public phone. Some young people devastated it and why? For sport. Because too boring, because there wasn't anything else to do.
Or just for an act of cruelty and because people are not anymore in grade to appreciate anything and nothing is anymore precious to their eyes. Maybe because normality and humanity got lost at a certain point.

Yes. It's a book that you will enjoy to read and that will leave you with a lot of questions. To me the centrality of this tale is not the failure of existences but what a person can choose to become also considering external influences and necessities.

It's a reflection, a powerful reflection about a reality paradoxically illogical where who is right and who is wrong are undefined if I take in consideration the story of the lady, two babies and Affe, but also the behavior kept by the other protagonists.

In a world so confused people can just rest for relaxing their mind and their hearts breathing the whispers of their old times when certainties were strong and where reality clear and happiest.

That's why to me mr. Gustafsson closed the book in this way.


I highly suggest this book to everyone.


I thank Iperbora for the physical copy of this book.

Anna Maria Polidori








martedì, febbraio 06, 2018

More Than Just Making It Hope for the Heart of Financially Frustrated by Edin Odom

More Than Just Making It Hope for the Heart of Financially Frustrated by Erin Odom the so-called Humbled Homemaker because later Erin created a beautiful blog about this thematic published by West Bow Press E-Books is a beautiful and captivating book and you won't never put it down, because too interesting.

The real story told in this stunning book that you will appreciate if you are poor, because helpful, like also if you are rich and you want to save much more money becoming frugal, is this one.

Will and Erin are a wonderful couple. They grew up in two middle-class families in the 80s and 90s with a strong christian touch and at the same time with a certainty: that they wouldn't never experienced poverty but that they would have lived a wonderful existence plenty of satisfactions.
They attended private schools all the time, college included and they knew that they would have been winners.

Poverty was lived as a distant scenario, something that wouldn't never been part of their lives and poor people were the ones they looked at distantly.

The two got married, bought a beautiful house, both teachers their income was good, 65.000 dollar per year, but when the wild wind of the big financial crisis and recession appeared to the horizon affecting a lot of families and putting them in a condition of misery, also their family was invested by this terrible condition. 
Will and Erin lost their work abandoning their house and returning at Erin's parents' home just for a little while, changing State and life.

Erin felt a lot of shame for being back home.
Asking help to her parents again. No possible. What to do now?

Erin was and she is a freelance journalist. Sometimes magazines paid her 200 dollars per month, other times 40-50 dollars per month, but that amount of money insufficient for a living.
Erin understood that this one was her path but what to do?

In the while the couple starts to live in a little apartment, so that they can be independent from Erin's parents, but they can spend just 250 dollars every month considering Will's work, 600 dollar per month and the apartment's rent.

Their main priority is food.

Erin discovers that they are poor.
That shadow, that horrible ghost she thought a prerogative of other people was now affecting her and her husband. A friend told them: "You have an income problem." Reality was this one.

The beauty of this Christian couple is that they found along their way and their big economical problem a lot of help thanks to a strong connection of new friends but  also thanks to the...government. Food stamps for Erin and Will's children and medicaid.
A large part of the USA considers poor people joining medicaid abusers of taxes that they pay every year.

After many years of pain, sufferance, humiliations, Erin tells that it was impossible to share with some of their old friends  that they were going on thanks to government's help and so thanks to their own friends' taxes' money or people plenty of generosity and good heart.  Erin removed herself and her children from the food stamps program and medicaid when she saw that the wind was changed and money back refusing other 6 months of program. They were free.

It's a book that will let you understand how to save money, how to spend less, how to eat more and healthiest food for sure :-) how to save accepting every kind of help while you sort out your problems, from clothes to food.
Erin tells the story of a lady who presented her persimmons for example a robust, succulent  fall fruit good for all family.

Erin and Will experienced a lot of years of pain, sufferance, humiliations, embarrassment before to sorting out their problems, but they did it.
With the help of God but also with the help of so many people who believed in them and helped them in different ways.

Now Erin thanks to this experience writes books, she has a beautiful blog that monetizes a lot, and she created a sunny reality with the sadness she previously lived sharing with other people what to do when there are financial problems in a family.

One of the most beautiful treats of Americans is that they try to look at the positive side of a sad story they lived and sometimes these experiences become very well-paid works.
It's great to me and an important lesson.

Highly recommended, I also invite you all to join Erin's website.

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.



Anna Maria Polidori

domenica, febbraio 04, 2018

Blue Ridge Sunrise by Denise Hunter

Blue Ridge Sunrise by Denise Hunter is a beautiful romance book about returns and surprises published by Thomas Nelson Books.
Zoe returns home to Copper Creek in Georgia after a long time and because her beloved  granny passed away. It is a return plenty of emotions. Zoe left behind conflicts and her beloved Cruz, a strong passion of her teenage age and a person still in grade to causing her strong emotions.
Time sometimes changes everything and Zoe left for other places building a different existence. Now she has a daughter Gracie and a companion, Kyle.

Her granny left to her brother Brady a lot of money, she lived frugally but they discovered she accumulated a lot of money and strangely, to her, the cottage and the pear orchard.
Zoe would want to close this chapter of her existence as soon as possible, she doesn't want to stay at all but now, what to do?

And what will happen with Cruz?

It's a book about love, respect for elderly people. This book is quick, plenty of dialogues, never boring, very modern.

It will let you think about the meaning of "returning home."

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

sabato, febbraio 03, 2018

Road-Show The Fall of Film Musicals in the 1960s by Matthew Kennedy

Road-Show The Fall of Film Musicals in the 1960s by Matthew Kennedy is not just a great entertaining book, it's not just a book for all lovers of the genre, but it's so funny, plenty of anecdotes, intriguing facts that you won't never put down this book until its end, trust me.

Thanks to a real love for the topic since he was little, Matthew Kennedy created a jewel and masterpiece of its genre, plenty of informations but at the same time keeping the book funny, entertaining, and readers attentive and curious.
Road-Show will let us live the germination and behind the scenes  of great musicals like Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, Doctor Dolittle, Funny Girl,  and many more so vividly that it will seem to be back in the 1960s and part of a set.

While I was reading this book I thought that with this book it would be great to create a great script, imagining someone back in the past living most of the incredible adventures experienced by producers, actors, actresses, studios during that years. It would be wonderful.

The description of problems experienced by the production of Doctor Dolittle with animals so funny that it seemed to watch a Danny DeVito movie while I was reading the chapter. A set without peace and with a problem after another without any possibility of positive solution.
It happened this world and the other in fact on that set. There were also serious health problems for important members of production, considering the heavy level of stress lived and accumulated because of animals and discussion between the various production's members.

Production at first didn't consider something: that making Dolittle meant to have around a lot of animals.
Animals.
No one knew how they could cope with animals.
A goat ate a script, animals felt the desires of making poo and pee wherever they go, weather was horrible, people started to think that animals are not tender, but real pesters!

Production did all its best for promoting this movie, implementing with a lot of merchandising.

Discussions on set, poisoned atmosphere, people suffered a lot for the realization of a musical who, at first, in their mind had to be a great novelty for the Hollywood's musical panorama and a great novelty.
In a picture displayed in the book Larry Bricusse the composer of songs of Dolittle smiles at an apparently relaxed Rex Harrison. Their relationship on set terribly tense.


Other realities people were searching for other winning musicals.
After the big success of Mary Poppins Walt Disney launched the company in another similar product this time unsuccessful: The Happiest Millionaire.
Walt Disney was sick at that time. He died for lung cancer and wasn't on set as he did for Mary Poppins dying before to seeing the movie on screen.

Another great voice was borning: the one of Barbra Streisand. Everyone close to her in a musical disappeared thanks to her peculiar, wonderful and powerful voice.
We will discover that Julie Andrews's relationship with reporters were conflictuals, without forgetting love or hates on sets, problems, desires, expectations.

Why this genre is in stand-by at the moment in Hollywood?

According to Matthew Kennedy the result must be read in the 1960s. Studios tried all their best for creating beautiful musicals, sometimes  losing million of dollars.

Musicals are still living although it's not anymore a genre that Hollywood would want to use massively.

There is to say that the powerful connection between fiction and society can't be avoided. For example Doctor Dolittle was considered a racist movie and no one thought at this aspect, because people electrified. The 60s were a beauty and exciting age of changes and hopes.

Maybe musicals will be back again when men will re-start to dream imagining a better future.

Highly recommended to everyone!!!

I thank so much for this beautiful, sunny, entertaining book Oxford University Press.


Anna Maria Polidori

giovedì, febbraio 01, 2018

Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep The origin of Even More Phrases we Use Every Day by Albert Jack with illustrations by Ama Page

Days ago I bought: Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep The origin of Even More Phrases we Use Every Day by Albert Jack with illustrations by Ama Page.
When I started to read it first expressions I thought were: clever, clear, vivid, interesting, intriguing, powerful.
Divided in eighteen sections, the best known expressions of english language are explained for the joy of an English-learner or someone who wants to discover more about his/her own language and expressions in great detail.
What is a red letter? When someone meets his/her Waterloo?
What does Write like an Angel means? It is important to Keep the Wolf from the Door, you will see. The Best Thing since Sliced Bread. Do you know someone who wants to pass the buck?

Wonderful book, great if you love history as well.

Highly recommended.

Anna Maria Polidori