mercoledì, dicembre 12, 2018

The Practice of Mindful Yoga A Connected Path to Awareness by Hannah Moss

"Mindful Yoga is a primarily spiritual discipline, connecting our body, our breath and our mind so that we can turn our inwards and start getting to know ourselves a little better."
This one the description given by Hannah Moss the author of this new and fascinating book by Quarto: The Practice of Mindful Yoga A Connected Path to Awareness.
Hannah decided of writing this book because once she experienced yoga, but she added it became to her like another insignificant moment of her day. It lost all the fascination it had and most important, the purposes and reasons why she did it. Then thanks to a local teacher she discovered Mindful Yoga, a Yoga in grade to let her keep focused in the present and in her most vivid experiences and positive sensations blocking the sadness and frustrations in grade to keep her body sick.

Mindful Yoga is important because it gives you consciousness about problems. With Yoga you don't escape problems but you see them under other perspectives.
Divided in five chapters you will discover everything about this ancient way of living in grade to help you in a daily base, from breath to posture, and at the end, following the steps of ms Moss you will be regenerated and more conscious of your self.

Highly recommended.

I thank NetGalley and Quarto for this eBook.

Anna Maria Polidori

martedì, dicembre 11, 2018

Our Little Secret Il Nostro Piccolo Segreto by Ninni Schulman translated by Stefania Forlani

"We knew all, but we haven't done anything" and "What's wrong in some men?" are two phrases that synthesize well the new and waited book by Ninni Schulman, Our Little Secret Il Nostro Piccolo Segreto translated for Marsilio by Stefania Forlani.

We speak of domestic violence; we speak of a thematic, unfortunately  common in our society and that possibility of escapism, the mirage of another life where no one harm a woman, where there is freedom, where a woman or a girl are free from everyone; where brain is washed by sadness, sickness; by an internal pain more strong than the same life. We speak of survivors, but also of broken existences under many aspects, because healing from domestic violence is a long process.

But this book is not just this: it examines the delicate, intricate relationship existing in a couple and that invisible wire that let thinks to a lot of women: "It's all my fault" analyzing courageously what happens when a woman thinks: "Wait: maybe it's not my fault. Maybe I can change my existence and my destiny."

The story is this one: Anna-Karin Ehn is a social assistant and one night she doesn't return home; disappeared in the scene of this hypothetical murder there are evident signs of blood. 

Investigations are conducted by Petra Wilander and Christer Berglund.

It's simple to understand that, after all, the life of this lady was not so simple as at first everyone would have thought that it was.

But it's Magdalena Hansson the most important key of this tale: the reporter is back to work after an absence for maternity.
The case sounds immediately complicated.
Domestic violence, horrible abuses, a suicide.
A complete mess and the devastating mental and physical hell experienced by a lady and her daughter.

It's a strong book this one that should let us reflect about the possibility of being free from a sick man and the modality of our possible escapism from the horror.

Many surprises, I can tell you that there is the happy end.

I highly suggest to everyone this book.

I thank Marsilio for the physical copy of this book.

Anna Maria Polidori

domenica, dicembre 09, 2018

Il Libro delle Piccole Rivoluzioni Il Magico Potere dei Gesti Quotidiani El Libro de las Pequenas revoluciones by Elsa Punset translated by Laura Scolari

Il Libro delle Piccole Rivoluzioni Il Magico Potere dei Gesti Quotidiani El Libro de las Pequenas revoluciones or in english The Book of Little Revolutions The Magical Power of Daily Gestures by Elsa Punset translated by Laura Scolari is an energetic important and beauty self-help book published by DeAgostini, italian publishing house.

All dedicated to girls and women, the purpose of this book is this one: taking good care of us once and for all, cuddling soul and body at the same time.
Stress, anxious moments, disconnection from the beauty of the world creates ugly situations, depression, stress, apathy.

Don't worry: this book will be of great inspiration and will help you if you need a tool for sorting out some of your problems.

Divided in four sections, nothing is left out, from work, living, growing, personal priorities, negative and positive people, to serenity, joy, happiness, and how to reach, avoid, build a different self, remaining...yourself, but with a different strength.

Many intuitive tips, advice that I am sure  you will find stimulating; other tips inspired by words of wisdom always actual, modern. The main problems for us, women is that at a certain point, we dedicate to other people a lot of time; we are busy and soon we lose the essence of ourselves: who are we? What did we love? What did we want?
What do we desire in this life? How can we rediscover that joy of living that we once had? How can we abandon bad habits?

Posture, chats, being friendly and amicable, teas, yoga, writing down our auto-biography, the ability of saying no, keeping out from our life nasty people with negative energies, this book is a splash in the colors of life.
Sometimes we forget the beauty of life, with its essences, with its delicate touch; when the game becomes too strong, when we are too sad, when we are not in grade to see an escapism we must remember that there is always a way.

Interactive under many ways this one is a wonderful gift for a girlfriend in difficulty!

I thank DeAgostini/DeaPlaneta for the physical copy of this book.

Anna Maria Polidori

sabato, dicembre 08, 2018

Le Caffettiere dei miei Bisnonni La fine delle Icone nel Design Italiano The Mokas of my great-grandparents The End of the Icons in the Italian Design by Chiara Alessi

I was prepared to read a book about sweet memories of a family who created an object that will continue to be used per generations although not anymore Made in Italy in the strict sense of the word.
We speak of the italian moka, the caffettiera, where you taste the best coffee that you can dream in this world.
It was the opposite: Le Caffettiere dei miei Bisnonni La fine delle Icone nel Design Italiano The Mokas of my great-grandparents The End of the Icons in the Italian Design by Chiara Alessi is a polemic, disenchanted book about our times, consumers and their relationship with objects passing trhought the history of her family and the one of  historic brands.

Published by UTET this book is wonderfully beauty.

Everything started with Alfonso Bialetti and his moka. The invention would have meant for the second generation of the family incarnated in Renato the chance of feeding wagons of people thanks to the abundant work that there was: million of people at the same time tasted in the wonderful moka the coffee: 300 million caffettiere have been sold thanks to the geniality of a visionary man sold.
At the moment the Bialetti is just the pale memory of the old good times.
Alfonso Bialetti was a relative of Alessi: both of them remembered because they marked the old Made in Italy with good products that, simply, made the history of Italy.

In this sense the author is pretty polemic regarding the new times where objects are not anymore icons; maybe because icons just don't exist anymore, replaced by objects discovered for their functionality and lived without that love, affection that in the past there was for the caffettiera, the moka, for example.
Let's say that our times have lost that preciosity for the objects that there was in the past.

Not only; the author writes of a past, present and future that are a continuous present at the moment. All the possible complexity of time is disappeared.

Icons, writes the author, became icons because they were defined in a certain time where present and time meant a lot.

Present at the moment doesn't give any stability or credibility at the future.

Bialetti with the moka became a synonymy of modernism fighting against classicism; the author remarks that there is not anymore originality and uniqueness, but just products without soul. And people? Consumers? They are confused.

Modern icons, the so-called status-symbols work for remarking that the consumer is in grade of buying it; these modern objects are not symbols as in the past, of an affectionate, indispensable tool in grade to recognize not just a family but a country. A country. It's an enormous concept but real. Why? Because an icon is not just an icon: it's the symbol of a country, of memories, it speaks of the place where it is born in; it serves for obtain the best, but at the same time it incarnates the spirit of the country: and the country whispers through that object.

Icons remains. When an object is beauty, functional, remains young also if time goes by.

An icon is ageless: it's present, past: it speaks of people, aspirations writes the author.

Not only: there is more. In the past objects where made for being part of the daily rituals of a family. They were warm, they were part of the life of people.

At the moment publicity created, writes the author the desire from masses of entering in aliens and unknown worlds; these worlds will remain aliens and an object, also the most expensive one is not chosen because good but because a "status-symbol." In this poor scenario objects don't present anymore any kind of passion and enthusiasm as it was in the past, but worries, stress.

A big role is played by technology and the modifications created in people's behavior; "all and now" are constant of this world. We experience, writes the author a desire of having something that once realized don't interest us anymore. We want something else.

This comparison is very good to me: the author thinks that the consumer is like Vladimiro and Estragone the protagonists of Waiting for Godot by Beckett.
The protagonists wait and wait: they don't know who Godot is...Their waiting is pretty dangerous for their existences.

At the same time the consumer doesn't know what he will buy but he stays in line per hours for buying a product because trendy and because everyone want it.
We desire to desiring. We desire to be like all the rest of people.
Beautiful book this one, written with heart and written with that melancholic touch presented by our modern age.

A society this one, unable to speak to the heart of people (if looked in the surface) and unable to  remain; the only consolation? Our past, made with heart, with friendship, love, work, and real values.
Since we won't return at that point, humanity will be a desolated land with less heart and less humanity.

Many example will involve also other objects of designs.

I thank DeaPlaneta for this eBook.

Anna Maria Polidori

giovedì, dicembre 06, 2018

L.M.Montgomery A Name for Herself Selected Writings, 1891-1917 Edited by Benjamin Lefebvre

L.M.Montgomery A Name for Herself Selected Writings, 1891-1917 Edited by Benjamin Lefebvre the editor of  the L.M.Montgomery Library was published recently by University of Toronto Press.
This one is the first of three books entirely dedicated to the beloved author of Anne of Green Gables; the project was born for let us discover the rest of her writings.

Mr. Lefebvre is also the the director of the L.M.Montgomery Online and his life has been mostly dedicated, like also his publications, to the beloved author of Anne of Green Gables.

Mrs Montgomery transmit all the best: real values, but also sacrifice, fight, dedication, and she is in grade of enchanting all of us with her wonderful, tender delicate touch while she describes a stunning nature, situations, or like when she donates us in one of her writings the recipe of a Scripture Cake suggesting in another one that there is not any other more precious gift than books for Christmas.

Montgomery is a lady in grade to bring to our soul calm, good feelings, that precious gift that is attention to life, to reality to what it is seriously important in life.
Her eyes were enchanted eyes in this world in grade to capture the best, leaving the rest alone.

In a society like this one, pretty confused and scared, this author is more than indispensable because she is in grade to re-put reality in  focus; I said it previously and I will continue to say this, because it is important.

Anne Shirley: her character is a tenacious and strong kid and teen-ager, plenty of optimism and with that touch of desperation and research of mental escapism from the hard reality she lived in, in grade to let her goes on in an hostile world since she doesn't find happiness.

Anne Shirley is without doubt not just a fictional character but the alter-ego of the same Montgomery; grown up close to Cavendish by her maternal grandparents she missed a lot her dad, with which she remained affectionate all her life, although Montgomery didn't never find a good connection with the second wife of her dad, suffering a lot also for this reason.
Her grandparents didn't love to read books, a passion that young and talented Montgomery cultivated a lot, although in that family there was a lot of oral storytelling as it happened once and it helped the author as well.
Thanks to these influences and her readings, very young, when she was taking an undergraduate course at Halifax, Montgomery started to being published. Teacher, once returned to Cavendish because her grand-mother lost the husband, she started to write full time, earning a lot of money in comparison with the one of her teaching job.

The writing activity of Montgomery can't be just defined by Anne of Green Gables adds the author, because Mrs Montgomery wrote voraciously and there are something like five hundreds short stories, five hundreds poems and more material available although til now unknown to the most.

For this reasons these three books as said before are born: for let show to everyone the versatile character of Montgomery and her ability of writing of different topics; it could be an essay, it could be a short story, nothing was impossible to her.
That's why her enormous success as a writer. Let's remember she lived with her writings.
In the first part of the book Early and Student Publications the first works appeared between 1891 and 1899; the second part will treat "Maud as a Newspaper Woman" where we find all the collection of her columns "Around the Table" really beauty, published in the Halifax Daily Echo with the nickname Cynthia.
The third part is about "The Upward to Heights Sublime;" we will see in this final part Montgomery as an established, famous author.

You will fall in love for all these tales, trust me.

If you love L.M.Montgomery, if you appreciated her in Anne of Green Gables, you can't miss to buy this book and to read these tales, because they're absolutely stunning; the best of the best and during this period of the year, it is simply fascinating ending the day with a warm blanket, a good cup of tea, and some tales of Montgomery, that you can read to your daughter as well! They're amazing.

You will meet the same intensity experienced by the author in her beloved classics books and her attention, devotion, love, passion, cure, for nature, animals, human nature that we all know very well. Positive spirit for sure, she will be in grade to add sun to you or your dear ones also during a cloudy day.

Highly recommended: the perfect gift for all your family!

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

Anna Maria Polidori

mercoledì, dicembre 05, 2018

En Plein Air Watercolor: Expert techniques and simple step-by-step projects for creating dynamic landscapes in the open air with watercolor by Ron Stocke

En Plein Air Watercolor: Expert techniques and simple step-by-step projects for creating dynamic  landscapes in the open air with watercolor by Ron Stocke, published this  December 18 by Quarto, is the perfect book for learn how drawing and painting in watercolor in the most diversified environments. For starters and for painters this book introduces also the art of drawing for passing later at real examples for capturing the best subjects in a city, in a countryside or seaside.
I warmly suggest to everyone this creative book.

I thank NetGalley and Quarto for this eBook.

Anna Maria Polidori

Lost Railway Journeys From Around the World by Anthony Lambert

Magic of trains is impressive. It has always been (never catch an airplane so I can't tell you any impression yet) my favorite public transportation service; it's possible to discover in fact an universe pretty different and diversified, meeting always wonderful people and chatting with them of a lot of topics. At the same time it is great for socializing, but also for staying alone, thinking; a train means freedom, landscapes, new places, new faces.

For this reason I decided to see this book by Quarto: Lost Railway Journeys From Around the World by Anthony Lambert a writer addicted and passionate of trains and their history.

What a remarkable nostalgic, beautiful photographic book about remarkable lost railway journeys, using the expression of the author across the world. These realities don't exist anymore, replaced by quickest methods of transportation.
Passing through Europe to Asia, Australia, America, this book takes in consideration all the most remarkable realities,  sometimes legendaries, like the Orient Express was.

If you love trains, if you think that old-fashioned transportation was poetic, beautiful, this book is for you.

Perfect book for a gift to a passionate of trains.

I thank NetGalley and Quarto for this eBook.

Anna Maria Polidori

martedì, dicembre 04, 2018

The Not-So-Brave Penguin by Steve Smallman

The Not-So-Brave Penguin by Steve Smallman is an interesting reading for the thematic treated and a great gift, if you have a kid plenty, for many reasons, irrationals or rationals but that they can't be rationalized, every personal story is complicated, of a lot of fears.
Fears are terrible because they can't permit a progression of the personality, let's use this expression, but a regression, and kids can't go on in life with the tranquillity that they deserves.

You mustn't never think that children's books can't be helpful in these cases because sometimes they are the best keys for enter in the soul of your kid with more simplicity but at the same time profundity.

The author chooses for treating this important thematic a sunny penguin called Posy; in english this name means as explained me a British friend called Posy, a little bouquet of flowers.
So, a tender name.

Posy the penguin is plenty of fears and for this reason she doesn't live well her life. She doesn't want to jump, she doesn't like snow and snowstorms, strange, don't you think so? being a penguin. But Posy's character is this one because of her fears she can't enjoy her being a penguin.

Plus, this little penguin has another big fear: the one for dark and obscurity. She imagines terrible monsters, horrible situations.

Oh no, not darkness in her life.

Then one day Percy, a friend of her, notices a beautiful, big iceberg. Oh, what a joy playing with that in every possible way! Posy as always doesn't join him, but she starts to be worried when she sees that he Percy doesn't return home.

All the rest of this penguin's  colony tells her that, come on, it is normal and considering also the apprehensive character of the little penguin they all thinks that maybe she is exaggerating a lot; but this time Posy is more than brave: she jumps in the cold water, reaches the iceberg, for finding Percy with some problem...So she was right!

Dark is coming and Percy and Posy stays in the iceberg, although there, Posy learns an important lesson: that after all darkness brings special gifts with it. A good friendship as well.

I strongly recommend this book to all that parents with children that must still metabolize the idea of the obscurity and general fears. Reading this book together and speaking about fears will help your children and they will heal.

I thank NetGalley and Quarto for this eBook.

Anna Maria Polidori 

domenica, dicembre 02, 2018

Books, Baguettes & Bedbugs The Left Bank World of Shakespeare &Co. by Jeremy Mercer

Everyday switching on my smart phone I visualize the wallpaper of Shakespeare and Company and their most important motto: "Be not inhospitable with strangers. Lest they be angels in disguise." It's
encouraging and optimistic and a window in the world.

We return to Paris thanks to the extraordinary book written by Jeremy Mercer: Books, Baguettes & Bedbugs The Left Bank World of Shakespeare &Co. published years ago by Weidenfeld & Nicolson.

If the first bookstore created by Sylvia Beach at rue de l'Odeon 12 was the excellent and exclusive refugees for promising, excellent intellectuals and writers like Ernest Hemingway, Francis Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound and many important publishers, without of course forgetting James Joyce, who received a crucial help for the publication of his Ulysses and Finnegans Wake thanks to the devotion and dedication of Sylvia Beach, the new reality of Shakespeare and Company located at 37 rue de la Bûcherie changed song.

Shakespeare and Company became thanks to the new owner, George Whitman, who opened the bookstore in 1951, a healing place thanks to his philosophy: a free bed, free meals to whoever wanted to spend a short or long period of his/her existence in Shakespeare and Company.

The bookstore became the refugee of people who desired to heal  from the wounds of the past, from a loss, from a traumatic experience, from a sad past; we speak of young and less young people, as you will read.
Yes, because the universe of Shakespeare and Company was plenty of diversified realities.
Not only: each person was a tale, still unwritten, walking and working in that store.

They recovered: while they read, while they wrote, while they worked, while they moved books from a room to another; while they suggested some books to customers; while they took pictures with customers; while they studied; while they chatted, drunk, smoke, loved, again re-discovering themselves before to start to return "out," in that delusional world that once betrayed them, or more than once.

Shakespeare and Company was a place where to find answers and protection.

In that store no one would have damaged them; no one would have betrayed them; no one of the guests would have experienced a strong delusion and nothing, culture apart would have passed through the door of the bookstore once opened; a lot of peace once closed.

As says at a certain point by the author, time was fluid in Shakespeare and Company; everyday an adventure, with the certainty that there would have been protection. People living in Shakespeare and Company became all friends.

The story of Jeremy the author of this book is remarkable. He was a good crime reporter in Canada, but then terrorized because he published the name of one of his main source in a book, adding also other facts he was involved in, he decided to resign from his job, leaving for Paris, where he would have studied some french. Canadians speaks fluently two languages: french and english.

Jeremy Mercer didn't resign from a starving position, I want to clarify: he was a successful reporter, he lived a beautiful life, just... lately crime absorbed too much his mind and he became stressed by what he saw. Also the most normal scene, a parent accompanying a little kid to school became to him something else: a horrible pedophile close to a poor kid ready to experiment real hell. There was a clear distortion of the reality.
It was the end of 1999; the arrival of a new millennium; exciting, fear. Paris was beautiful as always, the end of that year.

Money run out quickly and Jeremy didn't know anymore where to go.

He didn't want to ask for some money to his parents; he needed to find a different place, someone in grade of giving him hospitality or a job for paying the hotel where he lived in. But where and who?

It was a Sunday day when he noticed Shakespeare and Company. Tourists in general are addicted for this place when they afford to Paris, but you see, Jeremy hadn't still visited that store. No sure why, he left it behind, arriving in the right moment in the right place.
A girl offered him a cup of tea, asking him if he wanted to spend some time with them, all together, upstairs.
An old man told Jeremy that he knew he would have asked him of living in that bookstore. Grumpy person, Jeremy didn't know anything of the possibility offered by Shakespeare and Company of a free bed and some free food but he tried, because he didn't have anything to lose; and George, the day after, offered him a bed; a roof where to sleep; some new certainties and a new start.

George Whitman, the new owner of Shakespeare and Company was a  singular person. Born in Massachusetts he studied at the Boston University.
A real communist in Paris; he told to everyone that his grand-dad donated to his dad the Bible, but that his dad donated him the Manifest of Karl Marx.

George thought that it was indispensable to donate to others; to share, to be compassionate. His time, a bed, something to eat; after all we don't need a lot for a living.

"Give what you can; keep what you need" he repeated.

Frugal man, he loved to spend very little amount of money for feeding himself and his guests. And the young guests at Shakespeare and Company learnt how to shop following the philosophy of George.
They waited the end of the market for buying or just bring home some veggies. Maybe not the most beautiful ones, but eatable for sure. Whitman could do scenes if they bought sugar spending more than the necessary.

George Whitman had a wonderful habit: on Sunday morning loved to prepare pancakes for everyone. A long tradition waited from all the guests with great pleasure; it was another way for staying all together, chatting, eating something different; it was Sunday, it was a day of feast.

At some point Jeremy understood that maybe he was becoming always more slim. Substantially, people in Shakespeare and Company were fed by culture; but it paid in the long distance.
Guests sleeping in Shakespeare and Company where from the most diversified places; Italy, USA, Canada.

Without George Whitman, seriously, most people, most men and women wouldn't never have found a way;  they wouldn't never discovered what it was wrong in their existences and how to fix their problems for then, going on. Whitman was a souls-savior under many aspects.

George Whitman was 86 when Jeremy started his experience at Shakespeare and Company discovering that married a girl in her 20s and something when he was 70 years; that he had had a daughter and was plenty of problems: he thought that once dead Shakespeare and Company would have been sold by his ex wife; later Jeremy assisted at the love-story born between a girl of 20 years for George; he wrote her poems; she kissed him for later move on, leaving George in a tremendous, depressing state. George became a man of 86 years not anymore a young spirit in the body of an old still energetic man. Jeremy started to be worried.

Jeremy fell in love for a girl, Nina, and as you will read it was an adventure: bathrooms in Shakespeare and Company were antiquates so it was necessary to go to a public place, the ones for homeless for a good shower and for appearing decent at the eyes of the beloved girl.

But you know: these broken existences, these destinies channeled in this bookstore by a sort of serendipity, by a mixture of events and misfortunes couldn't proceed harmonically together, because they met each other in a moment of stress; in a moment of lost of identity; each of them was searching for answers about their existences and once obtained them, they were ready to return outside, leaving  the protected, blessed walls of Shakespeare and Company, George and the companions met in the bookstore.

Slowly, the group, for a reason or another started to lose pieces; and each person returned in the real world, searching for that bit of personal peace, success and satisfactions.

In the book you will find the complete story of George Whitman and family, the arrival of Sylvia Beach Whitman thanks to the help of the author of this book Jeremy Mercer; now she is the owner of Shakespeare and Company.

With the time, added Jeremy a lot of things changed in the bookstore. Now credit cards are accepted, there is a phone and let me add, internet connection.

Maybe Shakespeare and Company changed some bits, but the legacy created by George Whitman is incredibly important and crucial, and maybe also for this reason, that place is so magical.

There are the breaths of thousand lives and existences passed through that bookstore absorbed in that walls; like the ones of used books passed from an owner to another, all these invisible voices whisper to readers and tourists of all the world their stories and the enchantment of a place where they rested, worked, where they re-discovered the pleasure for living.

"We were through the rabbit hole and into the world of Shakespeare and Company, where down is up white is black and nothing is ever normal" writes Jeremy.

Splendid book, highly recommended, if you love Paris, if you love books, if you love altruistic and problematic people, if you love the dimension of dream as well.

Anna Maria Polidori

A Fire Story by Brian Fies

A Fire Story, written and illustrated by author Brian Fies is amazingly shocking considering what happened also this year in California.

Global Warming helped by people not too educated who leave in the woods pieces of glass in grade to become real "bombs" of fires, create a point: California is burning and every tree burnt means less oxygen for the Planet and for the population without counting what happens to the population if in grade to run away as soon as possible in term of stress, in term of a new re-start, tragic, and never simple.

At the moment, an entire town of 27.000 people, Paradise, paradoxically became a real hell: destroyed weeks ago, like also localities chosen by the stars of Hollywood and rich people because beautiful locations where to living in.

In this new book by ABRAMS that will come soon the first account of what it meant in the Napa Valley Fire of last year to leave, if not forever, for a long while, the house where Brian Fies lived in; it will be necessary to re-build completely the home where people spent many years of their existence but at the same time everyone know that it won't have the same taste, because the place radically changed after the fire and it will take decades for seeing the lost scenario left behind and eaten by the fire restored as it was previously.

The story starts from an alarm and once the couple know that they must leave, what they want to keep and what they want to leave; a brief selection of the most important items of the existence made in a few minutes knowing that maybe all the rest left behind will be destroyed forever. Animals, some clothes, maybe the smart phone, some photo albums for not seeing destroyed all the existence also fixated in pictures; some special items.

Behind an entire existence of objects speaking of special moments that burning will become sweet and lost memories.

Sometimes there were precious items left alone in a  drawer and not immediately remembered because old more than 20-30 years; sometimes objects speaking to the soul but that couldn't accompany people who left the house rushing and searching, first of all to save their existence.

This account will introduce us, sometimes ironically, also the problematic of the "immediately after" reporting also an account of  many other people who, that October 9 2017 lost everything. Numbers are immense also in the big fire of the past year: 6.200 homes and 8.900 structures were destroyed.

This book was previously launched on the net and with great success.

I strongly recommend it to all of you, for trying to understand what it means to lose everything in a few seconds for re-build an existence ex novo.

I thank NetGalley and ABRAMS for this ebook.

Anna Maria Polidori

sabato, dicembre 01, 2018

The Amish Chef Amish Siblings 1 by Sandra Becker

The Amish Chef is the first short novel of Amish Siblings  by Sandra Becker.
I love Amish baking and cooking and I try to save all the times their delicious recipes.

Composed by four little novels this first one tells the story of Sandra and her joy for cooking and baking. Nothing strange, apart the fact that being an Amish maybe it's impossible also to become a successful lady in the field, opening a restaurant.
Plus the arrival of James an intriguing Amish boy, complicates the situation, because James but also other people close to her are, at first, strongly disappointed from the purpose of Sandra. Why should she want to feed people when she should marry a man, becoming a mother and a wife?
At the end a compromise will be reached and everyone will experience joy and happiness.

Highly recommended.

Anna Maria Polidori

The 30-day Money Cleanse Take Control of Your Finances, Manage your Spending, and De-stress your Money for Good by Ashley Feinstein

You need just 30 days, for learn how to save money becoming an  expert of your budget.
How, and how much you want to spend it, keeping the rest wisely safe.

Come on, it's not a secret: money is becoming the biggest problem of this world, because of lack of work, or less paid work; our latest generations won't never know the richness accumulated by our parents. It's a big problems this one and saving, or trying to keep our financial budget under control is more than necessary in this moment of crisis, uncertainty and misery.

How to do that?

Thanks to the good guidance of in 30 days you will all become money savers.

Her latest work, in fact, The 30-day Money Cleanse Take Control of Your Finances, Manage your Spending, and De-stress your Money for Good opens in fact our eyes about all that expensive voices that can be cut out; parsimony, frugality, another way of living will be the main philosophic voice that readers must adopt for living well and spending less.

Electrifying book this one; starting from real voices of your incomes and outcomes, the author will address you in the right, correct direction and thanks to a journal that you will keep during these 30 days, you will see the progression of your saving. The book is divided in four crucial weeks.

Saving, spending.

Most people don't have at all any kind of notion about this existential sector and what to do with their own money.
If someone know how to save, or how not to spend, it's because of sacrifices that he/she did before, but no one, adds the author, at school introduced any kind of topic for let understand better to the youngest population how to save and manage money.
This one is a problem adds the author, because if substantially all the rest of math, and other abstract subjects studied at school later will remain just... study, a topic like this one would be helpful for all of us all along our existence.

Money is a taboo.
People speak of everything but they try to avoid the voice money. Money remains a status-symbol of this society, maybe the biggest recognizable sign that someone "is arrived" and he/she is a successful person although at the same time money remains precious and spending or not spending makes the difference.

Enjoy this book, and happy life.

Highly recommended.

I thank NetGalley for this ebook.

Anna Maria Polidori

Sisters of Binghamton The Prequel by Charity Phillips

Sisters of Binghamton The Prequel by Charity Phillips introduces readers to the saga of the four Perry sisters Sarah, Margaret, Ann, Lizzie.
Beautiful family this one of the Perry.
They live in East Coast of the US; united, happy and cheerful to the world and life, it happens unfortunately during a feast that the patriarch of the family, mr Perry collapses: the diagnosis is consumption.
Their life changes; the girls know that they must continue to be helpful to their family but in heaviest ways. A good work and more money will be necessary. What to do for earning much more?
One day in a newsmagazine the girls read some interesting ads of men searching for women in the East Coast.
The girls waiting for some money for a subscription to the newsmagazine start to make money selling their mother's jam, painting portraits.

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I found this chapter interesting because I see unity and I see a common project: the one of helping the family, at the same time searching for a future in a moment of uncertainty.

Highly recommended.

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Anna Maria Polidori