Two Book Reviews

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What I Know: “I See Things Better With My Feet” by Carolyn Lee Peerman Do you know that each and every one of us is a discoverer? James Holman (1786-1857) discovered the world with his feet. James Holman was blind …

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Book Review: “Cripple Joe: Stories From My Daddy” by Donald Davis

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| Reviewed by Mary Ickes | Donald Davis writes in the “Author’s Notes” that family pictures are valuable only if we ask for their stories rather than forever wondering “What is that about?” No one understands the concept better than …

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Book Review: “Slightly South of Simple” by Kristy Woodson Harvey

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Not until the last fire was extinguished, ninety-nine days after the World Trade Center attack, could Ansley Murphy accept that her husband perished in the south tower. Why did her gentle, adoring Carter, who dearly loved their daughters Caroline, Sloane, …

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Book Review: “The Indigo Journals (Spiritual Healing For Indigo Adults & other Feminine Souls)” by Yol Swan

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“One of the aims of this book is to help you embrace your spiritual feminine nature, which has been greatly distorted and wounded over the centuries, and to integrate the masculine qualities needed to shape a harmonious dynamic with yourself. …

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Book Review: “Carolina Belle” by Rose Senehi

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Belle McKenzie, the story’s protagonist, ruefully notes that people take apples for granted and little suspect their historic importance. Rose Senehi, in her Acknowledgments, admits that she lived in the midst of New York State’s apple industry for years knowing …

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Book Review: “Red Curtains” by Leanna Sain

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In her introduction, Leanna Sain advises her readers to “Get ready to enjoy [their] first bowl of GRITS.” Not “… stone-ground dried hominy … I’m referring to the acronym for Girls-Raised-in-the-South … main characters who are strong, creative, successful Southern …

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Book Review: “When Things Fall Apart” by Pema Chödrön

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| Reviewed by Patricia Furnish | It’s a pleasure to write about a woman like Pema Chödrön who has had such a profound effect on people around the world. When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times was first …

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Book Review: “In the Darkroom” by Susan Faludi

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| Reviewed by Patricia Furnish | Susan Faludi thought she was searching for answers from her father. She had specific questions about specific events related to her own childhood, her parents’ divorce, her father’s choices and her father’s secrets. Faludi …

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Book Review: “Aging Strong: Living it Forward and Giving it Back” by Bud Harris, Ph.D

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| Reviewed by Melinda Q. Toney, MD | Longevity has increased significantly in the past century giving us an average of 20 more years of life, thanks to medical advances, nutrition, and safety. As one who is at the ‘end’ …

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Book Review: “Crazy” by Linda Vigen Phillips

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By 1963, the year Crazy opens, “crazy” women were no longer committed to mental asylums and forgotten, but the stigma remained. (Until terms such as “mental illness” and “bipolar” emerged in the late sixties, “crazy” included all forms of mental …

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Book Review: “The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II” by Denise Kiernan

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Despite Rosie the Riveter’s best efforts during World War II to laud women replacing men in industrial jobs, their peers in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, received no tribute. Not because Rosie errored, but because the Clinton Engineer Works’ (CEW) purpose was …

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Book Review: “Red Mansions” by Cynthia Drew

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Cynthia Drew published City of Slaughter, her first novel, in 2013 (WNC Woman review in April). Her compelling story is set in Manhattan’s garment industry in the early 1900s. Carsie Akselrod, the protagonist, guides readers from a rural Russian shtetl …

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Book Review: “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot

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| Reviewed by Patricia Furnish | Journalist Rebecca Skloot has written a book that continues to follow me around. It’s a bit unsettling. But the story is just that. Her book serves as a testimony to the power of her …

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Book Review: “Over the Plain Houses” by Julia Franks

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The first sentence of Over the Plain Houses – It was the week before Easter when the lady agent first showed up to church – ultimately proves to be more than an introduction. Virginia Furman, extension agent in Eakin, North …

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