Monday, June 9, 2014

50 Books in 2014: 16-20

Now that I am using Overdrive through the Boston Public Library and reading books on my computer and my mom's old Nook, I am flying through books! Here are reviews for books 16-20 out of 50.

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  1. Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health by Jo Robinson


    GoodReads says: "Ever since farmers first planted seeds 10,000 years ago, humans have been destroying the nutritional value of their fruits and vegetables. Unwittingly, we've been selecting plants that are high in starch and sugar and low in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants for more than 400 generations.

    EATING ON THE WILD SIDE reveals the solution--choosing modern varieties that approach the nutritional content of wild plants but that also please the modern palate. Jo Robinson explains that many of these newly identified varieties can be found in supermarkets and farmer's market, and introduces simple, scientifically proven methods of preparation that enhance their flavor and nutrition. Based on years of scientific research and filled with food history and practical advice, EATING ON THE WILD SIDE will forever change the way we think about food.
    Average Rating: 4.02/5

    I said: 5/5 stars, "I learned a lot about food and food science about reading this book. Some of it is quite obvious, while others are not. This is a great book for anyone interested in the nutritional impact of the fruits and vegetables they eat."

  2. Skinny Boy: A Young Man's Battle and Triumph Over Anorexia by Gary A. Grahl


    GoodReads says: "Challenging the assumption that anorexia is an exclusively female affliction, this compelling memoir is the first to describe how a young man overcame this often fatal disorder. Handsome and popular, Gary had baseball abilities that had attracted the attention of the big leagues, until a shaming inner-voice convinced him that he needed to be thinner, leading to an out-of-control compulsion to exercise and starve himself, causing multiple hospitalizations. Providing strategies for tackling the recovery process and examples of changes in the thinking needed to take those steps, this important narrative comes at a time when eating disorders are at an all-time high in America, afflicting more than 8 million men. Demonstrating how anyone can win the internal battle between mind and body, this much-needed biography offers therapists, sufferers, and their families with powerful tools to help them triumph over this life and death battle."
    Average Rating: 3.67/5

    I said: 4/5 stars, "
    I really enjoyed reading this book. It is a very honest memoir looking into the struggle of a young man with anorexia. The book was a quick and easy read, and I would recommend it to anyone struggling with an eating disorder or who is interested in the field."

  3. Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality by Jacob Tomsky


    GoodReads says: "Jacob Tomsky never intended to go into the hotel business. As a new college graduate, armed only with a philosophy degree and a singular lack of career direction, he became a valet parker for a large luxury hotel in New Orleans. Yet, rising fast through the ranks, he ended up working in “hospitality” for more than a decade, doing everything from supervising the housekeeping department to manning the front desk at an upscale Manhattan hotel. He’s checked you in, checked you out, separated your white panties from the white bed sheets, parked your car, tasted your room-service meals, cleaned your toilet, denied you a late checkout, given you a wake-up call, eaten M&M's out of your minibar, laughed at your jokes, and taken your money. In Heads in Beds he pulls back the curtain to expose the crazy and compelling reality of a multi-billion-dollar industry we think we know. "
    Average Rating: 3.51/5

    I said: 4/5 stars, "
    I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun memoir that really puts the hotel business into perspective (including ways to get what you want out of your hotel stay by tipping people). It was a fun read."

  4. Yoga Chick: A Hip Guide to Everything Om by Bess Gallanis


    GoodReads says: "Welcome to Yoga Chick's world, where girls on the go maintain their glow through a healthy and natural lifestyle! Yoga isn't just about exercise, it's a way of life. It's the flow that's created when mind, body, and spirit are working in three-part harmony. For both the blossoming beginner and the experienced yogini, Yoga Chick's six fully illustrated yoga sequences are the first step toward building lean muscle and flexibility, improving core strength, increasing your energy and managing your mood. To maintain your glow, turn to Yoga Chick's nutrition tips and tasty recipes, natural beauty treatments. Achieve balance with relaxation techniques, guides to aromatherapy, the healing power of gemstones. And learn to listen to the wisdom of your own voice through meditation and journaling. Whether you are stepping onto your mat or off the fast track, Yoga Chick is your guide to style, strength, and serenity!"
    Average Rating: 3.54/5

    I said: 3/5 stars, "
    This book was a quick and cute introduction to the spiritual and physical practice for yoga. Great for a teen who is new to yoga."

  5. The Healing by Jonathan Odell


    GoodReads says: "Rich in mood and atmosphere, The Healing is a warmhearted novel about the unbreakable bonds between three generations of female healers and their power to restore the body, the spirit, and the soul.

    In Antebellum Mississippi, Granada Satterfield has the mixed fortune to be born on the same day that her plantation mistress's daughter, Becky, dies of cholera. Believing that the newborn possesses some of her daughter's spirit, the Mistress Amanda adopts Granada, dolling her up in Becky's dresses and giving her a special place in the family despite her husband's protests. But when The Master brings a woman named Polly Shine to help quell the debilitating plague that is sweeping through the slave quarters, Granada's life changes. For Polly sees something in the young girl, a spark of "The Healing," and a domestic battle of wills begins, one that will bring the two closer but that will ultimately lead to a great tragedy. And seventy-five years later, Granada, still living on the abandoned plantation long after slavery ended, must revive the buried memories before history repeats itself.

    Inspirational and suspenseful, The Healing is the kind of historical fiction readers can’t put down—and can’t wait to recommend once they’ve finished."
    Average Rating: 3.99/5

    I said: 5/5 stars, "This book started off a bit confusing, but it picked up very quickly. As the story went on, I found myself falling deeper and deeper in love with this book. Not only is The Healing a fascinating story about racial divides in the South, but it also carries many powerful messages to take away long after you've finished reading. This is one of the best books I've read in a long time."

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