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Low carb diet book cover
Author: 
Laura Lamont
Publisher: 
Watkins Publishing Limited
Non-fiction_: 
Rating: 
5
ISBN/ASIN: 

978-1-84899-213-9

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As I like cooking and eating a little more than I ought to, I feel lucky that I learned about low carb diets. Probably the first one I was on was back in the dark ages, when my sister and I followed what was called the grapefruit diet, or maybe the Mayo Clinic diet, though it had nothing to do with the Mayo Clinic and a whole lot to do with 3 eggs, grapefruit and black coffee. Later I followed Stillman and Atkins, read those books, learned to cut out sugar, starches and how to count carbs. As a practically professional yo yo dieter, I have followed some form of low carb dieting for years. I looked over this book, Laura Lamont's New Low Carb Diet Cookbook when it first came out. It did not follow low carb dieting as I know it. I stuck it back on the shelf, where it has been nagging me for a review. So here it is.

What I like about the beginning of the book is that there is a discussion of low carb eating, and some diet tricks that might be of use to a dieter. Not eating after seven is a good rule to follow. Some of these tricks are good, like using spices which are supposed to help weight loss. Some are not so good, like suggesting milk at bedtime. (A cup of milk has 12 grams of carb, about 1.5 grams of sugar per fl ounce according to the USDA. People who understand 'keto' would know better than to do this, because it would surely knock you out of ketosis.) Yes, milk can encourage sleep, but it is also too carby for a low carb diet. Inclusion of beets, carrots and onions on a list of foods on a low cal diet would make sense, but putting them on a list of low carb foods that you can 'eat as much as you like' defies low carb rules. (Beets, carrots and onions contain enough sugar that you should control them in a low carb diet. Yes, they are lower on the glycemic index than, say, potatoes, but they are still something a carb/sugar sensitive person has to watch out for.) The 'science' discussion has nominal value when an offhand instruction to drink bedtime milk contradicts good sense. Another problem is how the diet is laid out. There's a quick discussion of a five day diet, lists of foods, and color coding, but that portion of the book is rushed. Because I come from a background of counting carbs (such as Atkins' system of induction levels of carbohydrates that gradually increase not only help the dieter stay on track, but also to learn moderation), I feel this book rushes through the actual diet, then goes into recipes.

Many of the recipes were also a problem for me, because my definition of low carb does not coincide with the author's. I have learned on my own how to adapt most recipes to be lower in carbs than a standard recipe. Not that I am special in that way; I am sure any avid low carber could read these recipes, and modify them to actually be low carb. It's not a challenging skill-set to cut out the starches, and maybe replace some ingredients with lower carb ones. I applaud that the author made an effort, but would recommend skipping the breakfast starches, and the dessert chapter. Some of the meat and vegetable recipes show promise. I only hope that other dieters come to this book with a history like mine, so they can weed out some of her advice(Trust me-banana smoothies are NOT low carb) which I believe is well-meant but mis-directed.

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Cover of Goodnight sleep tight
Author: 
Kristina Andres
Publisher: 
Gecko Press
Genre: 
Juvenile_: 
Rating: 
9
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The full title of this picture book is Goodnight Sleep Tight, Eleven-And-A Half Good Night Stories with Fox and Rabbit.

Fox and Rabbit live together in a little house beyond the molehills. In the first story, Fox accidentally locks Rabbit out, and Rabbit ends up falling asleep curled up on the porch, as Fox eats his way through three bowls of pasta and all the sauce in the house, then goes out to find more food. While he's out, Rabbit climbs in through the chimney and goes to sleep in Rabbit's bed which is still warm. When they finally get back together, they don't recognize each other and decide it is because they are covered with night dust, because they went to sleep so late. But they stay pitch black until their visiting friend, Elephant, takes them for a swim in the lake. Trust me. Elephant is the smart one.

The stories are all about the country bedtimes of Fox and Rabbit, and are just the right length and tone for a bed time ritual. Depending on the age of your reluctant sleeper, you might bring a pretend bowl of pasta, raspberries, an elephant, sandwiches, fish, a flock of sheep, and a clock into the bedroom as bedtime props.)

While this book is not exactly Wind in the Willows, it has its charms. The biggest attraction of Goodnight Sleep Tight is Kristina Andres' collection of illustrations, which have a belovedly familiar quality. We would definitely recommend getting the hardback so your bedtime babies will get the full benefit of the picture book experience.

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Author: 
George Hatcher
Series: 
Ambulance Chasers
Publisher: 
Casa Hatcher Press
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Rating: 
9
ISBN/ASIN: 

978-0-9983762-0-2

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Book 4 in the Mario (Ambulance Chaser) is the new book in the series, titled Free Fall. This book takes you through the free-falling and wild 1970’s When Mario has hit his mid 20’s and all the post-Vietnam, post-war protest and now joyful living and European getaways. The book is very spot on with the time and very adult with the sex. If you love to travel, sex, food and descriptive detail, this is the book for you.

Mario is a bit older now, but still the boy from the Barrio. He has become a successful businessman, but after being almost killed in book 3, he decided to take a change from being an Ambulance Chaser to instead, Aviation Chaser which takes him and his team of gorgeous women around the world. Along the way, he meets Sami and Jason who grew up very differently than he did, and yet their taste for the good life matches his and he becomes friends and more with them.

Along the way, trouble as always seems to find Mario and he learns who his true friends are and who the enemy. You will find this book a great romp through the 70’s and through Europe with all the dear friends from books 1 -3 making main and cameo showings. Do not miss the latest in the series.
Nancy Louise
December 27, 2017
"No writer knows what they are doing till twenty years after the published book sits on the shelf and the child that had not yet been born, reads it, tells the tale of it, and tells the tale of it."
Nancy Louise McCormick

I am currently reading Hannah Pakula's The Last Empress. It is a history that follows both the individual who makes it and the surrounding masses of humans who also make it as they follow (or have no choice) the leaders good and poor the rocky road to their dreams. History does not truly change, only its colors and manners we chose to exhibit.

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Author: 
Maria Padian
Publisher: 
Knopf
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Rating: 
10
ISBN/ASIN: 

978-0-375-89610-1

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Artie Conan Doyle and the Gravediggers' Club
Author: 
Robert J. Harris
Publisher: 
Floris Books
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Rating: 
7
ISBN/ASIN: 

9781782503538

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Books for kids have a tall order. They should have a subtle (practically invisible) moral lesson that is delivered in a package that is fun, entertaining, not condescending. They should use language well, introduce the reader to new concepts, places, stories and characters, as well as make all those things relevant. And the instant the story begins to smell moral, young readers are out the door. Those old mystery books series like Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys managed to fulfill all of the above, as well as write to a child's eye view, and introduce essentials like the importance of side-kicks. Robert J. Harris's Artie Conan Doyle and the Gravediggers' Club also does a pretty good job of filling this very tall order.

It seems a no brainer to pick young Artie Conan Doyle to be the inquisitive main character of a child mystery, but it is a perfectly genius concept. And of course, Artie must have a childhood sidekick to parallel Watson, hence the dependable and oft hungry Ham. Even the 'Gravedigger' title falls perfectly into the kid mystery genre, too. And where better to begin the tale than in the beautifully drawn murk of Greyfriars graveyard a week after the death of the most famous of loyal terriers, Grayfriar's Bobby?

Mix together ghosts, gravediggers, a mysterious tenant, the lady in gray, a couple of curious boys, and fantastic ambiance and you have a solid recipe to satisfy any reader's mystery appetite. Artie and Ham felt quite real to me as we were hot on the trail of the mystery. I even like well-read Artie's home library, and hope young readers will be inspired to check out Artie's favorite books. I recommend Artie Conan Doyle and the Gravediggers' Club to any kid (or adult) who would be interested in Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, and even Sherlock Holmes. Meanwhile, I did a little research, and find myself intrigued by some of Robert J. Harris's other titles.

The Hardy Boys* meet Arthur Conan Doyle in Robert J. Harris's Artie Conan Doyle and the Gravediggers' Club.

*(Okay, the Hardy Boys don't actually make an appearance in 1872. You probably knew that, but I figured I should make it really clear.)

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Hidden Inheritance: Family Secrets, Memory and Faith
Author: 
Heidi B Neumark
Publisher: 
Abingdon Press
Genre: 
Non-fiction_: 
Rating: 
7
ISBN/ASIN: 

9781630881245

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Hidden Inheritance is Heidi B. Neumark's journey of discovery after she discovers a puzzle in her history. Neumark, a Lutheran pastor, finds out that her father was Jewish, and though they were close, that fact was a tragic disconnect, a secret he'd kept from her. Her daughter's discovery (on Wikipedia) starts her on a journey of a combined exploration of history and personal philosophy with the assistance of experts, historians, survivors, and academics.

She travels to Germany where in Wittmund and Lubeck, she learns how her grandfather lost his business and died in a concentration camp after sending his son—her father--to the US. She wonders many things, like how her own faith might have grown innately from a part of her history she'd never known, as if religious feelings were coded in her DNA. The discovery does not turn her from her Lutheran faith, but does cause her to re-examine everything in detail, including developing insight about her eccentric Aunt Lore.

The history is interesting, and the perspective is unusual. Neumark remembers being a teenager considering her German heritage, never guessing that her lineage is Jewish, putting her family tree on the opposite side of the fence from where she thought she was. Because she is a preacher, it isn't unexpected that her self-examination begins to feel very preachy, as, among other things, she tries to apply her secrets, persecution, and prejudice to relate to her work helping contemporary LGBT youth. The holocaust destroyed many lives, and many of its survivors' lives were irrevocably damaged as a result. Perhaps Neumark was seeking answers and a way to cope with damage she'd never known extended into her own family. I admire Heidi Neumark's bravery in such a public examination of her family's deeply buried secrets, but do be forewarned that the spiritual navel-gazing begins to feel preachy.

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