All The Dirt: A History of Getting Clean

All the Dirt: A History of Getting Clean by Katherine Ashenburg Stars: ***** Annick Press (2016) History/Science 104 pages Summary: All the Dirt is a lively, informative exploration of the evolution of personal hygiene. Starting with a number of myths about cleanliness, the author gives a quick overview of the topic. Throughout most of history, people… Read More »

Chicken Soup for Soul: The Empowered Woman

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Empowered Woman: 101 Stories About Being Confident, Courageous and Your True Self by Amy Newmark Stars: ***** CSS (2018) 397 pages Summary: Today’s woman! Self-confident and feisty, and at the same time, nurturing, loving and caring. A woman who stands up for what’s right, who helps her daughters, sisters,… Read More »

This Does Not Leave This House

This Does Not Leave This House: The Heartbreaking True Story by Julie Coons Stars: **** Createspace (2018) Memoir/Abuse 194 pages Summary: How does a little girl survive an abusive mother, Catholic school, rape, and a near-death experience? Raised by an abusive, narcissistic mother (who once tried to trick her into having an abortion), Julie Coons was also… Read More »

From The Heart of Africa Collected by Eric Walters

From The Heart of Africa: a Book of Wisdom Collected by Eric Walters Stars: **** Penguin Random House (Tundra) 2018 Juvenile Nonfiction Summary: Aphorisms are universal. They give guidance, context and instruction for life’s issues, and they help us understand each other and the world around us. We use them every day, yet never think… Read More »