Thursday, July 20, 2017

Book Review: Surgeon's Story By Mark Oristano and Giveaway

SURGEON'S STORY
Inside OR-3 with One of America's Top Pediatric Heart Surgeons

By: Mark Oristano with Kristine Guleserian, MD

Published: February 28, 2017

Publisher: Authority Publishing

Non-Fiction




I'm participating in the Pump Up Your Book Blog Tour for Oristano's book, SURGEON'S STORY. I love medical memoirs and this focus on a pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon was completely fascinating. The amount of education and training needed, the fact that she is a petite woman with attitude and heart, and the intricacy of her operations likened to sewing a piece of olive onto a macaroni noodle are all amazing to me. The best part is you can enter to win a $25 gift card to Amazon and purchase your own copy if you win!

Mark Oristano is a well-known sports journalist and decides to follow Dr. Kristine Guleserian, a noted pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon who works on tiny hearts of some of the youngest children as well as some of the most damaged and weakest hearts in children. Through her voice, as well as his, we are introduced to the years of grueling training that medical students go through to the day she decides to become a surgeon to the many lives she has saved during her years at Children's Medical Center in Dallas.

One of her patients, Rylynn, is featured throughout the story. Rylynn's case begins as an infant, born with a heart abnormality. As a toddler, she becomes Dr. Guleserian's patient and eventually needs a heart transplant. The story of resilience of this sweet girl and all that she endured to be a healthy child is quite amazing. She is a true fighter and reading about the multiple surgeries and near death experiences her and her parents endured brought me to tears.

At just 140 pages, this book is a quick look at the life and career of a compassionate doctor who truly loves being a surgeon. It isn't bogged down in medical jargon, but instead offers the human side of doctors, patients looking for another chance at life, and parents praying to see their children be active and grow into adults. A really fascinating book!



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Mark Oristano
Mark Oristano has been a professional writer/journalist since the age of 16. After growing up in suburban New York, Oristano moved to Texas in 1970 to attend Texas Christian University.  A major in Mass Communications, Mark was hired by WFAA-TV in 1973 as a sports reporter, the start of a 30-year career covering the NFL and professional sports.


Mark has worked with notable broadcasters including Verne Lundquist, Oprah Winfrey and as a sportscaster for the Dallas Cowboys Radio Network and Houston Oilers Radio Network.  He has covered Super Bowls and other major sports events throughout his career.  He was part of Ron Chapman’s legendary morning show on KVIL-FM in Dallas for nearly 20 years.

In 2002 Oristano left broadcasting to pursue his creative interests, starting a portrait photography business and becoming involved in theater including summer productions with Shakespeare Dallas. He follows his daughter Stacey’s film career who has appeared in such shows as Friday Night Lights and Bunheads.

A veteran stage actor in Dallas, Mark Oristano was writer and performer for the acclaimed one-man show “And Crown Thy Good: A True Story of 9/11.” Oristano authored his first book, A Sportscaster’s Guide to Watching Football: Decoding America’s Favorite Game. A Sportcaster’s Guide offers inside tips about how to watch football, including stories from Oristano’s 30-year NFL career, a look at offense, defense and special teams, and cool things to say during the game to sound like a real fan.


In 2016 Oristano finished his second book, Surgeon’s Story, a true story about a surgeon that takes readers inside the operating room during open heart surgery. His second book is described as a story of dedication, talent, training, caring, resilience, guts and love.

In 1997, Mark began volunteering at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, working in the day surgery recovery room. It was at Children’s that Mark got to know Kristine Guleserian, MD, first to discuss baseball, and later, to learn about the physiology, biology, and mystery of the human heart. That friendship led to a joint book project, Surgeon’s Story, about Kristine’s life and career.

Mark is married and has two adult children and two grandchildren. For more information, check him out at his website, HERE.




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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Book Review: The Breakdown by B. A. Paris

THE BREAKDOWN

By: B.A. Paris

Published: July 18, 2017

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Fiction/Suspense/Mystery/Thriller




One of the most riveting thrillers I read last year was Paris's first novel, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. It made my skin crawl and kept me turning the pages until I finished it. Her sophomore thriller, THE BREAKDOWN is just as creepy and mystifying, but maybe not quite as exciting.

Cass, a newly married teacher, who after celebrating the end of the school year, drives home during a heavy rain storm. Anxious to get home, she takes the shortcut through the woods, even though she knows it could be dangerous during the storm. Just miles from home, she comes upon a car pulled along side of the road. After some thought, Cass decides the person must be waiting for someone and chooses not to get out and investigate. The next morning, Cass learns that a woman was found, murdered, on the same stretch of road, right near their home. After Cass realizes she also knew the woman, her life is completely torn apart by her guilt at not stopping to help and her fear about whether the murderer is still out there and saw her that night.

Cass's mom has recently passed away from dementia and the stress of the murder has made Cass's own memory lapses more pronounced. She can't seem to keep anything straight and wonders if it is stress from the murder or if she too, is suffering from early on-set dementia like her mom.

Along with Cass, her husband Alex, her best friend Rachel and some other co-workers fill out the main characters in the story. The book chronicles the dates of July 17 through October 2 during the present day. Each chapter highlights the events of that day which mostly includes Cass's paranoia about the murder and her memory lapses. As the dates move along through the summer, I got a little bored with the repeated occurrences of Cass's fear and forgetfulness, Alex's concern and desperation, and Rachel's inability to be there for her best friend. The murderer is eluding the authorities and the reader begins to question every character and conversation, wondering who the murderer could be.

Finally, when you can't seem to stand it anymore and you just want to skip to the last page of the book, the author gives you a little twist and baits you to keep reading all the way to the end. There is a lot of build-up and the characters continue to throw you off. At one point, I even wondered if Cass, as the narrator could be considered as reliable due to her constant confusion. But, once the truth is revealed, you keep reading to make sure that the murderer is caught and revenge has taken place.

I still found this to be a good mystery that held my attention. I just found it a bit repetitive. Paris does, however, create scenes that the reader can feel the panic in the character's voice and actions. Readers will care about Cass and feel sorry for her when she is frantically looking for her car in the ramp or trying to remember why she ordered an item that arrives in the mail. They will sympathize with her fears knowing the murderer is still loose. Cass is likable and easy to root for, even if her struggles to function get annoying. Paris has a way of creating characters with flaws that we will still relate to, root for, and believe in. She also has a way of surprising you once the mystery is revealed. All qualities much needed in a good mystery novel.

B. A. Paris - source

B.A. Paris grew up in England but has spent most of her adult life in France. She has worked both in finance and as a teacher and has five daughters. Follow her on Twitter, HERE

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Children's Book Review: Alphabetter and How I Did It by Linda Ragsdale

ALPHABETTER

By: Linda Ragsdale

Illustrated by: Martina Hogan

Published: April 4, 2017

Publisher: Flowerpot Children's Press

Non-Fiction

Do your kids like making up words? Do you ever wish there was a word to describe the joy your child is feeling the first time they ride without training wheels? Do you like combining words to make a new word?

This new book from Linda Ragsdale adds hilarious new words to your dictionary to offer that perfectly playful word for just the right occasion. These words will be motivational, inspiring and funny. You just may find a new favorite word to use after reading this book.


I already love the word "fabulous" so making the word "fabulastic" by combining fabulous and fantastic is perfect for me! "Legendational" is another fun word that I may have to start using, combining legendary and sensational.

This book is a dictionary of terms all the way through the alphabet starting with "absomendous" (absolutely and tremendous) and ending with "zeticulous", a combination of zen, fantastic, and fabulous. At the bottom of every page is a new impactful word encouraging kids to feel, act, or think about a new way to communicate and encourage peace. Words like "exprassion" (express and compassion) share how to express yourself through love and to always have compassion.

Hogan's illustrations are adorable, crafty, vivid, and fun. Kids will naturally be drawn to the pages and the words on them. Her illustrations are "radazzling"!

This is a fun book for a classroom or a family to read together and find new favorite words!


HOW I DID IT!

By: Linda Ragsdale

Illustrated by: Anoosha Syed

Published: April 4, 2017

Publisher: Flowerpot Children's Press

Fiction

The Letter "I" dares to be different. He dreams of being something more. Could he turn and be like the letter "H" or curve himself to be like the letter "J"? When the letter "I" tries to do something different, all the other letters of the alphabet chime in...some encouraging and supportive, others upset and frustrated. Their emotions go along with the letter of the alphabet like the letter "T" was tickled. "I" peels himself off the page and starts his new adventure only to find that maybe he should have stayed where he was. Or will his new point of view will be just what he and the other letters of the alphabet need?




The illustrations give each of the letters character and show whether they are happy, angry, shocked, or confused. Kids will find this story silly, but there is a hidden message that will hopefully sink in...seeing other's point of view and that maybe doing something a different way is ok. This book offers a really simple way to share an important message and would be great for elementary classrooms.



Linda Ragsdale - source
Linda Ragsdale wants everyone to be a dragon, a Peace Dragon that is! As an author, illustrator, international speaker, and peace teacher, Linda has developed her Peace Dragon series to teach us how to harness our fiery energy into a peaceful and productive outlet by owning our human powers of view, voice, and choice. Linda invites you to be a peace dragon ambassador and join the 30,000 students she has taught around the world! For more information, check out her website, HERE


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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Quick Lit: Mini Reviews of Some Recent Reads

I've read a number of books over the last few months that were for my own reading enjoyment. Not for review, but because I've been wanting to read them or they caught my attention. Most of them have been talked about ad nauseam so they don't really need a full review. But, I'd still like to give them some space here on the blog.




I'll be linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy and her monthly Quick Lit link up. Be sure to head over to see others link up their Quick Lit posts. 


Listening to the audiobook reading by Rachel McAdams of ANNE OF GREEN GABLES was a delight. Her voice was perfect for each of the characters and I fell in love with this story all over again. At just over 9 hours is was a manageable length and the chapters were the correct length to take me into town for errands. In case you don't know the story, an orphan arrives at Green Gables, but unfortunately, they were expecting a boy to work on the farm, not a freckle-faced, red-headed string bean. "Anne with an E" showed up and turned the Cuthberts lives upside down...in the best way possible. 

Reading Anne as an adult and as a parent is so different from reading it as a child. I appreciated the eloquent writing, the "big words", the quirkiness of Anne, the friendship she shared with Diana, and the love shared by Mirella and Matthew towards Anne. I just couldn't wait to get in the van and listen to Anne's story and found reasons to listen to it in the house as well. It just made me happy! I am anxious to watch the Netflix version of it yet too. 





I first saw this book during Halloween at a Cracker Barrel gift shop. The morbid curiosity got me to look for it on the Bridges ebook system through our library and sure enough, it was there. I read WHERE ARE THEY BURIED over the course of several months. It is set up by categories like athletes, TV stars, etc. Then each person is their own chapter with just a few pages offering a brief bio about their life and then how they died and the directions for how to locate the cemetery and grave. Some people I never knew how they died and others I was reminded of how tragic it was for those stars who died much too young due to addictions. It's one of those books that is nice to keep in the car or on your phone to read a chapter or two while waiting in the school pick-up line or in the waiting room. 



I can't believe it has been 18 years since the tragedy that unfolded before our eyes, the horrific murders at Columbine High School. Sue Klebold is the mother of one of the shooters, Dylan Klebold. In her memoir, A MOTHER'S RECKONING, she attempts to heal by sharing her journals and thoughts with others. But, she also wants to set the record straight and banish some of the judgments placed on her family. Her hope is that by learning from their mistakes, no other parent has to go through this type of horror. 

This book is a MUST-READ for school teachers, administrators, and parents of teenagers. Sue Klebold wasn't the distant, rich, spoiling mother we all were told she was. I admit to watching the news then and placing my own hateful judgments toward her. I couldn't imagine any mother allowing what happened and yet now....I can. This book was eye-opening, heartbreaking, and humbling. It's painful and convicting to read and yet it's message about brain health (mental illness) is so important in this era.


I've heard about Shauna Niequist and her book BREAD & WINE for a couple years and every time it was loaded with rave reviews. When it came up on a Kindle deal, I snagged it. I liked her stories about entertaining and showing her love through the food she made and served. I found several recipes to save and a few I even tried from this book. Each chapter ends with a recipe tied to the story or dinner she prepared. I read this a chapter at a time over several months and it was enjoyable.   






I heard an interview with Kimberly Williams-Paisley talking about her mom and their journey with dementia. I've loved her since I saw "Father of the Bride" and her husband, Brad Paisley is one of our favorite musicians. So, when she discussed her book WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN, I knew I had to find it. It was available on the Bridges website through our library and I listened to the audiobook. The author reads the book herself and it was a beautiful story of courage and love for her mom. The story is mostly about her mom, but also her siblings, father, and her life as she became a movie star and then met the love of her life.



I've been wanting to read this book after hearing about it and then reading BEING MORTAL
WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR is the memoir of Paul Kalanithi as a young neurosurgeon. He and his wife had put their whole focus into becoming the best doctors they could be, even to the point of hampering their marriage. Then after working exhausting hours and multiple grueling surgeries amid crippling back pain, Kalanithi seeks treatment only to find out that he has lung cancer.  The doctor has now become the patient. The memoir is a way for Kalanithi to express the things he has learned from his father, from literature, from God, from being a student and a doctor, as a patient, and finally as a husband and father.  There was never a point in the book that I skimmed or ignored. Every page held my attention and many pages made me pause and want to capture the words again and again. Even though he left this Earth before his book was actually complete, his wife, Lucy finished it with grace and beauty. Just like so many others have said, I highly recommend.



I've been wanting to read this ever since I saw a story about this book on Good Morning America when it came out. I listened to AN INVISIBLE THREAD on audio, but I have the book on Kindle as well from a Kindle Daily Deal. I really loved the listen and Pam Ward does a nice job of telling Laura and Maurice's story. Maurice was an 11-year-old panhandler on the streets of NYC when Laura walked by and then turned around and took him out to lunch at McDonald's. What happened after that included the beginning of a lifelong friendship that turned into a bond much like a mother and son. I was deeply moved by their stories of hardship and survival. Their meeting was maybe by chance or maybe by destiny. I recommend the listen, but once I finished I also skimmed the ebook hoping for photos or other tidbits not included in the audiobook. I'm glad I looked because the author interview and photos were a treat. If you haven't read this yet, I highly recommend it.





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Friday, July 7, 2017

Children's Book Review: If You Were Me and Lived in Middle Ages and Viking Europe By Carole P. Roman

IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN...MIDDLE AGES

By: Carole P. Roman

Illustrated by: Mateya Arkova

Published: July 9, 2016

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Non-Fiction

I would expect that most kids who read this book would feel grateful to not have grown up during the Middle Ages. Life was quite difficult and if you were not a family of power and wealth, then life was pretty difficult for you.

Roman focus's on life as a thirteen-year-old girl of privilege in her examples from the Middle Ages. Life for her consisted of sewing and praying. There were rituals and rules that must be kept every day. Life of others in the village was not quite as comfortable. The peasants lived simple lives full of hard work. Their children also had to work very hard.

Girls who read this might be shocked to hear that most daughters were married off as young as thirteen and there was little choice in who they would be marrying. Girls were also not allowed to go to school unless it was to a convent to read the Bible. I was surprised by the medical treatments when someone was ill, including blood-letting or bleeding out the old blood until new blood could be formed. The patient would be weak for months. Can you imagine if we had to do that now?

Life in the Middle Ages was difficult and yet somewhat simple. But, I would bet most kids reading this would be quite glad they are growing up now rather than 900 years ago. The end of the book includes a listing of famous people from the Middle Ages and a glossary of terms. There are several that will be new to most readers.

These books are meant for upper elementary to middle school-aged kids, but offer lots of information and learning for children that enjoy history and learning.

IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN...VIKING EUROPE

By: Carole P. Roman

Illustrated by: Mateya Arkova

Published: September 5, 2016

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Non-Fiction

In a way, families who lived in Viking Europe seemed to live that idyllic simple life many of us yearn for today. They lived off the land (and sea) and nothing was wasted. Everyone contributed to running the home and helping each other.

There were just two seasons...Summer, a time of light, and Winter, a time of darkness and you determined your age by how many winters you had survived. Winters were harsh and took much preparation during the Summer to survive. Much like the time of the Middle Ages, girls were chosen for marriage after age twelve. Matches were made based on alliances and protection and girls had little say in who they would marry. But, I was surprised to find divorce was possible and abuse or mistreatment was a huge dishonor.
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The end of the book includes a listing of Norse Gods and other important people in Viking history. There is also a glossary of terms to explain the many unfamiliar words used throughout the book.

Roman is extremely talented in her research and retelling of history for children to understand. This book is perfect for older school-aged kids and especially for those who love learning about ancient history. Making it personal by putting the reader in the mind of a child their age makes the learning even more interesting.


Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of the Captain No Beard series. Both Captain No Beard-An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life and Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis have received the Kirkus Star of Exceptional Merit. The first book in the series was named to Kirkus Reviews Best 2012. Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis has been named to Kirkus Reviews Best of 2015. Each book in the series has won numerous awards including the NABE Pinnacle Award, IAN Award, Moonbeam Award 2014, National Indie Excellence Award Finalist, Shelf Media Outstanding Series Award, ForeWord Review Five Star and Finalist in the Book of the Year, and Reader's Views Children's Book of the Year 2013.

Carole P. Roman is also the author of the award-winning non-fiction culture series, "If You Were Me and Lived in..." that explores customs and cultures around the world. She has co-authored a self-help book, Navigating Indieworld A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing. She lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children and grandchildren. Carole invites readers to connect with her via her website

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Thanks to the publisher for sending copies of these books for the purpose of this review. This review is my honest opinion. If you choose to purchase the books through the above links, I may receive a small commission without you having to pay a cent more for your purchase. Thanks for supporting SincerelyStacie.com. 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Book Review: The Garden of Small Beginnings By Abbi Waxman

THE GARDEN OF SMALL BEGINNINGS

By: Abbi Waxman

Published: May 2, 2017

Publisher: Berkley Books

Fiction



You would think that a novel about a woman recently widowed by her much-too-young husband's horrific accident and her sudden entrance into the world of single motherhood would be too sad to read. I may have put this one aside except for the vivid colors on the cover drawing me in. This book couldn't be too depressing with a cover like that, so I gave it a shot. I was pleasantly surprised by the light humor the author gave to the story, convincing the reader that even in our darkest moments we can find something to laugh about.

Lillian is a book illustrator, a single mom to two delightful daughters, a sister, and a daughter to a painfully critical mother.  She is just beginning to get the hang of living life without her husband with the help of her sister who spends many evenings enjoying Lilian's cooking and playing with her nieces. Lilian's employer offers her the opportunity to illustrate a vegetable encyclopedia and decides it would be good for her to take a gardening class to get up-close and personal with the vegetables she will be drawing. Lilian, her sister, and the two girls all attend the weekend classes and find joy in new friendships, delicious food, and maybe a new future full of surprises.

Lilian's sense of humor is light and laughable. Her descriptions of drawing whale penises or her snarky thoughts about the hunky garden instructors will keep the reader laughing and wanting more. Waxman created funny and likable characters (even the overbearing mother) and you want each of them to find their way in the story. Waxman will have you laughing in one chapter and thinking deeply in the next with bits of wisdom mixed with emotion.

Yes there is a bit of romance to this story, but it is handled maturely and not overdone with details that will cause you to cringe or skip paragraphs. Lilian shares true feelings as her heart begins to reopen and her fear and trepidation about the future is real.  This quote from Anais Nin fit so perfectly with Lilian and her feelings, "There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful that the risk it took to blossom."  Lilian has to decide if the risk is worth taking to feel joy once again.

Another fun feature that I enjoyed in the book was that each chapter started with a vegetable. There would be an illustration, much like what I expect Lilian would draw, and an explanation on how to grow that particular vegetable in your garden. Of course, each description has a bit of humor included like not planting strawberries where you have recently planted tomatoes, peppers, or eggplant "because it freaks them out" or radishes need lots of sun and if they don't get it, you'll have to go out and buy them and "lie about your horticultural prowess".

The book comes with discussion questions at the end and would make for an enjoyable book club choice. Its lightheartedness is refreshing to read even amidst the grief that permeates their lives.


Abbi Waxman - source
Abbi Waxman is a chocolate-loving, dog-loving woman, who lives in Los Angeles and lies down as much as possible. She worked in advertising for many years, which is how she learned to write fiction. She has three daughters, three dogs, three cats, and one very patient husband. THE GARDEN OF SMALL BEGINNINGS is her first novel. For more on Waxman, visit her website, HERE.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Books that Arrived in June 2017





June began with an amazing trip with the kids to Washington DC and New York City. We soaked up the history of our country, sat in lots of traffic, had fun bartering, loved "Wicked" and "The Lion King" on Broadway, walked numerous miles, laughed, and got very little sleep. But it was a blast! So glad I could experience that with our kids!

I mentioned here last month that my dear friend passed away. She was also the librarian in our small community. Since her passing, I have been spending time at the library, doing all those administrative things that she did and trying to make sense of her untimely death. It has been a difficult month personally for many in our community.

Otherwise, June has consisted on a more relaxed routine, time with friends, and books read on the porch. It's been lovely. You won't believe the stack of books I received this month. It's insane and I can't wait to tell you all about them!

Currently Reading: The Sunshine Sisters Seven Threads
Currently Listening:  Lab Girl, An Invisible Thread
Up next: Lilac Girls


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GRACE, NOT PERFECTION
Embracing Simplicity, Celebrating Joy
By: Emly Ley
Published: October 11, 2016
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Format: Hardcover

I forgot to mention this book last month. My husband gave it to me for Mother's Day. I was already following the author on Instagram and so this was a thrill to get her book.

As a busy wife, new mother, business owner, and designer, Emily Ley came to a point when she suddenly realized she couldn’t do it all. She needed to simplify her life, organize her days, and prioritize the priorities. She decided to hold herself to a standard of grace rather than perfection. This mantra led to the creation of her bestselling Simplified Planner®, a favorite among busy women everywhere—from mamas to executives and everywhere in between.

GRACE, NOT PERFECTION takes this message from a daily planner to an inspirational book that encourages women to simplify and prioritize. Designed with Emily Ley’s signature aesthetic, this book gives women tangible ways to simplify their lives to give space to what matters most. With a focus on faith, Emily reminds readers that God abundantly pours out grace on us—and that surely we can extend grace to ourselves.

Have you been told you can have it all, only to end up exhausted and occasionally out of sorts with the people you love? Are you ready for a new way of seeing your time? Learn to live a little more simply. Hold yourself and those you love to a more life-giving standard in GRACE, NOT PERFECTION and allow that grace to seep into your days, your family, and your heart.




THE CUBS WAY
The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse
By: Tom Verducci
Published: March 28, 2017
Publisher: Crown Archetype
Format: Hardcover

I bought this for my husband for Father's Day. I knew it was a hit when he opened in and started reading it right away. Perfect for any Cubs fan!

It took 108 years, but it really happened. The Chicago Cubs are once again World Series champions. 
How did a team composed of unknown, young players and supposedly washed-up veterans come together to break the Curse of the Billy Goat? Tom Verducci, twice named National Sportswriter of the Year and co-writer of The Yankee Years with Joe Torre, will have full access to team president Theo Epstein, manager Joe Maddon, and the players to tell the story of the Cubs' transformation from perennial underachievers to the best team in baseball. 


Beginning with Epstein's first year with the team in 2011, Verducci will show how Epstein went beyond "Moneyball" thinking to turn around the franchise. Leading the organization with a manual called "The Cubs Way," he focused on the mental side of the game as much as the physical, emphasizing chemistry as well as statistics. 


To accomplish his goal, Epstein needed manager Joe Maddon, an eccentric innovator, as his counterweight on the Cubs' bench. A man who encourages themed road trips and late-arrival game days to loosen up his team, Maddon mixed New Age thinking with Old School leadership to help his players find their edge. 


THE CUBS WAY takes readers behind the scenes, chronicling how key players like Rizzo, Russell, Lester, and Arrieta were deftly brought into the organization by Epstein and coached by Maddon to outperform expectations. Together, Epstein and Maddon proved that clubhouse culture is as important as on-base-percentage and intangible components like personality, vibe, and positive energy are necessary for a team to perform to their fullest potential. 

Verducci chronicles the playoff run that culminated in an instant classic Game Seven. He takes a broader look at the history of baseball in Chicago and the almost supernatural element to the team's repeated losses that kept fans suffering, but also served to strengthen their loyalty. 


THE CUBS WAY is a celebration of an iconic team and its journey to a World Championship that fans and readers will cherish for years to come.





50 GREAT AMERICAN PLACES
Essential Historic Sites Around the U.S.
By: Brent D. Glas
Published: March 15, 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: Paperback

I purchased this at the Ellis Island gift shop during our trip to New York City. I love these types of books and we also love traveling to historic places. I'm happy to say we have already visited several of the places mentioned in the book.

A one-of-a-kind guide to fifty of the most important cultural and historic sites in the United States guaranteed to fascinate, educate, and entertain—selected and described by the former director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

From Massachusetts to Florida to Washington to California, 50 Great American Places takes you on a journey through our nation’s history. Sharing the inside stories of sites as old as Mesa Verde (Colorado) and Cahokia (Illinois) and as recent as Silicon Valley (California) and the Mall of America (Minnesota), each essay provides the historical context for places that represent fundamental American themes: the compelling story of democracy and self-government; the dramatic impact of military conflict; the powerful role of innovation and enterprise; the inspiring achievements of diverse cultural traditions; and the defining influence of the land and its resources. Expert historian Brent D. Glass explores these themes by connecting places, people, and events and reveals a national narrative that is often surprising, sometimes tragic, and always engaging—complete with photographs, websites for more information, and suggestions for other places nearby worth visiting. 

Sites you would expect to read about—in Boston, New York, and Washington, DC—are here, as well as plenty of surprises, such as the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, or Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, or the Village Green in Hudson, Ohio; less obvious places that, together with the more well-known destinations, collectively tell the story of America. For families who want to take a trip that is both educational and entertaining, for history enthusiasts, or anyone curious about our country’s greatest places, this book is the perfect guide.





AN INVISIBLE THREAD
The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, A Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny
By: Laura Schroff
Published: November 1, 2010
Publisher: Howard Books
Format: Audiobook

I've been wanting to read this ever since it came out and I saw a story about it on "Good Morning America." When I saw it was available as an audiobook through my library Bridges account, I snagged it. So far it is a great listen.

Stopping was never part of the plan...

She was a successful ad sales rep in Manhattan. He was a homeless, eleven-year-old panhandler on the street. He asked for spare change; she kept walking. But then something stopped her in her tracks, and she went back. And she continued to go back, again and again. They met up nearly every week for years and built an unexpected, life-changing friendship that has today spanned almost three decades.

Whatever made me notice him on that street corner so many years ago is clearly something that cannot be extinguished, no matter how relentless the forces aligned against it. Some may call it spirit. Some may call it heart. It drew me to him as if we were bound by some invisible, unbreakable thread. And whatever it is, it binds us still.






THE BOOKSHOP AT WATER'S END
By: Patti Callahan Henry
Published: July 11, 2017
Publisher: Berkley
Format; Paperback

I received this for review. The premise is a bit repetitive: friends meet up at a long-ago beloved spot to reminisce and dig up old secrets. But, it involves a bookstore, so I'm hoping it's worth the read.


Bonny Blankenship's most treasured memories are of idyllic summers spent in Watersend, South Carolina, with her best friend, Lainey McKay. Amid the sand dunes and oak trees draped with Spanish moss, they swam and wished for happy-ever-afters, then escaped to the local bookshop to read and whisper in the glorious cool silence. Until the night that changed everything, the night that Lainey's mother disappeared.

Now, in her early fifties, Bonny is desperate to clear her head after a tragic mistake threatens her career as an emergency room doctor, and her marriage crumbles around her. With her troubled teenage daughter, Piper, in tow, she goes back to the beloved river house, where she is soon joined by Lainey and her two young children. During lazy summer days and magical nights, they reunite with bookshop owner Mimi, who is tangled with the past and its mysteries. As the three women cling to a fragile peace, buried secrets and long ago loves return like the tide.





SEVEN THREADS
A Book of Short Stories
By: Jason Atkinson
Published: July 4, 2017
Publisher: Mascot Books
Format: eBook

Atkinson is an Iowa author and he approached me to check out his short story collection.

In this collection of seven short stories from Jason Atkinson, follow a man accused of murder, a runaway girl on a train, a scientist at the heart of a government conspiracy, and more! Full of twists and turns, Seven Threads offers a selection of fast-paced stories full of heart and excitement.





THE UNDERGROUND RIVER
By: Martha Conway
Published: June 20, 2017
Publisher: Touchstone
Format: Hardcover

This book came in my Page Habit box. I chose Historical Fiction as my book box choice and am thrilled with it. I haven't heard of this book before, but the synopsis shows it is right up my alley! With author notes throughout the whole book, it'll be even more interesting to read!

Set aboard a nineteenth-century riverboat theater, this is the moving, page-turning story of a charmingly frank and naive seamstress who is blackmailed into saving runaways on the Underground Railroad, jeopardizing her freedom, her livelihood, and a new love.

It’s 1838, and May Bedloe works as a seamstress for her cousin, the famous actress Comfort Vertue—until their steamboat sinks on the Ohio River. Though they both survive, both must find new employment. Comfort is hired to give lectures by noted abolitionist, Flora Howard, and May finds work on a small flatboat, Hugo and Helena’s Floating Theatre, as it cruises the border between the northern states and the southern slave-holding states.

May becomes indispensable to Hugo and his troupe, and all goes well until she sees her cousin again. Comfort and Mrs. Howard are also traveling down the Ohio River, speaking out against slavery at the many riverside towns. May owes Mrs. Howard a debt she cannot repay and Mrs. Howard uses the opportunity to enlist May in her network of shadowy characters who ferry babies given up by their slave mothers across the river to freedom. Lying has never come easy to May, but now she is compelled to break the law, deceive all her new-found friends, and deflect the rising suspicions of Dr. Early who captures runaways and sells them back to their southern masters.

As May’s secrets become more tangled and harder to keep, the Floating Theatre readies for its biggest performance yet. May’s predicament could mean doom for all her friends on board, including her beloved Hugo unless she can figure out a way to trap those who know her best.





18 MINUTES
Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done
By: Peter Bregman
Published: September 11, 2012
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Format: eBook

My cousin read this a few years ago and told me how great it was. It's been on my radar since then and I snagged it while it was a Kindle deal. Now to find time to read it!

Based upon his weekly Harvard Business Review columns (which is one of the most popular columns on HBR.com, receiving hundreds of thousands of unique page views a month), 18 MINUTES clearly shows how busy people can cut through all the daily clutter and distractions and find a way to focus on those key items which are truly the top priorities in our lives.

Bregman works from the premise that the best way to combat constant and distracting interruptions is to create productive distractions of one's own. Based on a series of short bite-sized chapters, his approach allows us to safely navigate through the constant chatter of emails, text messages, phone calls, and endless meetings that prevent us from focusing our time on those things that are truly important to us. 

Mixing first-person insights along with unique case studies, Bregman sprinkles his charming book with pathways which help guide us -- pathways that can get us on the right trail in 18 minutes or less.





ME AND MILO THE GREAT
By: Michelle Schlicher
Published: September 14, 2017
Format: eBook

I got this for review. Michelle is an Iowa author and I have previously reviewed her one of her books, GRACIE'S SONG.

My name is Holiday Sanchez. I carry a heavy burden.

But I'm not the only one.

There are others who know what it feels like to remember. Maybe they are the answer. Maybe we can help each other. Maybe I'll finally get past it.

Maybe it just takes time—and a little bit of magic.





LAB GIRL
By: Hope Jahren
Published: February 28, 2017
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Audiobook

Well, I decided to join Audible. I got an email offering it for $99 for one year. When I figured out the numbers it was a steal. Since I have really been loving listening to audiobooks in the van (mostly nonfiction) I decided this was a good time to join. LAB GIRL was my first credit choice after hearing so many rave reviews about it.

Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which she’s studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Her first book is a revelatory treatise on plant life—but it is also so much more.

LAB GIRL is a book about work, love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together. It is told through Jahren’s stories: about her childhood in rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classroom’s labs; about how she found a sanctuary in science, and learned to perform lab work done “with both the heart and the hands”; and about the inevitable disappointments, but also the triumphs and exhilarating discoveries, of scientific work.

Yet at the core of this book is the story of a relationship Jahren forged with a brilliant, wounded man named Bill, who becomes her lab partner and best friend. Their sometimes rogue adventures in science take them from the Midwest across the United States and back again, over the Atlantic to the ever-light skies of the North Pole and to tropical Hawaii, where she and her lab currently make their home.
 












CODE 7
Cracking the Code for an epic Life
By: Bryan R. Johnson
Published: September 5, 2017
Publisher: Candy Wrapper Inc.
Format: Paperback

I received this for review. It sounds like a great middle-grade novel!

Life at Flint Hill Elementary School may seem normal, but seven friends find themselves on a path to crack the code for an epic life. Whether they're chasing their dreams on stage, searching for an elusive monster fish, or running a makeshift business out of a tree house, can these heroes find a way to work together to change their community?




BUGS!
Amazing Animal Facts Book #3
By: James Buckley
Published: June 13, 2017
Publisher: Animal Planet/Time Inc Books
Format: Hardcover

I received these two books from Animal Planet for review purposes! Great for those reluctant readers. Hopefully, I won't get creeped out reading them!

Animal Planet introduces information-packed nonfiction chapter books that are just right for pleasure reading and schoolwork.Fly away on a fascinating journey to the world of Bugs!. Meet the fastest flyers and the long-distance travelers--from huge moths and colorful butterflies to busy bees and annoying fleas. Learn about massive locust swarms and hungry caterpillars. Bugs! is the perfect overview for developing readers ready to explore this popular animal subject on their own. Special features include full-color photography throughout, "Meet the Scientist" sidebars, and "In Your Newsfeed" articles about amazing new discoveries.




SNAKES!
Amazing Animal Facts Book #4
By: James Buckley
Published: June 13, 2017
Publisher: Animal Planet/Time Inc Books
Format: Hardcover

Animal Planet introduces information-packed nonfiction chapter books that are just right for pleasure reading and schoolwork.

Slither along to an amazing adventure in Snakes!. Meet the biggest, the fastest, and the most venomous snakes--from massive anacondas and pythons to fierce and fanged vipers and cobras. Learn about snakes that climb trees and others that swim in ocean waters. Snakes! is the perfect overview for developing readers ready to explore this popular animal subject on their own. Special features include full-color photography throughout, "Meet the Scientist" sidebars, and "In Your Newsfeed" articles about amazing new discoveries.






ALPHABETTER
By: Linda Ragsdale
Illustrated by: Martina Hogan
Published: April 4, 2017
Publisher: Flowerpot Children's Press
Format: Hardcover

I received both of these books by Ragsdale for review.  They look awesome for young children! I'll be reviewing them in a couple weeks.

Empower your vocabulary with this hilarious dictionary full of playfully re-paired words that motivate, uplift, and inspire. Laugh and learn as you read each new word, and discover the amazing power our words have when we use them to encourage others and ourselves!




HOW I DID IT!
By: Linda Ragsdale
Illustrated by: Anoosha Syed
Published: April 4, 2017
Publisher: Flowerpot Children's Press, Inc
Format: Hardcover

This encouraging tale about a daring letter in the alphabet who wants to stand out. It uses a clever play on words to deliver a message about creativity, individuality, and following your dreams!





BIG BOOK OF WHY
Activity Book
By: Editors of Time for Kids
Published: July 18, 2017
Publisher: Time for Kids
Format: Paperback

I am a sucker for activity books. I loved them as a kid (they were perfect for Sunday drives with my parents). I got them for our kids and I love to give them as gifts. Add this to your gift list!

Hidden pictures, dot-to-dot, mazes, trivia, crosswords, and funny fill-ins are just some of the engrossing activities readers will find in this full-color game book jam-packed with more than 300 photographs and illustrations. Like picture puzzles? Try finding an out-of-place cell phone in a famous Civil War photograph. Think you know about tornadoes? Figure out this word scramble and learn even more! Love word searches? There's one based on the theme of every chapter in the popular book TIME For Kids Big Book of Why. Whether kids are on a summer family road trip, on the plane to grandma's house, or settling into a bunk at sleepaway camp, the Big Book of Why Activity Book is the perfect companion.
Featured topics include sports, animals, history, science, tech, and more!





NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS ALMANAC 2018
Published: May 9, 2017
Publisher: National Geographic Kids
Format: Paperback

Almanacs were also favorites of mine as a kid. I loved those Guinness Book of World Record Books or any other fact-based book of lists or brief information to learn. I think kids will love this book. The cover alone grabs their attention!

Kids can have fun keeping up with our quickly changing world with the New York Times best-selling Almanac, packed with incredible photos, tons of fun facts, crafts, activities, and fascinating features about animals, science, nature, technology, and more. New features include three chapters on engineering and technology, space and Earth, and life sciences; a guide to New Orleans, just in time for its 300th birthday; an updated Fun and Games chapter filled with all-new games, jokes, and comics; all new weird-but-true facts, crafts, and activities; 18 Facts for 2018 feature in every chapter; updated reference material, and much more. 





DINOS ON DECK
A Gareth Lucas Noisy Book
By: Gareth Lucas
Published: June 13, 2017
Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books
Format: Board Book

These next several books are perfect for toddlers and ones you should definitely add to your gift list. I got them all to review so stay tuned!

Join your favorite dinosaur friends on an adventure in the seas! Hoist the sails, press the sound buttons, and laugh along as a Triceratops, a Stegosaurus, a T. rex and more search for treasure. With humorous art by Gareth Lucas and charming rhyming text, this sound book will be a perfect addition to story time. What will these dinosaur friends find when they open the treasure chest?





DIG, DIG, DIGGER
A Gareth Lucas Noisy Book
By; Gareth Lucan
Published: July 11, 2017
Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books
Format: Board Book

Dig, dig, dig…and dig some more with your favorite animal friends! In Dig, Dig Digger, children will be amused by the hilarious antics of the animals as they build an adventure playground. Young readers will delight in Gareth Lucas's artwork and in finding the sound button on every spread. Each turn of the page will bring humor and fun with hippos, bears, camels, and more on their day at the construction site.





OLD MACDONALD HAD A FARM
Woodworks Nursery Rhymes
By: Elliot Kreloff
Published: June 13, 2017
Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books
Format: Board Book/Play Mat

This is more than just a book. This playset and the one below are a great way to introduce interactive reading to toddlers. They are super cute and would make a great gift!

Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O! This brand-new playset featuring the classic children’s singalong song "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" will be the perfect addition to your child’s library. With a chunky board book, a wooden tractor, and a playmat, little ones can read and play along as they go through the farm and meet cows, ducks, horses, and more! Join Old MacDonald and his farmyard friends for a reading adventure.





THE WHEELS ON THE BUS
Woodworks Nursery Rhymes
By: Elliot Kreloff
Published: July 11, 2017
Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books
Format: Board Book/Play Mat

The wheels on the bus go round and round! Climb aboard the yellow bus with this sweet playset featuring a chunky board book, a wooden school bus, and a playmat for added fun. Young readers will enjoy reading and playing along with their favorite nursery rhyme as they drive around the town and sing their way through the storybook. 





BUSY BUILDERS: AIRPORT
By: Timothy Knapman
Illustrated by: Carles Ballesteros
Published: December 20, 2016
Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books
Format: Book/Puzzle

Another great interactive set to encourage reading for your youngest reader! I am in love with all 3 of these book sets. Another great gift idea!

Pack your bags and get ready for an exciting flight to a faraway destination in Busy Builders: Airport. This three-dimensional interactive kit takes young children behind the scenes at a busy airport, allowing them to see how all the flights and passengers move smoothly through the terminal. The fact book introduces kids to the various procedures at an airport—from check-in to arrival—using cute illustrations and simple text. The box folds out to form an airport terminal, and the included model pieces for the runway, air-control tower, airplane, and baggage carts provide hours of interactive entertainment.

Includes:
32-page fact book
3-D airport terminal
48 model pieces






BUSY BUILDERS: FIRE STATION
By: Chris Oxlade
Illustrated by: Carles Ballesteros
Published: December 20, 2016
Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books
Format: Book/Puzzle

Sound the siren and grab your gear as you get ready to save the day in Busy Builders: Fire Station. Young firefighters can open up this three-dimensional interactive kit and go inside a busy fire station, where they will learn how rescue teams prepare to fight fires and save people from danger. The fact book introduces kids to the daily routines—and a variety of emergencies—of a firefighting crew using cute illustrations and simple text. Once children have read the book, they can spend hours with the foldout fire station, complete with model pieces for a fire truck, helicopter, and firefighters.

Includes:
32-page fact book
3-D fire station
46 model pieces






BUSY BUILDERS: CONSTRUCTION SITE
By: Katherine Sully
Illustrated by: Carles Ballesteros
Published: December 20, 2016
Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books
Format: Book/Puzzle

Dig in and get ready to work in Busy Builders: Construction Site. This three-dimensional interactive kit will bring young children to a busy building site, where they will meet the construction crew at work on a new school. The fact book introduces kids to the people and machines at a construction site, using colorful illustrations and simple text. Plus, the box folds out to form a school under construction, complete with model pieces for the building, vehicles, and construction workers.

Includes:
32-page fact book
3-D building
48 model pieces






SCANORAMA:  DINOSAURS AND OTHER PREHISTORIC CREATURES
Slide...Scan...and Reveal
By: Anna Claybourne
Published: December 20, 2016
Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books
Format: Hardcover

Do you have a science-loving or animal-loving kid in your home? These books offer tons of facts and a fun learning experience with the "scanner" in the book. These will make great gift books as well!

Scanorama: Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Creatures gives young readers the feel of working as a lab technician as they study dinosaurs and other amazing prehistoric animals. Five movable sliders transform illustrated creatures—such as the deadly T. rex, the armored Ankylosaurus, and the massive Argentinosaurus—into virtual X-ray scans, revealing their fossilized skeletons. Detailed text, photographs, and illustrations provide insights into how each animal survived in the prehistoric world, and even more facts can be found under the interactive flaps throughout the book.





SCANORAMA:  AMAZING ANIMALS
Slide...Scan...and Reveal
By: Anna Claybourne
Published: September 13, 2016
Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books
Format: Hardcover

Slide the scanner across the page to discover what lies under the skin of the world’s most fascinating creatures! In Scanorama: Amazing Animals, readers will meet a variety of species from across the animal kingdom and learn about their astounding feats of strength, speed, and endurance. The five movable sliders transform the illustrated animals—including an anaconda, a thorny devil, and a blue whale—to reveal their skeletons, creating a virtual X-ray on the page. Captivating facts, photographs, and illustrations provide even more details on each animal, and interactive flaps to lift enhance the scan-tastic educational experience.





SCANORAMA: DEADLY PREDATORS
Slide...Scan...and Reveal
By: Anna Claybourne
Published: September 13, 2016
Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books
Format: Hardcover

On the pages of Scanorama: Deadly Predators, kids are treated to a virtual X-ray tour featuring some of the world's most dangerous animals. Five movable sliders transform illustrated animals into full-body scans that reveal their skeletons and show how they have come to rule their habitats. Featured animals include a tiger, a scorpion, and a great white shark; each animal is covered in detail through informative text, photographs, and illustrations. To learn about even more deadly creatures, readers can lift the flaps and discover what is hiding in wait, ready to pounce on its next victim!





WEIRD BUT TRUE KNOW IT ALL: US PRESIDENTS
By: Brianna Dumont
Published: July 4, 2017
Publisher: National Geographic Kids
Format: Paperback

Another fun fact book. Kids love learning "secrets" about famous people and this book about the Presidents is super fun!

What's so weird about U.S. presidents? Plenty! Did you know that Abraham Lincoln was a great wrestler? That Ulysses S. Grant got a speeding ticket riding his horse - twice! Or that Benjamin Harrison was afraid of electricity? And let's not forget that President McKinley had a pet parrot that whistled "Yankee Doodle Dandy" duets with him! In this new single-subject Weird But True book, you'll have a blast learning that there's a lot of substance - and weirdness - in every president's past.





BENJAMIN FRANKLIN'S WISE WORDS
How to Work Smart, Play Well, and Make Real Friends
By: K.M. Kostyal
Illustrated by: Fred Harper
Published: January 24, 2017
Publisher: National Geographic Kids
Format: Hardcover

I love these types of books as an adult, so I bet I will love this one too. I could maybe pull out some of this info for classroom use!

Discover history through the eyes of one of the smartest, funniest, and coolest figures from America's past. This book presents 50 of Benjamin Franklin's famous "wise words" from Poor Richard's Almanack, his personal letters, and other writings, with sage advice on everything from good citizenship and manners to friendship and being happy. Sayings are paired with hilarious illustrations and witty translations for modern audiences. It's a great go-to for inspirational and innovative ways to practice mindfulness, industriousness, and self-improvement. 



I can't even tell you how awesome this stack of children's books is! These are some amazingly educational and fun books perfect for gift-giving. Make your list now for all those little kids on your Christmas list.




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