Caring Lessons: A Review

I ordered Lois Hoitenga Roelofs’ book, Caring Lessons: A Nursing Professor’s Journey of Faith and Self, after having been a fan of her blog for several years. Lois writes with candour about her life challenges, and on the blog in particular, about her journey through her husband’s terminal cancer. It is the candour with which […]

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“When Breath Becomes air” Review

Just as Paul Kalanithi’s future looked bright, cancer struck.  As a doctor (neurosurgeon) he knew all too well what he was about to face, and guided by his oncologist, had to make difficult life choices.  Kalanithi bravely decided to commit his journey to paper, offering an inside glimpse of illness from the eyes of a […]

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“I’ll Give You the Sun” Shining

I’ll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson is a poignant, multi-faceted approach to many issues facing young people today; a coming of age story that examines both the female and male experience through the voices of twins, Jude and Noah.  Not surprisingly, this novel has won many awards (click on link above for listing).  […]

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“Best Boy” Heartwarming

Despite my need to regulate how much time I spend listening to audiobooks (my mind balks at overstimulation), I could not tear myself away from Best Boy, by Eli Gottlieb.  Bronson Pinchot lends his voice to the audio version, skillfully imitating the stilted speech of someone who struggles with semantics. Todd Aaron, the first person […]

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“The Other Daughter” Review

Admittedly, I looked at the novel, The Other Daughter, by Lauren Willig, several times before deciding to give it a try.  A story about  a woman who discovers that she is the illegitimate daughter of an Earl, seemed too predictable, however; nothing about this tale is predictable, and I must confess that once I got […]

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Autism, I’m Aware

Just finished listening to Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism by Ron Suskind.   Suskind, a Pulitzer prize-winning author, writes a very intriguing and enlightening memoir about parenting a child with Autism.  His son, Owen, once unable to speak, finds his voice and self through the magic of Disney.  The story of Owen […]

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