Winter is one of the best times of the year to cuddle up with and read a great book. AdviceSisters.com recently created a special Valentines Day book gift guide, but the 7 books in this review are for your personal enjoyment.
Learn more than you ever thought possible about the enigma that is Apple Computers Steve Jobs. Experience the hardships and triumphs of authors Romola Hodas and Poet Jessica Semaan.
Eat healthier with the Hungry Girl’s latest cookbook, and please palates with yummy recipes from Country Star Martina McBride.
Learn more about business from entrepreneur Emily McHugh and be inspired by the amazing women over 50 in Great Second Acts by Marlene Wagman-Geller. These books are “keepers” to read over again or to discuss and share with your friends (Alison Blackman, advicesisters.com)
The Princess of 42nd Street: Surviving My Childhood as the Daughter of Times Square’s King of Porn by Romola Hodas with Elizabeth Ridley, (Riverdale Books September 2018) is not a fairy tale about a fairytale princess
It is about Romola Hodas, Her father Marty Hodas was the “King” of the porn and adult entertainment during the 1960s to the 1980s.
His personal lifestyle included plenty of sex and drugs which Romola and her sister were often exposed to.
According to Romola, Marty was abusive and scary and her mother was mentally ill. Still, Romola loved her parents and took care of her younger siblings and managed somehow, to remain sane.
This book reads more like a “Daddy Dearest” account of what it must have been like growing up in the public eye.
The book unfolds with lots of twists and turns. Romola spends a year in reform school which might have been relief relative to her home life. She experienced her Dad going to prison several times, while mobsters threatened her father and her family.
How could anyone survive this kind of life? While this is not really a particularly artfully crafted book, it is an entertaining and authentic one. You’ll be spellbound.
Thinking of starting an entrerpeneurial venture this year? You’d be wise to get a copy of The Little Girl’s Guide to Entrepreneurship: What I Know Now That I Sure Wish I Knew Then by Emily McHugh (Saint Ann’s Press, December 2017).
I “met” Emily when I ordered one of her computer laptop bags from her company Casauri. I liked it so much that when I purchased another computer, I contacted her asking about another bag. During our conversation, she mentioned she had written a book and I asked to review it.
This book really has a little bit of everything you must think about before you start a business. It’s not really an amusing read but it’s almost like “Cliff Notes” for business.
Being and entrepreneur isn’t for everyone but it might be your dream. Emily’s company, Casauri started as a class project in Columbia Business School to design stylish laptop bags for women. Hers was the first laptop case sold at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Design Store in New York.
The book will give you a broad and thorough overview of things you might not have thought about, or you don’t know how to do. The book will get you thinking. It may spur you to greatness, or make you re-think your plans.
One last note, when I couldn’t find the laptop case in the color I wanted, Emily found one. When it arrived, the package also contained an attractive passport case and a little card wallet, along with a personal note in her book.
That is what it takes to be great.
Steve Jobs was one of the most influential innovators of our time. The man behind Apple Computers is a bit of an enigma but get to know him a lot better. do read Steve Jobs: A biographicPortrait by Kevin Lynch (White Lion Publishing; New edition November 2018))
This “book of Steve” chronicles Steve Jobs from his early years to the end of his life.
What I didn’t realize was how quirky Steve Jobs was. He had a unique diet and insisted that he didn’t need to shower regularly because of what he ate,
He was a master visionary and marketer, but he was also often abrasive with people including his rivalry with Bill Gates and his manipulation of talented people such as Steve Wozniak.
I see this brilliant man as a contradiction in terms. Steve Jobs was a practicing Buddhist in $69 501 Levis jeans and New Balance grey sneakers paired with custom Robert Marc Luxor eyeglasses and the ever-present $270 black Issey Miyake mock turtleneck.
Graphics make the key landmarks in the book instantly understandable. There are plenty of books about Mr. Jobs, but this one is fun to read and is a must-have for any fan of Apple products and for anyone interested in tech.
I really love the Hungry Girl recipe books I have reviewed so far on The Advice Sisters Beauty and Style : Hungry Girl Clean & Hungry Obsessed! All Natural Recipes For The Foods You Can’t Live Withoutby Lisa Lillien (St. Martin’s Griffin 2017);, Hungry Girl Clean & Hungry: Easy All-Natural Recipes for Clean Eating in the Real World by Lisa Lillien (St. Martins Press 2016), and Hungry Girl 1-2-3, the Easiest, Most Delicious, Guilt-Free Recipes on the Planet (St. Martin’s Press March 30, 2010). There are even more in the “Hungry Girl” series.
These recipes are easy to make, healthy, sometimes vegan or vegetarian, or gluten-free\ and most are truly mouth-wateringly great.
Coming soon is yet another Hungry Girl Book: Hungry Girl Simply 6: All-Natural Recipes with 6 Ingredients or Less by Lisa Lillien (St. Martins Press March 5, 2019). The idea in this book is that there are 6 ingredients or less in each recipe, including Honey BBQ meatballs, blintzes, even some veggie Z’pagetti.
I love the idea, but, alas, when you’re going for recipes that only take about 15 minutes to make and less than 375 calories, something’s gotta give.
In this case, it appears that a majority of the recipes are beefed up with a vegetable that not every family (let alone a child) will love: cauliflower. It’s in (almost) everything.
I get that it is a rice and starch substitute, but arroz con Pollo has rice, not cauliflower rice. Since there is the chicken in this dish, it’s not even vegetarian or vegan.
This is just one example of what put me off…there is also a lot of artificial sweetener being used. It keeps the calories down, but blender muffins with 4 packets of no-calorie sweetener? (Uh Nooo)!
I think these books are amazing, and this Hungry Girl book has an ambitious goal. I wouldn’t say it fails, but this time I’m not quite on the same page with the author about about how to cook healthy and fast,
However, I’m looking forward to the next one.
I was looking for a feel-good, inspirational book, and I found it in Great Second Acts: In Praise of Older Women by Marlene Wagman-Geller (Mango Publishing, 2018).
This book is fuil of fascinating stories of women who rose above, and who had glorious second acts in their lives. Some of these women you will recognize, such as artist Grandma Moses or entertainer Rita Moreno).
Others will surprise you as they’ve all done extraordinary things past the date when women are considered “young & fresh.”
The book is well written and highly entertaining, but it comes with a message: In a society where ageism is rampant, we need to rethink how we view more mature women because they are capable of greatness..
This book will delight women over 50 looking for inspiration, and younger women who might be lucky enough to be in the second “Second Acts” book someday.
I highly recommend it.
Child of the Moon by Jessica Semaan (Andrews McMeel Publishing January 2019) s a book of poetry, actually, a book of seriously deep, dark angst. If you love poetry and you’re into intense sadness, this book will be your new companion,
The author includes illustrations of a woman with long black hair in a pink leotard (I assume this is the author herself) scattered throughout the book.
In two words: it’s dark. But it’s also set against the backdrop of the Lebanese Civil War and the author’s turbulent family life,
I cannot truly understand what happened to this woman, other than she has experienced a boat-load of fear, shame, and despair, sadness and anger.
Now she’s finding some light and I’m guessing that writing this debut poetry book has helped her to move forward. There’s a definite market for this genre.
Maybe misery loves company, but I just couldn’t cuddle up to this one.
Let me sing the praises of a new cookbook by country music star Martina Mcbride,
Martina’s Kitchen Mix : My Recipe Playlist For Real Life (Oxmoor House 2018) is a wonderful book with great illustrations and recipes with lots of class.
Martina grew up on a farm in Kansas where the family came together over the dinner table. Today, she instills that same sense of community and love with her own children and husband.
There’s a little bit of everything in this book from beverages and food soups to nuts. None of the recipes are so complicated that a beginning cook couldn’t manage them. I made some candied pecans and the Grapefruit Margaritas for cocktail hour – easy peasy!
The photos, including many of Martina McBride, are beautiful.
Many celebrities have put their name on recipe books. Supposedly, the 100+ recipes in this book are Martina’s favorites.
It really doesn’t matter whether they are or aren’t, because so many of them are delicious, you’ll start calling them your favorites.