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Book Reviews

The following is a list of books I have enjoyed and reviewed.
Click on a book title to read the review.




Las Niñas: A Collection of Childhood Memories
By Sarah Rafael Garcia








Eat Pray Love
By Elizabeth Gilbert

Go Your Own Way: Women Travel The Wold Solo
Edited By  Faith Conlon, Ingrid Emerick, and Christina Henry de Tessan

















Sole Sisters
By Jennifer Lin and Susan Warner



For The Sender
By Alex Woodward



For the Sender was sent to me by www.hayhouse.com for my honest review.









Please note, due to FCC regulation and fairness, I will indicate which books were given to me for review.

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When was the last time you held a book? What was the last book you read? How was your transition from reading paper backs to reading in digital format? Have you made that switch yet?

This is also from an older draft post. I've since been part of a show, an extraordinary experience I still have to blog about but I'd thought I'd still post these earlier thoughts.

I love writing so just having a story out their in print or online and getting commented on I thought was enough but as I was recently told by an actor, when your story is told on stage its a completely different experience because of the interaction between the actors and the audience.

In this play I definitely felt the chemistry. Now and days and even back in the old days it was so hard to make a motion picture. To tell one of our stories would cost thousands of dollars and an experienced Hollywood budget and staff. At CASA 0101 what you need is an idea and some ganas to make your story into a play. And best of all its a community event with a very grass roots feel.