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The Emotionally Destructive Relationship: Seeing It, Stopping It, Surviving It by Leslie Vernick
The Emotionally Destructive Relationship: Seeing It, Stopping It, Surviving It

Teresa Vaughan, April 29, 2013

I was actually fearful of reading this one but decided to plunge in anyway and am very glad I did! There's a no-nonsense feeling to Vernick's words that make you feel you're in the room with her, confiding and getting excellent advice.

Rather than a "you don't deserve the abuse and that's that" approach, she turns the focus on us -- using Biblical citations and discussion -- to help understand the how/what/why in our own hearts as well as that of others. There is a strength that comes from realizing you can only control YOU and that, in the end, it's up to you what you allow to continue or not.

This book applies to all relationships -- marital/partner, employer, friend -- and is applied from the inside out!
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Jenniemae & James: A Memoir in Black and White by Brooke Newman
Jenniemae & James: A Memoir in Black and White

Teresa Vaughan, January 2, 2013

Very pleased to have read it. Brooke Newman is the daughter of a brilliant and in some ways seemingly mad mathematician and tells this biographical about the unlikely bond between her father and their maid, Jenniemae.

In the first few pages, I'd noted that Newman's storytelling style fit nicely with my natural preference and knew this would be a pleasurable read. It's also appealing because Newman's father worked with Albert Einstein and other notable scientists/math-men. It even enlightens us as to the origin of the word 'googel' (not sure I spelled that correctly) as well as being such a wonderfully crafted tale.

If you're like me, you'll find yourself running to the computer to look up things mentioned, thinking, "Wow. I wouldn't have guessed THAT!" The unique relationship between Jenniemae & James is believable and relatable, too.
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Math on Call by Great Source Education Group
Math on Call

Teresa Vaughan, September 9, 2012

Have a high-schooler struggling with math? Have an advanced grade-schooler that needs a little extra instruction? Just want to give a special student an extra resource to have on hand so they can progress further if they'd like to? Or, like we were, need to refresh yourself in order to help your children with their homework? Maybe YOU'VE gone back to school and want to brush up...

Math On Call covers most everything a student would need, from basic multiplication and subtraction to geometry, ratios, statistics and more. This is the single most helpful mathematics tool we found while raising our kids and I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to support a student in their mathematical efforts. We've wondered over the years why more teachers don't have Math On Call in the classroom and I just bought one to donate to the grade school down the street, though maybe I should get another to tuck away for future grandkids!
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Clara's Kitchen: Wisdom, Memories, and Recipes from the Great Depression by Clara Cannucciari
Clara's Kitchen: Wisdom, Memories, and Recipes from the Great Depression

Teresa Vaughan, November 25, 2009

Interjected with Clara's memories of growing up during the Great Depression and sage advice for weathering hard economic times, "Clara's Kitchen" warms the heart as well as fills the stomach. Whether you want recipes such as "Poorman's Meal" (which my husband specifically requested, reminiscent of the starchy meals his mother made) or just enjoy reading about the life lessons gleaned from surviving a very hard time in America's history, Sicilian grandmother and YouTube sensation Cannucciari won't disappoint.
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The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

Teresa Vaughan, November 10, 2009

By far the best new book I've read in several years! It was well over 500 pages and I was still depressed when it was over, wanting more.

With unexpected elements, wonderful character development and a large chunk of it about the relationship between humans and dogs, this book was written for my reading pleasure.

"Edgar Sawtelle" has a place of honor in my top five books of all time, and I look forward to anything else written by Dave Wroblewski. If you like dogs, getting into the mind of a teenaged boy, farm life, good vs. evil, or just want a wonderfully written tale this book is for you!
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