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Original Essays | August 21, 2014

Richard Bausch: IMG Why Literature Can Save Us



Our title is, of course, a problem. "Why Literature Can Save Us." And of course the problem is one of definition: what those words mean. What is... Continue »
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    Before, During, After

    Richard Bausch 9780307266262

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A Simple Soul by Vadim Babenko
A Simple Soul

leslie obrien, November 22, 2013

This is the second book by Vadim Babenko that I’ve read and I’m hooked. His storytelling is engaging and his characters, jaded Muscovites who are growing increasingly indifferent to the old regime as they embrace the modern world, are as interesting as they are peculiar. Admittedly, were I to own his books in hardback (instead of epub), I could, in a pinch, use them to shore up the side of a building. However, don’t let the seemingly overwhelming size of his novels detract you, “A Simple Soul” is an interesting story but like his others, it is not a quick read. This story is slow moving. The characters are introduced unhurriedly and their many quirks are drawn out and intertwined in a seemingly endless portrayal of humanity in all its ugliness and beauty. It is as engaging as it is tragic. And as tragic as it is hopeful. Definitely worth reading.
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Prepper Supplies & Survival Guide: The Prepping Supplies, Gear & Food You Must Have to Survive by Novato Press
Prepper Supplies & Survival Guide: The Prepping Supplies, Gear & Food You Must Have to Survive

leslie obrien, November 22, 2013

Let’s be honest, how many of are ready for a disaster? Ok, maybe we have car emergency kits that we picked up at the sporting goods store or someone gave us, but do we know what’s in it? What about at home? First aid kit? Emergency supplies? What about our pets? Do we even know what we should buy? While many companies offer various emergency supply packs, some at ridiculous prices, they are not all created equal.

The “Prepper Supplies and Survival Guide” is your one-stop resource on what to have on hand in the event of a disaster. The table of contents is broken up into broad sections (prep basics, water, food, shelter, first aid, power, sanitation, pets) and comprises breakdowns of the types of things to expect in an emergency situation (loss of utilities, water, unable to leave location) and provides lists of what to have on hand. And while you can buy the kits suggested, Novato Press also provides a breakdown of the contents so you can pull together your own safety kits.

This easy to read and follow guide will help you keep your family safe during unplanned emergencies.
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Semmant by Vadim Babenko
Semmant

leslie obrien, November 15, 2013

When we meet Bogdan Bogdanov, we know that he’s in some sort of a hospital. We later learn that he’s a cybernetics genius with an interesting past. Well, that’s putting it too simply. Bogdan spends his early childhood in constant motion. Not by his own choice. His father, a bit of a shyster seems to wear out his welcome and the family is forced to move. A lot. As voyeurs, we bear witness to Bogdan as he grows and moves from job to job. Always looking. Always seeking. What? Something even he can’t always answer. Eventually, he creates Semmant, a robot living inside a computer, who makes money with the efficiency of, well, a machine. Told in flashback, this isn’t only a story of the rise and fall of a man, it’s a love story immortalized in the heart of a machine. Where precision and rules blend with the chaos that is human emotions.

Definitely a book for the long winter, this isn’t a simple read. What I had thought would be a “vacation” novel that I could pick up/put down at will, drew me in to late nights of much page turning followed by lucid dreaming. Pandora’s box in the body of a machine, we are witness to all that is tragedy, but brought together in hope. Highly recommended. Your existential friends will have something new to talk about.
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The Dash Diet Health Plan: Low-Sodium, Low-Fat Recipes to Promote Weight Loss, Lower Blood Pressure, and Help Prevent Diabetes by John Chatham
The Dash Diet Health Plan: Low-Sodium, Low-Fat Recipes to Promote Weight Loss, Lower Blood Pressure, and Help Prevent Diabetes

leslie obrien, November 7, 2013

Living with two individuals who are both diabetic and have been battling high blood pressure since they were both in their late 30s (they are now in their 50s and 80s respectively), it can be difficult to find nutritional meals that don’t scream, I have medical problems. When I came across The DASH Diet Cookbook, I picked up a copy on a whim and I’m glad I did because this program will also be helpful to me in reducing my sodium. Approved by the American Heart Association and used as the basis for the new food pyramid (er, plate), you'll find the caloric charts helpful in varying serving sizes. While this book and program is much more than a cookbook, the recipes are easy to shop for and follow for those who don't cook much. More importantly, there’s plenty of sweet options to appease all the sweet tooth’s in the house.
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Holy Shit: A Brief History of Swearing by Melissa Mohr
Holy Shit: A Brief History of Swearing

leslie obrien, May 13, 2013

As someone who feels that Americans (I am one too) are really quite prudish when it comes to swearing, this was an interesting read across time and place. Ranging from, swearing is the be all end all, OMG, I can't believe you just said that, my ears are bleeding to the oh wow, nicely expressed to everything in between, Mohr shows us the evolution of profanity from the religious to the obscene. It's a good read. Honest. Pick up a copy for your favorite profane one or perhaps someone who could use a bit of an expansion of his/her vocabulary.
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