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Lin Enger: IMG Knowing vs. Knowing

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Energy Medicine by Donna Eden and Brooks Garten
Energy Medicine

writermala, October 5, 2014

Perhaps my expectations from this book were very high. I expected not only to learn about energy healing from it but also to be able to heal if I saw any problems. There were many accounts of incidents where the author was able to spot problems and heal using her power and I found these fascinating but I could never hope to duplicate these feats. The book, however, kindled my interest in this area of natural healing and I may explore further.
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The Pact: A Love Story (P.S.) by Jodi Picoult
The Pact: A Love Story (P.S.)

writermala, October 4, 2014

Jodi Picoult's "The Pact" is billed as a love story but it is far more than that. It is a story of complex human relationships culminating in a John Grisham like Courtroom Drama. The story involves the death of Emily Gold. Is it a suicide or did Chris Harte kill her? That in essence is the plot but in answering this question Picoult has explored so many areas of relationships that the book tugged at my heartstrings. As for the trial each time a witness was examined and cross-examined I swayed between thinking Chris would be acquitted or convicted. No, I will not be a spoiler. This book is a must read.
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A Perfect Life by Danielle Steel
A Perfect Life

writermala, October 2, 2014

A Perfect Life," is a perfect Danielle Steel novel. I found the three triangles in the book intriguing, and engrossing - Salima, Blaise, and Simon; Simon, Megan, and Blaise' and Blaise, Andrew, and Simon. How will it all turn out? The good characters are super good and the bad characters really evil or weak. So, will good prevail? You know the answer if you're a Danielle Steel fan but this didn't stop me from reading the book; and I was certainly rewarded!
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All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner
All Fall Down

writermala, September 29, 2014

I read this book in one sitting and thought, "there but for the Grace of God go I." The scenario that Jenifer Weiner portrays could be anybody's story. Anyone who has unthinkingly popped an aspirin could be headed this way.

Allison Weiss seems, on the surface, to have a perfect life yet suddenly she finds herself overwhelmed by this perfect life which veers off in unexpected directions. What started off as a seemingly harmless popping of a pill turned into a coping mechanism and then to a hopeless addiction.

This book, despite the poignant storyline, is hilarious at times and one keeps reading it and rooting for Allison. Allison is a powerful character and the supporting characters are well-sketched too.

All in all it makes for great reading.
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Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local - And Helped Save an American Town by Beth Macy
Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local - And Helped Save an American Town

writermala, September 23, 2014

I found this book at the same time Fascinating and Gut-wrenching. Beth Macy has explored the History of the factory town of Bassett Virginia, its progress to becoming the foremost manufacturer of quality furniture and its eventual decline on losing market share to imports.

So, how could this be interesting? The author tells the story of the Bassett family along with the story of furniture manufacture. The infighting and the family politics is what makes it so.

I thought I'd be skimming through the book to see how imports jeopardized American manufacture. Instead I read every page and savored the details of John Bassett III's personality and his fight to keep his factories running.
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