Book Review – My Little Red Book (ARC)

My Little Red Bookmy-little-red-book1
Edited By: Rachel Kauder Nalebuff
Published By: Twelve, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing, 2009, First Edition, 240 pages, hardcover
ISBN 978-0446546362
(Available NOW!)
Top Pick

My Little Red Book is honest and insightful; it breaks the barriers of age, religion, race and unreasonable taboos surrounding menstruation and first periods.”

Product Description – From Amazon.com
“MY LITTLE RED BOOK is an anthology of stories about first periods, collected from women of all ages from around the world. The accounts range from light-hearted (the editor got hers while water skiing in a yellow bathing suit) to heart-stopping (a first period discovered just as one girl was about to be strip-searched by the Nazis). The contributors include well-known women writers (Meg Cabot, Erica Jong, Gloria Steinem, Cecily von Ziegesar), alongside today’s teens. And while the authors differ in race, faith, or cultural background, their stories share a common bond: they are all accessible, deeply honest, and highly informative. Whatever a girl experiences or expects, she’ll find stories that speak to her thoughts and feelings…”

My Little Red Book is one of the most honest, soul-bearing story collaborations that I have ever had the good fortune to read. When I heard about this book I was instantly intrigued. What woman hasn’t at some point, felt embarrassment or felt somewhat stigmatized by their monthly flow? I know there have been many times that I disliked being female because of the ‘monthly appearance’ that cramped by style, literally! As I read this book, I was really delighted to read about women’s accounts of their periods; I didn’t enjoy the painful parts obviously, but I could relate.  The differences in cultural beliefs and how the first periods were treated along with how the women were treated; reading about it all and imagining the trepidation they must have felt while sharing their stories; it really humbled me.
This book includes a wonderful note from the Author and is indexed by author, subject and decade and includes a list of creative euphemisms and code words for when we have or are getting out period. Though it sometimes feels like we are still in ‘the dark ages’ of menstrual tolerance, this poignant collection helps map the progression of treatment and personal feelings about menstruation as the years have passed and provides a surprisingly diverse look at our ‘monthly friend’. I had to laugh at Gloria Steinem’s essay, “If Men Could Menstruate”; what  brilliant wit!  All the proceeds from the sale from this edition, including the advance, are being donated by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff to charities that promote women’s health. I really enjoyed reading this book!
I very highly recommend this book to women of all ages and to men who want to expand their minds on a somewhat hushed (until now), feminine topic.

♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ (10 out of 10 Diamonds) – Absolutely LOVED it!!
 

Link to Information About the Editor:
http://www.mylittleredbook.net/
Link to the Publisher’s Website:
http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/

A special thanks to Hachette Book Group for sending me a copy to review.

Copyright ©  Book Reviews By Bobbie — Bobbie Crawford-McCoy

Book Review – I Like You

I Like You,i-like-you
Hospitality Under the Influence
Written By: Amy Sedaris
Published By: Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group USA Inc., 2008, First Edition, 304 pages, softcover
ISBN 978-0446696777

I Like You is an outlandish cookbook with lots of recipes, zany entertaining ideas and heaps of unique pictures.”

I Like You is NOT an everyday, run-of-the-mill cookbook and entertaining guide. This book contains more then 200 interesting recipes and some very unique thoughts and ideas on how to amuse guests of all kinds. I was a little overwhelmed with the scrapbook-type layout and I was hoping for something a little easier on the eyes. This cookbook is full of old-fashioned photographs, but I found that the photographs overpowered the typed recipes and craft ideas. This book is geared towards women, though some men might enjoy the recipes and other parts of this book. I feel that this cookbook will likely spend more time as an entertaining coffee-table book, rather then being in the kitchen with the rest of the cookbooks; this is probably what the author has intended, all along. I will admit to laughing out loud at some of the crazy pictures and the little conversations that the Author has with the reader, but over all I would say that this book is not what I was hoping for.

♦♦♦♦♦♦ (6 out of 10 Diamonds) – I enjoyed it
 

Link to the Author’s website:
http://www.amysedarisrocks.com/
Link to the Publisher’s Website:
http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/

A special thanks to Hachette Book Group for sending me a copy to review.

Copyright ©  Book Reviews By Bobbie — Bobbie Crawford-McCoy

Book Review – Get Positively Beautiful

Get Positively Beautiful,carmindy-get-positively-beautiful
The Ultimate Guide to Looking and Feeling Gorgeous
Written By: Carmindy
Published By: Center Street, a division of Hachette Book Group USA Inc., 2008, First Edition, 224 pages, hardcover
ISBN 978-1599951430

Get Positively Beautiful is a spectacular guide that covers everything ‘makeup’, from A to Z.”

Get Positively Beautiful is a fantastic book that entertains as it educates. With a very straightforward yet glamorous layout, this makeup guide will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in an otherwise confusing jumble of brushes, blushes, creams and powders. With very detailed and concise descriptions of different makeup, tools and their uses, Carmindy puts her proverbial arm around your shoulder and shows you just how you can enhance your inner beauty and help it shine outwardly. With many stunning, colourful, close-up photographs and more then 10 dramatic before and after makeovers, this makeup guide gives you all the knowledge and confidence necessary for you to be able to tweak and/or improve your personal makeup regimen and add a little flare for those special occasions.
Have you always wondered how some women get the flawless looking skin and those luscious, dramatic lips and eyes? With straightforward and motivational guidance from Carmindy, you will soon have all the necessary hints and tools to have confidence about your own makeup application.
This book includes a suggested shopping guide for makeup, tools and Carmindy also includes intriguing questions and answers, from her fans. This is a great makeup guide for women of all ages and walks of life.
I highly recommend it!

♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ (9 out of 10 Diamonds) – Loved it!
 

Link to the Author’s website:
http://www.carmindy.com/
Link to the Publisher’s Website:
http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/

A special thanks to Hachette Book Group for sending me a copy to review.

Copyright ©  Book Reviews By Bobbie — Bobbie Crawford-McCoy

Book Review – The Successful Introvert

The Successful Introvert,the-successful-introvert1
How to Enhance Your Job Search and Advance Your Career
Written By: Wendy Gelberg
Published By: Happy About, 2008, First Edition, 95 pages, softcover
ISBN 978-1600051074
Top Pick

The Successful Introvert has the inside track on helping shy and introverted people excel during the job hunt and in the workplace; a must-read for shy and introverted people!”

Product Description – From Amazon.com
“The purpose of this book is to present strategies used by successful people – including numerous celebrities – in managing their introversion or shyness while becoming successful in professional endeavors. If you’ve ever felt that your personality was getting in the way of achieving your goals, if you’ve ever felt there was a gap separating you from most other people, this book will open up new possibilities. You don’t have to undergo a personality makeover to be successful in your job search and career. Learn to understand, appreciate, and celebrate your unique strengths.
This book will both enlighten and empower readers with specific strategies to use in everyday personal and professional activities so that they can achieve greater success in their lives. At the same time, it is intended to enable introverts to understand, appreciate, and celebrate their unique strengths.”

The Successful Introvert is a fantastic resource for those of us who are introverted. Shy people can also benefit from this amazingly accurate and insightful book. The Author writes with a very knowledgeable hand and speaks from her own, firsthand knowledge of being an introvert. With wonderful quotes from many successful business people who are introverted and shy, the Author makes her book come alive and gives it even greater authenticity. As an introverted person myself, I was really looking forward to reading this book! I am happy to tell you that I am really pleased with the common sense tips and information that the Author provides. With useful examples and proven methods, I am almost ashamed to admit that I have not figured out many of these things on my own. Much of the book’s content made me feel more comfortable in my own skin; I realize that being introverted isn’t odd or erroneous…it just makes me different from extroverted people. Like two sides of the same coin.
I very highly recommend this book!

♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ (10 out of 10 Diamonds) – Absolutely LOVED it!!
 

Link to Information about the Author:
 http://happyabout.info/thesuccessfulintrovert.php
Link to the Publisher’s Website:
http://www.happyabout.info/index.php

A special thanks to PR By the Book for sending me a copy to review.

Copyright ©  Book Reviews By Bobbie — Bobbie Crawford-McCoy

Book Review – Katie Brown Celebrates

Katie Brown Celebrates,katie-brown-celebrates
Simple and Spectacular Parties All Year Round
Written By: Katie Brown
Published By: Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group USA, Inc., 2008, First Edition, 192 pages, hardcover
ISBN 978-0316118187
Top Pick

Katie Brown Celebrates is a beautiful cookbook and party planning guide for year-round entertainment.”

Katie Brown Celebrates has over 100 tasty recipes that make your mouth water with anticipation. With an introduction from the author, this wonderful book has month-by-month recipes, though they could be used any time of the year. With an innovative and delightful 6 page picture index at the back, I have to tell you, this book has tempted my taste buds and inspired my own creative party-hosting abilities.  There are countless, vibrant and beautiful photographs, with each recipe photo showing you exactly what you’re version should look like.

Some recipe titles include:
♦ Parmesan Soup with Swiss Chard-Stuffed Dumplings
♦ Gorgonzola-Stuffed Potatoes
♦ White Bean-Lamb Stew
♦ Herbed Feta Puffs
♦ Pizza Stick Roll-Ups
♦ Green Garden Soup
♦ Lemon-Rhubarb Trifle
♦ Moroccan Braised Chicken
♦ Apple Brownies
♦ Pear Salad With Jicama Radish, and Celery
…..And MUCH, MUCH MORE!

With unique and creative party planning and menu ideas, many of which I have never seen before, you are sure to find everything you will need to delight even the most discerning of guests.
I very highly recommend this book!

♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ (10 out of 10 Diamonds) – Absolutely LOVED it!!
 

Link to the Author’s website:
http://www.katiebrown.com/
Link to the Publisher’s Website:
http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/

A special thanks to Hachette Book Group for sending me a copy to review.

Copyright ©  Book Reviews By Bobbie — Bobbie Crawford-McCoy

Book Review – Makeup Manual

Makeup Manualbobbi-browns-makeup-manual
Written By: Bobbi Brown
Published By: Springboard Press, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing, 2008, First Edition, 232 pages, hardcover
ISBN 978-0446581349

Makeup Manual is a veritable treasure trove of  makeup tips and pictures; with excellent advice and direction for budding and established makeup artists of the world.”

Makeup Manual is a really user friendly and easy to understand. It is also a very detailed manual which gives hint and tips about beautifying yourself and others. With a focus on the makeup artist’s side of things, this book also has a lot of great tips for those of us at home who are just looking for useful, everyday instruction; not the ultra-glamorous stuff used in the high-fashion world.  With skin basics including nutrition and diet suggestions that can help improve your skins appearance and help promote healthy skin, Bobbi talks about essential vitamins, exercise and the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  Beautiful step-by-step photographs capture your attention and wow’s you with some really unique, tricks-of-the-trade.  With topics ranging from makeup artistry and skincare: toning, cleansing and moisturising, to preparatory primers, consealer’s and foundations. It also includes tips and step-by-step instructions on makeup application on the lips, eyes, cheeks and how to get that smooth, all-over look.  This book is a keeper!  I’ve learned so much from reading this vibrant and informative manual; I believe it is well worth your money.

♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ (8 out of 10 Diamonds) – Thoroughly enjoyed it
 

Link to the Author’s Website:
http://www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com/templates/whatsnew/detail.tmpl?CATEGORY_ID=CATEGORY22386
Link to the Publisher’s Website:
http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/

A special thanks to Hachette Book Group for sending me a copy to review.

Copyright ©  Book Reviews By Bobbie — Bobbie Crawford-McCoy