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Non-Fiction Reviews: (View All)

  • What We See When We Read
  • Author: Peter Mendelsund
  • User Rating: 5
  • Review: Adam's rating: 5 stars

    Call #028.9 Mendelsund

    This is one of the best books I've ever read. Why? Because it's given me a new appreciation for reading and a fresh outlook on life. Mendelsund - book cover artist, classical pianist, and philosopher - illustrates through words and art what goes on when we're reading a book. We think we experience a book like we do a movie, with complete images of the characters and scenes. This reflects our brain's attempt to make sense of the book through synecdoche - where the part refers to the whole. We extrapolate. This is true in books as it's true in life. We only see the world through our eyes, no one else's and we're left with an incomplete and blurry picture.
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  • The Tapping Solution: A Revolutionary System for Stress-Free Living
  • Author: Nick Ortner
  • User Rating: 4
  • Review: Need to ILL

    TCL currently does not have the brother's book The Tapping Solution (as of 12/9/2014) so you'll need to ILL (Interlibrary Loan)it. He also has a DVD by the same name. I started with the DVD which followed 10 totally different people with totally different complaints through the process so you could see how it worked. I like the DVD as I'm a visual learner so it was a good introduction for me and there's a section/chapter dedicated solely to explaining the process and how to duplicate on your own.. I then followed with the book just to get more details and the scientific notation of studies.
    I admit that I feel silly doing this - I loathe anything that requires verbal affirmations - but as a life long sufferer of panic disorder I have a rule that I must at least try anything new that comes along. I do have to say after 1 week of tapping I feel less panic so . . .

    FYI - his sister's book by the same title is in the TCL collection. However, it is completely derivative of her brother's book and less successfully so. Her explanations of how the process should be done are lacking and she has no scientific reference like her brother's book. It's like they decided she could put a "chick spin" on the subject and spoon feed it to "ladies". Ugh. And sigh.
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Fiction Reviews:(View All)

  • Dark Time
  • Author: Chuck Radda
  • User Rating: 5
  • Review: TCL Call #: F Radda C

    Cindy's Rating 5 Stars
    While browsing the Kindle new releases I was attracted to the cover of Dark Time, a novel by Chuck Radda. I'll admit to judging books by their covers...a little.
    It's always nice to find gems from small independent publishers, and this book from Lefora Publishing is one of them.
    The author crafts an unsettling scene in the introduction titled "Fear". I simply had to know what would become of 10 year old Keira Eason in the aftermath of such an incident, after being told by her parents to bury the events of that day as if they had never occurred.
    Chapter One opens to a scene that may be familiar to alot of readers, the 2009 crash landing of a US Air jet into the Hudson River. The "Miracle on the Hudson" as it was called, all aboard survived and were safely rescued from the floating aircraft, but not in this work of fiction.
    Keira (Eason) Wilkes and her 2 sons were on that flight, looking forward to a family vacation. Her husband Martin Wilkes, detained at work, is making plans to catch up with them on a later flight. When he arrives at LaGuardia expecting to be reunited with his family, only his sons await him. After the initial airport chaos subsides and everyone on the plane has been accounted for, Keira is the only one missing...but what exactly happened to her?
    As Martin Wilkes begins the search for his wife, each chapter takes him further away from the safe, predictable upper middle class life he knows, and sometimes hates.
    This is a compelling story with colorful characters and wry humor. Dark Time explores relationships, the layers and secrets we all have. It is also a well written mystery full of detours and discoveries as the story unfolds.
    How Keira Wilkes chooses to resolve that dark event in her past and the fear she has lived with all her life will change her family forever.
    I enjoyed this book and look forward to more from this author.
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  • Mr. Mercedes (Bill Hodges Trilogy, #1)
  • Author: Stephen King
  • User Rating: 3
  • Review: TCL call number: F King S

    Stephanie’s rating: 3 stars
    For Retired Det. Hodges, life ain't so grand. Retirement is supposed to be the next best thing to heaven, but for Hodges it's just the opposite. He's overweight, divorced, somewhat estranged from his only daughter, sort of suicidal, and worst of all; he can't get over the fact that he didn't catch the Mercedes Killer. What an awful damn thing to carry! Ain't it something when you get a wake-up call from the person you least expecting it? Well, it happens to Hodges. The Mercedes Killer has awaken and although he claims to have to no sudden urges to strike again, he's only kidding himself and Hodges knows it. The retired detective is on a quick mission to find the killer before he murders again, and this time he's doing it solo...ehhh and with a little bit of neighborly help. "Mr. Mercedes" is a new venture for Stephen King. I appreciate his story-telling techniques, everything from the real-ness of his characters, to the adequate amount of descriptive detail that is not too gaudy. If you're expecting suspense; it lacks it, but that doesn't mean it ain't a good book to kill some time. Get it?!
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