Notre-Dame

The burning and partial destruction of Paris’ Notre-Dame Cathedral in April 2019 was shown on television worldwide. People everywhere were grief-stricken and shocked that such a monument to mankind’s ingenuity and perseverance could fall. But it impacted Ken Follett, best-selling author of The Pillars of the Earth, even more. AfterContinue Reading

Neuroscience of Selling

The title of the Neuroscience of Selling is rather misleading because no specific scientific studies are mentioned in the book or end notes. In fact, this book is based on other pop culture books and articles about selling. The introduction had me thinking there were new ideas here. But, nope,Continue Reading

Sushi Modoki

Sushi Modoki means mimicked sushi. This cookbook shows vegans and vegetarians how to create beautiful replicas of famous sushi while not compromising their ethical values. The book includes seventeen nigiri (thin fish over rice), nine sushi rolls, four chirashi (rice/veggie bowls), four inari (stuffed deep-fried tofu pockets), four oshi (rectangularContinue Reading

Animals Reviewed

When would you need Animals Reviewed? Before you hire two skunks as house protection, read the included 2-star review suggesting guard rabbits instead. If you need a CrossFit instructor, you could do worse than the 5-star rhinoceros described here. Animals Reviewed is a perfect zoo or aquarium gift shop purchase.Continue Reading

Stop Being Reasonable

Society expects that people will use logic and reason to sway others to change their mind. However, Stop Being Reasonable argues that reason doesn’t work, which is why the country is so divided. Using several true stories, the author anecdotally tries to prove what changes minds. The stories encompass catcalling,Continue Reading

Of Vengeance

“It takes a stroke of luck to find your vocation. I might have spent my whole life searching. Hare Krishna? Hairdressing? Water polo? But the universe blessed me with a taste of the perfect crime.”—from Of Vengeance. Welcome to the mind of an unnamed sociopath, who is also a thirteen-year-oldContinue Reading

Art of Flaneuring

The Art of Flaneuring is to wander intentionally in an aimless way. It is a technique to use mindfulness, live in the moment, and get some exercise. It was first practiced by rich, slightly drunken Frenchmen in the late 1800s. In modern times, it isn’t so limiting. In fact, flaneuringContinue Reading

A Very Vegan Halloween

A Very Vegan Halloween: The Witch’s Cauldron Cookbook The Vegan Holiday Cookbook Collection #1 by Rebecca Henry My Review With thirteen snacks, eight main dishes, seventeen desserts, and four drinks, A Very Vegan Halloween allows you to share Halloween with your friends and family without giving up your values. JustContinue Reading