Review: Theme and Variations (Musical Notes by a Neurologist)

          Synopsis: Part neuroscience, part memoir, Theme and Variations: Musical Notes by a Neurologist, explores why humans—unique among the world’s species--play and listen to music, suggesting that it is fundamental to human existence, culture, and well-being. Drawing upon his experiences as a scientist and flutist to examine the importance of music... Continue Reading →

Review: Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness by Rachel E. Spector

            Synopsis: For courses in Community/Public Health Nursing, Transcultural Nursing, and CEUs. Promotes an awareness of the dimensions and complexities involved in caring for people from diverse cultural backgrounds The ninth edition of Cultural Diversity in Health and Wellness examines the differences existing within North America by probing the health... Continue Reading →

Review: Forgotten Reflections (A War Story)

Synopsis: In the current international climate where North Korea takes center stage, “Forgotten Reflections” weaves an inspirational tale of family, lost memories, folklore and an unforgotten history, spanning three generations as South Korea rises from the ashes.  DARE TO DREAM IN THE MIDST OF WAR. 1945. Rice fields seem endless in a quaint farming village... Continue Reading →

Review: Beyond Our Degrees of Separation 

Synopsis: A narrative weave of testimonial non-fiction by Judith Ravin and Muhammad Hassan Miraj, Beyond Our Degrees of Separation evokes points of intersection between the United States and Pakistan. Hailing from oxymoronic bureaucracies, the co-authors transcend their respective realms of diplomacy and the military to reaffirm commonalities beyond differences. The alternating narratives trace their real-life... Continue Reading →

Review: A Portrait of Emily Price  

Synopsis: Art restorer Emily Price has never encountered anything she can’t fix—until she meets Ben, an Italian chef, who seems just right. But when Emily follows Ben home to Italy, she learns that his family is another matter . . . Emily Price—fix-it girl extraordinaire and would-be artist—dreams of having a gallery show of her... Continue Reading →

Review: Legend of the Coco Palms Resort

Synopsis: Never confuse Hawaiian spirits for Aloha spirit. On the lush tropical Hawaiian island of Kauai sits the iconic dilapidated Coco Palms Resort, once a paradise getaway for the rich and famous. On September 11, 1992 Hurricane Iniki ripped through Kauai, leaving the resort nothing more than a hollowed shell. Centuries before Iniki struck, the... Continue Reading →

Review: Gods, Empire, & Shifting Trade Routes

  Synopsis: In approximately 200 pages, this book seems to describe what 200,000 pages could not come close to adequately holding: the history of the world. Featured in this brief ride through the human condition: why over 40% of the world speaks in tongues descended from an obscure tribe called the Indo-Europeans, how political violence... Continue Reading →

Review: Gullali of Panjshir Valley

  Synopsis: A POWERFUL TALE OF ADVENTURE, ROMANCE, AND ONE WOMAN'S FIGHT AGAINST GENDER BIAS IN THE NAME OF CULTURE AND RELIGION. Panjshir Valley, eleven thousand feet above sea level north of Kabul--Afghanistan, is heaven on Earth. Gullali, an educated young Afghan woman, was raised by her liberal-minded family to believe women deserve the same rights as men,... Continue Reading →

Review: The Secret Language of Women

  Synopsis:  Set in China in the late 1800’s, The Secret Language of Women tells the story of star-crossed lovers, Zhou Bin Lian, a Eurasian healer, and Giacomo Scimenti, an Italian sailor, driven apart by the Boxer Rebellion. When Lian is seventeen years old, she accompanies her Swiss father, Dr. Gianluca Brasolin, fluent in Italian,... Continue Reading →

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