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The Tyrant's Daughter
The Tyrant's Daughter
by J.C. Carleson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $12.84
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4.0 out of 5 stars An eye opener, March 13, 2014
This review is from: The Tyrant's Daughter (Hardcover)
A family has been abruptly transplanted from an unnamed Middle Eastern country after the assassination of the head of the family. They are living in a small apartment barely above the poverty level in New York City. Laila, the tyrant’s daughter, and her mother and brother have been given asylum in the US. The story follows two paths, one of intrigue as she explores and discovers who her father was to the outside world and becomes involved in a political plot that will include their return to their own country. The parallel story involves her reaction and acclimation into a very different world for young women in this country. Suddenly she finds herself free to wear modern clothing and attend school dances with classmates. She develops a crush on a young man and even experiences her first kiss. Wiser than her years, and involved but not completely understanding the scheme to get back home, she breaks off the relationship. She researches in the library to find out who her father really was and what happened. Her discovery of who murdered her father and the persons involved in the plot changes her world view forever. She is no longer the carefree teenager exploring her identity as a young woman and accepts her fate as her mother prepares to pack and leave for “home”. The story provides a new and fresh perspective on the impact of the political conflicts of the warring parties in countries far from our understanding and the humanity of those who are often portrayed as evil tyrants.


The Sea of Tranquility: A Novel
The Sea of Tranquility: A Novel
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and real, January 1, 2013
Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay is a novel that reads like a memoir of a 17 year old girl who has suffered a horrific, senseless assault when she is 15 that creates a total metamorphosis from a near death experience afterward to the creation of a new identity and life after she recovers physically. Her experiences are vividly portrayed by the author through her actions and reactions to the life she's now living and the relationships she establishes. The story is graphic and raw but poignant. The author holds back nothing of the pain and torment the protagonist experiences on the road to reestablishing a life or some of the ugliness of human nature. Her steely resolve to relinquish everything from her past is agonizing to read. This is one of the most powerfully written accounts of human resilience and ability to overcome the worst adversities life has to offer and still maintain the glimmer to love, hopefulness and beauty of her inner being.


Dying To Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing
Dying To Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing
by Anita Moorjani
Edition: Hardcover
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130 of 147 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting, March 14, 2012
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Dying to Be Me by Anita Moorjani is an interesting account of a young woman's near death experience and it's significance to the rest of her life. It's a short little book but hardly a "quick read" with some profound insights into the impact of our thinking on our life and health. Ms. Moorjani reveals much about her early life experiences and development of her thinking process from childhood as a prelude to her account of her life changing experience with cancer, dying and returning to living. One of her earliest memories was overhearing an adult conversation expressing the disappointment in having a female child. During her early years as a child in Hong Kong she was the object of rejection and bullying in the private schools she attended because of her Indian looks and Hindu religion and suffered feelings of rejection and fear. She developed a strong character and determination to be as perfect as possible in order to please as many people as she could and excelled in her studies and aspired to go to college. She resisted her cultural path to become a skilled housewife in an arranged marriage and was rejected by her community in spite of the support of her family. She finally met the man of her dreams who embraced her independence and was part of the Indian community in Hong Kong. After a brief period of peace and comfort her best friend and brother-in-law were diagnosed and after lengthy and agonizing chemotherapy, succumbed to cancer. Her fears returned with a vengeance and culminated in her own diagnosis of lymphoma. The next four years were a living hell of fear and anxiety with the exception of a brief respite in India at an Ayurveda retreat. When she returned home she was greatly improved but the benefit was short lived when she encountered the negativity of her friends and family and within a few months she was rushed to the hospital unable to breathe or even lift her own head and soon lapsed into a coma. While unconscious she had her life changing experience which ultimately resulted in her decision to return to her physical form for a total healing of her disease and a completely new perspective on her life and left in the universe as a whole. This book must be read with an open mind and heart in order to receive the message and benefit the author intends for the reader to hear. This is a book capable of changing the reader's life, and the author's epiphany, if embraced by the reader, could result in a more peaceful and healthier existence for all.
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Playful Learning: Develop Your Child's Sense of Joy and Wonder
Playful Learning: Develop Your Child's Sense of Joy and Wonder
by Mariah Bruehl
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.47
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful informative book for parents and teachers, October 7, 2011
Playful Learning is a delightful book about children, how they learn and how the
family can support and encourage them.

If you're concerned about the education of your young children or those you teach and love or if you're just concerned about education in this country in general and the impact on all aspects of our society then this is the book for you! Families need this kind of resource and expertise to support their children's growth and learning in the complex world we live in. Recent articles and research going back as far as the `70s show that too much emphasis on academic achievement at an early age can create a variety of antisocial behavior including social violence (In Defense of Learning, [...], Brodsky Chenfeld, M (2006 June) Hand Cuff Me Too, Phi Delta Kappan, 87(10) 745-747. Burgard, M (2007, April 2) Into School, Out of Control:Nowadays Even the Youngest Students Turn to Violence, Hartford Courant, April 12, 2007 Bruehl emphasizes the importance of engaging a child's interest, focusing on fun and not forcing the timetable and activity but allowing the child to learn at their own pace and as interest dictates during early childhood.
Mariah Bruehl is an early childhood education expert who had a dream to start her own school using her ideas about how children learn and keeping the natural joy and playfulness in their education. The opportunity to help start a new school came to her that would provide children a world-class education and all that was necessary for a successful life. She was surrounded with brilliant teachers and educators creating an early childhood and elementary school that was one of the most innovative in the country. After the birth of her second child she began to realize that her good intentions were way off base and the time required to develop her career was at the expense of time with her own children. She says that the "big hard lesson...was that although good schools are a vital aspect of children's development, they are simply not enough." Instead of putting all of her time and energy into developing schools she turned her focus to nurturing her own family and helping others do the same.
In the process of developing ideas and curriculum for her own children she began to put together the book, Playful Learning. This book is a guide for all parents to understanding how children learn, what excites them and what turns them off. The author gives detailed rationale for each lesson or exercise. Her directions are clear and easy to follow and implement. She believes that young children are naturally eager to explore and learn all about the world around them. In reading this book and due to the author's engaging writing style, I felt transported back to my own childhood and remembered how excited I felt as a child as I explored new learning opportunities and discovered who I was, the best part of me and what I'm passionate about. The activities are self-affirming and encouraging to children as young as early pre-school. The author gives the reader insight into how children learn and what they experience in the process.
The first section on how the book is intended to be used encourages the parent to allow the child to take the lead in his learning rather than having a pre-prescribed plan. Bruehl describes the learning process for children for each of the seven disciplines addressed clearly and completely. There should be an Ah-ha moment for each parent or reader; there was for me as a mother of four and an educator when I realized that each child learns at her own pace and that mastery of each level is necessary before the child can move on to the next. Practical everyday examples of exercises are given; you don't have to be a trained educator to understand and follow them. This book will guide the reader through the early stages of teaching, learning and loving to learn with children.
The next section includes photographs and detailed descriptions of setting up learning spaces. No matter the size of the space you have available to you, the descriptions can be adapted with materials readily available everywhere. Having a specific, well-organized space is encouraging and special for a child and lets them know you value learning and what they're doing and interested in. I found this extremely helpful and it relieved much of the anxiety I often feel when starting a new project. Each section has a special box set up with a list of supplies needed to set up the area.
The next seven sections of the book address each of the primary disciplines for young children: writing, reading, mathematics, science, art and artists, geography and citizens of tomorrow, which includes social and political issues. In each of these areas time is spent explaining the unique mental process the child goes through to master the skills and concepts necessary and gives developmental information for three levels of development from youngest pre-school to late elementary students. Exercises and lists of materials and supplies are provided for each subject along with a rationale for using them.
Some of the highlights I found most interesting were the emphasis on social and emotional development that includes self awareness, social awareness, self management, responsible decision making and relationship skills needed for successful children. The emphasis on the importance of family as the microcosm of the larger world includes basic non-negotiable rules, respect for other's feelings, words, bodies and things; the necessity of conflict resolution skills in a material world, understanding needs vs. wants, the importance of contribution to the community and individual development through growth and ability.
The book ends with an extensive list of printable materials, resources and sources for other materials. This book can be an invaluable resource for parents, families and all teachers of young children especially those considering or involved in home schooling.
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Older Women, Younger Men: New Options for Love and Romance
Older Women, Younger Men: New Options for Love and Romance
by Felicia Brings
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.30
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every woman should read this, August 22, 2011
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I wish I'd read this book years ago, it's so empowering and informative. These women really nailed it in a lot of areas beyond "older women/younger men" very validating!


allen allen Women's Jersey Mock Twist Open Cardigan, Black, One Size
allen allen Women's Jersey Mock Twist Open Cardigan, Black, One Size

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fit and value, August 22, 2011
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I love it! Great fit for a one size garment and good quality. The gray is lovely! The black was a heather color and not what I expected!


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