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Reckless Traveler
Reckless Traveler
by Walter Rhein
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful autobiographical account of traveling to, living and working in Peru and beyond. Fun to read!, June 20, 2016
This review is from: Reckless Traveler (Paperback)
This book was a very enjoyable read about a young man's travels -- his life actually for seven years -- in Peru. It is an autobiographical account about what it is like to be footlose and fancy free NOT worrying so much about what tomorrow will bring but living fully in the present. It made me remember what it was like when I was a freshman in college and took a structured tour of Europe wishing, all the time, that I had not been held back by convention and had the courage, time and funding to just travel on my own. I was always aware, however, that I was a young attractive female, and it only took one bad experience of being aggressively groped by another passenger on a Roman bus to convince me that, unlike THIS traveler, a male, the protection offered by being in a group was something desirable at the time -- at least to me. This man, however, apparently had the time, money and desire to spend as much time as he liked in the country of Peru.
There is much to be said about traveling in general and even if you cannot travel completely on your own like the author just getting out and experiencing the culture of another country is an adventure in itself. I admired that the author of this book chose to travel to a country where he did not initially know how to speak the language but made a point to learn it ending up becoming an instructor! Having served as a Department of Army civilian, I have seen too many military family members literally "hiding" in military housing--afraid to experience the culture of countries like Germany, Italy and Japan because they did not know the language and were afraid they were going to get lost! Learning a new language, experiencing the food of the country you are in and getting to know the local people (as the author did) is only half the fun! I am only grateful that in my own travels to 22 European countries in two European tours I took so many photographs of people that I met and enjoyed the company of, as well as cultural artificants too personal and unique to be considered mere "souveniers".
I really enjoyed reading this book and think you will too.


By Juozas Luksa - Forest Brothers: The Account of an Anti-soviet Lithuanian Freedom (2010-05-15) [Paperback]
By Juozas Luksa - Forest Brothers: The Account of an Anti-soviet Lithuanian Freedom (2010-05-15) [Paperback]
by Juozas Luksa
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tragic, heart-breaking true story explicitly detailing the painful history of the Lithuanian resistance fighters after WW II., June 13, 2016
This is a phenomenal book originally pubished in 1951, by the author, who himself was a "partizanas"--a Lithuanian freedom fighter, an insurgent battling Soviet occupation forces after the Western powers abandoned the Baltics (not to mention the rest of Central Europe) after the Yalta conference of February 1945. This edition came out in 2009 published in English for the first time in unabridged form by the Central European University Press in Budapest and New York. It is especially notable that it remains one of the few reliable eye witness accounts of the "Invisible Front" as dubbed by Soviet security forces.

For years the world did not know (nor if they did, sadly care) about the plight of those foolishly abandoned by American President Franklin D. Roosevelt when at Yalta he was quoted as saying "let it slip that the United States would not protest if the Soviet Union attempted to annex the three Baltic States." "After Yalta" Laima Vince tells us in the introduction to this edition "the three Baltic States and much of Central Europe was left to Stalin's control." "On Stalin's orders" Vince continues "the Soviets carried out a program of genocide in 1941, 1944, 1948, and throughout the 1950's with the goal of subduing the local population and integrating it into the Soviet Union. Those who resisted...were disposed of by being transported via cattle car to hard labor camps in Siberia ....During these years the Soviets deported about 130,000 people from Lithuania ....In total about 118,599 Lithuanias died in Siberia." (Fortunately my own parents were among the lucky roughly 50,000 Lithuanians who succeeded to fleeing to the West). The author, Juozas Luksa, was twenty-three years old in 1944 and was to become one of the partizan resistance fighters who was to remain in Lithuania trying to fight a war against the Soviets forever hoping that assistance from the West would one day be forthcoming. Tragically this never happened.

This is a very passionate and detailed autobiographical account written by a man who truly loved his country and was willing to die for it. At one time he was among as many as 28,000 guerilla fighters participating in battles and skirmishes through Lithuania. Resulting from an apathetic response from the West and slowly dwindling in numbers, sadly the numbers of partizanai decreased until the last remaining was murdered by the Soviets in 1965. Their sacrifice I feel, however, was not in vain and something to be proud of and eternally grateful for. As Vince, a Fullbright Lecturer at Vilnius University concludes in the introductory chapter "As a result of the armed resistance, Lithuania was the least colonized of the three Baltic states and the most successful in retaining its ethnic heritage. The collectivization of farms was delayed in post-war Lithuania. The partisans sometimes attacked and temporarily controlled smaller cities, successfully interrupting the Communist elections in 1946, kept people informed about international events through their underground press, and tried to maintain order and morale in the remote areas of Lithuania." In other words, they helped preserve the heritage of the Lithuanian people and paved the wave for Lithuania to, for the second time in the 20th century, declare itself an independent and sovereign nation free of Soviet (or any other national power's) control with it's OWN history, language and traditions. This book is the story of those Lithuanian heroes who would not ALLOW a nation with over 700 years of history to die...The book is truly a historical work of art...


Forest Brothers: The Account of an Anti-Soviet Lithuanian Freedom Fighter 1944-1948
Forest Brothers: The Account of an Anti-Soviet Lithuanian Freedom Fighter 1944-1948
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tragic, heart-breaking true story explicitly detailing the painful history of the Lithuanian resistance fighters after WWII., June 13, 2016
This is a phenomenal book originally pubished in 1951, by the author, who himself was a "partizanas"--a Lithuanian freedom fighter, an insurgent battling Soviet occupation forces after the Western powers abandoned the Baltics (not to mention the rest of Central Europe) after the Yalta conference of February 1945. This edition came out in 2009 published in English for the first time in unabridged form by the Central European University Press in Budapest and New York. It is especially notable that it remains one of the few reliable eye witness accounts of the "Invisible Front" as dubbed by Soviet security forces.

For years the world did not know (nor if they did, sadly care) about the plight of those foolishly abandoned by American President Franklin D. Roosevelt when at Yalta he was quoted as saying "let it slip that the United States would not protest if the Soviet Union attempted to annex the three Baltic States." "After Yalta" Laima Vince tells us in the introduction to this edition "the three Baltic States and much of Central Europe was left to Stalin's control." "On Stalin's orders" Vince continues "the Soviets carried out a program of genocide in 1941, 1944, 1948, and throughout the 1950's with the goal of subduing the local population and integrating it into the Soviet Union. Those who resisted...were disposed of by being transported via cattle car to hard labor camps in Siberia ....During these years the Soviets deported about 130,000 people from Lithuania ....In total about 118,599 Lithuanias died in Siberia." (Fortunately my own parents were among the lucky roughly 50,000 Lithuanians who succeeded to fleeing to the West). The author, Juozas Luksa, was twenty-three years old in 1944 and was to become one of the partizan resistance fighters who was to remain in Lithuania trying to fight a war against the Soviets forever hoping that assistance from the West would one day be forthcoming. Tragically this never happened.

This is a very passionate and detailed autobiographical account written by a man who truly loved his country and was willing to die for it. At one time he was among as many as 28,000 guerilla fighters participating in battles and skirmishes through Lithuania. Resulting from an apathetic response from the West and slowly dwindling in numbers, sadly the numbers of partizanai decreased until the last remaining was murdered by the Soviets in 1965. Their sacrifice I feel, however, was not in vain and something to be proud of and eternally grateful for. As Vince, a Fullbright Lecturer at Vilnius University concludes in the introductory chapter "As a result of the armed resistance, Lithuania was the least colonized of the three Baltic states and the most successful in retaining its ethnic heritage. The collectivization of farms was delayed in post-war Lithuania. The partisans sometimes attacked and temporarily controlled smaller cities, successfully interrupting the Communist elections in 1946, kept people informed about international events through their underground press, and tried to maintain order and morale in the remote areas of Lithuania." In other words, they helped preserve the heritage of the Lithuanian people and paved the wave for Lithuania to, for the second time in the 20th century, declare itself an independent and sovereign nation free of Soviet (or any other national power's) control with it's OWN history, language and traditions. This book is the story of those Lithuanian heroes who would not ALLOW a nation with over 700 years of history to die...The book is truly a historical work of art...


Tietam Cane
Tietam Cane
by Lance Levens
Edition: Paperback
Price: $17.50
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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive writing. An outstanding novel., May 26, 2016
This review is from: Tietam Cane (Paperback)
It has been a long time since I read such an interesting, thought-provoking and moving book. Born in Detroit, Michigan of Lithuanian born parents and only having lived in Savannah, Georgia for the past eleven years, I would often wonder why the descendents of those who lived and fought for the Confederate States of America had such an intense attachment to the Old South, even, to this date many still marking Confederate Independence Day. After all they had lost the Civil War, had they not? The thing is, as demonstrated in this book, the pride that many people experienced ran very deep, deeper than anyone from a northern based union could ever understand let alone feel empathy for in their defeat.

This novel is the story of one Tietam Cane, a fifteen year old boy who is raised by a deeply disturbed maternal grandfather to hate Yankees to the point of wanting to bully even murder a fellow student whose family had moved to Georgia from Conneticut. His grandfather, one Junius Cane, had himself been subjected and taught to hate by his own father whose family (and himself personally) been victimized by an occupying Union Army. The hatred for northerners seem to have begun then and continued to be transmitted from one generation to another. This is complicated by the fact that Tietam was under the belief that his parents had abandoned him to "become beatniks" in some northern state when Tietam was only three years old. Thus Tietam grows up with Junius, his maternal grandfather, and Bean, his maternal grandmother, under the impression of a glorified Old South where slaves were NOT mistreated, lived happily and in peace, just like the masters that owned them. After a series of events, however, Tietam learns that what his grandparents had been relaying to him was far from the truth. Additionally deep family secrets come out that cause Tietam's life to change forever.

This is a fascinating book, one that you will not soon put down. Lance Levens is a truly gifted author whose writing will captivate you as few others can. I really enjoyed reading this book and strongly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a GREAT novel to read.


The Vitality Map: A Guide to Deep Health, Joyful Self-Care, and Resilient Well-Being
The Vitality Map: A Guide to Deep Health, Joyful Self-Care, and Resilient Well-Being
by Deborah Zucker
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.35
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An intensely powerful eye opening guide to self fulfillment and better health., May 19, 2016
It is crystal clear that the author, a naturopathic physican and transformational health coach, put a great deal of work and caring into this book. It is clearly an answer to those of us who feel, after we have seen our doctors and walked away with yet another prescription for pills and procedures treating SYMPTOMS of afflictions, that we have NEVER really gotten an idea of what caused us to become sick in the first place. Dr Zucker appears to be a very strong believer of the holistic school of health where the practicioner treats the WHOLE person--body, mind AND spirit. She writes this book encouraging the reader to take a more ACTIVE role in improving their personal health.

This journey to better health and vitality is to be accomplished by a series of nine steps or "keys" to deeper vitality. Each key is then detailed and the reader is encouraged to keep a journal as they work on their personal struggle to achieve a happier state of being. I personally liked the fact that the author advocated (in Key # 2 Facing and Embracing Your Shadows) finding out and working through those things -- whether they be physical, psychological or spirtual--that block us from improving our health before moving onto Key # 4 Cultivating Resilience and Key # 5 Aligning With Your Yes. Her Key # 8 Inviting Support and Connection then strengthens us even further into being able to enjoy the life we were meant to enjoy. I love it that the final key - Key # 9 is titled Living Like You Matter and believing wholeheartedly, like the author, that we really DO.

This is an outstanding book on learning how to self nurture, take better care of ourselves, take an active role with those medical practicioners whose job is to help us feel better, and working towards our happiest selves. Without hesitation I strongly recommend this book.


Defend Freedom
Defend Freedom
Price: $3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening account of one patriotic Lithuanian-American following the Soviet occupation of the Baltics in 1944., May 12, 2016
This review is from: Defend Freedom (Kindle Edition)
Simply put, I would STRONGLY recommend this book. It is written by a Lithuanian-American patriot born in Kaunas, Lithuania who survived the firebombing of Dresden during WWII, emigrated to the United States and later became a decorated Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marine Corps. Any truly patriotic Lithuanian, Lithuanian-American (or American for that matter) will find this book HIGHLY educational, informative and enlightening as to what happened to the Lithuanian (and the Baltic) people in the days following the final occupation of Lithuania by the Soviets in 1944. It would take decades for these countries (Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia) to regain their independence, having to wait for the fall of the Soviet Union, before they had their chance to regain their sovereign state.


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Water Aerobics - How To Lose Weight And Tone Your Body In The Water
Water Aerobics - How To Lose Weight And Tone Your Body In The Water
by Jennifer Taylor
Edition: Paperback
Price: $6.99
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice summary of an alternative form of aerobic exercise., September 29, 2015
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This nifty little book (only 94 pages long) is a wonderful summary of the benefits of participating in Water Aerobics, the procedures involved including warming up and cooling down, with chapters on upper and lower body workouts and water aerobics for physical rehabilitation. I was a little frustrated by it, however, when I saw that it was written in such small print. There are photographs in the book which would have been nice to have been in color and there are quite a few types of water aerobics exercises that were NOT included. I think the book was a good start but it does need to be further developed. I do appreciate that it even exists, however, and promotes water type exercises for those of us who have special problems such as arthritis of our knees or other medical conditions. As the author concludes "Water aerobics provides a workout platform for everyone, regardless of their age, physical health and current fitness level.....Water aerobics is one of the few forms of exercise that effectively offers an insignificant impact on the joints....ultimately you will be taking away a tremendous amount of stress on your joints and ligaments as soon as you decide to take your workout to the pool." THIS is why I personally started participating in Water Aerobics in the first place! Additionally I have met some of the nicest people in my Water Aerobics classes. I TOTALLY agree with the author's concluding "You just can't beat the effectiveness of water aerobics as a primary form of exercise. It is a great choice for conditioning, strengthening, improving endurance and limiting the effects of physical conditions and injuries. Further, working out in the pool is fun and easy, you won't even feel like you're breaking a sweat." This is a good book I would recommend.


People Tools for Love and Relationships: The Journey from Me to Us
People Tools for Love and Relationships: The Journey from Me to Us
by Alan Fox
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.94
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy-to-read, practical advice for people in relationships based on the personal experiences of the author., September 29, 2015
I have to admit that most of what I read in this book I already knew and knew well partly because I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) by profession myself. That in itself does NOT by any means mean that I have all the answers (or come close to having them) nor have I necessarily been in the happiest of relationships. True I have only been married once to the same man for over fifteen years, however, there is so much more we can ALL learn from each other and each others real life experiences. What I appreciated from this book was that the author was able to glean from his own personal experiences what he can conclude as being "best practices" for people in general. Sometimes that is, in fact, the best way to teach, keeping in mind, of course, that what works for me may not necessarily work for you. I like the fact that the book seemed to emphasize taking personal responsibility in how a marriage/relationship works: "those who are happiest in relationships are those who work on it. They talk to each other. They read books. They seek help." I liked that the author felt one can achieve happiness at ANY age "We are never too old or to weary to enjoy the simple pleasures of life." I liked that he felt "Whatever the question, love is the answer." This is a good book. I would recommend it.


Desire and Red Wine: A Life's Journey
Desire and Red Wine: A Life's Journey
by Victoria Norvaisa
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-warming, romantic novel, a very enjoyable read with notable historical significance, May 18, 2015
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This is a warm, romantic novel highlighting the loves and losses of one family through several generations. Originating in their native Lithuania but soon traumatized by three foreign power occupations (Communists, Nazis and Communists returning), this family would look to the United States for the safety and security they were seeking. The book ends up focusing on one Lithuanian woman and her struggle to find the love she was searching for all of her life.
While entertaining the reader with the love stories of the main characters, the book is uniquely educational historically. Many who may read it have never really thought about Lithuania, where she is located geographically and what kind of a tragic history she sustained at the hands of her Soviet Russian occupiers--one that failed to be documented in most American history books. Some may not even have heard of Lithuania until the recent illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russians and their stated objective to reoccupy their formerly subjugated countries such as Lithuania. It is thus that the book serves a dual purpose and makes it an especially worthwhile read.
One thing that I particularly liked about the book was how the author made the characters come alive! In reading this book you felt like you WERE the individuals the author was describing. It was a very human experience causing one to remember what it was like to be in love for the very first time, to feel the sting of betrayal when the object of your affection found someone else more desirable, to long for a sustaining love to whom you were the most important. This caused me to become so wrapped up in the book I felt like I was living myself! The author who is described as being "better known...for her arthwork" having exhibited her art in local and regional galleries, thus uses words to paint a picture of people experiencing their very real lives. I really DID like that as well.
All in all I find this to be a very fine book you can curl up to, enjoy reading while, at the same time, learning something most important. I would STRONGLY recommend the book NOT just for young people but everyone from young to old, Lithuanian-American (like myself) or of any other ethnic identity.


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