• When I was asked to review this book I looked forward to it, because I had enjoyed the first one so much. However, usually the sequels to many works are not up to par with the first but oh my, that does not apply to this !

    "What Difference Do It Make" contains "stories of hope and healing" from the authors of "Same Kind Of Different As Me" written by Ron Hall, Denver Moore and Lynn Vincent. It is published by Thomas Nelson Publishers and was published this year. As of yet I don't think it has made the best seller list but given time I am sure it will! Once again I have to give kuddos to the cover designer. It captures perfectly the flavor and theme of the book. The covers of both books draw you in before you ever "crack" open the book.

    This sequel continues with "more of the story, the rest of the story, the ongoing story" and all throughout the book are stories from others who have read the book and it has done one of two things, it has either changed their lives or caused them to

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  • I normally read Anne Rivers Siddons when I need a "feel good read". While "Off Season" is a great book it's not neccessarily a "feel good" read as I like to call them. Instead this is a book about retrospect and finding one's self in a time where we would prefer to bury our head under the covers and sleep for days on end.

    It is a book that delves into the lives of a happy family and then it takes you through the pitfalls of the tragedies that befall them. The story's main character Lilly is at the center of the story often telling it from her point of view. It is an interesting story of a young love blossoming into something beautiful yet unattainable. Lilly falls in love with Jon only to lose him to a horrible accident that could have been avoided had Jon's father exercised better parenting skills and not given in to his own grief. This is to be only one of the tragedies I speak of.

    Set first in Maine and then on to Washington DC the story unfolds as the family struggles to deal

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  • Kelly Osbourne in October and Osbourne in 2002, Getty ImagesKelly Osbourne in October and Osbourne in 2002, Getty ImagesWith every actress and musician trying to enter the fashion and beauty arenas, it comes as no surprise that Kelly Osbourne wanted a piece of the action. She may not be a real "expert," but growing up in the spotlight as the daughter of rocker Ozzy Osbourne while battling weight issues and the evil fashion police, Kelly wanted to share some style tips.

    Her new book, "Fierce," reveals dressing and grooming tips alongside some of the stars biggest fashion flubs. "Maybe sharing some of my most embarrassing moments will help you avoid one or two of your own," says Osbourne on her website. A few of her style rules:

    • Invest in Spanx. The right underwear can make an outfit. It can smooth your shape or hold you in all the right places. Big knickers are not embarrassing - they're a bloody life saver!
    • I don't think you have to spend a lot of money on a bag. But pick one that shows off your personality. It's with you come rain or shine.
    • Don't squeeze your body into a size smaller because
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  • Authors Nina Lesowitz and Mary Beth Sammons have brought to the public a new book about the art of gratitude:
    Living Life as a Thank You

    The Transformative Power of Daily Gratitude

    --Filled with Inspirational Stories, Gratitude Practices and Research Findings,

    A Guide to Finding Fulfillment and Joy-

    San Francisco, CA - Studies show-and experts counsel-that gratitude is a key component for personal happiness. Many spiritual leaders, healers, and recovery programs advise that appreciating what we do have, instead of focusing on what's missing is the secret to living a balanced and abundant life.

    Living Life as a Thank You goes to the frontlines of people who have transformed their lives - in good times and bad - by incorporating the practice of gratitude in their daily living. The stories show how living life out of gratefulness can turn even life's toughest moments into blessings to be embraced. Authors Nina Lesowitz and Mary Beth Sammons offer concrete tools along

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  • May I say that this story, "My Parents' Bedroom," the final story in Say You're One of Them, is perhaps the most heartbreaking, if you can compare heartbreaks. I've read a lot of stories and books and articles and seen documentaries (the Frontline documentary on the genocide in Rwanda being one of the best I've ever seen) but this story really pierced the interior of my being.

    I have to say all the stories that I've read did not, and were not, spoken from the voices of children. The first paragraph of "My Parents' Bedroom" begins:

    "I'm nine years and seven months old. I'm at home playing peekaboo in my room with my little brother, Jean. It's Saturday evening, and the sun has fallen behind the hills. There's silence outside our bungalow, but from time to time the evening wind carries a shout to us. Our parents have kept us indoors since yesterday."

    So there begins the story that so many hundreds and hundreds of thousands of Rwandans also experienced that April 1994, just before the

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  • To mangle Tolstoy, good bosses are all alike. They are good mentors; they care about your happiness and advancement; their interests seem aligned with your own.

    Bad bosses, on the other hand, come in many flavors. And a new book, "Working for You Isn't Working for Me," by Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster, provides a field guide to the many species of bad boss. There's the "checked out" boss (can these really survive in this kind of job market?), the "rule changer" (who tells you to take a lunch break then seems surprised you're not at your desk), the "underminer" (who asks you for help and then makes it impossible for you to assist), the "chronic critic" (needs no explanation), and a slew of others. For each bad behavior, the authors give sample scenarios to help you recognize your situation, and then walks you through a process to take back power and correct it.

    This is is a book that should sit next to all your other reference bibles so that you can consult it as difficult

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  • So this is so interesting. This story, "Luxurious Hearses" in Say You're One of Them, is the longest story in the book, and believe me, you are going to be tempted to end this story because it is like being on that frickin' bus, let me tell ya. After a while, you just want to get off the bus, and there are so many crazy people on the bus you're like, "Okay, can the bus get moving already?"

    But really as you continue to read, you understand that story is so much deeper than that…it's about the conflicts and prejudices that we all hold against each other, the way we define ourselves and define other people and judge other people. And the fact that you have this Muslim boy who's trying to hide that he is Muslim on this bus of all Christians, and what happens when the Christian people discover that he is Muslim is shocking.

    Now, originally when I read this story I thought that this is why the book is called Say You're One of Them, and you will probably be tempted to say the same thing,

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  • When interviewed, Uwem Akpan, the author of Say You're One of Them said the thing that surprised him about America was "how little Americans know or want to know about life elsewhere." I mention this, because I am one of those Americans. I don't like to watch the news; it depresses me. I don't usually read books that are too close to reality. I like fiction, because it allows me to escape. Akpan's debut collection of short stories is a shock to me, because it's fiction that reads like the truth. It will sear your mind and burden your heart with it's palpable imagery.

    The short stories cover a range of cringe-worthy topics: poverty, hunger, the sexual exploitation of children, war, violence, and religious persecution. It makes this American question the possibility of two places being so vastly different. Africa is the polar opposite of our developed nation. How can there be two such extremes on the same planet?

    And yet, I found myself drawn to the characters in these stories. My

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  • Hello, everybody. Happy reading to you.

    We are continuing on to the third story in Say You're One of Them, and it's called "What Language Is That?" Everybody knows I have a best friend, but anybody who's had a best friend knows that there is a special language between friends, and this story I just appreciated so much because I had never actually thought about the unspoken language between friends.

    By the time you finish reading this story, you'll be thinking about the language that you have between your own friends, your own children, your own intimate relationships, either with your partner or people you care about. We all have that language, even when we aren't speaking, and that really was what the essence of this story was to me. Even when you're not allowed to verbally articulate what your heart wants to say, your heart still speaks louder than anything you know.

    Find out more about "Say You're One of Them" and Oprah's Book Club on oprah.com.

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  • The Lovely Bones

    I just finished reading The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold for my book club. For the past couple of years I have heard so many people tell me what a great book it is. Yes, I did enjoy the book but not as much as I expected. Often when this happens I wonder if it was because the book was hyped up to the extreme. I wonder what the other readers in my group thought. Sadly, the book club does not meet until November 8th. Waiting is hard.

    Normally I am not one to point out flaws in books. However, in this book I was a bit confused by the age of the characters. Susie, the main character, is 14 when she is murdered. Her sister, Lindsey, is 13. At first the author does not say the age of the younger brother, Buckley. Later you find out he is 4. Wouldn't that make Susie 10 years older than Buckley? That is what I thought. After which I was confused when Susie reflects on when Utemeyer dies. Susie states that she was 6 and Lindsey was 5....okay that makes sense...then I swear she says her

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