The Summer Reading Issue

Anne Holmes - Boomer in Chief at NABBW

I don’t know about you, but no matter what the weather, I love to spend my free time reading and writing. When I was a kid, my mother would spend a good part of the summer trying to pry me away from my books, urging me to “go outside and play.”

And play we did: My friends and I played tennis, softball, and swam. We rode our bicycles, and just “hung out.” And of course, I went to camp – my favorite camp years were the two where I went to “horse camp,” where we got to spend a good part of each day learning how to care for a horse – and then riding around the county. And all of that outdoor stuff was fun.

As was the time we spent hanging out at the pool, alternately applying suntan lotion and idly chatting while we checked out the boys and read lightweight fiction as someone’s transister radio tinnily played out our favorite Top 40s tunes. (Of course the biggest challenge to reading outside in the summer was always squinting against the sun to read the pages.)

Apparently these days the Amazon Nook reader has a solution for the sun challenge, but “who wouldathunk” back in the 60s that someday we would someday be able to read books without having to turn pages?

Another good thing about reading these days is that since I’m now “the boss,” and reviewing books is part of my job, I can now read whenever I want: too hot to sit outside and read? No problem, I’ll just sit at my desk or curl up on the couch. And who can resist a nice hot bubble bath and a book? (I’ve gotta tell you, I’ve now wrecked three books by accidentally dropping them in the tub! Thankfully none of this month’s books fell victim to the suds.)

This past month I was lucky enough to get to read 12 great books. My NABBW reviews are included in this issue. Be sure to check ’em out.

We’ve got plenty of wonderful summer fiction, including new offerings from favorite authors like Susan Santangelo, Nancy Gotter Gates and Carolyn Steele Agosta. Not to mention suspenseful novels from two new authors: Thomas Waite and Erika Liodice.

This issue also brings you reviews of a handful of non-fiction works, including Mary Anne Benedetto’s book on memoir writing, and B. Lynn Goodwin’s book on journaling for caregivers, which not only features encouragement for caregivers to release their stress through journaling, but also offers a whole chapter of sentence prompts, to help the journaling process get started. And don’t miss our review of John H. Graves’ guide to helping Boomers figure out how to afford to retire. Or Georgian Lussier’s book on the challenges of being 55+ and unemployed.

In addition, to reviewing books this summer, I’ve finally became a published author – or at least co-author – of a book published in Kindle format! Yes, my friend Ronda Del Boccio convinced me to work with her to publish some of the content I’ve used for years in coaching Boomers who wanted to start a business but didn’t know where to start. The result is our new book — “Activate Your Breakthrough! 23 Success Principles for Baby Boomer Women Business Owners & Entrepreneurs” — which I’m delighted to report has just been deemed an Amazon #1 Best Seller. If you’re reading this fast enough, it will still be available free! (We did that for a few days in early August to celebrate our best seller status!)

Now, since this is a special “Summer Reading” edition of Boomer Women’s World, we’re also including a generous handful of book reviews from other sources, news from a few of our member authors, and a great video on how to write a book.

If time is short and you can’t fit in a whole book, this issue can still benefit you. It’s full of great new, useful (and fairly brief) articles from our many knowledgeable Associates. So carve out some “me time,” settle in and enjoy this special “Summer Reading” issue of Boomer Women’s World.

Don’t forget, NABBW is dedicated to supporting you and helping you live the best life possible. Be sure and use all your benefits, and if you’re not yet a member join now! Exciting things are happening here!

Anne L. Holmes

“Boomer in Chief”

PS Be sure to send us your news, and tell us what you think of this issue. As always, “I’m listening.”

Product Reviews of Interest to Baby Boomer Women

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You Want Me to Do What? Journaling for CaregiversYou Want Me to Do What? Journaling for Caregivers
Marriage Can Be Murder: Every Wife Has a StoryMarriage Can Be Murder: Every Wife Has a Story
7 Easy Steps to Memoir Writing7 Easy Steps to Memoir Writing
Never Say PerfectNever Say Perfect
55+ Women Unite! Welcome All Wise Working Women55+ Women Unite! Welcome All Wise Working Women
Terminal Value: a NovelTerminal Value: a Novel
After the Wink and other storiesAfter the Wink and other stories
Life StudiesLife Studies
The Day the Parrot DiedThe Day the Parrot Died
The 7% Solution: You CAN Afford a Comfortable RetirementThe 7% Solution: You CAN Afford a Comfortable Retirement
Empty ArmsEmpty Arms
Dream New Dreams: Reimagining My Life After LossDream New Dreams: Reimagining My Life After Loss

Summer Reading Lists

Here are links to a virtual library of recommended summer reads…





Quotes for Living

This month we bring you a wealth of inspirational quotes from a variety of amazing people. If you have some other quotes which guide you, please feel free to send them so we can share them with the rest of our audience.

“A good book should leave you… slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it.” ~~William Styron

“If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” ~~Toni Morrison

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” ~~Attributed to Groucho Marx

“My test of a good novel is dreading to begin the last chapter.” ~~Thomas Helm

“Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled “This could change your life. ~~Helen Exley

“No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books.” ~~Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.” ~~Edmund Burke

Monthly Columns from NABBW Associates

Linda Ballou: Adventure Travel
Last Chance for Romance in the West
Lisa Byrne: Boomer Women’s Fitness
Are You Sitting Yourself to Bad Health?
Natalie Caine: Empty Nest
Can You See The Bigger Picture?
Jan Cullinane: The New Retirement
Finding More Time and Saving More Money with PERK
Ronda Del Boccio: Entrepreneurial Authoring
Book Marketing Power Tip: How to Write a Book Pitch that Sizzles
Leigh Anne Jashaway-Bryant: Boomer Humor
Bouncy Bouncy
Dr. Dorree Lynn: Boomer Women Sexuality
50 Shades of Grand
Pamela J. Sams, CRPC®: Finances
Women and the Retirement Ripple Effect
Barbara Tobias: Thrifting
The Thrift-Mobile

NABBW Member News

Joan Ellen GageJoan Ellen Gage
Joan writes that she has published a new book, “Embracing Your Inner Cheerleader,” , which deals with “discovering your creativity, exploring who we really are, the strength of women, quality of life, growing up-again!, gratitude, and dealing with the physical part of aging.”

Carolyn Howard-JohnsonCarolyn Howard Johnson
Carolyn reports that her poem “This Grave at Ypres” was accepted for the August issue of Cyclamen and Swords, an online literary journal which finds the best among poets and short story writers and shares their work freely on their Web site.The August edition is themed “Unforgettable.”

Ami SimmsAmi Simms
Ami has delightedly alerted us that twelve world renowned quilters have each donated a 16″ x 16″ wall quilt for an online auction benefiting the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI). The auction will be held during November 1-10, 2012. Check the site for more details.

Diane BlackDiane Black
Diane notes that they’ve recently reduced the online price of our 4 ounce Shea Butter and added a 3 ounce size, which is TSA compliant! Now you can travel with ease and your Shea! Plus, they’re bringing on Apple Spice Ugly Bars in the Fall, to replace Tomato Leaf. So, stock up now.

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