Friday, November 27, 2020
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Fifty and Fabulous! The Best Years of a Woman’s Life Author: Jaki Scarcello Reviewed by: Anne Holmes for the NABBW Author Jaki Scarcello is on a mission to challenge and enhance our perspective on growing older. This book began as a series of interviews with women ages 45 to 102 in five countries. Their wisdom provides its foundation. As Scarcello tells the reader at the front of the book: “A few years ago I began to interview interesting women who were nearing or passing the age of 50. I started the project for a variety of reasons, in response to circumstances in my professional... (Read More ...)

CD: “I’ll Be Seeing You” Artist: Vicki  Lynn King Reviewed by: Anne Holmes for the NABBW Vicki Lynn is an extremely versatile solo artist who can sing any style of music. With “I’ll Be Seeing You”, her third album, she brings her sultry, bluesy voice to a collection of old standards that are irresistible! Here’s a chance to hear a real woman sing some of your favorites, including “When I Fall In Love,” “It Had To Be You,” “The Very Thought Of You,” and that venerable chestnut, “What A Wonderful World.” You may have first heard these songs performed by... (Read More ...)

The Reindeer Keeper: Believe Again Barbara Briggs Ward with illustrations by Suzanne Langelier-Lebeda Reviewed by:  Anne Holmes for the NABBW This story about kindergarten teacher Abbey, her lumberyard owner husband Steve and what happens to them when they move into a turn-of-the-century farmhouse  located on more than 120 acres “somewhere off County Route 12” is a Hallmark movie waiting to happen. As we meet them, they are walking their newly acquired property for the first time. It is a few days before Christmas, and they are hunting for the perfect Christmas... (Read More ...)

Water Running Downhill!  Words of Empowerment for Women in Midlife Author: Joan Ellen Gage Reviewed by: Anne Holmes Joan Ellen Gage is a self-taught poet and photographer and this short book of her poetry is enhanced by her charming and creative photography. A dental hygienist by training, she says she was inspired to write this book, her first, by her patients, who have shared their stories with her over the years. “Water Running Downhill” urges us to dance to our music now, before all the water ends up at the bottom of the hill and it is too late... (Read More ...)

Wai-nani: High Chiefess of Hawai’i Her Epic Journey Linda Ballou Reviewed by: Anne Holmes for the NABBW This story of a Hawaiian woman of the 18th century, Wai-nani, is based upon the life of Hawaiian chiefess Kaahumanu. It is filled with vivid imagery and rife with details that make this time period come to life. I especially enjoyed the way the voice of the book reflects Hawaiian thinking and values. Hawai’i was a very different place in the late 1700s. Wai-nani is young, impetuous and rebellious. She is, as at home in the water as she is on land and often... (Read More ...)

Sex for Grownups: Dr. Dorree Reveals the Truths, Lies, And Must-Tries for Great Sex After 50 Author: Dorree Lynn, Ph.D. , with Cindy Spitzer Reviewed by: Anne Holmes for the NABBW By the time you reach 50, chances are sex is no longer something shiny and new. In fact, you may even have come to think that since you aren’t as young, thin or agile as you used to be, great sex is a thing of the past. After all, if you watch TV long enough, you’ve seen all those ED commercials, featuring older adults, right? Well don’t despair. While this book is not one of those how-to-do-it... (Read More ...)

Naked in Eden: My Adventure and Awakening in the Australian Rainforest Robin Easton Reviewed by: Anne Holmes for the NABBW Robin Easton was twenty-five when she left the United States and went to live with her husband in the remote, tropical Daintree Rainforest of Queensland, Australia. There, living among poisonous snakes, stinging trees and huge spiders, not to mention leeches and ticks, she fell deeply in love with the earth.  She also realized that she had become part of the food chain. If she wanted to stay alive, she had to face her fears and become acutely aware of the... (Read More ...)

Beyond the Tears: A True Survivor’s Story Lynn C. Tolson Reviewed by Anne Holmes for the NABBW This is one of those “can’t put it down” thrillers. It even begins with a “dark and stormy night:” “That night, December 20, 1978, the radio reported the most rain in Phoenix in one hundred years. Broadcasters called it the flood of the century. While I was driving, I listened to reports of accumulated rainfall and road closures. “Stay off the streets,” the announcer warned. The wet pavement reflected the colored holiday lights that adorned cactus.... (Read More ...)

Don’t Ask And I Won’t Have to Lie: “50 is the new 30” and other tall tales Beverly Mahone Reviewed by:  Anne Holmes for the NABBW This is Mahone’s third book, and sort of like the old “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, it gives baby boomer women permission to say whatever we feel will benefit the listener. Mahone says this book is not for you if: You’ve never lied to your children – “I’m sure Billy sent you an invitation to his birthday party, honey. It must have gotten lost in the mail…” You’ve never lied to get out of a jam – “But officer,... (Read More ...)

Breast Cancer: No One Chose This Journey Author:  Fran Padgett Reviewed by: Anne Holmes for the NABBW This beautiful book, a compilation of 30 poignant breast cancer survivor stories visually supported by author Fran Padgett’s stunning, original works of art, is her tribute to all women who have been “chosen by breast cancer,” as she herself has been. After her diagnosis, Padgett launched a passionate mission to fund breast cancer research projects. She established The Weathervane Foundation, Inc., a Texas 501 (c) (3) – a non-profit organization dedicated... (Read More ...)