Book Reviews: The Maid’s Version

The Maid’s Version  Author: Daniel Woodrell   Winter’s Bones took our breath away.  Woodrell’s new novel, The Maid’s Version, accomplishes prose so piercingly honest that it stuns, as Woodrell wends his readers back to the Ozarks, pivoting around small town families on the edge of survival, and the bonds that tear them apart even while […]

Book Reviews: Poison Makers

Poison Makers  Author: Jimmy Olsen Unique and tantalizing… Jimmy Olsen sits you on the edge of the seat and watches as his characters thrust you off – into the oblivion of an all night read.  He does this judiciously, without premeditation; but before you pick up Poison Makers, know that this author twists you into […]

Book Reviews: Burial Rites

Burial Rites  Author: Hannah Kent   Reminiscent of Smilla’s Sense of Snow, by Peter Hoeg  Hannah Kent’s ephemeral novel about an Icelandic woman who is condemned to death for the murder of her lover and master proves stunningly beautiful amidst sorrow, anguish and the inhumanity shown to her protagonist.  Agnes Magnusdottir, the convicted woman, creates […]

Book Reviews: Things in Ditches

Things in Ditches Author: Jimmy Olsen   Olsen writes a mean, lean flying machine of a novel, with characters that stumble, bumble and philosophize as they search out their good and base thoughts, feelings and actions. Jimmy Olsen twangs his way in and out of Anne Tyler characters, Carl Hiaasen twists, and The Garden of […]

Book Reviews: Not for Profit

Not For Profit  Author: Glenn Shepard, MD   First Chapter:  James Patterson Wannabe. As I read:  good job, Dr. Shepard. With all the elements of staccato chapters, well prescribed plot, and a thrust of a few syringes and some meds, Shepard’s characters pop from the page.  Very nice debut novel, with pop goes the weasel […]

Food Reviews: Sneaky Pete’s

Sneaky Pete’s All Natural Oat Beverage What?  A fruit drink named Sneaky Pete’s?  With 3 grams of fiber and oatmeal in the ingredients?  Yes, you are mindreading!  I was like, yeah, ok….but I’ll give it a try.  With 105 degree temperatures in Utah, and a fridge devoid of Diet Coke (trying to get off of […]

Book Reviews: Welcome Home Mama and Boris

Welcome Home Mama and Boris How a Sister’s Love Saved a Fallen Soldier’s Beloved Dogs A Reader’s Digest  Book by Carey Neesley with Michael Levin  Don’t read this book.  Don’t read this book – unless you have lots of tissue by your side.  We all hear about the war in Iraq constantly, and we feel […]

Health Reviews: Body Works

Body Work’s new Life Enhancing Shots for Energy, Sleep, Relaxation, Performance, Sports RELAXZEN’s Body Works is a new company that has devised a new stratagem for assisting your body in all of its different jobs; sleeping, working, stressing, distressing, relaxing – these new 0 calorie drinks last for several hours using lots of herbal ingredients.  […]

Tech Reviews: PlusMotif iPad Cover

Papier de maison PlusMotif iPad Covers Make Fashion for Techies and Nontechies alike! Papier de Maison offers fashion changeable covers for iPad, iPad mini, kindleFire, Nook, Google Nexus, Kindle black and white ereaders, and Kindle paperwhite.  The covers are plastic with designer panels that simply snap on to change the looks of the covers. We […]

Book Reviews: Shorecliff

Shorecliff  Author: Ursula DeYoung   Coming of age has never been so difficult as for 13 year old Richard.  It is 1928, and Richard Killing’s family is traveling from New York to spend the summer with his extended family – aunts, uncles, cousins as Richard has no siblings – in the summer house Shorecliff on […]