End Emotional Eating (70)

This book by Jennifer L. Taitz is a wonderful and concise exploration about how to cope with difficult emotions and develop a healthy relationship with food.

This book really filled in a gap in my knowledge base about healthy eating. I am definitely an emotional eater, and I learned a lot about how to cope and avoid such triggers.

This book will introduce you to the latest tools found in clinical and research psychology to help you manage emotions in a way that lets you live in the present. If you are afraid of or uncomfortable with emotions and find yourself trying to suppress them by using food, this book will provide you with practical skills to navigate them. After all, there is no alternative: living means feeling. However, it is how we deal with our feelings that makes us healthy or less than healthy.

Mindfulness can help us substantially to get a handle on our emotions. That was my big aha moment as I read this book. I found so many tools to finally get a way to handle those strong emotions that caused me to overeat and to put on a lot of weight.

Anyone who struggles with their emotions or their weight or both will find this book invaluable.

Thank you Jennifer Taitz for such a wonderful book!

Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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Being Generous: The Art of Right Living (69)

This is an extraordinary little book about how to be generous.  This is a topic that we need to hear more about in this egotistical world of ours when the only important person is ME.

This book has the power to heal, foster relationships, console, empower individuals, create community and help save the world by providing a spiritual ecology for our daily lives. It is like a book I never read. I am SO glad that I read it.

We can all be more generous with our money, when special gift-giving occasions roll around or when disaster strikes as it did during the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004.

Lucinda Vardey and John Dalla Costs say that this kind of giving segregated generosity and makes it an activity only for gifted times.

If we’re truly going to help this troubled world, we have to help those we interact with every day and those further away too.

Vardey and Dalla Costs introduce us to what they call the art of right living — practising generosity, humbly and imperfectly, ever day, within our families, workplaces, and communities. They illustrate how generosity infiltrates all aspects of our lives, inspires, and guides us. It also tests us and teaches us about the needs of the less fortunate.

This book is filled with true stories about generosity in action.

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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The Con Joined by Jen Sookfong Lee (68)

This is a riveting novel that will keep you reading and reading until you have read the book. It is fearless and compulsive.

On a sunny May morning, social worker Jessica Campbell sorts through her mother’s belongings after her recent funeral. In the basement, she makes a shocking discovery–she finds two dead girls curled into the bottom of her mother’s chest freezers.  Like sheesh!!!!!!!!!!!!  No one would have thought that you could find something like that while cleaning out a basement, now would they?

She remembers a pair of runaway foster children who lived with the family in 1988: Casey and Jamie Cheng. They were troubled, beautiful and wild teenaged sisters from Vancouver’s Chinatown.

The story moves between present and past. This riveting novel unflinchingly examines the myth of social heroism and traces the often hidden fractures that divide our diverse cities.

It is a book that is as intriguing as it is fearless.

The story is also beautifully crafted and it is written by Jen Sookfong Lee. She was born and raised in Vancouver’s East Side, and now lives with her son in North Burnaby. Her books have all been finalists for different awards.

Rating 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth


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Inanna by Kim Echlin (67)

This is a wonderful book that is as unique as it is intriguing. It is a book of poetry that will have the reader coming back for more and more.

Long before the Bible and the Koran, before the myths of the Greeks and Romans were set down, the people of Sumer recorded the stories of their gods and kings on cuneiform tablets.

The world’s oldest epic poem is the Epic of Gilgamesh, the tale of a hero who was part god, party man. But just in the past century, a thrilling discovery was made — the four-thousand year old stories of his powerful sister, the goddess Inanna.

Inanna is a goddess who embodies the quest for growth. Her stories tell how she develops from childish inexperience and youthful exuberance into maturity and gains the powers to create, to destroy and to name.

She is a goddess of spunk and wisdom who outwits and defies the powerful, falls in love with the shepherd Dumuzi and, like Gilgamesh, dares to seek immortality. The people of Sumer associated Inanna with the planet Venus — radiant, changeable and mysterious. They worshipped her with awe and adoration.

With the guidance of Sumerian scholars, Kim Echlin has produced a moving, sensitive, and knowledgeable translation of the Inanna myths. They describe an ancient goddess who was at once a great warrior, lover, nurturer, seeker of knowledge and giver of power–a figure worthy of admiration by people of any age.

This is a book that many readers will find very interesting and transporting. It has exquisite illustrations by internationally renowned artist Linda Wolfsgruber.

I loved the book from start to finish.

This is a unique book, and one that I will definitely have to read and reread.

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i-Minds by Mari K Swingle (66)

This is a very important book for our time!  We seem to be plugged in all the time. Not only is it causing a lot of distractions and stress. But we are also rewiring our brains!  This is quite alarming and there is a need to STOP being c connected at all times once and for all. But can we do it?!!

Many of us would not leave home without our cell phone. But is our cell phone as necessary to our survival as say our clothes or our contact lenses? Well, I certainly don’t think so. But we have made cell phones so important that we won’t even go to the bathroom without them, just in case we miss a call or a text from someone!

Many of us also live our lives on social media and PDAs, Tablets, computers and other devices. They are completely integrated into our global culture. From connectedness to accessibility and instant access to information, there are many benefits to being connected and the digital revolution. But what about the cost?

That is what Dr. Mari Swingle discusses in this book. He believes that the costs of the digital revolution far outstrip the benefits because we have become completely engrossed by these gadgets.

In this book, Dr. Mari Swingle explores the pervasive influence of I-technology, demonstrating:

  • How constant connectivity is rapidly changing our brains
  • What dangers are posed to children and adults alike in this brave new world
  • The positive steps we can take to embrace new technology while protecting our well-being and steering our future in a more humane direction.

This book is engaging and entertaining. Yet it is scientifically rigorous. This book gave me a lot of food for thought about which aspects of technology we should embrace, what we should reject, and the many facets of the digital era that we should not be debating.

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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Heart Healthy Foods for Life by Leslie Beck (65)

Coronary heart disease kills more Canadians than any other disease. What’s more, the majority of Canadians–eight out of ten–have at least one risk factor for developing it, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, type 2 diabetes, smoking, physical inactivity, and unhealthy eating habits. The good news is that many risk factors for heart disease can be prevented or controlled by making heart healthy changes to your diet and lifestyle.

In this book, leading Canadian nutritionist and registered dietician Leslie Beck explains how certain foods and food components work to guard against or contribute to developing risk factors for heart disease and, ultimately, atherosclerosis and heart attack.

Heart Healthy Foods for Life is an indispensable guide that will help you make smart choices to limit your intake of foods that can harm your heart and to add heart healthy foods to your daily diet. Complete with over 100 recipes that help prevent heart disease this book shows how easy it is to turn heart healthy foods into delicious meals.

This book includes information on:

  • Understanding heart disease and assessing your personal risk
  • Foods and nutrients to eat less often
  • Heart healthy foods to eat more often
  • Vitamins, minerals, and supplements for heart health
  • Meal plans to lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and prevent heart disease
  • Tips for grocery shopping and dining out
  • Strategies to maintain a healthy weight and increase exercise
  • Delicious heart healthy recipes with complete nutritional analyses.

I loved the book from beginning to end. Given that I have a background of bad genes favouring heart disease, this is going to be my indispensable guide to staying healthy for as long as possible.

Rating: 5+ Stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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Hat on, Hat Off By Theo Heras (64)

This book is a super-cute picture book for young children 1 to 3. It is a board book that is so cute that kids will feel entranced by the illustrations. Renne Benoit did a splendid job illustrating this book!

The book is about all the ways that kids put on and take off their hat. And there are fun alliterations as well in the book.

There are baskets, bunnies and sweaters, all there to capture a child’s whimsy. What a treasure throve of fun!

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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