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  • The Eternal Maria Callas
    ★★★★★

    This is a wonderful metrage of Maria Callas's interviews and performances highlighting closeups of her face providing a unique glimpse not only of her vocal prowess but her skills as an actress, as someone who really lived her role as an Opera star and a clear telling for the un-aquainted of what went into those relationships and what worked and when some of them stopped working how she dealt with the demands on her. Easily the greatest singer of all time this is not to be missed.

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Jun 15, 2019

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  • The elephant whisperer : my life with the herd… by Anthony, Lawrence.
    ★★★★★

    Here is a true story about a naturalist turned elephant connoisseur struggling to put together an Eco-tourist reserve in South Africa. Lovingly told true stories of how the African elephants came to thula thula and all the efforts ongoing daily to ensure a safe livelihood for future generations of elephants. There are seldom few books devoted exclusively to elephants; and while Lawrence’s dog Max features slightly at one point this book is in a class by itself...not only does it offer the reader a James Harriet style view of animal husbandry but it is adapted for all ages and treats delicate subject matter such as death, neglect, poaching, and human error in an educational manner. Not only are you certain to love The Elephant Whisperer; you will be ready for your first nature conservation tour whenever it comes.

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Jun 15, 2019

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  • The hate U give
    ★★★★★

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    Give ---is the movie based on the best-selling novel by Angie Thomas telling the story of Starr Carter who lives in two worlds: the poor/victimized black neighborhood where she resides and the mostly white prep school she attends. This uneasy balance is shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood friend by a white police officer. Facing pressures from all sides, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right. There are multiple heros in this film and it's a must be seen for the whole family. Great acting and casting.

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Apr 27, 2019

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  • Eat dirt : why leaky gut may be the root cause… by Axe, Josh,
    ★★★★★

    Dr. Axe explains that 70% of our immune system is located in the gut; when it's under attack, our health suffers. Leaky gut syndrome is thought to be the ground zero for many of the most confounding health crises including but not limited to allergies, asthma, food sensitivities, diabetes, digestive diseases, arthritis, chronic fatigue and even autism. By ditching hand sanitizers, and supplementing with more essential oils for personal products, reducing antibiotics usage, managing stress, and incorporating more pro and pre biotic rich foods into our diets we can conquer the over exposure to toxins in our lives. I really like the individual recepies, and candida gluten-free supplement recommendations and all the solutions at the end of the book. The only downside is that many authors are not accentuating the importance of proper label reading and sticking to exclusively organic products in order to avoid trace amounts of transfats and other toxins so I am not sure this book by itself is a good detox book; but very relevent and informative.

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Apr 27, 2019

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  • Meaty : essays by Irby, Samantha,
    ★★★★★

    Samantha Irby has a very distinct voice. Deftly crafting a narrative of her awkwardest moments in life, what stood out to her and what will likely appeal most to you is her best skill. Succulent peaches is the best ladylike term I can come up with to describe the dexterity with which she explains the perverse situations she finds herself wading through in the modern social media fueled era. I could also tell you the writing is crass but digestible, un-becoming of a woman and possibly not fit to be shelved next to other more lawyerly books but who am I to judge? If you can't stomach the writing because it's too 'twenty first century' for you then at least check it out and take it home for three weeks and admire the jacket art because this is quite possibly the cutest book cover that will ever go to print. Ever.

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Apr 27, 2019

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  • Ten arguments for deleting all your social… by Lanier, Jaron,
    ★★★★★

    You might have trouble imagining life without social media but virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier insists you are better off without them and after reading his book I am inclinded to agree. Whether it's because it's poisonous grip tends to bring out the worst in us, it tends to make politics terrifying, and disconnect us from other people we are starving for real contact with I am certain you will find the strength to reduce, or cull your previously incessant usage of social media. Lanier manages to be uplifting while including a well organized argument, dry wit, novel acronymns to drive home his point. Do you really want to put an algorithm in charge of what you see all the time? Good I thought not. Happy Reading.

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Apr 27, 2019

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