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  • Stealing the show : how women are… by Press, Joy,
    ★★★★★

    Stealing the Show is a wonderful sort of historical anthology of TV shows where women figured prominently and how they influenced womens' portrayal in the system and is a welcome and must needed addition to the realm of Womens' Studies. We have come to take for granted that women can and should be seen doing what we Are really doing, not just what men would like to see us as doing (obeying an old fashioned gender stereotype). Even if you are not a TV or Prime time TV enthusiast, you need not fear, you will be able to follow along the narrative, and might even feel inspired to let yourself watch some of the shows mentioned whether you missed the Mary Tyler Moore show, or don't remember what was so maverick about Roseanne (Barr), or you were too busy to connect to Gilmore Girls here is your chance to freshen up your fandom. No research necessary; Joy Press has done all the work for you!

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Sep 8, 2018

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  • Gut : the inside story of our body's most… by Enders, Giulia,
    ★★★★★

    Awesome dissertation on the human Gut system including very interesting discussion of mouth / stomach / saliva systems not just the lower Gut. Giulia Enders and Jill Enders scientific writings and quirky illustrations will help you appreciate not just the magnitude of the task that processing all that you put into your body amounts to but answer all sorts of questions we are too shy to ask. If there was a way to make Gut health interesting, un-gros, and appropriate for all age and education levels, Mrs. Enders has surely done it. Her science is solid and holds up in an East/West Traditional Chinese Medicine explanation of human biology as well. I think she deserves a Nobel Prize for her contribution to making science a literary event! 

    This is an Adult book but It is certainly a good read for a TEEN as well!

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Sep 8, 2018

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  • The Netanyahu years by Kaspit, Ben,
    ★★★★★

    While the political figures mentioned, combined with the periodic use of his nickname "Bibi" should keep the reader on their toes this book is everything the jacket professes it to be: "He zeroes in on Netanyahu's love-hate relationship with the Obama administration and America's Jews..." I also enjoyed the pages devoted to his childhood spent split between the two countries and his relationship with his brother, also the very studied father who was removed and stern jewish parenting.

    Essential Judaism 101 Must Be Read add it to your bucket list.

    Review in progress*

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Sep 8, 2018

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  • Autism : the scientific truth about preventing,… by Melillo, Robert.
    ★★★★★

    This book is wonderfully science based and concisely covers all the known risk factors, includes a nice chart on autism by state and then moves into a discussion on cognitive styles Right verses Left brained individuals. Chapters 5, and 6 are aimed at discovering the uniqueness of your brains tendancys, a busy adult or parent (could) skip straight to chapters 5/6 and use the book as a sort of self-help guide book however I recommend at least speed reading the book in order to realize how many factors there are that can influence autisim including sun-exposure, or correlate not cause it (TV time). This book is written for the parental audience, so if you are a parent or thinking of becoming one and in your 40s this book is definitely for you!

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Sep 8, 2018

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  • A kind of mirraculas paradise : a true story… by Allen, Sandra
    ★★★★★

    This book is literally a story written by a schizophrenic encased in the vernacular prose of MFA writing program graduate Sandra Allen. Committing to read such a story might be something you don't do for yourself but in solidarity for someone you love to quote the latter part of Sandra's conclusion: "...I don't think he did it for himself. He was living for the next life, not this one. I think he did it because he knew it was wrong, that someday humanity might be deprived of any historical record of the people of Ishmall."

    A schizophrenic could be able to read and finish this book and identify with some of the life, struggle, and hobbies in it. For the un-affected person it is a rough read, as you're constantly asking yourself "Who are these people? Why are they important?" as the narrative doesn't build in a nice gentle soothing flowing way. Sandra's thought-pieces are interspersed throughout the story written by her uncle so one could actually skip one or the other sections and get through the book. This might be the first and only "Schizophrenia Friendly" novel ever to be created. It reminds me of childrens' stories where you can choose up to 26 different endings. I look forward to reading Mrs. Allens' next novel as I am sure the topic and formatting will be more user friendly and perhaps contain a broader appeal. However the point of writing is not to create a blockbuster success but to diversify litterature. Herman Hess would be proud of this novel and I think 21st Century society should be able to embrace it as well.

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Sep 8, 2018

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  • Moody bitches : the truth about the drugs… by Holland, Julie,
    ★★★★★

    Dr. Judy Holland has done an excellent job focusing on the Nature of female moodswings and chemical and hormone interactions when we engage in a variety of sexual behaviors. Partly stemming from many of her cases and daily practice in Manhattan with career moms/career wives, it also dispels myths on how humans and penguins are painted in a romanticized way as examples of monogamous species which in fact we are not. On page 85 she digresses into explaining the fact: "We are part of the same family, the great apes containing gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees, bonobos, and humans." If considering how human sex is more similar to bonobos sex compared and not similar to chimpansees sex makes you un-comfortable, then this is not the book for you. Other uncomfortable but important scientific truths are stated regarding birth-control usage and females and SSRI side effects. Dr. Holland affirms what women have long known: we are a generation of guinea pigs being over-medicated compared to the male species but it's not too late to be 100% educated on best practices for self care. A must read for any women who has taken hormones, SSRIs, future doctors, psychiatrists, moms, basically ...everyone.

    Tags: #womens studies #womens' health #LGBT health

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Sep 2, 2018

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