The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer by Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn and Dr. Elissa Epel

Review: Most of the guidance on living better wasn’t new, but the science behind it was new for me and incredibly interesting. It made so much more sense of the standard lifestyle and health advice that I have felt a little bombarded by at times. Have you wondered why some sixty-year-olds look and feel like forty-year-olds and why some forty-year-olds look and feel like sixty-year-olds? … Continue reading The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer by Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn and Dr. Elissa Epel

Map: Collected and Last Poems by Wisława Szymborska, translated by Clare Cavanagh and Stanisław Barańczak

Review: This is one of my Reading Nobel Women books, a complete collection of Wislawa Szymborska’s work, and it was amazing. A new collected volume from the Nobel Prize–winning poet that includes, for the first time in English, all of the poems from her last Polish collection One of Europe’s greatest recent poets is also its wisest, wittiest, and most accessible. Nobel Prize–winner Wislawa Szymborska … Continue reading Map: Collected and Last Poems by Wisława Szymborska, translated by Clare Cavanagh and Stanisław Barańczak

Madwomen: The “Locas mujeres” Poems of Gabriela Mistral, a Bilingual Edition

Review: Between the concept of the collection, that this is the bilingual edition, and that it has a short biography of the author, it’s kind of a one stop shop for this great poet. Showcasing women who are at the edges of their ability to cope and in a variety of situations, this collection is also surprisingly relatable. A schoolteacher whose poetry catapulted her to … Continue reading Madwomen: The “Locas mujeres” Poems of Gabriela Mistral, a Bilingual Edition

Burger’s Daughter by Nadine Gordimer

Review: My first book finished for the year is for my personal Reading Nobel Women challenge. This was my choice for Nadine Gordimer who is a recipient for Literature, so I read one of her novels. This is the moving story of the unforgettable Rosa Burger, a young woman from South Africa cast in the mold of a revolutionary tradition. Rosa tries to uphold her … Continue reading Burger’s Daughter by Nadine Gordimer

My stream of consciousness inspired by Aung San Suu Kyi’s Freedom from Fear

I reviewed this book earlier today here. It brought about lots of feelings and thoughts and ideas and I need to get them all out here, so here we go. Despite that we are not under a military government, there is fear and concern and violence going around in the US right now and much of it comes from the way in which our democracy does … Continue reading My stream of consciousness inspired by Aung San Suu Kyi’s Freedom from Fear

Freedom From Fear and Other Writings by Aung San Suu Kyi, edited by Michael Aris

Review:  Oh, the feels. There’s just too much here and during this time. I’m trying to keep this to a review and will post the book inspired rant later. Please bear with me, there will be crossover. This book is amazing and really showcases the struggle and strength of a founder of democracy for her country. This is one of my Reading Nobel Women books. … Continue reading Freedom From Fear and Other Writings by Aung San Suu Kyi, edited by Michael Aris

The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing

Review: First let me say that I cheated a bit and listened to this 27 hour audiobook and that part was a mistake. It made the divisions in the story more difficult to understand and I ended up going back and getting the ebook to make sense of it afterword. The book hit me much like Madame Bovary did back when I read it first but I … Continue reading The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing