Monday, July 27, 2015

Book Blitz Spotlight: Overcoming Anxiety

Overcoming Anxiety

By David Berndt, PhD

Genre: Mental Health, Self-help

Book Blurb

The good news is that anxiety can be overcome without relying on medication. Psychologist David Berndt, PhD, in Overcoming Anxiety outlines several self-help methods for relief for anxiety and worry. In clear simple language and a conversational style. Dr. Berndt shares with the reader powerful step by step proven techniques for anxiety management.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Data In, Lives Out

The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips

It is 2013 and Josephine and Joseph are newlyweds and new to the city. Broke and almost homeless, just getting jobs is more important than what they have to do at work. For Josephine, being alone in a dingy, windowless room, mindlessly entering data into a computer, is depressing enough, until she figures out the significance of the information she's inputting. That's when everything and everyone become even more puzzling as well as ominous.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Their Pens' Might...

The Last Word by Hanif Kureishi

Hired to write the biography of the distinguished but aging writer, Mamoon Azam, Harry Johnson is in not only awe, but also excited and a little overwhelmed. Mamoon's reputation precedes him with rumors of his caustic personality, monumental intelligence, and a charisma that entrapped women throughout his life. Despite this daunting task, Harry needs the money if he's going to make a home with his fiancée Alice. Furthermore, Harry's agent, the constantly drunken Rob Deveraux, is promising untold wealth and fame if he succeeds, while dooming him to exile and teaching creative writing in America if he fails. Mamoon is also less than agreeable to the idea. However, his present wife Liana has been spending his money at alarming rates, and a biography could put some new funds into his account by renewing interest in his works. There's nothing left but for Harry to leave London and Alice behind, so he can stay at Prospects House and learn everything he can about one of the writers he's always admired.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Overtures with a Nightingale

Foreign Bodies by Cynthia Ozick

Bea's overbearing brother Marvin wants her to go to Paris and get his son Julian to come home, or he'll stop sending him money. He can't do it himself, he's far too busy with his important work and California is so far away from Europe. Bea is in New York and is "only" an English literature teacher, so Marvin figures it makes sense for her to go. The problem is that Bea has never met her nephew Julian or her niece Iris, who wants to get involved in her father's scheme (unbeknownst to Marvin). Bea also hardly knows Marvin's wife Margaret, who has been very unstable lately, and Marvin thinks getting her son back might cure her. Although Bea only reluctantly agrees, she can't deny the mission will let her escape from her solitary life for a while. What Bea doesn't bargain on is the storm her journeys spark, even touching Leo Coopersmith, the composer to whom Bea was briefly married.