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61. Poser: My Life in Twenty-three
62. Appetite for Reduction: 125 Fast
63. The Secret: The Power
64. Cook This, Not That!: Kitchen
65. The Cleveland Clinic Guide to
66. The South Beach Diet Supercharged:
67. Invisible Tears
68. Drive: The Surprising Truth About
69. The Playbook: Suit up. Score chicks.
70. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let
71. The Women's Health Big Book of
72. My Horizontal Life: A Collection
73. The Paleo Diet Cookbook: More
74. I Feel Bad About My Neck
75. The Cleveland Clinic Guide to
76. Sexy Forever: How to Fight Fat
77. The Primal Blueprint Cookbook:
78. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen
79. The Soulmate Secret: Manifest
80. The Men's Health Big Book of Exercises:

61. Poser: My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses
by Claire Dederer
Kindle Edition
list price: $25.99
Asin: B0044782C8
Publisher: 2010-12-21
Sales Rank: 394
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The studio was decorated in the style of “Don’t Be Afraid, We’re Not a Cult.” All was white and blond and clean, as though the room had been designed for surgery, or Swedish people. The only spot of color came from the Tibetan prayer flags strung over the doorway into the studio. In flagrant defiance of my longtime policy of never entering a structure adorned with Tibetan prayer flags, I removed my shoes, paid my ten bucks, and walked in . . .

Ten years ago, Claire Dederer threw her back out breastfeeding her baby daughter. Told to try yoga by everyone from the woman behind the counter at the co-op to the homeless guy on the corner, she signed up for her first class. She fell madly in love.

Over the next decade, she would tackle triangle, wheel, and the dreaded crow, becoming fast friends with some poses and developing long-standing feuds with others. At the same time, she found herself confronting the forces that shaped her generation. Daughters of women who ran away to find themselves and made a few messes along the way, Dederer and her peers grew up determined to be good, good, good—even if this meant feeling hemmed in by the smugness of their organic-buying, attachment-parenting, anxiously conscientious little world. Yoga seemed to fit right into this virtuous program, but to her surprise, Dederer found that the deeper she went into the poses, the more they tested her most basic ideas of what makes a good mother, daughter, friend, wife—and the more they made her want something a little less tidy, a little more improvisational. Less goodness, more joy.

Poser is unlike any other book about yoga you will read—because it is actually a book about life. Witty and heartfelt, sharp and irreverent, Poser is for anyone who has ever tried to stand on their head while keeping both feet on the ground.

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62. Appetite for Reduction: 125 Fast and Filling Low-Fat Vegan Recipes
by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
list price: $19.95 -- our price: $13.49
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Isbn: 1600940498
Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books
Sales Rank: 501
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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This is not your mother’s low-fat cookbook. There’s no foolish tricks, no bizarre concoctions, no chemicals, no frozen meals…no fake anything! Appetite for Reduction means cooking with real food, for real life. (Skimpy portions need not apply.)
In Appetite for Reduction, bestselling author and vegan chef Isa Chandra Moskowitz has created 125 delectable, nutritionally-balanced recipes for the foods you crave—lasagna, tacos, barbecue, curries, stews, and much more—and it’s all:
  • Only 200 to 400 calories per serving
  • Plant-based and packed with nutrients
  • Low in saturated fat and sugar; high in fiber
  • Drop-dead delicious
You’ll also find lots of gluten-free and soy-free options, and best of all, dinner can be on the table in less than 30 minutes. So ditch those diet shakes. Skip that lemonade cleanse. And fight for your right to eat something satisfying! Now you can look better, feel better, and have more energy—for health at any size.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Recipes and Nutrition Info - more than I expected!, November 30, 2010
I've been a fan of Isa's cookbooks for a long time so had this on pre-order, and it arrived yesterday. I was excited to get it, b/c somehow I'm a vegan who has managed to gain weight since going vegan rather than lose weight. I blame VCTOTW, JOVB, and VCIYCJ - all of which I love and all of which sparked my obsession with vegan baking. At any rate, when I heard this book was in the works, I was really excited. When it arrived, I realized it is far more than I expected it to be. It is FULL of nutrition information - as a family raising a vegan toddler, this is very important to me, and Isa's information and tips will prove invaluable, I'm sure! The recipes seem to be quick, with just a few ingredients, and lots of fresh produce. It looks to rely more on legumes and vegetables than anything else, which is awesome! Isa also includes a section on simple bowls (like at those trendy Asian restaurants) and sandwiches/ easy. And I'm extra happy about chapters dedicated to soups, stews and chili as we approach colder days. I think we'll cook our way straight through this book and hopefully see the health benefits as we go.

5-0 out of 5 stars The perfect cookbook, December 1, 2010
I love Isa's recipes and make them as much as possible, the problem is that my mister mister is gluten intolerant so a lot of my all time fave recipes are out for him and then we are making 2 separate meals because he is not vegan and I like my vital wheat gluten. I pre-ordered this book the minute that I found out that it could be pre-ordered and I am so glad that I did. I've had the book for 2 days and so far have only made 1 meal out of it but it was a total Isa recipe, FULL of flavor with a decent portion size but here is the best part for us-- not only is it a vegan cookbook but MOST of the recipes are gluten free! This means that we are back to only making one meal per night and eating some of the greatest food that either of us have ever had. The salad recipes aren't boring at all which makes me happy because I do get tired of salad but she has a Pad Thai salad recipe that I just can't wait to make-- lots of intriguing ideas in this book, that's for sure. I am not vegan for weight-loss but I am a little "well fed" and this book could not have come at a better time for me. This is one of those must-have-vegan-cookbook-library books.

5-0 out of 5 stars Helpful, December 3, 2010
I like "Appetite for Reduction" because the author gives nutrition info for each recipe which is a first and unlike her other books. It is also a more health conscious collection of recipes and is exactly what I've been waiting for. I own all of Isa's & Terry's other books and I guess I would consider myself a fan by now. I usually stick to a healthy and nutritious diet under a certain number of calories per day, and I had to choose carefully which recipes I'm making in their previous books. But looking through "Appetite for Reduction," there really are no questionable recipes for those who wish to eat healthy. Everything is healthy here, and it doesn't skimp on flavor at all. I'm marinating the tofu from one of the new recipes right now...Masala Baked Tofu. Very simple and I can't wait to taste it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Pretty close to perfect for a busy vegan mom, December 5, 2010
I'm a vegan lady with about 25 lbs to lose and a busy toddler constantly giving me a run for my money. Appetite for Reduction fits pretty perfectly into my lifestyle right now. Healthy and satisfying meals that I can still knock out amidst my hectic schedule? YES! Sign me up!

I adore the nutrition info printed along with every recipe. That's really helpful for me... I don't have to take the author's word that something is healthy or do the math out myself. I can just read through the nutrition info and decide if something fits into my day or not that way.

The cooking/prep times have been spot on for me. 30 minute recipes really take 30 minutes or less. The portion sizes are good. I like that most of the recipes seem to be for smallish batches (actually as much as a small family might eat in a meal) so there's less potential for sabotaging yourself by gorging on leftovers, if you know what I mean.

As always, Moskowitz is an ambassador for the message that vegan food need not be boring, bland, or anything but incredibly delicious. There's a lot of variety and a LOT of flavor in this book. I have yet to run into anything in here that wasn't really delicious.

Some of my favorites so far: Caulipots, Caesar Chavez dressing (and all of the other dressings, but this is the best!), Chickpea Piccata, Masala Tofu, Ye'abesha Gomen.

5-0 out of 5 stars My hubby doesnt even know he's a vegan ;), December 8, 2010
Other than how beautiful this book looks on my shelf, I also love that the recipes really are hardy & filling. Tonight I made the Eggplant and Chickpea curry...delicious! I usually use recipe books more as a guideline & rarely do I ever follow a recipe exactly. So I may have added a potatoe or two, and used cayenne instead of red pepper flakes...and I had to use canned tomatoes instead of the fresh, but the results were still amazing! My husband is NOT a vegan in any way shape or form, and he basically inhaled his plate of eggplant & chickpea curry. I really like the diversity of this book. I'm not a big fan of tofu, but I like how the author incorporates tempeh & other forms of soy into the recipes. I also love the way it's written, as if Isa and I are friends having a conversation about food in the kitchen or at some hole in the wall pakistani resturaunt in Brooklyn. This book is not just for vegans, but definatly for vegan and nonvegan foodies who love to make diverse recipes.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cookbook PERFECTION!, December 13, 2010
Let me preface my review with this- I am not a vegan, but I am very interested in vegan cooking and baking. I make vegan stuff whenever I can, and that's becoming more and more frequent thanks to Isa's books. Her creations will please meat-lovers so much that they won't even think to ask "but where's the meat?!"

Here are the reasons why I LOVE LOVE LOVE Appetite for Reduction:

1.) It doesn't use ingredients that are expensive or difficult to find. If you think being vegan is too expensive, you need this book.
2.) Every time I wonder something about a recipe or ingredient, surely enough, I find the answer in a "tip" included for each recipe. It's like she reads my mind!
3.) The serving sizes are realistic! I can pretty much put a buffet out of business, so I was happy to see that I couldn't put away more than 2 servings of anything in this book!
4.) The book itself is the best cookbook I own. I really hate hardcover cookbooks, so I was so happy to see that this one was softcover. It's light and stays open when you press down on it a little (without messing up the spine,) and I don't feel like the pages are going to fall out.
5.) The nutrition facts. I have made about 6 meals from it so far and they have all fit into my diet plan perfectly. I love being able to cook my own food without adding up all of the calories myself... try to do that with fiber and protein too... ugh.

Basically, this book is amazing, and I recommend it to vegans and non-vegans alike!

5-0 out of 5 stars Life-changing!, December 11, 2010
Disclosures: I'm the author's sister and I'm not always vegan. I started weight watchers this week, and anxiously awaited the arrival of this book. Received it yesterday, and I'm off to a roaring start: butternut squash/apple soup is divine, with a zing of spiciness; eggplant chickpea curry is on the stove and it smells incredible. This is the first time I've posted an amazon review for anything, I'm definitely feeling inspired and thankful for this book which is chockfull of useful dietary information. Just when I thought she couldn't possibly be any more awesome, my sis has raised the bar yet again. Ok, enough kvelling (Yiddish for loading on the praise).

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, well-rounded cookbook., December 8, 2010
I had the pleasure of testing recipes for Appetite for Reduction; many of the recipes are still in heavy rotation at my house long after testing is over. The layout of the book is easy to follow and attractive, with clear writing in all of the recipes, including many tips and ingredient suggestions. A few of the recipes call for ingredients that may need to be tracked down in an Indian or Asian supermarket, but the vast majority use inexpensive pantry-friendly ingredients including beans and grains. Isa never relies on vegan convenience foods such as mock meats or cheeses, and this book is no exception. Most of the recipes can be made in well under an hour, with many popping into the oven after quick prep.

Some of my favorites are the 5th Ave Vegetable Korma, Baked Falafel w/ Dill Hummus (the best packed lunch!), Chickpea Piccata, Chickpeas with 40 cloves of garlic, Catalan Couscous Salad with Pears, a wonderful, easy to make Romeso salad dressing that has now replaced my old favorite Annie's Roasted Red Pepper dressing, Lasagna w/ roasted cauliflower, Arabian Lentil Soup, Mango BBQ Baked Beans w/ cornbread, and a roasted red pepper soup that had my entire family oohing and aahing. In fact, that soup is going to replace our usual potato leek soup for this year's Christmas Eve dinner.

The added section on creating wrap/sandwiches, and bowl meals is very useful. I am not the most creative at improvising in the kitchen, so these sections give me a lot of ideas.

I enjoy all of Isa's cookbooks, and this one easily stands with Veganomicon for ease of use and versatility. The fact that these recipes are diet friendly (I calculated most to be under 6 WW points for a filling dinner) is a bonus, but really these are great, tasty recipes perfect for weeknight meals and lunches and in no way resemble flavorless or watered down "diet food."

5-0 out of 5 stars This cookbook is for everyone! Fast, flavourful, and nutritious recipes for busy people who care about what they eat., December 5, 2010
Appetite for Reduction has everything I need as a busy person who loves food and is also concerned about eating healthily: the recipes are not only delicious, but also full of nutrients, low in fat, devoid of processed crap and come together quickly and easily. I have way too many cookbooks, including many that I have barely used because they're too complicated or time-consuming. I've only had this cookbook for a few days and I've tried a number of dishes and loved them all! The Pad Thai Salad, Baked Falafel, Veggie Pot Pie Stew and Red Thai Tofu were all amazing. Can't wait to try the Sushi Roll Salad, Chickpea Piccata and 2nd Avenue Vegetable Korma.

I'm vegan myself but I brought the book into work the first day I got it and the meat eaters and vegetarians were just as excited as I was when they looked through it (and they were disappointed that they'll have to wait a bit for their own copies as it's not yet on shelves locally). This is not just a book for vegans - anyone who is interested in cooking their own yummy, healthy meals without taking a lot of time will love it. It's not just for dieters either - while the title of the book references weight loss, the recipes are substantial and satisfying enough for anyone's everyday repertoire.

I'm an experienced cook, but I love how simple these recipes are while still staying interesting. I think that beginner cooks will have no trouble getting great results as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Believe the Hype, December 11, 2010
The rave reviews from others are all true. This book instantly soared to the top
of my favorite vegan cookbooks list.

The recipes are quick, easy, and healthy. The recipes specify if they are gluten
free, soy free, can be made under 30 minutes, or if there is some down time
involved (no active cooking). The author also includes a multitude of
'nutritional tips' and cooking/shopping tips. The portion sizes are more than
generous, nutritional information is included for each recipe, and Isa's writing
style is personable and connects with the reader. I read the book cover-to-cover
the night I got it.

So far I've made the Everyday Chickpea-Quinoa Salad (which includes Balsamic
Vinaigrette)- it's truly awesome. The Vinaigrette alone is beyond good; it's all
I could do to not drink it on its own! The Arabian Lentil and Rice Soup is one
of my favorite soups; it calls for basmati rice which adds a depth of flavor and
beautiful aroma. The Yam and Black Bean Soup with Orange and Cilantro is
healthy, interesting, and flavorful. There isn't one recipe in the book that I
don't want to try- they all look so good. This is one cookbook that will never
get dusty on my bookshelf!

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63. The Secret: The Power
by Rhonda Byrne
list price: $23.95 -- our price: $11.98
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Isbn: 1439181780
Publisher: Atria Books
Sales Rank: 242
Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars
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The Secret revealed the law of attraction. Now Rhonda Byrne reveals the greatest power in the universe -- The Power to have anything you want.

In this book you will come to understand that all it takes is just one thing to change your relationships, money, health, happiness, career, and your entire life.

Every discovery, invention, and human creation comes from The Power. Perfect health, incredible relationships, a career you love, a life filled with happiness, and the money you need to be, do, and have everything you want, all come from The Power.

The life of your dreams has always been closer to you than you realized, because The Power -- to have everything good in your life -- is inside you.

To create anything, to change anything, all it takes is just one thing…THE POWER.

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5-0 out of 5 stars A NEW WINDOW INTO PROSPERITY . . ., August 18, 2010
Rhonda Byrne has been a long-time favorite author of mine. Through "The Secret," Rhonda has helped me to have an inner confidence in the law of attraction. I've come to believe that what I think about (in the right way) will come into my life.

In "The Power," Rhonda takes the law of attraction in another direction and teaches the power of using your emotions to FEEL what you want to have so that what you desire will come quicker. It is a way of engaging the mind and heart and getting them to work together.

I felt "The Power" was inspirational, because it reminded me of why we have feelings and the different energy that comes from feelings. Not surprisingly, love is the most powerful feeling . . .genuine love can change anything. . . or any situation.

Rhonda teaches how to use the power of love in all aspects of your life, from relationships to money, to health, and more.

I would highly recommend getting this book along with another that I read early this summer and has meant a lot to me. It seems that there is a 3rd dimension to the Law of Attraction. The best way to describe it is "Serendipity."

I've been so inspired by Serendipitously Rich: How to Get Delightfully, Delectably, Deliciously Rich (or Anything Else You Want) in 7 Ridiculously Easy Steps which was written by Madeleine Kay, along with a foreword by Joe Vitale (a star in "The Secret" movie). This book gives you a really fun and delightful feeling as it moves you positively on a path of change. However, it also gives you some practical steps which are akin to putting the law of attraction into action by teaching how to make decisions based on serendipity.

It is like having a deeper level of faith. It has made a difference for me. . .it might for you too.

5-0 out of 5 stars I Have A Decision To Make, September 10, 2010
"The Power", by Rhonda Byrne, is a book about the power of love. The author wrote "The Secret" in 2006 and it became a world-wide bestseller. The author promises that this book will add immeasurabley to what you learned in "The Secret".

My father suffered a heart attack and I was spending endless hours at the hospital. One evening, I went to Walmart and I noticed this book on the shelf. I was instantly drawn to it. I spent the next couple of days reading this book as I sat in the hospital. It was a very anxious time but this book helped me gain a different perspective. The "power" in this book is the power of love. Your life is made up of only two kinds of things...positive things and negative things. This book explains how your attitude and way of thinking can make bad things seem better.

Most of the information in this book comes from the New Thought Movement of the early 1900s. These authors taught the principles of positive thinking and the law of attraction. Ms. Byrne quotes many of these authors in this book but she also describes how these principles can be used in everyday life to produce positive results in your life.

My favorite chapter in the book is "Keys To Power". One of the topics in this chapter is the "key of gratitude." Everytime I start feeling down, I think of things that I am thankful for. I am soon feeling much better. Ms. Byrne says, "No matter what negative situation you may find yourself in, you can always find something to be grateful for, and as you do, you harness the force of love that eliminates negativity."

Positive thinking does not always come easy to me. I remember my mom telling me when I was a child, "All you ever do is grumble, gripe and complain." Children tend to live up to spoken expectations so I tend to see the cup as half empty instead of half full. I like this book because it reminds me that changing your mind can change your life. I have a decision to make.

5-0 out of 5 stars Even better than the Secret!, September 13, 2010
I loved it! I thought it was even better than "the secret", but I love both. I have read "the Secret" several times and will do the same with "the Power". It's easy to flip through for quick inspiration and the book radiates love, which is what the power is about.

5-0 out of 5 stars Do not judge this, or any book until you APPLY it., September 17, 2010
The one star and five star reviews differ with people's attitude toward what this book calls them to do. It doesn't say sit and salivate and drool with love like a puppy. It tells you to take the attitude of love, meaning positivity in outlook and focus. So if you are the type of person that is mired in negative stuff and you cherish your state, then you will keep saying "buh-humbug" all the way. But if you have had enough of your pity-parties and you want to clear the junk in the attic of your head, then you will decide to APPLY the book's suggestions and God forbid, you may actually get out of your misery corner. So if you have no such intention, then don't waste your money. Not too many of the reviewers seem to have actually tried any of the concepts in the book. So they are not at all talking from experiential evaluation of the book. IF you want to try and APPLY the ideas, the book will be an uplifting start. Take the ideas and build on them, practice thinking only what you love and want, and if you still do not get any results, then come back to review with complaint that it was painful reading. If you honestly put it into practice, you will not need to! If it will sit on the shelf with all your other half-baked, half completed projects of yours, then save time and money now. So my suggestion:

You want to really APPLY and practice the book's way of living = BUY!!!!
You do NOT want to APPLY and practice = Don't buy.

You decide. Simple: In the end what you get is what you want and love.

5-0 out of 5 stars Yes, I liked this book!, September 7, 2010
When I was in seventh grade, I made my first "vision board." Of course, that was many, many years ago. Back then, I called it (among other things) my "dream poster." I cut up magazines and newspapers and did drawings of things I wanted to do and places I wanted to see. I also wrote in notebooks with different colored pencils a "diary" of all the things I had achieved in life -- before any of it could have actually happened. I focused on my desires. I read biographies and novels and watched movies about people who did what I wanted to do. I worked on making my dreams come true. I got into the schools I dreamed about. I owned a business -- back when the "glass ceiling" in business was proudly made out of solid cement! I took a trip to Europe, and got a newspaper to foot the bill for all the expenses. I danced professionally. Yep, I was on the stage at Lincoln Center once! Later on, I got yet another job of my dreams.

And, I did this while lots of people spun their wheels in the background telling me what a fool I was, that I should give up -- over and over and over again. I've faced ridiculous obstacles, and conquered them every time.

So, I guess I discovered "The Secret" before Rhonda Byrne made it popular. But, even Rhonda Byrne admits that it is not her invention at all! Dream. Focus on those dreams. Keep going, even when reality and so-called realists tell you that you are wasting your time.

I laugh when I read the one-star reviews for The Secret and The Power. Sooo many people have the answer, they think. It's just that their answer is always "no." No, you can't have more money. No, you can't have that career. No, you can't get into that college. No, you can't dance, can't sing, can't paint, can't..... anything. And, for them, people who keep moving on are stupid, because we can't see it their way.

Enjoy your negativity, folks. I can't imagine what I might achieve next. But, I assure you it won't be sitting on my rump insulting others who dare to dream, and dare to achieve.

The Power, by Rhonda Byrne is an excellent book, and I highly recommend it to anyone capable of thinking outside of narrow limitations.

5-0 out of 5 stars something everyone should own, October 17, 2010
This is a book all should read and have to just open and take in daily. It is amazing how you can start to feel confused or down and just a few pages puts you right on track. It answers alot of questions and helps to understand why we and others do the things we do. And how we can look at something different to DO something differently.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Bible for us all!, September 21, 2010
Rhonda Byrne's timing in publishing her latest book was perfect! In these trying times when negativity abounds...we should all read and live "The Power"...the world would then be a wonderful place! Thanks, Rhonda, for your beautiful book and thought provoking words.

"The Secret" changed my life. Using the power of positive thinking, my house sold on the day I invisioned, for the amount I wanted, I was able to quit my job at a bank (Great timing there!), and move closer to my children and parents. My future husband then 'found' me and we are now happily married and living the life I had dreamed about. Does the Secret work??? You bet it does! I am living proof. All of my friends and family are amazed at how my life turned around. It can and will for them and for you, start to live "The Secret" and harness "The Power"!

5-0 out of 5 stars What a great way to live......., October 21, 2010
I have finished reading "The Power" for the 2nd time. This book has life changing suggestions to change the way you think to change the way you feel - it tells you how to look for the positive in all situations. Even when it is really hard to find a positive aspect to something that has gone wrong - there is always a lesson to be learned so that in itself is positive. It also has made me realize what love really is - not just for a person or family but for the whole of life. I have just purchased the audio as well because I'm going to take a 2-3 hour driving trip and I would like to listen to it on the way.

I'm not saying you are going to receive a million dollars but I'll bet you'll feel better about it if you don't :)

Barbara Johnson
Cave Creek, AZ

5-0 out of 5 stars Getting stronger everyday, October 20, 2010
I purchased this book in an airport in Washington DC on my trip home to Florida. I have been battling a life threatening disease for some time now. I love reading Rhonda Byrne. She gives me inspiration to keep up with the fight.

5-0 out of 5 stars words to live by, October 17, 2010
I love this book and it has changed my life and the way I live. The world would be an even more beautiful place if everyone lived this way. If you want happiness in your life and good things to follow you, read this book. Even after reading it, I still refer to it often, especially if I am having a bad day or a challenge in my life. ... Read more

64. Cook This, Not That!: Kitchen Survival Guide
by David Zinczenko, Matt Goulding
list price: $19.99 -- our price: $10.71
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Isbn: 160529442X
Publisher: Rodale Books
Sales Rank: 733
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Did you know the average dinner from a chain restaurant costs nearly $35 a person and contains more than 1,200 calories? That’s hard on your wallet and your waistline, and few people understand this better than the authors of Eat This, Not That! After years of helping consumers navigate America’s daunting culinary landscape – and literally thousands of weight-loss success stories – Dave and Matt have finally turned their nutritional savvy to the place with the greatest impact – your kitchen. The hundreds of recipes contained inside this book will help you and your loved ones eliminate body fat, get in shape, and lead fitter, happier lives.
But make no mistake – this is no rice-and-tofu cookbook. The genius of Cook This, Not That! is that it teaches you how to save hundreds – sometimes thousands – of calories by recreating America’s most popular restaurant dishes, including Outback Steakhouse’s Roasted Filet with Port Wine Sauce, Uno Chicago Grill’s Individual Deep Dish Pizza, and Chili’s Fire Grilled Chicken Fajita. Alongside this you’ll find other priceless advice, such as:
· The 37 Ways to Cook a Chicken Breast, A Dozen 10-Minute Pasta Sauces, The Ultimate Sandwich Matrix, and other on-the-go cooking tips.
· Scorecards that let you easily compare the nutritional quality of the carbohydrates, fats, and proteins that go into building every meal you eat. 
· The truth about how seemingly healthy foods such as wheat bread, salmon, and low-fat snacks are secretly sabotaging your health.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Yummy recipes, but know that several are still high in fat, calories, or sodium. No carb or fiber info, January 4, 2010
I hadn't heard these authors were doing a cookbook. I am a huge fan of the Eat This Not That! books. Although I'm a weight loss coach myself, I learn a wealth of information EVERY time I open one of these books. Even better, they are done so well that you WANT to read them from cover to cover rather than flipping through a few pages and putting it on a shelf. They are full of color photos, pages that stand out with artwork, colorful fonts, tons of information...just very well done.

Because of this, I was excited to get this new "COOK This, Not That!" recipe book. I'm a huge fan of cooking, huge fan of eating healthy, but an even bigger fan of GOOD food. With their knowledge behind the recipes, I figured it had to be a win/win cookbook and information guide.

And it does have some drawbacks, however. First, all the good stuff:
If you want to learn how to eat well for a lifestyle that includes craving restaurant meals and formulating a better kitchen at home, this book will do it. It's not just a book of recipes. You get a comparison of how all the oils rate as far as fat per tablespoon, which are good oils to use etc. You get information that I personally know is backed up by great research I've read before, on what foods are "super foods"...which ones, for example will give you energy (this is quinoa--one I discuss at great length in my own diet groups. Full of energy and vitamins and protein, called the "food of the Gods" by the Aztecs, keeps you full as well.) Or which fruit will give you great skin, which helps your joints, etc. Really wonderful info. The book is full of things like this that aren't just recipes, but life changers.

The recipes are of a wide range and should appeal to most any palette. Here are a few I like, to give you an example:

Grilled chicken salad with cranberries, avocado, and goat cheese
Breakfast burritos
Tortilla Soup
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cornmeal catfish with corn salsa
Loaded fettucini alfredo with chicken and vegetables
green chile cheeseburger
loaded pizza
patty melt
hearty lasagna
mac and cheese
nachos with chicken and black beans
chicken panini with pesto and peppers

There are also ethnic dishes, appetizers, vegetarian dishes intermingled within, breakfasts, drinks, name it, it's covered. And the dishes that I've made have all turned out great and been simple to prepare. Your family may not even know you've made some changes to lighter cooking!

As much as I love the book and the recipes, there are some drawbacks. The recipes are presented as a lighter version to familiar restaurant meals. And that's excellent if you eat out a lot and want to save both money and calories. However, although the dishes may be lighter than say, your favorite dish at Outback Steakhouse, it doesn't necessarily mean it's a "diet meal" or a lighter version of that dish than at MOST restuarants and the reader should know this. A low-fat dish is one that has around 3 grams fat for every 100 calories the dish has. You'll find dishes here that are actually HIGH in fat and sodium and many fairly high in calories (like almost 500 calories for a small bowl of mac and cheese. This recipe is neither lower in fat or calories than most restuarant mac and cheese for the same serving size. It's just lower in fat and calories from the one restaurant they compared it to with mega fat and calories in their dish.) But if you crave recipes from certain places and want them lighter...and still VERY good..It's a win/win book.

For example, although you save some fat with the Crispy Quesadillas with Quacamole, you come out with a serving of this appetizer for 310 calories, 16 grams fat, and 730 mg sodium. Granted, the original restaurant dish had 1,480 calories, 96 grams fat, and 510 grams sodium...but 16 grams fat, with some of it saturated, is still quite steep. And that amount of sodium will keep your waistbands tight and your body bloated, among other things. So keep in mind you may want to balance some of these dishes with lower fat and lower sodium and sometimes even lower calories dishes within your day. Also take for example, their suggested breakfast recipe for a ham omelette. It has 330 calories, a whopping 20 grams fat and nearly half of it SATURATED fat at 9 grams sat.fat...if you compare that to an Egg McMuffin at McDonald's that fast food dish has 300 calories, 12 grams of fat and 5 grams saturated fat. When I can go to McDonalds and get half the fat, half the saturated fat, and 30 less calories than a breakfast recipe in this book for almost the same dish and McDonalds gives me an English muffin on top of it, and no messy pans...that's not a good thing. I am not a fan of Micky D's and haven't eaten there in years, but they won on this comparison for both calories, fat, and saturated fat for a breakfast dish. Was this ham omelette recipe in the cookbook better than the scary ham omelette at a restaurant they compared it to (IHOP)? Yes. But is it a healthy or light dish in any way itself? Nopers...

But I can ignore those dishes in the book and go for things like the Miso cod which is just 260 calories and 1g fat, or the chicken marsala which is 390 calories and 9 g fat. You'll find several to please those wanting low calories and fat. If, however, your only goal is to get lighter dishes than those in a restaurant, even if they are still a little too steep for me in the fat grams or calorie count personally, that's what this book is all about. It gives you a restaurant dish you may be familiar with, it's calorie and fat count, and then remakes it lighter to save you some calories.

Unlike most healthy cookbooks that now contain fiber counts in the nutritionals for those counting points on Weight Watchers, this does not list them on the recipe pages. The dishes simply list calories, fat, and sodium. So if you are wanting to use fiber counts for that diet plan, know this going in. You may have to figure out fiber on your own to get accurate point counts. If you want protein, carbs, etc to get a full picture, it's not listed...this will matter to some, it won't matter to I thought I'd throw it out there for those who are wondering.

CONCLUSION: This book is especially important for those who want good taste but want to avoid eating out as much and I would say it's the primary target audience. If you want all low fat and low calorie dishes, however, you'll need to be sure to read the counts on each page and balance your overall day accordingly as some of the recipes are high in calories, fat, or sodium or all of the above...though still less than its original restaurant dish. The variety of calories can be good because men can use the book too for the higher calorie dishes they may want, while a woman can choose those that are lighter for her...just watch the fat and sodium either way. As for taste, the recipes have all been winners. (And if you feel deprived, you'll never stick with it anyway.) I'd recommend the book but, like I tell my weight loss classes, use it with caution and while adding up your fat, calorie, and sodium counts or you might not see the loss you hope for.

KNOW GOING IN: There is no disagreement that it takes a deficit of 3,500 calories to lose one pound. Meaning you have to take in 3,500 calories less than what your body uses in normal activity (walking, digesting, breathing sleeping, etc.) so that your body will then dip into fat stores for fuel for energy resulting in weight loss. If you are on the Biggest Loser you might reach this deficit half way through the day or in just a few hours because of all the calories your body is using. If I ate solely from this book I probably wouldn't lose weight, or I'd just lose a pound or two per month. However, if I was doing a lot of eating out, it would PREVENT me from gaining weight. Due to the higher fat and sodium content in many recipes, you need to leaf through the book for the healthier ones. But I am not gonna say I don't love this book either. I just balance it with lower fat and calorie dishes and I love the fact they've made some popular dishes lower in fat and calories on days you crave 'em. It is, after all, all about balance in the end.

also know: The recipes in here are typically at least half the size of the restaurant serving when I began comparing after someone else mentioned this fact, so in reality many wind up the same fat and calories (or more) as the restaurant-sized serving when compared apples to apples.

5-0 out of 5 stars Eat smart, not dumb!, January 4, 2010
Addicted to the Cheesecake Factory's Warm Apple Crisp but can't afford the 1,355 calories? Save a whopping 1,155 calories by making your own! Cook This, Not That shows you how.

This book is for anyone wanting to eat smarter. It gets down to basics: "Forget dieting. Forget joining a gym. Forget the ads for the Abinator device you saw on QVC. If you really, truly want to lose weight, there is no quicker way to shave pounds off your body -- and dollars off your food bill -- than to cook more at home."

Cook This, Not That makes it simple for even novices to prepare home-cooked meals. A whole chapter gets you set up with exactly the utensils and equipment you'll need, and the items to set up the perfect pantry. Most of the dishes can be made in 30 minutes or less, and the instructions are short and straightforward. Every recipe is paired with a close-up color photograph of the finished dish. On same page is a small photo of the "Not That!" variation of the recipe from a restaurant chain, complete with price, calories and, in most cases, sodium and fat counts. In each case you learn how many calories and dollars you save by cooking at home.

Besides the hundreds of recipes, sprinkled throughout the pages are helpful segments:
* Scorecards: Ratings of fat, meat, carbs and dairy foods clearly show the best, worst, and everything in between in terms of healthiness. (The winners? Canola oil, light meat chicken, bulgar and nonfat yogurt.)
* Master the technique: Instruction on how to perform chef-like functions such as saut�ing vegetables or cooking an omelet.
* Secret weapon: Particular foods the authors recommend, and why. For example, Thomas' Light Multi-Grain English Muffin (only 100 calories each, and packing a whopping 8 grams of fiber).
* Save-Money Strategy: How to alter the accompanying recipe to make it less expensive but still delicious.
* Meal Multiplier: Ways to alter the recipe by changing the ingredients.

This book has a lot going for it, but its biggest benefits are:
1. Recipes that are easy, delicious and illustrated with beautiful photography.
2. Thorough nutritional information for each recipe, including the portion size, calories and gram counts of fat, sodium and sugar.
3. Simple comparisons with similar restaurant dishes.
4. Advice on the best brands to buy, from vegetable oil to breakfast cereal.

Other books in the series: Eat This, Not That!, Eat This Not That! for Kids!, Eat This Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide, Eat This Not That! The Best (& Worst!) Foods in America!, Eat This Not That! 2010 and Eat This Not That! Restaurant Survival Guide. All are uniformly excellent. I also recommend In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life and Deceptively Delicious.

Here's the chapter list:

1. The Truth About Your Food
2. The Eat This, Not That! Kitchen
3. Breakfast
4. Appetizers & Small Bites
5. Soups & Salads
6. Sandwiches & Burgers
7. Off the Grill
8. Pasta
9. American Classics
10. Ethnic Dishes
11. Sides, Snacks & Sauces
12. Desserts & Drinks

4-0 out of 5 stars Another winner in this franchise!, January 5, 2010
There are a variety of books in this series ("Eat This, Not That" is the key term in several titles). This volume suggests cooking one dish rather than having something else less healthy for one.

One cool example. . . . Whip up a grilled chicken and pineapple sandwich. The recipe includes the ingredients needed and the steps needed to make this sandwich. The entry shows how much per serving this costs ($2.64) as well as calories (400), fat content (11 grams of fat, 6 of which are saturated), and 640 milligrams of salt. What not to eat? Outback's grilled chicken and Swiss sandwich--costing $7.95 and featuring 896 calories, 33 grams of fat (10 grams saturated), and 1,323 milligrams of sodium. The point is pretty inescapable: You can make something yourself that is less expensive and better nutritionally. Thus, one gets a recipe as well as data allowing the reader to compare cost and nutrition. The end result? Maybe a little more discriminating eater of foods. . . .

A second. . . . A homemade ham omelet, with a step-by-step recipe. $1.87 a serving, 330 calories, 20 grams of fat (9 of which are saturated), and 570 milligrams of salt. IHOP's ham and cheese omelette: $9.56, 990 calories. One would save 660 calories and $7.69 making it yourself!

Other cool features. Pages 256-257 focus on "The Wok Matrix" with "The Rules of the Wok." First, choose your protein; next, choose your vegetables; then, choose your sauce; finally, choose your garnish. A recipe lays out how you proceed, step-by-step, with a stir fry.

A clever volume that educates as it provides useful recipes and hints for cooking. Nice addition to the series!!

5-0 out of 5 stars More flavor less time and calories!!, January 5, 2010
This is not the traditional "Eat This Not That". With this addition, Mens Health gives you a rare gem of a cookbook. As a cookbook afficionado, I would normally turn my nose up to something like this. However, this book proves the old cliche you shouldn't judge a book by its..... Inside is packed with recipes that are high in flavor, healthy, and require minimal time/ingredient/culinary skill to prepare. The ingredients called for are ordinary pantry/fridge staples that are neither expensive nor hard to find.

Each recipe is accompanied by a nutritional breakdown and the restaurant dish that it is similar to and healthier than. In my humble opinion the food you can make at home with this guide is far superior to it's restaurant alternative. These dishes are both cheaper, healthier, and have a cleaner taste (by clean I mean not loaded with heavy cream, butter, or other junk that takes away from the actual flavor of the ingredients).

The recipes I have attempted (~10), have so far provided a surprising depth of flavor that makes me want to cook my way through the entire book. It also has a ton of info about how to make healthy decisions with ingredients and other foods (which I guess is in line with the prior books in this series). To sum up you really can't go wrong with this book and I can't wait for the sequel so long as it is another cookbook!!

I note that another reviewer has commented that these recipes are not necessarily low in fat/calories....this book does not purport to be such a book. In fact the authors point out that fat is a good thing and provides direction as to what types of fats are good and which you should avoid at all costs.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!!, January 1, 2010
Ok, so the whole series has been packed with information, advice, and witty comments that help us make better choices. Finally, we get to sample what's going on in their kitchen. It's not just a cookbook to fight the restaurant wars, it deserves a spot with the best cookbooks on my shelf - thoughtful, well written, easy to follow yet high quality recipes. Extra tips and comments show gourmet expertise. Great layout. I just got the book and have already tested it out for last night's dinner - Our whole family is very, very pleased!!

5-0 out of 5 stars My Fave of the series, January 7, 2010
I absolutly love this book, by far the best in the series.I love how they explain exactly what you need in your kitchen in order to cook and cook healthy *turns out not a whole lot! Then gives you recipes that are easy to cook, not crazy diet food with weird grinding up of beans to sneak them in brownies or using cereal to fry fish. These are real recipies for people who want to eat good food without suffering the consequences. They even include simple things to help save money. I love it, my husband loves it, and I'm sure you will too!!!Cook This, Not That!: Kitchen Survival Guide

5-0 out of 5 stars Not Just Another Yawn in a Series, January 11, 2010
I was a little hesitant when I saw Zinczenko and Goulding had ANOTHER book out, but was very pleasantly surprised when I read it. The book is colorful, easy to read, and helpful for starting the new year with baby steps to saving money and eating healthier. The book has great tips for stocking your kitchen, recipes for feeding your family interesting food while saving money, and helpful ways to incorporate new foods into your diet (even if you don't like to cook or "diet").

Biggest reason to buy the book: lots of photos so you can QUICKLY see and do, without reading a whole cookbook or diet book. The recipes are very appetizing and flavorful, but NOT intimidating for even inexperienced cooks.

For other longterm additions to your meal plans, we also highly recommend The Biggest Loser cookbooks.

These gentlemen know their information very well, and know how to teach people to incorporate baby steps of change into their lives. Their other books are good for keeping in a car or desk at work. This one is great for keeping in or near the kitchen. Nice gift idea too. Two thumbs up from our house!

5-0 out of 5 stars Saves both money and calories!, December 29, 2009
I try to eat healthy in my house, but I'm usually frustrated by my inability to put together meals with as much flavor as the stuff I eat when I go out. Unfortunately every time I eat out, I can't avoid setting my diet back a few hundred calories. That's why I'm loving this book. The recipes are easy enough for someone like me, who doesn't have a ton of cooking experience, but challenging enough to still impress the people I have over for dinner (or lunch or breakfast). Plus everything I've made so far - the tortilla soup, honey mustard salmon, grilled apricots, sausage frittata with mushrooms, etc. - has all turned out infinitely more delicious than the drab stuff my kitchen table is used to.

Now when I'm really in the mood for something delicious, I just open up the book and pick something out. There's a full-color photo accompanying every recipe, so I can see it before I make it. It's like my own, in-house menu, and the meals not only save me calories, they also save me a ton of money at the restaurants. That means no more guilt-hangovers from eating too much fat and spending too much money. This one is definitely going to stay on my kitchen bookshelf for years to come.

5-0 out of 5 stars Better than I hoped..., April 3, 2010
As a fan of the author's approach of "eat this, not that" I purchased this book on a whim. After trying 15 of the recipes and reading the book cover to cover, I'm an even bigger fan. Of the things I've tried so far, most are great and the others are quite good. Neither time consuming, nor bland, these recipes have become some of our new favorites and I'm sharing them with friends and family. Can't recommend this book highly enough - it's a great addition to any kitchen - even bought a copy for my mom.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!, March 21, 2010
This book has great recipes that are easy to prepare. The book includes healthy alternatives to everyday foods we consume. I highly recommend this book to anyone that is interested in eating healthier or trying to lose weight. ... Read more

65. The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Epilepsy
by Elaine Wyllie
Kindle Edition
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Asin: B003YFJ5VS
Publisher: 2010-05-15
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Expert medical advice from an award-winning physician at one of the nation’s best hospitals for the treatment of epilepsy and seizures. Epilepsy and seizures affect more than three million Americans of all ages. Approximately 200,000 new cases of epilepsy and seizures occur each year. For anyone affected by this disorder, The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Epilepsy can help.
Dr. Elaine Wyllie, a world-renowned neurologist and epilepsy specialist, guides you through all aspects of epilepsy, from the definition of seizures and their underlying causes, to treatment with medicine or surgery. The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Epilepsy provides a comprehensive, one-stop source of information about epilepsy, while also outlining clear and concise actions for maximizing care and treatment of this disorder.
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66. The South Beach Diet Supercharged: Faster Weight Loss and Better Health for Life
by Joseph Signorile PhD
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Publisher: 2008-04-28
Sales Rank: 1007
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" Five years ago, with the publication of The South Beach Diet, renowned Miamicardiologist Dr. Arthur Agatston set out to change the way America eats. Now hehas an even more ambitious goal: to change the way America lives by helpingAmericans become fitter as well as thinner and healthier . . . for life. In theall-new The South Beach Diet Supercharged, Dr. Agatston shows you how to rev upyour metabolism and lose weight faster while following the proven healthy eatingprinciples of the original diet: choose good carbs, good fats, lean protein, andlow-fat dairy. Collaborating with Dr. Joseph Signorile, a professor of exercisephysiology at the University of Miami, Dr. Agatston presents a cutting-edge,three-phase workout that perfectly complements the three phases of the dietitself. Based on the latest exercise science, this ease-into-it fitness programcombines low- and high-intensity interval exercise (with a focus on walking) andfunctional core body-toning exercises. The result: You'll look fitter and you'llburn more fat and calories all day—even at rest. Also included is the latestnutritional research on how specific foods high in vitamins, minerals, fiber,and a host of phytonutrients help keep you healthy; new and expanded lists ofFoods to Enjoy; taste-tempting Meal Plans for phases 1 and 2; and dozens ofeasy-to-prepare new recipes, including Eggs Frijoles, Chock-Full-of-VeggiesChili, Roasted Tomato Soup, Homestyle Turkey Meatloaf, and South Beach DietTiramisu. In every chapter you'll find inspiring success stories from real-lifeSouth Beach dieters and plenty of effective weight loss tips. And as an addedbonus, Dr. Agatston answers the questions you've most often asked him about thediet since the original book was published. --This text refers to the Paperbackedition. " ... Read more

67. Invisible Tears
by Abigail Lawrence
Kindle Edition
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Asin: B003IPCEU8
Publisher: Authorhouse
Sales Rank: 1258
Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars
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This is the story of Abbie's struggle to survive, the grim details of child abuse of the worst kind all told from the perspective of a little girl. As a teenager Abbie is uncontrollable. A Modette during the 80's revival, she finds a love of scooters, rebellion and gang life on the wild side. Dulling her pain with alcohol, drugs and promiscuity at a very young age she loses control and becomes well known to the local police.

Her family eventually disowns her realizing they are unable to help. Abbie finds herself in the care of the Court until she is abandoned by children's homes and Social Services too. Alone, penniless and pregnant at the age of 16, she is haunted by the secrets of her unspeakable past. Will anyone ever see her invisible tears?
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5-0 out of 5 stars Shocking Tale of Survival on the Streets of London, April 27, 2010
This is a book that needs to be published worldwide to promote an understanding of both the harsh reality and consequences of child abuse. No, it is not set in Bangladesh or Thailand. Right in the suburbs of London, we read about civilized people doing very uncivilized things. What happens when a nine-year-old girl is denied love, beaten and sent off to various "uncles"? This story, told through the eyes of a child is both shocking and spellbinding. The writing voice of Abigail Lawrence is so real that it is impossible to put this book down. Little Abby just wants one thing out of life: to be loved. By the end of the book, Abby the teenager will burn a hole right through the middle of your heart.

I have to say this is by far the most gripping memoir I have ever read. Five stars!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Kindleobsessed review, May 29, 2010
Over 3 million reports of child abuse are made every year in JUST the United States alone. 7.6% of these are sexual abuse claims (approx. 228,000 children.) Almost five children die everyday as a result of child abuse. More than three out of four are under the age of 4.

Harsh statistics right? Horrifying actually.

A few weeks ago I received a review request from an awe inspiring woman named Abigail Lawrence. She wanted me to read her book "Invisible Tears." I hesitantly agreed knowing that the journey I was about to embark on would be heart wrenching and hard to read, but at the same time, completely and undeniably necessary.

At the age of 6 Abbie's mother died, and with no one there to pick up the pieces she was shipped off to whomever would take her. Unfortunately, the loving and caring home she needed was not what she got, instead she was forced to live with a woman that physically and mentally abused her, and then eventually... in seek of fame... handed her over to local pedophiles in the "entertainment" business. After her father (who had been relatively absent up until this point) finally accepted what was happening to his children he whisked them away for a better life, but sometimes people can be to late, sometime the damage has already been done. Keeping, and constantly reliving the secrets of what really happened to her, forced Abbie to grow into a damaged and rebellious teenager, looking for comfort and drugs where ever she could get them. This is the story of Abbie's struggle to survive, her struggle to understand that not everything was her fault, and the struggle to finally find love and acceptance. This is a story of a small girl, who had to learn to dig her own way out of the trenches... just to be able to breathe.

The novel was written in Abbie's dialogue so it is imperative you be prepared for several things.

1. You are going to experience the worse side of life through the eyes of a child for the first several chapters. They are excruciatingly difficult to read (especially if you have small children) and will, at times, make you feel physically ill.

2. The story will eventually move past blatant gruesomeness, however the story as a whole continues, and can be as equally emotional as the first few pages. (so grab some Kleenex.)

3. If you start reading, do not stop. This is not a book you can put down half way through and wish you had never picked it up to begin with. The epilogue is a very VERY important part of the story and if you don't read it you will never get the intended point of the book. (Pace yourself if you have to but don't give up on it.)

This novel is in no way intended for a young audience, or the faint of heart. It is rough, it is damaging, and it is horrifyingly descriptive. The fact that it is based off of someone's' "real life" experiences makes it only that much more difficult to handle, so read at your own risk.

Until tomorrow my fellow Kindle-ites I bid you ado and leave you with something to think about:

Children who have been sexually abused are 2.5 times more likely to abuse alcohol

Children who have been sexually abused are 3.8 times more likely to develop drug addictions

90% of child sexual abuse victims know the perpetrator in some way; 68% are abused by family members

Maybe one day we will open our eyes.

Statistics found at [...]

If you know or suspect a child is being abused please help by calling the National Child Abuse Hotline [...]

4-0 out of 5 stars heart wrenching, October 12, 2010
This book was hard for me to continue reading at times. and l found myself wondering why all the nauseating details of Abbie's abuse needed to be there. Then it came to me. Abbie needed to tell her story. Not just for herself. but for all of those still out there. like Molly who could not break free or tell. l commend Abigail Lawrence for the courage it took to share her story. her life with the world. lt was a very engaging book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Invisible tears - An education in life!, June 3, 2010
WOW I just could not put this book down!

Beaten by a step mother, abused by "Uncles", let down by family, neighbors & society, a young girls struggle for love, companionship self worth & life.

This book is a true tale to often hidden away from the public eye, the details of Abbie's early Life will leave you shocked & dismayed even sick to the core but with every page turned of this young girls struggle the deeper you will be drawn in & feel touched by her world. Written from her own perspective gives this book such feeling, like your chatting to your best friend, sister or actually walking in Abigail's shoes.

Teenage years looking for an identity, love, companionship, maybe just some recognition of being an equal human being, is a struggle we all face growing up but the true reality of the cruel world she grew up in made Abbie both vulnerable & disillusioned with no clear direction. Disowned by her family thrown into societies waste bin of social care, living life without rules, laws or boundaries. Abigail's tales of being a Moddette, scooter rallies, drugs, alcohol & boys is a world we can all associate with but without truly knowing what lies beneath the cover of a victim in a world that should love & care for us.

Be prepared to not put this book down it really is so compelling, be prepared to open your heart & mind to a world no one child should ever have to walk in but most of all be prepared to accept we all have a role to play in raising our future society in a loving caring environment, stop the abusers listen to your children & never ignore the scars that will never truly heal!

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68. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
by Daniel H. Pink
Hardcover (2009-12-29)
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Sales Rank: 275
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people--at work, at school, at home. It's wrong. As Daniel H. Pink explains in his new and paradigm- shattering book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today's world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.

Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does--and how that affects every aspect of our lives. He demonstrates that while the old-fashioned carrot-and-stick approach worked successfully in the 20th century, it's precisely the wrong way to motivate people for today's challenges. In Drive, he reveals the three elements of true motivation:

*Autonomy- the desire to direct our own lives
*Mastery- the urge to get better and better at something that matters
*Purpose- the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves

Along the way, he takes us to companies that are enlisting new approaches to motivation and introduces us to the scientists and entrepreneurs who are pointing a bold way forward.

Drive is bursting with big ideas-- the rare book that will change how you think and transform how you live.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Biased and selective presentation of important ideas
Before plunking down your credit card for a copy of Drive, by Dan Pink, consider making do with just his TED talk. The talk contains the substance of this book without the excess padding.

The book has about 250 pages. One hundred fifty or so of those are for the basic content. It includes the Introduction and Parts I and II (chapters one through six).

The other hundred pages are a "Toolkit." This includes some material that didn't seem to fit anywhere else, a glossary, a recap of Drive, twenty conversation starters (useful at cocktail parties), a reading list, and a fitness plan. That's forty percent of the book. And none of it helps you put what you've read to work.

The core points of the book are covered in the TED talk. You can listen to it in about fifteen minutes or read it in about ten. You won't get the fitness plan or the conversation starters. You will get the essence of Pink's message.

If you're a boss or concerned about leadership, you need to become familiar with that message. The ideas are important. Pink's rendering of them, for good or ill, will define and influence the discussion of motivation in business for quite a while.

He does get the big picture right. He says that people would prefer activities where they can pursue three things.

Autonomy: People want to have control over their work.

Mastery: People want to get better at what they do.

Purpose: People want to be part of something that is bigger than they are.

This matches research that I've done with class members for over twenty-five years. They discuss a time when "it was great to come to work" and then create a description of what those times are like. The descriptions vary slightly in wording but always include the following.

Interesting and meaningful work.
Clear and reasonable expectations.
Frequent and usable feedback.
Maximum control possible over work life.

I'm describing the kinds of workplaces where intrinsic motivation happens. Pink is describing three things that provide that kind of motivation. In most highly effective workplaces, it's the boss that is the most important force creating an environment when intrinsic motivation can happen.

Top management sets the basic compensation and benefits structure. If that isn't perceived as fair and consistent, natural intrinsic motivation won't kick in.

It's your individual supervisor who has the biggest effect on your daily working environment. That's why there are pockets of excellence in otherwise horrid companies and why even the best companies have workers who are unhappy and teams that are unproductive.

This book won't give you the connection from concept to workplace. But Pink does deliver many key ideas that matter.

Key Idea: There is a difference between extrinsic and intrinsic motivation.

Key Idea: Intrinsic motivators are more powerful.

Key Idea: If you use monetary rewards to get people to perform the way you want, those rewards may have the opposite effect.

These are important things for a boss to know, but if you only have Drive to guide you, you will get some things very wrong.

The examples that are used are heavily weighted toward academic and consulting studies. It's not apparent that Pink talked to a single worker or frontline supervisor. The book would have been more helpful if he had.

There are some pre-requisites to having intrinsic motivation kick in. Pink mentions in passing that there needs to be fair compensation in place. That's true, but it's not an "oh-by-the-way" point. It's Maslow's Hierarchy in work clothes.

Throughout the book, Pink equates "monetary" incentives with "extrinsic motivation." That ignores praise, promotion, preferment (in scheduling, eg), the admiration of peers, time off, and a host of other positive incentives. It also skews the discussion toward academic studies and away from the real workplace.

Pink also presents the issue as if it were intrinsic motivators (good) versus extrinsic motivators (not good). In the TED talk he even says "This is the titanic battle between these two approaches."

That's not how things work in the real world. Intrinsic and extrinsic motivators and their effects interact. You don't have a simple choice of which lever to pull. You have to understand and influence a complex system.

Those shortcomings are important. They derive from one of the most important things to understand if you've going to study this material critically and turn it to good use.

Pink has written this book like a political speech. He writes to make a point, not to present a balanced argument.

Like a good speech writer, Pink uses language that implies value judgments. He uses terms like "humanistic psychology" for things he agrees with. When he doesn't agree he uses terms like "rat-like seeking."

Like a good speech writer, Pink makes sweeping statements without providing support for them. "Sometimes" and "a surprisingly large proportion of the time" are used with no indication of what they actually mean. He says that sales quotas "can be effective," but doesn't tell you when or how often.

Like a good speech writer, Pink leaves out things that don't support his simplified message. There's no mention of studies that support the use of rewards in business settings.

Like a good speech writer, Pink boils his facts down to only the ones that support his argument. If all you read was Drive, you would think that the work of Deci and Ryan is about the superiority of intrinsic motivators to extrinsic in all situations.

But their work is more complex than Pink describes it. It includes analysis of effective extrinsic motivators as well as extrinsic motivators that are counter-productive.

Like a good speech writer, pink, picks up studies from one sphere and applies them elsewhere without telling you what he's doing. Deci and Ryan have done admirable and important work, but it's on motivation in personal development, not in the workplace.

Like a good speech writer, Pink ignores contradictions. He describes a horrid, slave ship workplace ruled by carrots and sticks. Later he mentions that most "flow" experiences happen at work.

Pink tells us about "20 percent" time for creativity at Google and Atlassian. But he doesn't discuss why they only offer their intrinsic reward of creativity to engineers and not the other workers in the company.

Like a good speech writer, Pink sets up the straw man of "Motivation 2.0" so that he's easy to knock down. And, inconvenient truths are sometimes mentioned in passing and then never heard from again.

The Bottom Line

You should learn what's in this book because, for better or worse, it is influencing the conversation about what makes a great workplace. But because of the presentation and selective use of facts, you can't rely on this book alone to help you do a better job as a boss.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just as important as "A Whole New Mind"

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Daniel Pink's new book follows well in the tradition of "A Whole New Mind," as he picks up on a new trend and explains it well. This time it's the apparent paradox of motivation - why do some people like Google pay their staff to regularly work on projects of their own choosing when they could be working hard on what they were hired to do?

Pink shows that there has always been monetary motivation, but that has lost its attractiveness as we've moved from the "top-down" management system to the more heuristic style (workers being free to decide how to do their jobs). He points out that repetitive jobs lend themselves more to traditional rewards, whereas money doesn't seem to motivate innovation.

I used to work for a major corporation (which we'll call "EMC," because that is their name). Pretty much everyone I met had responsibility for something, to the degree that supervisors were enablers - you went to them and told them what to do. Supervisors could (and sometimes did) give you reasons why not, but they weren't about to come into your cubicle and micromanage you. And the wider your responsibility, the harder you worked.

This system was totally unlike anything I'd come across before. Most businesses would act as though their employees couldn't be trusted. And although I was looking behind me nervously, I shone in this environment, and now I realized that's what they wanted from me.

Pink mentions Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs (if that's new to you, look it up on Wikipedia), and I think he is right that now that there's a relatively well-paid group of workers, they can ask for something more than basic salary. As Pink puts it, we need to feel that the work we do is worthwhile, and thus we move to the top of Maslow's pyramid and realize esteem and self-actualization.

Hopefully you will have recognized some of the tenets of your organization. However, I think it's unlikely that all Pink's principles will have been adopted, so get this book now. It gives you a great deal to think about, and in the last section, Pink quotes people that have influenced his thinking.

Whether you run a company or see yourself as "just an employee," you need to read this. It shows pretty much everything to know about what will drive you or your staff to much better performance. It involves more than having an employee of the week, and you may find that if you work in a place that doesn't use these principles you may have to change jobs. But it will be worth it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Real Winner

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Daniel Pink has written a highly interesting and very informative book on the truth about what motivates us.

He uses a very interesting analogy - comparing motivation to different generations of operating software. Motivation 1.0 the basic operating system for the first few thousand years was based on the primary needs of the human - food, shelter, clothing and reproduction. Eventually we moved to Motivation 2.0 - basically the carrot and the stick - reward and punishment worked fairly well for a time.

But according to Pink and other scientist, reward and punishment no longer work in most situations. We need to move to Motivation 3.0.

Pink goes into great detain about why the carrot and stick motivation does not work. "The traditional `If then' rewards can give us less of what we want. They extinguish intrinsic motivation, diminish performance, crush creativity and crowd out good behavior. The can encourage unethical behavior, create addictions and foster short-term thinking. These are the bugs in our current operating system."

The "if then" reward/punishment system does work under very limited conditions. Pink explores these.

He then introduces the I Type and X Type behavior - named for intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. Type I behavior concerns itself less with external rewards and more with doing things for the joy of doing them.

There are three elements to the I Type behavior: Autonomy - we all long to be autonomous - to have control over our lives and destiny. To the extent that we don't have autonomy we feel something missing. The second element is Mastery. We need to learn to master the tasks we are undertaking. The third element is Purpose. We need to "buy in" to why we are doing things. There needs to be a reason.

The final section of the book is a Toolkit section where there are strategies for individuals, companies, tips on compensation, suggestions for education and suggested reading.

This is highly entertaining and thought provoking. At some time we all face the challenge of trying to motivate others. For the most part we have relied on the reward/punishment approach. You will learn why this does not work and a better approach to motivation no matter who you are working with.

The book is well written and there are many references to back up the claims made. I highly recommend this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars The "Light Bulb" turns on in your brain
Okay, so that's the way it really works!

Every now and then, I come along a book that challenges enough lifelong assumptions I've held about myself and others to be "enlightening", and this is such a book.

The book is easy to read and accessible, and the research backing up the author's conclusions are also laid out to impact.

I spent the first hour reading this book sitting next to my wife, and about every 3-4 minutes, I'd blurt out "Did you know . . ." or "I never knew . . . " and then read her a passage. A day later, the book was gone from the end table next to the sofa, and my wife had absconded with it. If you are a professional or manager, you will see major implications into your own behavior and that of others. If you are just reading out of interest, you will learn a lot about yourself I haven't seen in another place.

The writing is worthy of the exciting revelations -- fresh and vigorous, making the book as enjoyable for me as it was informative.


5-0 out of 5 stars If you hate your job, this book will help you understand why
I read 39 books in 2009, just "a few" shy of my goal of 50. Thanks to a little nudge from some friends I've set my 2010 sights just a little bit higher: a book a week, for a total of 52. I got the list off to a good start this weekend when I finished this latest from Dan Pink. Interestingly, one of the first books I read in 2009 was also one of his, A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future.

In that previous book, as the title suggests, Pink describes the type of workers that will emerge - actually are emerging - to solve the complex business and social problems now facing us. Taking that as a starting point in Drive, Pink provides some guidance on what will be necessary to "manage" these new types of worker by exploring the what motivates these workers to perform. Or, as the title put its, what drives them.

Part One of the book explores the evolution of the motivation "operating systems" at play throughout human history and how the science of motivation is leading us to version 3.0 of that Motivation OS. Or, at least, how it should be leading us to this new version. I found it fascinating that much of what Pink describes in the book is not new at all, but has been known for several decades. Known and ignored. Known and actively buried buy those who just couldn't believe it or didn't want to accept what it meant for them and their positions of control within organizations. Fascinating reading.

At the end of Part One, Pink delves into the differences between workers who are intrinsically (Type I) and extrinsically (Type X) motivated, and leads right into Part Two, which explores the three elements that make up Type I behavior: autonomy, mastery, and purpose. The chapters for each of these elements includes some insight into each, along with practical examples of what they mean.

Part Three is the "Type I Toolkit", which includes suggestions, reading lists, and other tools for individuals and organizations to help them become more Type I. As Pink says, Type I's are made, not born, and this toolkit can help you remake yourself, or your organization, as a Type I.

Perhaps the most damning statement about the current state of affairs, at least in my mind, comes in the sentence: "Unfortunately...the modern workplace's most notable feature may be its lack of engagement and its disregard for mastery." Longtime readers of my blogs know that mastery is a concept I've long thought and written about. Pink's chapter on mastery in the context of work pulls together many ideas that I've struggled with over the years. This chapter alone was worth the price of the book.

All the rest is an excellent bonus.

5-0 out of 5 stars I am giving this book to my son's school
One of the most helpful things that I took from this book is the varying value of rewards. I had noticed that bribing my son for even little things led to some less than desirable long-term results; I loved reading the research to back it up.

One measure of a powerful book is whether it leads to action. I just ordered a second copy for my son's middle school faculty library. It's my personal mission now to encourage them to include free-style learning/creating days in the curriculum. It's a pretty conservative school so I'll have my work cut out for me. Thanks for providing the inspiration, Dan! ... Read more

69. The Playbook: Suit up. Score chicks. Be awesome.
by Barney Stinson, Matt Kuhn
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Since the dawn of history man has searched for the answer to the most fundamental of questions: “Why am I here . . . not banging chicks?” The search is over. Now, with the help of The Playbook, you’ll be able to approach any beautiful woman, discover her innermost passion, and use that to trick her into sleeping with you. You’ll master more than 75 seduction techniques, developed by pickup guru and all-around good guy Barney Stinson, guaranteed to turn you into a bona fide ladies’ man. ... Read more


5-0 out of 5 stars Suit Up!, October 7, 2010
This is a hilarious read, another gem from the 'How I Met Your Mother' series. The "plays" Barney Stinson uses to pick up women would not work on a girl with half a brain in real life, but nevertheless, it's fun to think about trying to pull off some of these moves on girls. You take it for what it is-- a great extension of a great episode of the show. The ones featured on the show are there: "The Mrs. Stinsfire", "The My Penis Grants Wishes", "The Cheap Trick", "The Scuba Diver", "The He's Not Coming", "The Snasa", "The Don't Drink That!", "The Ted Mosby", "The Scuba Diver", and among others, my personal favorite, "The Lorenzo Von Matterhorn."

There are exactly 76 plays broken down into sections from the basic to the advanced. Each play has its own fact sheet. You're given a success rate, what type of woman the play attracts, the requirements to perform the play, the prep time, and the "bummers", which is a way of saying "but here's the catch."
From there, the play is broken down into steps. The rest is self-explanatory.
I won't explain any of the new plays in detail, but I'll give you a couple play names so as to build a little intrigue:
- "The Little Orphan Barney"
- "The Ghost"
- "The Mannequin"
- "The Confused Inheritor"
- "The Ballet Defector"
- "The Vampire"
- "The I Can Land This Plane"
- "The Trojan Lesbian"
- "The Ghost Of Christmas Future"

It carries much of the same type of humor as 'The Bro Code.' It follows common stereotype assumptions of men and women, leaves little remarks, anecdotes and/or tips at the end of some plays (and in between) and extensively uses sarcasm to make very obvious points. If you're a fan of 'The Bro Code', I highly recommend picking this up. It's creative and smart and I doubt would be offensive or repulsive in any way to anyone. As a matter of fact, I think it appeals just as much to women as it does men, especially those women who have been the target of some ridiculous pick-up scheme (I'm guessing that's somewhere in the range of most to all). After all, they're the "victims" in this, so to speak. Might as well make light of it.

Like the show, 'The Playbook' is well thought out, well executed, and well... just plain quirky. Hopefully it wins your praise as well.

Note: The episode this book is based on is called 'The Playbook.' It's episode 8 of Season 5 and the 96th of the series.

Grade: A+

4-0 out of 5 stars Bro! Suit up!!, October 27, 2010
How could you not love this stuff. Too funny. The HIMYM writers are great. Love the show. Love the books. Barney is great. Ted is a tool. See if you can find this at like half price books or something. I know it's really cheap already but still... It's such a fast funny read you can easily read the entire thing in the bathroom in one morning. Borrow it from a Bro.

4-0 out of 5 stars Do Not Try This At Home, October 24, 2010
This is basically a spoof version of pickup artists' routines manuals such as The Art of the Approach and Rules of the Game, and as such should be considered more of a companion piece to the show than an actual how-to guide because it demonstrates the absurd lengths Barney will go to for his next conquest. While I'm certain you can pull off The Fireman in the real world because I've been mistaken for one at least twice just by wearing a Boston Fire duty T-shirt I got online, there's no way you're going to find a girl so stupid that she'll fall for The Olympian's lock-in prop of an aluminum foil-wrapped oatmeal raisin cookie posing as an Olympic silver medal. ... Read more

70. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
by Brene Brown
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'This important book is about the lifelong journey from 'What will people think?' to 'I am enough.' Brown's unique ability to blend original research with honest storytelling makes reading The Gifts of Imperfection like having a long, uplifting conversation with a very wise friend who offers compassion, wisdom, and great advice.'
—Harriet Lerner, New York Times best-selling author of The Dance of Anger and The Dance of Connection

'Brené Brown courageously tackles the dark emotions that get in the way of leading a fuller life; read this book and let some of that courage rub off on you.'
—Daniel H. Pink, New York Times best-selling author of A Whole New Mind

'Courage, compassion, and connection: Through Brené's research, observations, and guidance, these three little words can open the door to amazing change in your life.'
—Ali Edwards, author of Life Artist

In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown, a leading expert on shame, authenticity, and belonging, shares ten guideposts on the power of Wholehearted living—a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.

Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we'd no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, What if I can't keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn't everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?

In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown, Ph.D., a leading expert on shame, authenticity and belonging, shares what she's learned from a decade of research on the power of Wholehearted Living – a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.

In her ten guideposts, Brown engages our minds, hearts, and spirits as she explores how we can cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough, And to go to bed at night thinking, Yes, I am sometimes afraid, but I am also brave. And, yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable, but that doesn't change the truth that I am worthy of love and belonging.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Required Reading - A Living Guide, October 2, 2010
I have just purchased 40 more copies to give to my closest friends and clients! This book heralds the solid research of Dr. Brene Brown and leads us toward an authentic approach to living a life devoid of the many misguided concepts of "personal perfectionism". Every human on the planet should read this book, then read it again with your spouse and adult children. Both this and her previous book will live in my library for the rest of my life.

5-0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down..., September 20, 2010
I read a lot of books. Most of them stop at my mind; this one went to my heart. I couldn't put it down - truly life changing.

If you feel overwhelmed by expectations, get this book. You will be glad you did!

5-0 out of 5 stars I loved this book with my whole-heart., September 30, 2010
The Gifts of Imperfection is a little gem of a book that offers readers a way to change their lives through adopting the practices of "wholehearted" living. Bren� Brown shows us how to live more authentic and compassionate lives, while learning to embrace our imperfections, and recognize what issues get in our way, such as shame and fear. Although the book is an easy read on one level, it is a complex blueprint for living could take a lifetime to put into practice. The author challenges long-held notions and helped me see the world in new ways. She unpacks concepts such as the difference between happiness and joy and courage and heroics. The journey to a wholehearted life can be a spiritual process, and Dr. Brown is a rather unusual guide, a cross between the Dalai Lama and Wanda Sykes. One moment her words inspire hope and compassion and then belly laughs. She is brutally honest about her own strengths and struggles, so her words come not from an elevated plane, but from walking right beside, or maybe a little ahead, of the reader. Words such as "life-changing" and "revolutionary" are too often used and very clich�d, but they do describe this book. It would be a revolution in this country, and this world, if everyone practiced wholehearted living. That is a world that I want to live in. I am signing up for the revolution today, with my whole heart.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book, September 29, 2010
I love this book! Short enough to read in a few hours. Deep enough to provoke meaningful thought and discussion. Powerful enough to change a life. I suspect that this is one of those books that I will revisit regularly.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing book. Cracks open your heart and lets the light in., September 24, 2010
Brene Brown's new book is a rare gift. Fascinating insights grounded in research and shared from the heart in an authentic voice. It's a game changer and in a category all its own. I can't wait to buy multiple copies to share with my friends.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book!, November 6, 2010
I am an avid reader, but this book stands far above the rest. I loved how sincere and direct Brene Brown's writing style is. I can tell she's very knowledgeable and comfortable with her subject. For me, it was the perfect mix of proven research and personal stories. This book has definitely changed the way I view myself and others. I grew up with perfection as the ultimate standard, always striving to reach the ideal of what I thought I should be. Of course, I lived in disappointment a lot! This book has brought me such freedom to embrace who I am, while not invalidating my efforts to grow. I love how she discusses being authentic. I learned a lot from her insights on how trying to fit in really ends up damaging our connection to people. And much much more - really I'm still processing and absorbing all that I've learned. I also really really enjoyed her other book on shame - amazing!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars The bomb-diggity!!!, October 17, 2010
I love this book. The Gifts of Imperfection is like a map of how to find and embrace your true authentic self. It helps you realize that the things that make you unsure about yourself are actually the same qualities that make you special, unique, and wonderful. Being imperfect allows us to be ourselves. It has been life changing to finally find the courage to stop trying to live up to all the outside expectations and LOVE finding my own. This is a book that I will read often. In my family, we call something like this the bomb-diggity!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Life changing book, October 16, 2010
Brene Brown's style is direct, friendly, and easy to read. The concepts here are tough but essential. I almost never read a book twice but with this one I'm on my third read in two weeks, and I've ordered 4 more copies for friends and family. A must read for every Mom out there! Break the cycle and give your children the gift of freedom with the tools for resilience from those inner voices that keep us from being the wonderful people we are.

5-0 out of 5 stars wisdom shared: strength and kindness found, September 23, 2010
This is a work of kindness, beauty and strength. I'm on my second read, this time with pen in hand--to better act on those passages that went straight to my heart.

5-0 out of 5 stars Honest, rare, helpful & hopeful. Loved it so much that I bought a few for friends, November 6, 2010
Bren� has taken a vulnerable stab at exposing the subconscious struggles that so many of us experience like shame, perfectionism, comparison and fear, and has made it her mission to offer an alterantive: Wholehearted living. After interviewing thousands of people over many years, Bren� has gifted us with an endearing account of what she learned from those who found resilience in the face of darkness and embraced life with authenticity and joy. Her perspective is honest and down-to-earth, in a way that makes it clear she's not only writing about this stuff--she's making it her life work to live it. ... Read more

71. The Women's Health Big Book of Exercises: Four Weeks to a Leaner, Sexier, Healthier YOU!
by Adam Campbell MSCSCS
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The Women's Health Big Book of Exercises is the essential workout guide for anyone who wants a better body. As the most comprehensive collection of exercises ever created, this makeover manual is a body-shaping power tool for both beginners and longtime fitness buffs alike. From start to finish, this 480-page makeover manual bulges with hundreds of useful tips, the latest findings in exercise science, and cutting-edge workouts from the world's top trainers.
Inside The Women's Health Big Book of Exercises you'll find:
619 Exercises!
All expertly demonstrated with color photographs, with dozens of movements for every muscle in your body, including:
* More than 100 core exercises! You'll never run out of ways to sculpt your abs.
* 74 biceps, triceps, and forearm exercises: Tone your arms faster than ever before.
* 64 chest exercises, to burn more calories and even help give your bosom a lift.
* 103 back exercises, to make sure you turn heads in your backless dress.
* 40 shoulder exercises, so you can wear a tank top with confidence.
* 99 quadriceps and calves exercises, to help you look great in a pair of shorts.
* 62 glutes and hamstrings exercises, for the perfect backside.
Hundreds of workouts!
From cover to cover, you'll quickly see that there's a training plan for every fitness goal—whether you want to shrink your hip, find your abs, or shape your arms. Highlights include:
* The World's Greatest 4-Week Diet and Exercise Plan
Lose 10 pounds of pure fat in 30 days! This scientifically proven plan, based on research from the University of Connecticut, shows what's truly possible when you combine the right kind of diet with the right kind of exercise. You'll build muscle and lose fat faster than ever.
* The Get-Your-Body-Back (Fast!) Guide
If you've never even picked up a weight, you'll want to try this plan from Joe Dowdell, C.S.C.S. Joe makes his living training models, athletes, and celebrities, and has worked with such names as Anne Hathaway, Claire Danes, Molly Sims, and Kate Hudson, as well as Victoria’s Secret and Sports Illustrated swimsuit models. And the strategies he uses when designing workouts for his high-profile clientele are the same ones he employs to help you quickly burn fat, firm up, and improve your overall fitness.
* The Bikini-Ready Workout
This fitness plan will help you flatten your stomach and tighten your butt. It’s designed by celebrity trainer Valerie Waters, who has perfected the body-shaping workouts you’ll find here on dozens of Hollywood stars, including Jennifer Garner, Rachel Nichols, Kate Beckinsale, and Jessica Biel. Add your name to Valerie’s client list to tone your total body and feel more confident than ever.
* The Skinny Jeans Workout
Want to look sexier in a pair of Sevens? Try this routine from Women’s Health fitness advisor Rachel Cosgrove, CSCS. In a pilot study at Rachel’s gym, clients who tried the plan dropped two jean sizes in just 8 weeks.
* The Wedding Workout
Look great—just in time for the big day (and your honeymoon!)
* The Hard-Body Workout
Use this 12-week plan to tone your legs, arms, and abs faster than ever
* The Lose-the-Last-10-Pounds Workout
Your guide to finishing off that last bit of flab for good
* The Total-body Arm-shaping Workout
Blast fat as you shape and firm your arms
* The Best Three-Exercise Workouts
Shrink your hips with just three simple moves
* The Prenatal Workout
Stay fit and healthy during your pregnancy
* The Best Workouts for a Crowded Gym
Sculpt a lean, fit body—no waiting!
* The Time-Saving Couples Workout
Burn fat together (it's the secret to better sex!)
* The Best Bodyweight Workouts
Take your workout anywhere with these no-weight routines
* The 10 Best 15-Minute Workouts

Bust stress, blast fat, and build muscle in almost no time
Every page of The Women's Health Big Book of Exercises is filled with the fitness and nutrition tips and tricks you need to sculpt the body you want.
Throughout the book, you'll discover:
* The secret to burning 40 percent more fat.
* The 18 fitness mistakes you should never make
* The best stretch for every muscle
* The fastest cardio workout of all-time (just 4 minutes!)
* The best exercises you've never done
* The 8 healthiest foods you aren't eating
* The 4 perfect fitness foods
* The 25 super snacks that keep you lean
* The 5 biggest nutrition lies—exposed!
* The truth about saturated fat
* The simple way to master the pushup
* The 20 ways lifting weights helps you look great, stay healthy, and live longer
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5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive & Incredibly Useful, December 29, 2009
Very comprehensive overview of hundreds of exercises that can be done using gym equipment, home equipment (stability balls, dumbbells, etc.), and/or no equipment. The photos detailing each exercise are in full color and the accompanying explanations are detailed, specific, and easy to follow.

The book is broken down into chapters dedicated to body parts: Chest, Back, Shoulders, Arms, Quadriceps & Calves, Glutes & Hamstrings, Core, as well as chapters for Total Body and Warmup Exercises. There is also a chapter on how to put various exercises together for specific-goal workouts (e.g. "The Get Your Body Back Workout", "The Skinny Jeans Workout", "The Bikini-Ready Workout", "The Best Sports Workout", "The Best Three-Exercise Workouts"). In addition, there are chapters dedicated to Nutrition, Cardio Workouts, the importance of Weights, etc.

All in all, this is an extremely comprehensive book that is not at all about gimmicks or shortcuts but is simply well researched and well presented. It will literally replace several books I've bought on this subject in past years. I'm not easily impressed by books on this subject and yet I'm extremely impressed by this compilation. Well done Adam Campbell and contributors!

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing book!, February 24, 2010
I just received this book in the mail and I am much happier with it than I could have ever expected. The book is comprised of the following: a FAQ section, a diet and exercise plan, 14 exercise programs to choose from, a nutrition chapter, a cardio chapter, and chapters of exercises for each of the following: chest, back, shoulders, arms, quads & calves, glutes & hamstrings, core, total body, and warmup exercises. The pictures in the book are very clear and easy to follow. As for the equipment needed, I've found that most of the chapters have exercises that can be done with or without access to a gym.
My favorite part about this book is the chapter on different exercise programs. This book offers the following exercise plans: "The Get Your Body Back Workout," "The Best Workouts for a Crowded Gym," "The Skinny Jeans Workout," "The Bikini Ready Workout," "The Wedding Workout," "The Hard Body Workout," "The Lose the Last 10 Pounds Workout," "The Best Sports Workout," "The Best Three Exercise Workouts," "The Prenatal Workout," "The Time Saving Couples Workout," "The Best Body-Weight Workouts," "The Best 15 Minute Workouts," and "The Spartacus Workout."
Overall, I would highly recommend this product. This is the only book I'll ever need for weight lifting exercises!

3-0 out of 5 stars It's Alright., February 4, 2010
The book is excellent for having colorful detailed pictures of 619 varying forms of exercise movements using weight or strength training. My only issue with the book is that the Women's version is nearly identical to the Men's version. I bought both, one for me and the other for my husband, thinking it would offer something different, because a woman's body is different than a man's and does not lose weight or build muscle at the same degree. I was sadly disappointed. Buying both is a waste of money. The information is exactly the same as well as the exercises, it also has the EXACT amount of pages in each book.

The diet plan section was too brief and did not go into enough detail. The cardio section was dismal at best. Some of the nutritional information was iffy, like High Fructose Corn Syrup being nutritional similiar to sugar,that's a crock. Look up HFCS and find out how they manufacture it. Any synthetic food should be limited, but natural is better thank synthetic, and as the book states both should be limited. But it didn't say any of the harmful effects that HCFS has on your liver and how it's works harder trying to process HFCS. My theory, if God didn't grow it, don't eat it.

What I did like was the exercises, I like how the sections were divided and how it went into detail describing the muscles being worked for that section and why it is important to work that particular muscle group. It's very easy to navigate through and it has exercises to perform for home or for the gym.

I think the price is too high for what they deliver, but if you can find it cheaper than the listed retail price which is 24.99 plus shipping which is nearly $4, I say go for it. But it's definitely not worth 28.00.

I will be sending this book back and keeping the Men's Big Book for my husband.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource, October 18, 2010
I work in physical therapy and as a personal trainer and this is one of the best exercise books I have ever seen. Not only is it full of good exercises, but the pictures show them being done with perfect form (something you don't see often.) It is the only book of exercises I would recommend to everyone.

5-0 out of 5 stars A personal trainer on your services for life, September 13, 2010
i have a degree in the science of sports and physical education and i ve been working for a long time with athletes and people who want to improve their general health.i ll say with certainty that this book is one of the best alternatives for someone who cant afford hiring a personal trainer but he's willing to impove his health,physical condition and overall quality of life on[[ASIN:1605295493 The Women's Health Big Book of Exercises: Four Weeks to a Leaner, Sexier, Healthier YOU!] his own with the less equipment possible..its wrtten in a very simple way, its accurate and detailed concerning the description of the exercises and it can be used from people of all physical condition levels.i hghly reccomend it .

5-0 out of 5 stars Who needs a personal trainer when you have a book like this?!, July 22, 2010
I used to have a personal trainer, but after 20 sessions I had to quit. I missed having someone show me different exercises to transform my body but not anymore! After ordering several exercise books that were sorely disappointing, I was skeptical about this one. But after reading all of the positive reviews I thought I would give it a try. I am SO glad that I did! There are TONS of exercises for EVERY body part and the best feature is that the pictures are ALL in color! There is an example for every single exercise in the book and variations or modifications for many of the exercises too! I have always enjoyed the Women's Health magazine and this book exceeded my expectations as well. This is a must have for any fitness enthusiast!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best exercise book ever!, July 3, 2010
This book is fabulous! I do a lot of working out, but was doing a lot of it wrong so I ended up in physical therapy. My PT showed me different exercises in the book to do as I was healing up. There are multiple levels of each exercise so if one is too easy, you can step up to a more challenging version. I have done one of the circuits in the back of the book, and yes it is hard, but I have really strengthened up now. I have purchased this book for two others now also. It's awesome!

4-0 out of 5 stars Valuable Resource For All Levels, January 27, 2010
As this is the beginning of a new year, it seems appropriate to be doing a fitness book review. The Women's Health Big Book of Exercises by Adam Campbell is a comprehensive and valuable guide to fitness for women. There are fantastic color photos used for examples, hundreds of exercises targeting specific body areas, and it even includes specializedworkouts and great information on nutrition. It reviews the importance of using weights in a workout program and why it is so important.

Overall, I really liked this book. It has an enormous amount of useful information that is broken down into simple terms and examples, so that even a beginner can use it effectively. It truly has something for everyone. However, it may be best for someone who has access to a gym which already has all the required equipment. Many women (particularly those just starting out in fitness) simply don't have all (if any) of the equipment required to accomplish many of these exercises. Other than that, it really is a valuable resource!

This book was provided to me for review by Rodale Publishers.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best fitness books ever., October 30, 2010
I've been into fitness and healthy lifestyle all my life. I've purchased countless books and DVD's (at one time VHS tapes) on the subject and I have to say that this book is in my top 5. Maybe even top 3.

The photos are outstanding. The exercises are excellent. The information in this book is simply awesome.

The diet section of this book is also great for a general "good health and weight loss" program. Follow this and you will see results. But, if you really want to "get ripped" and blow everyone away in a bikini come summer time (awesome abs, super sexy butt and legs, well defined arms, etc), most people will have to diet harder than this book suggests.

If you're on the fence on this book, get off of it and buy it. It will help you no matter what stage of fitness you are at.

4-0 out of 5 stars No mention of vegetarian protein options but great resource overall..., August 17, 2010
This book is fabulous!
I won't reiterate what the other reviewers have mentioned about how well the book is organized - suffice it to say I totally agree.
My only disappointment was with the diet section. I wish they had included tofu, soymilk and some other vegetarian protein options for those of us who don't rely soley on animal protein.
Perhaps the next edition will be more on trend with the growing number of people who are seeking out protein alternatives to meat, dairy and cheese - even if only for variety.
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72. My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands
by Chelsea Handler
Paperback (2005-06-06)
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Isbn: 1582346186
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Sales Rank: 223
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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In this raucous collection of true-life stories, actress and comedian Chelsea Handler recounts her time spent in the social trenches with that wild, strange, irresistible, and often gratifying beast: the one-night stand.

You've either done it or know someone who has: the one-night stand, the familiar outcome of a night spent at a bar, sometimes the sole payoff for your friend's irritating wedding, or the only relief from a disastrous vacation. Often embarrassing and uncomfortable, occasionally outlandish, but most times just a necessary and irresistible evil, the one-night stand is a social rite as old as sex itself and as common as a bar stool.

Enter Chelsea Handler. Gorgeous, sharp, and anything but shy, Chelsea loves men and lots of them. My Horizontal Life chronicles her romp through the different bedrooms of a variety of suitors, a no-holds-barred account of what can happen between a man and a sometimes very intoxicated, outgoing woman during one night of passion. From her short fling with a Vegas stripper to her even shorter dalliance with a well-endowed little person, from her uncomfortable tryst with a cruise ship performer to her misguided rebound with a man who likes to play leather dress-up, Chelsea recalls the highs and lows of her one-night stands with hilarious honesty. Encouraged by her motley collection of friends (aka: her partners in crime) but challenged by her family members (who at times find themselves a surprise part of the encounter), Chelsea hits bottom and bounces back, unafraid to share the gritty details. My Horizontal Life is one guilty pleasure you won't be ashamed to talk about in the morning.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A perfect trashy review
This is a classic memoir of some ridiculously funny random sexual experiences, coupled with rampant alcohol and drug overindulgence. Chelsea's is a rare breed; a talented comic and contagious writer. Each chapter is an outlandish collection of the painful things that go wrong in her sexual conquests and latent promiscuity. The midget sex story was my favorite. Oh my!

Some great one-liners and insults in every other sentence.

Very embarrassing and hilarious stories, right from the first chapter. Chelsea is the ultimate tomboy, and can be outrageously funny. What makes this book so great is the shock value. Not just the content. Heavy drinking, drugs, and numerous sex partners are just not what you expect to read from an accomplished woman. It's just so very rare a girl is so open about her excess indulgence and spontaneous sex life like this.
She has a real talent at storytelling as well, which comes from her stand up comic days.

For fans of this genre, I'd also highly recommend the male version of this book for out of control laughs. Ripping comedy - outrageous penthouse letter stories.

High Heels and Dirty Deals - Globetrotting Tales of Debauchery from a Binge-drinking Nymphomaniac
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73. The Paleo Diet Cookbook: More than 150 recipes for Paleo Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners, Snacks, and Beverages
by Loren Cordain
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Isbn: 0470913045
Publisher: Wiley
Sales Rank: 600
Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars
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At last! The cookbook based on the bestselling The Paleo Diet

Dr. Loren Cordain's The Paleo Diet has helped thousands of people lose weight, keep it off, and learn how to eat for good health by following the diet of our Paleolithic ancestors and eating the foods we were genetically designed to eat. Now this revolutionary cookbook gives you more than 150 satisfying recipes packed with great flavors, variety, and nutrition to help you enjoy the benefits of eating the Paleo way every day.

  • Based on the breakthrough diet book that has sold more than 100,000 copies to date
  • Includes 150 simple, all-new recipes for delicious and Paleo-friendly breakfasts, brunches, lunches, dinners, snacks, and beverages
  • Contains 2 weeks of meal plans and shopping and pantry tips
  • Features 16 pages of Paleo color photographs
  • Helps you lose weight and boost your health and energy by focusing on lean protein and non-starchy vegetables and fruits
  • From bestselling author Dr. Loren Cordain, the world's leading expert on Paleolithic eating styles

Put The Paleo Diet into action with The Paleo Diet Cookbook and eat your way to weight loss, weight control maintenance, increased energy, and lifelong health-while enjoying delicious meals you and your family will love. ... Read more


5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Cook Book and then some...., December 7, 2010
I have begun "cooking my way through" this cookbook and am very impressed! It is a combination of a great book (summary of the paleo diet), great reference, as well as a thorough cookbook. The recipes are fantastic - simple yet flavorful, easy yet complex and just plain delicious. Frankly, this is the best damn cookbook I have found if you want to cook and eat real food. Hands down a great buy and worth every penny! I took the book to kinko's to cut the binding and replaced it with a ring binding and laminate the cover and back so it is a bit more durable. I am adding my own pictures and recipes in the back. I could not be happier (and in better shape).

4-0 out of 5 stars Another Paleo Cookbook..Finally, December 4, 2010
Okay so I received the cookbook and was excited to get it. The saddest thing of it all is it could have been an amazing cookbook instead of just average. No pictures is a major (no no) on a cookbook. Also I think it should have been a hardback book. I wish they would have taken some cues from the Primal Blueprint Cookbook, with that said it does have some merits.

Pros: 150 recipes, Cost, Smoothie recipes look good, A couple good chapters on what a Paleo Diet is and what your Kitchen should consist of to be Paleo. More Recipes than The Primal Blueprint Cookbook, Different recipes than the Primal Blueprint, so it is awesome to add to my choices of foods to cook. Paleo Diets are easy and they work.

Cons: No Pictures, Not Hardcover

Conclusion: This could have been a amazing cookbook but it is not, its good and cheap but they really messed up when they did not make it hardcover and no pictures. If you own the Primal Blueprint Cookbook, then get this one...If not go Primal first. Just don't expect this cookbook to be even come close to the excellence of the Primal cook book. Now with that said I have not begun to cook out of this book yet, but I will update this review on how the food comes out. Making the recipes is the true test of it all. Still I would say they could have had a amazing cookbook, instead of "I like it" cookbook.

3-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, December 3, 2010
There are no pictures of any of the recipes written in this book. It is a recipe book for sure, but unlike its main competitor (The Primal BluePrint cookbook) it is recipes and nothing else. No real idea about how your dish is supposed to look. Very disappointing because it shows pictures of some dishes on the cover but inside the book, nada. Perhaps it was written somewhere that there were no pictures of any of the dishes but I didn't see it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, December 23, 2010
This has a large assortment of recipes and an decent intro to the paleo diet. I will use this often! HOWEVER, it is paperback, so I don't know how well it will hold up for regular usage and WHERE'S THE PHOTOS? A cookbook is so lacking without pictures. The The Primal Blueprint Cookbook: Primal, Low Carb, Paleo, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free and Gluten-Freeis what I got first. It has REALLY good recipes that are so easy to prepare! I've used about half of them, and they have all turned out to be great! I recommend getting that one first.

5-0 out of 5 stars Paleo-Culinary-Superb, December 12, 2010
This recipe book really takes Paleo cooking up a level to great tasting dishes and a learning cooking experience. It remains beautifully simple to make. I feel like with these recipes I could rival those great Seattle chefs who insist that butter and cream, with grain dishes are the only true flavours. How wrong they are! Thank you Nell Stephenson!

4-0 out of 5 stars Well organized and easy to follow., December 8, 2010
This is a great cookbook! It is well organized by categories and the recipes are eazy to understand and to follow. Many of these items can be made with ingredients we have on hand or with a quick trip to the store. Whether you are interested in the "diet" part of the Paleo Cookbook, or you are just looking for a delicious change for dinner; this is the cookbook to have. I highly recommend "The Paleo Diet Cookbook." I give it two thumbs up.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book!, December 7, 2010
The book is full of great recipes for novices as well as for people of advanced culinary training. The introduction to the Paleo diet is fantastic. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone looking to get healthy the way the body designed it! ... Read more

74. I Feel Bad About My Neck
by Nora Ephron
Kindle Edition
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Publisher: Vintage
Sales Rank: 338
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With her disarming, intimate, completely accessible voice, and dry sense of humor, Nora Ephron shares with us her ups and downs in I Feel Bad About My Neck, a candid, hilarious look at women who are getting older and dealing with the tribulations of maintenance, menopause, empty nests, and life itself.

Ephron chronicles her life as an obsessed cook, passionate city dweller, and hapless parent. But mostly she speaks frankly and uproariously about life as a woman of a certain age. Utterly courageous, uproariously funny, and unexpectedly moving in its truth telling, I Feel Bad About My Neck is a scrumptious, irresistible treat of a book, full of truths, laugh out loud moments that will appeal to readers of all ages.

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75. The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Infertility
by Tommaso Falcone
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Asin: B002RHI2QS
Publisher: 2009-08-21
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Expert medical advice from a hospital with one of the most comprehensive infertility approaches for couples
For the 9 million women and 2 million men who are dealing with infertility, the process of diagnosis and treatment can be a long, lonely, difficult path.
In The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Infertility, Dr. Tommaso Falcone, one of the world’s foremost authorities on infertility issues, provides hope for couples by sharing information that has brought success to many of his patients. This complete resource gives readers the cutting-edge medical guidance Dr. Falcone offers his patients, including:
The latest facts on how to address both female and male infertility;
Vital information to help identify the source of the problem and evaluate treatment options;
Trusted advice on how to choose an infertility specialist;
Personal stories of those who have triumphed over infertility;
Plus, support for dealing with the financial costs, sensitive issues such as multiple births, and the emotional rollercoaster of infertility.
Cleveland Clinic, one of the nation’s best hospitals, is top-ranked in gynecology and urology. Cleveland Clinic doctors treat the whole person through good science and good people skills, addressing infertility broadly rather than narrowly.
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76. Sexy Forever: How to Fight Fat after Forty
by Suzanne Somers
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Isbn: 0307588513
Publisher: 2010-12-28
Sales Rank: 8
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What If Your Weight Wasn’t Your Fault?
If you are like most, you have tried to find an easy, enjoyable, permanent weight loss solution. One that doesn’t make you give up too many of your favorite foods, have you working out like a maniac, and won’t fail you in the long run. But long-term success is awfully hard if you don’t address the hidden culprit behind the excess fat we carry: the toxic burden our bodies have accumulated.           
   Whether you have just a few pounds to lose or are battling more, this new plan from health pioneer Suzanne Somers will give you the knowledge you need to easily combat these toxins and become slim, vibrant, healthy, and sexy . . . forever.
Within the pages of Sexy Forever you will discover:
Thousands of FDA-approved chemicals and toxins surrounding us every day that sabotage our health and weight—and how to conquer these enemies.
A simple-to-follow three-phase weight loss program, filled with rich, delicious foods. Plus, a special Detox Phase that has been designed to release your toxic burden and blast off those first—or last few—pounds.
All-new delicious recipes, with menus for fabulous eating every day.
A moderate (hint: fast and easy!) exercise program to keep you fit and healthy.
Ways to jump-start your success: cutting-edge, natural tools and products to make every step of the plan faster, easier, and more convenient. Includes amazing supplements and weight loss products to help catapult your success.
A simple test that could unlock the hidden secret to your personal food demons—food sensitivities or intolerances that could silently be keeping you overweight or even chronically ill.
How to achieve natural hormonal balance: the missing ingredient for every person over forty that must be added to make any plan successful.
An all-access pass to revered doctors, experts, and nutritionists who helped Suzanne craft the plan.
Stay the course and you’ll be on the path to regaining the vibrant health you were born to have.
Sexy Forever is your ticket there.
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77. The Primal Blueprint Cookbook: Primal, Low Carb, Paleo, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free
by Mark Sisson, Jennifer Meier
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Isbn: 0982207727
Publisher: Primal Nutrition, Inc.
Sales Rank: 460
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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The popularity of the low carb/paleo/Primal wayof eating has exploded, as people discover an appealing and sustainable alternative to the restrictive diets and flawed conventional wisdom that lead to burnout and failed weight loss efforts. The dream of eating satisfying meals-even on a budget-controlling weight and feeling great has now become a reality. As you build momentum for Primal eating,you'll find that you won't even miss the bland,boring, low-fat foods that previously were the central focus of your diet. How can you argue with a menu that includes Roasted Leg of Lamb withHerbs and Garlic, Salmon Chowder with CoconutMilk, Tomatoes Stuffed with Ground Bison andEggs, and Baked Chocolate Custard? This isn't acrash course diet. These and the other Primal recipes provide the foundation for a lifetime of delicious, healthy eating, high energy and protection from common health problems that arise from eating SAD (Standard American Diet). ... Read more


4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent tasting recipes...obviously tested, July 8, 2010
All my readings and life experience (previously working for five years in a natural foods co-op) have now finally converged on the Primal diet lifestyle as the common sense approach to nutrition (and, for me, backed up by the well-researched book, Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes).

I've bought a lot of cookbooks on my journey to a more healthy diet. And some of those cookbooks seem to be comprised of recipes that were conceived purely on theory and not at all on taste (cough..Atkins..cough).

I knocked out 5 of the recipes in the Primal Blueprint cookbook in a week and a half, and every single one of them tasted FANTASTIC. Even my wife and two children, whom I'm slowly trying to wean from their highly-refined carbo-centric tendencies, raved about the recipes I cooked (e.g. Moroccan chicken, Transylvanian stockpot, Coconut ice cream, zucchini frittata...) These are not people who like the taste of real vegetables. My wife said, and I quote, "That cookbook is best money we've ever spent. I can't believe how good this tastes."

Clearly, the recipes were tested and refined by an actual person who knows the taste of good food. Thank you, Jennifer Meier.

Also, I have a son who is Type 1 diabetic. We noticed that the meals I cooked from this book had a very low effect on his post-meal blood sugar. No huge post-meal spike and less insulin required at mealtime. That in itself was worth the price of admission. Cookbooks like this show him that he can eat delicious meals that do not adversely affect his blood glucose. He will need this knowledge to cope with his diabetes when he ventures out on his own (he's 10 right now).

To me, a five-star rating indicates a perfect book (or movie, or whatever), so I'm giving it 4 stars, a very high rating to me, for the following reasons:
- It does not have an index referencing the ingredients. I often cook by the "what-have-I-got-in-the-refridgerator" method; designing a week's worth of meals (and our food shopping) around that. With this book, I can't look up all the recipes that have zucchini in them. So put an index in it already.
- I do have the Primal Blueprint book also, but what if I'm someone who doesn't have that and just wants the cookbook? This cookbook doesn't contain a brief overview of the theory behind the recipes it contains; it just jumps right in to the recipes. A Primal Blueprint primer at the beginning of the cookbook would round it out nicely.
- Final (unfair) criticism: not enough recipes! You do get your money's worth, but I want Volume II already! (I'm not one to browse the internet or blogs for recipes; I like cookBOOKs.

Highly recommended cookbook as it contains excellent tasting, easy, nutritious recipes!

4-0 out of 5 stars A great basic intro to Primal/Paleo variety!, July 3, 2010
Been a fan of Mark's Daily Apple website for a couple of months; I like the reader-shared recipes there, so hoped this cookbook would be more of the same.
Came away with mixed feelings....while there ARE some new things I had never thought to try (new spice uses, flavor combos, etc.), a lot of it echoes common sense for anyone who is familiar with basic cooking techniques and has been eating this way for any amount of time. This is a great intro for anyone afraid to make the leap, for whatever reason, into the Primal world in terms of diet (and I hesitate to use that term, because it's more of a lifestyle than a "diet") and fears that it would consist of bland meat & raw veggies. There are some pretty sophisticated (but not complicated to duplicate) flavor combos here, and you'll do better if you live in a area with at least access to a
metropolitan grocery choice (wheat-free tamari, unsweetened coconut milk, dried seaweed) but much of the ingredients ARE readily available.
I've lost over 70#s by limiting my diet to the choices advocated in this book (didn't realize it was a "diet" at the time), have tons of energy and advocate the primal
lifestyle (mainly diet, but I like the walk a lot, lift heavy objects-low aerobic/interval training- physical mission aspects as well).
Vast improvement over the other "low-carb" cookbook choices out there ( I would rather NOT fill my diet with unpronouncible ingredients, thank you!) but not "OMG-I can't WAIT to try this recipe!" excitement.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good recipes, but too many pictures, August 28, 2010
I've been following a Primal Diet since 2/2010 and was very excited to get this cookbook. For once, here's a cookbook that fulfills all of my diet choices without me having to adjust the recipes to fit what I eat. What I've tried from this book has been good-I'm a huge fan of the pumpkin nut muffins and LOVE the Enchiladas recipe (FYI-steep learning curve to making the egg-white tortillas, but great once you do!)
Here are my issues:
1. Mark Sisson has been working on this cookbook for a long time and asked people on his blog to contribute recipes. A lot of those recipes that ended up on the blog (and are AMAZING) didn't make it into the cookbook. While this means that there are different recipes in the book, I really wanted to have some of those other recipes more easily on hand.
2. There are a TON of color pictures in this cookbook. While I find pictures of how something should look helpful, giving me a picture of all the ingredients grouped together on a plate is just a waste of space! I didn't pay for pictures, I paid to get great recipes.
3. They need a better editor! The Enchilada recipe that I love so much doesn't give a temp for the oven--they only tell you to cover the dish with foil and bake it for 20 min. I've had to play around to figure out what works to get the dish done in 20min (it isn't 350). You might think I'm being nit-picky, but this isn't the only recipe that's missing information.
The gist of this is, the recipes that I've made are good, I just wish there were more of them and that they had complete cooking information. It's a great place to start if you're new to this diet. Also go to Mark's website: [...] for recipes as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Primal Blupring Cookbook, July 19, 2010
I've been long awaiting a cookbook like this, and it lived up to it's expectations.

I've made the Buffalo Chili, the Peach Chicken Salad, the Jambalaya, the Roast Beef and the Grok Rocks. All of which have been delicious.

The book has some really interesting ways to work around foods you are used to eating. I've been really impressed with some of the ideas such as grated Cauliflower as an alternative to rice. Worked great in my Jambalaya.

On the down side, the book is a little too short, but worth the money in my opinion. Would buy again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Everyone Should Own This Cookbook, October 6, 2010
A bit over 3 months ago I was diagnosed with diabetes and my doctor recommended The Primal Blueprint Cookbook as well as the Primal Blueprint. I bought both books on Amazon and after 3 months of eating these recipes and following the Primal dietary guides, I am no longer diabetic.
The recipes are delicious and it will be no problem to continue to eat this way because my husband and I both enjoy the food.
I lost 34 pounds in two and a half months and my husband lost 36. We continue to lose now, but at a slower rate.
Just a note -- diabetes is rampant in our country now and like myself, most people know little about it until they get it. Let me tell you, there is pain involved, so for your family and for yourself, please switch to the Primal lifestyle. You will be thinner, stronger, healthier, non-diabetic, and I am sure you will live much longer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great way to eat, October 8, 2010
A surgeon friend shared the cookbook with me when I was trying to decide on starting a new way of eating to loose weight. The first recipe I looked at was the grilled steak, that was all it took. I decided I could do it, giving up pasta, bread, grain, rice and legumes was easy. I have loost 22 pounds in 6 weeks, I am not hungry, I have more energy and I am sleeping better. I used to be sleepy shortly after eating and have to take a nap everyday after work, not any more. Eating out is easy also no problems at all. I would recommend this book who wants a healthier way to eat and live better.

4-0 out of 5 stars Recipes delicious, beautiful pic of every dish, lacks an index otherwise perfect, October 11, 2010
A great cookbook needs tasty, usable recipes with photographs of the dishes, and a practical layout. This cookbook is almost perfect.

Mark Sisson includes three color photograph of each dish: one of the assembled ingredients, one of the finished dish, and one "in progress" pic. Some meals that I would not think of making from the title, I have tried based on how delicious the finished dish looks. The Transylvanian Stockpot dish, for example, is the best stew I've ever had despite the unfortunate name (it was a family name passed down for generations and they perserved that. The Five Spice Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry is another example. I thought 'Oh right another beef and broccoli dish" but the spices used rendered it absolutely amazing.

Each meal category is well-represented. Usually breakfast gets a paltry selection of dishes or they are the same old breakfast dishes we always see - high in carbs and low in nutrition. We made the Tomatoes Stuffed with Ground Bison and Eggs and some of my kids were hesitant to taste it but we found we ought to have doubled the recipe.

So as far as the food and presentation of the dishes goes, this is the best cookbook I've seen.

Two things are lacking: an index and a notation on the recipes themselves indicating how long each dish takes to prepare. Of course I can skim the recipe and get that information but if it were noted at the top of the ingredients list like many recipes have it, it would be an improvement. Also I would lay out the ingredients list with all spices together, then onions and items to chop, etc., so it's easy to see and do the prep work at once. This is minor, but no good editor would allow the book to get to publication without an index and I'm wondering what happened there.

Still it's my default cookbook and never disappoints.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simple, tasty and very healthy recipes... I love it!, October 8, 2010
There is so much hype and misinformation about what is and isn't healthy these days. Along with the Primal Blueprint this cook book makes it dead simple. No macro/micro nutrient, calorie, whatever else counting necessary... just easy to follow and extremely delicious meals. Keep up the good work Mark!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book - highly recommended!, October 6, 2010
I have been a fitness/nutrition enthusiast for years, and I always followed complex bodybuilding diets in the past. After I started reading Mark's Daily Apple (free online blog), I became fascinated with the principles of the Primal Blueprint. I've followed low-carb diets with great success in the past (they are superior), but I've never considered making it a lifestyle. The Primal Blueprint Cookbook opens up an unbelievable amount of tasty recipes that are simple to cook and make eating healthy enjoyable. I cannot recommend the Primal Blueprint and the cookbook highly enough! Do yourself a favor and grab a copy. If you are curious about the Primal Blueprint, check out the blog first. Mark post plenty of free recipes that will leave you wanting more!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and healthy cookbook, October 9, 2010
I ordered this cookbook at the recommendation of my Crossfit coaches at Crossfit Central who are all in AMAZING shape. The recipes are delicious and simple to make and help to keep me in line with my Paleo/Primal style eating. My husband who is not technically "Primal" has loved every single recipe I have made from this book. I highly recommend it! ... Read more

78. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
by Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish
list price: $15.99 -- our price: $10.87
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Isbn: 0380811960
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Sales Rank: 721
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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You Can Stop Fighting With Your Children

Here is the bestselling book that will give you the know-how you need to be more effective with your children--and more supportive of yourself. Enthusiastically praised by parents and professionals around the world, the down-to-earth, respectful approach of Faber and Mazlish makes relationships with children of all ages less stressful and more rewarding. Now, in this Twentieth Anniversary Edition, these award-winning experts share their latest insights and suggestions based upon feedback they've received over the years.

Their methods of communication-illustrated with delightful cartoons showing the skills in action-offer innovative ways to solve common problems. You'll learn how to:

  • Cope with your child's negative feelings-frustration, disappointment, anger, etc.

  • Express your anger without being hurtful

  • Engage your child's willing cooperation

  • Set firm limits and still maintain goodwill

  • Use alternatives to punishment

  • Resolve family conflicts peacefully

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5-0 out of 5 stars Not Just Kids! How to talk to Anybody!, March 28, 1998
A therapist recommended this book to me when my son was 4 years old and I was going though a difficult divorce. I read the book and actually photocopied the basic ideas of each chapter and taped them to the refrigerator for easy reference. The ideas are simple and effective. They build self-esteem and keep the avenues of communication open between parent and child. My son is now almost 18, and we still have a terrific relationship. I've been following the practices in this book for 14 years and I can tell you it has made all the difference. Wherever my son goes, I hear from people who tell me how wonderful he is, how well-mannered, pleasant and charming. They all want to know what ever did I do to raise him this way. I tell them about this book. The more I move through life and the business world, however, I am struck how the same techniques enhance communication between adults in all aspects of life. This book should also be listed in the Business/Management section. It says all the same things the high-priced consultants say -- treat people with respect, do not deny their emotions, state the facts (only) and shut up and listen. This book also talks about giving praise and recognition, which makes it another reason to use it in real life, inside the family AND outside in the "real" world.

5-0 out of 5 stars Alternatives to Yelling, Nagging, Threatening, Criticizing, September 4, 2002
As a preschool teacher and parent, I found this book to be the major influence in forming my communication style with children. In fact, this book has given me the skills to communicate more effectively with everyone... my friends, my husband, my boss, and even my mother-in-law! When I changed my approach in how I spoke to them, they often changed their behavior. The logical, respectful strategies really work! My only criticism is that the format of the chapters does not always fascilitate quick 're-read' referral. For example, when I recently wanted to quickly look up a whining, or biting, or mealtime strategy for three of my preschoolers, I became frustrated and confused as to where in the book I had seen the information. These topics were not listed in the index and I began to flip through the pages trying to find the stories and suggestions that I thought I remembered seeing somewhere. Therefore, I would also like to recommend another wonderful new book with the very same philosophy that is organized differently...for quick use on the spot for very busy parents. THE POCKET PARENT is literally a pocket-sized A-Z guide exclusively written for parents and teacher of preschoolers (2's, 3's, 4's, & 5's). It is loaded with hundreds of easy to find quick-read bullet answers (called 'sanity savers') to 40 common behavior problems of 2- to 5-year-olds. I recommend these two books for every mom and dad with a 2- to 5-year-old. Both books are permissive with feelings, but strict with behavior while preserving the dignity of both parent and child. Both books are full of humor and compassion from authors that have 'been there,' too. For help on the spot as well as long term understanding ...keep both books handy!

5-0 out of 5 stars An Essential Text Which Belongs on EVERY Parent's Shelf, April 1, 2001
If I could entice every new parent to read just one book, this would be it. Thousands of children's lives have been improved, and in some cases transformed, as a direct result of their parents reading this book and practicing its kid-tested, nonpunitive approaches to discipline. The authors have little time for abstract theorizing, concerning themselves with down to earth practical issues of parenting, using sensitivity, empathy, communication skills, and humor. This book is crammed with invaluable suggestions, techniques and ideas for parents committed to raising great kids without resorting to discredited, harmful, pain-and-fear-based methods of the past.

This book is in its twentieth edition for a reason: these methods WORK. I personally know a mother who formerly used the harsh, punitive methods of James Dobson, only to find that her problems with her daughter became worse and worse over time rather than better. After she read "How To Talk So Kids Will Listen And Listen So Kids Will Talk" and put its suggestions into practice, she literally threw Dobson's volume into the trash. And after a year and a half, she told me her relationship with her daughter had improved so much that she'd previously had no idea that it COULD be that good. The fact that the problems she'd been having had vanished now seemed almost an afterthough compared to the deepening of their parent-child bond. Their communication had improved profoundly, opening up previously unguessed levels of richness in their relationship. "She is such a terrific kid," my friend once told me, and with genuine incredulity added, "I can't believe I actually used to HIT her!!"

Another acquaintance of mine, who is raising two great kids using nonpunitive methods of the sort Faber and Mazlish recommend, summarized her entire philosophy in just one sentence: "I don't want obedient children, I want COOPERATIVE children!" I think the great majority of parents, if they thought about it, would realize that this is what they too would prefer. Faber and Mazlish show the way.

This book appears at first glance to be a collection of nonpunitive discipline techniques, but it is actually much more: a whole new way of thinking about the parent-child relationship which transcends the permissiveness vs strictness continuum with an approach to parenting based on neither punishments nor rewards. Authoritarian methods use coercion to make the child lose and the parent win, while total permissiveness makes the parent lose and the child win. Faber and Mazlish's methods, on the other hand, show the way towards families in which everybody wins.

Christopher Dugan

5-0 out of 5 stars My four children and I are much happier now!, February 1, 2006
My husband bought this book when our oldest child was 10. We realized we weren't communicating well and were frightened that we would lose our relationship altogether when she hit her teenage years. Well, the book was a godsend. The authors basically teach you how to treat your child like a capable and worthy person, when you may be treating them as irresponsible, unimportant, or unlikeable. They first convince you to stop criticizing your children for what they think or feel, and to acknowledge how they might be feeling when they tell things to you. I know this sounds touchy-feely, but acknowledging feelings doesn't mean giving your kids any leeway in their behavior. For example, instead of saying "You shouldn't be mad at your brother, he's only three!" you say "I can see that it makes you angry when he messes up your things. But yelling is not allowed in our house." or, "He's too young to understand how special those are to you, so how can we keep your things safe?" You let your child know you are paying attention to how they feel, BEFORE you focus on solving the problem.
The second thing they emphasize is to make correcting behavior about the behavior, and not about the child. Instead of "Get your homework! You always forget things!" you just say, "Homework needs to go to school with you."
One thing we had a problem with at first is that the authors do not support time-outs. We had always been big believers in consequences for behavior, and had relatively well-behaved children with the time-out method. Well, we gave it a try, and were amazed. We found that we were fully able to correct our children's behaviors without time-out at all. And in fact, they were happier and less disobedient in general when they weren't constantly being sent away from the family in disgrace. We haven't even been tempted to put anyone in time-out for almost a year. Most surprising, our 3-year-old COMPLETELY stopped throwing tantrums within about two days of our stopping time-outs. It was a dramatic change for a child who had always been a little difficult to handle.
Our oldest was slower to respond (age has a lot to do with it, I think) and we found it much harder to implement changes for her. It was difficult to stop lecturing and blaming her. But we have, and we have a fantastic relationship! Other parents of kids the same age are surprised how well we communicate and how fun and friendly our relationship is. We still have the teen years to get through, but I'm much more confident they will be a success, as we know how to treat her like a capable, loveable, valuable person.
Buy this book. End of story.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must for all parents, December 9, 1999
I first heard Adele Faber talk at a college near my home when I was pregnant with my first child. Everything she said made such sense! She really struck a chord with me. I immediately went out and bought this book, and read it cover to cover. I parent by the principals of this book, and I'm convinced my child is socially and emotionally happier and healthier because of it. I re-read it at least once a year, and always give it as a gift to new parents. This book is the "holy grail" of parenting, and anyone who influences a child's life, including teachers, babysitters, etc. should read this book.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good book, but not as thorough as should be, May 22, 2001
I just read this book and -- though it it's right on the money in its attitude towards childrearing -- it doesn't describe the mechanics of how the "listening" and "talking" skills work as well as Thomas Gordon's Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.). P.E.T. has a chapter called How to Listen so Children Will Talk and another called How to Talk so Children Will Listen. I wonder how the autors of this book got away with borrowing the title for their book straight out of some chapters in another (the original P.E.T. was published years before -- the one at stores now is a new edition).

Lest it sound like I'm slamming this book, truth is it's not a bad read at all. But for an in-depth explanation of how these skills can be put to daily use, I'd go for P.E.T. Better yet, read both.

Even better yet, first read Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman to get an idea WHY these skills are so important to a child's development, then follow it up with P.E.T. and this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book works wonders even for kids who can't talk., July 25, 1999
I am a psychologist and mother, with a 6 year old autistic son. I first read this book when he was about 18 months old, and I waited patiently and eagerly for him to begin talking. He didn't... and didn't... and didn't... because one of the hallmarks of autism is a language delay. It would be another 3 years before I really knew what his voice sounded like. Nonetheless, this book was a godsend for us, because, really, it teaches parents how to read and respond to their children's emotions, no matter what modality they use to communicate them. And what my child needed more than anything else was to have someone who could understand how he was feeling, and give words to those feelings, because he could not. "How to Talk So Kids Will Listen" gave me the tools to hear him and help him, even though he was not talking.

Now, at age 6, he is talking a lot, reading even more, and is a happy, joyful, confident child, far from the stereotype of his disability. I believe that much of his positive emotion and self-esteem comes from knowing that his feelings are understood and respected, despite the communication barriers we face. Those are gifts I was able to give him because of the strategies I learned from "How to Talk..." We still have a long road to travel, but so does every parent. But rest assured, ALL of Faber and Mazlish's books will be making the journey with us.

5-0 out of 5 stars I've seen changes for the better so quickly, May 29, 2003
It's only a few weeks and my daughter has responded so positively to this method of parenting.

Maybe I shouldn't be so quick to judge since it's been such a short time, but I'm just so excited I feel like I found a pot of gold.

It's not like my daughter was such a problem child before. She is almost five. She has been a little on the hyper side since she was born. As she has gotten older it has been getting more and more difficult to get her to cooperate, participate, or communicate at home or in preschool. I was desparate to find something that might reverse the trend before it became a real problem.

Just as one example... It has always been difficult to get her to clean up after herself. She loves to use scissors and she makes a mess with scraps of paper ending up all over the house and in the baby's mouth. Yesterday, I watched as she cut out a circle from a piece of paper. She put the paper with the hole in it on the table and brought the circle to me to look at. After I admired the circle I said "I noticed you put the piece of paper you cut this from on the table. That was very tidy of you." She smiled and ran back to the table. She noticed there were a few pieces of paper on the floor she had dropped previous to this. She picked them up and put them on the table. She's never done that before without me telling her and usually having to repeat myself over and over! She didn't even look back at me to see if I was watching.

In general she seems more relaxed (i.e. not as hyper), happier, and much more confident. I even noticed this morning when I took her to preschool she at once ran over to play with her friends, rather than hanging back shyly and waiting for one of them to come to her like she always has in the past. That was always painful for me to watch. Today, it was so beautiful, I had a lump in my throat.

It's not that I think that my parenting style before this was so terrible. For example I always tried to be understanding before, but this book explained to me that some things I did that I thought were understanding were actually not.

For example, sometimes my daughter doesn't like some clothes in her closet, even if she helped me pick it out. In the past, I'd say sweetly "You don't like it? It's such a pretty dress. You told me you liked it before. That's why I bought it for you. I don't understand. Tell me why don't you like it now?" I thought I was being very undertanding because I would say it in a sweet pleasant voice and give her the opportunity to explain her side to me. But the end result was always that she would become agitated and she wouldn't wear the dress that day and not for a long time until she forgot she told me she didn't like it. Now I say something like "Oh, you've decided you don't like it anymore. Do you remember when you helped me pick it out? You liked it then, but I see you've changed your mind. Well, I still like it. I think it is so pretty. Maybe you'll change your mind again one day and you'll like it again. So I'll just put it back in the closet just in case." Sometimes the very next day she declares to me that she has changed her mind and she wants to wear the dress that day.

Similarly, I always tried to praise whenever I caught her doing something well, but this book has taught me more effective ways to praise and how not to criticize (which I realize only now how much I was doing).

I'm so excited, I went out and bought a few other books that explain this type of parenting, like "Parent Effectiveness Training." I haven't read them yet, but when I do, I'll try to write a review.

4-0 out of 5 stars True to it's title, September 1, 2001
I thought this book might be about how to use praise and language to avoid facing discipline issues with children but it is not like that at all. It teaches parents to be authorative and send the right messages without micro managing their children. The suggested changes are fairly straight forward and common sense, but may require some practice. Fortunately thare are many well illustrated examples and practical exercises to reinforce these ideas. This book stictly sticks to the topic of comunication and establishing cooperation which makes it an excellent supplement to any parents existing parenting style. Teaches mutual respect without surrendering parental authourity. A very good read.

5-0 out of 5 stars A real how-to resource, May 7, 2005
As the mother of a 4 year old and trying 3 year old I had reached the absolute boiling point. At night as I replayed the day's events, I realized that all I had done was scold and yell all day. It was exhausting and depressing. I know better than that, but somehow I just couldn't figure out how to 'do' better than that. This book is clearly written and very specific in teaching you ways to interact with your child. You can take statements verbatim from the text and use them in real life. My unbearable younger child has been transformed into a sweet, inquisitive child, and I have been transformed into a tolerant, patient mother who ends each day with a smile.
Perhaps, like me, you're sceptical that any resource (let alone a book) could make such a difference. If you feel as worn down and frustrated as I did when I bought it, what do you have to lose?

* One note about using the book for reference later. There are 6 pages that have reminder notes with subject headers and bullet points. The book suggests that you copy them and put them where you can see them. I actually did this. I refer to these cheat sheets constantly when I'm looking for the right thing to say or a refresher on a particular concept. ... Read more

79. The Soulmate Secret: Manifest the Love of Your Life with the Law of Attraction
by Arielle Ford
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Publisher: HarperOne
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Have you ever wondered what it takes to find the love of your life? Is it your dream to find a life partner who will love, cherish, and adore you? The Soulmate Secret will show you how to take control of your romantic destiny by using the Law of Attraction. Translated into more than twenty languages, The Soulmate Secret has become an international phenomenon.

Now with a new preface and a new chapter filled with book-inspired success stories, this book shows finding true love is possible for anyone at any age if you are willing to prepare yourself, on all levels, to become a magnet for love. Arielle Ford knows this from experience. She used the techniques in this book to bring her soulmate into her life at age forty-four. They were engaged three weeks later.

This ancient formula reveals that our universe is set up to deliver the people and things into our lives that are consistent with our personal belief system. If you don't believe you will ever find the One, then guess what? You probably won't. If, however, you learn to believe that the One is not only out there but is also looking for you, then true love can be yours.

Using a series of processes called feelingizations—feeling in every cell of your being the outcome you want to create—Ford reveals how to manifest the man or woman of your dreams. The techniques, rituals, and projects found within these pages will allow you to prepare your home, body, mind, and spirit for the lover your heart truly desires.

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5-0 out of 5 stars A good take on the law of attraction for relationships., July 6, 2009
The Soulmate secret is all about using the law of attraction to manifest your soul mate. While that might sound a bit metaphysical, and should, it's really just about rearranging your thoughts and putting out positive vibrations. Once you do that, you will align yourself to opporunities in love. This is one of the best takes on it that I have read. It's got some really good sound advice that isn't just hocus-pocus. If you do what the author says, it is a good possibility you will get what you want. It's all about opening yourself up to the possibilities. A great read, a good take on the law of attraction and a recommend.

5-0 out of 5 stars the soulmate secret, March 27, 2010
Absolutely incredible for anyone who is committed to finding the right partner!!
I read it three times and I have done all the exercises on the book.
Two weeks later I met my soulmate.
Truly revealing!!

Buy it if you are serious about changing your singlehood mode.

5-0 out of 5 stars "A balanced approach to finding your soulmate", July 20, 2009
After reading Arielle Fords' book, The Soulmate Secret, I found myself reflecting for quite some time on what I'd read. Many of the principles and excercises that she advocates were new for me, and some even challenged my beliefs as I'm a conservatively trained psychologist. Yet, the more I considered her approach, the more I agreed with so many concepts. The fact that one must first love themselves and be comfortable alone resonated to what I tell my clients every day. I especially appreciated the call for action that change requires. 'Luck' doesn't just happen; it happens to the prepared mind...and soul. To paraphrase Arielle: 'you have to help the universe along.' The excercises were easy to follow and provide just the right mix between deep relaxation and consciousness-altering suggestions. The book is well written and flows nicely. Arielle's own writing is interspersed with first person stories that effectively illustrate the point she's making. Reading between the lines, the book holds a deeper secret that Arielle touches on at several points. The importance of finding one's true soulmate goes well beyond the individuals' and couples' satisfaction. Love is synergystic and an energy that seeks expression. When soulmates connect, there is little drama and conflict. The relationship is based on trust, genuine caring and perhaps most importantly, a deep abiding friendship. Positive energy is invariably released into a world that needs as much of it as it can get.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't do these exercises if you don't wish anyone harm !, February 11, 2009
"I found The Soulmate Secret full of contradictions and lacking insight and wisdom into a divine creative design that brings true soulmates together. On the one hand, Arielle stresses the importance of forgiveness, forgiving yourself and forgiving past lovers to clear the path to your soulmate, but then she has designed exercises that border on black magic to rid yourself of old connections which she mistakenly assumes were all abusive relationships. For instance, imagining holding a can of latex and spraying all your ex lovers with it or another long guided imagery process in which you are to imagine your ex's car in your driveway and a tow truck pulls up and hoists it away up the street, to the highway heading North to Canada and finally lifted into the sky, out into Universe, beyond the Milky way. And as if that was not enough she guides you as the reader to imagine that you were holding a detonating device with a red button and to quote Arielle, "When I say Go, you are going to push this button and blow the car into a million pieces. Are you ready? 123 go! " I can't imagine a less forgiving and loveless exercise. And if one was to apply LOA laws to this imagery exercise, believing that the "feelingization" (to quote Arielle ) will manifest your will, you might want to warn your ex to stay away from his car. Thank God there is a higher intelligence working overtime to ward off black magic. All the stories seemingly support the notion that wish lists of ideals and image boards will command the Universe to deliver the perfect archetype of one's desires. Look for Arielle's next book, likely titled "Manifest the Perfect Indigo Child" There are a few jewels of spiritual truths sprinkled amongst the nonsense, but they are all quotes from other authors. For those jewels I give it one star.

4-0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book!, January 24, 2010
This book included an excellent combination of practical and spiritual advice on finding your Soulmate. I enjoyed the "real life" examples and the suggested exercises, which I'm working through right now. It offered a positive, upbeat and hopeful perspective balanced with good, practical advice. I would recommend the book highly.

5-0 out of 5 stars sweet sweet help, January 15, 2010
If you're reading this book, most likely you find your life missing one thing...a sweet person to share it with. The feelings that go along with that can be devastating if they go on for too long, and it can be hard to keep the faith. I just read this book this week and my spirits are already so much higher than they were before reading it. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is getting depressed simply because they do not have someone to share their life with.

This is not a self-help book for people who continuously find themselves in destructive relationships or who behave in destructive patterns in relationships...nor will this book go deep enough to uncover unconscious patterns and the "baggage" that if you're human, you've got. If you haven't ever taken a look inside, done therapy, worked with your own "stuff" and done some healing, then I would suggest starting that process as well, because most likely it'll have to happen someday anyway and your life will be much better for it. But if you've already done a lot of internal work and yet still just have blockages that are keeping you alone, this may be the book for you.

I loved reading every page of this book, and am loving even more the peace that it is helping me feel, while I "savor the waiting". I will surely post again soon if/when I meet my One!

4-0 out of 5 stars Not at all superficial., February 4, 2010
I was very much concerned that the book would be a juvenile essay on finding your soulmate. I appreciated very much that the emphasis was on being happy with who you are, making yourself "complete" instead of finding someone who would "complete"
you, and using your own intellect and awareness to identify the things that really matter to you instead of following the "herd". I bought copies of it for my four neices and my grandson, all of whom are currently unmarried.

4-0 out of 5 stars Liked most of it, February 20, 2009
I had never heard of the Law of attraction before I bought this book and was so amazed at what I read that I went looking for the source of the Law of Attraction. I liked the book even though I could not relate at all to some of the chapters. Arielle writes as if everyone believes in the concept of what she is writing. I don't think she took into account that someone who is totally sceptical could pick up the book to read. I say this because I rose my eyebrows a couple of times at some of the activities she suggested doing.

All in all it is worth a read. If you have been searching for your soulmate for just about forever and wondering why you still haven't found him you are willing to try just about anything to manifest him into your life. That at least was the premise behind buying this book.

I did do some of the activities she recommended but not all and the ones I did really changed my thinking and outlook on life and for this I thank Arielle profoundly.

3-0 out of 5 stars nothing new, February 13, 2009
I've read everything that is in this book in other books. So nothing new in here, but it is very focused and organized well and if you're not familiar with New Thought, you might find some good information in here. It is a quick, easy read and doesn't go into much detail about how these ideas really work. But it isn't trying to do that.

2-0 out of 5 stars Watch The Secret instead, February 8, 2009
After reading this book, which I paid full price for, I wish I had my money back. The Secret gave as much information as this book did, from visualizing to vision boards and feng shui. I learned a little bit more about feng shuing your bedroom, but the information also seems to be contradictory with other feng shui books. This book might be helpful for someone who has never studied the Law of Attraction or read any other relationship book. ... Read more

80. The Men's Health Big Book of Exercises: Four Weeks to a Leaner, Stronger, More Muscular YOU!
by Adam Campbell MSCSCS
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The Men’s Health Big Book of Exercises is the essential workout guide for anyone who wants a better body. As the most comprehensive collection of exercises ever created, this book is a body-shaping power tool for both beginners and longtime lifters alike. From start to finish, this 480-page muscle manual bulges with hundreds of useful tips, the latest findings in exercise science, and cutting-edge workouts from the world's top trainers.
Inside The Men's Health Big Book of Exercises you'll find:
619 Exercises!
All expertly demonstrated with color photographs, with dozens of movements for every muscle in your body, including:
* More than 100 core exercises! You'll never run out of ways to sculpt your six-pack.
* 74 biceps, triceps, and forearm exercises: Build your arms faster than ever before.
* 64 chest exercises, and featuring dozens of variations of the pushup and bench press.
* 103 back exercises, so you can carve a v-shaped torso.
* 40 shoulder exercises, for a tank-top worthy torso.
* 99 quadriceps and calves exercises, to help you jump higher and run faster.
* 62 glutes and hamstrings exercises, for a more powerful, athletic body.
Hundreds of workouts!
From cover to cover, you'll quickly see that there's a training plan for every fitness goal—whether you want to shrink your hip, find your abs, or shape your arms. Highlights include:
* The World's Greatest 4-Week Diet and Exercise Plan
Lose 10 pounds of pure fat in 30 days! This scientifically proven plan, based on research from the University of Connecticut, shows what's truly possible when you combine the right kind of diet with the right kind of exercise. You'll build muscle and lose fat faster than ever.
* 64 Ways to Add Inches to Your Arms
You'll learn how to mix-and-match the 12 best biceps exercises to create scores of sleeve-busting routines. The upshot: You'll never get stuck in a muscle-building rut again!
* The Get Back In Shape (Fast!) Guide
If you've never even picked up a weight, you'll want to try this plan from Joe Dowdell, C.S.C.S. Joe makes his living training celebrities, cover models, and professional athletes, such as NBA stars Troy Murphy and Mike Dunleavy. And the strategies he uses when designing workouts for his high-profile clientele are the same ones he employs to help you burn fat, build muscle, and get back in shape.
* The Ultimate Fat Loss Plan
You might call this the six-pack workout. That's because it's designed to help you finally finish off the flab that's hiding your abs. Created by Bill Hartman, P.T., C.S.C.S., a top fitness advisor to Men's Health, it's based entirely on the new science of fat loss. From the sets to the reps to the rest, every part of this workout is designed to optimize your body's ability to burn away belly-fat.

* Boost Your Bench Press by 50 Pounds in 8 Weeks
World-class powerlifter Dave Tate shares the strategies that helped him lift a personal best of 610 pounds
* Triple Your Chinups in 6 Weeks
Use this simple routine that to master one of the world's greatest muscle-building exercises
* Add 4 to 10 inches to Your Vertical Leap
This high-flying plan from strength coach Kelly Baggett will have you jumping out of the gym in no time
* The Beach Ready Body Workout
Get-strong to get-big—this 8-week plan shows you how
* The Wedding Workout
Look great—just in time for the big day (and your honeymoon!)
* The Best Sports Workout
Train like an athlete, look like an athlete
* The Scrawny to Brawny Workout
Pack on muscle fast: your 4-week plan
* The Best Workouts for a Crowded Gym
Sculpt a lean, fit body—no waiting!
* The Best Bodyweight Workouts
Take your workout anywhere with these no-weight routines
* The 10 Best 15-Minute Workouts
Bust stress, blast fat, and build muscle in almost no time
* The 7-Minute Back-Saving Workout
End low-back pain for good!
Every page of The Men’s Health Big Book of Exercises is filled with the fitness and nutrition tips and tricks you need to sculpt the body you want.
Throughout the book, you'll discover:
* The secret to burning 40 percent more fat.
* The 18 muscle mistakes you should never make
* The best stretch for every muscle
* The fastest cardio workout of all-time (just 4 minutes!)
* The best exercises you've never done
* The 8 healthiest foods you aren't eating
* The 4 surprising foods that build muscle
* The 25 super snacks that keep you lean
* The 5 biggest nutrition myths, busted
* The truth about saturated fat
* The perfect foods to fuel your workouts
* The complete guide to protein powders
* The 20 ways lifting weights helps you look great, stay healthy, and live longer
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4-0 out of 5 stars Lot's of good info, December 24, 2009
There are an incredible number of exercises in the book. The quality of the photography is great and represents how to do the different exercises. The exercises are presented with multiple variations and easy suggestions such as changing the type of grip to vary the exercises. The only thing I would have improved on would have been to add a brief explanation of what effect on the muscles being exercised the variations provide. However, that is only a minor flaw in my opinion considering the vast amount of useful information the book provides. The book is an excellent buy.

4-0 out of 5 stars Effective Guide for the Self-Guided Weight Lifter, January 30, 2010
I have bought a lot of exercise books over the years. The Men's Health Big Book of Exercises is one of the best. This useful book has a fair amount of general information on diet, fitness, and training for specific sports, but what makes it stand out are its descriptions of individual exercises, photos, and versatility. The main part of the book is broken down by muscle group (chest, quads, hamstrings and glutes, upper and lower back, biceps and triceps, core). Each section has several exercises that use barbells, dumbbells, cables, or body weight, with good descriptions of how to do the exercise and good color photos. I don't always trust myself to do a lift without instruction from an expert, but every new exercise I have picked up from this book has felt right and targeted the right muscles. I have used the book to fine-tune an existing workout, adding or swapping out individual exercise, but the Big Book is also packed with suggested workouts, including a series of 15-minute workouts for people who are new to lifting or have no time for elaborate workouts. There is also a section devoted to exercises that work several muscle groups at once. I have liked every workout I have tried, and am impressed that the book targets both the gym (with a section on the best way to get a good workout in when the gym is crowded) and the home. I have a bunch of dumbbells, and have focused on the dumbbell and body-weight exercises, but if you have a barbell set or cable machine at home you should find the book helpful, too. I am a runner and cyclist and drift toward the low-weight, quicker workouts, but there seems to be plenty here for the more serious lifter too.

5-0 out of 5 stars In a word: Outstanding!, December 23, 2009
Where to begin? First thing that jumps out right away is the quality of the photography. Absolutely incredible. Next, the number of variations of well-known exercises is unbelievable (just the push-up variations alone are worth the cost of this book). I have been scouring the web for over a year looking for new ways to challenge myself in the gym. There are variations detailed in this book I have not seen anywhere else. This book is so comprehensive, I know I will learn something new every time I pick it up. The sheer volume of exercises shown in this book will keep me busy for quite some time.

My only regret is that I didn't pre-order the women's version as well. That will be my next Amazon purchase. I am over the moon with this book and highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for new ways to push themselves in the gym. I would give it 10 stars if I could.

I think this would make a great gift for a personal trainer. What a wonderful resource for them to be able to continue to challenge their clients in new ways.

5-0 out of 5 stars Boost your gains with the help of this book., January 15, 2010
While the photography isn't the most important thing in a book, it is of keen value in a book of this type. I don't think you'll be disappointed with what you see in the way of photos that fully explain the exercises. They're most effective.

You'll also find a large variation of popular exercises that have been around forever and remain valuable. You'll even see the old push-up fully explained. And there's no better exercise than that. But, you'll also find some lesser-used exercises that can be very effective.

The author also discusses using the Swiss ball and the medicine ball for core exercises.

Actually, the number of exercises in this book is astounding. And knowing how to adjust your grip to hit different parts of a muscle is great knowledge.

In truth, most of this information is not new. But it is presented in a very effective way that can help you regain any losses you've had and to boost your gains.

Highly recommended.

- Susanna K. Hutcheson

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best fitness books ever., October 30, 2010
I've been into fitness and healthy lifestyle all my life. I've purchased countless books on the subject and I have to say that this book is in my top 5. Maybe even top 3.

The photos are outstanding. The exercises are excellent. The information in this book is simply awesome.

The diet section of this book is also great for a general "good health and weight loss" program. Follow this and you will see results. But, if you really want to "get ripped" and look awesome at the beach come summer time (awesome abs, wicked chest, swooping quads, bulging hamstrings, etc), most people will have to diet harder than this book suggests.

If you're on the fence on this book, get off of it and buy it. It will help you no matter what stage of fitness you are at.

4-0 out of 5 stars Get your sexy on!, May 17, 2010
Good book loaded with lots of exercises and variations that i have never seen. Great plans for eating and workouts for every body type. I like this book because i can keep switching my moves after a month with the same core exercises but work them at different angles. I think the organization could be better since some of the plans list page numbers and they do not match up sometimes but all in all a great book. Every man who hits the gym should have this because if you buy the magazine for the workouts and meal plans, this will save you a good ton of money since its all you need.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great book!, March 19, 2010
Nice color photos with minimal detail on exercises and repititions. There isnt very much detail on nutrition. This book is for someone who already knows what a set and repitition is. All in all a good book. A definite value for the price. You get more than what you'll pay for in this book.

3-0 out of 5 stars Okay, March 12, 2010
I like some of the excersises in the book and there are numerous routines to choose from. Each chapter is titled with the muscle group such as tricep, chest, back ect... But the problem is that with all the variations to the basic exercise, it doesn't tell you how it hits the muscle differently. Like using a thumb grip as opposed to a pinky grip for a bicep curl, what's the difference?

4-0 out of 5 stars Great!, September 20, 2010
In this book I found excellent description of exercises,so now before I go to the Gym I red and try exercise and in Gym I have awesome workout. This book I would recommend everyone especially to the beginners. Its great for beginners mainly but is directed to everyone, is very scientific but on the same way shows lots of good exercises and variations that one can perform. I think is a great source of knowledge but that the workouts are a little hard to follow so I'd say get info from here and integrate it to your routine. This is one of the best books on lifting. It gives you the basics and training schedules for the beginner to intermediate to the advanced.

Leroy Ford
Build Your Dream Body (Volume 1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good book, September 17, 2010
Well as described it is a big book of exercises. It shows you different angles so that you can keep form when doing exercises. I liked the random tips and stats that where given in each chapter. One thing that could be improved; and why i gave it four stars, that each exercises is shown and tips are given; but it doesn't tell you what it is working. for instance, a wider grip on a barbell bicep curl activates the short head of your bicep and a inside shoulder grip activates the long head. Things like that would have been great. ANDDDD it comes with exercise plans for whatever your fitness goal is which was definitely a big bonus ... Read more

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