Sundays in Bed with… Out Where the West Begins

Sundays in Bed

The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today! This meme is hosted by Midnight Book Girl.

This Sunday I’m reading some non-fiction titled Out Where the West Begins: Profiles, Visions, and Strategies of Early Western Business Leaders by Philip F. Anschutz. A fascinating look at innovators and entrepreneurs who helped create the American West.

 

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Between 1800 and 1920, an extraordinary cast of bold innovators and entrepreneurs—individuals such as Cyrus McCormick, Brigham Young, Henry Wells, and James Fargo, Fred Harvey, Levi Strauss, Adolph Coors, J. P. Morgan, and Buffalo Bill Cody—helped lay the groundwork for what we now call the American West. They were people of imagination and courage, adept at maneuvering the rapids of change, alert to opportunity, persistent in their missions.

They had big ideas they were not afraid to test. They stitched the country together with the first transcontinental railroad, invented the Model A and built the roads it traveled on, raised cities and supplied them with water and electricity, established banks for immigrant populations, entertained the world with film and showmanship and created a new form of western hospitality for early travelers. Not all were ideal role models. Most, however, once they had made their fortunes, shared them in the form of cultural institutions, charities, libraries, parks, and other amenities that continue to enrich lives in the West today.
 
Out Where the West Begins profiles some fifty of these individuals, tracing the arcs of their lives, exploring their backgrounds and motivations, identifying their contributions, and analyzing the strategies they developed to succeed in their chosen fields.

What are you reading today?

#SegueSaturday The Chris Farley Show by Tom Farley, Jr. @madfarley and Tanner Colby @tannercolby #bookreview #memoir #ChrisFarley

Chris Farley Show

I started my book review blog in 2009 and I have read so many outstanding books that I wanted to share them again with my followers on #SegueSaturday.  I first posted this review in November 2009.

While fans knew Chris as the sweaty, swaggering Motivational Speaker and the hyperkinetic Chippendales stripper, his family knew him as an earnest deeply religious, All-American guy.

Co-authored by Chris’ brother, Tom Farley, Jr., and Tanner Colby, author of bestseller Belushi: A Biography, Chris Farley’s story made me both laugh and cry.  He was an extraordinarily talented, selfless, and kind human being who tragically had an addiction to drugs and alcohol.

One of my favorite Farley movies is Tommy Boy and all of his friends and family said that Chris was playing himself.  He cared so much about making people laugh they did not know he was crying for help.

Chris Farley died way too young and the world has lost a remarkable comedian and a truly spiritual man.  

I highly recommend this incredible book that will surprise you.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Tom Farley, Jr.Tom Farley is the brother of the late actor and comedian Chris Farley, who died in 1997 as a result of substance abuse. From 1999 to 2012, Tom Farley was the founder and president of The Chris Farley Foundation, which used humor to deliver prevention messages to teens and young adults.  He has been a keynote speaker and presenter at numerous conferences, conducted briefings on Capitol Hill and to state legislative committees and participated as a panelist at two branding conferences on the topic of developing a state brand for Wisconsin. He has also been featured in People Magazine and USA Today, and interviewed on Today Show, Good Morning America, The View, Fox News, Larry King Live, and featured in two CNN special reports on substance abuse. Tom Farley has three adult children and lives in Dubuque, IA.

You can find Tom on Twitter.

Tanner ColbyTanner Colby is the author of Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America, a narrative history of modern race-relations in the United States, which was nominated for the American Library Association’s 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Non-fiction. He is also is the coauthor of Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final DaysBelushi: A Biography and the New York Times bestseller, The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts. In 2015, he co-founded and co-hosted the popular if short-lived podcast Our National Conversation About Conversations About Race, and, most recently, worked as a segment producer at The Daily Show With Trevor Noah. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and sons. 

You can find more information on Tanner at Tanner Colby.

#SegueSaturday Making Rounds with Oscar by @DavidDosa ‏#bookreview #nonfiction #dementia

I started my book review blog in 2009 and I have read so many outstanding books that I wanted to share them again with my followers on #SegueSaturday.  I first posted this review in June 2010.  This story interested me because at the time my mother was diagnosed with dementia and my mother loved cats as much as I do.  In fact, until the day my mother died, there was a resident cat in her assisted living facility that stayed with her in her room.  I feel in my heart, the cat helped her find peace.  I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.

Heartfelt, inspiring, and full of humor and pathos, this book allows readers to take a walk into a world rarely seen from the outside, a world we often misunderstand.

Dr. David Dosa was a non-believer.  He didn’t like cats.  He was a dog person.  Oscar can’t know when a person is dying, he’s just one of several strays that live in a nursing home.  But maybe it’s true… Continue reading “#SegueSaturday Making Rounds with Oscar by @DavidDosa ‏#bookreview #nonfiction #dementia”

#SegueSaturday #BookReview: Behind the Mask…No More by Byron Nease (9781419655296)

I started my book review blog in 2009 and I have read so many outstanding books that I wanted to share them again with my followers on #SegueSaturday.  I first posted this review in April 2009.  It is an inspiring memoir of the late Byron Nease, who originated the role of Raoul in the Canadian production of The Phantom of the Opera.  He died in 2013.

Byron Nease’s memoir is both tragic and uplifting at the same time.

Byron “Bud” Nease was born into a family in turmoil and was whisked away from his minister father and his two sisters by his neurotic, actress/singer mother at a very young age to a life of abuse and confusion.

He spends most of his life explaining to his father that he is Christian and he is gay. Though his father is not happy with Bud’s “choice”, he does not banish him from his life. Continue reading “#SegueSaturday #BookReview: Behind the Mask…No More by Byron Nease (9781419655296)”

#BookReview: The Gift of Our Wounds: A Sikh and a Former White Supremacist Find Forgiveness after Hate by Arno Michaelis, Pardeep Kaleka @mylifeafterhate @PardeepKaleka @serve2unite ‏ @NetGalley ‏#TheGiftOfOurWounds

What does hate look like?  Hate looks like the bullet hole in the door frame leading into the prayer room at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin—a vestige of the carnage that took place there on August 5, 2012, when a troubled man with a distorted view of what America should look like executed peaceful people inside.

Wow!  This book filled me with so many emotions.  I felt horror, anger, grief, disbelief, enlightenment, and hope all at the same time.  The story is not just about the horrible incident that happened on August 5, 2012, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but about two unlikely men who came together to find answers, to find forgiveness, and to find ways to prevent this from happening again.

Pardeep Singh Kaleka’s father was one of the 6 victims who died at the Sikh Temple that day.  As a former policeman and as a teacher of at-risk kids he thought he had seen it all, but he was struggling to understand why someone would want to walk into a temple and gun down innocent men, women, and children.  So, to find some answers,  Pardeep met with Arno Michaelis, a former white supremacist who was one of the “founders of the same group that Pardeep’s father’s killer belonged to”. Continue reading “#BookReview: The Gift of Our Wounds: A Sikh and a Former White Supremacist Find Forgiveness after Hate by Arno Michaelis, Pardeep Kaleka @mylifeafterhate @PardeepKaleka @serve2unite ‏ @NetGalley ‏#TheGiftOfOurWounds”

#BookReview: A Dangerous Woman – The Life of Florence Gould by Susan Ronald @susanron @StMartinsPress

Florence understood instinctively that beauty, as well as money, was power; and she had both in abundance.

Florence Gould was an intelligent, conniving, self-centered, savvy business woman, but most of all she was a survivor.  She survived the San Francisco earthquake and fire as a child, a major flood in France, World War I and World War II.  Her survival skills came into play again with her questionable connections with top officials of The Third Reich which was a contention with FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover, after the war.  Hoover tried everything to get her convicted for aiding and abetting the enemy to no avail.  She was definitely a force to be reckoned with.

Her open marriage to a very wealthy and shrewd American multimillionaire, Frank Gould, gave her the opportunities she needed to become an independent wealthy woman in her own right by investing in real estate and art, though obtained under dubious conditions.  It’s known that many of her art purchases were bought from collections taken by the Nazis from French Jews.  Though rumors said she was an anti-Semite, Ronald supposes that Florence didn’t care one way or another.  She preferred to have fun rather than worry about “political rumblings”, and being the self-serving woman she was, she chose to help both sides when it suited her. Continue reading “#BookReview: A Dangerous Woman – The Life of Florence Gould by Susan Ronald @susanron @StMartinsPress”

#BookReview: Permanent Happiness: The Only Way to Find Peace, Joy and your Life-Given Purpose by Iyabo Ojikutu @iyabomdauthor

35220706Peace is permanent happiness.

Dr. Ojikutu’s guide advises us that we have two lines: our spiritual  line and our physical line, and we have to simultaneously nourish them in order to achieve our goals of peace and permanent happiness.  She goes on to describe ways to balance our lines and to help balance our children’s lives as well.  For example, stop holding onto negative things and love others by being patient and using self-control.

Continue reading “#BookReview: Permanent Happiness: The Only Way to Find Peace, Joy and your Life-Given Purpose by Iyabo Ojikutu @iyabomdauthor”

#BookReview: STUFF: The Fortunes, Foibles, and Fiascos of Those Who Sought to Understand Matter by George Graybill @dgraybill8

415U+MMQi6LWhat is stuff made of?

Mr. Graybill gives a humorous, easy-to-follow,  history lesson in the study of matter.  He includes an extensive vocabulary of science terms from various theories, elements, and compounds to the explanation of wave-particle duality, quantum mechanics, and the Bohr model.

There are also profiles of various philosophers and scientists including Hermes Trismegistus, Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and Dmitri Mendeleev and their noted scientific discoveries.

One will find answers to who discovered the element gallium (Ga), who created the periodic table, who had a crater on the Moon named after him, and what scientist lived with two wives?

Continue reading “#BookReview: STUFF: The Fortunes, Foibles, and Fiascos of Those Who Sought to Understand Matter by George Graybill @dgraybill8”

Book Review: Who Knew? Questions That Will Make You Think Again by Sarah Herman (9781684120475)

61Ykilnf9cLIf you want to be the life of the party, this is your book. You can fill your brain with as much “useless knowledge” (my affectionate moniker) as you can fit and impress people with how fast a sand dune can move, explain what watermelon snow is, and give in morbid detail why a barbershop pole is red and white.

A fun book with questions about weather and climate to film and theater. It also contains short quizzes at the end of each chapter (with answers in the back) to see how much you are retaining. My partner and I are always trying to one up each other on interesting facts and I can thankfully say this book has increased my odds of drawing and maintaining a crowd longer.  🙂

Thank you to Sarah Herman, Portable Press and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book!

Book Review: Violated-Exposing Rape at Baylor University Amid College Football’s Sexual Assault Crisis by Paula Lavigne and Mark Schlabach (9781478974086)

cover117931-mediumAccording to national statistics, at least one in five college women experience some type of sexual assault. 

Paula Lavigne and Mark Schlabach are ESPN reporters who have done a comprehensive investigation into injustices and cover ups of a prominent Christian college, Baylor University, in Waco, Texas.

The book contains many stories of Baylor female students who reported sexual assaults by athletes to their university over a period of several years which went unanswered until the administration had to confront the realities happening on its campus.  Not only did the university ignore the victims’ cries, but the city police department was inconsistent in their investigations and withheld police reports involving students and student athletes.  One case included five victim reports involving the same male football player, a serial rapist.  Once this sexual assault case came out, other cases (old and new) started surfacing.

Continue reading “Book Review: Violated-Exposing Rape at Baylor University Amid College Football’s Sexual Assault Crisis by Paula Lavigne and Mark Schlabach (9781478974086)”

Book Review: Way of the Wolf: Straight Line Selling- Master the Art of Persuasion, Influence, and Success by Jordan Belfort (Kindle book)

51pSCI+uD8L._SY346_Bestselling author of “The Wolf of Wall Street”, Jordan Belfort, shares step-by-step instructions on using his very successful Straight Line System for any business, industry and even your personal life.  He notes that you do not have to be in sales to use this system.  You can use it from selling your great qualities in a job interview to selling anyone on a great idea.

He teaches one how to use the Three Tens to influence a customer.  He discusses the five core elements of the Straight Line System and notes the three things that “absolutely must come across in the first four seconds of an encounter with a customer”.  There are many other great factors to consider of which he includes examples and links to his website.

Continue reading “Book Review: Way of the Wolf: Straight Line Selling- Master the Art of Persuasion, Influence, and Success by Jordan Belfort (Kindle book)”

Book Review: The Wedding Vows Chapbook: Sample Wedding Vows and Inspiration by Katharine Coggeshall (9781521361719)

51L-5mEOu2L._SX385_BO1,204,203,200_Planning a wedding these days is not easy and writing your wedding vows can be a daunting task.  Ms. Coggeshall makes that task much easier by providing romantic vows, Christian vows and bonuses such as a list of inspirational words and questions and tips on writing your own vows.

I believe there is a vow for everyone in this book whether one chooses something the author has already written, or one uses the words she offers as a basis for one’s own personal vows. The photos provided are beautiful and give that extra touch needed for this book.  A very beautiful book that would be a wonderful gift for a bridal shower.

For more information about the author and her books go to her Amazon page.

Thank you to Ms. Coggeshall for giving me the opportunity to review her book.

 

 

Book Review: Silver Hair: Say Goodbye to the Dye and Let Your Natural Light Shine: A Handbook by Lorraine Massey (Author), Michele Bender (Contributor) 9780761189299

61T+VUlg-ZL._SX410_BO1,204,203,200_Silver is the new black, blonde and brown… From the author of Curly Girl, Silver Hair,comes a guide to letting your hair go silver.  Massey, a hairstylist for three decades, includes testimonials and pictures from herself and from women of various ages who decided to bite the bullet and let their hair go natural.  Her message to those who want do it is to “embrace your natural hair and do it for you and no one else”.  One myth is that silver hair will age you or look unprofessional.  She says that as long as you take care of your hair and yourself you will look great.  In fact, she has many women who go silver who never go back to dying their hair again.  She also suggests some hair products and home remedies to make that transition easier from dyed to silver and to keep your hair in good condition.

Continue reading “Book Review: Silver Hair: Say Goodbye to the Dye and Let Your Natural Light Shine: A Handbook by Lorraine Massey (Author), Michele Bender (Contributor) 9780761189299”

Book review Scapegoat: A Flight Crews Journey from Heroes to Villains to Redemption by Emilio Corsetti III (9780997242119)

Scapegoat bookThis is a clear case of negligence.  After 3 years of interviews and research, the author tells the true story of Flight TWA 841 which almost had a near fatal crash on April 4, 1979.  After reading the pilots’ details of the event, the interviews of the pilots by FAA agents and others, the false allegations picked up by the media, and the investigation into the near crash, the biased investigators and review board found fault with the pilots.

After reviewing the documents that Corsetti provided in his book, the negligence would fall on Boeing, TWA and the media instead of the pilots.  After 37 years and finding the same mechanical flaws in other flights with fatal crashes, the board still stands with their decision against the pilots even though they have improved the flaws that almost caused Flight TWA 841 to crash.

An engaging read about pilots hoping to clear their names from an event where they should have gone down in history as heroes.  Instead, they are scapegoats for Boeing, and TWA to some extent, to hide a mechanical flaw that causes fatal crashes after the 1979 event so they can continue to make billions of dollars and save their reputation.

Book review: Learn French with Stories for Beginners Volume 2 by Frederic Bibard (eBook w/MP3 audiofiles)

THUMBNAIL_IMAGEI took two years of French in high school 30+ years ago and wanted to brush up on it for a trip to Quebec, Canada, this summer. After reading Mr. Bibard’s book, I found it easy and practical to use and also found the audio files to be especially helpful.

I was able to pick up the language again after so many years of not using it by using the short stories and new vocabulary words highlighted in each of them. I especially found the audio files to be most helpful since I will be speaking more with people face to face instead of reading the written word. The audio files were easy to download from both my PC and my Amazon Android App and the files were very clear and audible.

If that wasn’t enough, I also found a link (http://www.talkinfrench.com/french-free-package) to a free French learning package in my eBook that has a collection of free resources that will help me learn French must faster, and Mr. Bibard also has a Facebook page at http://facebook.com/talkinfrench with tips and information about interesting French topics such as French cuisine and of course, more new French vocabulary words.

In all, I hope to become more fluent in French before I leave for Canada in late July and I think this tool will assist me significantly in that goal.

Book review: It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell (9780770433246)

20484545All of us have something about our childhood that stands out and Andie Mitchell is no exception.  Food was her comfort and she found out at the age of 13 (weighing in at 200 lbs) that if she kept eating the way she had been, she would weigh close to 300 lbs by the time she was 20.  This is her journey of how she changed her life by losing the weight and making better choices to become a productive member of society.

Book review: With or Without You by Domenica Ruta (9780679645023) E-book

15998223“I will not become my mother.”

These were famous last words from Domenica (Nikki) Ruta. It was touch and go for a while.

Nikki’s mom, Kathi, was a drug addict who wanted her daughter to have more than she did. This book is not only about Nikki’s fight to try and find a “normal” life, but it is also a story of Kathi who truly loves her daughter and will fight tooth and nail to find the money to put her daughter in a private school and then on to college.

Your emotions are all over the place with this story. One minute you are laughing, the next you are crying and then you are angry. The ups and downs of Nikki’s life are like a roller coaster and when she finally realizes she needs to change or die, you breathe a sigh of relief.  This is a remarkable memoir that you won’t want to put down.

Thank you to Ms. Ruta, Random House Publishing Group and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

Book review: Cat Sayings: Wit & Wisdom from the Whiskered Ones by Bradford G. Wheler (9780982253847)

0982253842.01._SX140_SY224_SCLZZZZZZZ_This book is part of BookCollaborative.com’s Wit & Wisdom series which “provides artists with a platform through which they can gain exposure and recognition”.  The book contains a majority of oil paintings, watercolor paintings and photographs of cats, both domestic and wild, along with cat and animal quotes from Winston Churchill to Charles Dickens.  Mr. Wheler adds biographies at the back of the book for all of the artists and photographers whose art is featured in the book.

The illustrations and photographs are thoughtful, colorful and fun and I give Mr. Bradford much credit for helping new artists show their work.  Very well done and I hope to check out his other books at www.BookCollaborative.com.

Thank you to Mr. Wheler for giving me the opportunity to review his book.

Book review: Uncle John’s Fully Loaded 25th Anniversary Bathroom Reader (9781607105626) E-book

The first time I picked up an Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader was about 20 years ago when I was at a gift shop on vacation.  The book was a hoot and an eye opener and I had never learned so many fun facts in all of my life.  I thought to myself, “What fun it would be to find all those facts and make a book out of it” and they have been making them for 25 years.  Wow!

There is so much information in this 600+ page edition from great discoveries “The Origin of DNA Testing” which helped start “The Innocence Project” to crazy inventions of “High-Tech Underwear” using NASA technology.  There are stories of “Dumb Crooks” like the one in Portland, Oregon, who passed around neighborhood fliers saying “Heroin for Sale”, and then there are the things people actually do to themselves in “What Price Beauty?” to look younger or more attractive.  Really?

And don’t forget the lists containing bowling lingo, humorous epitaphs,  and, of course, toilet talk (to name a few) and the wonderful factoids at the bottom of each page such as what is the word for fear of palindromes?, which President of the United States was an orphan?, and what are half of the 6 million parts on a Boeing 747?   I could go on and on….

This book is filled with  information you didn’t know you wanted to know.  It is  great trivia for entertaining guests at  parties.

Thank you to Bathroom Reader’s Institute, Baker and Taylor Publishing and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

Book review: Six Weeks to OMG: Get Skinnier Than All Your Friends by Venice A. Fulton (9781455528264) E-book

I have tried my share of fad diets and this one was unique, but a little too “out there”  for someone of my age.  Taking a 20 minute cold bath every morning just doesn’t work with my schedule AND my climate and I don’t drink coffee at all, let alone on an empty stomach.  I also had to laugh at the suggestion of blowing up a balloon for tighter abs.  It may work, but I don’t like creating unnecessary waste for our landfills when one can get down on the floor and do a 15 minute ab workout without having to throw anything away afterwards.

I give Fulton credit for creating groundbreaking strategies that apparently have produced results for others, however it may not be for everyone.  He is a nutrition expert and personal trainer and  although this diet may have been created for his A-list clients, I guess I’m not in their league.  Perhaps if I had a personal trainer at my disposal….

Thank you to Mr. Fulton, Grand Central Publishing and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.