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I was In Love With a Short Man Once- And Other Tales From A Crazy Southern Irish Gal was written by Kimberly (Kimba) Dalferes and published by FriesenPress in 2011. You may purchase it at Amazon.com/Kindle. Visit the author at: Kim Dalferes.Com

By Kimberly J. Dalferes

Have you ever wondered if the life of the woman standing next to you in the check-out line is as weird as yours? Could it be possible that you are trapped in a bizarre reality show, where the object of the game is to get the crazy lady to flip-out; just one more time? If so, then this book confirms that you are in good company. I Was In Love With a Short Man Once is a story collection written from the perspective of a crazy, southern, Irish, gal. Follow her as she reflects on: growing up as a child of limited means in South Florida; managing a self-financed college education; balancing work as a federal official with the joys of single motherhood; and navigating the amusing challenges of being a second-time-around wife.

Have you ever wondered if you could write a book about your everyday life and have it be a success?  No earth shattering revelations in this compilation of tales. If you’re looking for a self help book, move on to the next book shelf.  But then again- go ahead and skim the content page. You might find a story or two or three or four here that will make you giggle and realize that life, in all of its humdrum normalcy, has a lot to offer and much more to cherish.

If you’re not giggling, you’ll be nodding and smiling at all of the wonderful little tales that the author has happily pulled from her memory to share with us.  Some of the titles include: Naked In A Hot Tub In Vegas, Static Cling, Rubber Bands, Faires, Flag Pole and My Water Broke Because I Was Married To A Prick.

I promise; this book will make you want to pick up a pen or it’ll make you want to rush to your keyboard and start telling your own life stories of your everyday life.  When even a box of rubber bands can find its way into a treasured memory- you know there are story gems out there that should never be allowed to be lost to time.

So if you are looking for a book to help you deal with life- Self Help yourself to:  I was In Love With a Short Man Once- And Other Tales From A Crazy Southern Irish Gal. It’s storytelling at its best and it’s a wonderful hop, skip and bounce  through a southern “Gal’s” life. It will make you feel GOOD about life and what it’s all about.

I give I was In Love With a Short Man Once- And Other Tales From A Crazy Southern Irish Gal 5 stars.

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Tom Riddell is also a book reviewer over at WEBBWEAVER

Where the Sun Don’t Shine-  was written by Bonnie Hartle and published by Outskirts Press in 2011. You may purchase it at Amazon.com/Kindle. Visit the author at: Bonnie Hartle. Com

By Bonnie Hartle

~If you or someone you love has ever been diagnosed with cancer…if you have lost a beloved pet in a time of crisis…if you have buried a parent who was not only your hero, but your best friend…if you have endured an emotionally devastating and bitter end to a relationship…if you have felt lost, empty, hopeless, and yearning for answers…pick up this book. Bonnie Hartle and her remarkable journey have something to give you.~

Bonnie Hartle started out on the road to Nashville Tennessee to become a country music star. She was friends with some of the best in the business and her life was beginning to hold a glorious tune but her song would soon come to an end.

Anyone who has faced unimaginable adversity in their lives and has lived on to overcome it- knows what it’s like to rejoice when you have made it to the other side of the pain.  There can be no greater challenge than to battle the emotions that surge when a long standing relationship- that you thought was based on love- comes to a horrible bitter end. But sometimes life pushes the knife in even deeper and twists it until you’re figuratively and literally standing on the brink of a life ending event.  Faith flounders during those times in our lives when God seems to turn his back on us…but lessons can be learned, if we would only take the time to listen.

Bonnie Hartle is a shining example of how anyone who finds themselves in the throes of unthinkable pain and sorrow and is standing on the doorstep of death, can recover from it and become better because of it.  If it’s colon cancer or some other obstacle in your life that seems insurmountable- this book is for you.

The strength and courage that this woman holds- in order to help others- and to tell her story of survival should be applauded. We  should all bask in the sun because of people like her and if you find yourself in a place where the sun doesn’t shine, reach out to a spirit that shines very brightly.  Reach out to Bonnie and buy her book. She truly wants to help…

It’s a great read that will keep you turning the pages.

I give Where the Sun Don’t Shine 5 stars.

 

Please visit the author of this post: www.tomriddell.com

Tom Riddell is also a book reviewer over at WEBBWEAVER

Murderous Intellectuals- was written by Jonathan Maxwell and published by American Book Publishing in 2009. You may purchase it at Amazon.com.

By Jonathan Maxwell

Searching for a sense of understanding and a hope for future prevention, Jonathan Maxwell explores the different officials of the Holocaust, giving an extensive background of each. He investigates mental defects, childhood occurrences, and family situations of these horrific leaders and identifies the desk murderers (those who did not directly kill, but gave orders to kill). In this concentrated look at the events that took place, Maxwell attempts to identify the key causes of the mass murders in an effort to prevent future Holocausts.

It is so hard to imagine the atrocities that people will go to, to satisfy what they believe to be, the will of a whole nation of people- or at least a large segment of a population; who have unwittingly pledged their allegiance to a monster.

 
When doctors would give up their practice and abandon their Hippocratic oath to “do no harm” and actually kill people that they termed as “subhuman”, it is beyond reproachable behavior. Included in this group were other madmen, and members of society, who would murder a whole populace of people; many of whom were considered intellectuals by their peers. In many instances a one degree difference in your skull index size would determine if you were of the “master race” or “subhuman”. If you came out on the wrong end of the measurement you were sent to your death in a gas chamber or other form of eradication to satisfy the “German question” and Hitler’s “Final Solution”. Even the common citizens of Germany met a terrible fate if they happened to be disabled. If they were, they were labeled as “worthless” and were either killed or made sterile- to preserve the master race. Babies were taken and thrown into rivers and told to “boil there, you offspring of the devil!”

 
Jonathan Maxwell presents another interesting look at the Holocaust- where he looks into the mindset of the murderous intellectuals and attempts to make some sense of it all by examining the behavioral histories of those involved. In this book you will learn that Hitler, as a young boy, was an introvert and a poor student and we are given insight into what may have influenced him to become one of the evilest men in history.

 
The author also gives us pause to consider that we are still living in times of great human suffering- at the hands of world leaders- and that history, in the case of the Nazi’s and the Holocaust, may well someday repeat itself.

 
I give Murderous Intellectuals 5 stars.

Please visit the author of this post: www.tomriddell.com

Tom Riddell is also a book reviewer over at WEBBWEAVER