Stop Dieting Forever: A healthy, natural way to lose weight

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Stop Dieting Forever! is not just another diet book. In fact, through my experience and research, I have concluded that diets don’t work. Let’s face it, if diets worked, you wouldn’t be considering yet another book about how to lose weight.

A diet is a temporary lifestyle change to lose X number of pounds so you can go back to your normal way of life.

FinalCover300pxThe problem? You didn’t learn anything about food, your body or how and why you lose and gain weight. The diets you’ve tried are so strict that you can’t continue to live like that. When you quit, you go back to the way you normally eat and you regain your weight plus more. In “Stop Dieting Forever!” … Read more

Book Review: Trick of the Eye

by Jane Stanton Hitchcock

Book Review by Susan L Stewart

From Wikipedia: “Trompe-l’œil (French for “deceive the eye”) is an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions.”

Trompe-l’oeil artist Faith Cromwell receives an invitation to visit a wealthy elderly woman living on an estate in Long Island. On the estate is a building with a huge ballroom. The woman hires Faith to paint all four walls in a trompe-l’oeil style. Faith is hesitant to take the job. Something just doesn’t feel right.

After much thought, and a need for money, she accepts the job and decides to paint a mural of the last party ever held in the ballroom many years ago. The job takes considerable time to finish and during this time she develops a relationship of sorts with the … Read more

Book Review: The Historian

by Elizabeth Kostova

Although fiction, this book has an authenticity that makes it read as truth. When we pick up a book or watch a movie, it is that “suspended disbelief” that allows us to fully engage in the adventure and the characters. Before I begin my review I want to let you know that I don’t read vampire books, zombie books or anything resembling science fiction or fantasy. I mention this to let you know that this book is none of those things.

This is the story of a young girl who discovers old letters in her father’s library along with a strange, blank, book with a single image across the two center pages. The image is a woodcut of a dragon with spread wings and outstretched, savage, claws holding a banner with a single word: DRAKULA.

She takes the letters to … Read more

Top 10 Favorite Books

I love “favorite” lists, don’t you? It’s always fun to see other people’s loves and hates. When I’m at a loss for what to read I’ll go online to search for “favorite books” lists. I’m going to give you my favorite Top Ten books. I’ll write reviews for them in the weeks to come.

Top Ten Favorite Books

In no particular order

  • The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  • Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
  •  The Geographer’s Library by Jon Fasman
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Trick of the Eye by Jane Stanton Hitchcock
  • What’s Bred in the Bone by Robertson Davies
  • The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
  • Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
  • Leonardo’s Swans: A Novel by Karen Essex
  • The Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland
  • The Swan Thieves: A Novel by Elizabeth Kostova
  • Okay, I can’t count.

    Until next time,

    Susan L Stewart

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