Friday, August 26, 2016

In-Between Days by Teva Harrison

This book's full title is In-Between Days: A Memoir about living with cancer. This was the first book I read after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Of course Teva Harrison is a lot younger than I am when diagnosed and I do not have metastatic cancer, at least not yet. However, just getting a cancer diagnosis is scary as hell.

Teva Harrison has her own web site here. There is not much there but she does have a blog. There is more of her work on The Walrus.

There are some good reviews on Good Reads. This is a graphic novel. I found it interesting, a lot of people found it beautiful. There is also an interesting review of this book by Sarah Liss on Macleans. There is review with some of Teva Harrison's drawings by Andrea Gordon at The Toronto Star.

There is a short video about Teva Harrison on Going Public with Her Diagnosis on YouTube. Teva Harrison gives a talk at Walrus Talks Health. She is interviewed by Steve Paikin.

An index of the books I have reviewed are on my website at Books. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk . The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner

This book's full title is The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World. I thoroughly enjoyed this book as I did the other one by Eric Weiner of the Geography of Genius. Again this book is more of a travelogue than anything else. I find Eric Weiner a very entertaining writer.

I find the Nordic countries interesting and in this book I learned more about life in Iceland. Interestingly he talks about both Icelanders and Moldovans both drink "like fish", but Icelanders are happy and the Moldovans are not.

It is also interesting that an East Asian Happiness Gap and this demonstrates that countries emphasizing societal obligations over individual contentment report lower levels of happiness. There is also a Latin bonus because Latin American nations are happier than expected. It is thought that this is partly because of the Latino focus on family.

There are a few good reviews on Amazon if you scroll down the page. Not everyone is happy with his approach. There are also some good reviews at Good Reads. Again not everyone appreciates Eric Weiner's writing. Perhaps they had too high of expectations. David Newnham gives it a good review on The Guardian.

Eric Weiner is a keynote speaker at Happiness 2012 conference in Seattle. He talks about his book The Geography of Bliss's subject. It is around 45 minutes. In this next video the chapter on Moldovans is read. There is a short interview of Eric Weiner.

An index of the books I have reviewed are on my website at Books. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk . The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Language Animal by Charles Taylor

This book's full title is The Language Animal: The full shape of the human linguistic capacity. I found this book interesting in places, but a little tough to plough through in some areas. I do not think that I learned very much by reading this book, but maybe I did not always understand what he was trying to say.

Jonathan Ree wrote an interesting review of this book at The Guardian. Jane O'Grady also does an excellent review the Times Higher Education site. Charisma Lee gives a good review at London School of Economics and Political Science.

There is a lecture on Democracy, Diversity and Religon by Professor Charles Taylor at the London School of Economics and Political Science site.

An index of the books I have reviewed are on my website at Books. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk . The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Ottoman Endgame by Sean McMeekin

This book's full title is The Ottoman Endgame: War, Revolution, and the Making of the Modern Middle East, 1908 to 1923. This was a great history book. It is well-written and easy to follow. I have read a lot of history, but there are gaping holes in my knowledge of history in certain parts of the world. He also covers the Balkan and Russia besides the Ottoman Empire. It did seem to end rather abruptly.

The Guardian often has very good reviews of history books and this by Christopher de Bellaigue is certain one. There is another interesting review on the Economist. There is also an interesting review by Dr. Kate Fleet on the site Reviews in History. She complains the lack of Turkish sources in McMeekin's book. There are also some great reviews at Good Reads.

In this video, Sean McMeekin talks about WWI called "An Avoidable Catastrophe". In another video, M. Hakan Yavuz, Mehmet Arisan, and Ramazan Hakki Oztan talk about Ottoman Empire and the First World War. There is no video with McMeekin talking about this book.

An index of the books I have reviewed are on my website at Books. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk . The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

The Fortunes of Africa by Martin Meredith

This book's full title is The Fortunes of Africa, A 5000 Year History of Wealth, Greed and Endeavour. This book is basically how Africa has plundered over the past 5000 years. Africa is a vast continent and to do an overview of it you probably need a theme. The plundering has been down local rules and foreign adventurers.

I have always been interested in Egypt and Egyptian history. He talks about the Arabs invading Egypt in 639 AD and they replaced the Roman Overlords. He says within a century Egypt changes because over a million Arab immigrants go to Egypt and many Egyptians adopt Islam and business is done in Arabic. By 750AD only a third of the population is Coptic Christians and Coptic has become a liturgical language.

Howard French gives a good review of this book on the Wall Street Journal. There is also an excellent review at The Economist. As with all Economist article, there is no name of reviewer given. I often go to look at the reviews at Good Reads. The reviews are often varied and well written.

Martin Meredith is interviews on SABC Digital News . Bruce Whitfield interviews Martin Meredith on CNBC Africa. This is an interview of Martin Meredith at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) Kgosi Monametsi.

An index of the books I have reviewed are on my website at Books. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk . The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Thinner This year by Crowley and Sacheck

This book's full title is Thinner This Year: A Diet and Exercise Program for Living Strong, Fit and Sexy by Chris Crowley and Jen Sacheck, PH. D. Chris Crowley has a web pages on the Workman.com website. This is the second book I have read by him. The other one was Younger Next Year. I know he put another Younger Next Year book out for women, but I have not gotten it as I read the original one.

Jen Sacheck also has a website. It is a site worth exploring. She has a blog at this site. Also she has a section devoted to where she has given talks. http://thepoweroflifestyle.com/thinner-this-year/

I am still trying to get rid of the extra weight I put on at menopause but with very little results. He says if you eat crap, you are going feel like crap. You will be sluggish, dispirited and slow. If you are stupid enough about your diet for long enough, you will get sick and die. Good point. However, my problem is that I already have a very healthy diet and I walk and exercise.

There are some interesting review at Good Reads. There are lots who did not like this book. I must say that I did. Maybe Chris Crowley is a bit gung ho, yes, but you probably need this attitude to push eating properly and doing exercise. There were reviewers that quite liked this book also. On Dr. Ed Dodge'sblog he talks about this book. He did not like the title, but thought that the book was full of good information.

There is a very short video by Bill Fabrocini about exercising properly (and buying his DVD). Chris Crowley gives a talk at Private Advisor Group. Michele Ammon interviews Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge. In this video, Jim Zirin interviews Chris Crowley. Jeff Glor and Rebecca Jarvis interviews Chris Crowley and Jen Sacheck on CBS This Morning.

An index of the books I have reviewed are on my website at Books. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk . The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter.

Monday, May 16, 2016

The Art of Risk by Kayt Sukel

This book's full title is The Art of Risk: The New Science of Courage, Caution and Chance. Kayt Sukel has her own web site for this book here. There is a blog on her site.

I am interested in risk because I make my living investing in the stock market. I did not really learn anything new from this book, so that was a bit of a disappointment. I have always understood myself very well. I also get prepared by investigating stocks I invest in. Why I continued reading this book was because it was an easy read with some interesting stories

People at Good Reads mostly liked it. But they did not seem to get much more out of the book than I did. There is a review at Kirkus. Reviewer ends up saying about the book and risk that it was "Not an in-depth trip but an enjoyable tour".

Kayt Sukel talks at TedMed about risk. This is a bit off topic, but in this video Kayt Sukel talks about another of her books about Sex at Chicago Ideas Week. This is Your Brain on Sex is the name of the book. This is a video of Kayt Sukel being interviewed on radio. There is also a nice review by Meredith Knight on Scientific American.

An index of the books I have reviewed are on my website at Books. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk . The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter.