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A Few Reads for Summer

May 28, 2013

Many of you know that aside from my family, my other true love in this world is books. I frequently get pitches from authors and publicists to review new books for my blog. I love doing this for several reasons. First, who doesn’t love getting books in the mail? Second, I love the chance to read a compelling story. And finally, if I can help a new author publicize his/her book with my blog platform, I consider that a win for the author and me. That being said, I have several books that I want to tell you about — and just in time for summer reading (and cooking)!

gypsy moonOnce Upon a Gypsy Moon
Michael Hurley

When he felt at his lowest point in life and in need of a new perspective, Hurley embarked on what became a 2-year journey on his boat, the Gypsy Moon. This book is a truly inspiring memoir that tells a story not only about a journey at sea, but about how Hurley rebuilds his life and finds new balance after loss and personal failures.

laws of gravityThe Laws of Gravity
Liz Rosenberg

A page-turning novel about family bonds and medical ethics. In the story, Nicole’s only hope for surviving leukemia is the cord blood her cousin, Ari, is banking. The cousins turn to a Supreme Court judge on the brink of retirement to help them settle this family dispute. This tale really rips at the heartstrings.

secrets they keptThe Secrets They Kept: The True Story of a Mercy Killing That Shocked a Town and Shamed a Family
Suzanne Handler

Suzanne Handler shares her family’s long-hidden tragic secret about her grandfather’s mercy killing of his mentally ill daughter (Suzanne’s aunt) in 1937. The book brings up so many questions about mental illness, ethics, religion, and  family secrets. I found this true story a fascinating read.

modern menuThe Modern Menu: Simple. Beautiful. Kosher
Kim Kushner

This book is not a novel or a memoir, but a gorgeous an innovative cookbook by Kim Kushner. I love how she organized her cookbook by categories like “saucy,” “crisp”  and “vibrant,” rather than the traditional categories. She also shows you can make really interesting and innovative  Kosher food using modern ingredients that we’re seeing in popular restaurants. Standout recipes include Spinach, Haricots Vert, and Avocado Salad with Crunch Honey Dressing and Cinnamon-Hazelnut Pavlova with Raspberries. Are you drooling yet?!

I have several more books I’m reviewing, so stay tuned for more recommendations! 

Disclosure: I received complimentary copies of the books mentioned above in exchange for reviewing the publications on this blog. All opinions are my own and I only endorse books that I am proud to recommend to others.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 31, 2013 4:52 pm

    Dear Leah,

    Thank you so much for your review of The Secrets They Kept. I am very curious as to how you heard about my book. Over 5,900 copies have been sold since the first of this year and I am simply amazed by the response I have had considering the fact I there has so little publicity. I have an interview with the Intermountain Jewish News next week (I live in the Denver area) and I am currently advertising in the Hadassah Magazine. In the Amazon virtual book store, my book is currently ranked # 1 in Mental Health/Psychology and #8 in Jewish Interest. Although I have published many essays over the years, this is my first book. It has been an incredible journey of discovery in so many ways.

    My reason for writing this book was to give voice to a young girl who, through no fault of her own, never really had the chance to live. Your review will help me achieve that goal.

    Thank you again.

    Suzanne Handler

  2. suzannehandler permalink
    August 20, 2013 9:14 am

    Hi Leah,

    How are you? Have you had a good summer?

    This came to me today and I just wanted you to see it because it contains Japanese writing. Weird. I took your advice and contacted several Jewish papers. The only one who responded was the San Diego Jewish Journal. They are considering doing an interview. Time will tell.

    Take care and Happy New Year.



    Suzanne Handler 303-770-2209

  3. August 20, 2013 5:25 pm

    時計 メンズ ランキング

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