Apr 11, 2012

Ayurveda unlocks the secrets of the centuries old Indian Ayrvedic therapy and its offshoots - Uanni, Siddha and Tibetan traditional medicine, the principal health systems of the Indian subcontinent.  It briefly describes many exotic Indian therapies and exotic Panchakarma treatments, but also procedures more known to Westerners such as massage, yoga, meditation and chakra alignment the way they have been practiced in India.  It provides a basic explanation of diagnostics tools and treatments as applied to specific ailments.

This small book is full of great images of Ayurvedic procedures and

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

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Rated by Diane H.
Jan 10, 2012

A plane full of teen beauty contestants crash lands on a tropical island. I was expecting either drama or fluff. What I found was satire aimed at the “ideal” female, reality tv and their sponsors, and beauty contests, with a nod toward foreign relations. While a bit over the top and exaggerated, on the whole I found Beauty Queens to be amusing and entertaining.  Interspersed with the story are commercial breaks and facts pages about the contestants, the ones who survived the plane crash. As the island melodrama unfolds, we learn more about the Miss Teen Dream girls, getting a look behind the

May 13, 2010

Looking for something uplifting to add to my daily meditation readings, I happily came upon Victoria Moran's Younger by the Day. Her book is so inspiring, that I save it to relish as my last reading each day so that I head out for the world renewed and positive. Moran writes in her typical elegant, yet practical and profound manner. This is a real find. I even purchased extra copies to give as gifts for friends and family!

Invisible Monsters

By Chuck Palahniuk
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Rated by Helen H.
Feb 9, 2009

My reaction to Invisible Monsters is much the same as my great Aunt Kack’s to Northern Exposure back in the 80’s. She couldn’t believe what “they” were putting on TV, and I can’t believe what “they” are putting in print. And yet, just as my great Aunt Kack could be found in front of the boob tube every Monday night, for the past week or so, I could be found sprawled on my sofa reading Invisible Monsters.

When Shannon McFarland’s jawbone is shot off in a drive-by shooting, she winds up in a hospital for an extended stay. On her first venture outside a little boy calls her a monster. Enter