Have you had a chance to check out the two great book reviews we have in our East edition? If not, here’s your chance!
Were you ever bullied as a child or young adult? Do you know a child who is being bullied? Buy this book – read this book – then pass it on to someone who is being bullied. Constantly Running is a true story about a ninth grade girl, Constance, who was being bullied by Medusa and her girl friends in high school.
Constance was too afraid to tell her mother or her sister about the bullying. Her solution was to “run” home from school as fast as she could. That only delayed the bullying. Medusa and her friends would steal her supplies during class. Medusa even took her completed homework and turned it in as her own. The teacher seemed to be oblivious about what was happening and Constance was afraid to tell the teacher for fear that punishment of Medusa would lead to even more bullying.
Constance cried a lot. Her life was miserable, yet she held it inside and told no one. She didn’t want to fight back because her mother always said, “Violence is not the path to corrections.” So she took it day after day, feeling helpless. Then Ross moved into her neighborhood and they became friends. Ross had been a bully until he realized how his actions were negatively affecting others. Ross was a bully because he was unhappy with his own life. When he found out what was happening to Constance, he asked her, “Aren’t you tired of running?”
Ross confronted Medusa and her friends and they backed down. He suggested a school project where everyone determines what they liked and disliked about themselves and tells the class. When Medusa spoke, she revealed that both of her parents were sick and she was responsible for their care. She was angry and jealous and this was why she was a bully. Every bully has a story. Perhaps this book will help not only the person being bullied, but also the bully.
This “Culinary Guide for the Modern Day Seductress” is so much fun to read! It is a helpful cookbook using foods and spices that claim to have aphrodisiac effects. As someone who has been married 21 years, I’ll gladly try something to “spice up” my relationship with my husband! Although there is no medical evidence to prove that certain foods increase sexual desire or performance, we all love to eat so why not experiment and cook a great meal at the same time.
The Naughtea Housewife is a culinary lifestyle for the contemporary woman who can learn to put a seductive spin on their boring old recipes. Naughtea is an attitude—mischievous with a passion for life. If you love your man (or men), this book will help you find “the way to a man’s heart through his stomach.” Aphrodisiac is derived from Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, lust and beauty. Whether they’re mythological or magical, several foods purport to have aphrodisiac effects: Fruits: Apples, Avocados, Bananas, Cherries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Dates, Figs, Mangos, Papayas, Peach, Pineapples, and Tomatoes. Vegetables: Arugula, Artichokes, Asparagus, Carrots, Celery, Chili Peppers, Cucumbers, Spinach, Squash and Sweet Potatoes. Seafood: Lobster, Clams, Mussels, Oysters, Salmon, Scallops, and Shrimp. Then there is a list of Alcohol, Aromatics, Herbs, Nuts, Spices, and Miscellaneous. “These vibrant and diverse ingredients have been adding flavor and temptation since the beginning of time.”
There are wonderful recipes from drinks to desserts with easy to follow instructions. These “Recipes for Love” aren’t just about the food, it’s also about how you serve them, the smell coming from the kitchen, the taste, and your conversations as you enjoy them. Melissa’s final thought, “Where there is love, there is life. Being loves gives you strength, and loving unconditionally gives you courage. Plan a date with the person you love, prepare an amazing dinner, and see where the night takes you…”