Jul 15, 2016

Book Review: Mind-Gut Connection by Emeran Mayer, M.D.

Note: I'm just a book reviewer and in no way am I am medical professional. The thoughts in this review are just my thoughts on the book. Please consult your doctor for professional information regarding this book. Thanks!



Book summary:  "Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with the latest discoveries on the human microbiome, a practical guide in the tradition of The Second Brain, and The Good Gut that conclusively demonstrates the inextricable, biological link between mind and the digestive system." (back cover)

My thoughts:  Mind-Gut Connection by Emeran Mayer M.D. is an interesting book! The entire premise of the book is how your gut, mind and body are all connected to each other more than most people understand. 

Topics covered in the book include: 

  • Our Body, the intelligent super computer
  • Intuition and gut feelings: how the mind-gut-microbiome communication informs our everyday decisions
  • How to Optimize Brain-Gut Health

Mind-Gut Connection is written in clear and concise language, not geared towards the medical science professionals. Terms are explained in laymen's terms and concepts are easy to follow, even if the concepts are totally new to the readers. And this book is quite possibly filled with whole new approaches to healthy living that readers might not have heard before now! With an emphasis on how your thoughts can control your gut (and your body), this book presents an approach to health that puts the patient in the driver's seat, not just the doctor or the medicines.

With its emphasis on controlling your thoughts and even analyzing dreams, the conclusions of Dr. Mayer might not be for everyone. However, those who are interested in a whole body approach to many ailments, especially in the gut, will find insightful and intriguing ideas in Mind-Gut Connection by Emeran Mayer M.D. 



Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars


Book Facts:
  • Pages:   320
  • Year originally published:   2016
  • Author: You can find out more about the author at the author's Website.
  • Book Tour: My review is part of a larger collection of reviews. For more information, please visit TLC Book Tours
Purchase on Amazon:  Mind-Gut Connection by Emeran Mayer M.D.


 
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Jul 11, 2016

Book Spotlight: Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt by Catherine F. Olen





Book Spotlight Description:  "See the enchantment of the Disneyland resort in a whole new way with "The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt." From Main Street U.S.A. to New Orleans Square, Walt Disney lovingly designed every detail to immerse guests in the magic of his theme parks.


"See Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure through new eyes when you discover fantasy, thrills, and dreams around every turn. Whether you’re perusing the shops, waiting in line, or riding attractions, there’s plenty to uncover for even the most knowledgeable Disney fan.


"If this is your first visit or your five hundredth, you will discover something new with "The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt."

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Book Facts:
  • Pages:   180
  • Year originally published:  2016
  • Author Bio: Catherine Olen has enjoyed a love affair with the magic of the Disney theme parks for as long as she can remember, counting herself among Disneyland passholders for the last twenty-five years. Previously, Olen owned and operated Hollywood Grave Hunter and is the proud author of The Final Curtain: Celebrity Deaths and The Upside of Undertaking, chronicling her previous career experiences. She has been a correspondent to Entertainment Tonight (US and France), The Biography Channel, Reelz Network, and the Mark & Brian radio show.
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Jul 7, 2016

Book Review: In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch



Book summary:   "Twenty years ago, six Penn students shared a house, naively certain that their friendships would endure—until the death of their ringleader and dear friend Bea splintered the group for good. Now, mostly estranged from one another, the remaining five reluctantly gather at that same house on the eve of what would have been Bea’s fortieth birthday." (Back cover)

My thoughts:  In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch centers around a gang of 6 college grads who lost one of the pack, a woman named Bea, years ago. Now on what would have been Bea's 40th birthday, the remaining gang of 5 gather under instructions from Bea's lawyer at the house where they all once lived when they were in college. 

Twenty year olds are typically idealistic and determined to take on the world. As the no 40 year old friends are forced to gather together once again, each of them looks back at where they thought they would be and where their lives actually have ended up. The author Scotch has crafted an interesting way of telling the story of the 5 remaining college chums: each chapter of the book is told by a different character. The voices alternate, as the "who knows what secret" tension builds between the reunited friends. This novel is quite heavily character driven, with not a whole lot of actual action and no car chases. What In Twenty Years does have is a lot of drama as the characters reminisce about their college days, make confessions about their lives today and look to their future. 

In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch will have readers looking back at their own lives, contemplating the "what ifs"  and the "should've/would've/could've" possibilities. Life is a series of choices and forks in the road. Readers who want to take a journey with five college friends, back to the way things might have been, will enjoy In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch.



Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


Book Facts:
  • Pages:    332
  • Year originally published:    2016
  • Book Tour:  My review is part of a larger collection of reviews of this title. For more information, please visit TLC Book Tours.

Purchase on Amazon:  In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch


 
FTC Disclosure: Lavish Bookshelf received this product complimentary in exchange for an honest review. The opinions in this review are solely the opinion of the author. Lavish Bookshelf was not required to provide a positive review and did not receive any further compensation. Links in this post may be an affiliate link to another website. When you purchase item through an affiliate link, Lavish Bookshelf may receive monetary compensation for the referral of the sale.

Jul 5, 2016

Book Review: Ringmaster's Wife by Kristy Cambron


Great quote:  "She nodded, tears in her eyes, agreeing to become a circus queen." (Page 133)

Book summary:   "A novel that is at once captivating, deeply poignant, and swirling with exquisite historical details of a bygone world, The Ringmaster's Wife will escort readers into the center ring, with its bright lights, exotic animals, and a dazzling performance that can only be described as the greatest show on earth!" (LitFuse)

My thoughts:  Ringmaster's Wife by Kristy Cambron begins with a fascinating trip back to the late 1800s and early 1900s, during the early days of the real-life romance between Mable Burton and John Ringling of Ringling Brother's circus fame. Mable married Ringling and together they entertained America with their collection of exotic animals and eclectic performers. (Learn more about the Ringlings and their life at www.ringling.org)

At the height of the Jazz Age and the Roaring '20s, Lady Rosamund Easling (not a real-life character) leaves England behind and heads to America before her impending marriage. Rosamund finds excitement and intrigue in America, most notably in the entertaining world of Mable Ringling. Rosamund's life plans quickly unravel as she makes the life-altering decision to leave England behind for good as she joins the circus as a trick rider.

Cambron has deftly woven the legacy of Ringling Brothers circus with an eclectic cast of larger than life circus performers, freak show cast members and exotic animals. Ringmaster's Wife by Kristy Cambron is a heartwarming and exciting look back at a decadent time in history. The circus is definitely not as popular as it once was in America, but Cambron has carefully researched and creatively imagined what life was like behind the scenes of the "Greatest Show on Earth."  

Rating: 4 of 5 stars


Book Facts:
  • Pages:   368
  • Year originally published:  2016
  • Book Tour:   My review is part of a larger collection of reviews of this book. For more information, please visit LitFuse Publicity
Purchase on Amazon:   Ringmaster's Wife by Kristy Cambron 


 
FTC Disclosure: Lavish Bookshelf received this product complimentary in exchange for an honest review. The opinions in this review are solely the opinion of the author. Lavish Bookshelf was not required to provide a positive review and did not receive any further compensation. Links in this post may be an affiliate link to another website. When you purchase item through an affiliate link, Lavish Bookshelf may receive monetary compensation for the referral of the sale.
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