Hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

This is for two weeks since I couldn’t post while on vacation. I didn’t read much while I was gone but I did see one interesting book-related thing in Portugal. This is a book vending machine in a train station in Lisbon.


Healing the Gerson Way by Charlotte Gerson – I was introduced to this method of cancer therapy in a documentary. It is based on a method designed by Dr. Max Gerson to treat migranes. The main ideas are intensive detox and hypernutrition through juicing.

The book is interesting but has some issues. First, there is a little too much Daddy worship for my tastes. (The author is the daughter for Max Gerson.)  Second, and this may be the scientist in me coming out, their conclusions aren’t always logical. They may state that A+B=C but I could think of several other things that could cause the same result. Maybe they are right in what they are saying but they don’t give enough info in the book to know that for sure.

If I had cancer this is a therapy that I would try. It also made me more interested in fixing up my diet now. 

Traveling With Pomegranates: A Mother and Daughter Journey to the Sacred Places of Greece, Turkey, and France by Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor – This book was published in 2009 about events that took place in 1998-2000. This was right after Sue Monk Kidd published her spiritual memoir, DANCE OF THE DISSIDENT DAUGHTER, and had hit a creative dry spell. Ann Kidd Taylor had just graduated from college and was rejected from graduate school. She fell into a depression. They had planned a trip to Greece to celebrate Sue’s 50th birthday and Ann’s college graduation but neither knew that they were both going to be hurting when they went. This memoir covers the next two years as Ann decides what to do with her life and Sue decides to follow her dream of being a novelist. She has a scene in her mind of a young girl in a house full of bees but doesn’t know what to do with it. As Sue and Ann lead tours to spiritual sites in Greece and France the framework of THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES comes together.

Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas – During World War II a Japanese interment camp is set up outside a small town in Colorado. This book is told from the viewpoint of a teenage girl on a farm bordering the camp. Tensions are high in town when the Japanese arrive and get worse when a young girl is raped and murdered and her killer is not found.

Minder by Kate Kaynack – I think of this book as X-Men meets Twilight. A telephatic girl is attacked on the street and kills her assailants with her mind. She is released from police custody by people from a school for teenagers with extraordinary abilities. There are kids who control fire, those who control minds, ones who can find people a long way away, and a boy who can move things with his mind. She falls madly in love with the telekinetic boy. That’s the annoying Twilight part. This is the beginning of a series.

Queen of Shadows by Dianne Sylvan – I’ve read this author’s nonfiction books and followed her blog for a long time. I didn’t read this book for a while because I didn’t want it to suck. It didn’t. The premise is that a musician is developing as an empath and it is driving her insane. She is also attacked one night and is rescued by vampires. She is taken to their leader’s compound to heal. During her time there she learns about a war that is starting. After she recovers she needs to decide if she wants to go back to her old life now that she can manage her talents or does she want to stay with the vampires.

Alice’s Tulips by Sandra Dallas – This was a reread. A woman in Iowa’s husband goes off to fight in the Civil War, leaving her on the farm with her mother-in-law. The story is told through letters that she writes to her sister. She learns to deal with her mother-in-law and the hardships of the war and farming life.