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How to Heal Yeast Infections Naturally: A Holistic Approach to Curing Candida Overgrowth
How to Heal Yeast Infections Naturally: A Holistic Approach to Curing Candida Overgrowth
by Murielle L. DuBois
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 28.24
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5.0 out of 5 stars An uncommon approach to a common problem, March 20 2013
I really appreciate the time and research put into this book as the only treatment for yeast infections I've known are messy over-the-counter creams or strong medication in pill form, both of which I have used repetitively. The thing that surprised me the most was all of the other yeast imbalance symptoms aside from the common 'down there' issue. I have had dental problems for many years and am beginning to suspect I have an ongoing yeast imbalance. Who knew? I'm excited to try some of these approaches, all of which make healthy, logical sense. The most helpful sections for me are the explanations of how yeast overgrow occur in the first place and various food triggers. This is, hands down, a must-read for anyone suffering from reoccurring year infections.

Range Of Motion
Range Of Motion
by Elizabeth Berg
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and moving, March 9 2004
This is one of the few books that have brought me to tears... tears rolling down my face, dripping across my nose and onto my pillow. Elizabeth Berg never handles a situation like you'd think it would (or probably should) be; she handles it in the way in which it would truly happen. What would I really think if my husband were in a coma? No really, what would I be THINKING? It's an incredibly complicated concept, even more heart-wrenching than other books about actual death that I've read. She has a wonderful, intimate way of bringing the same hurt, confusion and intensity of emotions her characters experience into the mind and heart of her readers. It's a very genuine thing that keeps me reading her stories with open ears.

Midnight Champagne
Midnight Champagne
by A. Manette Ansay
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 11.55
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, Jan. 29 2004
This review is from: Midnight Champagne (Paperback)
In Midnight Champagne, Ansay digs into the lives of about a dozen characters to tell the one big story of real love, real marriage and the tedious balance of the relationships they maneuver. Caleb and April are getting married in a chapel/hotel that's rumored to be haunted, which pales in importance next to the baggage that haunts their hastily-planned wedding... April's family can't figure out why she's broken things off with her ex-boyfriend whom they all loved, her father had to beg her out of just saying her vows in front of the justice-of-the-peace, and her grandmother is so distraught that the ceremony isn't taking place in a church that she arrives early to hang a crucifix in the chapel. At the same time another story is taking place in suite thirty-three where an argument between a husband and wife turns deadly. Ansay tenderly draws a line between these two stories in a way that can be startling, but not disturbing.
Ansay brings back the art of story-telling in such masterful way. With so much emphasis being placed on an author's verbal flair these days, it seems we've forgotten what a truly good story is. Midnight Champagne encompasses both these talents in a remarkable way. Ansay's explorations of what love is and what it means in a marriage is very courageous, but expressed so tenderly... that love does not eliminate loneliness, but often creates it. She places Chekhov's astounding quote at the very beginning of her book, "If you fear loneliness, then marriage is not for you." It's a bold statement that sets the pace for this very bold story.

Talk Before Sleep
Talk Before Sleep
by Elizabeth Berg
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Written in classic Berg style, Dec 12 2003
This review is from: Talk Before Sleep (Paperback)
In 'Talk Before Sleep' Elizabeth Berg displays the dynamics of the female friendship in such a moving and realistic way that this could be a true story, only it's not. Berg explains that she wrote the story to help sort out her experiences during her own friend's death, and this connection between herself and her characters keeps them real and alive. You will not often find a book in which the characters so confidently propel the story forward.
Ruth is dying of caner, it's plain and simple. Though she toys with the idea of 'curing' herself, it's pretty apparent that she will be leaving her friends before she should have to. But like so many of Berg's books, this story is really about Ann, Ruth's maternally-inclined friend, who temporarily sacrifices her husband and daughter to care for Ruth in her home. While Ann is waiting on Ruth hand and foot (emotionally, physically and medically) there is plenty of time for flashbacks that take the reader through the women's friendship; through divorces and children and all the messy stuff that life is made of. While Ruth's other friends also play intricate parts in the story, the focus really is on Ann and what she will choose to retain from her friendship with Ruth and this phase of her life.
Even though the subject is somewhat grim, I enjoyed reading this book. One thing that is always consistent in Berg's writing is that she doesn't skip over the less-attractive parts of the human nature, so when you're reading you find yourself easily relating to one or more of her characters. Reading is so often such a solitary thing, but when it becomes interactive it stays with you.

The Looking Book: A Hide-And-Seek Counting Story
The Looking Book: A Hide-And-Seek Counting Story
by Mary Ann Hoberman
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Take a Look, Aug. 31 2003
'The Looking Book' is the perfect title for this cute story about a boy looking for his cat. Young readers will have a great time helping Ned look for Pistachio through twenty-eight pages of colorful, collage-style illustrations.
"Of course you know it's not much fun
To lose a cat upon page ONE."
The rhyme and rhythem in this book make it perfect for reading out-loud while the kids search the page for Pistachio. They'll find him popping out of a cupboard door, disguised as a castle guard or camelphloged in a monkeys cage. Of course Ned never seems to see him and enlists the help of a courtly queen, a memory-challenged old man and a faithful horse (who eventually gives up on page twenty-six). This book is a fun adventure with great giggle potential.

Never Change
Never Change
by Elizabeth Berg
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.72
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm singing Elizabeth Berg's praises!, Aug. 31 2003
This review is from: Never Change (Paperback)
The reason I love Elizabeth Berg is because she has that unique talent for taking a plot that sounds cliché, and pulling the truth out of it, line by line, till my preconceived notions are completely shattered. In 'Never Change' we meet Myra Lipinski, who seems to have finally resigned herself to a life alone, finding comfort in its advantages and resignation in its shortcomings. She was the girl who sat in the hall selling prom tickets, who held secret admiration for Chip Reardon, popular football player and steady boyfriend to equally-popular Diann. Years slide by and Myra is settled into her career as a home-care nurse when Chip appears again... this time as a brain tumor patient who is spending his dying days with dignity instead of pursuing aggressive treatment. This could read like a soap opera, especially when Diann comes back to help care for Chip and they all end up living together in Myra's two-bedroom home. But Berg is more intelligent than that. She digs in deep and finds what it is about people that bring and keep them together. Every character is challenged, every topic gently peeled and exposed and consumed. It's beautiful and real and anything but ordinary.

Open House: A Novel
Open House: A Novel
by Elizabeth Berg
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.27
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5.0 out of 5 stars Raising my glass to Berg, June 19 2003
This review is from: Open House: A Novel (Paperback)
This book is one of those honest and painful accounts of realization... the kind that makes you look at your own life till you realize that you've either got it all figured out, or you've been missing the point all along. Samantha (Sam) Morrow is so hurt when her husband leaves her and her pre-teen son Travis that she sends herself into a whirling dervish to correct what must be 'wrong' with her. But (don't worry) this isn't a story about her 'finding herself', it's about her remembering herself, and Berg pinpoints that complex set of values and emotions with reassuring clarity. You don't have to stare off into space and fiddle with your bookmark to find the deeper meaning between these lines... it's all right there in front of you, softly spoken yet boldly accurate. If you like stories that delve right into the messy lives of real people, then you will truly appreciate this book. You may also enjoy 'Blue Shoe' by Anne Lamott.

Unshaken: Ruth
Unshaken: Ruth
by Francine Rivers
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 12.32
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5.0 out of 5 stars When faith brings grace..., April 14 2003
This review is from: Unshaken: Ruth (Hardcover)
When I first picked up this book, I began to read it with my safety net of doubt firmly in place. Most of the biblical fiction I've encountered over the years have been full of stiff dialog or narrowly researched story lines that lose the readers interest in it's quest to drive home a moral or spiritual point. This one is different.
Rivers tossed that bad habit of stiff dialog out the window when she wove together this partly fictional account of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz. As one of my favorite stories since I was a little girl, it was so warming to read more about Ruth, and I was delighted that Rivers kept her character true to her original, biblical presentation. She didn't try to remind us that Ruth was a girl like any of the rest of us, by pointing out her flaws or catching her in her weak moments. Instead she portrays her as a strong, faithful, trusting woman whose faith in God matures as she makes her new life with her mother-in-law after her husband dies. Rivers understanding and research of biblical culture and customs more fully explains the impact of Ruth leaving her family to move back to Naomi's home town, this enlightenment brings even more meaning to a story I assumed I already completely grasped.
Rivers also adds a great deal of humor in her character's dialog and actions. She gives the reader a great visua,l which is especially important when we already know the basic outline and outcome of the story.
I fully recommend this book to anyone who has read the story of Ruth and Boaz a hundred times and still finds themselves thinking about the details we might never know the full truth of.

Adventures Of Miles And Isabel
Adventures Of Miles And Isabel
by Tom Gilling
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars I believe., March 11 2003
In "The Adventures of Miles and Isabel", Tom Gilling brings back the classic story of fated romance, but without any of the frivolous swooning our twenty-first century culture prefers to do without. This love story is set in the pre-aviation era of the 1850's and 60's... only it's not so much about the love between a boy and a girl as it is between a boy and a girl and their obsession with flight.
Miles is an intelligent, restless boy who is bursting with the unwavering confidence of his own ideals. He is the only son of Eliza McGinty, famed Australian stage actress, who went into labor with him during her controversial rendition of Hamlet. Isabel is an independent young lady who is submissive to nothing but fate. She is very much like her progressive and headstrong mother, Lousia Dowling, who was in the audience the night Eliza fell into labor with Miles. In a manner only providence can predict, Louisa's own contractions begin as she witnesses Eliza's laboring... and so Miles and Isabel enter the world.
The first two-thirds of this book set-up the inevitable meeting of the two young characters. Isabel is taken for a brief, impromptu flight in a hot air balloon by Tobias Smith, the area's first aviation entrepreneur. Several years later, Miles encounters a broken-down Mr. Smith who passes to him his personal journal full of notes and sketches of various flying machines. This is the beginning of a series of what some skeptics might call 'coincidences', but what the rest of us will firmly believe is 'fate' by the time the story is finished.
Gilling displays a commendable amount of research in this book. His grasp of the historical facts keep the story strong and intact. The engaging dialog between his unique characters is one of the facets that keeps you glued to the page. I highly recommend this book to any creative person. It combines the perfect mix of history, human interest and fantasy that makes a book truly timeless.

More Than Enough: A Novel
More Than Enough: A Novel
by John Fulton
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 14.24
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5.0 out of 5 stars Family togetherness?, March 4 2003
John Fulton explores the breakdown of the dysfunctional family so thoroughly and so intimately in this book that while I was reading I often felt the embarrassment of one who is caught snooping. Steven Parker and his sister Jenny are caught in the downward spiral of their parents hopes and regrets about the lives they've chosen. Living in the, primarily Mormon, society of Salt Lake City is making it difficult for Billy Parker, the father, to pass on his strong disbelief in God to his children. Jenny makes friends with a girl on the cheerleading squad and begins memorizing the Ten Commandments, while Steven deals with the after-effects of being bullied by some rich neighborhood brats. Mary Parker carries the financial burden of her husbands lack of work ethics and swears every time Billy goes a little nuts that she's taking the kids and leaving.
What captivated me about this story is the way that Fulton dissects this falling-out so carefully... taking the length of a book to narrate the couple of months it takes for this family's inevitable disintegration. This kind of information gives birth to gossip in the real world, but here we get the whole, messy, painfully honest story. While the ending did leave me feeling slightly depressed, it is also very realistic and, therefore, leaves that small crack of hope open. This is a wonderful story written by an author who truly knows his characters.

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