Kakebo: The Japanese Art of Mindful Spending by Cinzia Chiari – Review

kakebo the japanese art of mindful spending - www.lovelyloveday.com harper booksKakebo: The Japanese Art of Mindful Spending by Cinzia Chiari 

ISBN-10: 8403517408
ISBN-13: 978-8403517400

Harper Design Books

Control your spending, save money, regain peace of mind, and make your life happier and healthier with Kakebo—the traditional Japanese method of money management that is still widely used today.

Having enough money to live is one of the most important factors affecting our health. Trying to balance expenses—utility bills, housing, healthcare, food, and for many, the costs of raising children (not to mention paying for college!)—leaves us worried and stressed. But there is a solution: Kakebo, a practical, proven method that helps you keep track of every penny, manage spending, and save up to thirty percent more! Continue reading

The Hidden Worlds by Sandra Ingerman, Katherine Wood – Review

The Hidden WorldsThe Hidden Worlds
by Sandra Ingerman, Katherine Wood

Publisher: Moon Books (July 27, 2018)
Grade Level: Preschool – 12
ISBN-10: 1785358200
ISBN-13: 978-1785358203

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Were those people in Isaiah’s dream the same people from school? Popular soccer star Magda? George, who he’d never heard speak because he always left classes for special services help? Angry Rose, the Chinese girl who was always in trouble for fighting? And why were there dead birds and fish everywhere? When the four encounter one another the next day by the same pond from the dream, they realize they’ve shared a dream and there really are dead birds and fish covering the ground! This leads to real-life adventures and more dreams as they discover a toxic waste plant disposing of poisons illegally. Not friends, in the beginning, romance blossoms as they work together with their Power Animals to close down the plant. Continue reading

Devices and Desires by Kate Hubbard – Review

Devices and DesiresDevices and Desires by Kate Hubbard

Expected publication: February 26th, 2019 by Harper

ISBN-10: 006230299X
ISBN-13: 978-0062302991
Genre: History – Nonfiction

The critically acclaimed author of Serving Victoria brilliantly illuminates the life of the little-known Bess of Hardwick—next to Queen Elizabeth I, the richest and most powerful woman in sixteenth-century England.

Aided by a quartet of judicious marriages and a shrewd head for business, Bess of Hardwick rose from humble beginnings to become one of the most respected and feared Countesses in Elizabethan England—an entrepreneur who built a family fortune, created glorious houses—the last and greatest built as a widow in the 70s—and was deeply involved in matters of the court, including the custody of Mary Queen of Scots. Continue reading

Savage Feast: Three Generations, Two Continents, and a Dinner Table (A Memoir with Recipes) by Boris Fishman – Review

Savage Feast: Three Generations, Two Continents, and a Dinner Table (A Memoir with Recipes)Savage Feast: Three Generations, Two Continents, and a Dinner Table (A Memoir with Recipes) by Boris Fishman 

Expected publication: February 26th, 2019 by Harper
ISBN-10: 006286789X
ISBN-13: 978-0062867896
Genre: Autobiography – Memoir

The acclaimed author of A Replacement Life shifts between heartbreak and humor in this gorgeously told a recipe-filled memoir. A family story, an immigrant story, a love story, and an epic meal, Savage Feast explores the challenges of navigating two cultures from an unusual angle. Continue reading

A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum – Review

A Woman Is No ManA Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum 

Expected publication: March 5th, 2019 by Harper
Historical Fiction
ISBN-10: 0062699768
ISBN-13: 978-0062699763

In Brooklyn, eighteen-year-old Deya is starting to meet with suitors. Though she doesn’t want to get married, her grandparents give her no choice. History is repeating itself: Deya’s mother, Isra, also had no choice when she left Palestine as a teenager to marry Adam. Though Deya was raised to believe her parents died in a car accident, a secret note from a mysterious, yet familiar-looking woman makes Deya question everything she was told about her past. As the narrative alternates between the lives of Deya and Isra, she begins to understand the dark, complex secrets behind her fragile community. Continue reading

The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction by Meghan Cox Gurdon – Review

The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of DistractionThe Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction by Meghan Cox Gurdon – Publication: January 15th, 2019 by Harper – Nonfiction

A Wall Street Journal writer’s conversation-changing look at how reading aloud makes adults and children smarter, happier, healthier, more successful and more closely attached, even as technology pulls in the other direction. Continue reading