Monday, November 17, 2014

Flop: Lovers at the Chameleon Club by Francine Prose

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 by Francine Prose
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I wanted to like this book - I loved the idea of exploring Paris in the 30's and alternative lifestyles. But sadly, I found this story to be disjointed, confusing, and written in too many voices. It jumped around too much, and the only story I was actually interested in was not in the text often enough to keep my attention. It just wasn't my style.

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Recommended Read - Where did all the fat go? by Rob Huizenga

Where Did All the Fat Go?: The WOW! Prescription to Reach Your Ideal Weight- And Stay ThereWhere Did All the Fat Go?: The WOW! Prescription to Reach Your Ideal Weight- And Stay There by Rob Huizenga
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had the privilege of working with two of the contestants from The Biggest Loser Season 3, and at their health club they utilize this book for some of their clients to help them with their weight loss journeys. I finally got a chance to read it - and it was overall a great book! I finally understood more of what they teach and why they teach it, and loved reading about the research Dr. H did while Biggest Loser was still in its early stages. It did get a little jargon-y here and there, but it was still overall clear.

That being said, I'd be interested to see if this data still holds true now that there have been many more seasons. I haven't seen any followups published that can confirm what Dr. H was finding.

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Recommended Read - 50 Children by Steven Pressman

50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple's Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple's Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany by Steven Pressman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

See the war through a completely different lens by reading this great book! This book is a journey into the rescue of 50 children from Nazi rule shortly before it became more common to send all Jews to concentration camps.
I've read many accounts of the war and the Holocaust, but never from this perspective and had never known that there was a time at the beginning where Nazis were allowing Jews to leave the country - though with enough restrictions and difficulties that it was still nearly impossible to do so.
I loved reading about how the children fared in America at the end as well!
Great book!

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Flop - A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall by Will Chancellor