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I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t reading at least one book. I devour them, make time for them, hunt for bargains, and love to talk with other readers like you.

When I was trying to sum up my favorite 2016 reads, I realized I read mostly in three categories: books I learn from, books I use to relax, and books that are about resisting patriarchy, racism, and the status quo. So, that’s how I’m organizing my blog posts here. (I hope you’ll check out my favorite 2017, 2018, and 2019 reads also.)

I’m also the author of the Amazon best-selling Kick Pain in the Kitchen, about how to find holistic pain relief.

Find me at Goodreads and on the Litsy app as BarbaraTheBibliophage!

Book Review: Inheritance by Dani Shapiro

Book Review: Inheritance by Dani Shapiro

Dani Shapiro tells the true story of her DNA test journey in Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love. On a lark, she does a DNA test and unexpectedly discovers that her dad isn’t her biological father. She then allows her readers to be a fly on the...

My Favorite Books of 2019

My Favorite Books of 2019

I am incredibly late at posting my 2019 favorites. January 2020 was such a great reading month for me that I got sidetracked! 2019 was a diverse year, without any specific focus. But I also read a lot of 5-star reads—13! That’s about 10% of my total reads and does...

Book Review: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Book Review: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed writes about her life-changing solo backpacking journey in Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. It’s not a new book. In fact, it’s been on my digital shelves since 2014. So, I figured, it’s about time I give it a try. Strayed’s story has...

Book Review: In Pieces by Sally Field

Book Review: In Pieces by Sally Field

I am so impressed by Sally Field. In Pieces is a poignant, charming, and absorbing tale. And she lived it all. Although she never glosses over the difficult parts of her life, she intersperses them with her triumphs. Through it all, we learn just how hard a Hollywood...

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I will definitely recommend Kick Pain in the Kitchen to my patients: Those who are looking to avoid pharmaceutical treatment and those who want to combine western medicine with alternative therapies.

Jane A. Swartz
ARNP, MSN, Rheumatology Nurse Practitioner

 

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