Friday, December 4, 2015

*Mail Call* November 23 - 27

Another week is over and you know what that means. It's time for MAIL CALL! It was a slow week for books, but November is always a slow reading month for me anyway, so that doesn't really matter. But enough lollygagging, on with the show.

For You by Wanda Jackson

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Every time I think about the life of God up there in heaven and how He chose to come down to earth and live among us, I think of it as the true epitome of love. Why else would God leave a perfect existence to dwell among us a sinful people by choice?

It is my hope and desire that the pages of this book will let you know without a doubt that God will always be there for you. Yes, that's right, which means that rejection nor grief nor sickness nor financial problems nor fear nor anger nor worrying nor self-doubt nor mistakes nor your past will keep God away from you. For He has said, "I will never leave or forsake you," and that you can depend on right into eternity with God.

Mind Views by Bart Hopkins Jr.

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Since childhood I have been fascinated with the thinking process. How we know what we know. What the brain and the mind are. What the relationship between language and thought is. The basic building blocks of thought and how we put them together. These pages are the most satisfactory explanations of these phenomena of which I have knowledge.

Burlesque, Yoga, Sex and Love by Anne Key

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In Burlesque, Yoga, Sex and Love, Anne invites us to walk along the glittery, rhinestone-encrusted path of self-discovery as she confronts, and transcends, the established norms for middle-aged women. Set in picturesque Albuquerque, New Mexico, this memoir explores what it means to connect the body, mind and spirit through the practices of yoga and burlesque. By the end of the book, you will find yourself traveling outside the shadowy corners of fear and toward a brighter light where there is freedom to be found in accepting yourself and in learning to love what you find. 

This memoir shows that there's much to discover about femininity, power and sexuality through burlesque as an art form. - Miss Indigo Blue, Headmistress of The Academy of Burlesque 

In this thoroughly readable memoir, Anne explores her growth as a burlesque performer and sexual being, challenging the preconceived ideas of what an aging woman can do and be, thereby reinventing the "New Woman" for a modern era. - Dr. Lynn Sally, Director of Urban Studies at Metropolitan College 

What a fascinating glimpse into a world, unknown to most of us, where sexuality and spirituality intersect! Anne Key's honest, open portrayal of her journey, with all its ups and downs, is a gift to every woman. - Jalaja Bonheim, Aphrodite's Daughters and The Sacred Ego: Making Peace with Ourselves and Our World

Barsk: The Elephants Graveyard by Lawrence M. Schoen

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An historian who speaks with the dead is ensnared by the past. A child who feels no pain and who should not exist sees the future. Between them are truths that will shake worlds.

In a distant future, no remnants of human beings remain, but their successors thrive throughout the galaxy. These are the offspring of humanity's genius-animals uplifted into walking, talking, sentient beings. The Fant are one such species: anthropomorphic elephants ostracized by other races, and long ago exiled to the rainy ghetto world of Barsk. There, they develop medicines upon which all species now depend. The most coveted of these drugs is koph, which allows a small number of users to interact with the recently deceased and learn their secrets.

To break the Fant's control of koph, an offworld shadow group attempts to force the Fant to surrender their knowledge. Jorl, a Fant Speaker with the dead, is compelled to question his deceased best friend, who years ago mysteriously committed suicide. In so doing, Jorl unearths a secret the powers that be would prefer to keep buried forever. Meanwhile, his dead friend's son, a physically challenged young Fant named Pizlo, is driven by disturbing visions to take his first unsteady steps toward an uncertain future.

So that's all the books I got in the mail this week. Of these books, I'm most excited to read Burlesque, Yoga, Sex and Love (possibly because I recently read Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.) Which of these books are you most interested in reading my review on? - Katie 

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