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White fragility

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Truly, my 0 star rating is made for a book like this. I read this book with open mind, from cover to cover, yet i found it disgusting. For awhile i was curious about so much anger in some think pieces that began to proliferate the net after beginnings of race pogroms, and after reading this thing, well I have my answer. Long before the attention to race, I have always tried to be inclusive in my reading and reviewing life. ( I am sorry that I didn't review a lot of black authors...) And my first awakening of sorts, if one can call it that, comes from waking up white by Debby Irving which taught me a lot. At the same time when I read her book, I realized something: my experiences are not mainstream, and she does address the ethnic minority issue, which I fully appreciate. This author? She lumps all whites together, which I didn't appreciate. She toots her own horn too much and p…

American Dreamer; How I Escaped Communist Vietnam and Built a Successful Life in America

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Amidst the turmoil and reckoning of races over this year, quite often we forget about the good things that one can do in America, or of how its possible to succeed and supersede one's origins. In other words, this is a story that is opposite of the immigration narratives I encountered this year. Tim Tran (Tran Mahn Khiem) was born in 1950s in Vietnam and from the outset grew to love the values that we espouse: education, kindness and networking will lead to American dream, and in his case this is what happened.  It can definitely be described as a Cinderella tale and I honestly wished I could have gotten his book more than ten years ago, because while it is an autobiography/memoir, the story also contains wonderful tales of friendship, and of how to behave in a job setting; something that a lot of younger generations forget to do, I should add. 

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4 out of 5
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Bound; a Daughter, A Domme, And An ENd-Of-Life Story

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Although I hadn't gone through what Elizabeth Anne Wood had gone through when it came to losing her mother, (I did watch as my mom lose her parents in 2017 and oh boy she had a lot of complaints about medical bureacracy and how you have to be on their case all the time to make sure the care is top notch,) I did find the story to be very transforming and thought-provoking, especially the parts where we look at the sick/old person as an asexual being. Up until I became a single mother, I admit that I looked at women who had children and have felt ashamed a lot for my previous behaviors and not being able to understand that sex doesn't go away. Most of the story is more of a memoir and while from description I honestly thought the tale would be a bit more gross, I am happy to say I was wrong and it ended up being a good read. 

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Coming Attractions for July 2020

What else can I write besides the fact that I am living in a new COVID-19 hotspot and that I feel as if the world is over? I always admire Medieval Ages and have been fascinated by Black Death (Bubonic Plague), but I don't want to experience it firsthand, and never wanted to experience it firsthand. Disappointment weighs heavily on my soul that my four year old son is experiencing a year I never wanted him to experience and I feel helpless to do anything about it. What I learned about myself through these difficult terms is that I don't go with mob mentality; I can't do that. I am a questioner by nature, someone hungry for knowledge. I promise to post more reviews these upcoming months and hopefully there will be positive news. If not, I will be doing my best to stay safe. Pictures will be added later. (Blogger can't add pictures straight through links, which means I have to save pictures and then upload them...) 
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Bound; A Daughter, A Domme, and an End…

July 2020

Someone's Listening- Seraphina Nova Glass  SR: July 1st, 2020 FR:  When Christ and his saints slept-Sharon Kay Penman SR: May 1st, 2020 FR:  Salt Creek- Lucy Treloar  SR: June 4th, 2020 FR: 
Nonfiction: Tree of Souls-Howard Schwartz SR: February 10th, 2014 FR: N/A American Dreamer; How I escaped communist Vietnam and built a successful life in America-Tim Tran (Tran Manh Khiem, Tom Fields-Meyer) SR: June 4th, 2020 FR: July 1st, 2020 A multicultural america- Ronald Takaki SR: June 21st, 2020 FR:

Yummy me feels so good

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When I got this book, I shared and read it with my four year old son who identifies as a T-Rex. He ended up quoting the book a lot ( and I do read to him a lot) and I also told him my understanding of the book, that it's important to accept the real you, that emotions only make a small part of who you are. He and I really enjoyed the repitition as well as he message. I did feel the pace wasn't even towards the end. But still, from my son's perspective, a wonderful read with a beautiful message and gorgeous pictures. 

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5 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Signs in the rearview mirror; leaving a toxic relationship behind

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Quite often, the idea of toxic relationship includes physical abuse, and emotional and mental control that the perpetrator has over the victim is either ignored or overlooked. Also, how often do people make snap judgments about the victim, always thinking that wealth, education and hobbies will protect us from being in their shoes? In this memoir, Kelly Smith dares to lay her thoughts and soul bare for our scrutiny, helping the readers understand how her promising relationship turned into hell from earth as well as the importance of self care and self love, because not all scars are visible, and many are hidden from the eye.   
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4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)