Archive for November, 2010

November 3rd, 2010

The Breaking of Eggs: A Novel by Jim Powell

by Gwen




Imagine being sixty-one years old and waking up one day to find that everything you believed and thought you knew about the world and your own life is totally wrong and/or gone. That is what happened to Feliks Zhukovski when Communism collapsed.

Feliks has been on his own since his mother sent him to Switzerland in 1939 ahead of the
Germans invading Poland. He never saw her again, thought that she had abandoned him. He went on with his life and never looked back. The problem is, he never really developed a life other than his fervent belief in Communism. He never married, has no friends, and his travel guide of Communist Europe is no more.

1991 becomes the year that Feliks woke up. Finding himself without a political anchor, he starts a journey into his past with surprising results. His reason for living goes from politics to emotions and the reader is taken along on his at times heart wrenching, journey. Touchingly told, you go from wondering just how this turtle stayed in his shell for so long to cheering him on each new step he takes. They say that you can’t go home again, but Feliks does.

The book was really moving and I felt for Felix and cheered for him when he finally finds a real life, not one hidden behind misunderstandings and political boundaries. Cheers to Felix and Jim Powell.


The Breaking of Eggs by Jim Powell

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics) (July 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143117262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143117261


    November 2nd, 2010

    What a Difference a Dog Makes by Dana Jennings

    by Gwen


    Simple. Poignant. Perfect medicine for all dog lovers.

    While Dana Jennings was battling prostate cancer he learned some very important lessons from his poodle, Bijou de Minuit (Jewel of Midnight). You see, dogs aren’t just man’s best friend, if you look at them the right way, they are great teachers.

    Jennings spells it all out, with a bit of help from Canine Zen Master Bijou and the lessons are things we all need to hear. Things like how dogs live in the moment and the only moment that matters is the one we are living right now. Or good things come to those who wait….in the kitchen.

    I am a big believer in dogs and laughter and this book had me in stitches at times. Like here

    Funny stuff happens when you have cancer. Seriously.

    The classic family one-liner that stems from me having cancer is this: “You take the dog out. I have cancer.” That has morphed into infinite variations, along the lines of : “Can I sit in that chair. I have cancer,” or “Do you mind switching from HGTV to the Patriots game? I have cancer.”

    So, please,  read this book and buy two or three more copies for friends and family. I have cancer.

    It was a quick read and would make a wonderful gift for a dog lover or someone that is going through a health crisis. I don’t say this because he makes it all about his cancer, he doesn’t. Jennings just includes a good points about taking it easy and enjoying the simple things in life.

    What a Difference a Dog Makes: Big Lessons on Life, Love, and Healing from a Small Pooch by Dana Jennings

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385532830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385532839
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