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Book Review: Frankie: The Woman Who Saved Millions from Thalidomide by James Essinger, Sandra Koutzenko and Sir Harold Evans (Foreword)

You may have noticed from reading Joyful Antidotes that there is a distinct lack of non-fiction reviews published. There is a simple reason for that: I don't get along with non-fiction books. I often find them tedious to read and would rather learn about a topic by watching a documentary or via a fictional story. … Continue reading Book Review: Frankie: The Woman Who Saved Millions from Thalidomide by James Essinger, Sandra Koutzenko and Sir Harold Evans (Foreword)

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Book Review: Not Me by Marianne Dissard

*Trigger Warning* This book deals with anorexia and bulimia. Blurb Not Me by Marianne Dissard French chanteuse Marianne Dissard recorded and toured with members of alt-Americana bands Giant Sand and Calexico. Her own desert noir chanson plays effortlessly with contradictions: tender, yet abrasive; melodramatic, but vulnerable; comical and heartbreaking.  Equally so her first book, Not … Continue reading Book Review: Not Me by Marianne Dissard

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Book Review: An Author on Trial by Luciano Iorio

Imagine one of your books being banned before it was ever even published and this event having a massively negative impact on your career. This is exactly what happened to Italian author Giuseppe Jorio. Goodreads Blurb An Author on Trial by Luciano Iorio In 1939, the Italian writer Giuseppe Jorio (1902 - 1995) enjoyed great … Continue reading Book Review: An Author on Trial by Luciano Iorio

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Book Review: Writing Fiction – a user-friendly guide by James Essinger

Any budding authors out there? Probably. Don't we all start out as book lovers? Anyway, if you're ready to take the first step into writing, I have the perfect beginners guide for you. Blurb Writing Fiction - a user-friendly guide by James Essinger draws on the author’s more than thirty years of experience as a … Continue reading Book Review: Writing Fiction – a user-friendly guide by James Essinger

Book Review: Finding Blossoms in the Darkness by Simin Sarikhani

Mental health is a topic very close to my heart and it is always a pleasure reviewing books that deal with the topic. Today I bring you such a book and it is one of the most beautiful I have read in a while. Review Finding Blossoms in the Darkness is a wonderful book by … Continue reading Book Review: Finding Blossoms in the Darkness by Simin Sarikhani

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Book Review: Always and Never: 20 Truths for a Happy Heart by Lisa Shumate

I'm on a role with the non-fiction books lately! Today I'm bringing you a review of a book offering some intelligent insights into being happy. Enjoy! Review Always and Never: 20 Truths for a Happy Heart by Lisa Shumate shares an incredible resource for twenty-somethings, walking them through 20 truths that they should always and never incorporate … Continue reading Book Review: Always and Never: 20 Truths for a Happy Heart by Lisa Shumate

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Book Review: She’s Back: Your Guide to Returning to Work by Lisa Unwin and Deb Khan

It's not often that I review non-fiction here on Joyful Antidotes. That's because, in all honesty, it is hard for me to find a non-fiction book that I really enjoy. But when I do find one, I love to share it everywhere. Like today's review. Blurb She's Back: Your Guide to Returning to Work by Lisa Unwin … Continue reading Book Review: She’s Back: Your Guide to Returning to Work by Lisa Unwin and Deb Khan

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Book Review: The Minimalist Babe: Tidying-up Your Whole Life by Lola R. Marie

Fan of minimalism or simply want to learn more about the concept? I have a great book for you today. Blurb The Minimalist Babe: Tidying-up Your Whole Life by Lola R. Marie Lola is every bit the minimalist babe - she lives simply, is intelligent and sassy, emotional and strong, calm and composed. Realizing that less is … Continue reading Book Review: The Minimalist Babe: Tidying-up Your Whole Life by Lola R. Marie

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Book Review: The Oshun Diaries by Diane Esquerra

I'm back with another one of those books that is fun to read but educational. But unlike many others I've read, this books is actually non-fiction. If you have any interest in African goddesses and Nigeria, this is one you shouldn't miss. Blurb The Oshun Diaries* by Diane Esquerra is a memoir based on an … Continue reading Book Review: The Oshun Diaries by Diane Esquerra

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Book Review: I Wish I Didn’t Quit by Nathan Holder

We can all recall a time in our childhood when we had a dedicated hobby, whether it be a sport, dancing, an instrument, etc. Unfortunately, most of us can also recall giving up that hobby for one reason or another. If you are anything like me, you regret that decision. While I wouldn't want to … Continue reading Book Review: I Wish I Didn’t Quit by Nathan Holder