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Grief & Loss Book Reviews

Lemons into Limoncello: From Loss to Personal Renaissance with the Zest of Italy What should we do when life hands us lemons? According to cognitive psychologist Raeleen Mautner, the answer isn’t to make lemonade, but limoncello, an Italian lemon liqueur that, with its added kick, reminds us to motivate ourselves to make our lives better after loss. But ...

The Spirit of the Heart: Stories of Family, Hope, Loss & Healing You never forget your first patient who dies. When I entered medical school, I knew death would be part of my education, that not every patient could be saved. I was in my third year of medical school and had recently come back from talking with ...

The Trauma of Everyday Life How many times have you heard someone say, That was the straw that broke the camel’s back? We can try to rally to face big obstacles, but sometimes the day-to-day “little things” add up until, finally, one of those small things overcomes us. Then, it ...

How I Learned To Smile From the Inside “Hope is the only emotion that will keep us going even when all other lights have gone out, even when there is no end in sight, and the world is ending. Hope is what keeps us going each and every day. Never forget that hope ...

Book Review: Gone: A Novel Cathi Hanauer’s Gone explores life’s pitfalls, changes and second chances, leaving the reader beautifully satisfied and content with the pages before them. The narrative alternates between the protagonists’ contrasting viewpoints. Eve Adams must cope with the dawning realization that one night she’s wining and dining with ...

Book Review: Leave of Absence “It’s okay to feel frustrated for having to deal with this illness, but don’t hate yourself because of it. This illness is only a tiny part of you.” Self-hatred is the central battle for characters Oliver and Penelope in Tanya J. Peterson’s heart-wrenching novel Leave of Absence. ...

How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy & Sorrow “I see you.” These three little words have remarkable power to change how you think, feel, and live. Author Toni Bernhard visited Paris back in 2001 one and came down with a viral illness that has left her chronically ill and at times confined in her home ...

Summer Island “It was the impurity in her heart that made her successful. She was an ordinary woman who’d made extraordinary mistakes. She understood every nuance of need and loss.” ~ Summer Island Given my love for women’s fiction, I’m enthusiastic when I discover a new writer’s collection. ...

The Song Remains the Same “I really enjoyed playing with the idea of ‘who are we without our memories’? Do you make the same choices? Do the same things make you happy?” – Allison Winn Scotch Imagine waking up one day without your memory. Your history is depleted, and the ...

Book Review: I Apologize Bradley Booth was tormented by survivor’s guilt for five years after the leukemia death of his fiancee. When he fell in love again, the emotional upheaval of these life-changing events compelled him to write I Apologize — a novel based on his own experiences. Booth’s protagonist ...

The Divorce Party I enjoy reading anything by Laura Dave; I find that her characters embody a perfect blend of endearment and fault that really make them human. Dave does not disappoint with The Divorce Party, an entertaining novel that provides valuable insight about the nature of relationships. Gwyn ...

Breath in the Dark: A Childhood Lost When I was 6 years old, my favorite pastime was playing with dolls or playing dress-up. I can remember spending hours in my “princess” dress, dancing around the living room while my mother stood by with the camera, encouraging me. She would fix my hair, ...

Through the Unknowable: Family Life with Depression, Alcohol, and Love Self-help books about how to cope with loss or trauma typically tend to fall into one of two simple categories: those which are written by professionals, and those which aren’t. The former tend to be manuals put together by therapists or psychiatrists, offering tools, advice ...

Companion to an Untold Story Marcia Aldrich’s Companion to an Untold Story is the author’s attempt to make sense of her close friend’s suicide. In the time leading up to the unfortunate event, Aldrich’s friend Joel hatched a plan to relieve himself of all his possessions so that when he ...

Red Flags of Love Fraud: 10 Signs You're Dating a Sociopath Donna Andersen started LoveFraud.com after her former husband drained her of $227,000, cheated on her, fathered a child outside their marriage, and remarried 10 days after their divorce was finalized. The website, which was created to warn others about the dangers of love frauders, was ...

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