13 05, 2015

My Life on the Swingset by Cooper S. Beckett

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My Life on the Swingset by Cooper S. BeckettMy Life on the Swingset: Adventures in Swinging & Polyamory by Cooper S. Beckett
Published by Createspace Independent Pub on January 12th 2015
Pages: 354
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Non-Fiction, Personal Memoirs, Sexual Instruction, Sexuality, Social Issues
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Starting with a first date with a couple of swingers, followed by working through social anxiety and shyness, recognizing the importance of touch in life, evolving feelings about love and expectations, having threesomes, orgies, and prostate orgasms, going through a divorce, and leveling up in life and sexuality. For five years, Cooper S. Beckett has written for Life on the Swingset. The website was born out of the feeling that he'd learned enough in his whole year of swinging to tell other people how to live their non-monogamous lives. His hubris can be seen from space. Here he has collected personal essays, stories, erotica, and prescriptive "how-tos" into this memoir of his life on The Swingset. He may be biased when it comes to swinging, polyamory, and other forms of ethical non-monogamy (in fact, he most certainly is) but he doesn't sugar-coat it. He speaks honestly and earnestly about a unique way to live life, one that allows for sexual and loving growth and experimentation, a strong sense of community, and the ability to do what we all crave whether we know it or not: Be honest with ourselves and others about what we want sexually. And out of life.

My Life on the Swingset is a fun first person account of non-monogamy & swinging. Cooper S. Beckett is a fun writer who always includes wit and humor while keeping things honest. I enjoyed this series of articles about all things non-monogamy. Cooper has loads of advice for any couple curious about the […]

18 04, 2015

ALL YOU NEED IS LESS by Madeleine Somerville

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ALL YOU NEED IS LESS by Madeleine SomervilleAll You Need Is Less: The Eco-friendly Guide to Guilt-Free Green Living and Stress-Free Simplicity by Madeleine Somerville
Published by Cleis Press on April 15th 2014
Pages: 266
Genres: Do-It-Yourself, General, Green Lifestyle, House & Home, Non-Fiction, Self-Help, Sustainable Living
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Most eco-friendly books start with terror-inducing lists of the carcinogenic chemicals you are liberally slathering all over every single surface in your house, painting most people as unwitting eco-villains, happily Lysol-ing their way straight to hell. Well, readers can just relax and unpack the (plastic) bags — no guilt trips today!

All You Need is Less is about realistically adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle without either losing your mind from soul-destroying guilt or becoming a preachy know-it-all whom everyone loathes. It’s all gotten kind of complicated, hasn’t it?

This whole eco-friendly thing seems to have devolved into a horrific cycle of guilt, shaming, and one-upping, and as a result people are becoming exhausted. It doesn’t have to be this way. It is possible to take baby steps towards a more Earth-friendly lifestyle without stress, guilt, or judgmental eco-shaming. Top eco-blogger Madeleine Somerville is here with really original ideas on how to save money and the planet. Her ideas are even fun! Somerville has emerged as the voice of reason on urban homesteading that is stress-free, sanity-based, and above all do-able.

I have been trying to figure out way to tackle my stuff problem for a while. All You Need is Less was the perfect book for me. I am so motivated after reading this, I am putting these tips into practice right away. Anyone wanting to cut back on stuff and costs will […]

16 03, 2015

MOLLY’S GAME by Molly Bloom

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MOLLY’S GAME by Molly BloomMolly's Game: From Hollywood's Elite to Wall Street's Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker by Molly Bloom
Published by Dey Street Books, HarperCollins on January 20th 2015
Pages: 272
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Crime, Non-Fiction
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Molly Bloom reveals how she built one of the most exclusive, high-stakes underground poker games in the world--an insider's story of excess and danger, glamour and greed.

In the late 2000s, Molly Bloom, a twentysomething petite brunette from Loveland Colorado, ran the highest stakes, most exclusive poker game Hollywood had ever seen--she was its mistress, its lion tamer, its agent, and its oxygen. Everyone wanted in, few were invited to play.

Hundreds of millions of dollars were won and lost at her table. Molly's game became the game for those in the know--celebrities, business moguls, and millionaires. Molly staged her games in palatial suites with beautiful views and exquisite amenities. She flew privately, dined at exclusive restaurants, hobnobbed with the heads of Hollywood studios, was courted by handsome leading men, and was privy to the world's most delicious gossip, until it all came crashing down around her.

Molly's Game is a behind the scenes look at Molly's game, the life she created, the life she lost, and what she learned in the process.

This was a great story. The Poker Princess totally has won me over. Her life makes for a very entertaining read. Between the action of the game and the celebrity names involved, Molly’s Game is one hell of a ride. Molly starts off with a life of privilege. Her father pushes her and […]

26 01, 2015

LISTFUL THINKING by Paula Rizzo

By | Monday, January 26, 2015|7 Comments

LISTFUL THINKING by Paula RizzoListful Thinking: Using Lists to Be More Productive, Successful and Less Stressed by Paulo Rizzo
Published by Cleis Press on Paula Rizo
Pages: 228
Genres: Inspiration & Personal Growth, Non-Fiction, Personal Growth, Psychological, Self-Help
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What do Sir Richard Branson, Martha Stewart, Sheryl Sandberg, Ellen DeGeneres and Madonna have in common? Each is a list maker and history shows us that change creators make their to-do lists and check them often. A recent survey by the career website LinkedIn.com found that 63% of all professionals frequently create to-do lists.

If you’re part of the 37% and feel like you’re chasing your own tail, author Paula Rizzo (ListProducer.com), a top national TV producer, delivers the solution. You can still find time to relax, read a good book, enjoy your hobby and do the things you love. Listful Thinking shares secrets, time-saving tips and the fine art of getting it done.

Learn how to:

  • Save time
  • Be more organized
  • Become more productive
  • Save money
  • Reduce stress

Listful Thinking got me inspired to use lists to really get organized. As a sometimes list maker, I had no idea how lists could fill a whole book. I have been doing some things wrong in my list making, and feeling overwhelmed just looking at those lists. This book goes over all kinds […]

19 12, 2014

PASSIONATE NUTRITION by Jennifer Adler

By | Friday, December 19, 2014|6 Comments

PASSIONATE NUTRITION by Jennifer Adler

PASSIONATE NUTRITION by Jennifer AdlerPassionate Nutrition: A Guide to Using Food as Medicine from a Nutritionist Who Healed Herself from the Inside Out by Jennifer Adler, Jess Thomson
Published by Sasquatch Books on December 16th 2014
Pages: 272
Genres: Memoirs, Non-Fiction, nutrition
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This power-foods healthy-living guidebook will inspire readers to eat well, lose weight, and embrace food as medicine. “Food as medicine” is a powerfully healing way to eat and was embraced by nutritionist Jennifer Adler as she recovered from a malnour­ished childhood and adolescence. Part power-foods cookbook, part handbook for healthy living and eating, and part memoir, Passionate Nutrition provides digestible information, tips, and techniques for how to find your way to optimal health. She focuses on abundant eat­ing (as opposed to restrictive eating), and explores what she calls “the healthy trinity”—digestion, balance, and whole foods. Adler guides and encourages readers to shift their diet to achieve this desirable bal­ance, introduces power foods we should all eat, and provides healthy ways to lose weight, along with simple recipes to optimize health. With her personal story interwoven, readers will be inspired to embrace the healthy power of food.

I don’t read food books. I don’t because I don’t cook. What? There, I said it. Just because I don’t cook doesn’t mean I don’t care about what I eat though. The thing that appealed to me about this book was that it was suppose to be a memoir. At some point, I […]

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