Showing posts with label Non-fiction. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Non-fiction. Show all posts

Monday, December 25, 2017

Life Memories by J. R. Hopkins

AMAZON UK
AMAZON US
Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease are conditions we hope will never afflict our loved ones—more specifically, our more aged loved ones—or us. Either way, it causes a lot of stress and distress, in particular for the carers.

This author was one of those carers. She looked after her mother for the last two years of her life, when she was suffering from dementia. This was a serious commitment at a time when Hopkins had a number of other major worries in her life. Determined not to be beaten by what life was throwing at her, she sought to take a glass-half-full approach and squeezed some happy memories out of an unhappy situation, but very particularly from the time she spent with her mother.

She stresses that the experience can be tough, it can be frustrating, it can be exhausting, and it can be sad to watch someone you love change from being the person who looked after you to one who needs to be looked after BY you. BUT, it’s also about finding some humour, some happiness, some lightheartedness so that when you lose someone you love, you aren’t left with unwelcome memories.

This may not be a book you would pick up to read unless you were in a similar position or wanted to help someone the same situation. However, even if you aren’t, you can draw inspiration from the author’s strength of character in the face of some pretty unpleasant circumstances.

This account contains tender, poignant and sad moments, but don’t worry; there are many instances in which you find the corners of your mouth twitching into a smile.

This book is not only about how to care for someone with dementia, it’s also about looking on the bright side of life.


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Sunday, November 5, 2017

The High Sky of Winter's Shadows by W. Jack Savage

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AMAZON US

The High Sky of Winter's Shadows by W. Jack Savage


This was an a nice little diversion off the fiction road: a collection of short anecdotal essays on…just about everything. Experiences, thoughts, ideas, emotions, lessons learnt, relationships, school years. Anything that’s helped (or not) to build the character of a sixty-something-year-old. 

The High Sky of Winter's Shadows by W. Jack Savage



Savage, by his own admission has had a bit of a helter-skelter life as a hippie, an artist, writer, broadcaster, a husband and dad, a Vietnam veteran.


There are all sorts of musings: his memory is elephantine. If I could retain a nano-atom of what he can, I’d be happy. There are hints that he’s sometimes scraped through life by the skin of his teeth and hasn’t always liked himself. But he’s found a place and time in his life where he’s comfortable with who he is. Life has moulded him.

I wouldn’t say these essays are how-tos, but because of the sincerity and honesty in which they’re written, they’re very definitely interesting and thought-provoking. By the end, I felt as if I’d spent a cosy afternoon in a cafĂ©, chatting to an old friend about the rights and wrongs of the world, people, and life in general.

Very refreshing.



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Monday, August 8, 2016

A Gluten Free Taste of Turkey by Sibel Hodge

AMAZON UK
AMAZON US

I found this a little uninspiring. There were no ‘vibrant and adventurous’ recipes promised by the author in her blurb. They’re pleasant enough, but there’s nothing there I haven’t seen before, with or without gluten. The author of the book is a writer of fiction (her books are extremely enjoyable), not a chef, so this is just a collection of recipes she’s compiled having had to cook for her coeliac husband. Living in the Turkish Republic of Cyprus (she has dual nationality) means, of course, she's very familiar  with the cuisine. 

I’ve bookmarked a dozen or so of the recipes, not because they’re particularly different (I’ve cooked moussaka a million times in one variation or another and have made just about every mutation of hummous), but because they’re in a place I know I can find them. I follow a gluten-free diet, but have always used ordinary recipes tweaking them where necessary, so I didn’t find this recipe book that useful. And I was very irritated that the measurements were in cups and not in grams or ounces like just about every other cookbook for the UK market. 


The photos are a little amateurish, but the book is best viewed in colour rather than on a Paperwhite Kindle. 

I’m afraid there are millions and millions of professionally produced cookbooks out there on just about every aspect of cooking and nutrition. This just doesn’t have a USP.

See Also:
Be Careful What You Wish For
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