Book Review

Perks of Young Adult Literature

By | January 30, 2013 at 11:02 am | No comments

Book Review by Heidi Simmons --------------- The Perks of Being a Wallflower By Stephen Chbosky A Novel -------------- Last week I reviewed the book The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker, which I thought might have been better received if it had been published...

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Age Appropriate Miracles

By | January 23, 2013 at 4:41 pm | No comments

Book Review by Heidi Simmons -------------------------- The Age Of Miracles Karen Thompson Walker Novel -------------------------- Post-apocalyptic life and distopian world stories are a growing trend in young adult literature. These themes are popular with adults as...

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Filmmaker Charles Evered

By | January 16, 2013 at 10:48 am | No comments

By H. Simmons The Coachella Valley is home to many Hollywood types. Actors, writers, directors and producers have enriched our community and enhanced our valley’s reputation with celebrity and glamour for decades. But Hollywood is changing and there is a new breed of...

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Good Book and Good Movie

By | January 9, 2013 at 6:47 pm | No comments

Book Review by Heidi Simmons ------------- Life of Pi By Yann Martel Fiction ------------- If you have seen the film Life of Pi and thought it was wonderful, the book may appeal to you as well. The movie adaptation is brilliant and captures the beauty, poetry and magic...

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Curious Voice

By | January 2, 2013 at 1:40 pm | 4 comments

Book Review by Heidi Simmons ------------------------------- The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-Time By Mark Haddon Novel ------------------------------- Everyone likes to get involved in a mystery, especially when the detective is quirky, odd and eccentric....

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Deceit and Deception

By | December 26, 2012 at 9:52 am | 9 comments

Book Review by Heidi Simmons ---------------------------------------- 500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars by Kurt Eichenwald Nonfiction ---------------------------------------- How much do you think you know about the events surrounding September 11, 2001? Do...

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Believe!

By | December 18, 2012 at 8:38 pm | 11 comments

Book Review by Heidi Simmons ---------------------------------------- The Belief Instinct By Jesse Bering ---------------------------------------- How is it that we can look up at the stars and feel there is something greater than us and other times feel abandoned in...

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This Years Favorites Make Perfect Gifts

By | December 11, 2012 at 8:44 pm | 3 comments

A List of Authors, Their Books And Those Who Will Love Them   Book Review by Heidi Simmons I love the look and feel of a bound book. The smell of the paper, the cover art and the excitement of getting involved in a compelling narrative is one of life’s great...

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Pretty Impressive

By | December 4, 2012 at 9:12 pm | 14 comments

Book Review by Heidi Simmons ------------------------------- When It Happens To You Novel By Molly Ringwald ---------------------------------- Molly Ringwald’s acting career is pretty amazing. Very few actors gain iconic status as she has and live to tell about it....

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Book Review

By | November 27, 2012 at 6:08 pm | No comments

More Marilyn Book Review by Heidi Simmons ------------------------------------------------- Marilyn: The Passion And The Paradox Biography ------------------------------------------------- Amazon lists 622 search results under “Marilyn Monroe biography.” To say...

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Book Review

By | November 20, 2012 at 9:20 pm | 67 comments

by Heidi Simmons Celebrities in Your Neighborhood ------------------------------------------------------------------ The Best Ever Guide to Palm Springs Celebrity Homes Nonfiction By Eric G....

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A Story in “Unseen” Layers

By | November 14, 2012 at 10:10 pm | 29 comments

by Heidi Simmons   A Story in “Unseen” Layers   ----------------------------- Alif the Unseen Novel By G. Willow Wilson -----------------------------   One of the great joys of reading is the places it can take you.  New worlds,...

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GIRL GONE “WILD”

By | November 8, 2012 at 12:57 am | 41 comments

by Heidi Simmons -------------------------- Wild: From Lost to Found on The Pacific Crest Trail Memoir By Cheryl Strayed -------------------------- There are times when getting away from it all is good for your mental health. But an eleven hundred mile trek into the...

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Great President Garfield and his Crazy Killer

By | August 7, 2012 at 10:02 pm | 1,122 comments

Book Review by Heidi Simmons “Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President” Nonfiction Candice Millard Ask people who the 20th President of the United States was and not many are able to answer. Ask who James Abram Garfield is...

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Getting to Know Your Subconscious

By | July 31, 2012 at 11:15 pm | 1,359 comments

Book Review by Heidi Simmons “Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior” Nonfiction Leonard Mlodinow Is it possible to know what motivates us? To know why we do the things we do? Say the crazy things we say? In Subliminal: How Your Unconscious...

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Short Stories For Summer #4

By | July 24, 2012 at 9:13 pm | 846 comments

by Heidi Simmons “Working Backwards From the Worst Moment of my Life” Stories Rob Roberge Short stories are some of the best ways to not only experience great literature but also life itself. Though short stories don’t always hew to literary rules, they...

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Short Stories For Summer #3

By | July 18, 2012 at 3:01 pm | No comments

Book Review by Heidi Simmons “The Girl in the Flammable Skirt” Stories Aimee Bender I started this summer’s short story series with the notion that what makes short stories appealing to read, besides the length, is that they don’t necessarily follow simple...

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Short Stories For Summer #2

By | July 11, 2012 at 8:46 pm | No comments

Book Review by Heidi Simmons “Among The Missing” Stories Dan Chaon This week’s short story collection is by author Dan Chaon (pronounced Shawn). Chaon’s Among the Missing (Ballantine, 274 pages) contains twelve intimate stories conveying the intricacies of how...

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Short Stories For Summer #1

By | July 3, 2012 at 8:18 pm | 1,122 comments

Book Review by Heidi Simmons “Suddenly, A Knock on the Door” Short Stories Etgar Keret I am a big fan of the short story. In a busy world, when a little bit of time presents itself, a short story is great to have nearby for a quick escape. This is part one of a...

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“CANADA” A GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL

By | June 26, 2012 at 10:47 pm | 1,525 comments

Book Review by Heidi Simmons “CANADA” A Novel Richard Ford Is it at all possible to disregard your past? Can one leave a childhood and a country behind without it influencing the future? And should a child take responsibility for his actions once he becomes an...

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Summer Read with Rain Dragon

By | June 19, 2012 at 10:02 pm | 440 comments

Book Review by Heidi Simmons ------------------ Rain Dragon Novel Jon Raymond ------------------- It is refreshing to come across a new author. Although Jon Raymond is new to me, he is not new to the craft of writing. Raymond is an award winning novelist and...

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Reading Ray Bradbury

By | June 13, 2012 at 3:22 pm | No comments

Book Review By Heidi Simmons It was the seventh-grade when my English class was assigned The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. How cool! We discovered that the Martians used telepathy -- sharing information by just thinking about it. My friends and I wanted to try...

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Get to Know Jesus’ Son

By | June 5, 2012 at 8:54 pm | 1,505 comments

Book Review By Heidi Simmons Train Dreams Novella Denis Johnson Jesus’ Son Fiction Denis Johnson If you are not familiar with author Denis Johnson, you should be. He is one of America’s great literary talents. Johnson writes far beyond character, place...

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Tolerance and Sexual Identity

By | May 30, 2012 at 8:03 pm | 1,746 comments

Tolerance and Sexual Identity Book Review by Heidi Simmons ------------------- In One Person A Novel John Irving -------------------- It is very natural and normal for those of us who live in the Coachella Valley to have a community of friends, neighbors or...

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The Meaning in The Message

By | May 24, 2012 at 9:14 pm | 2,138 comments

by Heidi Simmons The Message: A Guide to Being Human by LD Thompson For most of us walking this planet, we desire to be good and decent human beings. We want to live in peace, have success and find love. But knowing one’s self well and making the right choices each...

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Marcia Clark Mysteries

By | May 16, 2012 at 9:56 pm | 1,400 comments

Book Review by Heidi Simmons Guilt by Association and Guilt by Degrees By Marcia Clark Does the name Marcia Clark ring a bell? Today, she may be better known for her cable appearances as a legal commentator. She has voiced opinions on the high profile cases of...

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WHAT THE FUSS?

By | May 9, 2012 at 9:53 pm | 1,486 comments

Romance Fetish as Fan Fiction By Heidi Simmons Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James Sometimes you have to read a book just to see what all the fuss is about. With all the hubbub and with two million copies sold in April alone (it was published in March), certainly Fifty...

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A CREATIVE LIFE, IMAGINE

By | May 2, 2012 at 9:28 pm | 1,924 comments

By Heidi Simmons IMAGINE: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer Shouldn’t all of life be about creative pursuit? Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 304 pages) explores the nature of creativity and how creative thinking can and has...

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MAGICAL MIND BEAUTIFUL BRAIN

By | April 25, 2012 at 8:32 pm | 2,038 comments

Book Review by Heidi Simmons   My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey by Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D.     When was the last time you thought about your brain?   We look into the mirror every day; comb our hair, wash our...

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Drug Culture and Prison Time

By | April 19, 2012 at 9:48 pm | No comments

Book Review by Heidi Simmons   A Tale of Two Lives:  The Susan LeFevre Fugitive Story by Marie S. Walsh aka Susan LeFevre  (Orange Peel Press)   American teens in the 1970s can tell you about the drug culture of that time.  Whether they participated...

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DOG STAR

By | April 10, 2012 at 11:58 pm | No comments

DOG STAR Book Review by Heidi Simmons Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean (Simon & Schuster) If you are a dog lover this book will fascinate you. Or, if you love Hollywood show business, this book will interest you. Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the...

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“CUTTING” FOR SPRING BREAK

By | April 5, 2012 at 12:19 am | 421 comments

By Heidi Simmons     A look at Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese (Knopf, paperback, ebook)   Spring break is the perfect time to relax and get away, but if you can’t make it out-of-town, Abraham Verghese’s Cutting For Stone can provide an exotic...

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