The American Civil War

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The most interesting chapter in this book was about the role of woman in the Civil War.

Women in the North had a history of participating in social and political activities.  They were also more likely to be educated and allowed freedoms women in the South were denied.

In the South, women were subservient to men.  They were seen as beings that needed to be controlled.  They were less educated and had no experience with social or political activism.

During the war, Northern women worked in hospitals and with their help soldiers were less likely to die from infections.  They also prepared food and delivered it to the soldiers.  The aid given by women in the North played a role in the Armies ability to fight and win the war.

 

The Importance of Family History

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The Kindle version of this story is available free on Amazon.

The main character, Wanda Wollow, dreams of have adventures and traveling when she is older.  She thinks her parents and grandparents are boring and have never done anything interesting in their lives.

One day, Wanda comes across a journal in her attic and begins to read it.  She is austonded by all the things her family did in the past.  She quickly learns her parents and grandparents had amazing adventures in their youth and learns the importance of knowing her family history.

The Girl in the Box Series

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The main character is a teenage girl with superpowers.  Her mother kept her locked in the house for over a decade.  However, the mother goes missing and various organizations are determined to capture the girl.

My review of this book series is mixed.  I enjoyed the way the writer described the characters and the scenarios.

My main complaint about the book was it didn’t seem logical.  There were to many things that were not explained and certain situations seemed excessive.

Dave the Depressed Alcoholic Superhero by E.D. Wallace

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This story is an interesting twist on the superhero genre.  Dave has superpowers, but he also has family issues, work drama, and a major drinking problem.  His life is a mess.  He is nothing like you would expect a superhero to be.

Instead of just being a disappointment to everyone around him, Dave decides to start using his powers to do good in the world.  However, he makes a lot of mistakes and ends up being investigated for murder.

I enjoyed reading the book.  I found it to be funny and entertaining.

Breaking Addiction – A 7 Step Handbook for Ending Any Addiction by Lance Dodes, MD

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According to Dr. Lance Dodes, our current treatment model for addiction is ineffective.  In many cases, people are sent to programs that deal with addiction only and then sent to a different program to treat their mental health issues.  This fragmented treatment plan ignores the fact that addiction doesn’t happen in a vacuum.

Addiction persists, because it serves a purpose.  The addictive behavior is often intended to reverse a profound feelings of helplessness and powerlessness.  Addressing those feelings is key to treating addiction.

The drive behind addiction tends to be rage and feelings of being trapped.  This rage compounds the feelings of helplessness, so addiction becomes a displaced action.  Addiction is a symptom of deeper psychological problems.

The book lists seven steps for overcoming addiction.

Step 1 – Understand addiction as behavior driven by psychological/emotional distress

Step 2 – Addictions are compulsive behaviors and need to be treated through therapy which allows the person to gain a better understanding of themselves.

Step 3 – Recognize key moments in the addiction processes.  The thoughts and feelings that drive addictive behavior are clues to the cause and treatment options for the addictive behavior.

Step 4 – Recognize your defenses that hide the root cause of your addiction.  Look for the feelings and thoughts that are driving you.

Step 5 – Understand what is happening at the key moment, what’s the trigger.  What are the corresponding feelings that make you feel helpless or powerless?

Step 6 – Develop short-term strategies to deal with triggers and emotional distress.  Ask yourself why you are thinking about your addiction and look for alternative behaviors.  Restore feelings of power by finding a practical way out of the trap.  If you can’t change your circumstances, focus on the feelings and learn to deal with those feelings.

Step 7 – Eliminate or reduce feelings of powerlessness and helplessness by being an expert on yourself.  Also, learn to identify high risk situations.  Knowing the risks in advance allows you to prepare for it.

All my Friends are Characters by Emma Wilkins

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As a writher, Emma Wilkins spent years interviewing various people.  She decided to interview her close friends and compile those interviews into a book.

The book is interesting and the people are relatable.  Their stories of tragedy and triumph are inspirational.

The only thing I didn’t like about the book was the layout.  She jumps from one person to another and it can be hard to keep all the stories and people straight.

All in all, I would say this is a book worth reading.

 

All Against All by Nathan Allen

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In the future, the ultra-rich control everything.  They sponsor the police department and the government.

For entertainment, the ultra-rich enjoy gambling.  They developed a lottery by sending invites to a group of people.  Those invited have the option to decline or to play.  The last player alive will win several million dollars.

As you can image, some of the lottery players start to murder other players and the police department refuses to investigate.

The story is interesting and wild at times.  The hero’s actions in the end, will make you want to jump up and cheer.  This is a wonderful book and I recommend it.