The Simple Life Comes At A Cost

The Simple Life Comes At A Cost

My Million Dollar Donkey: The Price I Paid to Live Simply, by Ginny East

Feeling stuck is a sign that it’s time to make a change. And that’s exactly what Ginny and her husband Mark did. One day they both decided to cash in their life and reinvent their world; packing up their three kids and a dog, they said goodbye to a successful dance studio business, and moved to 50 acres of land in northwest Georgia.

In My Million-Dollar Donkey: The Price I Paid for Wanting to Live Simply, Ginny……

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How To Fake Your Own Death

How To Fake Your Own Death

Playing Dead. A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud, by Elizabeth Greenwood

Strangled by debts? Cops are after you? or is it your ex-wife stalking you and demanding for more money? Either be one or the other, here’s your way out: faking your deathcover82152-medium.png could be the solution to your problems.

When I first got a copy* of Playing Dead by Elizabeth Greenwood, I thought of a joke. I’ve heard of people faking dead like a new form of escapology, but I didn’t think it could be “a thing” even now in the 21st century.

Moved by innocent curiosity I asked my best friend in the world wide web -aka Google– about “fake your own death“, and what I found was hilarious.  15,800,000 results after, I had to admit that yes, faking death is still on.

Believe it or not, Wikihow also made a page of “precious” advices called “How to fake your own death” -11 steps (with pictures!) Because, according to the famous online community- “sometimes in life you may need to fake your own death to escape“.

Only a week ago an in-depth investigation by The National ENQUIRER revealed that Patrick McDermott -Olivia Newton-John’s ex-lover who disappeared during a 2005 fishing trip off the California coast- is believed to have faked his death to avoid money woes. McDermott was found living the high life working on luxury yachts south of the border under the protection of some rich Mexican family!

But in the 21st century -when every move is monitored by credit cards, smartphones and  socials network of any kind -how could be possible to disappear? If proving wrong is impossible -because dead are not coming back, right?- than what lesson could we learn from those who had been caught?

What happens to the people you left behind?  What would be lost? And who are the people who’re supposed to “kill” you?

Playing Dead is an empathetic investigation into a universal human fantasy and the men and women desperate enough to give up their lives—and their families—to start again.

*An ARC was kindly sent to me by via NetGalley by Simon & Schuster.


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The Essential Books To Understanding Bernie Sanders

The Essential Books To Understanding Bernie Sanders

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is a celebrated socialist and one of the most liberal members of the Senate, elected as an independent to his state’s single House seat in 1990 and to the Senate in 2006. Previously he was mayor of Burlington, Vt., and worked as a carpenter and writer and taught at Harvard and Hamilton College.

On the official website berniesanders.com, senator Sanders shows his political program;  a very detailed (and long) list of issues, from immigration policy to affordable housing, racial justice, LGBT equality and social security.

Someone calls it a “populistic crusade” but  -whatever you want to call it-  America is listening.  Sanders wants people in America to take action, to fight for a progressive economic agenda that creates jobs, raises wages, protects the environment and provides health care for all.

Here the essential books to understanding the man who could be the first Jewish president of the United States of America.

The Speech: On Corporate Greed and the Decline of Our Middle Class, by Bernie Sanders

5147+3CYdbL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_On Friday, December 10, 2010, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders walked on to the United States Senate and began speaking. A very long speech, lasting over eight and a half hours. And it hit a nerve. Millions followed the speech online until the traffic crashed the Senate server. 

The speech was more than a critique, It was a dissection of the collapse of the American middle class and a well-researched attack on corporate greed and on public policy. It was a plea for a fundamental change in national priorities, for government policy that reflects the needs of working families, and not just the wealthy and their lobbyists.

Sanders’ speech is a call for action, a passionate statement informing us that the only people who will save the middle class of this country is the middle class itself, but only if it is informed, organized, and prepared to take on the enormously powerful special interests dominating Washington.

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Outsider in the White House, by Bernie Sanders and John Nichols

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Bernie Sanders’s campaign for the presidency of the United States has galvanized people all over the country, putting economic, racial, and social justice into the spotlight, and raising hopes that Americans can take their country back from the billionaires and change the course of history.

In this book, Sanders tells the story of a passionate and principled political life.  

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The Bern Identity: A Search for Bernie Sanders and the New American Dream, by Will Bunch

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Will Bunch wrote probably one of the best books about Bernie Sanders and how he made it out of the backwoods of Vermont to become a very strong contender in the 2016 race for the White House.

Sanders’ remarkable bio is interspersed with the tale of the true believers who packed hockey rinks and concrete convention floors in crowds of 20,000 or more, who tweeted incessantly and posted memes of Sanders flying in coach class, and who exploded with excitement at their hero’s call for a “political revolution” to raise the beleaguered middle class. In a time of rampant cynicism about American politics, “The Bern Identity” turns into something most unlikely – a love story, between the long-distance runner who never gave up his fantasy of real social change, and the dreamers and the radicals and the formerly hopeless who were waiting for him at the finish line.

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Why Bernie Sanders Matters, by Harry Jaffe

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Bernie Sanders may be the least political person in politics. He is also, at seventy-four, the rising star of the Democratic party, whose underdog bid for the presidential nomination has hit the marks of a serious contender. He’s closed the fundraising gap, and is drawing crowds of thousands to campaign rallies. Why? Because where most candidates are calculating and rehearsed, Sanders is frank, authentic, and impassioned.

For thirty years, he has spoken out against income inequality, environmental injustice, and privatized healthcare. 

With reporting from inside the campaign, personal relationships with Sanders’s friends and colleagues, and meticulous research, noted reporter Harry Jaffe offers an engaging, insightful portrait of the ultimate outsider candidate, charting Sanders’s course from Brooklyn to Burlington, and now to Des Moines and beyond.

 

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The Essential Books To Understanding Hillary Clinton

The Essential Books To Understanding Hillary Clinton

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Bill Clinton‘s first lady at the White House and in Arkansas, she represented New York in the U.S. Senate and served as President Barack Obama‘s secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. Wife, Mom, Grandma, Women and Kids Advocate, FLOTUS, Senator, SecState, Hair Icon, Pantsuit Aficionado and officially 2016 Presidential Candidate.

With an extremely detailed political program Hillary Clinton is ready to become the first woman to lead the United States of America. On official website hillaryclinton.com,  Mrs.Clinton explains the key policies she will fight for as president.

From gun violence prevention to criminal justice reform and climate change, Hillary Clinton legitimately is the best qualified candidate for the job. Competency, skills, and an undeniable field experience is what it takes to be the leader of the country.

Here the essential books to understanding the woman and the politician who’s running for president of the United States of America.

The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power by Kim Ghattas

cover23492-mediumKim Ghattas draws on extensive interviews with Clinton, administration officials and players in Washington as well as overseas, to paint an intimate and candid portrait of one of the most powerful global politicians.

Filled with fresh insights, The Secretary provides a captivating analysis of Clinton’s brand of diplomacy and the Obama administration’s efforts to redefine American power in the twenty-first century.

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Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton

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Probably one of the best and honest book about foreign politics. Through diplomatic conversations at the highest levels, Clinton does her analysis of how we can best use “smart power” to deliver security and prosperity in a rapidly changing world—one in which America remains the indispensable nation.

A very detailed account of Clinton’s journey during her four years as America’s 67th Secretary of State, that will show us the delicate process -otherwise unknown- of  fighting for peace, justice and social equality.

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Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton

images.jpegMy personal favourite book about Hillary Clinton. Living History is her revealing memoir of life through the White House years. It is also her chronicle of living history with Bill Clinton, a thirty-year adventure in love and politics that survives personal betrayal, relentless partisan investigations and constant public scrutiny.

Hillary Clinton is the living proof that resilience can take you right there where you are meant to be.

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Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox by Joanne Cronrath Bamberger

As we are knee deep in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton’s name is on everyone’s lips. Clinton evokes extreme and varied e51qkhM52cqL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgmotions among voters in a way no other candidate in recent memory has. But why?

Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox delves into the nuances of our complicated feelings about one of the most powerful women ever in American politics. In this timely collection, editor/author Joanne Cronrath Bamberger provides the narrative framework through which to view the history that’s led us to this moment in time.

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Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate by Gary J. Byrne

cover90390-medium.pngFormer Secret Service officer Gary Byrne exposes the truth behind Hillary, Bill, and their public facade. Byrne reveals what he observed of Hillary Clinton’s character and the culture inside the White House while protecting the First Family.

A firsthand account of the scandals -known and unknown- and the personal and political dysfunction of the Clinton White House.

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The Essential Books To Understanding Donald Trump

The Essential Books To Understanding Donald Trump

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Real-estate mogul and reality television star, Donald J. Trump and his huge ego are taking the scene of the presidential race. Beside he has never held political office, Mr.Trump is confident that his negotiating skills, business acumen and –as he can’t help to remind us every single time he gets the chance– his wealth, will easily make him the president of one of the biggest and powerful nation on earth, the United States of America.

Proud republican, Trump’s position is clear: he will make America great again! From his official page donaldjtrump.com Mr.Trump shares his 7 step political program:

Carpenters wanted!: he promises he will build a big, big wall -and make Mexicans pay!

Band Aid for Everybody: he will make health a business! by selling insurance across state lines!

Zài Jiàn China!: he will let China off the Hook. No, not Blac China. The real China.

Veterans of America, You Will Be Great Again: he will take good care of our veterans. This is actually an admirable gesture.

Run America Run: and better be fast! According to analysts Trump’s economic plan would double the national debt over the next decade. Of course, the tax cuts might boost economic growth but,  the economy must grow as fast as 9 percent a year for a decade to make the plan revenue neutral and 11 percent to balance the budget. Sci-fi isn’t it?

Just because you can: he will give you more arms because hey, it’s my damn right to shoot you in the a#s with my tac evo assault rifle… just because I can! (ironic)

Watch out punks! he will fill prisons up to the roof and finally make America win the first prize for the best “Incarceration Nation“. (very ironic)

Mass deportation: at a cost estimated between $100 billion and $300 billion he will arrest and remove almost 11 million undocumented immigrants, a 20-year process.

Want more? No problem, because we can always rely on him for providing us with the most ridiculous and outrageous quotes. A recent article appeared on Marie Claire Uk exposed 29 of the most idiotic ones.
But who really is Donald J. Trump? Here the essential books to understanding the man, the billionaire and the candidate.

Trump. The Greatest Show on Earth: The Deals, the Downfall, the Reinvention by Wayne Barrett

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Barrett paints an intimate portrait of Trump himself, a man driven by bravado, obsessive self-regard, and an anxious ruthlessness to subdue his rivals and seduce anyone with the power to aid his empire.

Reckless as often as he is brilliant, reliant on threats as much as on charm, and ultimately a cautionary tale: is this the man we want to lead the world?

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Trump This!The Life and Times of Donald Trump, An Unauthorized Biography by Marc Shapiro

cover84633-medium.pngWhat guides Trump to the decisions he makes? Is his personality real or just a caricature driven smokescreen?  Like all larger than life personalities, Trump has cultivated his public image well. He’s been selective in what he’s let out and, when pressed, he’s been quick to deny.

Trump This! The Life And Times of Donald Trump: An Unauthorized Biography has dug deep into the truth that is Donald Trump.

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Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again, by Donald J. Trump

Crippled_America_-_How_to_Make_America_Great_Again.jpgIt’s time to bring America back to its rightful owners -the American people. Distancing himself from the politicians, Trump promises less talk and more action. Ready to shaking up the establishment, bring America back -respected by allies and feared by adversaries.

How to fix a failing economy; how to reform health care; how to rebuild our military and start winning wars; and how to bring jobs back to America by closing our doors to illegal immigrants, and pressuring businesses to produce their goods at home.

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The Trump Coloring Book by M.G.Anthony

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Whether he’s playing chess with Putin, or battleship with Kim Jong-un,  see Donald Trump like you’ve never seen him before! Now’s your chance to show The Donald in his true colors!

Hilarious. Like the real Donald J. Trump.

 

 

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Couples Who Kill: Folie à Deux

Couples Who Kill: Folie à Deux

Brad and Hindley: Genesis of the Moors Murders, by Fred Harrison

You can call them psychopaths. You can call them crazy. Still -after all these years- you can’t make sense of their behaviour. What brought a young couple to commit multiple gruesome murders  will probably remain beyond rational comprehension.cover88009-medium.png

Between 1963 and 1965, Ian Brady and his lover and partner, Myra Hindley, were responsible for the abduction, rape, torture, and murder of five young victims. The “Moors Murders” -named for the desolate landscape where three of the corpses were discovered- are one of the most horrific and shocking killing spree in British history.

Fred Harrison faced the devil -Ian Brady-  on a  face-to-face prison interview, and this book is in part based on that experience. Digging deeply into Brady and Hindley’s personal histories, Harrison examines the factors that led to their mutual and dangerous attraction and what brought them to lured boys and girls into their trap, desecrate their innocence and bury their bodies on bleack windswept moors.

While Ian was the true psycho, Myra was the victim of a condition psychiatrists call Folie à Deux, she shared Ian’s insanity and  adapted her persona to perfectly blend with his. Together they were simply lethal.

True Crime books examine tragedies that are so horrendous they remain cheseled on the collective psyche of a nation long after the perpetrators are gone.  Murders, serial killers, sadists, pedophiles rise great interest and curiosity, but what do we really know about them? Why they commit murders? What motivates them to kill? Can they blame it on the brain just pleading insanity defense?

After years spent studying crimes and perpetrators what I know is that what makes us different from the cruelest serial killer is a fine, subtle line made of where we come from, our backgrounds, education…It’s as simple as that. We all have a faint evil vein running through our bodies. For someone its pulse is just too strong to be ignored.


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Veritas Numquam Perit: When Death Talks To You

Veritas Numquam Perit: When Death Talks To You

 

Morgue. A Life in Death, by Dr. Vincent DiMaio and Ron Franscell

Coming from ancient greek the word autopsy (αὐτοψία) -literally “to see for oneself”-  has been used since the 17th century for a surgical procedure that consists of a scrupulous examination of a dead human body to determine the cause and manner of death and to evaluate any disease or injury that may be present.

Ancient Egyptians -probably around 3000 BC- were one of the first civilizations to remove and examine the internal organs of humans in the religious practice of mummification. But in many other societies autopsies were forbidden, as it was believed that the disfigurement of dead persons prevented them from entering the afterlife.cover82937-medium

Beside culture and religious beliefs, autopsy has an essential role in criminal investigations. Veritas numquam perit (truth never perishes) Seneca wrote, and Dr. DiMaio devoted his life to find it.   With 40 year experience and more than 9,000 autopsies done he is one of the country’s most methodical and intuitive criminal pathologist.

From the pen of one of the best crime writer Ron Franscell and Dr. DiMaio’s memories comes a fascinating life story behind the morgue doors, through the cases that have made DiMaio famous -from the exhumation of assassin Lee Harvey Oswald to the complex issues in the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

Suspenseful stories, revealing anecdotes and enough macabre insider details to rivet the most fervent crime fans.

Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and he died that distinguish one man from another.

∼ Ernest Hemingway ∼


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Where Do You Really Belong To?

Where Do You Really Belong To?

Got Here as Soon as I Could. Discovering the Way Life Should Be, by Sarah Smiley

Do you ever feel that the place you belong to is not the one you’re born or raised? Sarah wasn’t born in Maine, she wasn’t raised there but, somehow, Maine became the only home she’ll ever know and that’s why she got here as soon as she could.cover82598-medium.png

After her husband got transferred from Florida to Maine, Sarah soon fell in love with the lifestyle, the people and of course the places.

A nice and funny collection of memories of the way life should be that will probably remind you those times when all of America was simple and beautiful.


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Do you Body Shame?

Do you Body Shame?

I Do It with Lights On: and 10 More Discoveries on the Road to a Blissfully Shame-Free Life, by Whitney Way Thore

I am enthusiastic about this book and I couldn’t have been happier to read it before the official release date, which will be May 31.
I Do It with Lights On is Whitney’s personal account of her life as a talented dancer, straight As student and young girl dealing with the pressure to be thin.

From developing an eating disorder as a teenager to extreme weight gain in college to her ongoing struggle with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) Whitney tells it all, opening up about the depths of her decover85954-mediumpression as well as her tremendous resilience in the face of constant harassment and mistreatment.

I know Whitney Thore from her reality show My Big Fat Fabulous Life on TLC and that is also how I got to know about the “body positivity” movement. The “No Body Shame” campaign is to help every individual overcome the debilitating effects of societal-induced shame, promoting self-acceptance even if others do not accept us. By doing that real changes in confidence and quality of life are not only possible, but inevitable.

Written with brutal sincerity this book will find its way to your heart and it will teach you that “fat acceptance” only means that even big people still deserve basic human respect!

Stop body shaming and show some support to this AMAZING girl!!

You can find her on Youtube , @WhitneyWay on Twitter ,  on Facebook and on her website.


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Life Lesson from Zach

Life Lesson from Zach

If at Birth You Don’t Succeed: My Adventures with Disaster and Destiny, by Zach Anner

Zach Anner is a comedian, actor and writer who gained world-wide attention with the submission of a video to Oprah’s “Search for the Next TV Star” competition, thanks to that he won his own TV show called Rollin’ With Zach, a wheelchair travel show filmed throughcover82372-medium.png the States and aired on OWN TV in 2011.

Zach’s has a YouTube channel, where he posts regularly, with over 290 thousands subscribers and over 13 million total views.  His projects include a travel show Riding Shotgun, a workout show Workout Wednesday and a show in collaboration with SoulPancake titled Have a little faith, in which he explores the basic of several religions that have a foothold in the United States.

If at Birth You Don’t Succeed is a hilariously irreverent and heartfelt memoir about finding your passion and your path even when it’s paved with epic misadventure.

Zach Anner is out of any doubt a talented comedian and an excellent writer, this book is about an intelligent and sagacious man who has the nuts to live life.

Splendid. Do yourself a favour and read this book. I promise you won’t stop laughing!!


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