This book will change your life! If you have ever had an unexplained, reoccurring pain or trouble in certain areas of your life, it might be that untreated trauma is affecting you. Van Der Kolk discusses some of his most memorable cases, illustrating how EMDR, yoga, and mindfulness can aid in the treatment of trauma. There is quite a bit of medical jargon, but the author makes it easy to understand. Some of the patients’ stories reminded me of my life, and I learned something about myself with each case. This book is a hidden treasure for anyone who is interested in medical mystery shows and documentaries. After reading this book, you might even solve some of your own mysteries!
This book is a collection of fictional stories written by Jean Rhys throughout her life. Her literature is subtle and relatable to readers’ personal experiences. The melancholy nature of Rhys’ dark humor indicates many firsthand experiences and personal hardships that one may deal with in life. Most of all, her writing truly captures her desire with literature “to display and preserve reality as it is experienced.” This is felt by her writing alone but, when coupled with her biographical events, the reader can truly understand the importance of her works.
I was very intrigued with how Thomas of Hookton had to work at being an accomplished archer. The smallest detail is important to make his arrows fly true and straight at his target. He is well-educated for an archer and proves his worth repeatedly. I also liked the sub-stories that were included -- there are love stories woven into all of Cornwell’s stories -- along with the main storyline of Thomas’s family lineage. I have always enjoyed historical fiction, especially Cornwell’s descriptions of battles in the Sharpe’s series and this Grail Quest series. There is nothing like a bloody English battle description. I would recommend this book to anyone who isn’t faint of heart.
Going Dutch in Beijing is a fun book to read for anyone interested in learning about different customs, rituals and practices around the world. One of my favorites is learning about the tea ceremony practices shared in Mauritania and Niger. From the cup to the number of sugar cubes, they have their own separate meanings.