How to Handle a Narcissist Book Review

How to Handle a Narcissist: Understanding and Dealing with a Range of Narcissistic Personalities by Theresa Jackson


About The Book:

“How to Handle a Narcissist” is a simple guide to help you understand, handle and live with extreme narcissists. This personalized, sympathetic approach to narcissism combines leading expert opinions with real-life stories and practical advice.

Research findings will show you what works when handling real narcissists at various points on the narcissistic spectrum, rather than only those who have a personality disorder.

Most of us show some degree of self-enhancing tendencies, but as we move up the narcissistic scale towards extreme narcissism, behaviors and characteristics start to harm not only the individual but people around them.

Whether the narcissistic person in your life is your partner, family member, friend or coworker, this book will help you to understand what you need to do to regain control of your boundaries and guide the relationship in whichever direction is best for yourself and others.

Narcissists can make our lives hellish, but by understanding them and then following a few simple steps we can take back control of our boundaries and empower ourselves when dealing with these unavoidable personalities!

Here Is A Preview of What You’ll Learn… Learn how to identify and differentiate between healthy and extreme narcissism, and determine how the narcissist in your life ranks for both Discover how narcissism can be considered a dependence on narcissistic supply, mirroring a dependence on alcohol or other drugs Find out what the narcissist wants from you Discover practical research-based methods to making life easier with the narcissist Read about other people’s experiences with narcissists, and what they subsequently learned.

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Editorial Reviews:

“This book was really easy to read and avoided the blame, shame and label rhetoric that you see when you read about narcissists. I found it really useful to see the narcissist in my life as more of a person and why they were being so difficult. Then I could handle them from a much calmer place. Really helpful” – S. Goldberg

“I bought this to help me decide what to do about my narcissistic mother. I’m going to give the techniques a try and see if we can have something of a relationship, really hoping they work” – M. Winston


About The Author:

Theresa Jackson, Multiple Number 1 Best-Selling Author on Narcissism, and Grief for a Parent.

Okay, okay, the secret’s out… Amazon best-selling author, ‘Theresa Jackson,’ is a pen name. The alternative identity of a popular nonfiction writer. She’s relishing in the freedom to explore sensitive issues like family, grief, and relationships, without the risk of alienating her nearest and dearest.

Don’t you just wish you could say what you really think? Join ‘Theresa,’ and let it out. Jump on the exploration freight train and get a greater understanding of yourself and others.





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German Short Stories For Beginners (Easy German Stories) by Lingo Mastery

German Short Stories For Beginners: 20 Captivating Short Stories To Learn German & Grow Your Vocabulary The Fun Way! (Easy German Stories) by Lingo Mastery, Book Review


About The Book:

Do you know what the hardest thing for a German learner is? Finding PROPER reading material that they can handle…which is precisely the reason we’ve written this book!

Teachers love giving out tough, expert-level literature to their students, books that present many new problems to the reader and force them to search for words in a dictionary every five minutes — it’s not entertaining, useful or motivating for the student at all, and many soon give up on learning at all!

In this book, we have compiled 20 easy-to-read, compelling and fun stories that will allow you to expand your vocabulary and give you the tools to improve your grasp of the wonderful German tongue. How German Short Stories for Beginners works: Each story is interesting and entertaining with realistic dialogues and day-to-day situations.

The summaries follow a synopsis in German and in English of what you just read, both to review the lesson and for you to see if you understood what the tale was about. At the end of those summaries, you’ll be provided with a list of the most relevant vocabulary involved in the lesson, as well as slang and sayings that you may not have understood at first glance!

Finally, you’ll be provided with a set of tricky questions in German, providing you with the chance to prove that you learned something in the story. Don’t worry if you don’t know the answer to any — we will provide them immediately after, but no cheating!

We want you to feel comfortable while learning the tongue; after all, no language should be a barrier for you to travel around the world and expand your social circles! So look no further! Pick up your copy of German Short Stories for Beginners and start learning German right now! This book has been written by a native German author and is recommended for A2+ level learners.


Editorial Reviews:


About The Author:

Lingo Mastery is an innovative language education brand that is transforming the way we learn languages. Lingo Mastery is on a mission to make language learning not just easier, but also a lot more fun.

Besides the fantastic books that can be found on this page, Lingo Mastery also has an active website, packed with golden nuggets that will help you on your journey to fluency.






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-The German language is the official language in three different European countries: Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It belongs to the West Germanic of the Indo-European language family. Other languages from this category include English, Frisian, Dutch, Netherlandic, and Flemish.

German is the native language of over 95 Million people and is the 6th largest language with the most native speakers. It is one of the main cultural languages of the western world and is studied and learned by millions of people. The German language has many different dialects depending on in which country or region you are in but in written form, it looks very similar wherever you are.

When it comes to actual speaking, there are a lot of different dialects, some of which are nearly impossible to understand for a foreigner. The most difficult dialects of German you will typically come across in Austria and Switzerland. So if you’re looking to go on a learning vacation, maybe try Germany first.

German is a key language in the European Union and the new economies of Central and Eastern Europe. Even abroad, the German language seems to be in great demand. According to ZAF (Center for Education and Training), in 2015 about 15.4 million people attended German courses at schools, universities or language institutes. That is 500.000 more than just 5 years prior. The language is gaining more and more popularity.

It may be important to note at this point that having a basic to intermediate level of German may be an important tool for your professional future, as well as opening several doors for you on your resume if you feel the need to either migrate or work in a multi-cultural environment. German speakers will usually greatly appreciate your effort in having partially or fully learned their language, and they will happily collaborate with you in solving your doubts.


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Dare to Matter: How to Make a Living and Make a Difference

Dare to Matter: How to Make a Living and Make a Difference by Jordan Kassalow and Jennifer Krause


About The Book:

In Dare to Matter, VisionSpring founder Jordan Kassalow shares his own inspiring story and a nuts-and-bolts plan to help readers who what to make a difference right now, no matter what their job, no matter what their circumstances, on their own terms, in their own time, in concert with their commitments and responsibilities.

The desire to make a difference in the world, to leave the world a better place–and to enjoy life at the same time–is something we all share. But most of us struggle with the where, when, and how. What if the answer was as clear as: here and now, in your own way?

Dr. Jordan Kassalow, founder of VisionSpring, the global phenomenon that has helped millions stay focused on a positive future, shares his own story of connecting his real life financial responsibilities with his true sense of calling, while also offering readers the tools to map out their own path. Jordan partners with readers in their search for ways to feed both their families and their souls, assisting them in everything from discovering their higher purpose, answering questions like how much is enough, to constructing, and implementing, a nuts-and-bolts plan to live in service of others without sacrificing their paychecks.

Dare to Matter assures readers that doing good and doing well needn’t be an either/or proposition; that they don’t have to be a billionaire philanthropist or take a vow of poverty, be young and unencumbered, or retired, to give of themselves in the way that they, and only they, have been created to give. Dare to Matter will help readers put Jordan’s unique blueprint to work in their own lives, locate their joy, and make a difference in the world.


Editorial Reviews:

Extraordinary Praise for Dare to Matter

“A stirring, hopeful reflection on life, faith, legacy, meaning, and love that will guide and encourage you to try just a little bit harder to let your reach exceed your grasp as you find your way to make a difference at home and in the world.”
Walter Isaacson, New York Times bestselling author

“An essential reminder that the greatest challenges of any age are no match for the goodwill, love, passion, and potential that abides in all human beings. I hope this superb book will inspire its readers to follow in Jordan’s footsteps in making a difference for all.”
Madeleine K. Albright, former Secretary of State

“In an era when young people are compelled to find purpose, yet they too often find themselves stressed and anxious, Jordan offers a sustainable and impactful path, grounded in the clarity of his own experience with VisionSpring.”
Sylvia Burwell, President of American University and former Secretary of Health and Human Services

“As feelings of cynicism, apathy, and hopelessness threaten to divide people and asphyxiate progress, Dare to Matter is a breath of fresh, hopeful air. This book will restore your faith in what is possible, and inspire you to devote your personal power to making positive, meaningful change.”
Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation

Dare to Matter should be required reading for anyone who dreams of making a difference. The book shines with hard-earned wisdom embedded in spiritual ground and girded with practical advice. You will be inspired, enlivened and possibly, forever changed in all good ways.”
Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO, Acumen and author of The Blue Sweater

“This book is an amazing gift. It shows us that the best way to develop fully who we uniquely are is to dare repeatedly over life to change the world. Because that’s what Jordan Kassalow has done, and because he’s so very reflective/observant and clear, the reader’s journey to this understanding is in rich comfort.”
—Bill Drayton, Founder and CEO of Ashoka

“Are you doing the things that make you most fulfilled in life? Are you having a positive impact on the people and the world around you? Jordan Kassalow has helped me answer these questions with the lessons artfully distilled in this important book.”
Jeff Raider, Co-founder & Co-CEO Harry’s, Inc.


About The Author:

Jordan Kassalow is an optometrist and social entrepreneur. He is a partner at a thriving practice in New York City and is also the Founder of VisionSpring, an award-winning social business that works to restore eyesight to the more than 2.5 billion people who live in the developing world in extreme poverty and need nothing more than a simple pair of eyeglasses to see.

VisionSpring has been internationally recognized by the Skoll Foundation, the World Economic Forum, the Aspen Institute, and the World Bank. Since 2001, it has distributed over 5 million pairs of eyeglasses. Jordan is also the co-Founder of the EYElliance, a coalition of multi-sector experts including public, private, academic, and NGO partners. EYElliance functions as a leader, convener, and coordinator to channel collective efforts to address the global unmet need for eyeglasses.

Jordan was also the Founder of the Global Health Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations where he is a life member and is a fellow of Draper Richards Kaplan, Skoll, Ashoka, and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He was named one of the Schwab Foundation’s 2012 Social Entrepreneurs, was the inaugural winner of the John P. McNulty Prize, and was recently named to Forbes Impact 30. For more information on VisionSpring, please visit
Jennifer Krause is a rabbi and the author of The Answer: Making Sense of Life, One Question at a Time. Her writing and commentary have been featured in NewsweekThe New York TimesThe Huffington PostThe Daily Beast,, and O Magazine. Dubbed “one of NYC’s Hippest Rabbis” and “the Jewish Katie Couric” by WNET’s MetroFocus, Jennifer served as the High Holidays rabbi at Manhattan’s 92Y, the first woman to hold that post in 92Y’s 145-year history.

Jennifer is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations Religion and Foreign Policy Initiative, a network of religious and congregational leaders, scholars, and thinkers of all backgrounds and affiliations who come together for nonpartisan, cross-denominational conversations on global issues.






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See You in the Piazza by Frances Mayes Review

See You in the Piazza: New Places to Discover in Italy by Frances Mayes

About The Book:

Bestselling and beloved author Frances Mayes discovers the hidden pleasures of Italy in a sumptuous travel narrative that crisscrosses the country, with inventive new recipes celebrating Italian cuisine The Roman Forum, the Leaning Tower, the Piazza San Marco: these are the sights synonymous with Italy. But such landmarks only scratch the surface of this magical country’s offerings.

In See You in the Piazza, Frances Mayes introduces us to the Italy only the locals know, as she and her husband, Ed, eat and drink their way through thirteen regions–from Friuli to Sicily. Along the way, she seeks out the cultural and historic gems not found in traditional guidebooks.

Frances conjures the enchantment of the backstreets, the hubbub of the markets, the dreamlike wonder of that space between lunch and dinner when a city cracks open to those who would wander or when a mind is drawn into the pages of a delicious book–and discloses to us the secrets that only someone who is on intimate terms with a place could find.


Editorial Reviews:

“A sparkling and irresistible view of Italy… Mayes has a wonderful eye for detail as she lyrically describes her surroundings… Readers will want to take their time, savoring this poetic travelogue like a smooth wine.” Publishers Weekly(starred)

“Here, we are off the beaten track, soaking in the distinctive sunlight, traditional cuisines, architecture, and geographical features of each area…providing delightful trattoria recipes, poetry and anecdotes. Readers will definitely eat well by staying by her whimsical and conversational side.” Library Journal (starred)

“Mayes has arranged her memoir geographically from north to south, rather than chronologically, to allow readers to peruse the sections randomly, perhaps using the book as a companion guide to their own trip. Her descriptions are painterly and alluring, and she includes recipes for memorable dishes—grilled prawns with fennel and olives, sea bream poached in special seasoned broth, lemon ricotta tart, gnocchi with wild hare, and crispy octopus—that are likely to whet the prospective traveler’s appetite. A charming homage to upscale travel through Italy.” —Kirkus Reviews


About The Author:

FRANCES MAYES Twenty years ago in Under the Tuscan Sun, Frances Mayes introduced readers to a wondrous new world when she bought and restored an abandoned villa in the spectacular Tuscan countryside.

With her signature evocative language and vivid sensory descriptions, she described the beauty and simplicity of life in Italy, inspiring generations to embark on their own journeys–whether that be flying to a foreign country in search of themselves, tasting one of the book’s dozens of delicious seasonal recipes, or simply engaging in the armchair travel for which Frances’s writings are famous.

Now, with a new afterword from the Bard of Tuscany herself, a whole new crop of readers is poised to discover the tastes and passions of Italian living in the 20th anniversary edition. Frances has always adored houses, and when she saw Bramasole, a neglected, 200-year old Tuscan farmhouse nestled in five overgrown acres, it was love at first sight. Out of that instant infatuation have come three marvelous, and hugely popular, memoirs.

The bestseller Under the Tuscan Sun, remained on The New York Times bestseller list for two and a half years. The other international best sellers are: Bella Tuscany, and Every Day in Tuscany, the last in her Tuscan trilogy. She has published two photo-texts, In Tuscany, a collaborative photo-textbook with her husband, the poet Edward Mayes and photographer Bob Krist, and Bringing Tuscany Home:

Sensuous Style from the Heart of Italy, another collaborative book with Edward Mayes and photographer Steven Rothfeld. All five highly personal books are about taking chances, living in Italy, loving and renovating an old Italian villa, the pleasures of food, wine, gardens, and the “voluptuousness of Italian life.”

The books are translated into more than forty languages. Recently, Frances and Ed published The Tuscan Sun Cookbook: Recipes from My Italian Kitchen, a collection of their favorite Tuscan recipes. Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir, published in April, 2014 by Crown, is Frances Mayes’s coming-of-age in Georgia memoir. The story begins and ends in the present, with the middle of the book devoted to life in the deepest South in a small town.

It’s an ode to the South as an intense and (then) isolated place and to the people who lived their passionate lives there. The book is populated with a cast of intrinsically southern characters—fatalistic, ribald, eccentric, and big-hearted. Her first novel, Swan, a family saga and mystery, returns Mayes to her childhood home of Georgia. A film version of Under the Tuscan Sun, starring Diane Lane, was released in fall of 2003.

She is also the author of the travel memoir entitled A Year in the World: Journeys of A Passionate Traveller, which immediately debuted as a New York Times bestseller in 2006. Working again with Steven Rothfeld, she published Shrines: Images of Italian Worship. A widely published poet and essayist, Frances Mayes has written numerous books of poetry, including Sunday in Another Country, After Such Pleasures, The Arts of Fire, Hours, The Book of Summer, and Ex Voto.

Her text The Discovery of Poetry: A Field Guide to Reading and Writing Poems is widely used in college poetry classes. Formerly a professor of creative writing at San Francisco State University, where she directed The Poetry Center and chaired the Department of Creative Writing, Mayes now devotes herself full time to writing. She and her husband divide their time between North Carolina and Tuscany.






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  • Chapter 1


The waiter slides toward me a clear little glass layered with cream, chocolate, and coffee. Sip the layers and you taste Torino. The bicerin—dialect for small glass—has come to be synonymous with the many atmospheric cafés that are the city’s life blood. Torino is flush with regal boulevards and piazzas ringed with these delicious haunts. I’m at the wood-paneled Caffè Al Bicerin, intimate, with candles on tiny marble tables. In this very place, someone in 1763 first concocted the bicerin, a wickedly sumptuous drink. I like a place that remembers a coffee drink invented 256 years ago.

I’ve slipped into other historic cafés to sample their bicerin or lemonade or cappuccino. Bliss. There’s Caffè Torino under the grand arcades, where the great Cesare Pavese, who lived nearby, used to meet other writers; Caffè Mulassano, with marble bar and bentwood chairs, said to have the best espresso in town. Baratti e Milano, more chocolate- and confection-oriented than the others but with an old-world air, and Caffè San Carlo, all gilt and columns and statues.

In late afternoon, the cafés serve aperitivi. No surprise: Campari and vermouths such as Punt e Mes were all invented in Torino. Order a drink and you’re welcome to a lavish buffet of stuzzichini—crostini, olives, chips, focaccia, prosciutto, slices of omelet, and grissini, bread sticks (also invented in Torino). This interlude previews dinner. Which is glorious to anticipate. Torino restaurants are up there with the best in Italy.

Late morning, Ed and William, who’ve been out walking, meet me under the arcades at Caffè Torino. They are impressed by its bodacious chandeliers, smooth waitstaff, and medallion of a rampant bull inlaid in the flagstones outside the door. This is a perfect perch for watching the human parade. We order cappuccino, then tramezzini, the triangular half sandwiches made of trimmed, soft white bread—the kind of air bread we usually scorn. “These were invented in Torino,” I tell them. “At Caffè Mulassano. The weird poet D’Annunzio made up the name . . .” Mine is ham and cheese.

“Tramezzo, a divider. Across the middle,” Ed says. “The -ino or -ini is the diminutive.”

“Across the middle of the morning or across the corners of the bread?” William asks.

“Who knows? It was easier to say than the popular ‘English tea sandwich.’’’

“Everything was invented in Torino?” William concludes.

Unlike panini, the tramezzini usually have mayonnaise. Almost all bars, train stations, and cafés serve a variety. Ed took to them right away, especially the tuna and olive for a mid-morning snack.

Spread out on the table, our books on Piemonte and the poems of Pavese. Never much of a café sitter, I could while away the morning like this. A well-dressed businessman grinds his foot over the balls of the gold bull. Not sure how that brings the good luck it’s reputed to.

We stroll along Via Garibaldi and Via Roma, checking out the designer shops (oh, no! William is attracted to Louis Vuitton belts). Torino has eighteen kilometers of covered walkways, a reminder that inclement weather can pour in from the Alps. The chic shops are punctuated by more appealing cafés in glass-roofed Galleria San Federico, where we happen upon Cinema Lux, an Art Nouveau theater. In smaller streets we find Libreria Internazionale Luxemburg, a vintage British bookstore and a cool contemporary café and art space.

Where are the tourists? we wonder. They’re all in Florence. We came to Torino last summer with William and loved every minute of the four days we spent blessedly free from mobs. We all agreed—we needed more time here. As we begin a trip into Piemonte, we decided to light here again.

What a fantastic place to bring a child or young adult! Highlights from our first visit:

We took a taxi out to the Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile. Even if you’re not a car fan, you have to swoon at the design genius on display. The emphasis is on vintage Fiat, Lancia, and Alfa Romeo, though there are Bugattis, Ferraris, and others. A long-time Alfista (one who adores Alfas), Ed examined each.

Eataly: the Italian food emporium near the car museum. We walked from the car museum to there for lunch and to look at the amazing range of olive oil, pasta, honey, jam, wine, and other products, all from this country.

Museo Egizio: after Cairo, the largest Egyptian museum in the world. Torino began collecting in 1630, and now displays 6,500 items (with another 26,000 in storage). The museum is located right in the centro.

Museo Nazionale del Cinema in the Mole Antonelliana, where on the ground floor, you can watch movie clips in lounge chairs with headphones. You spiral up to three floors of changing displays; many are interactive, demonstrating the history of photography and film. It’s a lively tour. The glass-walled elevator takes you to the tower for a view over Torino and the Alps in the distance. I didn’t go; it looked claustrophobic and harrowing. Ed and William did, and they reported it was claustrophobic and harrowing.

Via Po: Stroll along this grand boulevard lined with palazzi and arrive at the Po River. The rarefied French influence of the House of Savoy, which ruled Italy from 1861 to 1946, is everywhere in Torino. A gaily lit string of cafés beckons as evening falls. A moment to time-travel to nineteenth-century Paris.

We are staying at the home of Pavese! By chance, I came across a listing for a B & B called La Luna e i Falò (The Moon and the Bonfires is the title of one of Pavese’s novels). I was shocked to see that the B & B had been his home. With awe, I reserved two of its three rooms. His own copies of his paperbacks lie on the hall table. His small writing room (or was it his dining room?) is now the guests’ sitting room. Our bedroom, furnished with antiques, blue toile fabrics, a table in front of a window, looks out at the graceful balconies that festoon the elegant houses across the street.

I open the window and look at what Pavese looked at. Where he smoked and smoked, and wrote and wrote. Where he sipped Campari and left his slippers by the chair. The current dining room, where we’re served afternoon tea and breakfast at round tables with flowers and silver, must have been his living room. There would have been books and paintings. If he appeared today, what would he think? Yes, the young woman who checked us in says, yes, he lived here in 1950 when he committed suicide. “Not at home,” she adds quickly. “He locked this door for the last time and checked into Hotel Roma near the train station. Overdose of sleeping pills. He was two weeks shy of forty-two.”

All that passion and romance and darkness and profundity and work silenced by a handful of pills. There’s an undercurrent of loss running through his poems but a swifter stream of longing and acute love for people. I tried this translation of his poem, “La Casa”:

The House

The man alone listens to the calm voice

with eyes half-closed, almost a breath

blowing on the face, a friendly breath

that rises, incredibly, from a time gone.

The man alone listens to the ancient voice

that his fathers, in their time, have heard, clear

and absorbed, a voice that like the green

of the ponds and the hills darkens at evening.

The man alone knows a shadow voice,

caressing, that rises in the calm tones

of a secret spring: he drinks it attentively,

eyes closed, and it doesn’t seem past.

And the voice that one day stopped the father

of his father, and everyone of dead blood.

A woman’s voice that sings secretly

At the threshold of the house, to the falling dark.

I like his poem. He is trying to express something that cannot really be said. Translating feels like pouring water through a sieve. Two lines don’t go happily into English. Perhaps aren’t that happy in Italian, either. That’s okay. Pavese has pulled me into an intensely private moment. A woman sings. The song has been heard by his father and his father’s father before. The threshold—now and then, life and death, love and loss. The song spirals in his DNA. A lullaby, a love song, a dirge.

I like his house, too. There’s a squeak to a floorboard, a panel of sunlight falling in at an angle, a gray quietness where something might happen. And it did. Beginning with Walt Whitman, he worked vigorously on translations, in addition to his own novels and poetry. Moby-Dick! From this small room, he brought contemporary American fiction to Italy: Sinclair Lewis, John Dos Passos, Sherwood Anderson, William Faulkner, Gertrude Stein. Nights of work. Then he would take long walks in the rain.

At lunch we stop at Pepino on Piazza Carignano and sit outside for quick vegetable salads. William notices an old, wheeled ice cream cart parked near the door and people at the next table ordering what we called “nuggets” when I was growing up. We find out that the Pinguino, penguin, the original chocolate-dipped ice cream on a stick, was invented here in 1939. Pepino has been making gelato since 1884. “That list of Torino inventions is getting longer,” William remarks. I think for years invented in Torino will be a family saying.

All of Piemonte is known for the pleasures of the table but Torino particularly so. Those Savoy royals brought from France the tradition of fabulous desserts, not always, or even usually, a given in Italy (except for gelato). The wine region just to the north, the irresistible cheeses, the ever-present taste of hazelnut, the coveted beef of Piemontese Fassone cows, and sopratutto, above all—chocolate. Not only plain chocolate but gianduia, chocolate with roasted hazelnuts, one of those genius mother-of-necessity inventions at a time when chocolate was scarce and roasted hazelnuts were incorporated to stretch the quantity. Gianduia probably was named after a commedia dell’arte character. A foil-wrapped gianduia in the shape of Gianduia’s hat is called giannuiotto. The plump triangles melt in your mouth and on your fingers.

Several superb chocolate makers reign in Torino. Our good friends in Tuscany, Aurora and Fulvio, grew up here. With the gift of a lavish box that could have held a limited-edition art book, they introduced us to Guido Gobino chocolates. Last year, we visited the jewel-box shop at via Giuseppe Luigi Lagrange, 1. Now, we retrace those steps. Gianduia, check, fruit gelatine (jellies), check. Also the jellies of pear, lemon, myrtle covered with milk chocolate. But this time we go for the ganache, flavored with Barolo, candied lemon, orange and almond, lemon and cloves, vermouth. William selects our box for the road. After being offered several delectable tastes, we can’t even try a chocolate granita or a cold summer bicerin.

I so want to write about food! Where to begin? I could write an entire book about Torino. We were wild about every restaurant we tried on our trip last year, beginning with the classic Tre Galline and the inventive bio-aware Consorzio. Before the Savoys entered with their fancy ways, Torinese were feasting on goose, rabbit, venison, boar, snails, goat, and—oh, yes—donkey. Never scorned: il quanto quarto, the fifth part, meaning offal. Modern chefs are still inventing around these ingredients, which endure in temples of gastronomy dusted with Michelin stars.

We each had our favorite restaurants. Mine was:

Del Cambio. The long mirrors sending back the sparkle of chandeliers, the tables, drawn up to claret velvet banquettes and laden with polished cutlery and hothouse flowers, the atmosphere of friendly hauteur. I wished I’d worn a black dress and very high heels, but the printed silk shirt and linen pants had to do. I imagined all the occasions that Torinesi families have celebrated here.

Since 1757, Del Cambio has served the locally beloved finanziera, a stew our friend Fulvio always raves about anytime he returns to Torino for a visit. The hallowed dish earned its name from what was on the backs of bankers who dined at this very restaurant; they wore coats called finanziere, financiers. The recipe is sometimes called finanziera Cavour, for the prime minister–­statesman who frequented the restaurant. The ingredients include brains and veins, veal, bone marrow, calf and/or rooster testicles, cockscomb, wattle, mushrooms, Marsala or Barolo, parsley, garlic, and bay leaves. Finanziera’s popularity in Torino reveals something essential about the local palate: anything that moves or grows is fair game. Were we brave enough to try this signature dish?

I’m afraid, in summer, we tended toward lighter fare. Pretty shapes of melon on ice, gossamer fried slices of vegetables; plin (pinched ravioli) with lardo, lemon, and mackerel; vitello tonnato (a Piemontese favorite, veal with a creamy tuna sauce); sea bass in sea lettuce. William is served a small amount of wine. He wore a fitted gray sport coat and white shirt. He was wide-eyed with pleasure. I had a glimpse of the man he will be, someday sitting with someone he loves.

Service is cordial. If you get up from the table, the waiter doesn’t just refold your napkin. He brings a fresh one. This lighting makes everyone look glamorous. I’m intrigued by a bejeweled older woman next to us (an aged-out high-class prostitute?), sitting beside her ancient, coiffed, and silent mother. There’s a story there, as there’s a story everywhere.

Dessert arrived. A gianduia expanse topped with blackberries and, on top of William’s, a chocolate model of the Mole Antonelliana, the tower he ascended. The tower is toppled and we all had a bite.

Ed’s favorite: Circolo dei Lettori, formerly a private literary club that now hosts publishing events and book clubs in their reading room, but also serves lunch and dinner in hushed, clubby rooms lined with paintings of artists. What a special lunch, watched by the faces of Torino’s artists.

William’s favorite, and a topic of conversation all year: Combal.Zero, a long taxi ride outside town to Rivoli, one of the royal palaces, and now Museo d’Arte Contemporanea. By the time we arrived, the museum was long closed. We had to ring at a gate, where a hip-looking guy escorted us to the long, glass-walled restaurant of chef Davide Scabin. Only two other tables were occupied. (This really is too far from town for a spontaneous visit.) William was immediately stunned when they presented a water menu, listing an array from all over Europe with their mineral contents. He and Ed proceeded with the extravagant tasting menu, far too experimental for my tame palate. Ed selected the wine pairings and William was offered pairings as well, various fruit, water, and tea preparations. The courses began to roll out. This, clearly, is play. The chef is having fun. We had fun, too. The waiters hovered, enjoying William’s awe and delight. It’s a party.

Torino: Forty museums. Sixty markets. Churches, more cafés, contemporary galleries—we must come back. Again, and again. We cannot, we agree, leave without visiting the Musei Reali complex, the residences and collections of the Savoy rulers, and the gardens designed by André Le Nôtre. The scale of the city complex is daunting. We tour the royals’ personal quarters, which are so gilded and frescoed and sumptuous that we emerge feeling that we must be gold-leafed ourselves. I like the neoclassical ballroom best—the gold rosettes on the coffered ceiling with allegorical dancers representing Time frolicking around Apollo and the Muses. The Armeria, a grand room of armorial dress, is surprisingly interesting because the heavy plates often are decorated or personalized. Fashion was as important as protection.



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The New Working Woman’s (r)Evolution Book Review

The New Working Woman’s (r)Evolution: How to Survive and Succeed Through Empowerment by Cristina Carballo-Perelman M.D.


About The Book:

The New Working Woman’s (r)Evolution is a modern, practical survival and success roadmap for all women in the workforce.

  • Need advice where a work environment is not conducive to advancement?
  • Need to approach leadership, HR or other colleagues? 
  • What are your options if harassment occurs? 
  • What are the signs that the company you work for is not the right fit for your work goals? 
This roadmap is comprised of eleven attributes needed to become empowered. And becoming empowered is critical in today’s world of pay inequity, sexual harassment and lack of promotions beyond mid-level managerial positions.

The ability to shatter the glass ceiling is further hampered by the under-representation of women in the boardroom across all industries, even those heavily represented by women.

The New Working Woman’s (r)Evolution has described, in detail, each of these attributes and how they work together to help women become empowered at work. Included are worksheets to help the reader practice and become proficient in these attributes.
In addition, this book shows you the types of corporations, companies, and workplaces that will assist, not hamper, your journey to the top.
By applying these attributes, you will be better able to work with the leadership at your workplace to improve the rights of women. These attributes will also give you a clear focus if you need to move on and search for the right workplace that will help you evolve.
Through the personal implementation of these attributes, you will be able to complete your journey without compromising your core values. You will achieve what so many women are still striving for; being recognized and lauded for their talents, regardless of race, sex or physical appearance.

Editorial Reviews:

Cristina Carballo-Perelman, M.D., has been a neonatologist for 30 years. She has seen how society devalues women, both at home and in the workplace by continually placing more value of women’s beauty over brains. She and her coworkers have experienced this inequality and unfair treatment of women in the professional setting over the years.

Dr. Carballo-Perelman’s passion and motivation to write her female empowering books derives from wanting to help women who have experienced similar situations. She provides hope that if they search for companies with ethics and integrity, they will indeed be re-hired.   Her aim is to empower women, not make them into “little men.” By doing so, she hopes to accelerate the overall equality of the sexes in all areas of life!   Her other passions include employee rights and corporate social responsibility.

She has the first-hand experience concerning these topics as she was fired for ” challenging the status-quo” at work. She realized to late the cost of working for a corporation without a “soul.” These experiences have allowed her to help others navigate the workforce and become empowered as employees with rights.

Finally, as a physician, she has dealt with many issues concerning death, including the right to assist death “with dignity.” Her “intimate interview” with Death itself, puts a unique spin to the topic.   There have been many accolades concerning all her books and the help they bring to those who read them.   Her hope is to continue to help others live empowered, joyful lives and enjoy this journey called life!


About The Author:

Cristina Carballo-Perelman, M.D., Recently named one of the “50 Great Writers You Should be Reading” by The Authors Show, Cristina Carballo- Perelman, M.D., has been a neonatologist for 30 years.

She and her female colleagues have experienced first-hand many of the misperceptions concerning the capability of women in the workplace. She has seen how society as a whole continues to devalue women both in their careers and at home by placing greater value in looks over brains.

Her passion to write derives from her experiences both as a woman in the workplace as well as being devalued as an employee (i.e. she, too, was fired once and subsequently, successfully rehired!) She has also dealt with death and dying issues inherent in her practice and was compelled to express her thoughts concerning this topic.

Dr. Perelman has been a subspecialty physician for 30 + years. She has seen how society devalues women, both at home and in the workplace by continually placing more value of women’s looks over brains. Her passion and motivation to write empowering books derives from wanting to help women who have experienced similar situations.

Many of Perelman’s books focus on the goal of empowering women, not make them into “little men.” By doing so, she works to accelerate the overall equality of the sexes in all areas of life! Perelman’s other passions include employee rights and corporate social responsibility. Her powerful and common experiences have allowed her to help others navigate the workforce and become empowered as employees with rights.

Perelman provides hope and guidance to those who want to work for companies with ethics and integrity, they will indeed be successful. Finally, as a physician, Perelman has dealt with many issues concerning death, including the right to assist death “with dignity”. Her hope is that others find her words inspiring and more importantly, helpful, to deal with any or all of these issues, as presented. You can also visit her website She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband.



I’ve received the paperback book in a review program, notebook size with simple cover design, good quality of paper and printing.

The New Working Woman’s (r)Evolution: How to Survive and Succeed Through Empowerment by Cristina Carballo-Perelman M.D. is written in 2 parts, the first part includes 11 attributes(chapter) and the second part contains 5 chapters. This book is to help females who have been sexually harassed at work and for young females to avoid any despicable behavior from their colleagues, or leadership and also to empower them in the business world to grow and succeed as a leader and successfully shatter the glass ceiling.

The author provides the audiences with eleven attributes, to empower women and signify the visionary ideals that human strive to attain. She believes the number eleven is a sacred number since, before the time of Aristotle, each attribute contains, definition, antithesis, her advice, synopsis along with a worksheet.

The author believes that women can be as successful as men if they combine agentic and communal traits in their leadership or mentorship style and be seen as assertive, but not bossy. she provides references and examples of bossy and successful women in higher positions to convey her message.

The Conscience of a Corporation, Part 2 which contains 5 chapters, is about general information of corporation’s conscience argument against it, challenging the status quo, how corporations can assist women in shattering the glass ceiling.


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Don’t Dare to Dream by Dan Friedman Review

Don’t Dare to Dream by Dan Friedman Review


About the Book:

Don’t Dare to Dream is Dan Friedman’s debut crime thriller. If you like gripping suspense, twists and turns, and unpredictable characters – you’ll love Dan Friedman’s thrilling ride.

Description: A successful million-dollar startup is David Pascal’s dream. But some people would kill to get a piece of it. David didn’t want much: a successful startup, a wife, and a family. But a series of bad encounters, partnerships, and a failed relationship drove him to attempt suicide.

Rick, a good-looking life coach desperate to become the next Tony Robbins, moves in next door and offers to help David get back on his feet, in exchange for help developing a new app.

Rick’s wife Angela, a beautiful psychology student haunted by her past, becomes David’s best friend. But he can’t help falling in love with her—which might hurt his relationship with Rick. An investor pays them millions—but some people would murder for that much money.

After it disappears, David’s world shatters as he races to stay alive and find the money—before it’s too late. Even the FBI can’t tell David who to trust, or who wants him dead.


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Reality Inspector by John Caris Review and Summary

Reality Inspector by John Caris Review and Summary


About The Book:

An early, perhaps the first, computer-hacking novel
A world championship chess match is the backdrop for this intriguing science fiction detective story. The main computer of the Federal Reserve is being tampered with by a sinister power, and the results could wreak havoc with the fiscal policy, causing the U.S. economy to fragment into pieces.

Actual chess games are used, and they act as launching pads for journeys into strange and challenging worlds. The mind has the power to project itself and to manipulate its environment. It has the power to shape external reality according to its inner reality. And when powerful minds become engaged in combat, a mighty and fierce struggle ensues.

The outcome of a chess game can be explained in several ways: chance blunders on one side or sharp playing on the other side. Or some kind of mind power influencing the players. It is a difficult idea to accept. The book includes 24 chess diagrams and an appendix with 17 master chess games.


Editorial Reviews:

” A delight and a challenge … very recommended.” –New York Tribune

“A gifted writer.” –Slidell Daily News

“A new ageclassic.” –Better Lives for a Better World


About The Author:

John Caris Having been a Humanities and English college teacher for thirty-six years, I now manage Ye Olde Consciousness Shoppe which presents ideas about transforming consciousness and reaching a higher level of reality. The website has information about my three books: “Hermes Beckons”, a tale of alchemy and magic, is the most recent publication.

The earlier books are “Foundation for a New Consciousness: An Essay on Art, Science, and Meditation“, and “Reality Inspector”, a novel set in San Francisco involving a world championship chess match and computer hacking at the Federal Reserve Bank.
Education is the foundation for my life’s journey, and so I have followed that path, both as a profession and as a means of personal fulfillment. A student and teacher and writer, I have spent many years inspecting the doings and makings of us human beings.
In pursuit of knowledge, I began studying philosophy, religion, psychology, and literature.
Before long I realized that these categories set false barriers, and so I reshaped my quest for understanding by inspecting the arts and sciences and then extending the search to all human activities, following two main threads: who are we (essence or identity) and why are we here (existence)? The human spirit is expressed in everything that we do. Though cultures can be distinguished by their differences, underneath flows the human soul.
Each culture, then, is one facet reflecting the soul’s myriad possibilities. For good or evil, the human spirit is capable of dancing to the cosmic rhythms of life, death, and regeneration. The human world is a miniature of the universe, and if we look carefully, we see the microcosm-macrocosm link.





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  • Chapter 3 Copyright © 1982 John Caris

Five p.m. and government employees were beginning to leave the Mint. Perched upon a rocky base, the Mint appeared like a mountain fortress or temple, especially when viewed from Market Street.

But its entrance was at the top of the hill on Hermann Street–133 Hermann to be exact. John Ocean parked his car in front of the entrance. The first thing that he noticed when he approached the building was a large sign that stated “U.S. Government Property, No Trespassing.” The sign stood above a low, stone wall, which was broken by a sidewalk leading to the entrance. The sidewalk, however, had been barred by an immovable gate. Glancing to his right, he noticed a driveway and a guardhouse.

As he walked up to the guardhouse, a security guard stepped from the small building. After John told him that he had an appointment with Mr. Acorn, he waited while the guard phoned in a clearance check. When the guard waved approval, he walked to the entrance. The security system was certainly working, at least at this point.

A strange feeling caught John as he entered the Mint. Somewhere down below him was ZAC. Hidden from public eyes deep in its tomb, ZAC communicated with other computers throughout the U.S. and perhaps the world. Yet an outside power was now infiltrating ZAC; its closed system was leaking. He stood in the lobby and glanced about.

A security guard came up to him and, after verifying his identity, ushered him into the office of Mr. Acorn, who then escorted him to room 103 where he was given an ID. They took a special elevator, which had only one stop, down to the lowest level. Several people were waiting as the door opened; the day shift was leaving. John looked through the glass walls into ZAC’s living room. The night shift was already on the job; human figures seemed to flow past the glass walls.

Opposite the door was a security post; two guards watched not only the people behind the glass wall but also those who were entering or leaving. John put his ID into a slot in the turnstile and waited until the gate opened and the ID popped out. Mr. Acorn followed him into the room. The sounds and lights were impressive, at least for a first visit. But it was not quite like his image, which was perhaps too science fictionish. He immersed himself in this light-sound environment during Mr. Acorn’s instructive tour.

One part of his mind was filing away the data that Mr. Acorn was telling him, but his conscious part was experiencing the new location. What were the vibes? Where were the negative and positive places? He sensed a quality of turmoil around the computer printout and keyboard terminal. Oh, yes, Mr. Acorn was saying good night. And what were the names of the three attendants? Well, no worry; he would remember when necessary.

Taking a chair, he placed it in a spot which had good feelings. The room, about forty feet long, was rectangular. The chair was placed about ten feet from one end and halfway from each side. He sat down on the chair. Relaxing his body, he focused on some moving tapes ten feet away. Could he count the number of revolutions per second as da Vinci had counted the flutterings of a bird’s wing? His senses were focused on the room’s presence. He tasted it, smelled it, touched it.

A tangy and slightly pungent flavor, he thought. The turmoil around the printout and keyboard terminal was only the impression left by different attendants, like superimposing several voice prints.


  • Chapter 11 Copyright © 1982 John Caris

In the day’s mail John had received the fourth clue. Or was it a threat? The envelope had contained only a copy of M.C. Escher’s lithograph Dragon. In what way the picture was a threat, John was uncertain. It was obviously a clue, though. He remembered the advice that ZAC had given him. He could add and divide. The dragon was a unity, yet it appeared to turn itself inside out. Escher was known for his visual tricks.

The clue was purely non-verbal; it had no written message to assist interpretation. He replayed the clues in his mind: a message about his death, a pawn passed away, a choice between a box and a bag, and now a dragon turning itself inside out. If this new clue were a threat, then the dragon symbolized potential death. But, he thought, that was a very roundabout way of threatening him. So far, his life had not been threatened directly.

There were only the anonymous mailings. His opponent only wanted him to be afraid, to succumb to fear; but, then, he was not close to a solution. True, he and ZAC were communicating quite well, yet the problem remained that ZAC was ignorant of the alien program’s presence until it was told, so John would have to rely on other means.

Perhaps, he could use the clues and find the thread leading back to his opponent. He looked through the window out onto his garden. The hollyhocks were about three feet tall; tiny buds were forming on the stems. After the ladybugs had arrived a week ago and had begun their feast, few aphids were now to be found. The ladybugs, though, had attracted many birds, which sat upon the telephone lines waiting for their chance. Nature was like that, he thought, an endless cycle, one creature feeding upon another. He puffed on his pipe, watching the fog drift down Ocean Avenue.

The alien program was feeding upon ZAC while his opponent was probably feasting off the increasing interest rate. Escher’s dragon also suggested an endless cycle. Both cycle and spiral were important symbols in many societies. Hindu religion was based upon the idea of an eternal cycle of life and death, and so Buddha came to show the way out of that cycle. Western science with its big bang theory assumed a cycle of expansion and contraction for the universe.

The spiral was a form frequently found in nature; it was based upon the mathematics of phi, the golden proportion. John laughed to himself: now I’m back to ZAC, but have I advanced to a higher level of understanding? Can I use these clues to construct a model of my opponent’s thinking? What kind of a mind would send me such threats? Understanding my opponent’s consciousness will help me, for then I will have a better idea about the design of the alien program and its recycling process.

Fog was gently spreading over his garden, and he was certain that the ladybugs were now hidden in their sleeping quarters. He looked at the clock on the desk; it was time to walk over to the Rainbow Inn for some food and for the evening’s chess game. Unlike ladybugs, human beings often fed after sundown. Upon entering the Rainbow Inn, he looked about and saw Hank and Od at their usual table. John joined them after leaving with Helen his order of a glass of pinot noire and a Rainbow sandwich. Tonight was the tenth game of the match.

The champion had won the eighth game while the ninth was a draw, so he now led 3 to 2. Sam was playing white again tonight, but Mary was ready for him. She planned to show him how a queen could really be used. On the last move of game eight Sam had offered her his queen, and she had resigned. As the championship match moved closer to the magic number of six wins, excitement increased. The Inn was packed as always, but a new subtle tension permeated the audience.

John felt it as soon as he had entered the Inn. He noticed that Od was quieter than usual–quiet but not necessarily calm. Od’s sharp features seemed to radiate an electric charge. Even Hank’s normal calmness contained a new ingredient. What was it, he wondered? Perhaps, it had something to do with the strange winds that had blown into the Bay Area the past week. The TV screen showed Mary and Sam sitting across from each other. Then the champion moved a piece, and the game was underway.

He opened with P-K4 (e4), and she answered with P-K4 (e5). The first five moves were conventional enough, and then he devised a trap by taking her king pawn with his knight. But she skirted the trap by reinforcing her king file. On move twelve the champion created another potential trap; that was how Od saw it. Hank disagreed; he thought it was a weakness. He was saying, “Mary has a win if she can see it. Sam has made a monstrous hole at Q3 (d3).”


  • Chapter 21 Copyright © 1982 John Caris

The late afternoon sun streamed through a pair of French doors in the living room of Dr. Glove’s small cottage. John, sitting in an oversized, leather chair, gave the tastefully decorated room a careful appraisal. He tuned his sensitivity to the house’s presence; he hoped to discover new data about his opponent.

The feelings he sensed were those of contentedness and wealth. Mixed with them was the sharp flavor of a domineering ego that would brook no opposition. He felt forewarned and now knew that he was involved in the end game struggle. He looked across the room at Dr. Glove, who was relaxing on a chaise lounge.

The driver turned butler was serving wine. John filled his pipe with some tobacco and lit it. His opponent had the initiative, so he must wait for the proper moment. Glove was recounting the threats he had sent. The first, of course, was a statement of John’s condition. The passed pawn meant that the reality inspector was a pawn in someone’s game and that he would be sacrificed.

The box and bag–and here Glove chuckled ghoulishly–were two ways to bury a body, either in a coffin or in a bag. The two shots were direct and physical–no idleness there. The shots followed by the recorded voice escalated the situation to a breaking point. So Glove had taken the only alternative left–a private talk with the reality inspector. The portly man toasted his glass and took a sip.

“Now, Mr. Ocean, will you accept my offer. I can use your talents.” John puffed on his pipe while his mind calculated quickly: If I don’t accept, I’m dead. If I do accept, I still may be killed. How could Glove ever really trust me? “Well, Mr. Ocean?” Glove’s face was slowly becoming rigid. He remembered Escher’s dragon.

If Glove did not send it, then who did? In his mind’s eye he saw Od’s smiling face. Of course, Od was the only one who would. The picture was meant as a helpful hint. He should be able to turn inside out, like the dragon. And after his experiences with Hank he knew he could do that. “No. I don’t accept your offer,” he answered firmly.

Glove’s face hardened and burnt. Then it relaxed into a calm smile. He nodded to the bodyguard, who pulled out his gun. John knew that he was in trouble, so he fainted. His double left him; it flew across the room and smote Glove and the bodyguard on the forehead. When his double returned, John gained consciousness. He got up and walked over to the two bodies. They were still breathing. He picked up the handgun and retrieved the car keys from the bodyguard.

He left the house and walked over to the car. Something caught his attention. Stopping, he looked across the lawn to a line of trees. A golden moon was rising; it was shaped like Escher’s dragon. Fascinated by the strangeness, he focused on the image; then, throwing away the car keys and handgun, he stepped off into the golden light.


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God An Autobiography as told to a philosopher by Jerry L. Martin

God An Autobiography as told to a philosopher by Jerry L. Martin

About The Book:

The voice announced, “I am God.” For Jerry Martin, that encounter began a personal, intellectual, and spiritual adventure. He had not believed in God. He was a philosopher, trained to be skeptical— to doubt everything. So his first question was: Is this really God talking?

There were other urgent questions: What will my wife think?

Why would God want to talk to me?

Does God want me to do something?

He began asking all the questions about life and death and ultimate things to which he—and all of us—have sought answers: Love and loss. Happiness and suffering. Good and evil. Death and the afterlife. The world’s religions.

The ways God communicates with us. How to live in harmony with God. God: An Autobiography tells the story of these mind-opening conversations with God.

Editorial Reviews:


About The Author:

Jerry L. Martin was raised in a Christian home. By the time he left college, he was not a believer. But he was interested in the big questions and so he studied the great thinkers. He became a philosophy professor and served as head of the philosophy department at the University of Colorado at Boulder and of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In addition to scholarly articles on epistemology, the philosophy of mind, and public policy, he wrote reports on education that received national attention and was invited to testify before Congress. He stepped down from that career to write this book. Martin lives in Pennsylvania and is married to Abigail L. Rosenthal, professor emerita at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.





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How To Write a Simple Book Review by Allyson R. Abbott

How To Write a Simple Book Review: It’s easier than you think! by Allyson R. Abbott


About The Book:

Pinnacle Award Winning Book. ‘Best Book in ‘How To’ Category 2016 5 Star award Winning Seal from Readers’ Favorite. How to Write a Simple Book Review; it’s easier than you think. By International Bestselling British Author Allyson R. Abbott

Have you ever wondered how to write a book review? Where to begin or how long it needs to be?
Has it ever occurred to you that even negative reviews may be helpful to authors?
Are there different types of reviews? Where can you get tips for reviewing a book? Do you wish writing a review was easy?

With this book it is. Sharing your opinion with people who want to hear it is fun. Your reviews help fellow readers find out if a book is worth their time and money. Authors appreciate the recognition of a review, no matter how long, and the insight of a review can show them where they need to improve. ‘Writing a Simple Book Review; it’s easier than you think!’ holds these answers and more. You can start writing book reviews today; even if it is only a few words.

What the buyers say (Verified Purchases)
5 star

“What Abbott does is teach you…yes, she teaches you to write a one-word review and proceed on to another word, a sentence, and then another sentence…until you have a full paragraph! Let’s face it, no matter what you, the reader, is interested in, there is going to be a book about it to enjoy or learn from. Why not take a few minutes to thank the writer of that book as soon as you have finished reading.” Glenda Amazon Reviewer January 30, 2016

5 star
“How to Write a Simple Book Review is a wonderful, concise book to do just that, write a book review, for beginners or those wanting to improve their review skills. The book has formal, semi-formal, and informal guidelines. Templates are great! Star guidelines and how to vary it to suit yourself. Lots of tips and techniques. Lists of reviewer links and pages to encourage interaction. I thought it was a great book!” Kindle Customer December 31, 2015

5 star
Abbott’s book about providing book reviews motivated me to write this first Amazon book review. So mission accomplished! I rely heavily on book reviews to decide which books to invest my time due to a year 2016 resolution to not waste unnecessary time on books that I dislike. Therefore, writing book reviews is my way of paying the favour forward.

I love that Abbott invested a great proportion of the book on reassuring that there is no fixed format for books. The persuasion is extremely subtle and plods the reader along in a non-intrusive manner. However, for those readers who require further structure, she highlights further discrepancies between the different types of reviews (literary criticism, book report and book review). Further guidelines and template act as further handholds to ease the newbies into the role.

Naturally, I recommend this to all readers who are beginners to reviewing books. However, it might not be suitable for more experienced reviewers who are looking for something to distinguish their reviews from others. Bubbsykat August 1, 2016


Editorial Reviews:

Thank you for buying my book and reading as far as this. As I am fairly new at being an author, I am always humbled when someone reads my words. Every book I write takes many hours and days to put it together, and get it to the publishing stage.

I still get a thrill when I see my books on Amazon and other eBook stores. It was only after publishing my second romance book that I realised, although I was building a following for my books, those readers were not leaving reviews.

It took me until after my third book to realise that reviews are the most important factor in an author’s success, providing crucial feedback, helping with sales and increasing exposure. I talked to friends and family and asked a lot of other people who read lots of books, if they left reviews when they had finished a book, as well as, if they understood the difference between an Indie Author and a Contracted Author.

I was shocked to find that I was the only person within my circle of friends and family that left reviews. The most common answer was ‘I have no idea where to start’ and I was very surprise to discover that most had little, or no idea about the Indie Author movement, even though they knew I wrote books and am an independent author.

I have to admit that, as I travel a lot, it was not something we sat down at the table to discuss, but I realised that there must also be a lot more people out there who do not know how to write a review or understand the importance of reviews for authors. I certainly didn’t until I became an author. So, to help put a tiny bit of the ‘world to rights’, where I can, I dedicated some hours, days and weeks to write and publish this book.

It is only my opinion and it is not a bible for review writing, but it may just help or encourage more readers to write reviews and therefore help authors to develop and gain a presence in a very competitive area. I am happy to discuss this, or any of my other books, or answer questions. Please feel free to contact me.


About The Author:

Allyson R. Abbott  #1 Best-selling British Author (fiction and non-fiction) A Blooming Boomer who loves life on the road, making new friends and meeting great people. Life in the slow lane!

After a few full-on years of traveling, which included a year and a half checking out New Zealand, a few Pacific islands, Australia and South Africa, 15months driving around the USA in a motorhome, some quick few weeks visit to Canada, Mexico, Cuba and Spain, we have now decided to pull over onto the hard shoulder for a year and have settled on the Valencian Province in Spain. Life is rich, but the pocket is empty and I need time to focus on my writing for a while. It is very easy to get distracted when you see so many beautiful places.

One of the most common questions I get asked is, which country or place did you like the most? A very difficult question to answer as each country or state for that matter, has something to offer. I loved New Zealand for its beauty and the friendliness of its people, South Africa for its richness of colour and history, and in the USA Montana and Arizona for their scenery, Florida for its beaches, Louisiana for its diversity, but I could go on forever.

My writing career started halfway around the USA, when I realised for the first time in my life I had time on my hand to write a book. I hope to use some of my experiences within my books; you will find a bit of Fiji in Goodbye, Hello and I am now planning a book three in the Abby and Ed Series to send them on adventures to visit the same places.

Apart from my non-fiction book; How to Write a Simple Book Review, all my other books are about women over the age of forty. I can’t help but add humour, because we laugh in life and I try to make my books about people who we can all relate to. I do hope you enjoy them.

I expect that after a few months in Spain I will start to get itchy feet. There are still so many countries I want to visit, before my husband and I get too old to enjoy them. So you never know I may bump into you in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Italy or even the USA as there is still so much to see there.

Enjoying life while I can, best regards Allyson.



A notebook size book, with good quality of paper and printing.

I Have borrowed the book from my local library, I was so anxious to read it since the title is about writing book reviews.
Write a Simple Book Review, is written by Allyson Abbott a British book lover and an author. She began her book with an acknowledgment and thank you note to indie authors who share their information and support their competitors for free (??)

Then an introduction which began with a quote from Isaac Asimov that divides all authors into 2 groups, which hurt by bad reviews either visibly or secretly. it follows with an irrelevant helpful information of Amazon products.

The Author continues with her past and says how eager she was to pass on the knowledge she’s received from a book or the book itself to her friends or a family member, then asking them to share their thoughts with her.

She explains the importance and the effect of Amazon in Book (publication) industry and review programs, emphasizing that Amazon was the founder of Review Writing culture in the new world. since the author is British, sometimes she used Pound which is a British Currency and sometimes US Dollar which I found unprofessional.

Once She admitted that she is not a review writing expert, sometimes she doesn’t write reviews because it may sound silly, that being said, she encourages everyone to write reviews as you have not to be an expert to write your opinion or thoughts about a book or product, that helps you to learn the art of telling the good, the bad and the ugly in 200 to 300 words. she also has covered the importance of review writing for authors, the length of review along with the difference between Book Reviews and Book Report.

Section 4: Tips on How to Write a Review

In this section, the author gives the audience a couple of different review samples including some helpful charts which will get you to start writing reviews about the books that you hate or you loved the most. in the end, she introduces some references and book blogs to her readers, I hope that be one of her blogs in her next publications and Book Review Blog List.

I didn’t find a direct connection between the title of the book and the context, but there’s helpful information such as:

Top reviewer on Amazon, How to become Amazon Book and Product Reviewer?, Amazon Review Policy, The importance of review to authors and how it generates sales?, Amazon Review Ranking System and so on.


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When’s Happy Hour book by Betches Review by

When’s Happy Hour?: Work Hard So You Can Hardly Work

About The Book:

When’s Happy Hour book by Betches Review by The New York Times bestselling authors of I Had a Nice Time and Other Lies and Nice Is Just a Place in France are back with a guide on how to thrive professionally, get ahead in the workforce, and basically become the Beyonce of whatever you aspire to do.

We get it. You run sh*t. You can go from being blackout at drunk brunch to being ready to meet your new boyfriend’s parents in two seconds. But how do you go from being the boss of your personal life to taking charge of your career? That’s where the Betches come in.

We are dedicated to making you the most successful, betchiest career woman you can be. After all, we only became Betches after we worked like, really hard. And now we’re confident enough to help you become the best. You’re welcome. You can thank us later. As New York Times, bestselling author Jessica Knoll says, ”I only ever want the cold, hard truth from a betch.”

So whether you’re trying to become a CEO, navigate an office hookup, or just save enough money to go to happy hour twice a week, we’re here to help. It’s time to channel your inner Elle Woods, Miranda Priestly, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Per our last email, you better read this.


Editorial Reviews:

Praise for When’s Happy Hour?

“With their new book, the Betches have embraced two of my favorite things: feminism and getting shit done. Their advice for succeeding in your career is profane and practical, high on straight-talk and low on bullshit. From one betch to another—highly recommended.”

(Sarah Knight, New York Times bestselling author of Get Your Sh*t Together)

“Everybody should buy this book! I don’t even understand what these Betches do, but they’re making a fortune doing it!!!”  (Kelly Ripa, host of Live with Kelly and Ryan)

“Here are the secrets you need to know to replace that boss you can’t stand, and be somebody else’s boss that they can’t stand.” (Claudia Oshry, @GirlWithNoJob)

“There’s no guarantee that reading this book will make you successful, but if it doesn’t, you’ll at least definitely know – it’s not them, it’s you.” (Michelle Wolf, host of The Break with Michelle Wolf)

“Do not even think about taking over the world until you’ve read this book.”  (Whitney Cummings, author of I’m Fine… and Other Lies)

“If you’ve ever found yourself crying in a bathroom stall at your corporate job, or wondering who the magical unicorns are that actually know what the F they want to do with their lives, this book is for you. When’s Happy Hour? is a hilarious, strategic, and practical guide to getting your life together and taking pride in your career path.

The Betches will teach you how to confidently ask for a promotion, decode email lingo, and realize why it’s imperative that you do not get blasted at a company party and accidentally hook up with the IT guy. Pour a skinny marg, dive in, and get ready to be the #BossBetch you’ve always dreamed of being.”

(Cara Alwill Leyba, author of Girl Code and Like She Owns the Place)

Whens Happy Hour? is both candid and hilarious and offers insightful advice for anyone who is reevaluating their work and pursuing their true calling. It walks women through every aspect of the workforce from crafting a resume to furthering your career once you nail down the position you want. A must-read for women everywhere!” (Lori Harder, author of A Tribe Called Bliss)

“You can’t stop these Betches! When’s Happy Hour? delivers a strong dose of humor while also sharing real world insight on how to thrive professionally. The perfect mix of LOL meme worthy moments and profound truths makes for a must read for any lady grinding it out.”

(Jaclyn Johnson, CEO & Founder of Create & Cultivate and Author of WorkParty)

“Jordana, Samantha, and Aleen founded a wildly successful company before they even graduated college—seven years later, they’re sharing how they did it. WHEN’S HAPPY HOUR? should be required reading for any woman who wants to blaze her own path in life, create wealth, and find true and lasting passion in her work.”  (Jessica Knoll, New York Times bestselling author of Luckiest Girl Alive and The Favorite Sister)

Praise for I Had A Nice Time And Other Lies…

“Guys are a nightmare. Dating is a nightmare. I’m a nightmare. But this book makes sense of it all, which is all I could ask of a romance novel. This was a romance novel right?” (Babe Walker, New York Times bestselling author of PSYCHOS: A White Girl Problems Book)


About The Author:





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Expecting the Good Book by Brigitte Cutshall Review

Expecting the Good Book by Brigitte Cutshall, Review
Inspiration from a Badass with a Big Heart


About The Book:

This book is a tribute to Jean-Luc Nash, a badass with a big heart. He was a West Point graduate, Army Ranger, Special Forces Officer, 82nd Airborne Commander, and Defense Attache.

What people like Jean-Luc Nash do is essential to protecting our country. This allows people like you and me to create, write, pursue our interests – whatever they are – and have the opportunity to make something of ourselves. Jean-Luc made a positive impact by being a great role model for our country, his community, and his family.

He inspired us all to improve ourselves, not be afraid to try new things, explore, and have the courage to do what is right at any given moment.


Editorial Reviews:

The book arrived today, and Harry and I are passing it back and forth, reading snippets. I cannot read it without big tears streaming down my cheeks. Having lost my dad recently, it hit me twice as hard. After my own dad, Jean-Luc was just the greatest man I ever met.

–Ginny Shaw


About The Author:

Brigitte Cutshall is a Media Solutions Consultant and Health Advocate. She was inspired by her stepfather, Jean-Luc Nash, who had an appreciation for life by seeing and experiencing its frailty. Brigitte is also the author of Real Things: 6 Ways to Embrace Life.

Brigitte (Anderson) Cutshall is the founder of Gemini Media, Inc. a Media Solutions Consultant and Health Advocate. She has been diagnosed with breast cancer twice and living with a benign brain tumor. One of her doctor’s told her she was a zebra among horses…she’ll take that as a compliment. After dealing with cancer, she became interested in how diet and overall lifestyle affects your well-being.

Brigitte was raised in a military family; born in Fort Knox; grew up in Columbus, GA (near Fort Benning) and lives in metro-Atlanta. She is a dog lover, an avid reader, enjoys cooking, trail running, and the outdoors. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin and received her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Economics.

“The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides us with a sense of destination and the energy to get started.”

Being diagnosed with breast cancer twice (8 years apart) and then a rare primary brain tumor in between was the motivation to develop her blog.

All the medical advancements are remarkable and have helped so many people such as myself. The continued research keeps updating our knowledge. There is not a single solution to being “healthy” and personalized care is the future.

We need to also take an integrative and common sense approach to our health and well being. I want to encourage and inspire others to be more engaged and thoughtful about their health. Don’t take it for granted.

One of my goals is to motivate (and remind) others to embrace life now by focusing on what’s important to you. Everybody is dealing with something, and having the right perspective helps you deal with those challenges. Mine happened to be cancer and a brain tumor.

A lot of research was done to better understand how everything is connected and the people I have met along the way are amazing.

My sense of humor, stubborn streak, faith, family and friends help me get through this. Life is truly about the small things you do daily. Enjoy it!  Feel free to reach out to me. If you don’t hear back right away, I’m probably outside doing something I enjoy like running or hiking.

Be a part of the solution. Choose empowerment because there is hope.



I have received the paperback of the book, it feels really smooth in my hand and this book has a great quality of printing and paper, with colorful old pictures.


Expecting The Good is a book written in Storytelling biography mixed with the autobiography of the author herself since she’s describing her life story since she was a teen, until after her stepfather death in 2016.

The Heroes of our country were our precious family.
Brigitte Cutshall 
the author of the book began with a sad story of the last time she saw her stepfather Jean-Luc (the main character) who served in the army for years and basically this book is about his life story of being a mentor or influencer on people around him.

The author continues as she also served in the army at the same time with JL, in different countries and interacting with people in a different culture was difficult for her but, she stayed in touch with JL throughout.

The introduction also began with a sad news, Sunday 1:30 a.m. her mom’s calling with the bad news to tell Bridgette, JL passed away and they should get ready for the funeral. a week later in Florida, everybody gathered there to celebrate JL’s life, Special Forces memorial at the NAS, West Point buds held a “Benny’s wake” for him.

The Intrapreneur section is the first time when the author has met JL, she was a teen with attitude, seeing another man around her mom was a little annoying for her, but after a few years, this stranger became their mentor and life motivator who kept their family together. JL as a good looking man, with a big heart, had a great relationship with grandkids and by telling the stories of his experiences was trying to teach them what he had learned during his life.

Next, the author is mentioning whatever she has learned from JL, like take responsibility for who you choose to be, and calling him The Silent Leader along with the leadership lesson which means what you do make people follow you, not what you say.

The West Point Tour in this section, JL referred a lot to West Point, where he had received his most of his experiences from. the author has this tour with Captain Zachary, who helped her to take the tour and get to know the place where her stepfather liked the most.

This book contains both sad and happy stories told by JL’s friends and family, filled with Inspiring Life Lessons from a soldier, husband and a stepfather. Expecting The Good was the first book in its genre that I really enjoyed reading, I admit that I would never think to enjoy reading this genre of the book before.

In the end, I’d like to thank the author Brigitte Cutshall for her service and all other soldiers who served for the land and sacrifice the best part of their lives to protect our families, and also for giving me the honor to review her newest book, in exchange for my honest and unbiased feedback.

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West Point Alma Mater

Hail Alma Mater dear,
To us be ever near.
Help us thy motto bear
Through all the years.
Let Duty be well performed.
Honor be e’er untarned.
Country be ever armed.
West Point, by thee.

Guide us, thy sons, aright,
Teach us by day, by night,
To keep thine honor bright,
For thee to fight.
When we depart from thee,
Serving on land or sea,
May we still loyal be,
West Point, to thee.

And when our work is done,
Our course on earth is run,
May it be said, “Well done;
Be thou at peace.”
E’er may that line of gray
Increase from day to day
Live, serve, and die, we pray,
West Point, for thee.

P.S. Reinecke, 1911


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2000 Most Common German Words in Context by Lingo Mastery

2000 Most Common German Words in Context by Lingo Mastery


About The Book:

Description: Have you been trying to learn German and simply can’t find the way to expand your vocabulary?
Do your teachers recommend you boring textbooks and complicated stories that you don’t really understand?
Are you looking for a way to learn the language quicker without taking shortcuts?

If you answered “Yes!” to at least one of those previous questions, then this book is for you! We’ve compiled the 2000 Most Common Words in German, a list of terms that will expand your vocabulary to levels previously unseen.

Did you know that — according to an important study — learning the top two thousand (2000) most frequently used words will enable you to understand up to 84% of all non-fiction and 86.1% of fiction literature and 92.7% of oral speech? Those are amazing stats, and this book will take you even further than those numbers!

In this book:
• A detailed introduction with tips and tricks on how to improve your learning
• A list of 2000 of the most common words in German and their translations
• An example sentence for each word – in both German and English
• Finally, a conclusion to make sure you’ve learned and supplied you with a final list of tips

Don’t look any further, we’ve got what you need right here!
In fact, we’re ready to turn you into a German speaker… are you ready to get involved in becoming one?

Editorial Reviews:


About The Author:

Offered by kekmaw (publisher)

Lingo Mastery is an innovative language education brand that is transforming the way we learn languages. Lingo Mastery is on a mission to make language learning not just easier, but also a lot more fun.

Besides the fantastic books that can be found on this page, Lingo Mastery also has an active website, packed with golden nuggets that will help you on your journey to fluency. Check out for more.



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Which Is The Best Job Searching Website? here my experience!

Which Is The Best Job Searching Website? here my experience!



Which Is The Best Job Searching Website? here my experience! I’m a job seeker and it’s why I deleted my accounts on all those job searching websites!

Which Is The Best Job Searching Website? here my experience! You would hear this question from

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List of Adjectives That Describe a Book or Magazine

List of Adjectives That Describe a Book or Magazine


This list of Adjectives That Describe a Book or Magazine is the ultimate guide to write a review for a product, book, magazine and more.  In this post, we will know Genres, Verbs, and Adjectives which help us to write a better review. free PDF download and don’t forget to share it with your contacts.

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Get Ready For US Citizenship USCIS Questions & Answers

Get Ready For US Citizenship USCIS Questions & Answers. 100 Civics Questions and Answers


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Get Ready For US Citizenship USCIS Questions & Answers by 3ee is the best writing to memorize and not just these 100 questions but also to learn about the country you’re getting citizen of, in a storytelling way.

So let’s start with History and some Important numbers:

Native Americans Tribes like Cherokee, Navajo, Chippewa, Pueblo, Apache, Blackfeet, Mohegan, etc were living in the US before European colonists came to America for reasons such as Freedom, Political Liberty, Practice and Religious Freedom, Economic Opportunity and Escape Persecution.

The declaration of independence of the United States of America was adopted on July 4th 1776, it’s when we celebrate independence day. we also have other national holidays like New Years DayMartin Luther King, Jr. DayPresidents’ DayMemorial DayLabor DayColumbus DayVeterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. When Francis Scott Key wrote The National Anthem on September 14, 1814, he was 35 years old and named it The Star-Spangled Banner, he was a lawyer and poet.

You know that our flag has 50 Stars which represents 50 states and 13 stripes which represent the 13 original Colonies and they are New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.

The Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution in 1787 they are also known as Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution like James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay Publius.

We all know Benjamin Franklin right? He’s famous as/for U.S. diplomat, the oldest member of the Constitutional Convention, first Postmaster General of the United States, He’s the writer of “Poor Richard’s Almanac”, and started the first free libraries.

The father of our country is George Washington, who also was The first president of the US, but who is the President now? Donald J Trump from Republican party and the 45th President who also is The Commander in Chief of the military. we elect our president in November of every 4 years, His Vice President is Michael R. Pence, the VP will become the president if If the President can no longer serve, and If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, The Speaker of the House who is Paul D. Ryan.

There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote, for example, Any Women and men citizen can vote if they’re eighteen (18) and older and don’t have to pay a poll tax to vote.  A male citizen of any race (can vote).
vote in a federal election and serve on a jury is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens they also can Run for federal office.

If you are living in the US, you also have some rights like Freedom of expression and Speech, Freedom of assembly, Freedom to petition the government and Practice your religion and The right to bear arms.

when we say the Pledge of Allegiance we are showing loyalty to The United States and The flag, and when I become a United States citizen I promise give up loyalty to other countriesdefend the Constitution and laws of the United States, obey the laws of the United States, serve in the U.S. military (if needed), serve (do important work for) the nation (if needed) and be loyal to the United States, there are different  ways to participate in your country’s democracy like vote, join a political party, help with a campaign, join a civic group, join a community group, give an elected official your opinion on an issue, call Senators and Representatives, publicly support or oppose an issue or policy, run for office or write to a newspaper.


The 100 civics (history and government) questions and answers for the naturalization test are listed below. The civics test is an oral test and the USCIS Officer will ask the applicant up to 10 of the 100 civics questions. An applicant must answer 6 out of 10 questions correctly to pass the civics portion of the naturalization test.

On the naturalization test, some answers may change because of elections or appointments. As you study for the test, make sure that you know the most current answers to these questions. Answer these questions with the name of the official who is serving at the time of your eligibility interview with USCIS. The USCIS Officer will not accept an incorrect answer.

Although USCIS is aware that there may be additional correct answers to the 100 civics questions, applicants are encouraged to respond to the civics questions using the answers provided below.

* If you are 65 years old or older and have been a legal permanent resident of the United States for 20 or more years, you may study just the questions that have been marked with an asterisk.


A: Principles of American Democracy

  1. What is the supreme law of the land? 
  • the Constitution
  1. What does the Constitution do? 
  • sets up the government
  • defines the government
  • protects basic rights of Americans
  1. The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words? 
  • We the People
  1. What is an amendment? 
  • a change (to the Constitution)
  • an addition (to the Constitution)
  1. What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution? 
  • the Bill of Rights
  1. What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?* 
  • speech • religion • assembly • press • petition the government
  1. How many amendments does the Constitution have? 
  • twenty-seven (27)
  1. What did the Declaration of Independence do? 
  • announced our independence (from Great Britain)
  • declared our independence (from Great Britain)
  • said that the United States is free (from Great Britain)
  1. What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence? 
  • life
  • liberty
  • pursuit of happiness
  1. What is freedom of religion? 
  • You can practice any religion, or not practice a religion.
  1. What is the economic system in the United States?* 
  • capitalist economy
  • market economy
  1. What is the “rule of law”? 
  • Everyone must follow the law. • Leaders must obey the law. • The government must obey the law.
  • No one is above the law.

B: System of Government

  1. Name one branch or part of the government.* 
  • Congress | the court | legislative | Judicial | President | executive
  1. What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful? 
  • checks and balances
  • separation of powers
  1. Who is in charge of the executive branch? 
  • the President
  1. Who makes federal laws? 
  • Congress
  • Senate and House (of Representatives)
  • (U.S. or national) legislature
  1. What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?* 
  • the Senate and House (of Representatives)
  1. How many U.S. Senators are there? 
  • one hundred (100)
  1. We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years? 
  • six (6)
  1. Who is one of your state’s U.S. Senators now?* 
  • Answers will vary. [District of Columbia residents and residents of U.S. territories should answer that D.C. (or the territory where the applicant lives) has no U.S. Senators.]
  1. The House of Representatives has how many voting members? 
  • four hundred thirty-five (435)
  1. We elect a U.S. Representative for how many years? 
  • two (2)
  1. Name your U.S. Representative. 
  • Answers will vary. [Residents of territories with nonvoting Delegates or Resident Commissioners may provide the name of that Delegate or Commissioner. Also acceptable is any statement that the territory has no (voting) Representatives in Congress.]
  1. Who does a U.S. Senator represent? 
  • all people of the state


  1. Why do some states have more Representatives than other states? 
  • (because of) the state’s population
  • (because) they have more people
  • (because) some states have more people
  1. We elect a President for how many years? 
  • four (4)
  1. In what month do we vote for President?* 
  • November
  1. What is the name of the President of the United States now?* 
  • Donald J. Trump
  • Donald Trump
  • Trump
  1. What is the name of the Vice President of the United States now? 
  • Michael R. Pence
  • Mike Pence
  • Pence
  1. If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President? 
  • the Vice President
  1. If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President? 
  • the Speaker of the House
  1. Who is the Commander in Chief of the military? 
  • the President
  1. Who signs bills to become laws? 
  • the President
  1. Who vetoes bills? 
  • the President
  1. What does the President’s Cabinet do? 
  • advises the President
  1. What are two Cabinet-level positions? 
  • Secretary of Agriculture • Secretary of Commerce • Secretary of Defense  • Secretary of Education   • Secretary of Energy • Secretary of Health and Human Services • Secretary of Homeland Security • Secretary of Housing and Urban Development • Secretary of the Interior • Secretary of Labor • Secretary of State • Secretary of Transportation • Secretary of the Treasury • Secretary of Veterans Affairs • Attorney General • Vice President
  1. What does the judicial branch do? 
  • reviews laws
  • explains laws
  • resolves disputes (disagreements)
  • decides if a law goes against the Constitution
  1. What is the highest court in the United States? 
  • the Supreme Court
  1. How many justices are on the Supreme Court? 
  • nine (9)
  1. Who is the Chief Justice of the United States now? 
  • John Roberts (John G. Roberts, Jr.)
  1. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government? 
  • to print money • to declare war • to create an army  • to make treaties
  1. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the states. What is one power of the states? 
  • provide schooling and education • provide protection (police) • provide safety (fire departments)
  • give a driver’s license • approve zoning and land use
  1. Who is the Governor of your state now? 
  • Answers will vary. [District of Columbia residents should answer that D.C. does not have a Governor.]
  1. What is the capital of your state?* 
  • Answers will vary. [District of Columbia residents should answer that D.C. is not a state and does not have a capital. Residents of U.S. territories should name the capital of the territory.]
  1. What are the two major political parties in the United States?* 
  • Democratic and Republican
  1. What is the political party of the President now? 
  • Republican (Party)
  1. What is the name of the Speaker of the House of Representatives now? 
  • Paul D. Ryan
  • (Paul) Ryan

C: Rights and Responsibilities

  1. There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe one of them. 
  • Citizens eighteen (18) and older (can vote). • You don’t have to pay (a poll tax) to vote.
    • Any citizen can vote. (Women and men can vote.) • A male citizen of any race (can vote).
  1. What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens?* 
  • serve on a jury
  • vote in a federal election
  1. Name one right only for United States citizens. 
  • vote in a federal election
  • run for federal office


  1. What are two rights of everyone living in the United States? 
  • freedom of expression • freedom of speech • freedom of assembly
  • freedom to petition the government • freedom of religion • the right to bear arms
  1. What do we show loyalty to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance? 
  • the United States
  • the flag
  1. What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen? 
  • give up loyalty to other countries • defend the Constitution and laws of the United States
  • obey the laws of the United States • serve in the U.S. military (if needed)
  • serve (do important work for) the nation (if needed) • be loyal to the United States
  1. How old do citizens have to be to vote for President?* 
  • eighteen (18) and older
  1. What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy? 
  • vote • join a political party • help with a campaign  • join a civic group  • join a community group
  • give an elected official your opinion on an issue • call Senators and Representatives
  • publicly support or oppose an issue or policy • run for office • write to a newspaper
  1. When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?* 

April 15

  1. When must all men register for the Selective Service? 
  • at age eighteen (18)
  • between eighteen (18) and twenty-six (26)


A: Colonial Period and Independence

  1. What is one reason colonists came to America? 
  • freedom • political liberty • religious freedom  • economic opportunity  • practice their religion
  • escape persecution
  1. Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived? 
  • American Indians
  • Native Americans
  1. What group of people was taken to America and sold as slaves? 


  • people from Africa
  1. Why did the colonists fight the British? 
  • because of high taxes (taxation without representation)
  • because the British army stayed in their houses (boarding, quartering)
  • because they didn’t have self-government
  1. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence? 
  • (Thomas) Jefferson
  1. When was the Declaration of Independence adopted? 
  • July 4, 1776
  • There were 13 original states. Name three
  • New Hampshire • Massachusetts • Rhode Island  • Connecticut  • New York  • New Jersey  • Pennsylvania
  • Delaware • Maryland • Virginia  • North Carolina  • South Carolina  • Georgia
  1. What happened at the Constitutional Convention? 
  • The Constitution was written.
  • The Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution.
  1. When was the Constitution written? 
  • 1787
  1. The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers. 
  • (James) Madison • (Alexander) Hamilton • (John) Jay • Publius
  1. What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for? 

U.S. diplomat  • oldest member of the Constitutional Convention  • first Postmaster General of the United States • writer of “Poor Richard’s Almanac”  • started the first free libraries

  1. Who is the “Father of Our Country”? 
  • (George) Washington


  1. Who was the first President?* 
  • (George) Washington

B: 1800s

  1. What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803? 
  • the Louisiana Territory
  • Louisiana
  1. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1800s. 
  • War of 1812 • Mexican-American War • Civil War  • Spanish-American War
  1. Name the U.S. war between the North and the South. 
  • the Civil War
  • the War between the States
  1. Name one problem that led to the Civil War. 
  • slavery
  • economic reasons
  • states’ rights
  1. What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?* 
  • freed the slaves (Emancipation Proclamation)
  • saved (or preserved) the Union
  • led the United States during the Civil War
  1. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do? 
  • freed the slaves • freed slaves in the Confederacy • freed slaves in the Confederate states
  • freed slaves in most Southern states
  1. What did Susan B. Anthony do? 

fought for women’s rights

  • fought for civil rights

C: Recent American History and Other Important Historical Information

  1. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900s.* 
  • World War I • World War II • Korean War  • Vietnam War  • (Persian) Gulf War
  1. Who was President during World War I? 
  • (Woodrow) Wilson
  1. Who was President during the Great Depression and World War II? 
  • (Franklin) Roosevelt
  1. Who did the United States fight in World War II? 
  • Japan, Germany, and Italy
  1. Before he was President, Eisenhower was a general. What war was he in? 
  • World War II
  1. During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States? 
  • Communism
  1. What movement tried to end racial discrimination? 
  • civil rights (movement)
  1. What did Martin Luther King, Jr. do?* 
  • fought for civil rights
  • worked for equality for all Americans
  1. What major event happened on September 11, 2001, in the United States? 
  • Terrorists attacked the United States.
  1. Name one American Indian tribe in the United States.

[USCIS Officers will be supplied with a list of federally recognized American Indian tribes.]

  • Cherokee • Navajo • Sioux  • Chippewa  • Choctaw  • Pueblo  • Apache  • Iroquois  • Creek  • Blackfeet • Seminole  • Cheyenne  • Arawak  • Shawnee  • Mohegan  • Huron • Oneida • Lakota • Crow • Teton • Hopi • Inuit


A: Geography

  1. Name one of the two longest rivers in the United States. 
  • Missouri (River)
  • Mississippi (River)
  1. What ocean is on the West Coast of the United States? 
  • Pacific (Ocean)
  1. What ocean is on the East Coast of the United States? 
  • Atlantic (Ocean)
  1. Name oneU.S. territory. 
  • Puerto Rico • U.S. Virgin Islands • American Samoa  • Northern Mariana Islands  • Guam


  1. Name one state that borders Canada. 
  • Maine • New Hampshire • Vermont •  New York •  Pennsylvania •  Ohio •  Michigan •  Minnesota
  • North Dakota • Montana • Idaho •  Washington •  Alaska
  1. Name one state that borders Mexico. 
  • California • Arizona • New Mexico •  Texas
  1. What is the capital of the United States?* 
  • Washington, D.C.
  1. Where is the Statue of Liberty?* 
  • New York (Harbor)
  • Liberty Island

[Also acceptable are New Jersey, near New York City, and on the Hudson (River).]


B: Symbols

  1. Why does the flag have 13 stripes? 

because there were 13 original colonies

  • because the stripes represent the original colonies
  1. Why does the flag have 50 stars?* 
  • because there is one star for each state
  • because each star represents a state
  • because there are 50 states
  1. What is the name of the national anthem? 

The Star-Spangled Banner

C: Holidays

  1. When do we celebrate Independence Day?
  • July 4
  1. Name two national U.S. holidays.

    • New Year’s Day  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day  • Presidents’ Day  • Memorial Day  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day • Columbus Day • Veterans Day  • Thanksgiving  • Christmas