Category: Non-Fiction

Book Review: When Harry Met Minnie by Martha Teichner

“When Harry Met Minnie” by Martha Teichner is, on the surface, a charming story of a dog finding a new home. It includes plenty of adorable pet anecdotes, and lots of information about the bull terrier breed.

However, this book is so much more than just another cute dog story, and gives the reader plenty to ponder long after the story has concluded. It delves into what, exactly, it means to live beautifully. Even more importantly, there are lessons on how to die beautifully, with grace and dignity. (Yes, parts of the story are sad. At the same time, those sad parts are also beautiful in their own way, and bring a positive spin to a very difficult subject.)

The reader will also learn more about Martha’s life and the various things that are important to her. I especially enjoyed the time spent discussing what everyday life in NYC is like, and getting a glimpse into that world.

I must also add that Ms. Teichner writes well. She shares information in an interesting way and tells her story clearly and logically. As an added bonus, she is a skilled technical writer, and the reader can enjoy this book free of typos and other errors so commonly found in published works.

All in all, I recommend this book to:

  1. Dog lovers
  2. Fans of NYC
  3. Anyone who enjoys a good true story
  4. Anyone who’d like to ponder beauty, in life as well as death

Five out of five slices of perfect provolone!

Book Review: I Am a Rockstar by Uma Vanka

I found “I Am a Rockstar” by Uma Vanka to be a refreshingly helpful book on multiple fronts. The author has had extensive personal experience in the professional world (as well as life in general), and draws of these experiences to craft a well-thought out and well-written guide to help others achieve success. Mr. Vanka’s writing style is professional, while still maintaining an easy readability for the reader. I appreciated him sharing these glimpses into his own life.

While not all of the ideas presented here will appeal to everyone, I am confident that anyone reading the book could walk away with plenty of realistic, actionable steps to take to improve your life. While the text focuses more on the professional aspects of life than on the personal ones, I found many of the suggestions applicable to both.

I especially liked how the book focused on identifying your own strengths and assets, and using these to move ahead in life. Honestly, there is something for everyone here.

Five out of five chunks of yummy sharp cheddar!

Book Review: Why Doctors Skip Breakfast by Dr. Gregory Charlop

“Why Doctors Skip Breakfast” is a well-researched book full of interesting information. The author is obviously very familiar with his subject matter, and highly qualified to discuss it.

The book is written in easy-to-read, everyday language. The necessary medical terms are defined in a special section for quick reference. I found the verbiage very straightforward and was able to understand everything without having any sort of medical background.

The anti-aging information offered by this book all makes sense, and I think it would work for anyone who was able to follow a good percentage of the tips. The big issue is that, due to the cost of many of the supplements, treatments, and ideas, doing all of these things will likely be out of the price range of many people. While I enjoyed learning about what causes aging, and what can limit the effects of it, I was disappointed to find relatively few tips that were both practical and affordable.

“Why Doctors Skip Breakfast” is a well-researched book full of interesting information. The author is obviously very familiar with his subject matter, and highly qualified to discuss it.

The book is written in easy-to-read, everyday language. The necessary medical terms are defined in a special section for quick reference. I found the verbiage very straightforward and was able to understand everything without having any sort of medical background.

The anti-aging information offered by this book all makes sense, and I think it would work for anyone who was able to follow a good percentage of the tips. The big issue is that, due to the cost of many of the supplements, treatments, and ideas, doing all of these things will likely be out of the price range of many people. While I enjoyed learning about what causes aging, and what can limit the effects of it, I was disappointed to find relatively few tips that were both practical and affordable.

That being said, I did find a few take-away suggestions that I am implementing. Hopefully they’ll have some benefit even if I’m not able to do everything in the book.