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Many of my regular readers over at thriftymommastips.com know this past year has been a hard one. Right before Mother’s Day one year ago my Mom passed away. The loss of a parent is much harder than I could have ever imagined. It is fraught with little emotional land mines you sometimes don’t see until you are crying or heartsick.
Recently a publishing contact sent me this book Living Without the One You Can’t Live With Out: Hope and Healing After Loss. I assumed the book would be self help, but it is a different creature entirely. Living Without the One You Can’t Live Without is a subtle, quiet, realistic book of poems by a lovely remarkable woman named Natasha Josefowitz. Josefowitz published this shortly after her husband of many years passed away. They were married 35 years. Josefowitz was born in Paris to Russian parents. She earned her Master’s degree at 40 and her PHD at 50. That alone is reason to support this author. What a brilliant career feat! She taught the first course in the US on women and management in 1976. She is remarkably accomplished, and much of that achievement came later in life. I liked her even before I picked the book up and began reading.
The poetry within Living Without the One You Can’t Live Without is sombre, and realistic and dripping with emotion. It takes you into the doctor’s offices and the recovery spaces at home, then it whisks you off to the funeral, the days and months after when survival is your operating mode. This is a lovely book, simple and true. The poems aren’t forced or rhyming. They are lyrical at times and not at others. They are mostly helpful for anyone who has experienced loss. The poems are sometimes hard to read in a psychological sense, but they speak clearly to the experience of grief. I really like this book and I am struggling to find the words to tell you why exactly, which is odd for me. But I want to say that there is comfort in common experience and this is the place where Living Without the One You Cannot Live Without excels and dwells. It will not take away grief or pain, and it will not preach how to grieve at you, instead Josefowitz’s words will help you feel less alone and there is much to be said for that.
I have a copy of this book to give to one of my readers. Follow the instructions below and PLEASE don’t forget to leave me an email address or something to help me track you down if you win. Good Luck! This is open to Canada and the US.
When my babies were still scarcely able to open their eyes I started reading to them. I have had a lifelong passion for books and reading and knew immediately that was one thing I wanted to instil in my children – a love of reading. In fact I read essays and articles about nurturing a love for books from even before the girls arrived. One of the pictures in my head that grew in my heart was that of me sitting and cuddling with my kids and reading to them. Those were precious moments, perfect for bonding.
There are a few sweet board books I have still kept from those early years. I will keep them forever because they stand the test of time and will ring true even for grandchildren years from now. I thought that you might appreciate a list of my favourite infant board books because it is the season of giving and gifting and books are always the perfect present.
My Five Favourite Books for Babies:
You can click on any one of the above links and purchase directly from Amazon. Time For Bed is a gorgeous little book of rhyme about animals going to sleep. I adore Mem Fox. Good Night Moon and The Runaway Bunny are both by Margaret Wise Brown and they are the first books my oldest daughter ever received. They are timeless and beautiful. I especially love The Runaway Bunny because it gently assures babies and toddlers that a mother’s love means you will never be lost. Eric Carle’s books are always magnificent and the drawings are truly unique. Guess How Much I Love You is just a sweet little, loving and gentle story. I have always believed babies take in so much more than we give them credit for and their brains are perfect little sponges. What better way to build a relationship than to read with them?
My apologies. I have been absent for a couple of months here because I have been getting ready to move and renovating and haven’t had any time to read. But now as we approach the end of year 2013 I feel the need to get back to reading and to compile the usual year end lists of best reads. Why not start with Young Adults ages 13 and upto 17?
I plan to bring you a few more as the month progresses. I am gifted here often with some incredible reads from young adult authors and I love that I get to read some gorgeous writing here before my daughter does. Then, of course I share these with her because I am all kinds of awesome like that.
The Secret Ingredient was reviewed here in July.
The five Best young Adult books published in 2013:
1. The Moon and More
2. Just One Day
4. The Secret Ingredient
5.Allegiant These are recommended for ages 13 to 17. Do you have any others to add?
My daughters are both horse girls. They have grown up riding in the summers at Sari Therapeutic Riding camp. My youngest girl Ainsley, with special needs, has been riding weekly at Sari from the time she was six years old. They love everything about riding and horses and horse trivia. Lucky for me, they both also love reading. So, when this book the Ultimate Horse Treasury arrived for review from DK Canada, I knew we would have a chance to all sit down together and read. I didn’t know the book would be this lovely, with so many magnificent pictures, and so much amazing trivia. As I stated in this vlog review, everyone can learn something about horses just by picking up this book.
DKCanada makes educational books that enhance your child’s education or leisure time. This summer they are encouraging children to read with their Summer Reading Adventure program. Buy 2 DK Canada readers and get the third one free. Stay tuned for our DK Canada readers reviews coming up featuring my other daughter, who reads at a younger level than Payton. She is tackling several awesome readers and staying current, while avoiding summer slide by practicing her reading with DK Canada.
The Ultimate Horse Treasury is by John Woodward, DK Canada, $19.99 US, $21.99 Canada. 160 pages.
This one gets a $$$$$ out of $$$$$ again. The DK Canada books are stunning quality and very educational.
We received a copy of the book for review purposes. This in no way impact our honest opinion.