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An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

Dr. Linda Hancock Biographies Memoirs Book Reviews

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

When Chris Hadfield was nine years old he set a goal that seemed impossible. After watching the Apollo moon landing, he decided that he wanted to become an astronaut. The problem was that Canada didn't hire astronauts and had little involvement in space exploration. But that didn't stop Chris. He decided to start thinking like an astronaut and even though it took over two decades or work and study, he was successful. He not only was chosen to go into space three times but, in 2013 was the first Canadian Commander of the International Space Station where he lived for...

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Open Heart, Open Mind

Dr. Linda Hancock Biographies Memoirs Book Reviews

Open Heart, Open Mind

Clara Hughes grew up in a Canadian family that had a lot of problems. Even though her father was a respected university professor, his drinking caused havoc for Clara, her mother and sister. He never encouraged Clara, even after she had become successful in sports. After Clara was older and had moved away from the family's Winnipeg home, she realized that her mother was actually an abused woman. Her sister, also had suffered from the way that her father treated the family and had mental health issues of her own. When Clara was sixteen years old, she watched a speed...

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A Light on the Veranda

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

A Light on the Veranda

Daphne Duvallon had been raised in the south but was the harpist in an orchestra in New York when her brother called her. He was getting married on the weekend and wanted her to be in the wedding party. Daphne knew that there was an important performance on the weekend but had no intention of missing the wedding of her owning sibling so, without hesitation, agreed to attend. She was shocked, however, when her conductor, Rafe Oberlin, gave her an ultimatum. Either she attend the performance or she was fired. Rafe had hurt her before. In fact, he had lied...

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A Race to Splendor

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

A Race to Splendor

It was rather unusual in the early 1900s to find a woman with architectural training. To find two of them, therefore was indeed unique. Amelia Hunter Bradshaw had just returned to San Francisco after graduating from an architectural course in France. Her mother had remained in France and her grandfather, who had been the owner of the Bay View hotel had died. Amelia knew that her father, who was a gambler, would not be the best person to take over operation of the hotel but was prepared to do her best to protect the beautiful building that her grandfather had...

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A House Interrupted

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A House Interrupted

When the author, Maurita Corcoran, the author of this book, got married, she had no idea about how her past or her husband's past would result in pain for both of them and their children. Maurita was raised by a very busy father and an emotionally distant mother. They lived in a big house and even though their practical needs were met, Mauirta's emotional needs weren't. When Maurita met Ben, he was a lifeguard. He built a very successful career as a physician. Maurita and Ben became the parents of four children. All of their lives were negatively affected when,...

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A President From Hawaii

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A President From Hawaii

Dr. Carolan and Joanna Carolan have prepared a beautiful book that shows the influence Hawaii had on Barack Obama who grew up there and subsequently became the first President from that state. The less than seventy pages are not only beautifully illustrated but also clearly state the values held by the Hawaiian people, in their language as well as in English. These include: 1. Education: Obama went to school at Punahou and is known as being "askamai" or smart. He has stated that his experience there gave him support and allowed him to grow and prosper. 2. Religion: Even though...

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The Litigators

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

The Litigators

Oscar Finley and Wally Figg are lawyers who have been running an "ambulance chasing" law firm for a number of years. Neither of them is happy with their personal lives or careers. Oscar is married to a woman who no one likes but can't afford to divorce her. Wally is a recovering alcoholic who has had four divorces and just can't seem to let go of booze or women. David Zinc at first seems to have it all. He is happily married and works for a very large Chicago law firm where his income is so large that he can't...

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The Perfect Christmas

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

The Perfect Christmas

Debbie Macomber has been dubbed the "Official Storyteller of Christmas". She is also a number one New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author. "the Perfect Christmas" is a fictional story that is supplemented by a bonus story entitled "Can This Be Christmas" as well as a Christmas interview with the author. Cassie Beaumont, the main character of "The Perfect Christmas", is thirty-three years of age and single. She has made efforts to find a mate because she truly wants to me married and have children. The internet and blind dates have not worked and so, when her friend tells...

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Mending a Shattered Heart

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Self Help

Mending a Shattered Heart

Thirteen authors who are also experts in the area of sex addiction, have joined together to write "Mending a Shattered Heart - A guide for Partners of Sex Addicts". Each has written with a clarity that is not only educational but also inspirational for those who are caught in an extremely difficult situation involving sex addiction. The book is divided into two sections. The first is for partners of sex addicts and the second for specific situations. Beginning with a chapter that defines sex addiction, the book goes on to discuss the importance of an appropriate disclosure by the addict...

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Learning to Love

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

Learning to Love

Debbie Macomber is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author who has written more than two dozen fictional books. This one, "Learning to Love" actually consists of two stories that she wrote early in her career and then "refreshed". "Sugar and Spice" tells the story of a librarian, Jayne Gilbert who is invited to attend her school reunion. She wants to go to it but feels that it would be best if she could attend with a handsome date. The bad news is that she doesn't know who that person might be as she doesn't have anyone in...

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When He's Married to Mom

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Self Improvement

When He's Married to Mom

Dr. Kenneth M. Adams is an expert in the area of treating trauma-induced intimacy disorders. He has co-authored this, his second book, with Alexander P. Morgan who is a technical writer. Dr. Adams claims that one in ten men in the United States have excessive ties to their mothers and that this affects all of their other relationships. He abbreviates his term "mother-enmeshed man" as MEM. Sometimes a mother's emotional needs have not been met and then, as a parent, she turns to her son to fill those needs. Even though he is a young child, most boys, despite their...

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Full House

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

Full House

Janet Evanovich wrote Full House in 1989. Her fans wanted to see what some of her earlier work was like and so she asked Charlotte Hughes to help her enlarge and enhance the book. They published the revised copy in 2002. Evanovich claims that her writing has changed over the years and now has more intricate plots and less kissing between the characters. She also states, however, that humour has continued throughout her works as she enjoys a good laugh herself. In Full House, one of the main characters, Billie Pearce, is a divorced mother with two children. She is...

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Matchmaker

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

Matchmaker

Dabney Kimball Beech was always very popular and loved to live in Nantucket. She grew up with her father who was a policeman because her mother had abandoned Dabney and her father in a planned but strange manner when Dabney was a young child. Dabney had a special gift. She seemed to be very good at matching people. In fact, there were forty-two happy couples who credited Dabney with initially matching them with each other. When Dabney was in high school she was very much in love with Clendenin Hughes. His dream was to be a journalist and even though...

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Weightless: My Life As a Fat Man and How I Escaped

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Weightless: My Life As a Fat Man and How I Escaped

Gregg McBride's parents had serious personal problems. His father, who was an officer in the Armed Forces was also an alcoholic. This postings in various locations meant that the family would have to move a great deal. Gregg's mother, had multiple sclerosis but also had serious emotional problems. She lied to the point of believing herself. For example, she told people who Gregg and his younger sister, Lori, were both adopted even though this was not true. Gregg made many attempts to correct this falsehood, always without success as his mother was so convincing. She was also charming and available...

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Rosa Parks: My Story

Dr. Linda Hancock Biographies Memoirs Book Reviews

Rosa Parks: My Story

Rosa Parks is credited as being one of the individuals who played a key role in starting the Civil Rights movement in the United States. On December 1, 1955 she refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama when asked to do so by the driver. She was threatened by him and then reported to police who arrested her. This book is the story on only of the important incident that sparked significant change in race relations but also of how the woman who is the main character arrived at that situation. Ms. Parks, who...

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"I Must Say" - My Life As A Humble Comedy Legend

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"I Must Say" - My Life As A Humble Comedy Legend

Martin (Marty) Short was born into an Ontario family as the youngest of five children. His father worked in a steel company during the day and enjoyed drinking alcohol in the evenings. His mother was a musician who always encouraged Marty in his quest to become a singer even when his attempts were somewhat unusual. In fact, Marty spent hours and hours in the upstairs of their home pretending that he was an entertainer. He would record episodes that he dreamed up as well as rather ludicrous conversations that the family had at various times. Marty enrolled in a university...

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Common Ground

Dr. Linda Hancock Biographies Memoirs Book Reviews

Common Ground

Justin Trudeau was born on December 25, 1971. His father was the Prime Minister of Canada at the time and considerably older than his wife, Margaret Sinclair. Within a few short years, Justin's parents gave birth to two more sons. Growing up in this environment provided both gifts and burdens to the three little boys. Justin's book "Common Ground" describes the many opportunities that he had to travel with his father for governmental trips. He was introduced to world leaders and learned about politics from them and from his learned father. He also, however, suffered greatly from the fighting between...

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Olive Kitteridge

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

Olive Kitteridge

This book is a Pulitzer Prize winner by best-selling author Elizabeth Strout. The fictional tale has Olive Kitteridge as the main character. She is a retired schoolteacher who lives in Maine with her husband. Because she had been a math teacher and lived in Crosby for many years, Olive knows the people well - or thinks that she does. In fact, Olive seems to think that she even knows herself well but, as the storyline progresses, she becomes aware of a number of things that bring her new insight and subsequently a different perspective about herself and others. Olive has...

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The Heist

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The Heist

Kate O'Hare is a very well-trained FBI special agent who works in the area of international crime. She worked hard to develop her skills and reach a point where she could do her job with expertise. Kate is thrilled when, after considerable effort and cunning she was able to capture Nicolas Fox who is con man extraordinaire. Fox is known for creating scams to trap the rich and famous into giving him what he wants. What Kate didn't want was to find out that Nick has actually conned the FBI into hiring him and assigning him to work with Kate....

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Walking the Journey Together... Alone

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Walking the Journey Together... Alone

Cam Scott was a newspaper man. One of his goals in life was to move up the ladder in order to become a publisher. He also loved his family and wanted to spend as much time as possible with his wife and two children. Everything in his life began to change, however, when he was diagnosed with colorectal cancer when he was only forty-four years of age. Cam wanted to continue working while his wife wanted him to quit work. She had hoped they could enjoy the time they had left together as she knew that they were not going...

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B Is for Burglar

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews

B Is for Burglar

This book is the second in a series of mystery novels written by Sue Grafton. Kinsley Millhone is a single young woman who has a private detective agency. Business is often quite slow for her and she has to pay her bills even though she doesn't always like the cases that she has taken on for investigation. In "B is for Burglar," Kinsley is approached by a rich woman named Beverly Danziger who wants Kinsley to find her sister, Elaine Boldt. Ms. Danzier claims that she is motivated by the fact that she needs her sister's signature on some documents...

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Takedown Twenty

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Takedown Twenty

Stephanie Plum works as a bounty hunter for her cousin Vinnie. She isn't very good at her job and often ends up in ridiculous situations. When she needs help, she often turns to Lula the woman who used to be a "ho" but now also works for Vinnie. This often makes matters worse because Lula usually thinks more about food than the situation they are dealing with. She also is impulsive in her behaviours Stephanie has two individuals in her love life. Joe Morelli is a Trenton New Jersey police officer who has a commitment problem. He doesn't, however, have...

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Love and Louis XIV

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Love and Louis XIV

When Dauphin Louis was born in 1938 his parents Louis XIII and Anne of Austria as well as all of France rejoiced. In those days infant mortality rates were high, especially in royalty where inbreeding with relatives was a common practice. As well, males were valued above females so it was important for a country to have a male heir to the throne. Louis' mother, Queen Anne was of an advanced age when he was born. She had experienced years of miscarriages as well as a difficult relationship with his father so when he was born, she treated him very...

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Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey

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Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey

In 2003 Lady Fiona Carnarvon became the eighth Countess for an estate that includes Highclere Castle. She has been fascinated with the history as well as the ancestors of her husband who have been responsible for Highclere since it was built by he third Earl. This book tells the story of Lady Almina who was the fifth Countess of Carnarvon. She was the illegitimate daughter of Alfred de Rothschild who loved and cared for her financial needs and wants. As a girl she was blessed with everything she asked for. Her beauty made her an attraction to eligible bachelors and...

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Rebecca

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

Rebecca

Daphne Du Maurier lived most of her life in Cornwall, England. She first published "Rebecca" in 1938 which is part of a very long list of novels, short stories, plays and biographies that she has written. This fictional tale begins when the main character, who is a young woman, is employed as a lady's companion with a rather dull existence. During a trip to France, however, they meet Max de Winter, a widower who owns the estate called Manderley. Due to unforeseen circumstances this man and the younger lady spend some time together and in a very short period of...

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