Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques - George C. Morgan and Drew Smith

Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques
by George C. Morgan and Drew Smith
Copyright ©McGraw Hill Education Books
ISBN 978-0-07-181650-2
This book is a godsend in assisting me to advance my research even further than I had already done! Directed toward the researcher who is either a professional or who has been doing this for some time and is more literate in the field of genealogy than just a beginner, this book helps make us aware of those little known areas of hunting and searching that we might not otherwise have known of.
The back cover touts:
"* Examine the brick wall in detail to find potential weak spots  that can be exploited into a breakthrough
* Use brute force techniques that leave no stone unturned
* Research the family, associates, and neighbors (FANS) of your brick wall ancestor
* Consult with your family, friends, and colleagues to get a fresh perspective on your research
* Use crowdsourcing - genealogy societies, online forums, social media, blogs, wikis, and podcasts
* Apply technological solutions, including DNA testing and specialized genealogical software
* Getting tips on hiring a professional genealogical researcher with the appropriate credentials and references
* Revisit your brick wall problem after honing your research skills
* Review your evidence, develop a research strategy, and keep a meticulous research log"
I found the text insightful and well worth the purchase of this book.
I give Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques ....
...Five Stars and...

...a big Thumbs Up!
****DISCLOSURE: This book was a private purchase and was under no obligation for review.

Work From Home Make $200 A Day

Copyright©2013 Ahmed Alsamanoudi
Distributed by Amazon.com
Don't waste your money on this one folks. The author attempts to cash in simply from the title he chose. He offers no proof of his income making skills. His principles are not sound. And the book is totally unedited and full of so many grammar and spelling mistakes as to make it unreadable in some areas.
I give it one star, simply because I can't give it a lower one!

And a big thumbs down.

****DISCLOSURE: This book was a private purchase and not under obligation for review.

Slow Cooker 500+ Recipes by FlavorfulApps

Slow Cooker
500+ Recipes
by Flavorful Apps
Distributed by Amazon.com
Copyright© FlavorfulApps.com
Okay, so I was looking for diversity and ease in preparing meals that my hubby and grown daughter could simply ladle from the slow cooker when I got this eBook from Amazon.
All I can say is WOW! WOW! WOW!
The recipes are super easy to follow and use every day ingredients. And they are about as diversified as you can get!
The chapters include:
Beans and Grains
Beef Dishes
Chicken Dishes
Other Meats
 It also includes a section for lists and notes, and a search function, which makes it highly useable!
I found the recipes a godsend! And I can't do anything less than highly recommend this book for your Kindle. I give it...
... Five Stars and...

...a big Thumbs Up!
****DISCLOSURE: This eBook was a private purchase and was under no obligation for review.

Slow Cooker Revolution by America's Test Kitchen

Slow Cooker Revolution
by America's Test Kitchen
Copyright © 2011by the Editors at America's Test Kitchen
ISBN13: 978-1-933615-69-1
Since I work evenings [2p.m. to 10:30p.m.] and don't make it home until around 11 or so at night, my hubby and grown daughter are often left to fend for themselves with dinner. How can I say this as politely as possible? They are lazy. Well, lazy when it comes to cooking. Even if I leave a well planned menu and instructions on how to cook it, the ingredients may languor on the counter, or in the fridge, until I have to throw them away.
So, it was with high anticipation that I purchased this book. In hopes that I could make sure they ate something more nutritious than Cheerios™ or packaged burritos from the gas station!
I have always trusted America's Test Kitchens, finding recipes and equipment reviews to be right on. So, I didn't hesitate to purchase this book when it came up on one of my recommended reading lists!
I was NOT disappointed!
200 recipes that are to die for! Some, I will admit, are a little more laborious than a simple drop the ingredients into the crockpot and walk away, but nonetheless, these are some awesome recipes! From lasagna to rustic potato and leek soup to chicken with white wine, terragon and cream, to weeknight beef chili to easy barbecued ribs!  And the desserts! Cherry cobbler, nutella bread pudding, chocolate fondue, and pears poached in red wine.
Easy to follow recipes, and simple ingredients. What more could a working woman ask for? I can get the meal started and put it in the slow cooker, and when it's dinner time, they simply have to serve it up!
I highly recommend Slow Cooker Revolution by America's Test Kitchen.
And I give it....
...Five Stars and...

...a Big Thumbs Up!
****DISCLOSURE: This book was a private purchase and under no obligation for review.

Monday, November 18, 2013

One Small Candle: The Pilgrims' First Year in Americva by Thomas Fleming

One Small Candle: The Pilgrims' First Year in America
by Thomas Fleming
  • File Size: 1003 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: New Word City, Inc. (October 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005S1AWAO

  • I purchased this book thinking it might be a fun read just before Thanksgiving. And I wasn't disappointed! A wonderful telling of the events leading up to the Pilgrims' leaving Europe, and their voyage to this country, as well as the struggling first year in America.

    Well written, with historical facts from those gentlemen who kept diaries and journals at the time, and extrapolations of what the events might have been like. I found the work entertaining, and brought to light some things I had never heard of before regarding this group of individuals who settled in New England.

    Flemings' work is excellent for readers of all ages. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to appreciate the Thanksgiving season a bit more.

    I give this book....
    ...Five Stars and...

    ...a big Thumbs Up!
    ****DISCLOSURE: This book was a private purchase and was in no way obligated for review or consideration.

    Monday, November 11, 2013

    The Philosopher's Kiss - Peter Prange

    The Philosopher's Kiss
    Peter Prange
    Copyright © 2003 Droemer Verlag
    Translation © 2011 Steven T. Murray
    ATRIA Books 2011
    ISBN 978-1-4391-6748-9
    A wonderful, delightfully written historical novel that takes place in 18th century Paris. This gives us a first hand look at the making of the infamous Encyclopedia, for which so many were persecuted. And especially gives a look at the man responsible for the undertaking Denis Diderot and his consort Sophie Volland.
    I found this novel a treat to read. For one day I was able to immerse myself in a story of love, betrayal, intrigue, political horror, and faith.
    I highly recommend The Philosopher's Kiss. And I give it....

    ....Five Stars and...
    ... a Big Thumbs Up!
    ****DISCLOSURE: This book was a private purchase and I was under no obligation for review.