Harlot’s Sauce: A Memoir of Food, Family, Love, Loss, and Greece
by Patricia Volonakis Davis
Our heroine falls in love with a gorgeous but emotionally undeveloped Greek man, and not only marries him and has a son with him, but gives up her life in the U.S. and follows him to Greece. This is a classic story of a woman who makes all the wrong choices for all the wrong reasons, but fortunately makes a great comeback and triumphs in the end. So many of us have made these mistakes, but only a few of us will have what it takes to turn our lives around. Funny, inspiring, and true story. I have spent countless hours at the gym on the treadmill next to the author and discovered to my great dismay that we married the same man, except my ex-husband is Italian, not Greek. If you have made some questionable choices in men, read this great redemption story.
Anatomy of the Spirit
by Carolyn Myss
Carolyn Myss is a medical intuitive. What that means is that she can intuit what is going on in your body that is causing you illness, and the emotional dysfunction that is at the root of it. So much of our illness is the result of how we live our lives. Her book is an insightful way of looking at how our thoughts, feelings, and emotions cause reactions and disease in our bodies: how our biography affects our biology. Even a skeptic like myself found this to be a fascinating read. Part of this book will sound like New Age mumbo jumbo and others parts will resonate so soundly, it will be as if you are remembering something long ago forgotten. This book made me budget my energy expenditure on useless drama the way I budget my cash. And I hate wasting my cash.
The Complete Illustrated Kama Sutra
by Lance Dane
Everyone needs a copy of this book, or an edition like it, with illustrations. Even if you know all the moves, leave it casually displayed in your bedroom. I guarantee that you will find fingerprints on pages you have not yet read. I once had a man who came from a culture that did not value female sexuality. Since he also was illiterate, I made sure he had a huge supply of picture books of this variety. An absolute must in your library.
He’s Just Not That Into You
by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tucillo
Funny, brutal, and oh-so-true. Women – if you don’t have a best guy friend who will give it to you straight, you need this book. Men don’t think the way you do and it’s essential that you know this. This book will give you an overwhelming edge over your less knowledgeable sistren, and also lessen your risk for heartbreak. A quick read, savage in its honestly, and a must in your arsenal.
Field Notes on the Compassionate Life
by Marc Barasch
Compassion is not something that benefits others. It’s something that directly benefits us, therefore it is a selfless as well as selfish act. That’s not what the author says, but it’s what I got out of it. Forgive and you will derive far more benefit than the object of your forgiveness. This is an upbeat feel-good book, with some amazing examples of compassion in a world that struggles with kindness. Remember that old saw that says bitterness, like acid will corrode the vessel that contains it? This book will make you think about your pettiness in new and shameful ways. Guaranteed you will drop some of it.
by Jalaja Bonheim
Touching true stories of seemingly ordinary women who discover the connection of sex and spirit in their lives and learn how extraordinary they truly are. Every woman who has read this book says it came into her life at exactly the right time. The profiles span women who have experience rape, incest, trauma, social stigma, and boredom. This is not erotic fiction! It’s about the sexual spiritual journeys of women who had the courage to push the envelope beyond what culture dictates. If you’ve ever wondered where the “heart – part” connection will lead you, this is a good place to start.
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
by Bill Watterson
Who can’t use a good laugh? Calvin’s antics always put a smile on my face. In fact, I regularly play Calvin Ball – an activity where I make up the rules as I go, and always win. This collection reminds me why I vowed to never grow up.
The Cake Bible
by Rose Levy Beranbaum
Why is it so few women know how to cook anymore? Men love, no, let me be more specific, men worship women who cook well. This is a book of exceptionally good cakes of many varieties. Take your time with the recipes, pick something that looks fun, go slowly, and make your man a beautiful, delicious, special treat, for no reason at all. Then make sure that illustrated Kama Sutra is conspicuously displayed.