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BOOK REVIEW: An Uncommon Woman by Nicole Alexander

BOOK REVIEW: An Uncommon Woman by Nicole Alexander

BOOK REVIEW: An Uncommon Woman by Nicole Alexander Transworld Publishers July 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction/Historical Fiction 6/10 Nicole Alexander’s eighth novel, An Uncommon Woman is about a determined and ambitious girl who defies the conventions of her time. Alexander in good company because the idea of an independent woman living and […]

BOOK REVIEW: Hairy Maclary and Friends Little Library by Lynley Dodd

BOOK REVIEW: Hairy Maclary and Friends Little Library by Lynley Dodd

BOOK REVIEW: Hairy Maclary and Friends Little Library by Lynley Dodd Penguin Group (NZ) July 2017 Hardback, $12.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Children & Teenagers/Picture Books/Baby Books 7.5/10 Hairy Maclary is a classic character from children’s books. The stories were always wonderful reads in that the language was simplistic but extremely well-crafted. The text featured […]

BOOK REVIEW: Good Thinking - A Teenager's Guide to Managing Stress and Emotion Using CBT by Sarah Edelman and Louise Rémond

BOOK REVIEW: Good Thinking – A Teenager’s Guide to Managing Stress and Emotion Using CBT by Sarah Edelman and Louise Rémond

BOOK REVIEW: Good Thinking – A Teenager’s Guide to Managing Stress and Emotion Using CBT by Sarah Edelman and Louise Rémond ABC Books June 2017 Softback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Self-Help & Personal Development 8.5/10 If we want to change how we feel we need to start with changing how we think. This is […]

BOOK REVIEW: Rethink Your Career - In your 40s, 50s and 60s by Joanna Maxwell

BOOK REVIEW: Rethink Your Career – In your 40s, 50s and 60s by Joanna Maxwell

BOOK REVIEW: Rethink Your Career – In your 40s, 50s and 60s by Joanna Maxwell ABC Books 1 June 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Self-Help & Personal Development 8/10 The pension age continues to rise and the idea of one job for life no longer exists. This means that we need to get […]

BOOK REVIEW: Doing It! Let’s Talk About Sex by Hannah Witton

BOOK REVIEW: Doing It! Let’s Talk About Sex by Hannah Witton

BOOK REVIEW: Doing It! Let’s Talk About Sex by Hannah Witton Hachette Children’s Group May 2017 Paperback, $18.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Children & Teenagers/Sexuality & Relationships for Children & Teenagers 8.5/10     For the majority of people “sex education” – if they even receive it from parents or schools – is scant at […]

BOOK REVIEW: I Love Dad with the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

BOOK REVIEW: I Love Dad with the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

BOOK REVIEW: I Love Dad with the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle Penguin Books July 2017 Hardcover, $12.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Children/Picture Books 8/10   Eric Carle is the children’s author and illustrator who famously introduced the world to the Very Hungry Caterpillar. In I Love Dad with the Very Hungry Caterpillar this […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Good Girl Stripped Bare by Tracey Spicer

BOOK REVIEW: The Good Girl Stripped Bare by Tracey Spicer

BOOK REVIEW: The Good Girl Stripped Bare by Tracey Spicer ABC Books May 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Biographies & True Stories 10/10 They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But in the case of Tracey Spicer’s femoir it’s a clever way of summing up her memoir’s content and is a […]

BOOK REVIEW: Under the Same Sky by Mojgan Shamsalipoor & Milad Jafari with James Knight

BOOK REVIEW: Under the Same Sky by Mojgan Shamsalipoor & Milad Jafari with James Knight

BOOK REVIEW: Under the Same Sky by Mojgan Shamsalipoor & Milad Jafari with James Knight Hachette Australia April 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Biographies & True Stories 8/10 We all live under the same sky. Or do we? All of us may be born human, but our lives are determined by the genetic […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Song of Us – J.D. Barrett

BOOK REVIEW: The Song of Us – J.D. Barrett

BOOK REVIEW: The Song of Us by J.D. Barrett Hachette Australia April 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction/Adult & Contemporary Romance 7.5/10 In popular music your sophomore album is often labelled the “difficult” one because you’ve had a lifetime to write and record the first and are under pressure for the follow-up. This is […]

BOOK REVIEW: WE - A Manifesto for Women Everywhere by Gillian Anderson & Jennifer Nadel

BOOK REVIEW: WE – A Manifesto for Women Everywhere by Gillian Anderson & Jennifer Nadel

BOOK REVIEW: WE – A Manifesto for Women Everywhere by Gillian Anderson & Jennifer Nadel HarperCollins Publishers March 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Self-Help & Personal Development 7.5/10 A journalist and an actor walk into a bar. It’s not a joke, rather the pair come together to write a manifesto about how to live […]

BOOK REVIEW: Miss Muriel Matters by Robert Wainwright

BOOK REVIEW: Miss Muriel Matters by Robert Wainwright

BOOK REVIEW: Miss Muriel Matters by Robert Wainwright ABC Books April 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Biographies & True Stories 7/10 Muriel Matters is a name we should all know but probably don’t. She was an inspiring woman, activist, and social re-former who played a vital role in the suffrage movement. Journalist and […]

BOOK REVIEW: Depends What You Mean By Extremist by John Safran

BOOK REVIEW: Depends What You Mean By Extremist by John Safran

BOOK REVIEW: Depends What You Mean By Extremist by John Safran Penguin Random House May 2017 Paperback, $34.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Society & Culture 9/10   John Safran channelled the late Truman Capote for his true crime debut, Murder in Mississippi. For his follow-up, the TV documentarian and prankster takes a leaf from Louis Theroux by casually […]

BOOK REVIEW: Her Mother's Secret by Natasha Lester

BOOK REVIEW: Her Mother’s Secret by Natasha Lester

BOOK REVIEW: Her Mother’s Secret by Natasha Lester Hachette Australia March 2017 Softback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction/Modern & Contemporary Fiction 8.5/10 Her Mother’s Secret is a story about a strong female heroine, written by a woman for female readers. Natasha Lester, the author of the best-selling A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald, brings us another historical […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy

BOOK REVIEW: The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy

BOOK REVIEW: The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy Little, Brown Book Group March 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Biography/Literary Autobiography 9/10 The John Lennon lyric, “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans” is applicable to Ariel Levy’s book, The Rules Do Not Apply. The New Yorker writer […]

BOOK REVIEW: See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

BOOK REVIEW: See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

BOOK REVIEW: See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt Hachette Australia March 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Historical Fiction 6/10 Lizzie Borden is forever immortalised and remembered as a woman implicated in one of America’s most famous unsolved murders. There is the famous rhyme: Lizzie Borden took an axe And gave her […]

BOOK REVIEW: Stop Fixing Women - Why Building Fairer Workplaces is Everyone's Business by Catherine Fox

BOOK REVIEW: Stop Fixing Women – Why Building Fairer Workplaces is Everyone’s Business by Catherine Fox

BOOK REVIEW: Stop Fixing Women – Why Building Fairer Workplaces is Everyone’s Business by Catherine Fox NewSouth Books April 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Society & Culture/Gender Studies 7/10 For years society’s “fingers” have been squarely pointed at women. We’ve been told what to do, what to avoid, to lean in, speak up, […]

BOOK REVIEW: Valiant for Truth - The Life of Chester Wilmot, War Correspondent by Neil McDonald with Peter Brune

BOOK REVIEW: Valiant for Truth – The Life of Chester Wilmot, War Correspondent by Neil McDonald with Peter Brune

BOOK REVIEW: Valiant for Truth – The Life of Chester Wilmot, War Correspondent by Neil McDonald with Peter Brune NewSouth Books January 2017 Hardback, $49.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Biographies & True Stories/True War & Combat Stories 8.5/10   Valiant for Truth is the first complete biography of Australian war correspondent, Reginald William Winchester (“Chester”) Wilmot. It’s […]

BOOK REVIEW: Simply Styling - Fresh & Easy Ways to Personalize Your Home by Kirsten Grove & Paige French (Photographer)

BOOK REVIEW: Simply Styling – Fresh & Easy Ways to Personalize Your Home by Kirsten Grove & Paige French (Photographer)

BOOK REVIEW: Simply Styling- Fresh & Easy Ways to Personalize Your Home by Kirsten Grove & Paige French (Photographer) Sterling Publishing Co Inc December 2016 Hardback, $37.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Lifestyle & Fashion/Interior Design 7.5/10   Simply Styling is the first book by stylist, interior designer and editor of the Simply Grove blog, Kirsten Grove. The […]

BOOK REVIEW: A Letter from Italy by Pamela Hart

BOOK REVIEW: A Letter from Italy by Pamela Hart

BOOK REVIEW: A Letter from Italy by Pamela Hart Hachette Australia March 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction/Historic Fiction 9/10 A Letter from Italy is a romantic story that isn’t just ruled by its heart. It’s a novel inspired by Louise Mack, the first female war correspondent who worked during the First World […]

BOOK REVIEW: How to Win at Feminism the Definitive Guide to having it all - and Then Some! by Reductress, Elizabeth Newell, Sarah Pappalardo, Anna Drezen

BOOK REVIEW: How to Win at Feminism the Definitive Guide to having it all – and Then Some! by Reductress, Elizabeth Newell, Sarah Pappalardo, Anna Drezen

BOOK REVIEW: How to Win at Feminism the Definitive Guide to having it all – and Then Some! by Reductress, Elizabeth Newell, Sarah Pappalardo, Anna Drezen Harlequin UK November 2016 Paperback, $34.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Society & Culture 5/10 Comedy is something that looks easy but is really difficult. It’s also something that can […]

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