Review of Sculpting Revenge by Mihir Jaiswal
Short book review / February 27, 2019

This book made me come to my mind the unforgettable movie titled Ghost,  with Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze. Do you remember? He has been murdered by a hitman and appears  to her while she is working with a pot of clay. In  the novel, the hitman is a cop who kills a black guy, Dave. The girlfriend who  talks  with the ghost is Arianna, an Italian sculptor.  Set between Italy and the US, the Scuplting Revenge is a well written novel about the always burning  topic of racism  and the murders of black people in the US by white cops.  I loved the tender writing style of this author. I felt his sweet personal story in the book, the one of a guy born from Indian and German parents. They have died and left this guy on the streets of Philadelphia.  He met Arianna on the Eve of the New Year. She called him “ Black Sugar” , but  he teases  her,  saying that these are racist words, but he talks with the smile on the lips. Until to the day of the murder, accomplished by a cop.  A planned death?   Arianna thinks about her revenge carving the sculpture…

Review of the Certain Hope by E.C. Jackson
Short book review / February 6, 2019

This is the first romance novel that gave  me the goosebumps.  The plot is about the  love story of two thirty  year guys who decided to marry after only two weeks of dating.  The main characters of this much chatted wedding are Tara and Luke.  Both of them lost their parents tragically. Tara’s parents catch a disease during the first travel of their life.  Indeed,  returned  home,  they get sick and die in a very short time.  The parents of Luke, instead,  died  in a truck accident.    The future spouses are two lonely people, with a problem : Luke is a bossy companion, but Tara pretends to accept the dark side of her new love.   I greatly appreciated this reading and the way of the author to face the topic of loss and the consequences of this wedding. A hasty wedding made to fill the gap left by a tragic death. The tone of voice of the author  is heartfelt and seasoned with  religious sentences.  Thoughts about faith and God surround the various chapters and make them  really poignant.  I remained more and more involved by the novel, chapter after chapter,  and  consider it as the best novel to…

Review of The Complete Food Substitutions Handbook by Jean B. MacLeod
Non-Fiction , Short book review / January 18, 2019

 I must admit I remained lightly impressed when I read this handbook for the first time. Yes, impressed and, later,  nicely  struck. The work, is, in fact, a wide collection of unusual recipes that taught me to replace common and dangerous  ingredients such as salt and sugar,   with  absolutely  low fat  and low sugar organic compounds.  And so, I brought the handbook to my kitchen and started cooking  delicious vegan, gluten free and lactose free recipes. I warn you that the dishes listed by the author are not only to lose weight,   but to follow a healthy  organic diet, as well.  Furthermore, the recipes are not only vegan, because you can also find the ones with  ham and the famous Italian Bresaola.  I read the Kindle edition of the book. That is not a work to read on the sofa, but a cookbook, a stunning culinary guide to prepare a different meal every day.   Keeping reading it, I learnt that flour can also be made with banana and that spices like paprika and ginger make the dishes absolutely delicious and flavored better than adding salt. The collection of recipes is really countless and you can find any kind of dish,…

Review of The Blogger Trailmap by Chivi Frost
Non-Fiction , Short book review / November 23, 2018

If you are looking for a book that  teaches  you how to create a successful blog, read my review about the book titled  The Blogger Trailmap: How to Take Your Blog to the Next Level in Easy Steps. The author of this very interesting guide for bloggers is Chivi Frost. Chivi is a successful blogger now, but before starting a blogging and writing career, this author had a traditional full time job. I am also a blogger and a writer, and I must  admit that I found this book very helpful to learn about the main rules and principles to start a profitable blog.  Unlike other online tutorials and books, The Blogger Trailmap explained in a plain manner, some truths that many bloggers overlook when they decide to start  a blog  and that I overlooked, too.   Have you ever asked you, what do you want from your blog and from  your hard work as a blogger? Well, this is one of the most interesting questions I found in the book. That is not a pointless question, because,   in addition to know your target audience, in order to convey the right message to the right people,  you must find your real…

Bilingual review of L’emozione delle cose by Angeles Mastretta

Review in Italian L’emozione delle cose. Che bel titolo per un romanzo. Questo titolo racchiude tutto l’amore per le piccole, ma importanti cose della vita e rappresenta un fulgido esempio di come si possa fare grande letteratura partendo proprio dalle piccole cose, “l’emozione delle cose”, appunto. L’autore di questo piccolo, grande capolavoro sui sentimenti, è Angeles Mastretta, affermata scrittrice messicana di origini italiane. Questo testo rappresenta la biografia romanzata della vita della stessa scrittrice, dall’infanzia con i suoi cari, fino alla sua carriera di scrittrice. Ambientata tra il Messico e l’Italia, la biografia ripercorre tutte le più importanti tappe esistenziali della vita dell’autrice, dalla storia dei nonni italiani, emigrati in Messico agli inizi del secolo scorso in cerca di fortuna, alle relazioni familiari più significative, come quella con la madre e la zia prematuramente scomparsa a causa di un tumore. Ogni capitolo è breve, ma intenso, con un titolo fulmineo tipo quello di un giornale ed è probabile che il libro sia proprio una raccolta degli editoriali dell’autrice pubblicati su un giornale locale. Dopo la laurea, infatti, Angeles Mastretta inizia la sua carriera scrivendo per un giornale messicano. Da sempre divisa tra due paesi, l’Italia e il Messico, l’autrice riafferma…

Bilingual review of Sei come sei by Melania G. Mazzucco

Review in Italian Questa è la storia di una figlia che ha due padri. Sì, due padri, non un padre e una madre, come è sempre stato secondo una tradizione universalmente accettata. Questa è la storia della piccola Eva, nata all’interno di una coppia omosessuale. I suoi due padri sono, infatti, Christian, giovane professore di latino, e Giose, all’anagrafe Giuseppe Autunno, ex astro nascente della musica punk rock degli anni ’80. Christian ha lasciato la moglie perché si è innamorato proprio di Giose, un tipo all’apparenza rozzo e senza buone maniere.   Eppure questo amore alternativo resiste a tutti i pregiudizi e gli scandali e a tutti i tentativi di emarginazione messi in atto dalla benpensante società italiana. I due decidono di avere una bambina, Eva, appunto, ma la tragica morte di Christian, avvenuta a causa di uno strano e misterioso incidente, spezza questo legame familiare alternativo, costringendo Giose a separarsi dalla figlia. Con una scrittura avvincente e briosa, Melania Mazzucco ci ha regalato una storia molto seria ed attuale, quella delle coppie omosessuali che decidono di avere figli. Il tema è scottante, perché le coppie gay italiane debbono andare all’estero per trovare la cosiddetta “ madre surrogata”, quella che…