What We Are Reading Today: Bright Side Of The Road

Updated 29 September 2019

What We Are Reading Today: Bright Side Of The Road

Author: Anne Marie Bennett

It is an empowering book from anyone on a journey that has suddenly taken an unexpected turn. Created from Anne Marie’s journal entries during 10 months of diagnosis, surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation treatments, her story and this memoir will challenge and inspire you on your own journey toward healing.
Hold her hand as she fully explores the difficult and complex emotions that exist at every stage of this journey, according to a review published on goodreads.com.
She bravely addresses themes such as: Doctor-patient relationships, fear, communication, humor, anger, gratitude, patience, managing relationships, sexuality, expectations, self-nurturing, prayer, affirmations, and spiritual connection.
The book includes abundant resources, a chapter for caregivers, plus an mp3 file of a soothing guided meditation that Anne Marie wrote and used during her surgeries and treatments.
She passionately believes that we are all lit from within, and that a breast cancer diagnosis is not the end of the road.
This book is captivating and engaging. Anne Marie has a tone and style that supports, inspires, and educates.


What We Are Reading Today: The Seine: The River That Made Paris by Elaine Sciolino

Updated 09 November 2019

What We Are Reading Today: The Seine: The River That Made Paris by Elaine Sciolino

The Seine: The River That Made Paris is a wonderful book from Elaine Sciolino that takes readers on a journey along the Seine river, through France’s fascinating history and a thousand little anecdotes that fill it with life. 

The book “tells the story of the Seine’s origin, its little known source in Burgundy, and the goddess that gave the river its name,” said a review in goodreads.com. 

It also “tells the stories of dozens of fascinating characters that have spent their lives on, around and along the river,” the review added.

It said “Sciolino met with people living on their boats, fishermen, the river police, the firefighters who put out the fire in the Notre Dame Cathedral using water from the Seine, and many more.” 

The characters “come to live with her skillful writing and share their stories of how the Seine has shaped their lives,” said the review.

Sciolino is a writer and former Paris Bureau Chief for The New York Times, based in France since 2002. 

She contributes to The New York Times’ Food, Culture, Styles and Sunday Review sections.