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World-traveler, blogger, book lover… finding beauty everywhere she looks. Mina De Caro is Italian, born and raised in small-town Southern Italy, close to medieval castles and archeological sites. She is now based in Pennsylvania where she lives with her family, but there are three different countries in the world that she has the pleasure to call home. Mina graduated summa cum laude from the University of Bari in Italy with a Master's Degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures. Visual arts, traveling and her blog Mina’s Bookshelf are her favorite hobbies. With a background as export manager and a wide experience as international sales specialist, the only lands she hasn't had the chance to touch yet are the Artica/Antartica and Oceania. In an era of high-tech gadgets and electronic readers, Mina is very protective of her books, so whatever she is reading follows her around the house… with two little kids you never know when and where a crayon may leave a mark.

Paperback Release Of “Accidents Of Marriage” By Randy Susan Meyers To Support AccesSportAmerica

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(Photo Credit: Atria Books)

Exploring emotional abuse and traumatic brain injury with unflinching honesty, Accidents Of Marriage by Randy Susan Meyers (Atria Books; Trade Paperback June 9, 2015) is a clear and immediately engaging account of life inside of a marriage and the choices that can make the difference between living in hell […]

J.K. Rowling’s Memoir “Very Good Lives” To Benefit Children’s Charity LUMOS


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The 2015 graduation season has brought quite a few commencement speeches so far to the attention of the media, from the most serious notes delivered by First Lady Michelle Obama, who addressed the crowd at the Tuskegee University with her considerations about racial discrimination, to the “musical” speech performed by […]

UniChef: Top Chefs Unite In A Cookbook To Benefit UNICEF

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In UniChef (published by Glitterati last November 2014), forty chefs share their favorite comfort foods in support of UNICEF. (Photo Credit: Google.com)

A deep understanding of a culture comes from its cuisine. What you eat, how you cook it, how you share it with the people you love tells a story about who […]

Review Of Everyone Wants Your Money By Gray Keller

Dr. Keller is the principal thinker at Intentional Solutions, a nontraditional think tank specializing in the study of spirituality, leadership and philanthropy, and how all three of these disciplines synthesis and reinforces each other. (Photo Credit: acelebrationofwomen.org)

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As the Greek philosopher Aristotle aptly put it, “To give money away [for charity] is an easy matter and in any man’s power. But to decide to whom to give it, and how large and when, and for what purpose and how, is neither in every man’s power nor an […]

Unbreakable Bonds: The Mighty Moms And Wounded Warriors Of Walter Reed By Dava Guerin And Kevin Ferris

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(Photo Credit: Skyhorse Publishing)

Making the decision to have a child is momentous. When you become a mother, you decide and accept forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. The bond between a mother and her child is the strongest bond on earth―indescribable, indelible, unbreakable.

Mothers feel their children’s […]

The Dogs Were Rescued And So Was I By Teresa J. Rhyne To Support The Beagle Freedom Project

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Very few human relationships are as free of sorrow, self-interest, and conflicts as the relationship we establish with our pets, especially dogs. “Happiness is a warm puppy”. How not to agree with Charles Schultz, the creator of the iconic human-like beagle, Snoopy? A good dog can be the most decent leaving creature you’ll ever […]

Review Of The Dolphin Way, A Parent’s Guide To Raising Healthy, Happy, And Motivated Kids By Shimi Kang, M.D.

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In her memoir, Battle Hymn Of The Tiger Mom (Penguin Press, 2011), Yale professor Amy Chua recorded her personal experience as a mother and the challenges she had to face raising her two daughters. Coming from a strict Chinese family, Chua received a very tough education (‘no good grades […]

Oliver And Hope’s Adventures Book To Benefit UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation

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As caregivers and parents of young children, we quickly learn that being sick is part of our little ones’ lives almost on a daily basis. Runny nose, tummy ache, a strange cough, a pink eye, scratched knees and elbows, ear infections, stomach bugs, colds and flus, you name them – […]

Review Of Stronger By Jeff Bauman And Bret Witter


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In a week marked by a terrible air tragedy and escalating military conflicts, the familiar face of Boston Marathon bombing survivor, Jeff Bauman, re-emerges with uplifting news of his recent paternity and the development of a movie project based on his biography, Stronger (Grand Central Publishing, April 2014).


Review Of It Ain’t Over…Till It’s Over By Marlo Thomas

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(Photo Credit: Atria Books)

“Some women are afraid of change. Others thrive on it.”

We all have dreams we left behind, dreams we tried to achieve to no avail, dreams that never got even attempted: quitting a job that leaves us depleted and unfulfilled; trying a new career; upgrading our education after spending […]

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