Review: Little Kids and Their Big Dogs by Andy Seliverstoff

Little Kids and Their Big Dogs remains to be one of the sweetest and most precious ensemble of photographs I’ve had the pleasure to browse. It’s also the perfect combination to make me end up in happy tears: little kids and their big dogs.

This is a must-read for anyone who has ever loved a dog. It’s such a deeply touching collection filled with so much heart and charm. Plus, it’s educating as well–I learned about so many new dog breeds I’d never encountered before.

However, what lowered a bit of my adoration was that each series of images in this book was accompanied by an fictionalized short story about the dogs and children featured in it. The additions of those stories weren’t exactly what I’d signed up for, and so it made the magic of the photographs disappear a bit for me. In the end, I decided to skip the short tales in order to fully enjoy the beauty encompassed in this photography collection.

On that note, here are some of the precious kids with their dogs that had me desperately fighting back my tears multiple times throughout:

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Overall, I’d highly recommend you give this incredibly sweet collection capturing the special bond between little kids and their big dogs a go. (I found myself fighting tears more than once.) And I’ll always cherish photography collections that encompass the meaning of “a picture is worth a thousand words.” And this was it… This was so it.

ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Publication Date: January 10th, 2017

4/5 stars

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Review: Why We March: Signs of Protest and Hope by Artisan Press

On January 21, 2017, millions of people gathered worldwide for the Women’s March, one of the largest demonstrations in political history. Together they raised their voices in hope, protest, and solidarity.
This inspiring collection features hundreds of the most eloquent, provocative, uplifting, clever, and creative signs from across the United States and around the world. Each is a powerful reminder of why we march.

Why We March was the perfect read to satisfy my need for more after having followed the Women’s March all over social media. As the blurb states, the signs featured in here will evoke all kids of emotions–from laughing to contemplating to clutching your heart, this collection will make you feel it all. Real talk, I ended up in tears I couldn’t hold back so many times it got alarming.

It was also a very quick read that I tried to saver, but found to be quite impossible when the following page is RIGHT THERE!! I kept turning to the next page and the next and next, until I unexpectedly reached the last one and was left bewildered as to why I completed it so quickly…

On that note, here are the many, many signs I loved in this collection:

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Without a shadow of a doubt, Why We March is a read I’ll come back to time and again, especially when in need for something uplifting, heartening and gripping. Oh, and quick warning: if you’re reading this before bed, like I did, be prepared for a thumping heart, pumping with adrenaline, and the sudden need to fight someone… that is to say: I LOVED it!! And I can’t stress enough how grateful I am that it exists.

ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Expected publication: March 7th, 2017

5/5 stars

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Review: Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson

“If you can affect someone when they’re young, you are in their heart forever.”

While looking for more memoirs to read and love, I stumbled upon Where Am I Now? and was greatly surprised by how addicting Wilson’s writing of her life was. I had no idea what to expect. But I loved it.
This memoir goes quite deep into a lot of subjects that always intrigue and leave me wanting for more. I’m mainly talking about Wilson questioning her faith, the waning of her career, feminism, sisterly love, OCD, anxiety, depression, mental health care, grief… a plethora of topics that were all given their respective page time.

“Mostly, my stories are about being young and a little out of place. It’s how I’ve felt most of my life: I was born the first girl after three boys, the only Jewish kid in my class, the only girl I knew whose mother had died, the only neurotic in Southern California (or so it seemed), and the only child on film sets full of adults. I was always in someone else’s world, and I always knew it. This, I’ve learned, is a far more common feeling than I once imagined.”

Where Am I Now? was both personally relevant and entertaining. Mara Wilson’s neurotic sense of humor  that was right up my alley. I ended up laughing out loud uproariously more than I was anticipating– something I always welcome with open arms.

Just to give you an excerpt, here’s one instance (out of many) that Wilson took me by surprise with her humor:

“You want to do comedy?” My college boyfriend Sam was incredulous. At some point early in our relationship, it had been established that I was the flighty, funny one, and he was the sensible one, so it was his duty to curb my grandiosity. We were a living screwball comedy.
“Why not?” I said, a little insulted. “I think I could. You think I’m funny.” One of the first times I’d gotten Sam’s attention was when our Writing the Essay teacher had asked us to “make the sentence ‘The woman walked down the street’ interesting,” and instead of bogging it down in purple prose, like many of my classmates, I had written, “The woman walked down the street naked.”

I picked this book up at exactly the right time for me. It was an important, heartfelt, funny, and enlightening read that had me enraptured till the end. Oh, also the motto in their household has stayed with me, “The only stars are in the sky.”
It was a great way to start the year of 2017.

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where-am-i-now-3-bookspoils“With Anna in 2015. My little sister is now six inches taller than I am.”

(The essay about her sister was one of my favorites.)

where-am-i-now-4-bookspoils“Hanging with some llamas on a crew member’s farm with Laurie. This is about the only positive male attention I got in middle school.”

where-am-i-now-5-bookspoils“One of my first ever film scenes, but I never felt nervous. We already felt like family.”

(The essay on Robin Williams and his death had me on the edge of tears.)

4.5/5 stars

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