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Looking for a new book to read? How do you know if it’s any good?

Well, Gal’s Guide has started a new programs where we are readers like you to review books and we share them. We’re even giving away cool 80’s theme prizes to reviews.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Happiness Becomes You by Tina Turner

I like that Tina Turner talked about how Buddhism and chanting helped her life. I would absolutely recommend this book to people who are wanting to start a study of Buddhism or those who are interested in how Tina Turner is an amazing survivor who is giving her hard-fought knowledge to the world. – Reviewed by Leah Leach

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Rating: 5 out of 5.
Axis Sally by Richard Lucas

Axis Sally (Mildred Gillars) is a complicated lady and I’m so glad there is a book about her. Axis Sally did some shady things during the war and it was nice to be able to see where possibly her intentions were. I didn’t like the author blaming the men in her life. I think they were an influence but I think she had a strong urge to perform and make a difference, she just got the chance with terrible people. I would recommend this book to people who like complicated women of history and don’t mind reading about the Third Reich and the Nazi’s. -Reviewed by Leah Leach

Available at the Gal’s Guide Library

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Always Coming Home by Ursula K Le guin

Love this book! It was a little confusing at first, but after I learned that it was written as different people speaking, it made it much easier to read. I still am not sure who the anthropologist is in the beginning. I would recommend this book but – be patient. – Reviewed by Mona

Available at the Gal’s Guide Library

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Good Morning, Destroyer of Men’s Souls by Nina Renata Aron

It was realistically presented as a woman in love with an addict. Very intense. What I didn’t like about the book was when she sought help, she worked only with alanon, with any other type of group. AA and those groups and religious oriented and are a turn off to me. I would recommend this book especially if one is struggling with co-dependency. – Reviewed by Mona

Available at the Gal’s Guide Library

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
Untamed by Glennon Doyle

It was ok. She wrote in vignettes, which I like, but I think that she tries too hard. The second part is better than the first. It’s too exuberant for my taste. I know that she and I don’t have anything in common. It’s just a bit much for me. I just think she tries too hard. I would recommend it to women who were raised in a strict home where they weren’t allowed the freedom to explore their own personality, not to someone like me. – Reviewed by Mona

Available at the Gal’s Guide Library

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Caste by Isabel Wilkerson

This is a brilliant book, describing caste as the predominant way that our system of government and life with a hierarchy of human rankings, like those in India and Nazi Germany. I thought I knew what it would be about, but I was sorely mistaken. I’ll be donating this book to the library. Highly recommend to anyone who seriously thinks about our society for for what it truly is. – Reviewed by Mona

Favorite Quote: Describing a photo of a man in Nazi Germany, not saluting Hitler: “…unless people are willing to transcend their fears, endure discomfort and derision, suffer the scorn of loved ones and neighbors and co-workers and friends, fall into disfavor of perhaps everyone they know, face exclusion and even banishment, it would be numerically impossible, humanly impossible, for everyone to be that man. What would it take to he him in any era? What would it take to be him now?”

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

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