What is a cabochon? What are the various types of gilding? What is vermeil? This accessible book—the first of its kind—offers concise explanations of key jewelry terms. The fascination with personal adornment is universal. It is a preoccupation that is primal, instinctive, and uniquely human. Jewelry encompasses a seemingly endless number of ornaments produced across time and in all cultures. The range of materials and techniques used in its construction is extraordinary, even revolutionary, with new substances and methods of fabrication added with every generation. In any given society, master artisans have devoted their time, energy, and talent to the fine art of jewelry making, creating some of the most spectacular objects known to humankind.

This volume, geared toward jewelry makers, scholars, scientists, students, and fashionistas alike, begins with a lively introduction that offers a cultural history of jewelry and its production. The main text provides information on the most common, iconic, and culturally significant forms of jewelry and also covers materials, techniques, and manufacturing processes. Containing more than eighty color illustrations, this guide will be invaluable to all those wishing to increase their understanding and enjoyment of the art of jewelry.

Exciting to read and thoroughly researched! “Gangster Women and the Criminals they Loved” by Susan McNicoll



An interesting look at Men’s Style “Men and Style” by David Coggins

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Men and Style reaches beyond standard “what to wear” advice: It is equal parts style guide and intriguing conversation about the masculine identity within the world of fashion. David Coggins explores the history of men’s style and learns from some of the most notable tastemakers in the industry and beyond. Its essays and interviews discuss the lessons men learned from their fathers, the mistakes they made as young men, and how they emerged to become better men. Some of the most dapper men in the world discuss bad mustaches, misguided cologne choices, and unfortunate prom tuxedos. All the men here have arrived at a place in the world and have a keen understanding about how they fit in it. Men and Style celebrates singular men who’ve lived well and can tell us about how they earned their worldview. They’re smart enough to absorb the wisdom that’s hidden in the world, and even smarter to wear that wisdom lightly.


An enjoyable look at men’s style told through interviews. Men are asked what they wore as a child, teen, etc. and what phases they went through.

They were also asked what their Father’s and Grandfather’s wore.

Humorous tales of bad clothing/fashion choices.

Packed with clear, easy to see photographs.

This is a great book, even if the man in your life isn’t into clothes. It isn’t that kind of book. It doesn’t tell men what to wear, or how to dress.

It is a look back and memories shared, and I enjoyed every story told.

I received this from the Publisher on behalf of NetGalley.

It will be published October 11th 2016

Here is the Amazon link for purchase:





A non-fiction must read! “Beginning French lessons from a stone farmhouse” by les Americains



The trouble started when their dream came true.

First they took French. Then they took leave of their senses. They bought a 400-year-old cottage in rural France from an ad on the Internet. Their “completely restored” farmhouse certainly looked charming, but the pool leaked, the walls cracked, and the electricity fizzled whenever they switched on the kettle.

This is the wry and witty memoir of les Américains, Eileen and Marty, joined by their chef-daughter Sara. Their dream of being French leads them into uncharted territory where “oh la la” takes on a whole different meaning.

Before they can even move in, a freak accident destroys the interior of the house. An ancient wisteria threatens to uproot the kitchen floor. The wildlife continually tries to take up residence, and the pool becomes a watery hole that swallows up euros. And then there’s Jacqueline.

The only way les Américains can salvage their sanity is by adopting a simple, time-tested mantra: “Have a setback, have a drink.” Soon they’re buying rosé by the case.

Whether you’re a traveler, foodie, Francophile, or home-improvement veteran, Beginning French will enchant you with its vivid portrayal of part-time life in southwest France. Home chefs will enjoy the 12 Dordogne-inspired recipes, and English speakers will appreciate the interactive glossary of French terms.

About the Authors

Les Américains is the nom de plume of Eileen McKenna and Marty Neumeier, an American couple who divide their time between California and France. Eileen is the kind of person who can predict an entire plot from the first line of a novel, or the first scene in a movie. Marty is a design consultant who has written six bestselling books on innovation, creativity, and branding. Their daughter Sara, who appears in Beginning French and contributes the recipes, is a New York food stylist who began her career at Martha Stewart Living. The trois Amèricains meet every summer in France—to cook, write, and share photos and travel tips with their followers. Go to beginningfrench.com to read more stories, print out recipes, or set up a book club visit over Skype.

A Note From the Publisher

The ebook is unique in that many French words and phrases are linked to a glossary in the back. Just tap on a word and the definition page appears. Tap again to return to the story.


Live this adventure vicariously through this adorable couple! Learn and laugh with them as they overcome setbacks and learn the region.

A unique book, that includes recipes, and the e-book has an automatically linked glossary for the French words.

An adventure to read, and you will fall in love with this family.

I highly recommend getting the e-book version if you can, because the interactive e-book glossary is great as well.

I received this book from the publisher on behalf of NetGalley.

Here is the Amazon link for purchase:https://www.amazon.com/Beginning-French-Lessons-Stone-Farmhouse-ebook/dp/0997410221/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1475001687&sr=8-1&keywords=beginning+french


Cover me Boys I’m Going In! By Keith Hirshland

41nl-zsOvXL._SS300_I have to admit, when I first requested this book for review, I did not know what I was getting into. I thought it was a behind the scenes look of general tv, not sports.

I like horse racing. And, I have enough interest and knowledge of football to give healthy, wifely support to my husband.

That is it.

I even thought I would have to apologize to the Author and take back my request for review.

Boy was I wrong! Once I finished rolling my eyes at my husband after he said, “Everyone knows who Keith Hirshland is.” I picked up the book and was quickly drawn in!

Having to live in the shadow of his Mom and Dad (Ginger and Lee Hirshland), Keith blazed his own trail, and tells his story in a humorous and informative way.

My favorite chapter was: Guns Ablazin’ which covers, in a very funny way, coverage of the PGA tour. Although a brief chapter (as most of them are), I had to put the book down while I laughed my head off.

As television viewers, we very rarely take into consideration all the behind the scenes work that has to be done in order for us to enjoy sports from the comfort of our own home.

An excellent memoir that I highly recommend for both sport fan and non-sport-fan! A great behind the scenes look at the television industry.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Here is the Amazon link for purchase:




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