Who was the woman in Hitler’s bathtub and how did she get there?

Elizabeth "Lee" Miller was a fascinating woman and I love books about fascinating women. The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer describing the life of Lee Miller in the city of light is such a book. Miller's glory days were spent in Paris between the wars when she was the lover, muse and assistant to the famous artist and photographer Man Ray. In a classic tale of servant becoming the master, the author takes us on a fictional journey based on Miller's real life—historical fiction, my favourite genre. Lee Miller was born…

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The Only Woman in the Room sounded familiar for a reason

Usually when I add a book title to my "To Read" list I include a bit of description of what it's about for when it works its way to the top of the list. I'd forgotten to do that when I recorded The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict but the title did remind me of all my years working in construction. As Corporate Marketing Manager for EllisDon Corporation, I was very often the only woman in the room when I attended meetings in a male dominated business.…

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Where The Crawdads Sing educates as it mystifies

Isn't it a lovely feeling when you read a book and finish it with a profound sense of satisfaction and enjoyment. That's how I felt when I closed the cover on Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. I thought . . . WOW! That was amazing. The New York Times best-seller was on my list but not a priority until my friend Nancy mentioned how much she loved it. Then I moved it to the top of the list. Delia Owens is a nature writer and wildlife scientist with…

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Rachel Hollis urges us to stop apologizing . . . and more

Reading a book by lifestyle guru Rachel Hollis is like administering a massive shot of adrenaline, followed by another and another. The blonde, female version of Tony Robbins is a thirty-seven-year-old Christian mother of four with long blonde extensions, an energy level that's off the scale and a message that is relevant not only to her demographic but to old boomer broads like me. I first saw her on CTV's The Social when she was promoting her earlier book Girl, Wash Your Face. I read it last year and bought…

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Nazi hunters pursue The Huntress in tale of revenge

As a fan of historical fiction, I just love it when I get my hands on a book I can't put down. That was the case with The Huntress by New York Times bestselling author Kate Quinn, who also wrote The Alice Network. The story links three disparate female characters and a British journalist from different backgrounds in a series of events that take place between the early 1940s and early 1950s. The author has drawn from the lives of real people and events to create a mystery that gets resolved by…

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How to survive a man-cold

Every woman knows what it's like when your husband or partner has a man-cold. They require all the care and attention of a newborn. My friend Gail dusts off her black mourning dress and prepares for the worst. While it's tempting and seemingly easier to just divorce the old boy, I have some startling news. Women get man-colds too. In fact, I'm just recovering from one and thought I'd share my coping strategy. I have to preface this piece by saying that I'm not a wimp. I have a high…

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