Review: Malaria, Poems

Malaria, Poems
Malaria, Poems by Cameron Conaway
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I purchased “Malaria, Poems” because I am a fan of Cameron Conaway ever since I read “Caged”. I like his style of raw poetry mixed with unique insight and social commentary. I purchased this book because I am an advocate in the fight against malaria, but I had to admit that I don’t know as much about malaria as I thought. Since I didn’t know about malaria like I thought, I decided to see how Cameron Conaway would treat the subject.

“Malaria Poems” is an eclectic and unique collection of verse, fact, and social commentary that really captures the essence of humanity’s interaction with malaria. On the one hand, it is hauntingly poetic “Mirror” and even unusual “Lens” to small compositions like “Vaccine”, which details the inner thoughts and views of a medical worker who is preparing the vaccine. That mix of poetry and prose, though, gives you a better perspective on what malaria is. You get to see the perspective of malaria from many different angles-from a female mosquito, an infected person, a person who has the privilege of a malaria vaccine. I actually haven’t read about malaria from that kind of perspective before. I know a little about malaria, but never really took the time to “know” about malaria. This book showed me the depths that malaria goes. It is not just a disease “over there”. It is something that affects us all. Conaway’s book shows that in elegant beauty in a variety of ways with word. Conaway has an excellent perception and insight as a poet.

For me, the book was like Tyler Durden from “Fight Club” if he decided to write a book about malaria. It would be short, haunting, and insightful, just like this book was.

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Crazy is Normal: a classroom exposé started its virtual book tour journey on October 1 to November 15, 2014, and I do not expect to make a profit.

A profit would be nice, but as you read this post, you will discover that traditional publishers usually don’t expect a profit—if there is any—until long after the book tour—if there is one—because old fashioned book tours are rare and expensive.

Just in case you think every traditionally published author gets a book tour from a publisher, think again.

In March 2010, the Los Angeles Times reported, as the business of publishing changes, book tours increasingly look like bad risks. “In 99.9% of cases,” says Peter Miller, director of publicity at Bloomsbury USA, “you can’t justify the costs through regular book sales.”

Traditional book tours are expensive, because authors usually fly from city to city between states…

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Why Science Does Not Disprove God
Why Science Does Not Disprove God by Amir D. Aczel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I picked up this book from the library because I am intrigued with the interplay of faith and science. I believed that this would be a book that would demonstrate God’s existence through creation. What I got was something different. Amir Aczel doesn’t seek to prove that there is a God in this book. He seeks to prove that science cannot prove that there isn’t. As evidence, Aczel goes through human history to show two things:
1. Atheists such as Richard Dawkins are wrong
2.Science, by its very nature, cannot prove or disprove that God exists

It was a very interesting cultural and historical discussion on religion and science and how our beliefs inform what and where we look for answers. Some sections of the book were too technical (physics terms) for me to understand, but I appreciate the opportunity to learn more about the universe as a whole.

Very intriguing book! After reading it, I took some edX courses and listened to YouTube lectures on cosmology after reading it.

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105 Ways to Sell Your Photography
105 Ways to Sell Your Photography by Christine Maisel
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The book is a great resource if you are involved in photography and want to think of other ways to potentially make money. There isn’t a lot of details with the “105 ways”, but there are a lot of options. I’m not a photographer, but I was surprised by all of the different options out there. More resources and a little more content would make this an even greater book.

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Cooking Against the Grain: Grain-Free Meals That Are Fast, Freezer Friendly and
Cooking Against the Grain: Grain-Free Meals That Are Fast, Freezer Friendly and by Orleatha Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I purchased this book upon finding out that a Paleo blogger I know (Orleatha Smith) had written it. I enjoyed her style of recipes and was thrilled to find out that she had written an eBook. The timing couldn’t have been better. I was looking to add a new set of recipes to update my weekly menu and Orleatha provides more than I expected in such a small book. The recipes were meat-focused, for the most part, which is what I happened to look for.

The recipes, themselves, were unique for a Paleo book The preparation and cooking skill are still a little bit above my current cooking skill, but I’m eager to try the recipes out anyway! Some of the recipes in the beginning of the book also included “Serve With”, which I find particularly. (The author might consider providing a link there for easy access.) The instructions were straightforward (literally 1, 2,3, and 4 and you’re done). I also particularly liked the information on freezing that she provided in the front of the book, although brief, it was what I needed as a novice cook as well as the grocery shopping tips.

The only downside was the formatting. Because of the way the book uploaded, some of the words were pushed up or the spacing decreased between recipes in the eBook version. This did not happen with every version, but it was something that required me to back up a page when I was on a recipe and didn’t know which recipe it was.

Overall, great book that I want to add my collection. I will be buying the print version sometime next week!

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“One of Amazon Kindle’s least known features allows you to peek over the reader’s shoulder, to follow people of interest to you and see their Public Notes on what they’re reading.”

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