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Friday, January 30, 2015

Book Review: The Alchemist

The Alchemist is one of those books that you’ll want to read before starting out on a new venture or a life-changing journey—or simply in those quiet treacherous moments when you start to doubt yourself and everything you set out to achieve. 

Now, this is not so much a story about an antiquated chemist who claims to have the power to turn lead into gold, but more about a shepherd boy in search of his Personal Legend (though I never said there wasn’t treasure involved). 

For whether you believe in God, omens, Universal energies, good vibes, or feng shui, Paulo Coelho assures us that “to realize one's destiny is a person's only obligation." So take a journey. But first, read this review.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Book Review: The Museum of Extraordinary Things

A turn of the century Coney Island Freak show with two headed animals, a giant tortoise, a girl with no arms, sword swallowers, a man covered in hair: such is the setting of Alice Hoffman's macabre historical fiction The Museum of Extraordinary Things.

This highly enjoyable, yet unconventional love story explores the darker side of early 20th Century New York City as well as the darker side of man.