May 2, 2018

Through the Darkness, With Love

"Through the Darkness, With Love" by Sandeep Narayan Tripathi

| Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Through The Darkness, With Love is a masterpiece. The words combine with the beautiful pictures and classical looking images to create a powerful and moving impact. The yearning for love to be eternal, and the need to immortalize love with words seem to be the heart of what Sandeep Narayan Tripathi wants his legacy as a poet to be. I think he succeeds. The words go straight to the heart and the pictures complement them. It works for me, especially in Simply Ask Myself, Nota Bene, and the haunting An Abysmal Love. If you are only going to buy one book of poetry this year, buy this one. Through The Darkness, With Love is the real thing.

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May 2, 2018

Woman’s Work Is there life after birth?

"Woman's Work Is there life after birth?" by Sylvia Mulholland

Kali Miller hasn't even given birth to her first baby, Harry, when husband Matt 'helpfully' hires a live-in nanny, one afternoon while Kali is shopping for eco-friendly diapers. The beguiling Britta Edvardsson is svelte, blonde and Swedish enough to make any new mom mother insecure, especially one who looks and feels as ginormous post-delivery as she did before. And Matt (surprise!) seems to know more than a bit of conversational Swedish.  Still, a nanny means Kali can go back to work and continue to claw her way to partnership in Biltmore, Durham & Spears, and the Millers' little seaside house will be nice and clean, meals prepared, and little Harry well cared for, right? But Britta's idea of cooking is fiskpinnar (fish sticks) in the microwave; she leaves blonde hairballs between the sofa cushions, and has cute, broken English convos with Matt. The only thing Britta has in common with those super-nannies that all of Kali's friends seem to have, is that she'll probably never quit. And Harry adores her, so how could Kali possibly let her go?

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