Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Seven Spoons Stirs Up Tastebuds!

Seven Spoons: My Favorite Recipes for Any and Every Day by Tara O'Brady is a beautiful book filled with sumptuous photography and mouthwatering, taste bud tantalizing recipes!

O'Brady is a blogger, thus her cookbook is very well written. In the introductory section, "How to use this book," she writes, "I wrote this book as my side of the conversation I imagine we'd have while cooking. It includes the chatty tidbits that are cookery's gossip, whether that is the backstory to a dish or why certain biscuits crumble and others flake." To that end, she does not disappoint! Each recipe has an introduction and many have side notes that fill in even more of the dish's story which allow readers to understand the thinking that went into the dish being prepared. What a gift!

The book contains the growing standard of an introductory list of items required in a well-stocked pantry followed by seven chapters which include: Breads & Breakfasts; Lunches; Soups, Starters & Snacks; Suppers; Vegetables & Sides; Sweets, Treats & Sips; and Staples. I found recipes in each section which I am anxious to try and with over 100 recipes included, I am sure you will too!

A word of caution, however. Although O'Brady says these are favorite recipes for "any and every" day, many of the dishes have instructions taking more than one page and include multiple components. If you are looking for a book filled with recipes that can be made in 30 minutes or less following a busy day at work, I suspect you may be frustrated. (The very first recipe in the book is for sandwich bread, which is not something that I would have time to ever make on a work day, no matter how much better it is than bakery bread. On a weekend, yes--sign me up!)

That being said, the first recipe I will be trying is O'Brady's hummus recipe. I always enjoy a new way to freshen up this staple of my snack world! You will find some quick supper recipes (burgers that eat like steak for instance) for those days when you need to get dinner on the table quickly. Even the seemingly more complex recipes could be made ahead on more leisurely days and then you'll have them ready for a quick "grab and go" lunch or a quick re-heat dinner.

I highly recommend Tara O'Brady's Seven Spoons cookbook. The photography is beautiful, the writing excellent, the layout very user friendly.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

From the Publishers . . .

The much-anticipated debut from the author behind the popular food blog Seven Spoons, featuring distinctive, crowd-pleasing recipes; engaging, writerly essays; and the same stunning photography that has earned her website a devoted following.

Tara O’Brady was one of the earliest food bloggers to enter the scene, and now, nearly ten years after she first started Seven Spoons, she has become one of the most highly regarded and unique voices in the culinary arena. In her debut cookbook, Seven Spoons, O’Brady shares stories and recipes from her Canadian home–fresh, ingredient-driven food that is easy to make yet refined. Recipes like Roasted Carrots with Dukkah and Harissa Mayonnaise, Braised Beef Short Ribs with Gremolata, and Plum Macaroon Cake are wholesome, hearty, and showcase the myriad culinary influences at work in O’Brady’s kitchen. Her evocative writing and gorgeously simple, elegant photography has earned her accolades from Saveur magazine, the Daily Mail, and more. Impeccable food photography and a lavish package round out this beautiful, personal collection.

About the Author . . .

TARA O’BRADY started Seven Spoons to chronicle her culinary life at home in Southern Ontario where she lives with her husband and two sons. She has a regular column in UPPERCASE magazine and appears periodically in the wildly popular quarterly Kinfolk. She has written for or worked with The Globe and Mail, BonAppetit.com, Saveur.com, PBS.com, Parenting.com, StyleAtHome.com, Design*Sponge, Oprah.com, and more.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Shore

If you loved the movie Cloud Atlas, you will likely love Sara Taylor's first novel, The Shore. It too has a way of skipping around between various time periods and characters which are linked either by blood or place (or both), but without keeping notes on who's who and what relation they play to the characters in the other time periods, readers who enjoy a more straightforward, linear journey from point A to point B in the story may get frustrated.

I admit that I am not a big fan of the current trend among some authors to jump around time periods. That is why I rated Taylor's novel a 2 out of 5 star read on GoodReads.com.

I decided to suspend my need to keep track of who's who and how folks might be connected and just go with it. Taylor's writing drew me in and made me care about the characters in each chapter. I liked the fact that many of the chapters were seen from a variety of strong female characters. When Chloe, who opens the novel, reappears in the penultimate chapter she encounters Sally Lumsden who speaks with her about preparing for a coming apocalypse in such a way that leaves the impression that the females throughout the generations are the strong key to survival and redemption. I was disappointed in the final chapter, set 100+ years in the future, to find that did not happen to be the case in the end. (I was assuming "The Keeper" would be a woman descended from Sally.)

That said, Taylor paints an evocative picture of The Shore and its inhabitants. If you enjoy stories written with this sort of "time travel" narrative, I have no doubt you will find it a worthwhile and satisfying read!

Thanks to the publisher for providing me an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for this review!

From the Publisher . . .

The Shore: a group of small islands in the Chesapeake Bay, just off the coast of Virginia. The Shore is clumps of evergreens, wild ponies, oyster-shell roads, tumble-down houses, unwanted pregnancies, murder, and dark magic in the marshes. Sanctuary to some but nightmare to others, it's a place that generations of families both wealthy and destitute have inhabited, fled, and returned to for hundreds of years. From a half-Shawnee Indian's bold choice to escape an abusive home only to find herself with a man who will one day try to kill her, to a brave young girl's determination to protect her younger sister as methamphetamine ravages their family, the characters in this remarkable novel have deep connections to the land, and a resilience that only the place they call home could create.

Through a series of interconnecting narratives that recalls the work of David Mitchell and Jennifer Egan, Sara Taylor brings to life the small miracles and miseries of a community of outsiders, and the bonds of blood and fate that connect them all.

Spanning over a century, dreamlike and yet impossibly real, profound and playful, THE SHORE is a breathtakingly ambitious and accomplished work of fiction by a young writer of remarkable promise.

About the Author . . .

Sara Taylor was born in rural Virginia where she was home-educated. Between secondary school and college, she painted houses, demonstrated open hearth cooking for museums, and opened a café. At 24 years old, she completed her MA at the University of East Anglia, and is currently working on a PhD. The Shore is her first novel.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Living With Intent

Practical and accessible, Mallika Chopra offers readers a very "do-able" tool for centering and reclaiming the essence of life.

I started meditating a year ago and while I extol the many benefits this practice has afforded me, I am also familiar with Chopra's dilemma of the competing demands and expectations of modern life which threaten to overwhelm each of us and steer us away from those things which are most important to our core being. Chopra argues that the way to remain centered is through our intentions. Putting our essential needs and values out to the universe and believing that something greater than ourselves is working on our behalf (and that of all beings) is what this book helps readers to understand and practice.

She breaks the process into the acronym INTENT. A chapter is dedicated to each. I loved that each chapter ends with some ways to practice as well as a meditation practice!

After having incubated the idea of how to get more books into the hands of children and adults in my town for over a year, I finally put the idea out to some of the leaders in my community. Several embraced the idea and a year later, my small city of 25,000 has nine Little Free Library locations with more in the works as we speak! Chopra's belief that intent makes a difference is valid in my experience!

If you are looking for a way to feel less stressed and more confident that life is unfolding in a way that makes a difference for you and your world, you need to read Living With Intent. Chopra's gentle, honest, and down-to-earth guidance is invaluable!

From the Publisher . . .

“I’m trying to meditate one day but urgent thoughts keep intruding. Don’t forget to take cupcakes to school! I have to prepare for my presentation for the wellness conference! Is that lunch with the other moms tomorrow or next week? My to-do list is stampeding through my mind, trampling any chance of tranquility. I feel overwhelmed, yes, but there’s more: I feel…guilty. Guilty that I’m taking on too much, guilty that I’m not doing anything well, guilty that I’m giving short shrift to my kids, my husband, my job. And what about you, Mallika? a quiet voice asks. How are you shortchanging yourself?”

Living with Intent is a chronicle of Mallika Chopra’s search to find more meaning, joy, and balance in life. She hopes that by telling her story, she can inspire others with her own successes (and failures) as well as share some of the wisdom she has gathered from friends, experts, and family along the way— people like her dad, Deepak, as well as Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson, Arianna Huffington, Andrew Weil, and Dan Siegel. She also provides a practical road map for how we can all move from thought to action to outcome. Each chapter is devoted to one step on her journey and another piece of her INTENT action plan: Incubate, Notice, Trust, Express, Nurture, and Take Action. Chopra’s insights and advice will help us all come closer to fully living the lives we truly intend.

About the Author . . .

MALLIKA CHOPRA is the successful author of two previous gift books for parents, 100 Promises to My Baby and 100 Questions from My Child. She is a busy mom of two, a successful entrepreneur, and the founder and CEO of Intent.com and Intent Blog, a social media site and its sister blog. Mallika enjoys speaking to audiences around the world at venues like TEDx, Ideacity, the California Women’s Conference, and Prevention’s R3 Summit. She has degrees from Brown University and the Kellogg School of Management.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Desperate Fortune

A Desperate Fortune has something for everyone: historical politics and intrigue, deciphering an encrypted diary, romance, and finding one's place in the world (both past and modern).

This novel served as my introduction to Susanna Kearsley. I must say her research in to historical eras, politics, and scandals is thorough! Written in chapters alternating between the modern-day life and work of Sara Thomas (who's task is to decipher the decades-old diary of Mary Dundas) and Mary's world as captured in her diary, readers are introduced to issues of the Jacobite exile and its fallout in Scotland, England, France and beyond.

Kearsley does an amazing job of illuminating the details of what life was like in Mary's day. Male and female roles, court life, the difficulties of travel, issues of class and slavery, these are just a few of the things Mary encounters and must sort through when she is asked to play her part in her family's belief system.

So too does she show what modern life is like in Paris of today through Sara's stay there. Because of Sara's learning style, she ventures out in the Parisian neighborhoods where the heroine of the diary she is decoding spent her days. It was easy to imagine the streets of Paris, the old architecture mixed side-by-side with the new, the narrow streets, the quaint cafes, the smell of espresso and warm croissants, the lovely gardens . . .

I enjoyed the fact that Mary was discovering who she was as a person alongside Sara despite the fact their lives were set in such different times. That each found a place to call home and a sense of purpose and meaning was satisfying. The hook for me into the story was Sara's need to decipher the code in Mary's diary. Thus I was a bit disappointed when that aspect of the story fell by the wayside fairly early on in the novel (which is quite lengthy at about 500 pages!)

If you enjoy novels that bring together modern times with historical situations, which involve the complexities of evolving relationships and characters, with added touches of intrigue and drama, you will definitely want to pick up Kearsley's newest offering, A Desperate Fortune.

My thanks to the publisher for the ARC in exchange for this review.

From the Publisher . . .

Beloved New York Times bestselling author Susanna Kearsley delivers a riveting novel that deftly intertwines the tales of two women, divided by centuries and forever changed by a clash of love and fate.

For nearly three hundred years, the cryptic journal of Mary Dundas has kept its secrets. Now, amateur codebreaker Sara Thomas travels to Paris to crack the cipher.

Jacobite exile Mary Dundas is filled with longing-for freedom, for adventure, for the family she lost. When fate opens the door, Mary dares to set her foot on a path far more surprising and dangerous than she ever could have dreamed.

As Mary's gripping tale of rebellion and betrayal is revealed to her, Sara faces events in her own life that require letting go of everything she thought she knew-about herself, about loyalty, and especially about love. Though divided by centuries, these two women are united in a quest to discover the limits of trust and the unlikely coincidences of fate.

About the Author . . .

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and RITA award winner, Susanna Kearsley is known for her meticulous research and exotic settings from Russia to Italy to Cornwall, which not only entertain her readers but give her a great reason to travel. Her lush writing has been compared to Mary Stewart, Daphne Du Maurier, and Diana Gabaldon. She hit the bestseller lists in the U.S. with The Winter Sea and The Rose Garden, both RITA finalists and winners of RT Reviewers' Choice Awards. Other honors include finaling for the UK's Romantic Novel of the Year Award, National Readers' Choice Awards, and the prestigious Catherine Cookson Fiction Prize. Her popular and critically-acclaimed books are available in translation in more than 20 countries and as audio books. She lives in Canada, near the shores of Lake Ontario.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Return to Augie Hobble

This is the summer that changes everything for Augie Hobble!

I don't want to spoil the plot of Lane Smith's fun first novel for the tweener crowd (you can read the gist below in "From the Publisher.") Suffice it to say, I think it will strike a chord with kids of most makes and models who find that, no matter what group they may identify with, making their way through those awkward middle school years can be a treacherous journey. Augie Hobble shows them the power of resilience, even in the toughest of circumstances.

The layout of the book is awesome! It includes bits from Augie's notebook in which he keeps notes and ideas for his Creative Arts project, due at the end of the summer. This addition keeps readers turning the pages for more and makes the story from the chapters really come alive.

Lane's sense of humor, the inclusion of quirky "carnie" type characters who work at the amusement park, questions of monsters and paranormal phenomena, encounters with the class bully and his toadie, and an unexpected twist with Augie's best friend, Britt, keep readers engaged in the story, eager to find out what happens next.

Return to Augie Hobble comes out in May. Your younger readers in the 8 to 12 year old range are sure to love it! (Especially boys!)

Thanks to ShefAwareness.com for the ARC in exchange for this review. This book was a fun break from my "normal" reading! I thoroughly enjoyed it!

From the Publisher . . .

Augie Hobble lives in a fairy tale-or at least Fairy Tale Place, the down-on-its-luck amusement park managed by his father. Yet his life is turning into a nightmare: he's failed creative arts and has to take summer school, the girl he has a crush on won't acknowledge him, and Hogg Wills and the school bullies won't leave him alone. Worse, a succession of mysterious, possibly paranormal, events have him convinced that he's turning into a werewolf. At least Augie has his notebook and his best friend Britt to confide in-until the unthinkable happens and Augie's life is turned upside down, and those mysterious, possibly paranormal, events take on a different meaning.

About the Author . . .

Lane Smith is the author and/or illustrator of several award-winning books for children. He is a two-time winner of the Caldecott Honor for Grandpa Green (2012) and The Stinky Cheese Man (1993). Four of his books have won the New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award and several of his books, including It's a Book, John, Paul George & Ben and Madam President have been New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestsellers. Mr. Smith has illustrated works by the likes of Bob Shea, Roald Dahl, Dr. Seuss, George Saunders, Judith Viorst, Florence Parry Heide, Jack Prelutsky and Eve Merriam. Some of his most popular books are with frequent collaborator, Jon Scieszka. Mr. Smith lives in Connecticut with his wife Molly Leach, an award-winning graphic designer. www.lanesmithbooks.com

Thursday, April 16, 2015


Random characters brought together through time and place, their lives woven together despite their vast differences, as each of them searches for meaning amidst the impermanence of life. This is the center thread that beautifully ties Jessamyn Hope's novel, Safekeeping, together.

Hope does a wonderful job of character development. I came to truly care for the people I encountered throughout the novel. I desperately wanted Adam to succeed in his quest to find Dagmar and give her the brooch. I hoped Claudette would find wholeness (or at least normalcy!). I saw the chink in Ziva's self-defense. I sensed the desperation in Ulya's need for a new life. It was quite the journey to walk through their highs and lows alongside them!

Having heard of the kibbutz, though not knowing a lot about the history of the movement, I thought that setting the novel there in the 1990's (for the most part) was brilliant. The flashbacks that Ziva, one of the founding members of the kibbutz, has that fill in some of the history of the Zionist movement from the 1940's and the efforts to form Israel in the decades that followed provide great context. Extending the boundaries of the setting's time all the way back to the 1300's as well as to the current day were the icing on the cake. (Although it is still chilling to be reminded of the brutal treatment of genocide, no matter the century in which it takes place.)

I also enjoyed that this novel had various components to it, such as mystery, drama, character study, etc. This lends an added depth to the novel which drew me in immediately. (Again, the tension of the setting--the Middle East with the Israeli/Arab conflicts added to this as well.) There was also a bit of forlorn melancholy lurking throughout as some characters realized that their way of life was coming to an end. For some, it was a loss. For others, it was a new beginning. And that is how life is: full of both.

If you enjoy novels with rich characters and interesting settings, a bit of mystery, historical connections, and thinking about the meaning of life, this is a novel you'll not want to miss. Book clubs will find a plethora of topics to dive into discussion over!

Thank you to Fig Tree Books LLC for the ARC I received in exchange for this review!

From the Publisher . . .

Jessamyn Hope’s Safekeeping is a profound and moving novel about love, the inevitability of loss, and the courage it takes to keep starting over.

It’s 1994 and Adam, a drug addict from New York City, arrives at a kibbutz in Israel with a medieval sapphire brooch. To make up for a past crime, he needs to get the priceless heirloom to a woman his grandfather loved when he was a Holocaust refugee on the kibbutz fifty years earlier.

There Adam joins other troubled people trying to turn their lives around: Ulya, the ambitious and beautiful Soviet émigré; Farid, the lovelorn Palestinian farmhand; Claudette, the French Canadian Catholic with OCD; Ofir, the Israeli teenager wounded in a bus bombing; and Ziva, the old Zionist Socialist firebrand who founded the kibbutz. By the end of that summer, through their charged relationships with one another, they each get their last chance at redemption.

In the middle of this web glows the magnificent sapphire brooch with its perilous history spanning three continents and seven centuries. With insight and beauty, Safekeeping tackles that most human of questions: how can we expect to find meaning and happiness when we know that nothing lasts?

About the Author . . .

Jessamyn Hope grew up in Montreal and lived in Israel before moving to New York City. Her debut novel SAFKEEPING comes out June 2015. Her fiction and memoirs have appeared in Ploughshares, Five Points, Colorado Review, Descant, and PRISM international, among other literary magazines. She was the Susannah McCorkle Scholar in Fiction at the 2012 Sewanee Writers' Conference and has an M.F.A. in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Learn more at jessamynhope.com.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Got a Bowl? Grab a Spoon!

Sara Forte's second cookbook, Bowl and Spoon, is a visual feast chocked full of sumptuous bowls of vibrant fare tempting even the pickiest eaters to try a taste.

Forte is a blogger (her husband Hugh is a photographer who enjoys his wife's cooking and capturing said food for the beautiful illustrations in Bowl and Spoon) to whom I was introduced to via this book. She fully admits she is simply a home cook with an interest in good food that is simple and nutritious. She has no culinary school training. And I find that truly inspiring! I figure if Sara has no special, "insider" foodie knowledge and can put together such comforting and wholesome dishes which are loved by her family and friends, then--by golly--so can I!

Another reason I love this book is because the impetus behind Forte's cooking style is a "farm to table" mentality. She uses what is available at the time from her own garden, the local farmer's market, or the local produce section. I am trying to do this more and more in my own cooking as well. Forte's Bowl and Spoon does it in a helpful way, allowing for regional differences and growing seasons. She offers up options, basically saying this is what's available where she lives--you might try this or that if it's what you've got where you live! I love it when a recipe's author is willing to allow (or even encourages!) the user/cook to stray from the recipe and make it their own.

The book is divided into different "bowls" . . . breakfast bowls, small/side bowls, big bowls (main dishes), and dessert bowls. Don't let the title fool you: this is not a book about soup or other "traditional" bowl foods. Forte's recipes will surprise and delight you in the way she combines grains, lean protein, veggies and sauces. And who doesn't love being able to serve the whole meal in one vessel? There is something very comforting about eating something from a bowl!

If you are a person who needs to have definitive nutritional information for the food you make, make note that Bowl and Spoon doesn't include such info with the recipes. Each recipe does have a brief introduction and is easy to follow. Most are accompanied by large, rich photographs of the finished dishes. I love the photos, the layout of the book, and the typeset. Bowl and Spoon has the look and feel of a coffee table book, but take it to the kitchen as I do believe you will want to try the recipes within!

I received my copy of Bowl and Spoon from bloggingforbooks.com in exchange for this review.

From the Publisher . . .

In this follow-up to her successful first book, The Sprouted Kitchen, blogger and author Sara Forte turns her attention to bowl food, which combines vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins in one vessel to make a simple, complete, and nutritious meal.

The bowl is a perfect vessel in which to create simple, delicious, and healthy meals. When gathered together in a single dish, lean proteins, greens, vegetables, and whole grains nestle against each other in a unique marriage of flavor and texture. This is how Sara Forte, beloved food blogger and author of the James Beard Award–nominated book The Sprouted Kitchen, cooks every day—creating sumptuous recipes colorful enough to serve guests, simple enough to eat with a spoon while sitting on the couch, and in amounts plentiful enough to have easy leftovers for lunch the next day. In this visually stunning collection that reflects a new and healthier approach to quick and easy cooking, Sara offers delicious, produce-forward recipes for every meal, such as Golden Quinoa and Butternut Breakfast Bowl; Spring Noodles with Artichokes, Pecorino, and Charred Lemons; Turkey Meatballs in Tomato Sauce; and Cocoa Nib Pavlovas with Mixed Berries.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Still Alice

When the Little Free Library I steward received a copy of Lisa Genova's novel, Still Alice, I couldn't resist grabbing it for a quick read. It had been on my "To-Read" list for a time, having just joined a book club one season after the group had already read it. I was aware of the theme of the novel, and that it had impacted some of my friends who were walking through the fog of Alzheimer's disease with their own loved ones.

It is a well-written account of Dr. Alice Howland, psychology professor at Harvard University, through her diagnosis and decline into Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease (EOAD). The story includes the perspectives of Alice's husband, her three children and her colleagues at Harvard (though less-so than her family.)

Since I am very nearly the same age as Alice, I must admit that reading the book made me question myself each time I forgot anything. Like the character, I often place blame for my memory lapses on going through menopause. It is good to remember that women who are 50 and forgetful are most probably NOT experiencing EOAD.

As a parish pastor for 13 years, I also walked this journey on the periphery with several families. The early days, when Alzheimer's is a patchy fog and the patient has moments of clarity interspersed with times of disorientation and memory lapse are what seems much too swiftly followed by the day their loved one walks into the type of London fog so thick it never really lifts. So many good-byes are mourned, so many times over.

I'm glad I read Genova's novel, even if the topic is somber. It will give you much to contemplate. If you are in a book club and your group has not read this book yet, I would recommend it. There is much food for discussion!

From the Publisher . . .

In Lisa Genova’s extraordinary New York Times bestselling novel, an accomplished woman slowly loses her thoughts and memories to Alzheimer’s disease—only to discover that each day brings a new way of living and loving. Now a major motion picture starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, and Kristen Stewart!

Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the Cape, is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Fiercely independent, Alice struggles to maintain her lifestyle and live in the moment, even as her sense of self is being stripped away. In turns heartbreaking, inspiring, and terrifying, Still Alice captures in remarkable detail what it’s like to literally lose your mind...

Reminiscent of A Beautiful Mind, Ordinary People, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Still Alice packs a powerful emotional punch and marks the arrival of a strong new voice in fiction.

About the Author . . .

Lisa Genova graduated valedictorian, summa cum laude from Bates College with a degree in Biopsychology and has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard University. She is the author of the New York Times Bestselling novels STILL ALICE, LEFT NEGLECTED, and LOVE ANTHONY.

STILL ALICE has spent over 40 weeks on the New York Time bestseller list. It won the 2008 Bronte Prize and the 2011 Bexley Book of the Year, and it was nominated for the 2010 Indies Choice Debut Book of the Year by the American Booksellers Association. It was the #6 Top Book Group Favorite of 2009 by Reading Group Choices, a 2009 Barnes & Noble Discover Pick, a 2009 Indie Next pick, a 2009 Borders Book Club Pick, and a 2009 Target Book Club pick. It has been translated into 31 languages and was chosen as one of thirty titles for World Book Night 2013.

The film rights for STILL ALICE were acquired by producers James Brown and Lex Lutzus of Neon Park, and the book was adapted for the screen by Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer. The film was released nationwide in January 2015, starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, and Hunter Parrish. Julianne Moore won the Best Actress Oscar for her role as Alice Howland.

Lisa travels worldwide, speaking about Alzheimer's Disease, traumatic brain injury, and autism. She has appeared on the Dr. Oz Show, the Diane Rehm Show, CNN, Chronicle, Fox News, and Canada AM and was featured in the Emmy award-winning documentary film, TO NOT FADE AWAY.

Lisa's fourth novel, INSIDE THE O'BRIENS focuses on Huntington's Disease and will be published April 7, 2015. She lives with her family on Cape Cod.

Find out more at www.LisaGenova.com, www.facebook.com/authorlisagenova