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TWE Reads

The Greek Diet by Maria Loi and Sarah Toland

The Greek Diet by Maria Loi and Sarah TolandThe Greek Diet–Lose Up to Ten Pounds in Two Weeks! (@HarperCollins) by renowned chef Maria Loi and former Olympic athlete Sarah Toland is a revisit to the world’s oldest diet by going back to the original source–Ancient Greece.  The authors use a traditional Mediterranean approach they say can help readers lose weight easily and healthily.

The book provides 100 traditional Greek recipes as well as new research showing why they believe this diet is the healthiest food plan in the world, especially for positive effects on the heart.

They list The Twelve Pillar Foods that their research has shown can burn fat and prevent disease. All interesting reading for anyone looking for a diet that could work while you eat unprocessed and delicious foods!

Maria Loi and Sarah Toland, authors of The Greek Diet

Maria Loi and Sarah Toland toasting to their new book, The Greek Diet



Stiletto Network by Pamela Ryckman

Pamela Rychman's Stiletto NetworkStiletto Network–Inside the Women’s Power Circles that are Changing the Face of Business  by Pamela Ryckman is about female friendship and the new networks that are forming to band women together to improve their lives and make them more rewarding.

Pamela writes about the collaborating circles that are being established to create a just and equal society for women. She gives examples of many of these groundbreaking groups and discusses them on TWE Radio with Stacey Gualandi. You can find out how to start your own network, how they operate and what rewards women are getting from them.


If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother

Julia Sweeney's book, If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother On TWE RADIO June 8,9–In Julia Sweeney’s new book, If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother (@simonschuster), she shares her decision to adopt as a single woman; her trip to China to get her new baby daughter, Mulan; and how she met her husband and formed a family unit. She details all the trials and tribulations along the way, adding her comedic touch.

Julia was a cast member of Saturday Night Live where she created the androgynous character “Pat.” Her one-woman shows in which she explored love, cancer, and faith displayed her talents as a performer and writer. This honest memoir follows a month in her life when she had a vacation from her family. As she says poignantly, “I took so long to assemble my lovely family. If only they would disappear.” They did for that short time and she reflects on her life with and without them.

This is a funny and thought-provoking book that will amuse and cause you to think about your own definition of family and perhaps give you a new appreciation of your mother. We heartily recommend.

Read an excerpt here.

Zero Waste Home–The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life By Reducing Your Waste

Bea Johnson's book, Zero Waste Home ON TWE RADIO JUNE 1,2–In her new book, Zero Waste Home (@ScribnerBooks), Bea Johnson gives her ultimate guide to reducing waste in the house. She describes how she went from a 3,000 square foot home with 64 gallons of trash weekly to a life of zero waste. Now her family produces one quart of garbage a year.

Her logo is “Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot.” By following this message she says you will have avoided as much trash and garbage as possible. Her blog and this book give many helpful tips on how to deal with the excess in your life—everything from giving presents that are experiences to building a simple wardrobe.

If you want a good guide that will conserve your money and give you more time to do the things you want to, this is a terrific one to read.  And you might help the planet along the way. The book is printed using recycled paper and inks that are environmentally friendly.


The Heavy: A Mother, A Daughter, A Diet–A Memoir by Dara-Lynn Weiss

The Heavy memoir by Dara-Lynn WeissON TWE RADIO MAR. 23, 24–In her new book, The Heavy: A Mother, A Daughter, A Diet–A Memoir (@RandomHouse), Dara-Lynn Weiss describes putting her six-year-old daughter, Bea, on a diet when a doctor pronounces her obese.

She chronicles the struggle to get her healthy again as she deals with her own body and health issues.

Dara-Lynn first wrote about her daughter’s plight in Vogue and was dubbed “diet mom” and villified.  In this book and on TWE Radio, she responds to her critics and tackles childhood obesity head on.

The book is controversial and takes on parenting methods, discipline, and dealing with kid’s self-esteem.  Her unflinching approach is refreshing and provides a good source of information about raising children with eating disorders.



Take 2–Your Guide to Happy Endings and New Beginnings by Leeza Gibbons

Leeza Gibbons book, Take 2ON TWE RADIO MAR. 30-31: In Take 2—Your Guide to Happy Endings and New Beginnings (Hay House Publishing), television host Leeza Gibbons writes about personal loss, disillusionment and rebooting her life.  It’s about starting over; taking inventory; and getting smarter and stronger.

Leeza pushed the reset button on her own life and advises her readers how to do the same thing by practicing flexibility and forgiveness.  She writes and tells the TWE radio audience that balance is bogus and gives tips on how to be better to yourself.

If you’re looking to reinvent or need to know how to find a new beginning, this could be the book for you!


Undaunted–The Real Story of America’s Servicewomen by Tanya Biank

Tanya Biank's book, Undaunted--The Real Story of America's Servicewomen in Today's MilitaryON TWE RADIO APRIL 6, 7: In Undaunted–The Real Story of America’s Servicewomen (New American Library), Tanya Biank takes an inside look at women in today’s military–their professional and personal challenges from the combat zone to the home front.

In this up close and personal account, Tanya investigates the true life stories of four trailblazing women who are each involved in the military in different ways.

Tanya is the author of Army Wives–The Unwritten Code of Military Marriage, the basis for one of cable’s top-rated dramatic series. The author is a former newspaper reporter covering the military.

As Good As She Imagined: The Redeeming Story of the Angel of Tucson Christina-Taylor Green by Roxanna Green

Roxanna Green's As Good As She Imagined

ON TWE RADIO MAR. 30, 31–In As Good As She Imagined–The Redeeming Story of the Angel of Tucson Christina-Taylor Green (Worthy Publishing), Roxanna Green writes lovingly about her daughter, the youngest victim at the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others in 2011.

Roxanna described her quest for peace in the midst of the family’s unspeakable heartache.  Her daughter was nine, a talented and popular student, when tragedy struck in front of the Safeway in northwest Tucson.  The book is a tribute to this “Angel of Tucson,” as people would call Christina-Taylor, and the story of her inspiring legacy.