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August Book Reviews

Soapsuds
Finola Hughes and Digby Diehl
Bantam Books
Following the ordeal of a very, very messy breakup with her London boyfriend, Actress Kate McPhee decides that the time has come for some major changes. The changes are a move halfway across the world, and starting work on Live for Tomorrow, one of America?s top soap operas. In a whirlwind of new experiences, she finds herself deep inside the world of daytime drama, where romance, intrigue and betrayal run rife ? both on the small screen and off. An entertaining tramp through the world of celebrity, hunks, perfect size 2 Barbie-doll a-likes and guileful old veterans, Soapsuds reads like a wildcat peek inside what really goes on behind the scenes in soap.
RRP $32.95 but only $29.66 if you buy from the SheSaid Bookshop

A Connecticut Fashionista in King Arthur’s Court
Marianne Mancusi
Random House

The biggest challenge that Katherine faces as a modern day fashion editor is deciding which particular Manolo Blahniks to strap on. After being hit with a gypsy curse, Cat finds herself magically transported to medieval times. Alone and taken for an interloping Saxon spy in Camelot, she finds herself in consistently hotter water (and romance). Can she help save a kingdom, keep the love of her life and find her way home in time, all without changing the course of history? With big servings of magic, chivalry, action and adventure the legend of Camelot comes to life like never before, with a little help from our fashion savvy heroine Kat.
RRP $12.95 but only $11.66 if you buy from the SheSaid Bookshop

Nostradamus for Dummies
Scarlett Ross
John Wiley and Sons Ltd

Most people know of Nostradamus as a slightly ominous and shadowy figure deep in the past. This book helps paint a more accurate picture of the man Nostradamus, who was a renowned doctor, apothecary (think early pharmacist/herbalist), author and prophet. The time that Nostradamus was alive was a time of great change in thinking throughout Europe called The Renaissance, a period that saw the rise in reading, and the exchange of ideas. This book gives a overview of work, rather than an in-depth expose of all of Nostradamus? prophecies. The more interesting of his quatrains get a good going over, but as per all books on prophecy, it?s more hit and miss interpretation by the author. Never the less, an interesting read into the world of one of the worlds most famous (and infamous) prophets.
RRP $39.95 but only $35.96 if you buy from the SheSaid Bookshop

Delicious
Nicky Pellegrino
Orion Publishing

Sadness and joy fill this novel almost as much as romance and amazing cuisine. We follow Maria as she escapes her oppressive and forced life in Italy to new horizons and love in England. The story evolves as Maria?s daughter is included as a young woman, with an ending that is touching and thoughtful. With twists and turns throughout, the pain and betrayal gives way to happiness and love for both Mother and Daughter in the end. Lovers of food will enjoy the descriptions of tradional Italian and English food, while lovers of romance will find themselves involved in the piquant storyline.
RRP $29.95 but only $26.96 if you buy from the SheSaid Bookshop

Shopsmart Singapore ? The unbiased guide for those who love (and hate) to shop
Creative License

If you?re serious about your shopping, this is the guide for you. Shopsmart Singapore goes through each area of Singapore, showing maps, explaining the history of the area and most importantly, outlining the shopping potential. It even explains how to get there on public transport and some great eateries nearby. It?s even easier if you?re hell-bent on finding a particular product. Simply look up the type of product (fashion, books, art, carpets ? it?s all there) then the guide outlines recommended shops with analysis on price, service, quality, range and value for money. It?s best if you?re hoping to do some serious shopping in Singapore.
RRP $29.95 but only $26.96 if you buy from the SheSaid Bookshop

Foreign Babes in Beijing
Rachel DeWoskin
Allen and Unwin

21-year-old American Rachel DeWoskin arrived in Beijing in 1989 armed with an Arts degree and a passion for living abroad. This memoir tracks the years she spent living there working as a PR consultant in an American firm and also playing the role of Jiexi in the hugely popular Chinese evening television drama Foreign Babes in Beijing. Rachel uses her adventure to create a cross-cultural analysis of the differences between American & Chinese cultures which makes for fascinating reading.
RRP $29.95 but only $26.96 if you buy from the SheSaid Bookshop