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July Entertainment Reviews

Hook-Up Handbook, The Single Girl’s Guide To Living It Up
Andrea Livinthal & Jessica Rozler
Simon and SchusterAustralia

The world of dating has become slightly confused over the years and these days who knows what constitutes ?a date?. A hook up can constitute anything from coffee, lunch, a day on the beach or a hot night of passion. This book won?t dramatically change the dating world, give you the rules, or help you find a mate, but what it will do is set a few parameters for you to follow. Chapters such as Too-Busy-to-Have-a-Boyfriend Syndrome; Defensive Nondating; Let’s Talk About Text, Baby; Alcohol, the Not-So-Secret Ingredient in a Hookup will have you giggling. Written tongue-in-cheek this book is a fun, lighthearted and a totally honest commentary on the hook up habits of women and men.
RRP $27.95 but only $25.16 if you buy from the SheSaid bookshop


The Straight Girls Guide to Sleeping with Chicks
Jen Sincero
Simon and Schuster Australia

The author of this book is very descriptive detailing women?s sexual pleasure. Given another title, this book could capture a large male audience and to be honest, it wouldn?t hurt for some of them to read it! It?s cleverly written with a good dose of humour, is very informative and covers everything from being the master of your own domain to sex with women to threesomes. More importantly the author extensively covers safe sex and sexual health. Even if you?ve never contemplated sex with another woman, this book is a great resource in learning about your own sexuality and how to comfortably direct your partner [male or female] to give you more pleasure in the boudoir.
RRP $19.95 but only $17.96 if you buy from the SheSaid bookshop


A Case of Knives
Peter Rose
Allen and Unwin

Politics, acting, opera, publishing?all these themes cross paths in this tale of passion, intrigue and relationships. Julia Collis, publisher and exuberant socialite who?s daughter is an up and coming Opera star, holds her sway over her daughter and Mathew, her charge, whom she live with at Valhalla. When the enigmatic and charming Roman Anthem goes missing, Julia and her tightly knit world starts to unravel. How will they face the changes ahead, let alone keep up appearances?
RRP $22.95 but only $20.66 if you buy from the SheSaid bookshop


Queen of the Big Time
Adriana Trigiani
Simon & Schuster

This is a fabulously light hearted yet poignant look at the life of Nella Castelluca, a first generation Italian growing up in America in the 1920?s and follows the life and times of Nella from her early teens through her life until the 1970?s. Without the pious preaching of a rages to riches story this novel written cleverly in the first person makes you feel like you are a friend of Nella?s. Adriana Trigani takes you on a journey with Nella as she experiences all life has to offer in America while still clinging to the old age traditions of her strict Italian, Catholic family. Easy to read and hard to put down, Adriana Trigani?s portrayal of Nella?s life is truly enjoyable.
RRP $19.95 but only $17.96 if you buy from the SheSaid bookshop


The Undomestic Goddess
Sophie Kinsella
Random House

Samantha Sweeting is about to get the one thing she has dreamed about ? partnership at a major London law firm. Confirmed workaholic Samantha makes a monunmental mistake and loses not only her partnership chances but also her job. She finds herself mistakingly applying for a housekeeping job and lands the job before she has a chance to realise what she is doing. The story goes a little from sublime to ridiculous as the London lawyer tries to master the skills of laundry and cooking with hilarious outcomes, somehow Sophie Kinsella manages to keep you enthralled even if it is just to find out how the enforced sea change really pans out. Great fun read ? good for holidays or by a pool with a drink with a small umbrella!
RRP $32.95 but only $29.66 if you buy from the SheSaid bookshop


Invisible Acts of Power – Personal Choices that Create Miracles
Caroline Myss
Simon and Schuster Australia

This self help book is not for the cynical or the non spiritual believers amongst us, as they will not enjoy the messages about power, divine grace or believe the miracles that Caroline Myss calls ?invisible acts of power?. She says that when ?we act compassionately, without an agenda or expectation of reward, God works unseen, anonymously, through us. And, as we move from visible acts, such as giving a friend a helping hand, to invisible acts, such as prayer and healing, we undergo a profound journey of personal empowerment..? Great for those that are interested in feeding their soul and becoming more in touch with their spiritual self.
RRP $39.95 but only $35.96 if you buy from the SheSaid bookshop


Camelot’s Shadow
Sarah Zettel
Harper Collins

Set in ancient England, in the time of King Arthur this tale follows Lady Rhian of Moorelands and her adventures. Promised to a sorcerer when she was a baby by her father in exchange for her mother’s life, she finds that she cannot keep the bargain and must find her own escape from the forces of evil. On her journey she finds true love in the arms of Gawain, a champion of the Round Table, but shall his love prove true, and able to conquer all? Only time and strength off will shall tell?The second book in this series is Camelot’s Honour.
RRP $12.95 but only $11.66 if you buy from the SheSaid bookshop

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