November book reviews (cont)
The Naked Heart
Mark D?Arbanville gave us his first taste of the enthralling male perspective in last year?s novel The Naked Husband. This latest instalment is the sequel which will answer questions raised by the first novel, but will also pose many more. The first book was based around Mark, an English writer who had fallen in love with Anna, much to the detriment of his former life. This second novel features Anna?s perspective as she tries to recover from a horrific car accident that almost killed her. The most startling damage she sustains is losing her memory and thus her recollection of the life she once led. Although the book is fiction, Anna?s story is based on the stories of several women to help the author accurately portray how childhood experiences can help shape a person?s future. A compelling read.
A Crazy Occupation
Allen and Unwin
Australian journalist Jamie Tarabay was 24-years-old when she was posted to Israel as a foreign correspondent. Her job for Associated Press sent her into the thick of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict where she witnessed the Palestinian curfew, the Jewish settlers, suicide bombings and the associated carnage. Her memoir is compelling and fascinating and in her casual, relaxed style, Jamie explains the her life as an Arabic speaking, Australian born journalist of Lebanese Catholic decent living in the heart of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
After a head on car wreck with a drunken driver, Kathy Torpie was left with a broken and shattered body and broken facial skeleton, she had to overcome massive adversity to rediscover the independent and active life that she had lead previously. Multiple surgeries and procedures later Kathy finds support from friends and family, even after a disastrous attempt to create a personal paradise in Guatemala and subsequent battles with depression. A fascinating true tale of a fight for identity and then winning against supposedly insurmountable odds.
Superannuation: Choosing a Fund for Dummies
John Wiley and Sons Australia
Superannuation to most is a complex puzzle that is left to the accounts department, or the hope that our employers have our best interests at hand. Written specifically for Australians Superannuation: Choosing a fund for Dummies is a diverse and informative crash course in choosing a super fund. The most important part of this book (for me, at least) was the glossary in the back, especially when dealing with banks and super-funds that expect that you have at least a basic knowledge of terms and such. A good starting point, but if you are looking for advice on your financial future, see a professional financial adviser.