"Dodging Satan" or How Not To Raise a Catholic (Book Review)

Dodging Satan: My Irish/Italian, Sometimes Awesome, But Mostly Creepy, Childhood by Kathleen Zamboni McCormickMy rating: 5 of 5 starsIf we could open up a contest about the world’s most Catholic family, Bridget’s Italian-Irish concoction would definitely top up the rating. The clever girl is raised by the tight glove of religion from both sides of... Continue Reading →

“The Inconceivable Truth: A Gutsy Memoir about Defining and Surviving Childless Womanhood in the 21st Century” by Nicki Fenthum (Book Review)

There was a moment in time when I didn’t quite understand why people decide to share their stories in so many personal details. I thought - why would someone want to expose to the bare bones to random strangers? Then it dawned on me - they are not doing it for themselves or, rather, they are not doing it only for themselves.

They are doing it for the benefit of others.

9 Lessons About Love I Picked Up from “Mating in Captivity” by Esther Perel (Book Review)

Lust and love. Safety and risk. Trust and curiosity. Boredom and novelty. Monogamy and polyamory. Familiarity and excitement. Picking up dirty laundry and sex binge weekends. 24 hours in pajamas and wild nights out for months. Three children and rock climbing. Unpaid bills and erotic lingerie. If you associate the first words in the above sentences with marriage and the second with dating or hookups, welcome aboard. You are one of the billions of humans who struggle with the mess of modern-day relationships. 

“The Art of Cyber Conflict” by H. Sienkiewicz (Book Review)

No war can be raised to a state-of-the-art level. Art must be beautiful, in the sense of producing a renewed faith of acceptance and I'm not sure war could ever do that. “The Art of Cyber Conflict” is about the new types of wars being led in the digital sphere. Yet despite the absence of face-to-face combat or maybe exactly because of that, the author Henry Sienkiewicz points out that cyber conflicts can indeed have devastating consequences. 

I Dare You to “Make Your Own Neural Network in Python” (Book Review)

If you're a developer and expect deep expert insights about machine learning and neural networks, this “Make Your Own Neural Network in Python” review is not for you. But if you are a tech addict and like reading and learning about new software applications, then this will most likely hit a spot. If you like to improve general knowledge on the matter, then you may find this reading experience useful as well. 

“Chasing Mercury” by September Williams: Why Most Collective Victories Begin with a Brave Personal Fight

“Chasing Mercury” ticked all the right boxes of what I consider an amazing book deserving of a high rating. It has everything that I want from a good read - memorable characters, a plot that edges on the personal, the collective, and the political, and a curious take on what seems like usual human destinies, yet with enough distinctive elements to separate it from the most of new editions, and keep it readable at the same time. 

“Jobs for Robots” by Jason Schenker: How to Make Yourself Irreplaceable in the Age of Robotics

Informed in one way or another, we all await for the faraway future to welcome robots on a grand scale. But robots are coming faster than we can tell. In fact, robots are already here and now it’s the best time to start preparing yourself for what once seemed only a distant possibility on the... Continue Reading →

“Call Me Pomeroy” by James Hanna: How Much Can You Like an Anti-hero?

I found this book incredibly hilarious, at moments hysterical and riotous in more than one sense of the word. That's the usual way of the book's author. It is not the first book I've read by James Hanna, but I somehow ended up writing the first review about it. Hanna has a knack for writing... Continue Reading →

“Women Who Run with the Wolves” by C.P. Estés: Reclaiming Our Instinctual Nature

Clarissa Pinkola Estés brings us back to the story of the wild woman, a story about songs, bones, and wolves. A remarkable storyteller, Jungian analyst, and healer who integrated the wisdom roots of her Mexican and Hungarian ancestry and heritage into her healing work, the author clears ages of cobwebs and removes the debris of semi-truths and incomplete narratives about the wild woman archetype, connecting the reader with the feminine intuitive aspect. 

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