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Fall on Your Knees, by Ann-Marie MacDonald

During my trip among Canadian Writers, I met this wonderful novel. You must read it!

Actually, I must be honest: at the beginning I suspended the reading because the style was too much ebullient for my standards, but once you get it, once you mastered this hurdle, you cannot put down the pages, you must go on and find out what will happen to the four sisters (and how the older one got pregnant!).

How deft this author has been to push me to go on till the end! You get involved because characters are not all good or all wicked: they are like us, intentions may be unselfish, we maybe try to justify our actions, but at the end we harm our friends and relatives.

We all feel corseted in narrow environments, surrounded by short-sighted people, don’t we? What, you don’t?

Well, maybe not like Kathleen andĀ Frances; maybe you simply survive like Mercedes, by finding a parochial life goal; or like Lily, by simply loving… but don’t you feel that you miss something? That you sometimes transform yourself into a crabby person without knowing why? Don’t you sometimes feel the dearth of hope glimmers?

Maybe you react to this faults with giddiness in demeaning social meetings, but, halo, try to be with-it! Take it calm and steady: you know with your entrails that you miss something. Everyone hobbles on toward the future and try to ignore these signals.

And, at the end, things fall.

But do not fret about yourself. Even in the worst scenario, there is still an exit door. Lily found it. Frances lost it, despite her energies. Mercedes never saw it, although it was in front of her. Kathleen had not enough time to go out. And their father never asked for it. But it was there.

At the end, it is up to the character’s decision. At the end it is all up to you.

This is why I love literature: it reminds you that it is all up to you.

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Better Than Before – Gretchen Rubin


I do not like the way the title of this book has been translated into Italian: it means “It is easy to change”. You just wait that the title goes on with “if you know how to do it”… but this is the way italian editors work.

Well, at first sight it seems that the author is obsessed with self-improvement, and this can give you the impression that she is rather perfectionist and fuss-pot, thas she is Always looking for a better way to spare time, read more books, write more, meet more people, be lean, be a good mother and wife and so on. I must admit that this first impression did not let her be very funny to me.

She often uses phases and episodes taken from the lives of her fans in internet or from chats with her friends, because she like to share her current passions with everybody to test if her opinions are true. Anyway, this method is rather subjective.

This is why I do not consider this book as a real self-help book. I rather consider it like a good chat with someone who is trying to improve herself. This is not little.

How many people do you know wich purpose is to become better than before? Maybe you know someone who tries to be the best in something, the best manager, the best mother, the best athlete and so on, but this is not the same thing. I would rather consider it like the opposite, in a certain way.

Gretchen Rubin does give you some nice tips on how to get good habits. The first tip is to work on yourself, to know yourself (although I think that her classification method is rather strict). One of her mantra is “be Gretchen“. We must learn to know ourselves and be ourselves.

What I do not agree on, is her diet habit.

I became vegan after having readĀ a lot of books on diet and health, not only by vegan authors. I think I discovered the true secret to understand if a scientific research is good or not, and this secret is the time.

I bet that she has lost weight with a high protein diet. Of course she did, everybody does, it is physiological because our body normally works by carbs burning. And if you look at all high protein diet researches, you will see that they are tested on the short run (max one, one and a half year). On the long run, people either gain again their initial weight or they develop illnesses. At the end, I do not think that Rubin’s diet habit is better than before. Maybe better than the standard american diet, but in this case she is just leaner than before.

I hope that she can read some books of plant-based doctors (Esselstyn, Campbell, Barnard, McDougall, Fuhrmann and many Others). She is a book lover, I do not doubt that sooner or later she will put a question mark on her high protein diet habit.

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