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Thin Slices of Anxiety: Observations and Advice to Ease a Worried Mind by Catherine Lepage

Thin Slices of Anxiety by Catherine Lepage Title: Thin Slices of Anxiety: Observations and Advice to Ease a Worried Mind
Author: Catherine Lepage
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 978-1452145792
Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-Help
Pages: 104
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 5 Stars

Why do we get anxious? What is it about us that make us feel that way? Is it us or the environment or the circumstances surrounding us? Catherine Lepage’s books “Thin Slices of Anxiety” talks to us about anxieties, fears and phobias in a manner that is not only easy and simple but also fun.

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I came across this book on a friend’s blog and I knew that I had to have it on my bookshelf. This book is unlike anything I have read on anxiety and what it takes to calm down. I have read self-help books but I also cannot classify this book in that category.
“Thin Slices of Anxiety” is a meditation on how to ease the worried mind. In today’s day and age we are flooded with worries. We don’t know when one begins and the other ends. Life is almost a battle and it doesn’t have to be that way.

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Catherine Lepage takes us through anxiety by distilling it for us into four habits that are very clear and plain to see that actually set anxiety into motion. They are: Accumulation of fatigue, Repressing emotions, setting goals too high and collecting responsibilities. Maybe the first step is to let go and then take a back seat (how many of us actually want to do that at all?) and go through the emotional repertoire and see how we can use that better to ease life.

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This book doesn’t preach. It doesn’t promise to change your life. It will not do all those things. It is a basic and most needed primer of our times – given the lifestyle choices we make and how perhaps we really do need to stop and smell the roses and not run all the time – from pillar to post, without getting anywhere at all.

The Dot and the Line by Norton Juster

The Dot and the Line by Norton Juster Title: The Dot and the Line
Author: Norton Juster
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 9781587170669
Genre: Fiction, Children, Mathematics,
Pages: 80
Source: Borrowed Copy
Rating: 5/5

There are books that warm the soul. There are books that you know will have that effect on you. “The Dot and the Line” by Norton Juster is one such book. A friend recommended it to me and I borrowed her copy and could not stop gushing about it. It is a book that will make you chuckle, will make you want to cheer for the line and will make you want to go to your loved one and say, “I Love You” over and over again. When such books come along, you just read them and reread them and reread some more.

“The Dot and the Line” as the title suggests is about a dot and a line. It is about a line who loves a dot who loves a squiggle and does not think much of the line. The line tries hard but fails and that’s when he decides to change and something unexpected comes out of it.

The illustrations and the story per se are just superb. It is a book for all ages as well and not just limited to children. I think it is more for adults than anything else. There are mathematical expressions throughout the book which is so much fun to glance, infer and understand. The puns are hilarious and more than anything else the illustrations fit straight right in with the story. I don’t even know if I can place it any single genre as it deserves to be a part of so many.

I am grateful to my friend for introducing me to this book. It is magical, wondrous and full of life and vitality. “The Dot and the Line” is the kind of book you must read with your better-half or loved one for the impact to be doubled.

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Book Review: Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence by Nick Bantock

Griffin & Sabine by Nick Bantock

Title: Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence
Author: Nick Bantock
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 978-0877017882
Genre: Graphic Book
Pages: 48
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 5/5

I remember being introduced to “Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence” by Nick Bantock, way back in 2000 by a colleague at Crossword Book Store at Mahalaxmi (I worked there part-time for a bit) and I cannot thank her enough for the recommendation. Since then I have read two trilogies of Griffin and Sabine and can never get enough of these books. This is the first time after ages I decided to revisit them and here I was at the start of the year, with my second read: “Griffin & Sabine”.

It will be very difficult for me to review this book. Not because it was a difficult read, but because it always manages to shake me up. It manages to leave me breathless – in its writing and through its images. Yes, it is a sort of a graphic novel and at the same time, it is so much more. “Griffin & Sabine” as the title suggests is about two people – Griffin, a postcard artist in London and Sabine, a stamp designer in a small Pacific island.

They are lovers. They have never met. They correspond through letters and postcards. There is however one more detail to it, concerning Sabine which I will not disclose through the review. I would urge you to read the book and find that out. Lovers love, irrespective of distances, they do and this is one element of the first trilogy. After reading the first book, you would want to go out and read all of them. That is one thing I can guarantee for sure.

Bantock makes the reader/s believe in love that surpasses time and transcends the thought process of the “email” generation and takes it back to letter writing. The structure of the book in itself is unique. One can see the beautiful images and open the letters from the envelopes and read them. The first time I read the book, I almost felt like I was eavesdropping or sneaking on someone else’s life.

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The grand illusion of love is forever present in the book and one can see it – in the colours, in the words and sense it through the emotions of both characters and yet there is also hopefulness which propels the reader, through the book and sometimes life. The book is like love waves crashing against the rocks, knowing that someday something will come out of it. The day I finished reading this book, I recommended it to so many people. I just had to; because I knew that everyone can connect with the book. It is but after all trying to define love, to mould it and to feel it. So do yourself a favour and read this. You just have to.

You can also know more about the series and Bantock’s other books here:

Nick Bantock’s Website

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