Daily Archives: April 17, 2016

How to Be a Redhead: A Guide to Beauty, Skincare, Hair Care, Fashion and Confidence From the Sisters Who Started the Red Hair Revolution Book Review

Natural redheads only make up 2-3% of the population. Other women are redheads by choice, not by nature.

Still, the beauty and fashion industries have largely ignored what could be a lucrative niche market.

Enter the sisters Adrienne and Stephanie Vendetti.

Both natural redheads, the sisters, like many redheads, felt ignored in terms of beauty and fashion. Starting their own website, How To Be A Redhead, it has revealed a niche that many redheads, both natural and by choice (myself included), have been waiting for.  Last week, their book How to Be a Redhead: A Guide to Beauty, Skincare, Hair Care, Fashion and Confidence From the Sisters Who Started the Red Hair Revolution, made its premiere in book stores.

Filled with everything from skin care and hair care advice to quotes from respected members of the beauty and fashion industries, this book not only gives a redhead the confidence she may be lacking, but practical advice to enhance what nature has already given her.

This redhead recommends it.

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The Two Family House Book Review

Family, at the very least is complicated.

The Bermans are no exception.

In Lynda Cohen Loigman’s new novel, The Two Family House, brothers Abe and Mort Berman not only live together, but work together in post World War II Brooklyn. They own a company called The Box Brothers and share a two family house. Abe, the older of the two brothers lives with his outgoing, gregarious wife Helen and their four boys. Mort, the younger brother lives with his demure, retiring wife Rose and their three daughters. Both Rose and Helen are expecting another child.

The babies are born during the North American Blizzard of 1947, the worst blizzard to hit New York City since 1888. Rose has a son named Teddy and Helen has a daughter named Natalie. For some reason, the relationship between Helen and Rose, which was once more sister like than sister-in-law like starts to fray to the point where it affects the whole family. When an unthinkable loss shakes up the family,  only the reveal of a decades long secret can bring the Bermans back together.

This book is so good that I missed my train stop while reading it. This family felt very real to me. We all have families that are good, bad or otherwise. The best books are the ones that have a universal narrative or character that the reader can relate to, regardless of whether or they know something of the world that the characters live in. This is one of them.

I recommend it.

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