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Author Archive: Natalie Salvo

Natalie Salvo is a foodie and writer from Sydney. You can find her digging around in second hand book shops or submerged in vinyl crates at good record stores. Her websites are: http://nataliesalvo.wordpress.com and www.myshitdate.com

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BOOK REVIEW: The Court Reporter by Jamelle Wells

BOOK REVIEW: The Court Reporter by Jamelle Wells

| 17 August 2018 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Court Reporter by Jamelle Wells ABC Books February 2018 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Biographies & True Stories / True Crime 9/10 For the majority of us who don’t work in jobs related to the criminal justice system or who haven’t chosen to become court watchers in our spare […]

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BOOK REVIEW: How to Buy a Home – From Debt to a Deposit by Emily Power

BOOK REVIEW: How to Buy a Home – From Debt to a Deposit by Emily Power

| 15 August 2018 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: How to Buy a Home – From Debt to a Deposit by Emily Power Random House Australia May 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Accounting & Finance / Property & Real Estate 6/10 Home ownership has long been considered the great Australian dream. But when you’re a first home buyer […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Weird Beard: Bab Sharkey and the Animal Mummies by Andrew Hansen and Jessica Roberts

BOOK REVIEW: The Weird Beard: Bab Sharkey and the Animal Mummies by Andrew Hansen and Jessica Roberts

| 13 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Bab Sharkey and the Animal Mummies – The Weird Beard by Andrew Hansen and Jessica Roberts Walker Books Australia May 2018 Paperback, $14.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Children’s Fiction / Middle Grade / Action & Adventure 7.5/10 The Chaser’s Andrew Hansen, along with his designer/illustrator wife Jessica Roberts, joins a long list of Australian […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Misogynation – The True Scale of Sexism by Laura Bates

BOOK REVIEW: Misogynation – The True Scale of Sexism by Laura Bates

| 11 August 2018 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Misogynation – The True Scale of Sexism by Laura Bates Simon & Schuster Ltd April 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Society & Culture 6.5/10 We do not live in a bubble. Feminist author, advocate, and Everyday Sexism Project founder Laura Bates knows this all too well. In her third […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester

BOOK REVIEW: The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester

| 9 August 2018 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester Hachette Australia March 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Modern & Contemporary Fiction 7/10 Natasha Lester’s previous two historic novels have starred strong female protagonists trailblazing away in a man’s world. The Paris Seamstress is essentially cut from the same cloth. This means that […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Every Note Played by Lisa Genova

BOOK REVIEW: Every Note Played by Lisa Genova

| 7 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Every Note Played by Lisa Genova Simon & Schuster Australia April 2018 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Modern & Contemporary Fiction 7/10 Some people’s experience with motor neurone disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is confined to their knowledge of the late Stephen Hawking. Others may also know about the […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Paris Dreaming by Katrina Lawrence

BOOK REVIEW: Paris Dreaming by Katrina Lawrence

| 4 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Paris Dreaming by Katrina Lawrence Harper Collins November 2017 Hardcover, $35.00 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Biographies & True Stories / Memoirs 6/10 Some people dream of New York. Others find London calling. For Australian beauty editor and journalist Katrina Lawrence, Paris is all that, as she writes in a book that […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Clutter Intervention – How Your Stuff is Keeping You Stuck by Tisha Morris

BOOK REVIEW: Clutter Intervention – How Your Stuff is Keeping You Stuck by Tisha Morris

| 22 May 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Clutter Intervention – How Your Stuff is Keeping You Stuck by Tisha Morris Llewellyn Publications, U.S. February 2018 Paperback, $35.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Mind, Body, Spirit 5.5/10 Writer, Benjamin Law once described his childhood home as like a “Lasagne of shit.” There are a lot of homes waging a war […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Gloria’s Voice: The Story of Gloria Steinem—Feminist, Activist, Leader by Aura Lewis

BOOK REVIEW: Gloria’s Voice: The Story of Gloria Steinem—Feminist, Activist, Leader by Aura Lewis

| 20 May 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Gloria’s Voice: The Story of Gloria Steinem—Feminist, Activist, Leader by Aura Lewis Sterling Publishing Co Inc March 2018 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Picture Books / Early Learning 6/10 It is encouraging to see the recent increase in the number of non-fiction picture books dedicated to inspiring women and men from history. […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Theft by Finding – Diaries: Volume One by David Sedaris

BOOK REVIEW: Theft by Finding – Diaries: Volume One by David Sedaris

| 24 March 2018 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Theft by Finding – Diaries: Volume One by David Sedaris Little, Brown Book Group May 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Literature, Poetry & Plays / Non-Fiction Prose 9/10 Reading someone’s diary is an intimate, voyeuristic experience. This is even more apparent in the case of author, humourist, and professional […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Side Hustle – Build a Side Business and Earn Extra Cash, Without Quitting Your Day Job by Chris Guillebeau

BOOK REVIEW: Side Hustle – Build a Side Business and Earn Extra Cash, Without Quitting Your Day Job by Chris Guillebeau

| 21 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Side Hustle – Build a Side Business and Earn Extra Cash, Without Quitting Your Day Job by Chris Guillebeau Pan Macmillan September 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Business & Management / Small Businesses & Self-Employment 7/10 If anyone was qualified to write books on the successful start-up or side […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Taming Toxic People – The Science of Identifying and Dealing with Psychopaths at Work & at Home by David Gillespie

BOOK REVIEW: Taming Toxic People – The Science of Identifying and Dealing with Psychopaths at Work & at Home by David Gillespie

| 18 March 2018 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Taming Toxic People – The Science of Identifying and Dealing with Psychopaths at Work & at Home by David Gillespie Pan Macmillan Australia July 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Self-Help & Personal Development / Popular Psychology 7/10 There is a high possibility that you either know or have encountered […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Grace Kelly – Hollywood Dream Girl by Jay Jorgensen and Manoah Bowman

BOOK REVIEW: Grace Kelly – Hollywood Dream Girl by Jay Jorgensen and Manoah Bowman

| 15 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Grace Kelly – Hollywood Dream Girl by Jay Jorgensen and Manoah Bowman HarperCollins Publishers Inc November 2017 Hardcover, $59.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Arts & Entertainment / Photography 9/10 Grace Kelly not only lived up to her name but she was also every bit the Hollywood dream girl that the title […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Betoota’s Australia by The Betoota Advocate

BOOK REVIEW: Betoota’s Australia by The Betoota Advocate

| 12 March 2018 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Betoota’s Australia by The Betoota Advocate ABC Books October 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Comedy & Humour 8/10 When you’re a kid from a small, country town, the prospect of leaving home and moving to the big smoke can be scary. The guys from The Betoota Advocate know all […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Four Tendencies – The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too) by Gretchen Rubin

BOOK REVIEW: The Four Tendencies – The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too) by Gretchen Rubin

| 9 March 2018 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Four Tendencies – The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too) by Gretchen Rubin Hodder & Stoughton General Division September 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Self-Help & Personal Development / Popular Psychology 5/10 Many of us will be […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Best Ever Baking Book by Jane Bull

BOOK REVIEW: The Best Ever Baking Book by Jane Bull

| 6 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Best Ever Baking Book by Jane Bull Dorling Kindersley Ltd October 2017 Hardcover, $22.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Cooking / Food & Drink / Baking 7/10 The Best Ever Baking Book could also be called, “My First Ever Baking Book.” This colourful volume is written by Jane Ball who has penned […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Sons of God – Inside the Secret World of Our Special Operations Group by Heath O’Loughlin

BOOK REVIEW: Sons of God – Inside the Secret World of Our Special Operations Group by Heath O’Loughlin

| 3 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Sons of God – Inside the Secret World of Our Special Operations Group by Heath O’Loughlin Pan Macmillan Australia June 2017 Paperback, $34.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Biographies & True Stories / True Crime 7/10 Consider the famous trope, “I would love to tell you, but then, of course I’d have […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Secret Life of the Mind – How Our Brain Thinks, Feels and Decides by Mariano Sigman

BOOK REVIEW: The Secret Life of the Mind – How Our Brain Thinks, Feels and Decides by Mariano Sigman

| 24 February 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Secret Life of the Mind – How Our Brain Thinks, Feels and Decides by Mariano Sigman HarperCollins Publishers June 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / General Science / Popular Science 7.5/10 In many respects, the brain is a black box to us. It is a mysterious organ that is […]

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BOOK REVIEW: With the End in Mind – Dying, Death and Wisdom in an Age of Denial by Kathryn Mannix

BOOK REVIEW: With the End in Mind – Dying, Death and Wisdom in an Age of Denial by Kathryn Mannix

| 23 February 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: With the End in Mind – Dying, Death and Wisdom in an Age of Denial by Kathryn Mannix HarperCollins Publishers December 2017 Paperback, $27.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Sociology & Anthropology / Death & Dying 9/10 Dying is something we will all experience some day. But for many of us the […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Three Cheers for Women! by Marcia Williams

BOOK REVIEW: Three Cheers for Women! by Marcia Williams

| 1 February 2018 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Three Cheers for Women! by Marcia Williams Walker Books Ltd February 2018 Hardcover, $27.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Children & Teenagers / Children’s Non-Fiction 6/10 Hip hip hooray. In Marcia Williams’ latest picture book she offers up lots of joyful jubilation for over 70 famous women from history. This book is a fine […]

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