Thursday, May 31, 2012

Cleis Press

CleisPress, the largest independent queer publishing company in the United States, celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2005. Among many lesbian, feminist, and gay presses that emerged in the 1970s and 1980s, Cleis is one of the only press that is still run by its founders. Felice Newman and Frédérique Delacoste founded Cleis Press in 1980, and have worked together as co-publishers ever since. Author Regina Marler caught up with them over coffee in San Francisco.

 For my review I was sent out 2 books to review from Cleis Press the one I am going to review first is the Lemons Lavender. First of all I love the cover of the book it's simple & colorful I love the lemons on the book too. The book is pretty comprehensive and touched on many subjects. This book would be great for someone who is just starting to realize the benefits of a more natural lifestyle and needs a guide to steer them in the right direction of course. When I was skimming through the chapters overall they have some really great tips and I love how there are recipes and craft projects, and easy to follow directions. If you are already living this type of lifestyle then there may not be a lot of new information but it is definitely a good read for a beginner or someone who is looking to expand there healthy lifestyle.

Author Billee Sharp shares her free cycling, budget-savvy, barter-better wisdom in this step-by-step handbook for revolutionizing spending habits and reclaiming quality of life. Lemons and Lavender is an inspiring and instructive guide to living the handmade life by consuming less and creating more. Practical and profound, this handy how-to covers every area of life and offers easy-to-do tips, recipes, and advice for saving money and the planet. Learn how to ditch your lawn and raise organic vegetables, cook healthy meals for pennies, cure minor maladies from the kitchen cabinet, save big dollars with small repairs, and eco-clean your house with lemons and lavender. With this guide, families can live more joyfully and far more creatively, all on a dime.


On to the second book I got to review is Use Your Words - A Writing Guide for Mothers.I have to admit I didn't read this one yet just am going through the Lemons Lavender one still, but I could tell you somewhat about this book. This book gives amazing examples and essays from many writers on using simple tools on how "as a mother" to use your words. How to expand on the sensory details of an event, how to use humor, how to write the hard stuff, and how to put a voice in your narrative. Kate makes the small writing exercises personal, doable and something that you truly just want to drop everything and do right then.

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