Featured Book: Unravelled by Anna Scanlon

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About Unravelled by Anna Scanlon

“No one heard us. They decided not to, to turn their heads away. It was too much to bear. Too much to know. Too hard to swallow. But now that the world knows, now that the world has heard, it all seems so simple, so easy to defray.

I screamed and no one heard.

Next time, will you be listening?”

Aliz and her twin sister, Hajna, are enjoying their playful, carefree and comfortable life with their parents in Szeged, Hungary just before the Nazis invade. Seemingly overnight, their lives change drastically as they are transported to the ghetto on the outskirts of the city and then to Auschwitz to be used in Mengele’s deadly experiments. After several months of brutal torture, Aliz is liberated to find that she is the only survivor in her family. At not even 11 years old, Aliz must make the journey to San Francisco alone, an entire world away from everything she’s known, in order to live with her only known relatives whom she has never met– a depressed aunt and teenage cousin who is more than ready to escape her mother’s melancholy. Told through the eyes of both Aliz and her cousin Isabelle, Unravelled tells a story of survival, hope, family and the lives war and genocide haunt long after liberation.

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Review of Weirder Than Marshmallows – Allison

I have been reading a lot lately & it has been absolutely wonderful. Reading Weirder Than Marshmallows by Dan Fogg was a breath of fresh air. It was refreshing to read something so honest and insightful. This was an easy read and quite entertaining. There were several times that I laughed out loud at topics that Dan discussed, since he tended to put opinions that I had in my head into actual words.

Weirder Than Marshmallows is divided into five categories. While reading the first three categories, I found myself making mental notes of talking topics that I would like to discuss with my friends and family. For example, well…I guess here is the thing; I don’t want to give you examples because I want you to read this. Dan has some great thoughts, observations, and discussions that you should read. I guarantee you that you will have conversation points as well from this book.
I decided to read and write my review before checking out what other people had to say about the book. Turns out we are almost always in a clear consensus: This book has great stories & has good flow, excellent writing. I recommend it.

I am honestly heartbroken to become a fan of Dan Fogg’s work knowing that he has passed. I look forward to other publications of his work, but based on his style of writing and frank honesty, I would have easily been a lifelong fan, anticipating his continuous work.

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Review of Weirder Than Marshmallows – Alice @ Bay Area Mommy

I had the opportunity to review the ebook entitled “Weirder Than Marshmallows” written by Dan Fogg. This ebook is actually a compilation of essays about the author’s observations on just about every random thing. It showcases tales of stupidity and ignorance and stories are divided into five categories.

“Do Not Stop on Tracks” showcases warnings that should never have to be warned.
“En Masse” contains stories of mass ignorance.
“Technology Sucks” explores the hazards of the technological age.
“That’s Just Freaky” features Twilight Zone like tales of paranormality.
“Weird Stuff” is stuff that is… well, weird.

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Review by @jshallow01 of Weirder Than Marshmallows

Review of: Weirder Than Marshmallows

Reviewer: jshallow01

Review:
I am always intrigued by how an author comes up with a title to a book. Sometimes they are pretty self explanatory and other times they seem more obscure. Until I dove in to this very quick read of essays, I wasn’t sure exactly what the title referred to. My curiousity as to the naming of the title was quickly answered when I read the preface and was asked to ponder why (white) marshmallows list the dye blue 1 as an ingredient. Yes, that does seem weird to me. And yes, I did check my own bag of marshmallows in the cupboard and saw it listed as an ingredient. So, I thought that this was a good start to the book and was interested to see what other essays and musings Dan Fogg had to share with us.

As I read though the section of “Do Not Stop On The Tracks”, I couldn’t help think about all the many baby products that I have read such warnings on, those warnings that were common sense and didn’t need to be spelled out but they obviously had to because more than one person lacked the common sense that was required to use such a product.

The book includes other sections titled “En Masse” “Technology Sucks” ‘That’s Just Freaky” and “Weird Stuff”. I did find some of the observations to be more critical and cynical than I am myself, but some of the other observations were entertaining to read.

What one thing about this book stood out the most for you?
My favorite essay in the collection is called “The Vortex” and seemed to be the start of a movie. He did a good job describing the setting that allowed me to get a clear picture and understand his feelings. And I thought the most, shall we say – educational, was “Electile Dysfunction 2000: Heard from Florida Lately?”

I did enjoy reading though his collection of favorite quotes. Reading what inspires or provokes a person helps you to draw up a mental image of their character and provide a deeper insight to their writings.

Reviewer Bio
A crafty mom of two that loves to read and teach people how to save money & a little bit of the earth.

Review by Becca of Weirder Than Marshmallows

Review of: Weirder Than Marshmallows

Reviewer: Becca

Review:
Have you ever done or said something stupid wish you hadn’t. Maybe you have been the witness to an act of stupidity. Well recently I was treated to the book Weirder than Marshmallows by Dan Fogg a series of essay that tackle why people do dumb things. This book was really entertaining it was like having the author sitting next to relating these tales to me. If you like a quick funny read then this book is for you. I give it two thumbs.

What one thing about this book stood out the most for you?
The title it caught my attention right from the beginning.

Review of Weirder Than Marshmallows – Twingle Mommy

What is weirder than marshmallows? Well according to writer Dan Fogg, there are lots of things weirder than marshmallows. Fogg writes about the little weird things in life in his book Weirder Than Marshmallows. This is a book of short stories designed to make you laugh. And laugh you will…..

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Review of Weirder Than Marshmallows – Peanut Butter and Whine ….. Weirder Than Marshmallows review

I was given the opportunity to review the book “Weirder than Marshmallows” by Dan Fogg. This book had me laughing outloud! I’m a huge fan of sarcasm and Dan’s writing style 100% fits the bill!!

It even had Eli my 18 month old grandson laughing… Nonnie can make any book sound like Dr. Seuss! When I laughed, Eli would laugh and clap. Course… you really can’t judge any book by Eli’s laughing… he thought the electric bill was hilarious!

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Review of Weirder Than Marshmallows – Lindsey Lee

Weirder Than Marshmallows. What comes to mind when you say that? Marshmallow. Look at the word over and over again and it becomes a lot more than just a fluffy puff of sugary goodness. Marsh… Mallow… Break it down and realize that it is not what it seems at first. At first glance it is something we love to roast around a campfire, but with more contemplation it’s something a lot more. It’s weird.

Daniel Fogg made this discovery a long time ago, so I’m glad I am not the only one who feels this way about the primary ingredient of a chocolate S’more. Fogg’s compilation of essays and observances in the book is almost like a marshmallow. It’s weird, but there is more underneath the cover than what first glance may hold.

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Review of Weirder Than Marshmallows – Zabrina Caldwell

First of all I want to say, I absolutely loved this short book. I laughed so hard at some points. I am sure there are those who would not like the profanity through out, but I am open to however someone wants to express their self. I found myself chuckling and enjoying the humor he found in the situations. I also enjoyed the situations that were true life, about Daniel’s feelings and outlook on certain things. There is definitely a great message through the sarcasm. It is truly sad that his life was cut short, and we are unable to receive more writing from him. I recommend this read to anyone of a mature nature that would be understanding to the sarcasm, not offended by a few cuss words, and willing to be open minded.

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Review of Weirder Than Marshmallows – Tech Ed 4 Kids

My son is looking forward to reading this book next. I love when kids get excited about books and spend their time reading instead of in front of the television or playing computer games. My middle son is great about taking a book everywhere! This book is filled with great non-fiction stories that will make you stop and think. They are divided into four categories:

Do Not Stop on Tracks showcases warnings that should never have to be warned.
En Masse contains stories of mass ignorance.
Technology Sucks explores the hazards of the technological age.
That’s Just Freaky features Twilight Zone like tales of paranormality.

With Technology sucks being my favorite. Of course my second favorite is Do Not Stop on the Tracks. Have you ever wondered why there are warning signs – like Do not Eat on the packet of chemicals in new products (Did someone thing their bag came with a free set of chicklets), Do not use as a hedgetrimmer (Hmmm I think I’ll lift my push mower to trim these hedges), or Do not use in the shower (Electricity and water do not mix!) The really great thing in this book is that these are all true stories, though many times you have to wonder what would cause someone to think (or not think) that this activity was a good idea.