Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore Update – #Reviews – #Autism Karen Ingalls, #Poetry Jude Itakali, #Family #ComingofAge Matthew Keeley

Welcome to the Wednesday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore with recent reviews for authors on the shelves.

The first review is for the latest release from Karen Ingalls which is an essential guide to autism for parents and teachers. Learning About Autism: One Mother’s Journey of Discovery and Love: A Charter School, Teaching Methods, & Resources

All proceeds from the book sales go to gynecologic cancer research.

About the book

Carol Tucker travels the road of autism and cerebral palsy with her adopted son, Justin, now a young man who routinely astounds physicians with his achievements. She is a special-education teacher, recognized leader in children’s advocacy, and one of the founders of Florida’s first charter school for autism, where she served as director. Through photos and stories, bestselling author Karen Ingalls shares Carol’s journey, then offers a wealth of resources, teaching methods, school choices, and financial-assistance options. With Karen’s unique insight, Learning About Autism shows how one very determined mother and her family can rise above daunting challenges to thrive and find happiness.

A recent review for the book

D.L. Finn 5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing example of love and understanding.  Reviewed in the United States on August 25, 2021

“Learning about Autism” is not only a great resource of information but inspiring. Carol and Allen Tucker are almost empty nesters after raising their two children. They decide to adopt a special needs child into their family, Justin, who is dealing with cerebral palsy and autism. Later, they add Joshua, who has down syndrome. The book details how they loved and helped these boys and covered Carol’s path to opening her school for autism. I learned a lot reading this and came away with more understanding of the challenges and gifts raising and advocating for these boys. There is plenty of help and knowledge, but there is also an amazing example of love. This is a great book that I recommend for those looking for advice and those who want to be inspired and understand. 

Other books by Karen Ingalls

All proceeds from the book sales go to gynecologic cancer research.

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Karen: Goodreads – Blog: Karen Ingalls – Twitter: @KIngallsAuthor

The next review today is for Jude Itakali for his poetry collection – CROSSROADS (Winds of love): Poetry and Prose

About the collection

In the corridors of love, at the crossroads of loneliness, we stand at our most vulnerable. As the winds of love swirl, we are often ill prepared for the portends and promises that they carry. The longing, lust, fear and deception. But also the hope, renewal and lessons of love. In this book, may we be strengthened by the memory of things we have survived, soothed with the understanding of perspective, and comforted with the hope of things yet to come.

May these poems, prose and short stories touch each of us in our own particular way.

A recent review for the book

M. Reynolds 5.0 out of 5 stars Relatable Poetry for Everyone  Reviewed in the United States on September 1, 2021

Poetry is rarely my favorite form of literature, but every once in a while I found someone who writes poetry in a way that I can connect with it. This is one of those books. Jude Itakali takes the art form of poetry and makes it relatable for everyone. The main theme of this collection is love, but not in its typical way. Instead, Itakali makes it a place with high peaks, low valleys and winding roads weaving throughout our love and our
lives. Enjoy the journey.  

Read the reviews and buy the collection :Amazon US And:Amazon UK – Follow Jude:GoodreadsBlog: WordPress – Tales Told Different – Facebook: Kirya Itakali Jude – Twitter: @jude_clutch

Delighted to welcome Matthew Keeley to the Cafe and Bookstore with his coming of age novel The Stone in My Pocket.

About the book

A poignant coming-of-age story following a teenage journey into mediumship, independence, 90s pop culture, and a new millennium. ‘The Stone in My Pocket’ is an engaging chronicle of adolescence; a tender family drama; and a supernatural mystery, exploring the passage to self-acceptance and how it feels to be different. Seventeen year-old Nathan hears a voice crying in his garden at midnight. Later, a ghostly figure stands in his bedroom doorway then vanishes. The crystals Nathan collects on his shelves fall. But he can’t tell his devout parents any of this. They don’t believe his strange stories anymore. Seeking answers, he turns to Iris: the medium who owns the village bookshop. She reads tarot cards and divines that Nathan’s grandfather is communicating with him from the spirit world. And he’s bringing grave warnings for Nathan’s family.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Apr 16, 2021 Sanrizz rated it five Stars

This review is LONG OVERDUE! I really loved the story of Nathan! I rooted for him from beginning to end. It’s the second time a book brought tears to my eyes, so I applaud the author. It’s a firm recommendation to anyone who’s interested in reading about a person who’s been misunderstood most their life and is trying to make sense of it all. 

Also by Matthew Keeley

Follow Matthew Keeley:Amazon US – And:Amazon UK – Follow Matthew: Goodreads – Website: Matthew Keeley – Facebook:Matthew Keeley Writer – Twitter:@matthewjkeeley


24 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore Update – #Reviews – #Autism Karen Ingalls, #Poetry Jude Itakali, #Family #ComingofAge Matthew Keeley

  1. Sally, thank you for featuring my most recent book about autism. It is biographical about Carol Tucker who started the first charter school for autism in Florida. I learned so much from the interviews and research I did.
    I met Carol through our gyn. cancer support group. She is a survivor of ovarian cancer as I am. We agreed that all proceeds would go to gynecologic cancer research.

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