Join World Wise Beauty’s ‘Book Wise’ Club. The ‘Fall Pick’ is a 2014 National Book Award Finalist and International Best Seller in the Fiction Category…

Nov 30, 2014 by

 “But it is not bravery; I have no choice, I wake up and live my life. Don’t you do the same?”Fall ‘BOOK WISE’ PICK: All the Light We Cannot See ( available on Kindle & Hard Cover)

Author: Anthony Doerr is the author of five books of fiction, including his newest novel, All The Light We Cannot See, and the award-winning short story collection The Shell Collector.

WWB Book Wise Pow-Wow: January 15, 2015

Come Join us as we discuss this book and get interesting perspective from thoughtful and wise readers from around the world. All that is required is subscribing to the blog with an e-mail. See Subscriber Button in the sidebar to your right…

Our first ‘Book Wise’ selection is (fiction category) is a 2014 National Book Award finalist and an International best seller. ‘All the Light We Cannot See’ is a story about World War II and while there are many books about the war, Anthony Doerr’s story shines a new light and reminds us that empathy can be found in surprising places. At World Wise Beauty we focus on wisdom and I especially enjoy gleaning wisdom from culture’s around the world. ‘All the Light We Cannot See’ is historical and culture wise as it’s about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.  Looking forward to reading and discussing with you…

Truly Herself, Lauroly


REVIEWS OF NOTE: Newspaper, Author, and Librarian

( see my review on January 15,  WWB’s Book Club Pow-Wow) 

“I’m not sure I will read a better novel this year than Anthony ­Doerr’s “All the Light We Cannot See.”  Enthrallingly told, beautifully written and so emotionally plangent that some passages bring tears, it is completely unsentimental — no mean trick when you consider that Doerr’s two protagonists are children who have been engulfed in the horror of World War II. Just ordinary children, two of thousands swallowed up in a conflict they had nothing to do with.” ~Amanda Vaill, Washington Post

“This jewel of a story is put together like a vintage timepiece, its many threads coming together so perfectly. Doerr’s writing and imagery are stunning. It’s been a while since a novel had me under its spell in this fashion. The story still lives on in my head.” –Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone.

“Set during World War II Europe, this novel is sobering without being sentimental. The tension builds as the alternating, parallel stories of Werner and Marie-Laure unfold, and their paths cross. I highly recommend this beautiful and compelling story.” ~Kelly Currie, Librarian, Delphi Public Library, Indiana

Author, All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr

Excerpt from NPR interview. “I was on a train heading into Penn Station from Princeton, N.J., and we started going underground. The man in front of me was on his cellphone call — this was in 2004 — and the call dropped. And he got kind of angry, a little embarrassingly angry, unreasonably angry. And I just remember thinking, what he’s forgetting — really what we’re all forgetting all the time — is that this is a miracle. He’s using this little receiver and transmitter, this little radio in his pocket, to send messages at the speed of light rebounding between towers to somebody maybe thousands of miles away. He might have been talking to someone in Madagascar for all I knew. For me, that’s a miracle. So … originally, the real central motivation for the book was to try and conjure up a time when hearing the voice of a stranger in your home was a miracle.”



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World Wise Beauty Rituals & Tips: Sweden in the ‘Culture Wise’ Spotlight

Nov 13, 2014 by

World Wise Beauty invites you to travel with us every Thursday and discover beauty rituals and tips from cultures around the world.  Today ‘’Sweden’ is in the spotlight. Just remember, no matter where you go–there you are! Be comfortable in your own skin…

Truly Herself,

Swedish Sauna & Sturebadet Day Spa in Stockholm, Sweden


World Wise Beauty:   Officially  the Kingdom of Sweden  is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe bordering the Baltic Sea, Gulf of Bothnia, Kattegat, and Skagerrak, between Finland and Norway.  Sweden is the third-largest country in the European Union by area, with a total population of about 9.7 million. Most of Sweden has a temperate climate, despite its northern latitude with four distinct seasons and mild temperatures throughout the year.

Beauty Staple: Saunas & Massage. Saunas are a big part of Swedish culture and they believe dry, clean heat rids your body of toxins.

Beauty Foods: Swedish women attribute their glowing, healthy skin to their diet of antioxidant-packed fresh berries and grilled fish.

Beauty Wisdom: Healthy eating is all-important in Sweden and it’s so much a part of the culture that it requires no special effort at all. The typical Nordic diet is rich in fiber and bursting with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants found in a range of leafy and root vegetables like carrots, beets, rutabagas and artichokes, all of which are everyday fare.  All those nutrients do wonders for the skin and body. For instance, vitamin A in carrots helps skin cells renew themselves and the surprisingly high vitamin C content in rutabagas (also known as Swedish turnips) is shown to prevent wrinkles.

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