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A Cool Mona Masterpiece: The Underwater Healer

Erena Shimoda is an underwater healer and portrait photographer.  She travels the world to work with cancer patients, helping them to improve their self-esteem and heal their mind and body. There’s magic in being underwater and Erena hopes the experience to be a transformation, allowing them to feel their beauty and heal emotional scars. Beautiful concept. She …

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Have A Cool Mona Type Of Conversation (Without Mentioning His Exes)

There seems to be a communications issue between me and hubby’s tennis club, neighbors, ex-colleagues, esteemed board members of the ballet. And so I thought I would put things to rest. Apparently you are confused as to what you should converse with me about at parties, openings, summer picnics and lovely holiday parties for the …

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A Cool Mona Book Review: A Little Life

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, published 2015. Shortlisted (1 of 4) for the 2015 National Book Award, shortlisted (1 of 6) for the 2015 Man Booker Prize and finalist for The 2015 Kirkus Prize For Fiction. Buckle up and prepare for the most challenging, upsetting and profoundly moving book that you may possibly ever …

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Cool Mona’s Top 5 Reads Of 2015

I can’t quit talking about them. I wonder how the author developed such concepts and characters. I bring them up in random conversations. I won’t forget them. Just The Facts by Ellen Sherman, 2015 Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, 2014 The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender, 2010. Fates And Furies by Lauren …