No-nonsense charts and checklists for navigating the great beyond.


You Can Talk To The Other Side

A step-by-step debut guide to contacting dead loved ones using spiritual tools.

“For some people, using their intuition feels natural and comes effortlessly,” writes Tigges. “For others, it takes practice or a willingness and openness to accept the fact that they possess this God-given ability.” Tigges herself has always had strong intuition, and through study and practice she’s learned to hone her potential into successful spiritualist practices—and she assures her readers they can do the same. It’s her contention that the human body’s aura is the source of raw energy that, with care and discipline, can be shaped into the ability to contact otherworldly entities who act as attendants to the spirits of the dead. The main aid to shaping this spiritual ability is use of a small pendulum held from a string in the hand; the pendulum must be “programmed” before it can be used, with a certain movement designating “yes,” for instance, one for “no,” “maybe,” and so on. Messengers from the other side often need considerable assistance making contact with our everyday reality, because it’s apparently quite easy to confuse disembodied spirits by using imprecise questions. Tigges offers readers a step-by-step explanation of how to avoid such semaphoring errors, and she provides clear instructions and a variety of work sheets on such matters as finding the right spirit guide for your temperament and purpose, “clearing” your pendulum of pent-up or distracting energy, and conducting an actual “session” of communication with dead loved ones. The book is refreshingly direct on all these topics, although it’s clearly aimed at an audience that fully shares her Christian spiritualist beliefs. Skeptical readers—those wondering, for instance, why otherworldly spirits couldn’t just speak directly, in clear sentences, to yearning loved ones, or those questioning how Tigges herself could possibly know any of this stuff—will, of course, find it a bit baffling. Nevertheless, Tigges’ fellow spiritualists will find the hands-on guide quite useful.

No-nonsense charts and checklists for navigating the great beyond.

Pub Date: May 15, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-4936-9881-3

Page Count: 230

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: Sept. 22, 2015

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An eye-opening glimpse into the attempted self-unmaking of one of Hollywood’s most recognizable talents.


The debut memoir from the pop and fashion star.

Early on, Simpson describes the book she didn’t write: “a motivational manual telling you how to live your best life.” Though having committed to the lucrative deal years before, she “walked away,” fearing any sort of self-help advice she might give would be hypocritical. Outwardly, Simpson was at the peak of her success, with her fashion line generating “one billion dollars in annual sales.” However, anxiety was getting the better of her, and she admits she’d become a “feelings addict,” just needing “enough noise to distract me from the pain I’d been avoiding since childhood. The demons of traumatic abuse that refused to let me sleep at night—Tylenol PM at age twelve, red wine and Ambien as a grown, scared woman. Those same demons who perched on my shoulder, and when they saw a man as dark as them, leaned in to my ear to whisper, ‘Just give him your light. See if it saves him…’ ” On Halloween 2017, Simpson hit rock bottom, and, with the intervention of her devoted friends and husband, began to address her addictions and underlying fears. In this readable but overlong narrative, the author traces her childhood as a Baptist preacher’s daughter moving 18 times before she “hit fifth grade,” and follows her remarkable rise to fame as a singer. She reveals the psychological trauma resulting from years of sexual abuse by a family friend, experiences that drew her repeatedly into bad relationships with men, most publicly with ex-husband Nick Lachey. Admitting that she was attracted to the validating power of an audience, Simpson analyzes how her failings and triumphs have enabled her to take control of her life, even as she was hounded by the press and various music and movie executives about her weight. Simpson’s memoir contains plenty of personal and professional moments for fans to savor.

An eye-opening glimpse into the attempted self-unmaking of one of Hollywood’s most recognizable talents.

Pub Date: Feb. 4, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-06-289996-5

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Dey Street/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Feb. 16, 2020

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A very welcome instance of philosophy that can help readers live a good life.


A teacher and scholar of Buddhism offers a formally varied account of the available rewards of solitude.

“As Mother Ayahuasca takes me in her arms, I realize that last night I vomited up my attachment to Buddhism. In passing out, I died. In coming to, I was, so to speak, reborn. I no longer have to fight these battles, I repeat to myself. I am no longer a combatant in the dharma wars. It feels as if the course of my life has shifted onto another vector, like a train shunted off its familiar track onto a new trajectory.” Readers of Batchelor’s previous books (Secular Buddhism: Imagining the Dharma in an Uncertain World, 2017, etc.) will recognize in this passage the culmination of his decadeslong shift away from the religious commitments of Buddhism toward an ecumenical and homegrown philosophy of life. Writing in a variety of modes—memoir, history, collage, essay, biography, and meditation instruction—the author doesn’t argue for his approach to solitude as much as offer it for contemplation. Essentially, Batchelor implies that if you read what Buddha said here and what Montaigne said there, and if you consider something the author has noticed, and if you reflect on your own experience, you have the possibility to improve the quality of your life. For introspective readers, it’s easy to hear in this approach a direct response to Pascal’s claim that “all of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” Batchelor wants to relieve us of this inability by offering his example of how to do just that. “Solitude is an art. Mental training is needed to refine and stabilize it,” he writes. “When you practice solitude, you dedicate yourself to the care of the soul.” Whatever a soul is, the author goes a long way toward soothing it.

A very welcome instance of philosophy that can help readers live a good life.

Pub Date: Feb. 18, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-300-25093-0

Page Count: 200

Publisher: Yale Univ.

Review Posted Online: Nov. 25, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2019

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