Cosmetics from the Fridge, a Royal Slaughter, Hope for Autism Families, and How to Defeat Ripoff Artistsby Larry Cox on Feb. 26, 2010, under Uncategorized
Recommended new paperbacks
The Sibley Guide to Trees written and illustrated by David Allen Sibley (Knopf, $29.95)
The Sibley Guide to Birds was an instant success. This guide to North American trees is the perfect companion volume. Sibley, who has traveled throughout the North American continent in his study of nature, has compiled a guide that is monumental in scope. With more than 4,000 exquisitely detailed illustrations, the author focuses on more than 600 trees, native as well as those introduced in various regions. More than 500 maps show the complete range for both natural and cultivated trees. All are arranged together, with all species grouped, making it easier to navigate. This guide is an important new contribution to our understanding of the natural world. Whether you are a tree lover, a naturalist, or just a person who is casually interested in trees, this guide is essential and certain to be a benchmark in the field.
Stop Getting Ripped Off: Why Consumers Get Screwed, and How You Can Always Get a Fair Deal by Bob Sullivan (Ballantine Books, $15)
Bob Sullivan is a New York Times bestseller author, a technical writer, a frequent contributor to the Today Show, and a popular blogger for The Red Tape Chronicles for MSNBC.com. In his book he explores how consumers often find themselves cheated. Among the contributing factors are poor math skills, bad schools, lackadaisical government regulation, corporate manipulation, the rise of PR firms, the death of newspapers, and finally laziness. He offers tips on how to avoid the pitfalls of credit cards, bank accounts, car buying, mortgages, mobile phones, student loans, and insurance policies. He claims there are four numbers you should know, namely your retirement account balance, the interest rates on your credit cards, how much money you spent last month, and how much money you would need to survive for three months. Sullivan offers insight and solutions for almost every facet of our financial life in a format that is both user-friendly and easy to comprehend.
I am Potential: Eight Lessons on Living, Loving, and Reaching Your Dreams by Patrick Henry Hughes (Da Capo, $14.95)
Despite a congenital birth defect which left him eyeless and wheel-chair bound, Patrick Henry Hughes is an award-winning pianist, singer, and trumpet player and has performed at the Kennedy Center and on national television. In his inspiration book, he documents his life and the faith, courage, and perseverance of his family. This is a story that shows how devastating situations can sometimes be turned into incredible triumphs. Sports Illustrated said of Hughes, “The kid’s a killer pianist and a monster trumpet player. Even though people have tried to stop him…he has done nothing but succeed.” Hughes and his dad are a two-person team of the University of Louisville Cardinal Marching Band. Mr. Hughes pushes his son in a wheelchair while he plays.
The Beauty Cookbook: Over 200 Recipes to Make Your Kitchen Your Own Personal Spa – for Your Face, Your Body, and Your Hair by Kym Douglas and Cindy Pearlman (Dunham Books, $19.99)
Forget about those expensive cosmetic counters in department stores, your solution to a more youthful face and body could be as near as your kitchen pantry, fridge, or medicine cabinet. The Beauty Cookbook is the first-ever recipe book that creates beautiful results on the face instead of on a plate. The recipes and treatments contained in his nifty little book have been created by beauty experts Kym Douglas and Cindy Pearlman. Kym, a regular on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and Cindy, a beauty reporter and correspondent for such publications as People, In Touch, and The New York Times, serve up recipes that are guaranteed to produce a more radiant skin, shiny hair, great nails, and a soft, smooth, slimmer body, all by using many of the products found in the average American home. Got crows feet? No problem. Kym and Cindy recommend you get several large green grapes, cut them in half, and gently crush the inner mushy part on the face and neck. Leave this on the face and let it set for 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water and pat dry. It’s magic!
Are the Rich Necessary: Great Economic Arguments and How They Reflect Our Personal Values by Hunter Lewis (AXIOS, $12)
Should we tax the rich for health care, or to help lower our national deficit? What can be done to rein in Wall Street greed and should the government cap financial executive pay? Hunter Lewis, who has written extensively for The Atlantic, The New York Times, and the Washington Post, is responsible for six books including the highly successful Where Keynes Went Wrong. In his latest book, he examines the most fundamental economic questions that underlie society. Written clearly and crisply, Lewis serves up a provocative book that raises some of the most pressing economic questions of our times. He asks is the rich are even compatible with democracy, if the profit system is to blame for our recent financial crash, and should we be taxing middle class workers to bail out our bankers. Lewis is convinced that we must face the hard questions facing us and — difficult through it might be — weigh the pros and cons of the rich in finding solutions that work.
The Next American Century: How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise by Nina Hachigian and Mona Sutphen (Simon & Schuster, $18.99)
This is an important book that outlines America’s future in a new era marked by the rise of major powers. Hachigian, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and a former staff member of the Nation Security Council, and Sutphen, currently serving in the Obama administration, build a convincing case that as the pivotal powers, namely China, Europe, India, Japan and Russia, seek greater influence, America must build alliances with these counties so that by working together we can avoid such threats as terrorism, pandemic disease, nuclear proliferation, and climate change. Instead of competitors, Hachigian and Sutphen are convinced that we must see these emerging powers as partners and work with them accordingly.
Three Times the Love: Finding Answers and Hope for Our Triplets with Autism by Lynn and Randy Gaston (Avery, $15)
Shortly after Zachary, Hunter, and Nicholas Gaston were born, the three boys began to exhibit odd behaviors such as toe-walking and silently staring at lights for hours. It wasn’t long before parents Lynn and Randy realized their triplets had almost textbook symptoms of autism. In this book of hope and determination, Lynn and Randy reveal how they made it their mission to arm both themselves and other parents of children with autism with as much current information as possible. They suggest that parents resist the temptation to isolate and, instead, take a pro-active stance. They also should education themselves so that they are aware of such things as what insurance will and won’t cover. Website resources, therapy and even help from other parents are also helpful in coping with this potentially crushing challenge.
Get a Life, Not a Job: Do What You Love and Let Your Talents Work for You by Paula Caligiuri, Ph. D. (FT Press, $18.99)
Dr. Caligiuri points out that the average American spends 94,365 hours of his or her life working. With that in mind, she points out that perhaps the time has come to rethink the model of careers so that they better reflect today’s different needs for fulfillment and security. She believes that the secret to finding such fulfillment and security is to multi-platform our careers, pursuing more than one calling simultaneously. Use our innate talents and interests to keep options open which will, in turn, make work lives more flexible. In her new book, she suggests a good place to start is to recognize the things that are unique about us. We should use our abilities to start a side-business or turn a long cherished hobby into a paying vocation. By following a few simple rules, it is possible to lead less frenzied and more fulfilled and secure lives while accomplishing even more than the goals we have set.
The Last Days of the Romanovs: Tragedy at Ekaterinburg by Helen Rappaport (St. Martin’s Griffin, $16.99)
The bloody slaughter that occurred during the night of July 16 and the early morning of July 17, 1918, was a pivotal point in world history. Nicholas and Alexander Romanov and their children, Maria, Anastasia, Olga, Tatiana, and Nicholas II — the Imperial First Family of Russia — were taken from the Ipatiev House and executed. Helen Rappaport, a Russian scholar at Leeds University, documents the last fourteen days of their lives, as the conspiracy to kill the Romanovs unfolded. Meticulously researched and beautifully written, this story has all of the emotional punch of a blow to the gut. This is an example of compelling, powerful historical reporting written by a writer who is at the top of her game.