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Who Do You Believe?

Don't Cross Your EyesMy mother always told me that you can get food poisoning from eating fish and dairy in the same meal.  Is that true?  I'm still trying to figure that out, but many of my health myths have been proven wrong by reading Don't Cross Your Eyes... They'll Get Stuck That Way! by Dr. Aaron E. Carroll and Dr. Rachel C.

Picking Ronald Cotton

Picking CottonI've been gripped by a true story lately.  Picking Cotton by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton is the story of Jennifer being raped and her belief that Ronald was the perpetrator.  He served 11 years in jail before DNA evidence proved his innocence and provided his release.  I'm torn.  Should I skip to the end to see him finally receive justice, or do I read every word because the book is so well-written?  I'm picking the latter.

 

Learn from Steve

The Presentation Secrets of Steve JobsSince Steve Jobs recently announced that he's stepping down from Apple, Inc, a new buzz is starting about who he is and what he's accomplished.  Perhaps one of his strongest talents is standing in front of a crowd and getting them psyched about what he's presenting.  Want to know how he does it?  Check out The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience by

More Secrets

The Secrets of the FBILast year I was engrossed by Ronald Kessler’s book on the inner workings of the U.S. Secret Service.  So, imagine my excitement when I noticed his latest installment on the new book shelf called The Secrets of the FBI.  Watergate, Waco, Ponzi schemes…here we go….

 

Field Guide to Dreams

Field Guide to DreamsI had a dream last night that I was being charged $2,000 for a print job at the local office supply store.  I was pretty sure I was being scammed.  What does this mean?!?  I took a look in the Field Guide to Dreams by Kelly Regan, and it had some points that hit home.  This compact reference is full of ideas in how to interpret what you dream.

Don’t Bug Me

Wicked BugsWant to read a creepy crawly history of the world?  Now you can with Amy Stewart’s Wicked Bugs: The Louse that Conquered Napoleon’s Army & Other Diabolical Insects.  As a librarian, I immediately went to the chapter on the book scorpion and book louse.

 

The Civil War in Pictures

The Civil War: an Illustrated HistoryI’m a big fan of picture books for adults.  I’ve come across a new one published by the makers of TIME Magazine that also combines my interest in history.  The Civil War: an Illustrated History is full of actual photos of the time mixed with interesting stories you may not have heard.  For instance, see before-and-after photos of one of the few women that served in the military during this time.  When her husband was called to war, she wasn’t c

True Crime Right at Home

The Crime Buff's Guide to Outlaw TexasTrue Crime fans have lots of options when it comes to finding interesting stories in books and on television.  Now, they have the option of finding stories that happened in their own neighborhood.  Take a look at The Crime Buff’s Guide to Outlaw Texas by Ron Franscell.  Read about Wild Bill Hickok’s last victim – located in Brenham.  Or how about the plastic surgeon in Houston that may or may not have murdered his wife with poiso

Worse Than Driving with a Cell Phone

BossypantsI only watch Saturday Night Live occasionally, and I rarely watch stand-up comedy on TV.  (Yes, I do have a sense of humor in spite of this.)  However, I cannot stop listening to the audiobook of Tina Fey’s new Bossypants.  I listen to it as I’m driving, and more than once I’ve had to turn it off so I could stop laughing long enough to be a responsible driver.  I recommend the audiobook over the book so you can hear Tina Fey herself deliver the lines as only she can do.

 

There Once Was a Girl Named….

She Walks in BeautyI suspect there are poems written for every subject a person could imagine.  (Some more interesting than others.)  I love a recent collection I saw: Caroline Kennedy’s She Walks in Beauty.  The poems run the gamut from falling in love to breaking up; from love of clothes to love of work; from growing up to growing old.  It’s a beautiful collection that makes me delighted to be a woman.

 

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