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Help for the Kitchen

How to Squeeze a LemonHow do you tell if the chef knife at the store is worth buying?  How can you cut perfect pineapple rings?  Please tell me, HOW do I keep scrambled eggs from sticking to the pan?  I'm learning all these answers and more in How to Squeeze a Lemon from the editors, contributors, and readers of Fine Cooking.  It has "1,023 Kitchen Tips, Food Fixes, and Handy Techniques".  

How to Win Friends...Today

How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital AgeFor decades Dale Carnegie has been the go-to person for learning How to Win Friends & Influence People.  Now, Dale Carnegie & Associates has updated the classic book for the Digital Age.  Take a look.


Cupcakes You've Never Known Before

What's New, Cupcake?Hello, Cupcake!You'll have no trouble finding books about making and decorating cupcakes, but you'll have a hard time finding better books on the subject than Karen Tack & Alan Richardson's books: What's New, Cupcake? and 

Texas Quilts You Gotta See

Lone Stars IIII don't know how to quilt, but I can certainly appreciate the skill it takes to make some of the quilts found in Lone Stars III: A Legacy of Texas Quilts, 1986-2011 by Karoline Patterson Bresenhan and Nancy O'Bryant Puentes.  You'll be surprised by how non-traditional & ey

That's Disgusting!

Why Dogs Eat PoopKids love books about poop, boogers, and slime.  Why shouldn't adults?  Francesca Gould and David Haviland bring this engrossing genre to adults with their latest book Why Dogs Eat Poop & Other Useless or Gross Information about the Animal Kingdom.  Don't think this is relevant for adults today?  Take a look at the section entitled "Are Cows' Farts a Major Cause of Climate Change?".

Do You See the Gorilla?

The Invisible GorillaOur minds deceive us.  We can be looking right at something but not see it.  We can remember details about an event but be completely mistaken.  We can believe someone because they're confident, not because they're knowledgeable.  Our minds deceive us.  Take a look at The Invisible Gorilla: and Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons.  Better yet, watch the video this book is based on.  Then, if you're like me, you'll HAVE to read the book.

Do It Cheap

99-Cent SolutionsWipe down the inside of your fridge with tomato juice to keep it fresh.  Really?  Who knew!  Mix water, white vinegar, and dishwashing liquid to get rid of ants.  No way!  Reader's Digest's 99-Cent Solutions: Easy Ways to Save Thousands of Dollars is chock full of these kinds of tips.  Want to know how mixing paint thinner & kitty litter can help you?  See page 101!

Giving Back

Everyone Helps, Everyone WinsDavid T. Levinson recently put out a great book showing you how to make the world a better place.  Organizing over fifty thousand volunteers, he's got what it takes to write on the subject.  Check out Everyone Helps, Everyone Wins.  Whether you write a check, help someone out, or volunteer locally (say, at the library - hint, hint), everyone wins.

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.


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