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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.

 

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

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