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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.

 

Be as Smart as the Next Guy

The Philosophy BookDo you have a smart friend who uses phrases that pass right over your head?  “That which is cannot be true.”  “Man is the measure of all things.”  What in the world is that supposed to mean?!?  Now you can know.  Check out The Philosophy Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained and fire a phrase right back at him.

 

Nuggets of Social Media Wisdom

Social Media 101You may not be into using online social media, but your customers – or rather, your potential customers sure are.  If you need to brush up or just want to get some basic tips, take a look at Social Media 101: Tactics and Tips to Develop Your Business Online by Chris Brogan.

 

For the Love of Cats

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Cat BreedsDid you know that there are more cats than dogs as pets in the U.S.? You don’t notice because cats mostly stay inside. I’m a die-hard dog fan and never even considered getting a cat until I met and fell in love with a certain breed: the Birman. Now, I’m an equal-opportunity pet owner. To see if a breed of cat can win you over, take a look at Angela Rixon’s latest: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Cat Breeds

What Would You Say?

Last Words of the ExecutedI know it’s a somber topic, but most of us don’t ever plan the epitaph that will be inscribed on our tombstones.  Have you ever thought what you want your last words to humanity to be?  Take a look at Last Words of the Executed by Robert K. Elder.  It’s a sometimes stunning, sometimes aggravating look at a person’s last moment.

 

Time for Dessert

Houston Classic DessertsHouston is known for being one of the best restaurant cities in the United States.  And the best part of every meal (in my drooling opinion)?  Dessert!  Check out Erin Hicks Miller’s Houston Classic Desserts: Recipes from Favorite Restaurants.

 

The Stars at Night

Knack Night SkyTexas is a great place for stargazing.  They’re big and bright…deep in the heart….  Well, if you’ve wanted to give it a try but don’t know where to start, take a look at Knack Night Sky: Decoding the Solar System, from Constellations to Black Holes by Nicholas Nigro.  It’s an excellent start for a beginner like me.

I’m a Jackie

Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn?I admit it.  Quizzes in women’s magazines always get me.  I simply must find out if I’m too sloppy – or too clothes-crazy – or too “whatever”.  That’s why I was drawn to Pamela Keogh’s latest book Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn?: Timeless Lessons on Love, Power,

Is True Crime for You?

A Date with DeathDid you know there’s a whole genre of books called “True Crime”?  How do you know if this genre’s for you?  Take this true/false pop quiz:

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