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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:

5 Minutes a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

5-minute Health FixesWhat can you do in 5 minutes?  Try taking just 5 minutes a day to improve your health.  The Doctors with Mariska van Aalst have a new book out called 5-minute Health Fixes: the Prescription for a Lifetime of Great Health.  How can it help?

What Am I Eating?

Read It Before You Eat ItFood labeled “organic” isn’t necessarily healthy.  “Zero grams of trans fat” could still contain trans fat.  “Natural”?  Don’t even go there.  Bonnie Taub-Dix recently penned Read It Before You Eat It – a book to help us decode food labels and make informed, healthy choices. 

Good Wins Over Evil

Made for GoodnessOnly an inspirational figure such as Desmond Tutu could witness some of the world’s most sinister moments and then write a book about the goodness that can be found in people.  His latest book, Made for Goodness, is written with his daughter and is his answer to the question of how goodness will triumph in the end.

 

Down but Not Out

Living Well with Bad CreditFrom commercial jingles to your next-door-neighbor, you’re probably hearing more about credit scores than you did in past years.  If bad credit is driving you crazy, take a look at Living Well with Bad Credit by Chris Balish and Geoff Williams.  They tell you how to “buy a house, start a business, and even take a vacation no matter how low your credit score.”

Change, Change, Change

Switch: How to Change Things When Change is HardThere are some absolutes in life.  One big one is: “Change is inevitable.”  I’ve just started reading Chip & Dan Heath’s latest book Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard.  It’s more of a story-driven narrative about how everyday people work together to make dramatic changes in their businesses and communities. 

Treasure Hunting

The Joy of GeocachingI recently ran into a woman in Skagway, Alaska, who was ecstatic about finding a ship captain’s name painted on a rock on a cliff near the port.  She had searched and found a clue in a worldwide puzzle known as geocaching.  If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at being a treasure hunter (locally or around the world), take a look at The Joy of Geocaching by Paul & Dana Gillin.

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