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Keep Learning

The Intellectual DevotionalI’m a strong believer in continuing education.  What’s nice about being out of school is that you can choose what you read and how you enrich your life.  YOU decide what you learn.  There’s a great series of books called The Intellectual Devotional by David S. Kidder and Noah D. Oppenheim.  In the first book you get 365 different mini-lessons in things like history, literature, arts, science, music, philosophy, and religion.  The other two books cover American history and health.  Like the cover says, “Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Roam Confidently with the Cultured Class.”

 

A Patriotic Vacation

Complete National Parks of the United StatesFor the past year I’ve heard that people have been vacationing closer to home to save money.  Thankfully, we have a big, beautiful country full of places to visit.  Take a look at National Geographic’s latest edition of Complete National Parks of the United States.  Even if you’re not planning a vacation, it’s worth browsing.

 

Shhh, It’s a Secret

In the President's Secret ServiceDo you have a hard time keeping a secret?  Try working in the Presidents’ Secret Service!  Apparently, some of them have a hard time keeping a secret too, and we’re the lucky ones now to be able to read some of the nitty-gritty that happens behinds closed doors.  Take a look at In the President’s Secret Service by Ronald Kessler.

 

Keep an Eye on Your Garden

The Bizarre and Incredible World of PlantsTake a look at a flower in your garden.  Pretty, right?  Well, take a look at the photography book The Bizarre and Incredible World of Plants by Wolfgang Stuppy, Rob Kesseler, and Madeline Harley.  I kept having to remind myself that I wasn’t reading a science fiction book.  Creepy… yet strangely beautiful.

 

Galveston – post-Ike

Walking Historic GalvestonTravel books can become outdated pretty quickly.  All it takes is one natural disaster to change the landscape and the accommodations.  If you’re visiting Galveston soon, take a look at a book that’s come out since Hurricane Ike: Walking Historic Galveston: a Guide to its Neighborhoods by Jan Johnson.

 

Don’t Swallow Your Gum!

Don't Swallow Your Gum!True or False?  The average person swallows eight spiders per year.  I was extremely happy to read reasons why this is an unlikely statement in the new printing of the book Don’t Swallow Your Gum! by Dr. Aaron E. Carroll and Dr. Rachel C. Vreeman.  And, no, gum doesn't stay in your stomach for 7 years if you swallow it.

 

From Fired to Hired

Fired to HiredThe job search process over the past year has become agonizing for many people.  Trying to get noticed by prospective employers who want online-only, one-way communication with you can make the toughest person throw their hands in the air.  Last year, Tory Johnson wrote Fired to Hired: Bouncing Back from Job Loss to Get to Work Right Now.  It’s the most practical, information-packed book I’ve seen out on the subject.  It was recently featured on the Dave Ramsey Show.

 

 

The Story Behind the Song

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Story Behind the SongDid you know that the song “Stop in the Name of Love” was written by a man who had just been caught cheating on his girlfriend? She was standing at a motel in front of him with a bat when the phrase came out of his mouth. Not the best moment for the phrase, but what a great song! Take a look at Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Story Behind the Song to find out all the interesting stories behind some of the most popular songs of the past few decades.

 

The Trump Card

The Trump CardShe has her mother’s beauty and her father’s business sense.  You don’t know whether to love her or cower away in fear.  She’s Ivanka Trump, and she’s written a new book packed full of great advice for getting ahead in the world.  Take a look at The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life.

 

I Want to Grow Up Before I Die

500 Places to Take Your Kids Before They Grow UpTons of books have come out in the last few years telling you what you need to see, eat, and do “before you die.” I like those books, but something about the whole concept depresses me a bit. So, how refreshing it was when I saw this book: Frommer’s 500 Places to Take Your Kids Before They Grow Up. Yes, that sounds better.

 

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