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Perfect – sort of

Letting Go of PerfectI heard a quote I liked recently: “Eighty percent is perfection”.  What a relief!  Hearing this made me think of parents who want their children to be so good at something – so perfect – that the child ends up physically or emotionally hurt by it.  On the other hand, some children seem to be born with a desire to be perfect that can drive a parent crazy.   Take a look at a new book by Dr. Jill L. Adelson and Dr. Hope E. Wilson: Letting Go of Perfect.

 

Birth Order

The Birth Order BookHave you ever read Dr. Kevin Leman’s The Birth Order Book? It came out originally in 1985, but a new updated version is out this year. Leman’s history counseling families for more than 30 years gives him a unique perspective into seeing how birth order affects everyday life. He looks at birth order in relation to other variables in the family, such as why a second child might end up acting like a firstborn. Interesting stuff.

 

 

The Googlers

Inside Larry & Sergey's BrainEver heard of Larry Page or Sergey Brin?

Taking Cuba In

Cuba: What Everyone Needs to KnowFor someone like me who was born “somewhat recently”, I’ve only known one kind of Cuba: Castro’s Cuba. I hazily remember history lessons on JFK and the Bay of Pigs, but I’d like to get a better handle on the subject. So, I’m reading Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know by Julia Sweig. Her writing style is keeping me interested, and her firsthand, recent experience of living in Cuba is giving me a view I didn’t see before.

Not Another Dieting Book

101 Things to Do Before You DietLove the skin you’re in. Beauty is more than skin deep. These truths I hold to be self-evident! And so does fashion journalist Mimi Spencer, the author of a new book called 101 Things to Do Before You Diet. With Spencer’s humor throughout the book, I realized that I had probably lost about a pound just from laughing. Check it out, because as the cover says, “Looking great isn’t just about losing weight.”

 

Liar, Liar Pants on Fire

The Definitive Book of Body LanguageHave you seen the TV show Lie to Me?  It’s sort of a crime drama where the mysteries are solved by observing people’s body language to see if they’re telling a lie.  If you’re hooked on the show like I am, you’ll love the book The Definitive Book of Body Language by Allan & Barbara Pease.

 

Eating Out is Hard to Do

What to Eat When You're Eating OutFor the waistline-conscious person, eating out is definitely hard to do.  Hidden calories and fat molecules are in the least likely places.  I usually assume that if it tastes good, there’s danger there.  But, now I have a tool I can use to shed light on the subject: What to Eat When You’re Eating Out by Hope S. Warshaw. Her information covers more than 60 popular restaurants giving you the best options for each and then the nitty gritty on the rest.

Chicken Soup for Hard Times

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough PeopleThere’s a new book in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. I know, I know – it’s a little bit like the never-ending Rocky movie series. BUT, you have to admit this one’s sorely needed – Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough People. It has 101 stories about overcoming challenges, especially in economic hard times.

Heavenly Milkshakes

Thoroughly Modern MilkshakesI’m in heaven.  Have you seen the latest Adam Ried concoction?  Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes.  It’s somewhere between an art collection and a cookbook.  One look at the Frozen Affogato Shake with Espresso Granita and I was hooked!  Or the cover photo of the Maple-Butter Pecan Shake.  Ice cream lovers unite….it’s shake time!

 

 

Poisonous Food

Food to Some Poison to OthersI hear so much more about food allergies these days than I did 20 years ago. Everyone is or knows someone who is allergic to nuts, gluten, strawberries, and more. If you suffer from this, check out Food to Some Poison to Others by Terry Traub. As she describes it, this book is “a handbook, elimination diet and cookbook all in one.” It can help you if you suspect you’re allergic or if you already know all too well your allergies.

 

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