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The American Civil War, the National Geographic Way

The Untold Civil WarFor those who remember and loved Paul Harvey's "The Rest of the Story", I've got a book suggestion for you: The Untold Civil War published by National Geographic.  You'll get the rest of the story on things like the first pre-sized clothing, the rise of the U.S. Postal Service, and the real reason Abe Lincoln aged so much during the war.  Check it out.

Spy Secrets to Save Your Life

Spy Secrets That Can Save Your LifeYou pick up a tip or two throughout your life on how to avoid a situation or fight back if you're ever violently attacked.  I've never read a better book on the subject than Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life by former CIA officer Jason Hanson.  You may have seen the author on the TV show Shark Tank.  Now, read the book.

Remember This

Moonwalking with EinsteinIf you can remember one thing about remembering, remember this: Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer.  He takes you on a year-long journey to increase his ability to remember things which led to his winning the U. S. Memory Championship.  Try his tips - don't forget!  

What Would Happen If.....

What if? by Randall MunroeThe question crosses your mind when you look up into the night sky... "I wonder what would happen if the moon went away."  The next day at the gym... "What if all these people on exercise bikes were hooked up to turbines to produce energy.  Would it be enough to run my coffeepot?"  Oh come on - you haven't thought these things before??  For those of you who have, check out Randall Munroe's What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions.  

That Tastes Funny

This is What You Just Put in Your MouthWhich is your philosophy?  Knowledge is power - or - ignorance is bliss.  If you subscribe to the first, take a look at This Is What You Just Put in Your Mouth?: From Eggnog to Beef Jerky, the Surprising Secrets of What's Inside Everyday Products by Patrick Di Justo.   

Do You Know Your Gut?

Gut by Giulia EndersSpoiler alert: this book talks about poop.  Yes, adults are allowed to discuss it.  Gut: the Inside Story of our Body's Most Underrated Organ by Giulia Enders is an approachable, humorous way for you and your gut to come to an understanding of each other.  Read it in public or in the privacy of your own home.  But read it!

Shopping Success

How to Win at Shopping by David Zyla and Eila Mell.It may be a little early to start shopping for holiday gifts, but it's a perfect time to shop for yourself.  Learn how to weed through all the racks and find the perfect item.  Shopaholics, beware!  Check out How to Win at Shopping: 297 Insider Secrets for Getting the Style You Want at the Price You Want to Pay by David Zyla and Eila Mell.

Don't Lie to Me

LiespottingI really miss the TV show Lie to Me.  (Thankfully, it streams online!)  To fill the void, I read books like Liespotting by Pamela Meyer or You Say More Than You Think by Janine Driver.  Uh oh, am I getting too paranoid?  See what you think.

Southern Gardeners Go-to Book

The New Southern Living Garden BookOk, all you gardeners out there.  It's time to replace that worn-out gardening book that you've used for years to look up plants.  I suggest you replace it with The New Southern Living Garden Book: The Ultimate Guide to Gardening - just out this year.  It's a weighty, beautiful reference tool for any gardener living in this part of the country.  

Crafts for the Book Lover

Bound by Erica EkremIf you're looking for a gift for the book-lover in your life, pull out your craft supplies and check out Bound: Over 30 Artful Handmade Books by Erica Ekrem.  Whether it's made from leather or made from a leaf, this book has beautiful ideas for creating the perfect gift for your favorite bookworm.  

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