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Partying Like Crazy

I Like You: Hospitality Under the InfluenceWhether you're planning a party or planning to go to a party, you'll find plenty of help from Amy Sedaris.  Check out I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence.  And may I suggest you listen to the audiobook read by Amy herself.  You'll laugh til you cry.

Cleanliness is Next to Happiness

Clear the Clutter, Find HappinessCleaning up the clutter and organizing any part of your life can brighten your day.  I believe it and so does Donna Smallin who recently came out with the book Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness: One-Minute Tips for Decluttering and Refreshing Your Home and Your Life.  It's a cute little book and full of helpful ideas.

The Story of Astoria

Astoria by Peter StarkHave you ever been to Astoria, Oregon?  You've seen it if you watched the movies Kindergarten Cop, The Goonies, Free Willy, and many more.  I happened upon it driving one day (which isn't that easy to do), and I was rendered speechless by the beauty of entering it by the bridge over the Columbia River.  I imagine John Jacob Astor's expedition group had much the same reaction to this unspoiled, unsettled area in the early 1800's.  Read about their thrilling and often tragic adventure in a new book called Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire by Peter Stark.

Be a Better Cook

Ruhlman's TwentyTrue or False?  There is more to cooking than following a recipe.  Michael Ruhlman would vote a resounding TRUE.  Take a look at his book, Ruhlman's Twenty: The Ideas and Techniques that Will Make You a Better Cook.

Most Popular Nonfiction for 2014

Unbroken by Laura HillenbrandThe most checked-out adult nonfiction book of 2014 is no surprise: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.  But have you read the other books that made the top 5?  

Killing Jesus by Bill O'Reilly

David and Goliath by Malcom Gladwell

Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

 

Work Like Google

How Google WorksIf you're starting a new business or managing one that needs the "refresh" button pushed, take a look at How Google Works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg.  They reveal the decisions and methods used from the beginning that's made Google the success that it is.  

All Things DIY

Easy Fixes for Everyday ThingsSomething just broke at home this weekend, didn't it?  Maybe just a little scratch?  Maybe you should go buy a banana to fix it.  Wonder why?  Check out Easy Fixes for Everyday Things from the Reader's Digest Association.  

No Waiting for Bill O'Reilly

Killing PattonWhen Bill O'Reilly comes out with a new "killing" book, the library request list skyrockets. His latest Killing Patton has over 200 requests today. But, the earlier "killing" books are available - no wait list! Try out Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, or Killing Jesus while you're waiting for Killing Patton.

Pop Culture on Paper

Dear Luke, We Need to Talk. DarthMovie & TV fans everywhere, there's a book you must read: Dear Luke, We Need to Talk. Darth by John Moe.  Who knew there was more to the story of our favorite shows, such as the journal the shark from Jaws kept for therapy purposes.  Or the updates from Special Agent Gilligan on his "Island Project".  I'm most looking forward to seeing the meeting minutes from the Jurassic Park dinosaurs on how to best open the facility.

There's More to Life Than Housework

Life's Too Short to Fold Fitted SheetsWho came up with the idea that women should be Super-moms and Domestic Goddesses?  Take a different approach to life by reading Life's Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets by Lisa Quinn.

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